To better serve the growing digital label market, Mark Andy has announced the addition of nine individuals to the company over the past six months to support the continued development of its Digital Business Unit in the U.S. and Canada.
A company born out of an acquisition in 1999, the origin story of Artex Label & Graphics’ is a unique one. A Michigan coat hanger manufacturer with its own printing department was purchased by a competitor. That competitor did not have interest in keeping the printing department, leaving the opportunity for a loyal label customer to buy the printing equipment, which included a 7-inch Mark Andy press. That customer was Terry Gruppen, who today is the President of Artex Label & Graphics.
Growing interest in RFID-based solutions
“Any customer that has a need to eliminate human error has a reason to use RFID,” says Rochelle L. Heinl, Vice President, Repacorp Inc., the North American printing house that invested in this technology 15 years ago. The company is able to successfully offer its customers a variety of new innovative label solutions as well as other RFID-based products.
Mark Andy is excited to announce a new partnership for distribution in Bulgaria with GraphTech Ltd., a company based in Bulgaria, with a focus on delivering equipment for narrow and mid-web applications, such as labels and packaging. The GraphTech Ltd. team is committed to delivering the best value to the customers and help them develop and grow their businesses.
Despite all the challenges imposed to the print industry in 2020, manufacturing companies and printers have found ways to succeed and grow operationally. This rings true for Rotoflex, a Mark Andy Inc. company of converting and finishing solutions located in Mississauga, Ontario.
Print businesses’ challenges, the need for differentiation, and portfolio expansion through non-traditional applications - these were the main topics of our recent webinar hosted on 20 November. The event marks the second in a series dedicated to the Digital Pro platform, following “Digital Pro: A New Path to Profitability” webinar, also available on-demand.
Mark Andy is launching the second iteration of its Evolution Series flexo press, which initially debuted at Labelexpo Europe in 2019. The newest press, 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.
With fall seasonal goods being replaced with peppermint and eggnog winter variations, it’s a reminder that 2020 is coming to a close. Most would say "good riddance," but many in the printing industry have seen continued success and even strong growth. If your business acquired new capital equipment this year, be sure you're capitalizing on all of the tax deductions for which you qualify.
If your labels are being affected by ink spitting, you likely have at least one of a handful of problems that need to be resolved. We recommend giving your press a good once over - is it properly cleaned? Has it been properly maintained? Have you removed any dried ink? Is everything aligned and installed correctly? If you responded yes to all of those - don’t fret; an affordable solution may still be your answer.
Picture this: automation in retail. Stores with no staff. No lines, registers or cashiers, only smart phones. Consumers can purchase mainly food products, but also cleaning items and cosmetics. Beverages of all kinds, sweets, healthy snacks, ready-to-eat meals as well as cooled dairy and even sausages are readily available. And every product is marked with a special RFID tag, enabling this futuristic reality, enabling an automated sales process.
Rotoflex has successfully developed and installed a highly customized booklet label machine for American printer JH Bertrand Inc.
While providing press room consumables through Mark Andy Print Products was the final link in the chain to elevate Mark Andy as a Total Solutions Partner, we are always looking for new ways to better serve our customers. With the addition of Performance Blades, Mark Andy Print Products’ own doctor blades, we have done just that.
New ways of operation in the printing industry, diversity of applications made with digital technology, integration of processes and technologies in hybrid, and future-oriented and eco-friendly approach to business are just some of the topics discussed by Mark Andy in two webinar sessions held on September 22nd and October 1st.
One of Germany’s specialist label converters, Herzog Etiketten, has installed a Mark Andy Digital Pro 3 press at its production facility in Rohrbach, in the Southern Palatinate. The company, established in 1924, shifted its focus to label converting in the 1990s when the market for business forms declined as a result of the growing popularity of office computers.
Mark Andy’s Digital Press Division is excited to announce that is now providing global distribution for the complete GMG product range of color management and proofing software and media.
Due to global restrictions caused by the pandemic, Mark Andy continues to organize remote presentations of its solutions for customers from around the world. On July, 24th the company co-organized (together with Flexo Image Graphics, its Indian sales partner) the webinar entitled “Digital Solutions from Mark Andy Offer”.
