New HP Wide Format Printers for Drawings, Maps, and Posters Offer Breakthrough Speeds

The HP wide format printer portfolio advanced significantly when HP unveiled their new PageWide XL Printers at the 2015 conference of the Eastern Reprographic Association (ERA) and International Reprographic Association (IRgA) in Atlanta. These key breakthroughs in HP wide format printer technology were concurrently displayed at the 2015 ISA Sign Expo in Las Vegas and explained by HP executives and technologists in a global online presentation April 9.

The first HP PageWide XL Printers are designed for the fast, efficient printing of wide-format CAD drawings, GIS maps, posters, and POS signs in reprographic houses, printing firms, and enterprise central reproduction departments.

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Unlike HP Designjet wide-format inkjet printers in which the printheads move back and forth across the paper, HP PageWide XL Printers feature a stationary “printbar” in which eight 5-inch printheads are aligned above the full width of paper rolls up to 40 inches. All four colors of ink are applied as the paper feeds beneath the printbar.

With this new approach, the flagship HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer can generate color and monochrome prints at speeds up to 60 percent faster than the fastest wide-format monochrome LED printer.

For firms equipped with a mix of monochrome LED and color inkjet printers, the HP PageWide XL printers make it possible to consolidate the production of monochrome and color drawings in a single device. Mixed sets of monochrome and color drawings can now be produced in about half the time it takes to print and manually collate the documents from wide-format LED printers and inkjet printers.

Pigment Inks Resist Moisture and Fading

To provide the versatility that modern reprographic firms require, the HP PageWide XL printers use four colors (CMYK) of HP PageWide XL pigment inks. The pigment inks provide dark blacks, vivid colors, and moisture and fade resistance even on uncoated bond papers.

The HP PageWide Pigment Inks can provide high-quality lines, text, and graphics on bond paper, vellum, thick bond paper, low-cost photo papers, poster papers, natural tracing papers, and polypropylene display films.

To provide quick-dry, smear-resistant prints, HP has developed a new HP Universal Bond Paper for technical drawings, HP Production Matte Polypropylene for roll-up banners, and HP Production Matte, Gloss, and Satin Poster Papers for point-of-sale and poster production.

Seven Models

Over the next few months, HP will be launching four PageWide XL wide format printers and three multi-function printers (MFPs) with wide-format scanners.

The HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer offers high-end production printing at speeds of up to 30 D/A-1 size printers per minute. It holds two 775-milliliter ink cartridges per color and can be upgraded to hold up to six rolls of inkjet media in three drawers. Because the ink cartridges and rolls can be switched out automatically, users can print up to 3,900 feet (1,200 meters) of paper without interruption. The HP PageWide XL 8000 printer is expected to be available in September 2015.

The HP PageWide XL 5000 Printer and MFP will provide mid-volume technical document production at speeds of up to 14 D/A1-size prints per minute. The devices hold two 400 milliliter ink cartridges per color and up to four rolls of media. The HP PageWide XL 5000 Printer and MFP are expected to ship in November 2015.

The HP PageWide XL 4500 Printer and MFP are designed for cost- and security-conscious in-house work teams, including architects and engineers. These HP wide format printers can securely print up to 12 D/A1-size prints per minute.

The HP PageWide XL 4000 Printer and MFP enable technical work teams and copy shops to produce 8 D/A1-size prints per minute. The PageWide XL 4500 and 4000 printers are expected to ship in January, 2016.

Proven, User-Replaceable Printheads

Although HP PageWide XL Printers are the first products introduced under HP’s new PageWide sub-brand, the first two iterations of the PageWide printheads are already being used in offices and printing businesses. PageWide printheads are used in HP Inkjet Web Presses that are producing 4 billion impressions annually and HP OfficeJet Pro X series printers. HP is scaling up the PageWide printhead technology for the HP Multi Jet Fusion™ 3D printers that are scheduled to launch in 2016.

Each of the eight 5.08-inch printheads in the PageWide XL printbar features 25,344 nozzles. This means each printbar has 202,752 nozzles. The print engine can fire 3,650 million drops per second.

Although the printheads have been thoroughly tested for reliability and long life, PageWide XL printer users can replace a faulty printhead without special tools or mechanical adjustments.

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The printbar on HP PageWide XL printers includes eight five-inch printheads and a user-replaceable cassette that wipes the printheads and absorbs ink ejected from spitting and drop detection. The drop detector module tests all 202,752 printhead nozzles on the bar in less than a minute and flags non-functioning nozzles in a “nozzle-out” lookup table that the image processing pipeline uses for active nozzle substitution.

HP SmartStream Software

The HP SmartStream software for HP PageWide XL printers is designed to reduce the time spent preparing and processing jobs by 50 percent. The software also reduces the risk of having to reprint jobs because the Adobe PDF Print Engine 3 can automatically detect problems in PDF files before they go to the PageWide XL printers. Plus, you can preview the colors that will print and make adjustments with the interactive HP Crystal Preview technology.

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HP SmartStream software for PageWide XL printers provides details about printer status, ink levels, and loaded media and lets you visualize the status of all jobs in the queue.

With SmartStream software, you can build efficient end-to-end workflows that include HP Designjet Pro Series scanners, HP PageWide XL Printers, and accessories such as an online folder, top stacker, and high-capacity stacker. You can also mange all connected HP PageWide XL and HP Designjet Production printers in your fleet and operate non-HP large-format LED printers through standard driver access.

High-Capacity Stacker

A High-Capacity Stacker can handle output from the PageWide XL 8000 and 5000 series printers.

SmartStream nesting capabilities can help minimize paper waste and get the most from each roll of media. The software also provides the accurate job-production data needed for invoicing.

Feedback from Customers

“Our large-format customers are continually exploring ways to improve productivity, streamline workflow, and reduce costs,” said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Imaging and Printing, HP. “The HP PageWide XL Printers deliver what our customers have been seeking for years, and will revolutionize the production printing market, offering affordable, high-quality black-and-white and color output in a single device at the fastest speeds possible.”

One company that has tested the new PageWide XL 8000 is Tree Towne Imaging and Color Graphics in Chicago.

“We’ve never seen or experienced anything quite like it,” said Tree Towne’s president and owner Chuck Wingard. “It’s one thing to talk about the 8000, but another to see it printing. The machine is fast and the definition and line quality of the prints is excellent. Our customers have noticed. They are able to pick up some detail on the drawings they weren’t able to see before.”

For details and updates about HP’s newest wide format printers, visit the HP PageWide XL website or watch the videos on YouTube. Pricing for the new PageWide XL Printers has not yet been announced.

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