The PageWide ecosystem

26 February 2016

2 min read

So just what is HP’s PageWide technology? It’s the biggest development in Inkjet printing in well over a decade. Incredible accuracy, high speed, low-printing costs and superb reliability – this is a technology that has set new benchmarks for office inkjets and shaken up the business laser printer market. It’s a technology that becomes a third category of printers to select from for your business.

The PageWide ecosystem (Desktop)

The PageWide Difference

In a conventional colour inkjet printer, each sheet of paper moves vertically through the paper transport mechanism, pausing briefly so that a moving print head can travel horizontally across the surface and its thousands of tiny ink nozzles place a band of cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink as it travels back and forth.

A PageWide printer does things differently, using an array of printheads spanning the width of the page. Each head in the array contains thousands of nozzles for each of the four ink colours which leads to over 40,000 nozzles precisely depositing their ink while the paper moves at higher speeds underneath. Working with an equally precise paper transport mechanism, controlling the motion of the paper with incredible accuracy, PageWide printheads deliver a revolutionary combination of precision, quality and speed.

So why does this matter to a business? This shift from moving print head to static enables speeds of up to 75 pages per minute, while still printing professional-quality text and images at resolutions of 2400 x 1200dpi. PageWide is built on a pigment ink technology that is up to 50% lower cost than the toner based technologies of laser printers, allowing your business to invest your savings on growth. What’s more, the printheads are designed to manage potential issues like clogged nozzles, so you get business grade reliability to boot to prevent disruption for your employees.

A Technology that scales in size

The PageWide printhead in the OfficeJet Pro X is 8.57 inches wide, but to broaden the scope of the technology, HP has developed a new 5.08-inch PageWide printhead with a S shape, making it easy to stack larger arrays of printheads horizontally. This enables HP to build arrays measuring 20, 40 or even 60-inches. In fact, they could in theory be as wide as you can imagine.

With no need to factor in the motion of a moving printhead or worry about wear and tear on the mechanism, the biggest limitations are now controlling the thousands of nozzles and ensuring the paper transport mechanism can handle the media while constraining lateral movement. For a company with innovation in its DNA, these are mere challenges, not problems. It’s no surprise, then, that PageWide is scaling up to conquer new territory.

HP’s new PageWide XL printers, for example, are the fastest large-format production printers currently available, working at speeds of up to 30 D/A1 prints or posters per minute. But PageWide isn’t finished there: it can scale up even further. HP’s latest PageWide Web Presses are already shaking up the commercial print industry: its new High Definition Nozzle Architecture allows for high-speed 1200dpi colour printing delivered by a print head of 2,400 nozzles per inch that enables the new generation of PageWide Web Presses to reach speeds of up to 244m per minute in full colour.

PageWide technology’s speed and reliability is helping businesses focus on what they are good at: thanks to PageWide, architects’ offices can now consolidate their number of printers, print houses can offer publishers to print one book or 20,000 and companies can personalise their products for each customer. And even at the heart of HP’s 3D printing capabilities, you will find PageWide technology.

The new PageWide business printers are bringing breakthrough innovation from the web press to your desktop. There has never been a better time to reinvent the way your business prints. HP – Keep Reinventing.