Heidelberg wants to use drupa 2016 to project itself as the driving force behind the industry’s digitization of the entire supply and print production chain. This entails using its Prinect software, eCommerce and the cloud for everything from creating the fully integrated and automation friendly pressroom; to maintenance and performance monitoring including performance and productivity enhancing consulting; to pressroom consumables.
The new Primefire 106 7-color digital printing system to be shown has been developed in close collaboration with Fujifilm and the 70 x 100 cm press is clearly aimed at the industrial printing market which can be also be read as the board packaging market. Using aqueous inks and the robust Fujifilm Dimatix Samba 1200 x 1200 dpi inkjet heads that have also been used on the Fujifilm Jetpress 720 B2 press with 70 installations so far, the Heidelberg Primefire 106 is designed to open up new market segments by making industrial printing even more flexible.
Gallus Labelfire 340
The Gallus Labelfire 340, the 8-color digital engine configured to run white and Heidelberg’s own Multicolor fixed set of UV inks consisting of CYMK, orange, violet and green will be demonstrated. Already running 24 x 7 at a beta site, the first installation of series production presses is expected soon with as many as 20 delivery slots in Europe and America in the first year.
Heidelberg will be presenting the industry’s digitized future under the motto ‘Simply Smart’ at drupa 2016 in Düsseldorf. In addition it is planning to create its own mini-drupa at its factory in Weisloch near Heidelberg where it expects perhaps 4,000 or 5,000 drupa visitors to have a more complete and detailed look at its entire array of sheetfed offset and digital presses.
Packaging South Asia is the cooperating media partner for drupa 2016 which is scheduled to be held from 31 May to 10 June at Dusseldorf, Germany.