You need a scanner. Before you make any decisions, or speak to someone, it’s best to first ask yourself some basic questions about how you want to use your scanner.

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How do you work?


What does all this mean?

The questions above will help you identify what type of scanner you need.

What are you scanning?

Photographs, artwork or line drawings

There are two main types of scanning technology.

  1. Contact Image Sensor (CIS)SingleSensor_technology_colortrac
  2. Charged-coupled Device (CCD)

Generally, CCD is considered better for photographs and art applications. CIS is designed for use with technical drawings.

Both CCD and CIS will scan color, though if that is your primary focus and you need true color fidelity you may wish to consider CCD.

Paper versus thicker media or images mounted on board

All scanners will work with standard paper thickness. You can also purchase carriers to hold very thin media as it is scanned.

Some scanners are also designed to take thicker media, frequently up to 15 mm or 0.6 inches. Only CCD scanners can maintain quality while scanning thicker media.

Width required

mfp family_hiScanners are available in both small and larger sizes. “Large format” scanners generally come in sizes up to 56 inches, or 1422 mm.

The most common large format scanner sizes are 24 inch, 36 inch and 42 inch. These accommodate standard US and European paper sizes.

Crisp new drawings or older originals

All scanners will produce good scans of crisp new drawings.

If you have older originals you may require a more specialist solution.

  1. A higher end scanner and specialist software which work together to reduce marks in the image.
  2. Delicate media may require a carrier to protect it as it travels through the scanner.
Image after scanning on a Colortrac scanner and clean-up with SmartWorks Pro

Image after scanning on a Colortrac scanner and clean-up with SmartWorks Pro

original scan

Original image


How do you work?

Scanning single documents, via batch runs or with the scanner in constant use

Your scanner requirements will vary depending on whether you work in a production environment, or with a shared scanner used intermittently.

Production environment

If your scanner is in constant use a low energy model using LEDs will reduce your running costs.

A high speed scanner will also allow you to create scans more quickly.

Shared office scanner

If you focus on walk-up scanning, you need a scanner which turns on instantly. This can be achieved by LED lighting which has no warm-up time.

Scan to file or scan to copy/print

Scanners are almost always quicker than printers. If you usually scan to print then the scanner speed will not impact the speed of your work.

Now you know your requirements, contact us to find out which Colortrac scanner meets your needs.

Happy scanning!