HP Indigo dares visitors to imagine at Printing United

At Printing United, HP Indigo showcased the upgraded HP Indigo 100K Digital Press alongside the HP Indigo 15K Digital Press and the HP Indigo 6K Digital Press.

Currie Group supplies HP Indigo in Australia and New Zealand.

Noam Zilbershtain, general manager of HP Indigo, spoke on the stand. He said, “As the market leader, HP Indigo is always one step ahead of the game, inspiring and enabling customers and brands to ‘Dare to Imagine’.

“It is exciting to see the endless potential growth of this market. Indigo customers grew six times faster than the market in 2021 (impressions wise) and although 2022 is not over yet, we can definitely share that this momentum continues.

“We enable our customers to dare, and that’s where the real growth is.”

HP Indigo has reached its best B2 print volume record ever in 2022. With its LEP technology, HP Indigo continues to open new business opportunities for its customers, enabling them to remain ahead of the market with new print products, workflow driven productivity and business diversification

Offset conversion leader

Two years since its launch, the HP Indigo 100K Digital Press has amassed over 120 presses in the field. HP Indigo said this press is leading the offset conversion transformation, enabling improved productivity and efficiency for print service providers while maintaining the HP Indigo digital benefits, leading more pages to be printed digitally.

Over 50 per cent of the HP Indigo 100K install base have printed more than 100,000 impressions in one shift of eight hours (70 per cent net printing time), with some having reached up to 130,000 impressions in a single shift.

This uptick in customer momentum is complemented by upgrades and new capabilities, which the company presented on the floor in Las Vegas. These included a fifth ink station for special effect inks (such as LLK and spot inks for brands), and an Auto Pallet Replacement (APR) system assuring continuous stacking, reduced labour, and an increase in overall press utilisation.

The ‘Yes’ press

The HP Indigo 15K Digital Press is the latest edition to Series 4 of B2 digital presses. HP Indigo calls its the ‘Yes’ press.

Tailored for commercial and photo printers seeking to grow their business, the HP Indigo 15K Digital Press offers broad versatility with a wide ink set (a range of 15 different HP Indigo ElectroInks).

With over 1200 Series 4 presses operating in over 70 countries worldwide, more than 70 per cent of Series 4 customers use specific capabilities to create high value applications and develop new business opportunities.

Bill Anderson, chief executive and president of L+L Printers, a San Diego-based HP Indigo customer, said, “The HP Indigo 15K solution enables us to continue to provide the highest quality digital print products for our customers along with increased productivity. New capabilities such as thicker substrate support are a key driver for opening new applications and growth of our digital business.”

Labels backbone

Commercial printers are identifying the growth opportunities in diversification to labels and packaging.

HP Indigo highlighted the HP Indigo 6K Digital Press, calling it the backbone of the digital label market, with over 2000 active worldwide presses.

This narrow web digital printing press for labels and packaging production delivers high productivity, wide versatility, and intelligent colour automation. The company says it saves 80 per cent to 90 per cent setup media compared to flexo. Over 1400 label converters globally have at least one HP Indigo 6K Digital Press.

As well as the presses, HP Indigo featured a wide array of solutions covering production monitoring and management, workflow automation, colour matching, variable data printing, as well as service and support. Visitors got to see HP PrintOS, the company’s print production operating system, which now has more than 21,000 users.

Highlighting HP xRServices, HP Indigo pointed to a major milestone of 200 users. Developed to support faster and better uptime, the solution is designed to transform the collaboration between press operators and HP customer care via mixed reality. At the show, HP Indigo talked about innovations to xRServices procedures, giving customers the autonomy to reduce machine downtime.

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