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Indigo packs a label punch with new HP package

Monday, 26 August 2013
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HP has announced a new enhancement package for the HP Indigo WS6X00 series Digital Press that is set to improve press performance, which the company says will allow customers to produce more labels with less effort every month.

Touching all aspects of a label converting shop, the new capabilities improve press productivity and workflow efficiency, while opening new possibilities through an expanded range of high value applications.

The enhancement package also helps to improve the return on investment of an HP Indigo Digital Press for new customers, and helps protect existing customers’ investments, as the new features are backwards compatible with existing presses.

These new features build on HP’s strategy of delivering continuous innovation to the market to help customers increase productivity, such as the Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM) released last year.

“Label converters are increasingly taking advantage of the productivity and quality afforded by the HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press for medium-run label and packaging printing to meet the brand standards their customers demand,” said Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manager, Indigo Division, HP. “HP is committed to bringing to market new product features and capabilities that allow customers to improve productivity as well as print more jobs.”

The HP Indigo WS6X00 series Digital Press enhancement package features the new HP SmartStream Labels and Packaging Workflow Suite, version 4.0, powered by Esko, a solution for simplified colour management and automated job preparation. The new offering enables time savings of up to 70 per cent throughout the entire colour management process in addition to enabling up to 20 per cent more jobs per shift.

Key features include:

• A new colour engine that transforms existing workflow processes by automating common, time-consuming procedures. The result is quick, accurate colour management with fewer manual workflow steps required for efficient, high-quality printing.

• New imposition and variable-data tools, including dynamic marks. These tools add flexibility in file preparation, by enabling to run various workflow steps in parallel instead of sequentially, resulting in a faster turnaround.

• An additional raster image processing (RIP) choice, the Adobe RIP, which was specifically developed and optimized for Esko and Indigo technology. The Adobe RIP has significantly improved processing speeds, by up to 90 per cent.

The enhancement package also includes software and hardware improvements that help maximise productivity and increase press uptime by up to 10 per cent, including:

• HP Indigo Print Care 2.0, a comprehensive toolset that offers on-press diagnostic and remote support tools to help press operators maximise overall productivity and minimise press downtime. The new version saves users time by offering a subsystem view that consolidates all tests, diagnostics, troubleshooting and external tools. A scan-and-send capability enables easy sharing of images with remote support.

• A new set of consumables, including a new charge roller that offers five times the lifespan of the current version, new photo imaging plate (PIP) and PIP underlayer for improved ease and time of installation.

As part of the enhancement package, HP is introducing the industry’s first dedicated high-slip white ink for production of shrink sleeves, a market that is rapidly growing in terms of print volume and value. The new HP Indigo ElectroInk for WS6000 Series Presses White for Sleeves enables an even shrinking of printed sleeves without adding a high-slip spot varnish. The addition of white ink for shrink sleeves opens new business opportunities and applications for HP Indigo customers.

In addition, the enhancement package includes a new Advanced Harmonic Topology Screen (HTS 210), which improves colour uniformity and consistency for complicated jobs.

The enhancement package will be internationally available in September 2013. The HP Indigo range is distributed locally by the Currie Group.

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