Epson Introduces Five New Printers at ISA 2019

Thursday, Epson announced new additions to the SureColor P-Series and S-Series printer families. There will be production versions of the Standard P10000 and P20000:

  • SureColor P10000 Production – 44-in aqueous printer designed to create high-quality sign and graphics in fast-paced production environments. Perfect for signage, indoor displays and photographic/fine art printing.
  • SureColor P20000 Production – 64-in aqueous printer designed to create high-quality sign and graphics in fast-paced production environments. Perfect for signage, indoor displays and photographic/fine art printing.

What’s different? ONYX RIPcenter, a workflow software that incorporates Adobe Postscript® and is a powerful color management tool is now included.

The new Production printers offer the same 2.6” wide Epson PrecisionCore® MicroTFP printhead as the Standard edition and the Epson UltraChrome® PRO nine-color pigmented ink set will still be available with high-capacity 700 ml ink cartridges which, along with more efficient ink usage, allows for an extremely low cost per print.

These printers will be available to order starting in May.

In addition to the Production P-Series printers, Epson also announced the availability of Print and Cut bundles for the SureColor S-Series.

Available for order in June, these bundles will include an S-Series printer, and FC8600-130 cutter and Onyx software.

The S60600 is one of the fastest production printers on the market and now, combined with the Graphtec cutter and Onyx GamaPrintPro with Onyx CUT-Server, a premium print and cut solution is available.

The S80600 partners photographic image output with a top-of-the-line cutter and Onyx Thrive, to provide color-critical clients a reliable print and cut option.

Ordering details are not available for these new Epson printers, but if you would like more information, please call one of our printer specialists at 800-453-9538.

Don’t Get Cut Out of this Deal: The Graphtec Mail-in Rebate Ends Soon!

Earlier this month, Graphtec announced a $300 mail-in rebate with the purchase of a wide-format printer and an FC8600-130 (54-in) or an FC8600-160 (64-in). In addition to the mail-in rebate, Graphtec will also extend the warranty for a year, which means a four-year parts and labor warranty for you.

The FC8600 series is a high-performance roll-fed cutting plotter and the ultimate finishing solution for PSPs and others who specialize in graphic arts, indoor and outdoor signage, vehicle decals, tradeshow graphics, etc.

Now is the opportunity to pair a qualified wide-format printer with a Graphtec cutting plotter for improved print and cut workflow.

If you would like to learn more about the Graphtec plotters or find out how to qualify for the rebate, call one of our printer specialists at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

For Wall Graphics, HP Adhesive Vinyl Saves Money & Improves Results

Tyler Birch of Atchley Graphics in Columbus, Ohio, was browsing the LexJet website looking for an alternative to his current vinyl and laminate solution that would still be compatible with his Latex 360 and 570 printers. That’s when he found the HP Prime Gloss Air GP.

“I called Dave [Grotkiewicz], my LexJet sales representative who is very knowledgeable and helpful, especially with new products. We discussed the product and he sent me a roll to try,” Birch says.

With a mission to provide quality and value to his customers, Birch is selective about the products he uses. “It’s about peace of mind and long-term value,” he says. “You don’t want someone coming back in two years because their graphic failed or they had a bad experience. It comes down to the materials that you use, and the people who are printing, laminating and installing.”

Birch looked at what he was paying for his current materials and realized he could save as much as $100 when buying a roll of each vinyl and laminate. Because it’s not just about saving money, he needed to see how well the product would image. “The print quality is great, profiles are set, and I don’t have head strikes or color issues as compared to my other products.”

Birch wears multiple hats at Atchley — “As a press operator, I knew the product was doing its job, just like Dave told me it would,” he says.

He also finishes projects, which includes laminating graphics or working with print & cut. “The Prime laminated great with the HP Polymeric Overlaminates and the print and cut capabilities are also excellent,” he says. “The adhesive is a little different. It’s a bit harder, which means you won’t see gray adhesive poking out of the edges of a cut application.”

Not only has the new HP Adhesive Vinyl line helped Birch improve his output, but it also helps ensure his customers are benefiting from the increase in image quality and the decrease in cost. “HP Prime Air really helps us provide value to our customers and at a price point that makes us competitive, which is great since we are a small shop,” he says.

