HP Latex 700 and 800 Printer Series Include Two Models with White Inks

In February 2021, HP announced the HP Latex 700 and 800 series of wide-format roll-to-roll printers for print-service providers who want to diversify their offerings, sharpen their sustainability edge, and meet more challenging customer needs.

After a year of business disruption across the large-format industry, the HP Latex 700 and 800 series bring features that enable print-service providers to be more agile, tackle ambitious projects, and take on higher value work. Two models the 700W and 800W include white ink for applications such as window graphics and day/night backlit graphics. All four machines in the series can produce vehicle graphics, canvas, polyester and cotton fabrics, and wallcoverings for full room installation.

“The new Latex 700 and 800 portfolio will allow PSPs to win big by navigating customer challenges in the next normal and embracing more ambitious projects — safe in the knowledge their work will deliver,” said Guayante Sanmartin, General Manager, Large Format Business, HP. “When you think about HP Latex, imagine the unique ability to say yes to every customer request, regardless of fast-changing schedule or application demands. Help meet deadlines with undisputable operator and environmental safety. With HP Latex, every signage and decor decision becomes a sustainable one.”

The HP Latex 700/800 Series of 64-in. wide-format inkjet printers includes four models, including two that use white inks.

All four models can handle media rolls from 10 to 64 inches wide, including indoor and outdoor banner materials, self-adhesive vinyls, films, fabrics, papers, wall coverings, canvas, synthetic papers, mesh, and textiles (with the textile kit accessory).

The four models in the latex 700/800 series are differentiated by the size of the ink cartridges they hold, the ability to print white ink, and higher productivity levels.

HP Latex 700: One-liter ink cartridges,
High-Speed (4-pass) Print Mode for Outdoor Graphics: 334 sq ft/hr.

HP Latex 700W: One-liter ink cartridges, plus White ink.
Additional print modes include: White Spot (60%), White Overflood (60%), White Underflood (100%) and 3-layer Day/Night backlit graphics

The 800 series printers include updated printheads with more nozzles and larger curing units. The 800-series printers offer up to 50% higher productivity levels compared to previous HP Latex roll-to-roll printers.

HP Latex 800W printer uses 3 Liter Eco-Cartons of ink (Photo: HP)

HP Latex 800: Three-liter ink cartridges,
High-Speed (4-pass) Print Mode for Outdoor Graphics: 388 sq. ft./hr.

HP Latex 800W: Three-liter ink cartridges, plus White Ink.
Additional print modes include: White Spot (60%), White Overflood (60%), White Underflood (100%) and 3-layer Day/Night backlit graphics

Each HP Latex printing system is designed for sustainable impact through printer and cartridge materials, ink chemistry, printer operation, the print itself, the print display, and the product end of life.

Inks

According to an HP technical white paper, the HP Latex 700 and 800 printers use fourth-generation Latex inks that contain up to 65% water and provide advantages across the lifecycle compared to eco-solvent, solvent, UV-curable, and UV-gel inks.

HP Latex Inks provide outdoor durability and versatility across all common media types used in sign and display applications. The inks produce odorless prints, with low maintenance requirements, and reduced environmental impact compared to solvent or UV-curable inks.

No special ventilation is required with HP inks and they contain no Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs). Printing with HP Latex inks avoids problematic reactive monomer chemistry and and ozone generation associated with UV printing.

With each new generation of HP Latex printing system, HP is committed to addressing current — and anticipated — environmental requirements. The HP Inks are UL GREENGUARD GOLD certified for low chemical emissions into indoor air during product usage. HP Latex inks are certified at the highest level, meaning the wallpaper print with HP Latex inks can be applied to all four walls in a typical office or classroom setting.

The newest HP Latex inks also are UL ECOLOGO certified for reduced environmental impact.

The HP Latex 700 and 800 printers use 8 printheads to deliver six colors of ink (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Light Cyan, and Light Magenta) plus a Latex Optimizer and a Clear Overcoat.

HP Latex 700W and Latex 800W printers use 10 printheads with the same six colors. optimizer, and clearcoat and two printheads with White ink. The white ink offers a 91% opacity level and doesn’t yellow over time.

Standardized tests conducted in May 2020 on black opaque self-adhesive vinyl revealed that the HP 839 White latex ink cartridge achieved the whitest white compared to the white inks on competitive solvent and UV printers in the under $50,000 price range.

The inks for these four printers are supplied in the HP Eco Carton, a cartridge made with a cardboard material that reduces the use of plastic by 80%. The HP Eco-Carton cardboard container can be recycled through local recycling streams. The ink bag and printhead can be recycled through the free HP Planet Partners program.

Other Features

Smart front panel includes a built-in job queue that can store up to 100 jobs. This makes it faster and easier to process reprints of previous jobs.

Raiseable curing module makes it easier to load new rolls of media onto the printer.

Compatible with HP’s updated Latex Print and Cut Devices. The Latex 700 and 700W printers can be directly connected to the newest models of the HP Latex Print and Cut solutions. The HP 800 and 800W will require a RIP upgrade for direct connectivity. HP Latex printer/cutters solutions combine an HP Latex printer with a Graphtec vinyl cutter for the quick production of contour-cut stickers, labels, wall decals, floor graphics, window graphics, and other adhesive-backed materials.

Print OS

The HP Print OS app enables you to control your print operations from wherever you happen to be. You can access and download job information, receive notifications of issues that prevent the equipment from operating, and monitor ink levels.

HP Inc.

HP Inc. was recognized as one of the 2020 Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies in the world. By working closely with partners and customers, HP manages each component in the printing system (printer, inks, printheads, and media) to provide end-to-end large-format printing systems that enable more comfortable and welcoming operations and strive to achieve a world without waste.

On February 11, 2021 HP Inc. unveiled HP Amplify™ Impact, an industry-first partner assessment, resource and training program aimed at driving meaningful change across its three Sustainable Impact pillars: Planet, People, and Community. Partners that pledge to join the HP Amplify Impact program will work with HP to assess their own practices while tapping into the company’s extensive investments and initiatives.

HP announced the HP Latex February 2, 2021

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

 

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.