Additionally, more designers are looking environmental responsibility. “Architectural firms are taking sustainable design and operating processes seriously, and they want to partner with vendors who share their sustainability objectives. As a result, reprographers are looking to promote sustainability via the products they use in their business operations, the services they provide to their customers and internal employee programs. Point of need printing requires fast, easy to use, reliable printers for lower volume print demands. Walk-up users must be able to quickly get what they need, which requires an intuitive operation. Océ has recently introduced the Océ PlotWave 300 system—a simple, green, durable, all-in-one print-copy/scan system with a space-saving design. It’s specifically designed to address the trend to decentralized printing—easy to use, energy efficient, quiet, instantly ready to print when needed, able to withstand the workload of multiple users, and able to fit into small spaces. Plus a convenient USB flash drive port means users can print from or scan to a flash drive—no need to carry stacks of plans,” she said.
As the use of color expands, file sizes continue to get larger. “They can be slow to process, slow to view and slow to print, which can create bottlenecks in a project’s workflow. Océ has always designed its printers with powerful controllers, not only for fast file processing but also task concurrency allowing simultaneous file processing, printing and scanning. As a result, the Océ TCS500 is the fastest large format color inkjet print/copy/scan system available. Ease of use is always a need, and as printing becomes less centralized, it’s more important than ever. One example of how Océ addresses this is with Dynamic Switching Technology in the Océ TCS500 printer. No longer do users have to sacrifice print speed for print quality since this technology guarantees the optimum trade-off automatically without additional adjustments by the operator. Whether the original contains lines and text, images or both, Océ Dynamic Switching Technology eliminates any guesswork in choosing the correct print setting by automatically sensing each part of a mixed image and determining the best print quality and print speed for these individual areas. This enables the printer to deliver optimum print quality without sacrificing productivity.”
For the growing demand for large format color prints, Holland said the Océ ColorWave 600 printer incorporates a totally new print technology that enables users to harness the speed of monochrome printing for large format color printing without compromising output quality. “It combines the best of toner and inkjet printing in one device for high speed color toner prints on plain, uncoated paper; zero drying time for instantly usable, water fast prints; a large production capability with up to six media rolls; and an environmentally friendly operation with no ozone, odor or fine powder emissions,” she said.
“Easy-to-use, reliable, compact print systems like the Océ PlotWave 300 enable reprographic firms to support their AEC clients for lower volume, point-of-need printing—either on a resale or FM basis. Fast, economical large-format color printing, like that available with the Océ ColorWave 600 printer, enables reprographers to turn around color print jobs much more quickly and more affordably. This enables them to generate more color revenue while providing a more economical price for color printing to their customers. The sustainable design of Océ printers lowers energy costs, minimizes paper waste, reduces emissions and enables the use of lower cost uncoated media for quality color printing that’s water fast without lamination,” she concluded.
Steve Kozle, IPS Product Manager at KIP also sees a trend in decentralized printing. “The trend toward decentralized printing is prevalent in the wide-format document LED production market. In addition, a major effort by IT departments to avoid PC installed software has made powerful web-based production applications essential to the future.”
“Suppliers are tailoring their products to appeal to decentralized printing environments by concentrating on ease of use and smaller system footprints. Touch screen technology is rapidly becoming a standard requirement of decentralized equipment operators due to its inherent versatility and expandability. Web-based printing has become much more powerful in recent years. For instance, wide-format web based software is now capable of managing the most advanced production features such as collated sets printing, preflight image viewing along with job and system management, system administration and accounting integration. Combined with complete print, copy and scan management from the equipment touch screen the distributed model is allowing end-users to control all aspects of internal and external printing without the need for dedicated operators or IT management,” he added.