Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 @ 01:30 PM
More digital document workflows have increased the demand for smaller, more dynamic wide-format systems. Unlike years past, the need to print tens of thousands of square feet per month has vanished. However, this has not completely eliminated wide-format printing altogether. Actually, this has increased the value of smaller wide-format, toner-based printing systems that can quickly print and/or scan on demand. Two of today's most popular units are the Océ PlotWave 365 and the KIP 7170 printer. See how they compare side by side.







Kip 7170

Océ Plotwave 365


Productivity 6 D-size sheets per minute 6 D's per minute - PlotWave 360 Although the print speeds are similar, the PlotWave 365 is available when needed due to Océ Radiant Fusing Technology. Also, the PlotWave has no "warm-up time."
Media Handling 2 Rolls - 500 foot rolls only 1 or 2 rolls - capable of using 500 or 650 foot rolls The ability to handle the additional weight of 650 foot rolls highlights the PlotWave's greater durability.
Design for durability Drum is exposed when clearing media jam.

Machine is built mostly with plastic parts
Completely enclosed and protected drum.

Heavy duty durable materials.
Océ's robust build quality ensures long lasting use, especially with non-delicate walk-up users.

Due to exposed components, the KIP 7170 is susceptible to expensive drum damage whenever clearing a jam. According to the KIP's user manual, "It is recommended to take off your ring, bracelet, or watch when removing a mis-feed media."
Intelligent Scanning Technology None. Océ Color Image Logic technology automatically compensates for wrinkles and background to produce superior results without losing information in light colors.  Océ Color Image Logic software overcomes the limitations of conventional CIS scanners to provide the right results the first time, without users having to manually fine-tune complex settings.
Standard Output Delivery Top-mounted stacker - no air separation system Top Receiving Tray with air separation system (capacity of up to 50 E-size prints) The Océ PlotWave 365 is designed for neatly stacked and easily accessible documents on top of the printer. The integrated air separation system prevents large prints from cascading over the top and falling onto the floor.
Toner Handling KIP advertises 100% toner efficiency - there is no waste toner receptacle.

Cannot add toner while the system is printing. Changing toner cartridges can be messy.
Closed toner system avoids pollution of system and surrounding work environment.

Easy to refill toner while running means longer uninterrupted printing. 
In practice, because the KIP does not use a waste toner receptacle, waste toner is either re-circulated through the system or emitted to the environment. This requires the KIP to be serviced frequently to prevent poor print quality and breakdowns.
Operational Footprint

79" x 72"

(40 square feet)

64" x 55"

(25 square feet)

Océ Plotwave 360 can be placed in more locations - additional ventilation is not required
Energy Usage & Eco-design Printing - 1500W
Sleep - 14W

Printing - 1500W

Ready - 88W
Sleep - 1W

Catalytic converter to reduce ozone emissions

Both units offer low energy consumption, but the Oce PlotWave 365 also offers the added benefits of low heat, low noise, and virtually  no ozone emissions thanks to the catalytic converter. 



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Kevin Vaughan

Written by Kevin Vaughan

Kevin Vaughan is the Vice President of TAVCO and heads up Sales, Digital Marketing, and E-Commerce channels. With 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 wide-format technologies, or Bluebeam Revu software, you can find him hanging with his wife and kids, playing guitar, or sneaking in a workout.