Students watching a demonstration of Mark Andy’s Digital One press


Mark Andy Europe held another of its educational workshops at the demo centre in Warsaw recently. The event was organised for students of the printing technologies unit at the Faculty of Production Engineering, Warsaw Technical University.

The open house, which was supported by partners including DuPont, Flint Group, Flexmar and PC Print (the local representative of Kurz), provided an opportunity to show several narrow web presses from the company’s flexo and digital portfolio.

The open house began with a presentation by Przemyslaw Polkowski, project manager at Mark Andy Europe. He explained the history of the company and its current portfolio of technology, which has grown with the recent acquisition of Presstek. He then focused on the company’s narrow-web solutions and its increasing popularity among printers, especially in Poland.

The theory session was followed by Michal Mokrzycki and Grzegorz Rostkowski, print instructors, giving a practical demonstration of the three different presses installed at the demo centre: a P7 Performance Series flexo press, and two flexo/digital hybrid models, Digital Series and Digital One. Print demonstrations included jobs prepared by the participating students. On the P7, a set of self-adhesive white labels prepared by Flexmar pre-press studio was printed, using two different DuPont plates (ESX and ESM).

Lena Chmielewska, marketing manager, explained, ‘The students were able to judge the job quality, and prior to printing, were involved in mounting plates on cylinders and adjustment of the press. They could also see how adjustment of the print cylinder impression and the amount of ink delivered ink made changes to the print quality.’

The hybrid Digital One press was also demonstrated using a job prepared by the students. It was printed on a self-adhesive white paper and laminated with Kurz Casten foil. Digital One also printed a test job using the same substrate.

The second session at the open house was devoted to Mark Andy’s technology partners. Tomasz Nojszewski, sales manager NCE DuPont Advanced Printing at DuPont Poland, presented the company’s Easy flexo plates, and Jacek Wacinski, technical service specialist Narrow Web at Flint Group Poland, talked about colour management in narrow web label and packaging printing. 

‘We, at Mark Andy, have always been very supportive of technical universities that are devoted to the printing industry, and value the opportunity to improve their knowledge of label and packaging production – the students, after all, are the printers and consumers of the future,’ Ms Chmielewska concluded.