Heidelberg upgrades SX102

Heidelberg has announced the latest generation of its Speedmaster SX102 B1 offset press, adding a range of automation features from its flagship XL presses. 

Heidelberg has added automation features to this Speedmaster SX102 offset press.

However, despite the name it’s not exactly a 102 press. The standard press takes 721 x 930mm plates which is the 92 format size, allowing for a print size of 650 x 920mm. Heidelberg claims that using the 92 format cuts printing plate costs by up to 20 percent against the 102 size. Customers will need an optional format extension to take plates up to 790 x 1030mm in order to produce 102-sized sheets of 720 x 1,020 mm. The press includes perfecting with a CutStar option. It runs at 14,000 sph. 

Heidelberg mainly seems to have updated the SX102 by adding a number of existing automation features from the XL press. These include Intellistart 3, which defines all the steps required for the job change without any operator intervention; Intelliline, LEDs that indicate the operating status of the press;  Intellirun, essentially a large wall screen that shows the operator a dynamic view of the production; Wash Assistant, which automatically selects the right wash-up program for changing between jobs; and Powder Assistant, which gives consistent print quality with less powder to save on cleaning time. It can also be configured for Push to Stop for autonomous printing and uses artificial intelligence to reduce the degree of manual interventions by operators, which both saves time and means there is less risk of errors.

Heidelberg says that it expects it to be used in various applications from brochures and commercial print products to inserts for pharmaceutical packaging, and therefore include applications involving very thin materials that need to be produced in a single pass.

Stefan Hasenzahl, Head of Product Management at Heidelberg, commented: “Our customers benefit from a scalable press that can be fully integrated and, if necessary, adapted to their precise requirements using a whole host of established assistance systems from our Speedmaster XL solutions.”

The press is built in Shanghai in China and this also appears to be the main market, where the 92 format has proven very popular. 

Hasenzahl added: “The press makes high-tech solutions affordable to a great many print shops, who also benefit from the industry’s largest and most efficient service network.”

This is the second B1 press that Heidelberg has introduced in a year, having announced the CX104 last year. This takes 790 x 1030 mm plates and is primarily aimed at the packaging market. 

You can find further details from heidelberg.com

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