“It’s all about shorter and shorter runs, same-day delivery, sustainability and the increasing importance of individual print products,” said Alon Bar-Shany, general manager of HP Indigo, as he presented new digital presses in March 2020.
Of particular interest is the HP Indigo 100K Digital Press in the B2 format, the first of the fifth generation HP Indigo presses. With up to 6,000 sheets per hour, it is designed for high productivity and, as a four-colour press, is primarily aimed at offset printers. ” For instance to online printers,” said Bar-Shany. “They don’t need frills, they need quality, speed and stability. We have given the press a completely new design, an offset-like feeder and a range of automation features. The machine for a sheet format of 750 x 530 mm is “Born to Run” and is suitable for non-stop duplex operation.
The press is therefore probably the most productive digital B2 solution on the market. However, the 6,000 sheets must be put into perspective: The 100K only achieves this in the so-called EPM mode (Enhanced Productivity Mode), when instead of four-color CMYK only 3/0-color printing is used with the three chromatic colors (which is quite realistic depending on the motif). In 4/0-color printing, 4,500 sheets are possible; with 4/4-color printing, the output drops to 2,250 sheets. Nevertheless, the performance will certainly convince offset printers who are looking for a digital addition to their machinery and who want to push the possibilities of personalization and individualization. The HP Indigo 100K is scheduled to be commercially available in June.