HP has launched a new Indigo digital label press, the 6900, complete with Pack Ready for Labels, Silver ElectroInk and a new high-performance Digital Front End. HP has also shared updates on a number of other digital presses.
HP claims that the Indigo 6900 will offer customers higher revenue per metre. It can run at up to 40mpm in full colour and takes media from 12 to 450 microns. It incorporates HP’s Pack Ready for Labels initiative for the production of high-resistance labels for food, household, chemical, and pharma labels. There are currently four beta sites producing commercial jobs.
The 6900 can also be integrated with the GEM embellishment unit, a single pass unit capable of several different effects including spot varnishing, foil, holograms, mini textures and lamination. It’s quite an effective unit that can produce a fair range of effects that can really stand out on a shelf.
The 6900 also gains the more powerful digital front end, the HP Production Pro for Indigo Labels and Packaging, which will be added to the rest of HP Indigo’s Labels and Packaging portfolio. It includes the Esko Color Engine and is said to be RIP files five times faster than HP’s other DFE. It’s designed to be used across multiple presses and multiple sites.
HP has also commercially launched its Silver ElectroInk, which was shown at Label Expo last September. It produces much better metallic effects than the previous silver electroink with HP claiming a colour gamut similar to Pantone 877. HP also announced Invisible Blue and Yellow electroinks, which are visible under UV light and can be used for brand protection and promotional labels.
HP has also released the Pack Ready Laminator for its Indigo 20000 flexible packaging press, which eliminates the need for adhesives. The Pack Ready Laminator is manufactured and supplied by Karlville.
HP has also improved the productivity of its Indigo 30000 to enable dozens of folding carton jobs per day and up to 1 million B2 sheets per month. There are new security features like micro-text and micro QR-codes, and new automatic mass customization and personalization capabilities.
In addition, HP also gave updates on several other presses that have recently been announced. This includes the PageWide C500 corrugated press, that’s designed as an alternative to offset lamination and flexo production. It uses HP CV150 Water-Based Inks that can be used for primary and secondary food-related packaging without an additional barrier.
There are currently five customers in Europe and the US that have placed orders with the first due to ship next month. HP will also integrate the Kiwiplan MIS, which is designed for corrugated and rigid packaging, to optimise the productivity of the C500.
Finally, the B2 Indigo 12000 HD, which was announced back in September of last year, is now commercially available. This gains the new high definition imaging system that uses 48 parallel laser beams and high screen sets up to 290 LPI. This benefits from a new ColourUp concept that expands the colour gamut by using additional hits of cyan, magenta and Yellow inks, though this will presumably also push up the click charges when used.
There are two new electroinks as well, including Vivid Pink and Vivid Green, meant for high end photo applications like weddings. There’s Fluorescent Green, Yellow and Orange for commercial applications. Just for good measure, HP has also expanded its PrintOS apps, with a new OEE option for tracking Overall Equipment Effectiveness, Colour Beat for reporting colour standards and a new, more productive version of Site Flow.