Heidelberg Presenting Speedmaster CX 75

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The Speedmaster CX 75 combines the best of both worlds: the innovative platform of the Speedmaster XL 75 from the Peak Performance class combined with components of the Speedmaster SX 74. As a flexible and economical straight printing press in 50 x 70 cm format, the Speedmaster CX 75 can process substrates ranging from lightweight paper through to rigid cardboard thanks to its double-diameter impression cylinders.

The presettings from the prepress stage for preset functions from the feeder to the delivery can be integrated via the Prinect digital print shop workflow, ensuring high productivity. Switching from the last sheet in one run to the first good sheet in the next can be done in under five minutes.

The meticulously planned ergonomic concept together with generous space between the printing units permits optimal access and therefore quick and easy operation and maintenance. The Speedmaster CX 75 comes as a four-to-six-colour press with coating unit. It has a top production speed of 15,000 sheets an hour and an impressively compact design. It is the narrowest press offered by Heidelberg in the 50 x 70 cm format range.

The Speedmaster CX 75 can be used for an extended range of applications thanks to its comprehensive equipment options. Production is possible using conventional inks and coatings as well as optional UV printing. UV printing in particular delivers bright results with maximum brilliance of the ink and a wide variety of possible substrates like paper, plastic or foils. No drying time is needed, which means that the sheets can go straight into postpress, which means no more waiting times and shorter delivery times.

Customers can choose between three different drying technologies, with the fully integrated DryStar dryer perfectly matched to the sheet travel of the Speedmaster CX 75. The DryStar UV dryer covers a wide range of applications in terms of materials, inks, and coating types. The DryStar Low Energy (LE) UV dryer uses highly reactive UV inks and coatings, and therefore needs less energy.

The Speedmaster CX 75 is also available in the larger 605 x 750 mm sheet format. This option is intended for packaging and label printing in order to be able to place more repeats on the sheet.

A high level of automation is achieved among other things by the preset capability and almost tool-free operation of the press. The Prinect Center 2 machine control station with the Intellistart intuitive operator guidance system also results in fast setup. The Prinect Easy Control or Prinect Image Control spectral colour measurement systems ensure a reliable and standardised printing process. Integration into the Prinect print shop workflow means good data handling and transparency as well as fast makeready times. The Speedmaster CX 75 is therefore also ideal for bringing stable growth in new applications, without the need for excessive investment.

The extensive internal test phase is now complete, with the Speedmaster CX 75 exceeding expectations. The next stage is field testing, before the full production phase begins in fall 2017. Heidelberg secured Werbedruck Petzold GmbH (WP) in Gernsheim in Hesse as a field tester.

It will be officially presented at China Print in Peking, where a Speedmaster CX 75 four-colour press with innovative DryStar LED technology from Heidelberg will be showcased.