HP has announced three new latex printers aimed at medium to large companies using wide format printing.
This includes the Latex 1500, a 3.2m wide printer, which should be available in July. This can print at up to 74 sqm/hr in outdoor production mode and up to 45 sqm/hr in indoor mode. It uses HP’s 1200 dpi thermal printheads, together with auto nozzle replacement, an optical media advance sensor and an embedded spectrophotometer. The inks are supplied in 5 litre cartridges and it uses LEDs to light the print zone.
There are various options including a dual-roll kit for unattended printing media up to 1.6m wide, as well as in-line slitters and a double-sided day-night kit for automatically printing double-sided backlits. There’s also a roll-to-freefall kit that allows users to start finishing initial prints while the job is still in progress and an ink collector kit for porous substrates such as textiles and mesh banner.
There’s also a new Latex 500 series that consists of two new models, the 560 and 570, which appear to build upon the 300 series. These are both 1.6m wide roll-fed printers that can produce up to 23 sqm/hr. There’s a new vivid print mode that produces highly satuated prints with 50 percent more ink density. They also feature a new wiper roller accessory for better results on low cost banners and self-adhesive vinyl. They should be available from August. Naturally, all three will be shown at Drupa.