GERMANY/USA – HP and KBA are jointly developing a new inkjet press for pre-printing of corrugated top liner that will enable corrugators to combine many individual jobs together on a roll or across rolls for short, mid or long runs; unlike traditional analog pre-print, every box can be different.
The companies say the high speed, high volume, 110-inch -wide (2.8 meter) HP T1100 Color Inkjet Web Press will be able to print at speeds of up to 600 feet (183 meters) per minute and produce up to 300,000 square feet (30,000 square meters) per hour. It will print corrugated liner rolls that can then be placed directly onto existing industry-standard 110 inch-wide (2.5 or 2.8 meter) corrugators.
The new digital pre-print solution is targeted at centralised corrugated box plants serving major retail brands who are increasingly requiring just-in-time inventory, shorter runs, and faster turn-around time. Digital preprint is more efficient than post-print alternatives, say the companies, and this technology will enables significant time, material, and shipping cost advantages.
“Addressing the enormous digital opportunity in the corrugated market requires best-in-class technology innovation, a portfolio of solutions, scale, and a market vision,” said Aurelio Maruggi, vice president and general manager, Inkjet High-speed Production Solutions, HP. “The new press will transform the short and mid-range corrugated packaging market, dramatically disrupting operating models and costs and more importantly create new value for brand customers.”
“KBA has a rich heritage of developing innovative solutions that meet or exceed customers’ quality expectations,” said Christoph Müller, executive vice president for the Web Press Product House, KBA. “In working with HP, we will combine our complementary technological strengths for the needs of packaging converters.”