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Heidelberg in focus

Mar 1, 2001 12:00 AM

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Just weeks after celebrations marking the 1,500th drum scanner to leave Heidelberg's Kiel, Germany, production line, the 1,000th Nexscan was produced.

“The Nexscan family exceeds all our expectations,” asserts Thomas Doliwa, head of the prepress business unit. The 1,000th unit went to Walsworth Publishing in Brookfield, MO. “In November 2000, we shipped 120 Nexscans and 49 Primescans. With a total of 1,500 drum scanners and 1,000 flatbed scanners, the importance of prepress in Heidelberg's solution concept is becoming clear,” continues Doliwa.

The Nexscan family consists of the Nexscan F4100 and F4200. With an optical resolution of 5080 dpi, an A3+ scanning area and the xyVariLens optical system, the scanner has become popular in terms of worldwide sales. This special optical technology enables scanning to be performed at maximum resolution over any point on the scanning surface.

Nexscans feature end-to-end 16-bit processing in LAB mode, enabling fast and reliable corrections in RGB and CMYK. Various assistants simplify and automate the workflow.


CeBIT, an international technology fair in Hannover, Germany, will feature a display from Polar in Heidelberg's 850-sq.-meter stand. The Polar 66 high-speed cutter for finishing small-sized material will be exhibited, along with CompuCut, which provides networking capabilities.

The Polar booth in Hall 1 will be networked with Heidelberg's stand. From Heidelberg's booth, the prepress data is sent to Polar to generate cutting programs. In this way, printed brochures can be cut on the Polar 78 ED with virtually no set-up time. Polar CompuCut provides the linkage to prepress.

Live jobs will be demonstrated at the Polar stand using the Polar 78. This cutting system features an optimized production flow and easy material handling. It reduces set-up times by employing a quick and easy knife change. The cutter is also equipped with a full-function keyboard for entering text.

“Printing on a DI machine, I appreciate high tech from beginning to end,” says Forrest Robinson, president of TR Digital Production (Atlanta). “Polar 78 ED is my choice. We follow the digital track exclusively and this is why I intend to use all the advantages offered. That includes the continuous use of the same data from prepress to final processing. This saves time and ensures high standards, both in quality and productivity. As a consequence, networking is a decisive factor.”


Five Heidelberg products won the Industry Forum Design Hannover (iF) Product Design Award 2001. The iF seal for outstanding design quality is one of the most important awards for national and international companies. The Speedmaster CD 74 press received a special prize as one of the 10 best entries out of of 1,320. Other nominatedHeidelberg products include the Nexscan scanner, Primesetter filmsetter, Ecocool dryer and Mainstream newspaper press.

The iF runs an international competition each year. The best products with the highest level of design quality are chosen according to criteria by an independent international panel of judges in two rounds of selection. This year, 700 participants from 30 countries entered the competition with 1,320 products.


The Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) (Sewickley, PA) received a Speedmaster SM 102 with CP2000 Center from Heidelberg USA. This latest-generation, four-color perfecting press has been designed with new automated features. The gift from Heidelberg replaces the previous model given to GATF four years ago.

Heidelberg installed the press in late January, complete with a modern control system. The CP2000 Center has been optimized inline with new technology and ergonomic design. The extended range of functions now enables a direct comparison on the touchscreen between the preview data from the prepress stage and the actual production job.

“The new features on the latest Speedmaster will significantly help GATF automate our processes by better communicating with prepress,” says George Ryan, GATF president.

The Speedmaster SM 102 will be pivotal in several of GATF's training workshops. “GATF is in the midst of a technology renovation, and our success depends on the support of the manufacturers. When an industry giant such as Heidelberg contributes in such a way, it is a clear sign that GATF is providing valuable products and services to the industry,” continues Ryan. “As an industry leader, Heidelberg has long been a prominent supporter of GATF.”