Last year, Vanguard purchased an HP Scitex 15500 Press for its digital display business. More than 70% of the company’s business is in retail display.
Vanguard is expanding its Kansas City operations with an investment in state-of-the-art packaging conversion technologies. The company is adding 50,000 square feet to its current production facility and leasing a new 50,000-square-foot building dedicated strictly to digital print, with the C500 as its centerpiece. The company is also investing in a new Apstar rotary die cutter.
The press’ approximately one million nozzles with 6x redundancy reduce nozzle-out lines are often found in alternative piezo inkjet technologies. The C500’s unique Corrugated Grip technology offers the handling of industry grade boards for smooth production flow while its Virtual Belt technology delivers accurate media motion for high-quality digital print.
“We are committed to providing our clients with the industry’s leading solution for primary and secondary packaging of food, beverage, and sensitive products,” Vanguard CEO Mark Mathes said. “After researching other inkjet presses using UV-curable inks, we have the highest confidence in HP’s true water-based inks to provide our clients with a robust and trusted digital solution.”
HP’s water-based inks meet stringent food safety requirements like Nestlé guidance, Swiss Ordinance, EuPIA, and USDA FDA 21 CFR.
"Sensitive" packaging applications are those in which odor, health, and safety concerns increase the appeal of HP PageWide’s odorless water-based inks. Sensitive products include pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, pet foods, infant care, toys, and personal care. Increasingly, brand owners in these product categories are looking at Nestlé and Swiss Ordinance food-safety requirements as a foundation for their non-food product packaging.
“For our digitally printed packaging, we just don’t want the migration or odor risks associated with inks using photoinitiators,” said Mathes. “We only trust water-based inks.”
Vanguard qualified for three ISO certifications as well as British Retail ConsortiumStandard for Food Safety, which is a GFSI benchmarked standard.