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Oct 4, 2010 12:00 AM
HP unveiled the HP T350 Color Inkjet Web Press at Graph Expo. The new model is capable of printing nearly 4,000 letter-size pages per minute. HP also introduced numerous HP Designjet, Indigo, Scitex and Specialty Printing Systems solutions at the show.
HP reports its customers have printed significantly more pages this year as they accelerate their shift to digital technology for greater flexibility, more customization, superior quality and reduced cost. Collective page volumes for the high-end HP Indigo 7000 series presses, for example, grew 90 percent year-over-year for the first three quarters of 2010, compared to the same time period in 2009.
“The fact that our customers’ digital color print business continues to grow – while the overall volumes are flat or down – reflects that print service providers are realizing the benefits of HP’s digital printing solutions,” says Christopher Morgan, senior vice president, Graphics Solutions Business, HP. “People are printing smarter, with targeted, high-quality output printed on demand with less waste, more streamlined supply chain processes and a reduced environmental impact.”
HP has the largest booth at Graph Expo (booth No.1200). The company notes that this marks the first time in Graph Expo’s history that a digital print solutions provider is the event’s largest exhibit, another sign that the industry is rapidly transforming from analog to digital technology.
HP’s new solutions for print service providers include:
The 30-inch-wide HP T350 Color Inkjet Web Press for applications such as high-quality books, transpromotional/transactional statements and direct mail. The T350, a faster version of the T300 model, prints at up to 600 feet per minute (up to 3,927 letter-size pages per minute) on standard offset or 2/8 custom coated media.
The new HP T350 Color Inkjet Web Press offers a more productive platform for streamlined, high-volume full-color printing. The four-color, 30-inch-wide HP T350 also extends an up to 1,200 x 600 dots per inch (dpi) native resolution HP Inkjet Web Press product line that also includes the 30-inch-wide HP T300 and the 20.5-inch-wide, single-engine, duplex HP T200. The T350 is not a replacement for the T300 model; an upgrade path will be available.
Expected to be available in the second half of 2011, the HP T350 features a new writing system and improved data processing workflow. HP is presenting details on the HP T350 in its booth at Graph Expo. O’Neil Data Systems, Los Angeles, has the world’s first HP T350 beta unit. The company also currently operates the first HP T200 Color Inkjet Web Press beta unit.
The HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press, a flagship sheetfed, offset-quality commercial printing solution offering new levels of quality, reliability and productivity in its North American debut.
The HP Indigo W7200 Digital Press, shown for the first time with an advanced color consistency option for high-end photo and publishing applications.
The HP Indigo 3550 Digital Press, a high-quality, entry-level solution that prints in up to five colors.
The HP Print Module, shown in the HP booth as a technology demonstration for monochrome and spot-color production at speeds up to 800 ft./min., and in the Pitney Bowes booth, No. 3601, as part of the new four-color process Print+ Messenger Color Inkjet system.
The HP Durable Black CQ849A Ink Cartridge, a pigment-based cartridge that helps inkjet technology integrators develop new solutions for printing on coated, aqueous overcoated and varnished substrates.
HP Latex Printing Technologies for large-format printing in their first full portfolio demonstration in North America, including the HP Designjet L25500 Printer Series, the 104-inch HP Scitex LX600 Printer and the 126-inch HP Scitex LX800 Printer.
Two flatbed large-format solutions: the HP Scitex FB700 Printer offering increased productivity with advanced media load and collect features, and the HP Scitex FB500 Printer, a product that offers value as an affordable and compact flatbed production device.
The HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer, touted as the world’s fastest, professional-quality large-format photo printer in its price class, along with the HP Designjet Z5200 PostScript® Printer, a simple, affordable device for small commercial print businesses interested in entering the large-format market
Software and workflow solutions, including the latest version of HP SmartStream Designer software for HP Indigo and HP Scitex customers.