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HP unveils PageWide C500 press capabilities for mainstream corrugated packaging

Tech-giant HP has unveiled PageWide C500 Press at interpack 2017 being held in Dusseldorf in Germany to offer converters range of digital post-print advantages.

The single-pass inkjet press is capable of manufacturing about 25 million m² of boards per year, powered by HP PageWide Thermal Inkjet Technology.

The press is a direct-to-board digital corrugated solution, which can also print up to 1.3m wide boards using corrugated media handling solution with a virtual belt.

Customers can opt for beta testing the machine by the end of this year and it will be available commercially by 2018.

HP claims that the PageWide C500 Press has been designed to work on any-sized corrugated facility for printing applications ranging from shippers to graphics boxes, on coated and uncoated papers, without the need for lamination and all of this in offset-replaceable quality.

The new press includes a fully integrated stack-to-stack workflow including an in-line overprint varnish (OPV) solution. Converters can also benefit from smooth integration to HP’s PrintOS ecosystem and Industry MIS where easy migration to digital with existing IT (MIS) infrastructure prepress workflow exists.

Customers of HP using PageWide T400S Press and PageWide T1100S Press, Scitex 17000 Corrugated Press and HP Scitex 15500 Corrugated Press can already turn around short-to-mid run jobs and keep up with market demands, while offering versatility and now being claimed to be waiting for the release of the new printing solution.

HP PageWide Industrial Division general manager Eric Wiesner said: “This post-print corrugated solution from HP is yet another step toward digital conversion of traditional printing, offering savings in waste and setup time and improved supply chain efficiencies, in addition to high-quality color graphics, easy customization, and unique versioning capabilities.

“The HP PageWide C500 will help converters to differentiate with capabilities that only single-pass thermal inkjet and aqueous inks can deliver.”