Canon imagePROGRAF TX Series Uses Pigment Inks for Color AEC Drawings

Canon TX-4000 wide format printer

The new Canon imagePROGRAF TX Series of wide-format inkjet printers is designed for architects, engineers, builders, and office professionals who want to produce higher volumes of color drawings on uncoated paper with lower running costs. The small-footprint devices are built for speed, stability, and usability in small offices.

Unlike previous 5-color models that used 4 colors of aqueous dye inks in combination with a pigment black ink, the four printers in the TX Series use a new 5-color LUCIA TD pigment ink set for bright colors on plain paper. With the new TD printhead, the printers can output up to three D-sized prints per minute.

Canon imagePROGRAF TX-4000

Canon imagePROGRAF TX- 4000

Other features include multiple security options, stacking capability up to 100 sheets, wireless printing capability, automatic roll loading, and an optional Mutifunction Roll Unit.

 

“With the announcement of Canon’s imagePROGRAF TX Series, we have brought to market what we consider to be the next standard of engineering in regards to large-format printing of technical documents,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager of the Business Imaging Solutions Group of Canon U.S.A. “The ability of the TX series to print striking, resilient posters, banners, and technical documents make them at home in a variety of settings, whether it’s a construction company, architectural firm, or office environment.”

The TX series includes four models:

  •  imagePROGRAF TX-3000 (36 inches)
  • imagePROGRAF TX-3000 MFP T36 (36 inches with T36-model scanner)
  • image PROGRAF TX 4000 (44 inches)
  • imagePROGRAF TX 4000 MFP T36 (44 inches with T36-model scanner)

LUCIA TD Pigment Inks

All TX-Series printers use five colors (C, M, Y, Bk, MBk) of a brand-new LUCIA TD pigment ink to make high-quality prints on standard bond papers. The inks deliver a balanced combination of black density and bleed resistance and support accurate reproduction of lines and text and uniformity in the fill areas. Compared to the  imagePROGRAF 830/840/850 series, the TX Series printers produce a wider color gamut on the uncoated inkjet papers typically used for drawings and documents.

The LUCIA TD pigment inks are also more weather-resistant than the dye inks used in the Canon imagePROGRAF 830/840/850 printers and earlier generations of Canon imagePROGRAF technical printers. Maps, drawings, and signs printed on Canon’s water-resistant matte polypropylene can withstand the outdoor conditions of a construction site.

To keep running costs low, you can choose from three ink tank sizes (160 ml, 330 ml, and 700 ml), depending on the colors you use most often. You can run tanks of different sizes and change them out as needed without interrupting an ongoing print job. A visual display shows whether the sub ink tanks are full, half-full, or almost empty.

Media Handling

The automatic paper loading system starts feeding the paper into the printer as soon as you load the roll on the printer.

With the optional Multifunction Roll Unit, you can load two 650-foot rolls of material (up to 6.7 inches in diameter) for more than 3,900 square feet of continuous printing. Or, you load two different widths of the same media type, and automatically switch between the two as needed. For long, uninterrupted print runs, you can set up the Multifunction Roll Unit to act as a take-up reel.

The standard, high-volume TX stacker can handle 100 A0-size sheets of 75 gsm, uncoated paper.

Ease of Use

You don’t need a computer to print PDF or JPEG files on an imagePROGRAF TX series printer. Simply insert a USB thumb drive and preview the job in the operation panel. In an office environment with a wireless network, you can send files wirelessly to the printer.

Improved Security

To minimize leaks of confidential information, the imagePROGRAF TX printers include strengthened security features such as an encrypted hard drive with IPSec support for secure storage. SSL/TSL and 802.1x authetnication support secure communications.

Compact, Uni-Body Construction

The robust chassis and unibody design of the TX series printers ensures the accuracy of ink-drop placement. The smaller footprint of the devices means even the 44-inch model can fit in smaller office spaces.

Software

Free software that is available for the TX Series printers includes:

-Direct Print & Share (Canon’s cloud-portal file-sharing solution);

-Accounting Manager for tracking ink and media usage and costs per job

-PosterArtist Lite for creating professional-looking posters in four easy steps

-Optimized Module for printing directly from compatible AutoCAD software

-Print Plug-In for Microsoft Office for printing enlargements of Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents

-Media Configuration Tool for managing media information in the operation panel and printer driver.

Multifunction Models

For the multi-function printer (MFP) models, a new new 36-inch scanner is attached to the top of the printer. The scanner handle documents and boards or thick papers up to 0.08 inches thick and scan images in resolutions up to 1200 dpi.

Canon imagePROGRAF TX3000 MFP

Canon imagePROGRAF TX-3000 MFP T36

Color documents are scanned at 6 inches per second and black-and-white documents can be scanned at 12 inches per second. You don’t have to stop a long print job in order to scan a document. Dual LEDs in the scanner reduce the appearance of scans or creases in the folds.

The 15.6-in. monitor included with the system enables you to view the scans and use the new SmartWorks software to make any necessary adjustments. With SmartWorks, you scan scan multi-page PDFs and enhance the look of the images. For example, you can de-skew the image, reset the white point and the black point, and sharpen or invert the image.

With the direct link to Canon’s Direct Print & Share software, you can scan and upload documents to the cloud and download and print them whenever you choose. Or, you can easily share the uploaded files with co-workers.

