Variable Data & Digital printing

Efficient colour and monochrome printer in one!

–HP launches PageWide XL Printers in India

HP has introduced a new portfolio of HP PageWide XL Printers with the launch of HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer in India, offering the fastest large-format production printing available in colour and black-and-white.

Devang KariaHP PageWide XL Printers do the job of two printers in one single device, providing monochrome and colour prints at breakthrough speeds up to 60 percent faster than the fastest monochrome light-emitting diode (LED) printer. Included as part of the new portfolio, the HP PageWide XL Blueprinters are also designed to deliver more pages of translucent prints, black-and-white prints and digital blueprints with superior quality.

The new printers will enable reprographic houses, print service providers (PSPs), enterprise central reprographic departments (CRDs) and print corners to produce computer-aided design (CAD) drawings and will open new business opportunities with geographic information system (GIS) maps, point-of-sale applications and posters.

“Our large-format printing customers are continually exploring ways to improve productivity, streamline workflow and reduce costs,” said Devang Karia, country manager, Large Format Design, PPS, HP India. “The HP PageWide XL Printers deliver what our customers have been seeking for years and will revolutionise the production printing market, offering affordable, high-quality black-and-white and colour output in a single device at the fastest speeds available.”

HP PageWide XL Printers are the first products introduced under the new HP PageWide sub-brand. Based on proven HP PageWide Technology, which currently powers HP Inkjet Web Presses, HP business printers will be scaled for upcoming HP 3D Multi Jet Fusion printers, the new portfolio delivers on the announcement made last year, providing low operation costs driven by life-long printheads, high ink efficiency and cloud-based support.

“Changing customer demands have caused us to look for opportunities to address the print needs of new markets, including advertising and communication, in addition to servicing our core customer base of architecture, engineering and construction firms,” said Chuck Wingard, president and owner, Tree Towns Imaging & Color Graphics. “The HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer will enable us to streamline our workflow with one printer for a variety of high-quality black-and-white and colour jobs at high speeds and will fill the gap between our existing technology to better service our diverse customer base.”

Streamlining large-format printing workflow increases productivity

The production printing market has traditionally been led by monochrome-only LED printers, requiring customers to also operate large-format inkjet colour printers to address colour jobs. The new printers consolidate workflow to deliver mixed black-and-white and colour prints in half the time it would take to manually collate documents produced on multiple printers. In addition, a full portfolio of scanning and finishing solutions, including the HP Designjet HD and SD Pro Scanners and new HP PageWide XL Printer accessories, such as the HP PageWide XL online folder, top stacker and high-capacity stacker, enable customers to build efficient end-to end workflows around HP PageWide XL Printers and free up the operator.

HP SmartStream software for HP PageWide XL Printers reduces time spent preparing and processing jobs by 50 percent. It also reduces reprints with native PDF management powered by Adobe PDF Print Engine 3 and offers a true colour print preview with interactive HP Crystal Preview technology to turn operator efficiency into operating profit.

New large-format supplies

HP PageWide XL Pigment Inks increase print quality with crisp lines, fine detail and smooth grayscales that are superior to LED prints. HP PageWide XL Pigment Inks also provide dark blacks, vivid colours, and moisture and fade resistance even on uncoated bond paper at high speeds..

New HP large-format printing materials up to 40 inches (1 meter) meet ISO/U.S. technical and offset standard page sizes and provide quick-dry, smear resistant prints. New media to accompany the HP PageWide XL Printer portfolio includes HP Universal Bond Paper for technical applications, HP Production Matte Polypropylene to produce roll-up banners, and HP Production Matte, Gloss, and Satin Poster Papers for point-of-sale applications and poster production.

Availability

The HP PageWide XL 8000 series printers are available in India. Other devices in the HP PageWide XL portfolio will be made incrementally available between November 2015 and February 2016.




The HP PageWide XL Printer portfolio includes:

 

  • The HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer offering high-end production printing at revolutionary speeds up to 30 D/A1-size prints per minute as well as two 775 milliliter ink cartridges per colour with automatic switching and up to six rolls – more than 3,900 feet (1,200 meters) – of media for sustained productivity.
  • The HP PageWide XL 8000 and 5000 Blueprinters delivering medium-to-large reprographic houses and enterprise CRDs robust mid-to high-volume production of technical documents, including translucent prints, black-and-white whiteprints and digital blueprints, at up to 800 and 320 A0 pages per hour respectively.
  • The HP PageWide XL 5000 Printer and Multi-function Printer (MFP) providing small- to medium-sized reprographic houses and enterprise CRDs mid-volume technical document production at up to 14 D/A1-size prints per minute as well as two 400 milliliter ink cartridges per colour with automatic switching and up to four rolls of media to streamline work.
  • The HP PageWide XL 4000 Printer and MFP allowing technical work teams and copy shops to produce 8 D/A1-size prints per minute, helping teams increase on-the-job productivity. A speed upgrade option is also available which can produce up to 12D/A1-size prints per minute.

