Warneke Paper Box, a custom manufacturer of folding cartons, set-up boxes, POP displays and pocket folders, has commenced installation of the new Heidelberg Primefire 106 digital printing press at its facility in the US.


Image: The Heidelberg’s Primefire 106 digital printing press. Photo: courtesy of Heidelberg USA.

Warneke Paper Box plans to use the 7-color inkjet 40” B1 size digital press to expand its business by collaborating with their customers on targeted short run packaging campaigns and provide added security to cartons through variable content.

The Primefire 106, which is claimed to be the first commercially available industrial inkjet digital printing system in the 70×100 (40”) format, is designed for high production volumes.

Offering more than 80% of print uptime, the machine can be integrated seamlessly into offset environments and is based on the platform of the Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106.

The Primefire, which allows operators to match offset print quality, provides an option to print digitally or offset based on job length.

Warneke Paper Box vice-president and COO Steve Huppert said: “We first saw the Primefire at drupa 2016 and were amazed by the results. We’re excited for the new opportunities that it will create for both us and our customers.”

Heidelberg said the Primefire’s direct to sheet 7-color imaging registration enables for unique security printing features to be incorporated, along with variable content, for anti-counterfeiting packaging designs.

Designed to offer the highest quality of 1,200×1,200 dpi with initial production speeds of 2,500 sheets per hour, the Primefire 106 digital printing press can achieve volumes of up to 1.5 million sheets per month.

Additionally, the machine offers custom press configurations using the XL 106 common offset modules.

Warneke Paper Box president and CEO Stacy Warneke said: “We’re thrilled that we will be the first in the US to put this state-of-the-art technology to work.”

Heidelberg Americas president Felix Mueller said: “We expect that this machine will help the company expand their business while also increasing profitability.”

earlier this month, Heidelberg showcased its new Versafire EV and EP digital presses at its print media center in Atlanta, US.

The company provided customers with a full overview of the key features and new updates on the Versafire models at the event.