Planned to print at speeds of up to 600 feet (183 meters) per minute and produce up to 300,000 square feet (30,000 square meters) per hour, this inkjet press will print corrugated liner rolls that can then be placed directly onto existing industry-standard 110 inch (2.5 or 2.8 meter) corrugators. This press will be the first solution co-developed by the two companies since the announcement of their strategic collaboration at GRAPH EXPO 14 in Chicago on Sept. 28, 2014.
Centralized corrugated box plants serving major retail brands will benefit from this digital pre-print solution for all corrugated print applications. Brands are increasingly requiring just-in-time inventory, shorter runs and faster turn-around time. HP’s inkjet technology enables significant time, material and shipping cost advantages when compared to analog processes.
“Addressing the enormous digital opportunity in the corrugated market requires best-in-class technology innovation, a portfolio of solutions, scale and a market vision,” said Aurelio Maruggi, vice president and general manager, Inkjet High-speed Production Solutions, HP. “The new press will transform the short and mid-range corrugated packaging market, dramatically disrupting operating models and costs and more importantly create new value for brand customers.”
At drupa 2008, HP announced its first Inkjet Web Press. Since then, the company has expanded its portfolio to its current lineup of 10 presses across five web-width platforms transforming the publishing and production mail market. In May 2014 at Interpack, HP announced its intent to enter the corrugated packaging market. In June, the company announced its first web-press offering for this market. Fewer than 90 days later the first HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press was installed at Obaly Morava – Czech Republic