HP Deploys First HP PageWide C500 Press for Industrial Package Printing
HP Inc. today reported its first delivery of an HP PageWide C500 Press to a customer. The C500 industrial printer is designed for digital mainstream corrugated direct-to-board printing. The large industrial printing system uses an upscale variation of the same HP PageWide color-inkjet printing technology used by its office inkjet printers and MFPs.
Carmel Frenkel will serve as the customer testing site for the HP PageWide C500 Press, now moving a step closer toward commercialization. The Caesarea, Israel-based converter supplies packaging solutions for various brands, including in the food and beverage industry.
“The installation marks a significant milestone in the launch of the HP PageWide C500 Press. This groundbreaking technology can address the broadest range of digitally post-printed corrugated packaging applications, including the growing segment of food packaging,” commented Eric Wiesner, general manager of HP PageWide Industrial Division, HP Inc.
Announced at the drupe 2016 trade show, the first HP PageWide C500 commercial units are due to be installed in 2018 at customer sites in Europe and the United States.
According to HP, its PageWide C500 provides a cost-effective digital alternative for offset lamination and flexo production. The press delivers offset quality direct-to-board with mainstream productivity on both coated and un-coated papers, delivering packaging with “vibrant graphics that preserves even the finest details.”
With its special water-based ink formulation, HP says the PageWide C500 will enable converters to print food applications that can help comply with global food safety regulations and industry guidelines.
“Unlike some other digital-printing alternatives, HP PageWide water-based Inks are 100-percent free of UV-reactive chemistries. Thus, these inks enable robust and trusted food-safe printing for both primary and secondary corrugated packaging,” HP’s Wiesner added.
The HP PageWide C500 press joins HP’s portfolio of solutions for corrugated applications, providing converters with new opportunities to satisfy dynamic market requirements, including speed to market, high customization, and short runs, and supply-chain efficiency.
HP also offers a comprehensive solution for converters to go digital, including digital workflow, business development tools, financing, and ramp-up support, as it continues to lead digital printing adoption by converters worldwide.
The HP PageWide C500 press features:
- Prints on 1.3 (W) x 2.5 (L) sized boards maximum
- Speed of 75 linear m/min (246 linear ft/min)
- Innovative HP Virtual Belt technology for accurate corrugated board handling, delivering offset quality directly on the board
- Supports a wide range of media, including industrial grade corrugated boards, from the lightest micro-flute to the heaviest double-wall board thanks to HP Corrugated Grip Technology