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systems (HP Scitex, Durst, Mimaki, swissQprint, etc.). However, this
is more due to the fact that, until now, there have not been many
systems available on the market that could be used for corrugated.
But this will be changing relatively quickly, due to providers, such as
BOBST or the HP/KBA joint venture, both of which will be exhibiting
at drupa later this year.
And the large players in the industry very clearly see the advantages
of being able to respond to market requirements more quickly and
thus being able to offer a higher level of service. The use of digital
technology is also helping to optimize workflows and potentially
redesign production sites—following the principle of using the right
technology for the right jobs.
DIGITAL COLOSSUS IN PREPRINT
Following about two years of development, HP and KBA presented
the world’s first HP PageWide Web Press T1100S to a group of visitors
in Würzburg, Germany in November 2015. This gigantic inkjet rota-
tion with a web width of 9-ft. and digital preprinting of the top layer
is opening up new options for the flexible production of corrugated
packaging in different sizes and run lengths that were not economi-
cally feasible before.
“Finishers and their customers need to develop both customer appro-
priate and effective packaging while reducing costs,” comments Eric Wi-
esner, general manager, PageWide Web Press Division at HP. “With the
combined expertise of HP and KBA, we have now launched the world’s
most productive roll printing press for corrugated. The HP PageWide
Web Press T1100S allows finishers in the high end sector to offer added
value by combining preprint and digital printing in one machine.”
The first customer for the HP T1100S was DS Smith Packaging. The
company was interested because in comparison to standard analog print-
ing technologies, the system offers considerably greater productivity and
flexibility, particularly with small and medium sized runs. Thanks to its
high productivity of more than 320,000 sq. ft. of printed area per hour, the
press can be used cost effectively for large runs as well.
Another current example in the corrugated card market comes from
BOBST. At drupa in 2012, CEO Jean-Pascal Bobst announced his
company was developing a digital printing system. The project, kept
secret, is now in use with beta testers just a little more than three
years later, specifically at Model in Switzerland and at Schumacher in
Germany. This industrial digital solution for printing packaging and
displays made from corrugated material uses Kodak’s Stream Inkjet
technology and offers not only intense color reproduction and one of
the highest print resolutions available, but also functions with food
compatible printing inks.
The digital sheet press designed for 4-color printing on a wide range
of uncoated and coated corrugated permits the personalization of
large and small runs of packaging and displays at high speeds. At an
outstanding speed of up to 650 fpm, the new press delivers high quali-
ty on sheets up to a maximum size of 4.3-ft. by 6.9-ft.
Visitors to drupa 2016 will certainly see several solutions that demon-
strate the implementation of digital technology in the packaging
industry. One example of this is Benny Landa’s nanotechnology that
attracted great attention as a shell model in 2012. This year, it will be
shown with a complete system for packaging production. n
About the Author: Michael Seidl is the publisher and editor in chief
of various specialist publications in Central and Eastern Europe. These
include media such as Print & Publishing and Packaging and Visual
Here is where to find the companies listed in this story at
Xeikon’s 3000. The firm has more than 300 digital presses installed
worldwide, with 50 percent of its sales coming from the packaging sector.
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