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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.


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.

Canon iPF Updates

28 Feb

Software updates are a necessary evil. Your desktop PC needs them. The server at your workplace needs them. Your Smartphone needs them. It’s also true that your large format printing device needs updates.

In general, most software or firmware updates happen for one of two reasons:
• in response to known issues with current versions, or
• due to challenges caused by upgrades to other applications.
Most notably in the latter category would be a Windows 7 upgrade or a CAD software upgrade.

This post addresses how to check your Canon iPF device for upgrades. The most popular devices that BPI has in the field are the Canon iPF650, Canon iPF750, and Canon iPF755.

The first thing you need to do is to determine your existing software and firmware versions. Next, compare the existing versions to the current versions. Finally, elect the next steps going forward, which will include obtaining the updated software or firmware.

Windows Printer Driver

To determine your existing version of the Windows Driver, find the printer object on your PC/Laptop. In most cases you should be able to access this through the Control Panel.

In Windows 7, a simple right-click on your Canon and a left-click on Printing Preferences will get you to this screen:

Next, click on About.  The second line, which reads Version, provides the information for your existing version of the Windows Driver.


For the Printer firmware, you need to be in front of the printer itself.

Use the printer’s scroll wheel to go to the last menu choice on the left, the Settings/Adj. Menu.  Scroll to page three, Printer Info.  Then scroll down to System Info.  You should see a screen that looks like this:

The information for your existing firmware version is on the Firmware line.

Check for updates

Once you have gathered the above information, you can determine the next course of action. The most current software version for the three printers listed at the beginning of this article is Windows printer driver version 4.43. The most current firmware version for those three printers is version 1.22.

All updated software and firmware versions are available for download on the Canon Support Site, or they can be installed by BPI.

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!

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