New Star Peripherals from Heidelberg Boost Press Productivity

(PresseBox) ( Heidelberg, )
At GraphExpo, scheduled to take place from October 15-18, 2006 in Chicago, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will present an expanded portfolio of Star peripherals on different Speedmaster series.

Fast, reliable foil printing
From the end of 2006, Heidelberg will be the only manufacturer to equip its foil package with ultrasonic sheet travel sensors located in both the printing and coating units. The innovative ultrasonic sensors monitor the transfer of the sheets from one printing unit to the next. Unlike conventional sensors, they can recognize any material, be it paper, card, transparent or opaque foils, aluminum-laminated substrates or lenticular foils. Missing sheets are therefore detected with complete reliability and the press stopped. This is particularly useful in the case of less flexible plastic materials, since missing sheets that go undetected can seriously damage the press.

As an integral component of the foil package, the ultrasonic sheet travel sensors are incorporated into the press at the factory. The package is available for the Speedmaster CD 74 and Speedmaster CD 102 and will also be fitted to the Speedmaster XL 105 in future. With additional antistatic, suction and blowing components, it facilitates sheet separation and travel. Compared to a press without this specialist equipment, production speeds can be doubled depending on the substrate. This system is particularly fast and reliable for processing critical substrates such as thin foils that tend to build up electrostatic charges.

Ink at the touch of a button - economic metering and efficient in use
At GraphExpo 2006, the new InkLine 3000 ink supply system will be demonstrated for the first time on the Speedmaster CD 74 and Speedmaster XL 105. This system, based on the tried-and-tested two-kilogram ink cartridge, no longer has any mechanical control elements. If a cartridge is empty, the metering unit moves to a suitable reference position, where the cartridge holder lid opens automatically and the ink cartridge can be changed in just a few seconds. At the touch of another button, the lid closes again of its own accord and the system goes into automatic metering mode. This reduces make-ready times still further.

InkLine has now proved its mettle in over 10,000 installations worldwide. It empties the ink cartridges almost completely, which reduces ink consumption. The ink fountains are monitored by sensors that ensure they are evenly filled. This results in constant inking throughout the whole print job.

High gloss with the CoatingStar
The CoatingStar coating supply unit developed in-house by Heidelberg is now available in an extended version. The coating heating system integrated into the unit has been enhanced so the coating can now be heated to as much as 50 degrees Celsius. In UV printing, the coating is more evenly distributed which results in visibly more gloss. These high temperatures are also required when using special coatings like thermal or drip-off coating.

The CoatingStar also allows washup water to be heated, which ensures faster and more effective cleaning of the whole system. The CoatingStar coating supply unit is the only system in the world based on low-maintenance annular piston pumps.

DryStar Advanced now also automates dryer settings on the Speedmaster CD 74
At GraphExpo 2006, Heidelberg will be unveiling the enhanced DryStar dryer series on the Speedmaster CD 74. The dryer control system used will now be the same as that already tried and tested on the Speedmaster SM 102, Speedmaster CD 102 and Speedmaster XL 105.

The DryStar Advanced software option can now also be installed on the Speedmaster CD 74. It allows all dryer settings for a particular job to be stored and reused for automatic dryer presetting of future print jobs. This cuts make-ready times on repeat jobs. Drystar Advanced also enables fine-tuning of the automatic modes. Dryer temperature limits can be defined for the first time.

Star System from Heidelberg
The Star System comprises the complete system solution with peripherals on the Speedmaster ranges, from the dampening solution supply and the powder spray devices to the dryer. The peripherals are controlled centrally via the Prinect CP 2000 Center press control system. All units are developed directly by Heidelberg or in close cooperation with leading suppliers. This offers customers a whole range of benefits, including extensive automation functions, standardized and easy-to-follow navigation, one-stop installation and maintenance, and noise-dampening and dust-proof arrangement of all components in cabinets or consoles. Altogether, these features provide the ideal conditions for eco-friendly production.
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