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RECALL!

5 Jun

Today is the Recall Election in Wisconsin. Although BPI does not officially support either candidate publicly, we do strongly encourage each and every person to exercise their right to vote. This is what makes the United States the great country that it is today.

Now that we have your attention, let’s use the word recall in a different sense. How do you know when it is time to “recall” your large format device?

If your printer does not meet all of these criteria, you should be contemplating an upgrade:

  • Cost Effective
  • Easy to Use
  • Fast
  • Reliable
  • High Quality

One of the big advantages of both the KIP and Canon large format printers that BPI sells and services are that they are based on great toner and inkjet technology. Both KIP and Canon provide the best performing, most reliable, and most cost-effective sets of technology solutions available in today’s industrial printing marketplace.

If want to expand the volume or improve the quality of your current print capabilities, or to do more with color to meet customer demands, the advantages of choosing a KIP or Canon solution over other options is plain and simple.

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New Standard in Plotters

24 Apr

Who Designed The New Standard in Plotters?

Canon . . . CANON . . . CANON!

On April 1st (no fooling), Canon released its latest and soon-to-be greatest technical plotters: the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF760 and iPF760 MFP, and the Canon imagePROGRAF  iPF765 and iPF765 MFP.

These newest Canon printers are not short on enhancements.

  • Space Savings  (This is huge!)
  • Better Stacking  (This is really huge!)
  • Bigger Prints  (This is up to 20 feet huge!)

Space Savings. With the iPF760/765, Canon has streamlined their plotter design, offering the smallest footprint of any 36″ plotter on the market.  Our customers have let us know: less space is always better.  Canon, who spends 7% of the company’s annual revenue on research and development, has certainly heard the customer’s voice and improved their equipment yet again.  But it doesn’t stop with the footprint, there’s more space-saving news: The iPF760/765 is pre-designed to integrate with the next logical upgrade–a color scanner.  So the need for a scanner stand has been eliminated, creating a savings of 6 sq ft of floor space!Canon iPF765 MFP

Better Stacking. The space savings is a huge improvement, but the new stacking capability is really huge.  The iPF760/765 has a completely redesigned print-receiving mechanism.  Previous Canon plotters had a simple, inexpensive piece of fabric “slung” between the legs to catch, mix, and ultimately “shuffle” the prints as they were printed.  The iPF760/765 system delivers up to 20 flat stacked prints to the user in a uniform, organized, and stacked method.  This is a SUPER upgrade.

Bigger Prints. Here’s an improvement that’s easily measured. The iPF760/765 provides the option for longer printing–up to 20 feet, depending upon the plot file content.  Now the user can make banners and posters for internal communications and announcements, thus making the Canon equipment a HUGE value to its owner and the user community.

To see the Canon iPF760/765 in action and get a first-hand feel for the exciting improvements, visit BPI at Booth #38 of the AIA Expo in Madison, WI. Or, contact us for a hands-on demo of this awesome machine.

How Long will my Printer Last?

26 Oct

We get asked the question of “How long will my printer last?” all of the time. The answer is, “it all depends”.

And although it sounds somewhat vague, it is more times than not the truth.  Believe it or not 5 years old is about the life of a copier/printer/plotter.  Today’s technology changes so fast that you are better off replacing it, if it is more than 5 years old and needs extensive repair.

Usually the manufacturer will issue an End of Life date which means that they will stop supporting it at that point.  This also means that some parts may not be available and that the manufacturer will discontinue tech support for the product.  If the local service technician gets into a severe problem they may not have anyone to call for support.

Inside most of these units is a controller, which interfaces with the print engine.  If newer software from Autodesk, Microsoft, or Adobe is released, the software on the controller may not be upgradeable.  If the Manufacturer stopped support for hardware, they may have stopped creating software releases for the newer desktop software you are using.