Konica Minolta made its presence felt in the photo exhibition

Konica Minolta participated in State level photographer exhibition at Chitpady, Udapi district, from October 9 - 10, 2015. South Canara Photographers’ Association celebrated their silver jubilee with this state level photographer conference and the exhibition. Old model cameras, accessories, new branded models were exhibited under the guidance of photographer Astro Mohan.

Konica Minolta displayed bizhub PRESS C70HC along with workflow software Print Xpress. The machine has been widely accepted by the photo industry in the country for printing photo products. The combination of the hardware and software complete the requirements from the photo customers to cater to various needs from a photo album to small passport or post card photographs.

Bizhub Press C1085 and C70HC have been landmark products for the photo industry by meeting the customer expectations from the photo industry and providing the productivity and flexibility to print on various kinds of substrates on both the sides of the media to provide a good looking light weight finished album. The customers also have the flexibility to print the traditional 12x36 album on bizhub PRESS C70HC. Bizhub PRESS C70HC is a very unique product with a unique ‘toner technology’. The device is capable to reproduce the colours very close the sRGB colour gamut which makes it very near to traditional photo lab quality. Konica Minolta has installed more than 400 of C70HC in the country.

Book honoring Nobel Peace Laureates printed digitally again!

HP Inc. announced that HP Indigo has been selected for a third consecutive time to print Being Nobel, a book about the inspirational lives of Nobel Peace Laureates. The book was presented to each honoree and youth delegates during the 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates event this year in Barcelona, Spain (November 13-15, 2015).

Being Nobel was written by author Livia Malcangio and printed in Germany by Elanders, which selected the HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press to bring Malcangio’s beautiful story to life because of its ability to produce photographic prints in vibrant detail and advanced image quality in a very short turnaround time.

An Italian journalist and human rights activist, Malcangio has worked for the Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace since 2001. “Being Nobel allows me to share my passion about inspiring stories of incredible humanitarians I had the chance to work with”, shared Malcangio. “The book focuses on the importance of changing the way that history is taught, learned and understood by youths around the world and the significance of conceptualising history through peace rather than war,” concluded the author.

With more than 170 images, illustrations and maps, the book details the courageous stories of recent Nobel Peace Prize winners – from Mikhail Gorbachev and Desmond Tutu to the Dalai Lama and 18 year old Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate in history, and others. The book is meticulously arranged continent by continent, with vivid photographs and illustrations. Each chapter carefully integrates stories of those who by accident or design, shaped the world history of the last 60 years.

“Each year we face major time constraints when it comes to printing the book, as the honorees are announced so close to the Summit,” said Ashley Woods, print production manager. “With such short turnaround and inevitable last minute changes taking place including the need to personalise each copy, the choice of using Indigo technology gave me total peace of mind," concluded Ashley.

ColorJet unpacking new METRO and FABJET-DUO textile printers

A truly advanced industrial grade digital textile printer, ColorJet announces the unpacking of its latest METRO textile printer, which incorporates well the latest technology and efficient engineering to meet the ever growing demands for textile graphics. Compatible to work with all types of inks like reactive acid disperse and pigment, this new textile printer weaves magic on a variety of fabrics, ranging from 0.1 mm to 30 mm, covering cotton, polyester, silk, viscose, wool, nylon, acetate and various blended fabrics. With remarkable properties, METRO can suit all the needs of textile printing business and delivers in the least payback period.

METRO has been synchronized and engineered specifically to produce the best results with pigment inks. Its unique value proposition for customers is the synchronised technology to ensure smooth firing of jetting assembly for faster and smoother productions with pigment inks. Automatic temperature control enables the printheads in this printer to deliver same print results with pigment inks, while specially integrated VPC technology ensures smooth flow of pigment ink for uninterrupted production runs. METRO delivers excellent quality prints by virtue of seven colour inks without compromising on speed.

The second innovative textile printer from ColorJet, FABJET-DUO has the ‘Power of Two’ in one machine. This printer has a dual ink supply system which gives one the freedom to choose between any two of the three inks, Reactive, Disperse and Pigment and thus by just a flick of a switch, the printer becomes a reactive or pigment or disperse ink printer. So now rather than investing in two machines, textile printers have the option to use just one machine for printing with two of the three inks. FABJET-DUO offers access to printing cotton and polyester fabrics on the same machine and also makes for a perfect solution for sampling as well as mass production. Moreover, this printer is ideal for printing of home textiles too as it has a width of 3.2 m.

