The new Heidelberg Speedmaster SX 52-5 is replacing two Speedmaster 52 presses from 2001 and 2004 at Maul-Druck.
From left: Managing Directors Jörg and Kai Maul have a reliable adviser in Norbert Schäfer from the Sales department of the Heidelberg Berlin branch.
Maul-Druck in Braunschweig is a third-generation, family-owned company with a 70-year history. Brothers Jörg and Kai Maul, a trained media designer and offset printer respectively, took over management of the company from their father, Hans-Joachim, in 2004. Maul-Druck was established back in 1947 by their grandfather, Richard. The company emerged from the Braunschweiger Musik-Verlag music publishing company, reflected in the fact that Richard Maul’s first jobs were printing music books for his own music shop.
Partnership with Heidelberg
The brothers’ grandfather started his business with a Heidelberg cylinder. The company invested in its first Heidelberg four-color Speedmaster press in 70 x 100 format in 1987. Brothers Jörg and Kai Maul purchased an XL 105-5 field test press from Heidelberg in 2007, featuring equipment that would not be presented at drupa until the following year. As well as a processless Suprasetter CtP platesetter, the company also has a ST 300 saddlestitcher with cover feeder and six stations from Heidelberg.
Seven become five
There were seven printing units in the A3 pressroom, split between a 15-year old Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 52-5 P and a 12-year old Speedmaster SM 52-2. However, the latter was rarely used. Kai Maul and Norbert Schäfer from the Sales department of the Heidelberg Berlin branch therefore discussed a more productive replacement investment. Their objective was to take advantage of the benefits of the latest SX press generation from Heidelberg in order to cover the steadily increasing volume of offset printing for the A3 pressroom. Heidelberg then found a good dealer who bought and also disassembled the used presses and installed a new Speedmaster SX 52-5 at Maul-Druck in June 2016. The confidence in Heidelberg built up over many years therefore paid off once again. The new press increased productivity by around 15 per cent. This increase in productivity was not just down to the new hardware but also the new software – in other words the current workflow version, which is controlled by the Prinect Press Center 2 machine control station.
Better and faster
Kai Maul names the improved ink feeding as the first benefit, and explains: “The press from Heidelberg’s new SX generation gives us a clear advantage thanks to short makeready times and fast achievement of production speeds with outstanding print quality. The presettings now come directly from the prepress stage. Less waste and an increase in the speed of the SX press of around 3,000 sheets per hour enabled us to process approx. 30 per cent more orders in the same time.”
All-seeing control station
The new Speedmaster SX 52-5 at Maul is controlled by the Prinect Press Center 2, while the ink feeding is controlled via the Prinect Easy Control system integrated in the control station. The programmable washing functions for the rubber blanket, impression cylinder, and inking unit and dampening system, the Alcolor film dampening unit, the Intellistart process-oriented operator guidance, and the AutoPlate plate changer greatly speed up the makeready processes and help the operators to quickly achieve production stability. The fifth inking unit is used at Maul-Druck for applying protective and dispersion coatings.
By switching to the latest press generation from Heidelberg for the A3 format, Maul-Druck is taking a strong stand against its rivals represented online. Equipped with WebShare access, it is now one of the fastest offset print shops in the region.
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