IPEX 2010: Automatic Non-Stop Delivery on the Speedmaster XL 105 Further Enhances Productivity and Process Reliability
Fully automatic non-stop process - no operator required for
Environmentally friendly - fewer blanket washup cycles and
Choice of system pallets, disposable pallets or racking
At IPEX 2010, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is to
demonstrate the new automatic non-stop delivery system using the
Speedmaster XL 105. This innovation enables pile changes in the
delivery to be performed without an operator, as all functions are
initiated fully automatically via the Prinect Press Center press
control station with no manual intervention. The time gained can be
used to check the quality of the print job or perform other tasks.
The already high efficiency of the Speedmaster XL 105 in the Peak
Performance Class is significantly enhanced. Since this press was
launched, many customers have reported productivity increases of 30
percent or higher. The addition of the automatic non-stop delivery
to the logistics solution will be of particular interest to
industrial packaging printers who are looking to maximize
productivity. Pile change cycles of eight minutes or less are not
uncommon, even for elevated presses. Label and commercial printers
can also benefit from adding the automatic non-stop system to their
presses. The system will be available from the first quarter of
Environmentally friendly - fewer washup cycles and less
Visitors to IPEX can experience at first hand the advantages
of the new non-stop delivery on a Speedmaster XL 105 long
perfecting press equipped with Prinect Inpress Control. For
material logistics, the press is fitted with a universal system for
disposable pallets and racking operation. Normally, the blankets
are washed at every pile change. With a non-stop system, washing
and therefore required press stops only needs to be performed when
this is actually necessary. Two washup cycles can easily be
eliminated in a production operation involving six piles, for
example, which amounts to a time saving of around four minutes. It
also saves up to 50 waste sheets and uses less washup solution.
This results in up to 40 percent less startup waste after washing.
With Prinect Inpress Control controlling color and register on the
fly, the OK sheet stage is quickly reached, and the startup waste
can now be separated from the OK sheets by the non-stop system.
With short runs, this means that up to five different jobs can be
stacked on one pallet with no waste. The main pile is divided into
several small piles by additional racking boards and spacers.
Consequently, this automatic non-stop system with hurdles can also
be a valuable addition for label and commercial printers.
Customers can choose between system- and disposable pallets
For packaging printers, Heidelberg has been offering
logistics systems that ensure fully automated pallet transport to
and from the press since the mid-nineties. These employ system
pallets. These logistics systems are modular and can be customized
to suit the individual user's needs. Fully automated non-stop
pile changing in the feeder was already an integral part of these
systems. Heidelberg is now adding the finishing touch with fully
automated non-stop pile changing in the delivery.
For packaging printers who already use the Heidelberg logistics
components with system pallets, the automatic non-stop delivery
system is based on the rake principle. This principle allows fully
automated pile management from start to end. The user can define
the required pile height by entering it in millimeters or by
specifying the number of sheets at the Prinect Press Center.
Everything else is done fully automatically.
For those who do not use system pallets, Heidelberg will also
be offering the alternative of a universal system that supports all
types of pallets. Even for long perfecting presses with CutStar
that print long runs, an automatic universal non-stop system can
increase production and reduce waste.
Graphic: Rake system
The rake principle used in the delivery of the Speedmaster XL
105 enables fully automated pile management from start to end with
Graphic: Universal system
The universal system in the delivery of the Speedmaster XL
105 supports all types of pallets, including disposable pallets and
Graphic: Washup cycles
On the Speedmaster XL 105 with non-stop system, the number of
washup cycles can be reduced because the blankets are only washed
when necessary. In the example, two washup cycles are eliminated,
which means up to 40 percent less startup waste after washing.
Figure: Speedmaster XL 105
The Speedmaster XL 105 sets new standards in the Peak
Performance Class with productivity increases of 30 percent or
higher. This will be boosted further still by the addition of the
automatic non-stop delivery to the logistics solution.
For further information, please contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Public Relations
Phone: +49 (0)6221 92 5066
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 5069
Heidelberg at IPEX 2010:
reflect the extensive portfolio of
state-of-the-art technologies and services from Heidelberg for the
economical and environmentally friendly production of print
products. At the trade show, the company will be providing
practical demonstrations to highlight how media service providers,
print shops, and postpress specialists can act on current market
trends and adapt their portfolios accordingly. Heidelberg will be
demonstrating how to optimize business and production processes
across the entire value added chain of sheetfed offset printing,
while also minimizing their environmental impact.
The numerous practical demonstrations will enable visitors to
the event to find out how they can achieve economic success with
short-run high-end print applications, stand out from the crowd
with creative print applications, and make the Internet an integral
part of their business strategy.