HP expands digital portfolio to help customers capture more marketshare
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Press release from the issuing company
Birmingham, U.K. – HP today expanded its graphic arts portfolio to help its customers print top-quality, high-value materials and capture a larger share of a global digital printing market that the company expects to reach €96 billion ($124 billion) by 2014.
Delivering on its strategy to drive growth in digitally printed pages, HP introduced a high-speed HP Color Inkjet Web Press for large-volume production, an HP Indigo digital press with intelligent automation features for increased quality and productivity and new HP SmartStream workflow software solutions that improve processing times.
For the large-format printer market, HP announced additions to its HP Scitex and HP Designjet portfolios that improve performance and extend into new application areas. HP also launched new photo-market and entry-level commercial Indigo digital presses, partner finishing systems, the HP Color Print Module imprinting solution, media and services – all aimed at helping customers profitably grow their businesses.
HP is demonstrating the new solutions at Ipex 2010, the major graphic arts tradeshow of the year. The company has the show's largest stand and broadest display of digital printing technologies, including a simulated production floor and customer presentations that showcase its extensive range of real-world applications.
The announcements build on HP's success at drupa 2008, where HP introduced a broad range of presses and solutions. HP has delivered all of these to market over the last two years, helping its customers grow in the midst of an industry downturn. For example, HP has installed more than 350 of its flagship HP Indigo 7000 digital presses and added the new HP Indigo W7200 model for photo specialty applications. In addition, the HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press unveiled at drupa 2008 is now in full operation at major customer sites, handling peak print volumes of up to 2 million 4/0 pages per day.
"In the last year, the industry experienced double-digit percent growth for digital color production pages, while analog pages declined," said Christopher Morgan, senior vice president, Graphics Solutions Business, HP.
"This is a clear sign that the market has shifted, as print service providers and other graphic arts professionals are moving to digital systems so they can produce more targeted and creative materials while also improving quality and productivity."
HP T200 press extends high-volume inkjet portfolio
The HP T200 press extends reliable HP Scalable Printing Technology to a broader set of customers with a more compact machine designed to fit existing production environments. It also easily supports the addition of full variable color capabilities in two-up production mail and short-run or on-demand publications.
Expected to be available in 2011, the HP T200 prints 821 four-color duplex A4 pages per minute and has a 23 million page monthly duty cycle. Its innovative new paper path makes the press small enough to fit in nearly the same space as a monochrome digital web press, enabling experienced digital print service providers (PSPs) to upgrade to full-color high-volume digital printing while eliminating less efficient, offset printing.
The new press offers 1,200 x 600 addressable dots per inch (dpi) imaging with HP Bonding Agent to improve image quality on standard uncoated media. Both the HP T200 and T300 support the new Utopia Inkjet coated media from Appleton Coated and media featuring ColorPRO Technology – a quality standard for color excellence in digital printing. ColorPRO media is available from Georgia Pacific as well as new ColorPRO licensees AbitibiBowater, International Paper and Stora Enso.
To help PSPs pursue opportunities in the high-volume transactional print market, HP is developing a new Magnetic Ink Character Recognition printing solution. The company also introduced workflow and finishing products from partners CMC, EMT, Hunkeler, Lasermax Roll Systems, Magnum, MBO, Muller Martini, Tecnau, Timsons, Ultimate Technographics and Videk.
At its Ipex stand, Pitney Bowes will show technology from the T200 and T300 Color Inkjet Web Presses as part of its IntelliJet Printing solution for transactional and transpromotional printing.
New HP Indigo 7500 and 3550 Digital Presses: expanding the sheetfed portfolio
The enhanced HP Indigo 5500 continues to be the mainstream production solution for PSPs with volumes up to 1 million color pages per month, while the new entry-level HP Indigo 3550 delivers offset quality at a low initial investment for customers taking their first step into digital print applications. The HP Indigo 3550 offers improved productivity and ease-of-use, supports a broader range of media, and reduces environmental impact with an on-press oil recycling system. All three models are available for immediate delivery.
Based on the HP Indigo 7000 platform, the top-of-the-line HP Indigo 7500 introduces Intelligent Automation, a major factor in increasing press productivity by up to 10 percent. A new Vision System entirely automates manual calibrations and diagnostic troubleshooting wizards to save time, reduce waste and limit the dependency on operator skill level. The Vision System infrastructure allows customers to add new functionality in software, offering a growth path that preserves their investments. HP also is demonstrating real-time early-defect-detection technology that identifies print defects and notifies the operator. It will be available as an option at a later date.
The HP Indigo 7500 also surpasses the print quality of the HP Indigo 7000, which recently gained top recognition at the "DIMA Shootout." For example, the HP 7500 improves color consistency and uniformity by up to 20 percent and offers new screens that improve print quality for certain image types. The press also consumes up to 10 percent less energy per printed page and uses less imaging oil.
