Recently, we asked Timothy Mitchell to take a closer look at the new HP Latex 700 and 800 Series printers. In this four-part series, he will walk you through the differences between the two series, the innovative ink and printhead system, the new white ink, and he will walk you through the general printer information for all four printers.
Here is a quick overview of the technology behind the new printers. According to Mitchell, this generation is not about making modifications and changing the name. These printers are continuing to build on HP’s success with latex technology. “Almost every part of the printer has been adjusted, improved, updated, and innovated. It’s a new latex introduction,” says Mitchell. “But it still retains the hallmarks of latex: water-based ink, environmentally friendly, and safe for the user.”
The 800/800 W have 3-liter boxes and a reservoir tank, while the 700/700 W have 1-liter boxes with no reserve. Why does this matter? You get a lower cost per liter and a longer run time. “If you run out of ink in the box, it [the printer] will automatically switch over to the reserve tank,” says Mitchell. “It’s virtually impossible for you to run out of ink while unattended.”
The 1-liter inks in the 700/700 W series is an upgrade over the 775 mL of previous generations, but without the reservoir tank, it is possible to run out of ink if you are doing extended or unattended runs.
While both series are faster than previous models, the 800/800 W is about 15% faster than its counterpart. So why are these printers faster than other generations? According to Mitchell, it’s due to the lower curing temperature. “Instead of printing at 230° F or 240° F, I’m going to be printing at 200° F or less, with more speed,” he says. “So, the prints are coming through quicker and at a lower temperature. More speed and more impact with less thermal deformation.”
One very noticeable difference between these two series is the flashing status beacon, a green/yellow/red light on the 800/800 W. Much like a traffic light, this multi-colored light will let you know if the printer is idle (solid green), working (flashing green), needs attention (flashing yellow), or completely stopped and something is wrong (flashing red). The beacon is an excellent way for production managers to run several printers and quickly identify any troubles with the fleet.
These are just a few of the differences. Be sure to click on the video above to learn more about the Latex 800 and 800 W from the 700 and 700 W and check out the HP printers in The LexJet Experience. Check back over the next few days to catch the rest of our four-part series.
If you still have questions, give us a call at 800-453-9538, and our printer specialists will be happy to help.