Heidelberg Hosts Successful LPIA Spring Technical Conference
Among the highlights was a chance to see Heidelberg’s latest addition to its Tech Center pressroom: a six-color Speedmaster XL 105 with dual coating unit for aqueous and UV and full interdeck UV drying. The new press is the beneficiary of no fewer than four InterTech Technology Award-winning innovations from Heidelberg, including the Peak Performance, 18,000 sph XL platform (2007); the Prinect Press Center with integrated Wallscreen and advanced Intellistart software (2009); Prinect Inpress Control in-line color measurement and registration (2008); Prinect Inspection Control for print and material defect detection (2010); and new DryStar LE (low-energy) UV. Heidelberg’s small-format Speedmaster SM 52 with Anicolor Inking Unit also garnered considerable attention for its shorter makereadies and the efficiencies it brings to bear on short-run sheetfed printing projects, including labels.
On the finishing side, participants saw the most advanced high-speed POLAR P.A.C.E. cutting system (POLAR Automation for Cutting Efficiency), recipient of a 2008 PIA InterTech Technology award. Also featured were label-cutting equipment built around the DC-M and DC-11 high-die and SC-21 square-cutting systems displayed in various configurations for efficient manufacturing. Of special interest to attendees were POLAR P-Net and Compucut networking technologies, demonstrating state-of-the-art postpress data communication. The KAMA ProCut 74F die cutter with hot foil and finishing and ProFold 74 folder-gluer were shown with an emphasis on value-added features like embossing, debossing, foiling, plastic cutting, gluing, and specialty applications.
In consultation with Heidelberg experts, participants also were encouraged to explore new brand-building processes, markets and brand applications, as well as new capabilities developed to address the growing demands of the exploding marketplace for packaging, label and specialty printing.
“Printing and converting is a capital-intensive business,” Iovoli noted. “Companies that fail to invest and reinvest also will fail to compete effectively. Kudos to both Heidelberg and HP for giving us the benefit of their insight and expertise.”