For more information about the Canon imagePROGRAF TX-3000, download this technical data sheet.

For more information about the Canon imagePROGRAF TX-4000, download this technical data sheet.

If you have questions or are interested in buying a printer, please call our customer-service team at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335.

Rescue Team Uses HP DesignJet MFP to Print Maps for Missing Person Searches

Maps printed on HP T2500 MFP

Here’s a great example of how a volunteer organization is using a wide-format HP Designjet MFP (multi-function printer) to improve communications among its members and collaborating organizations.

New Jersey Search and Rescue (NJSAR) is a team of highly trained volunteers that provides New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania with incident management, mountain rescue, ground search, medical, and K-9 search-and-rescue services. NJSAR is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and conducts an average of 25 missing-person searches each year.

To aid in search-and-rescue missions, NJSAR recently installed an HP DesignJet T2500 Multifunction Printer (MFP) to produce large-format maps. The HP DesignJet T2500 MFP scans, prints and copies 36-inch maps to help the team collaborate and streamline communications. When time is of the essence, the machine’s mobile-printing capabilities allow search teams to print straight from their Apple® or Android™ smartphones or tablets.

Maps printed on HP T2500 MFP

Members of New Jersey Search and Rescue consult maps printed on HP T2500 MFP.

“Before installing the HP DesignJet T2500 MFP, our team was limited to printing tiled maps on 8.5 x 11-inch paper and taping the pieces together. Or, we just used small maps, which made it difficult for incident management staff to collaborate on scene,” explained David Clarke, president, New Jersey Search and Rescue. “With the HP DesignJet T2500 MFP, we are equipped to produce large-scale maps quickly and reliably to help us optimize our search efforts and help return missing persons to their families.”

Search missions involve many organizations including search-and-rescue teams, local law enforcement, EMS, fire and local government entities. The large-format maps printed on the HP DesignJet T2500 MFP are critical in delineating search areas, keeping track of searchers’ locations, recording clues, highlighting areas of interest and defining regions that have already been searched.

At the end of a search-and-rescue mission, the maps used have been annotated and highlighted by numerous members of the command staff, creating an irreplaceable record of what happened that day. NJSAR team members can simply feed these maps into the 36-inch scanner on the HP DesignJet T2500 MFP to instantly create digitized records of the mission. The digitized records can then be shared with law enforcement and other partners.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

New Jersey Search and Rescue

HP DesignJet T2530 Multifunction Printer

Supplies for HP DesignJet MFP Printers

 

 

New Wide Format MFP Systems for Schools and Small Businesses

Canon iPF770-MFP-L36

Canon U.S.A. has introduced two entry-level wide format MFP (multi-function printer) systems for scanning, copying, archiving, and distributing large-format documents such as maps, drawings, renderings, posters, and charts.

The easy-to-use imagePROGRAF iPF770 MFP L36 and iPF670 MFP L24 systems are for offices and schools that have limited floor space and low-volume, uncomplicated scanning requirements. Both of these scan-to-copy-to-file systems include easy-to-use scanning and printing software and don’t require a lot of training to operate.

Canon’s entry-level wide format MFP systems provide all the tools you need to digitally archive, print, and distribute large documents that won’t fit on a desktop flatbed scanner.

The imagePROGRAF iPF770 MFP L36 is a reliable 36-in. scanner and printer combination for smaller architecture, engineering, and consulting firms and contracting businesses that want to scan and copy their own technical drawings and presentations. It lists for around $6,000.

The 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF670 MFP L24 system enables small-business employees and teachers, librarians, and students in K-12 schools to easily scan, copy, print, and digitally store oversized documents such as presentations, artwork, posters, charts, infographics, and photos. This model lists for about $4,000.

Canon imagePROGRAF iPF670 MFP L24

Canon imagePROGRAF iPF670 MFP L24

 

“Regardless of the business’s income or an employee’s level of experience, Canon provides affordable and intuitive systems to meet the large format scanning needs of nearly any type of business,” said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. “As the entry-level counterparts to the iPF MFP M40, these new imagePROGRAF devices can inspire companies to perform their own large-format scanning.”

 

CPosters from Canon's entry- level wide format MFP

In Canon’s video about their entry-level MFP systems on 21seconds.net, see how easy it is for employees in stores, design firms, and schools to scan small documents and enlarge them to poster size.

Video: Canon Entry-Level Scan-to-Print-to-Copy Systems

Scanner Features

The scanners on the MFP L24 and MFP L36 models will meet or exceed the everyday large-format scanning and copying needs of most small businesses and organizations that don’t provide print-for-pay or centralized reprographic services. .

For example, the scan-to-copy interface on these new Canon wide format MFP systems is push-button automatic. No PC is required to make a scan or a copy. Users can choose from three scan modes: Draft, Standard, and Best.

Like Canon’s iPF MFP M40 systems, the scanners include SingleSensor Technology for more consistent, accurate color replication. The single component image sensor spans the full width of the scanner and has long-life LED bi-directional illumination.

Compared to scanners that use an array of smaller sensors, full-width, single-sensor technology reduces the risk of misaligned scan data. The LEDs require no warm-up time and provide a wide, consistent color gamut with low power consumption and less potential for shadowing at creases and folds.

