Kevin Vaughan

Kevin Vaughan
Kevin Vaughan is the Vice President of TAVCO and heads up Sales, Digital Marketing, and E-Commerce channels. With over two decades of experience, he has received various awards from Canon, Océ, and Bluebeam for sales performance and channel growth. When he is not geeking out on new technologies, you can find him hanging with his wife and kids, playing guitar, Scuba diving, or sneaking in a workout.
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What are the Most Asked Plotter Questions?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jan 12, 2021 @ 06:15 AM

Over the years, tens of thousands of people have visited our website in search of answers for questions they have about plotters, map printers, and other wide-format equipment. Over time we have been able to collect lots of data and notice some common threads.

 

Here's a short “greatest hits list” of the top plotter questions that we encounter often. Do any of these resonate with you? 

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TAVCO Named New BricsCAD Reseller for CAD Software

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Jan 06, 2021 @ 11:55 AM

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Can a plotter print things other than blueprints?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 09:19 AM

One thing that seems to come up quite a bit when discussing wide-format plotters is the topic of alternate uses for this type of equipment.  People expect equipment like that to be both dynamic an versatile for many different uses.

 

want to know if a plotter can print things other than construction drawings. In a word—yes! Today’s plotters are incredible printing machines with fantastic speed, quality, and resolution. The latest Canon hardware and ink technologies allow you to create stunning signs and posters in addition to traditional architectural plans. 

 

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What Are Top Requirements for Map Plotters for Printing GIS Maps

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Oct 09, 2020 @ 09:45 AM

In 1597 Sir Francis Bacon declared that "knowledge is power."  Back then, the known world was a lot smaller, and he was only armed with a handful of books.


Today, anyone with an internet connection can get a mountain of knowledge, with a single mouse click.


This is easily showcased by the amazing amount of geographical information instantly available through Google Maps or Google Earth.


Both of these applications operate as web-based conglomerations of data sourced from both data and images, sourced from satellite imagery, aerial photography, and GIS


But, if you need a way to actually print this data in the form of GIS maps, aerials, or images, you need a printer that is fully capable of handling the task. 


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Using Laser Scanning in Construction

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Sep 17, 2020 @ 08:15 AM

Wouldn't it be great to have accurate, as-built information at the start of a new construction project or renovation? Good news, you can. And, it is much easier than you think.

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Understanding Wide-Format Plotter Paper Weights

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Sep 15, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Like any other industry, the wide-format equipment sector is extremely competitive. As such, you typically 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.

 

Chris Johnson at CAD Supplies Specialty in Austin, TX published a column in their November 2015 Newsletter explaining differences in wide format plotter paper weights. I thought this article was very insightful.

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Speed Up Construction Submittals with Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sat, Sep 12, 2020 @ 06:45 PM

It’s no secret that government (city, county, state, and federal) agencies do not run like well-oiled machines. Likewise, many people would rather take a beating than make the trip to a local government office to take care of business. But, why does this continue to be such a problem?

 

In pre-COVID-19 times, old school pen and paper workflow in largely to blame. This system is classically inefficient and could certainly use a refresh to simply things to get stuff done faster. Take for instance the activity of submitting building permits.

 

In this case, a powerful and easy to use PDF solution would be game changer. Check out how Bluebeam Revu software is improving the ways agencies handle their final plan submittals.

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How to Highlight in Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Sep 06, 2020 @ 09:25 AM

 

How to Highlight in Bluebeam Revu
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What's New in Bluebeam Revu 20?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 08:45 AM

Bluebeam® Revu® 20 is the latest iteration of the popular PDF workflow software for AEC construction professionals. It gives you the smart tools that you need to keep your team in sync – communicating and collaborating better to get your jobs done right, on time, and on budget.

 

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What is Bluebeam Revu and Who Uses It?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Aug 17, 2020 @ 11:59 PM

Chances are if you work in construction, you have probably heard of Bluebeam® Revu®. Although it is now a construction industry standard, there are plenty of people who just don’t know what it is or what it does.


Bluebeam Revu is a software application that allows users to markup, takeoff, organize, and collaborate with PDF files like never before. Here's how. 


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What Does It Cost to Lease a Plotter?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Aug 16, 2020 @ 09:30 PM

Despite months of COVID quarantines and shutdowns, businesses are coming back online, and construction continues at a fever pace. No doubt, digital workflows have become more commonplace amongst AEC firms and project partners, yet there is still a need for producing and using large paper construction plans.

 

This means that many small to medium size AEC companies will soon entertain the idea of upgrading their wide-format tech for a variety of reasons – upgrades, end of lease trade ups, expansion, etc.

 

Fortunately for them, equipment costs have come down, so it can make sense to acquire new equipment by cash or even credit card. However, equipment leasing remains a very viable option for many businesses.

 

But, when it comes to leasing, options can be a bit dynamic and a little confusing, so make sure you understand all the factors before you decide which option suits you best.

 

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Reasons Why PRO Series Canon Photo Printers Exceed Expectations

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Aug 03, 2020 @ 09:35 AM

Leave it to Canon to raise the bar when it comes to producing new ultra-high quality wide-format printers.

And the new breed doesn’t disappoint. In fact, the new Canon PRO Series is turning heads with a multitude of new technologies that are completely different from anything else in the competitive field.


Although designed for professional photography and other digital artwork, there are plenty of situations where one of these photo printers would fit nicely.


See 9 reasons why the Canon PRO 2100, 4100, and 6100 printers will exceed your expectations.

 

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How to Search Construction Plans with Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sat, Jul 11, 2020 @ 03:00 PM

Construction documents are full of data, today more than ever. Often contractors or other project partners need to quickly search a set of plans to identify specific, important information.

 

Unfortunately, manually reviewing a set of printed plans is laborious, tedious, and invites mistakes. Luckily, there is a faster and more accurate way - the Search Tool in Blubeam Revu. For those who use it, Bluebeam's Search Tool is a game-changer for working with construction plans.

 

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Plotter Technology Comparison – Toner vs Inkjet

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Jul 09, 2020 @ 02:20 PM

Plotter Technology Comparison – Toner vs Inkjet


The comparison between which wide-format plotter technology is better, toner or ink jet, has been questioned within AEC companies for years.


Historically, this has been relatively easy to examine. The cost of ink jet printing is higher, but the price of the toner-based equipment was more expensive than their ink jet counterparts.


In the past, the break-even point was when the printing output reached 2,000 square feet per month. However, the playing field has changed.


Ink prices have dropped, ink jet systems have gotten faster with the introduction of new single-pass ink jet systems. So, how do the two plotter technologies compare now? 


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What is Awesome About Canon LUCIA Pigment Plotter Ink?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Jul 08, 2020 @ 03:35 PM

Do you want your large format prints to really pop, be durable, and resist fading?

 

To achieve the best results, the obvious solution is to make sure to use the right print media for the specific desired result. For instance, use photo paper for a large photo image, vinyl for banners, etc. But, one often overlooked aspect to printing the perfect image is found the ink itself.

 

In fact, the secret to printing awesome large format photos or graphics has just as much to do with the quality of the ink as the print material. This is why Canon has spent so much time researching and developing the best technologies for word class prints. Check out how Canon has elevated the playing field with their LUCIA ink sets for Canon large format printers. 

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