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(June 2009) posted on Mon Jun 22, 2009

High-speed presses for 4-color, vaiable-date output.

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The HP Indigo 7000 is targeted at volumes of more than 1 million pages/month. Accommodating paper sizes up to 13 x 19 in. and supporting a wide range of substrates—including coated, uncoated, and specialty media—the Indigo 7000 can output 120 4-color, A4-size pages/minute. It’s a standard 4-color (CMYK) system, with 5-, 6-, and 7-colors optional. It can hit a resolution of 812 and 1219 dpi at 8-bit. Three SmartStream workflow solutions are available, including Production Pro Print, Production Plus Print, and Ultra Print servers. Other features include an intuitive touchscreen interface, on-the-fly ink replacement, a paper stacker that supports 6000 sheets, and a JDF-enabled architecture.
HP announced enhancements to its Indigo press 5500 last year, allowing for greater productivity. The 5500 added: an additional feeder, an in-line connection to the HP Indigo UV Coater, a kit for enabling printing on thicker media up to 450 microns, and a range of SmartStream print servers. The press, aimed at shops with average monthly volumes in the 300,000-1 million pages/month range, can reach speeds up to 68 ppm in 4-color mode and can handle media up to 13 x 19 in. The 5500 accommodates 4-color process (CMYK), 6-color IndiChrome (CMYKOV), and 6-color photo imaging (CMYKcm); like the 7000, it can hit 812 and 1219 dpi.
The company’s Indigo 3500 is designed to be “an affordable, offset quality digital printing solution.” The 4-color 3500 (6- and 7-color printing is optional) can reach 68 ppm in 4-color mode and will accommodate media up to 12.6 x 18.7 in., and both coated and uncoated stock. It features an HP Press Production Manager with an integrated Harlequin RIP. The optional SmartStream Designer (in three editions) allows for the creation and output of variable-data jobs. Paper input capacity: 3300 sheets.