From the integrated control panel on Canon’s entry-level wide format MFP systems, you can choose the cost-saving Economy Print Mode, auto-crop borders, adjust brightness and exposure, and select the number of copies.

The L24 model scanner can scan images up to 24 wide on media that is up to 26 inches wide. The L36 model scanner can scan images up to 36 inches wide on media that is up to 38 inches wide. The scanner can handle media up to .5 mm (about 19 mil) thick.

Printer Features

Each printer features five 130 ml tanks of ink: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black dye inks for full-color photos and a pigment matte Black ink for long-lasting technical drawings.

The sub-ink tank system allows all the ink in the tank to be used before it’s replaced. You can also replace an ink tank while a job is being printed without sacrificing print quality.

Like many of Canon’s other iPF MFP systems, the imagePROGRAF iPF670 MFP L24 and iPF770 MFP L36 systems can handle a range of media, including economy and coated bond papers, photographic papers, and sign, banner, and display media up to 31.4 mil thick.

The L24 model can handle cut sheet media from 8 to 24 inches wide or rolls from 10 to 24 inches wide. The L36 model can handle cut sheets from 8 to 36 inches wide and rolls from 10 to 36 inches wide.

The top media loading system makes it easy to load rolls and sheets even when the compact printer is placed against a wall.

Software

The imagePROGRAF iPF770 MFP L36 and imagePROGRAF iPF670 MFP L24 include software that can enhance the versatility and productivity of the systems.

Canon’s PosterArtist Lite software gives you all the tools you need to design and output professional looking, large-format signs, posters, and banners.

The Print Plug-in for Microsoft Office® allows users of all skills levels to print posters or banners directly from Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, or Word.

Direct Print & Share software is a cloud-based portal that allows for the sharing and batch printing of JPEG, TIFF, PDF, and HP-GL/2 files from almost anywhere in the world.

The imagePROGRAF Print Utility is an iOS app that can be used to wirelessly print PDF files directly from an iPad.
Accounting Manager software can help network administrators track and ink and media expenses and allocate costs to the specific project.

For More Information

The iPF770 MFP L36 or iPF670 MFP L24 is currently available from Freedom Paper. Call our customer-service team at 888-310-3335 for more details and special pricing.

Video: Canon Entry Level Scan-to-Print to Copy Systems

Brochure: Canon iPF770 MFP and iPF670 MFP L24

New HP DesignJet T Printers Facilitate Mobile Printing of AEC Documents

HP Inc. has unveiled five new HP DesignJet T technical printers for better, faster, and easier printing with wireless networks and mobile devices. Each HP DesignJet T printer has specific features for different sizes of AEC workgroups as well as individual users, small businesses, and remote workers.

The flagship model, the HP DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer (MFP) is compact and durable for use in the temporary offices at construction sites.

“Even as AEC and design professionals become increasingly mobile, they prefer making edits and reviewing plans on the printed page,” said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, Large Format Printing, HP. “HP’s innovative new large-format printers and MFPs simplify collaboration with next-level features and mobile printing capabilities to meet this blended reality and print whatever and wherever AEC professionals need to.”

All five new HP DesignJet T printers are 36-inch, aqueous-ink printers with user-replaceable thermal printheads. Two models use four inks. Three models use six inks for a wider color gamut and better photographic printing.

Four-ink models: The DesignJet T830 and DesignJet T730 combine cyan, magenta, and yellow dye inks with black pigment inks for fast, efficient output of line drawings, renderings, and presentations. These printers can handle rolls or sheets of uncoated and coated bond papers and photo papers up to 11.8 mil thick.

Six-ink models: The HP DesignJet T930, DesignJet T1530, and DesignJet T2530 workgroup printers use six HP Original dye inks (cyan, magenta, yellow, black, photo black, and gray) to output professional-quality drawings, renderings, presentations, maps, and orthophotos for CAD and GIS applications. With the HP gray and photo black inks on these printers, you can achieve precise line accuracy, dark blacks, and true neutral grays.

The T930, T1530, and T2530 printers feature enhanced or advanced security protocols and can output on rolls or sheets of uncoated or coated bond paper and photo papers up 19.7 mil thick. They can be upgraded to run Adobe PostScript for printing PDFs or high-resolution graphics.

 

Here’s a quick overview of the five printers and the new HP All-in-One (AiO) Printer Remote app.

HP Designjet T830 Multifunction Printer (MFP)

This compact HP DesignJet T printer includes an integrated 36-inch scanner and a damage-resistant design. The DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer was built to be transported to different job sites and operated without an on-site LAN.

At each job site, revisions can quickly be scanned and shared to all of the stakeholders in the project. The revised drawings can either be printed and distributed at the job site or stored and shared through online repositories such as Dropbox, Box, or Google Docs.

HP DesignJet T830 MFP with output

HP DesignJet T830 MFP

The MFP can be operated either from touchscreen on the printer, or with the HP AiO Printer Remote app on a smartphone or tablet. With HP’s Wi-Fi Direct feature, you can easily connect the printer to the same wireless network as the mobile device you will print from.

The T830 MFP was specifically engineered to endure dust and potential hits from being moved to job sites. Reinforced wheels and feet on the printer stands make printing at job sites more convenient. An optional HP Designjet Rugged Case offers enhanced damage and dust protection.

