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  • 1.  Anicolor Press

    Posted 03-23-2021 12:34 PM
    Has anyone had any experience working with a Heidelberg Anicolor press?  This machine has no ink keys.  Calibrations are going well but I am looking for input as to long term stability of the curves as the only input the press operator has is to change the temperature of the anilox inking to promote or retard ink transfer through the roller train.

    Guy DuHamel
    Still Creek Press
    Burnaby BC
    (604) 437-5800

  • 2.  RE: Anicolor Press

    Posted 03-24-2021 11:54 AM
    Hi Guy,
    I have been profiling our Heidelberg Anicolor for the last 6-7 years. We are typically an FM shop, and struggled with this press until we switched back to 200LS AM dot. Once we did that... no problems at all. One thing that I should mention.... the only way to align this press with a G7 standard was to bring the Heat up (density) soooooo high that it wouldn't be sustainable. I had to direct the pressman to back off on his temperature and get it back to the center position in order to give some leverage. This is the only press that I've had to make concessions with regard to G7 and settle with Close enough.


    Jeff Barrie
    Digital Prepress Color Specialist
    Trojan Lithograph Corporation
    Renton WA
    (425) 873-5040

  • 3.  RE: Anicolor Press

    Posted 03-25-2021 07:04 AM
    The FTA has done several projects on the antiox press. We had excellent results s and only tweaked slightly with temp! We don’t need no damn keys!


    Steve Smiley
    SmileyColor & Associates
    PO BOX 1015
    Bacliff TX, 77518 USA

  • 4.  RE: Anicolor Press

    Posted 03-24-2021 01:27 PM
    Edited by Azael De La Cruz 03-24-2021 01:27 PM

    Hello Guy.

    With the Heidelberg Anicolor is easier, is correct the only way to change the ink quantity is with the temperature and changing the anilox. But the advantage that this press has is that is so stable if the press conditions (inks, anilox and temperature) also are. So if you have success with a G7 procedure, and the solid colorimetric are ok, then the print shop only needs take care of this press conditions, my recommendation is that you must create a print condition standard, with the all parameters that drived you to get a right results, temperature of each print body, kind and lines of anilox of each print unit, and so on. That will give you the consistent that you need.

     Additional, in just like a tip, is not necessary that all the Anilox has the same lines, sometimes you need mix it to get the right colorimetry and this is correct.

    Azael De La Cruz Zúñiga
    Heidelberg México