Mark Andy launches digital screenprinting alternative – Digital Plus Screen

Screen white is achieved with Mark Andy's Digital Plus Screen solution.
Screen white is achieved with Mark Andy’s Digital Plus Screen solution.

The new digital retrofit solution designed by Mark Andy is a digital alternative to traditional Rotary Screen Printing, the latest option in the company’s growing digital hybrid portfolio. The new inline print module seamlessly integrates single-colour digital UV inkjet printing with the high-production Performance Series platform. Digital Plus Screen, a subset of the company’s Digital Plus Program, is designed to enhance existing presses. It gives users the ability to quickly create dimensional, highly opaque prints without the capital costs, set-up constraints, and extensive cleaning needed with traditional screen printing technologies, said the OEM. The process streamlines the entire label production workflow, simplifying the movement of art files to print.

Designed with UV inkjet printing with interstation pinning, the module prints fine text, barcodes, sequential numbering and screen-like white ink all in a single-pass and at high quality with speeds up to 240 fpm (73 mpm). The solution is ideal for those seeking a cost-effective alternative to Rotary Screen. Built upon the UV Inkjet system created for the Digital Series press, Digital Plus Screen delivers high-opacity white print and the ability to personalize products. Offering digital white opacity comparable to rotary screen, as well as variable-data printing (VDP), the single-colour digital print module augments converter capabilities and improves productivity in the pressroom. The unit is available both as a rail-mounted option on new equipment or as a retrofit, enhancing its Performance Series presses with digital flexibility. Mark Andy will be demonstrating this new technology, as well as other solutions, at Labelexpo Europe, September 26-28 in Brussels.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.