HP Establishes Worldwide Media Center at RIT
More Than 350 Third-Party Substrates Approved in HP Indigo Certification Process
PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 6, 2005--HP today announced that its six-year-old HP Indigo media certification program at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Printing Applications Laboratory has been expanded to become the Worldwide Media Center (WWMC) for evaluating media used on HP Indigo digital presses. As part of the expansion, RIT has installed a new HP Indigo press 5000 and a new HP Indigo press ws4050 to expand its testing capabilities.
"The new presses are an expansion of the services we have been proud to deliver to HP as well as its media suppliers," said Bill Garno, director, RIT Printing Applications Laboratory. "The range of papers that you can successfully print on HP Indigo equipment is significant and it continues to grow. Today the majority of the papers RIT certifies are not Sapphire coated. Paper manufacturers are finding new ways to optimize their products for HP Indigo presses."
Because of the active and successful third-party approval process, HP Indigo presses print on the industry's widest range of approved substrates for high-end digital color printing from coated and uncoated papers to transparencies, labels, and plastic stocks. Substrates for specialty printing include PVC, polyester and polycarbonate.
"Commercial printers who use HP Indigo presses benefit from being able to choose from more approved paper and plastic substrates than with any other high-end digital press in the marketplace," said Hans van Veen, director, Indigo Supplies and Media, HP. "This extensive selection and flexibility enables HP customers to broaden their digital printing applications, differentiate themselves in a competitive market, and add value to their services."
The certification program for third-party manufacturers continues to expand the number of substrates that provide excellent results on HP Indigo presses. Currently, 700 media solutions worldwide are approved for use -- including 80 new media approved in the U.S. since January 2005.