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Debunking Some Popular Myths about Wide Format Scanners

Wide or large format scanners are considered as one of the most revolutionary inventions of this era in terms of scanning technology. A few decades ago, people belonging to professional domains like architecture, civil engineering, geographic information system, graphics design, and various forms of arts and crafts had to go through an arduous procedure for designing, preserving, and transporting documents. With the invention of these scanners, scanning intricate designs, pieces of art, photos with high resolution, and blueprints became relatively easier and consequently, their popularity increased rapidly while the traditional flat bed scanners gradually became obsolete. (Information credit: ByColortrac)

Despite its popularity and extensive use, people tend to have some misconceptions about certain functional features of large format scanners, and as a result, they end up making an incorrect choice of model. To avoid the subsequent inconvenience caused, it is important to debunk these misconceptions or myths permanently, and get a clear idea of the technical aspects of this scanner.

1. The myth about heaviness: One of the most common misconceptions about these scanners is regarding their weight. People tend to think that wide format scanners are extremely heavy as they are manufactured with the objective of scanning large and thick paper. In reality, these scanning devices are fairly lightweight, and can be moved around quite easily because they come with portable sturdy cases. Some of these devices even come with a set of wheels for the convenience of the users.

2. Wide format scanners are time consuming: The traditional flat bed scanners take up a lot of time while scanning large and thick paper with intricate designs. Also, they were not able to produce accurate scans of those drawings. However, the modern wide format scanners come with a most user friendly approach and as a result, the user doesn’t have to devote too much time to the documentation process. The highly efficient interfaces of these scanning devices enable them to manage and organize the scanned documents appropriately. Because of this efficient content management system, large format scanners consume very little time in scanning documents and consequently increase the productivity of a certain industry.

3. The myth regarding high resolution: Some manipulative scanning manufacturers use this myth to sell their products by exhibiting incorrect and irrelevant statistics. According to popular belief, the accuracy of a scanner is directly proportional to its resolution quotient. Although it is true for some scanning devices, it is not a universal fact. The resolution of a scanner can be roughly categorized into optical and spatial resolution. Between these two, optical resolution is the more important factor to be examined while purchasing a scanner of this kind. In CCD (Charge Coupled Device) imaging technology, the scanning resolution is usually determined by the quality of the lens.

4. Confusing CCD with CIS technology: Many people think that these two technologies are like the two sides of a coin. In reality, CCD and CIS have many differences in their constructional design and functionality. In layman’s terms, it can be said that CIS (Contact Image Sensor) technology is mainly used in graphic design, art and craft, and geographic information system because this technology specializes in capturing and scanning images by reflecting light on it. It can successfully capture the minute details in a picture and also can maintain the depth of the different colors. On the other hand, CCD technology uses a series of cameras for scanning a particular image. This technology is extensively used in architectural institutions for scanning blueprints.

5. Myth regarding high operational cost: People tend to believe that the operational cost of large format scanners is relatively high as they consume a significant amount of electricity. On the contrary, most of these scanning models are extremely energy efficient and the operational as well as maintenance cost is also relatively low compared to other scanners.

Once you are aware of these misconceptions, you will be able to select the perfect model for your office and manage your documents with efficiency.

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