Mark Andy has announced a suite of enhancements to its Digital Series platform. The production-class digital solution has been “reimagined to bring greater levels of productivity and profitability to the modern converter,” said the OEM. “Building off the platform’s successes, the latest true hybrid offering will take on the name Digital Series HD and combines flexibility of inline converting, high-resolution digital print, and best-in-class production capabilities.” Mark Andy’s Digital Series HD can be configured with 5 through 8 digital colours, and can support integrated inline or future-proof near-line converting options. This added flexibility enables Mark Andy’s portfolio of digital hybrid solutions to reach a larger percentage of the addressable market in terms of budget, as well as unique application or workflow needs, the company added. The base roll-to-roll configuration is ideal for those just entering the production digital space. As their digital business expands, the modularity of the platform enables the shift to inline finishing to better utilize the high-speed platform. An expanded colour gamut now offered in a high-chroma ink set (CMYK + OVG), complements an existing richly pigmented white ink-formulation that delivers output “comparable to rotary screen.” Mark Andy product development reported that the ink provides three times the opacity of flexo white, and more than double that of conventional EP white, measured in excess of 80%. “Digital white can be run without trade-offs in speed at the platform’s standard of 240 fpm,” it added.
The most notable alteration to its Digital Series HD Press comes in the form of a digital module. Once a flat table section, the new platform now showcases an arched IDS. The arch design accepts unsupported films and improves operator ergonomics, enabling quick and clean ink changeovers. New printhead technology housed in the module also “matches the industry’s quality standard of 1,200 dpi.” the Digital Series HD label press also comes with further configurability in via three head-cleaning options – manual, automatic and semi-automatic. This variety translates to less downtime, improved printhead durability and reduced costs for converters. Additionally, the platform now offers a more advantaged VDP (Variable-Data Printing) tool in response to market demand for more sophisticated personalization. The Digital Series HD is also supported by Mark Andy’s web-transport system, maintaining a production-class speeds of 240 fpm. In addition to digital and converting flexibility, the press retains its “limitless configurability” of inline flexo options. All accessories available on the former Digital Series or Performance Series platform are supported.