New options available on the HP Indigo 7500 support white ink, light-cyan/light-magenta for photo applications and thick substrates up to 400 gsm/460 microns. To protect customer investments, the majority of enhancements to the HP Indigo 7500 are planned to be available in 2011 as upgrades to the HP Indigo 7000.
"We believe that the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press provides the highest quality digital printing in the marketplace, with productivity levels that a conventional offset printer in its heyday would be proud of," said Gary Peeling, managing director at Precision Printing.
Innovations in intelligent automation for HP Indigo presses
The fully modular finishing architecture will be shown with the HP Indigo 7500 and additional finishing equipment from partners, including the Duplo/IBIS Alpha Saddle heavy-duty saddle stitcher and GMP's inline COATMASTER-IN3752UV for UV coating.
HP SmartStream solutions increase production efficiency and profitability
New solutions for packaging applications and photo markets
Since its release in September 2009, the HP Indigo W7200 has been installed at multiple publications and direct-marketing/transpromo PSPs. At Ipex, HP is launching enhanced capabilities for the HP Indigo W7200 with light-cyan/light-magenta inks, in-line lamination and full-speed monochrome printing, bringing increased productivity for the photo merchandise and publishing segments. A new HP Indigo WS6000p Digital Press with in-line GMP LAMIMASTER-34 laminator addresses the market for book-cover production and high-value photo applications. In addition, HP is displaying the HP Indigo 7000 and the HP Indigo press 5500.
New HP Scitex printers introduce HP Latex Inks for the signage market
As the largest, most productive HP Latex Ink device to date, the HP Scitex LX800 Printer sets a new image-quality standard for the industrial large-format market. It features roll-to-free fall, roll-to-collector and dual-roll (up to two 1.52-m/60-inch rolls) capabilities. The LX800 also produces high-quality output with 1,200 dpi resolution at production speeds up to 88 m²/hr. (947 ft²/hr.) for outdoor billboards and 45 m²/hr. (484 ft²/hr.) for indoor applications.
"The benefits of the HP Scitex LX800 to our bottom line have far outweighed the investment," said Vicente Verdu, sales manager at Barcelona-based Verdúdigital. "We have attracted many new customers by achieving outstanding image quality while satisfying our customer demands to cut costs."
HP also expanded its range of UV-curable printers. The HP Scitex FB500, a new UV flatbed printer, enables digital and screen printers, sign shops, converters and large repro houses to bring rigid-printing capabilities in-house. Featuring a 163-cm (64-inch) print width and optional white ink capabilities, the HP Scitex FB500 Printer addresses a wide range of applications. Additionally, it allows remote monitoring via the HP Embedded Web Server and an onboard camera.
For the high-volume sign and display market, HP's newest TJ-series UV printer, the HP Scitex TJ8600, features full and selective gloss print modes with exceptional quality and new HP TJ210 Scitex Inks. It supports an expanded range of applications, including most fleet graphics and point-of-purchase applications, due to higher elongation, improved flexibility and reduced odor compared to HP TJ200 Scitex Inks. An upgrade kit – including hardware, software, on-site installation and training – will be available for existing owners of HP Scitex TJ8500/8550 Printers.
Low-volume users can take large-format printing opportunities in-house
"The HP Designjet Z5200 PostScript Printer gives our copy shop image quality and complete printing tools with a high printing speed," said Rubén Navarrete, graphic designer and production manager for Barcelona-based Copymark. "We earn a higher margin per print from large-format printing and we can also add design and production to the services we offer."
HP also introduced two printers for technical design professionals. The 61-cm (24-inch) model of the HP Designjet T770 Printer series includes an easy-to-access top-loading roll, expandable memory and fast speeds. The HP Designjet 111 Printer, the company's most affordable and compact large-format printer, delivers high-quality, cost-effective prints – including posters and presentations for less than $1 each.
Expanded service offerings backed by the world's IT leader
The Print Care offerings are among the first solutions from a new, consolidated HP Graphics Solutions Services organization serving all HP graphic arts customers. Making its debut at Ipex, the organization extends the expertise of HP services engineers worldwide to help HP Designjet, Indigo, Inkjet Web Press and Scitex customers achieve maximum reliability and stability.
"As the world's leading supplier in printing and IT, we have the expertise to help customers integrate new digital systems with existing analog presses, optimize their value chain and adopt new digital-based applications such as variable-data-driven printing and vehicle wraps," explained Morgan.
Affordable, high-impact digital color for direct mail and offset web applications
At the HP stand, technology demonstrations will highlight more of the HP Color Print Module's capabilities in full-color, personalized web imprinting applications.
Capture Business Success – HP's expanded customer business development program
Another HP Capture Business Success offering is the HP Indigo Digital Printing Contest, which honors the best commercial printing produced on HP Indigo presses. Contest entries are on display in HP's IPEX stand, and contest winners will be announced at a May 19 gala dinner in Birmingham.
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