HP UNVEILS NEW INK AND MEDIA OPTIONS AT ISA SIGN EXPO

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HP introduced the HP Scitex FB7600/FB7500 Enhanced Colour Pack upgrade (1) for the HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press as well as expanded HP Latex media options and a metallic printing capability at the ISA Sign Expo, which took place from 4-6 April in Las Vegas.

Offering a six-, seven- or eight-colour configuration,(2) the first inks available for the colour pack are the HP FB225 Orange and Light Black Scitex Inks (3).  HP FB225 Orange Scitex Ink provides a broader gamut for vivid colours with more realistic skin tones and improved spot matching for brand colours with increased analogue-to-digital consistency. HP FB225 Light Black Scitex Ink creates smoother grey solids and improves neutrality. This ink can be added to the press’ six process colours, allowing PSPs to enhance image quality and achieve higher productivity.

‘With the Enhanced Color Pack, our digital colour capabilities have achieved a new level in quality with the ability to print true oranges and greys,’ said Dan Kimmerly, graphics director, KDM P.O.P Solutions Group. ‘Since the installation, KDM has been awarded new business solely because we can now match orange brand colours with digital.’

Existing HP Scitex FB7600 or upgraded FB7500 Industrial Press customers can expand their capabilities with the HP Scitex FB7500/7600 Enhanced Color Pack. The colour pack and inks are expected to be available worldwide on 1st May 2013.

Expanded HP Latex media options increase versatility and performance

To improve service quality and availability of HP-branded sign and display media for HP Latex Inks, HP has entered into a licensing agreement with Brand Management Group (BMG), a company specialising in media distribution worldwide.  Under the terms of this agreement, BMG will source, market and distribute a limited portfolio of HP-branded media while HP continues developing advanced media coatings and treatments. The HP media products available from BMG are limited to those intended for sign and display applications, optimised for HP Latex Inks and available on 3-inch cores. BMG is expected to begin distributing HP-branded media through its global network of dealers on 1st May 2013.

In 2012, HP announced plans to work with leading media suppliers to co-develop new media using ColorPRO Technology. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. and Cooley Group are the first companies to introduce sign and display media solutions engineered with this technology. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group and Cooley Group will develop, manufacture and distribute textile substrates for use with HP Latex Inks and non-PVC banner solutions for use with HP Latex and UV ink solutions, respectively. These new media options are expected to be available in late summer 2013.

HP Latex Printing Technology owners can now easily select media from a range of third-party suppliers with the new Media Certification Program for HP Latex Inks.(4) The programme streamlines the media selection process and identifies the most appropriate substrates tested with HP Latex Inks and printers, including media engineered with ColorPRO Technology. Approved substrates will feature a “Certified for HP Latex Inks” icon, making it easier for customers to view media options for HP Latex Printers in the media solutions locator. 

High-value metallic printing solution for HP Scitex FB700/500 Industrial Printers

After a successful introduction for the HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press, HP announced a metallic colours effect application, supported by HP software partner Color-Logic, for the HP Scitex FB700 and FB500 Industrial Printers. The Color-Logic software enables customers to produce metallic effects ideal for high-quality retail and POP applications, as well as package prototyping. Expected to be available 4th April 2013, the new offering requires the Color-Logic Printers Design Suite & License, HP FB251 Scitex White Ink and HP-approved media for metallic substrates.

(1) Use of the HP Scitex FB7x00 Enhanced Color Pack may cause deviation of up to 10 per cent from previously published throughput in some print modes. Also, use of the HP Scitex FB7x00 Enhanced Color Pack may require a software upgrade. Please contact your HP sales representative.

(2) The HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press can be configured with up to 8 colours (standard 6 process colours plus two additional colours).

(3) Use of HP FB225 Orange Scitex Ink and/or HP FB225 Light Black Ink with the HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press requires purchase of the HP Scitex FB7x00 Enhanced Color Pack. Use with the HP Scitex FB7500 Industrial Press also requires purchase of the HP Scitex FB7500 Industrial Press Upgrade Kit. The orange ink is added to the six process colours, providing higher image quality at high throughput. Use of the HP Scitex FB7x00 Enhanced Color Pack may cause deviation of up to 10 per cent from previously published throughput in some print modes.

(4) HP’s ‘Certified for’ Media Supplier Program (‘Program’) supplies information to media manufacturers, suppliers, and customers to assist in  evaluating  media compatibility with printers and inks from HP’s Graphics Solutions Business. Media is supplied by independent third-party manufacturers. Inclusion in the Program and ‘Certified for’ media shall not be construed as an endorsement by HP for any of the media or manufacturers. HP makes no representation or warranty of any kind for any media in the Program including but not limited to media availability, media quality, media performance, or manufacturer changes that may impact any media characteristics. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. HP makes no representation as to the Program information’s completeness or accuracy. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. 

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