HP unveils two new digital press platforms ahead of drupa 2020
By PrintAction Staff
By PrintAction Staff
Ahead of the drupa 2020 trade fair, HP Inc. has announced what it’s calling “two new bold and transformational” HP Indigo generations designed for print service providers and converters to digitally print significantly higher volumes profitably.
Thanks to innovations driving higher speed and productivity, both digital press platforms will unlock new opportunities for the analog-to-digital transformation, the company said in a March 10 press release.
The new B2-format HP Indigo 100K Digital Press for commercial print, the first press in the new Series 5 platform, is engineered for higher productivity to deliver more than one million B2 duplex sheets per month. Printing at 6,000 sheets per hour, the press is designed for offset players to adopt highly productive, on-demand printing with less waste. The HP Indigo 100K uses advanced paper handling and offset-like gripper-to-gripper design for precision registration, and also enjoys boosted digital capabilities including a five-input source feeder, color automation, calibration and fast switchover between jobs and media. Commercial availability begins at drupa 2020.
For label production, the HP Indigo V12 Digital Press, designed with next-generation HP Indigo LEPX architecture, is a narrow-web press that exploits the core power of Indigo’s Liquid Electrophotography (LEP) technology. First in the Series 6 platform, the HP Indigo V12 offers up to 12 colours on press, a speed of up to 120 meters per minute (400 f/pm), and multiplies productivity performance to match analog speed. A new, automated colour-matching technology, Spot Master, provides what HP describes as the industry’s fastest time-to-colour.
HP’s drupa portfolio also includes eight additional new presses: the B2 HP Indigo 15K, SRA3+ HP Indigo 7K and HP Indigo 7eco for commercial printing, the HP Indigo 6K, HP Indigo 8K, HP Indigo 25K for labels and packaging, and the HP Indigo 35K and B1 HP Indigo 90K for folding carton and specialty applications. Value packs with upgrade options will allow existing customers to benefit from these new features and capabilities.
“The need for high-quality, versatility and productive digital printing is crucial today, given the rising demand for same-day delivery, sustainability and customized print experiences,” said Santi Morera, HP’s general manager and global head of graphics solutions. “With the new portfolio, we’ve set the stage for our customers to grow and build the print factories of the future. In today’s fast-paced environment, where jobs can suddenly land on your doorstep, customers need the agility to react quickly so they can profitably cash in on those opportunities.”
“Over the last four years, HP customers have almost doubled business, generating $15 billion in revenue in the last year alone from over 100 million print orders,” said Alon Bar-Shany, general manager, HP Indigo. “We believe the dramatic innovations in our drupa portfolio will usher in a new era that will drive continued growth for customers over the next decade and beyond.”
The B2 HP Indigo 100K and HP Indigo 15K, SRA3+ HP Indigo 7K and HP Indigo 7eco for commercial, as well as the HP Indigo 6K, HP Indigo 8K, HP Indigo 25K, HP Indigo 35K, and HP Indigo 90K for labels and packaging are all scheduled to be available in June or later in 2020.
The HP Indigo V12 Digital Press will be demonstrated at drupa. The press is scheduled for commercial availability in 2022.
drupa is the world’s largest trade fair for the printing and media industry, and is scheduled to run from June 16 – 26 at the Fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.