Back at Drupa 2016 HP announced a new digital corrugated press, the C500, and has now delivered the first of these for beta testing to the Israeli-based converter Carmel Frenkel.
The C500 can print direct to both coated and uncoated paper and can handle industrial grade corrugated boards. It uses water-based inks and can safely handle food applications, assuming printing to the outside of the food packaging. It prints to 1.3 x 2.5 metre boards at a speed of 75 mpm. It comes with a fully integrated stack-to-stack workflow complete with an in-line overprint varnish solution.
Eric Wiesner, general manager, HP’s PageWide Industrial Division, commented: “The installation marks a significant milestone in the launch of the HP PageWide C500 Press. This groundbreaking technology can address the broadest range of digitally post-printed corrugated packaging applications, including the growing segment of food packaging.”
Carmel Frenkel supplies packaging solutions for leading brands, including in the food and beverage industry.
HP expects to roll out the first commercial units in Europe and the United States sometime in 2018. It’s worth noting that HP already has a fairly comprehensive portfolio of presses for corrugated printing, including the single pass T1100S and T400S plus the flatbed Scitex 17000.