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HP thinks grande

Oct 1, 2006 12:00 AM

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Barcelona, Spain, has a lot in common with the print industry — its cultivation of the visual arts, its deep roots in the history of civilization, and its successful strategies for growth following an era of economic depression. This Mediterranean jewel was the setting for the 2006 HP Scitex Customer Event in September, where HP unveiled large-format printing technologies in its first major product launch since it acquired Scitex Vision in November 2005.

“We want to be the leading provider by having the widest range of products for large-format printing,” said Enrique Lores, vice president and GM, Inkjet Commercial Division, HP. “If customers are printing an indoor or outdoor graphic — no matter the size, ink type or media preferences — our portfolio offers the right digital solution for any wide- to super-wide need.”

HP announced it will be merging the Scitex and Designjet regional marketing and sales teams, as well as integrating the business units. HP Scitex vice president and GM Dov Ofer says, “With close to a $90 billion company [conducting] sales mainly through distribution channels, customers have asked, ‘Will you continue to listen to us and provide the same level of customer service?’ The answer is yes.” He notes that the company's support group is the largest team in the organization, adding that many of the new product announcements were developed in direct communication with HP Scitex customers.

See it at Graph Expo

The HP Scitex TJ8500 wide-format inkjet printer, now available worldwide, uses HP Scitex UV850 Supreme inks and an integrated curing system to produce prints that last up to two years outdoors. Based on the same platform as the HP Scitex TJ8300, the TJ8500 combines high throughput with cost-effective production, printing up to 4,305 sq. ft. per hour at 336 dpi; 2,153 sq. ft. per hour at 448 dpi; 1,075 sq. ft. per hour at 600 dpi. It supports a wide range of media, including untreated offset and screen papers as well as uncoated synthetic materials, such as Tyvek, Kovek and Yupo.

Beta site customer Keith Ferrel, director of sales for Cactus Imaging in Sydney, Australia, said, “The HP Scitex TJ8500 immediately appealed to us with its exceptional speed and quality, stable print platform and utilization of UV inks, which will allow us to print on a variety of untreated and uncoated synthetic materials.”

Tiny printhead, huge results

The HP Scitex X2 Printhead brings together piezoelectric technology from HP and silicon-based MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) technology used in semiconductor manufacturing. It delivers UV-curable inks at the volume needed for high-speed printing — up to 30,000 drops per second, per nozzle — for print resolution up to 800 dpi.

The printhead will be featured in two future wide-format printers, the HP Scitex XL2200 and HP Scitex FB6500, which are expected be available in the first half of 2007.

Breaking the 100-inch-wide barrier

HP rounded out its Designjet line at the event with the launch of the high-performance, low-solvent Designjet 10000s printer series, which produces long-lasting, high-quality signage up to 104 inches wide at 176 sq. ft. per hour. With six heavy-duty piezo printheads, it prints at up to 720 × 720-dpi resolution. Its media handling system enables dual-side printing, dual-roll printing and printing on unlined mesh.

“We can satisfy a greater range of customer demands for outdoor and indoor durable signage with the HP Designjet 10000s Printer,” said Steve Farley, GM of U.K.-based Electronic Printing Services Ltd. “For the first time, we can compete with screen printers both on price and durability.”

The HP Designjet 10000s is available at a list price of $59,995, plus accessories.

Denise Kapel is managing editor of AMERICAN PRINTER. Contact her at