In my last blog, we reviewed the basics of Anicolor technology. Our SX 52 Anicolor enjoyed great success when it was launched over ten years ago, and it continues to perform well in a number of different configurations including perfecting and producing with UV materials.
Heidelberg continued to build upon its success by listening to customers desire to use the machine in a larger format size, so at drupa 2012, the Speedmaster XL 75 50 X 70cm format made its formal debut. It extended its target segments into labels, point-of-sale, commercial, and packaging applications, which require a larger sheet size.
The press is unique because of the inking system, which is a very fast reacting, stable, and easy to operate design. We’ve replaced the 15 rollers typically utilized in the XL 75 conventional ink train with 2 format size rollers. One roller is an anilox cylinder like the one you have on a coating tower — this is where “Anicolor” gets its name. The second roller is the ink form roller, which is the same size as the plate cylinder — this means mechanical ghosting is not possible on this press.
The Anicolor 2 is the next generation of Heidelberg’s Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor platform, which incorporates a new “Booster Roller.” This new booster roller increases the machine’s flexibility when producing jobs using UV inks, difficult PMS colors, and uncoated substrates. This conventional offset press includes Heidelberg’s proven Preset Plus feeder and delivery as well as a double-double cylinder arrangement.
The Anicolor is all about speed. To help with this, we’ve added one additional roller located underneath the chamber that can be switched on and off with a push of a button by the Prinect Press Center Console. This provides a major “boost” in terms of ink density, and it means that it is no longer necessary to swap out the ink chambers or change out the anilox cylinder.
Click here to watch a video that further explains the Anicolor Booster Roller.
This addition to our product portfolio allows Heidelberg to continue enjoying perhaps the largest share of the 50 X 70 market today. It uses the same offset plates, blankets, and consumables you’re probably using right now. The press comes standard with features such as AutoPlate Pro, Heidelberg’s sequential automatic plate mounting system, and Prinect Press Center console with Intellistart operator guidance system.
Where do I get more information?
Contact your Heidelberg sales representative who can provide you with technical and financial benefits of this technology. You can also visit our website and download a free white paper on the Anicolor technology go to https://news.heidelbergusa.com/anicolor-whitepaper