HP’s new photo printing solutions at CEIF 2020

Announces silver inks for the first time in India

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HP Indigo 7900 digital press
HP Indigo 7900 digital press

At Photofair 2020, HP Inc. introduced new photo printing solutions such as HP Indigo printed premium-quality photo products along with silver inks for the first time in India. Along with this, HP also showcased the automation tools to increase efficiency and lower environmental impact, thus enabling photo professionals to replace silver halide production for business growth. The new solution offers industry’s best level of quality with HP Indigo LEP-based digital photo production, including the new HP Indigo HDFM screening technology for smoother prints with increased detail.

Photofair offers a great opportunity for us to showcase our innovations to the end users and help them better understand the HP Indigo technology. Setting a benchmark the HP Indigo double side, non-tearable and weather-proof prints, B2 size albums, VPVG albums have become a new standard in the photo industry today and that is a testament to the embodied trust of our end users.We continue to aim at constantly pioneering for the industry with our innovations in this segment, which are aimed to increase productivity, helping our customers grow their business and make it profitable,” says A Appadurai, country manager, Indigo and PageWide Web Press, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Inc. India & Sri Lanka.

HP’s Indigo technology replacing silver halide photo solution offers a wide range of applications, media and finishing options, offers up to 35,000 cut photos/hour (10 cm x 15 cm) in true photo quality, silver-free technology, CO2 neutral press manufacturing process, consumables recycling program. It also offers printing of albums in 25 different sizes. Other highlights include a wide portfolio of HP Indigo digital presses and workflow solutions for transforming photo production to digital from silver-halide processes. HP Indigo aids in lowering environmental impact with silver-free technology, CO2 neutral manufacturing, and consumables recycling. The HP PrintOS Site Flow helps industrialize digital photo printing by automating and driving high volumes of photo job printing.

Visitors at CEIF 2020 got the opportunity to experience the latest innovations from HP, which included the introduction of silver inks only for the Indian photo industry, B2 size photo albums, photo AI tool for face recognition, and HP Indigo 7900 Digital Press in action at HP’s stand.

HP Indigo 12000 HD digital press for premium sheetfed photo quality

The high definition imaging system for the B2-sized HP Indigo 12000 HD digital press doubles image resolution for sharper, smoother, finer print, enabling print service providers to surpass offset quality and open new digital possibilities in high-end photo, including for photo prints, photo books, holiday cards and calendars. HP also offers dedicated photo inks, such as vivid green and vivid pink, light black, light cyan and light magenta, for more professional and innovative photo products on HP Indigo presses.

HP Indigo 7900

The HP Indigo 7900 digital press is the SRA3+ format digital sheetfed press that keeps customers a step ahead with major innovations in print quality, intelligent automation and media versatility to reach the highest levels of productivity. It prints on speciality substrates, including canvas, synthetics, lenticular and metallized media. The press consists of a new super fine blanket for even and better photo quality, the new binary ink developers and Photo specialty software. On-press priming enables printing on virtually any paper for new production possibilities.

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