HP to launch nine Indigo and PageWide web presses at drupa

New 8000 label press and 20000, 30000 upgrades announced – Hall 17 Stand A01-15

HP to launch nine Indigo and PageWide web presses at drupa
A few samples labels printed on the new HP 8000 label press which will be showcased for the first time at drupa 2016. Photo PSA

At a pre-drupa media event organized by HP on 21 and 22 March 2016 at its facilities in Israel, the company introduced six new HP Indigo digital presses, three HP PageWide web presses, and innovative cross-platform enhancements in quality, productivity, versatility and color. HP underlined its efforts to broaden print service providers’ (PSP) possibilities for high-value commercial applications to drive business growth.

HP invited around 50 journalists from around the globe to announce its drupa plans as well as show them around its Kiryat Gat and Ness Ziona plants in Israel. The new HP Indigo portfolio announced includes three sheetfed presses, the HP Indigo 12000, 7900 and 5900 digital presses, the oversize B1-format duplex HP Indigo 50000 digital press, the HP Indigo WS6800p for photo specialty applications as
well as an improved HP Indigo 20000, now equipped for commercial applications and the Indigo 30000 with an in-line coater. A new digital label press – the HP Indigo 8000 was also unveiled.

Expanding the High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) technology-powered HP PageWide web press portfolio, the new HP PageWide web presses T490 HD, T490M HD and T240 HD are aimed at delivering increased print quality and higher productivity than previously possible. This will help HP’s PSPs to transfer more high-value commercial print applications from offset to inkjet.

“PSPs need industry-leading digital printing technology to make their creative ideas a reality and reach new levels of profitability,” said Mike Salfity, vice president and general manager, Graphics Solutions Business, HP. “With the new category-defining HP Indigo and PageWide web press solutions, PSPs can differentiate themselves with high-quality, one-of-a-kind applications without sacrificing productivity.”

New label press
At the event HP announced the HP Indigo 8000 digital press, the industry’s most productive digital narrow web press, offering end-to-end label production at double the speed previously available. HP also announced upgrades for the HP Indigo 20000 and 30000 digital presses as well as new ink and substrate options, offering converters and brands new application possibilities at faster speeds.

“The new and enhanced presses build on the proven success of the HP Indigo platforms announced at drupa 2012. Leading brands are increasingly leveraging HP Indigo labels and packaging solutions to engage with consumers in targeted, meaningful and measurable ways,” said Alon Bar Shany, general manager, Indigo division, HP. “With this announcement, converters are uniquely positioned to redefine labels and packaging standards with greater productivity, versatility and turnaround times for a wide range of applications.”

High-value, high-quality label applications now enabled at faster speeds
Setting a new productivity benchmark in digital narrow web printing, the HP Indigo 8000 offers high-volume converters end-to-end label production at speeds up to 80 metres a minute or 262 feet a minute with a maximum web width of 13.39 inches and a minimum of 7.87 inches. Working in-line or off-line with an ABG Fast Track semi-rotary diecut unit, the press provides an efficient all-digital workflow as well as real-time quality assurance, using AVT inspection technology.

Next-level flexible packaging options
The HP Indigo 20000 press now features an upgrade package that enables compatibility with new substrates, such as polyethylene and stretchable materials, for a wider range of high-volume flexible packaging, shrink sleeve, and in-mould and pressure-sensitive label applications, including lids and laminated tubes. New capabilities, allow advanced color matching and color consistency across jobs, presses and sites. Faster turnarounds are now possible with HP Indigo Pack Ready Lamination, which eliminates cure time, enabling immediate time to market. Support for the new HP Indigo ElectroInk Premium White in high-concentration 20-kilogram ink pails improves industrial-scale productivity.

An HP Indigo press being assembled at the Kiryat Gat facility in Israel. Photo PSA

Higher productivity in folding carton
The HP Indigo 30000 upgrade package increases productivity up to 30% allowing new high-margin opportunities with synthetic media as well as metallized boards, polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene and polyethylene terephthalate materials. The HP Indigo 30000 press provides new and improved security features, such as micro text and barcodes. Designed especially for in-line finishing with the HP Indigo 30000 press, the Tresu iCoat 30000 now offers protective and spot varnish in one-pass as well as new embellishment capabilities with gold, silver and other high-viscosity flexo inks. The HP Indigo 30000 is also compatible with HP partner converting solutions for inspection, creasing, folding and gluing. Integration with AVT’s in-line inspection system permits error-free production, automatically ejecting defective sheets.

Readers may note that Tresu Americas recently announced the first order for an iCoat coater in-line to an HP Indigo 10000 digital sheetfed press. The iCoat and HP Indigo 10000 will be delivered early in 2016 to a customer in the US Northeast. The HP Indigo 8000, WS6800 and 20000 presses now support HP Indigo ElectroInk Premium White, a versatile new ink with a wider range of opacity levels. Additionally, the HP Indigo 8000, WS6800 and 20000 presses feature a new color automation package aimed at color accuracy, consistency and repeatability, enabling converters to achieve any brand color in minutes.

Availability with PrintOS
The HP Indigo 8000 and the HP Indigo WS6800, 20000 and 30000 digital press upgrades will be commercially available in 2016. All HP Indigo digital presses offer HP PrintOS connectivity, allowing customers to monitor print status remotely as well as track and improve production performance over time. Featuring a suite of intuitive web-based and mobile applications, PrintOS helps simplify and automate print production, enabling customers to start printing jobs, faster. Many apps will be available without charge to existing customers with a service contract, while others will be subject to monthly subscription and usage charges. HP PrintOS is expected to be available for customers on 31 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.

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