Stunning output of the HP 12000 at drupa

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The HP 12000 is an upgraded and enhanced version of the HP 10000 which already has several installations in India. Photo IPP

There was a huge push towards packaging at the HP stand at drupa and some of the HP executives we met at the stand spoke about the C500 page wide press intended for corrugated packaging. We will do this along with our other digital packaging at drupa coverage in the July issue of Packaging South Asia that will be released on 6 July. Here I would like to speak a little about the HP 12000 press which will be released later this year and is essentially an upgraded and enhanced version of the HP 10000, a B2 sheetfed press which already has several installations in India.

Our talk with one of the HP technicians demonstrating the 12000 revealed that it will have a new 1600 dpi high definition laser array for enhanced output resolution and quality. The press will print on practically all types of media including black and dark color papers because of its built-in on-press primer and new strong white inks. It also has features such as one-shot printing which allow it to print on non-porous substrates such as plastics and metallized papers. 

The machine is rated 4,600 eco sheets an hour but at 3,650 sheets in 7-color mode. The output shown at HP’s stand at drupa was absolutely stunning and what I found particularly interesting was the quality of output achieved using only three inks while emulating nearly full color saturation and hues. This could mean a major cost saving for many types of jobs. Apparently an American customer has already signed for 25 HP 12000 presses to be delivered this summer.

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