Heidelberg Produces the 25,000th Speedmaster SM 52 Printing Unit
HEIDELBERG, GERMANY—04/05/2007—Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG: A Speedmaster SM 52 was recently fitted with the 25,000th printing unit at the Wiesloch-Walldorf plant. A total of 310 employees work at Wiesloch-Walldorf in assembly, quality, planning, and logistics for this press model.
A3 press is versatile and flexible
A Speedmaster SM 52 four-color press was recently fitted with the 25,000th printing unit at the Wiesloch-Walldorf plant of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). This landmark press will be installed at the Drukbaert print shop in Belgium in April. The print shop’s three staff produce commercial jobs of all kinds and are looking forward to the press’s enhanced productivity and versatility.
Flexible use for all customer needs, from Anicolor to the ten-color press
Small and medium-sized commercial print shops regard the Speedmaster SM 52 as a standard press capable of printing the entire product range. Industrial commercial print shops find it is a valuable addition for large-format printing, enabling them to produce short runs profitably.
Heidelberg unveiled the innovative Anicolor inking unit technology for the Speedmaster SM 52 at Ipex 06. This unit will make it possible in the future to produce even the shortest of runs using a standard offset workflow but with significantly better margins. The sheet travel of the Speedmaster SM 52 remains unchanged. The exceptional diversity of printing materials and high production speeds means that longer runs can be handled quickly too.
At Ipex 06, the Speedmaster SM 52 was also showcased for the first time as a long perfecting press with ten printing units. For instance, this enables four colors plus a spot color to be printed on both the front and reverse in a single pass.
Getting better all the time
The Speedmaster SM 52 was launched at drupa 1995. Since 1996, Heidelberg has been supplying the press with a high-pile delivery, powder spray device, and inking unit temperature control. UV printing has been possible since 1998. A coating unit with an extended high-pile delivery was added in 2000, while 2002 saw the unveiling of an inline die-cutting unit. This is located after the last printing unit and means that printing, die-cutting, kiss-cutting, perforating, and creasing can be performed in a single pass. The Speedmaster SM 52 was presented at drupa 2004 as the first press of its format class to be available with eight printing units.