HP launches new corrugated packaging presses

HP has presented two new six-colour inkjet web presses for pre-print corrugated packaging, the HP PageWide T1190 and HP PageWide T1170, aimed for higher productivity and quality for the world's most productive digital packaging presses.

The new flagship PageWide T1190 Press is said to offer 67 per cent more throughput productivity compared with the current PageWide T1100S, delivering up to 305 meters per minute in six colours at full press speed. HP says the addition of six-colour printing (CMYKOV) also expands the colour gamut for matching colours, opening new digital possibilities for brands, including short-runs, faster turnaround time, and versioning.

HP presented six-colour PageWide print samples for its debut in the Corrugated Experience Centre at Fespa.

The company says the wide 110-inch (2.8m) Thermal Inkjet technology web presses are ideal for packaging converters seeking analog-to-digital transformation with high-volume productivity in offset quality for pre-print corrugated packaging applications. Additionally, the presses use HP A30 true water-based inks, containing no UV-reactive chemistries, and requiring no additional barriers for food packaging applications.

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The PageWide T1170 Press prints 600 linear feet per minute (183 meters/minute) in six colors, compared with four-colour printing at the same speed on the older PageWide T1100S. Both the T1170 and T1190 presses are said to be suitable for both coated and uncoated media, from 80 gsm to 350 gsm. Additionally, HP says its Multi-lane Print Architecture (MLPA) boosts plant productivity by splitting the web into multiple print lanes, so different jobs, with different box sizes and run lengths, can be printed in the individual lanes. According to the company, multiple ultra-short or short runs can be queued and printed together while a long run is printed in another lane.

Eric Wiesner, general manager, PageWide Industrial division, HP Inc says, “HP’s digital pre-print technology continues to disrupt the corrugated package market, driving greater business efficiency for converters and their brands.”

HP says its digital pre-print solution helps corrugated converters reduce inventory and accelerate turnaround time, while also enabling more flexibility and smaller order quantities.

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