HP Inc., previewing its plans for drupa 2016, unveiled its new HP PrintOS technology as a cloud-based operating system to manage print production.
HP explains PrintOS is an open, secure and integrated platform aimed at printers of all segments and sizes for use with HP Indigo, PageWide Web Press, Scitex and Latex printing technologies.
HP Indigo and PageWide Web Press customers can begin using PrintOS on May 31, 2016, after it debuts at drupa 2016 in Germany. Many apps will be available without charge to existing customers with a service contract, while certain apps will be subject to monthly subscription and usage charges.
For the first time in drupa history, the HP Graphics Solutions Business is hosting the tradeshow’s largest exhibit in hall 17. On its exhibition space, HP plans to display its newest technologies for general commercial printing, in addition to new hardware and solutions for labels and packaging, large-format and sign and display application areas.
“HP is bringing the full power of our vast portfolio of digital printing solutions to drupa 2016, featuring breakthrough innovations,” said Rob Le Bras-Brown, global head of print marketing, HP Inc. “With today’s introduction of HP PrintOS and more ground-breaking pre-drupa announcements to come, HP is following through on our promise to keep reinventing with advancements across application segments that truly enable our customers to reinvent their possibilities.”
PrintOS features what HP describes as a suite of Web-based and mobile applications with cloud connectivity for customers to monitor print status remotely as well as track and improve production performance over time.
PrintOS applications include Box, a tool simplifying job onboarding through non-automated channels like email and file transfer services. Box is designed to reduce upfront overhead, increasing capacity and improving profitability.
The Site Flow application combines automated order submission, pre-press and shop floor management capabilities to, according to HP, fulfill hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of individual, personalized print orders every day, including direct shipment to end customers.
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