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Speedmaster 102 Sets New Industrial Print Solution Standards

Friday, September 07, 2001

Press release from the issuing company

The drupa 2000 generation of the Speedmaster SM and CD 102 series is redesigned and, once again, demonstrates the technological leadership of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) in this market. A whole raft of technological innovations and automated features deliver a new dimension in terms of quality and guarantee the very highest productivity. The CP2000 Center – the most advanced control system in the printing press industry – ensures extremely smooth operation and comprehensive integration of the press into the digital workflow. The extended functionality of the CP2000 Center and the Prinect components (ImageControl and PrepressInterface) ensure that prepress data – once captured – can be reused throughout the entire production process. This guarantees shorter setup times and increased quality. At Print 01 in Chicago, Heidelberg demonstrates uses to the benefits of these presses on live jobs in the industrial print solution sector. Extended range of functions of the CP2000 Center Heidelberg has further optimized the CP2000 Center press control system in line with the very latest ergonomic and technological criteria. The CP2000 PresetLink module transfers digital color presetting data online and relays print image previews from the prepress. Networking several presses also makes it possible to transfer data online from the press where it is stored to other Speedmaster presses equipped with a CP2000 Center. The new CANBus interface and CANOpen from Heidelberg set the standard for the next integration stage in the field of highly automated sheetfed offset printing. Ancillary assemblies, such as InkLine or the DryStar dryer, can be controlled centrally from the CP2000 Center. Equipment diagnosis, visualization of the print process and recording of operating data are all centrally performed via the CP2000 Center. This reduces the workload on personnel, noticeably boosts productivity and helps cut material costs. ImageControl spectrophotometric whole image measurement boosts productivity and quality ImageControl, the first spectrophotometric quality control with direct online connection to the press, allows a qualitative assessment of the entire print image. By comparing the measured values, with the required color values as transferred from the digital prepress, ImageControl automatically calculates adjustment recommendations for the press, thereby shortening setup times. Printing of repeat forms is also facilitated by a whole host of functions. These include comparison of individual repeats and the provision of a color database with colorimetric reference values for the individual Pantone colors (very important for packaging printing). Enhanced delivery unit design provides outstanding performance with all print stocks Specifically for the Speedmaster CD and SM 102, Heidelberg has redesigned the sheet feed system in the delivery unit by rearranging the Venturi nozzles and improving the air supply. Simplified, reproducible adjustment of the total air volume has made it easier to operate. The sheets travel to the delivery unit virtually without contact. As a result, the production speed is increased even under difficult conditions. This ensures significantly higher net production rates in practice. Optimized powder consumption thanks to CleanStar double-sided application and CleanStar excess powder extractor Heidelberg's PowderStar Duo Plus system is a perfect example of how to achieve maximum quality with minimum powder consumption. Applying powder to both sides of the print sheets reduces the amount of powder needed up to 30%. The CleanStar system from Heidelberg also increases press productivity. The new enhanced delivery unit incorporates a powder extractor that reduces dust, odor and heat in the print room and simplifies the cleaning process. v The CleanStar is part of the Heidelberg Star concept, which groups together the press' ancillary units in compact, easily accessible machine cabinets. A water-cooled variant is also available for dryers, air supply, dampening solution processing and inking unit temperature control. Heat recovery also makes sheetfed offset printing more environmentally friendly. Added to this is the fact that water-cooling incurs much lower investment and operating costs than air cooling, making it an excellent alternative. At Print 01 in Chicago, Heidelbergwill display its Environmental Information Center (EIC). Using special experiments, visitors to the trade fair can test for themselves the Star concept's balance of ecology and economics. Automatic non-stop ink feed with InkLine Direct The InkLine unit for supplying printing units with ink from 2 kg cartridges introduced two years ago has evolved into the InkLine Direct fully automatic ink supply system. Ink can now also be fed alternately via a central ink supply system – this eliminates the need to exchange cartridges and cuts setup times. Speedmaster SM 102 perfector models with PerfectJacket technology The Speedmaster SM 102 perfectors set new standards of print quality and net output in perfecting operation. Heidelberg's PerfectJacket concept delivers unprecedented print quality after the sheet reversal stage. The durable exchangeable jacket for the impression cylinder with its ink-repellent, silicon-based surface seal reduces wash-up times and significantly enhances print quality. Around 20–30% of the orders printers previously produced in two passes – for quality reasons or because of material restrictions – can now be produced in perfecting printing. The proven Heidelberg exchangeable jacket concept means even older Speedmaster models can be retrofitted with PerfectJacket, and resulting in enhanced quality benefits. The outstanding performance and cost-effectiveness of the Heidelberg Speedmaster 102 places it at the forefront of long perfecting presses. The Speedmaster 102 is the only press in its format class to offer up to twelve printing units for 6/6 colors or 5/5 colors plus coating. This is "one pass productivity" at its very best.

 

 

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