Mark Andy adds three new models to its Performance Series Press Line

Mark Andy has released three new press models – the P9E, P7E and P5E – to its award-winning Performance Series Press Line. The P7E and P5E are available now, with the official unveiling of the P9E at Labelexpo Americas 2018 September 25-27 in Rosemont, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago). “The Performance Series platform redefines workflow productivity through its simple design, efficient waste savings and fast changeovers,” said the OEM. The new Performance Series P9E Press is specifically designed for high-quality flexible packaging production. Available in web widths up to 26 inch (660 mm), the flexo press has been engineered as “the ideal solution to print film, shrink sleeves, flexible packaging and foil lidding.”

Mark Andy Performance Series P7E Press.

The Performance Series P9E is built standard with new servo-controlled impression adjustment, independent servo-driven anilox rolls and servo side adjust and features print speeds up to 1,000 fpm. Ergonomic efficiency is at the forefront of its wider 22″ and 26″ web widths, which include plate cylinder loading support as well as an anilox and chamber drawer. Configured with Mark Andy AI, the Performance Series P9E offers advanced automation with automated registration and impression, job save, 8 servo motors per station and a centralized control system. The enhancements reduce manual adjustments and associated downtime while meeting Industry 4.0 demands. The Mark Andy AI package is intelligent and customized to unique business needs, curbing potential production bottlenecks, said the OEM Given the increased demand for shrink and pouches coupled with larger volumes of shorter run lengths, the P9E is “a profitable platform for short run flexible packaging.” Key to its success is the flexibility it offers converters, with a rail system providing endless opportunities through decoration versatility.

Jeff Cowan.
Jeff Cowan.

“Mark Andy has over 800 Performance Series Presses installed worldwide,” said Jeff Cowan, Director of Business Development at Mark Andy. “We continue to develop flexible printing solutions that allow our customers to evolve as their job mix changes. The Performance Series P9E is an extension of our commitment and solves the pain points that narrow-web converters are facing, plus the growing demand for shrink.” Also added to to Mark Andy’s Performance Series press line are the P7E and P5E models. The Performance Series P7E allows converters to expand into new markets, targeting entry-level film and extended-content applications. The P5E is designed to increase converter profitability for the simplest to the most complex label applications. “The P5 and P7 have been best selling models in the Performance Series line, based primarily on their versatility and productivity,” Cowan added. “The release of the P5E and P7E demonstrates updated servo architecture, allowing for tighter registration and a complete redesign of the converting options – all focused on providing a better operator experience.“

The three new presses deliver an updated ProLED system with air cooling and modular re-circulation dryers, both offering sustainability benefits. The machines are equipped with Mark Andy Thread-It technology, which simplifies press webbing for operators, and is three times faster than traditional webbing methods, according to the manufacturer. Additional press options include Digital Plus Screen (a digital inkjet replacement for rotary screen printing) as well as QCDC-SR (Quick Change Die Cut Semi Rotary) that adds advanced capability to flexo equipment – and is also available on Mark Andy digital hybrid technology.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.