26 Oct 2021

HP Expands Large Format Portfolio to Enable Communication Beyond Printing

HP Designjet T620

HP today announced the expansion of its large format portfolio to help technical design professionals to spearhead and enhance the value they bring to their customers. By leveraging HP's portfolio, technical design professionals can easily shift from cumbersome, hard copy-based project workflow to an intuitive flawless digital workflow solution, where print communication is more efficient, easily integrated and fully accessible.

The range of new workgroup printers, software solutions and media choices are designed to help technical firms that specialise in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), geographic information systems (GIS) applications, and mechanical computer-aided design to drive new business opportunities. Benefits include:

* Three new additions to HP's line-up of large format printers - including the HP Designjet T1200, HP Designjet T770, and HP Designjet T620 Printer series - that offer an improved workflow experience.
* Four enhanced software solutions designed to increase customer's productivity, reduce costs and deliver high-quality results to capture more business.
* New and improved HP bond papers with ColorPRO Technology and HP Recycled Bond Paper, made of 100 percent recycled base paper.
* An HP carbon footprint calculator utility that has been updated to support HP Designjet large format printers

"We recognise that digital information is essential to the way our customers work, from developing their ideas and winning bids to interacting with peers and clients," said Santiago Morera, vice president and general manager, HP Designjet. "At HP, we have transformed the way we look at the Design & Graphics industry to bring to market best-in-class products and solutions that enable our customers to collaborate, innovate, and achieve success while simplifying the way they manage and communicate beyond printing."

A simplified user experience with new large format printers

From winning bids and developing plans to interacting with peers and clients, digital information sharing is essential to the way AEC/GIS/CAD firms operate. A wide range of HP large format printers and multi-format devices now make it seamless to turn digital designs into documents and to digitize documents back into the design-and-make process again, helping shorten project cycles. HP devices are designed to minimise the number of manual operations and easily integrate into customers' workflow and are 3-D/BIM ready.

Additionally the latest printers from HP offer new features and deliver faster print speeds, a powerful in-printer processing architecture, while also delivering the thinnest lines in the industry with exact detail, crisp text, and clear and accurate drawings, enabling professionals in the architecture, engineering and GIS workgroups to make a real impact in their presentations and projects.(1)      

Designed for medium-sized CAD and GIS workgroups, the new HP Designjet T1200 Printer series is like having two printers in one with new features and capabilities that enhance productivity and versatility, such as two online rolls with smart switching media length tracking and high-volume ink cartridges, including the new Original HP 726 Matte Black Ink Cartridge, to offer a continuous printing experience at speeds of two D-sized prints per minute. The double roll technology helps to flexibly manage the changing demands of customers according to the phases of different projects, radically reducing downtime and solving different printing needs.

"The new HP Designjet T1200 would be a great addition to any office. We have sent some of our largest, most problematic drawings to this system and it handles them without issue," said Randall Young, software quality assurance engineer, AutoCAD test development, AutoDesk. "With its multi-roll capability, you can have photo and regular bond papers ready to go at all times. You can also load the paper from the front, saving time and space."

Offering a 6-ink printing system with two HP Vivera blacks and a grey ink, this printing system achieves rich, dark blacks and detailed lines to produce highly accurate output that increases technical professionals' ability to communicate.

"The HP Designjet T1200 Printer offers the convenience of two printers in one, and saves us time and money," said Goncalo Santos Carvalho, senior architect and IT manager, Ideias do Futuro. "We've achieved exceptional photo quality and the two-roll option allows us to load two different types of media so there is no interruption to change media when one team is printing line drawings and another is printing renderings."

With the new HP Designjet T770 Printer Series, a reliable plug-and-play 44inch printer using HP Vivera inks, small teams will experience fast, easy CAD/GIS printing capabilities with an easily accessible top loading roll and expandable memory. With new features, including built-in networking for easy sharing, memory upgrades, and the ability to print without opening applications, users can put their energy into designing rather than focusing on printing.

"With 15 architects and draughtsmen working on a range of projects there can be no hold ups. Speed and reliability are extremely important when printing drawings and plans. We send CAD or PDF files and it starts printing immediately. The printer doesn't pause while printing and every single detail is sharp. I get my drawing in the time it takes to walk over to the printer," said architect Daniel Guerra at BAAS Jordi Badia architect studio in Barcelona, Spain.

The third addition in the portfolio, the HP Designjet T620 Printer has been designed specifically for small CAD and GIS workgroups. The device delivers truly professional results while also enabling small workgroups to do more in less time, with an easy set up, and easy sharing with a built-in networking, convenient batch printing, compatibility with the latest applications and operating systems, and Original HP Vivera inks and HP printing materials. Customers can have peace of mind and focus on their projects with this reliable printer.

