Yes, There is Such a Thing as a Wide Format Scanner
For many companies and government agencies, there is a great demand for a scanner that can accommodate documents larger than 11 x 17”. Engineering companies, architectural firms, assessor and land use departments all have large format documents they deal with on a daily basis. The most common large format documents for these users are blueprints, maps, and architectural drawings but other uses include graphics, fine art and photography. Trying to find, store, and organize all these huge documents can be painstaking and space consuming, so in comes the large format scanner to the rescue!
The large format scanner comes in a variety of sizes for max scan width, the most coming being 36”, 42”, and 54”. You can also choose between Simplex/Duplex and Monochrome/Color options. Models with different speeds and resolutions also help customize your large format scanner solution. For example, if you need to scan in a color map with a lot of detail, you will want a color scanner with very high resolution. Large Format scanners are available with up to 9600 dpi.
Software is available that assist with the scanning, processing and organization of your images. Some software even allows the scanner to integrate directly with CAD applications enabling blueprints to be scanned, edited and digitally stored. And most large format scanners include a 2-year on-site warranty, although most are virtually maintenance free – few, if any consumables are needed to maintain the optimum performance of the units.
ImageSource, Inc. can provide information on many different large format scanner manufacturers such as Vidar, Contex, and Graphtec. Regardless of the brand, you can integrate large format scanners seamlessly into your existing document imaging system giving you maximum flexibility for digitizing documents of any size.
Andrea Latham, CDIA+