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HP delivers first HP PageWide C500 Press

HP Inc. recently announced the first delivery of an HP PageWide C500 Press for digital mainstream corrugated direct-to-board printing to a customer site, as the press moves toward commercial availability.

Carmel-Frenkel will serve as the customer testing site for the HP PageWide C500 Press, announced at drupa 2016. The Caesarea, Israel-based converter supplies innovative packaging for leading brands, including in the food and beverage industry.
“This groundbreaking technology can address the broadest range of digitally post-printed corrugated packaging applications, including the growing segment of food packaging,” said Eric Wiesner, general manager, HP PageWide Industrial Division, HP Inc.

The HP PageWide C500 provides a cost-effective digital alternative for offset lamination and flexo production. The press delivers offset quality direct-to-board with mainstream productivity on both coated and uncoated papers, delivering packaging with vibrant graphics that preserves even the finest details.
With its special water-based ink1 formulation, the HP PageWide C500 will enable converters to print food applications that can help comply with global food safety regulations and industry guidelines.
The HP PageWide C500 press joins HP’s portfolio of solutions for corrugated applications, providing converters with new opportunities to satisfy dynamic market requirements, including speed to market, high customization and short runs, and supply chain efficiency.
HP also offers a comprehensive solution for converters to go digital, including digital workflow, business development tools, financing, and ramp-up support, as it continues to lead digital printing adoption by converters worldwide.
The HP PageWide press offering the following features:
• Prints on 1.3 (W) x 2.5 (L) sized boards maximum
• Speed of 75 linear m/min (246 linear ft/min)
• Innovative HP Virtual Belt technology for accurate corrugated board handling, delivering offset quality directly on the board
• Supports a wide range of media, including industrial grade corrugated boards, from the lightest micro-flute to the heaviest double-wall board thanks to HP Corrugated Grip Technology.