Friday, February 10, 2017

HP Designjet T830 MFP vs Canon iPF770MFP or iPF771MFP

If you are looking for a entry level A0 size large format multi-functions printer, you will probably ended up with 2 choice, the HP Designjet T830MFP and Canon iPF770MFP (iPF770 with add-on L36 add-on A0 scanner).
 
The below video will show you printing, scanning and copying function in action. However, before you make your choice, you shall evaluate other factors like below:
 
1. Warranty period
2. Running cost (printhead and ink cost per ml)
3. Upgradability (Can your MFP separate into 2 devices to suite your future operations needs, can you upgrade your scanner to higher end model if your copying and scanning job increase.)
 
 
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A guide to choose the right large format MFP

It has been awhile, since the debut of affordable large format multifunction printer, namely HP Designjet T830 and follow with Canon iPF770MFP (iPF771MFP in certain Asia regions) and Canon iPF670MFP (iPF671MFP in certain Asia regions), the criteria of selection has diverted from the printer true performance and user friendliness assessment to specifications comparisons. 

The potential buyers these days seldom evaluate good quality printers like HP Design T930, T790, or Canon iPF831, iPF780 (iPF781) and iPF785 (iPF786) because the focus has shifted to the add-on large format scanner or the integrated scanner.

Users need to understand their requirements before starting to shop for plotters or large format MFPs.

Are you looking for a plotter or technical document scanner or large format MFP?

This can be determined by needs evaluations.
1. Printing volume  (light, medium, heavy)
2. Scanning and copying requirement (not required, optional, rare, mandatory)

Some guideline for users looking for large format MFPs as below

1. HP Designjet T830
for light printing volume with optional or rare scanning requirements.

2. Canon iPF670+L24 or iPF770+L36 MFP
for light to medium print volume with optional and rare scanning requirements

3. Hp Designjet T2530 MFP or Hp Designjet T3500 MFP or Canon iPF771+M40 MFP
for medium print volume with optional or rare scanning requirements

4. Hp Designjet T1200 MFP Canon iPF781+M40 MFP or Canon iPF786+M40 MFP
for medium print volume with mandatory scanning requirements

5. Canon iPF831+M40 MFP or Canon iPF841+M40 MFP
for heavy print volume with mandatory scanning requirements

In short, the selection criteria is very much depends on the users operating requirements.
Hope the above article is helpful in guiding the readers on large format MFPs selection.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Media cost calculation for Canon iPF PRO540 in per square foot or per square meter

One of my blog reader wrote in to enquire on the media cost calculation for the Canon iPF PRO540 that he newly invested.

I told the reader to use the Accounting Function from the Canon iPF print driver to calculate but he insisted to learn the way to calculate media cost only in per square foot as well as per square meter.
Canon iPF PRO540

The new owner of the Canon iPF Pro540 is operating a fast print shop (print services provider). He mentioned that able to calculate various media cost in term of per square foot or per square meter is very helpful for him to quote customers that has various media requirements.

Example:
A roll of Matte Vinyl Sticker, 24inches x 30m, MYR210 per roll.

Cost per square foot calculation:

Width: 24inches = 2foot
Length: 30m = 98.43foot

1 roll of 24inches x 30m Matte Vinyl Sticker contains 2 x 98.43 square foot
= 196.86 square foot

Cost per square foot
= RM210/196.86 square foot
= RM1.07 per square foot


Cost per square meter:
Width: 24inches = 0.61meter
Length: 30meter

1 roll of 24inches x 30m Matte Vinyl Sticker contains 0.61 x 30 square meter
= 18.3 square meter

Cost per square meter
= RM210/18.3 square meter
= RM11.48 per square meter

*The above costing does not include media wastage.
 

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