How to choose a wide format scanner
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.
- Photographs, artwork or line drawings
- Paper versus thicker media or images mounted on board
- Width required
- Crisp new drawings or older originals
How do you work?
- Scanning single documents, via batch runs or with the scanner in constant use
- Scan to file or scan to copy/print
What does all this mean?
The questions above will help you identify what type of scanner you need.
What are you scanning?
There are two main types of scanning technology.
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.
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.
The most common large format scanner sizes are 24 inch, 36 inch and 42 inch. These accommodate standard US and European paper sizes.
All scanners will produce good scans of crisp new drawings.
If you have older originals you may require a more specialist solution.
- A higher end scanner and specialist software which work together to reduce marks in the image.
- Delicate media may require a carrier to protect it as it travels through the scanner.
How do you work?
Your scanner requirements will vary depending on whether you work in a production environment, or with a shared scanner used intermittently.
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.
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.