Orion Znakowanie Towarow, a print service provider in Wroclaw, Poland, has served a number of customers within the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market for over twenty years. Specializing in label production, Orion was one of the first Polish companies to implement Mark Andy’s newest Evolution Series flexo press following its debut at the 2019 Labelexpo tradeshow in Brussels.
Mark Andy has released a suite of new features on our digital press line, Digital Pro. The production digital machine launched in August 2019 with Digital Pro 1, a roll to roll solution and Digital Pro 3, an inline digital hybrid press with a single flexo station and die cutting. This product line was built to tackle short run work, and is now capable of additional converting functionalities, reinforcing the our commitment to profitable digital printing.
The health and safety of our employees and customers are always our highest priority. We are thankful that even in these uncertain times that we are still able to be doing everything we can to support our customers, even if that means getting a little creative in the Mark Andy Demo Centers in both Warsaw and St. Louis.
Mazovian Printing House (MZGraf) has recently enhanced its pressroom equipment with a new Performance Series P7E flexo press from Mark Andy. Due to this acquisition, MZGraf has significantly increased its ability to produce multicolor, highly finished labels, a segment which is already an important part of its portfolio.
As digital printing technology is more widely adapted across the board in pressrooms, knowledge gaps can occur more often than with tried and true technology, like flexo printing. Thankfully for converters, Mark Andy has a dedicated staff of engineers, press operators, installation technicians, field service technicians and technical phone support to serve our digital presses in the field.
We've said it before and we'll say it again - the 2200 is a workhorse. They're great presses (if we do say so ourselves) that truly have stood the test of time. But what happens when capacity and space max out? Or the workforce struggles limit the amount of shifts that can be ran? Or waste costs become too much to ignore?
Specialized Marking Systems, an Ontario based converter has upgraded its Digital One to the new Mark Andy Digital Pro engine to increase capacity and expand its overall digital label business. Over a year post-installation of the Digital One, the choice to upgrade to the new engine was made with the success of the Digital Pro predecessor in mind.
Mark Andy is excited to announce an extended partnership for distribution across Southeast Asia with Aldus Tronics, a leading provider in flexo and digital printing solutions. The distributor currently represents Mark Andy in Australia and New Zealand and has been committed to serving their customers with the best solutions possible across many industry verticals including Graphics Machinery, Labeling, Coding and Marking since 1949.
One of the young and most dynamic narrow web converters in the Benelux, Flexprinter has chosen to grow its business with a Mark Andy P7E at its modern production facility in Nazareth, Belgium. This start-up operation, which is the brainchild of owner and Managing Director Michaёl Thorrez, has chosen to focus on the roll-to-roll production of labels, pouches, sachets, shrink sleeves, and flow packs, as well as other flexible packaging.
Mark Andy is pleased to introduce the Evolution Series to its suite of flexographic offerings. A simple-to-operate platform powered by proven Mark Andy engineering and technology, Evolution Series provides converters a scalable production solution designed to serve their business needs today, while providing adaptability to the needs driving future business growth.
Mark Andy is excited to announce a new partnership for distribution across Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile. Novaprint Group, a leading provider in digital printing in South America, has been committed to serving their customers with the best solutions possible across many industry verticals including packaging, digital labels, textile printing and more for over 15 years.
A Digital Series HD was installed at Cypress Multigraphics in September 2018
One of the most influential label companies in North America has realized success with a Mark Andy Digital Series HD. Cypress Multigraphics, located in Tinley Park, Illinois purchased the solution in the summer of 2018 and took delivery in late September, directly following Labelexpo Americas.
Did you know that nearly 18% of all label production is shrink? With brand demand for increased label real estate growing, narrow-web converters are beginning to financially benefit from the rise in popularity at an unprecedented rate.
In my previous post, I broke down what Overall Equipment Effectiveness (O.E.E) is and taking the first step to improving your equipment O.E.E. to make your pressroom more efficient.
As a company that helped to establish and build the flexographic printing technology, we are aware of the claims that flexo may not have a place in the average converter’s workflow.
With the New Year well underway, it’s time to start filling up your calendar with upcoming industry events.
Mark Andy Print Products, the supplies and consumables division of Mark Andy Inc. have been named the preferred global distributor of RotoMetrics print and magnetic cylinders.