TAVCO Wide-Format and 3D Printer Blog

Understanding Wide-Format Plotter Paper Weights - Competitor's Lesson

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Like many other industries, the wide-format equipment sector is extremely competitive. As such, you will not find many companies openly sharing positive information about their direct competitors. But, this is one of those rare, shining moments when I am bucking the trend and actually giving one of my rivals a “tip of the hat.” After all, good info is good info.

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Tags: Large format supplies, Wide format plotters

It's Time to Upgrade My Plotter - Now What?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Everyone knows that as soon as you buy the latest tech gizmo, it is already outdated. Just look how fast new smart phones are released. This concept appears to dissolve, however, when printers are involved, especially wide-format printers. It is amazing how some companies will hang on to their wide-format equipment for years. Eventually though, the time will come there is no other option. You need to upgrade your plotter. If that is the case, here a few things to keep in mind. 

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Tags: Océ wide format plotters, Canon iPF plotters, Wide format plotters

New Canon CAD Plotters with Integrated Scanners

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

The Canon Large Format Solutions Division has recently announced the latest expansion of their award winning imagePROGRAF Large-Format Multifunction Printer line with the new iPF MFP L Scan-to-Copy/File series.  The two models that comprise the new L-Series are the 36-inch iPF770 MFP L36 and the 24-inch iPF670 MFP L24. The new L-Series complements the current iPF MFP M40 imaging system line by providing a product that offers basic scan-to-copy capabilities at an affordable price.  Developed to be easy-to-use, the new L-Series Scan-to-Copy/File systems are expanding the market by putting Large Format multifunction capabilities within reach of small offices, low volume and entry level users.  Together, the two iPF MFP series give Canon an unrivaled breadth of large format scan-to-copy/file solutions.

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Tags: Canon iPF plotters, Wide format plotters

Oce Service Issues - Dealing with Legacy PC Controllers

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Oct 07, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

There’s one thing for sure about Océ plotters, they last a long time. But, while there is an obvious benefit to that, there is also a dark side. Although an older machine can appear to be great on the outside, there is a potential Achilles Heel lurking inside the PC Controller. In fact, our service department has been busy dealing with their share of Oce service issues regarding legacy controller PCs. Here’s why.

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Tags: Océ wide format plotters, Wide format plotters

Large Format Printing Software for Construction Bids

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

The faster a construction company can have their plans to begin takeoffs, the sooner they can move onto the next job and potentially win more business. Thank goodness for digital plan rooms. They have certainly allowed companies to retrieve and share plans in in record time, mostly in the form of PDF files. Although PDF is a generic file format, they can sometimes create headaches for users when it comes to printing them on a wide-format plotter. This is because, most people are restricted to only sending a single PDF at a time, as is the case with an application such as Adobe Reader. Actually, there is a very easy way to send multiple files at once. Check out Océ Direct Print large format printing software.

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Tags: Océ wide format plotters, Wide format plotters, Software solutions

The Radical Difference Between ColorWave Océ Plotters and Inkjets

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Look around and you will see that architects and engineers are incorporating more color data into their designs these days. This is largely due to the flourishing influence of BIM applications such as REVIT and Bentley. Likewise, research has shown, time and again, that color details reduce mistakes and greatly increases communication as compared to the traditional black/white format. This new approach has demanded that these companies now print their plans in full-color. Most AEC companies already have a wide-format color plotter in place, but what happens when the work load exceeds the capabilities of that plotter? They could always get a second one, or a third. But, perhaps, it time for a complete paradigm shift. In that case, see how the ColorWave Océ wide format plotter is providing a radical shift from the old inkjet school of thought.

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Tags: color printing, Océ wide format plotters, Wide format plotters

Our Most Asked Plotter Large Format Questions Answered

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 @ 06:15 AM

Over the past couple of years, thousands of people who have found our website in search of answers for various plotter large format questions. We are diligent to respond to each request individually, but over time we have noticed some common threads.

After conducting a quick scan of our knowledge base, we have compiled a “greatest hits package” of the 7 most popular plotter and large format questions.

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Using Technology to Ease the Texas Construction Labor Shortage

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Throughout Texas, many companies related to construction are experiencing a severe labor shortage. They just can’t find skilled people to fill needed positions. In fact, one of my Central Texas clients told me that he needs to hire at least fifteen new people just to meet current demands. Unfortunately, this issue will not be resolved quickly. While there is no substitute for warm bodies, there are some things that companies can do to use technology to ease the strains of the Texas construction labor shortage.

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Tags: Texas related, AEC

Compare wide format printers – Canon plotters vs HP plotters

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 09:45 AM

When it comes to researching technology, in Google We Trust! So, in an effort to save you a chunk of time, we are providing a comparison chart that shows how popular Canon and HP plotters stack up against one another. This will give you an easy way to compare wide format printers. You’ll see that this chart focuses on the Canon iPF780 and iPF785 and the comparable HP plotters. We cover some highlights at the end.

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Tags: Canon iPF plotters, Wide format plotters

Color Construction Documents: An Easy Way to Increase Productivity

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

Despite incredible advances in technology, the construction industry remains one of the most inefficient enterprises in the nation concerning labor productivity. (Source: Census Bureau, BLS). The primary reason for this is because many mistakes are made as a result of information not being communicated clearly. So, how can one improve both communication and efficiency? One simple change is to shift the company’s workflow from black/white plans to color construction documents.

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Tags: color printing, Wide format plotters, AEC

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