Mark Andy has been supporting school pupils and university students in extending its technological knowledge for many years by organizing open houses, workshops, competitions, and internal traineeships at the company’s Polish division.
This year the manufacturer supported Julia Wojciechowska in the tests relating to her engineering qualification. It allowed the Printing Technologies Unit student, part of the Faculty of Production Engineering at Warsaw Technical University, to compare flexo and digital printing technology using Mark Andy presses.
‘We were very delighted to help Julia with the preparation for her engineering thesis. The tests were conducted in cooperation with our partners: DuPont, Flexmar pre-press studio, and Albi 2002, which uses Mark Andy presses,’ said Lena Chmielewska-Bontron, European marketing manager at Mark Andy. ‘We know that students are always looking for this type of opportunity, and as a manufacturer and vendor of printing equipment, we are always open to such initiatives. We were also pleased to involve our partners in this project, DuPont, which supplied us with flexo plates that were imaged by Flexmar Studio, and Albi 2002, which conducted the tests on one of its Mark Andy flexo presses.’
Wojciechowska explained that it is not easy for a student to find the support of this kind as it involves time and financial commitment.
‘Mark Andy said “yes” immediately when I told them about this project – and they also invited other partners to get involved,’ commented Wojciechowska. ‘I have received substantial support from Mark Andy, starting with the subject of my engineering thesis. Initially, it covered a comparison of flexo with other printing technology, but it ended up including flexo and toner-based digital presses, too. The research was very interesting for me, and Mark Andy’s employees helped me with their knowledge, experience, and commitment at every project stage. I should like to take this opportunity to thank my promoter, Katarzyna Pilczynska, who helped me to contact Mark Andy. I also wish to thank Mark Andy and its partners who supported me in the whole research project.’
According to Chmielewska-Bontron, it was also a new and exciting experience for Mark Andy. For many years, the company has been involved in initiatives devoted to school and university students, so it was very keen to help the student with her thesis.
‘We will also use the project's results in our daily work. I should also like to thank our partners for their support with this project,’ added Chmielewska-Bontron.
Tomasz Nojszewski, sales manager NCE for DuPont Image Solutions, said: ‘DuPont has supported numerous education and knowledge development initiatives among school and university students. We do it either on a global or a local level. So, when we heard about a joint project with Mark Andy, it was quite natural to participate.
‘We supplied Cyrel Easy ESX flexo plates as our material support. Based on a flat dot technology, they guarantee the highest printing quality. We have cooperated with Mark Andy for many years and previously took part in open houses and workshops organized by the company. This was an excellent opportunity to present the newest trends in the flexo plate market.
‘Another important activity is our more than 10-year cooperation with the Printing Technologies Unit at the Faculty of Production Engineering at Warsaw Technical University. We have equipped one of its labs with a UVA/UVC exposure unit and processor for dry plate finishing in Cyrel Fast technology. We also set up numerous lectures by DuPont representatives for the students. Backed by 50 years of experience in flexo plate development, DuPont is very keen to share its knowledge, both with our customers and with students. Supporting Julia’s project was one of the best examples of our approach.’
‘Since we support many different education-oriented actions, we were pleased to prepare and deliver photopolymers for the project,’ commented Marek Biedrzycki, owner of Flexmar pre-press studio. ‘Earlier, we also organized practice sessions for students in our studio. When Mark Andy asked us about support for Julia, we agreed immediately. We checked the jobs she prepared and made the photopolymers to print them. It was similar to our daily work where we support customers at every step of the pre-press process, before printing on a flexo press.’
The need to compare toner-based digital and flexo technology meant that the jobs had to be printed in two places. The digital work was carried out in the Warsaw-based Mark Andy demo room, equipped with a Digital Pro3 toner-based press. The flexo part was printed by Albi 2002, a label printer and user of two Mark Andy Performance Series P5 flexo presses, one of which was used for the test.
Robert Cabaj, the owner of Albi 2002, added: ‘Our long-term experience with the modern technology we use and a highly equipped machine park enables us to print the highest quality. So, we were very pleased to participate in this project and support Julia in her engineering thesis. We are always very open for this kind of education-oriented initiative, both now and in the future.’