Large Format Scanners For Document Imaging

The market for large-format flatbed scanners is shrinking, so products turn over slowly and development is far behind my expectations. That said, the Epson GT-1500 doesn’t look like a bad choice for tight budgets. It has a relatively low maximum resolution of only 600DPI, but has the highest claimed scan speed of 30 seconds at 300DPI. Following that is the Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL, which has a much higher maximum resolution, but much slower scan speed (even at the same resolution as the Epson). The scanner sets itself apart, however, with noise-reduction technology that has made it the darling of some art archivists.

Both of these scanners are around $1,200, but neither of them is really suited to doing much volume.

Looking elsewhere, I found the Konica Minolta PS5000C, a planetary book scanner that returns scans in less than 10 seconds. Price is under $12,000 — not cheap, but low relative to other planetary scanners I’ve seen. Also from Konica MInolta is the MS6000 MK II microform scanner, and a lusty thought crosses my mind: get rid of the old microform printers our libraries have and go all-digital.

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2 thoughts on “Large Format Scanners For Document Imaging

  1. You wrote: “The market for large-format flatbed scanners is shrinking, so products turn over slowly and development is far behind my expectations.” Shrinking or not growing? Stagnant? In other words, is the problem that there are X-number of large format items that need to be converted and already enough equipment around to do them (or at least there is equipment on the market with the right capabilities)? I’m not arguing — not meaning to — but you bring up an interesting idea. [as I ramble on] Perhaps there need not be any more technology innovations for large format scanners. The innovations are needed elsewhere (e.g., book scanners).

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