HP Presents Innovative Large Format Printing Solutions at VISCOM Sign 2008

altNew technologies bolster HP's offerings in the sign and display market


MADRID, Spain, 17 October 2008 - HP today announced the worldwide launch of three large format printing solutions: the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer, with piezoelectric X2 Printhead technology; the HP Designjet FB950 Printer a flatbed UV solution, and the HP Scitex TJ8550 Printer for high-speed production.

The HP Scitex FB7500 Printer, delivers industry-leading productivity along with high print speeds and standard three-quarter automation. The HP Scitex TJ8550 Printer delivers higher print speeds and quality at lower costs than its predecessor.

On the HP stand (070), showing for the first time in Spain are:

  • The HP Scitex FB950 Printer provides consistent high-quality POP/POS, tradeshow and event signage on virtually any rigid(1) or flexible media(2)
  • The HP Scitex XP2300 Printer - the first 3.2m UV roll-to-roll press designed specifically for the outdoor signage market
  • The HP Designjet L65500 Printer - the first of a new category of large format signage printers with HP Latex Inks
  • The HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer - a 12 colour printer for gallery quality images with on-board X-Rite spectrophotometer for outstanding colour reproduction

"HP is dedicated to providing the broadest portfolio of large format digital printing technology and end-to-end solutions along with an unwavering commitment to our customers' success," said Santiago Morera, vice president and general manager, Large Format Printing, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. "The recent additions to HP's portfolio further strengthen our leadership position in the sign and display industry by providing our customers increased value, productivity, quality and versatility, and offering the ability to lower the environmental impact of their printing."

Convert high-quality production volume to digital

With speeds of up to 500 m2/hr (5,380 ft2/hr) and three-quarter automated loading to reduce idle time between sheets by up to 85 percent(3), the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer delivers the highest productivity of digital flatbed printers in its price class.(4)

An ideal solution for close-view POP/POS applications, exhibition graphics, signage, backlit displays and posters, the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer is built on the proven HP Scitex TJ Series printing platform, and offers the added benefit of HP Scitex X2 Printhead technology, which combines silicon-based microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology and innovative piezoelectric inkjet technology. Supporting a native resolution of up to 500 dpi in the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer, the printheads deliver the heavy ink flows required for high-speed, high-quality printing.

The HP Scitex FB7500 Printer will be available for purchase worldwide in May 2009.

High-quality prints and high productivity

The HP Scitex FB950 Printer is a robust flatbed UV printer that delivers high-quality prints and high productivity on virtually any rigid(1) or flexible media(2) for the production of durable outdoor and indoor applications, including POP/POS signage, tradeshow graphics, interior decorations, banners and street furniture. Designed to increase productivity and profitability with efficient media loading and the ability to print multiple sheets at the same time, the HP Scitex FB950 Printer enables Print Service Providers (PSPs) to accommodate a greater range of customer requests and grow their businesses.

The Printer's six HP Scitex FB250 colour inks and printheads with variable-sized drops combine to produce great image detail-up to 1200 x 600 optimised dpi-and smooth colour transitions across a wide variety of media. Advanced features, such as an onboard camera, spectrophotometer, embedded software and a solid media feed system, ensure consistent results and worry-free operation.

The HP Scitex FB950 Printer will be available for worldwide general purchase on November 15, 2008. 

Increase speed and lower costs

The HP Scitex TJ8550 Printer features up to a 50 percent increase in print speed and up to 20 percent lower cost per print compared to the preceding HP Scitex TJ8500 Printer. With the new HP Scitex TJ8550 Printer, PSPs can confidently respond to a wide range of customer requests for the high-speed production of indoor and outdoor applications including sheet-to-sheet or double-sided applications with the built-in HP Scitex Double-sided printing upgrade.

Additionally, HP is offering field upgradability for existing HP Scitex TJ8500 Printer owners. The upgrade kit includes hardware, software, on-site installation and training.

To complement the new HP Scitex TJ8550 Printer, HP also introduced HP TJ200 Scitex Ink, a UV-curable ink that delivers improved quality and reliability while lowering operational costs.

The HP Scitex TJ8550 Printer and upgrade kit will be available in February 2009.

Reducing the cost of billboards

The HP Scitex XP2300 Printer is a new solution, launched last month at VISCOM Europe, Paris. With a low ink consumption of 180m2 print out of one liter ink realised at a top speed of up to 233m2/hr at a resolution of up to 360dpi, the HP Scitex XP2300 Printer is ideal for billboards, building wraps and other high volume outdoor signage applications.

The HP Scitex XP2300 Printer is a four-colour UV press with 16 piezoelectric printheads, each with 256 nozzles that can image uncoated PVC, self-adhesive vinyl, mesh, woven Polyethylene, and other substrates common in the outdoor signage market.

Consistently outstanding image quality

The HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer is ideal for graphic designers, photo and fine art print service providers, commercial printers and photographers. The HP Designjet Z3200 delivers gallery-quality, black-and-white and colour photographs, art enlargements, large-format designs and high-accuracy proofs that stand out and survive the test of time with 12 HP Vivera pigment inks and a new HP 73 Chromatic Red.

Environmentally-responsible large format printing

The HP Designjet L65500 Printer featuring HP Latex Printing Technologies. The printer offers sign and display PSPs a compelling alternative for creating a wide variety of indoor and outdoor applications while reducing the environmental impact of printing and delivering quality and durability at breakthrough print speeds(5).

The 2.64m wide (104-inch) HP Designjet L65500 Printer offers sign and display PSPs a versatile system that can produce a broad range of applications with new water-based HP Latex Inks. Prints produced with HP Latex Inks are odourless,(6) emit extremely low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), require no special ventilation(7) and are not classified as hazardous waste.(8)

"These printers represent the state of the art in innovative large and wide format inkjet technology and the results of major R&D investments," said François Martin, marketing director, Graphics Solutions Business EMEA, HP. "VISCOM Sign 2008 presents a unique opportunity for sign and display PSPs and end-users to study them closely for the first time. For fast print speeds, low production costs, high quality and environmentally responsible printing, visitors may find all of those things on the HP stand."

Other opportunities to see HP equipment

Also featured on the HP stand are an HP Designjet 8000s Printer, an HP Designjet 10000s Printer, and an HP Designjet Z6100 Printer. Other HP printers can be found on the stands of HP distributors Sumo, bedigital, SL (stands 092 and 095); Resopal, SA (stand 050); Polynorma SA (stand 036), where PSPs can see printer demonstrations and learn more about how they can help them reduce costs and enter new markets.