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Colortrac Releases Next Generation of Extra-Wide Format Scanners

13 Mar, 2009

Colortrac Releases Next Generation of Extra-Wide Format Scanners

North Canton, OH (March 2009)  GEI WideFormat, a Visual Edge Technology Company, will distribute the new Colortrac Smart LF Gx+56/ Gx+T56 extra-wide format scanners in North America.

New 56" image width, large format scanner is the widest sheet fed scanner available in the market.  Colortrac’s technically advanced, instant-on, 2D LED illumination system and ENERGY STAR® compliance reduces energy requirements and environmental impact.  SmartLF Gx+ 56 scanners capture high definition line detail and high fidelity color for technical and color graphics applications in one flexible, multi-purpose system.

Colortrac, a leading wide format scanner innovator, will begin shipping the extra-large format SmartLF Gx+ 56 / Gx+ T56 (Thick media) scanner range during March. With a 56" image width and 60" (five foot) media width, 600dpi optical high definition (HD) resolution and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity these scanners provide maximum document handling flexibility and the capability of fast network distribution of color, greyscale or monochrome images.

The combination of fast high fidelity color graphics scanning and the ability to resolve fine line detail in technical documents is targeted at the aerospace, aeronautics, automotive and reprographics industries where the ability to capture non-standard, oversize 1:1 scale documents, as well as poster or billboard-size advertising artwork, is a common requirement.  The ability to scan A0, E-size and architectural E-size documents in landscape, right reading with no time-consuming post-scan rotation can also be very useful when creating digital archives for large volumes of CAD drawings, maps, plans and other landscape orientation technical documents, or when copying documents to the wider LF printers.

The major new innovation in the SmartLF Gx+ 56 scanners is the Colortrac designed and manufactured bi-directional (2D) LED illumination system.

Most large format scanners with CCD image sensor technology use relatively expensive, high specification fluorescent tubes with a useful working life of approximately 8,000 hours.  They also contain mercury, degrade over time, are comparatively energy inefficient and require between one and two hours warm-up time before their light stabilizes and therefore before the scanner can be used for color critical work.

Colortrac’s use of LED technology is a major benefit to customers who will enjoy instant-on color calibration, lower ENERGY STAR qualified running costs, lower consumable / service / disposal costs and greater reliability from the solid state digital LED design.  Compared with previous generation SmartLF CCD scanners, SmartLF Gx+ 56 uses 30% less power in operation (the LEDs are only on when actually scanning, between scans they are switched off) 94% less when idle and the estimated working life of the LED system is 50,000 hours, that equates to 6 years constant operation 24 hours per day, 7 days per week - with no vacation time!

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