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Heidelberg To Demonstrate Integrated Print Shop At Graph Expo

Press release from the issuing company

KENNESAW, Ga. – September 3, 2008 – Heidelberg is inviting attendees of Graph Expo 2008 to see the latest equipment, technologies and workflow solutions in a running, completely integrated "print shop" environment. The "shop" will be located in Heidelberg's booth #1200, which will demonstrate Heidelberg's theme of "HEI Performance and HEI Value" through a range of featured prepress, commercial print, packaging, postpress, service and workflow solutions. Visitors to the Heidelberg booth will learn what it means to "Get Prinected" and experience the benefits of shop integration at the tradeshow, which will be held in Chicago at McCormick Place on Oct. 26-29.

Three times a day, visitors to the Heidelberg booth will be invited to Heidelberg's main theater for a presentation highlighting the benefits of a fully integrated print shop workflow. Called "From the Front Office to the Loading Dock: the Competitive Advantage of a Fully Integrated Workflow," the presentation will show that a print shop's greatest strength is a workflow that can cope with complex processes and provide clear and simple answers.

"Integration in a print shop is an absolute 'must have' for printers to maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace," said Jim Dunn, president, Heidelberg USA. "In addition to our technologies and equipment for commercial and package printers, Heidelberg will place a particularly strong focus on our Prinect workflow solutions at this year's Graph Expo to demonstrate the benefits of an integrated print shop."

Booth visitors also can experience the latest in sheetfed technology. Making its U.S. debut at Graph Expo 2008 is the Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 press with perfecting unit, which is designed to optimize One-Pass Productivity for large-format printing. The XL 105-10P shown in the perfector configuration will run at speeds of up to 15,000 iph.  In the straight printing configuration, the XL 105 can print at 18,000 iph. The XL 105 is perfect for commercial or packaging customers due to its ability to accommodate a wide range of substrates. Heidelberg has been the proven leader in perfecting technology with the Speedmaster SM 102, and with the launch of the XL 105 perfector, the bar has been raised in terms of pure output performance and quality. The XL 105-10P press shown at Graph Expo will feature Prinect Inpress Control, which won a 2008 InterTech Technology Award and is the first inline device for sheetfed presses that uses spectrophotometry to measure color and register while the press is running. Also shown on the XL 105-10P at Graph Expo will be Prinect Press Center, which features a 40" Wallscreen unit where all press conditions and operations can be viewed at a glance including color and register control. Prinect Press Center will be available for all new Speedmaster presses.

In addition to the new XL 105-10P, Heidelberg will showcase the following solutions and equipment at Graph Expo:

    •    Integrated Workflow Solutions– Visitors to Heidelberg's booth will experience its full array of Prinect workflow solutions, including the new Prinect Postpress Manager, which integrates postpress processes, and the Prinect Schedulerelectronic planning board – both of which lead to significant enhancements in production sequence efficiency. With Prinect Pressroom Manager, job data entered in the JDF ticket by the print management information system can be called up anywhere in the pressroom, such as at the pressroom manager's workstation, the operator's console or the press itself. "Print Shop 1200" – the Heidelberg booth – will be fully integrated with the Prinect Integration System, which centrally schedules, coordinates and seamlessly controls every area of the shop's processes.

    •    Postpress Technology Solutions– Fast makeready paired with operating efficiency will be the themes of Heidelberg's postpress display at Graph Expo. Heidelberg offers a complete range of postpress solutions, including folders, cutters, die cutters, folding carton gluers, saddlestitchers and adhesive binders. At Graph Expo, Heidelberg will demonstrate the POLAR PACE (POLAR Automated Cutting for Efficiency) system, which was recently recognized for superior automation with a 2008 InterTech Technology Award. The system, which will be demonstrated with a POLAR 137 XT cutter, requires only one operator to load a skid, increasing overall productivity. Also shown will be the 14,000 cycles-per-hour Stitchmaster ST 450 saddlestitcher, boasting high levels of automation, flexibility, and productivity, and Heidelberg's fully-automated Stahlfolder TH 66 folder, which is modular in design, allowing easy configuration to meet the needs of every print job. The folder will be shown with the TSH 70 SPA Twinstacker, a vertical pile unit with two stacking levels arranged on top of one another for high performance.

    •    Saphira Consumables – Heidelberg will debut its new Saphira Violet Chemfree plates at this year's Graph Expo show. The new plates, for use on Heidelberg Prosetter models, are a low-process version of violet plates. No chemistry is needed other than plate gum, making the Saphira Violet Chemfree plates easier to use and resulting in less waste. Additionally, all of the equipment in the Heidelberg "print shop" will feature Saphira branded consumables, including pressroom supplies, rollers, inks, plates, blankets and cleaning systems. The XL 105 will use a full array of performance-optimized Saphira press consumables, from the new Saphira Pro Blanket to the new Saphira Ink Select process and PMS inks.

Heidelberg's Graph Expo booth also will include special areas for show attendees to learn about the latest Certified Remarketed by Heidelberg and service offerings. Highlights from Heidelberg Systemservice will include eCall, an intelligent notification system which enables presses to automatically communicate impending service issues directly to Heidelberg, and the Heidelberg Partner Program, which allows customers to build a custom service plan for their needs.

Beyond equipment and services, Heidelberg's Print Media Academy (PMA) will offer ongoing educational seminars at Graph Expo, including sessions led by Andrew Paparozzi of NAPL and Susanne Morgan of PrintBuyersOnline.com. Heidelberg experts and other industry leaders will lead 15 PMA seminars, which will offer insights into new technologies, new techniques, industry trends and business strategies to improve profitability and efficiency.  A full speaker schedule is available at www.us.heidelberg.com.