Smart print shop: Heidelberg showcasing a fully automatic production line for plate imaging at drupa
- Non-stop printing plate production reduces plate spoilage and increases production reliability
- Customized configurations for different customer requirements
- Winning over first-time users
The next milestone on the way to the smart print shop: Heidelberg is presenting a fully automatic production line for printing plate imaging at drupa.
Digitization is resulting in the rapid expansion of automation in the print media industry, leaving no part of the print shop’s production line untouched. In response to this, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) together with its partner NELA Brüder Neumeister GmbH (NELA) will be showcasing a fully automatic production line for plate imaging with up to three plate formats at this year’s drupa. It is designed to enable industrial users to image, punch, and bend printing plates without stopping, and fully automatically for up to several hours depending on how many printing plates they need and the configuration, and to supply these printing plates to the presses already sorted by job – all without manual intervention. In particular, eliminating the need for manual bending reduces the risk of printing plates being damaged by scratching, increases efficiency in the production process, and all in all increases production reliability.