HP Indigo Digital Presses with Breakthrough Improvements Announced
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Press release from the issuing company
HP today announced new HP Indigo digital presses with breakthrough improvements in productivity and application capabilities that make digital color printing even more cost-effective and efficient than analog offset production for a large portion of print service providers’ (PSPs) commercial work.
HP announced the new solutions at during a Tel Aviv, Israel, preview of the company’s upcoming exhibit at the world’s largest graphic arts tradeshow, drupa, held May 3-16 in Düsseldorf, Germany. HP’s drupa stand will offer the tradeshow’s largest display of digital printing technologies, including:
“For many of our customers, their HP Indigo digital print volume is the fastest growing segment of their business, and makes a disproportionately high contribution to their profitability,” said Christopher Morgan, senior vice president, Graphics Solutions Business, HP. “With the new HP Indigo 10000, we are responding to a long-standing need for a B2-size, true offset-quality digital press, while our new Indigo 5600 and 7600 models will allow our customers to add more value to their offerings.”
All the core values of an Indigo press, now in B2 format
The combination of format-driven efficiency and the high productivity of the press help PSPs transition more work from offset to digital printing. The HP Indigo 10000 prints 3,450 sheets per hour in its standard production mode, and can provide a 33 percent faster throughput of 4,600 color sheets per hour using HP Indigo’s unique Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM). EPM allows customers to deliver more sheets per shift at a lower unit cost, increasing profitability and enabling faster job delivery times. The press supports monthly production volumes of up to 2 million sheets.
The HP Indigo 10000 also supports media in the 75-450 micron/3-18 points thickness range and is compatible with the same, broad variety of media certified for use with the HP Indigo 7600 Digital Press. Built for high-production, high-quality volumes, the press also features:
Press output is compatible with standard finishing equipment typically owned by PSPs for their offset operations. In addition, HP is working with leading finishing vendors to ensure the availability of digital finishing systems that will optimize comprehensive production efficiency with the HP Indigo 10000.
One vendor, Horizon, has developed SmartStacker, a new B2-format cutter/slitter/stacker system that can work in-line or near-line to the press. Another vendor, MBO, is integrating its K-800 signature folder with the HP Indigo 10000 for in-line and near-line operation.
Faster throughput and new effects with the HP Indigo 7600 press
The HP Indigo 7600, which will be commercially available at drupa, prints 120 A4/letter-size pages per minute (ppm) in its standard production mode, and provides a 33 percent faster throughput of 160 pages per minute using EPM.(3)
The press introduces unique high-value effects that help PSPs create higher-value decoration for invitations, greeting cards, luxury product brochures and other print materials. Further expanding the versatility of the press, the special effects include:
The ability of the press to support high-value applications for PSPs is enhanced by more than 2,500 coated, uncoated and specialty media that are currently certified for use on the HP Indigo 7000-series presses.
The HP Indigo 7600 offers intelligent automation features, both in standard HP PrintCare diagnostic tools and in an optional HP Automatic Alert Agent. The agent, a new feature for HP Indigo presses, uses the HP Indigo Vision System to scan duplex sheets at press speed and then compares the scanned image to the digital master to identify and alert operators of inconsistencies.
“With its outstanding quality, its truly added value for our customers, the fascinating new opportunities it provices for marketing and its improved productivity, the new 7600 turns out to be our best investment in the future of our business,” said an early user of the HP Indigo 7600, Harald Margreff, managing director, Margreff Druck und Medien GmbH, Essen, Germany.
Nearly all the new features of the HP Indigo 7600 Digital Press will be field upgradable as options to existing HP Indigo 7000 and 7500 model presses.
New business opportunities with the HP Indigo 5600 Digital Press
Available now, the HP Indigo 5600 runs at 68 A4/letter-size ppm (two-up) in standard color mode, 136 ppm for two-color jobs and 272 ppm for mono jobs. In addition, the press features EPM for color printing at 90 ppm.(4)
The press features an optional “One Shot” printing mode, enabling customers to enter new markets in split-core cards, graphic overlays and other applications printed on Teslin, PVC (polyvinyl chloride), PET (polyethylene terephthalate), PC (polycarbonate) and other synthetic substrates. The press switches easily between regular and One Shot printing modes, enabling PSPs to run a mix of jobs.
A new red-fluorescing invisible ink for the HP Indigo 5600 gives PSPs a path to pursue new security-printing applications, such as ID cards, tickets and high-value coupons.
A white ink option and upgraded media sensors on the press allow full-color printing on black and fully transparent substrates, features that help PSPs expand into new markets such as greeting card and static-cling window signage production. The white ink feature, when combined with Color-Logic software, also gives users the ability to produce metallic effects.
The new features of the HP Indigo 5600 will be field upgradable as an option for HP Indigo 5500 presses, starting this summer.
Hard-working workflows with HP SmartStream solutions
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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