Heidelberg Unveils Anicolor XL 75
At drupa, Heidelberg unveiled the Speedmaster XL 75 (19.69 x 27.56 inches) with an Anicolor inking unit, following the 2006 introduction of its smaller 13.78 x 19.69-inch Speedmaster with the same Anicolor technology. Heidelberg states that more than 1,000 13.78 x 19.69-inch Anicolor printing units have been installed worldwide.
When comparing the technology to a press with conventional inking units, Heidelberg describes its Anicolor in a “90-50-50” principle: Anicolor inking results in 90 percent less paper waste, 50 percent shorter makeready times, and 50 percent higher productivity.
The Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor will initially be offered as a straight-printing press with up to six inking units (with or without coating unit) and with a print speed of up to 15,000 sheets per hour. It will be available from the end of 2013.
Heidelberg also announced the commercial release of a new flagship press in the Speedmaster XL 106, following the drupa 2004 debut of the Speedmaster XL 105 (now resulting in over 1,200 units installed). The Speedmaster XL 106, with a 29.53 x 41.73-inch sheet format, reaches speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour in both straight and perfecting modes. It works with substrates of up to 1.0 mm (0.039 inches) thick (in perfecting mode, up to 0.8 mm/0.031 inches thick).
Depending on the job structure, the XL 106 can produce between 60 and 80 million sheets a year and change between 90,000 and 100,000 printing plates a year on an eight-colour press.
Heidelberg also introduced its new Speedmaster SX series, comprising the Speedmaster SX 52, Speedmaster SX 74, and Speedmaster SX 102, which build upon the recently introduced Speedmaster CX 102. The SX series combines features from both the Speedmaster XL and the Speedmaster SM platforms.