Reasons for Wide Format Plotters for Construction Subcontractors

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sat, Feb 27, 2021 @ 07:30 AM

When it comes to construction projects, Subcontractors (Subs) are the heart and soul of any job. General Contractors and Architects rely on their Subs (HVAC, plumbing, lighting, electrical, concrete, etc.) to complete the project on time and under budget. So, efficiency and productivity are the keys to subcontractor success.

 

But, it is a changing world and some subcontractors have issues adapting to some of the shifting business dynamics within the construction industry. The entire construction workflow us much more digital. Though this change has dramatically decreased the need to print hard copies of construction drawings, the need still exists. 

 

Plotting needs have certainly changed, but have not gone away completely. In fact, construction-related printing is still very vital, but dynamic. So, every contractor should have access to a wide-format plotter, for a variety of reasons. 

 

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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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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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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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Map Plotter Solutions With a Graphics Printer

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sat, Feb 22, 2020 @ 12:33 PM

Map Plotter Solutions With a Graphics Printer


As cool as onscreen, interactive maps are, sometimes you just need a high-quality printed one to deliver the "wow factor" to that you need for your presentation. 


But, when it comes to printing maps, many companies often a turn to their standard 4-color CAD plotter for this task. Too bad they don't realize that this is not be the best choice for the job.


This is because printing maps or aerial photos require much more dynamic performance than basic plotters can provide.  


Learn the key points that you should consider when researching a map plotter - here are a few important aspects to keep in mind.

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Why Should You Print BIM Files in Full Color?

Posted by Donnie Schopp on Tue, Feb 18, 2020 @ 09:30 AM

Architectural design is something that is constantly evolving. One ever-changing aspect, that has completely redefined the design-build process, is BIM software (Building Information Modeling).


This is achieved through a variety of different software applications, all of which promote the absence of paper.


But, there are still plenty of opportunities where companies need to print construction plans - and color is absolutely crucial when printing 3D BIM Images. 

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Increase Productivity With Color Construction Documents

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 @ 02:30 PM

Despite incredible advances in technology, the construction industry remains one of the most inefficient enterprises in the nation concerning labor productivity. (Source: Census Bureau, BLS).

 

The primary reason for this is because many mistakes are made as a result of information not being communicated clearly. So, how can one improve both communication and efficiency? Besides migrating to more digital platforms, one simple change is to shift the company’s workflow from black/white plans to color construction documents.

 

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What Are the Benefits of a Plotter Service Contract?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Dec 10, 2019 @ 08:24 AM

Have you noticed that when you buy something at a big-box store, such as Best Buy, you are always offered an optional extended warranty option? 


Most of the time, I blow these off. It doesn’t make sense to me to buy a $29 warranty on a $100 Bluetooth headset. But, once you start looking at bigger ticket items, like a plotter printer, an ongoing service plan or an extended warranty becomes a justifiable necessity. 

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Reasons Why You Should Buy a New Plotter

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Sep 27, 2019 @ 09:39 PM

Your old plotter has served you well for years. But, how much is that old technology holding you back? Probably more than you think. 


Companies generally are pretty good about keeping their IT assets up to date. But surprisingly, this is usually constrained to server, workstation and software assets.


Unfortunately, companies often tend to overlook upgrading their wide format equipment with the same level of importance as other technology. Is this the case with you?


Face it; it may be time to upgrade and buy a new plotter. Otherwise, it may be costing you much more than you think. Here's why.

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Compare wide format printers – Canon vs HP plotters

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Aug 01, 2019 @ 11:20 PM

When it comes to researching technology, in Google We Trust! 


Buyers today generally start their research on the web, and for good reason. There is a lot of content available for them to explore. 


So, in an effort to save you a chunk of time, we are providing a comparison between the well-known HP Designjet T730 and the new, popular Canon TM 300.


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What About the Duty Cycle of Wide Format Printers?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Jun 10, 2019 @ 10:10 AM

Duty Cycle -- It's a term that is normally related to office copiers or desktop printers. It usually refers to the maximum number of pages that a particular printer can produce in a month.


So, it is common to see a number like 20,000 or 60,000 when looking at those specs.


But, how does the term “duty cycle” relate to wide format printers?

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Top 4 Productivity Factors when Considering Wide Format Plotter

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Apr 03, 2019 @ 06:30 AM

If you are in the market for a new wide format plotter, obviously there are many things to consider.

The usual suspects are price, functionality, and specifications. But have you given any thought to overall productivity?

Be careful when comparing makes and models, because the plotter spec-sheet doesn’t always tell the whole story.


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Should I Get a Canon CAD Plotter with a Hard Drive?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Mar 11, 2019 @ 08:37 AM

Speed is always of the essence in construction. The faster companies access and share their plans, the more they increase their earning potential.

Despite the expansion of digital workflows, there is still an explicit need for architects, engineers, and contractors to use physical drawings.

Therefore, the right equipment is crucial. This is why AEC companies should really consider a Canon plotter with a built-in hard drive.

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Oce Service Issues - Dealing with Legacy PC Controllers

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 @ 08:30 AM

There’s one thing for sure about old Océ plotters, they were built to last, and many have stuck around for a long time. Although many people consider this an attribute, there is also a dark side.

The time has come where the entire Océ TDS (Technical Document Systems) product line and some of the first-generation PlotWaves have become legacy machines.

This has absolutely nothing to do with the mechanical integrity of the machine, but rather the PC that runs the whole system. 

In fact, our service department has been busy dealing with their share of Oce service issues regarding legacy controller PCs. Here’s why.

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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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