Heidelberg Sets Off Fireworks of Innovation in Sheetfed Offset for the Digital Smart Print Shop
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Press release from the issuing company
Heidelberg is now delivering the most intelligent and most highly automated Speedmaster of all time. The completely redesigned Prinect Press Center generation with the new Speedmaster Operating System delivers Push to Stop functionality and connection to the Prinect Cloud to every Speedmaster.Download image in high-resolution
From April 2020, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will be putting the most intelligent and automated Speedmaster ever into series production. The completely redesigned Prinect Press Center generation with the new Speedmaster Operating System delivers Push to Stop functionality and connection to the Prinect Cloud to every Speedmaster. Many new digital assistance systems, such as the Wash Assistant or Intellirun on the Wallscreen XL, turn the Prinect Press Center into a modern, attractive workstation, and allow the operator to continuously call on the machine’s performance potential. However, the hardware has evolved as well. In addition to the new and significantly larger 24-inch multi-touchscreen, the standard illuminant lighting to ISO 3664:2009 was converted to LED. Instead of time-consuming tube changes, as before, switching between standard illuminant D50 and D65 with and without UV is now done simply by pressing a button.
“Following the overwhelming success of Push to Stop at the drupa 2016, we have invested a great deal in advancing the idea of the Smart Print Shop and in taking Push to Stop to a new level” explains Rainer Wolf, Head of Sheetfed Product Management. Software development, of course, plays a key role in this. Heidelberg, however, has also heavily invested in press technology, closing automation gaps, further optimizing subprocesses, and developing new applications. “The result speaks for itself, and we are proud of the innovation fireworks we shall be setting off with the Speedmaster 2020 generation to make sheetfed offset printing even more attractive and cost-effective,” enthuses Rainer Wolf, and adds “with our flagship, the Speedmaster XL 106, we have defined the term Peak Performance Class in the industry. Up to 90 million printed sheets a year are already reality today. Now, that’s what we call peak performance in practice. With our new Speedmaster generation, we offer our customers outstanding conditions to fully exploit the possibilities of modern, digital offset printing.”
Hycolor Pro – the new digitally controlled dampening unit
Washup time reduction through LotoTec inking rollers, extended washup systems, and intelligent washup programs
Especially when ink changes are frequent, considerable advantages can be achieved with LotoTec inking rollers. After having passed the long-term test, these inking rollers with patented surface coating are now released for series production. Since rewashing the rollers is not necessary and, due to their excellent printing properties, they are becoming increasingly popular, particularly in packaging printing.
New scalable solutions in the area of printing plate management
Customers with fewer plate changes, however, can also achieve relief for the operator. Digital workflow integration is similar, with the exception that the plate trolley is verified using a mobile scanner and lifted to the gallery level with a lift – the so-called “Plate to Gallery” procedure. A wider gallery offers the operator very good ergonomic conditions during job preparation, while the current job is in production. “Plate to Gallery” is also interesting for folding carton printers, since the machines are usually raised and the operator can now use the lift to conveniently take printing plates, coating plates, ink and other aids to gallery level.
The time required for the plate change itself has also been improved. The changing time for the fully automated, simultaneous AutoPlate XL 3 plate changer has been, once again, drastically reduced by more than 30 percent, and now requires exactly the same amount of time as the blanket washup that takes place simultaneously, so that no additional time is required for plate changing.
Zero defect production with intelligent waste paper management
New applications and features
In the area of rotary die-cutting, the successful Speedmaster XL 106-DD will be complemented by the Speedmaster XL 106-D with just one die-cutting unit. This provides a less costly alternative sufficient for many applications.
The fully automated non-stop system of the Speedmaster XL 106 has also been redesigned, and, in addition to increased robustness for folding carton printing, now offers the option of rack operation for thin materials, for example in label printing.
A number of technical features for security printing, such as ink fountain for rainbow printing, or devices for waterless offset and letterset, were transferred from the Speedmaster XL 75 to the XL 106.
A new coating supply allows minimal circulation quantities, which saves costs, especially with special applications involving expensive coatings.
The Speedmaster XL 106 is now available with special equipment for substrate thicknesses of up to 1.6 mm.
In the area of applying dispersion coating on both sides in a single pass, the speed of previously 15,000 sheets/hour can now be increased to 18,000 sheets/hour with the Speedmaster XL 106 and optimized drying with just two dryer units before perfecting.
The new Speedmaster XL 75 has been fully redesigned and updated to the latest ergonomic standards. The maximum speed of the straight printing version was raised to 16,500 sheets/hour, with an optional increase to 18,000 sheets/hour. In combination with the new Prinect Press Center XL 3 and the range of new assistance systems, the Speedmaster XL 75 sets the standards in the 50 x 70 cm format.
Positive feedback from the field test
Only recently, a Speedmaster XL 106-6+L of the new generation for packaging printing went into operation at Mediahaus in Ahaus. “This new investment provides many interesting application options for our creative team,” confirms Managing Director Jan Hendrik Walfort. “Many technical innovations, such as the Hycolor Pro dampening unit and the Speedmaster Operating System, simplify operation and significantly increase productivity.”
Quality, service, speed – these are the pillars of Offset Friedrich print shop, on which the family business has built its success and continues to grow, despite strong competition. “We strive to work profitably and need a high level of automation, which is something the Speedmaster XL 75 can deliver on a permanent basis,” confirms Managing Director Marcus Friedrich. He has been producing on a Speedmaster XL 75 five-color press with the new Prinect Press Center and the Heidelberg Operating System in a field test since mid-2019. The Push to Stop concept and the Prinect Production Manager provide optimal support for the printer. “What impressed us most about the Speedmaster XL 75, in addition to the new control system, is the increased printing speed of 16,500 sheets per hour, which we consistently and stably use for most substrates. We were also able to reduce waste paper by about two thirds,” summarizes Marcus Friedrich his positive experience.
“Heidelberg’s innovativeness is still going strong. The unique competencies in the field of mechanical engineering, control technology, software, application and process engineering, simulation and analytics are now bundled in the new Innovation Center right at the heart of the Wiesloch site, providing ideal conditions for the continued success of the Speedmaster. Digitized offset printing is already more competitive today, especially for short runs, than many people believe and we still see a lot of potential,” asserts Rainer Wolf.
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