B2-Format HP Indigo Steals the ShowApril 2012
The print engine has the same basic architecture as existing models, but the drums were made proportionally larger and replacement of both the blanket and Photo Imaging Plate (PIP) are automated operations with these three larger models. Using an embedded spectrophotometer, registration cameras and vision system, the Quality Automation Suite is said to make it easier to maintain maximum print quality.
HP solution partners Horizon (SmartStacker B2-format cutter/slitter/stacker system) and MBO (K-800 signature folder) will be among those vendors providing new solutions for in- and near-line finishing with the HP Indigo 10000. New workflow solutions include HP SmartStream Production Center for managing large job volumes and updated versions of HP SmartStream Production Pro DFE and HP SmartStream Director.
HP Indigo Press Model Upgrades
The new flagship HP Indigo 7600 model offers a top speed of 160 ppm in EPM, along with innovations such as automated print defect detection in real time, light black ink for improved monochrome photo images, and on-press special effects—including watermarking, raised print and dimensional printing that simulates embossing. Those effects require additional impressions (which reduces the print speed) and monochrome clicks (up to 50 layers/revolutions for dimensional printing). The HP Indigo will be commercially available at drupa.
An enhanced version of the HP Indigo 5500, the HP Indigo 5600 has a higher top speed of 90 ppm in EPM, features “one-shot” mode for printing on synthetic substrates, introduces UV red invisible ink for security-printing applications, and offers a white ink option. It is already commercially available
The HP Indigo W7250 is intended for high-volume publishing applications with a top speed of 320 ppm in EPM and 960 ppm for monochrome printing. It is based on the W7000 but features a new print engine that is said to be more reliable and offer enhanced color consistency. It will be available at drupa.
Most of the new features of these models will be available as upgrades for the installed base of existing HP Indigo models and they replace the HP Indigo 7500, 5500 and W7000 models.
Three New Inkjet Web Press Models
Among the other product launches were three higher speed HP Inkjet Web Press models—T230, T360 and T410—featuring advanced ink and printhead technology that produces a rounder dot and more consistent quality.
The 42˝ HP T410 and 30˝ T360 print in monochrome at a top speed of 800 fpm, up to 25 percent faster than previous models, and retain the 600-fpm maximum color print speed. They are expected to be available this fall as new systems or as upgrades from the HP T400 and HP T350, respectively.
The HP T230 offers an increased print speed of up to 400 fpm in color (and monochrome). It is expected to be available by the end of 2012, and will be offered as an upgrade from the HP T200 press.
Solution partners also introduced new media for the HP Inkjet Web Press models, such as Utopia Inkjet gloss media from Appleton Coated, and ColorPRO papers will now include inkjet coated papers from Sappi and Appleton. Muller Martini will demonstrate a new 42˝ SigmaLine inline digital book production system at drupa, featuring increased operating speed to match the higher speed of the new HP Inkjet Web Press models. Other introductions include new in-line finishing solutions, such as the first aqueous and UV coater for the HP T300 series from Epic Products, the DocuVision 8600 web inspection system from Videk Inc., the Chameleon DP 42 dynamic perforation system from EMT International, a zero-speed splicer and turret rewinder from MEGTEC Systems and the RFDi Web Moisturizer from WEKO.
Finally, the color or monochrome inkjet imprinting HP Print Module Solutions image at up to 800 fpm and 600 dpi. From one up to five of the thermal print heads can be stitched together for a maximum 20˝ print width. The modules support simplex or duplex printing.
In addition, the company introduced the HP Scitex FB7500/FB7600 White Ink Kit for the wide-format flatbed inkjet printers and the HP SmartStream Production Analyzer, a cloud-based solution for data analysis and operations monitoring of large-format printers.
Summing up its success to date in the worldwide market, HP reported it has now installed more than 60 HP Inkjet Web presses, more than 6,000 HP Indigo presses and more than 10,000 HP Latex systems. PI