HP has unveiled new presses that allow print service providers (PSPs) to apply digital printing’s supply chain, inventory and product marketing advantages to the sizes common in packaging production.
The 30-inch/762-millimeter (mm) wide, web-fed HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press and the 29.5-inch/750-mm wide, sheet-fed HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press use the same high-quality, versatile printing technology that brands choose for label and packaging production on HP Indigo WS6000 series digital presses.
“HP Indigo digital printing already has transformed the label market, and the larger format and higher throughput brings the unique benefits of digital to other segments of this market,” says Christopher Morgan, senior vice president, Graphics Solutions Business, HP. “With these new presses, we can help packaging printers offer their customers the benefits of digital printing and redefine what is possible for the brands they serve.”
HP will demonstrate the new presses in May at the drupa tradeshow as part of a full portfolio of packaging solutions from HP. The new portfolio also features an HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press compatible with a broader range of synthetic substrates, as well as HP Scitex FB7500 and FB7600 Industrial Presses that have a new white ink option for corrugated packaging.
The HP Indigo 20000 press’s 30-inch/762-mm media width and 44-inch/1,100-mm repeat length accommodate most flexible packaging format sizes. With up to seven-color printing, including white ink, and printing quality that matches gravure production, the press can meet brands’ stringent color and quality requirements. The HP Indigo 20000 runs at 88.6 linear feet/27 linear meters in five-color mode (full process color plus white) and at 147.6 linear feet /45 linear meters per minute when running in Enhanced Productivity Mode.
An inline priming unit on the press helps to ensure compatibility with nearly any standard flexible packaging substrate from 10 to 250 microns thick. Materials printed on the press are compatible with dry lamination and comply with food packaging regulations when used with good manufacturing practices.
The press will feature an EskoArtwork print server and upstream prepress tools that integrate into the entire EskoArtwork system of production workflows for high quality and efficiency. Compatible third-party workflow solutions provide complementary capabilities such as web-to-print, management information systems services and printed content inspection/verification.
HP Indigo also supports customers wishing to set up dedicated production lines for short-run work with qualified comprehensive finishing options for the new press. Pouch-making equipment manufacturer Totani has joined the HP SmartStream Solutions Partner program and is developing finishing solutions for flexible packaging printed on the HP Indigo 20000.
HP’s new sheet-fed press for folding carton production
The sheet-fed HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press offers a 29.5 x 20.9-inch/750 x 530-mm format size compatible with existing offset printing presses used for mainstream folding carton applications. Scheduled for commercial availability in late 2013, the press offers proven HP Indigo print quality with up to seven-color printing on carton stocks up to 600 microns thick. The press can run up to 4,600 sheets per hour in Enhanced Productivity Mode and 3,450 sheets per hour in regular four-color process printing.
As a near-zero setup digital solution, the HP Indigo 30000 can help PSPs produce more short-run jobs per shift. The press comes with an inline priming unit for compatibility with a wide range of media.
Like the HP Indigo 20000, the HP Indigo 30000 will feature an EskoArtwork print server and upstream prepress tools. Additional comprehensive production components, such as digital finishing solutions from HP SmartStream Solutions Partner program members, will help packaging printers reduce their turnaround times for folding carton work.
Best-in-class industrial white ink solution for corrugated
HP also offers a range of high-performance, UV-inkjet HP Scitex flatbed industrial presses that create new digital packaging production opportunities on corrugated board and other rigid substrates up to 1-inch/25.4-mm thick.
The HP Scitex FB7500 and FB7600 Industrial Press models can now print high-quality, full-color corrugated packaging using a new white ink solution that produces high-quality, full-color graphics on natural kraft board.
The HP FB225 White Scitex Ink and HP Scitex FB7500/FB7600 White Ink Kit help customers reduce labor and pre-press costs compared to analog solutions and improve efficiency with precise white-to-CMYK registration.
More information about new HP graphic arts solutions for package printing is available at www.hp.com/go/HPPredrupa12.