What is Large Format Scanning?

Large Format Scanning

Here at Pearl Scan Solutions we do a lot of large format scanning, but many companies want to know exactly what that means or what that stretches to (no pun intended). So let's take a look at exactly what large format documents are and how getting them scanned can be the best thing you can do with them.

For a start, these documents can be cumbersome things which makes them difficult to handle in their hard copy format. It's not so easy to just sore them away in a plastic wallet or filing cabinet and, more often than not, those that possess large format images such as architects and councils tend to have more than one, in some cases a sizeable amount.

What is Large Format Scanning?large-format-document-scanner

Large format scanning is where we take a large format document and convert the physical document into a digital one, usually in the form of a high quality PDF, TIFF or JPEG file. Occasionally, if these large format drawings are architects renderings or plans they can be converted into CAD (Computer Aided Design) files, such as .DWG and .DXF, which will work with the more popular CAD software such as AutoCAD.

Large format scanning needs to be done via a LFD scanner; a feed scanner which takes the large document slowly through its feeder collecting the data and the image as it goes. The resulting image is then converted into the selected format.

What Constitutes a Large Format Document?

Anything above A3 in size (420mm x 297mm) tends to be classed as large format. Most large format document scanners, however, cannot take anything above A0 in size but documents can still be scanned and pieced together using a large flatbed document scanner, if required. Quite simply, if your document is over the size of A3 it is a large format document and it would need to be scanned on either a large flatbed scanner or a large format document scanner which has a feed.
We have seen all kinds of documents over the years that have come in large format form. These include architects drawings, children's school projects, rare old Polish film posters, huge photographs and much more besides.

What are the Benefits of Having Large Format Drawings Scanned?

Common sense will be able to tell you the benefits of large format scanning but a lot of advantages can differ from company to company.

  • We get architects contacting us because they simply need to make space, yet retain the documents. The only effective way to do this is to get them scanned to high quality images then have the originals securely shredded.
  • Large format scanning also makes the documents very easy to handle in digital format as they can now be viewed on a computer rather than having to roll out a large document.
  • Having the large format document in digital format also means the images can be reproduced without the quality being compromised.
  • Images can be cleaned up so that the digital version is actually better quality than the original.
  • Drawings can be edited again if they have been converted to a CAD format.
  • Digital versions can be distributed and shared easily through email or made available on an online cloud system.

Those were just a small portion of the benefits you could gain from having your large format documents scanned. Companies are continually saving money, time and space with Pearl Scan's large format scanning. If you would like some more information on the large format scanning services we have to offer and how you can reap the rewards almost immediately, get in touch today for a free, no obligation quote. For a free, no obligation quote for your large format scanning project complete the online form by following the relevant links below.

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Bringing the size of your drawings right down with Drawings Scanning

Drawings scanning and digital conversion is the next step forward for any business that currently keeps drawings, plans or blueprints in paper form. The scanning process helps to keep them safe and save room as well as making them easier to go through and work with which is an excellent move for efficiency.

Drawings Scanning

No matter if your drawing are A4 or A0+, these days it's possible to scan and save most size files into a PDF or TIFF file which can be then indexed to suit your preferences. Files can be indexed by project name, building name or even an associated reference number. Drawings scanning has saved our customers a great deal of time searching through awkwardly sized and difficult to navigate documents. Now all they need to do is a quick text search on their computer to bring the correct piece up in front of them almost instantaneously. It is also the next step in the way the industry is moving and has been for some time.

The Drawings Scanning Processdrawings-scanning

Using large, industry quality scanners, drawings scanning providers like us here at Pearl Scan can complete the drawings scanning process much quicker than you would if you attempted the project in-house. Our experienced scanning staff feed the files through by hand, taking great care to not crease or damage the documents in any way. The file produced on screen is then checked and saved by a name of your choice in your preferred format. When all of your files are scanned and saved, they are sent back to you. We can also send your original drawings back if you decide you want to keep them, otherwise they can be shredded and recycled.

The space saved can be huge and can make a big difference. There should be increased efficiency as a result of being able to easily scroll through the documents from the comfort of your own computer and the cost is not as much as you might think.

If you would like some more information on our large format scanning services and how we can help your company, get in touch today. If you would like a free, no obligation quote for your scanning project complete our online form by following the relevant links below.

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