Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Land Surveyor Board Malaysia - Subsidize On Plan Printer Purchase

Land Surveyor Board Malaysia - Subsidize On Plan Printer Purchase 
(Lembaga Jurukur Tanah Malaysia Pemberian Insentif Bagi Pembelian Plotter)

Land Surveyor Board Malaysia is providing subsidy amounting to RM5000 on purchase of large format printer to all the member in Peninsular Malaysia effective 10th October 2014 while the fund last.

The intention of the Land Surveyor Board is to assist its member in improving work productivity as well as to ensure the plan produce by land surveyors are printed nicely.

However, the question now is what model of plotter shall the land surveyors invest in?

In general, the price of plotter or plan printer is ranging from RM5,000 to RM20,000 depending on technology and class (disposable, SOHO or workgroup).

Below is the general specifications & comments of the common models for selection, starting from the lowest end to highest end.

1. HP Designjet T120 ( A1 size, inkjet, disposable, built on desktop printer platform)
For students or when mobility is key. Slow print speed, especially on full color printing and extreme high printing cost due to very small cartridge size, 29ml for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, 38/80ml for Black.

HP Designjet T120

2. HP Designjet T520 (A1 or A0 size, inkjet, SOHO, built on desktop printer platform)
Slightly better than HP Designjet T520. Suitable for very light usage, slow in speed, high printing cost due to the size of the ink cartridge, 29ml for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, 38/80ml for Black.

HP Designjet T520

3. Canon iPF605 (A1 size, inkjet, workgroup printer, built on plotter platform)
Recommend for small corporate environment, fast in printing & file processing speed, low printing cost with large ink cartridge size. 130ml for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow Black & Matte Black.

Canon iPF605

4. HP Designjet T920 (A0 size, inkjet, workgroup printer, built on plotter platform)
Recommend for small to medium size corporate environment, fast in printing speed but slow in processing speed, low printing cost with optional big ink cartridge size. 40/130ml for Photo Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Gray & 69/300ml for Matte Black.

HP Designjet T920

5. Canon iPF750 (A0 size, inkjet, workgroup printer, built on plotter platform)
Recommend for small to medium size corporate environment, fast in printing & file processing speed, low printing cost with large ink cartridge size. 130ml for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow Black & Matte Black.

Canon iPF750

6. Canon iPF815 (>A0size (44"), inkjet, production printer,  built on plotter platform)
Recommend for medium to large size corporate environment, fast in printing & file processing speed, very low printing cost with 700ml ink cartridge size.

Canon iPF815

The land surveyors shall take this opportunity to upgrade their plotter for better work efficiency.
For A1 size printer, the right choice shall be Canon iPF605
For A0 size printer, the buyer shall choose either HP Designjet T920 or Canon iPF750.

If you are one of the member of Land Surveyor Board of Malaysia, please refer to all the plotter reviews in this website for your decision making.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Canon iPF M25 & M40 Wide Format Copy, Scan & Print Solutions

Large format technical documents management like print, scan, copy, cloud sharing has become a very common features required by the technical users.

The video below has well explained the offering of the Canon iPF M25 & M40 Multifunction LFP series.

  1. High Quality Scanning & Copying of the wide format documents.
  2. Cloud sharing
  3. User friendliness operation with large touch screen panel
  4. Thick paper scanning via straight paper path (up to 2mm)
  5. Mobile
  6. Image enhancement & noise filter for better quality image
  7. Scan preview with image editor before print
No doubt the Canon iPF M25 & M40 wide format MFP offers superb features, but the key reason that I like most is the 2 peace design. Basically the wide format MFP is made up by combining the scanner and the LFP.

Canon iPF M25 MFP
Canon iPF605 + M25 Scanner
Canon iPF650 + M25 Scanner

Canon iPF M40 MFP
Canon iPF750 + M40 Scanner
Canon iPF760 + M40 Scanner
Canon iPF765 + M40 Scanner
Canon iPF815 + M40 Scanner
Canon iPF825 + M40 Scanner

The combination is flexible as it shall be made up based on users' needs.

