What is the difference between Heidelberg CD 102 and Heidelberg SM 102

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Sep 7, 2022
The Heidelberg CD 102 and Heidelberg SM 102 are both printing press models manufactured by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, but they belong to different series and have some differences in features and capabilities. Here are some key distinctions between the two:

1. Series: The Heidelberg CD 102 belongs to the Speedmaster CD (Coating and Drying) series, while the Heidelberg SM 102 belongs to the Speedmaster SM (Straight Printing) series. The series designation reflects the primary focus or specialization of the press model.

2. Coating and Drying: One significant difference is that the CD 102 is equipped with coating and drying capabilities as a standard feature or as an optional add-on. This allows for inline application of coatings, such as varnish or aqueous coatings, which can enhance the print quality and provide protective or decorative finishes. The SM 102, on the other hand, typically does not come with built-in coating and drying options.

3. Printing Speed: Both models are known for their high-speed printing capabilities. However, specific speed variations can exist within each model depending on the press configuration, age, and other factors. In general, the CD 102 and SM 102 can achieve comparable printing speeds.

4. Applications: While both models are versatile and can handle a wide range of printing applications, the CD 102 is often favored for commercial printing and packaging printing due to its coating and drying capabilities. The SM 102 is typically used for straight printing applications where coating is not required or is handled separately.

5. Age and Technology: The CD 102 and SM 102 have been produced over the years with various technological advancements. Newer iterations may incorporate updated automation, control systems, and improved print quality features. The specific differences in technology can vary depending on the model year and configuration.

It's important to note that Heidelberg continuously innovates and updates its printing press models, so specific features, capabilities, and differences can vary between different generations and versions of the CD 102 and SM 102. It's recommended to consult with Heidelberg or a qualified sales representative for detailed and up-to-date information about specific press configurations and their capabilities.