If you need to scan maps or drawings that are too large for a normal flatbed scanner then you need a wide format scanner. These are available at 25", 36", 40", 50" and wider sizes.

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You can get monochrome wide format scanners or color wide format scanners.

Contex wide format scanner
Contex wide format scanner

FLAAR is expanding our coverage of large format digital imaging hardware and software to wide format scanners. This is because FLAAR is associated with two architecture departments. On the campus of Francisco Marroquin University we are next door to the architecture department. All their students use our HP DesignJet 1055 and 800ps CAD printers.

On the campus of Bowling Green State University the FLAAR office is in the same College of Technology as is the architecture department.

Our other relationship with architecture comes from the firm HOK Architects, namely growing up with several Hellmuth's who work at this company (Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum is the full name). The reviewer of CAD equipment at FLAAR is from the same Hellmuth family and studied architecture at Harvard.

So it is logical that since we already review scanners and wide format printers, that a logical extension of our service would evaluate wide format sheet-fed scanners.

So far we have inspected wide format scanners at trade shows over the last several years. This is the background research we undertake before we acquire any item of equipment for evaluation. Vidar and scanners from Action caught our attention at first. However the industry leader internationally seems to clearly be Contex, a Danish company. Actually Denmark is also the home of Imacon scanners, Scanview flatbed scanners, and professional digital cameras as well, including PhaseOne.

Later this year we will install wide format scanners at one or both of the architectural departments where we are located, and will report back the results. In the meantime you might wish to get a hold of the preliminary results of our evaluations from trade shows in Germany and across the USA over the last five years.

The FLAAR reports on scanners are sent at no cost as a public service of our universities.

HP 4200 wide format scanner
Nichollas hellmuth and the HP DesignJet Wide Format
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