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Heidelberg To Present 5,000th Speedmaster CD 74 To Phil Vedda & Sons Printing, Inc.

Press release from the issuing company

CHICAGO, September 8, 2005 – During a special ceremony at PRINT '05 in Chicago, Heidelberg will present the 5,000th unit of the Speedmaster CD 74 to Phil Vedda, owner of Phil Vedda & Sons Printing Company in Lakewood, Ohio. Heidelberg will present Vedda with a certificate documenting the purchase of this remarkable press on Monday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Heidelberg Booth # 1200 in a special ceremony with Heidelberg Chief Executive Officer Bernhard Schreier. The installation of the new five-color Speedmaster CD 74 with coater at Phil Vedda & Sons is scheduled to begin in late fall of 2005. The 23 x 29-inch press will replace a MAN Roland 300 and primarily will be used to produce four-color work. Vedda said the CD 74 installation comes at an exciting time for the small, family-owned shop. The new CD 74 is, for Vedda, much more than a replacement, it's a major step into the print shop's future. “We're moving into a new facility soon and now is the best time to upgrade our equipment,” said Vedda. “The superior service we've received from Heidelberg in the past played an important role in the purchase of our latest press and we're highly satisfied with our existing Heidelberg prepress, sheetfed offset and bindery equipment. We hope that the new Speedmaster CD 74 will further expand our four-color capabilities and increase productivity.” The Speedmaster CD 74 was introduced to the international market at drupa 2000, and the first serial presses were shipped in early 2001. At that time, the straight press was offered with a maximum of eight printing units plus coater. In 2002, Heidelberg began offering the CD 74 with a double coating unit. The perfecting press with a maximum of six units plus coater and the DuoPress configuration became available in 2004. Today, the press is manufactured as a long perfecting press with up to 10 printing units plus coater, offering the largest range of configurations for the half and three-quarter size press. The modular concept combined with the next-generation design of the press allows Heidelberg to tailor the CD 74 to virtually all customer requirements. Highly automated makeready and easy-to-control sheet travel make the Speedmaster CD 74 the most user-friendly press for substrates ranging from flimsy papers to stiff board and plastic sheets. Key features that have driven the Speedmaster CD 74's success include: - Preset Feeder – Adjusts automatically to format and printing stock changes and minimizes make-ready; ensures fast job changes and dependable sheet travel for perfect quality without any marking of the sheet - Quick-Response Inking Unit with Switchable Ink-train Layout – Allows the press to react instantly to requested changes in dampening and inking; decreases makeready and avoids paper waste - Continuous-Film Dampening Unit Alcolor – This feature ensures a stable balance of ink and water. An even film of dampening solution guarantees that print quality remains consistently high throughout the run. The Vario function removes hickeys by creating a speed differential between the dampening form roller and plate cylinder - AirTransfer System – Optimally transfers sheets between the double-size impression cylinders of the printing units; equipped with patented Venturi technology, the sheet guide plates below the Transfer System enable mark-free production with a broad range of substrates. - Automatic Wash-up Devices – Easily accessible and simple to remove for maintenance; developed to comply fully with environmental and ergonomic requirements - Flexible Coating System – Equipped with remotely adjustable lateral, circumferential and diagonal registers to save time and reduce startup waste. A chamber doctor blade system for even application of coating, metallic coatings and fine spot coatings is an optional addition to the system - DryStar Dryer Systems – Achieves excellent drying results and boosts productivity; Optimally tuned to the sheet travel with infrared, hot-air and cold-air modules; easiest access to the dryers from operator side without any tools - Preset High-Pile Delivery – Ensures precise pile formation at maximum press speed. As an added benefit, the sheet slow down system has remotely adjustable brake elements Founded in 1956, Phil Vedda & Sons is a general commercial print shop that produces high-quality printed products ranging from business cards to four-color brochures. With 13 employees, the all-Heidelberg shop services a varied client base of local and out-of-state companies, such as advertising agencies and print brokers.