Heidelberg has unveiled a B2 sheetfed press, the Speedmaster CX 75, which it will officially launch at China Print next month.

The new press, dubbed XL75 lite, targets small to medium sized print shops needing a press for multiple applications but without all the bells and whistles of the higher specified XL75.

The Speedmaster CX 75 has the platform of the Speedmaster XL 75 and the components of the Speedmaster SX 74,. Heidelberg says the compact press will attract interest from print shops in industrialised countries that operate one or two shifts and want an attractive price-performance ratio.

The company claims that switching from the last sheet in one run to the first good sheet in the next takes less than five minutes.

The Speedmaster CX 75 can process substrates ranging from lightweight paper through to rigid cardboard thanks to its double-diameter impression cylinders. It comes as a four-to-six-colour straight press with coating unit and boasts a top production speed of 15,000 sheets an hour.

Heidelberg offers a choice of format: the standard 750x500mm and an extended 605x750mm, Heidelberg calls this the F format which it has offered as an option for the XL75. The format will suit printers who want to produce labels and carton printing. The extra print area can accommodate extra labels or carton blanks over a more conventional 530x750mm C format XL75.

The press has a width of 2.81m and measures 2.05metres in height, making it the narrowest B2 press Heidelberg has produced. Heidelberg says a five-unit press with coating unit will measure11.6m.

Prinect digital print shop workflow can integrate the pre-settings from the prepress stage for pre-set functions from the feeder to the delivery. Heidelberg says the ergonomic concept together with generous space between the printing units permits optimal access, aiding quick and easy operation and maintenance.

With internal testing complete, Heidelberg has placed the press into German print shop Werbedruck Petzold for field testing before full production begins later this year. Ersin Sözer, managing director of Werbedruck Petzold, says the press suits his company’s product range, which includes brochures, flyers, calendars, portfolios, catalogs, posters, displays, and packagings. He says, “We want to be the best, not the biggest, and are proud of the fact that we do all the process steps in-house.

 “We process grammages from lightweight paper up to cardboard with a thickness of 0.7 mm here and offer a variety of finishing options with dispersion coating, drip-off coating, and print varnish. We therefore wanted a universal press that could handle all of this and that we could also optimally integrate into our digital workflow. The Speedmaster CX 75 is exactly the right press for my business model,” confirms Sözer. WP enjoys a long-standing partnership with Heidelberg. For example, its postpress machinery includes Stahlfolder folding machines and a Heidelberg jobbing press as well as cylinders for die-cutting and embossing.”

Heidelberg looks forward to introducint the unit as a four-colour press with DryStar LED technology at China Print in Beijing, from May 9-13.

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