5 Ways To Determine If You Need a New Wide Format Printer

Is Your Wide Format Printer Working For You Or Are You Working For It?

Technology is supposed to increase our productivity, but when we reach the point where our devices require as much attention and TLC as a newborn, it’s probably time to make a change (pun intended).  Below are some of the signs that you are working too hard for your wide format printer.


A new operating system comes out that promises to make life easier for everyone. But, the printer does not communicate effectively with the new system and the inevitable errors and crashes ensue. If you are updating the operating system in your office, you should consider updating your wide format printers to avoid productivity delays, computer crashes and frustrated (and unproductive) employees.


Sure that wide format printer capable of lightning-fast 2 Ds a minute was great when your business didn’t need anything faster, but now that the number and size of jobs has grown, you need a device capable of keeping up with your team.  There are a variety of wide format printers in the market today capable of printing 4, 8, 14 or even 30 Ds a minute.  If your staff is waiting on your printer to print, you are wasting your most valuable resource – time.


While maturity is an admirable quality in humans, it is a definite disadvantage in technology.  Chances are you are not driving a car that is 10 or more years old with over 300,000 miles on it (and if you are, you know you are driving on borrowed time).  There are many factors that determine the lifespan of your wide format printer including how many square feet it has printed during its lifetime and how well it has been maintained. Wide format printers are notoriously well-built to withstand heavy usage for years, but any device over eight years in age may have reached the end of useful life.   When the repair technician has his own coffee cup in your breakroom, you need to start thinking about new equipment.


Over time, it can become more difficult to find the ink and print heads required for your wide format printer.  When you get to the point where it feels as though you are on an eternal scavenger hunt to find the parts you need, it is time to look at new equipment.


The speed of your wide format printer (as covered above) is just one aspect of the overall time spent printing.  Many newer models have instant on printing which removes the tedium of waiting for the machine to warm up.  Others print mixed sets – mixed in both size and color and black and white – eliminating the need for hand collating.  Inks that can be changed on the fly without stopping your print job and choosing models which hold more rolls will also speed up the overall time getting those crucial prints out the door.

Interested in a new wide format printer?

These are just five common indications that you may need to look at replacing your wide format equipment.  Perhaps the most telling sign is if your printer has become the target of much discussion among your staff (and not in a good way).  If you hear coworkers plotting on the best way to kill the printer and make it look like an accident, then too much energy is being needlessly expended.  There are many options in both models of equipment and purchasing and leasing plans which can make getting a new piece of wide format equipment a painless process.

Contact Repro Products for a personal consultation to determine which printer will best meet your needs and budget. You can view all of our wide format printer options here. Be sure to request a quote if you are interested in learning more about a particular wide format printer.


Reduce Reworks & Costs with Color in Wide Format Printing

BIM is no longer just a cool buzz word to throw around at cocktail parties, it is a reality and it is here to stay.  According to McGraw Hill, 50% of owners are requiring BIM to be used on their projects.  The increase of BIM is directly tied to the increase of IPD (Integrated Project Delivery) contracts which means the burden for change orders and mistakes is spread around.

As the competition for jobs increases, it is incumbent on firms to stand out.  But how?  By investing in a color wide format printer, of course!  What, how can that be the answer?  I didn’t even buy into BIM being a cool buzz word at parties – no way spending money on color printing is the answer to winning work and being more profitable.  Or is it?  Keep reading, it will all come together . . .

Why is BIM Driving Color in Wide Format Printing?

Better collaboration and understanding of construction documents helps reduce rework (read that as COSTS) on jobs.  The Economist estimated that 10 – 30% of the costs of any given project can be attributed to mistakes, rework or errors.  Printing construction documents in color increases productivity, reduces delays and reduces litigation.  Europe has already embraced color printing with 50% of construction documents printed in color, compared to 10% in the U.S.

So how does this translate into winning more jobs and reducing expenses?  Color documents reduce search time by up to 80% and reduce errors by 80% while increasing retention by 78%.  If you can reduce the time on a job, reduce errors AND reduce the costs, your clients will take notice.

But doesn’t color cost a lot more than black and white?  Recent developments in wide format technology have brought down the price of color printing making it more affordable than ever while increasing the print speeds.  If you are unsure of the benefits of color printing, though, perhaps you would be prudent to send some documents to your local reprographer and allow them to print them for you in color.  Use them on your job site and see for yourself how big a difference they can make for you.

Interested in a color wide format printer?

Contact Repro Products for a personal consultation to determine which color wide format printer will best meet your needs and budget. You can view all of our wide format printer options here. Be sure to request a quote if you are interested in learning more about a particular color wide format printer.