Postpress plays a particularly important role in determining the quality of the end product and creative suppliers can harness special applications to boost their productivity significantly. That is why more than 200 customers from around the world accepted an invitation from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) to attend the “Postpress Special Folding Days” at the Ludwigsburg site in early June.
During the events, they encountered a huge range of special solutions based on Stahlfolder folding machines. Taking center stage were innovative options for the production of direct mail and several different folding machine variants and options for the kinds of small folds used in the packaging inserts that accompany pharmaceutical products. On show to the public for the first time was the new Stahlfolder BH/CH folding machine series, which delivers professional folding production at an attractive price-performance ratio.
“Events such as these bring together the creativity of our customers and the vast application know-how of our product experts, which creates an exceptional basis for new and innovative applications and product ideas,” says Dr. Frank Schaum, who has been in charge of the Postpress Commercial division at Heidelberg since February this year.
“That is why we are showcasing, among other things, both carefully selected special machines and our Stahlfolder TX high-performance folding system, which we hope will give our customers inspiration for how to become profitable specialist suppliers in a wide variety of sectors.”
When it comes to industrial high-performance production, the Stahlfolder TX 82 folding system and the versatile Stahlfolder KH 82 combination folding machine with the innovative PFX (Pallet Feeder eXtended) stream feeder highlight two key features of cost-effective modern postpress operations - maximum production output and application flexibility with short makeready times. These special systems can help to boost productivity by up to 50% compared to conventional production processes.
Heidelberg also launched a completely new folding machine for cost-effective standard production at the start of this year - the Stahlfolder BH/CH machines in the 50 x 70 centimeter (19.69 x 27.56 inch) and 70 x 100 centimeter (27.56 x 39.37 inch) formats. Print shops can use these versatile folding machines as a low-cost entry-level option for in-house postpress operations and as a cost-effective means of expanding capacities.