HP reaches Indigo milestone

Richard Stuart-Turner
Friday, September 13, 2019

HP has revealed it has now installed more than 100 of its Indigo 12000 HD digital presses.

Originally unveiled in 2017 as an upgrade to the Drupa 2016-launched Indigo 12000, the four-colour B2 sheetfed press uses the HP Indigo HD Imaging System, a high-definition writing head that doubles print resolution to 1,625dpi and, according to the manufacturer, “surpasses offset quality with an extended array of screening capabilities”.

“The Indigo 12000 HD offers new growth opportunities through higher-value, higher-margin prints, along with the productivity and automation needed for customers to streamline operations and stay competitive,” said HP Indigo general manager Alon Bar-Shany.

“HP Indigo digital printing allows for customers to also help reduce their environmental footprint and reduce waste with on-demand printing and shorter runs for print applications.”

Taking all of HP’s B2 Indigo sheetfed platforms into account, including the 10000, 12000 and 12000 HD, more than 750 machines have now been installed worldwide.

Any HP Indigo 12000 can be upgraded to HD technology, which offers a range of LPI screens: 220LPI, 250LPI and 290LPI. The HDFM screen mode, available on the 12000 HD, uses randomly placed smaller printing dots to create a higher level of sharpness, which is suitable for applications with detailed images.

UK companies that have installed the 12000 HD include Prime Group, Delga Press and Printed Easy, which runs two of the machines.

Pureprint, which operates three, won a Dscoop Edge Inkspiration award for its 120000 HD printing of Brian Clarke’s Art of Light, published by Hurtwood Press. Produced on a tight deadline for an exhibition, the book was printed on uncoated paper “in stunning colour”.


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