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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Why Should You Print BIM Files in Full Color?

Posted by Donnie Schopp on Thu, May 30, 2019 @ 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 images from BIM. 

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Map Plotter Solutions With a Graphics Printer

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Apr 26, 2019 @ 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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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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5 Smart Tricks to Make your Workshop Look Inspiring

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 10:12 AM

 

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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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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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Plotter Technology Comparison – Toner vs Inkjet

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 @ 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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Canon Plotter iPF770 vs HP T520

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 @ 01:15 PM

There are plenty of new startup companies and small firms that need a solid, entry-level, large format printer for all types of general purpose, CAD, or graphics printing. In this case, two of the top contenders are the Canon iPF770 and the HP Designjet T520. They both have their strengths, but let’s see why the Canon ultimately comes up the winner when compared to the T520.

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See the Benefits of the PlotWave 550 Oce Printer

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 01:09 PM

Canon Solutions America has just announced a new successor to the Océ PlotWave 500 printing system, the Océ PlotWave 550. While most of the design is similar to its predecessor, the upgrade brings some powerful new features to the table. Check out the benefits of the new PlotWave 550 Océ printer.

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See the Advantages of Océ Radiant Fusing Technology

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Aug 02, 2016 @ 02:30 PM

For many CAD users, toner-based, large format, LED plotters are just plain magical. You simply click print and a sheet comes out. There’s often not much thought about what is going on "under the hood" or the science behind the process. But, the truth is, there is a lot going on there - exposure, charging, transfer, etc. The final part of this multi-part sequence is called "fusing." In layman's terms this is where heat is applied to the powder toner to permanently adhere it to the paper. There are a couple of different ways to achieve this, either through a pressure fusion process or radiant fusion one. Pressure fusion is be far the most prevalent and is therefore considered "conventional technology", but there are many reasons why Océ's Radiant Fusion Technology is better and something you should seriously consider.

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