A unique press configuration for the premium packaging market
A tenth Heidelberg machine – and the first in this unique configuration – has been operating in Aachen since mid-August 2013. “This press enables us to meet even the most challenging surface finishing requirements in the beauty and fine fragrance segments and develop completely new finishing solutions for our customers,” says rlc management spokesman Hans-Christian Bestehorn. “We are proud to say that excellent cooperation with the experts from Heidelberg has produced one of Europe’s most complex and flexible presses for beauty packaging. The new XL 106 also makes our production far more efficient,” he adds.
The Speedmaster XL 106 is equipped with ten printing units, two coating units, and four units with integrated dryer technology. It also incorporates the Prinect Inpress Control inline measuring and control system. The system measures and records process colors, spot colors, and register in the print control strip. The Prinect Inspection Control inline sheet inspection system automatically detects and reports production errors at any speed for maximum reliability in production. “The integrated quality control systems enable operators to make the most of the press’s high performance levels. What’s more, we can ensure reproducibly high quality to meet the requirements of our customers from the beauty and confectionery segments,” says Holger Müller, Plant Manager at rlc in Aachen.
Thanks to its excellent energy efficiency, the Speedmaster XL 106 is also one of the most environmentally friendly presses in its class. Heat is recovered from the exhaust air of the DryStar Combination dryers and can be reused for the drying process. “The press meets our high sustainability standards and enables us to combine impressive surface finishes with resource-saving processes,” says Bestehorn.