“drupa 2016 is a celebration in the graphics industry and an opportunity to showcase innovations that are transforming the print and graphics world,” said Mike Salfity, general manager and global head, HP Graphics Solutions Business, HP. “HP is redefining the role of printing with digital innovations that change the economics of the graphics industry. We have breakthroughs at drupa that aim to surprise, delight and inspire print providers with the possibilities enabled by print.”
Digital corrugated post-print
The new HP PageWide C500 Press introduces a versatile, offset-quality cost effective solution for corrugated direct-to-board printing. The new press is designed to seamlessly integrate into a standard production environment, from large integrated packaging converters with centralized or distributed printing, to small, independent sheet plants, enabling customers to affordably adopt digital technology for mainstream production and reinvent a segment ripe with opportunity. HP plans to start testing the HP PageWide C500 Press at customer sites in 2017, and the press is expected to be commercially available in 2018.
Digital combination labels production
HP is previewing its vision for the future of combination labels’ production. The HP Indigo Digital Combination Press concept will incorporate HP Indigo print and digital embellishments in one press, creating a fully-digital, single-pass solution for more customers to deliver high-value labels and packaging production.
Showcased in HP Hall 17 as a technology demo and as part of a dedicated line with an HP Indigo WS6800 Digital Press, this new digital combination concept, developed in alliance with JetFX, will enable streamlined production of digital spot and tactile varnishes, digital foils, as well as embellishments of virtually unlimited designs made possible using HP SmartStream Mosaic. The HP Indigo Digital Combination Press concept demonstrates the advantages of a fully-digital combination press, providing a single point-of-control for all functions with seamless integration to the digital-front-end of an HP Indigo WS6800 or 8000 Digital Press, also reducing waste and production time.
Production-ready commercial 3D printing system
HP is showcasing the newly introduced HP Jet Fusion 3D printing solution that revolutionizes design, prototyping and manufacturing. HP Jet Fusion 3D printers are designed for rapid prototyping and production, producing functional parts at the individual voxel level (a voxel is the 3D equivalent of a 2D pixel in traditional printing). This event is the first public showing of HP’s 3D printing systems since its launch on 17 May 2016.
Packaging South Asia is the cooperating media partner for drupa 2016 which is scheduled to be held from 31 May to 10 June at Dusseldorf, Germany.