HP Shows Off Latest Inkjet Printing Technology

11 March 2008 By Shashank

Yesterday HP showcased its Latex Ink based Inkjet printing technology which can print thousands of pages per minute with a special Latex ink that can retain its shine even when exposed to extreme environments. HP’s water based Latex Ink is a specially formulated ink which can embed itself in the surface of paper and forms a part of it thereby giving long lasting quality.

HP also launched a Inkjet Web Press Printer with capability of printing 2,600 A4-sized color pages a minute at a cost of less than 1/2 Rupee per page. This really sounds like a future printing technology to me, the cost and longetivity are really amazing.

The Latex Ink includes a specially created formula, called latex polymer, that provides the print surface its durability and color, according to HP. Water-based ink ejected carries the latex polymer and pigment particles to the surface. The inks are 70 percent water and 30 percent of additives and other inks, HP said. The ink was developed by HP and HP Labs.

The Inkjet Web Press is a breakthrough product as it is 20 percent faster than any other inkjet printer on the market, said Gilles Biscos, president of Interquest Ltd., an analysis firm. The speed and width makes it flexible for many different marketplaces including direct mail and books, he said. HP has been in the inkjet business and its research is trickling into many consumer and enterprise spaces.

The printer is built around the Scalable Printing Technology (SPT) platform, which improves the quality of prints by spraying more ink on pages using thousands of nozzles on a single printhead. SPT is already in use on printers like HP’s Photosmart, Nigro said. HP introduced the Photosmart Minilab ml1000 inkjet printer earlier this year, which can print 4-by-6-inch photos as fast as 1,500 prints per hour.

Via PCWorld

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