Innovations beyond printing enable an end-to-end communication experience

HP is also announcing four enhanced software solutions that support the new HP Designjet T Printer series to increase productivity, reduce costs, and deliver high-quality results to help customers to capture more business:

* Large format printing has never been so easy. HP has redefined convenience with HP Instant Printing Utility 3.0. Users now can print and preview a wide range of files, whether these are office documents (PDF, PPT), architectural or mechanical designs (HPGL2/PLT, DWF, PDF) or images (TIFF, JPEG). And the new included plug-ins for MS Office 2007 brings large format printing within reach of any office user. The HP Instant Printing Utility offers the same easy experience to a range of HP Designjet printers, including the new HP Designjet T1200, T770 and T620 Printer series.
* Serif PosterDesigner Pro for HP tailored for HP printers gives office users in small and medium businesses and enterprise and public sector environments, all the design power needed to achieve high-quality posters and banners. Now supporting the HP Designjet T1200 and T770 Printer series, the software solution is also available in German, French, and Spanish and supports borderless printing on the HP Designjet T1200 Printer series.
* SCP Reprocontrol for HP is powerful software new for the HP Designjet T1200 Printer series that empowers production operators to flexibly automate, standardise and manage colour consistently within the production workflow. Quick preflight preparation reduces errors and results in less ink and paper waste. Print settings can be automated, mixed print jobs easily handled, and file submission and configurations managed remotely.
* HP Designjet Accounting Tool now supports the HP Designjet T1200 and T770 Printer series, enabling users to remotely view and create a report of the advanced usage tracking information of the printer, making it easy for administrators to invoice departments, projects or clients for the correct amount of printer usage. Printers can automatically send usage reports via e-mail that customers can manage through the free tool.

Enhanced media quality with ColorPRO Technology

Papers with ColorPRO Technology perform to a strict set of quality specifications that define colour excellence and provide noticeably enhanced print quality compared to untreated bond papers.

The first ColorPRO Technology media includes HP Universal Bond Paper and HP Bright White Inkjet Paper, designed for use with HP Designjet large format printers. These papers use additives that interact with HP pigment inks. These additives treat the paper to provide precise control over ink behaviour at the paper surface. As the ink penetrates the paper, the colorant is immobilised at the surface, producing prints with sharper, finer detail and an extended range of colours, and providing professional quality and striking results at production speed.

A big step forward in reducing the carbon footprint of large format printing

HP, which has the industry's broadest portfolio of large format printers, is also announcing the expanded functionality of the HP Carbon Footprint Calculator to include the HP Designjet printer line-up. The calculator, which has been available for users of HP Inkjet and LaserJet office printers since May 2008, gives users the power to evaluate their energy consumption, paper use, carbon output and the associated monetary costs of their printing environment to understand how they can reduce their environmental impact through responsible printing.(2)    

More information about the HP Graphics Solutions portfolio is available at www.hp.com/go/designjet.

Spandex announces Open House designed to help Digital Print and Signmaking Businesses

Spandex Open Days

Spandex, the pioneering one-stop supplier of complete and innovative solutions to the digital printing and signmaking industries, has announced that its next highly informative open house will take place in Bristol on November 26th and 27th 2009. The event will focus on helping existing and potential customers succeed in today’s economy and will follow the company’s successful theme of ‘Learn, Discover and Benefit’.

The two-day open house will comprise key seminars, including, ‘Succeeding in today’s economy’ by Vaughan Allcock, owner of Event Signs, a 25-year-old signmaking business. Author and marketing consultant, Jackie Jarvis, is also returning to the event to deliver her new presentation, ‘How to sell the natural way to attract and keep more customers’.

“Our November Open House has been specifically designed to help customers improve sales and profitability, widen their service capability and obtain information about which equipment will provide the best return on investment”, says Phil McMullin, Spandex’s UK Country Manager. “Given the popularity of our previous open houses, we would strongly advise those interested to book early to secure a place at the event.”
Another highlight of the event will see Spandex hold interactive workshops designed to assist customers with bringing expertise in-house, thereby reducing costs and widening their range of services. One such workshop will focus on textile marking and enable customers to try heat presses and Spandex’s broad and exciting range of textile marking materials. Other workshops will cover vehicle wrapping; lamination techniques; fixings and fastenings; and new techniques in modular sign systems.

