HP Inc. in late December announced the first delivery of an HP PageWide C500 Press to a customer site for what the company describes as digital mainstream corrugated direct-to-board printing. Announced at drupa 2016, the first HP PageWide C500 commercial units are due to be installed in 2018 at launch customers in Europe and the United States.
The first such customer, Carmel Frenkel, will serve as the testing site for the PageWide C500 Press, now moving a step closer toward commercialization. The Caesarea, Israel-based converter supplies packaging production primarily for the food and beverage industry.
“The installation marks a significant milestone in the launch of the HP PageWide C500 Press. This groundbreaking technology can address the broadest range of digitally post-printed corrugated packaging applications, including the growing segment of food packaging,” said Eric Wiesner, GM, HP PageWide Industrial Division, HP Inc.
HP explains the PageWide C500 provides an alternative for offset lamination and flexo production with direct-to-board work on both coated and uncoated papers. With its water-based ink formulation, HP continues to explain the PageWide C500 will enable converters to print food applications that can help comply with global food safety regulations and industry guidelines.
“Unlike some other digital printing alternatives, HP PageWide water-based Inks are 100 percent free of UV-reactive chemistries. Thus, these inks enable robust and trusted food-safe printing for both primary and secondary corrugated packaging,” said Wiesner.
The HP PageWide C500 prints on on 1.3 (W) x 2.5 (L) metre-sized boards with a maximum speed of 75 linear m/min (246 linear ft/min).
HP Delivers First PageWide C500
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