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Heidelberg to Present Offset Portfolio in Three Categories at drupa 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Press release from the issuing company

At drupa 2012, Heidelberg will present its offset portfolio in three categories: Speedmaster SM and CD, Speedmaster SX and CX, and Speedmaster XL. These product lines represent the industry’s widest range of choices for sheetfed offset printing, providing an optimal solution for every production requirement.
Besides being the world’s largest manufacturer of sheetfed offset equipment and related production systems, Heidelberg also is the industry’s primary driver of technological change in conventional lithographic printing. Although the mechanics and electronics of offset equipment are highly complex, the philosophy of press design at Heidelberg is simple: offset R&D works best when it works hand-in-hand with print market intelligence. Printers tell Heidelberg how their customers’ print-buying preferences and strategies have changed. Heidelberg responds by making sure every press it sells has what it takes to perform accordingly.
At drupa 2012, Heidelberg will demonstrate how this principle works in practice by presenting the broadest portfolio of sheetfed offset printing solutions it has ever showcased at a trade fair. Now, printers of every size and specialty in markets the world over can look to the Heidelberg sheetfed portfolio for the ideal piece of offset equipment—and be certain of finding it there.
SM and CD Presses
Heidelberg’s standardized 2- and 4-color Speedmaster SM 52 and Speedmaster SM 74 are the perfect solutions for small and medium-sized commercial print shops looking to satisfy growing customer requirements. An extended range of standard features offers a favorable price-performance ratio and opens the door to growth in high-end offset printing. Likewise, the wide range of standard features and the successful technology of the Speedmaster SM 102 offer production reliability in tandem with investment security, thanks to high print quality, established reliability, and excellent value retention. 
Peak Performance
Unrivaled in the industry, Heidelberg’s Peak Performance presses have been setting standards in production speed, print stability, and output since their introduction in 2004. Print shops looking for maximum productivity and top quality will gain a competitive edge with the Speedmaster XL 75, XL 105, XL 145 and XL 162 presses. 
Before the public for the first time will be the Speedmaster XL 105 operating at a top speed of 18,000 sheets per hour (sph) in perfecting mode. Aimed at industrial printers producing 40 to 70 million and more sheets per year, the new version boosts productivity by up to 20 percent, compared with the 15,000-sph Speedmaster XL 105-P. Technological innovations include a new perfecting and delivery concept, and an adapted sheet control system, ensuring precise registration at the highest speeds.
New SX Series 
Completely new for drupa 2012 is the Speedmaster SX series, comprising theSpeedmaster SX 52, Speedmaster SX 74, and Speedmaster SX 102. In these models, advanced functions from the Speedmaster XL class join forces with the best features of the iconic Speedmaster SM platform to create a new performance class ideal for printers ready to take their productivity to the next level. 
Building on the resounding  the new Speedmaster CX 102, Heidelberg’s Speedmaster SX models deliver outstanding print quality, high stability in production, intuitive and ergonomic operation, and a high level of automation. They also offer a wide range of configurations with coating unit, perfecting device, and many additional features including an automatic washup device, static electricity eliminator, and color measuring instruments, including Prinect Image Control and Prinect Inspection Control.
Prinect Press Center control with Intellistart operator guidance, fully automated color monitoring and adjustment, and eco-friendly operation are among the many technical advancements built into the Speedmaster SX series. In addition, a new surface technology for the exchangeable impression and transfer cylinder jackets ensures a far longer surface like and extended washup intervals. On display in Hall 1 will be a Speedmaster SX 52 with the Anicolor short inking unit; a Speedmaster SX 74; and an 8-color Speedmaster SX 102 perfector.


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