High-Quality Signage is Still a Big Part of Real Estate

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 @ 08:17 AM

While it may seem tempting to shrug off yard signage in the digital age where social media reigns supreme, high-quality signage is indeed still a big part of real estate. Just as importantly, you don't want to take the budget route by trying to design make your own signs or placing a placard in your window. No matter how talented you are in crafts, it is really worth it to invest in high-quality signs. Think of it as your "Go Big to Sell Home" strategy!

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Canon Celebrates 10,000 Océ ColorWaves and Gives TAVCO Props

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Feb 08, 2018 @ 08:38 AM

Canon Solutions America continues to experience incredible success with their innovative ColorWave Series as they surpass the 10,000th unit sold. This wide-format system redefined the market with a unique process called CrystalPoint Technology that blends the best of both toner and inkjet printers into one unified printing method. The dynamic nature of this machine allows it to print on an incredibly wide range of different media and produce images that are instantly dry. The Océ ColorWave 500 and ColorWave 700 systems have been tremendously successful for our company as well. So, it was a wonderfully pleasant surprise to see that Canon included TAVCO and one of our top clients, TBG Partners, in their recent press release. Check it out.

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Top Plotter Tips & Tricks from TAVCO Service Techs

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Feb 05, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

Maintaining a fleet of hundreds of wide-format systems is quite a task. Our service team stays busy keeping up with preventive maintenance contracts as well as occasional emergency calls. But, the truth is, many machine failures can be prevented by diligent end-user care. To help keep your Océ or Canon plotter running smoothly, the TAVCO Service Team compiled a list of the most common errors along with the top plotter tips and tricks to keep your equipment working smoothly.

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First Impressions of the Canon TX 3000 Plotters

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 @ 11:15 AM

Even though the new Canon TX plotters have only been released for a few months, many initial orders were placed and a flood of new TX 3000 and TX 4000 printers have quickly been installed in the field. Likewise, some very encouraging feedback has come back from both other dealers and users alike regarding their performance of these new Canon machines.

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Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Bluebeam Shortcuts

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 08:47 AM

When it comes to marking up and annotating PDF files, there are certainly a wide range of options to consider. Adobe is an obvious choice, but the platform that has skyrocketed in popularity is none other than Bluebeam Revu.

In fact, Bluebeam Revu is the go to software for many Architects, Engineers, Government, and Construction professionals. One of the reasons for this is the incredibly easy to use interface.

It's incredibly intuitive, but learning a few keyboard shortcuts can help speed up your work so that you can crush that looming deadline without breaking a sweat. 

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Best Wide Format Printer for Photos

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Jan 14, 2018 @ 06:14 PM

If you are in the business of producing large poster size photos or graphics, then you need a very specific type of wide-format printer. Over the years, I have seen many people try to get by with a standard, four color, CAD printer for photo quality images. While it can be done, there is no comparison to the output of a dedicated large-format photo printer.

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Risks When You Buy Wide Format Plotter From Online Store

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 09:25 AM

Beware the Risks of Plotters Bought From Discount Web Sites


Shopping online is awesome! In fact, 8-in-10 Americans are online shoppers; 15% of them buy weekly. That’s staggering and it makes Jeff Bezos very happy. When it comes to personal items, gifts, and other consumer (B2C) purchases, ecommerce is a perfect fit. But, there are some cases where it still makes sense to buy things in a more traditional way. For example, business-to-business, or B2B transactions, are usually better served with a more person to person experience. This is definitely the case of large-format printing equipment. Let’s face it, there can be risks to buy a wide format plotter from an ecommerce site.


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The New Canon imagePROGRAF TX Series

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 08:40 AM

Leading innovative change in the large-format equipment sector, Canon USA just leveled up another notch with the announcement of their new Canon imagePROGRAF TX Series. This newly unveiled family of printers is specifically designed to meet the needs of customers who have higher productivity needs. Look out, because once these models hit the street, there will be some major shakeups as the TX Series is sure to dislodge plenty of legacy systems in the field—ink jet and toner alike.

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Bluebeam Revu 2017 Updates Revit Plugin

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Sep 01, 2017 @ 08:15 AM

Bluebeam Revu 2017 Updates Revit Plugin


Recently, Bluebeam Revu 2017 users who also use Revit have experienced some issues with the Revit plug-in (Revu CAD & Revu eXtreme Versions only). Good news! Bluebeam has just released version 2017.0.20 that takes care of these issues and more. See what is updated.

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TAVCO Added to Texas DIR Contract

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 @ 09:34 AM

TAVCO Services, Inc. is proud to announce our official inclusion in the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) platform via the Canon USA contract (DIR-TSO—3101). Now, Texas State agencies of all types can easily benefit from using TAVCO as a pre-authorized IT equipment vendor for any Canon or Oce wide-format equipment need. This is exciting stuff,and here’s why.

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Protect Your Plotter With A Power Filter

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 @ 09:18 AM

Let’s face it, electricity is something we just don’t think that much about. In fact, it is something we take for granted.

We simply plug our electronics into a wall outlet and they magically work. But, the truth is, not all incoming electricity is the same. Sometimes, voltage fluctuates.

It can rise or fall, or burst in a power spike. To the common user, these events are often not noticeable, but they can be troublesome, if not catastrophic to your electronic equipment.

That is why it is a good idea to have your sensitive electronics, like printers, scanners, and plotters on some type of an external power filter, like an AMETEK ESP Conditioning System. Here’s why.

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The New Canon iPF MFP L24e and L36E

Posted by Rick Hiller on Tue, Aug 08, 2017 @ 08:05 AM

Canon recently announced the release of their updated entry-level “Le-Series” plotter/scanner systems. Built on the same technology and success of the preceding L24 and L36 models, the new L24e and L36e offer a variety of significant upgrades, of which you should take note.

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Compare wide format printers – Canon plotters vs HP plotters

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sat, Aug 05, 2017 @ 04:33 PM

When it comes to researching technology, in Google We Trust! So, in an effort to save you a chunk of time, we are providing a comparison chart that shows how the popular Canon iPF780 and iPF785 plotters stack up against their HP rivals. This let's you easily compare wide-format printers in a side-by-side format. 

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Reasons Why A HP PageWide XL May Not Be Good Fit For Your Company

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Aug 02, 2017 @ 12:39 PM

When it comes to new large format printing systems for CAD and other technical printing applications, the PageWide XL Series from HP is getting a lot of attention.

It is impressive to watch as pages simply fly out of the printer. This high speed is possible because a new technique called single pass printing. Unlike traditional ink jet machines, that use a reciprocating print head, single pass machines utilize a stationary print head that jet droplets of ink onto a traveling print media.

On the surface, upgrading to the HP PageWide XL may seem like a no-brainer, but take a closer look. There are some limitations to know about before you decide on an upgrade.

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6 BIM Myths Surrounding the Construction Industry

Posted by Dawn Miller on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 @ 08:34 AM

Please enjoy this guest article from our friends at India CADWorks.

Construction industry surveys show that industry stakeholders recognize the need to improve their productivity. Despite this, some still do not recognize Building Information Modeling (BIM) benefits due to the prevailing ‘BIM myths’ that continue to perpetuate throughout the industry. 

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