Graphic Arts News Advisory: October 29, 2012

HP Announces Print Cartridge for Semiporous Substrates in Industrial Applications

CHICAGO, Oct. 29, 2012 — HP today introduced a new cost-effective print cartridge with fast-drying ink for printing on semiporous and some nonporous substrates used in product identification coding and marking, mail addressing and variable data imprinting.

The new HP Black 2570 Print Cartridge with HP solvent ink is sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for use in their industrial printing platforms. Benefits of the new product include:

  • Ability to address applications requiring printing on semiporous and some nonporous substrates.
  • Increased productivity with fast dry times(1) and a long decap time that reduces maintenance between jobs.
  • More prints compared to aqueous-based print cartridges due to smaller drop volume.(2)

Samples produced using the HP Black 2570 Print Cartridge are on display at Pack Expo 2012in the HP booth (No. N5540).

Reliable quality and ease of use


The HP Black 2570 Print Cartridge can be left uncapped for long periods of time without requiring maintenance. This benefit enables intermittent industrial printing, immediate start-up and limited printhead servicing between print jobs. The quick dry time also minimizes the need for dryer assistance, lowering overhead costs.

With a smaller drop volume, less ink is needed to print with high optical density for text printing such as lot codes as well as two-dimensional barcodes on food and pharmaceutical packaging.(3)

“The HP 2570 cartridge enables manufacturers to print small text and 2-D barcodes on some nonporous substrates,” said Kathy Tobin, vice president and general manager, Specialty Printing Systems, HP. “OEMs can now print on a broader range of substrates, allowing them to expand into new application areas and grow their business.”


Boosting production efficiency


When looking for a solution to meet its intermittent printing needs, Signature Seasonings, a full-service custom spice and seasoning company, turned to RSI, an HP OEM partner. RSI has integrated the HP Black 2570 Print Cartridge into its RSI Hydra printing platform, which Signature Seasonings uses to mark small character lot numbers on spice bottles.

With Signature Seasoning’s old printing technology, the maintenance required to start and stop each print run contributed to costly downtime and wasted supplies. Now the company reliably prints accurate and legible tracking codes with increased production efficiency and the ability to print on a wider selection of substrates.

“When our team is ready to start printing, we just give the printhead a quick wipe and it’s ready to go,” said Jay Neuhoff, vice president, Signature Seasonings. “Downtime really isn’t an issue.”

Adding to the ease of use, the HP cartridge is self-contained and has an easy snap-in/snap-out design, so customers can quickly replace it and reduce time-consuming routine maintenance. This feature allows anyone at Signature Seasonings to learn to operate and maintain the printer in a matter of minutes.

RSI Hydra also benefits from the range of nonporous media compatible with the HP 2570 cartridge. Signature Seasonings plans to expand its use of the RSI Hydra to print directly onto corrugated cases and flexible plastic bags as well as its seasoning bottles.

Portfolio of inks


HP also announced the availability of the HP Black 2531 Dye Print Cartridge. Using Original HP ink, the cartridge is a low-maintenance solution that provides a long decap time for intermittent printing of product identification coding and marking. The HP Black 2531 Dye Print Cartridge prints with a resolution of up to 600 dpi on uncoated, porous substrates used in pharmaceutical and food packaging applications.

Additional information about the new HP Black 2570 Print Cartridge, HP Black 2531 Dye Print Cartridge and other HP specialty printing supplies is available at www.hp.com/go/oeminkjet, on the HP Graphic Arts YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/hpgraphicarts, or through the HP Graphic Arts Twitter Feed at www.twitter.com/hpgraphicarts.


(1) Dry time may be improved on some media with dryer assistance.
(2) HP 2570 Print Cartridge has a drop volume of approximately 16pl compared to HP 45A aqueous ink with a drop volume of 30pl.
(3) Packaging identification restrictions apply for medical devices, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food; substances intended for consumption, veterinary health and nutritional products; or any similar items regulated by the FDA or by laws or requirements of regulatory authorities relating to food and pharmaceuticals in other jurisdictions. The original equipment manufacturer is responsible for meeting all applicable laws and regulations.


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