Heidelberg has tweaked its Speedmaster XL 75 and CX 75 models, giving them a more ergonomic design to make life easier for operators, which in turn should improve the overall operating efficiency.
Essentially, Heidelberg has taken the both the gallery concept as well as the feeder and delivery gantries from the Speedmaster XL 106 and added these to the smaller format presses.
Frank Süsser, Heidelberg’s product manager for the 50 x 70 format, explained: “Even though automation looks after many routine tasks today, the operator always has something to do on the machine, like staging printing plates, adding ink, changing washup cloths and rubber blankets, or doing maintenance. The generous space between the printing units in the Speedmaster XL 75 and CX 75 is already useful, however we went a step further and modernized the entire gallery concept even more.”
The first Speedmaster XL 75 five-colour press with coating unit and the new design was installed recently at Theiler Druck AG in Wollerau, Switzerland where it’s used to produce brochures, mailings, advertising materials, and packagings. Michel Schwander, head of commercial printing at Theiler Druck commented: “Even after just a few days, our printers can’t imagine life without the new ergonomic design. Working on the machine is fun now. It’s much more comfortable to operate, and therefore less tiring. As far as technology, the machine is also right up to date.”
He added: “With AutoPlate Pro, Prinect Inpress Control, and the entire Preset control system, the individual work steps are now carried out fully automatically, are highly automated, and are also clearly visualized on the Wallscreen. This means that we can produce one job after the other much more quickly and efficiently.”
The new versions will be shown for the first time at the Pack Print show in Thailand in September and will be delivered to customers later that month. Further details from www.heidelberg.com.