In June HP announced the scaling of its ink-jet based PageWide Technology for large-format printing, delivering high-quality prints at faster speeds and lower costs.
This innovative technology, which consists of more than 200,000 nozzles on a stationary print bar and spans the width of the page, enables users to produce a variety of black-and-white and color applications, such as drawings, maps and posters. HP PageWide Technology will disrupt the $1.3 billion production printing market currently dominated by monochrome light-emitting diode (LED) printers.
HP is also expanding its existing large-format DesginJet series with exciting new projects, reports the company. These new machines meet specific business demands for high-volume, production printing and include the following:
- HP DesignJet T3500 Production eMultifunction Printer (eMFP) — the most productive large format color multifunction printer in its category, ideal for all enterprise users
- HP DesignJet T7200 Production Printer — full color large-format printer built for central reprographic departments (CRDs) and reprographic houses with high-volume print demands
- HP DesignJet SmartStream — a software program that streamlines the complete printing workflow
These solutions can handle the volume and diverse print needs of enterprise organizations; CRDs; architectural, engineering, construction (AEC) and design firms; public sector agencies; quick printers and small- to medium-sized reprographic houses.
“Our customers are continuously seeking cost-effective and reliable printing technologies that improve the way they work,” said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Graphics and Inkjet Solutions Business, HP. “The new large-format HP PageWide Technology will disrupt the production printing market by offering customers an affordable option for high-volume quality prints, transforming an industry that typically prints in monochrome to now print in color without compromising speed.”
HP’s new T3500 eMFP includes HP PCL 3 GUI drivers for Mac OS X and is Apple Bonjour compatible. Additionally, both Mac and Windows users can optionally deploy the optional PostScript upgrade. For the new HP DesignJet T7200 Production Printer, the Mac support includes only Mac OS X PostScript drivers with the optional PostScript/PDF Upgrade Kit.
HP’s DesignJet SmartStream software technology requires Microsoft Windows 7 or 8. No support for XP or for Apple Mac.
Pricing and Availability
The Large-format HP PageWide printers will be available in the second half of 2015, that’s more than a year from now. While the new HP DesignJet T3500 Production eMFP and HP DesignJet T7200 Production Printer are available now, with worldwide estimated starting prices at 14,750.USD and 12,644.USD, respectively.
The HP DesignJet SmartStream Pre-Flight Manager and Controllers are expected to be available worldwide on 30 June 2014 for an estimated starting list price of 1,295.USD and 795.USD, respectively.
More information about the latest additions to the HP wide-format line of printer technology can be found here.