As AEC workflow becomes more and more digitized, more demand is created for end-users to print their own bid sets. Most sub-contractor situations do not call for continuous, non-stop printing, they do need a way to quickly have access to their drawings.
This type of demand has increased the value of smaller wide-format, toner-based printing systems throughout the industry. Two rival units are the Océ PlotWave 340/360 and the KIP 7100 printer. See how they compare.
Océ Plotwave 340/360
|Productivity||6 D-size sheets per minute||4 D's per minute - PlotWave 340
6 D's per minute - PlotWave 360
|None when considering the PlotWave 360|
|First print out||4 minutes for first print out from cold sleep.||40 seconds for first print out from cold sleep - same for both units.||Low volume print environments generally do not require continuous printing. Therefore, instant availability is an important factor. Both Océ PlotWave systems offer a must faster start time from a cold state.|
|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 7100 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.|
|Print Quality||600 x 600 dpi||600 x 1200 dpi||Oce Plotwave 300 provides sharper line details smoother grayscales|
|Direct Print from/ Scan to USB||No||Yes||Oce Plotwave 300 provides the flexibility for a walk-up user to print or scan via a USB flash drive|
|Standard Output Delivery||Top-mounted stacker||Top Receiving Tray with air seperation system (capacity of up to 50 E-size prints)||Both units neatly stack prints on top of the printer. With Oce air seperation, mixed sizes will not get hung up|
|Color Scan to File||standard||standard||-|
|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 uniterrupted printing.
|In practice, because the KIP does not use a wast toner receptacle, waste toner is either re-circulated through the system or emitted to the environment. Theis requires the KIP to be serviced frequently to prevent poor print quality and breakdowns.|
|Operational Footprint||64" x 68" (30 square feet)||68" x 58" (27 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
Sleep - 39W
Catalytic converter to reduce ozone emissions
|Both units offer low energy consumption, but the Océ PlotWave also offers the added benefits of low heat, low noise, and virtually no ozone emissions thanks to the catalytic converter.|
See the entire selection of Océ wide-format systems.