As a digital printing that replaces the traditional analog printing process, people no longer doubt its ability to subvert the traditional printing pattern and the inevitable trend, and the 16% average annual growth rate also illustrates all this well. However, under the constraints of inertial thinking and practical problems, digital printing still wears the label of "potential stock".
As everyone knows, in just a few years, digital printing technology has undergone rapid changes, and the height it has reached seems to have exceeded our understanding. In particular, its development speed that surpassed the level of lithographic fine printing in a short time is especially worthy of our wake-up call.
Below, the editor of "Packaging Zone" will share the latest technological achievements of digital printing collected with you. Here we take the two series of HP Indigo and PageWide as examples to illustrate. After all, HP digital printing occupies the commanding heights of the digital printing field.
On March 30, 2016, Hewlett-Packard Company announced in Beijing, China, that it has launched 5 new HP Indigo digital presses, 3 HP PageWide web presses, and a variety of cross-platform innovations that improve quality, productivity, versatility and color.
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The updated HP Indigo series has established a new printing quality benchmark, and the printing quality has surpassed that of offset printing. Through the introduction of hardware, consumables and software innovations, such as the introduction of a variety of professional printing quality modes, printing clarity and smoothness have been improved.
The HP Indigo series also brings new potential for printing applications: the new HP Indigo electronic inks can be used; the types of suitable media have been increased, such as synthetic materials, metal materials, canvas, black and color media, and the media thickness can reach 550 microns; Use HP Indigo electronic ink primer installed on the printing machine to achieve excellent ink adhesion. In addition, the new version of the revolutionary super customized software HP SmartStream Mosaic 3.0 provides a new color mixing capability and increases design options.
The 42-inch HP PageWide web press T490 HD is a digital color double-sided press with higher production capacity in the industry. The speed is up to 1000 feet per minute (304 m/min) in high-performance mode, which is 67% faster than in high-quality mode. It is 500 feet per minute (152 meters per minute).
The new 22-inch HP PageWide web press T240 HD has a printing speed of up to 500 ft/min (152 m/min) in high-performance mode, an increase of 25%, and a speed of 250 ft/min (76 m/min) in high-quality mode. minute). T240 HD can print up to 60 million pages per month and is suitable for commercial, direct mail and book printing service providers. Such customers need reliable color performance in a two-tier environment.
The new high-definition laser array (HDLA) technology for the HP Indigo 12000 digital printer will be available in 2017. The new HDLA technology doubles the printing resolution and provides higher printing quality than before.
All new HP Indigo digital presses and HP PageWide web presses can connect to HP PrintOS to improve print production management. It is expected that HP PrintOS will be provided to customers on May 31, 2016.
At present, more than half of the world's printing equipment manufacturers have given up equipment research and development based on traditional printing processes, and have switched to digital printing. And Heidelberg and Gaobao, who fell into the "curse of China", also joined forces with digital printing pioneers such as Ricoh and HP to grab this new piece of cake.
We have reasons to remind everyone that the future of printing must be a digital world. The old printers who are still in the traditional printing field need to replace the old in terms of knowledge. Young workers who hope to find a career in the printing field must beware that what they learn is not used in the future.
In short, the turbulent era of the old and new transformation has begun, and you and I have to work hard to adapt, so that you will not become a rush in the digital printing era.