Mark Andy has developed a new digital label press, the Digital Pro, which uses dry toner and comes in two different configurations, and is aimed at the entry level end of the label converting market.
This includes a roll-to-roll press, the Digital Pro 1, which is fitted with an unwinder and rewinder and has a 330mm width. Naturally, being a dry toner machine, it can print to a wide range of standard label stocks. It has a 1200 dpi CMYK print engine and runs at 23.4mpm. So far this appears to be a straightforward rebadging of Konica Minolta’s AccurioLabel 230, which I’ve covered here.
However, Mark Andy is also offering this printer in a hybrid converting configuration as the Digital Pro 3. This version includes a multi-purpose flexo station for inline embellishment. It can be configured with a single slot die station or with a semi rotary die module to finish labels inline. The semi-rotary system reduces die inventory and comes with a standard 19-inch magnetic cylinder to accommodate most repeats without tool changeover.
Customers can opt to use the standard print driver that Konica Minolta supplies with the engine. But Mark Andy also offers a version of its ProWorx DFE, which supports variable data printing and versioning.
Joe Calmese, Chief Business Officer, Mark Andy Digital provides “Printing digital at high speeds with inline converting is at the top of many converter’s wishlists. Same with roll-to-roll devices. We’ve been listening. The end result is the Digital Pro line with configurable hybrid print systems that provide a powerful path to profitability, both now and in the future as we continue to push the envelope in digital innovation”
Interestingly, Mark Andy is also offering to field-upgrade existing Digital One machines to the new Digital Pro, which means replacing most of the print engine. Amanda Flower, marketing specialist for Mark Andy, explains: “This engine upgrade has been done successfully in our demo facilities and times out to about 6 hours of install labor and a half day of training to walk through the new interface.”
It’s due to be shown at various events in the US in August as well as Label Expo in Belgium in September, and at events in Macclesfield and London in the UK in November. It’s available to order now with delivery due to start in October worldwide. That said, Mark Andy is installing the first of these at a customer site in Canada in September.
The systems are priced starting at $199,000 for the Digital Pro 1 and $295,000 for the Pro 3 version (there’s no Digital Pro 2). The basic premise of these machines is that they offer the most cost-effective way of handling a large volume of very short run work and I would expect that a lot of converters looking for an entry-level solution would be interested in these, particularly the Pro 3 with the inline converting. You can find further details on these at www.markandy.com.