A robust direct-to-board digital corrugated solution, the HP PageWide C500 also prints on 1.3 meter-wide boards using an innovative corrugated media handling solution with a virtual belt. Announced at drupa 2016, customer beta testing is scheduled to begin at the end of this year, with commercial availability planned for 2018.
“This post-print corrugated solution from HP is yet another step toward digital conversion of traditional printing, offering savings in waste and setup time and improved supply chain efficiencies, in addition to high-quality color graphics, easy customization, and unique versioning capabilities,” said Eric Wiesner, GM, HP PageWide Industrial Division, HP Inc. “The HP PageWide C500 will help converters to differentiate with capabilities that only single-pass thermal inkjet and aqueous inks can deliver.”
The single-pass, digital post-print HP PageWide C500 solution is designed for any-sized corrugated facility for printing applications from shippers to high-quality graphics boxes, on coated and uncoated papers, without need for lamination.
The commercially released HP PageWide T400S Press, HP PageWide T1100S Press, HP Scitex 17000 Corrugated Press, and HP Scitex 15500 Corrugated Press are already used by HP customers to quickly turn around short-to-mid-run jobs and keep up with market demands, while delivering more versatility. These customers are anticipating the HP PageWide C500:
Corrugated packaging, a more than $226 billion industry enjoying exponential growth, is forecast to hit $269 billion in 2021.1 The HP addressable market is estimated at $3.4 billion, according to Smithers Pira.
HP PageWide technology — with water-based HP inks and pretreatment fluids —can address an extensive range of food-related corrugated packaging, according to the company. These HP inks and fluids meet demands such as Nestle guidance, Swiss Ordinance and other leading industry standards.