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Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 Now Available in UV Version and as Double-Coating Press

Press release from the issuing company

12/08/2006 -- Heidelberg is now offering the Speedmaster XL 105 in a UV version and as a double-coating press. As a result, the benefits of this series are available for a highly varied range of finishes. The advantages include a production speed of 18,000 sheets per hour, extremely short make-ready times, and outstanding productivity thanks to the high degree of automation. Customers who used these presses in field tests were also able to increase productivity in UV and double-coating printing by up to 30 percent. The Speedmaster XL 105 UV and Speedmaster XL 105 LYYL (L = coating unit, Y = drying unit) have been designed for industrialized print shops in the commercial, label, and packaging sectors. The spectrum for printing stock ranges from 0.03 millimeter to one millimeter. Both versions of the press will be available as standard from mid-2007. Speedmaster XL 105 UV fully UV-equipped ex works UV printing offers a wide range of advantages - premium gloss effects, unusual printing stocks such as laminated materials, films, or metallic surfaces, and fast postpress. This means an ordinary print product can be turned into a top-quality experience to excite the senses - and that is exactly what the market is calling for. Printers today are looking for solutions that set them apart from their competitors and enable them to provide their customers with an extended range of services. Heidelberg offers the Speedmaster XL 105 UV fully UV-equipped ex works. The inking unit itself is kept at a consistent temperature and, in conjunction with the separate ink fountain roller temperature control, enables precise and stable ink metering, thus creating consistent conditions across the entire pressrun. At a speed of 18,000 sheets per hour, this is a key parameter in both conventional and UV printing. A special feature of the Speedmaster XL 105 UV is its coating unit with pressurized chambered doctor blade system, which ensures even better, more even coating results than conventional systems. All UV presses with coating units are supplied with three extension modules in the delivery - extended sheet travel helps achieve optimum gloss effects. The new DryStar 3000 UV, designed for the sheet travel of the Speedmaster XL 105 UV, has been selected as the UV dryer. The dryers are fully integrated into both the printing unit and delivery. The interdeck dryers can be moved freely from printing unit to printing unit without the need for tools, thus implementing "plug and print" and achieving maximum flexibility. Speedmaster XL 105 becomes good all-rounder as double-coating press A double-coating press consists of two coating units and two interdeck units with integrated dryer technology. As an alternative to a pure UV press, the Speedmaster XL 105-LYYL can process conventional inks and give them a UV coating inline once a primer has been applied. A range of combinations are possible such as primers with metallic coatings, Iriodin, or functional coatings. Whether used as a pure UV press or a hybrid press, there are no more limits to the range of finishing options that are supported. The infrared and hot-air DryStar 3000 LYL dryer is used in the drying units of the double-coating presses. Both coating units boast extremely high register accuracy for delivering unique finishing quality. The new combination clamping bar enables use of both coating blankets and coating plates, thus offering maximum flexibility. Over 1,500 Speedmaster XL 105 printing units supplied worldwide The Speedmaster XL 105 is a completely new platform development from Heidelberg that extends the existing product portfolio in 70 x 100 centimeters (27.56 x 39.37 inches) format. It supports between four and eight colors and an optional coating unit. Since the start of series production in April 2005, over 1,500 printing units from this high-performance press have been delivered worldwide.