Heidelberg to unveil new Speedmaster 102 at drupa

According to Heidelberg, there are a number of key technological advances housed in the new press configuration. These include the completely redesigned Preset Plus feeder for both series and, also completely remodelled, the new Preset Plus delivery for the Speedmaster CD 102.

For the CD 102, there are two new developments to the coating units. A new coating system allows the last printing unit of the press to be converted for working with dispersion coatings. According to Heidelberg, this entry-level solution will mean that printshops will be able to offer their customers print products with a protective coating. The coating units themselves have been enhanced and are specially adapted for rapid setup.

Heidelberg says that the Preset Plus feeder and delivery will dramatically reduce makeready times, while at the same time boost sheet travel efficiency. Depending on the job spectrum, these components, according to Heidelberg, can enhance the productivity of the press by between eight and ten per cent. The safety features of the SM 102 and CD 102 have also been fundamentally redesigned.

According to Heidelberg, the Preset Plus feeder is the first feeder in 70x100cm format to use a central suction tape without guide rollers. As well as allowing shorter makeready times, it also makes the feed process far more stable. It also features a high-performance suction head and sheet-alignment system. The sheet-alignment system features an automatic sheet-arrival control system, 65 per cent sheet slowdown and a pneumatic pull lay even at top speed with perfect feed registration.

The global market launch will take place following extensive field tests at drupa 2004, where Heidelberg is also planning to showcase new developments to the eight- to 12-colour perfecting presses in the Speedmaster SM 102 ranges.

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