HP Upgrades Two Workhorse Indigo Presses

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HP recently announced that they are making enhancements to two of Indigo’s top sellers:  the Indigo 7600 for the commercial print space and the Indigo WS6600 for the label and film packaging markets.

New features have been announced that transform the Indigo 7600 into the Indigo 7800 include:HP Plastics

  • Ability to print on plastic cards and synthetics – using their One Shot color technology
  • New invisible red and digital matte inks.  Invisible red is used to create invisible bar codes for production tracking or for as a security measure for high value items.  Digital matte inks print an image on glossy substrates and mask non-highlighted areas to create special effects
  • Simplified color management that eliminates color calibrations, helps improve color consistency over time and across sites, and reduces the cost and complexity of color standards certification.
  • Tools and techniques to increase throughput such as Smart Scheduling software and new production management routines and PrintCare.

 

The new WS6800 gets the following new features:

  • Also gets the simplified color management tools that are on the Indigo 7800Sleeves
  • Automated decision making tools for EPM – includes a new EPM viewer which allows side by side viewing of the ripped data of CMYK vs EMP for a job.
  • Automated closed loop process control functions that can decrease setup times for color profiles and pantones by 75%.
  • A series of upgrades to the HP SmartStream L&P Workflow Suite 4.1
  • A 3 mm wider printed image width, now at 320 mm wide
  • Two new inks: ElectroInk Silver and ElectroInk White. The new ElectroInk Silver matches flexo silver inks and is targeted for high value applications such as paint, chemical, household and beer labels.  And the high slip white ink is for printing sleeves in a single pass.

While it’s hard to quantify the benefit of the new features they are consistent with HP Indigo’s strategy of trying to add real value for their customers.  The new inks and the ability to print on plastic cards and synthetics provide their customers with additional revenue opportunities, which for some can be quite valuable.

Although the top speed of the 7800 remains the same (160 color pages per minute in EPM) overall productivity per shift will be boosted by the automation tools included, most notably the Smart Scheduling. In lab tests simulating customer environments, Indigo developers saw improvements up to 50%.

These features are available on the new presses now and more importantly they will be available for existing users who want to upgrade in January.

Finally, given all the attention HP is placing on its new larger format presses, HP noted that customers were pleased to see that HP is continuing to invest in and improve the Indigo 7000 and 6000 series.

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