HP launches direct to packaging module

HP’s Speciality Printing Systems, or SPS, division used this week’s FachPack show in Germany to announce a new wide tabletop print engine, the HP OEM Fixed Imager 1000, which is aimed at OEMs developing packaging print solutions for production lines.

This FI-1000 4-colour module from HP SPS has been designed for OEMs to integrate into desktop packaging print solutions.

The FI 1000 uses HP’s thermal inkjet technology and is designed to be integrated into A3 desktop machines that use a flat media path. It boasts a 297.18 mm wide print swath and is said to be suitable for printing to items such as gift and shopping bags, personalised gift boxes, shipping packaging, cartons, and envelopes. It’s a four collour system and prints at 45.7 cm per second.

Annette Friskopp, general manager of HP Specialty Printing Systems, explained: “This wider print engine can deliver more elaborate on-demand colour packaging and commercial printing applications for short-run, personalized direct to package printing. Brand owners can differentiate their packaging, shopping bags, envelopes to make their products stand out with colour and personal messages.”

HP SPS also has a 22mm wide printhead, which is mainly used for printing product identification and marking applications for secondary packaging. The company also showed off HP 2580 ink for single and bulk printhead solutions, which complies with GMP regulations for food and pharma coding and marking on non-porous surfaces.

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