BÖWE BELL + HOWELL - 4/17/2007
BÖWE BELL + HOWELL Expands Product Line With Company's First
AIIM CONFERENCE & EXPO, BOSTON, April 17, 2007 - BÖWE BELL + HOWELL announced today the
addition of a new wide-format scanner to the company's full line of durable, cost-effective document scanners.
Infinity WF is designed to convert documents up to 48 inches wide into digital images with speed and accuracy.
Available in three models with maximum scanning widths of 36, 42 and 48 inches, the Infinity WF can scan
documents in bitonal, grayscale and color at 600 dots per inch (dpi). Depending on the model, it can scan at
rated speeds of 3.2 to 4.2 inches per second (ips) in color and up to 12.6 ips in bitonal.
Designed to handle large format documents such as land surveys, architectural drawings, airplane engineering
plans and maps, Infinity WF is equipped to meet the scanning needs of geographic information systems (GIS)
and reprographic houses, as well as architectural, engineering and
"We shape our product line to reflect customer needs, and we see considerable demand for a fast, easy-to-use
wide format scanner," said Russell Hunt, president of BÖWE BELL + HOWELL Scanners. "Built with the same
high-quality standards our customers expect from BÖWE BELL + HOWELL, Infinity WF's intuitive touch screen
and simple feeder will make scanner operation as easy for a novice as for an experienced user."
Designed to Provide Unsurpassed Image Quality
Infinity WF employs SharpShooterT Trilinear CCD cameras that provide sharper pictures at faster speeds. This
combined with its innovative LED light source allows for even distribution of light that helps the scanner
extrapolate to 1200 dpi for extremely high-resolution images.
Bundled scanning software augments the scanned image quality with color gamma correction, black/white point
adjustment, color dropout and monochrome image enhancement.
Infinity WF is packed with features that make the scanning process easier and more efficient. Image Rotation,
for example, allows users to feed a large document lengthwise and then rotate the scanned image to the proper
orientation. This is a very useful feature for users who need to scan documents that exceed their scanner's
maximum document width. "Image Rotation allows users to scan more efficiently at the rated speed," said Stacy
Sax, product manager at BÖWE BELL + HOWELL. "With the ability to feed landscape documents lengthwise,
customers can scan documents they otherwise couldn't. This also gives them the option of buying a smaller
scanner model than they would have had to."
Tough Product for Fragile Documents
Infinity WF features advanced paper handling and an easy-to-use feeding mechanism for oversized and delicate
documents. Automatic Width Detection allows users to feed fragile documents through the middle of the scan
table without the danger of paper guides tearing or fraying edges.
Users also can manually adjust the amount of pressure between the document and the glass plate. Transport
wheels with individually mounted, spring loaded ball bearings secure placement of the scanned document to
ensure smooth and gentle document throughput.
Infinity WF has built-in feet, which allow the scanner to be placed on a table to scan fragile documents that
cannot be bent, such as photographs, archival blueprints, city maps and construction drawings.
Simple Installation, Low Maintenance
Infinity WF is easy to maintain, has low noise output and nearly no recurring costs on consumables. The cameras
are enclosed in glass to protect them from dust, and the LED lights will last the life of the scanner. The scanner
also includes automatic camera calibration so that the Infinity WF is ready to scan as soon as it is turned on.
Infinity WF includes everything an end user needs for simple set up and operation:
-- Traditional network cable or a crossover cable for easy connectivity
-- Scanner stand with all assembly tools
-- Software for image capture and enhancement, and the ability to scan to PDF, JPEG or TIFF files, and also
scan to network, print, USB or email
-- Power cord, calibration kit, roller cleaning paper, installation guide and startup CD
"We want our customers to be able to open the box and start scanning right away with no need for additional
components or software," said Sax. "The Infinity WF does not require users to install drivers on a dedicated
computer. Instead, they can access the scanner from any computer connected to the enterprise server and
Offered exclusively by BÖWE BELL + HOWELL's value-added resellers in the United States, Infinity WF is
Energy Star: Imaging Version 1.0 compliant. Infinity WF will be on display at the AIIM 2007 Conference & Expo
in Boston at booth #2351.