HP Introduces Latex 500 And 1500 Printers

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The new printers helps medium-to-large sign and display print service providers (PSPs) enhance productivity and pursue application growth areas at an affordable cost of entry.

The HP Latex 500 Printer series is designed for medium-to-large PSPs with increasing print volumes. The 1.63m (64-inch) HP Latex 560 and 570 Printers enable customers to manage a variety of print jobs and peaks in production at a low upfront investment.

New features include:
• 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 55kg (121 lbs.), as well as a status beacon for real-time production monitoring from a distance.
• Print speeds up to 23sqm/hr (248 ft2/hr) at indoor mode for cost-effective production of high-quality jobs at fast turnaround times.
• 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.
• Easy integration into a larger HP Latex fleet with colour emulation capabilities. HP Latex Mobile also enables customers to manage jobs remotely for more unattended production such as overnight printing.

‘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,’ said 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.’

The HP Latex 1500 Printer builds on the success of the proven HP Latex 3000 Printer series, the 3.2 m (126″) HP Latex 1500 Printer offers a robust, affordable super-wide printing solution, providing fast turnarounds on a broad range of indoor and outdoor applications, including PVC banners, self-adhesive vinyl, textiles and double-sided prints.

Printing at speeds up to 74sqm/hour (800 ft2/hr) in outdoor production mode and up to 45sqm/hour (800 ft2/hour) in indoor mode, the printer maintains quality print after print 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.

Additionally, 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. Options include:
• A dual-roll kit, which maximises productivity and unattended production on vinyl and other media up to 1.6 metres (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 colour-accurate outdoor advertising displays in any light, frontlit or backlit.
• An ink collector kit for porous substrates such as textiles and mesh banner.

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