The new additions to the companys Scitex digital wide-format graphics portfolio offer print service providers (PSPs) higher productivity, the versatility to handle more applications and the ability to meet the growing demand for short runs more quickly.

The new offerings include:

–       The Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press, with new HP FB225 Scitex Inks offers workflow improvements for increased productivity and versatility and an optional multi-sheet loader.

–       The 5m (16.6-foot) Scitex XP5500 Industrial Printer features new billboard print modes, industry-leading print speeds and unprecedented ink coverage.

–       The 3.2-m (10.5-foot) Scitex XP2500 Industrial Printer delivers up to 15 percent more throughput than its predecessor.

–       The enhanced HP Scitex Print Care helps customers maximise uptime and serviceability.

–       EskoArtwork i-cut Suite, a print-to-cut workflow solution enhanced for HP Scitex printers, from HP Solutions Business Partner ESKO.

As the leader in industrial wide-format graphics, HP is helping customers transition from analogue to digital printing and take advantage of higher value pages to further grow their businesses, said Xavier Garcia, general manager, Scitex Wide-format Solutions, HP. With todays introductions, our customers can go after these pages with the confidence that HP digital solutions will deliver the productivity, versatility and reliability they demand.

The FB7600 and XP5500 industrial presses will debut at the 2011 SGIA Expo in New Orleans from Oct. 19 – 21. At the show, the company also will kick off the first HP Print Excellence Awards for HP Scitex and HP Designjet customers to recognise best-in-class wide-format graphics applications. The contest will culminate at the drupa 2012 tradeshow, where the company will announce winning customers and applications.

Delivering high productivity on a range of flexible and rigid media, the FB7600 Industrial Press offers a variety of productivity enhancements, including in-line saturation control for backlit applications, hot folders and job queue, to help PSPs expedite their workflow. The device can print up to 95 full boards an hour and has a new point-of-purchase (POP) print mode that produces 55 full boards an hour with indoor quality.

The FB225 Scitex inks adhere better to plastics and improve flexibility on corrugated media, allowing customers to reduce the time required for finishing and expand their businesses with new applications. The inks also have reduced odour and the ink system is GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified, offering reassurance that the prints produced are suitable for use in indoor environments.

The FB7600 is expected to be available worldwide on Nov 1. Existing owners of the Scitex FB7500 Industrial Press who want improved versatility and efficiency can easily upgrade their existing technologies with the HP Scitex FB7500 Industrial Press Upgrade Kit.

The Scitex XP5500 Industrial Printer is ideal for high-volume PSPs that require a reliable, 24/7 printing solution. Offering a combination of low-cost-per-square foot printing at industry-leading speeds, the device prints up to 325sqm/hr (3,500ft2/hr) in billboard mode using HP Specialty Billboard Scitex Ink. Additionally, PSPs can increase their return on investment through better ink coverage than comparable solvent and UV-ink printing systems.  

Designed for high-volume PSPs seeking a UV-curable alternative to solvent ink printing, the Scitex XP2500 Industrial Printer offers a low-cost-per-square foot, printing at speeds up to 265sqm/hr (2,850 ft2/hr). Customers can choose one of the new print modes that use HP Specialty Billboard Scitex Ink for high ink coverage, enabling PSPs to produce billboards or close-view applications without switching inks. This specially formulated ink provides media versatility and operational efficiency for a variety of outdoor and indoor applications.

The Scitex XP2500 and XP5500 printers are scheduled to be available worldwide on 1 Nov and 15 Dec respectively. The company will also will offer Scitex XP5300 and XP2300 Upgrade Packages for existing customers who want improved versatility and a new level of service with Scitex Print Care.

New workflow solution for HP Scitex from ESKOArtwork

ESKOArtwork i-Cut Suite is a print-to-cut workflow solution that tackles bottlenecks in the manufacturing of wide-format graphics by simplifying the cutting process, including PDF preflight, editing and correction, nesting and layout and the production of printing and cutting files.

ESKOArtwork i-Cut Suite is compatible with all Scitex printers, Raster Image Processors (RIPs) and cutting devices. The enhanced solution, exclusive to HP Scitex customers, includes a library of optimised HP Scitex profiles.