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Heidelberg's Prinect Inspection Control Earns 2010 PIA InterTech Award

August 25, 2010
KENNESAW, GA—Aug. 24, 2010—Heidelberg’s Prinect Inspection Control, the industry’s first, internally integrated in-line printing and material defect detection system, recently garnered a prestigious 2010 PIA InterTech Award, the company’s sixth in four consecutive years. Equally significant are reports from Heidelberg customers whose practical experience with Prinect Inspection Control corroborates the InterTech judges’ findings and demonstrates the labor-saving applications of this breakthrough technology.

Russell Haraf is the president of Nosco, Inc., a Waukegan, IL-based pharmaceutical packaging printer that installed a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 press in 2008. The company served as a beta site for Prinect Inspection Control, which was installed the system after the XL 105 was delivered. According to Haraf,
 
“Our Speedmaster XL 105 press is one of the best capital investments Nosco has ever made. It runs amazingly fast, changeovers are a breeze, and start-up waste is minimal. What’s more, we’re thoroughly impressed by the confidence our operators have gained since Prinect Inspection Control was installed. They can now identify defects more effectively, and they also have an opportunity to reduce waste. The net result is a significant improvement in our overall material yield.”
 
The Right Tool for the Most Unforgiving Jobs
Optimally geared to the technology and applications of the Speedmaster CD 102 and XL 105 models in straight and perfecting configurations, Prinect Inspection Control is designed to locate printing and material defects—hickeys, marking, scumming, scratching, etc.—on every printed sheet as it passes through the coating unit of the press. Defects are captured in real time by comparing every printed sheet with a digital reference. Upon detection, the system provides audible and visual alerts and inserts a tab in the delivery pile to indicate the first occurrence of the defect. If the defect clears itself, an additional tab is inserted into the delivery pile to mark the last defective sheet and accurately define the range of defective printed materials in the delivery pile.
 
Prinect Inspection Control was developed primarily to address the need in pharmaceutical, specialty, and package printing to print confidently with zero-defect production. It is highly beneficial to printers who serve these markets to be able to detect and correct printing defects prior to distribution because the presence of printing defects often leads to costly reprinting, the loss of business, and even litigation, fines, and other costs.

“Out of 50 jobs produced during our validation phase, Prinect Inspection Control’s vision system identified four jobs with major/critical defects, 14 jobs with minor defects, and 32 jobs with no defects,” Haraf noted. “The four jobs with major/critical defects had the potential to adversely affect 300,000 sheets if not detected early enough.”
 

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