New standby function on Heidelberg sheetfed presses boosts efficiency

All presses from Heidelberg that are equipped with the Prinect Press Center now come with the new standby function. This enables the press to be switched to an energy-saving mode that significantly reduces carbon-dioxide emissions. Depending on press length and format, the standby function leads to potential savings of up to 15kW. Calculated over an entire year, print shops that switch to standby mode for just one hour each day can thus save enough energy to power a family home. Day-to-day press operation involves repeated waits and pauses. Depending on the situation, operators can decide whether they wish to switch to standby mode. This is a simple step that does not involve powering down the press. Pressing the standby button on the Prinect Press Center switches the peripherals and individual sub-assemblies of the press to energy-saving mode. Powering up the press again is also much faster than starting it from scratch. Druckerei Kern GmbH in Bexbach is one of the first print shops to benefit from the green, cost-efficient operation made possible by the new standby function. ‘We’ve now been using the standby function on our Speedmaster CX 102-5+L for several weeks. Even with idle times of just a few minutes, we can place the entire press – including water treatment, dryer units, and wallscreen – in standby mode,’ explained Uwe Kuhn, a team leader in Kern’s Press Department. ‘The one-click operation is simple and intuitive, and it’s also extremely easy to start the press operating again. The standby function is an ingeniously simple solution for further boosting energy efficiency,’ he added. The ‘Kern goes green’ campaign demonstrates the company’s commitment to sustainable production. Operating on a production area of over 2600 square metres, it offers short-run digital printing, large-format printing, and high-quality long-run offset printing. Heidelberg technology helps reduce resource consumption. The highly automated Speedmaster CX 102 five-colour press with coating unit and Speedmaster SX 102 eight-colour machine shorten makeready times significantly. In conjunction with Prinect Inpress Control, which controls ink and register on the fly, the amount of paper waste has been almost halved. The company’s certifications include the ISO 9001 quality management standard and the EMAS III European environmental standard. ‘One of our corporate principles is to ensure green working practices and we’re delighted that, in Heidelberg, we’ve found an expert partner to help us in this respect,’ explained Kuhn.