|HP Latex 260 instead of HP Designjet L26500; HP Latex 280 instead of HP Designjet L28500.|
HP Designjet L26500 changes name to HP Latex 260
And HP Latex 280 28500 is the new name for former HP Designjet L28500. In the beginning, the first serious heavy duty latex printer was the HP Designjet L65500 (drupa 2008). Within a few years the name HP Scitex replaced HP Designjet for the high-end heavy-duty metal construction.
Tabulated list of HP latex ink printers
The purpose of this FLAAR Report is to assist print shop owners to understand, from a source totally unaffiliated and unrelated to HP, about the benefits, capabilities, and the occasional issues with the latex ink chemistry and curing technology.
We list productivity at max resolution because most faster speeds are unrealistic. To be fair we also list a mid-range speed, realizing that the quality will be okay but perhaps not always superlative.
Be aware that latex ink curing of an HP printer requires a significant start-up time, to get everything heated up inside the system. In effect this is down-time. I doubt that the down-time of warm-up time is calculated in production-per-hour. But remember, with any printer, full solvent, UV with mercury-arc curing, or HP latex, the square-meters printed during warm-up is ZERO.
On May 2013, there were no detailed data sheets for the HP Scitex LX820 on the HP Canada web site. But if you waste more time on the Internet you can easily find data sheets from other HP resources.
For reasons we do not understand, the HP Scitex LX850 industrial printer is listed on an HP web site as discontinued (May 2013 is the day we noticed this). During the first week of May 2013, the only Scitex version which was listed was the LX600, which is only 2.64 meter width. The LX800, LX820, and LX850 were 3.2 meter workhorses.
Notes on the models of HP Scitex LX and HP Designjet L latex printers
The HP Scitex LX600 was originally named the HP Designjet L65500. It was a great concept but I do not understand why this FIVE-year old printer is the only one over 60" which is featured today?.
Improvements with the second generation HP latex ink (HP 792, HP LX610)
What are differences between first generation ink for HP Designjet latex (launched at Drupa 2008) and next generation ink (launched a year or so ago)?
Footnotes from HP spec sheets:
HP LX600 Latex Scitex Ink Cartridges were formerly listed as HP 786 Designjet Ink Cartridges
Growing market share success of HP Designjet latex printers and HP Scitex LX
By 2011, HP had sold over 4000 of their total range of HP latex printers. That calculation is lower than what we have been told elsewhere. But a more realistic total is 14,500 shipped worldwide (as of Spring 2013).
Updated June 3, 2013.
Previously updated May 30, 2013.
Wide Format Printers