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HP previews B2-size Indigo digital press in Israel

Tuesday, 13 March 2012
By Print 21 Online Article

First Australian installation of the long awaited HP Indigo 10000 will be early next year with local printers already keen to be first in line.

The larger format production press is the flagship of a new Series 4 digital platform from HP that includes a web-fed flexible packaging and labels press, the HP Indigo 20000, and the HP Indigo 30000, a sheet-fed press aimed at the folding carton sector. Comprehensive upgrades to the company’s existing Series 2 engines will see it present a completely new line-up of presses at drupa.

The B2-size Indigo was announced at a pre-drupa media event in Tel Aviv by Alon Bar-Shaney, vice president HP Indigo, who described it as “hitting at the heart of the offset market.” Often regarded at the Holy Grail of digital printing, the B2-size press has eluded HP since an earlier attempt over ten years ago. It delivers the most popular offset printing sheet size to digital printers and is likely to convince many conventional printers that it is time to consider digital.

“For many of our customers, their HP Indigo digital print volume is the fastest growing segment of their business,” said Chris Morgan, head of HP’s graphic solutions business. “With the new HP Indigo 10000, we are responding to a long-standing need for a B2-size, true offset-quality digital press.”

The 10000 will accommodate the imposition of more than 98 percent of standard commercial printing jobs. It operates at a speed of 3,450 sheets per hour (sph) in standard production but can up that by one third to 4,600 sph when using the unique enhanced productivity mode (EPM) that prints using three colours without black saving time and cost. The results are surprisingly good.

With a duty cycle of up to two million sheets per month, the 10000 is a high-volume, high quality digital engine. Its production rate has seen HP enlist the support of two finishing vendors. Japanese-based Horizon has developed the SmartStacker, a dedicated B2-size cutter/slitter/stacker system for either inline or nearline operation. In a neat twist, the Currie Group in Australia represents both HP Indigo and Horizon.

German-based MBO is also integrating its K-800 folder for the same inline or nearline operation.

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