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King Printing installs HP T300 color inkjet web press

Jun 25, 2010 12:00 AM

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To cost-effectively meet growing demand for short- and medium-run books, Lowell, MA-based King Printing Co. Inc. has installed a new HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press. King Printing also is installing a new Hunkeler PF7 Double Plow Folder from Standard Finishing Systems for streamlined, inline finishing that increases overall throughput.

"By meeting publishers' medium-run needs, the HP T300 is changing the dynamics of the publishing supply chain, reducing the warehousing and waste of the analog book printing world," says Aurelio Maruggi, vice president and general manager, Inkjet High-speed Production Solutions, HP. "Working with Standard and Hunkeler, we are providing a unique, efficient solution for print-on-demand publishing that will give King Printing a competitive edge in the market."

"The addition of the T300 will augment our capacity for 4-color, short- and medium-run books. As our page volumes continue to grow, the press will be a well suited and logical solution for the type of production we target," says Adi Chinai, managing director, King Printing.

King Printing, founded in 1978, is known as a progressive provider of short-run hard- and softcover books. The company first adopted inkjet book manufacturing in 2007, and its experience in digital book printing makes the adoption of the HP T300 platform an expansion opportunity. The added press capacity rounds out King's current installation of heatset web- and sheetfed offset presses, toner-based digital sheetfed presses and inkjet-based digital web presses.

The press prints a 30-inch-wide roll with 1,200 x 600 addressable dots per inch (dpi) 4-color-process printing at a speed of 400 fpm – a size, speed and resolution combination capable of creating 500 200-page books per hour with image quality that meets or exceeds book trade standards on any low-cost, uncoated paper, as well as on a range of coated media.

The HP T300 offers print service providers capital acquisition and operating costs, including the ability to purchase consumables as needed without click charges.

Standard Finishing Systems, through a 2008 partnership agreement with HP, sells Hunkeler devices to HP customers in North America, in addition to providing post-sales support in the field. Hunkeler devices can be used as inline postpress solutions on web-fed HP Indigo presses as well as HP Inkjet Web presses.