Market and technology leaders IST Metz and Heidelberg are further expanding their cooperation in the sheetfed offset printing sector. UV unit manufacturer IST Metz will cover the LED retrofit business for various Heidelberg Speedmaster series and manage the handling and installation of the systems directly. IST Metz will also supply LED curing systems for various new machines in the Speedmaster series for small and medium-size formats.

From the basic model to the peak performance class, Speedmaster machines are renowned for their high productivity and long service life. Retrofitting these printing presses with the latest LED curing technology from IST Metz will accelerate the production process. The LEDcure high-performance LED system developed by IST offers outstanding curing performance and its flexibility makes it a perfect alternative for retrofitting Speedmaster machines (built in 2004 and onwards).

Heidelberg and IST Metz have been working together successfully in the UV printing sector for more than 20 years. This has resulted in impressive quality, quick curing processes and therefore printed sheets that can be processed directly without any loss of time. The new LEDcure system from the UV unit manufacturer is ideal for printing companies that want to take advantage of LED printing in order to be able to react more flexibly to changing market requirements such as uncoated papers, gloss effects and extremely short turnaround times. LEDcure systems already form the backbone of various national and international Heidelberg customers' successful business models, i.e. printing companies that rely on the latest and most innovative technology to provide their customers with the best at all times.

When it comes to the interaction between machine, LED dryer and consumables, optimum dryer integration determines the stability and productivity of the printing process. The installation and commissioning of curing systems in existing printing presses can be complex and have far-reaching repercussions. As the world market leader for UV curing systems based on ultraviolet light, infrared and warm air, and with more than 40 years of expertise in UV unit construction, IST offers comprehensive consulting services and safe, professional retrofits of LED curing systems. The communication between the machine and the curing system and the interaction between the interfaces must function perfectly when retrofitting – this is guaranteed with IST Metz systems.

IST Metz also offers its customers the opportunity to produce orders on its own Speedmaster CD102 in Nürtingen before making an investment. And after making a successful investment in a UV or LED system, the UV technology specialist ensures a smooth and straightforward transition for the customer. Services range from seminars and technical training at the customer's site to comprehensive aftersales services including fast preventative services on request.