Wide-for­mat plan printer buy­ers’ guide

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH -

The his­tory of draft­ing can be traced back to 2000 BC, when a fos­silised plan was found show­ing an aerial view of a Baby­lo­nian fortress. Ever since man has been build­ing, erect­ing or fab­ri­cat­ing, there has been a need to con­vey tech­ni­cal in­for­ma­tion. There was a fun­da­men­tal shift in the draft­ing process when CAD re­placed the draft­ing board. En­gi­neers and ar­chi­tects no longer handed their master draw­ings to a de­signer, who handed it to a de­tailer, who per­haps even­tu­ally gave the ap­proved draw­ing to a tracer or even to an inker. With CAD soft­ware there is no phys­i­cal ob­ject to pass through the ranks. Ev­ery­thing is dig­i­tal. We don’t get a phys­i­cal sheet draw­ing un­til the de­sign is over. It’s not al­ways easy get­ting your de­sign on pa­per. Each CAD pro­gram has its own meth­ods of print­ing, but we all have sim­i­lar hard­ware is­sues to ad­dress when we print from CAD soft­ware. When it’s time to get a new plot­ter (and when I say plot­ter, I mean wide-for­mat printer), there are a few things to con­sider when con­sid­er­ing the right one for your business.

What do you need to print?

Ev­ery company is go­ing to have dif­fer­ent print­ing needs. Dif­fer­ent de­sign in­dus­tries will have dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments as well. The first step in pick­ing out the printer hard­ware is to de­ter­mine what you print. Cre­ate a list of what your new ma­chine will need to ac­com­plish. Start with the size of the draw­ings - list ev­ery size and fre­quency. Will any print­ing be out­sourced or will mul­ti­ple sheet sets be printed in house? This will help de­ter­mine the tray and feed roll ca­pac­i­ties. If mul­ti­ple sets will be printed, then print speed will have to be con­sid­ered.

Who will be print­ing?

Think about the end users as well. Will mul­ti­ple users be print­ing at the same time? This could clog up print­ing and frus­trate staff. De­pend­ing on work­load, two prin­ters may be a wise choice.

Aar­que Group have one of New Zealand’s largest ranges of plan prin­ters. Con­tact Mitch Boocock to­day to dis­cuss your re­quire­ments.

0508 22 77 83 mitch.boocock@aar­que.co.nz

The newly re­leased KIP 700m of­fers ex­cep­tional mul­ti­func­tion value - a true work­horse that will be­come an in­valu­able mem­ber of the team from day one.

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