First Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 installed in US.

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Heidelberg has announced that the first US installation of Peak Performance Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 has taken place at food and beverage packaging and label printer DWS Printing Associates of Deer Park, NY.

The company purchased Heidelberg's flagship press at drupa 2012, aiming to expand its production capabilities and improve efficiency by introducing technology that would enable it to handle a wider variety of substrates and sharpen its competitive edge. "We did not want to catch up with the competition," company president Tom Staib said at the time. "We want to be a technology leader." More recently, he added, "The Speedmaster XL 106 is state-of-the-art. As far as I'm concerned, there is no better press for printing food and beverage labels."

DWS opted for a configuration designed to advance its continuous improvement initiatives. It was the first XL 106 in the US with a combination of CutStar inline sheeter, Hybrid UV technology, and both Prinect Inpress Control and Prinect Axis Control color measurement and control systems. The configuration includes the latest version of Prinect Pressroom Manager, which connects with the company's Nexus prepress workflow, as well as Prinect Cockpit/Analyze Point to...

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