HP Latex R2000 Printer Unveiled at 2018 FESPA Global Print Expo

At the 2018 FESPA Global Print Expo in Berlin, HP Inc. unveiled the HP Latex R2000 Printer. It’s the first model in HP’s new R series of Latex printers that can print on a variety on rigid substrates.

The R2000 is a 98-inch hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll printer that can accommodate flexible and rigid materials. With continuous loading, the HP Latex R2000 can produce high-quality images at speeds of up to 947 sq. ft./hr.

Coupled with the new HP Latex White Ink, the HP Latex R2000 Printer gives print-service-providers the ability to create a wide variety of sign and display applications with a single ink set.

HP Latex R2000

For example, users of the HP Latex R2000 can print exhibition and event graphics, indoor and outdoor signage, interior décor, window graphics, and vehicle wraps. Because the same inkset is used for both flexible and rigid graphics, it’s easier to maintain color consistency in logo colors for brand campaigns.

Media Versatility

The HP Latex R2000 can handle rigid substrates up to 98 inches wide and 2 inches thick. It can handle rolls of flexible media up to 9.8 inches in diameter and weighing up to 220 pounds.

Types of rigid materials the HP R2000 can print include: paper and plastic foamboard; plastic corrugated; acrylic; polystyrene; compressed cardboard; corrugated board; honeycomb board; aluminum composite panels; wood; glass; and ceramics. Flexible material it can print include PVC banner, self-adhesive vinyl, coated paper, polypropylene, polycarbonate, non-porous textiles, and canvas.

Breakthrough Ink Technology

Joan Peréz Pericot, General Manager, HP Large Format Graphics Business, considers the development of the HP Latex R2000 a major milestone in the evolution of printing.

“HP developed this breakthrough technology based on continued requests from print-service providers for an HP Latex printer that can print on both rigid and flexible materials using our water-based inks,” said Pericot. “This introduction is another step forward in how HP creates the best experiences for our customers, continually reinventing the possibilities of print.”

The HP R2000 Latex Printer made its debut at the 2018 FESPA Global Print Expo in Berlin.

 

The redesigned HP Latex inks achieve a vibrant color gamut on rigid materials. The inks don’t smell and the preserve the gloss, look, and feel of substrates such as wood and brushed aluminum. The inks also cure at lower temperatures, allowing for wide versatility in media.

The high-opacity white ink remains glossy on transparent and color media and resists yellowing time over time.

The HP Latex R2000 holds 9 cartridges of 6 colors of ink (cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan, and light magenta), plus white ink, HP Latex Optimizer, and HP Latex Overcoat.

Automatic maintenance includes automatic recirculation and nozzle checks and makes using white inks like using any other color ink. In between jobs that require white inks, the HP Thermal Inkjet printheads can be stored in an offline rotating chamber. This reduces the amount of ink waste.

The new HP Latex Overcoat provides a labor-saving, low-cost way to improve the durability and scratch-resistance of short-term unlaminated outdoor graphics.

A high-accuracy belt system facilitates loading of rigid materials. Different shapes and sizes of materials are held in place with 14 automatic independent vacuum chambers.

For maximum uptime, proactive and preventive maintenance can be performed with HP Smart Services.

The HP Latex R2000 printer will be commercially available beginning in June. Release dates will vary in different parts of the world. For more information visit: HP.com/go/latexR2000

 

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HP Latex Rigid Printing Technology Announced at ISA Sign Expo

At the ISA Sign Expo 2018, HP Inc. announced the HP Latex R Series of wide-format inkjet printers. The new series merges HP’s flexible latex-ink printing capabilities with the ability to print on rigid substrates. The HP Latex Rigid printing technology in the HP Latex R series will bring speed, quality, and more vibrant colors to a wide range of rigid materials, such as foamboard, foam PVC, cardboard, fluted polypropylene, solid plastics, aluminum, wood, and glass.

Unlike UV-curable inks that create a thick layer of ink to completely cover the substrate, HP’s water-based Latex inks preserve the look and feel of the media. The Latex prints are also odorless, making them safe for both the environment and the printer operator.

HP has also introduced HP Latex White Ink. HP’s innovative White Latex Ink delivers glossy, high-quality “true white” that doesn’t yellow over time like traditional UV-curable white inks do.

The Latex printers with white ink will use an innovative system to recirculate the inks and keep them from settling.

According to HP’s Chief Inkologist Thom Brown, white ink traditionally uses bigger and heavier pigment particles. These particles frequently clog printheads, or the opaque mixture becomes separated and settles to the bottom of the ink reservoir: “Until now, physically shaking the reservoirs has often been the necessary solution. Through HP’s investment in innovation around chemistry and engineering, the white ink solution with the HP Latex R Series is an industry breakthrough.”

The HP Latex R Series of printers will be available during Q3 of 2018.

Beautiful, vibrant images output with HP Latex R printers on wood, acrylic, aluminum and other materials were showcased in the HP booth at Sign Expo. Even in the prints with white inks, the print surface was flat and uniform. The colors were rich and vibrant and the wood grain and brushed aluminum surfaces were clearly visible beneath the printed inks.

