Heidelberg Upgrades Versafire

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The new Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) Versafire EV includes a range of special features. The versatile digital production system is designed for use at entry level as well as by experienced digital printing providers.

The enhancement of the new Versafire digital printing generation is fully focused on customer benefit and the market requirements.

‘The Versafire EV gives our customers a flexible production system that is designed to ideally meet the requirements in the graphic arts industry and that they can use to further enhance their digital business model as a result of diversification and optimisation,’ explained Stephan Plenz, member of the management board responsible for digital technology at Heidelberg.

With the new ‘invisible red’ special toner, the Versafire EV offers a total of five special colours. Along with white, clear toner, neon yellow and neon pink, ‘invisible red’ provides additional embellishment options. In daylight, it has a slightly glossy effect and under UV light, the toner shines bright red. The use of ‘invisible red’ provides protection against copying and is particularly suitable for security-relevant applications. The five special colours facilitate a wide variety of creative applications, such as printing luminescent posters, invitations, admission tickets, wristbands, bright advertising brochures and security elements on printed products.

The Versafire EV is able to print white first and the CMYK process colours on top, creating strong luminous images when printing on coloured substrates and achieving new unusual effects. Where previously several processes were required, it is all done now in a single pass.

The new automatic inline calibration and inline register provide a high degree of stability, precision and improved quality. Inline colour measurement and automatic calibration take place ahead of the printing process and ensure constant colour stability across the entire run. Top image quality is achieved thanks to the new resolution of 4800 × 2400 dpi.

The Versafire EV has an increased printing speed of 85 or 95 A4 pages per minute and processes grammages of up to 360gsm, ensuring a high level of productivity. Furthermore, the system is able to print banners up to a length of 700mm (duplex) and as much as 1260mm (simplex).

The Prinect Digital Frontend (DFE), developed by Heidelberg and unique in the print media industry, allows intelligent integration into digital and offset printing processes. Using this DFE the Versafire EV can be easily integrated into the existing workflow of a print shop at the same time that it processes variable print data considerably faster.

Another new feature is the 43.1cm (17 inch) touchscreen to control the machine and the print jobs directly from the DFE, ensuring that the operator can keep an eye on everything.

The Versafire EV will make its European launch at the Heidelberg site in Wiesloch-Walldorf on April 18.

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