Unleash the full potential
of your large-format printing press

Are you the owner of a Speedmaster XL 145 or XL 162?
Your wide-format printing press offers exceptional built-in features:

  • The high degree of automation and the intelligent machine control system simplify all steps and minimize your makeready times, energy consumption, and waste.
  • Extremely fast job changes and tightly controlled, stable processes ensure maximum efficiency.
  • The unique double gripper technology in the delivery ensures excellent results in commercial printing.
  • With Packaging Speed Performance, you can achieve up to 18,000 sheets per hour in packaging printing.

Unleash the full potential of your Speedmaster XL 145 and XL 162 thanks to our VLF Second Life service package.

Tailored to your specific requirements, our service packages include a wide range of services that increase the performance of your Speedmaster: Machine inspections, parts upgrades, training programs, and much more.

A service tailored to your needs

We offer comprehensive, tailor-made solutions for your print shop. Our experts carefully plan and execute all services to minimize your press standstill.

Various upgrade packages are available depending on your needs and budget. You can opt for a full or partial retrofit of the machine, with or without upgrades.

The upgrade packages can be perfectly customized to your goals and needs.

  • All used wear parts on the printing units, the feeder, the delivery, and the peripheral units are replaced, including
    - Bearing shells
    - Ink/dampening systems bushings
    - Grippers and supports
    - Cams, valves, hoses, etc.
  • The machine is not dismantled.
  • Key components, such as side frames cylinders and bearings, remain in the machine.
  • Depending on the condition of the machine, a speed update and/or a press center update can be performed.
  • The retrofit takes about 8 to 10 weeks and can be carried out either in one shot or in several one-week sessions.

Your benefits

Quality and availability

The usual high quality, availability, and performance will be maintained

Reliable service network

Over 2,500 service experts worldwide are at your side

Cost savings

Eliminate the extra costs of a new investment

Variable and predictable downtimes

Comprehensive planning to minimize machine downtime

Consistent internal processes

Your usual workflows remain intact

Employee training

Will only be performed for necessary upgrades


Most of the parts will be reused and reworked in the next project


Committed contact persons with short reaction times

Increased value

Use your Speedmaster profitably for many years to come

A real-life success story.

The medium-sized packaging manufacturer Karl Knauer, with branches in Germany and Poland, uses only Heidelberg printing presses and has operated a Speedmaster XL 145-6+LYYL at its German site in Biberach/Baden since 2009.

Karl Knauer opted for a VLF Second Life service package, including a complete overhaul with a speed increase to 16,500 sheets/hour, inspection control, and an upgrade of the press center, together with a 10-year service contract.

"We are very satisfied with the VLF Second Life project. As we have already been operating a Speedmaster XL 145-6+LYYL press since 2009 and are convinced of its quality as well as productivity, we opted for the overhaul offer instead of replacing it,” said Gerhard Kammerer, Head of Production, Logistics and Purchasing and member of the management board at Karl Knauer KG.

"The conversion of the first slots* went smoothly thanks to the short response times and the expertise of our contacts at Heidelberg. Since our employees are already familiar with the machine, only one training session was needed for the upgrades."

Are you interested in our VLF Second Life service package?

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