HP has announced two new additions to its Indigo range of wet toner printers. There’s a new 7800 sheetfed model, which has a number of new features including the ability to print directly on synthetic substrates and plastic cards, and improved new colour management through a new in-line spectrophotometer. In addition, the press features an intelligent automation feature that helps prioritise print jobs with optimised on-press job sequencing according to job length, media, image types and job priority.
It comes with v5 of HPs front end, SmartStream Production Pro Print Server, which HP claims can RIP files 30 percent faster than previous versions. It also features Direct2Finish, a platform for automated and simplified near-line finishing operation that takes JDF instructions for finishing equipment.
There’s also a new web-fed WS6800 printer for the label and packaging market, which gains automated colour management, a wider frame than the 6600 and new ink capabilities for expanded applications. This also gains a new in-line spectrophotometer and an expanded frame width, increased from 317 mm to 320 mm.
It comes with HP’s SmartStream Labels and Packaging Workflow Suite 4.1, powered by Esko. This workflow suite provides consistent repeat job control and uses a new, high-definition 223 lines per inch (lpi) screen for increased colour gamut space.
Both these printers are available now, and existing models can be field-upgraded from early next year.