The FINANCIAL — 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.
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).
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:
· Print high-performance applications: Pack Ready for Labels, extended to HP’s entire labels and packaging portfolio, improves the performance against water, chemical, and temperature exposure based on a new UV curable additive added to off-the-shelf varnishes, cross-linking the label’s construction. With Pack Ready for Labels, converters can print more types of labels and eliminate costly lamination processes.
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:
HP PrintOS Marketplace: A disruptive cloud-based solutions community to enable on-demand subscription to a wide variety of value-add workflow apps and licenses, plus a community of ideas, services and more, from HP and any third party vendor. The first third party apps on PrintOS Marketplace are:
PACKZalyzer: Designed for labels and packaging, Hybrid Software’s PACKZalyzer automatically detects and corrects common print file issues such as barcode validation, white overprint, minimum link thickness, font size, and more.
AutoFlow: A smart, scalable, rule-based pre-press automation solution from OneFlow Systems. It automates repetitive actions, including artwork fetching, checking, fixups, and page manipulations helping to speed time to print.