HP’s PageWide C500 Press has a production capacity of up to 25 million square metres of boards per year, powered by HP PageWide Thermal Inkjet Technology. A robust, direct-to-board digital corrugated solution, the C500 also prints on 1.3-metre-wide boards using an innovative corrugated media-handling solution with a virtual belt. Customer beta testing is scheduled to begin at the end of this year, with commercial availability planned for 2018. The single-pass, digital post-print C500 is designed for printing applications from shippers to high-quality graphics boxes, on coated and uncoated papers, all in offset-replaceable quality without the need for lamination. The new press will also offer a fully integrated stack-to-stack workflow including an inline Overprint Varnish (OPV) solution. Converters will also benefit from a smooth integration with the HP PrintOS ecosystem and industry MIS, enabling an easy migration to digital with existing IT (MIS) infrastructure and prepress workflow.
“This post-print corrugated solution from HP is yet another step toward digital conversion of traditional printing, offering savings in waste and set-up times and improved supply-chain efficiencies – in addition to high-quality colour graphics, easy customization and unique versioning capabilities,” said Eric Wiesner, General Manager of HP’s PageWide Industrial Division. “The HP PageWide C500 will help converters to differentiate themselves with capabilities that only single-pass thermal inkjet and aqueous inks can deliver.”
The commercially released HP PageWide T400S Press, HP PageWide T1100S Press , HP Scitex 17000 Corrugated Press, and HP Scitex 15500 Corrugated Press are already used by HP customers for quick turnarounds on short-run to mid-run jobs. Corrugated packaging, a more than $226 billion industry currently experiencing exponential growth, is forecast to hit $269 billion in 2021. The HP addressable market is currently estimated at $3.4 billion.