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Heidelberg is introducing its new Versafire EP digital press, which the company says is a four-colour press with technology geared towards stable, efficient, and reliable production.

It will be available in Europe from June, with other markets to follow soon afterwards.

Heidelberg says the press is based on the Versafire CP and has been systematically enhanced for the needs of customers in the graphics industry. The company says users will see consistent colour stability from the first sheet to the last due to a new inline calibration, along with new sizes and media processing offering further application possibilities.

The press is similar to the recently introduced Versafire EV, having been developed for flexible production and maximum performance. Both machine models from Heidelberg feature the Prinect Digital Frontend (DFE) and an intuitive user interface that simplifies prepress work. The Prinect DFE uses the Heidelberg renderer technology for the production of digital and offset printed products, which according to the manufacturer seamlessly optimizes consistency of colour and form between the two production methods.

Stephan Plenz, member of the Management Board responsible for Digital Technology at Heidelberg says, “With the machines from the new Versafire generation, we offer our customers in commercial printing exactly the right solution for their applications. The Versafire EV comes into its own in creative applications with many spot colours, while the Versafire EP is the high-performance machine for high volumes.”

The company says for the first time it is now also possible to print textured linen papers in high quality and the new banner size of 1,030 mm in duplex mode and 1,260 mm in simplex mode enables a wealth of new applications. Heidelberg says it can now print an eight-page flyer on both sides and with personalisation in one pass, something that was not possible up to now in this paper length.

The Versafire EP produces 115 or 135 A4 pages a minute, and can process papers up to 450 gsm. The automatic inline calibration is said to ensure maximum colour consistency and there is now a mechanical lateral register for the inline register, which the company says ensures register accuracy.