With construction booming again, a reinvigorated demand for mid-volume, wide-format plottershas arisen. In order to help companies meet this new mandate, two leading plotter manufactures have responded with their mid-level, benchmark products. Canon Solutions America is now offering the new PlotWave 500 and Kip is promoting their 7770 model. On the surface, they seem similar, yet the Océ plotter is able to offer some features that simply out-class the Kip.
Wide-Format Plotter, 3D Printer, and Scanner Blog
As the Texas construction market flourishes, many companies are feeling “growing pains” as
they struggle to keep up with demand. Although most companies initially feel these impacts regarding man-power, equipment infrastructure can run a close second. Besides trucks and other heavy equipment needed by construction companies, having updated office equipment can increase the efficiency of their employees. In a construction office, as well as with architects and engineers, a productive wide-format plotter can make a huge difference. Getting bid sets out quickly and accurately can help them reach the next level of success. They just need the right equipment for the job. Luckily, that perfect machine is now available.
When it comes to picking a wide-format plotter or multi-function system for your company, it
is extremely important for you to fully analyze your needs and find the right machine for the job. For instance, you should have a good idea of the expected monthly print volume. This is usually measured in square feet per month. If your volume is substantial enough, an Océ PlotWave 340 or PlotWave 360 might be good fit. Just make sure that your print volume is within the suggested range of the unit.
Just look around new construction sites and you will spot plenty of Tyvek material. It is the plastic “wrap” that builders use to provide a moisture barrier on newly constructed homes and buildings. But, Tyvek has other uses besides wrapping new construction projects. It is also used for shipping envelopes (Think FedEx), luggage tags and even as an extremely durable print media. Canon Solutions America provides a version branded as Océ Tyvek Banner, but some users have complained about problems with printing on the Océ Tyvek Paper. Once this issue is investigated, however, it usually turns out to be user error.
The nature of wide-format printing for architecture and construction has definitely changed over the past few years. The gradual migration towards color plans has dethroned the traditional black and white format as the norm. As a result, reprographic shops across the country have seen dramatic reductions in their black and white print volumes. But, that doesn’t mean that black and white printing is dead, not by a long shot. Some companies have simply elected to use newer technology to move that process in house. When considering systems, one outstanding candidate is the Océ TDS750. See some of the key unique features of this system.
Océ Media is designed to provide excellent imaging and handling characteristics in a wide range of operating conditions, but optimal results can be achieved when the moisture content, media flatness, and electrical properties are at target levels. But, quality and permanence don’t stop with paper. Oce B5 toner is also a factor.
If you still haven’t seen the cutting edge TonerPearl technology from Océ, you are missing out. In a nutshell, small balls of solid toner are dropped into heated imaging devices which liquefy the toner so that it can be sprayed onto the print media. In addition to the “cool factor”, there are some really compelling reasons to consider an Océ ColorWave 650 printer plotter. Here are four.
Replace Multiple Inkjet Systems – The ColorWave 650 is two to five times faster than conventional inkjet technology depending on the type of image that is being printed. This increased throughput easily out performs installations of multiple inkjet machines. Plus, the cost of operating a toner machine is substantially less than an inkjet.
Recently, at the 2012 Drupa Show, the world’s largest printing expo, Océ announced Project Velocity. Project Velocity is a product concept that combines Océ’s leading expertise in productive printing and workflow for large format environments with Memjet’s high-speed, digital color printing technology for big format printers.