US technology firm HP has expanded its digital press portfolio with the introduction of a new digital narrow web press, Indigo 8000, for flexible packaging and folding carton applications.
HP Indigo 8000 digital press provides high-volume converters and end-to-end label production at doubled speeds of up to 80m per minute or 262ft per minute.
The press works in-line or offline with an ABG fast track semi-rotary die cut unit and uses AVT inspection technology to provide an effective all-digital workflow and real-time quality assurance, the company said.
HP Indigo division general manager Alon Bar Shany said: "Leading brands are increasingly leveraging HP Indigo labels and packaging solutions to engage with consumers in targeted, meaningful and measurable ways."
The company also upgraded Indigo 20000 and 30000 digital presses, as well as launched new ink and substrate options.
The HP Indigo 20000 digital press upgrade enables compatibility with new substrates, such as polyethylene and stretchable materials, for a wider range of flexible packaging, shrink sleeve, and in-mould and pressure-sensitive label applications, including lids and laminated tubes.
An upgrade to HP Indigo 30000 will increase the digital press’ productivity by up to 30%.
Indigo 30000 press with enhanced security features such as micro text and barcodes enables high-margin opportunities with synthetic media, as well as metallised boards, polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene and polyethylene terephthalate materials.
HP Indigo 8000, WS6800 and 20000 digital presses support HP Indigo ElectroInk Premium White, a new ink that enables converters deliver a wider range of opacity levels.
The digital presses also feature a new colour automation package, which perfects colour accuracy, consistency and repeatability.
The company will exhibit the new solutions at Drupa 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany, which will be from 31 May to 10 June.