Jeppesen, the Boeing Commercial Airplanes subsidiary has completed a multimillion-dollar purchase of five HP Indigo W7200 digital presses from HP.

The Boeing subsidiary delivers aviation charts, data and operational tools essential for the global transportation industry.

Jeppesen is in the process of converting its remaining analogue offset chart-printing operations to digital production as part of an analogue-to-digital print transition. The multimillion-dollar upgrade is expected to reduce waste and improve operational flexibility.

The five-press deal is one of the largest installations ever completed for continuous-feed digital presses. The HP Indigo W7200 digital presses are currently being installed and will be used to print charts starting next month.

Alon Bar-Shany, Vice President and General Manager, Indigo Division, HP says that the HP Indigo W7200 delivers peak digital colour productivity and the significant expansion of Jeppesen’s digital press fleet sets the stage for Jeppesen to accomplish a highly successful analogue-to-digital transition.  

Three of the digital presses are being installed at Jeppesen’s headquarters facility in Englewood, Colorado, where they will operate alongside another HP Indigo W7200 that the company purchased and installed earlier this year.

The other two HP Indigo W7200 digital presses are being installed at Jeppesen’s facility in Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt, an all-digital facility that will use the press’ faster speeds and improved ease of use to enhance productivity.

Dan Olivas, Director of Production and Distribution at Jeppesen’s Englewood facility says that one of their primary goals at their printing operation centres was to use the best available technology to increase efficiency, service and quality – the new HP Indigo W7200 digital presses fit the bill 100 percent.  

Significant savings with digital printing

The HP Indigo W7200 presses are replacing several HP Indigo w3200-series presses Jeppesen installed starting in 2004, when it embarked on a highly successful digital-adoption process that trimmed overhead and significantly reduced waste.

Digital printing has given Jeppesen the ability to print new charts in sequential order, eliminating the collation of hundreds of millions of new charts the company produces each year.

Additionally, with digital printing Jeppesen has stopped producing overruns and switched to a print-on-demand model for new customer orders.

HP Indigo imaging: Maximising quality and value 

  • Designed to meet offset-quality, application-focused production needs
  • Prints up to 7.5 million pages per month
  • Produces up to 240 four-colour or up to 960 monochrome letter-size pages per minute at resolutions up to 2,400 x 2,400 DPI
  • HP SmartStream Production Pro Print Server systems efficiently manage the flow of data to each press

Jeppesen is also installing new HP SmartStream Production Analyzer software, which monitors, tracks, benchmarks and reports production metrics enabling customers to make efficiency-minded management decisions.