Then throw into the mix that you may have changed your printing needs.  Do you do more or less printing than you used to?  It may be more cost effective to change equipment than to spend a large capital investment in repairing an old piece of equipment that is underutilized.  If your needs grew it may be time to get a faster printer.  Either way, technology changes so fast or the machines keep getting better, faster, and less costly!  In most cases, it is better to replace that old equipment rather than to spend big dollars to repair something that is obsolete.

There are some things you should consider when determining the right piece of equipment to purchase.  Make sure you get the right piece of equipment for the job.  You have many choices and options, including laser, inkjet, LED, speed of printing, speed of scanning, operating costs.  These are all factors to consider, along with Duty Cycle and price.

The most important of these and the least talked about, is the Duty Cycle.  Simply explained, Duty Cycle is the amount of copies that the machine was designed to produce in a given month.  All equipment has a specification for the volume, and what it is intended to handle.  You should select a unit that is close to your volume or slightly higher.

It is truly important and beneficial to get the right machine for the job.  Finding the right fit is what you have to do and BPI is here to help!

Color is Here to Stay

5 Oct

The Studies say  – COLOR  . . . it is Here to Stay!

In the large format print business every day we see more and more requests for COLOR, which is completely understandable because typically all “designs” are produced in COLOR.  With that said, everyone knows intuitively that COLOR delivers more effective communications but have you ever seen “actual” study results?

The Research Studies show:

Study #1  Xerox Corporation 2003 (1)

92% Believe COLOR presents an image of impressive quality

90% Feel COLOR can assist in attracting new customers

90% Believe customers remember presentations and documents better when COLOR is used

83% Believe COLOR makes them appear more successful

81% Think COLOR gives them a competitive edge

76% Believe that the use of COLOR makes their business appear larger to clients.

Study #2  David Embry – 1984 (2)

COLOR can improve learning from 55 to 78 percent, and improve comprehension by up to 73 percent.

The question now is should black and white printing/output be put out of its misery?  We don’t have the answer to that, but some experts feel it should be retired.

Study #3 Don Jones – 2004 (3) Mr. Jones wrote the Definitive Guide to Office Color Printing put it in this way  . . .

                        “To put COLOR print pricing in context, in 1994 a typical departmental-sized black-and-white laser printer would cost you around $5000 with a per-page price of about 8 or 9 cents.  For less than that cost today (2004), you can have a high-quality COLOR printer.  The idea that COLOR is too expensive for in-house, everyday use is as antiquated as that 1994 black-and-white laser printer.”

Here is a fact that may come as a surprise to many – did you know that you can no longer purchase a New black and white (b/w) inkjet plotter?  That is because as of October 1, 2011 Hewlett Packard discontinued the last commercially viable B/W only ink jet plotter as of that date.  The next logical question is why?  The answer is the cost to the manufacturer.   To add “COLOR” capabilities to a machine is minimal at the time of final assembly and therefore the savings so small to the end user that it is not worth producing or stocking both models!  Furthermore the time, energy and cost to support a product with low sales numbers is added reason for the manufacturer to not sell a B/W only plotter.  Rest assured this same type of analysis is going on in halls of every printer manufacturer today.  In fact Canon, who has come on very strong in the large format output arena over the last 6 years, stopped producing a B/W only plotter 5 years ago!

One other selfish reason the manufacturers wants to eliminate B/W only units is they know that users will use COLOR if they have the option and everyone knows that selling ink consumables is where the manufacturers make the real profit.

The facts suggest that as we move forward we will see more and more large format documents in COLOR just as we have seen in the small format arena.  We look forward to that because as the studies show, COLOR not only improves communication and reduces errors but it makes All of US LOOK GOOD!

Notes:

(1) Xerox Corporation and International Communications Research from February 19, 2003 to March 7, 2003

(2) Embry, David. “The Persuasive Properties of color”. Marketing Communications, October  1984

(3) Don Jones, “The Definitive Guide to Office Color Printing”

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