B2 Offset Presses


The Speedmaster XL 75 offers a comprehensive range of configurations and options that can cater to most unusual and highly challenging requirements for packaging and commercial printers.

The XL 75 includes presses with two to 12 printing units and optional perfecting and coating units. Depending on printers’ requirements, the Speedmaster XL 75 can be equipped with special features designed to shorten makeready times and boost productivity levels. The XL 75 is also available with special configurations for packaging, security and specialty printers, such as double coating units, rainbow printing, duo presses, LPL perfecting coating models, and Foilstar.

Heidelberg claims that its technology offers solutions to eliminate or reduce CO2 and process emissions as well as cutting waste materials. The Speedmaster XL 75 offers energy and resource efficiencies to make it the most environmentally friendly press in its class, says the company. A measuring device can also be used to measure and display the machine’s energy efficiency per 1,000 sheets during production.

During Drupa 2012 Heidelberg introduced to the market Anicolor technology for the XL 75 model range.

Using an Anilox inking technology in the press, the machine can reduce start-up waste in optimum conditions to single digit makeready sheets. The Anicolor inking unit also ensures colour consistency across the production, eliminating colour variation normally associated with traditional inking systems.

Heidelberg Australia offers financing solutions for the Australian market, along with an aftersales service support structure that includes all necessary training for the machines though its local service organisation. Offers include remote internet based monitoring and diagnostics, service contracts, training, consultancy and business analysis services.


Max printing speed: 18,000sph (optional)

Plate changing: Fully automated and simultaneous options

Impression cylinder: Perfect Jacket Impression cylinder technology

Colour package: Prinect Inpress control, Colour Assistant Pro, programmable inking unit sequences for start-up waste reduction, digitally controlled ink zone system

Inking unit: Wash-up technology for fast wash-up and colour changes

Drying technology: Drystar Low energy LE UV



KBA’s venerable Rapida 75 is now more automated than ever, and offers greater versatility because of it, says KBA.

It offers production speeds up to 16,000sph with a minimal footprint, and according to KBA, uses only about half the power of other comparable B2 presses.

Among its automation initiatives is ErgoTronic SpectroDrive, an automatic colour measurement directly on the console, QualiTronic ColorControl inline colour control, and ErgoTronic ACR, a compact, hand-held measuring system for register control.

Its unit design offers double-size impression cylinders and transfer drums for reliable sheet travel over the whole substrate range. Its cylinders use a ‘7 o’clock’ cylinder arrangement.

KBA Australasia’s David Lewis says, “One of our most important offerings on this press, an option only available from KBA, is our VariDry Blue drying system, which delivers energy savings through recirculation of the partially saturated drying air within the extended delivery on presses equipped with IR/Hot Air drying. KBA is also the only press manufacturer to make its own drying systems.

“Our Rapida 75 is a competitively priced press ideal for short run jobbing printers in particular, but which can handle up to 0.8mm board as well. We offer full operator training and we have locally based technicians and spare parts for the Rapida 75.”


Configurations: 2-8 colours and coater

Sheet size: 530 x 750mm, 605 x 750mm option

Print size: 510 x 735mm standard, 585 x 735mm option

Production speed: standard 15,000sph

option 16,000sph, seven or more units: 13,000sph

Substrates: 0.04mm to 0.6mm standard, 0.04mm to 0.8mm option



General manager of print and finishing at Ferrostaal Australia, Rayne Simpson, says that the company installed five presses in 2014. These included three GL 840P HUV presses, a five-colour S29 HUV and a six-colour S29 with coater and HUV.

The Lithrone S26/S29 features extensive automation for short makereadies with the incorporation of Komori’s most advanced technologies.

These include the new Full-APC (the first fully automatic plate changing system specifically designed for a half-size press), that eliminates the need for a tail bend on the plate and is capable of changing four plates in just two minutes 30 seconds. There is also completely automatic wash-up of the blanket, impression cylinders and ink rollers. Komori ensures seamless interlocked operation of these automatic systems to achieve what it claims is the shortest makeready available anywhere.

Short run capability and quick turnaround performance remain the persistent needs of the printing industry. Moreover, the wider use of on demand presses and increased price competition have made the requirements for sheetfed offset presses very rigorous.

In addition to exceptionally short makeready, the Lithrone S26/S29 offers a high-speed (12,000sph) initial printing function, a maximum printing speed of 16,000sph with ultra-stable print quality, and a high-speed pre-inking system. These functions work together to reduce the time from the end of one 200-page job to the start of the next job by 50 per cent – to a mere six minutes.

This unprecedented job changeover time is a powerful instrument for handling short-run work profitably. Komori says the Lithrone S26/S29 has the capacity to finish 10 jobs of 200 pages each in just one hour.

The major attributes of the Lithrone S26/S29 include high print quality, high reproducibility, even inking and distribution, and colour brilliance along with high productivity. The printing units incorporate an optimised roller configuration derived from a computer analysis to specify the ideal model for maintaining the optimum balance of ink and water, ensuring sufficient ink retention, and attaining high print quality.

Factory trained engineers support all customers, with local engineers in each capital city. All engineers have over 10 years’ experience with Komori.

