Heidelberg Installs State-of-the-Art Speedmaster XL 105 at N.A. Technology Center

Depending on the number and complexity of the jobs in question, annual production capacities can be increased by up to eight percent. Additional functionality includes the Color Assistant Pro for self-calibration of the ink zones with automatic adaption of the characteristic profiles and customized optimization of color presets; InkFoil Assistant; DryStar Advanced; and Performance Benchmarking for Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE).

The new press is also linked to Heidelberg’s latest-generation Prinect Image Control for spectral-based color control and color management, which had its North American debut at Graph Expo last year and will be demonstrated with increased functionality at drupa 2012.

Additional state-of-the-art features include Autoplate XL for fully automatic, simultaneous plate-changing; a Foil Kit for specialty printing; CoatingStar coating supply units for aqueous and UV; Pressurized Coating Chamber for specialty coating; Multi-Loader for quick changing of Anilox rollers; fully automated Universal Nonstop Delivery with Heidelberg Logistics; and CleanStar powder extraction system. The press is also set up to demonstrate Low-Energy UV curing via DryStar LE.

Compelling Reasons to Visit
When Heidelberg USA rechristened its Kennesaw demonstration facility in 2010, the new name—North American Print and Packaging Technology Center (NAPPTC)—was chosen to reflect a shift in customer preference for a low-pressure, in-depth learning experience focused on helping printers understand all the ways in which Heidelberg solutions can benefit their businesses.

Today, the NAPPTC not only represents the largest array of prepress, press, postpress, workflow, consumable and service solutions on display anywhere in the world outside of Germany, but also serves as a platform for Heidelberg’s Print Media Academy, which offers need-specific tools, techniques and training to help printers become more capable, profitable and competitive. The activities of the NAPPTC and PMA are closely related to and supported by those of Heidelberg’s Business Consulting unit. Heidelberg Business Consulting experts bring years of experience observing, analyzing and finding ways to improve production procedures while reducing or eliminating waste.

As the centerpiece of this state-of-the-art, multi-use facility, the newly installed Speedmaster XL 105 provides serious proof of Heidelberg’s unrivaled leadership in sheetfed offset technology and a seamless example of automated print manufacturing at its most efficient.

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