HP Inc. at Labelexpo Americas 2018 will demonstrate its latest innovations across the HP Indigo Digital Press portfolio, a suite of solutions designed for labels and packaging converters.
HP Indigo’s customer print volumes reportedly doubled over the last four years. This allows converters to produce nearly any type of label and packaging digitally.
“Digital adoption is growing, and converters need more sophisticated solutions to differentiate themselves and effectively add value to brands,” said Dave Prezzano, vice president and general manager, Graphics Solutions Business, Americas, HP Inc. “HP Indigo’s platform for digital labels and packaging production empowers converters to embrace the possibilities of print to create, innovate, and grow their business profitably. By optimizing supply chain and meeting sustainability goals all while helping brands engage with their consumers with state-of-the-art automated design and production management tool – HP Indigo is helping them, and their customers, thrive in a changing world.”
At Labelexpo Americas 2018 at Booths #3226 and #3429, from September 25-27, HP is demonstrating the #wonderofprint and its possibilities with the company’s latest solutions.
During the last year, the second dedicated shrink-sleeve HP Indigo 8000 was installed in the U.S. for serving the craft beverage market.
HP Indigo customers are leveraging the HP Indigo WS6000 series presses to answer market demand. In the last year, tens of millions of laminate tubes were printed using HP Indigo presses, including a major Korean cosmetic brand that moved production to digital for anti-counterfeiting and consumer relationship purposes.
At Labelexpo 2017, the company announced HP Indigo GEM, a one-pass digital embellishments solution. This year, the HP Indigo GEM is in first stage of beta customer testing and the first U.S. beta customer is Innovative Labeling Solutions (ILS).
HP is also announcing collaboration with LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG, a provider of foils, to ensure compatibility of their products with HP Indigo GEM. Additional compatible foils will be available from K Laser Technology.
The narrow web flagship labels and packaging press, HP Indigo 6900, offers converters new solutions to enable accelerated business growth by a set of easy-to-use tools driving new applications while improving operational efficiency, according to HP.
The latest Production Pro digital front end (DFE) is now available for HP Indigo 6×00 portfolio and HP Indigo 20000. The new DFE reportedly eliminates prepress bottlenecks by delivering scalable RIP performance to process complex jobs including mass customization, security, and variable brand protection data. HP says Production Pro is up to five times faster compared to the previous versions and provides converters with a single point of control to manage production and colors across multiple HP Indigo digital presses. Color management is powered by Esko.
HP is also now offering Esko Automation Engine QuickStart for Labels, an out-of-the-box workflow solution that automates label production. It integrates with HP Indigo presses and MIS systems connecting the entire label production team via its web-browser based interface. Automation Engine QuickStart for Labels enables converters to handle up to 50 percent more jobs with the same headcount.
HP SmartStream Collage, an automated variable design feature for HP Indigo printing, is making its worldwide debut at Labelexpo. Following HP SmartStream Mosaic, HP SmartStream Collage allows converters to create designs by manipulating elements randomly. The new feature, part of HP SmartStream Designer, is expected to be available later this year.
HP PrintOS is a cloud platform with web and mobile apps connected to HP presses and printers. PrintOS enables converters and PSPs to manage and control their print operation remotely.
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