Colortrac SmartLF GX+ 56 Express Large Format Scanner
Colortrac is the most experienced and innovative manufacturer of CCD-based wide format color scanners and the Gx+ scanners now feature our unique bi-directional LED illumination system. LEDs save precious operator time as they require no warm-up and are only on when scanning. LEDs also save precious energy by qualifying for the industry standard ENERGY STAR® providing real cost of ownership benefits with lower utility bills and reduced maintenance costs due to the extra-long 50,000hr lifespan.
As the only scanner with “scan once” software that works in real-time to save you the need to rescan, the flexible SmartLF Gx+ 56 range is the most productive, lowest cost of ownership CCD-based extra-wide format scanning system available today.
Sharp and accurate – with superb color
The SmartLF Gx+ 56 is perfect for capturing sharply defined detail in your BIG technical projects and maps …
… as well as vibrant, accurate colors for your BIG graphics projects.
SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra large scanners have all the advantages of CCD technology’s superior color imaging – the ability to scan a wide gamut (range of colors) and a high dynamic range (ability to see detail in dark and light areas) – combined with 600 dpi optical resolution, the highest optical resolution available in any extra wide CCD scanner. This makes them perfect for capturing vibrant, accurate colors for graphics professionals as well as sharply defined line detail on technical documents and maps.
SmartLF Gx+ 56 scanners use an Advanced 2+3 wheel-drive Active Paper Transport (APT) system that maintains accurate document positioning as the document passes through the scanner. Combined with bright white bi-directional LED illumination, APT means that even folded documents scan accurately and shadow free.
Images are scanned using 48-bits (color) or 16-bits (monochrome), with the best 24 and 8-bits selected as image data respectively.
All the benefits of CCD – without the downsides
Traditional CCD scanners have superior color imaging but are disadvantaged by their fluorescent lighting systems. By using white LEDs instead of fluorescent tubes, the SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra-large scanner is able to maximize the benefits of CCD while saving time and energy.
No warm up, no waiting
While a fluorescently lit scanner can be used within five minutes of switching on, you need to let it warm up for about an hour in order for the tubes to reach their optimum light intensity and for the tube temperature to reach equilibrium. If you do not do this, color and stitch inaccuracies may result.
The SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra wide scanner’s white LED illumination produces high quality color, just like fluorescent illumination. However, because LEDs operate with a stable light spectrum from switch on (cold) through hours of use (warm), you do not have to wait for them to warm up before you can use the scanner to best effect. Simply turn it on and scan!
Significant power saving
The SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra-wide scanner has a programmable timer that will switch the unit into power saving (ENERGY STAR®) mode when it is not operated for the defined period.
In addition, its instant-on capability means that you can leave it switched off most of the time and only turn it on when you need to use it.
Light for life
While you would normally expect to replace fluorescent tubes every year or two, LEDs are long life. Unlike fluorescent tubes, which stay on the whole time the scanner is switched on, LEDs only come on during the actual scanning process. They have an estimated working life of 50,000 hours which equates to six years of constant 24/7 scanning!
Fluorescently lit scanners require more frequent calibration because the tubes age and change characteristics over their life. LEDs maintain consistent output.
Unlike fluorescent tubes LEDs do not contain mercury, which makes them more environmentally friendly.
More cameras – more accuracy
The SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra large scanner has eight CCDs across the scan width to minimize geometric distortion, more than any other similarly sized scanner.
Traditional CCD scanners are prone to stitch and accuracy issues caused by sensor misalignment. These are minimized in the SmartLF Gx+ 56 by housing the eight CCDs within a rigid monocoque camera chassis.
Fast scanning speed
All SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra-large models scan monochrome at 9 inches per second (200 dpi). If you need high volume color scanning, choose the express color e model which scans color at 3 inches per second (200 dpi).
Gigabit Ethernet connectivity
The SmartLF Gx+ 56 large format scanner is networkable – it has a Gigabit Ethernet connection as well as a USB2 connection. Gigabit Ethernet transmits data between the scanner and the PC faster than USB2. It also allows you to place the scanner further from the host PC or network socket than USB2.
(Requires SmartWorks Pro software, not included with scanner.)
With other wide format scanners you have to perform multiple pre-scans of selected image areas to get scan settings right. With the SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra wide scanner and SmartWorks Pro software you scan only once, then perform thresholding and image enhancements on the scan in real time.
Scan-it-once technology gives you a huge workflow advantage. You can perform quality assurance and adjustments in-line, “right-first-time”, instead of needing to re-scan quality control failures off-line after batch scanning is completed.
An additional advantage of scan-it-once technology is that it minimizes document movement (and possible wear) through the scanner and document skew caused by back and forth “checking”.
Intelligent Adaptive Thresholding (IAT)
IAT allows you to create better quality scans of dirty documents more quickly. The free SmartWorks EZ Touch software supplied with the SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra-wide scanner has three IAT settings; SmartWorks Pro software (not included with the scanner) has comprehensive IAT that you can set in real time using slider bars.
Preserves delicate originals
The SmartLF Gx+ 56′s Advanced Active Paper Transport looks after your documents.
The SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra large scanner’s Advanced Active Paper Transport (APT) applies the minimum force necessary for preserving delicate originals, while achieving the required traction and accuracy to ensure images are sharp and shadow free.
We have even managed to feed newspaper through the SmartLF Gx+ 56 wide format scanner without using a document carrier sheet – you can’t say that about many large format scanners!
Easy to use
Easy, competent included software
The supplied SmartWorks EZ Touch software is designed for operation by non-specialist users and is very simple to use while providing all the basic scan to file and scan to copy functionality you need.
Simple scanner interface
You can access all main functions from a simple to use control panel on the scanner, which includes buttons for Scan, Copy, Stop, Rewind and Forward.
Plug ‘n’ Play USB2 Interface
Simply plug the scanner into your PC and use it.
The SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra-large scanner requires minimal service and calibration. The utility software included with it provides you with all the maintenance applications you need to keep your large format scanner in prime condition and up-to-date with the latest firmware and drivers. The scan glass is held down by magnets for quick and easy removal or replacement and there is easy access to the SmartLF Gx+ 56′s paper feed for cleaning.
The SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra wide scanner is RoHS compliant; energy efficient (it has earned the ENERGY STAR®); does not use consumable fluorescent lamps which contain mercury; uses recycle friendly components; and is optimized for quiet operation.
The SmartLF Gx+ 56 is available in three models: m (monochrome), c (color) and e (express color).
If your initial requirement is for a monochrome wide format scanner only, you can buy a monochrome scanner now and upgrade to color if and when you need it. If your initial requirement is for infrequent color scanning, you can buy a color wide format scanner now and upgrade to a faster express color model should your color scanning volume increase.
You can upgrade your scanner quickly and easily, by email. There is no need for you to return the scanner to us or for a service engineer to call.