With many more projects lined up, Birch is excited to try other products as well, including HP Optimal Gloss Air GRP – a high-performance product that offers a gray repositionable adhesive – and the new Prime Matte Air GR, which offers a gray removable adhesive.

To learn more about the HP Adhesive Vinyl products, visit LexJet.com or call one of our sales specialists at 800-453-9538 to find out which solution is right for your next project.

Now Available at LexJet: The HP Latex Family of Cutters

Recently, HP launched the Latex Print & Cut solution by bundling the HP Latex 115, Latex 315 and Latex 335 with cutters, giving print providers the opportunity to trim and cut graphics without interfering with their workflow, saving both time and money.

Realizing that many latex printers were purchased prior to the release of the bundle, HP knew that those users could benefit from the addition of the HP Cutter with the latex they already have in house, so they company released the HP Latex Cutting Solution at the ISA show in March.

The new cutters will give all users of the HP Latex 300 and 100 series printers a true print and cut option, that includes FlexiPRINT and CUT RIP. With three options, there is a solution available to everyone, from beginners to seasoned shop veterans:

  • The HP Latex 54 Basic Cutting Solution is an easy and affordable option for those whose graphics demand don’t exceed 54 inches and has a maximum cut speed of 33in per second (84 cm/sec)
  • The HP Latex 54 Cutting Solution is a great way to grow your business with your 54-in latex in the graphics market. This cutter offers a faster maximum cut speed (44 in/sec; 113 cm/sec) for quicker turnaround times
  • The HP Latex 64 Cutting Solution will accommodate graphics as wide as 62.2 inches (158 cm) with the same maximum cutting speed as the 54 inch model (44 in/sec; 113 cm/sec)

The addition of an HP Cutting Solution or Latex Print & Cut will open up opportunities in applications like labels and stickers, floor graphics, wall decals and window graphics.

If you currently own a Latex 300 or 100 series printer and are interested in adding one of these solutions to your workflow, call one of our LexJet sales specialists at 800-453-9538 or visit us online at LexJet.com.

Bundles, Trade-ins and Rebates on HP Printers in September

HP Designjet Z6600HP is offering a variety of rebates, bundles and trade-ins on the HP Latex and HP Designjet printers, including print-and-cut bundles with Graphtec, SAi and Summa.

HP, Graphtec and SAi have partnered on a print-and-cut bundle that provides up to $1,499 in savings with the HP Latex 310 or 330, the Graphtec FC8600 – 130/160 and SAi FlexiPRINT HP Premium Edition Upgrade from HP Basic Edition.

HP and Summa are also offering a print-and-cut bundle with the HP Latex 310 and 330 with a SummaCut D140 or D160 that includes a $1,000 instant rebate and a discount on the RIP upgrade. Both print-and-cut bundle specials are good through Sept. 30.

Either way, you can get a $1,000 instant rebate on the HP Latex 310 Printer and HP Latex 330 Printer with or without the bundle at LexJet. Plus, Upgrade to Latex with the new HP Latex 360 Printer: trade in any qualifying solvent printer or printer-cutter 30″ or wider, 42″ or wider large-format aqueous printer, HP Latex 210, 260 or 280 Printers, or HP Designjet L25500 or L28500 Printer.

HP also introduced a new portfolio of Care Packs and Service Contract options for the new HP Latex 300 Series Printers. Contact a LexJet printer specialist at 800-453-9538 to find out about rebates on Care Packs and Service Contracts.

If you’re looking for a wider print area, HP is also offering $6,000 cash back on the HP Latex 280 104″ inkjet printer when you trade in an eligible solvent or aqueous printer by Sept. 30. The HP Latex 280 allows you expand your offerings to include high-quality grand-format backlits, banners and soft signage.

HP Designjet Aqueous Printer Deals
New this month, HP announces a big ink deal on its new HP Designjet Z-series printers: Buy an HP Designjet Z6800 Photo Production Printer with a full set of HP Original Vivid Photo Inks (773A) and get a second full set free, a savings of $2,100 on HP 773A inks. You can also get the same deal with the new HP Designjet Z6600 Production Printer, with savings of $1,600 on the HP 773A inks.

