Jeff Lucido on the New IT Supplies Facility

Jeff Lucido, General Manager at IT Supplies, sat down with WhatTheyThink to discuss the new facility and demo room and shares how it will help the industry.


HP’s Newest Latex R1000 is Here!

The latest and greatest R Series by HP has been impressing the industry since the HP Latex R2000 was first announced in March of this year. Today, HP added the 64-inch HP Latex R1000 Printer to the line-up, and it is here! IT Supplies had the honor of receiving the first model (that is serial number 001!) installed in our showroom! 


The R1000 is an incredible machine and here are some of highlights:


  • Printing in white without waste: HP Latex White Ink delivers the glossiest white on transparent and colored media and achieves no waste between white print jobs. The removable HP Thermal Inkjet Printheads can be stored in an offline rotating chamber and automatic maintenance makes white like any other color, including automatic recirculation and nozzle checks. 

  • High image quality and vibrant colors: HP Thermal Inkjet Printheads and redesigned HP Latex Inks achieve vibrant color gamut that is wider than most flatbeds on the market.  These latex inks preserve the media gloss and feel while printing on rigid or roll (with optional roll to roll kit). 

  • Durability and versatility: HP Latex Overcoat adds durable and flexible water-based ink for high adhesion and scratch resistance while lower curing temperatures allow for wide range of rigid and roll media versatility.  This unit supports media widths up to 64 inches.  Rigid material can run up to 2 inches thick.

  • Productivity: The belt workflow enables customers to handle print peaks in-house and meet short deadlines with up to 614 square feet per hour with up to 150 lb rolls for flexible printing. 

  • Ease of use:  This printer supports advance features that helps prevent head crashes.  Automatic maintenance and smart vacuums make this printer easy to load and operate.

  • Reduced down time: The R1000 has affordable printheads that are user replaceable.  Stock printheads right on your shelf to prevent downtime.  A printhead replacement takes minutes and does not require any tools.  
We documented the delivery and installation of the R1000, take a look at the printer that is revolutionizing the print industry:



Print Advertising Revenue Predictions Are In!

Print advertising revenue preditctions are in, and the outlook is very good. The media research company, Borrell, is predicting that out-of-home advertising revenue will more than double by the year 2020 (increasing from $7.3 billion to $18.5 billion). They are expecting continued growth through the next 5 years. 

This is amazing news for sign shops and people looking to break into this section of the print industry. While digital advertising has increased tremendously, consumers are frustrated at the intrusion in their digital lives and seek aid from ad blockers to minimize the number of ads they experience online. This is putting printed advertising in an enviable position and providing big opportunities for print shops to maximize profits. 

To view our sign and banner material, click here!



IT Supplies' Soft Opening at New 2100 Golf Road Location

IT Supplies has moved to a new commercial building just a few blocks from our old offices. The new campus contains a large printer showroom that includes several of the print technologies that we sell including industry-leading brands Epson, HP and Canon.

The printers in our new showroom were on full display during our soft opening on June 6th which was held in conjunction with the Digital Textile Printing Conference. 


5 Days of HP Latex R-Series

Written by Bob Miller – Manager of Color Services and Customer Experience.

As manager of color services at IT Supplies, I’ve seen a lot over my 18 years in the industry.  During this time, there have only been a few pivotal moments where breakthrough technology comes along and shakes up the industry.   The R Series is that technology.

Several weeks ago, I had an opportunity to travel to Boise for operator training on the R2000.  From the moment I walked into the room, it was obvious that this unit stood out from the rest.  Its sleek industrial design with touch screens on both sides let you know that this technology was painstakingly developed to handle the needs of today and tomorrow. 

So what’s the big deal?  The answer is simple.  Latex!

Adhesion and Gamut are no longer a tradeoff:

From day 1 we began testing the new R Series using a variety of different substrates.  These substrates included Foam Board, PVC, Paper, Coroplast, Tango Board, Acrylic, and more.  In every case, we discovered that the adhesive properties met or exceeded our expectations.

Ease of Use:

While the R series has many innovative features, some of the biggest advancements come directly from the automated way in which they handle the latex inks. Using a new feature called macro recirculation, this printer is designed to reduce the maintenance and waste typically associated with white ink.  Macro recirculation allows the white ink to flow from one side of the ink container, through the printer, and back into a separate bladder on the other side of the container.  This frequent circulation of ink keeps the heavier particles from clumping together and clogging the nozzles.  When not in use, the white ink print heads can be easily removed and replaced with recirculating print heads.  Once removed, the white ink print heads can be placed in the recirculation chamber within the printer.  This chamber rotates the print heads when not in use, thus keeping them ready to go at a moment’s notice.  

Other notable advancements contributing to reduced maintenance and ease of use include:
  1. Industrial, user replaceable, thermal print heads
  2. An optical droplet detector that senses when nozzles are out and redirects them as needed. 
  3. Auto print head maintenance
  4. Edge to edge media thickness sensor
  5. Auto skew adjustment between jobs on roll to roll.
In summary, I strongly urge anyone interested in purchasing a new flatbed printer to reach out to myself or any of the knowledgeable commercial sales specialists at IT Supplies.   This printer has so many advancements, that there is no way a short blog post can do it justice.   

To view the spec sheet for this series, click here and to view the R2000 on our website, click here!
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