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Barco breaks ground with first high-brightness laser phosphor projector for events and large venues

Press Release  |  Apr 4, 2016
Kortrijk, Belgium, 4 April 2016 – Global projection technology leader Barco is expanding its successful HDF projector portfolio for large venues and events with a 3-chip DLP®, 30,000-lumen model that offers WUXGA resolution with superb image quality. What’s more, the powerful HDF-W30LP FLEX projector features a high-brightness laser phosphor light source that offers extremely long lifetime with remarkably low total cost of ownership. Thanks to the unique laser phosphor retrofit module, customers who already own a Barco HDF-W30 FLEX projector can also benefit from laser technology. The projector shares its lenses, very wide lens shift range, ease of use, and modularity with the other HDX and HDF models. The HDF-W30LP FLEX is ready to order and will begin shipping in Summer 2016.

“Today, customers are confronted with a myriad of technology choices. We have been expanding our projector portfolio with high brightness and laser phosphor technology so that customers can make the right choice and add the latest technology to their inventory in a worry-free way,” comments Carl Rijsbrack, VP Events at Barco. “Thanks to its high brightness and laser phosphor light source, the HDF-W30LP FLEX projector enables rental companies and venues to provide stunning experiences while saving both time and money. In this way, customers can choose for the future today – reaping benefits for many years to come.”

Considerable cost-savings
Reducing operating costs by more than 50% compared to a lamp-based projector, the HDF-W30LP FLEX enables customers to increase uptime while driving installation, service, and maintenance costs down. Thanks to its laser phosphor light source and advanced cooling design, this new projector provides up to 30,000 hours of maintenance-free operating time – resulting in considerable cost-savings on maintenance and consumables. In addition to minimizing maintenance interventions, the projector also allows customers to reduce their expensive spare parts inventory.

Stunning images for large screens
HDF-W30LP FLEXProfessionals in venue and event industries are looking for solutions that guarantee reliable performance, specifically in terms of brightness and color. The HDF-W30LP FLEX couples its laser phosphor light source with high light output, 3-chip DLP® technology, and a high-contrast optical engine, to deliver sensational colors and stunning image quality that remains constant over time – for long-term, worry-free operation. Plus, the projector is also equipped with Barco’s cutting-edge ImagePRO technology for remarkable scaling power.

HDF-W30LP FLEX Ultimate installation flexibility
Running in any orientation, the HDF-W30LP FLEX offers users more flexibility in projector location. Its standard flexible brightness feature enables users to tune and lock their projector’s light output to a specific application, from 10,000 to 30,000 lumens in incremental steps. The cooling unit can be positioned up to eight meters (26 feet) away from the projector, so it can be easily attached to a wall or mounted in a truss.

Retrofit available
Next to the brand-new HDF-W30LP FLEX projector, Barco is also unveiling a laser phosphor retrofit module. In this way, rental customers and venue owners can easily retrofit their existing Barco HDF-W30 FLEX projector by replacing the lamp house with a laser phosphor module.

Extending the industry-leading platform
Barco’s HDX, HDF, and HDQ ranges are currently the most powerful projectors on the market for events, venues, theme parks, visitor attractions and projection mapping projects. These rugged projectors are proven to be fit for life on the road, and their modular design of only five building blocks makes them easy to install and service. And as the HDF-W30LP FLEX projector shares its peripherals – such as TLD lenses, rental frames, and flight cases – with the other Barco HDF projectors, investment is limited.

See it live at Prolight + Sound
Barco will showcase the HDF-W30LP FLEX projector – together with its brand-new 4K projectors – at the Prolight + Sound trade show, Messe Frankfurt, Germany, from 5 – 8 April. You will find Barco at Hall 4, booth E59.

About Barco
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops networked visualization products for the Entertainment, Enterprise and Healthcare markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and APAC. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with 3,300 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.029 billion euro in 2015.