Mark Andy has announced the launch of its latest production inkjet press, Digital Series iQ. Built on Mark Andy’s Evolution Series flexographic platform for application flexibility, the press uses a Domino N610i UV inkjet module for high-quality production-class printing. Boasting proven digital technology from Domino and Mark Andy’s award-winning web-handling and digital implementation, the Digital Series iQ aims to deliver maximum performance at an affordable initial capital investment level. Digital Series iQ is available for immediate order.
Joining Mark Andy’s digital hybrid solutions, Digital Series HD and Digital Pro, Digital Series iQ follows the path of its Mark Andy digital portfolio companions by combining high-resolution digital print and the flexibility of inline converting to maximize revenue generation.
Digital Series iQ can be configured with up to 7 UV inkjet colors (CMYKOV+WW). Hybrid converting components can be integrated to meet each customer’s specific requirements. Print stations, semi rotary die cutting, rail system, and inline slitting are common options selected by some early adopters.
The press has a high-quality print resolution achieving speeds up to 230 fpm (70 mpm) in rapid production mode. The press also integrates software solutions from industry leaders Esko and Global Graphics. This includes ScreenPro for workflow and digital front-end processes, to process files and variable data or high-SKU count applications. Consumables are available through Mark Andy Print Products and full system support will be provided by Mark Andy’s dedicated digital customer support team. Domino technical service staff are working closely with the Mark Andy team to support the roll-out to the market.
On the decision to partner with Mark Andy to bring a new hybrid solution to the industry, David Ellen, divisional director, Domino Digital Printing Solutions explains “We are excited for the partnership with Mark Andy, a company with a reputation for prioritizing their customers’ needs and new technology. By marrying their best-in-class flexographic printing and converting machinery with Domino’s renowned inkjet technology, we expect Digital Series iQ to emerge as a leading hybrid solution for a wide variety of applications.”
Despite the challenges of last year due to COVID-19, 2020 was a strong year for Mark Andy’s digital program, including record-setting bookings for the Digital Series HD true hybrid and Digital Pro solutions. This momentum is expected to continue with Digital Series iQ, which unlocks a new market segment seeking a robust inkjet hybrid press at a modest price point, Mark Andy says.
David Medlar, VP of Digital, Mark Andy, comments, “We’re excited to offer the new Digital Series iQ to our customers. Based on their feedback, we’ve heard they would love to see us offer a Domino digital marking technology integrated with Mark Andy flexographic and converting technology. With the new Digital Series iQ, we can now combine Domino’s established digital UV engine with our world-leading flexo printing material handling and inline finishing.” The press makes inkjet printing, and more specifically digital hybrid printing, attainable for more of the industry’s label and packaging manufacturers interested in expanding into production level digital printing.
Virtual demos of Digital Series iQ will begin in late February. Mark Andy and Domino will jointly host a virtual ribbon cutting and product unveiling event on February 17. Registration details can be found here.