PBM Graphics, Inc., a Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: CGX) company, and a leading commercial print and fulfillment services provider in the United States, is pleased to announce it has completed the installation of a new Mark Andy Performance Series P7 flexographic press to serve the packaging and labeling needs of customers with the most advanced production technology. PBM Graphics’ flexo press is the first Mark Andy P7 to be custom-engineered outside of standard press specifications with a larger 30” pattern repeat, and is the only unit with Electron Beam (EB) adhesive curing technology on a flexo footprint.
“The installation of the Mark Andy P7 rounds out PBM Graphics’ in-house capabilities with the latest flexo technology available, eliminating outsourcing and providing our customers with turnkey service, shortened cycle time, and enhanced quality levels on specialized packaging,” said Adam Geerts, President of PBM Graphics.
Flexo press technology is typically used for printing high-quality labels and packaging. The Mark Andy P7 at PBM Graphics delivers superior productivity and efficiency and is designed to handle very thin film substrates, helping to expand capabilities to include overwraps on collectible trading cards using fin seals, specialized packaging applications, prime labels and unsupported films for bottle wraps. The unique 30” pattern repeat allows for larger formats and multiple images.
The unique EB curing technology provides clarity in plastic-to-plastic lamination and scuff resistance to labels, and the press modification permits graphical effects with foil, all improving the aesthetic effects and appeal.
The newly installed flexo press offers several advantages over traditional presses, including minimal ink usage and reduced waste to support environmental considerations, while the fast make-ready times enhance productivity rates, especially for very large projects.
“This new press allows us to better serve our customers by utilizing new capabilities and services that go beyond folded cartons and bottle wraps,” stated Geerts. “It also allows us to expand our reach further into the beverage and health and beauty industries as well.” PBM Graphics currently serves customers in publishing, retail, healthcare and entertainment segments, and is the largest manufacturer of paper trading cards in the U.S.