The open-house will also see Spandex demonstrate the revenue-enhancing capabilities and unique benefits of its major large format digital printing systems via live and invaluable product demonstrations. Among the latest machines on display will be the new Epson® Stylus Pro GS6000, a 64”, high-speed, eight-colour inkjet printer; and the new Mutoh Kona, a cost effective and flexible plotter. The event will see Spandex demonstrate both systems for the first time. The Gerber Solara ion, a flatbed/roll-to-roll, wide-format, UV inkjet printer featuring advanced GerberCAT™ cationic inks and Cold Fire Cure™ technology will also be on display.

Also on show will be a wide selection of new products from media brands including Avery®, 3M™ and Mactac®, as well as the company’s own ImagePerfect™ range. The event will allow visitors to access materials specialists who will be on-hand to provide information on new substrates, as well as offer useful printing tips and techniques for various large format printing applications.

A number of special promotions, exclusive to the Open House, will be running on the day. Visitors can pre-register for the event by following www.spandex.co.uk/openhouse.

Full details of Spandex’s October Open House are:

Bristol:

  • 26 November 2009 – 10:00h to 20:30h
  • 27 November 2009 – 10:00h to 15:00h
Address: Spandex UK, 1600 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4UA

More information on the event is available by visiting: www.spandex.co.uk/openhouse

Technology Partners form INX Digital

INX Digital International Co logo 

INX Group Ltd. announced the formation of INX Digital International Co. The formation of this company is the next step in Sakata INX’s digital strategy to combine its digital resources into one cohesive group. Former joint venture partners Triangle Digital INX, Megaink AS, and Anteprima SRL have agreed to transfer their interest from their former companies for ownership in INX Digital International with Sakata INX being the majority shareholder.

INX Digital will be led by key personnel from Triangle, Megaink, Anteprima and INX forming a global management team. Together, the group can expand its product and service capabilities such as traditional and environmentally friendly ink, along with engineering expertise and distribution for the wide and super-wide format digital inkjet marketplace. Current product line offerings will continue to support regional channel strategies with customers receiving technical assistance and support from one of three global divisions: the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

“The world continues to become smaller every day and in today’s environment, it makes sense to maximize each and every opportunity to help our customers. It’s good for their business as well as ours,” said Rick Clendenning, INX International president and CEO. “By combining these companies’ cumulative resources, INX Digital is well positioned to deliver to a worldwide audience in a responsive manner not seen before. With the vast capabilities and global support of Sakata INX in relation to its raw materials, logistics, manufacturing, and R&D resources, we are excited and optimistic INX Digital will meet and exceed the demands of the marketplace.”

INX Digital is a world leader in OEM equipment-matched solvent based inks. In recognizing the strong marketplace positions it has developed, customers can expect valuable technical assistance and support to continue from the three global divisions. The Americas will be supported through INX Digital’s offices and manufacturing locations in California, the Asia Pacific division by its established presence in Guangzhou, China, and the EMEA division by the existing facilities in Milan, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic.

Definitive environmental policy introduced by William Smith

William Smith logo

"By the very nature of the manufacturing processes employed, the sign making and screen and digital printing industries are not inherently eco-friendly", so say leading industry supplier William Smith.

"As one of the UK's leading providers of integrated sign and graphics and digital printing solutions, we have introduced a definitive environmental policy that enables us and our customers to greatly enhance the 'green' awareness policies endorsed by government and other legislative bodies."

At William Smith, all materials (predominantly paper, cardboard, aluminium and acrylic) are segmented and recycled. Manufacturers of vinyl materials are constantly striving to develop more environmentally friendly products and we actively engages with any initiative aimed at achieving this objective.

Developments within the range of hardware and materials solutions provided by us reflect these initiatives. Most notable is in the supply of printers that use the latest Latex ink technology as an alternative to the more hazardous solvent-based systems. The Latex system has only a minimal VOC content and therefore no expensive fume extraction equipment is required. It is non-hazardous, odourless and instantly curable and will provide the same three- to five-year outdoor performance as full solvent inks without the attendant dangers to the environment whilst significantly increasing production speed and output.

Latest developments in materials supply that similarly protect and preserve the environment more effectively include two non-PVC vinyl products. The new 3M 3545C is a fine example of an alternative non-PVC solution to traditional solvent-based materials. Due to its special construction, it is far more environmentally friendly but with no compromise on quality and performance standards.

Similar benefits can be found in the alternative RI-JET eco-friendly digital film from RITRAMA that is EU Phthalates Directive 2005/84/EC compliant. It is another example of a material that offers a significantly reduced environmental impact but with no compromise on quality and durability.

