Beta customers have provided favorable feedback for the HP Indigo WS6000 series Digital Presses enhancement package introduced in August. The enhancement package includes a series of features that improve press performance, including the new HP SmartStream Labels and Packaging Workflow Suite, version 4.0, powered by Esko.
“The new HP SmartStream Labels and Packaging Workflow Suite has enhanced the workflow in our shop and exceeded our highest expectations. The Adobe RIP it features is three to four times faster for static jobs, and it’s even faster for print jobs with variable data components,” said John Dion, president, Dion Labels. “In addition, the new color engine has automated many of our processes while improving our color results. In turn, our overall productivity has increased and it’s easier than ever to produce more jobs on our press.”
All of these product upgrades and capabilities are backward compatible, creating new opportunities for converters, while protecting existing customers’ investments and improving the return on investment of an HP Indigo Digital Press for new customers.
New end-to-end solutions for flexible packaging and folding cartons
Demonstrated for the first time worldwide at Labelexpo, new end-to-end solutions for the HP Indigo 20000 and 30000 Digital Presses will accelerate the transformation of the folding cartons and flexible packaging markets.
The HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press, driven by the HP SmartStream Labels and Packaging Workflow Suite, version 4.0, powered by Esko, will be producing high-quality digital printing of multiple packaging applications, including flexible packaging, pressure-sensitive labels and shrink sleeves. The AB Graphics’ Digicon 3000, designed specifically to support the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press specifications, is shown alongside the press and allows converting of pressure-sensitive labels and flexible packaging films.
For the first time, HP also is demonstrating a full end-to-end solution for folding carton production on the HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press, including the Tresu iCoat 30000 from TRESU Group, which enables both UV and aqueous post-print selective coating. Also on display is the Kama stripping and blanking unit (SBU) that contains programmable rollers to strip waste and blank printed boxes without the need for expensive tools or cumbersome manual processes. The SBU joins Kama’s DC 76 die cutter, a die cutting and foil unit with automatic registration camera for a complete, digital compatible finishing solution.
The HP Indigo 20000 and 30000 Digital Presses have sparked significant interest from hundreds of converters and brands, ranging from family establishments to industry leaders. The solutions are expected to be commercially available in 2014.