I wanted to share some recent developments regarding wide format technical printing and how this may affect the way you look at your legacy LED monochrome printer. This is a great time to get value out of your current system while implementing an all-in-one color printer better suited to your new or future CAD workflows. Let me explain…
Recently both HP and KIP have expanded their wide format technical color line up to include a broader range of models that fit a more diverse range of environments. Why? Workflows are changing to include more color and end-users no longer want to choose between printing to a color or a monochrome printer. Companies are also looking to control expenses by reducing multiple pieces of equipment.
So why should you look to upgrade your legacy LED device right now?
- Value of your current system – Older LED systems from KIP, Oce, and Xerox are valuable on the second-hand market, and trade-in values are at their peak. It’s a unique time to get real value for your current system.
- Cost of operation – Both HP and KIP have worked to lower the overall cost of operating color printers. In most cases, technical color and monochrome prints have the same price for output. This offers a dramatic cost improvement versus traditional color output and aligns with legacy monochrome printers.
a. Further, wide format solutions are following the Device As a Service model to offer unique acquisition avenues and pay only for what you use.
- Color print technology improvements – In HP’s case, the improvements in inkjet technology have addressed the past concerns of quality, smearing, and cost. Current output generally exceeds the quality off of LED systems – even when comparing just monochrome prints. Similar, KIP has continued to improve its technology for improved output.
- Software/Controller improvements – Whether it be print drivers or more advanced tools, both vendors have worked to offer enhanced workflows and ease of use.
- Reliability – Lastly, color print technologies are offering improved reliability and fewer service calls. Gone are the days of replacing drums and wires or putting up with image quality issues; these new units run preventative maintenance routines to offer maximum uptime.
I know upgrading may not be for everyone, and that is why I do a print assessment before making any recommendation. I will provide facts back to you and together, decide if there is any reason to consider a change. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a print assessment.
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