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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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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Do a Cost per Square Foot Comparison for Wide-Format Plotters

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

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.

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Top 3 Ink Jet Plotter Problems and What to do About Them

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

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.

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Introducing the Canon L-Series Wide Format Plotter Scanner Combo

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Dec 20, 2015 @ 08:30 PM

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.

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It's Time to Upgrade My Plotter - Now What?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

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. 

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New Canon CAD Plotters with Integrated Scanners

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

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.

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Finally, a Poster Printer that Hits the Sweet Spot

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 @ 06:36 AM

Visual communication is vital to many types of businesses. Retail, Education, and Petroleum (Oil & Gas) are three wildly different industries that rely on the similar ability to communicate through posters, charts, and maps. Technology has made it so that producing even complex posters is as simple as clicking “print.” But, ultimately, hardware is what yields the final results and having the right hardware remains the biggest challenge, until now.

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What are the best tips for printing GIS Files on a Map Plotter?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 @ 04:05 PM

It has become common for companies of all types to incorporate GIS (Geographical Information Systems) technology into their business strategy. GIS data can be used for a dynamic range of purposes: land management, construction planning, and utility maintenance. At its core, GIS integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. Unfortunately, when it comes to printing GIS files on a map plotter, some users find it challenging. But, it doesn’t have to be.

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Large Format Plotters and Scanners - Their Many Uses

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 @ 08:36 AM

When you convinced your spouse to buy a GPS for the car, you expect to use it to find motels on a vacation drive or get to an unfamiliar destination. Once you have it, you learn that you can search local restaurants for a spur-of-the moment meal, find your way around traffic jams, see how long it will be to the next rest stop or compare gas stations.

The same experience faces you at work. It’s good to find a solution to one problem that turns out to be a solution to a dozen problems. It’s even better when the “solution” opens or enhances new possibilities for your organization.

Good for more than just technical prints

When the engineering department wants to scan and print large design images, you quickly find that the same large-format printer can produce colorful signs that transfer to your vehicles or office walls and windows, or print transfers of your logo for the softball team’s shirts.

The public relations and marketing people will want to turn pages from presentations into posters, banners and dazzling trade show booth displays. Others will want to print specialized signs to make a worksite safer or guide visitors on a tour. Your building manager will use a large format printer to create dazzling photographs and art work for your office walls.

Someone will want to print large-format maps for specific projects. Others will want to scan that map down for a presentation slide. Then someone else will want to do a different overlay on a map for a completely different task, or print it on a color transparency and turn it into a lamp or illuminated display.

Also useful for other departments in your company

The training staff might use a large format plotter or scanner to turn the map into a board game, with images from your photo file to illustrate where things are in your organization and how your work is done.

Being able to handle large-format documents also enhances your ability to collaborate with other organizations and outside consultants. This means you can seek work that where your organization lacked the assets to seek before, or find work with others.

Buying or leasing a new large format plotter, scanner or printer is a decision that can involve the entire organization. These devices are very diverse in design and abilities, and right now you can choose among broad field of hardware options and lease or buy equipment at very competitive rates.

What is the craziest non-conventional thing you have printed with your large format plotter?

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I Witnessed the Fall of Large Format Copiers

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 @ 06:19 AM

What do floppy drives, parallel ports, and daisy wheel printers have in common with large format copiers? They are all extinct. It is crazy to think that only five years ago analog large format copiers were a completely relevant product. But, now you can’t give one away. So, what exactly happened?

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What is the best printer for printing large maps? | Answered

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Jan 09, 2012 @ 06:43 AM

Question from Steve in Houston: I work in Oil and Gas and I need a new plotter printer that can print seismic charts, topographical maps, and aerial photos? What would be the best printer for printing large maps and images?

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Top 6 uses for tabletop wide format scanners

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 @ 07:01 AM

In case you haven’t noticed, large format document scanning has become commonplace throughout many organizations. Here are a few reasons why wide format scanners have become more abundant.

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15 Reasons not to buy a HP T2300 printer plotter scanner

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Dec 06, 2011 @ 06:18 AM

On the surface, the HP T2300 eMFP seems like a slam dunk when considering a new printer, plotter, and scanner. But, wait! Look past the initial impression and you’ll discover that the T2300 has some significant flaws—ones that could be detrimental to the operation of your business.

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Understand the risks of not upgrading your big format printers

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Dec 01, 2011 @ 06:29 AM

A mixed bag – it’s the best way to describe the blend of IT equipment at some engineering and construction offices. As you know, information technology has become integral to the operation of those types of companies. For example, here are some state-of-the-art items that you’ll find in the average engineering or construction office.

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