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Progressive Solutions Installs Two HP Indigo 7500s to Support Frecklebox Subsidiary

December 1, 2010
PALO ALTO, CA—Nov. 30, 2010—Progressive Solutions, a Santa Clara, CA-based print service provider experiencing upwards of 200 percent growth at its Frecklebox personalized children’s gifts subsidiary, installed two HP Indigo 7500 digital presses last month to address rapidly expanding production needs.
 
The presses provide the high productivity and consistent, reliable offset-quality imaging needed as Frecklebox enters its peak holiday season for personalized children’s books. In addition, the HP Indigo 7500s’ closed-loop quality control systems facilitate production of the premium greeting cards and invitations Progressive Solutions manufactures for one of its customers, tinyprints.com.

“Our company was founded on the concept of high-quality, print-on-demand service, which means HP Indigo has always been our production engine of choice,” said Mark Sarpa, president, Progressive Solutions. “Our positive experience with HP has gotten even better with the HP Indigo 7500. The press’ Vision System inspection features are a huge advantage for any company that builds its business around personalization and variable-data printing.”

The new Vision System is an integrated module on the HP Indigo 7500 that scans press output at full press speed. Developed in conjunction with HP Labs—the company's central research arm—the Vision System automates a number of the press calibration and service tasks that operators typically would perform, maximizing uptime and improving print quality.

Future enhancements for the Vision System will allow for additional calibration and automatic diagnostics as well as optional, real time scanning and verification of the printed image.

“Our end-to-end digital production offerings have helped Progressive Solutions build a strong business offering personalized keepsakes that meet consumers’ high quality expectations,” said Jan Riecher, vice president and general manager, Graphics Solutions Business – Americas, HP. “The new HP Indigo 7500—coupled with HP SmartStream workflow solutions that integrate with Progressive Solutions' web-to-print technologies—create an ideal digital color manufacturing line for this customer's peak production season.”

Progressive Solutions’ two new presses were financed through HP Financial Services. The company's work with HP Financial Services gives Sarpa more confidence in his firm's ability to expand into new markets.

“Even with conservative estimates, we can see there will be a need to install additional HP Indigos in the future,” said Sarpa. “Fortunately, HP provides us with more than presses and ink. We have a long-term relationship and the financing part of that relationship gives us the flexibility to grow when we need to grow.”
 

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