These laminates are printed on the HP Indigo 20000, 8000 and WS6800 digital presses. HP claims that the technology provides strong laminate bond strength with zero curing time for immediate pouch converting.
Developed and patented by HP, Pack Ready Lamination was first previewed at Drupa 2016 as a proof-of-concept design, and fast-tracked into a fully developed commercial solution. The kit includes the HP Indigo Pack Ready Laminator and Pack Ready Film.
“Pack Ready is the next step in the HP digital disruption of printing for flexible packaging, the fastest-growing packaging sector,” said Alon Bar-Shany, HP Indigo general manager, HP. “We are proud to make this solution available to HP Indigo customers to help them maximise the value of HP digital print, drive brand engagement, shorten time to market, and cut waste and costs.”
Besides this, the company has also announced that the new HP PageWide C500 direct-to-board printing press will be commercially launched in 2018.
During the press event at Interpack, Eric Wiesner, general manager, HP PageWide Industrial Division, HP, said, “This post-print corrugated solution from HP is yet another step toward digital conversion of traditional printing, offering savings in waste and setup time and improved supply chain efficiencies, in addition to high-quality color graphics, easy customization, and unique versioning capabilities. The HP PageWide C500 will help converters to differentiate with capabilities that only single-pass thermal ink-jet and aqueous inks can deliver.”
The single-pass, digital post-print HP PageWide C500 solution is designed for any-sized corrugated facility for printing applications from shippers to high-quality graphics boxes, on coated and uncoatedpapers, without need for lamination, all in offset-replaceable quality.
HP PageWide C500 will also offer a fully integrated stack-to-stack workflow, including an in-line overprint varnish (OPV) solution. Converters will also benefit from a smooth integration to the HP PrintOS ecosystem and industry MIS, enabling an easy migration to digital with existing IT (MIS) infrastructure and pre-press workflow.