HP launches new technologies

Digital print engine developer HP is ramping up its technology with the release of a batch of new solutions in the labels and packaging space, and a new version of its B2 HP Indigo 12000 with double image resolution.

The company is launching the technology at a customer event in Tel Aviv, saying it is introducing the world’s most advanced digital labels and packaging portfolio to accelerate customer growth in digital printing.

Supplied in Australia by Currie Group, the new HP Indigo 12000 HD Digital Press doubles image resolution, with HP claiming it delivers sharper, smoother, finer print, enabling printers ‘to surpass offset quality’ and open new digital possibilities in high-end commercial and photo applications

The press uses an all-new High Definition Imaging System, using 48 parallel laser beams and high screen sets up to 290 LPI. “HP print service providers are experiencing unprecedented growth and momentum as print buyers, agencies, and brands are looking for ways to connect the online world with the physical world,” said Alon Bar-Shany, general manager, HP Indigo, HP Inc. “HP's digital print technologies are blending these realities, providing amazing new application opportunities, alongside higher productivity.”

The HP Indigo 12000 HD also features ColorUP!, which delivers an extended colour gamut using colour profiles to expand the on-press colour gamut using additional hits of CMY inks.

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In addition there is now  HP Indigo ElectroInk Vivid Pink and HP Indigo ElectroInk Vivid Green, a new set of brighter inks for high-end photo applications including wedding photography, allow printers to reach more vibrant pink, green and blue shades.

And there is the commercial release of HP Indigo ElectroInk Fluorescent Green, Yellow and Orange, in addition to the previously available Fluorescent Pink.

In labels and packaging the company released the new HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press, HP PageWide C500 Press, HP Indigo Pack Ready Lamination and improved HP Indigo 30000

There is also a new HP Indigo ElectroInk Silver, which delivers metallic effects across a wide color gamut, similar to Pantone 877, and an HP Indigo ElectroInk Invisible Blue and Yellow visible under UV light for brand protection and promotional labels.

HP says the new HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press increases the addressable label market, while offering higher revenue per metre. There is full integration with the HP Indigo GEM embellishment unit, the first fully digital, one-pass label printing and embellishment solution for spot, tactile, foil, holograms, mini textures and lamination.

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The HP PageWide C500 Press for mainstream corrugated production will begin shipping next month to customers worldwide, and there are significant improvements to the HP Indigo 30000, which the company says are aimed at delivering new opportunities for folding carton converters with up to 1 million sheets a month, including brand protection and security solutions.

Just-in-time production of flexible packaging is now possible with HP Indigo Pack Ready Lamination, which is now commercially available.

“The expansion follows the largest packaging deal ever for HP Indigo with ePac. Our customers are growing fast across all segments and are experiencing massive success. They are leveraging HP technology to innovate and deliver on brands’ evolving needs,” says Santi Morera, Global Head of Graphics Solutions Business, HP Inc. “These new technologies we are launching are needed now more than ever and will allow our customers to be more productive.”

Additionally, the high-performance HP Production Pro for Indigo Labels and Packaging now included in the HP Indigo 6900 and rolling out this year to HP Indigo’s entire Labels and Packaging portfolio. Featuring five times faster rip power and the Esko Color Engine, HP says the digital front end provides extensive productivity and scalability for continuous digital production, to allow converters to scale and manage their digital production across multiple presses and multiple sites, increase the number of jobs per day, and shorten delivery cycles. 

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