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Nov 23, 2010 12:00 AM
Heidelberg USA recently hosted the North American launch for its new Speedmaster CX 102 press at its North American Printing and Packaging Technology Center (Tech Center). The 40-inch CX 102 is a 6-color, coater-equipped model positioned between the Speedmaster XL 105 and the CD 102, targeted to high-end commercial, label and packaging printers.
“Print shops today face new market challenges that demand innovative solutions and a forward-thinking business strategy,” says Heidelberg USA president James Dunn. “Shorter runs, combined with increasing cost and time pressures, are making it tougher than ever for printers to achieve the margins they need while providing the top-quality printed products their customers want. The Speedmaster CX 102 is specifically designed to deliver the ease-of-use, shorter makereadies, consistently high production speeds, and superior print results customers demand—even in a difficult economy.”
“By raising pressroom performance to the next level of quality and makeready automation,” says Clarence Penge, vice president, sheetfed product management, “the CX 102 offers an attractive alternative for many commercial and packaging printers who need greater capacity but who do not have the job volume needed to justify full use of the Speedmaster XL 105.”
The Speedmaster CX 102 offers performance gains in feeding and delivery, sheet travel, drying, color management, and press control.
Highlights include Heidelberg’s InterTech Technology Award-winning Prinect Inpress Control inline spectrophotometric color measuring system, Prinect Inspection Control inline sheet inspection, and the Prinect Press Center control console with Intellistart, an operator guidance system and integrated Wallscreen.
“Think of Intellistart as the GPS system for your press operator, with turn-by-turn, process-oriented instructions that are carried out automatically,” Penge explains. “The press is truly part of a computer integrated manufacturing process with features like our Pressroom Manager and Analyze Point, which feeds real-time data back upstream for production times and cost. With our new Prinect Mobile application running on a smart phone, users can tap into the current press from any location. The Speedmaster CX also offers a true production speed of 16,500-sph, 10% higher than the 15,000-sph top speed of the Speedmaster CD 102.”
Also available as an option on the Speedmaster CX 102 is the new generation of the Prinect Image Control color management and control system, offering higher resolution for spectral measurement and greater user-friendliness, thanks to the addition of a vacuum table, LED lighting, and a 19-inch touchscreen. The new edition of Prinect Image Control will begin shipping in early 2011.
Other highlights of the new CX 102 include the precision Preset Plus Feeder and Preset Plus Delivery, semi-automated (upgradeable to fully automated) plate changing, and Heidelberg Star peripherals for drying, powdering, foiling, and other key press functions. Side frames, gears, bearings, and grippers are robustly manufactured to stand up to heavy demand at the highest running speeds.
Speedmaster CX 102 offers the capacity to produce up to 55 million impressions per year and boasts a 25% to 50% hike in productivity—based on job distribution mix and configuration—over a 2003 model CD 102 with first-generation Preset Plus technology.
Worldwide, Heidelberg has sold 40 CX presses since Ipex 2010. The first U.S. 8-color model with coater is scheduled for installation.