HP and Comexi Group Introduce first dedicated end-to-end
lamination solution for digitally printed flexible Packaging.
HP has released details concerning a strategic agreement it has entered into with Comexi Group, a leading flexible packaging machinery manufacturer, to develop a dedicated lamination solution optimised for the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press.
Lamination is a major part of the flexible packaging conversion process, and current solutions involve long set-up cycles for each job. This impacts on converters who need to wait several days for complete curing and delivery, a situation which creates production bottlenecks and impacts time-to-market.
The Comexi NEXUS L20000 is being heralded as the first dedicated end-to-end lamination and coating solution for digitally printed flexible packaging. Available in inline or offline configurations, it will offer advanced solvent-free lamination to help flexible packaging converters shorten time-to-market, as well as help reduce waste and environmental impact.
“Shorter product life cycles and customised packaging are driving growth in short-run jobs that demand fast turnaround times,” said Ramon Xifra, vice president, Comexi Group. “The new Comexi NEXUS L20000 with the HP Indigo 20000 will enable flexible packaging converters to meet these demands and grow their businesses.”
The HP Indigo 20000 is a mid-web digital press developed to help meet the needs of flexible packaging converters for short runs. The press is capable of providing converters with the ability to produce several different items around a common design, and then customise each one by changing the colours, images and language. Additionally, the machines 762-mm/30-inch width and ability to print on a wide variety of substrates and film (from 10 to 250 micron) has been designed to give converters market versatility.
HP pointed out that going from computer to press without producing plates helps increase speed to market, improve production flexibility and reduce packaging costs for short runs. It added that the HP Indigo’s digital, zero-setup process minimises waste, translating into significant cost and time savings.
HP Indigo’s liquid ElectroInk technology is marketed as being the only digital colour printing process that matches gravure printing. Incorporating seven ink stations, converters are being told that this technology can meet the most stringent corporate branding requirements and achieve perfect colour registration on all substrates. HP Indigo ElectroInk also is safe and suitable for printing on food packaging, under set conditions of use and compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for non-food contact surfaces.
“As we drive the digital revolution in flexible packaging, it’s important that our customers benefit from the full value of digital across the printing, converting and lamination processes,” said Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manager, HP Indigo Division. “With the Comexi NEXUS L20000, converters will be able to increase speed to market to further maximise the benefits of digital printing with the HP Indigo 20000.”
First announced at drupa 2012, the HP Indigo 20000 is now operating at a select number of customer sites in the U.S., Europe and Asia, where it is producing commercial work across a variety of industries. The HP Indigo 20000 will begin global shipments later this quarter to meet demand from leading packaging converters worldwide.
Comexi Group will showcase the Comexi NEXUS L20000 later in the year, details of which are unavailable at present. Availability is expected in early 2015.
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