HP and KBA install first corrugated T1100S

HP has formally launched the T1100S PageWide Web Press, which is essentially a scaled up version of the T400S Inkjet Web Press, both of which are designed specifically for preprinting corrugated board. The T1100S uses HP’s inkjet technology but has been designed in conjunction with KBA, which was responsible for the chassis and media transport system.

Naturally, as a digital machine it’s capable of personalization but the real market lies in short run and just in time printing, the idea being that the saving on inventory warehousing will cover the additional cost of digital printing. Faster turnaround will also mean that brand owners can adapt the packaging around particular marketing campaigns.

The press itself has a print width of 2.8m. HP splits the web into multiple print lanes, so different jobs, with different box sizes and run lengths, can be printed in the individual lanes. Multiple ultra-short or short runs can be queued and printed together, with no make-ready in between jobs, while a long run is printed in another lane.

It can print at up to 183 linear metres per minute and 30,600 square metres per hour. It uses HP’s four-colour aqueous pigmented A50 inkset. There are options for both bonding agent and priming agent to cope with different substrates. It can print offset-quality on standard uncoated and coated liners from 80-400 gsm. There’s also an option for aqueous overprint varnishing. Other options include auto-splice/turret rewind and the KBA PATRAS Automated Paper Logistics System

The first of these presses has been installed at DS Smith Packaging. According to a Smithers Pira report, ‘digital printing is the fastest growing segment in packaging with a projected annual growth rate of 17 per cent in a market expected to be worth $19 billion by 2019.’


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