The 22mm wide-swath print head has been designed for high-speed, high-resolution marking needs, including 1D and 2D bar codes, enabling brands to benefit from advanced product identification, anti-counterfeiting, and track and trace.
The announcement was made at Sinopack in China.
Manufactured by HP Specialty Printing Systems using HP Thermal Inkjet Technology, the new print head can be easily integrated into OEM printing systems and configured to specific applications.
It supports a wide range of stitch-free product coding and marking applications for secondary packaging, including pharmaceutical labels and cartons, secondary box label replacement, as well as variable data printing.
‘Product identification is used increasingly in manufacturing and supply chains to help brand owners protect products. Smart barcodes and more data-rich codes require high print quality,’ said Annette Friskopp, general manager, HP Specialty Printing Systems, HP Inc. ‘HP is bringing advanced technology to protect products with the new HP 22mm print head and inks.'
The print head achieves the highest level of bar code reading scores, readable from smartphones to a handheld scanner, required in product distribution and logistics.
Additional benefits include:
- A 775ml ink supply cartridge can be connected to as many as four print heads at once, to meet production needs.
- Horizontal and vertical firing position provides flexibility for a range of applications.
- Fast printing speeds up to 150m/min at 1200 x 600 dpi.
- The print head can be replaced in minutes without specific operator training, allowing continuous production.
- The print head will be commercially available in the second half of 2018.
Additionally, HP announced its HP2580 ink for food and pharma packaging has received the European Printing Ink Association’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for Printing Inks for Food Contact Materials (2017). This is for printing product identification text and bar codes on food and pharmaceutical packaging, in compliance with applicable regulations and commonly referenced industry standards.