Earlier this month, HP invited a group of customers and prospects to its Corvallis, Oregon facility to show them the latest developments in the newly renamed PageWide Web Press (formerly known as the Inkjet Web Press) product line. The facility tour began with a visit to HP’s Corvallis “Fab” lab, the fabrication laboratory where the silicon wafers used in inkjet print heads are made using micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) manufacturing techniques. The latest models use the new high-definition nozzle architecture (HDNA) and are 2,400 nozzle-per-inch, dual channel, thermal inkjet (TIJ) print heads capable of speeds up to 800 feet per minute in Performance Mode on the T480 HD (a 33% increase from the T410’s 600 fpm of the previous HP TIJ heads). The minute details of the microscopic thermal inkjet nozzles are absolutely mind-boggling. An excellent visual tour of how these nozzles operate can be seen in this computer-animated video that HP recently produced. Also on the tour was a visit to HP’s ink lab, and finally a view of several HP PageWide Web Presses including a T230, a T410 running a corrugated cardboard application, a T300 series product, a 110-inch print bar from a T1100S, and a T480 HD.
It is the “HD” versions of the PageWide Web Press family that will use the HDNA heads. The first HD versions will be Read more »
Last week, like many others I braved snow, sleet, and freezing rain to get to DscoopX in Washington DC. While the weather outside was less than desirable, there was tremendous spirit and enthusiasm for the industry and digital technologies inside the Gaylord Convention Center.
More than 2,000 print professionals from 41 countries and over 115 business partners participated to share perspectives on how to “Xpand Print”. According to show organizers that means that since inception more than 20,000 HP end users worldwide have participated in a Dscoop event. DscoopX had the largest Dscoop solutions showcase ever with over 45,000 square feet of exhibitions. It had the biggest HP presence in the solutions showcase in Dscoop history featuring an HP Indigo 30000, HP Indigo 20000, two HP Indigo 10000 units, and an array of large format technology all showcasing applications and opportunities for digital technology. Read more »
HP has long been at the forefront of innovation in the digital printing marketplace with inkjet solutions spanning consumer, office, and production. HP’s announcement of its High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) shows how inkjet technology is evolving, but the main take-away shouldn’t be just about high resolution, redundancy, or better print quality. The important part of this announcement is how it helps future-proof investments made by HP customers.
The centerpiece of the announcement is a new 2,400 dot-per-inch, dual channel, thermal inkjet (TIJ) print head Read more »
My trip to Dscoop9 was short — one day only — but fabulous. In the time I was there I saw a hilarious and thought-provoking keynote, spent hours on the show floor collecting print samples (see links to videos below), moderated a panel of innovative HP Indigo 10000 users, met with HP Indigo executives, and interviewed an HP “Graphics Influencer.”
Here are my take-aways from the day I spent at Dscoop9:
How Important Is Dscoop to HP? Dion Weisler was at Dscoop9. Read more »
InfoTrends recently published the United States and Western European digital production placements numbers and market shares. As every observer of the world economy would have guessed the latest numbers are less than stellar. 2012 was not as bad as when the financial crisis of 2008/2009 hit the markets, but most segments declined with only a few product segments showing growth.
Overall installation numbers for digital production printing devices in the U.S. and Western Europe declined by 6.6% to 114,792 units in 2012. This is less of a reason for concern however, as we expected a decline in entry level devices which have a large share of the overall installations – in line with the declining number of small print establishments like copy shops, quick printers and CRDs (More details can be found in our establishment sizing reports for U.S. and Western Europe). After all, low-end devices produce little print volume anyway. We had already observed that with the production digital copy/print market maturing there is a shift towards higher volume devices, competing more and more for higher run lengths. To some extent that shift continued in 2012, although some high-end segments declined as well. For example the heavy production colour segment (1M to 10M duty cycle range) declined by 20%. A drop in this segment was not unexpected due to the drupa impact and for reasons within the product portfolio, but it was amplified by the difficult economic situation as well. Read more »
Last week I visited HP’s Graphic Arts Experience Center. I’ve written a blog called Lessons Learned at HP’s Graphic Arts Experience Center about that visit and in this video blog I show some print samples that I collected there. These samples include ones from HP Indigo, Inkjet Web Press, and Specialty Printing Systems (SPS) products.
If you’d like to see other print sample videos, please check out the Jim Hamilton YouTube channel. Here you’ll find a selection of my print sample videos as well as videos that have been recorded at various industry events.
Last week I went to Alpharetta, Georgia in suburban Atlanta to see HP’s Graphic Arts Experience Center. Opened in March of 2011, the site is a 60,000-square-foot showcase of HP’s graphic arts portfolio including its Indigo, SmartStream, Inkjet Web Press, Designjet & Scitex wide format, and Specialty Printing Systems (SPS) inkjet offerings. In addition to acting as a sales hub, the site also houses training facilities and is a center for graphic arts business development services for HP customers in the Americas.
I was invited to the Experience Center to attend an HP customer event along with a handful of industry analysts and trade magazine editors. It was an eye-opening experience in a number of ways and in this blog I’d like to share three insights I gained from the visit.
Make It Matter
The HP slogan ‘Make It Matter,’ which you see in HP promotional posters and on their employees’ business cards, has always reminded me of that scene toward the end of the movie ‘Saving Private Ryan’ where a dying Tom Hanks tells Matt Damon to ‘earn it.’ Movie dramatics aside, what HP has done with it Graphic Arts Experience Center has a lot to do with ‘making it matter.’ Bringing the whole portfolio (including Inkjet Web Press and SPS) under one roof makes a lot of sense and is particularly important given the cross-over opportunities for existing and future HP customers. That the site serves multiple purposes for sales, training, and business development is also key. The Experience Center has recently added an Inkjet Web Press T200 (that’s been upgraded to a T230) and it would also have an Indigo W7250 if it hadn’t been for the surge in demand for the product (the unit targeted to the Experience Center went to a customer in Massachusetts). I was highly impressed with the broad range of print samples, in fact, I felt like a kid in a candy store. (I madeÂ a video with some of those samples.) The samples cover a range of markets including commercial print, direct mail, technical, publishing, signage, labeling, packaging, and pro-photography printing.
Each of these is available as a free download from InfoTrends, just click the link above. All of these white papers relate to one or more key trends from drupa 2012, including high-speed color inkjet systems, hybrid inkjet configurations with offset or other processes, substrates for inkjet that open up new application opportunities, and the move to B2 format digital. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this video blog I discuss print samples provided by HP at their press/analyst event in Israel (March 2012). These include HP Indigo, HP Inkjet Web Press, and HP Specialty Printing Systems examples. This event is covered in two other InfoTrends blogs:
HP has today confirmed the reports in the Wall Street Journal andÂ Reuters. The Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) and the Personal Systems Group (PSG) will be combined into a new business unit, namely the Printing and Personal Systems Group, to be led by Todd Bradley.Â Vyomesh Joshi (VJ), the current executive vice president of IPG, is to retire from HP after a 31-year career with the company. This is an interesting, if not entirely unexpected development. Both areas of the business are under pressure; PSG from the rise of mobile computing, IPG from the rise of mobile computing. But that is where the similarity ends.