HP DesignJet T730 Printer

The HP DesignJet T730 printer for small businesses is a compact Wi-Fi printer for in-office or mobile printing of line drawings, renderings, presentations, and general-purpose documents. With HP Mobile Printing, you can print from a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet with a few simple clicks. When you’re out of the office, you can attach a document to an e-mail and send it directly to your printer via ePrint.

Except for the integrated scanner, the DesignJet T720 is similar to the T830 MFP. Both printers enable you to economically deliver prints for meetings, mark up real-time changes, and quickly share copies of the revised plans for project stakeholders.

Both printers feature a touchscreen front panel with a smartphone-like interface. You can easily swipe through the options on the touchscreen. With other features of the DesignJet T830 and T720 you can:

  • Print high-quality A1/D-size line drawings in 25 seconds (about 3 times faster than previous HP models).
  • Cut paper waste by 50 percent by using an automatic sheet feeder to print half-size drawings up to 13 inches wide.
  • Choose the ink cartridge size (40 ml, 130 ml, or 300 ml) that will be most economical for your requirements. If you print frequently, save money and cartridge-replacement time by buying inks in the 300 ml cartridge packs. If you only make a few prints a week, minimize initial costs and potential expiration issues by buying inks in 40 ml or 130 ml cartridges.
  • Save ink and time when printing drafts by selecting the Econofast print mode.
  • Detach the stand from the printer to move the printer from office to office.
The HP DesignJet T930

The HP DesignJet T930 provides improved print quality, productivity, and data security for small- and medium-sized AEC and GIS teams that print line drawings, renderings, presentations, maps, and orthophotos.

For uninterrupted printing, it can hold 300-ft.-long media rolls and cartridges with up to 300 ml of ink. Its integrated stacking tray can hold up to 50 flat, collated prints. This printer integrates easily with other office devices and is compatible with iOS and Android mobile devices through HP Mobile Printing.

The HP DesignJet T1530

This dual-roll printer is for maximum workgroup productivity and enterprise security in high-volume printing environment. It includes an integrated 50-page output stacking tray and enables you to print without interruption. This printer can handle a 300-ft. rolls of paper and cartridges with 300 ml of ink.

The HP DesignJet T2530 MFP

This easy-to-operate multi-function printer is for advanced design and engineering workgroups that need to scan, copy, and print professional quality CAD and GIS documents, This dual-roll printer can output an A1/D size print in about 21 seconds and scan color documents at speeds of up to 2.5 inches per second. The control panel on the MFP enables you to print, scan, or copy without using a PC.

HP DesignJet T2530 MFP

HP DesignJet T2530 MFP

Mobile Printing Capabilities for Collaboration

The new HP All-in-One (AiO) Printer Remote is a free mobile app for convenient printing and scanning to HP web-enabled printers and MFPs from both Apple and Android devices. The app makes printing in the field as easy as printing in the office. Built-in mobile printing features include printer discovery through wireless Internet, Wi-Fi Direct, and NFC, as well as e-mail printing to HP e-Print-enabled printers.

The HP AiO Printer Remote application makes mobile scanning and sharing easier by offering a direct connection of online repositories such as Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive.

The ability to print from everywhere has become increasingly important, particularly to contractors.

“Architectural drawings are at the heart of what we do as contractors, and getting them to the site quickly is key,” said Neil Geraghty, surveyor, Duke Construction. “With the HP DesignJet T830 MFP, we are able to quickly and affordably produce high-quality, large-format prints in-house, while HP mobile printing makes choosing, editing, and printing files easy to do from any location.”

New and Improved Media for HP DesignJet T Printers

Freedom Paper will be selling these new printers, as well as the Original HP Inks, cartridges, and printheads. Plus, we offer HP’s updated papers, all of which are FSC-certified.

HP Bright White Inkjet Paper

HP Universal Bond Paper

HP Universal Heavyweight Bond Paper

HP Universal Satin Photo Paper

If you have any questions about these new HP printers and the updated HP papers, please call the digital printing experts at Freedom Paper at 1-866-310-3335

FOR MORE INFORMATION

HP DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer Data Sheet

HP DesignJet T730 Printer Data Sheet

HP DesignJet T930 Printer Data Sheet

HP Designjet T1530 Printer Data Sheet

HP Designjet T2530 Multifunction Printer Data Sheet

YouTube: HP DesignJet T830

You Tube: HP DesignJet T730 for Small Businesses

YouTube: HP DesignJet T930

YouTube: HP DesignJet T1530

YouTube: HP DesignJet 2530

Upgraded Canon imagePROGRAF Printers for Technical Professionals

Canon U.S.A. has launched a series of Canon imagePROGRAF color wide-format inkjet printers for professionals in architecture, engineering, construction, and computer-aided design. The 44-inch aqueous-ink printers are designed for productive, high-volume operation in medium-to-large workgroups of technical professionals.

The three new printer models are listed below with their manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP):

Canon imagePROGRAF iPF830 ($5,495)
Canon imagePROFGRAF iPF840 ($6,495)
Canon imagePROGRAF iPF850 ($7,995)

All three models feature 15,360 nozzles and Canon’s innovative reactive dye/pigment inkset for intricate full-color renderings, technical drawings, and maps. Reactive Ink technology uses four highly colorfast dye inks (CMYK) for producing bold, expressive color, plus one channel of pigment matte black ink.