HP will show the first printers in the HP Latex R series at the FESPA global print expo May 15-18 in Berlin, Germany.

HP Unveils Latex Print and Cut Series and Two Latex Superwide Printers

At two big trade shows this spring, HP made some major announcements about their HP Latex printers. Their news releases also included some interesting statistics about the global adoption of HP Latex printers.

When HP introduced water-based HP Latex technology in 2009, they established a whole new category of inks for wide-format inkjet printing. Today, more than 42,000 Latex printers have been sold worldwide, with 12,000 units sold in the last year.

Superwide HP Latex 3200 and HP Latex 3600

At the FESPA 2017 show in Hamburg, Germany in May, HP introduced the new HP Latex 3600 and HP Latex 3200 printers and HP PrintOS for Latex presses.

 

The 126-inch HP Latex 3600 and HP 3200 printers support higher volume printing and an improved monthly duty cycle. The HP Latex 3200 printer is for large print-service providers who need to efficiently produce high-quality graphics for retail graphics, outdoor advertising, events and exhibitions, vehicle graphics, and interior decor.

The HP Latex 3600 is designed for even larger print-service providers who need long, uninterrupted printing. The HP Latex 3600 can handle production peaks of up to 35,000 square meters per month and is ideal for dedicated production of applications such as banners, backlits, wallcoverings, and retail or event signage. It can loaded with 10-liter ink supplies for overnight printers.

Features of the new HP Latex 3600 and HP Latex 3200 printers include:

  • a special tiling mode with improved color consistency for demanding jobs
  • reduced media waste with the HP Latex Media Saver
  • automatic maintenance of printheads
  • heavy-duty rolls for fewer roll changes

To reduce labor costs, a single operator can manage up to four printers simultaneously.

In brochures for the two printers, HP touts the benefits of end-to-end sustainability in print production. HP points out that “Using water-based inks eliminates exposure to inks with hazard warning labels and high solvent concentrations, and simplifies ventilation, storage, and transportation requirements.”

PrintOS for HP Latex Printers

HP also announced that powerful PrintOS apps are available to users of HP Latex printers. The cloud-based PrintOS platform enables print shops to simplify and automate the production of signage, display, and decor applications. Users of PrintOS can access production data for making better, faster decisions. Apps on the platform include:

  • Print Beat for oversight of printer performance and continuous improvement of production operations;
  • Media Locator for finding sources of HP certified media for HP Latex printers
  • Box for receiving, validating, and routing files to production

Through the Application Suite in Print OS, HP Latex printer owners can get easy access to the HP Signage Suite. Tools in the HP Signage Suite enable customers to design their own roll-up banners, hanging banners, T-shirts, and stickers. To visualize how the finished prints will look, customers can get 3D previews of their banner stand graphics and T-shirts.

After the customer approves the design, the HP Signage Suite app will generate print-ready PDFs. The Signage Suite can be tailored for integration with templates and programs for producing quotes, managing orders, and creating invoices.

HP Latex Print and Cut Solutions

At the 2017 ISA Sign Expo in Orlando, Florida in April, HP unveiled the Latex 300 Print and Cut Series for sign shops, quick printers, and print-service providers.

The dual-device solutions supports simultaneous printing and cutting in a single workflow. The print-and-cut systems improve the efficiency of creating high-quality floor and window graphics, stickers, and customizable clothing with HP Latex inks.

The first two printers in the series are the 54-inch HP Latex 315 Print and Cut and 64-inch HP Latex 355 Print and Cut devices. Each system includes an HP Latex printer, an HP Latex cutter, and the HP FlexiPRINT and CUT RIP. The software provides one-point workflow management that ensures that the printer and cutter work as one. With easy access to the HP Signage Suite app, users don’t need sophisticated design skills for sticker and decal production. Users can experiment with shapes, text, and colors to create the look they want.

“HP print and cut reduces total cost and improves workflow, enabling Latex water-based inks to further replace solvent for indoor and outdoor applications,” said Xavier Garcia, general manager, Large Format Printing Division, HP Inc.

 

New Fabric Option for HP Latex Printers

HP also announced the commercial availability of HP Durable Backlit Fabric. This sturdy, easy-to-use fabric provides outstanding image quality and can resist damage during post-processing or lightbox installation. HP Durable Backlit Fabric will available in October in widths up to 116 inches. Widths up to 126 inches are expected to be available by the end of 2017.

Additional textiles for printing soft signage on HP Latex printers are available from suppliers such as LexJet (EnduraFab by Green Textiles), Top Value Fabrics (made by Aurich Textilen), and A.Berger Textiles. All of these materials are designed to comply with the ISO 105-X12 standard for color-fastness and deliver outstanding print quality and durability without the need for any post processing.

“These new textiles will enable HP Latex customers to differentiate themselves and better serve their clients with innovative applications and environmental benefits,” said Xavier Garcia.