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HP Indigo 3550/5500/5600 Digital Press; Level 1 New Operator


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Course number HE787S
Length 5 days
Delivery method* Instructor-led training/Public (ILT)
Onsite dedicated training/Private (OST)
Price ILT/Public - USD $5,400 (1 student)
OST/Private - USD $22,000 (3 students)

Course overview

The HP Indigo 3550/5500/5600 Digital Press; Level 1 New Operator course focuses on the concepts, procedures, and practices required to operate the digital printing press safely and effectively. This class builds confidence in new operators who will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the HP Indigo 3550/5500/5600 Digital Press. Topics covered include operator routines, safety precautions, care and preventive maintenance, paper transport, handling of consumables, control of color, maintenance of the press, and troubleshooting common operator level printing problems.

HP Indigo training has incorporated testing for this class. An exam will be administered at the end of the class.


  • Candidates should possess the qualities described in the HP Indigo Digital Press Operator Candidate Selection Criteria guide
  • Have a background in printing technology (traditional press operation, prepress, graphic design) and basic computer skills help students excel and are preferred, but are not necessary
  • Please insure that your operator knows which press and options you have for the class they are attending
  • If you have experience on an HP Indigo press we offer Level 1 Experienced Operator training at your site HE788X


  • Have a background in printing technology (traditional press operation, prepress, graphic design) and basic computer skills help students excel and are preferred, but are not necessary

Ways to save

  • Onsite Dedicated training at your location (OST)

Course objectives

By the end of this training the operator will be able to:

  • Understand the safety and disposal procedures
  • Identify the parts and their functions in the HP Indigo 3550/5500/5600 Digital Press
  • Perform daily and weekly maintenance routines
  • Perform consumable replacement successfully
  • Utilize the press software to print files
  • Understand how color is controlled within the HP Indigo 3550/5500/5600 Digital Press
  • Successfully print on multiple substrates

Next steps

  • Three to six months practical production experience running the HP Indigo 5500/5600 Digital Press
  • HP Indigo 3550/5500/5600 Digital Press; Level 2 Operator HF314S

Benefits to you

Trained HP Indigo Press operators will positively influence press reliability in the following areas:

  • Machine stability and dependability by performing routine maintenance, on schedule and according to prescribed procedures
  • Productivity while minimizing waste and maximizing consumable life by monitoring the printing process, recognizing output problems, and implementing the appropriate corrective actions
  • Achieving optimum print quality by understanding the machines capabilities

Course outline


  • Press Safety
  • Removal of Waste Materials

System Overview

  • Removal and Replacement of Parts
  • Overview of Press Software
  • Theory of Electrophotography
  • Flow of Imaging Oil
  • Flow of Ink

Handling of Consumables

  • Ink
  • Imaging Oil
  • Recycling Agent
  • Photo Imaging Plate (PIP)
  • BID Handling and Troubleshooting
  • Blanket
  • Impression Film
  • PIP Underlayer Overview
  • Corona Wire
  • Consumable Barcodes

Pressure Adjustments

  • 1st Transfer Adjustment
  • 2nd Transfer Adjustment

Press Maintenance

  • Start of Day Routines
  • End of Day Routines
  • Weekly Routines
  • Monthly Routines

Color Control

  • Short Color Calibration
  • Color Look Up Tables (LUT)
  • Color Match
  • Color Mapping
  • Multiple Hits of Color
  • High Definition Imaging (HDI)

Press Software

  • On-line Help
  • On-Press Documentation
  • Job Editor
  • Overview of Production Manager
  • Basic Press Configuration
  • Night Mode

Substrate Theory

  • Substrate Treatment
  • Substrate Certification
  • Paper Properties
  • Paper Handling
  • Environmental Controls
  • 1 Shot Printing and Substrate Compatibility for HP Indigo 5600

Paper Feed

  • Loading Substrates
  • Working with Paper Definitions
  • Feeder and Stacker Setup Procedures
  • Image Placement
  • Front to Back Registration

Advanced Topics

  • Chiller Operation/Maintenance
  • BID Engage/Disengage
  • Imaging Oil Flow Rate
  • Ink Replacement
  • OFIR
  • Light Cyan and Light Magenta
  • Troubleshooting

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