The inks provide superior adhesion to media, resistance to scratching and markers, and minimal “bleeding” between colors and text. Even small text printed on colored backgrounds or on uncoated technical papers is crisp and legible. The “high-chroma” magenta ink included in the iPF830, iPF840, and iPF850 inkset improves the printing of precise lines, smooth curves and small text on technical and office documents.

Productivity Features

To support uninterrupted, high-production printing, the iPF840 and iPF850 models feature a two-roll media system that can handle different types and widths of print material up to 44 inches. The media rolls can be switched automatically without manual intervention.

Workgroups can further improve productivity by using the optional high-capacity 700 ml ink tanks. With this option, users don’t have to pause print jobs in order to replace an empty tank.

The Economy Print Mode, helps lower the cost per print and can output an A1 size print on plain paper in 22 seconds. Cost-per-print tracking enables users to monitor and reduce print costs over time.

The iPF850 comes with a high-capacity stacker that can hold up to 100 sheets of different-sized paper (up to A0). The stacker neatly gathers newly printed documents to prevent paper curling and enable users to quickly collect their documents.

“Overall, the imagePROGRAF iPF850 has a great design, providing a definite time-saver when doing large sets of prints,” said Nate Herman, professional engineer at Sathre-Bergquist, Inc. “It is very quick and easy to pull the stacker out when changing paper and it rolls back into place effortlessly with no need to worry about making sure it is aligned. Prints stack perfectly well and can be taken right off the stacker and stapled which saves a tremendous amount of time.”

Other features of the new printers include: Gigabit Ethernet for fast file transfer and a built-in 320 GB hard drive that simplifies handling multiple complex jobs in shared printer environments. With the built-in hard drive, users can relieve workloads from their computers, store and retrieve print jobs with the touch of a button, and take advantage of a Remote User Interface and password-protected mailboxes to keep the workgroup productive.

MFP M40 Models

For workgroups that could benefit from built-in scan-to-print, scan-to-file, and file-sharing capabilities, each of the new imagePROGRAF printers is also available as multi-function device. Each system includes an M40 scanner, SmartWorks MFP software, a computer, touch-screen monitor, and MFP stand.

The MFP M40 models of the imagePROGRAF iPF850, iPF840, and iPF 830 can scan documents up to 2 mm thick. The suggested retail price for each of three MFP M40 models is as follows:

  • Canon imagePROGRAF iPF830 MFP M40: $9,495
  • Canon imagePROGRAF iPF840 MFP M40: $10,495
  • Canon imagePROGRAF iPF850 MFP M40: $11,995

“In today’s business environment, companies require the proper tools to help conserve costs and time without compromising quality,” said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, of Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With an upgraded system to help improve productivity and ink tanks designed for better efficiency, these new imagePROGRAF large format printers can help professionals to quickly and cost-effectively achieve precise technical documents.”

User-Friendly Software

Efficiency-enhancing features go beyond hardware with these new imagePROGRAF large format printers. Available software provides the additional functionality that technical workgroups in specific industries might appreciate.

For example, Canon’s PosterArtist Lite gives users the tools to easily create professional-looking posters, signs, and banners. The software includes royalty-free templates, backgrounds, clip art, and fonts.

Canon’s Direct Print & Share cloud portal software includes a shortcut feature for batch printing and allows files to be dragged and dropped into hot folders on the desktop.

Canon’s imagePROGRAF Print Utility app enables print jobs to be managed from mobile devices. The mobile app facilitates wireless printing from a compatible Apple iPad® device.

Four independent software vendors have also made their software compatible with these new imagePROGRAF printers

Onyx Graphics, a Canon Group Company, is a long-time leader in print-management software for large-format graphics production. Onyx Graphics helps customers increase productivity, reduce costs, and gain a competitive edge with superior print and color quality.

SAi provides professional design-to-production software solutions for companies engaged in signmaking, digital printing, screen printing and CNC machining.

System Development Inc. (SDI) makes computer graphics viewing, editing, montaging, converting, and printing software for the oil and gas, aerospace, and automotive CAE/CAD industries.

CADlink Technology Corporation is a well-established developer and worldwide distributor of design and production software for digital printing, signmaking, and CNC machining.

The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF850, iPF840 and iPF830 printers were shown publicly for the first time at the 2015 ESRI User Conference in San Diego and began shipping July 20.

Larger Media Rolls

In conjunction with the release of the imagePROGRAF iPF830, iPF840, and iPF850 models, Canon has added four new large-format media options to the imagePROGRAF media portfolio. For the first time, Canon will offer both 150-foot and 300-foot rolls of four products:

  • 20 lb. bond
  • 20 lb. recycled bond
  • 24 lb. bond
  • 24 lb. premium coated bond

Users who load two 42 in. x 300 ft. rolls of paper on one of the imagePROGRAF iPF840 or iPF850 will be able to run 2,000 sq. ft. of uninterrupted printing.

These papers are also offered in 30-inch widths. Because the new iPF840 or iPF850 printers can switch automatically between paper widths and types, users can choose to load the printer with a 30-inch roll of 24 lb. premium coated bond for special projects and a 42-inch roll of 20 lb. bond for economical everyday printing.

