Laetitia Destombes, product manager, Large Format Printing Division, HP: Large-format scanners and multifunction printers (MFPs) are used to digitize documents for archiving purposes or to make copies. The most common application is scanning older originals that are only available in a paper format to create a digital copy or a version of the document that is easier to handle.
process & workflow Paradigm EIS Flex HP Designjet T1120 HD-MFP Océ CS4300 Colortrac SmartLF Gx+ T42 Scanning the Possibilities Manufacturers describe the hidden talents of wide-format scanners Contex SD4490 By Steven Shaw They say that “what comes out is only as good as what they are able to produce a smaller format that is more con- goes in.” Therefore wide-format scanners play a large role venient to work with in the field. in the production of high-quality graphics. While many We also see real estate companies and CAD/GIS pro- think of wide-format scanners as merely a way to make fessionals scanning maps for further processing. In this copies of large documents, the uses vary as wide as the instance, any change made on a map is scanned and entered scanners themselves. How can print service providers into a database that can be easily found in case of emer- make the best use of their wide-format scanners? How can gency. Wide-format scanners can also benefit PSPs when they bring in new business? they receive unusual requests from customers, such as the request to reproduce large family trees or a caricature made What is the most popular use for wide-format scanners? in Montmartre during a honeymoon. Laetitia Destombes, product manager, Large Format Kelley Rodill, marketing manager, Contex Americas, Printing Division, HP: Large-format scanners and multi- Inc.: Document archival and short-run copying are the function printers (MFPs) are used to digitize documents most popular uses for wide-format scanners. However, we for archiving purposes or to make copies. The most see just about every possible use imaginable. The sky is the common application is scanning older originals that are limit. We see scanning of graphic arts, fine art, engineering only available in a paper format to create a digital copy and GIS documents, raster to vector conversion, proofing or a version of the document that is easier to handle. for press runs, apparel, the list goes on and on. For example, companies often have a store of old draw- Maree Joyce, product marketing specialist, Wide- ings and have a need to digitize the originals for security Format Printing Systems Division of Océ North America: reasons, to create more space and to increase accessibil- Storing and preserving drawings—not only to preserve lega- ity to the files for other members of the organization. cy documents and save space, but also to more easily search Large-format scanning technologies allow them to do this for drawings from a digital archive and distribute them to quickly and easily. Additionally, customers working in the wherever needed as quickly as possible. technical industry often want to take a D- or E-size map Jane Hicks, mark
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