In November 2021, Okil-Sato located in St. Petersburg, Russia installed their sixth MPS press, a 14-colour EFA 430. The new fully automated multi-substrate MPS EFA press, equipped with various converting and embellishment options, was purchased to increase capacity for printing high quality self-adhesive labels. The installation was led by Ogard, the Russian representative of MPS Systems.
Okil was founded in 1995 and currently holds a leading position in the Russian market for the production of self-adhesive labels and flexible packaging with a share of over 15%.
There are over 500 leading Russian and transnational brands among the customers of the company – manufacturers of alcoholic and food products, beverages, cosmetics, household and chemical goods. The printing equipment of the company numbers more than two dozen machines to meet the world’s most highest industry standards. The group of companies also includes production sites in the Urals and Siberia, where MPS printing presses are also installed and operated.
Efficient production runs and quick change-overs
The highly automated MPS EFA press is a multifunctional flexo printing press equipped with the state-of-the-art technologies developed by MPS Systems for efficient production runs and quick change of printing jobs. The MPS EFA is a multi-substrate press, designed for printing on polymer rolls and paper self-adhesive materials, aluminum foil, thin monofilms and even light cardboard. The robust, reliable design of the machine ensures stable registration, and any deviations in the printing and finishing process are automatically monitored and corrected. With full automation, the EFA can quickly change orders with the proprietary Automated Print Control system (APC), which automatically sets the desired pressure settings (anilox to plate, plate to substrate).
The functionality of all EFA presses also includes MPS patented Crisp.Dot technology with a non-driven counter-pressure roller, which provides friction-free print momentum and minimal dot gain, AutoTeach for quick and automatic pre-register for new repeat size or web path, Job Memory to save all job settings and quickly load them during similar orders, iStop for job changes with minimal waste, an intuitive iControl interface, and a Quick Change Die for quick die cut changes.
MPS EFA presses can be installed in very customized configurations with the required number of converting modules. With Ultraflex Rail system converting units can be moved and positioned in a totally flexible way. Thanks to the rail system’s ergonomic design, it’s easy to slide a rail units such as cross-over, delam-relam, in-register lamination, hot foil or screen printing to a different position or change the sequence.
Over 50 printing presses manufactured by the Dutch company MPS Systems have been installed and currently operate in Russia. With fast changeovers, highest reliability, consistent and predictable print quality, these presses provides the lowest cost per 1,000 labels in the industry.
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Photo: Niels van Groenendaal, MPS Regional Sales Director and Denis Okulov, CEO of Okil at the Factory Acceptance Test of Okil’s new MPS EFA 430 press.