Background Information on Anicolor Inking Technology

Producing short runs efficiently and flexibly - Heidelberg Anicolor makes offset amazingly easy

(PresseBox) ( Heidelberg, )
Shorter job runs, growing competition from digital printing and high-speed laser printers are just a few of the pressures on offset print shops today. Nowadays, more and more jobs in runs of just a few hundred copies are no longer being produced in offset despite its quality benefits. The relatively high proportion of waste sheets and the longer make-ready times are often the knockout criteria for traditional print shops in these times of growing price pressures. In introducing Anicolor, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has developed a new inking unit technology for the Speedmaster Speedmaster SM 52 which significantly widens the range of applications in which offset can be used cost-effectively for short runs - yet still retaining its undisputed advantages for longer runs.

The new zoneless short inking unit ensures optimal offset quality at "digital" prices. The secret lies in a technology that rationalizes the inking unit to optimal effect and significantly cuts production costs, particularly in terms of make-ready times and waste. The portfolio includes classical four-color commercial work such as brochures and flyers, but also invitations and business cards in runs of just a few hundred sheets. Higher runs can be produced just as cost-effectively with Anicolor thanks to the consistent inking - a flexibility that opens up additional market opportunities, particularly in the small format sector.

The Anicolor inking unit works free of ghosting, thereby ensuring consistent quality throughout the production run and delivers outstanding results in combination with Prinect Color Management from Heidelberg. Anicolor does not require any special consumables - conventional inks, plates and dampening solutions which the print shop already has in stock can be used.

The key features of Anicolor technology:

- Extremely short setup times
- Significantly reduced material costs
- Faster job changes
- Consistent and even ink application
- Reproducible quality for repeat jobs
- No need for special consumables
- Maximum speed of 15,000 sph
- Simple operation
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