Innovations and Highlights at a Glance
At this year's Ipex, being held in Birmingham between
April 9 and 17, 2002, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg)
will be showcasing its solutions for the different market segments
in Hall 8.
Solution Center Digital
NexPress with new software
Heidelberg will be showcasing its entire portfolio of
products and solutions for the digital printing market. The
NexPress color digital press and the new NexTreme software support
variable data printing and thus represent a professional solution
for entry onto the 1:1 marketing sector.
At Ipex, Heidelberg announced that it recently installed the
first of four NexPress machines at Virtual Literature Management.
VLM, a marketing services company in Dublin, Ireland, operates
branches in Birmingham, where the NexPress will be installed.
Heidelberg has sold over 150 presses since the launch of the
NexPress 2100 at Print 01 in Chicago.
The Digimaster 9110 Network Imaging System is on stage for
the black and white digital printing. Heidelberg sold over 2.500
Also in the Digital Solutions Area there is the Quickmaster
DI Pro, first shown at Print01 in Chicago. This unit represents the
third generation of the highly successful A3-format digital offset
presses. The DI Pro boasts enhanced quality, more flexibility in
the choice of format and printing stock, and user-friendly control
with the CP2000 Center. The Speedmaster 74 DI will also be
appearing with a whole range of new product features.
Solution Center Sheetfed
New Prinect Modul Axis Control and Prinance
With Prinect, Heidelberg is offering its customers modular
workflow components that cover the entire value-added chain. At the
IPEX trade show stand, visitors will see how production data and
business management data can flow together perfectly in the Prinect
Causing a stir will be the new Prinect module AxisControl, a
spectrophotometry-based color measuring system that is fully
integrated into the CP2000 Press Control Center. This ensures that
the prints get to color faster, and continuous control over the
entire job run is assured.
The Prinect module Prinance represents Heidelberg's own
management information system (MIS). This professional costing and
job processing software has been designed specifically for small-
to medium-sized businesses in the print industry.
Speedmaster CD 74 UV
Visitors to the packaging and label printing sector will
experience a real innovation - from Ipex 2002, the Speedmaster CD
74 will be available with fully-integrated UV technology. This
complete solution for the medium-format market enables printers to
finish their products with extremely high-quality effects.
Heidelberg will also be showing its new CANopen technology -
a further key step towards even more convenient press operation.
CAN stands for "Controller Area Network" and represents a
globally standardized data bus system. CANopen supports the
integration of all control functions for the Speedmaster Star
peripherals into the central CP2000 Press Control Center.
Long Perfectors for One Pass Productivity
There will be two press configurations that will enable
printshops to produce flexibly, cost-effectively and in top
quality. These are the Speedmaster SM 74-10-P long perfecting press
and the Speedmaster SM 102-12-P7-S with CutStar sheeter. The newly
developed CutStar from Heidelberg is ideal for the Speedmaster
SM/CD 102 series. The low price of the web material compared to
sheeted goods offers users significant potential savings.
Heidelberg opens up new horizons in inline coating with its newly
developed Flexokit. This enables inline production of high-quality
printed goods through the use of gold and silver inks and opaque
white on the Speedmaster CD 102.
Speedmaster SM 52
There will be a number of innovative products for the
Speedmaster SM 52. With its inline die cutting unit, it is the
first press in its format class that can print, punch, perforate
and score in a single pass using a separate unit.
Furthermore the SM 52 also features a short-path inking mode
and a wide range of other innovations that ensure even better sheet
Printmaster PM 74 and GTO 52
The Printmaster PM 74 is supplied in both two-color and
After IPEX it will also be possible to fit special numbering,
imprinting and perforating units to all Printmaster PM 74 models.
The company will be unveiling the Printmaster GTO 52 with the
ClassicCenter remote inking and register control system, which
Heidelberg has been shipping since February 2002.
New Workflow Software
Heidelberg announced that it is replacing the well-known
LinoColor scan and repro software with the new NewColor 7000. The
company is introducing a MacOS X version of its high-end scan
software first launched at Drupa 2000, bringing the benefits of
16-bit processing to the Mac platform for the first time.
New is also the MetaShooter workflow module. This device
enables Heidelberg's state-of-the-art CtF and CtP imagesetters
from the Topsetter and Prosetter series to be integrated into
existing Heidelberg workflows using TIFF-B format. MetaShooter
makes it possible for the prepress, printshop and/or imagesetters
to be separated in both space and time and allows cost-effective
modernization without changing the existing workflow.
