Three years after launching sales of the Linoprint C series of digital printing systems, Heidelberg is unveiling a new generation of digital printing presses that delivers even better performance. The new Linoprint CV and Linoprint CP models are geared toward improved flexibility and productivity in the cost-effective production of short, personalised, and hybrid print runs. The new Prinect Digital Frontend sets a new standard in digital printing quality thanks to the use of Heidelberg Renderer (RIP) technology – which has been tried-and-tested in offset printing – and Heidelberg colour management.
With a printing speed of 90 pages per minute, high quality standards, and comprehensive functions, the new Linoprint CV sets new standards in its performance class. The system will be able to print with five colours, making it unique in its segment. Besides the four colours, the system also offers white with high opacity or alternatively a coating with high gloss properties as an additional colour – either as a full-area or spot coating. Switching between white and a coating is simple, which means both surface finishing techniques can be used with flexibility.
Users can choose from a huge variety of substrates, ranging from structured papers to coated media, coloured paper and synthetic films. What’s more, because the Linoprint CV is designed for large paper formats, users can produce up to 700mm long, three-page folding brochures or posters in a single operation.
The multiple paper magazines in the system can be refilled on-the-fly, which keeps makeready times short. Several high-capacity magazines, which can be fitted with optional vacuum/suction-tape feeders, also ensure a continuous supply of paper without the operator having to constantly monitor the Linoprint CV. The system can thus also process long runs in a single pass, without interrupting production. A new, enlarged operating cockpit further enhances ease-of-use by helping the operator to both maintain a clear overview of every print job and re-run repeat jobs.
The new Linoprint CP produces advertising and presentation materials at a printing speed of 130 pages per minute, as well as high-quality personalized print products, professionally bound books, and brochures. The system has a modular design that safeguards a high level of availability. The image transfer and fusing units are physically separate, which reduces heat from affecting the process of image transfer and makes it easier to locate and clear paper jams. The standard configuration includes a vacuum/suction-tape feeder that ensures even difficult printing materials such as heavy coated media are fed into the press reliably. The inline finishing units offer a whole host of solutions. A colour toner with a low melting point further increases the range of materials that can be printed. The press operates using a feedback monitoring system that automatically corrects toner density and thus delivers excellent colour stability.
The Prinect Digital Frontend newly developed by Heidelberg supports the seamless integration of both new digital printing systems into the overall workflow of a print shop. This means that all print jobs can be centrally managed in one workflow system, irrespective of the production process that has been selected.
To ensure repeat jobs can be carried out with greater certainty and reliability, all work processes such as job creation, preflight checking, colour management, and impositioning can be saved as linked sequences. This certainty in production also extends to the printing of personalised data. Furthermore, the Prinect Digital Frontend also supports the finishing options of the new Linoprint systems, thereby enabling several print jobs to be produced ready for sale in a single operation.
‘The newly developed Digital Frontend from Heidelberg generates decisive added value for users. Indeed, besides getting better quality and productivity from digital printing systems, print shops also want to be able to control and manage as many applications as possible via a central
workflow. That is precisely where the strengths of the Prinect Digital Frontend come into play,’ said Jason Oliver, head of Business Area Digital at Heidelberg.
In addition to the new Linoprint systems from Heidelberg, digital printers can also benefit from a broad range of technical and machine-based services, training and consulting offerings, and consumables offered in collaboration with Ricoh. This entire portfolio is designed to reinforce and extend the competitiveness and performance capabilities of print media companies.
Both printing systems and the Prinect Digital Frontend will be available from spring 2015 and will replace the previous Linoprint C 751 and Linoprint C 901 models.