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High-speed, super fast printer has wide appeal

Wednesday, 27 April 2016
By Patrick Howard

Eddie Awad points out the winning aspects of the HP PageWide XL – he was the first in Australia to install one of the new systems.

Neopost Australia is looking to build on its HP award of ‘Best Channel Partner Large Format Production 2015’ with the launch of the HP PageWide XL range in Sydney last week.

The partnership was on display when the companies hosted an event to showcase the latest HP PageWide XL printer to the industry. A top of the range XL 8000 was put through its paces, outputting A1-size sheets at an impressive 30 per minute.

There are almost 1000 of the XL pigment inkjet printers already in the market since its launch late last year, with five in Australia and one in New Zealand. With a user target that reaches from commercial printers producing POS posters to high-throughput architect offices, Neopost has high expectations of making serious inroads into the market.

According to Raj Dang, general manager, Neopost, the company has built the appropriate network to provide service to PageWide XL customers. He promises rapid online response as well as back room operator support. Cialan Shine, Neopost service manager, was on hand at the event to highlight the wide reach of the company’s East Coast service network.

Able to print full bleed on plain paper as well as clearly render fine line drawings and remarkably small type to an industry-beating standard, the PageWide XL printers turn out waterproof prints that are completely dry. Javier Larraz, director and GM HP LF Design for the Region, took the opportunity to demonstrate the feature with élan, pouring a glass of water onto a print just after it had emerged from the machine. There was no smearing.

The first PageWide XL in Australia went into Perumal Pedavoli architects in Ultimo Sydney. Eddie Awad systems consultant, was at the event to sing its praises in terms of reliability and cost effectiveness. It was blooded on the massive $190 million job of building the new Parklea Prison where more than 300 drawing went through dozens of iterations over a period of months. He maintained the cost was 15% less than the previous collection of engines used by the company.


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