The Impositioning software SignaStation is part of the
Prinect solution and now available in version 7.0 for Mac OS X as
well as PC. The benefits of this highly convenient software
solution for impositioning work and the ability to process complete
print sheets ready for output to filmsetters and platesetters will
be particularly warmly welcomed by print shops and service
Heidelberg is automating its violet Prosetter
platesetters and is announcing a single cassette loader that
supports daylight production.
Furthermore Heidelberg is exhibiting a new model in the
thermal Topsetter series. With more plate formats supported, much
faster imaging speed and a new design throughout from the loader
right down to the processor, the Topsetter P 74 is an exciting new
addition to the Topsetter range. This new member of
Heidelberg's thermal imagesetter family comes hot on the heels
of the Topsetter PF 102 unveiled at Print in September last year.
With the Topsetter and Prosetter series, Heidelberg now
offers the industry's most extensive range of CtP products. The two
series focus on different customer needs. For long job runs and UV
inks, for instance, the external drum thermal imaging technology
provided by the Topsetter is ideal.
The Prosetter involves lower investment costs and thus
represents an ideal gateway into CtP for small- and medium-sized
businesses. The Prosetter uses internal drum technology and with
its integrated punches delivers exceptional register accuracy.
Solution Center Web Systems
Heidelberg will exhibit enhanced web press technology and
a unique ability to providing integrated and customised solutions.
For the first time Heidelberg will demonstrate one interface for
sheetfed and web offset presses: The proven Heidelberg Prinect
Prepress Interface can now transfer prepress data to the Sunday
2000 Omnicon control system and to control systems of M-600 web
presses and Speedmaster sheetfed presses. This will be an important
extension of its established Prinect workflow.
The company will show the technologies of the latest
additions to the Sunday range of gapless commercial presses: the
Sunday 2000 and the new, 64-page version of the Sunday 4000. Both
presses are designed to excel in short- and medium-run applications
and both can be equipped with Heidelberg's exclusive Autoplate
automatic plate changing system.
Heidelberg will also demonstrate a new pinless folder module
featuring two new breakthrough folding technologies at Ipex. The
PFM-2 module uses a unique "double-cut" technique for
positive signature control and a patented "Decel Drum" to
slow signatures down for smooth control and damage-free delivery.
The 16-page M-600 commercial web press is designed to print
short-to medium-run, high quality commercial work, magazines and
catalogues. The new M-600 C24 now prints at up to 55, 000 copies
per hour. The Omnicolor control console reduces makeready time and
Solution Center Postpress
In the postpress sector, workflow and press setup
solutions are given top priority. On show, for example, will be the
ST 400 gang-stitcher in conjunction with a long Speedmaster
Perfector press. The Stitchmaster ST 400 uses the integrated,
automatic format presetting system "Ready Set" and mobile
feeder units with servo drives. This means that regular job changes
can be handled cost-effectively and quickly. With an output of
14,000 cycles per hour, the Stitchmaster ST 400 is flexible enough
to enable even large job runs to be produced in outstanding
quality. Using the example of a mailshot, the folders section will
demonstrate the additional added-value potential it holds.
The Stitchmaster ST 100 saddle stitcher made its debut at
Print 01 in Chicago. With speeds up to 9,000 cycles per hour and
product formats up to A4+, the Stitchmaster ST 100 is the ideal
standard model for bookbinders and printshops to build capacity in
saddle stitching work and to expand their range of services while
saving on transportation costs and time.
The particular highlights of Ipex also include the automatic
presetting facility and CIP3 linkup for folders and saddle
stitchers. The CIP3 connection is provided by the FCS 100 Finishing
Communication System with the Prinect software modules Compufold
and Compustitch. Compustitch is being unveiled at IPEX.
Heidelberg is also demonstrating a new product for offline
finishing - the Stitchexpert. It is a flexible, high-performance
unit for short-run brochures and stitched documents. With a maximum
productivity of 4,200 stitched documents per hour, it
cost-effectively processes runs of between 500 and 10,000 copies.
This product broadens Heidelberg's saddle-stitcher portfolio in
the lower speed range.
Introduced at the Ipex, the new in-line accessory Hole
Puncher 9110 for the Digimaster 9110 Network Imaging System
provides a fully integrated, high-speed solution for producing
loose-leaf bound, ring-bound, plastic-comb bound, spiral-bound and
double wire loop-bound documents.
Print Media Academy
Besides hard- and software Heidelberg is also offering
brainware. The Print Media Academy will be launching its first ever
"Summer University" program from August 2002. This
international program is aimed at owners and managers of print
shops and media businesses who want to receive intensive training
with a six-day course in Heidelberg. The Summer University will
focus on topics such as innovation management, marketing and sales,
HR, controlling financial affairs and new technologies - with
particular emphasis on digital printing - and how to use them.
For further information:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 50 66