Sharp and accurate – with superb color

The SmartLF Gx+ 42 is perfect for capturing sharply defined detail on technical drawings
and maps …

… as well as vibrant, accurate colors for graphics professionals.

SmartLF Gx+ 42 large format scanners have all the advantages of CCD technology’s superior color imaging – the ability to scan a wide gamut (range of colours) and a high dynamic range (ability to see detail in dark and light areas) – combined with 1200 dpi optical resolution, the highest optical resolution available in any CCD wide format scanner in the market today. This makes them perfect for capturing vibrant, accurate colors for graphics professionals as well as sharply defined line detail on technical documents and maps.

SmartLF Gx+ 42 scanners use an Advanced 2+3 wheel-drive Active Paper Transport (APT) system that maintains accurate document positioning as the document passes through the scanner. Combined with bright white bi-directional LED illumination, APT means that even folded documents scan accurately and shadow free.

Images are scanned using 48-bits (color) or 16-bits (monochrome), with the best 24 and 8-bits selected as image data respectively.

All the benefits of CCD – without the downsides

Traditional CCD scanners have superior color imaging but are disadvantaged by their fluorescent lighting systems. By using white LEDs instead of fluorescent tubes, the SmartLF Gx+ 42 is able to maximize the benefits of CCD while saving time and energy.

No warm up, no waiting

While a fluorescently lit scanner can be used within five minutes of switching on, you need to let it warm up for about an hour in order for the tubes to reach their optimum light intensity and for the tube temperature to reach equilibrium. If you do not do this, color and stitch inaccuracies may result.

The SmartLF Gx+ 42’s white LED illumination produces high quality color, just like fluorescent illumination. However, because LEDs operate with a stable light spectrum from switch on (cold) through hours of use (warm), you do not have to wait for them to warm up before you can use the scanner to best effect. Simply turn it on and scan!

Significant power saving

The SmartLF Gx+ 42 uses nearly 30% less power when scanning and 94% less power when idle. The scanner has a programmable timer that will switch the unit into power saving (ENERGY STAR®) mode when it is not operated for the defined period.

In addition, its instant-on capability means that you can leave it switched off most of the time and only turn it on when you need to use it.

Light for life

While you would normally expect to replace fluorescent tubes every year or two, LEDs are long life. Unlike fluorescent tubes, which stay on the whole time the scanner is switched on, LEDs only come on during the actual scanning process. They have an estimated working life of 50,000 hours which equates to over six years of constant 24/7 scanning!

Less calibration

Fluorescently lit scanners require more frequent calibration because the tubes age and change characteristics over their life. LEDs maintain consistent output.

No mercury

Unlike fluorescent tubes LEDs do not contain mercury, which makes them more environmentally friendly.

More cameras – more accuracy

The SmartLF Gx+ 42 has six CCDs across the scan width to minimize geometric distortion, more than any other similarly sized scanner.

Traditional CCD scanners are prone to stitch and accuracy issues caused by sensor misalignment. These are minimized in the SmartLF Gx+ 42 by housing the six CCDs within a rigid monocoque camera chassis.

High productivity

Fast scanning speed

Along with the SmartLF Gx+ 28, the Gx+ 42 is Colortrac’s fastest scanner to date. All models scan monochrome at 12 inches per second (200 dpi). If you need high volume color scanning, choose the express color e model which scans color at 4 inches per second (200 dpi).

Gigabit Ethernet connectivity

The SmartLF Gx+ 42 large format scanner is networkable – it has a Gigabit Ethernet connection as well as a USB2 connection. Gigabit Ethernet transmits data between the scanner and the PC faster than USB2. It also allows you to place the scanner further from the host PC or network socket than USB2.

“Scan-it-once” philosophy

(Requires SmartWorks Pro software, not included with scanner.)

With other wide format scanners you have to perform multiple pre-scans of selected image areas to get scan settings right. With the SmartLF Gx+ 42 large format scanner and SmartWorks Pro software you scan only once, then perform thresholding and image enhancements on the scan in real time.

Scan-it-once technology gives you a huge workflow advantage. You can perform quality assurance and adjustments in-line, “right-first-time”, instead of needing to re-scan quality control failures off-line after batch scanning is completed.

An additional advantage of scan-it-once technology is that it minimizes document movement (and possible wear) through the scanner and document skew caused by back and forth “checking”.

Intelligent Adaptive Thresholding (IAT)

IAT allows you to create better quality scans of dirty documents more quickly. The free SmartWorks EZ Touch software supplied with the SmartLF Gx+ 42 wide format scanner has three IAT settings; SmartWorks Pro software (not included with the scanner) has comprehensive IAT that you can set in real time using slider bars.

