Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, during an event at its Wiesloch-Walldorf site, unveiled the Speedmaster XL 145 with a new top speed of 18,000 sheets per hour, as well as the Speedmaster XL 162 reaching 16,500 sheets per hour.
The Heidelberg Info Days event, with around 250 attendees, focused on folding-carton printing, where these higher speed Speedmaster XL 145 and XL 162 straight presses are being aimed. The speed boost of both the XL 145 and XL 162 comes from what Heidelberg calls the Packaging Speed Performance (PSP) configuration. The company states its PSP-enabled XL 145 press can produce upwards of 70 million sheets per year.
New features of the PSP presses include a high-speed suction head, optimized sheet travel, and a new chain guide in the delivery, coupled with new gripper bars and components such as the high-performance dryers.
Heidelberg reports that over 100 large-format presses in formats 6 and 7 have now been sold worldwide since the start of series production in 2009. Approximately 70 percent of these installations are being used for packaging printing.
For the first time, the Speedmaster XL 145 was shown at Info Days working alongside the new Dymatrix XL 145 CSB die cutter, which features a new Dyset XL optical feed system.