HP Unveils 10 Digital Printing Systems
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Press release from the issuing company
HP today introduced 10 digital printing systems that offer print service providers (PSPs) greater versatility, productivity and quality, including the first 29-inch-format HP Indigo press and higher-speed HP Inkjet Web Presses.
New offerings also include:
HP will display the new solutions May 3-16 at drupa 2012 in Düsseldorf, Germany, where HP will be the largest digital printing exhibitor and will have the second-largest booth at the show.
At drupa 2008, HP introduced a revolutionary color inkjet web press, a new series of HP Indigo presses and the industry’s first latex inks for wide-format printers. Widespread market acceptance of those solutions has driven the graphics transformation and strong growth of high-value digital pages.
“With the extraordinary scope and scale of today’s announcements, we are fueling an unstoppable industry transformation from analog to digital printing,” said Christopher Morgan, senior vice president, Graphics Solutions Business, HP. “Our new digital solutions strike at the core of the printing market and are able to meet the toughest requirements of world-class brands, publishers and print service providers.“
Industry’s fastest digital sheet-fed press
Other key innovations include automated detection of print defects in real time, special on-press effects for high-value applications such as raised print and textured effects that simulate embossing, and light black ink for improved monochrome photo images.
Other new HP Indigo commercial presses include:
The HP Indigo 7600 press, in beta testing at six sites worldwide, will be commercially available at drupa. The HP Indigo 5600 is available immediately, and the HP Indigo W7250 will be available at drupa. Most new features will be upgradable from existing HP Indigo models to protect customers’ investments.
New workflow solutions include HP SmartStream Production Center for managing large job volumes through comprehensive production processes, as well as updated versions of HP SmartStream Production Pro DFE and HP SmartStream Director.
Increasing its offering of more than 3,000 certified media types for HP Indigo presses, HP has added four HP Indigo preferred media partner agreements with Sappi, Avery Dennison, Mitsubishi and ArjoWiggins Graphics, extending customer choice and the ability to create differentiated applications.
HP also now offers HP Hiflex cloud-based software solutions, including MIS and web-to-print solutions, as a result of its recent acquisition of Hiflex. HP Hiflex solutions address most application areas, including commercial printing, sign and display, publishing, and direct mail.
New HP Inkjet Web Press models
The HP T230 Inkjet Web Press incorporates the new printheads and inks to increase print speed up to 400 feet per minute for both color and monochrome, with full color density for maximum quality.
These improvements will help PSPs reach new markets and increase profitability for high-volume applications such as book publishing, direct marketing and transpromotional mail, where the HP Inkjet Web Press portfolio already has led a shift to digital printing. HP Inkjet Web Presses have produced a cumulative total of more than 10 billion pages since the first system was installed in 2009.
Expanding the portfolio of HP finishing solutions, Muller Martini – a global leader in print finishing systems based in Switzerland – will demonstrate a new 42-inch SigmaLine inline digital book production system at drupa, featuring increased operating speed to match the higher speed of the new HP Inkjet Web Press models.
Solution partners also introduced new in-line finishing solutions such as the first aqueous and UV coater for the HP T300 series from Epic Products International, the DocuVision® 8600 Web Inspection System from Videk Inc. and the Chameleon DP 42 dynamic perforation system from EMT International. Other new 42-inch in-line solutions include a zero-speed splicer and turret rewinder from MEGTEC Systems, Inc. and the RFDi Web Moisturizer from WEKO.
HP Print Module Solutions
Available in color and monochrome, HP Print Module Solutions print up to 800 fpm and include complete workflow solutions for easy integration with existing equipment. By imprinting custom or variable content on direct mail or transactional statements such as credit card bills, customers can increase response rates for marketing campaigns. A new stitching feature extends the printing area for additional flexibility and scalability.
HP Print Module Solutions are expected to be available to order starting May 1.
New options for HP Scitex wide-format presses
The HP Scitex FB7500/FB7600 White Ink Kit(1) and Hostert Automatic Loader expand HP’s solutions for its highest-volume flatbed printers with the option to add high-opacity white inks or stack-to-stack operation. HP SmartStream Production Analyzer is the only complete data analysis and operations monitoring software available for large-format PSPs.
Expanded PSP Services organization
Through HP PSP Services, HP offers customer support onsite and via advanced remote support tools as well as numerous web-based and face-to-face training courses, and a series of value-added services to reduce operation costs, address application opportunities, maximize system up-time, and improve workflow and color management.
More information is available at www.hp.com/go/HPPredrupa12, www.hp.com/go/drupa and through the HP Graphic Arts Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/hpgraphicarts and YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/hpgraphicarts. Join or follow the conversation using the #HPdrupa hashtag.
HP also is discussing its news on March 14 at 11 a.m. ET in a webinar taking place at www.hp.com/go/historynow.
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