Currie Group has unveiled the latest in HP Indigo Digital Press technology at PrintEx19 with the 12000HD having its first public showing on Australian shores while announcing it has formed an alliance to distribute Evok3D’s printing equipment for HP.
The HP Indigo 12000HD Digital Press takes the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press, launched in 2018, to the next level with its high definition technology doubling print resolution opening up further avenues for application in the commercial, photographic and security print sectors.
Currie Group sales and marketing director Phillip Rennell says the HD iteration was released last year but is now having its first showing in Australia.
“We’ve shown the 12000 before but we haven’t shown the high definition imaging before. It is the latest culmination of technological advantages in the way we can write the image at high speed so that gives us the ability to do it in a finer definition and that lends itself to a number of different things in the commercial market, security applications and in the photographic market for that really fine definition of tones,” Rennell told Sprinter.
“We are effectively doubling our resolution which means we can split our dots further down which means that we are putting ink more precisely on the page.
“Indigo has a very fine ink particle anyway. It’s a sub one micron ink so it is actually very small.
“It works hand in hand with the expanding range of inks we are creating more opportunities on all those fronts. More opportunities for photographic with light cyan, light magenta and light light black, more opportunities in security with the high definition like microtext and very fine gilloche patterns.”
Enabled by HP Indigo’s Liquid ElectroInk technology and unique digital offset process it offers a broader colour gamut including light cyan, light magenta and light black with a fifth ink station that can be used for special inks and spot colours. It can also print on a wide range of substrates including canvas, synthetics, metallised media to produce canvas wall art, posters and folders.
Currie Group has also moved into the 3D space having signed a deal to distribute the HP Jet Fusion 540 3D printer which is set up on Currie Group’s stand along with a selection of samples.
Rennell said this technology lends itself to printers involved in producing high end promotional products.
Currie Group has been working with Evok3D, a small Australian company, for a number of months but the deal has now been finalised.
HP Indigo Worldwide general manager Alon Bar-Shany and director and general manager HP Indigo APJ Oran Sokal are also both attending PrintEx.
Currie Group is also celebrating its 70th birthday at PrintEx and after so many years in the industry knows that automation and removing touch points increase profitability for print service providers.
To show where these improvements can be made a Horizon SmartStacker will be attached to the HP Indigo Digital Press 12000HD to demonstrate a workflow where an item can go from a single sheet to a finished piece. Other workflow setups include the inline Horizon booklet maker with the entry level HP Indigo 7900 Digital Press.
In the labels and packaging arena the HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press, a narrow-web printing solution for high-volume labels and packaging production, is also set up. It is complemented on stand by an ABG Digicon finishing line for labels which takes the rolls and coats and die cuts them before rewinding them back on the roll ready for labelling on bottles.
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