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Mark Andy launches SMArt Link on-press monitoring system

Mark Andy announced the launch of sMArt link, a new real-time on-press monitoring system designed to optimize press utilization for label and packaging print converters.

Due to be demonstrated at Mark Andy’s booth 319 at the upcoming Labelexpo Americas, the sMArt link gives production managers real-time insight into what’s going on in the pressroom and, based on those information, makes better decisions about how to reduce waste and drive efficiency to improve the bottom line.

sMArt link, accessible through a cloud-based platform, can be used with new and existing Mark Andy presses, both flexo and digital, as well as press technology from other manufacturers. Above all, it links all equipment into a robust analytical tool accessible from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Speaking on behalf of Mark Andy, Product Manager Gretchen Tobol said, “sMArt link uses our in-house expertise which is built from the ground up. No one understands narrow web technology better than Mark Andy, and that knowledge and experience has been developed over many years of working closely with customers who use Mark Andy technology in everyday business environments. sMArt link is a simple and clear tool for processors, and it will allow them to maximize the efficiency of their existing plant.

sMArt link is part of Mark Andy’s overall sMArt platform which includes automated setup, ease of use and software integration. Extremely user-friendly, it has been designed to assist operators and management in their daily activities. According to Greg Palm, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mark Andy, “sMArt link is the result of extensive consultation with our customers. We discovered real pain points when it came to understanding the true productivity of each piece of equipment, operator or installation.

Overall equipment efficiency in a typical label converting plant is estimated to be between 35% and 45%, which leaves significant room for improvement. With hundreds of sensors and advanced integration, sMArt link collects accurate data on execution speeds, uptimes, downtimes, waste, and more. This data allows converters to compare jobs, presses, operators or facilities and take action to improve overall efficiency.

Data is collected 24/7 and can be viewed in real time as dashboards on phones, tablets, computers or plant monitors. Cloud-based data is accessible to anyone with an internet connection, providing visibility into gaps in the production process so adjustments can be made to reduce waste, increase uptime, run speeds and profits.

With the most diverse portfolio of narrowband technologies of any manufacturer, Mark Andy is uniquely positioned to launch a production monitoring platform such as sMArt link. Over 75 years of service in the labeling industry is what converters need to be assured of reliability and support. With targets to reduce waste on average by 3% to 5%, increase capacity by 10% to 20% and improve overall productivity by 5% to 30%, Mark Andy predicts that smart converters will quickly benefit from smart link benefits.