HP and KBA are planning to develop a new high-speed inkjet web press for preprinting of corrugated top liner.
The proposed HP T1100 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press will enable corrugators to combine several individual jobs together on a roll or across rolls for short, mid or long runs.
Expected to have speeds of up to 183m a minute, the new solution will be capable of printing corrugated liner rolls that can then be placed directly onto existing industry-standard 110in-wide corrugators.
HP Inkjet High-speed Production Solutions vice-president and general manager Aurelio Maruggi said: "Addressing the enormous digital opportunity in the corrugated market requires best-in-class technology innovation, a portfolio of solutions, scale, and a market vision.
"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."
Centralised corrugated box plants serving major retail brands will benefit from HP T1100 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press for all corrugated print applications.
The new digital pre-print solution produces different types of boxes, unlike traditional analog pre-print.
KBA-Digital & Web Solutions Business Unit executive vice-president Christoph Müller said: "In working with HP, we will combine our complementary technological strengths for the needs of packaging converters."
HP Thermal Inkjet Technology helps meet converters' needs for high-quality print, along with high-volume productivity, reliability and versatility.
Image: Aurelio Maruggi, vice-president and general manager, Inkjet High-Speed Production Solutions at HP together with Christoph Müller, executive vice-president for the KBA-Digital & Web Solutions Business Unit in Würzburg. Photo: courtesy of Koenig & Bauer.