HP’s Science and Printing Day offers behind-the-scenes look at company’s ink R&D, latest technologies and operations
David Savastano, Editor08.21.14
I recently had the opportunity to visit Hewlett-Packard's (HP) Corvallis, OR operations, to see what the company, whose 2013 sales reached $112.3 billion, is working on in the printing and ink fields.
Corvallis is a 2 million square foot facility, focused on technical innovation and new product development. The emphasis of the program, titled HP’s Science and Printing Day, was HP’s new HP Officejet Pro X copier technology.
The new 8.5 inch PageWide array printheads on the copier have 42,240 nozzles, can produce 30 color pages per minute. By contrast, in 1984, printheads had 12 nozzles and could print one black and white page in a minute.
HP’s inkjet printers were also an important topic. The T-400 Web Press, which uses pigmented water-based inks, has more than 2 million nozzles that fire a total of 100 billion droplets a second. The T400 can print up to 5,200 pages a minute, and run 125 liters of ink an hour.
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