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HP concludes successful Indigo 7500 beta

Jun 4, 2010 12:00 AM

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HP (Palo Alto, CA) has completed beta testing for its new HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press, launched at Ipex 2010. The HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press is built on the HP Indigo 7000 platform and is HP's most technologically advanced high-volume, sheetfed digital printing solution. The new press was successfully beta tested at eight sites across Europe and the Americas, including Precision Printing and ProCo in the United Kingdom and Grandville Printing Co. in the United States. During the three-month testing period, beta customers collectively produced more than 15 million impressions on the HP Indigo 7500 units.

"Our new HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press responds to market trends for higher productivity and longer run lengths," says Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manager, Indigo division, HP. "It offers low cost of ownership combined with an unprecedented range of business opportunities for print service providers. The ground-breaking print technologies embedded into the new press ensure that it provides superior print quality, maximum productivity and increased versatility."

The HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press features enhanced automation for maximum flexibility, producing up to 120 letter-size ppm in four colors; 240 ppm in monochrome or two colors. Its integrated Vision System delivers increased uptime through automatic hands free press calibrations and highly accurate diagnostics. HP SmartStream Production Pro Print Server, powered by Creo, is designed for general commercial printers and provides added value through a full graphic arts feature set for out-of-the-box job control and editing in single and multiple-press environments.The 7500 supports a wide range of substrates, more than 1,000 of which meet environmental standards. The press can run coated, uncoated, synthetic, transparent, colored or adhesive media, in thicknesses from 70 to 400 microns. HP Indigo offers four-, six- and seven-color printing, plus spot colors that are either ordered or mixed onsite with the HP IndiChrome Ink Mixing System. An optional embedded Universal Finishing Interface (UFI) enables the end-to-end automation with integrated digital inline or near-line partner finishing systems.

"In our opinion, the quality of print and the high speeds offered by the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press are exceptional," said Chris Nunez, director of digital printing, Grandville Printing Company. "The productivity and reliability of this new HP Indigo press has helped us to streamline our operations and enabled us to transition to the highest possible level of digital printing."

"The HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press allows us to print on thick substrates, up to 460 microns, making the production of on-demand packaging a possibility for us and the addition of the new white ink ensures that our products really stand out," adds Gary Peeling, managing director, Precision Printing. "We believe that the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press provides the highest quality digital printing in the marketplace."

"Since we have been utilizing the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press, we have been amazed at the speed in which we are able to fulfill jobs – it creates another dimension to digital printing," says Jon Bailey, sales director, ProCo. "For example, a variable-data job that previously took two and a half hours to RIP was sent to the new press in six minutes and produced in a single shift, rather than two. From a business angle, the fast production times combined with the lower running costs add a lot to our bottom line."