Preserves delicate originals

SmartLF Gx+ 42 Advanced Active Paper Transport protects your documents.

The SmartLF Gx+ 42’s Advanced Active Paper Transport (APT) applies the minimum force necessary for preserving delicate originals, while achieving the required traction and accuracy to ensure images are sharp and shadow free.

We have even managed to feed newspaper through the SmartLF Gx+ 42 wide format scanner without using a document carrier sheet – you can’t say that about many large format scanners!

Easy to use

Easy, competent included software

The supplied SmartWorks EZ Touch software is designed for operation by non-specialist users and is very simple to use while providing all the basic scan to file and scan to copy functionality you need.

Simple scanner interface

You can access all main functions from a simple to use control panel on the scanner, which includes buttons for Scan, Copy, Stop, Rewind and Forward.

Plug ‘n’ Play USB2 Interface

Simply plug the scanner into your PC and use it.

Low maintenance

The SmartLF Gx+ 42 requires minimal service and calibration. The utility software included with it provides you with all the maintenance applications you need to keep your large format scanner in prime condition and up-to-date with the latest firmware and drivers. The scan glass is held down by magnets for quick and easy removal or replacement and there is easy access to the SmartLF Gx+ 42’s paper feed for cleaning.

Environmentally friendly

The SmartLF Gx+ 42 wide format scanner is RoHS compliant; energy efficient (it has earned the ENERGY STAR®); does not use consumable fluorescent lamps which contain mercury; uses recycle friendly components; and is optimized for quiet operation.


The SmartLF Gx+ 42 large format scanner is available in three models: m (monochrome), c (color) and e (express color).

If your initial requirement is for a monochrome wide format scanner only, you can buy a monochrome scanner now and upgrade to color if and when you need it. If your initial requirement is for infrequent color scanning, you can buy a color wide format scanner now and upgrade to a faster express color model should your color scanning volume increase.

You can upgrade your scanner quickly and easily, by email. There is no need for you to return the scanner to us or for a service engineer to call.

Gx+ 42m Mono Gx+ 42c Color Gx+ 42e Express Color
Upgradeable m ➔ c
m ➔ e
c ➔ e N/A
Optical Resolution 1200dpi 1200dpi 1200dpi
Software Scan Resolution 100 to 600 dpi with SmartWorks EZ Touch & Touch Plus.  Up to 1200 dpi (optical) and 96001dpi (interpolated)
with SmartWorks Pro Scan, SmartWorks Pro Copier and SmartWorks Pro Scan & Copy software
Max Media Width 46in (116.8cm) 46in (116.8cm) 46in (116.8cm)
Max Media Thickness 0.08in (2mm)/0.8in (20mm) 0.08in (2mm)/0.8in (20mm) 0.08in (2mm)/0.8in (20mm)
Accuracy +/-0.1% +/-1 pixel +/-0.1% +/-1 pixel +/-0.1% +/-1 pixel
Imaging Technology 6 x CCD 6 x CCD 6 x CCD
Data Capture (color/grayscale) 16-bit 48-bit/16-bit 48-bit/16-bit
Scan Speed 1-bit mono (in/sec) @200dpi 12.00 12.00 12.00
Scan Speed 8-bit grayscale (in/sec) @200dpi 12.00 12.00 12.00
Scan Speed 24-bit color (in/sec) @200dpi N/A 2.00 4.0
Paper Path Face-down, front entry, rear exit
Interface High Speed USB 2.0/Gigabit Ethernet – network-ready
Power Requirements External power supply 100~250 VAC autosensing +/-10%, 50-60 Hz
Scanner power consumption 72Wh (scanning) 4.5Wh (standby)
Operating conditions 10oC – 35oC, 35% – 80% RH non-condensing
Weight & Dimensions (WxHxD) 97lbs (44 kg) 56.7in x 7in x 14.6in (114 x 18 x 37cm)
Operating System and Interface(s) Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP,  32-bit and 64-bit architectures.  USB2 and GBit Ethernet
Certifications CB, CE, FCC, UL, RoHS
Included Software SmartWorks EZ Touch – SCAN/COPY/PRINT/EMAIL software – supports TIFF, JPEG & PDF for Touch enabled screen or regular mouse and keyboard
Optional Software SmartWorks EZ Touch Plus – Extends the editing toolset and USB control of the
EZ Touch ‘in-the-box’ standard scan software
SmartWorks Pro SCAN & COPY software – industry leading,professional scanning and color-copying software
SmartWorks Pro SCAN software – industry leading, professional scanning software
SmartWorks Pro COPIER software – industry leading, professional color-copying software
Accessories Floor stand, Paper catch basket, Document return guide, Universal Repro Stand, PC and monitor mounting kit (floor stand required)
Notes 1.SmartLF Gx+ scanners and SmartWorks Pro software when used to scan at 9600dpi in any colour mode to a TIFF uncompressed file format is restricted to a scan width of 40mm (1.5”) and scan length not exceeding 160mm (6.3”).  Scanning larger widths at 9600 dpi or scanning to other file formats is not possible.
  • Our FASTEST most PRODUCTIVE scanner –
  • 4ips color and 12ips monochrome @200dpi
  • 1200dpi High Definition (HD) optical resolution
  • 42in image width – perfect for scanning oversize
  • A0/E-size documents
  • NEW Magnetic document guide for easier, reliable and skew free loading in high volume operation
  • NEW Includes SmartWorks EZ Touch SCAN/COPY/USB/EMAIL (upgradeable)
  • EMAIL software
  • High density 48-bit color graphics and 16-bit monochrome data capture for accurate color and excellent monochrome images
  • Reliable media feed system with advanced 2+3 allwheel drive
  • Versatile media handling up to 0.08in (2mm) suitable for most media types. ‘‘T’’ model option for scanning mounted documents up to 0.8in (20mm)
  • On-site upgrade from monochrome to color and express color – via Email
  • CCD sensor technology with unique, bi-directional LED lighting system for maintenance free, low cost operation from power-on, no warm-up, no waiting
  • ENERGY STAR® Qualified
  • Plug and play USB2 or Gigabit Ethernet connection to your network
  • Optional document return guide
  • SmartWorks EZ Touch Plus software – extends the editing toolset and USB control of the EZ Touch  ‘in-the-box’ standard scan software
  • SmartWorks Pro SCAN & COPY software – industry leading, professional scanning and color-copying software
  • SmartWorks Pro SCAN software – industry leading, professional scanning software
  • SmartWorks Pro COPIER software – industry leading, professional color-copying software
  • ISIS interface driver giving EDM/EDC capability (non-EMC certified)

