HP recently announced upgrades, certifications and workflow solutions for its large-format sign and display portfolio, to help print service providers (PSPs) grow their businesses and explore new markets.
In recent years, many large-format print shops have transformed their business models, which offer new high-value applications and seek to avoid commoditisation. This transformation has been driven by technology advances that help PSPs move beyond sign and display to a diverse range of applications. No matter the market, clients increasingly demand high-quality output with faster turnaround times, which require PSPs to embrace the flexibility and versatility of digital to remain successful.
"Large-format PSPs are working in a changing marketplace, challenging them to step outside of their application comfort zone to meet client demand," said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, Large-Format Sign and Display Division, HP."HP is introducing a variety of new offerings at SGIA to help our customers meet production demands, while also empowering them to confidently move into high-value markets, such as retail, interior décor and fleet graphics."
New varnish ink for HP Scitex Enhanced Color Pack
HP FB225 Scitex Varnish Ink is the latest ink option introduced for the HP Scitex FB7500/7600 Enhanced Color Pack.
The new ink allows HP Scitex FB7500/FB7600 Industrial Press users to add spot or full varnish, create embossed text and images, as well as expand the colour gamut. The integrated varnish ink helps protect against rubbing, scratches and water damage while creating cost and workflow efficiencies.
Enhancements, certifications for higher-value Latex applications
Helping PSPs capture share of the growing custom wall décor market, the HP WallArt Solution includes a feature to create canvas projects. This easy-to-use, cloud-based web service provides print-ready files and step-by-step installation instructions. This allows PSPs to design themselves or work with customers through the cloud to produce customised interior décor applications, such as mounted canvas prints and wallcoverings.
Increasing production efficiencies, the HP SmartStream Production Analyzer 2.0 for HP Scitex Industrial Presses includes improvements to the job dashboard and job summary report, as well as the ability to set productivity targets. With a more detailed dashboard interface, operators can record notes, giving production managers a complete picture of job production. The job report summary groups all related projects together to be viewed and exported to management information systems software for further analysis.
Compatible with HP Latex and Scitex printers and presses, the HP Scitex Caldera GrandRIP+ Software solution now includes EasyMedia Module, Caldera's integrated International Color Consortium (ICC) profile builder based on Xrite i1Prism V2 technology. Caldera EasyMEDIA allows users to create ICC profiles, creating a smoother workflow with enhanced colour consistency across output.