Heidelberg Press Makes a Good Fit

HEIDELBERG, GERMANY | Heidelberger Druckmaschinen offers the Speedmaster CX 75, described as a combination of the platform of the Speedmaster XL 75 and components of the Speedmaster SX 74

Company says the 50 x 70-cm format is the ideal fit in terms of product range and sales volume for small- and medium-sized print shops, despite strong competitive pressure from larger print formats. The requirement profile is changing, since smart production that offers reproducibility and consistently high print quality in return for a manageable investment is also in demand here. Digital integration, flexible use of paper, cardboard, and foil as well as a small footprint are important factors in this.

The Speedmaster CX 75 is also available in the larger 605 x 750 mm sheet format. This option is specifically intended for packaging and label printing in order to be able to place more repeats on the sheet. The press in the 50 x 70-cm format can process substrates ranging from lightweight paper through to rigid cardboard thanks to its double-diameter impression cylinders.

The presettings from the prepress stage for preset functions from the feeder to the delivery can be integrated via the Prinect digital print shop workflow, ensuring high productivity. Switching from the last sheet in one run to the first good sheet in the next reportedly can be done in under five minutes.

The ergonomic concept together with generous space between the printing units is said to permit optimal access and therefore quick and easy operation and maintenance. The Speedmaster CX 75 comes as a four- to six-color press with coating unit. It has a top production speed of 15,000 sheets/hr and a compact design.

With the Speedmaster CX 75, Heidelberg is closing the gap between the Speedmaster SX 74 and the Speedmaster XL 75 and rounding out its portfolio in the 50 x 70 cm format. The new press will appeal to customers in growth markets who need high flexibility but for whom a large number of automation components do not make economic sense. The Speedmaster CX 75 can be used for an extended range of applications. Production is possible using conventional inks and coatings as well as optionally UV printing. Customers can choose between three different drying technologies, with the fully integrated DryStar dryer perfectly matched to the sheet travel of the Speedmaster CX 75. The DryStar UV dryer covers a wide range of applications in terms of materials, inks, and coating types. The DryStar LE UV dryer (LE = low energy) uses highly reactive UV inks and coatings, and therefore needs less energy.

According to the company, a high level of automation is achieved by the preset capability and almost tool-free operation of the press. The Prinect Center 2 machine control station with the Intellistart intuitive operator guidance system also results in fast setup. The Prinect Easy Control or Prinect Image Control spectral color measurement systems ensure a reliable and standardized printing process. Integration into the Prinect print shop workflow, reportedly resulting in perfect data handling and transparency as well as fast makeready times.

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