Heidelberg launches Speedmaster XL 75 and CX 75

Enhanced user interface and ergonomic design

The world’s first Speedmaster XL 75 five-color press with coating unit and new design was recently installed at Theiler Druck AG. Michel Schwander (right), General Manager, and Philipp Theiler, owner and publisher confirm that operation is now much more comfortable.
The world’s first Speedmaster XL 75 five-color press with coating unit and new design was recently installed at Theiler Druck AG. Michel Schwander (right), General Manager, and Philipp Theiler, owner and publisher confirm that operation is now much more comfortable.

For the small- and medium-sized printing companies, the 50 x 70 cm format is the perfect fit for their product range in commercial and packaging printing. Many packaging printers in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics segment in particular use the 50 x 70 cm format, which offers benefits for small folding carton and a high level of embellishment, as well as short runs. Over 19,000 printing units of Speedmaster CD 74, XL 75 and CX 75 have been installed. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is now working to upgrade the platform with a modern, ergonomic design to enhance its user-friendliness. Delivery of the new redesigned Speedmaster CX 75 and Speedmaster XL 75 is set to begin in September 2019.

Modern, ergonomic design

Heidelberg is working on enhancement of the model series in the 50 x 70 cm format. For example, the foundation for the Push to Stop philosophy was laid for drupa 2016 with the IntelliStart 2 user software. The Speedmaster CX 75 was presented one year later, tailored to the needs of smaller printing companies in one- and two-shift operation with much smaller footprint and high substrate flexibility.

We have seen how the user ergonomics is becoming more relevant in the industry. Even though automation manages most of the routine tasks today, the operator is still required; to perform functions on the machine, like staging printing plates, adding ink, changing washup clothes and rubber blankets, or maintenance. The generous space between the printing units in the Speedmaster XL 75 and CX 75 is already useful; however, we went a step further and modernized the entire gallery concept even more,” explains Frank Süsser, product manager for the 50 x 70 format.

The redesigning of the Speedmaster XL 75 and CX 75 was inspired by the Speedmaster XL 106 gallery concept as well as the feeder and delivery gantries.

The machines will be on display for the first time at Pack Print in Thailand in September 2019, and at a customer event in October 2019 in Heidelberg’s Print Media Center Commercial in Wiesloch-Walldorf. “This is the first foretaste of drupa 2020. Other innovative solutions will follow in the 50 x 70 format for our customers,” explains Süsser.

New ergonomic design well received by customers

Our Speedmaster CD 74 was already a great machine – but the new Speedmaster XL 75 is on another level. Even after just a few days of installation, our printers can’t imagine life without the new ergonomic design. The machine is much more comfortable to operate. As for technology, the machine is up to date with latest industry standards,” reports Michel Schwander, head of commercial printing at Theiler Druck AG in Wollerau, Switzerland.

The world’s first Speedmaster XL 75 5-color press with coating unit and the new design was installed at Theiler Druck AG. “With AutoPlate Pro, Prinect Inpress Control, and the entire preset control system, the individual work steps are now carried out automatically and are also clearly visible on the Wallscreen. This means that we can produce one job after the other much more quickly and efficiently,” concludes Schwander. The machine is used to produce brochures, mailings, advertising materials, and packaging.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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