HP Inc. Adds Host of New PageWide, Indigo Presses to Expand its Commercial-Printer Family
Following on the heels of the launch of its expansive PageWide color-inkjet lineup for the office earlier this month, HP Inc. is also leveraging PageWide printing for commercial printing, today expanding its High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) technology-powered HP PageWide Web Press portfolio with the new HP PageWide Web Presses T490 HD, T490M HD, and T240 HD, which HP says provide customers with increased print quality and higher productivity than previously possible leading PSPs to transfer more high-value commercial print applications from offset to inkjet printing.
HP also introduced five new HP Indigo digital presses, representing what it calls the “most significant HP Indigo Liquid Electrophotography (LEP) technology breakthrough in 20 years.” The new HP Indigo portfolio includes three sheet-fed presses, the HP Indigo 12000, 7900 and 5900 Digital Presses, the oversize B1-format duplex HP Indigo 50000 Digital Press, the HP Indigo WS6800p Digital Press for photo-printing specialty applications, as well as an improved HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press, now equipped for commercial-printing applications. HP says the new and enhanced presses build on the HP Indigo platforms announced at the drupa 2012 trade show.
“Enhanced HP PageWide Web Press Quality and Productivity Push Inkjet Mainstream”
Advancing inkjet printing from niche applications to mainstream commercial printing, HP says the new PageWide Web Presses are suitable for an increasing range of high-volume, offset-quality print applications, including printing color trade books, journals, retail catalogs, brochures, and marketing collateral.
According to HP, the 42-inch HP PageWide Web Press T490 HD is the industry’s most productive digital color duplexing press with a monthly duty cycle of up to 205 million pages (U.S. letter-size equivalent images), which HP says is more productive than competitive digital color duplex presses according to internal HP data. The P PageWide Web Press T490 HD prints at up to 1,000 feet per minute (fpm) in performance mode, a 67-percent speed increase compared to the HP PageWide Web Press T410 in Performance mode, and prints at 500 fpm in quality mode. Its monochrome variant, the HP PageWide Web Press T490M HD, is said to provide high-volume trade-book manufacturers equivalent offset-class digital monochrome productivity. Additionally, the HP PageWide Web Presses T470 HD and T480 HD now offer 500 fpm in quality mode, a 25-percent increase since introduction.
The new 22-inch HP PageWide Web Press T240 HD prints at speeds up to 500 fpm in performance mode, a 25 percent speed increase compared to the HP PageWide Web Press T230 in Performance mode, and up to 250 fpm in quality mode. With a monthly duty cycle of up to 60 million pages, the T240 HD is designed for commercial, production mail printing, and book printing for print providers requiring reliable color performance in a two-up production environment.
HP also notes that to date, its HP PageWide Web Press customers have produced more than 150 billion letter-size equivalent pages since 2009.
New HP Indigo Fleet Leverages Breakthrough LEP Technology Innovations
HP says its new Indigo portfolio features “cross-platform innovations that reinvent general commercial printing (GCP) for PSPs,” including:
- A new benchmark in print quality, exceeding offset quality with integrated hardware, supplies, and software innovations, including specialized print quality modes, to increase print sharpness and smoothness. New High Definition Laser Array (HDLA) technology is said to double print resolution to provide even higher print quality than before (will be available for the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press in 2017.)
- Improved color accuracy and consistency leveraging automated color-management tools, such as an inline spectrophotometer, to meet the “most stringent standards” and “turn color management into a competitive advantage.”
- New applications enabled by: new HP Indigo ElectroInks, an expanded media range (including synthetic, metalized, canvas, black, and colored substrates up to 550 micron), and excellent ink adhesion with the on-press HP Indigo ElectroInk Digital Primer. Additionally, HP SmartStream Mosaic 3.0, the “next evolution of the revolutionary hyper-customization software” provides new color-shuffling capabilities, expanding design options.
- Increased productivity and automation, allowing HP Indigo users to process thousands of jobs per day. HP says customers are able to eliminate up to 50 percent of pre-press work with HP SmartStream Production Pro 6.0, and increase throughput up to 40 percent per shift with the HP Indigo Optimizer, which supports non-stop printing with on-press job sequencing and proofing during production. The enhanced HP SmartStream Production Center is also said to simplify production management.
More than 260 solutions from more than 80 workflow and finishing partners are also available for HP Indigo customers.