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HP Unveils Rigid Latex Printing Technology

By 22nd March 2018 No Comments
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In what’s surely to be a huge game changer for the signage industry, HP has today announced that it is bringing it’s latex ink technology to a flat bed format by the name of the Later R Series. HP Latex print technology is already considered industry best in printing, but never before has it been implemented in a flat bed system. This will certainly be an interesting one to follow for the industry debut in May.

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ORLANDO (FL), MARCH 22, 2018 — Today at ISA Sign Expo, HP Inc. announced the HP Latex R Series, the first, true hybrid latex technology that merges HP’s renowned flexible printing capabilities into rigid printing. The HP Latex R Series brings the most vibrant colours1 into the rigid printing world, and pioneers white ink capabilities with the introduction of HP Latex White Ink.

The HP Latex R series brings unparalleled speed and quality to a wide range of rigid materials, such as foamboards, foam PVC, cardboard, fluted polypropylene, solid plastics, aluminium, wood and glass among others. Unlike UV printing technology, which creates a thick layer of ink that completely covers the material, HP’s water-based Latex Inks preserve the look and feel of the media, and delivers odourless prints that are both safe for the environment and the printer operator.

“With the new HP Latex Rigid Technology, our customers can expand their offering into new, high-value applications while also opening fresh creative ideas and concepts for sign and display that provide their users greater value,” said Joan Perez Pericot, General Manager, HP Large Format Graphics Business, HP Inc.

Tackling one of the industry’s most pervasive limitations in printing, HP’s White Latex Ink has an innovative system that recirculates the white to avoid settling. For the first time, HP’s innovative White Latex Ink delivers glossy, high-quality “true white” that doesn’t yellow over time like traditional UV-based white ink does.

“White ink has been a consistent problem for the industry. Traditionally it uses bigger and heavier pigment particles that frequently clog printheads, or the opaque mixture becomes separated and settles to the bottom of the ink reservoir. Until now, physically shaking the reservoirs often has been the necessary solution,” said Thom Brown, Chief Inkologist at HP. “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 will be available during Q3 of 2018, with a full industry debut occurring in May at FESPA in Berlin, Germany.

  1. Most vibrant colors based on internal HP testing, January 2018 compared to leading competitive printers under $350,000 USD. Tested in High Quality print mode on rigid (white acrylic 12-pass, 6-color,120%). Internal HP testing with HP GamutViewer, Alpha Shapes=50000.

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