Precautions to be taken during lockdown for Heidelberg postpress equipment

Steps to be followed

Masterworks die-cutter
Masterworks die-cutter

Recently, Heidelberg released news detailing the precautions that must be taken during the lockdown period for Heidelberg postpress equipment.

General Maintenance

  1. Check input voltage levels with the support of electrical professionals before powering ON the machine
  2. Safeguard the machine from dust, rats/rodents with protective covering
  3. Park hand pellet trucks in correct positions
  4. Clean area surrounding the equipment
  5. Clean beneath the machine by blowing pressured air
  6. Clean gripper bar chain and run the press for 20 – 30 minutes
  7. From lubrication menu (HMI Display) activate manual chain lubrication for 10 – 15 minutes (the delivery chain should be lubricated unit chain looks wet with oil)
  8. Install traditional/glue mouse traps at the production room
  9. Remove all flammable, fume-genrating solvents in surrounding equipment and store with caution
  10. Dispose all waste produced by machine.

Feeder Station

  1. Apply light coat of oil on suction head forwarding sucker bar, lifting sucker bar and blower heads
  2. Apply thin coat of grease or oil for all sliding parts on suction head, side stops and pile centering threaded shaft
  3. Apply thin coat of grease on feeder pile chains.

Feed table and Infeed station

  1. Lubricate centralized runner adjustment parts with recommended lubricant
  2. Clean and lubricate tape tabletop frame, hold down runner shaft, tape rollers
  3. It is highly recommended to reduce tape tension if the lockdown is more than 8 days
  4. Clean and lubricate infeed area, side lay, front lay, sliding parts and sliding accessories should be lubricated with light coat of oil (make sure all sensors are dust free and oil free)
  5. Release tension from side-lay pulling roller

Die-cutting station

  1. Clean the plastic top surface of the upper chase with acetone and park the chase inside machine or in position shown above
  2. Thoroughly lubricate 1mm plate, 4mm plate or 3mm plate with oil and park inside machine
  3. Lubricate chase parking guide rollers and exposed parts with thin coat of oil
  4. Clean oil cooler heat exchanger

Die-cutters with stripping station

  1. Apply thin grease coating on stripping movable frames, and chrome-coated fixed shafts
  2. Clean reflectors in platen outlet and stipping outlet with slightly wet cloth and dry immediately. Ensure that the cleaning cloth is made of soft and anti-scratch material
  3. Clean breather filters in the platen outlet
  4. If machine oil needs to be replaced, do it at the time when print production is restored (when the machine kicks back into production)

Foiling station

  1. Clean honeycomb chase with acetone and apply thin coat of oil on both surfaces
  2. Clean telescopic foil loading shafts and lubricate sliding parts
  3. Clean reflectors in platen outlet and foil-loading station outlet with slightly wet cloth (made of soft, anti-scratch material) and dry immediately
  4. If machine oil needs to be replaced, do it at the time when print production is restored (or when the machine kicks back into production)
  5. Clean special-coated shafts with acetone and lubricate with thin coat of oil, or chain lubricant spray
  6. Clean the surface of all rubber rollers with acetone and keep away from drive shafts. It is important to ensure that rubber rollers are not in contact with drive shafts (social distancing policy is appicable here as well)
  7. Drive shafts marked 1,2,3,4,A & B in the above figure to be cleaned with acetone
  8. Clean foil-waste-removal brushes
  9. Clean waste rewinding shafts and release spring tension in transfer direction
  10. Lubricate all sliding parts and bearings of the chase turning table
  11. Remove all teflon foil C guides, to ensure proper cleaning of non-rotating, special coated shaft in platen inlet and platen outlet
  12. Apply thin coat of oil on metal plate, opposite to the foil break sensor in platen inlet

Delivery unit

  1. Delivery sheet brake control cams need to be cleaned and lubricated with thin layer of oil
  2. Lubricate delivery pile supporting chain with oil
  3. Lubricate sheet brake format adjustment rack and pinion
  4. Grease delivery OS/DS joggers nipples and lubricate sliding jogger shaft with thin coat of oil


  1. Clean becker compressor filters and keep ready for use/operation
  2. Ensure complete draining of pneumatic air. Adjust incoming valve to be in 3 O’ clock position
  3. Drain the pneumatic compressor tank and ensure the tank is empty

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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