Cober Evolving Solutions of Kitchener, Ontario, continues along its path of investment by becoming Canada’s first company to install HP’s new generation Indigo 7800 press.
In late-2013, Cober became Canada’s first operation to run HP’s B2-size Indigo 10000 press, which must be considered as one of the biggest evolutions in liquid or dry toner colour press technology since the process became mainstream in the late-1990s. HP’s Indigo 10000 series – comprising three models (10000 aimed at commercial, 20000 for flexible packaging materials, and the 30000 for folding-carton) – broke the conventional wisdom that electrophotography would not expand from its traditional sub-20-inch format to a 29-inch format.
The Indigo 7800 press model, first introduced in the summer of 2014, builds on HP’s former flagship Indigo 7000 model with new capabilities for direct printing on synthetic substrates and plastic cards, as well as a new colour management approach with inline spectrophotometry. This is largely possible through HP’s branded One Shot Color technology.
The HP Indigo 7800 reaches speeds of 120 four-colour A4 pages per minute (two-up), 160 A4 colour pages per minute in HP’s unique Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM), by knocking out the black channel, and 240 two-colour or monochrome A4 pages per minute (two-up). The Indigo 10000, meanwhile, is rated for a monthly duty cycle of up to 2.2 million sheets, hitting 3,450 sheets per hour or 4,600 sheets per hour in EPM mode.
The Indigo 7800 supports HP Indigo ElectroInk Digital Matte for spot coating effects on glossy substrates in addition to other special inks, including HP Indigo ElectroInk Invisible Red and Light Black. The press allows for creating special effects like raised print, textured effects and digital watermarks.
In February 2014, Cober purchased Kempenfelt Group and Kempenfelt Wideformat, which resides in nearby Barrie, Ontario. In January 2014, Cober purchased CuteGecko Inc., a design agency based Kitchener, with significant expertise in social media. In 2012, Cober, employing over 120 people, expanded into an 86,000-square-foot facility.
This Thursday, November 6th, PrintAction magazine will present Peter Cober, President of Cober Evolving Solutions, with the Printing Leader of the Year Award at the 9th annual Canadian Printing Awards gala in Toronto.