HP has announced a new device in its Scitex flatbed system lineup which is aimed at production of corrugated and display graphics. The HP Scitex FB10000 Industrial Press makes its debut at FESPA in London this week and will arrive in November.
The six-colour FB10000 has a bed size of 1.6 metres by 3.2 metres. According to HP, the machine can produce up to 125 full-sized sheets per hour, or 1,001 B1-sized sheets in less than two hours.
"To date, digital printing customers have had to choose between productivity and quality, always sacrificing one feature for the other," said Stephen Nigro, Senior Vice President, Graphics Solutions Business, HP. "The HP Scitex FB10000 industrial press changes the game, providing a unique combination of speed, quality and versatility to cost-effectively meet the standards set by offset while taking advantage of the short runs, personalization and quick turnarounds possible with digital."
The company describes the FB10000 as a new platform featuring unique technologies for high speed and quality work. Central to this technology is what HP calls High Dynamic range (HDR) printing, which uses variable drop sizes to print both solid coverage and high detail areas in one pass. Droplets of 15, 30 and 45 picolitres are created from HP’s new HDR300 printheads to minimize tone breaks in printed images. Each nozzle produces up to 24,000 droplets per second and the FB10000 has 312 printheads (52 per colour) of 192 nozzles each, leading to production speeds of up to 625 square metres per hour.
The FB10000 also employs HP HDR240 Scitex UV-curable inks, which features new qualities such as high durability as well as 300 percent elongation, meaning it is very suitable to corrugated POP displays which require creasing. The inks are also Greenguard Gold certified, meaning they are suitable for sensitive indoor environments. The ink also features properties that allows it to adhere to more substrates, including plastics, without pretreatment.
HP says its current Scitex FB7600 will continue to be sold, aimed at the screen printing market. The Scitex FB10000 will place above it in its flatbed lineup.