Heidelberg will start shipping an upgraded version of its Speedmaster CD 102 press in April this year. Heidelberg claims that it is ten percent more productive than the previous model thanks to features such as the Preset Plus Delivery where format and air settings are made automatically using a range of data entered at the factory. The printer controls delivery operation via a touchscreen control display with jog wheel.
Other standard equipment includes the Preset Plus Feeder and Preset Plus Delivery, AutoPlate plate changer, and Prinect Press Center Compact press control station. Colour management is controlled using Prinect Easy Control. The new press can be integrated fully into the Prinect workflow and can also be connected to the Prinect Image Control colour measuring and control system.
The range of substrates extends from thin, 0.03mm (0.0012 inch) paper to cardboard up to 1.0mm (0.039 inch) thick. Depending on requirements, models are available with coating unit, UV configuration, automatic wash-up devices, and the Preset Plus Delivery with various extension modules and dryer systems. For example, the DryStar Combination Carton with its two slide-in modules for infrared/hot air and hot air has been developed specifically to meet the needs of cardboard printing.
It’s also said to be more energy efficient thanks to innovative drive and dryer technology.
It is aimed at both commercial and packaging printers in both emerging markets and industrialised countries, with the first orders having already been received from China, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. It is being built at the Wiesloch-Walldorf factory in Germany and, for the Asian market, at the Qingpu site near Shanghai. In Asia in particular, the Speedmaster CD 102 is the best-selling press in the 70 x 100cm format.