Cartor Security Printing.

Speedmaster XL 75-6+L-D-X. French security printer boosts productivity by 20 percent thanks to a unique machine configuration.

Tailored to the individual requirements.

The Speedmaster XL 75 is tailored to the individual requirements of Cartor Security Printing and boosts the productivity by 20 percent. This unique configuration is equipped with eight units – six inking units, a dispersion coating unit, a die-cutting unit – and the CutStar sheeter. This press allows cutting reel to sheetfed stock, to print, to coat, to die-cut and to perforate in one single pass! Ian Brigham, Managing Director of Cartor and co-shareholder of the ISP Group, is impressed with the technology from Heidelberg: “The Speedmaster XL 75 is robust, reliable, and delivers outstanding quality. Its enhanced printing speed and straightforward operation have enabled us to boost our productivity by 20 percent. The high precision of the CutStar sheeter enabled us to eliminate the sheet trimming. The substrate is cut to the required format straight away, which reduces throughput times and paper waste,”

Founded in 1974, the company was taken over in 2004 by the UK-based ISP Group (International Security Printers), which is headquartered in Birmingham and specializes in postage stamp printing. Some 46 employees work at the plant in France designing, developing, and producing very high-quality and innovative commemorative stamps. More than 90 percent of these are earmarked for export and are delivered to over 200 core customers in around 100 countries. The stamps come in all shapes and sizes and feature flocking, scented coatings, holograms, embossing, and gold or silver inks.

“One of the greatest strengths of the Speedmaster XL 75 is its ability to process a huge range of substrates, such as cork, metalized printing stocks, plastics, and silk. It handles everything from extremely thin grammages just 0.03 mm thick all the way through to extremely thick materials of up to 0.8 mm,” confirms Ian Brigham. Cartor also opted for spectrophotometric quality control with Prinect Axis Control. This way, the ink is added automatically to ensure a stable ink setting process. Prinect Axis Control is particularly suitable for spot colors and makes it possible to meet even the highest quality standards of discerning customers. Beside the Speedmaster XL 75 since 2009, a seven-color Speedmaster SM 74 press with high-pile delivery is in operation. The sixth printing unit of this customized press processes UV inks, while the seventh can accommodate dry offset technology and an integrated ink agitator to process phosphorescent inks.

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