Mark Andy, a leader in the printing industry, was looking to upgrade the controls on their servo-driven inline flexographic printing presses and to standardize their product line on a single architecture to improve the ability to support customers. Of course they wanted to maintain the highest levels of print quality using the latest hardware and software available.
Two years ago, Mark Andy began pursuing an upgrade path with their motion control supplier. The next
generation products from their existing controls vendor would force them to abandon their software platform.
Faced with the considerable amount of program development required to upgrade, Kevin Wilken, VP of Engineering at Mark Andy, led the search for a new controls platform to help them maintain their reputation for cutting edge servo printing equipment.
The search started with a field of 15+ potential suppliers which was quickly narrowed to a short list of just 5 leading controls vendors using a decision matrix and a cost analysis. In addition to overall system performance, commonality of development tools, training, service, local and worldwide support were key criteria in choosing a controls platform.