Sheetfed/Web Litho Printing: Offsetting a Weak Economy
"We believe AI software can reduce startup waste up to 50 percent and, when paper is the most costly consumable in a printing plant, that's a significant number," pointed out Doug Schardt, sheetfed product manager.
The concept of a fully integrated print shop connected by end-to-end Prinect workflow solutions was literally the centerpiece of Heidelberg USA's 30,000-square-foot booth. A 10-color, 29˝ Speedmaster XL 75 perfector was equipped with the InPress in-line color and register measuring system, simultaneous plate changers and an aqueous coater. The press also featured Heidelberg's Prinect Press Center with both the Intellistart process-oriented navigation system and high-definition LCD Wallscreen.
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As an alternative to short-run, static, digital printing—while still retaining offset quality—a four-color Speedmaster SM 52 showcased Heidelberg's zoneless Anicolor inking technology. Anicolor reportedly speeds makereadies by up to 40 percent, increases press capacity up to 25 percent and reduces make- ready waste by up to 90 percent.
And, for small-format needs, a two-color, 13x18˝ Printmaster QM 46 demonstrated short-run printing, as well as longitudinal in-line perfing.
New Heidelberg Systemservice pricing was announced, based on variables like the size and technological level of the equipment. There are also more flexible standard working hours, lower Saturday rates and available zone travel charges that result in fixed travel costs.
And, to counteract the problem of counterfeit, often inferior, spare parts being sold as original Heidelberg parts, certified mechanical and electrical spare parts installed by a Heidelberg technician are now covered by warranties.
On the sales front, the big news out of the Heidelberg camp was the announcement that Bell Inc., a Sioux Falls, SD-based folding carton producer, would become the first company in North America to install a 64˝ Speedmaster XL 162 VLF press. The formerly all-web shop opted for a six-color with aqueous coater configuration, including the Prinect Press Center with Intellistart and integrated Wallscreen.