Mark Andy (St, Louis, Missouri) is launching the second iteration of its Evolution Series Flexo Press which initially debuted at Labelexpo Europe in 2019. The OEM’s newest press, the Evolution Series E3, is poised to fill a gap in the market for a servo-powered machine that prioritizes both ease of use and reducing operating costs known to affect legacy presses. The original Evolution Series flagship press is being re-branded as the Evolution Series E5. This press provides converters with a scalable production solution designed to serve their business needs today, while providing adaptability to drive future business growth. In its first year, 46 Evolution Series presses were installed worldwide. All presses currently installed are Evolution Series E5s.
Evolution Series E3 is available in 13” and 17” (330 mm and 430 mm) web widths with production speeds up to 500 fpm (150 mpm). Evolution Series E5 maintains its technical specifications and is also available in 13” and 17” web widths with production speeds up to 750 fpm (230 mpm). On the decision to introduce another addition to the company’s growing suite of flexo solutions, Tom Schlembauer, Chief Business Officer of Flexo at Mark Andy, added that, even with the addition of the well-received Evolution Series E5, there was still a market for a more accessible full-servo flexo press for converters, focused on producing quality labels more affordably.
“When we came to market with the Evolution Series, now known as Evolution Series E5, we intended to provide converters with a more attainable solution built on Performance Series technology they could grow with, amd configure what they need now, knowing they could evolve in the future. And we did just that,” Schelmbauer explained. “But after listening to our customers, we realized there was an opportunity to offer a machine that focuses primarily on getting back to the basics, but with modern technology and affordability. So we built a solution that allows converters to be competitive exclusively in the prime label market – and that solution is Evolution Series E3.”
With the launch of Evolution Series E3, Mark Andy is also introducing Mark Andy ProUV, a fully integrated curing system with power and air located on-press and within a single cabinet, to help converters maintain a smaller pressroom footprint. The technology will come standard on all E3 presses. Powered by Phidastien’s proven UV curing technology, ProUV “enables high-quality, reliable results converters can count on – all backed by Mark Andy’s global service network,” the company added. Evolution Series E3 and E5 join Mark Andy’s flexographic portfolio that also includes the Performance Series P7 and P9.