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The past few weeks have seen many of the pieces of the drupa jigsaw drop into place as vendors define some of what they will introduce and offer in May. There are still a few announcements to come with HP and Xerox making their announcements soon.

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By Andrew Tribute on Mar 13, 2012

Well the news is out. The big news is not surprisingly that the new HP Indigo 10000 press is announced. This is a full B2 format press with a 29 inch print width and a running speed of 57 sheets/min in four-color simplex mode. That makes it faster than the Fuji and Screen B2 presses. It also has the usual HP Indigo seven color capability and a range of inline finishing. Naturally it prints both simplex and duplex. One new feature that is also available on other HP Indigo presses is EPM. This a new three-color mode that HP Indigo states gives good color that is as good as competitors four color printing (well they would say that wouldn't they). This increases the speed by 25%. One does not know how much extra CMY ink is used as there is no black. I'll see the quality of this later today and can then comment on this.

In addition to the HP Indigo 10000 there is also the HP Indigo 20000 for labels and flexible packaging and the HP Indigo 30000 for folding carton work.

The new presses have yet to go into beta testers and this should happen soon. I have spoken to one of the beta testers and he sees that the press will take work of his Heidelberg Speedmaster 74 platforms rather than generating major new business.

I am on the way to see the new press and will be in a situation to comment further after this visit.

 

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