HP has announced the commercial availability of HP Indigo Pack Ready Lamination, allowing immediate time-to-market for flexible packaging. Characterized as “a pioneering technology,” Pack Ready Lamination creates high-quality, high-performance laminates for HP Indigo digitally printed flexible packaging without the use of adhesives. The technology is designed for HP Indigo flexible packaging digital printing on the HP Indigo 20000, 8000 and WS6800 digital presses. It provides strong laminate bond strength with zero curing time for immediate pouch converting, opening up new opportunities for digitally printed flexible packaging. Pack Ready Lamination was first previewed at drupa 2016 as a proof-of-concept design, and fast-tracked into a fully developed commercial solution based on positive partner feedback and demand. The total solution includes the HP Indigo Pack Ready Laminator and Pack Ready Film.
“Pack Ready is the next step in the HP digital disruption of printing for flexible packaging, the fastest-growing packaging sector,” said Alon Bar-Shany, HP Indigo General Manager. “We’re proud to make this solution available to HP Indigo customers to help them maximize the value of HP digital print, drive brand engagement, shorten time to market, and cut waste and costs.” HP also announced the commercial model of the Pack Ready Laminator, optimized for the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press. Now commercially designed, it will be manufactured and supplied by Karlville. Customer beta testing of the laminator is scheduled for this summer, and first units are expected to ship by the end of this year.