Canon’s new recycled bond paper supports Canon’s corporate philosophy of Kyosei, a pledge to work to harmonize environmental commitment with the economic interests of the company’s business activities.

Tips for Selecting A Canon Wide Format Printer

Canon Wide Format Printer Buying Guide

If you can’t decide which Canon wide format printer would be best for the needs of your office, Canon Solutions America publishes some terrific resources that can help you better understand the options.

Nine Considerations When Buying a Large Format Printer

This 16-page Large Format Printer Buyer’s Guide is a general guide that explains that choosing which printer to buy doesn’t have to be complex if you know exactly what to look for.

The four main considerations in your selection process are:

  • Color and/or black-and-white
  • Costs
  • Performance and speed
  • Image quality

Other factors to take into consideration include:

  • Ease of use
  • Security
  • Product options
  • Floor space
  • Environmental concerns

The free guide emphasizes that it’s unwise to base your purchase decision on the purchase price alone: “You may think that you’re getting a bargain on the printer itself, but if the machine breaks down frequently, or can’t keep up with your demand for prints, then you will be paying too much in the long run.”

Some of the hidden costs related to the printing process itself might include:

  • Printing on the wrong media type or media size
  • Printing files twice because it’s unclear if the printer is processing the file
  • Printing multiple times to get the best print quality
  • The amount of time you have to wait to finish the job

Taking product options into consideration is important to ensure that your printer will be able to meet your requirements as your business evolves over the next few years. According to the guide, “If you buy a feature now because you think you might need it next year, you might be throwing money away. On the other hand, if your needs change other than in ways you had expected, you might need to buy a new printer.”

Make sure that you can get:

  • onsite hardware upgrades such as a scanner, folder, additional paper rolls, and additional working memory.
  • software updates so that the printer’s firmware stays compatible with new IT developments
  • changes to your service contract to get shorter response time if needed

When evaluating how much floor space you need, look beyond the physical dimensions of the printer. In addition to the size measurements found in the technical spec sheets for each product, consider how much space is required to load media, collect the originals, collect and collate the prints, load originals for scanning, and more. Media and ink cartridges needs to be store in close proximity for easy access.

Environmental considerations include how much waste is generated by empty ink cartridges, poor-quality prints, or paper trimming. Other environmental factors include energy consumption and cooling requirements and the ability to recycle your printer.

This guide emphasizes that “There is no one-size fits all solution” and provides tips that can help you make an informed choice based on “the best quality large format print that your work deserves.”

Website: 21seconds.net

On the website 21seconds.net, you can learn which Canon imagePROGRAF wide format printers are recommended for CAD/AEC firms, GIS, or Contractors and Subcontractors.

The Canon imagePROGRAF product line includes models for high-volume production printing, large workgroups and busy offices, small to medium office workgroups, personal large-format printing, and desktop large-format printing.

Plus, you can read more about Canon hardware innovations that provide clearer text, faster output, and reduced ink consumption and software innovations for ease of use, reduced print errors, and job accounting to manage printing costs.

Canon’s unique Media Configuration Tool enables you to register new or custom media types.

And with the free layout tool, you can nest multiple images on one page to help conserve media.

The Print Plug-In for Microsoft Office enables you to print Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and Powerpoint presentations with ease.

Canon’s five-color imagePROGRAF printers actually include six ink channels, so the printer can be loaded with two channels of pigment based matte black ink. This doubles the rate at which most text and line drawings can be output.

The website includes video interviews with Canon users and raise questions such as:

  • Can you afford not to upgrade?
  • Is your old “good enough printer” giving you what your business really needs?
  • Are prints made on your old printer easy to read? Or are hard-to-read prints leading to costly errors?
  • Is your old printer struggling to handle larger files?
  • Do you need to consolidate operations?
  • Do you need to reduce costs?

The 21seconds website points out that, “If you haven’t shopped for a wide format printer recently, you may be pleasantly surprised. Over the years, with each new generation of large-format printers brought to market, Canon has steadily improved performance and vlue while minimizing costs.” The large format printer you buy today can have a lower total cost of ownership and outperform printers that are even just a few years old.

When you have narrowed your options, visit the Freedom Paper website to order your printer. If you have additional questions, call our expert customer sales team at 866-310-3335. We can help you get a great deal!

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New HP Wide Format Printers for Drawings, Maps, and Posters Offer Breakthrough Speeds

The HP wide format printer portfolio advanced significantly when HP unveiled their new PageWide XL Printers at the 2015 conference of the Eastern Reprographic Association (ERA) and International Reprographic Association (IRgA) in Atlanta. These key breakthroughs in HP wide format printer technology were concurrently displayed at the 2015 ISA Sign Expo in Las Vegas and explained by HP executives and technologists in a global online presentation April 9.

The first HP PageWide XL Printers are designed for the fast, efficient printing of wide-format CAD drawings, GIS maps, posters, and POS signs in reprographic houses, printing firms, and enterprise central reproduction departments.

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HP PageWide XL family of wide format printers

Unlike HP Designjet wide-format inkjet printers in which the printheads move back and forth across the paper, HP PageWide XL Printers feature a stationary “printbar” in which eight 5-inch printheads are aligned above the full width of paper rolls up to 40 inches. All four colors of ink are applied as the paper feeds beneath the printbar.

