HP has launched its new priming solution, enabling HP inkjet web press users to print on a broader range of media, including standard offset coated media that is not typically compatible with production inkjet technology. 

Coatings used in offset papers are designed to repel water, including water-based inks used in high-speed production inkjet environments. This results in print-quality defects such as coalescence and issues with drying the ink at production speeds. The new HP Priming Solution addresses this challenge, allowing print service providers (PSPs) and book manufacturers to print on low-cost, coated offset stock without compromising print quality or productivity.

Aurelio Maruggi, vice president and general manager, Inkjet High-speed Production Solutions, HP said, ‘Customers and prospects considering production inkjet equipment want to print on a wide variety of media. The new HP Priming Solution reinforces our strategy to offer choices to customers for expanded media options, while continually bringing to market new technology that helps our customers do more with their HP Inkjet Web Presses.’

The HP Priming Solution was introduced at an HP customer open house event held at O’Neil Data Systems in Dallas. Other announcements include:
• The HP T260 Mono Inkjet Web Press, a new digital press with a compact footprint designed specifically to help publishers increase speed to market and profitably print high quality black and white books in both large and small quantities. 
• Additions to the HP SmartStream Solutions Partner Programme, enabling customers to take advantage of high productivity finishing options.
• HP’s intent to enter the growing packaging market with its inkjet web press solutions.

The new HP Priming Solution expands HP’s media versatility in the production inkjet market. Available for the full HP Inkjet Web Press portfolio, the first HP Priming Solution offers a matte finish that can provide a cost-effective coated-media solution and help increase the crossover points versus traditional offset in both publishing and commercial printing.

Components of the solution include an HP-developed, aqueous-based Priming Agent for HP A51 Inks, engineered to work with HP Inkjet Web Presses, and the Epic PrimeCoat priming system from Epic Products International, an industry leader in developing custom priming and coating solutions.

HP’s media strategy also includes HP Bonding Agent for production on low-cost, uncoated offset papers, collaboration with leading paper mills on the development of inkjet optimised papers with ColorPRO technology, and the HP Media Certification Program for the identification of substrates compatible with HP high-speed production inkjet systems.

The new HP T260 Mono Inkjet Web Press prints on a wide range of media with high-productivity and a low total operating cost in a compact size. The first 66cm (26-inch) wide HP Inkjet Web Press, the HP T260 offers an efficient imposition form factor for book production and fast speeds up to 244m (800 feet) per minute.

The HP T260 has a duty cycle of 123 million A4 sized (111 million mono landscape letter-sized or 87 million portrait letter-sized) and 211 million 152.6mm by 228.6mm (6-inch by 9-inch) equivalent images per month, extending the crossover point for analogue to digital printing. 

Similar to existing HP Inkjet Web Presses, the HP T260 offers best-in-class print quality with 1200 nozzles per inch (npi). It also features HP Bonding Agent and automation for operator ease of use.

Through the HP SmartStream Solutions Partner Program, PSPs can take advantage of a solution portfolio with leading finishing providers in the graphic arts industry. 
Available exclusively for the HP T410, Magnum Digital Solutions has developed the FlexCut digital sheeter/stacker solution. The FlexCut, which will be sold directly by HP, offers automated make-ready and on-the-fly stack changes, among other features, giving customers the ability to produce 106.68cm (42-inch) by 100.07cm (39.4-inch) sheets at speeds up to 14 440 sheets per hour, rivaling offset capability.

‘When you compare our business today versus our business in 2008 when we were first discussing production inkjet technology with HP, it’s a night and day difference,’ said Jim Lucanish, president, O’Neil Data Systems. ‘We have completely transformed our business and have grown exponentially as a result of our continued investment in HP Inkjet Web Presses, which allow us to fiercely compete in the data-driven communications market.’

Building on the innovation and business transformation delivered in the publishing, production mail and commercial print markets, HP also is developing new HP Inkjet Web Press solutions configured for packaging that will help converters produce cost-effective short to medium runs and digital customisation, deliver faster turnaround times and reduce inventory. HP is working with leading packaging converters to validate the technology in terms of quality, flexibility and economics.