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Premiere: “Plate to Unit” – fully automatic printing plate logistics reduces the operator’s workload and ensures higher process reliability … Heidelberg will be presenting another milestone in sheetfed offset printing at drupa 2020: fully automatic printing plate logistics.

Here the printing plates are provided fully automatically in the correct plate changing shaft and the used plates are removed – this is the only way to achieve consistently high productivity with short runs. As well as reducing the operator’s workload, process reliability is increased since damage caused by handling of the plates is systematically minimized. This increases the reliability of plate changes and reduces the risk of scratches on the plate causing paper waste.

“There’s no point in just increasing the speed of the printing press”, explains Rainer Wolf. “That would be like being stuck in a traffic jam and expecting a faster car to solve the problem. Optimized, coordinated overall processes are a much more effective way of increasing productivity in the long term – they solve the traffic jam and deliver continuous schedulable productivity at the highest level. This is exactly where our focus lies.”…

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will be presenting its full expertise as a market and technology leader in the printing and media industry at drupa 2020, taking place from 16 to 26 June 2020 in Düsseldorf, under the slogan “Unfold your Potential”. The main focus will be on the customer and their requirements, as well as optimally developing and exploiting their business potential through the latest technologies, innovative solutions, and new business models. With a view to the key factors such as process optimization and intelligent, operator-independent productivity, Heidelberg will be presenting the next stage in a smart printing business – the Smart Print Shop.

The new Speedmaster drupa 2020 generation – here the Speedmaster XL 106 eight-color press with fully automatic printing plate logistics.

“At drupa 2020, Heidelberg will address the increasing job complexity in the press room with the simultaneous increase in requirements for operator qualification and improved productivity. In addition to increasing the output of the printing press itself, software-supported applications, intelligent user guidance, and autonomous processes as part of an integrated solution system – or as we say, “Smart Print Shop” – will continue to grow in importance in terms of the competitiveness of the print shop”, explains Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Member of the Management Board responsible for Lifecycle Solutions and Chief Digital Officer at Heidelberg. “Heidelberg not only supplies tailored technology, from equipment to software and consumables, but also performance services aimed at increasing the performance of our customers’ overall system. With new services like Heidelberg Subscription we not only ensure the optimal technology, but also look after our customers’ available productivity. This delivers planning certainty and gives print shops the freedom they need to devote more effort to cultivating their market and innovating their offering.”…

Source: Heidelberg