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Colortrac - 3/12/2009

Colortrac Releases Next Generation SmartLF Gx+ 56 / Gx+ T56 Extra-Wide Format Scanners

Colortrac, the leading wide format scanner innovator, will begin shipping the extra-large format SmartLF Gx+ 56 
/ Gx+ T56 (Thick media) scanner range during March.  With a 56" image width and 60" (five foot) media width, 
600dpi optical high definition (HD) resolution and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity these scanners provide maximum 
document handling flexibility and the capability of fast network distribution of color, greyscale or monochrome 
images.

The combination of fast high fidelity color graphics scanning and the ability to resolve fine line detail in technical 
documents is targeted at the aerospace, aeronautics, automotive and reprographics industries where the ability 
to capture non-standard, oversize 1:1 scale documents, as well as poster or billboard-size advertising artwork, 
is a common requirement.  The ability to scan A0, E-size and architectural E-size documents in landscape, right 
reading with no time-consuming post-scan rotation can also be very useful when creating digital archives for 
large volumes of CAD drawings, maps, plans and other landscape orientation technical documents, or when 
copying documents to the wider LF printers.

The major new innovation in the SmartLF Gx+ 56 scanners is the Colortrac designed and manufactured 
bi-directional (2D) LED illumination system.

Most large format scanners with CCD image sensor technology use relatively expensive, high specification 
fluorescent tubes with a useful working life of approximately 8,000 hours.  They also contain mercury, degrade 
over time, are comparatively energy inefficient and require between one and two hours warm-up time before 
their light stabilizes and therefore before the scanner can be used for color critical work.

Colortrac?s use of LED technology is a major benefit to customers who will enjoy instant-on color calibration, 
lower ENERGY STAR qualified running costs, lower consumable / service / disposal costs and greater 
reliability from the solid state digital LED design.  Compared with previous generation SmartLF CCD scanners, 
SmartLF Gx+ 56 uses 30% less power in operation (the LEDs are only on when actually scanning, between 
scans they are switched off) 94% less when idle and the estimated working life of the LED system is 50,000 
hours, that equates to 6 years constant operation 24 hours per day, 7 days per week - with no vacation time!

This, and other innovations like Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, give the SmartLF Gx+ 56 / Gx+ T56 scanner 
range a significant productivity and cost advantage over competing scanners using fluorescent tubes and 
lower specification connection interfaces.

With "exceptional value for money" as its core principle, Colortrac makes the SmartLF Gx+ 56 / Gx+ T56  
scanners available in affordable monochrome (m), color (c) and express (e) color scanner models. Their options 
and prices ensure the best value for money for every buyer in any application. The SmartLF Gx+ 56m model 
has an MSRP of US $18,950 rising to US $23,950 for the SmartLF Gx+ T56e, these prices include the 
ready-to-run SmartLF All-in-One scan, copy and email software.  SmartLF monochrome (m) and color (c) models 
can be  quickly and easily upgraded on-site from an "m" to a "c" or "e" etc by exchange of emails.  Colortrac's 
customers benefit from the unique ability to buy a mono or color scanner that meets their current requirements 
knowing that they can protect their investment and upgrade should their needs change in future.  SmartLF 
Gx+ cannot be upgraded to Gx+ T.

www.colortrac.com


 
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