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  4. HP Designjet T790, T1300, T2300 eMFP vs Canon iPF750, iPF760, iPF765 MFP - Print Processing Speed Review

Monday, March 31, 2014

Oce Plotwave 340 & Plotwave 360 Product Introduction Video

Oce Plotwave 340 & Plotwave 360 are the entry level wide format multifunction printer. The device enable users to print, scan & copy technical documents up to A0 size.

The Oce Plotwave 340 & Plotwave 360 are embedded with many features including Clouds, scan to thumb drive, image enhancement for scanned documents, etc. The radiant fusing technology has also made these devices eco-friendly while providing instant-on machine availability with no warm-up time.

If print, scan & copy and monochrome hard copy output is your main requirements, the Oce Plotwave 340/360 will suite you well.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Canon iPF6400SE & iPF8400SE 6-Color Graphic Arts Large Format Printer Preliminary Review

Canon is going to launch the new line-up for the imagePROGRAF (iPF) inkjet large format printer.

The brand new Canon iPF6400SE (24" model) and iPF8400SE (44" model) are the combination of the strength of its 5-color (iPF650, iPF750 & iPF815) and 8-color series (iPF6410S & iPF8410S).

Information available as of now:
Pigmented ink, 6 color (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Matte Black & Red)
Single print head (low running cost)
Large ink tank (300ml for iPF6400SE, 700ml for iPF84100SE)
Suitable for CAD & Graphic Arts printing
Small in size (iPF6400SE has smaller foot print as compared to iPF6410S)

I shall reveal more once I have chance to hands-on and review the performance of Canon iPF6400SE & iPF8400SE in time to come.

Below is the product video for your reference.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Maximize the ROI of the large format CAD printer

ROI, return of investment is always one of the key consideration in making business decision. In this case, we are going to discuss on the investment decision in purchasing a LFP from the perspective of ROI.

1. Choosing the right plan printer model.
Getting a suitable model is the key. The buyers need to considers requirements as below:

a. Maximum technical document print size requirement, not only present but also in the next 5 years time. (A0 or A1)

b. Print volume during the peak period. The selected model must be able to accommodate to the high volume during the busiest time frame. 

c. Product life cycle
The longer the life cycle, the higher the ROI. This depends not only on brand and model, but also the demographic.
For example, HP Designjet 500 series has much longer product life cycle as compared to HP Designjet T770 and T790.

And in Malaysia, Canon iPF605 has longer life cycle as compared to Canon IPF610.

d. Warranty
The longer the standard warranty period, the ROI is going to better. 
The time and material costs after the warranty period shall be considered as well.

e. After sales support
If the brand owner is having a service crew to take care of the printers, it shall be fine. If it is handled by service agents or dealers, make sure you are dealing with the reputable vendors.

Last but not least, do install a voltage stabilizer or UPS based on the power supply condition at your area.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Invest in wide format technical documents plotter or outsource printing?

Large format plan printer used to be a luxury equipment for Architecture, Engineering or Constructions companies in Malaysia. 10 years ago, a HP Designjet 1020 can cost more than USD10,000 per unit. At the time, most of the drawings were out sourced to commercial printers. 

Canon iPF765
The cost of a large format printer (LFP) has become very affordable these days. A decent A0 large format printer like Canon iPF750 or HP Designjet T920 will cost you less than USD4,000. Hence, most of AEC firms are installed with at least one unit of large format printer. More established AEC companies with high print volume are upgrading to LED based multi-function wide format printer such as Oce Plotwave 340 or Oce TDS 750.

The benefits of investing in wide format printer:

1. On demand printing
Just click a print button, the drawing will be ready for pick up in less than 1 minute*.

2. Higher productivity 
Imagine the indirect cost like getting a dispatch staff to travel to and fro not forgetting the waiting time.

3. Secure Print
Confidential document is well control if printed in house instead of outsourcing printing.

The benefits of outsource printing:

1. Pay per print
No cost incurred to buy or lease a wide format printing device.

2. Piece of Mind
This applicable to AEC companies that have inconsistency high volume printing demand. The commercial printers will take care of the problem**.

* Benchmark based on Canon iPF605 & iPF650 performance in A1 CAD printing at normal mode.

** As the wide format plotters price has become so affordable, most of the AEC firms have their own large format printers, when volume surges, they will pass on the excess volume to the commercial printers.

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