Heidelberg Recaps U.S. Launch of Speedmaster CX 102 at Open HouseNovember 19, 2010
The CX 102 received the full Hollywood treatment, complete with red carpet, theatrical lighting, roving photographers, and a dramatic first glimpse of the new press—a six-color, coater-equipped model—in action. In his introductory remarks, Heidelberg USA President James Dunn revealed that research and development on the new press had begun as far back as 2004, driven by Heidelberg’s ongoing quest to improve yield, reduce wastage, and provide printers with an option for every production scenario.
“Print shops today face new market challenges that demand innovative solutions and a forward-thinking business strategy,” Dunn said. “Shorter runs, combined with increasing cost and time pressures, are making it tougher than ever for printers to achieve the margins they need while providing the top-quality printed products their customers want. The Speedmaster CX 102 is specifically designed to deliver the ease-of-use, shorter makereadies, consistently high production speeds, and superior print results customers demand—even in a difficult economy.”
Innovation Inspired by Innovation
Positioned between the Speedmaster XL 105 and the CD 102 and targeted to high-end commercial, label and packaging printers, the Speedmaster CX 102 represents a new market segment in the 40” format. It makes key components of the Speedmaster XL platform available in the popular and well-established CD 102 format for the first time.
“By raising pressroom performance to the next level of quality and makeready automation,” said Clarence Penge, VP Sheetfed Product Management, “the CX 102 offers an attractive alternative for many commercial and packaging printers who need greater capacity but who do not have the job volume needed to justify full use of the Speedmaster XL 105.”
Features and Performance
While the CD 102—with more than 100,000 units installed worldwide—remains the world’s most successful press in the 40” format, the CX 102 represents a transfer of key components of the XL 105 technology to the most successful platform ever built: the Speedmaster 102. In a word, the Speedmaster CX 102 advances the 40" category with end-to-end performance gains in feeding and delivery, sheet travel, drying, color management, and press control.