Premiere at IGAS in Japan/significantly less wastage
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) displayed the
Speedmaster SM 52 ten-colour press with perfecting device and
Anicolor inking unit at IGAS 2007. The event was held in Tokyo from
September 21-27, 2007.
The press combines the benefits of simultaneous printing on
both sides of the sheet with all the advantages of Anicolor - up to
90 percent reduction in start-up waste combined with exceptional
quality and consistent inking. Depending on the print job, the
press is ready for production after only 40 sheets. The press is
ideal for short runs with frequent job changes.
With its long perfecting presses in 35 x 50 centimeters (A3)
format, Heidelberg opens the gateway for commercial printers to
move into industrial production. Shorter delivery times, greater
flexibility and increased productivity open up new market
opportunities for these print shops and make them more competitive.
The long perfecting press is absolutely ideal for printers
whose customers require 4/4 colors plus coating. Print coatings
help to protect against scratching, increase the scuff-resistance
of the end product and speed up postpress.
Anicolor short inking unit - innovative technology
Heidelberg introduced the new Anicolor inking unit technology
on a Speedmaster SM 52 four-color press at Ipex 06 and it was shown
for the first time in Australia at Printex in May 07. This
technology allows the advantages of offset printing to be harnessed
for very short runs as well as longer runs. The major plus point of
the Speedmaster SM 52 with Anicolor inking unit lies in the fact
that it employs the tried-and-tested Alcolor continuous dampening
system and therefore uses commercially available printing plates.
There is only a single inking form roller in the Anicolor
short inking unit. This provides each printing element on the plate
with the precise volume of ink required throughout the entire run.
The Anicolor inking unit's efficient temperature control system
means that the amount of ink transferred to the sheet can easily be
adapted over the entire form.
When used in combination with the Alcolor continuous
dampening system, Anicolor is a unique system and ensures excellent
printing quality, outstanding consistency in the production run,
and easy operation. The more standardised the print job processing
is, the more the strengths of this system come into their own. The
full potential of Anicolor technology is realized when it is
combined with Prinect workflow components and consistent
Lindsay Barnes - Product Manager, Sheetfed
Tel. +61 3 9205 4111