World premiere of Heidelberg’s new Speedmaster XL 106

Entire machine system adapted for high-speed operation at 21,000 spa

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Speedmaster XL 106 from HEIDELBERG boosts productivity and is world’s fastest sheetfed offset press (Photo: Heidelberg)

Heidelberg is premiering its new Speedmaster XL 106, claimed to be the world’s fastest sheetfed offset press.

The option to increase the printing speed of the Speedmaster XL 106 to 21,000 sheets per hour makes this high-performance system the world’s fastest sheetfed offset press and means an annual output of over 100 million prints is now also possible in folding carton production, the company said in a release.

The press is particularly a good option for companies producing packaging in the 70 x 100 format, who are calling for ever higher machine outputs and end-to-end automation. The increase in printing speed from 18,000 to 21,000 sheets per hour on the Speedmaster XL 106 is especially attractive to these users. 

The economic benefit is an 8 to 10% higher net output and – provided the full potential productivity is utilized – amortization in around two years. In order to achieve this, Heidelberg has optimized some 200 components throughout the entire system, from feeder to delivery. 

For example, two servo motors now drive the feeder directly and, in the delivery, the weight of the gripper bars has been reduced and they have been adapted to the new printing speed to ensure stable and reliable operation.

“Right from its market launch in 2004, [the] XL technology from Heidelberger has set the benchmark in terms of productivity, performance, and reliability for high-end applications in our sector. Heidelberger has continuously enhanced this successful machine platform ever since,” says  Ludwin Monz, CEO of Heidelberg. 

“With the newly unveiled Speedmaster XL 106, Heidelberg is taking sheetfed offset printing performance to the next level and enabling folding carton manufacturers in particular to become more competitive,” he adds.

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