On June 22 and 23, 2022, U.S. printers weren’t thinking of the dog days of summer. Instead, they were learning about new technology at Mark Andy USA’s Digital Days 2022.
The two-day event in Chesterfield. Missouri, included live demonstrations on three digital hybrid presses with inline finishing solutions available with the Mark Andy product portfolio: Digital Series HD, Digital Series iQ, and Digital Pro 3. Several different jobs, prepared by Mark Andy, were printed on all three presses to allow customers an in-person comparison on the presented equipment in terms of printing quality with embellishments and finishing capabilities.
Label printing played a prominent role in the digital hybrid presentations. The first of which started with the toner based, Digital Pro 3, and presented by Stu Gallop, Mark Andy, vice president of digital sales development. Gallop described the Digital Pro 3 as an entry-level press, devoted to companies beginning their “journey” with digital label printing.
Two “True Hybrid” production presses were demonstrated by David Medlar, Mark Andy vice president of engineering and operations. A flagship Digital Series HD model, designed on the Performance Series 7 platform, was spotlighted for its high efficiency for digital label printing.
Finally, Mark Andy spotlighted 2021 addition to its hybrid family – Digital Series iQ, designed on the Evolution Series platform and built in a co-operation with Domino digital N610i.
The live demonstrations were followed by workshops devoted to Mark Andy’s software. The company presented DFE driving modules and sMArt Link, a recently launched system increasing automation of label printing. The next part of Digital Days was dedicated to a prepress area: flexo platemaking and on-press mounting. Throughout the two-day open house, Mark Andy’s operators and technical specialists answered numerous questions from the participants. The two-day live event also included a tour of Mark Andy Print Products – a vendor of consumables and spare parts for Mark Andy’s users.
Mark Andy also hosted customer events across the pond in Europe. In a written statement, Lena Chmielewska-Bontron, European marketing manager, Mark Andy, remarked, “The second quarter of 2022 was full of events devoted to our current and prospective customers, as well as Mark Andy’s business partners and students of printing faculties. After three Open House events organized in Warsaw (Poland), we hosted customers in Mark Andy’s North American headquarters in Chesterfield. During Digital Days, we presented three hybrid presses, including two inkjet models and a toner-based one. Besides the equipment, we also showcased DFEs and a new software increasing automation of label production process. We presented flexo platemaking and on-press mounting techniques as well as invited our guests to the new Mark Andy Print Products. Recently it moved to a new warehouse for consumables and spare parts, designed according to lean warehousing principles.”