HP's Indigo Division Posts Record Monthly, Annual Page Volumes
Monthly HP Indigo impressions for both the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region and the Americas region passed the one billion mark for the first time ever last December, making December 2009 the most productive month ever in HP Indigo history.
In the Americas region, one company, Seattle, Wash.-based RPI, produced more than 15-percent of total HP Indigo print volume for the region while serving as a photo specialty fulfillment partner for businesses like Blurb and Snapfish by HP.
"Manufacturing advances such as the HP Indigo digital press are revolutionizing printing and production by making quantity one print-on-demand affordable for the main street consumer," said Rick Bellamy, CEO of RPI.
High uptime and reliability are key requirements for success in the peak season, with many photo specialty customers operating their presses 24 hours a day through the three-month time period. To ensure continued customer productivity, HP augmented its worldwide service teams for the peak season with 50 personnel from division headquarters sent to work in the field with customers.
In 2009, HP Indigo 7000 users had the added benefit of HP Indigo Print Care, a new suite of advanced diagnostics and troubleshooting tools, status summaries and remote communication offerings. HP Indigo 7000 Digital Press users experienced a significant increase in press uptime in large part because of the Print Care solution, which is now being implemented in the HP Indigo 5500, W7200 and WS6000 models.
Driving more pages with HP SmartStream
Upgraded HP SmartStream workflow solutions released during 2009 streamlined customers' prepress, file management and image-processing activities, driving more pages to HP Indigo presses.
HP SmartStream Director, which became available in May, provided PSPs with new, efficient web-to-print capabilities along with end-to-end workflow management. HP SmartStream Designer, an advanced tool for variable-data imaging and job impositioning, received updates to support the latest versions of Adobe CS4 and QuarkXPress software.