Heidelberg has introduced a new double-sided coating technology for the Speedmaster XL 75 and XL 105 that enables coating before and after sheet reversal in a single pass. The company claims print shops can use this technology to boost productivity, minimise production time and increase finishing options.
In addition to cutting production times, the double-sided coating technology enables print products to proceed immediately to postpress. This eliminates unproductive waiting and drying times as well as the associated intermediate storage of semi-finished products, according to Heidelberg.
Alastair Hadley, sales director Heidelberg ANZ says, "The new double sided coating solution is available in Australia, and is aimed at printers who have a high volume throughout."
Heidelberg outlines it has achieved this technology by customising all its dryer systems to the relevant press in order to optimise dryer efficiency and print quality, even with high machine speeds, high ink coverage, and exacting coatings.
The company continues that in addition to the advantages for production processes at the print shop, this new XL technology also benefits print shop customers. For example, if a customer is approving prints at the print shop, the finished products coated on both sides are now ready for final inspection after one pass.
Belgian print shop Daneels Graphic Group is among the first to implement the coating technology on its Speedmaster presses.
Kris Daneels, managing director of Daneels Graphic Group says in addition to improving quality, it also speeds up postpress operations and delivery.
He says, “Our new Speedmaster XL 105-LPL allows us to process jobs even faster. We can print the front and reverse sides of a sheet with up to six colours and apply a dispersion coating all in a single pass.”