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A long-standing key growth market, Rob Fletcher takes a look at how the latest advancements in the packaging print sector can help you score a knockout blow

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The latest developments in packaging means print-service-providers can pack a punch

Packaging a punch

As brands face an increasing amount of pressure to become more environmentally friendly, more companies are turning to packaging as a way to satisfy this demand and ensure they are meeting the green expectations of customers.

This trend has led to incredible levels of growth in recent years, with printed paper-based packaging providing a much more planet friendly option to brands compared to plastic products. With this demand showing no signs of slowing down, packaging print is only set for further growth.

Here, we look at some of the latest technological advancements in packaging print that can help those companies active in the sector gain an advantage and move ahead of the competition.

Driving production

HP recently announced a number of new developments on its HP PageWide corrugated solutions portfolio, with the aim of helping to drive the production of digitally printed packaging applications.

The showpiece advancement is its new HP PageWide T1195i press for preprint corrugated printing. Featuring new HP Thermal Inkjet printheads, the new press is designed to deliver more robust and economical production for roll-fed presses, as well as drive mainstream production and enable converters to move more jobs from flexo preprint and litholam to digital.

The new HP PageWide T1195i press features HP Thermal Inkjet printheads

According to HP, thermal control on the printheads enhances preprint system performance and helps reduce operational costs, while delivering consistent high quality at high speeds.
“Supply chains are facing pressures never experienced before, with market trends accelerated by the pandemic requiring converters to deliver faster and flexible packaging solutions,” HP PageWide industrial vice president and general manager, Carles Farre says.

He adds: “Digital packaging can fundamentally transform the corrugated supply chain for brands in high-volume and mainstream production, especially for e-commerce, food and household products.

Digital packaging can fundamentally transform the corrugated supply chain for brands in high-volume and mainstream production

“Time-to-market can be reduced from weeks using analog methods to only days with HP digital, in addition to sustainability advantages of reduced waste, and higher shelf impact with greater design versioning.”

Other new developments at HP include that its digital corrugated packaging inks for the HP PageWide C500 have completed tests and received certification for compostability in home and industrial systems. This, HP says, allows both converters and brands to improve their sustainability profile for corrugated packaging and contribute to a circular economy, in addition to printing on-demand quantities, reducing inventory waste, and lowering overall environmental impact.

The HP PageWide C500 receantly received certification for compostability in home and industrial systems

In addition, HP has announced the release of a new set of cloud-based PrintOS applications for HP PageWide C500 owners to improve their overall site efficiency and to optimise the management of their production floor.

These include the PrintOS mobile app that allows users to track real-time status and updates of job status and production; the PrintOS Print Beat optimisation app that delivers press and consumables historical and near real-time data; the PrintOS Supplies and Inventory Management app; and PrintOS Jobs which provides jobs data including consumables, substrates, print time.

Flexible solutions

Elsewhere and for print-service-providers seeking to get ahead in the printed packaging sector, Friedheim International recommends the Scodix Ultra 6000. Designed specifically for the packaging market, the digital enhancement press is a B1 size platform that supports work in the rigid box and folding carton segments.