Hammer Packaging Reports Successful Start-Up of New Speedmaster CX 102
“Like Hammer, Heidelberg never stops looking at every component and taking advantage of every opportunity for improvement. The first-generation Speedmaster CX 102 is a fine example of this approach. We not only have expanded our capacity and improved our redundancy during peak periods, but also definitely have added sales in the wake of this installation.”
Service and Support Count for a Lot
Iovoli is quick to point out that Heidelberg also distinguishes itself where the rubber meets the road on training, service and support.
“Heidelberg’s installation team management showed they took our timeline seriously and adhered to the schedule we had established to have the press up and running in time to meet our obligations,” he said.
Post-installation training focused on bringing Hammer’s operators up to speed on key improvements in the CX 102 platform over the company’s existing CD 102s (“The technology was different enough that training was extremely valuable,” Iovoli said.) Service needs are met by a combination of on-site and remote options, including a third-shift electrical issue resolved within 10 minutes via email from engineers in Germany.
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. Technology highlights include:
• Production speeds up to 16,500 sheets per hour
• High-performance Prinect Press Center control console
• Patented decentralized control platform
• Highly automated Preset Plus Feeder and Preset Plus Delivery
• Reinforced printing unit construction in new design
• DryStar dryer technology perfectly adapted to the sheet travel
Based on its experience with the Speedmaster CX 102, Hammer Packaging will be watching future developments from Heidelberg closely. Said Iovoli, “As Heidelberg continues to refine and improve its technology, we’re looking to increase the number of our Heidelberg presses that will help us produce more high-quality labels faster and more cost-effectively for our customers.”
Roughly 70 percent of Hammer’s capacity supports the production of litho-based labels for the food and beverage industry, with web offset and flexo-printed labels accounting for the rest. The company is also world's largest producer of premium seed packets. Customers include Gatorade, Coca-Cola and Pepsi, and many other well-known brands. The $100 million company employs more than 400 people at three plants in the Rochester area, and is consistently named to the Top 100 privately held companies in Rochester, as well as the Printing Impressions Top 400 printers in North America.