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February 28, 2012
drupa 2012 – Heidelberg presents completely new
Speedmaster SX sheetfed offset series
Broadest product portfolio for sheetfed offset printing provides the
optimum solution for every requirement
New Speedmaster SX 52 – comprehensive automation for high
New Speedmaster SX 74 – enhanced productivity through innovation
New Speedmaster SX 102 – world’s most successful perfecting press
with XL technology taken to a new performance level
Field test customers impressed with the productivity and availability
of the Speedmaster SX generation
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is to present its new Speedmaster SX
models at drupa 2012. The world market leader is thus responding to the changing market
conditions in the print media industry by offering the broadest product portfolio for sheetfed
offset printing. The new Speedmaster SX models from Heidelberg combine the cutting-
edge technology of the Speedmaster XL class with the tried-and-tested platform of the
Speedmaster SM series to form a new performance class. This new series focuses first and
foremost on the needs of the commercial printing segment and is primarily geared towards
print shops in emerging markets and customers in industrialized countries who are on a
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growth path and now want to take their productivity to a new level. “Now more than ever, it’s
important to offer customers machines tailored precisely to their requirements, so they can
position themselves successfully and competitively in the changed market environment,”
says Stephan Plenz, member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg
Equipment. “Following the resounding success of the new Speedmaster CX 102 – with over
1,000 printing units sold in just a year – the next logical step is to build up the new SX
Broadest product portfolio for sheetfed offset printing provides the optimum
solution for every requirement
As of drupa 2012 Heidelberg will offer a wide-ranging press portfolio for commercial,
packaging and label printers. It is divided into three areas – the Speedmaster SM and
CD models, the Speedmaster SX and CX models, and the Speedmaster XL models.
In the SM portfolio, the standardized two- and four-color Speedmaster SM 52 and SM 74
models are ideal for small and medium-sized commercial print shops looking to satisfy
growing customer requirements. The extended range of standard features offers an
optimum price-performance ratio and paves the way for growth in high-end offset printing.
The wide range of standard features and the successful technology of the Speedmaster
SM 102 offer reliability in production and investment security thanks to high print quality,
established reliability, and excellent value retention.
The Peak Performance class of presses from Heidelberg is unrivaled in the industry and
has been setting standards in production speed, print stability, and output since 2004.
Print shops looking for maximum productivity coupled with top quality are sure to gain a
crucial competitive edge with the Speedmaster XL 75, XL 105, XL 145, and XL 162
The new Speedmaster SX models deliver outstanding print quality, high stability in
production, intuitive and ergonomic operation, and a high level of automation. They offer a
wide range of configurations with coating unit, perfecting device, and many additional
features including an automatic washup device, static electricity eliminator, and color
measuring instruments. In addition to the new ergonomic design, these models also
benefit from the high-performance Prinect Press Center control station with the process-
oriented Intellistart operator guidance system, which automatically determines and
implements the optimum process sequence for job changes. The new Color Assistant Pro
software ensures fully automated monitoring of the ink fountain liner, self-calibration of the
ink zones, and automatic and intelligent adjustment of characteristic curves. This means
that color presettings are even more precise and reproducible. A new surface technology
for the exchangeable jackets of impression and transfer cylinders – PerfectJacket Blue
and TransferJacket Blue – ensure a far longer service life and extended washup intervals.
This significantly increases the availability of the equipment.
As a pioneer of green printing, Heidelberg has been developing solutions to eliminate or
reduce CO2, process emissions, and waste for many years. That is why the technology of
the Speedmaster SX models sets standards in more than just productivity. The new
models require minimal air support for sheet travel and are equipped with highly efficient
peripherals from the Star range. Their high energy and resource efficiency make them the
most environmentally friendly machines in their class. A measuring device can be used to
measure and display the machine’s energy efficiency per 1,000 sheets for specific jobs
during production. All SX presses support alcohol-reduced / alcohol-free printing and can
be supplied on a carbon-neutral basis.
The Speedmaster SX 52 and SX 74 models are available now and the Speedmaster SX
102 will be supplied from September 2012. “The SX models are ideal for the growth
markets in Asia and South America,” says Plenz. “But they also offer many print shops in
industrialized countries the opportunity to take their productivity to a new level and
develop their portfolio.”
New Speedmaster SX 52 – comprehensive automation for high flexibility
The Speedmaster SX 52 offers a high level of flexibility for the most diverse customer
requirements. The machine configuration can be customized to meet the needs of the
print shop. The spectrum ranges from two to ten printing units, with or without a perfecting
device. Various coating systems – including systems with UV technology –, Anicolor
zoneless inking unit technology, and an inline die-cutting unit are just a few of the possible
configuration options. Depending on the requirements, the Speedmaster SX 52 can be
extended with a number of components, such as an inking unit temperature control
system or the Color Assistant Pro software for ink zone calibration and optimization of
color presetting data. A numbering and perforating device or non-stop device for the
feeder and delivery can also be added to make the Speedmaster SX 52 a highly
automated, customized press.
