By Melissa Donovan
Part 2 of 2
The first part in this series on technical wide format printers looked at the latest trends, whether customers were appropriately using their devices, and the most utilized and requested features. Color, smaller footprint, and connectivity are some of the trending features in this space. Here, we share product portfolios from leading vendors that offer one or all of these.
Canon Solutions America launched the newest generation of its technical document printer lineup in Fall of 2020. The updated models include ColorWave 3600 and 3800 and monochrome PlotWave 3000, 3500, 5000, 5500, and 7500. Both sets of printers offer the option of compact single footprint scanning. Canon’s Image Logic technology turns imperfect originals into high-quality copies and scans. New security features found on the printers are now built-in standard, which enables better control over secure documents with Access Management and embedded Disk Encryption and Secure Boot.
Epson America, Inc. recently debuted the 24-inch SureColor T3170M and 36-inch SureColor T5170M wide format multifunction printers. The solutions include an integrated 600 dpi high-detail scanner with simple top-loading functionality for easy copying and scanning of blueprints, technical documents, renderings, and graphics. Powered by Epson PrecisionCore printhead technology, they can produce accurate A1/D-size prints in as fast as 34 seconds for the T3170M and 31 seconds for the T5170M.
HP Inc.’s newest DesignJet series of technical printers combine intelligence, flexibility, and style. The portfolio includes the HP DesignJet T200 Printer series, HP DesignJet T600 Printer series, and the HP DesignJet Studio Print series. All three are equipped with HP Click software, which offers one-click printing. Combined with the automatic A3/B tray, it enables printing multi-size projects automatically without manually switching the media source.
The KIP 860 is ideal for environments that require convenient multifunction productivity with a single-footprint, space-saving design. The two-roll multifunction system with integrated scanner provides both print quality and performance for both color and black and white wide format printing of technical and business graphics. The 12-inch intuitive touchscreen navigation automates copy, scan, and print functions for single-touch productivity.
The Ricoh USA, Inc. RICOH MP CW2201SP Wide Format Color Inkjet Printer provides a smarter way to produce and share everything from architectural drawings and renderings to oversized color signage. Collaborate easier with full multifunction capabilities, mobile support, and precise color technologies, all packed into a single compact footprint. Powered by an innovative Smart Operation Panel and intuitive user interface, the MP CW2201SP delivers 1,200×1,200 dpi quality images on a printing area of up to 36 inches wide.
The ROWE ColorPress series of multifunction products is designed for high-volume, toner-based LED printing. At the base level a printer, the ROWE ColorPress can be extended at any time to a multifunctional print, scan, and copy solution with finishing. For this ROWE offers several perfectly matched multifunction printer solutions as well as the three new online folding systems VarioFold Compact, VarioFold Complete, and VarioFold Premium.
Create Much More
The newest printers, as discussed above, are designed to meet the needs of the technical market, however they are also designed and capable of creating much more. Advancements in print, scan, and copy technology are enabling end users in this segment to develop printed pieces beyond their traditional blueprint or map and output far more than they thought possible with the quality they require. dps
Read part one of this series, Meeting Old and New Needs.
Jan2021, DPS Magazine