15 July 2018 Digital Printing Technologies

HP expands family with small brother to first Latex flatbed

The Latex R1000 is an entry level hybrid printer to expand the appeal of Latex into flatbed printing

HP has been swift to follow up on the launch of a first flatbed Latex printer at Fespa in May with the introduction of a second flatbed machine using the same Latex technology.

This has impressive adhesion and stretch characteristics on flatbed printing, matching the impact that Latex roll printing has had. This was first seen at the Berlin show with the R2000, a 2.5metre wide machine.

The new machine is 1.64 metres wide, positioned as the press for entry level users. Joan Pérez Pericot, general manager, HP large format graphics business, says: “The new introduction to our HP Latex R printers delivers a versatile and innovative print solution for medium-sized businesses to unlock print opportunities and drive growth.

“Print service providers are looking at new ways to increase production and expand applications by investing in innovative print technologies such as rigid and white ink to embrace all the possibilities of print.”

The speed with which HP has announced a second press both underlines the robustness of the technology and demand from this sector of the market. The Latex R20000 is aimed at large signage printers looking for workflow efficiency and sustained production. The Latex R1000 offers “maximum values in one device”. The smaller machine uses 3 litre bags of ink, the larger has 5 litre bags of ink.

The R1000 will print up to 57m2/hr and can take 68kg rolls. The larger machine takes a 100kg roll and prints up to 88m2/hr, equating to 12.2 boards an hour at indoor quality compared to 6.4 boards an hour on the R1000.

As well as CMYK, there is a high gloss white in a printhead which can be removed for the press and stored in a dedicated chamber. This achieves a higher gloss level than the UV cured white ink from the HP Scitex FB750/Scitex FB550, the machines that are most vulnerable for replacement by the introduction of Latex printing to rigid materials.

Overcoat is an ink designed to add further scratch resistance the ink on low cost substrates where lamination is considered too expensive. This is effective on the roll fed Latex machines. The family includes machines that run to 3.2 metres wide.

Gareth Ward

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