Document Return Guide

The SmartLF Gx+ 42 has an optional metal Document Return Guide that allows users to have scanned documents redirected over the top of the scanner to the front for easy retrieval.  It also allows users to place the scanner on desktops or on Floor Stands against walls to minimize the overall footprint and to maintain the operators ease of use when space around the scanner is restricted.

Floor StandSmartLF Gx+42 large format scanner floor stand

Minimizes the installed footprint of your wide format scanner and positions the document feed at a comfortable and convenient height.  A basket catches scanned documents as they are ejected from the scanner and collects them at the back of the scanner for recovery later.




Floor Stand with Optional Add-on Kit*

SmartLF Gx+42 stand with PC Add-on kit

PC and LCD flat screen mounting option combines wide format scanner and computer into a self-contained scan processing station that can be moved around an office as required.  The PC and flat screen mounting kit requires the floor stand (see above).

*Note: the PC, LCD flat screen, keyboard and mouse are not included.

Universal Repro Stand*

An alternative floor stand that holds the scanner above most popular large format printers including products from HP, Canon, Epson and other printer manufacturers.  Repro Stand conveniently holds a PC, flat screen and mini-keyboard and minimizes the combined footprint of scanner and printer creating a practical, high productivity workstation. Scanner height is adjustable through four height settings.

The Stand height is adjustable in five increments allowing a Maximum height of the printer that can be accommodated under the Repro Stand of 45.5″ (115.5 cm).   There is no limit to the width of the printer.

Stand height – minimum: 30.9” (78.4cm), or maximum: 46” (116.9cm)
Stand height including the Document Return Guide – minimum 41.22 (104.6cm), or maximum 56.3” (143.1cm)
Stand Depth – minimum: 31.5” (88.0cm), or maximum depth including extended keyboard tray and PC basket combination – 37.3” (94.8cm)
Stand Width – maximum 60.5” (153.6cm)
Adjustable Monitor Support Arm – minimum height: 50.7” (128.9cm), or maximum height from floor 57” (144.9cm)

*Note: the URS is not available for the SmartLF Gx+ 56

Document Carrier Sheets

Packed in tubes of 5 sheets.

Available in ARCH D / A1 and ARCH E / A0 sizes, with black or white backing sheet. Hinged on the short side.

  • Scan and protect dry, ageing and/or valuable documents.
  • Protect the scanner glass from documents contaminated with storage dirt and dust.
  • Scan badly torn documents or documents with missing edges.
  • Scan multiple lightweight and/or odd shaped originals & upholstery patterns.
  • Scan transparencies more effectively.
  • White backing sheet improves light reflection and scan quality.
  • Black backing sheet prevents the back side image appearing underneath the image of the front side when scanning newspapers, double-sided maps and other semi-transparent originals printed on both sides.