HP and KBA announce T1100 (Updated)

HP and KBA have given further details of the press they’ve been collaborating on. This will be called the HP T1100 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press, and will be a 2.8 metre wide inkjet web press for pre-printing corrugated top liners.

The idea is that corrugators will be able to combine different jobs together on a roll or across rolls for short, mid or long runs so that every box can be different. In theory, brands are increasingly requiring just-in-time inventory, shorter runs, and faster turn-around time.

The press should run at up to 183 mpm and produce up to 30,000 square metres per hour. It uses HP’s thermal inkjet printing technology while KBA has contributed its substrate handling know-how.

Aurelio Maruggi, vice president and general manage for HP’s Inkjet High-speed Production Solutions, said: “The new press will transform the short and mid-range corrugated packaging market, dramatically disrupting operating models and costs and more importantly create new value for brand customers.”

HP already has the Scitex 15000 flatbed corrugated printer and a simplex corrugated version of its T400, which is currently installed at the Czech corrugator Obaly Morava.

NB: This story was updated as HP issued a change of name – from the T1000 as first announced to the T1100 – which is a shame because I really liked the Terminator overtones of the first name!

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