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Page Wide Web Press Control Station

Client: HP

hp.com

2016

  • Industrial Design
  • Engineering
  • Prototyping
  • Testing

With Great Control Comes Great Power.

HP came to FUSE to get help creating a control station for their almost battle shipped sized Page Wide Web Press , the T1100S. This  super sized printing press uses arrays of HP’s patented Ink Jet technology and applies it to a web (paper substrate) that is up to 110″ wide by literally forever. This sort of printer creates the 4 color images one would see on a corrugated box. The print is laminated to corrugated or other substrates in a finishing operation.

Our job was to come up with a work station that would encompass an array of monitors that not only control  the print job but also monitor multiple live views of the print/machine in progress and provide an expert system database if any adjustments or repairs are needed to the printer or the print.

The Pillar design includes a flip down keyboard tray if needed and is modular should an HP customer want more than 3 monitors. Of course,  our design would need to compliment the T1100S and  be built in materials and processes that reflect the  relatively low production quantities.

We were told the operator of this printer would never be sitting  so we created a Pillar of adjustable and replaceable touch screens.  The Pillar design includes a spacer that can be added or omitted should the operator be short or tall in stature. To house the hardware that runs the control station, we created a cabinet with cleverly disguised filter vents to avoid the accumulation of the paper particles that live in this environment. This project premiered at the  DRUPA show in Germany in 2016.

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Flip-Up Keyboard Mechanism

The concealed keyboard and mouse work surface has a clever 4 bar linkage to deploy, if needed. Of course, its not super needed as the bottom touch screen monitor can have a virtual keyboard. It was included as HP knew many operators were faster with a physical keyboard.
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