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HP Indigo 7000s, SmartStream replace offset at Capitol City Press

Jan 8, 2010 12:00 AM

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HP (Palo Alto, CA) announces Capitol City Press (Tumwater, WA) has installed two HP Indigo 7000 digital presses with HP SmartStream workflow solutions. The company selected HP based on end-to-end production efficiencies that streamline operations without sacrificing the quality of the offset presses that the HP Indigo 7000s replaced. The new HP Indigo 7000s now print the 750,000 four-color sheets per month that Capitol City previously ran on three older, small offset presses.

"Having jobs running on three different presses resulted in issues with print quality and consistency," says Mike Thompson, vice president of technology, Capitol City Press. "Our customers demand a high level of quality and consistency, and they want it quickly and inexpensively. The HP Indigo meets all of those requirements."

The HP Indigo 7000 Digital Press delivers 120 high-quality, 4-color, letter-size pages per minute. Designed to significantly increase the break-even point of digital compared with offset, the HP Indigo 7000 is built to produce large numbers of static jobs with run lengths ranging from one copy into the thousands, as well as variable-data work requiring the "every page is different" capabilities of digital.

The HP Indigo 7000 offers one of the widest digital color gamuts available with 4-, 6- or 7-color PANTONE-licensed emulation including Pantone Goe, as well as off-press mixing of true spot colors. In addition, the HP Indigo 7000 Digital Press incorporates HP DreamColor Technologies, a certified system of color technologies and sciences that makes it easy to produce accurate, predictable and consistent color across a series of digital color devices.

"Transferring from offset to digital significantly reduces paper usage," Thompson adds. "For example, when running a job with our older offset, we needed 500 to 700 overs. Running the same job on the HP Indigo needs only 25 to 50 overs. When we’re running 20 to 30 jobs in a 24-hour period, the paper savings is enormous, and the resulting cost savings allows us to be more price-competitive in the marketplace."

The company installed an HP SmartStream Director end-to-end workflow solution with its new presses to make its digital color production operation more efficient and cost-effective. Capitol City Press is currently using HP SmartStream Director to create a retail web portal, and the workflow solution’s end-to-end functionality helps the company profitably take on smaller jobs by eliminating the time and expense of several prepress and job-routing tasks.

More information about HP Indigo presses and HP SmartStream workflow solutions is available at, as well as through the HP_IPG Twitter feed.