New HP Latex 3500 and 3100 Latex-Ink Production Printers and HP Scitex 17000 Corrugated Press
May 21, 2015 – Hewlett-Packard is introducing its new HP Latex 3500 and 3100 latex-ink production-printers at the FESPA 2015 trade show currently being held in Cologne, Germany, expanding its Latex Technology production-printing portfolio. The firm is also introducing the HP Scitex 17000 Corrugated Press. HP says these new systems will help sign and display print-service providers (PSPs) and corrugated-converters increase productivity and workflow efficiency.
New Industrial HP Latex Printers for Dedicated and Diverse Application Workflows
According to HP, to remain competitive, high-volume PSPs are constantly challenged to deliver short turnaround times across varied applications, while maintaining top-of-the-line quality. HP says it’s addressing these challenges to better meet the various production-printing needs of sign and display PSPs with the new 3.2-meter (126-inch) HP Latex 3500 and 3100 Printers, which build on its more than 26,000 HP Latex printers installed worldwide.
Positioned as ideal for standardized workflows, the new HP Latex 3500 Printer handles high-volume, dedicated application production. With heavy-duty roll handling of up to 300 kg (660 lbs) and 10 liter ink supplies, HP says the printer enables more unattended operation such as overnight printing. Dual-roll split spindles also provide easier, safer handling of over-size rolls, while in-line slitters reduce bottlenecks in finishing, and built-in LED lights support on-the-fly proofing.
“Every day, clients are sending us shorter and shorter deadlines. They want better quality and longer runs. Our team was pushing the limits of our existing print equipment to meet demand and keep our customers happy,” commented Andy Wilson, managing director of PressOn UK. “The HP Latex 3500 Printer has allowed us to push the boundaries even further. The larger media rolls and ink supplies allow us to produce longer runs and save time by printing overnight, enabling us to drive down operational costs.”
Delivering high image quality for a variety of indoor and outdoor applications, the HP Latex 3100 Printer is positioned as ideal for large sign and display PSPs with a diverse service offering. Printing indoor quality at speeds of up to 77 m2/hr (830 ft2 /hr), HP says the printer can handle peaks in production and deliver on short turnaround times without sacrificing quality.
“PSPs are increasingly faced with complex jobs and shorter lead times, stretching existing equipment to meet client demand,” says Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager of HP’s Large-Format Sign and Display Division. “The new HP Latex printers further establish HP’s industrial Latex portfolio, delivering a new level of productivity and operational efficiency to help our customers fulfill even the most demanding high-volume sign and display print jobs.”
Helping customers increase unattended operation with remote monitoring and print-status alerts, the new HP Latex printers are both compatible with the HP Latex Mobile application, with expanded functionality including metrics reporting and extended language support. The new Printer Status Beacon also helps operators stay up-to-date on job status and unexpected downtime from anywhere on the production floor.
The new HP Latex 3000 Printer series is also JDF-enabled, a standard language that allows data to pass between different systems to simplify data exchange and collection, helping PSPs reduce labor costs .
HP also reports that the 3M MCS Warranty duration is expanding for HP Latex inks, and is now providing a six-year warranty for film lamination. 3M is also introducing a new UV clear coat for third-generation HP Latex inks that features a five-year warranty when used with 3M premium solutions. The 3M UV Clear Coat is expected to be available beginning in September 2015.
The HP Latex 3100 and 3500 Printers and complementary HP Latex mobile app are expected to be available worldwide starting on August 3, 2015. A new bright-white, FSC-certified HP Premium Poster Paper for use with HP Latex printers will also be available worldwide through licensing partner Brand Management Group (BMG).
HP Scitex Expands Digital Corrugated-Printing Portfolio
Positioned as helping converters address market demand for shorter runs and faster turnaround times, the new HP Scitex 17000 Corrugated Press, powered by HP Scitex HDR Printing Technology, can increase digital print productivity for cost-effective corrugated packaging printing.
The new press features the recently introduced HP Scitex Corrugated Grip and HP HDR230 Scitex Inks and prints at speeds of up to 1,000 m2/hr (10,764 ft2/hr) for high-volume production printing on industrial-grade corrugated boards. Prints made with the HP HDR230 Scitex Inks on a representative coated media have been independently certified as having Good Deinkability.
“With growing customer demand for faster production, our full-service team frequently moves from graphic design to printing in a matter of days,” commented Louis DeJesus, owner of Third Dimension. “The HP Scitex 17000 will help us increase speed to market, meeting deadlines impossible with conventional corrugated equipment. The new press is a key ingredient in our plans for accelerated digital corrugated growth, extending the same high-volume capacity of the HP Scitex 15000 to power our new Charlotte, N.C. facility.”