|HP Scitex FB7500 exhibited again, at SGIA 2010|
Several times a year readers of the FLAAR Reports write and ask for my comments on the HP Scitex FB7500. They have already been flown by HP to HP demo centers in Israel, Atlanta, or Barcelona.
These same printshop owners and managers have also visited Durst factories in Lienz and/or Brixen, and VUTEk in Meredith or in Brussels.
I too have been to Lienz and Brixen (five times total) and to Meredith (about five times if you count the recent inspection visit by FLAAR Technical Writer Jose Melgar). And although I have been to Barcelona many times and to Israel several times, there are over 101 different models of UV printers to evaluate, so we can handle only those where a project-based evaluation is realistic.
Nonetheless, I have kept track of this flatbed printer, in part because it is the only dedicated flatbed in the HP Scitex printer portfolio.
Another reason to learn about the HP Scitex FB7500 is now the Gandy Digital Pred8tor is nearing completion. Yes, of course it did not actually print at SGIA 2010. But that will not stop Gandy Digital from completing it in time for ISA 2011. And by FESPA 2011 the Pred8tor will be in production.
HP Scitex FB7500 UV flatbed printer launched at SGIA 2008
Since VUTEk showed its DS flatbed prototype already at DRUPA 2008 in May, and since the Inca Onset is selling relatively well, HP needed to show that it also had a model in this field. So the HP Scitex FB7500 was shown at SGIA ‘08, albeit as a prototype.
The first question is whether it has a loader-unloader that is efficient. So far neither Durst Rho nor L&P Virtu has been successful with a loading and unloading system. They showed them in the past, but then never again at a trade show. The One Solution Vega printer, from a Unique Partner, has been shown only at one single FESPA event, then not at any other signage trade show. Of course the trend is to display such feeding systems only in a demo room or at a site-visit installation (since these printers are rather large for a trade show).
Actually the Scitex Vision CORjet loader/unloader is one that seems to function well.
By the time of SGIA 2008 and VISCOM 2008 we will know which printers actually appear, because the HP Scitex FB6300 disappeared before it was fully launched (the HP version of the Scitex Vision VEEjet+). Then the much touted HP Scitex FB6500 never appeared (other than at Barcelona 2006, shown to hundreds of admiring visitors). The HP Scitex XL2200 finally appeared a year late (at SGIA 2007) but its X2 MEMS printheads had issues and the entire XL2200 program was replaced by buying NUR and then rebranding the successful NUR Expedio printers.
X2 MEMS Printheads
Every new printer that HP announced at their Barcelona September 2006 extravaganza needed the X2 MEMS printhead to function. One suggested reason that none of these announced printers actually were shown at any trade show is because of problems with their X2 MEMS printheads. Only one of the announced printers survived long enough to be formally launched: the XL2200 was shown at SGIA 2007 but that was only to pretend to have a printer better than NUR; the XL2200 was not fully functional outside a lab or outside a trade show booth because the printheads seemingly did not hold up more than a few weeks before they needed replacing.
So if you are about to consider the HP Scitex FB7500 printer, you need to visit more than the demo room; you need to discretely visit end-users and learn about how to handle replacement of the MEMS printheads: the time involved and the cost of each and every new replacement head.
Tons of new UV printers at SGIA 2008 including the HP Scitex FB7500
There were more new UV flatbed printers at SGIA 2008 in Autumn than were new UV flatbed printers at DRUPA ’08, that same summer which was supposedly the Mecca of printer trade shows. Because so many new UV printers appeared at SGIA ’08, we are evaluating only those where we have access to the printer for testing at a major demo center or at the factory. Thus for all the Yuhan-Kimberly textile printers, I spent a week in Korea evaluating them in-person. A trade show booth is too hectic.
So far it has not been possible to make time to get to the main demo room to inspect this HP Scitex FB7500, but it has been possible to see if functioning in the HP booth at SGIA 2010.
Concordance of HP Scitex UV printers
The TurboJet is still known as the TurboJet, so needs no index listing. This has changed model numbers as the printer has been tweaked. But the basic printer is the same as it has always been for years.
Faster replacement for aging NUR Tempo Q= HP Scitex FB7500
2.3 meter version, HP edition = HP Scitex XP2300
Wide Format Printers