Very often, customers have to make a decision as to whether they purchase an inkjet plotter or a toner/laser printer for their large format printing needs.
There are several questions to consider:
- What is your budget? – Very good quality inkjet plotters can be purchased for as little as $4,000.00, which includes assembly, testing, delivery, installation, and training. In addition, most of the inkjet plotters come with a full one-year warranty.
- Do you need to print color? – Color is becoming very relevant in today’s printing world. However, color can be done on both inkjet & toner/laser printers these days. Keep in mind that color on a toner/laser machine is a relatively expensive option versus color on an inkjet plotter.
- Scanning capabilities? – Do you need the ability to scan hard-copy drawings to a digital file for archiving/emailing and/or the ability to make copies of existing hard copy drawings? Inkjet plotters can have a scanner added to them for a full digital system that includes walk-up copying and scanning to a digital file. That cost is approximately $4,000.00. Toner/laser printers come complete, in most cases, with a scanner for doing walk-up copying and scanning to digital files.
- Performance and speed: – Inkjet plotters will print one ‘D’ size print every 40 seconds or so. Toner/laser printers will print anywhere from 3 – 22 ‘D’ size copies per minute.
- Service costs: – Inkjet plotters come with a one-year warranty. Additional service is approximately $50.00/month after the first year. Toner/laser equipment comes with a 90-day warranty and will cost approximately $100.00/month, depending on your usage.
- Consumable costs: – KIP toner-based printers are 100% toner efficient and cost approximately $0.009/square foot for toner. Paper is approximately $0.018/square foot. Inkjet plotters are approximately $0.05/square foot for ink. Paper is approximately $0.018/square foot.
- Floor space: – In today’s market, the equipment, whether it’s inkjet or toner/laser, occupies approximately the same amount of floor space regardless of which option you go with.
- Stacking: – The latest inkjet now has a “stacker shelf” that will stack up to 20 drawings, whereas the majority of inkjets only have a “basket” to catch the prints. With the toner/laser equipment, you have a variety of stackers to choose from that will stack anywhere from hundreds to thousands of prints. Much of the toner/laser printers today have efficient, space-saving integrated stackers that will stack up to 50 drawings.
- $4,000.00 all-in for a fully installed brand new 36” plotter
- Great quality on color photos, rendering, banners, etc.
- Color and/or black & white output for same low price
- Reduced maintenance costs at approximately $50.00/month
- 12-month warranty
- Ink is about 7 times more expensive than toner
- Slower at 1 – 2 ‘D’ size/minute
- Not waterproof
- Fades in light
- Very fast at 3 – 22 ‘D’ size/minute
- Very efficient stacking options
- Waterproof & lightfast
- Very inexpensive toner at $0.009/square foot
- Much quicker/more efficient scanning
- Larger initial investment at $10,000.00 – $30,000.00
- Maintenance costs are greater at approximately $100.00/month
- Shorter warranty period (90 days)
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
- 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.
In the mind of a marketing professional, all output is nothing short of art (wink, wink). In some cases, it really is art and is worthy of hanging on the wall. In those instances, why not materialize your hard work by printing it to canvas and framing it for all to see? I’m sure there are a few clients, owners, and bosses that would certainly like to hang your hard work on their wall . . . or, at a minimum, their vision, project, building, staff outing, etc.
Here is what you need to know:
Frames and canvas can be bought to run through your existing ink jet plotters. Your unit will determine the quality of your output. The easier route and guaranteed way of accomplishing a professionally done job is to send your file to professionals. This is where BPI comes into the picture, no pun intended. In either case, BPI has the staff and know-how to get you from Point A to Point B.
There are two basic styles of printing you can have done. The most common is called the Gallery Wrap. This is where your print wraps around all sides of the frame and you cannot see any kind of framework or fasteners. The second style is the Museum Wrap. This is where the image shows only on the front of the frame and the 4 sides are all of solid color. Choosing is really a matter of opinion, desire, or taste.
Two very common types of canvas include a very stretchy, high polyester blend that does what it sounds like it does–stretches very well around a frame without cracking the ink in the process. The pigment or dye ink from the inkjet printer saturates the media very well, giving you museum-quality results. The second type has a water-resistant coating, giving you some protection from liquids and allows for smudge-free handling and finishing.
The Annual AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Expo offers members and allied professionals an opportunity to explore emerging design, practice, technology and environmental issues, as well as to investigate innovative products and services available to the design and construction industry.
BPI is Wisconsin’s complete source for all large format document needs. We are a family-run company with over 55 years’ experience servicing Architects at both the local and national levels. At BPI, we exceed your expectations to earn your testimonial.
Visit BPI at Booth #38 to find out more about:
- Color Services
- Construction Information Management
- Canon iPF760 MFP NEW!