HP and Pitney Bowes Add a 22-Inch Web Product to their Product Portfolios

Jim Hamilton
May 18, 2010

Today at IPEX HP previewed the T200, a 22-inch web width companion to the 30-inch T300 Inkjet Web Press. The T200, which is capable of color speeds of 200 feet per minute (875 color letter images per minute) and black speeds of 400 feet per minute (1,750 black letter images per minute), will be formally announced at Graph Expo and will become available in 2011. Though the T200 builds on many components and technologies used in the T300, it is not a slimmed down T300, but instead a new design that uses an innovative paper path that prints both sides of the web without using a turnbar. The product will also be used by Pitney Bowes as the print engine for the new IntelliJet 20.

Supporting CMYK plus a fifth color (in addition to the heads that apply the bonding agent), the T200, like the T300, uses a tight web design. Instead of two separate print engines the T200 has two imaging areas within a single integrated device. The configuration shown at IPEX prints the four process colors plus the bonding agent. There is space for another color in the device and HP said that it would be adding MICR capability at a later date. Both HP and Pitney Bowes expect the device to be “plug compatible” as a replacement to monochrome toner-based devices where the user is looking to move to color and mixed color and black & white workflows.

The table below compares the T200 and the T300:

Product T200 T300
Speed
(feet per minute)
200 fpm color and MICR
400 fpm black
400 fpm
Throughput (black) 1,750 letter images per minute 2,600 letter images per minute
Throughput (color) 875 letter images per minute 2,600 letter images per minute
Print width 20.5” (520.7 mm) 29.1” (740 mm)
Web width 22” (558.8) 30” (762 mm)
Addressable resolution 1,200 X 600 dpi 1,200 X 600 dpi
Availability To be shown as a demonstration at IPEX; formally announced at Graph Expo; and available in 2011 Available commercially since Print 09
Differentiators Narrower web, paper path, compact footprint, single engine for both sides of web, no turn bar required, built-in web buffer, different speeds/throughput for color and B&W Wider web, two engines, higher color speed, duty cycle, and throughput
Commonalities Inks, printheads, papers, digital front end system, tight web, electronics modules, ink delivery system, printhead servicing, in-line process monitors, ability to leverage other internal components and technologies  
Duty cycle Up to 50 million mono and 25 million four-color duplex pages per month 70 million four-color duplex pages per month

From this early view of the product it is clear that both HP and Pitney Bowes will look to the installed base of monochrome toner-based continuous feed printers to drive placements. The T200 and IntelliJet 20 provide a narrower format and presumably a lower cost of entry for end users in production digital print environments. Pitney Bowes will take the lead in bringing the engine into transaction environments. In doing so it will leverage its Intelligent Print Process Manager and worldwide service & support. HP will take advantage of its HP Indigo sales force to bring the T200 into commercial print and other production digital print environments.

HP did not release pricing and is not expected to do so until the product’s formal announcement at Graph Expo. Pitney Bowes did not release pricing either but did say that it would be taking orders at IPEX. InfoTrends will produce a more formal analysis after it gathers additional details at the show.

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