With this new approach, the flagship HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer can generate color and monochrome prints at speeds up to 60 percent faster than the fastest wide-format monochrome LED printer.

For firms equipped with a mix of monochrome LED and color inkjet printers, the HP PageWide XL printers make it possible to consolidate the production of monochrome and color drawings in a single device. Mixed sets of monochrome and color drawings can now be produced in about half the time it takes to print and manually collate the documents from wide-format LED printers and inkjet printers.

Pigment Inks Resist Moisture and Fading

To provide the versatility that modern reprographic firms require, the HP PageWide XL printers use four colors (CMYK) of HP PageWide XL pigment inks. The pigment inks provide dark blacks, vivid colors, and moisture and fade resistance even on uncoated bond papers.

The HP PageWide Pigment Inks can provide high-quality lines, text, and graphics on bond paper, vellum, thick bond paper, low-cost photo papers, poster papers, natural tracing papers, and polypropylene display films.

To provide quick-dry, smear-resistant prints, HP has developed a new HP Universal Bond Paper for technical drawings, HP Production Matte Polypropylene for roll-up banners, and HP Production Matte, Gloss, and Satin Poster Papers for point-of-sale and poster production.

Seven Models

Over the next few months, HP will be launching four PageWide XL wide format printers and three multi-function printers (MFPs) with wide-format scanners.

The HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer offers high-end production printing at speeds of up to 30 D/A-1 size printers per minute. It holds two 775-milliliter ink cartridges per color and can be upgraded to hold up to six rolls of inkjet media in three drawers. Because the ink cartridges and rolls can be switched out automatically, users can print up to 3,900 feet (1,200 meters) of paper without interruption. The HP PageWide XL 8000 printer is expected to be available in September 2015.

The HP PageWide XL 5000 Printer and MFP will provide mid-volume technical document production at speeds of up to 14 D/A1-size prints per minute. The devices hold two 400 milliliter ink cartridges per color and up to four rolls of media. The HP PageWide XL 5000 Printer and MFP are expected to ship in November 2015.

The HP PageWide XL 4500 Printer and MFP are designed for cost- and security-conscious in-house work teams, including architects and engineers. These HP wide format printers can securely print up to 12 D/A1-size prints per minute.

The HP PageWide XL 4000 Printer and MFP enable technical work teams and copy shops to produce 8 D/A1-size prints per minute. The PageWide XL 4500 and 4000 printers are expected to ship in January, 2016.

Proven, User-Replaceable Printheads

Although HP PageWide XL Printers are the first products introduced under HP’s new PageWide sub-brand, the first two iterations of the PageWide printheads are already being used in offices and printing businesses. PageWide printheads are used in HP Inkjet Web Presses that are producing 4 billion impressions annually and HP OfficeJet Pro X series printers. HP is scaling up the PageWide printhead technology for the HP Multi Jet Fusion™ 3D printers that are scheduled to launch in 2016.

Each of the eight 5.08-inch printheads in the PageWide XL printbar features 25,344 nozzles. This means each printbar has 202,752 nozzles. The print engine can fire 3,650 million drops per second.

Although the printheads have been thoroughly tested for reliability and long life, PageWide XL printer users can replace a faulty printhead without special tools or mechanical adjustments.

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The printbar on HP PageWide XL printers includes eight five-inch printheads and a user-replaceable cassette that wipes the printheads and absorbs ink ejected from spitting and drop detection. The drop detector module tests all 202,752 printhead nozzles on the bar in less than a minute and flags non-functioning nozzles in a “nozzle-out” lookup table that the image processing pipeline uses for active nozzle substitution.

HP SmartStream Software

The HP SmartStream software for HP PageWide XL printers is designed to reduce the time spent preparing and processing jobs by 50 percent. The software also reduces the risk of having to reprint jobs because the Adobe PDF Print Engine 3 can automatically detect problems in PDF files before they go to the PageWide XL printers. Plus, you can preview the colors that will print and make adjustments with the interactive HP Crystal Preview technology.

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HP SmartStream software for PageWide XL printers provides details about printer status, ink levels, and loaded media and lets you visualize the status of all jobs in the queue.

With SmartStream software, you can build efficient end-to-end workflows that include HP Designjet Pro Series scanners, HP PageWide XL Printers, and accessories such as an online folder, top stacker, and high-capacity stacker. You can also mange all connected HP PageWide XL and HP Designjet Production printers in your fleet and operate non-HP large-format LED printers through standard driver access.

High-Capacity Stacker

A High-Capacity Stacker can handle output from the PageWide XL 8000 and 5000 series printers.

SmartStream nesting capabilities can help minimize paper waste and get the most from each roll of media. The software also provides the accurate job-production data needed for invoicing.

Feedback from Customers

“Our large-format customers are continually exploring ways to improve productivity, streamline workflow, and reduce costs,” said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Imaging and Printing, HP. “The HP PageWide XL Printers deliver what our customers have been seeking for years, and will revolutionize the production printing market, offering affordable, high-quality black-and-white and color output in a single device at the fastest speeds possible.”

One company that has tested the new PageWide XL 8000 is Tree Towne Imaging and Color Graphics in Chicago.

