At the HP Pre-drupa event in Israel the most significant refresh of the HP indigo portfolio for 20 years was announced. Since 2001 A4 page volume has grown from 1 billion to a projected 30 billion in 2016 delivering 50% growth from drupa 2012 through to 2016. Since drupa 2012 customers have installed 300 units of the Indigo 10000, 20000 and 30000 and since the launch there have been 3000 installs of the Indigo 7000 and WS6000 series of press.
Building on their platform of successful installs, HP Inc. has introduced five HP Indigo digital presses, three HP PageWide Web Presses, and innovative cross-platform enhancements in quality, productivity, versatility and color. The announcement broadens print service providers’ (PSPs) possibilities for high-value commercial applications to help drive business growth.
Representing the most significant HP Indigo Liquid Electrophotography (LEP) technology breakthroughs in 20 years, the new HP Indigo portfolio includes three sheet-fed presses, the HP Indigo 12000, 7900 and 5900 Digital Presses, the oversize B1-format duplex HP Indigo 50000 Digital Press, the HP Indigo WS6800p Digital Press for photo specialty applications as well as an improved HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press, now equipped for commercial applications. The new and enhanced presses build on the proven success of the HP Indigo platforms announced at drupa 2012.
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 provide customers increased print quality and higher productivity than previously possible leading 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 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 HP Indigo fleet leverages breakthrough LEP technology innovations
The new HP Indigo portfolio features cross-platform innovations that reinvent general commercial printing (GCP) for PSPs, including:
• A new benchmark in print quality, exceeding offset quality(1) with integrated hardware, supplies and software innovations, including specialized print quality modes, to increase print sharpness and smoothness. New High Definition Laser Array (HDLA) technology doubles print resolution to provide even higher print quality than before.(2)
• Improved color accuracy and consistency leveraging automated color management tools, such as an inline spectrophotometer, to meet the most stringent standards and turn color management into a competitive advantage.
• Vibrant new application possibilities, enabled by new HP Indigo ElectroInks, an expanded media range, including synthetic, metalized, canvas, black and colored substrates up to 550 micron, and excellent ink adhesion with the on-press HP Indigo ElectroInk Digital Primer. Additionally, HP SmartStream Mosaic 3.0, the next evolution of the revolutionary hyper-customization software offers new color-shuffling capabilities, expanding design options.
• Increased productivity and automation, allowing HP Indigo users to effortlessly process thousands of jobs per day. Customers are able to eliminate up to 50 percent of pre-press work with HP SmartStream Production Pro 6.0 and increase throughput up to 40 percent per shift with the HP Indigo Optimizer, which supports non-stop printing with on-press job sequencing and proofing during production. The enhanced HP SmartStream Production Center simplifies production management, increasing efficiency and reducing costs.
HP Indigo customers can further enhance productivity with more than 260 solutions from more than 80 workflow and finishing partners, offering end-to-end solutions tailored for a wide range of unique applications.
Enhanced HP PageWide Web Press Quality and Productivity Push Inkjet Mainstream
Advancing inkjet printing from niche applications to mainstream commercial print, HP PageWide Web Presses are suitable for an increasing range of high-volume, offset-quality
print applications, including color trade books, journals, retail catalogs, brochures and marketing collateral.
The 42-inch HP PageWide Web Press T490 HD is the industry’s most productive digital color duplex press,(3) delivering up to 1,000 feet per minute (fpm) in performance mode, a 67 percent speed increase,(4) and 500 fpm in quality mode. Its monochrome variant, the HP PageWide Web Press T490M HD, offers high-volume trade book manufacturers equivalent offset-class digital monochrome productivity. Additionally, the HP PageWide Web Presses T470 HD and T480 HD now offer 500 fpm in quality mode, a 25 percent increase since introduction.
The new 22-inch HP PageWide Web Press T240 HD prints at speeds up to 500 fpm in performance mode, a 25 percent speed increase,(5) and 250 fpm in quality mode. With a monthly duty cycle of up to 60 million pages, the T240 HD is designed for commercial, production mail and book printing providers requiring reliable color performance in a two-up production environment.
HP PageWide Web Press customers have produced more than 150 billion letter-size equivalent pages since 2009.
“As a high-volume book manufacturer, we’re constantly seeking ways to streamline our workflow, improve print quality and turnaround times and anticipate our customers’ needs,” said Pierre-François Catté, chairman, CPI Group. “The HP PageWide Web Press T480 HD enables us to offer Europe’s most discerning book publishing houses even greater digital print quality at faster speeds than previously possible, while reducing waste.”
The new HP Indigo portfolio will begin shipping in the second half of 2016, and new HP Indigo features are expected to be available as optional field upgrades in 2016. New High Definition Laser Array (HDLA) technology for the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press will be available in 2017. The new HP PageWide Web Presses will be commercially available in 2016. Current duplex color HP PageWide Web Press customers can upgrade to the new technology in 2016.
All of the new HP Indigo digital presses and HP PageWide Web Presses offer HP PrintOS connectivity to improve print production management. HP PrintOS is expected to be available for customers on May 31, 2016.
HP Announces most productive Label press for Converters and Brands
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 unmatched application possibilities at faster speeds.
“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 today’s 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 Digital Press offers high-volume converters end-to-end label production at doubled speeds up to 80 meters per minute or 262 feet per minute. Working in-line or off-line with an ABG FAST Track semi-rotary die cut unit, the press provides an efficient all-digital workflow as well as real-time quality assurance, using AVT inspection technology.
The HP Indigo 8000, WS6800 and 20000 Digital Presses support HP Indigo ElectroInk Premium White, a versatile new ink that helps converters deliver a wider range of opacity levels. Additionally, the HP Indigo 8000, WS6800 and 20000 Digital Presses feature a new color automation package that perfects color accuracy, consistency and repeatability, enabling converters to reach any brand color in minutes.
Next-level flexible packaging options open new business opportunities
The HP Indigo 20000 Digital 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-mold and pressure-sensitive label applications, including lids and laminated tubes.
• New color capabilities, allowing advanced color matching and color consistency across jobs, presses and sites.
• Faster turnarounds than previously 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 for industrial-scale productivity.
Additionally, optimized converting solutions from Comexi, AB Graphics, Karville and other partners provide faster near-line and in-line finishing as well as reduced waste and shorter setup times.
Higher productivity and new substrates deliver exceptional folding carton possibilities
The HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press upgrade package increases productivity up to 30 percent and enables dozens of folding carton jobs per day. The press allows new high-margin opportunities with synthetic media as well as metallized boards, polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene and polyethylene terephthalate materials. The HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press also provides new and improved security features, such as micro text and barcodes.
Designed especially for in-line finishing with the HP Indigo 30000 Digital 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 Digital Press is also compatible with HP partner converting solutions for inspection, creasing, folding and gluing. Integration with AVT’s inline inspection system ensures error-free production, automatically ejecting defective sheets.
The HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press 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. HP PrintOS is expected to be available for customers on May 31, 2016.
Neil Falconer – Print Tribe