New latex printers from HP
HP Inc recently launched their Latex 500 Printer series and Latex 1500 Printer, to help medium-to-large sign and display print service providers "enhance productivity and pursue application growth areas at an affordable cost of entry".
“Many medium-to-large sign and display print providers are looking for solutions that can handle higher-production volumes and enable access to profitable applications,” says Xavier Garcia, general manager, Large Format Printing division, HP Inc. “The HP Latex 500 series and 1500 Printer set new performance thresholds at a lower upfront investment; helping customers meet peak production demands to keep jobs in-house as well as capture growth application opportunities such as indoor and outdoor backlit signage.”
New features of the Latex 500 Printer series:
More unattended printing with a new spindle-less pivot table and automatic skew adjustment to load rolls in one minute or less, heavy-duty roll handling of rolls up to 55 kg (121 lbs.)
Print speeds up to 23 m2/hr (248 ft2/hr) at indoor mode.
Highly-saturated prints using new vivid print modes with 50 percent more ink density, also featuring a new wiper roller accessory for "high-quality" results on low cost banners and self-adhesive vinyl.
The ability to perform all tasks in front of the printer, including media and ink cartridge changes, doubling available workspace.
The HP Latex 1500 Printer
The 1500 printer offers a robust, affordable super-wide printing solution, providing fast turnarounds on a range of indoor and outdoor applications, such as PVC banners, self-adhesive vinyl, textiles and double-sided prints, says HP.
Printing at speeds up to 74 m2/hour (800 ft2/hr) in outdoor production mode, and up to 45 m2/hour (800 ft2/hour) in indoor mode, the printer maintains quality prints with 1200 dpi HP Thermal Inkjet printheads, auto nozzle replacement, an optical media advance sensor (OMAS) as well as an embedded spectrophotometer. The device also features the productivity benefits of third generation HP Latex technology, delivering prints that are completely dry and scratch-resistant immediately after printing.
HP says that the HP Latex 1500 Printer helps PSPs reduce running costs and stay in control for both long and short runs, achieving more unattended printing with cost-effective five litre HP ink cartridges; an accessible print zone that features LED lighting for easy loading; as well as an internal print server and a status beacon that enables at-a-glance production monitoring.
Customers can also select from a variety of add-on options with the flexibility to only install the features that address their business needs, such as:
A dual-roll kit, which maximises productivity and unattended production on vinyl and other media up to 1.6 meters (64 inches).
In-line slitters that simplify post-processing by slitting output while printing.
A roll-to-freefall kit, which allows users to start finishing initial prints while the job is still in progress.
A double-sided day-night kit that enables users to automatically print double-sided backlit applications for color-accurate outdoor advertising displays in any light, frontlit or backlit.
An ink collector kit for porous substrates such as textiles and mesh banner.