If you’re looking to upgrade your aqueous inkjet printer, HP has a great deal for you with its HP Designjet Cash In & Trade Up promotion. When you trade in a qualifying printer you can get up to $2,500 cash back.

HP Designjet printers to which you can trade up include the HP Designjet Z6200 42-inch printer (up to $2,500 back), HP Designjet T1500 36-inch Post Script technical printer (up to $1,000 back) or HP Designjet T1500 36-inch technical printer (up to $750 back).

We use the phrase “up to” since you’ll need to provide a serial number and return the formatter board or motherboard for your qualifying trade-in printer to receive the maximum. You can also provide just the serial number for less cash back ($250). The Designjet Cash In & Trade Up promotion runs through Sept. 30.

There is also a $400 instant rebate on the HP Designjet T520 36-inch printer good through Sept. 30. Additionally, LexJet is offering a limited number of the new HP Z-series printers at a special discounted price, including the HP Designjet Z6600 Production Printer and the HP Designjet Z6800 Photo Production Printer.

To find out more, including qualifying trade-in printers, bundle deals on the HP Z5400 and HP Z5200, and for direction on what printer would work best for you, contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538.

Test Driving the New HP Latex 360 with LexJet’s Tech Support Director

HP Latex 360 Printer
LexJet technical support director, Adam Hannig, has been putting the HP Latex 360 Printer through its paces, printing here on LexJet Sunset by Fredrix Gloss Canvas SUV.

Is the new HP Latex 360 Printer all it’s cracked up to be? To find out, we asked LexJet’s technical support director, Adam Hannig, who has been working with the printer daily since it arrived at LexJet’s tech center a few weeks ago.

First, the 64-inch printer is meeting all the targets for quality, durability and production with high quality at high speeds, lower maintenance and a healthier printing environment. HP has also partnered with Graphtec and Summa for a true print-and-cut option. Click here to read more about how it works.

One of the features unique to the HP Latex 360 is HP Custom Substrate Profiling with an i1 embedded spectrophotometer. Hannig says this feature makes it simple to profile substrates, so simple that even if you have no knowledge about profiling, you can make it happen. Moreover, with onboard profiling RIP times are quite a bit faster.

“You lose some of the control you have to really get in deep and tweak a substrate profile, but this method is so much faster. There’s not another printer in the latex/solvent market that can do this,” says Hannig. “The other amazing thing is that it’s not RIP-specific so you can create a profile and it doesn’t matter what RIP you use. When you build a profile on the printer it automatically syncs with your RIP; it’s already built and ready to go.”

Another big time-saver, says Hannig, is the new maintenance cartridge system, which allows users to simply replace a cartridge instead of using a maintenance tank. “Now you only have to replace inks, printheads and the maintenance cartridge, so you’re down to the very simplest of options when it comes to regular maintenance of the printer,” says Hannig.

Hannig reports that start-up time – getting the printer “warmed-up” and ready to roll – is significantly lower with the new printer at only about a minute and a half. “If you do a lot of stop-and-start printing where you print a job and then another job half an hour later, the new system cuts down on the time it takes for it to get ready. It has something called a Latex Optimizer, which holds the ink in place until it gets to the heater for instant-dry printing,” says Hannig.

Another new feature on the printer is the LCD touch screen, but Hannig says that while it’s nice to have and includes a preview of the job that’s currently printing, he’s most impressed with the intuitive menu and the internet connectivity.

“If you go to the Substrate Library menu on the printer you can download profiles and it will install them right there. You don’t have to go to your computer; you do it right from the printer, which accesses HP’s Media Finder,” says Hannig.

Hannig adds that he’s impressed with the image quality and the apparent added durability of the next-generation HP Latex Inks.

“For canvas production, as well as other graphics where you’d like to cut out the coating or lamination step, the increased durability is very important. HP developed a different type of polymer around the ink that makes it more durable. You want that peace of mind when you ship it and your customer puts it up on the wall.”

Stay tuned for a series of videos that detail how to use the new HP Latex Printers.