When US based Bell Incorporated, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, became
the first U.S. company to purchase and install Heidelberger
Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) new 64" Speedmaster XL 162 6+LX
press late last year, then followed up by installing Heidelberg's
Suprasetter 162 VLF CtP system - another first - the company made
no secret of its high expectations. Fully installed and in full
production since June, the supersized press and its companion
platesetter have not only met but are busy exceeding those
expectations in terms of overall performance, print quality,
productivity and efficiency.
The pairing of Bell's new VLF press and platesetter enable
the company to produce 4- to 6-color graphics for high-quality
retail packaging in run lengths from several thousand to several
hundred thousand sheets. As its new capabilities become widely
known, the company reports increased customer interest,
specifically, from Fortune 500 food manufacturing concerns.
"Bell Incorporated had the wisdom and clear foresight to
install the right tools for the job," said Jim Dunn, president of
Heidelberg USA. "We at Heidelberg are confident that our Peak
Performance Speedmaster XL 162 VLF press and large-format
Suprasetter will help the company to assay new markets and advance
its already formidable reputation for exceptional quality and
superior customer service."
The Epitome of "Peak Performance"
Heidelberg's VLF presses are designed to meet the specific
requirements of the folding carton and package printing sectors by
delivering fast make-readies and high productivity on a broad range
of substrates, all through a user-friendly and intuitive
Intellistart user interface.
"Our customers have been very impressed with the quality of
the print, the level of technology and our prepress-to-press color
management system," said COO Ben Arndt, citing Bell's utilization
of Heidelberg's Prinect Pressroom Manager Software, which
automatically presets up to 22 additional parameters on the
Speedmaster XL 162 press, including ink key data from prepress to
press, reducing errors and make-ready times. On press, Heidelberg's
Prinect Axis Control color measuring device, and color management
software are features favored by Bell's press operators, who
appreciate simultaneous color control of all printing units based
on spectrophotometric measured values. Using Axis Control, the
press inks up much more quickly and produces less waste during
Also proving popular with Bell's operators are the many
remote adjustments and easy maintenance procedures of the new
press, as well as Heidelberg's integrated logistics system, which
automates the movement of loads of paper both to the feeder and
away from the delivery.
Other innovations on the XL 162 include:
- Prinect Press Center with Wallscreen, a state-of-the-art
control station that combines press operation with color and
register control in a single, central console
- Single suction belt feeder, for the utmost precision in sheet
- Production speeds to 15,000 sph
- Reduced makeready times
- Ability to handle a wide range of difficult substrates
A Perfect Pairing
Heidelberg's Suprasetter 145/162/190 platesetters for large
format set new standards in their class with regard to quality,
reliability, flexibility and user convenience. In addition to
Heidelberg lasers and patented Intelligent Diode System, these
models also feature excellent depth of focus, internal temperature
stabilization and straightforward operation. Options chosen by Bell
Incorporated include internal punching and automatic debris
"We selected Heidelberg's VLF platesetter because it offered
the best combination of performance features and is specifically
designed to run with our new Speedmaster VLF press," said company
president Ben Graham. "Now, having observed the platesetter in
actual production for several weeks, we've had an opportunity to
appreciate how the integration of the CtP unit, cross table,
processor and plate stacker promotes efficient plate output. After
the first plate is loaded, the next is brought into the queue
automatically. As a result, we're producing plates at the unit's
full rated specification of 15 pph."
Graham also confirms that the dot sharpness and run length
provided by Heidelberg's Saphira plates "are meeting our
expectations and are equal to or better than competitive offset
plates used on other presses at Bell."
"Heidelberg's VLF Suprasetter models are ideally matched with
the capabilities of Heidelberg's VLF Speedmaster presses," said
J.-F. Colpron, Vice President, Consumables and Prinect CtP,
Heidelberg USA. "By the same token, Heidelberg Saphira plates -
like all Saphira consumables - are optimized to run in Heidelberg
equipment and to produce optimal results. Bell's experience with
its new VLF Suprasetter thus far suggests that it is well
positioned to achieve maximum efficiency and superior quality
results from here on out."
Bell uses Heidelberg's complete package of premium Saphira
prepress and press consumables, with the exception of inks and
Toward A Shorter Learning Curve
An all-web company prior to its addition of the Speedmaster
XL 162 VLF machine, Bell sought to shorten the learning curve for
its press operators by utilizing a PC-based Press Operation
Simulator, supplied by Heidelberg for just that purpose.
Said Arndt, "This enabled our operators to operate the press
virtually, prior to its arrival on our floor. When they attended
formal training at the Kennesaw Tech Center later on, they already
had a basic understanding of the operating system that allowed them
to be comfortable with the technology and focus on the content."
Heidelberg training, service and support on the new press and
platesetter also have garnered Bell's enthusiastic approval.
"Training has been well planned, thorough, organized and
effective, and the response to technical issues in our prepress to
press operations has been outstanding," Graham said. "Heidelberg
has been unfailingly responsive to our needs, and their technicians
remain on site to ensure our success."
A self-described "lean, entrepreneurial organization," Bell
Incorporated is one of the 10 largest and fastest-growing
independent folding carton producers in North America, as well as
the world's largest supplier of paperboard envelopes. The company
provides packaging services to some of the world's largest food
The new 64" Speedmaster XL 162 at Bell Incorporated in South
Dakota has been in full production since June 2010, and has not
only met but is busy exceeding the customer's expectations.
Heidelberg's VLF presses offer fastest make-readies and high
productivity on a broad range of substrates and are perfectly
designed to meet the specific requirements of the folding carton
and package printing sector.
For further information, please contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Public Relations
Phone: +49 (0)6221 92 5910
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 5069