The new MEF flexo platform provides technology enhancements and new features in connectivity, for even better press performance and output. ‘By going beyond the machine in product innovation and intensive cooperation with our customers, MPS continually improves the printing process and operator experience,’ said Atze Bosma, CEO of MPS Systems.
As a fully automated multi-substrate flexo press ready for 24/7 operations, the EF has provided printers years of high-level automation, flexibility, connectivity and ease of operation.
Based on the successful foundation of six previous EF platform generations, including MPS innovations such as Crisp.Dot Technology, Non-stop Print Change and the Ultraflex Rail System, many enhancements were made to the next generation EF machine.
These improved features include the MPS designed slide-out ink drawer for faster changeovers as standard on all machines, MPS E-sleeve with quick release, advanced job memory, Mark-to-Mark (M2M) register, extended web width to 580mm, improved robust rail units, standard finger bar safety protection and ergonomic improvements. For full servo driven automation of all print pressure settings, the Advanced Automation option is available.
To help customers improve their press performance, MPS added these new features to the EF platform: MPSConnect, operational and management dashboards and user management/personalised performance.
MPSConnect provides ongoing performance monitoring of the printing press through sensor technology combined with the Internet of Things, for real-time data collection and valuable 24/7 fact-based insights. From this collected data, MPS experts help customers make continuous performance improvements in waste, speed and uptime to increase their competitive advantages and maximise their profits.
The operational dashboard provides the operator easy access to information such as press performance, manuals and videos about best practices. The management dashboard provides focused information such as press performance trends, analytics and benchmarking.
With the user management/personalised performance feature, operators can be logged in individually, and access default settings can be set and stored according to print management.
‘Having a state-of-the-art printing press in your production is great. However, this press alone doesn’t make you win the race. To be even more successful in the future, connectivity is key. The MPS EF next generation press puts printers in pole position. The new and improved features of the EF plus the collection and analysis of performance data through MPSConnect and Performance Programs will drive their success formula for profit,’ Bosma concluded.