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New flagship press from Heidelberg at drupa

Monday, 26 February 2007
By Print21

Peak performance class premieres with the Speedmaster XL 105 for highly industrialized offset printing capable of speeds of 18,000 sheets per hour.

Part of Heidelberg’s renewed focus on the long run packaging market, the XL 105 is distinguished by its high degree of automation, large print format of 74 x 105 cm and simple operation. Its system for contact-free sheet transport combined with innovations in coating application are claimed to deliver increased productivity of 30% and more.

One of a total of 51 new products and innovations launched by Heidelberg at the show, the XL 105 encapsulates the trend at this drupa of product evolution to faster and more productive machines without necessarily having any revolutionary developments. As the company heads back into concentrating on its core business of sheetfed presses, after getting rid of its digital division to Kodak and about to exit its web press operations in a still to be finalized deal with Goss, the XL 105 can be said to represent the future of Heidelberg.

Despite still having a NexPress (complete with Heidelberg brand) and a fully functioning M600 web press as part of its exhibition in drupa, Heidelberg leaves no doubt that it will concentrate on developing its core business of prepress, sheetfed presses and postpress. In announcing its drupa innovations it becomes clear that its focus is on the slimmed-down product range, which clearly illustrates the company’s areas of significance and its technology ambitions.

Among the highlights of new Heidelberg products on show here at Düsseldorf are:

  • A perfecting coating development that enables double-sided inline dispersion coating on the long perfecting presses in the Speedmaster SM 102 range. On a ten-color press, the fifth and tenth printing units can be used for either printing or dispersion coating. This option is also possible for twelve-color presses, where the sixth and twelfth printing units are used.
  • The Speedmaster CD 74-P with sheet reversing system enables high-quality perfecting with short changeover times between paper and board and between straight and perfecting modes. Depending on the job mix, this is claimed to produce an increase in productivity of between 15 and 25 percent over existing midsize perfecting presses.
  • The Suprasetter is a new range of thermal external drum platesetters. It uses a different laser technology developed and owned by Heidelberg and is part of the company’s strategy to develop a modular prepress technology that can be re-used in operations of every size and scope.

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