The optional Anicolor zoneless short inking unit reduces paper waste by up to 90 percent.
The Speedmaster SX 52 Anicolor therefore results in a print process that delivers eco-
friendly operation at low costs. Furthermore, from April 2012, it will be supplied on a
carbon-neutral basis ex-works.
A Speedmaster SX 52 Anicolor press will be on display in the Commercial Print area in
Hall 1 at drupa as a response to the HEI Eco market trend.
New Speedmaster SX 74 – enhanced productivity through innovation transfer
The configuration options for the Speedmaster SX 74 range from two to ten printing units,
with or without a perfecting device or coating unit. Depending on the particular
requirements, the Speedmaster SX 74 can be equipped with a wide range of components,
such as the fully automatic AutoPlate Pro plate changer system, transfer cylinders with
adjustable diameters for use with thicker materials, ink zone calibration and optimization
with Color Assistant Pro, and the PerfectJacket Blue and TransferJacket Blue jacket
technology. These turn the Speedmaster SX 74 into a highly automated machine capable
of delivering a sustained boost to productivity.
The Fabian print shop in Constance, Germany, has been operating a five-color
Speedmaster SX 74 press with AutoPlate Pro in a field test since January 2012 – and
confirms the benefits. “The new press has boosted our productivity by up to 50 percent
compared to our four-color Speedmaster SM 74 press from 2006,” says Managing
Director Carsten Fabian. Founded in 1969, the print shop has 13 employees who produce
typical commercial materials for large and midsize industrial enterprises throughout
Germany. Prepress works exclusively with Saphira printing plates and has an average
throughput of 15 plate sets a day. “The new plate changer helps us ensure fast delivery
times to our customers, particularly in the case of short runs and frequent job changes,”
says Fabian. “A further advantage of the new press is that it enables us to apply printing
varnishes and spot colors in a single pass – a service that is being requested by a
growing number of our customers,” he continues.
The Speedmaster SX 74 will be on display in the Commercial Print area in Hall 1 at drupa
as a response to the HEI Flexibility market trend.
New Speedmaster SX 102 – world’s most successful perfecting press with XL
technology taken to a new performance level
Well over 30,000 users worldwide place their trust in perfecting technology from
Heidelberg that stands out due to consistently high print quality on both sides of the sheet
at maximum production speeds. The Speedmaster SX 102 is the new generation of
presses from Heidelberg for this segment. It combines technology from the Speedmaster
XL series with the successful platform of the Speedmaster SM 102 to deliver precisely the
performance and consistency required. The shorter makeready and throughput times
coupled with ergonomic operation set standards in this performance class. Optimized
sheet travel, the reinforced side frames of the printing unit, and the cylinder bearings and
gripper system from the Speedmaster XL 105 provide the basis for consistently high
production speeds of up to 14,000 sheets per hour.
The Speedmaster SX 102 achieves extremely short makeready times thanks to Prinect
Inpress Control and the new fully automated AutoPlate Pro plate changer system. In
combination with the process-oriented Intellistart operator guidance system, a complete
plate change takes less than three minutes on an eight-color Speedmaster SX 102 press.
The new TransferJacket Blue cylinder jackets significantly reduce the need for manual
cleaning. Field tests demonstrated that cleaning can be reduced from once a day to once
a week. This significantly increases press availability.
The touchscreen control panel on the feeder has also been adopted from the XL series. In
addition to covering all the feeder functions, it also integrates other machine functions,
such as washup programs that can now be started from the feeder. A first step was taken
towards XL technology transfer at drupa 2008 with the Preset Plus Feeder and Preset
Plus Delivery. With higher speeds, Prinect Inpress Control, AutoPlate Pro, and
TransferJacket Blue, the Speedmaster SX 102 is now up to 30 percent more productive
than the Speedmaster SM 102 generation launched at drupa 2008.
The configuration options for the Speedmaster SX 102 range from two to ten printing units,
with or without a coating unit.
An eight-color Speedmaster SX 102 with perfecting device will be on display at drupa in
Hall 1. The new and improved CutStar sheeter is also connected to the press to process
reel stock and thus increase cost-effectiveness. In response to the HEI Integration market
trend, the Commercial Print area will demonstrate how a high degree of automation and
lean processes can pave the way for new business models, such as web-based printing.
Field test customers impressed by the productivity, short makeready times, and
availability of the Speedmaster SX 102
The Speedmaster SX 102 has already got off to a good start with two field testers in
Germany. “As the world’s first Speedmaster CX 102 user, we experienced the benefits of
XL technology in a Speedmaster 102 at the start of 2010. Our five-color Speedmaster CX
102 press with coating unit has run like clockwork from day one. Whenever possible, we
operate the press at the maximum speed of 16,500 sheets per hour – and the press
masters this challenge with ease,” confirms André Kern, Managing Director of Kern GmbH
in Bexbach in the Saarland region of Germany. “Thanks to the new eight-color
Speedmaster SX 102 press with perfecting device, we are now able to benefit from the
same enhanced productivity in perfecting mode. This enables us to achieve significantly
higher production speeds with thin papers in particular, an area that makes up a
substantial proportion of our print activities,” says Kern. The print shop benefits from the
advantages of Prinect Inpress Control in both the Speedmaster CX 102 and SX 102,
which helps boost productivity through far shorter makeready times and less paper waste.
