HP signals eventual wide format PageWide array

HP has announced its intention to develop a page wide inkjet array for wide format printing, but it won’t be available until late next year. HP has previously created a single pass array by staggering multiple 4.25ins printheads together for its Inkjet Web Press, and has also developed 8.57ins page wide printheads for its OfficeJet Pro X series.

The new array consists of a number of new 5.08ins, or 129mm, head that can be clipped together. HP can make different widths such as putting eight heads together for a 40ins, or 1016mm, print width. The 5.08ins heads use HP’s existing thermal inkjet technology, which means that each head actually consists of a number of staggered inkjet chips or dies. These heads have 25,344 nozzles or around 1200 nozzles per inch native resolution. They use CMYK pigment inks and will be used to develop printers for the technical document market.

HP’s press release claims that this will disrupt the market, though there are already several wide format printers using a high speed Memjet page wide array, including Canon’s ColorWave 900 and the Xerox IPJ2000. HP has been rather vague on the details and I’ve not managed so far to find anyone in management who could explain why they thought this announcement was going to be any more disruptive than those single pass wide format printers that already exist. Indeed, this announcement sounds suspiciously like HP attempting to stake some kind of claim to a market place that it is already badly behind in.

What would be genuinely disruptive is if HP had managed to jet its latex inks through this head. That would pave the way for a single pass printer suitable for outdoor signage, thus addressing the major weakness of the Memjet printhead, whilst simultaneously leaving every other wide format printer looking decidedly slow. Since the current latex printers also use the same thermal  printhead technology it doesn’t seem like this would be too far off.

HP also announced two new wide format designjet printers, aimed at the technical documents market. The T3500 is a 36-inch eMFP printer with a fast processor and a scanner with batch-scanning, multipage PDF creation and scan-to-email capabilities. It also includes a self-encrypting hard drive, secure disk erase and controlled access printing.

The T7200 is a 42ins printer that can take three heavy media rolls and produce both colour and black-and-white prints on a wide range of media, from bond to glossy photo paper. HP claims that this offers a low cost of operation, comparable to monochrome LED printers.






Syndicate content

You can license the articles from Printing and Manufacturing Journal to reproduce in other publications. I generally charge around £150 per article but I’m open to discussing this for each title, particularly for publishers that want to use multiple stories. I can provide high res versions of images for print publications.

I’m used to working with overseas publishers and am registered for VAT with the UK’s HMRC tax authority but obviously won’t charge VAT to companies outside the UK. You can find further details and a licensing form from this page, or just contact me directly here.

Support this site

If you find the stories here useful then please consider making a donation to help fund Printing and Manufacturing Journal, either as a one-off or a repeat payment. Journalism is only really useful if it’s truly independent and this is the only such news source serving the print/ manufacturing sectors.

However, there are costs involved in travelling to cover events, as well as maintaining this site, not to mention the time that it takes to carry out research, check facts and interview people. So if you value this work, then please help to maintain it and keep it free to read.


Never miss a story – subscribe to Printing and Manufacturing Journal to receive an email notification every time an article is published here. It’s completely free of charge and you can cancel the subscription at any point without any hassle. There’s no need to provide any information other than an email address and subscribers details are not for sale so there’s no risk of any further marketing spam.

Related stories


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *