“It’s true that 2009 has presented many of these shops with challenges they have not faced in years. Increases in revenue and profitability are very difficult to see but with new large format printers such as the iPF755 and iPF750, new services can be offered to make up for the reduction of other printing services,” he added.
“The technological enhancements in both hardware and software have enabled shops to be more streamlined, faster and more efficient leading to more productive and profitable shops,” reported Karen Serrano, marketing and training manager, Wide Format Products, Xerox Corp. “The technological enhancements in both hardware and software have enabled shops to be more streamlined, faster and more efficient leading to more productive and profitable shops.”
Serrano points to more products offering a host of more functions are continuing to be emerging trends. “Enhanced mono and color-enabled workflows, scalable features, speed and environmental sustainability leading to increased efficiencies, productivity, profitability while being environmentally-conscious. By introducing modular feature sets and workflows to meet customer-unique requirements and protect customer’s investments and the world’s environment; we are tailoring new products to meet these needs.”
“Large and complex engineering and architectural renderings, electrical diagrams and mechanical drawings require precise detail. With that in mind, Xerox last October introduced the Xerox 6279 Wide Format Printer, a black-and-white digital printer, copier and scanner which features sharp image quality, speed, a compact footprint and low running costs. The system is flexible enough to fit in a variety of environments, including commercial print shops and architectural, engineering and construction companies. It’s speed—printing seven or nine “D-size” (24x36 inches) prints per minute—make it one of the most productive products in its class.”
Serrano explains the Xerox 6279 can simultaneously scan up to six inches per second with its optional on-board scanner while printing. “The 600x600-dpi printing and scanning capabilities deliver sharp, precise details even for complex plans, schematics and renderings. The system holds up to four rolls of bond paper, tracing paper or film for uninterrupted printing and media flexibility. The optional on-board scanner or Wide Format Scan System allows reproduction of worn originals to be improved by suppressing the background, which may be damaged by wrinkles or water, and saving the important fine line details of text and images.”
HP’s Aurelia Martinez, manager, Americas Region - Product Category Marketing / HP Designjet printing systems, also sees product evolution as a major trend. “Engineering printers have indeed evolved a great deal in the last several years which have allowed many reprographics shops to boost productivity and ultimately drive their overall profitability. Just prior to IRgA, HP announced the HP Designjet T1120 Printer series family of printers, and specifically the SD-MFP model, which was designed with busy reprographics shops in mind. The printer allows workgroups to enhance the quality of their drawings and presentations while meeting tight deadlines and allows them to cost-effectively produce large-format applications in high volumes due to its in-printer processing capabilities that enable the printer to be shared efficiently among multiple users in a network environment. Easy operation and an intuitive user interface provide greater efficiency while additional features like speed, low cost per copy and the ability to complete unattended printing jobs make the solution ideal for busy reprographic houses of all sizes and large workgroups,” said Martinez.
She added that other improvements that HP has made to grow productivity and profitability are invest in features like HP Vivera inks and contact image sensor (CIS) scanning technology for quality results for a variety of CAD documents. “The new printer is up to three times faster than previous HP Designjet models; printing A1/D size prints in 35 seconds and also features the HP Embedded Web Server allowing users to remotely manage the printer, ink and media usage.”