Srilekha Power Printers installs Heidelberg Speedmaster SM-74

(L-R) Rajendra and Sanagmeswara Rao with the Speedmaster SM 74 four colour pressIn a bid to fortify its professional print offerings and expand its user community, Srilekha Power Printers installed a Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74 four-colour press. “Our investment in the Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74-4 clearly demonstrates our strategy to capture new market opportunities, while strengthening our existing customer base,” smiles Sangameswara Rao, one of the two partners of the Vijayawada-based printing firm, which specializes in printing posters, pamphlets, brochures, catalogues, books, and preprinted office stationery.

“The SM 74-4 is an ideal fit for our high-volume business. The fabulous level of automation is the highlight. Manual intervention is significantly reduced by 70–75%. To us, this means less stress and higher productivity,” comments Rajendra, the other partner who is a print technocrat. A high-performance Prinect press center acts as the control station in a Speedmaster SM74-4, slicing the number of operating steps by 70%.

The Speedmaster SM74-4 is equipped with automation features like ‘Auto Plate’ that ensure quicker plate changes, cutting down make-ready and setup times notably vs. other presses. A highly automated feeder with central suction tape handles a wide array of print substrates, from thin paper to board, ranging in thickness from 0.03 mm to 0.6 mm.

High production speeds of up to 15,000 sheets per hour can be achieved with the Speedmaster SM 74-4. Lateral sheet separation blowers separate sheets more effectively and ensure smooth sheet travel, regardless of the printing stock being used. A fully automatic perfecting device enables printing on both sides of a sheet in a single pass, facilitating cost-effective production and faster throughput times for print jobs.

“Long-run jobs represent a major chunk of our business. So, we opted for the high-pile delivery configuration that requires fewer pile changes. Sheets don’t get scratched or smeared during perfecting or work-and-turn operations. The Venturi nozzles in the sheet guide plate takes care of that,” observes Rajendra.

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