It is the first P4 to be installed in the country and will complement Sigma’s existing four Mark Andy 2200 presses with its compatible tooling.
"We have had nine Mark Andy presses over the years and all have been extremely reliable – in fact, our first 2200 is still running 24/7, and this gave us the confidence to stay with the brand and invest in one of its new P4 machines," said Gennady Uzlov, Sigma owner. "It is well priced and is a very productive press – best of all it allows us to use the large inventory of 2200 tooling that we have built up over the years.
Mark Andy describes the P4 as a press that offers modern efficiency with enhanced flexibility. With a 60% faster changeover time than conventional inline presses, the modular design of the P4 offers responsive technology while the unique rail system allows each converter to customize applications.
Available in three web widths from 280 to 430mm and capable of converting substrates from 50 to 305-micron at speeds up to 230m/min, the P4 offers repeat lengths from 140 to 610mm.
With Sigma employing around 100 people to serve its customer list of some 350 companies, the company is operating in a very price-sensitive market where competition is fierce. Substrates used include paper, foil and film, with only the latter seeing any growth.
Sigma predominantly supplies the food industry and specializes in products for the dairy sector. It has the capability of printing up to 10 colors and uses exclusively solvent-based inks.
“Sigma is one of three label converters serving this sector of the market in Moscow, and all are Mark Andy users. Present Packaging has 2200 and 4150 presses and TT Print have two P5s, so there is a strong belief in the productivity and efficiency of Mark Andy technology here – the presses allow their owners to make money in what is a very competitive marketplace," said Maxim Aleksashenko, sales team leader for VIP-Systems, Mark Andy's Russian distributor.