HP upgrades its PageWide C500 for better digital corrugated printing

HP has made some enhancements to its PageWide C500 press for better digital corrugated printing, with the upgrades offering higher productivity and lower costs.

The system now comes with an enhanced sheet-feeding system that is robust and designed to improve converters operating profit and reduce waste. It supports a wider range of sheets including thin and micro-flutes, while maintaining a smooth feeding process and fast job changeovers.

The feeding enhancements include:

  • Stack Topography Alignment technology to automatically compensate for uneven or warped stacks
  • Dynamic Stack Alignment technology to overcome vertically unaligned stacks
  • Smart Auto Recovery technology to identify and overcome feeding problems related to bad stacking or damaged sheets, avoiding operator’s manual intervention
  • A wider range of applications with thin and micro flutes.

“HP has invested substantially in the feeder as part of its ongoing commitment to the corrugated market and will continue to develop this industry technology,” HP PageWide corrugated and post-print general manager David Tomer said.

The HP PageWide C500, based on HP Thermal Inkjet technology, provides offset print quality for a wider range of corrugated packaging and display applications on both coated and uncoated sheets, delivering offset print quality for low to high conversion volume of litho and flexo jobs.

It is also designed for producing high-quality print in demanding production environments, printing at 75m/min in top print quality with 1200npi resolution using a million nozzles.

“The HP C500 reduces the cost of manufacturing boxes and opens new business opportunities with digital flexibility and direct-to-board printing at scaled volume production,” the company said.

The Printing United Alliance recently awarded the C500 top feeder technology with the 2021 Pinnacle InterTech Award. At SuperCorrExpo, the innovation won second place at the AICC/BCN/CT Innovator of the Year competition in the machinery category.

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