Also available as an option on the Speedmaster CX 102 is the new generation of the Prinect Image Control color management and control system, offering higher resolution for spectral measurement and greater user-friendliness, thanks to the addition of a vacuum table, LED lighting, and a 19-inch, wizard-guided touchscreen. The new edition of Prinect Image Control will begin shipping in early 2011.
Other highlights of the new CX 102 include the precision Preset Plus Feeder and Preset Plus Delivery, semi-automated (upgradeable to fully automated) plate changing, and Heidelberg Star peripherals for drying, powdering, foiling, and other key press functions. Side frames, gears, bearings, and grippers are robustly manufactured to stand up to heavy demand at the highest running speeds.
Speedmaster CX 102 offers the capacity to produce up to 55 million impressions per year at a price point that is very attractive in a difficult economy. It can be expected to yield a 25-50 percent hike in productivity—based on job distribution mix and configuration—over a 2003 model CD 102 with first-generation Preset Plus technology.
Like every new press in the Speedmaster family, the Speedmaster CX 102 comes to market well supported by the industry's finest programs for service, consumable supplies, and replacement parts.
Systemservice 36 plus, a 36-month service package included in the purchase price of the press, provides complete coverage of all repairs and a menu of tech support options that assure productivity and performance. Inks, coatings, plates, and chemistry bearing Heidelberg's Saphira brand are optimized for use with the Speedmaster CX 102, further underpinning print quality. And when parts are needed, no source can surpass the manufacturer that made the press. Original Heidelberg Service Parts are fully warranted, available for ordering 24/7/365, competitively priced, and superior in compatibility and reliable functioning.
Worldwide, Heidelberg has sold 40 CX presses since IPEX 2010. The first US installation of an eight-color model with coater is scheduled for installation shortly.