When you convinced your spouse to buy a GPS for the car, you expect to use it to find motels on a vacation drive or get to an unfamiliar destination. Once you have it, you learn that you can search local restaurants for a spur-of-the moment meal, find your way around traffic jams, see how long it will be to the next rest stop or compare gas stations.
The same experience faces you at work. It’s good to find a solution to one problem that turns out to be a solution to a dozen problems. It’s even better when the “solution” opens or enhances new possibilities for your organization.
Good for more than just technical prints
When the engineering department wants to scan and print large design images, you quickly find that the same large-format printer can produce colorful signs that transfer to your vehicles or office walls and windows, or print transfers of your logo for the softball team’s shirts.
The public relations and marketing people will want to turn pages from presentations into posters, banners and dazzling trade show booth displays. Others will want to print specialized signs to make a worksite safer or guide visitors on a tour. Your building manager will use a large format printer to create dazzling photographs and art work for your office walls.
Someone will want to print large-format maps for specific projects. Others will want to scan that map down for a presentation slide. Then someone else will want to do a different overlay on a map for a completely different task, or print it on a color transparency and turn it into a lamp or illuminated display.
Also useful for other departments in your company
The training staff might use a large format plotter or scanner to turn the map into a board game, with images from your photo file to illustrate where things are in your organization and how your work is done.
Being able to handle large-format documents also enhances your ability to collaborate with other organizations and outside consultants. This means you can seek work that where your organization lacked the assets to seek before, or find work with others.
Buying or leasing a new large format plotter, scanner or printer is a decision that can involve the entire organization. These devices are very diverse in design and abilities, and right now you can choose among broad field of hardware options and lease or buy equipment at very competitive rates.
What is the craziest non-conventional thing you have printed with your large format plotter?