Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will be presenting the
new Stitchmaster ST 500 saddlestitcher at drupa 2012 in Dusseldorf.
Its individual drive technology, centralized control system, and
wide range of feeder models make it suitable for rapid, all-purpose
use in industrial saddlestitching. Short runs, time-critical jobs,
products of varying complexity, numerous format changes, and long
runs in monitored high quality are all possible with the
Stitchmaster ST 500, providing flexibility while nevertheless
ensuring cost-effectiveness. Extensive automation options for the
feeder, trimmer, stitcher, and compensating stacker cut makeready
times and enable extremely efficient, high-output production. The
Stitchmaster ST 500 has a mechanical capacity of up to 13,000
cycles an hour and is ideally equipped to handle all commercial
print shop and bookbinder needs.
The Stitchmaster ST 500 makes it possible for the first time
to collate stack-signature brochures in preparation for adhesive
binding. New options such as the third step in the trimmer allow
products to be created with added value in just a single pass where
previously two or more steps were required.
The new Stitchmaster ST 500 saddlestitcher is being presented
at drupa in Hall 1 in the HEI Productivity area, where Heidelberg
is showing solutions for lean production and maximum productivity.
The Stitchmaster ST 500 will be available from January 2013.
"Market demands for industrial saddlestitching are strict. It
is therefore important to meet a large number of needs while
delivering cost-effective and high-quality products," explains
Stephan Plenz, member of the Management Board responsible for
Heidelberg Equipment. "With the new Stitchmaster ST 500, users are
ideally equipped to satisfy customers' every need. They are able to
act quickly and take a flexible, needs-based approach to the end
customer's requirements, thus enabling themselves to stand out from
the competition," he adds.
The Stitchmaster ST 500 processes untrimmed formats with
spine lengths of up to 500 mm (19.69 in) and widths of up to 330 mm
(12.99 in) and trimmed formats with spine lengths of up to 475 mm
(18.70 in) and widths of up to 315 mm (12.40 in). The smallest
format, which is possible using an add-on, is 55 x 120 mm (2.17 x
4.72 in) in single-upmode. The maximum product thickness is 12 mm
(0.47 in). This enables cost-effective production of highly
standardized products and customer-specific special applications.
Integrated quality control ensures reliable and stable
The Stitchmaster ST 500 is designed to deliver
reliability, productivity, and optimum quality. Various quality
controls are integrated, ensuring high-quality production.
Chromium-plated sheet guiding elements in the feeder area reduce
the risk of marking and offer optimum quality from the outset.
Precise sheet travel and lateral alignment by means of lateral
joggers in the trimmer ensure trimming is exact.
A further strength of the Stitchmaster ST 500 is the
user-friendly control via a touchscreen, with the makeready
assistant guiding users through all stages of the process. This
cuts makeready times, enables straightforward actual costing of
individual jobs, and plays a key role in ensuring production gets
underway quickly and cost-effectively.
Tried-and-tested saddlestitcher series meets every need
With the Stitchmaster ST 500 Heidelberg is expanding its
saddlestitcher range for high-performance and creative
applications. The Stitchmaster ST 100 opens the way for
professional saddlestitching. Featuring a maximum of 9,000 cycles
per hour and covering product formats up to A4+, it is ideal as a
basic model for bookbinders and print shops looking to build up
their saddlestitching capacity. The Stitchmaster ST 100 is
particularly well suited to short and medium-sized print runs with
frequent format changes. It is extremely compact and space-saving.
Makeready times when changing over to another format are kept to a
The Stitchmaster ST 350 saddlestitcher, presented by
Heidelberg at drupa 2004, is designed for a wide range of uses in
the performance range up to 12,000 cycles per hour. The machine
delivers high quality, reliability, and ease-of-use. In addition,
it can be integrated into the workflow using JDF. This makes the
Stitchmaster ST 350 a cost-effective, flexible alternative for
industrial printers and finishing specialists producing, for
example, high-gloss brochures for industrial and commercial
The Stitchmaster ST 450 is the most productive and versatile
saddlestitcher in its performance class. Its high productivity
delivers greater net output and cost-effectiveness for all runs.
Its extensive automation enables profitable production, even with
short runs and frequent job changes, thanks to short makeready
times. And its mobile feeders offer unique flexibility, enabling a
rapid response to market demands with a particularly wide range of
With its individual drive technology, centralized
control system, wide range of feeder models, and high automation
level, the new Stitchmaster ST 500 saddlestitcher from Heidelberg
is the all-purpose machine for industrial saddlestitching that can
be put to use for a whole range of tasks in next to no time.
The perfect feeder combination to meet every need.
The Stitchmaster ST 500 can be fitted with vertical, horizontal,
and cover folder feeders for maximum production flexibility.
With the Stitchmaster ST 500, automation options
for the feeder, trimmer, stitcher - here the quick-change rig for
stitching heads - and compensating stacker cut makeready times and
enable extremely efficient, high-output production.
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Heidelberg at drupa 2012
Today's print media service providers are faced with a
dynamic and challenging market. Anyone wishing to achieve business
success in an environment of this kind needs to optimize their
business model. They need to seize on the latest trends in industry
and use them to their advantage.
During drupa 2012, from May 3 to 16, Heidelberg will be
showcasing in Hall 1 an extended portfolio of products and
solutions that have been developed specifically for the latest
market requirements. The trade show presentation, held under the
banner "Discover HEI", will center on lean production (HEI
Productivity), green printing (HEI Eco), web-to-print (HEI
Integration), short-run-printing (HEI Flexibility), differentiation
through coatings and special effects (HEI Emotions), the future of
packaging printing (HEI End), and gaining an edge through the
latest know-how (HEI School). The company is exhibiting solutions
that enable print shops and postpress businesses to meet the latest
market requirements in full.
For further information, please contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Public Relations
Phone: +49 (0)6221 92-5066
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92-5069