In Europe’s largest HP PageWide installation to date, the UKHO’s five HP PageWide XL 8000 printers form an integral part of an end-to-end solution developed by UKHO in partnership with HP and folding system manufacturer MBO. The new solution is being used to transform UKHO’s chart printing operations.
The UKHO produces nautical charts, publications and services for the Royal Navy and merchant shipping to protect lives at sea. In August 2014, the UKHO started its transformation project to move the lithographic printing of its charts across to digital print. The estimated output volume of the new digital printing system is circa 4 million square meters per year.
The end-to-end solution went live in August 2015. Since that time, UKHO has transformed the printing of its 3,500 unique charts to a fully digital process and is reaping the benefits of faster production speeds, improved efficiency, reduced wastage, lower stockholding requirements, better environmental credentials, and much more.