The reduced material and energy costs help protect the environment, which ties in nicely
with Kern’s corporate philosophy. With roots stretching back to the 19th century, Kern
GmbH is now being run by the fifth generation of the Kern family and has a workforce of
45 employees. It produces brochures, catalogs, and magazines for manufacturers of
branded goods and industrial customers. The company specializes in personalized direct
mailings. Its run sizes and grammages vary widely, taking in everything from thin paper up
to 400 gsm cardboard.
Krüger Druck und Verlag in Dillingen an der Saar, Germany, is also impressed with the
new Speedmaster SX. The company invested in a Speedmaster SX 102-8-P press to
replace its Speedmaster SM 102-8-P and thus pave the way to the company’s future.
“The new Speedmaster SX 102 met our expectations in every respect from the very first
day of operation. Production has increased by an average of 3,000 sheets an hour and
the makeready times have been halved. All in all, this press improves productivity by
between 40 and 50 percent over its predecessor,” says Managing Partner Andreas Krüger,
more than satisfied with the results. “We print most of our jobs at the maximum speed of
14,000 sheets an hour. Prinect Inpress Control and the big wallscreen help significantly
reduce makeready times and paper waste. The display shows the reliability in production
and encourages our printers to achieve maximum speed with every job. Our customers
are impressed with the transparent color control, which means that customer approval
processes on the press are much faster than before,” adds Krüger. Krüger Druck und
Verlag was founded in 1937 and currently employs more than 100 staff. The family
business produces high-quality print products such as catalogs, annual reports, books,
brochures, and forms.
Figure 1: Portfolio
Heidelberg will be presenting the new Speedmaster SX models at drupa 2012. The world
market leader is responding to the changing market conditions in the print media industry
by offering the broadest product portfolio for sheetfed offset printing.
Figure 2: Speedmaster SX 52
The Speedmaster SX 52 combines the innovative and pioneering technology of the
Speedmaster XL series with the successful platform of the Speedmaster SM 52 and
achieves an extremely high level of flexibility through comprehensive automation.
Figure 3: Speedmaster SX 74
The innovation transfer achieved by combining the innovative and pioneering technology
of the Speedmaster XL series with the successful platform of the Speedmaster SM 74
enables the Speedmaster SX 74 to boost productivity significantly.
Figure 4: Speedmaster SX 74 at Fabian Druck
Carsten Fabian, owner and managing director of Fabian Druck, is impressed with the
AutoPlate Pro plate changer on his new Speedmaster SX 74. It increases productivity by
up to 50 percent over its predecessor, the Speedmaster SM 74.
Figure 5: Speedmaster SX 102
Combining the Speedmaster XL series with the successful platform of the Speedmaster
SM 102, the Speedmaster SX 102 takes the world’s most successful perfecting press with
XL technology to a whole new performance level. This results in high productivity, shorter
makeready and throughput times, and a consistently high print speed of up to 14,000
sheets an hour.
Figure 6: Speedmaster SX 102 at Kern in Bexbach
The members of the Kern family – Jürgen, André, Holger, and Joachim Kern (from left to
right) – stand proudly in front of the new Speedmaster SX 102. The new press can
process even low grammages with ease. Kern GmbH was the first user of the new
Speedmaster CX 102.
Figure 7: Speedmaster SX 102 at Krüger in Dillingen
Andreas Krüger (right), Managing Partner of Krüger Druck und Verlag and print shop
manager Walter Staab are more than satisfied with the new Speedmaster SX 102. All in
all, the new press boosts productivity by between 40 and 50 percent compared to the
previous Speedmaster SM 102.
Images and further company information are available in the press portal of Heidelberger
Druckmaschinen AG at www.heidelberg.com.
The press conference of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG on the occasion of
drupa 2012 will take place on May 2, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. in Düsseldorf in hall 1.
Heidelberg at drupa 2012
Today's print media service providers are faced with a dynamic and challenging market.
Companies that want to achieve success in such an environment need to optimize their business
models by seizing on market trends in the industry and using them to their advantage.
During drupa 2012, from May 3 to 16, Heidelberg will be showcasing in Hall 1 an extended portfolio
of products and solutions that have been developed specifically for the latest market requirements.
The trade show presentation, held under the banner “Discover HEI”, will center on lean production
(HEI Productivity), green printing (HEI Eco), web-to-print (HEI Integration), short-run-printing (HEI
Flexibility), differentiation through coatings and special effects (HEI Emotions), the future of
packaging printing (HEI End), and gaining an edge through the latest know-how (HEI School). The
company is exhibiting solutions that enable print shops and postpress businesses to meet the
latest market requirements in full.
For further information, please contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
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