HP Designjet Z6100PS High Quality Sublimation Printing
Hewlett-Packard (HP), a technology innovator, has earned leadership positions in key segments of large format printing. HP solutions provide high quality and dependable printers for print service providers and technical markets like GIS, architectural, engineering, and construction. In May the company announced additions to its mid-range aqueous inkjet solution with the launch of the HP Designjet Z6100PS. The Designjet series, wide format printers with vivid, durable color and ease-of-use, established HP as a solid player in professional markets. Targeted as a replacement to its successful Designjet 5000 and 5500 large format printers, the Z6100 performs at almost twice the speed of its predecessor in best quality and more than four times the speed in fast quality.
The eight-ink Designjet Z6100PS thermal inkjet printers are available in 42- and 60-inch widths, and come with or without an embedded Adobe Postscript RIP. With print speeds up to 1,134 square feet per hour (sf/h), the Z6100 is ideal for those with both high-end quality and high-speed output needs. The printer has a home in fast-paced digital print and quick print shops, sign shops, agencies, photo studios, technical and construction sites, and in-house marketing offices.
The Designjet Z6100PS includes an embedded spectrophotometer and color management tools that allow users to insure color accuracy. HP’s new DreamColor Technologies are built into the devices to assure a consistent color every time, from display through printing. Innovative staggered printheads in HP’s Double Swath technology offers 2,112 print head nozzles, small ink drop sizes, and the debut of HP’s Optical Media Advance Sensor. The onboard 40GB hard drive allows users to store jobs for reuse and the embedded Web server includes job submission and a host of management tools.
The printers use HP’s advanced Vivera pigment 775ml ink cartridges—cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta, yellow, light gray, matte black, and photo black. HP says these inks resist fading in or near a window for more than one year unlaminated, more than three years laminated, and 200-plus years away from direct sunlight.
The Z6100PS handles media up to 114 lb weight, in roll widths of 24 to 42 inches, and lengths of up to 575 feet depending on media type—from bond and coated paper, to vellum, film, photographic paper, backlit, self-adhesive, scrim, fabric, and canvas. HP offers a number of premium substrate options, including bright white heavyweight bond and coated paper, and an Instant-dry gloss paper.
According to HP the embedded Spectrophotometer provides accurate measurements for printer calibration that deliver print-to-print and printer-to-printer color consistency with less than half the color error of non Z-series Designjets. Color accuracy is available over a wide range of environmental conditions. The embedded spectrophotometer also allows users of HP Designjet Z6100-series printers to automatically generate custom CMYK ICC profiles for their preferred media. The printer, color imaging pipeline, and a professional-quality spectrophotometer are integrated with the Color Center Utility for HP Designjet Z6100-series printers. This offers an in-line workflow with significant advantages over third-party profiling solutions with off-line workflows. Giving the calibration and profiling process direct access to the writing system allows precise control of ink levels and color separations for each color patch in the test chart. The automated measurement process eliminates handling the test chart, provides repeatable dry-times, and allows fast measurements with precise electromechanical positioning of the spectrophotometer over the color patch.
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