“We’ve never seen or experienced anything quite like it,” said Tree Towne’s president and owner Chuck Wingard. “It’s one thing to talk about the 8000, but another to see it printing. The machine is fast and the definition and line quality of the prints is excellent. Our customers have noticed. They are able to pick up some detail on the drawings they weren’t able to see before.”

For details and updates about HP’s newest wide format printers, visit the HP PageWide XL website or watch the videos on YouTube. Pricing for the new PageWide XL Printers has not yet been announced.

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Ordering HP Designjet Plotter Paper and Inks for Legacy Models

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If you need HP Designjet plotter paper for an older model HP Designjet, you aren’t alone. Because HP was a leader in developing pen plotters and the wide-format color inkjet printers that replaced them, HP did a fantastic job building and selling them.

Even though HP no longer sells some legacy models such as the HP Designjet 500 series, HP Designjet 800 series, HP Designjet 1055, or HP Designjet 5000, we know that plenty of companies still use them. Many machines are still being used for everyday printing of monochrome drawings, maps, or presentations on bond paper, mylar, and vellum.

Freedom Paper has sold HP Designjet supplies since 2002. While the newest Designjets models are built to handle a wider range of materials (so you can print full-color, image-rich documents), we know how important it is to keep your reliable old HP Designjets up and running. Our huge selection of HP Designjet supplies includes HP Designjet ink cartridges, HP Designjet plotter paper, and accessories for legacy and current HP Designjet inkjet printers.

Does Your HP Designjet Use Dye or Pigment Inks?

Before ordering HP Designjet supplies online, it’s important to know if your printer uses dye or pigment inks. Dye inks produce bright, vibrant colors but can fade or run if displayed outdoors. Pigment inks were developed for projects that require more durability, such as outdoor signs and archival photo and art prints.

Most older HP Designjets use dye inks. Some use dye color inks with pigment black ink for sharp lines and fine text. Right now, the only legacy Designjet printers that use pigment inks are the HP Designjet 5000 UV, the HP Designjet 5500 UV, the HP Designjet Z3100 and the HP Designjet Z6100.

So if you use popular legacy printers such as the HP Designjet 500, Designjet 800, Designjet 1055, Designjet 2000, Designjet 2500, Designjet 3000, Designjet 3500, Designjet 4000, Designjet 4500, Designjet 5000, or Designjet 5500, order material that is compatible with dye inks.

On the Freedom Paper website, each product description clearly illustrates the types of inks the material can be used with.

Also keep in mind that many older model HP Designjets can’t handle materials thicker than 9 mil. So your choices may be limited if you want to you use an older model HP Designjet to print on thicker materials such as heavyweight photo and art papers, canvas, or some self-adhesive products.

If you aren’t sure that a certain photo paper or graphics material is compatible with your legacy HP Designjet, check the user manual or call the customer-service experts at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335.

If you tell us the type of job you would like to print on your HP Designjet, we would be happy to recommend materials that will provide great results with your trusted old workhorse of a printer.

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Buying a Used Wide Format Printer for CAD/GIS Jobs? 8 Things to Consider

wide format printerCanon Solutions America has published a white paper entitled “Buying Used Wide Format Printers- What You Should Know.” The paper lists eight factors that can influence whether the short-term savings of buying a used wide format printer will make economic sense over the long term. They point out that latent hidden costs associated with a used wide format printer can prevent you from saving as much as you might expect.

Here are the eight factors that can add increased risk to purchasing used printers:

1. Security: A used printer could be useless in a secure environment if the printer’s controller isn’t running a Windows 7 operating system or higher. Older printers also may not have some of the security features that have been added as information has become increasingly electronic.

2. Software License: Some software licenses can’t be transferred to a third party. Software license(s) you acquired as part of the used printer may not be transferable to you.

3. File Processing Speeds: Some older printers have slower processing speeds and smaller memories than newer models. A smaller printer memory can take more time to print large, multi-page PDF, GIS or BIM files.

4. Printer Drivers: Manufacturers typically don’t update drivers for discontinued models of printers. As a result, drivers for older systems might not work at all when the operating systems of individual workstations are upgraded. If a 5-year-old printer is two three generations behind in print driver technology, printing from your CAD or other Windows applications may not be fully supports. So, your print could be missing important fonts, layers, line weights, etc.

5. Print Quality and Color Output: Older, used printers may print at a lower resolution, making it more difficult to render the quality required for complex black-and-white and color files.

6. Service and Parts: Getting service and parts may be an issue, particularly if you don’t buy the printer from the manufacturer or an authorized dealer. The availability of some parts may be limited as the older printer gets closer to obsolescence.

7. Financing: Leasing used large format printers usually carries higher financing rates. The risk of obsolescence is exacerbated if you are locked into lease for several years.

8. Total Operating Costs: If your print volume is low, the printer will likely be in stand-by mode for most of the day. Older equipment is often not as energy efficient as comparable new models, which can result in needless energy costs over time.  Other costs to consider with older equipment include slower file-processing times, the inability to correctly print large, complicated files, and the likelihood of increased downtime.

Technology Keeps Changing

The white paper points out that “Only you can determine if there is sufficient reward for your business by purchasing a used wide-format printer. It always feels great to find a ‘deal.’ However, consider how much technology has changed over the past several years and how it is likely to change in the future.”

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