HP demo centre, equipped with DRAABE humidifiers

54 DRAABE TurboFog Neo used at HP

Hewlett-Packard Counts on Draabe Humidifiers to Ensure Optimum Printing and Production Results

At its 40,000 sq ft demo and training centre in Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona), Hewlett-Packard (HP) presents its customers with the latest digital printing technology, from large-format printing to packaging and job printing.

Every year, over 6,000 delegates from the EMEA region visit the centre to seek inspiration and participate in training. Customer Centre Director Ester Chiachio: “We view ourselves as a ‘Dream Factory’ that fosters new ideas and demonstrates how to turn them into reality with modern printing techniques.” Since 2013, DRAABE has been keeping air humidity on the right track at HP as an accredited specialist.

End-of-life for steam humidification

To ensure optimum results for print and production, the HP Demo and Training Centre requires air humidity values to be kept constant. “Electrostatic charges, changes to the paper dimensions and fluctuations in print quality all adversely influence our training and demonstration work,” explains Adam Goldthorp, HP Trainings Manager. “Another problem is that the various printing technologies and printing stock (e.g. plastic, carton) also need different air humidity parameters,” Goldthorp continues.” The existing steam humidification unit installed in the central humidification system was no longer up to the task and had to be taken out of service in 2013.

Service and expertise

Since then, more than 50 DRAABE TurboFogNeo high-pressure humidifiers ensure a controlled level of air humidification in the various areas. For HP Global Real Estate’s José Baena, the new DRAABE technology offers major advantages: “We now have optimum parameters across the various zones and printing machines. And we have also managed to cut energy consumption for humidification by over 95%.”

Ester Chiachio is another satisfied customer: “DRAABE is a very competent partner with comprehensive service and know-how in the printing industry, which makes them very suitable as the ideal recommendation for our ‘Dream Factory’ customers.”

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