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Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102

Just when it looked as though Ipex was going to be bereft of any conventional offset press launches - historically the show's bread and butter - Heidelberg (and Komori to be fair, see p21 & p23) have come forward with some armour ready to shimmer in the Birmingham sun.

The German giant's latest offering, the Speedmaster CX 102, may be a hybrid of what it says is the world's best selling B1 platform, the CD 102, and the XL 105, but it's no cut 'n' shut job bolted together in a backstreet Wiesloch garage. It's a serious press, with serious aspirations and, according to Heidelberg, bristling with serious innovations.

There's no denying that the 16,500 sheets per hour (sph) CX 102 is heavily based on the CD 102, handling the same formats and

Heidelberg Prinect Postpress Manager

With the launch of Postpress Manager, Heidelberg is slotting the last piece of the integration jigsaw into its Prinect product line of business and production workflow management tools. Workflow management is mainstream in pre-press and has been around for more than a decade. Heidelberg's Prepress Manager, which was previously called PrintReady, was its second pre-press workflow following the dissolution of its partnership in the area with Creo and Prinergy (now in the Kodak stable). Pressroom

GMG ColorServer 2010-03-01 382

Colour has always been a complicated issue and something of a sacred cow too, demanding love and attention from the experts to get it right. That's all changing now as the black art of colour control succumbs to automation and the adoption of standards just like so many other craft-based skills that have gone by the wayside.

With more and more firms looking to adopt printing specification ISO 12647, the award has highlighted the importance of matching the right CMYK separations to

Canon ImageRunner Advance C9000 Pro

Back in the early 1990s, Canon, with a little help from EFI, was leading the digital colour print revolution thanks to its Colour Laser Copier (CLC). However, in the intervening years the market has matured and demands for higher productivity and more features saw the CLC eclipsed by rival machines.

But with its strategic aim of being the number-one player in the markets it serves, Canon was not about to roll over. Starting in 2006 with the launch of its ImagePress range, the company began