Kennesaw, GA – Amid much discussion of why people go to trade shows and what they expect to see when they arrive, Heidelberg is offering attendees an opportunity to see and touch a generous slice of its comprehensive print media portfolio at Print 09.
"Year after year, printers return to Heidelberg's corner of McCormick Place to get a look under the hood and kick the tires on the most extensive array of equipment available from a single supplier," said James Dunn, president of Heidelberg USA. "This year we're pleased to be bringing together no fewer than 12 of our outstanding, state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions in a real, working print shop environment. That's 30,000 square feet of space devoted to prepress, press, postpress and packaging solutions that can bring real improvement and measurable results to businesses today. And by bringing them together, I mean not only assembling them on one stand, but also uniting them with elements of our Prinect digital workflow for maximum efficiency. You won't find that kind of centrally directed, transparent, end-to-end integration anywhere else on the show floor."
That Heidelberg is uniquely positioned to provide this one-of-a-kind trade show experience is beyond question for its loyal customers, whose reliance on Heidelberg technology is a daily fact of business life. Given the capital-intensive nature of the printing industry and the hands-on nature of the trade, the visual and tactile elements of a memorable trade show experience are unlikely to be duplicated to their satisfaction in any other type of venue.
Peak Performance All Around
Sure to attract special attention is the most advanced press any manufacturer will bring to Print 09: The Speedmaster XL 75, the 29" member of Heidelberg's Peak Performance series of XL presses, which had its world debut at drupa 2008. Heidelberg designed the XL 75 for extensive automated presetting, running speeds to 18,000 sph, and customized finishing options including UV coating, inline foiling, and flexo before the offset units. Available with up to 12 printing units plus coater in both straight and perfecting models, the press will be shown at Print 09 in a 10-color, 5/5 perfecting configuration equipped with 2008 InterTech Award-winning InPress inline color and register measuring system, Autoplate XL simultaneous plate changing and aqueous coater. The press will be demonstrated in tandem with the 2009 InterTech Award-winning Prinect Press Center with Intellistart process-oriented navigation system and High-Definition LCD Wallscreen, and will consume Heidelberg Saphira thermal plates imaged on a compact Suprasetter A75 CtP device.
Heidelberg also will demonstrate a pair of enduring small-format champs: a 4-color Speedmaster SM 52 with Anicolor zoneless inking, Heidelberg's answer to the challenges of short-run printing and the offset alternative to nonvariable digital printing technologies; and the Printmaster QM 46, Heidelberg's ubiquitous small-format workhorse, shown with longitudinal inline perfing.
Heidelberg's contribution to the Pack Print "show-within-a-show" dedicated to the production of folding cartons, flexible packaging, tag and labels will include (also in booth 1200) the Easygluer 100 entry-level folding carton gluer and the compact, multifunctional KAMA ProCut 74 diecutter. And in the postpress arena, a POLAR 137 PACE cutting system configured for fully automatic loading, cutting and offloading by a single operator will share the spotlight with a Stitchmaster ST 450 saddlestitcher and a Stahlfolder TH 82 folder.
Workflow Connectivity Provides the Glue
While there will be plenty of live equipment for visitors to inspect, machinery will not be the only focus of the Heidelberg booth. To drive home the point that workflow should be the key element in all printing environments, Heidelberg will place its Prinect family of integrated workflow products literally at the center of the action in Booth 1200. In a circular pavilion, a server surrounded by eight workstations will form a pivotal hub from which paths or "HEI-ways" will lead to four quadrants set up both as equipment areas and theaters for the production processes on display. At the workstations, continuous demonstrations of solutions for production control, process management and color quality will emphasize that all processes in the booth are networked and centrally managed, just as they can be in any plant that embraces computer-integrated manufacturing via Prinect from Heidelberg. Of particular interest this year will be demonstrations of the newly forged connectivity between Heidelberg Prinect and the Monarch and Pace print production and management solutions from EFI.
Finally, when it comes to equipping offset printers for success in commercial, industrial and packaging printing, Heidelberg supplements and optimizes its equipment offerings with best-in-class service, consumables, used equipment and parts. This year, for the first time, Heidelberg's Certified Remarketed and Systemservice businesses will occupy a booth of their own (1593) to underscore the benefits of doing business with the only unimpeachable source for original parts replacement and pre-owned Heidelberg machinery.
It is precisely because Heidelberg understands and respects what sheetfed offset printers want and need that the company has undertaken the considerable effort and investment it takes to equip and staff a 30,000-square-foot "booth" for the convenience of its customers – no mean feat in an economically challenging year. Likewise, printers who also invest time and money in the annual pilgrimage to McCormick Place have earned the best efforts of suppliers to show them-first-hand-the solutions that can help their businesses to thrive.
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
With a global market share for sheetfed offset printing machines of more than 40 percent, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is the world's leading solution provider for commercial and industrial customers in the print media industry. Headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, the Company focuses on the entire process and value chain for popular format classes in the sheetfed offset and flexographic printing sectors. Apart from printing presses, the product portfolio includes plate imaging devices and finishing equipment, as well as software components designed to integrate all print manufacturing processes. In addition, Heidelberg offers a wide range of spare parts, consumables, used equipment and services, along with extensive training programs provided by the Print Media Academy. Furthermore, the Company assists its customers' investment plans by offering financing concepts.
Heidelberg is most active within the major OECD industrial regions and is expanding its involvement within growing markets such as Asia and Eastern Europe. With development and production sites in six countries and some 250 sales offices worldwide, the Company offers services to more than 200,000 customers around the globe. Heidelberg generates 85 percent of global sales through company-owned sales offices and above 85 percent outside of Germany. In fiscal year 2007/2008, Heidelberg achieved sales of Euro 3.670 billion referring to the divisions Press, Postpress and Financial Services as well as a net profit of Euro 142 million. As of March 31, 2008, the Group employed 19,596 staff worldwide.
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