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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
If you work in AEC - architecture, engineering, or construction, then you know the way you handle construction drawings has changed dramatically over the years. In the old days, bid sets were printed and distributed by print shops to general contractors and subcontractors. Now, almost all plans are shared electronically via email or some type of online planroom. Obviously, this has resulted in a drop in demand of large volume printing. Traditional reprographic shops have been hit hardest by this change. But, wide-format printing is not dead, it has just shifted.
As the weather is warming, construction is also heating up. Companies are getting busy and looking for more efficient ways of getting things done. If a plotter upgrade is on the horizon for you, now would be a good time to consider a plotter lease. This is a great way to capitalize on new gear without having to expend a large amount of cash.
Until March 31st 2016, Canon Financial Services is offering a 0% interest lease promotion. This certainly is a “no brainer” option if you have already thought about leasing. But, there are some requirements that need to be met. Be sure that you know all the parameters to see if you qualify for this incredible 0% plotter lease offer.
No matter which brand of ink jet plotter you have, most all are built on the same type of mechanical platform. Therefore, ALL wide-format printers are susceptible to the same types of operational issues. So, after tapping into the vast mental resource of our technicians' mega-minds here are the 4 most common issues, and suggestions solutions for each.
Canon recently unveiled their new wide format plotter scanner—the L-Series. It comes in two versions, the iPF670 MFP L24 (24-inch plotter/scanner) and the iPF770 MFP L36 (36-inch plotter/scanner). Both of these units provide basic print and scan-to-copy functions at a very affordable price. The overall functionality of the L-Series is a bit scaled back from the more robust M40 model, but if your wide-format needs are basic, it may be a great option to consider.
Like many other industries, the wide-format equipment sector is extremely competitive. As such, you 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.
Everyone knows that as soon as you buy the latest tech gizmo, it is already outdated. Just look how fast new smart phones are released. This concept appears to dissolve, however, when printers are involved, especially wide-format printers. It is amazing how some companies will hang on to their wide-format equipment for years. Eventually though, the time will come there is no other option. You need to upgrade your plotter. If that is the case, here a few things to keep in mind.
The Canon Large Format Solutions Division has recently announced the latest expansion of their award winning imagePROGRAF Large-Format Multifunction Printer line with the new iPF MFP L Scan-to-Copy/File series. The two models that comprise the new L-Series are the 36-inch iPF770 MFP L36 and the 24-inch iPF670 MFP L24. The new L-Series complements the current iPF MFP M40 imaging system line by providing a product that offers basic scan-to-copy capabilities at an affordable price. Developed to be easy-to-use, the new L-Series Scan-to-Copy/File systems are expanding the market by putting Large Format multifunction capabilities within reach of small offices, low volume and entry level users. Together, the two iPF MFP series give Canon an unrivaled breadth of large format scan-to-copy/file solutions.