Heidelberg has shown a UV version of its Anicolor Speedmaster XL75 perfecting press at a customer event at its Wiesloch-Walldorf site. It’s an obvious step given that one in every four of the conventional Speedmaster XL 75s are ordered for use with UV inks.
Heidelberg is still testing the UV Anicolor version but says that it will make the first deliveries by the end of this year. It’s aimed at commercial, packaging, and specialist printers, with the primary markets for UV being in Europe, the United States, and Japan. Prints from UV presses are immediately dry and ready for post press, which combined with the Anicolor’s short makeready times can make some web-to-print jobs feasible.
Heidelberg also demonstrated a long perfector eight colour version of the XL75 Anicolor.
The zoneless Anicolor technology leads to rapid inking-up that produces saleable sheets from the 20th print sheet onward. Users say it reduces waste by up to 90 percent and supports very short make-ready times.