According to Pavan Kumar, group director, ColorJet mentioned that these two textile printers have been developed from collaborative and inventive R&D to ensure industry needs, like smaller footprints and high energy efficiency.

Embracing digital is the future!

At PAMEX, Canon will not only showcase the complete range of their products and launch new products in commercial printing, they will also help demystify the dynamics of digital printing. Here, Puneet Datta, director of Professional Printing Products Group, Canon shares more about their participation. PAMEX comes at an appropriate time as we are in the cusp of economy, which is coming back to the growth path. It is very visible with the interest that has been slightly brought down by the banks and the lending power is more. Consumerism is back and we just saw the greatest online sales, which was a huge success. People are spending money and these growth signs are also fuelling the print economy,” shares Puneet Datta, director of Professional Printing Products Group, Canon India.

“Thus, PAMEX will help printing industry to showcase new solutions or new products to the west and there will be lot of visitors from the southern and northern regions, where the market is big. Infact, the west has almost 30 percent of the India’s printing economy. We are looking at entrepreneurship coming up. West has always been the fertile ground for printing hubs, and now they are not just confined to central Mumbai but are also expanding to other regions and going for larger infrastructure. There seems to be a tremendous growth in population as well, thereby increasing the scope of the industry,” he adds optimistically.

Talking about their participation at PAMEX, Puneet shares that they have increased their stall (E20), space that’s courtesy the timing. “We are upbeat about this exhibition. We will showcase the whole length and breadth of Canon solutions, right from commercial printing to wide format to Dreamlabo albums, which has created a buzz in the industry. We are also utilising this platform to launch some new products in the commercial printing segment. The newly launched wide format products will also be a part of the display,” he adds.

On asking about the solutions to be showcased at the fair, he replies that they will showcase web-to-print solutions, personalisation, applications on high speed machines like transactional/direct mail and specialised applications, especially formulated for PAMEX. He talked about application for schools where digital printing can be used for various collaterals like progress cards on untearable paper, bookmarks, I-cards, personalised diaries, certificates, table top calendars, name slips, etc. “These applications are there but it is how to bring printers to make use of these applications, is what we are targeting at. This helps build a brand value to a school, besides giving enough job for the digital printer. We are also looking at new segments where digital printing can be used,” he adds. He also cited another example of health cards/medical reports to be printed in non-tearable paper in hospitals for cross-reference at later stage.

Another important point that Puneet mentioned was that they are planning to work on their project ‘Demystify the dynamics of digital printing.’ “Everyone knows that the future is digital but offset printers are still wary of it. They rather outsource it as they have their hands full and they are skeptical to bring new machines which needs new people to run them. This is because finishing in digital is different. Here, PUR is used for binding as sewing is very costly in digital. So, how do you demystify digital printing. We have built a small ROI for short-runs as well. Here, we are specifically focusing on black-and-white as for the commercial printers, it is the next step. Later, we will do it for colour as well,” he shares. “We are not trying to conjure up something digital, but will like to simplify digital printing. This will be knowledge-sharing activity and create differentiation towards digital printing. Offset will continue to grow in India, despite all odds but digital will complement offset but portion of digital will significantly increase as new applications will come in.”

He also shares that a research in Europe shows that almost 50 percent of offset printers with digital printing recorded significant increase in revenue due to value-added service. While, traditional printers

who did not go for digital printing recorded a decline in revenue. “So, embracing digital is the future. It’s not a question of should I do it, the question is when do I do it,” he shares.

On asking about the growth in the digital printing segment, Puneet shares that placement of hardware in digital colour printing is growing at 10-15 percent.Wide format is gaining shape, inkjet acqueous rammed up market share from 9 percent to 17 percent. “Wide format is getting eco-conscious and UV flatbed is not only eco-friendly but also very creative. The inkjet acqueous will also see a huge demand in both print volumes as well as hardware sales. Print volumes are increasing as retail signages are increasing as offers keep on changing pretty soon. There are frequent sales and retail signages are a biggest draw. As the fight between online and brick-and-mortar shops continue, retail signages will play a bigger role, he opines.

“On the production printing side, we see a momentum in transactional printing which is fuelled by e-governance initiatives like UID project. Direct mail is coming back to hard paper. This is because every day we receive 10-15 EDMs (electronic document management) but time is getting shorter and subject line is important. Thus, many times the information goes unnoticed. But, when you receive a mailer on paper, you are bound to take a glimpse at it. Thus, more and more marketers are realising to decluttering themselves from mobile and desktop. This trend has already started in Europe and it has started with a few customers in India as well. The idea is innovation in direct mails. Thus, the overall perspective of print is positive and we are looking at how digital can be used by PSPs to add value to their prints,” concludes Puneet on a happy note.

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