Ferrostaal Australia offers a 24/7 emergency service, with electrical and mechanical engineers available at any time for installation, relocation, preventative maintenance and training.

A comprehensive spare parts inventory is available, with all commonly used parts stored in Sydney.

There is direct phone access to spare parts and warehouse staff. All parts are sourced directly from the Komori factory.

Regular preventative maintenance by qualified staff and consulting are available for installation and relocations.


Number of colours: 2, 4-8

Max sheet size: 480 x 660mm

Max print size: 470 x 650mm

Max print speed: 16,000sph



According to manroland, the Roland 500 offers the world’s flattest sheet travel during printing, helping it to print faster and with fewer sheet markings.

It can handle substrates up to 1mm thick, with three different height settings for the transferter gripper bars, allowing sheets from 0.04mm to 1.0mm to be transported through the press virtually contact free over the air tracks.

Its ability to process a greater variety of substrate thicknesses lets the Roland handle the work of two machines dedicated to paper and board respectively.

A wide range of optional manroland applications, including coater with automated plate tensioning, InlineFoiler and InlinePerfector, allow for a wider range of jobs with higher quality finishes and enables print companies to position themselves at the top end of their market. The automated clamping and tensioning system for InlineCoater ensures higher production efficiency.

The Roland 500 prints at a maximum speed of 18,000 sheets per hour.


Max output: 16,000sph, 18,000 (optional)

Max output perfecting mode: 15,000sph

Max sheet format: 530 x 740mm, 590 x 740mm (optional)

Max printing area: 510 x 740mm, 580 x 740mm (optional)

Stock thickness range: 0.06 to 0.6mm, 0.04 to 1.0mm (optional)



Presstek’s DI presses are sheetfed offset presses that combine all imaging and printing processes in one automated and integrated system, combining the speed and efficiency of digital printing while delivering the versatility of offset printing. Presstek claims the 75DI is designed to maximise profitability on run lengths from 500 to 20,000 sheets.

Compared to similarly sized inkjet presses the Presstek 75Di’s multi-tower configurations and offset printing accommodate a wider range of ink, varnish, and stocks.

The Presstek 75DI features on-press, chemistry free, digital plate imaging. All plates are simultaneously imaged in register, cleaned and prepared for printing with no operator intervention, in six minutes.

It prints waterless, with less dot gain and a broader colour gamut at 300lpi on any stocks, including onion skin, up to 0.6mm as standard, with a 0.8mm option available. It also offers aqueous and UV coating options.

The distributor for Presstek in Australia, Onyx Solutions, provides a support network of field engineers, customer care representatives, technical support engineers and on-board monitoring of digital offset systems.

Remote diagnostics and predictable maintenance are available for DI presses with Presstek Guardian Service. Through secure internet communication with a DI press, Presstek and Onyx monitor operating conditions and performance, log events and upload software upgrades to enhance press performance.


Max sheet size: 788mm × 600mm

Min sheet size: 279mm × 200mm

Max print format: 760mm × 580mm

Imaging system: Laser multi diode, single lens/one per tower

Image resolution: 2,540 dots/inch

Imaging time: All plates imaged simultaneously in two minutes

Screen ruling: Up to 200lpi for FM

Run length: up to 20,000

Max print speed: 16,000sph

Colours: 4-6

Inking process: Waterless offset



The Ryobi 750G B2 press, distributed here by Cyber Australia, is available in configurations from two to ten colours with long perfecting, and combines print speeds up to 16,000 sheets per hour with high quality printing using Ryobi’s proven engineering technology in the half size format.

Ryobi’s proprietary Smart Make- Ready function is designed to reduce makeready waste and time. This function automatically performs blanket cleaning, plate changing, preset inking and test printing.

The Smart-RPC plate changer changes plates fully automatically and simultaneously by synchronising the phase of plate cylinders. Plate changing for an eight-colour convertible perfecting press has been shortened to approximately two minutes from about five minutes with the system.

The new Ryobi 750 features Ryobi’s program inking function for a quicker start-up to reduce downtime, with a density control system.

It also features a convertible perfecting device, UV coating and printing for high value-added printing. The LED-UV dry-to-dry printing system is ozone free, improves turnaround time and eliminates work-in-progress.

A casting and foiling printing system for anti-counterfeiting printing is available to diversify print offerings and to add value to commercial jobs.

The Ryobi 750G series presses are CIP4 and JDF compliant, and Ryobi claims up to 100 print jobs are possible in a 24-hour shift.

When equipped with conventional UV or LED-UV, high value added printing such as printing on synthetic substrates, foiled cardboard, chemical embossed printing and matte masking process printing can be achieved.

With LED-UV printing, the space and time allocated to work-in-progress can be eliminated. Spray powder can also be eliminated, providing a dust free environment. Printing defects such as set-off and scuffing can be minimised.

Cyber Australia has 20 factory trained service contractors spread across all states for back-up service. The company works closely with several experienced finance brokers across all states, so finance can be secured.


Max printing speed: 16,000sph

Max sheet size: 788 x 600mm

Min sheet size: 279 x 200mm

Max image area: 765 x 545mm

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