Inline Label Company is to install a new flexographic press from Mark Andy in a bid to enhance its digital printing capability in the US.
The Mark Andy Performance Series P4 flexo press is capable of accepting plate roll tooling from traditional flexo presses, thus allowing Inline Label to easily transfer operations from its existing 2200 presses to the new P4.
The press features Mark Andy ProLED UV LED curing system that reduces energy consumption, in addition to independent servo drives and motors with self-diagnostics.
It also includes a rail system, onto which moveable inter-station processes like cold foil, lamination, screen and turnbar can be mounted and moved from station to station easily, giving more flexibility in job capability, the company said.
Commenting on the investment, Inline Label president Dave Hechler said: "We can now use a modified formula of UV ink in a system that requires 50% less energy consumption, has no heat as a byproduct, requires no ozone ducting, and requires little to no maintenance.
"The cure is better and my run speeds will be higher. The initial cost is slightly higher, but the ROI will be very quick."
The 250mm, 5-color P4 press is said to run at a speed of 230 m/min. It also offers improved print and registration management; higher productivity with faster set up, changeovers and running speed; broader application and substrate capabilities.
Mark Andy said: "The enhanced speeds and workflow benefits of the P4 will provide an opportunity for Hechler's production team to more efficiently manage that current workload, transferring work to the new press and realizing operational benefits to accommodate additional work that comes their way."