German printer impressed with world’s first Speedmaster CX 102

The managing directors of Druckerei Kern - Jürgen, Joachim and André Kern with Speedmaster CX 102. Druckerei Kern, a commercial printer based in Germany has streamlined their production utilising the world’s first Speedmaster CX 102 five-colour press from Heidelberg with coating unit since mid-May 2010. “We have always invested in the latest presses in order to offer our customers optimum products,” stated André Kern, managing director of the company, adding, “We were impressed by the Speedmaster CX 102 right from the outset and the complete investment package has enabled us to make great strides in our industrial production.”

The package consists of the Speedmaster CX 102, Speedmaster SM 52, and Prinect components for networking. The Speedmaster CX 102 has been successfully tried and tested, with Druckerei Kern reporting far shorter makeready times, only half the waste, stable production speeds, quiet, smooth sheet travel, and extremely high net speed. “We were amazed by the clear boost in quality for high grammages and coating jobs,” said Kern.

Lying between the Speedmaster SM 102/CD 102 and the Speedmaster XL 105, the Speedmaster CX 102 from Heidelberg is said to be the ideal press for every customer. As a new market segment in the 70 x 100 cm (27.56 x 39.37 in) format, the CX 102 comes just at the right time for large numbers of customers, offering an interesting alternative for many printers who are impressed with XL technology but do not have the quantity of jobs needed to make full use of such a productive press, particularly as it enables them to work with the same plate format. So far, almost thirty presses have been sold, with buyers including commercial and packaging printers. One in three Speedmaster CX 102 units is equipped with Prinect Inpress Control, which significantly cuts waste and therefore makes a major contribution to ensuring eco-friendly production.

Also, customer demonstrations on a Speedmaster CX 102 six-colour press with coating unit have been underway at the Print Media Center (PMC) in Wiesloch-Walldorf since May this year.

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