Kumar Printers gets Heidelberg Speedmaster for premium printing

Manesar-based Kumar Printers has recently invested in a Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 104 seven-colour coater with UV. The company will utilise the machine in the premium print segment. This is also the first installation of the Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 104 7 + L UV in North India.

31 May 2023 | By Rahul Kumar

(l-r) Harish Gogia, cluster sales head, North & East, Heidelberg and Sandeep Bhargava of Kumar Printers

Over the years, Kumar Printers has added high-end presses from Heidelberg to bolster its vision. The latest, the Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 104, is a seven-colour workhorse specialising in UV and coating applications.

The Speedmaster CX 104 achieves high print quality at a faster speed which is a perfect complement to Kumar Printers’ existing presses. The strength is the production of specialised packaging printing for premium market segments with high-quality standards.

Sandeep Bhargava, managing director, Kumar Printers, said, “The Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 104 is a big investment for us, as it offers top-notch print quality. The next-generation CX 104 press has a fully loaded AI-driven operation that speeds up makeready, reduces waste, minimizes operator interference, and increases OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness).”

He added, “The advanced features, in the hands of experienced operators can achieve high output. “ 

Kumar Printers is known for its premium printing quality with reputed clientele in the pharmaceutical, liquor, garments, engineering industries, and personal care segment.

“With the enhanced Speedmaster CX 104 technological press at Kumar Printers, we will be exploring new possibilities of expanding into mass production and different geographies,” Bhargava explained.

The Speedmaster CX 104 focuses on increasing efficiency with all user-friendly software features, such as Intellistart, Intelliline, Intelliguide, and Intellirun. With the simplified anilox changeover process, the changeover time should be lower. 

Bhargava said, with the investment, Kumar Printers is looking to overcome the efficiency challenges which every packaging converter is going through. The company had been using the IntelliTrax device for a long time. It used Spectrophotometers, bought in 1995, along with ink formulation software. It was the second company in the country to use a spectrophotometer and the first printing company to use ink formulation software in India.

Bhargava said when the company decided to buy the Speedmaster CX 104, he was aware of the capabilities of the press and knew that it could deliver on quality and output. 

The Speedmaster CX 104 with Prinect Image Control 4 has the capability to deliver increased output, quality results, and reduced efforts for Kumar Printers.

The Prinect Image Control 4 spectrally scans the whole print sheet and balances out even the minute deviations in the print image automatically. It detects all measuring elements and solid areas using the pre-press data and incorporates them into the control process. CMYK images and halftone areas can be corrected with print samples and proofs. A high resolution of 50 million pixels or CIEL*a*b values with the proof match for a faster alignment of the finished print.

“We expect Heidelberg to support us in shortening the learning curve to fully leverage this technology. We are open to the required learning curve; and time to get used to the entire process. It takes a while to get things going in such an advanced press” 

Harish Gogia, Cluster Sales Head, North & East, said, Kumar Printers has a significant capability to boost with the addition of the seven-colour Speedmaster CX 104, which offers enormous possibilities with the additional unit; earlier they had been using six-colour before the latest press installation. The Speedmaster CX 104 is the cross-straight-printing press for commercial, packaging, and label printing. “The press offers more colours, and the possibilities are vast – we can print three special colours, metallic colours, and limitless options to blend and combine colours and effects. For any commercial or packaging printer, Our Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 104 is a solid investment to cater to diverse needs with value addition.”

The patented Intellistart 3 defines all the steps required for the job change without operator intervention. Intelliguide simulates the time-optimized sequence live and, if necessary, also includes the steps to execute manually. The Speedmaster CX 104 has a wall screen setup for control, and the 24 inches multi-touch screen offers intuitive operation like a smartphone.