1st European Wrap Star: Europe’s car wrappers to compete for the title at Viscom

European Wrapstar Hummer Wrap

Medium-sized car or luxury limousine, old-timers or conventional passenger car - the car wrappers transform every vehicle into a unique gem. In this process, they confront even the greatest challenge. Nowadays films adorn motorbikes, aircrafts and even rockets. Often, the wrapping even consists of a single piece. As a result, even motorbikes can be wrapped without seams that might spoil their appearance. The range of possible patterns and colours is endless. For advertisers, this offers unlimited design possibilities.

At viscom 2009, practitioners will show how it's done. Highly qualified car wrappers will compete for the title of first "European Wrap Star". At the international trade fair for visual communication, four identical Hummer vehicles will be wrapped live at a special area in Hall 8a. The contest will be presented by MR Clipart, the SEW Wrap Akademie and the viscom organisers, Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH.

Prizes with a total value of more than 200,000 euros to be won

The competition will begin on Thursday, 1 October, with the task of wrapping one door and one wing. In each of the eight 45-minute first-round matches, eight participants will start out. From each match, four of these will go on to the next round to be held in the morning of Friday, 2 October, when again eight participants will compete in four 45-minute matches. In the third round on Friday afternoon consisting of two matches, the car wrappers still remaining in the competition will then have to do an almost full wrap of one vehicle side within 60 minutes. Four from each match will reach the semi-finals to be held in the morning of Saturday, 3 October, when a complete vehicle side is to be wrapped. In the grand finale on Saturday afternoon, the four best participants will finally face each other over 90 minutes.

The happy winner will then hold the title of "European Wrap Star". Even merely reaching the finals is a very interesting prospect for all participants, however, as each of the four finalists will receive one of the four main prizes: ain Royal Sovereign Laminator worth more than € 7,000.00, a Rollsroller Flatbed Laminator 340/145 worth 13,900 euros, a Summa T140 Cutting Plotter & Opus-Cam & software worth 15,990 euros, or a Mimaki CJV 30-160 cut and print system plus software worth 22,800 euros.

In all, prizes with a total value of more than 200,000 euros can be won. But even those eliminated in the first round will not go away empty-handed: a "consolation package" with product vouchers from the major film manufacturers, a car wrapping seminar, software and a range of "wrapping tools" with a value of more than 2,000 euros is waiting for them. And the value of the prizes increases with each round.

"Catch the Hummer": Big tombola for spectators

Not just for the pros but also for spectators, there will be a large number of prizes to be won at viscom. Tickets will be available at the Systeam and Mutoh Europe N.V. stands. The first prize is a Mutoh ValueJet 1204 Eco Solvent printer worth 10,500 euros. Winners of the second prize can look forward to driving a Hummer H2 for one month, winners of the third to driving a Hummer H3 for a weekend. There will also be a large number of Ed Hardy products to be won. The tombola will take place on the viscom Saturday at the European Wrap Star stand C51 in Hall 8a.

Gandinnovations at Viscom Dusseldorf 2009

Gandi 2030 Continental

Gandinnovations will be exhibiting at Viscom Dusseldorf, Messe Dusseldorf in Hall 8B stand E22 October 01 – 03rd. The company will exhibit several models in the popular Jeti line of grand-format digital printers and is expecting anxious crowds for the duration of the show. Gandinnovations manufactures several 3 and 5 meter models of solvent and UV roll to roll digital printers as well as a large variety of flatbed models, including the 2030 Continental, a true flatbed designed specifically for the European market.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada since 2004, Gandinnovations has branch offices around the world for efficient sales and service, including the European headquarters in Mechelen, Belgium.

“After the success we had at the Amsterdam exhibit earlier this year, we are really looking forward to another successful show in Dusseldorf,” says Cory Brock, Director of Marketing for Gandinnovations. “Viscom has always been a great place for us to show our latest technology and we plan to deliver to the attendees again this year.”

In addition to the Jeti line of grand-format digital printers, Gandinnovations manufactures the ink for the entire printer line, has created a RIP, called GandiSoft, specially designed for the Jeti printers and has recently made news with the invention of HAL- the High-speed Automatic Loader built to load and unload rigid substrates from any Jeti flatbed printer with amazing accuracy.

The newest addition to the Jeti line is the Aquajet, a 3 meter wide, direct to fabric digital printer which prints on a number of polyester-based materials. Graphics manufacturers have found the Aquajet to be an exceptional tool for breaking into new markets and creating new means of advertising.