HP Rolls Out ‘World’s Most Advanced’ Label, Package Printer, Indigo 6900 Digital Press

HP Inc. today launched what it’s calling “the world’s most advanced digital system” for printing labels and packaging, the HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press, which features Pack Ready for Labels for enhanced resistance, HP Indigo ElectroInk Silver, and a new high-performance Digital Front End.

HP also announced that its HP PageWide C500 Press will begin shipping next month to customers worldwide.

Santi Morera, global head of HP Inc.’s Graphics Solutions Business, commented: “The expansion follows the largest packaging deal ever for HP Indigo with ePac. Our customers are growing fast across all segments and are experiencing massive success. They are leveraging HP technology to innovate and deliver on brands’ evolving needs. These new technologies we are launching are needed now more than ever and will allow our customers to be more productive.”

Bottle labels printed by HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press.

HP says the Indigo 6900 Digital Press increases the addressable label-printing market while offering higher revenue per meter, including:

  • Pack Ready for Labels for the production of high-resistance labels for food, household, chemical, and pharma labels. Four beta sites are producing commercial jobs.
  • New HP Indigo ElectroInk Silver, now commercially available, delivers metallic effects across a wide color gamut, similar to Pantone 877.
  • HP Indigo ElectroInk Invisible Blue and Yellow visible under UV light for brand protection and promotional labels.
  • Integration with the HP Indigo GEM embellishment unit, the first fully digital, one-pass label printing and embellishment solution for spot, tactile, foil, holograms, mini textures and lamination.

Additionally, the  HP Production Pro for Indigo Labels and Packaging is now included with the HP Indigo 6900 and rolling out this year to HP Indigo’s entire Labels and Packaging portfolio. Featuring five times faster RIP power and the Esko Color Engine, the Digital Front End provides is said to provide extensive productivity and scalability for continuous digital production printing, to allow converters to scale and manage their digital production printing across multiple presses and multiple sites, increase the number of jobs per day, and shorten delivery cycles.

Pack Ready Laminator Commercially Available

For the HP Indigo 20000 flexible packaging press, the HP Indigo Pack Ready Laminator is now commercially available. Pack Ready Lamination allows for immediate time-to-market of HP Indigo digitally printed flexible packaging by eliminating the use of adhesives. The Pack Ready Laminator is manufactured and supplied by Karlville.

Extended Capabilities for the HP Indigo 30000

The HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press is said to provide converters with an opportunity to build new profitable businesses that leverage cost-effective short print runs and added value long-run print production. The new capabilities and improved performance include:

  • Increased productivity to enable dozens of folding carton jobs per day and up to 1 million B2 sheets per month.
  • The widest folding carton application span on one press, leveraging wide media range from paperboards to metalized, synthetic, and transparent media, new security features like micro-text and micro QR-codes, and new automatic mass customization and personalization capabilities.
  • The Tresu iCoat 30000, sold and serviced by HP Indigo, for one robust folding carton production line.
  • Digilinck, a folding carton converter based in Deinze, Belgium, is adding a second HP Indigo 30000 digital press.

“The Folding cartons market is changing and our customers expect speedy delivery and lower inventory levels. The HP Indigo 30000’s high flexibility and offset matching quality allow us to seize this opportunity and build a new profitable digital business, offering short turnaround-time and economic production of short-run healthcare packages,” said Vincent Oosterlinck, Owner, Digilinck. “Since installing the press, our business grew by 66 percent in the last three years.”

Corrugated Package-Printing Market

HP also announced that Kiwiplan, a leading MIS/MES software solutions provider for corrugated and rigid package printing, will be fully integrated, keeping the HP PageWide C500 presses running at optimum capacity, while helping customers to save time and costs through production and supply chain efficiency.

Five customers in Europe and the United States have purchased the HP PageWide C500 Press for direct-to-board post-print corrugated production printing. HP will ship the first unit next month.

Using HP’s high-performance single-pass thermal inkjet printing technology, the HP PageWide C500 is said to provide 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.

The HP PageWide C500 uses HP CV150 Water-Based Inks, which contain no UV-reactive chemistries. HP says that these true water-based inks allow corrugated converters to print primary and secondary food-related packaging without an additional barrier, and the solution enables compliance with the most stringent global food safety regulations and industry guidelines.

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