At Drupa in May, HP Indigo will demonstrate new digital presses aimed at extending the technology’s application to the larger format sizes common in packaging production. The new 762mm wide, web-fed HP Indigo 20000 digital press and the 750mm, sheet-fed HP Indigo 30000 use the same printing technology currently employed for label and packaging production on the company’s WS6000 series machines.
Scheduled for commercial availability in late 2013, the HP Indigo 20000 is a roll-to-roll digital press designed primarily for flexible packaging. Its 762mm media width and 1,100mm repeat length will accommodate most flexible packaging format sizes, the company states. With up to 7-colour printing, including white ink, and printing quality claimed to match gravure, the press runs at 27 linear m/min in 5-colour mode (full process colour plus white) and at 45 linear m/min in ‘Enhanced Productivity Mode’.
An inline priming unit helps to ensure compatibility with most standard flexible packaging substrates from 10-250 micron thick.
The sheet-fed HP Indigo 30000 digital press offers a 750 x 530mm format size compatible with existing offset presses used for mainstream folding carton applications. Scheduled for commercial availability in late 2013, it offers up to 7-colour printing on carton stocks up to 600 micron, and can run up to 4,600 sheets/hour in Enhanced Productivity Mode, 3,450 sheets/hour in regular 4-colour process printing.
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