HP shows new digital corrugated press

HP has used the Interpack show to launch a new digital press, the HP Scitex 15000 Corrugated Press. It is essentially a further development of the FB10000 flatbed that was launched last year. It uses the same HDR (High Dynamic Range), which is essentially greyscaling, and the same HDR240 Scitex Inks. It can run at up to 600 sqm/hr.

It has an integrated automatic media loader that handles up to four media stacks side by side, optimised for use with corrugated sheets without operator intervention.

It should be available by 1st November this year.

HP has also announced an agreement with Comexi Group, a leading flexible packaging machinery manufacturer, to develop a dedicated lamination solution. Optimised for the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press, the Comexi NEXUS L20000 will offer advanced solvent-free lamination, delivering shorter time to market with reduced waste and environmental impact.

Both the Indigo 20000 and 30000 presses announced in 2012 should ship commercially this quarter. There are already six installations worldwide. New customers include California-based Emerald Packaging, which will use an Indigo 20000 Digital Press to enter the snack food, candy, health care and cosmetics markets, and Netherlands-based Flach Packaging, a producer of folding cartons, labels and disposables, which has ordered an Indigo 30000 for quick turnaround work.

In addition, HP is also working on a new configuration of its T-series inkjet web presses for use with folding carton for the packaging market. HP says that it is working with leading packaging converters to validate the technology in terms of quality, flexibility and economics.

 


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