HP announces new Indigo and inkjet presses

HP has released details of five new Indigo presses, including a B1-format sheetfed, as well as a much faster label press and three new PageWide Web Presses.

HP says that it has added a number of new features across the Indigo platform, which has prompted the raft of new machines. This includes a new High Definition Laser Array (HDLA) that improves print resolution to 16000 dpi though it won’t be available till next year. HP also claims to have improved the accuracy and consistency of its colour, with a built-in spectrophotometer, as well as some technology from Esko’s Automation engine.

There’s also a new primer to expand the media range that the Indigos can cope with, and new media including synthetic, metalized, canvas, black and coloured substrates up to 550 micron.

The SmartStream Production Pro front end has been upgraded to v6.0, with HP claiming that it can halve the amount of prepress work needed. It includes an Indigo Optimizer, which supports non-stop printing with on-press job sequencing and proofing during production, that HP says should allow for up to 40 percent more work per shift.

The Indigo 50000 is an oversize B1-format press that uses two print engines to print roll-fed media in duplex. It’s a 762mmm wide press and can produce up to 32 mpm, which equates to roughly 770 A4 colour pages per minute. It’s due to begin beta testing next year and, given Indigo’s standard 90 day beta regime, should be available by next summer.

There’s a new B2 Indigo 12000 that will ultimately replace the 10000 announced at the last drupa. It appears to have similar specifications though HP says that it’s improved the overall productivity.

In addition, HP has its flagship series, with a new 7900 and a new entry-level 5900 to take account of the new features.

For the label market, there’s a new Indigo 8000, which can produce up to 80 meters per minute. It uses AVT inspection technology and an ABG semi-rotary die-cut unit.

HP has also improved the existing B2-sized Indigo 20000 that’s designed for flexible films with the ability to handle more substrates such as polyethylene and stretchable materials, for a wider range of high-volume flexible packaging, shrink sleeve, and in-mold and pressure-sensitive label applications, including lids and laminated tubes.

The 8000, WS6800 and 20000 presses can all use a new Premium White for improved opacity.

HP has also added the HDNA (High Definition Nozzle Architecture) to its web presses. Thus there’s a new top end model, the 1.06m wideT490, which is available in colour or monochrome, as well as a new entry-level T240, with a 559mm print width.

Naturally, these will also be shown at Drupa this summer, as well as at the Dscoop events in Tel Aviv, Israel, and San Antonio, USA, in April.

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