KZK, based at Brno in the Czech Republic, has installed a Mark Andy P5E narrow web flexo press.
KZK set up in 1995 by Bronislav Kuda and now employs 45 people. Around 95 percent of the work is printing labels to both paper and filmic substrates with jobs ranging from a few thousand metres up to very long runs. Customers come from the food, chemical, automotive, brewing and wine growing industries
The company already has three Mark Andy presses but needed more up to date technology to add value. KZK has opted for a 330m wide eight-colour configuration with water-cooled impression cylinders that allow it to run filmic substrates and an overhead rail system that permits movable turn bars and cold foil units to add production flexibility. The press is able to print on the reverse side and there is a special module for producing peel-off labels. It also has two die cutting stations. Kuda explained: “With customer demand changing so quickly, we saw no point in buying a basic machine. As far as possible we wanted to future-proof our investment,”
The P5E is servo driven with each plate cylinder independently powered, and the Preregistration system automatically positions them before the press runs. Full job changeovers take less than five minutes. Web tension is finely controlled from the operator’s monitor and automatically adjusted throughout the print run.
The company had to extend its factory to fit the new press in. Kuda says that he looked at presses from other manufacturers as well as visiting Mark Andy’s demo centre in Warsaw, adding: “Our printers immediately felt comfortable with it and were able to run high-quality at high speed in no time at all. They said it was easy to operate and quick to changeover between jobs.”
KZK outsources its platemaking to DMF, a local specialist in Brno. The plates are then mounted in-house using cameras for accuracy. KZK also has a Xeikon 3300 dry toner label printer and a Jetrion 4900 inkjet printer for short-run jobs up to 2000 metres. The company runs a range of other offline finishing techniques including screen printing, hot foil stamping and inspection/rewinding.
The installation was handled by Radim Krutis of Enginne, the Mark Andy distributor for Czech and Slovakia. It took a week to get the press installed and set up, with a further week for initial operator training. This was followed up later with an additional advanced training course.