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Drupa update: HP has announced details of it's first Latex Ink printer, the Designjet L65500 Printer

HP promised to announce more details of the machines that will be using their new water-based HP Latex Inks that are supposed to provide many of the benefits of solvent-ink technology without imposing the typical environmental, health and safety considerations. The first machine to be announced is the HP Designjet L65500 printer that features both HP Latex Inks and HP Wide Scan Technology.

Together, they say, these technologies provide durable, odorless prints; sharp, vivid image quality; application versatility and high-productivity, enabling printers to increase their print capacity and grow their business while reducing the impact of printing on the environment.

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 The new HP Designjet L65500

The HP Designjet L65500 can print up to 104 inches (2.64 m) on normal solvent substrates, (vinyls, etc.,) with a resolution of up to 1200 dpi with a display permanence of up to three years unlaminated and up to five years laminated and are scratch, smudge and water resistant provided original HP media is used. However the company has stated that HP Latex Inks are expected to provide good image quality, display permanence and durability on most low-cost, uncoated, solvent-compatible media.

HP have designed 14 new large-format media – including five recyclable substrates – for optimal results with HP Latex Printing Technologies. A proprietary new HP media surface-treatment technology – designed together with the HP Designjet L65500 Printer – produces a wide colour gamut and makes it possible to achieve both durability and sharp, vivid image quality on materials that don’t typically print well with solvent inks.

Odorless prints produced with HP Latex Inks emit extremely low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). There is no special ventilation required to meet occupational exposure limits and there are no requirements for air discharge permitting a vastly improved printing environment. Non-hazardous HP Latex Inks are not classified as hazardous waste and are non-flammable and non-combustible. In compliance with the  industry-leading certification, Nordic Swan, HP Latex Inks do not produce ozone emissions during printing and contain no hazardous air pollutants (HAPs).

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