Heidelberg presents at Ipex new sheetfed Offset Press CX102
Friday, April 23, 2010
Press release from the issuing company
Note: Special commentary from Andy Tribute below.
Heidelberg will be introducing the Speedmaster CX 102 on the occasion of IPEX 2010. This will mark the world premiere of a new printing press for industrial offset printing with a production speed of 16,500 sheets per hour.
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will be showcasing the Speedmaster CX 102 at IPEX 2010. This will mark the world premiere of a new printing press for industrial offset printing with a production speed of 16,500 sheets per hour. The new machine joins the ranks between the Speedmaster SM 102 and Speedmaster CD 102 with a maximum speed of 13,000 sph, respectively 15,000 sph, and the Speedmaster XL 105 with a maximum speed of 18,000 sph. This press puts the finishing touch to the Heidelberg 70 x 100 cm format and offers the perfect solution for every press speed and level of productivity. The Speedmaster CX 102 addresses both commercial and packaging printers and can be ordered as of IPEX 2010.
For the first time, the Speedmaster CX 102 will include high-performance components, which were previously reserved for the XL platform.
Consistent platform strategy and the best of two worlds
"With the introduction of the Speedmaster XL 105, we have successfully established a completely new performance class in the last few years. Right from the start, the Speedmaster SM 102 and CD 102 series have benefited from the achievements we made in XL development," explains Stephan Plenz, Member of the Heidelberg Management Board and responsible for the equipment sector. "Thanks to the host of innovations and new maximum speed of 16,500 sheets per hour, the Speedmaster CX 102 is an interesting option for anyone who is impressed with the XL technology and wants to combine it with the benefits of the CD 102 platform. The Speedmaster CD 102, CX 102 and XL 105 machines are enabling us to achieve a unique level of market coverage worldwide and to offer our customers an optimum combination of price and performance."
The new Speedmaster CX 102 has been designed in a modular way, enabling flexible, customized machine configurations. The press will be available in various configurations.
Fit for the future
Press control takes place via the high-performance Prinect Press Center and Intellistart, the process-oriented operator guidance system. As with the XL 105, communication with all the machine components and auxiliaries takes place via the decentralized Sheetfed Control press control system. Prinect Inpress Control, the spectrophotometric inline measuring system, is key to significantly reducing makeready times and paper waste on the Speedmaster CX 102. The color and register are controlled in a closed loop on the fly and kept constant throughout the entire production run.
Complete portfolio and a unique level of market coverage worldwide: With the Speedmaster CD 102, CX 102 and XL 105 presses, Heidelberg offers the optimum combination of price and performance each for the customers' individual requirements.
High productivity and comprehensive environmental protection
The Speedmaster CX 102 is ideal for reduced-alcohol and alcohol-free printing, for instance, while peripherals such as the AirStar or CombiStar make a major contribution to boosting the press's energy efficiency. Inline color measuring systems such as Prinect Inpress Control reduce paper waste on average by 100 up to 150 sheets per print job and lower the level of CO2 emissions significantly.
What's more, Heidelberg offers customers the chance to help the environment further still by purchasing emission credits from climate protection projects. This carbon offsetting makes good the greenhouse gas emissions generated during the press production process.
WhatTheyThink contributing editor Andy Tribute comments on this news by Heidelberg:
The new Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102 press will be released at the forthcoming Ipex show. This press is extending the line of Heidelberg presses in the 70 x 100 cm format where there are the Speedmaster SM 102 and the CD 102 presses. The Speedmaster 102 line of presses has been available for many years and it sits just below the higher performance and slightly larger format Speedmaster XL105 press family that was introduced at drupa in 2004. Since the introduction of the XL105 Heidelberg has reversed engineered some of the extra functionality of the XL platform into the SM 102 and CD 102 press platforms. These include the fully-automated Preset Plus Feeder and Delivery and dynamic sheet brake, and high-performance components such as the gripper system and cylinder bearings. The new Speedmaster CX 102 now goes further with higher performance up to an operational running speed of 16,500 impressions/hour. The Speedmaster CD102 has a speed of 15,000 impressions/hour whereas the Speedmaster XL105 has a performance of 18,000 impressions/hour. The Speedmaster CX 102 is a non-perfecting press and the press to be shown at Ipex will a five-color unit with coater and Inpress color control system. There is already a highly configured six-color Speedmaster CX 102 installed at the Heidelberg Wiesloch demo facility in Germany.
I spoke with Heidelberg about this and queried whether this really should have been called a Speedmaster XL 102. I was advised that while the press incorporated many of the XL platform technologies it was still using the Speedmaster 102 press platform. The main change over the CD 102 was in the use of new press side bearings to ensure smooth running at maximum speed without disruptive vibration.
The new Speedmaster CX 102 is designed for a number of types of user. It is an ideal complement to existing Speedmaster 102 users to utilize existing CtP technologies, as well as being a lower purchase cost option. In terms of performance it ranges from 6 – 15% less productive than a Speedmaster XL 105 at a cost slightly less than that percentage. The reason for the difference in performance of 6 – 15% depends upon press options. For example if the Prinect Inpress inline color control is used then the higher speed of the XL 105 press optimizes the performance benefits of this platform.
I think that one of the main messages that comes from this announcement is that Heidelberg is maintaining development and support for the very widely used Speedmaster 102 presses providing an ongoing upgrade path for those users not needing to move up to the Speedmaster XL 105 press platform.
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