Heidelberg has announced two new optional Auto Pallet Loader (APL) systems for the Suprasetter 106 and 145/162/190CtP platesetters, which allow uninterrupted loading of up to 1,200 printing plates in 106 format, or 600 in large format.
Up to three plate formats can be changed on the 106-format Suprasetter using the Auto/Dual Cassette Loader (ACL/DCL). The new APL does away with the need for operators to insert the printing plates by hand. Instead, the plates stay on the Euro-pallet they are delivered on and can be moved up to the APL from either side. The APL for the Suprasetter 106, A106, and 106 UV models can be loaded with up to 1,200 printing plates in this way. When using the APL for the Suprasetter 145, 162, and 190 formats, the total number of plates is up to 600, depending on their thickness. The APL also reduces errors and unnecessary interruptions, as manual loading often results in repeated unintended production stops due to scratched plates. Automated plate loading puts a stop to that.
Heidelberg says that these systems are particularly relevant for industrial-scale media service providers that are pursuing end-to-end automation in their printing process. One happy customer is Druckerei Berger, based in Horn, Austria. Senior manager Ferdinand Berger Jun says that large scale automation is essential to maintain prices and quality while cutting delivery times. He added: “By investing in an Auto Pallet Loader for our Suprasetter 106, we have been able to make availability in prepress even better and ramp up the productivity of the process as a whole, while also reducing production costs.”
The APLs are also integrated into the Remote Service portfolio that Heidelberg offers, which ensures rapid data analysis and error correction through Heidelberg Service.
The Auto Pallet Loader can be retrofitted to all the Suprasetter 106, 145, 162, and 190 models manufactured during or after 2013. Depending on requirements, the 106-format Suprasetter can be extended on a modular basis with the Auto/Dual Cassette Loader or Auto Pallet Loader with additional automation components. Another option is automatic plate edging with the plates then being sorted or stored in a magazine system until they are needed in the pressroom.