10 Cool Features of Wide Format Copiers and Printers

There are instances when businesses require printing larger-than-legal documents or graphics, and time is of the essence. There may also be times when your run-of-the-mill printer’s limited features prevent you from achieving a desired output quality on a bigger medium.


A wide format printer is the solution to this dilemma. This nifty piece of office equipment possesses unique features that regular-sized printers simply do not have access to. Below are 10.


1. Capacity to print large-width media

Wide format printers are called wide for a reason. Typically, these printers can handle and yield print media between 15 and 100 inches. The designs are often printed on large rolls rather than on separate sheets such as those used by home printers.  


2. Designed for in-house large-scale printing

Because of their capacity to produce refined and big prints, large format copiers are highly efficient in industries where in-house large-scale printing is a daily requirement. These include businesses offering or requiring construction schematics, outdoor banners, signages, circuit boards, backdrops, enlarged photo prints, and other non-traditional technical documents or artwork.    


3. Multimedia support

One of the distinguishing features of these machines is their ability to accommodate wider options for print media. Unlike traditional printers, they can support printing on non-traditional materials like canvas, tiles, wood, or metal sheets.


4. Direct from external media scanning and printing

Wide format copiers eliminate the pre-printing hassle of configuring and scanning a document via a computer. For instance, The Ricoh MP W3601 and Ricoh MP CW2200SP printers have SD card and USB slots with several scan-to options, including scan-to email and scan-to-USB/SD card. The scan-to function also allows several team members to easily view an electronic draft or plan in a few clicks, as well as to capture scanning changes and produce vivid output.

Once the measurements and design have been set, you just need to load the external storage medium and directly print from it.


5. Ability to manage and maintain documents remotely

Apart from scan-to functions, more advanced printer models also offer users remote document management ability.  The Ricoh Aficio MP W5100en/MP W7140en, for example, has a built-in 320 GB “Document Server” that serves as storage for electronic documents. From here, team members can view the stored documents, assign email alerts; assemble, track, and cancel jobs; or even restart the system from any location within the network using a remote PC.


6. Security encryption

Sophisticated models have safety features in place like PDF encryption to safeguard documents during the printing process.


7. Advanced software for more efficient printing

Software technology in wide format imaging systems are more sophisticated than other color copiers, with functions such as quick printing and tracking of ink levels and cost based on average daily use.


8. Droplet technology system for better image refinement – regardless of DPI

While large format printers are categorized as inkjet, lasers, thermal, or electrostatic, in theory they all employ droplet technology, a system that utilizes microscopic drops and a high-precision ejection process. DPI becomes irrelevant as far as the final output is concerned – a common issue with traditional printing systems.

Regardless of your chosen printing speed or whether you’re printing a high resolution image or a low DPI image, print quality remains consistently vibrant, sharp, and finely detailed.  


9. Intelligent text-from-graphics differentiating ability

One of the challenges with regular printers is that ink sometimes tends to smudge, blur, or overlap where images and text are found in the same document. Wide format printers are designed with a smart differentiation technology that allows them to identify text and graphics separately, so lines are sharper and texts and images are distinct from each other.


10. Print speed up to 10 large posters in 15 minutes

This still depends on the printer model, but generally, these types of copiers are designed for speedy printing, producing high-quality prints at a rate of 125 to 5,000 square feet an hour. That means one to 10 massive posters in a span of 15 minutes.

Given their speed, accuracy, and convenience, wide format printers affords users greater efficiency, and productivity in the long run. They are also more affordable than screen printing, as far as frequent printing is concerned.

When your business depends on large-scale prints, owning a wide format system also saves you hefty fees on outsourcing projects.

While the initial cost may be larger than purchasing a smaller printer, in the long-term, wide format printers provide better flexibility, convenience, and savings for your business, so you can focus more on investing on other vital office supplies and tasks.