HP expands latex range

HP has introduced a new 630 series of entry level wide format latex printers. These are 1.63m or 64ins wide machines and appear to be a replacement for the existing Latex 335 model. 

As such they are broadly similar to the current Latex 700 but are cheaper and slightly slower. The main advantage of these new machines is that they bring the fourth generation inks to the entry level part of HP’s portfolio. This inkset includes white ink as well as separate optimiser and overcoat to allow the use of thin and heat sensitive materials. 

There are four models altogether: the basic six-colour printer, with CMYK plus light cyan and light magenta, available with and without white ink; plus a print and cut version, also available with or without white ink. However, the print and cut versions do not incorporate a cutter but are instead designed to be sold as a bundle with a separate cutter and come supplied with SAi’s Flexi Print Cut RIP to run the two devices, while the other models have SAi’s Basic Flexi RIP. These are HP editions of the Flexi software so prospective users with other print equipment should check if the cutting solution can also be used with output from other printers.

They are able to produce up to 14 sqm/hr in their standard 6-pass mode. There is a faster four-pass mode at 18 sqm/hr but the speed drops to 7 sqm/hr for backlit and textiles. 

The printheads are HP’s standard thermal heads which offer 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution but are treated as consumable items. The heads have two channels each, meaning three heads for the six colours, plus one head each for the optimiser and the overcoat and a further head for the white ink. There’s only one channel for the white ink, but HP has adapted the two channel variant to create a recirculation system capable of handling the heavier particles typical of white ink.

The 630 series are mainly aimed at a broad range of commercial display graphics such as exterior signage, interior decor, light boxes and vehicle graphics. They can handle the usual range of substrates, including self adhesive vinyls, wall coverings, canvas, banners and papers.

You can find further details from hp.com.


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