HP introduces two new Indigo presses, including the sheet-fed 7800 model and the roll-fed WS6800, building on the company’s flagship Indigo 7000 and WS6000 series, which have more than 2,000 installations worldwide.
Initial shipments of the two new presses are expected later this month, while both are expected to be available as optional field upgrades in early 2015. HP expects to showcase the presses this fall at Graph Expo 2014 in Chicago.
The HP Indigo 7800 press – driven by HP SmartStream – holds new capabilities for direct printing on synthetic substrates and plastic cards, as well as a new colour management approach with an in-line spectrophotometry. This is largely possible through HP’s branded One Shot Color technology.
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.
HP’s third-generation Indigo WS6800 press is aimed at label and packaging converters and also features new automated colour management. It features an expanded frame width, increasing from 317 mm to 320 mm, for higher press output and reduced costs. In addition, label converters can produce up to 131 linear feet per minute in color using Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM).
The Indigo WS6800 can leverage HP’s Indigo ElectroInk White and Indigo ElectroInk Silver. A new, high-definition 223 lines per inch (lpi) screen provides increased colour gamut space.