Two Heidelberg solutions received the prestigious GATF InterTech
Awards announced yesterday in Pittsburgh.
The Stitchmaster ST 400 saddlestitcher and Magnapak newspaper
packaging system from Heidelberg were recognized as examples of
excellence in innovative technology for the graphic communications
industry by GATF. Heidelberg won two of the 13 awards this year and
was the only company honored with more than one winning entry. The
company has won 20 InterTech Awards since the program was started
Heidelberg was honored for two of its postpress solutions,
the Stitchmaster ST 400 saddlestitcher and Magnapak, the
industry's only newspaper system that is capable of inserting
supplements, collating and packaging simultaneously. The selection
of these postpress products highlights Heidelberg's unique
position as a solution provider for the entire print media
The Stitchmaster ST400 integrates state-of-the art electronic
design technology with the quality and integrity long associated
with the Heidelberg name making the Stitchmaster ST400 the premiere
saddlestitcher in today's market.
Heidelberg's signature touchscreen user
interface facilitates input functions for the operator, which
eases makeready and creates a working environment that
is advantageous both for the operator and management. The
Stitchmaster ST400 makeready occurs in an unprecedented time-saving
fashion - automatic synchronization takes place in the blink of an
eye. This synchronization process optimizes all saddlestitcher
settings and the time saved equals a greater profit margin.
Heidelberg designed the Stitchmaster ST400 to meet the demands of
shorter turn-around times and high productivity that customers
demand. Automating the manual processes with computer-driven
stepping motors and servo drives for each component of the stitcher
allows the operator to independently control each area without
influencing any other part of the stitching process. In the end,
the operator has more control of the functionality of the
Stitchmaster ST400 and the computer-enhanced makeready procedures
with independent servo drive motors reduce makeready time by up to
The Magnapak provides unique versatility, speed and zoning
advantages to enhance advertising insert capabilities for
The packaging system is the first to allow standard
inserting, collating and wrapping, or all functions
simultaneously with a single machine. Systems are modular and
easily expandable, to accommodate a wide range of speed,
circulation and insert volume requirements.
The Magnapak cycles at up to 30,000 papers per hour, and a
shaftless design allows independently driven hoppers to be shifted
in and out of production at full speed. With this feature,
newspapers can select inserts in specific papers according to
geographic or demographic data without compromising production
speed. The shaftless design also reduces maintenance requirements,
an important feature in deadline-oriented newspaper operations.
Several major U.S. newspapers are already utilizing the
Magnapak including: The Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio), The Roanoke
Times (Va.), The News & Record (Greensboro, S.C.), The Everett
Herald (Wash.) and the York Daily Record and York Dispatch (Pa.).
Additional systems are planned for The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio),
the Pittsburgh Post Gazette (Pa.) and several other papers.
"Heidelberg is proud of GATF's recognition of the
ST400 and Magnapak. They are both indicative of Heidelberg's
commitment to developing integrated products focused on our
customers' needs," said Niels M. Winther, president,
Heidelberg USA. "Through innovations such as these, we will
continue to be the complete solutions provider for the print media
GATF was established in 1924 to serve the graphic
communications community as the leading resource for technical
information and services through research and education. In 1999,
GATF consolidated with the Printing Industries of America, Inc.
(PIA). Founded in 1887, PIA is the world's largest graphic arts
trade association representing an industry with more than 1.2
million employees and 160 billion US-Dollar in sales. Together GATF
and PIA promote the interests of more than 13,000 member companies.
Further information for journalists:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 50 66
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 50 46