Printing Industries of America (PIA), the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, has recognized Heidelberg’s Primefire 106 with the distinguished 2018 InterTech™ Technology Award. With 39 awards, Heidelberg is the most decorated manufacturer in the industry.
“The InterTech Technology Awards recognize truly innovative technologies that are expected to have a significant impact on our industry,” said Jim Workman, Vice President for PIA’s Center for Technology and Research. “Even though less than half the entries received awards this year, the judges concluded that the Primefire 106 clearly met the award standard.”
The Start to a New Era in Digital Printing Technology
The Primefire 106 is the first commercially available industrial inkjet digital printing system in the 70 x 100 (40”) format designed to achieve high production volumes. Based on the robust Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 platform, the Primefire gives packaging printers the confidence of over 80% available print uptime, while also integrating seamlessly into offset environments. Thanks to the Primefire’s direct to sheet 7-color imaging registration, the digital printing system allows for unique security features to be incorporated, as well as variable content, for anti-counterfeiting packaging designs.
The Primefire offers the highest quality 1,200 x 1,200 dpi with initial production speeds of 2,500 sheets per hour and is designed to achieve volumes of up to 1.5 million sheets per month. Being a modular platform, the digital printing system allows for further speed increases and feature updates without having to replace the press.
“The Primefire is the start to a new era in digital printing technology,” said Dan Maurer, Vice President of Digital Product Management for Heidelberg North America. “We’re extremely proud to be recognized by Printing Industries of America for the prestigious 2018 InterTech™ Technology Award. This is an exciting time in the graphic communications industry, and we are eager to see how this new technology will impact the industry and our customers in years to come.”