Presort.com November 7, 2016 Printing/Imaging
CHICAGO — November 7, 2016 — At Pack Expo 2016, HP Inc. has announced new worldwide customer installations of the HP Indigo 20000 digital press. The press boasts an installed base that has more than doubled since drupa 2016 and now stretches across six continents, demonstrating HP’s pivotal role in driving global digital adoption with leading labels and packaging converters.
Helping flexible packaging converters address high-performance packaging applications, such as retort pouches, Pack Ready Coating is the first commercially-available solution from the HP Indigo Pack Ready ecosystem.
Additionally, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can now leverage the HP Bulk Solvent Ink System to develop printers for the coding and marking sector, with the new system offering superior print quality, low cost per copy and minimal user intervention in high-volume production environments.
“Steady demand for customized, short-run packaging is driving a paradigm shift in the packaging industry, and converters are seeking solutions to maintain profitability in the face of change,” says Alon Bar-Shany, GM, Indigo division, HP Inc. “Leading converters worldwide are turning to HP’s proven digital labels and packaging printing portfolio, including the HP Indigo 20000 and end-to-end solutions like Pack Ready Coating and the HP Bulk Solvent Ink System, to not only adapt, but thrive in today’s packaging market.”
Leading Converters Worldwide Choose the HP Indigo 20000
Alabama-based ColorMasters, an innovative flexible packaging converter serving the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market for 30 years, recently installed an HP Indigo 20000 digital press. The company is using the press to provide high-quality, high-performance packaging to food and beverage brands, with a focus on meeting the demanding delivery requirements of today’s retail environments.
“ColorMasters’ clients now require customized, smaller-quantity packaging with faster speed-to-market, which is challenging to deliver efficiently and cost-effectively with our legacy equipment,” said Mark Pfeiffer, sales director, ColorMasters LLC. “The HP Indigo 20000 digital press offers increased ease of use with ‘art file-to-print’ capabilities and will allow us to improve margins with reduced waste and makeready, while opening up new high-value application opportunities.”
Other recent HP Indigo 20000 customer installations include:
These customers, among others, are leveraging the HP Indigo 20000 digital press to produce a wider variety of labels and packaging applications while also shifting production timelines from weeks to days with just-in-time delivery in the exact quantities needed. The press also enables an expanded color gamut, automated color matching, as well as One Shot Technology for consistent, high-quality results.
Packaging solutions unveiled at drupa 2016 now commercially available
HP is announcing commercial availability of HP Indigo Pack Ready Coating, the first commercially available solution from the HP Indigo Pack Ready ecosystem, which enables HP indigo printed and laminated material to support high-performance flexible packaging applications such as retort pouches. Retort pouches, used to package heat-treated food, are the fastest-growing application in flexible packaging industry, and are now addressable with digital printing technology for the first time with Pack Ready Coating.
“We began evaluating HP Indigo Pack Ready Coating several months ago, and were most interested in how the new technology could help us deliver more innovative high-performance applications as well as reduce time-to-market for our customers,” says Othmar Wohlhauser, chief technology officer, Wipf AG. “Our customers are already impressed with the performance of the digitally-printed retort pouches, and we truly believe that the new Pack Ready Coating technology – in combination with our existing HP Indigo 20000 – is a true game-changer for the industry.”
Also now commercially available, the new HP Bulk Solvent Ink System leverages reliable HP Thermal Inkjet 2.5 Printhead Technology for high-volume industrial coding and marking applications for packaging, providing clear, legible small-character printing. The HP Bulk Solvent Ink System features a new easy-to-use print cartridge and a 400-ml ink cartridge for a maintenance-free, high-uptime production environment with lower total cost of ownership.
The modular system, proven components, reference documentation and engineering support, enable HP OEM customers to develop printers for the coding and marking sector with increased design flexibility, shorter time to market and a lower investment. HP collaborated with Inc.jet and HSA Systemsto develop the new HP Bulk Solvent Ink System.
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