ON the road
As far as what Heidelberg is known best for—sheetfed printing—the new generation of the Speedmaster SM/CD 102 is being shown for the first time at Drupa.
Both series feature a fully revamped Preset Plus feeder and the completely redesigned Preset Plus delivery for the Speedmaster CD 102. A number of innovations relating to coating applications have already been announced. These range from flexible, entry-level solutions such as the Modular Coating System to specialist solutions like the FlexoKit for processing special coatings. The innovations in the Speedmaster SM 102 include new and improved cylinder jackets that enhance perfecting quality.
On the Web Front
On the web printing side, the new Sunday 3000/32 is touted as the first web offset press with a single circumferential format that combines the advantages of an eight-page cylinder configuration. Thanks to a web width of 72.05˝, 32 pages in magazine format can be printed with each revolution. This is equivalent to a speed of 100,000 prints an hour.
Heidelberg also offers needle-less former and combination folders geared to the Sunday 3000/32, including the new PCF-3 combination folder with three signature handling methods.
Three new digital color printing solutions will be shown and are designed to give printing businesses greater productivity and a more efficient end-to-end workflow for a range of digital applications. The NexPress Solution Series features a more powerful front end, optional fifth imaging unit, new software applications for Web2Print and VDP, enhancements to existing software, and new professional consulting services and business support, as well as seminars.
From a finishing standpoint, several new products are available, including the new Stitchmaster ST 350 saddle stitcher offering up to 12,000 cycles per hour; the Pacesetter 1100 saddle stitcher for finishing long-run magazines and books at speeds of up to 20,000 copies per hour; and the Stahlfolder TH/KH generation of folders (TH stands for buckle plate folder), available in widths of 22.05˝, 25.98˝ and 32.28˝.