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Versafire Digital Printing Family Upgrade: Making Good Things Even Better

  • New color: neon pink for eye-catching applications
  • Heidelberg Media Management Tool for easy setup and handling of infinite numbers of printing substrates
  • Prinect 2018 with new Digital Frontend functionality for Versafire family
  • Production Manager Digital: Offering professional software functions on monthly base

After Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) recently underlined its aspirations to further strengthen the company’s trailblazing position in the printing press sector under the theme “Heidelberg goes digital!”, the digital printing division disclosed new features for its Versafire digital printing family.

Prinect Digital Frontend v2018 for the Versafire family – now with montage editor. Detailed customer feedback was incorporated to further enhance usability.

“Having more than 1500 Versafire systems installed in the graphic arts market is an impressive landmark, demonstrating the successful interplay of digital and offset technology for the benefit of our customers,” says Stephan Plenz, member of the Heidelberg Management Board responsible for Digital Technology. “The customer feedback switching from various vendors towards Heidelberg’s Versafire in terms of easy installation, error free operation, availability, price performance ratio and simple workflow integration is just overwhelming. Based on this it is just a logical step to further develop and integrate the Versafire digital printing family.”

Stunning sets of spot colors for Versafire CV

After introducing the neon yellow spot color, facing a tremendous market demand end of 2016, Heidelberg will introduce another spot color: neon pink. Doing this, Versafire CV owners are able to deliver even brighter posters, dazzling party invitations and bills, eye-catching advertising leaflets, even in short runs, with or without personalization, and most important in a most cost-effective way. The neon toner glows under UV light, enabling it to attract even more attention and add unexpected touches to printing applications in the digital printing field.

In total, four additional toners can be used each in addition to CYMK: high-opacity white, varnish for full-area or spot coating, neon yellow and neon pink. The operator can realize the applications quickly and confidently, with using the new Prinect Digital Frontend Version 2018 features or using the PDF-Toolbox. All hardware required is the toner and an additional developer unit. Beside the low investment costs of the new toner, it can also be retrofitted to all Heidelberg Linoprint CV or Versafire CV printing systems with five color configuration. Another proof of the high level of investment security Heidelberg is offering. The neon pink toner will be available late autumn 2017.

Media Management Tool allows easy handling of complex substrates

An impressive feature of the Versafire product family is the flexibility to print on a wide range of media. However, settings for heat-resistant plastics or structured materials may be quite complex.

To enable every Versafire user to print outstanding results, Heidelberg offers a new training program which includes an innovative and exclusive Media Management Tool for the Prinect DFE, to quickly setup, save and recall all media settings for complex substrates. In other words: Once a new substrate is set up by the operator, the corresponding settings can be saved and recalled anytime. Even more: The settings can be exchanged between Versafire machines. This enables Versafire users to broaden their range of printing substrates, realizing a minimum on make-ready time and to stay ahead of competition.

Seamless workflow integration built-in

The Prinect Digital Frontend, specifically developed for the Versafire digital printing system, provides uncompromising support for the printing process: Shortest production times, fast job changes and various personalization options. The Versafire family can be fully integrated in the industry leading workflow solution – Prinect. With the new version 2018 enhanced features are the new montage editor, a speed enhanced preview function and an improved user interface design, where customer feedback was significantly incorporated.

Realizing professional growth opportunities with minimum risk

A further example of how professional functions from the world of offset printing can be successfully transferred to digital printing is the Production Manager Digital.

Customers are able to enjoy professional functions, such as the possibility to integrate the digital printing workflow into their offset workflow or connection of their open (B2C) or closed (B2B) web-shops. The integration of the customers, the uploading and downloading of data, as well as the automatic processing of data, can be realized via the Prinect portal. In addition, automatic version updates, also of the Prinect Digital Frontend, are possible with the Production Manager Digital.

Without any doubt, business intelligence is key in many regards. This is why Heidelberg introduces the known software Analyze Point within the Production Manager Digital. Analyze Point provides numerous reports based on job and production data to keep an eye on day-to-day production and also make longer-term decisions on the basis of key figures. These reports provide a comprehensive overview of the jobs currently in production and the long-term production outlook.


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