Chicago, Sept. 24, 2018 – HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) at Labelexpo Americas 2018 will demonstrate its latest innovations across the HP Indigo Digital Press portfolio, a suite of solutions designed to create profitable growth and new business opportunities for labels and packaging converters.
Converters need to differentiate themselves by gaining supply chain efficiency, increasing speed to market, and using business innovation to open new markets. They also need the right technology to evolve and educate brands on the impact labels and packaging innovations have on customer engagements. The continuing innovation stream across the HP Indigo Digital Press portfolio enables converters to grow and transform their business. HP Indigo’s customer print volumes doubled over the last four years, outpacing the market because of its extensive portfolio, along with the industry’s widest range of functional inks, brand protection tools, and converting and workflow management capabilities. 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 amazing possibilities with the company’s latest solutions that are transforming businesses all over the world. Be inspired in Brandland, put labels through resistance tests at the Pack Ready for labels station, see HP SmartStream Collage in action, and learn about HP Indigo’s never-seen-before security and brand protection with an escape room experience. To learn more, visit HP’s show preview on LinkedIn.
HP Indigo customers are leading new frontiers in digital packaging. During the last year, the second dedicated shrink-sleeve HP Indigo 8000 was installed in the U.S. for serving the fast-growing craft beverage market. Narrow web converters are successfully entering the flexible packaging market leveraging the newly released Pack Ready Lamination – an easy-to-use, simplified entry point to flexible packaging applications that allows you to produce industry-standard laminates with zero cure time.
Laminate tubes are another example of a market in need of digital advantages. HP Indigo customers around the world are already leveraging the HP Indigo WS6000 series presses to answer the 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.
HP Indigo GEM Enters First Stage of Beta Customer Testing
At Labelexpo 2017, the company announced HP Indigo GEM, the breakthrough 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).
“The HP Indigo GEM is a dramatic revolution in digital printing industry enabling us to bring a fully digital printing solution, including embellishments, to the marketplace,” said Jay Dollries, CEO, Innovative Labeling Solutions. “The cutting-edge technology delivered by HP Indigo GEM removes limitations allowing for embellishments to vary across labels further helping our business to be dynamic and responsive to deliver a broad range applications and creative capabilities.”
HP is also announcing collaboration with LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG, a leading provider of foils, to ensure compatibility of their products with HP Indigo GEM. Additional compatible foils will be available from K Laser Technology.
HP Indigo 6900 Latest Capabilities
Continuing the innovation, 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.
HP Indigo 6900 enables converters to:
HP Indigo 20000 Expands Application Range and Features for Labels and Packaging
With over 150 HP Indigo 20000 units in the market, current and new converters will continue to benefit from continuous HP Indigo innovations that improve efficiencies through production. The digital press enables flexible packaging converters to disrupt the conventional flexible market. It helps label converters grow their business by diversifying to additional applications and large labels. New features and solutions debuting at Labelexpo showcase HP’s ability to help converters respond to market demands.
New capabilities allow users to:
HP Production Pro Enhanced for Full Portfolio Support
The latest Production Pro digital front end (DFE) is now available for HP Indigo 6x00 portfolio and HP Indigo 20000. The new DFE eliminates prepress bottlenecks by delivering scalable RIP performance to process today’s most complex jobs including mass customization, security, and variable brand protection data. Production Pro is up to five times faster compared to the previous versions2 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, enabling customers to manage color accurately, consistently, and predictably.
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 intuitive web-browser based interface. Automation Engine QuickStart for Labels enables converters to handle up to 50 percent more jobs with the same headcount3 and meet tight production deadlines for short-run print jobs.
Introducing HP SmartStream Collage
HP SmartStream Collage, an automated variable design feature for HP Indigo printing, is making its worldwide debut at Labelexpo. Following the huge success of HP SmartStream Mosaic, HP SmartStream Collage allows converters to create large numbers of unique designs by manipulating elements randomly for unprecedented packaging impact. The new feature, part of HP SmartStream Designer, is expected to be available later this year.
HP PrintOS New Applications and Enhancements
With over 7000 converters and PSPs and 17,000 registered users globally, HP PrintOS is a secure, industry-leading 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 from anywhere at any time.
New PrintOS Advancements include:
Additional HP PrintOS advancements include: