Heidelberg shows 21,000 sph press

Heidelberg has demonstrated an option to increase the running speed of its B1 Speedmaster XL106 from 18,000 to 21,000 sheets per hour, making it the fastest sheetfed offset press in the world.

The latest version of Heidelberg’s Speedmaster XL106 can produce up to 21,000 sph.

In order to achieve this, Heidelberg has optimized some 200 components throughout the entire system, from feeder to delivery. For example, two servo motors now drive the feeder directly and, in the delivery, the weight of the gripper bars has been reduced and they have been adapted to the new printing speed to ensure stable and reliable operation.

Heidelberg says that the speed equates to around eight to ten percent higher net output and that this should allow users to amortize the costs in around two years. Heidelberg appears to be mainly targeting companies producing packaging in the 70 x 100cm format, with the press able to produce over 100 million prints per year on folding carton.

Dr. Ludwin Monz, Heidelberg’s CEO, points out: “Right from its market launch in 2004, XL technology from Heidelberg has set the benchmark in terms of productivity, performance, and reliability for high-end applications in our sector. Heidelberg has continuously enhanced this successful machine platform ever since.”

This latest version of the press has been piloted by Cardbox Packaging, headquartered in the Austrian town of Wolfsberg, which installed its XL 106 in 2018. The company produces high-quality and technically sophisticated carton packaging – primarily for the food, beverages, confectionery, tobacco, and cosmetics industries, as well as for the healthcare market.

Roland Schöberl, managing director of Cardbox Packaging Holding GmbH, commented: “Competition is fierce on the international packaging market. We make no compromises when it comes to quality, reliability, and keeping to delivery deadlines. Consistently high productivity is a key competitive factor in this regard.”

Cardbox also plans to commission two of Heidelberg’s latest MK Mastermatrix die cutters by the end of this year.

This latest version of the XL106 is due to start series production in autumn 2023, with further installations to follow. You can find more details from heidelberg.com

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