HP Inc. announced a new level of innovation for corrugated printing on the HP PageWide C500 Press to help accelerate growth in the digital corrugated market through high productivity and lower costs. The enhanced sheet- feeding system, now rolling out at PageWide C500 customers, has received prestigious industry innovation awards.
The new HP PageWide C500 feeder is a robust production solution designed to improve converters operating profit and reduce waste. It supports a wider range of sheets, including thin and micro-flutes, while maintaining a smooth feeding process and fast job changeovers.
PRINTING United Alliance has awarded the C500 top feeder with a prestigious 2021 Pinnacle InterTech Award for technology innovation. At SuperCorrExpo, the Innovation won second place at the AICC /BCN/CT Innovator of the Year competition in the Machinery category.
The BoxMaker, a US packaging provider that recently purchased a second C500 for its new site, is already operating the new feeding technology. “Like most converters in the industry, we need to handle different varieties of stacks that arrive at our plant. With the HP PageWide C500 top feeder’s latest enhancements, we successfully handle many sheets and stacks that previously had to be disqualified due to their condition.This allows less waste, fast time to market and better utilization of our operators’ time - not only that the automatic stack replacement time has been reduced, but also there are fewer interventions due to quality and alignment of sheets,” said Richard Brown, President and CEO, The BoxMaker.
ICO of Italy has also made the upgrade. “After successfully installing the HP PageWide C500 top feeder latest enhancement, our stack replacement time has reduced to a minimum, which saves valuable time, money and labor. With this upgrade, machine availability and uptime have significantly increased and allow us to convert additional volumes from our flexo line,” said Michelle Mastromatteo, R&D Manager, ICO, Italy.
The feeding enhancements include: Stack Topography Alignment technology to automatically compensate for uneven or warped stacks. Dynamic Stack Alignment technology to overcome vertically unaligned stacks. Smart Auto Recovery technology to identify and overcome feeding problems related to bad stacking or damaged sheets, avoiding operator’s manual intervention. A wider range of applications with thin and micro flutes.
“HP has invested substantially in the feeder as part of its ongoing commitment to the corrugated market and will continue to develop this game-changing industry technology,” David Tomer, General Manager, HP PageWide Corrugated, Post-Print.
The Pinnacle InterTech Award honors the development of innovative technologies judged to be truly innovative and expected to have a significant impact on graphic communications and related industries. This prestigious recognition alerts prospects and customers that the C500 feeder technology is among the best in the business. The AICC /BCN/CT Innovator of the Year Competition is designed to recognize innovative solutions created by both AICC box plant and supplier members that enhance the efficiencies, productivity, product quality and bottom-line profitability of the independent box plant.
The HP PageWide C500, based on HP Thermal Inkjet technology, provides offset print quality for a wide range of corrugated packaging and display applications on both coated and uncoated sheets, delivering offset print quality, for low to high conversion volume of litho and flexo jobs. Designed for producing high-quality print in demanding production environments, the press prints at 75 meter/min (246 linear ft/min) in top print quality with 1200 npi resolution using one million nozzles. The HP C500 reduces the cost of manufacturing boxes and opens new business opportunities with digital flexibility, direct-to-board printing at scaled volume production.