Large Format Scanning

The Large Format Scanner is appropriate for documents and posters with widths up to A0.

Things to know


-MUST BE PATIENT - the scanner does everything slowly

Produce high-quality HD results with CCD scanning technology. Streamline workflows with incredible scan and processing speeds. Improve efficiency and productivity with an enhanced feature set. Enjoy easy integration with HP large-format printers. Produce scans up to 42 inches (1067 mm) and 1200 dpi, even on thick media.

Scanning Fragile Media

  • Thin media, especially those such as fragile original/archival paper or trace drawings, cannot be processed normally through the scanner and will get damaged if attempted.

  • Using masking tape, secure such media to a large plain white sheet and feed through the scanner to avoid damage and maintain a high quality scan.

  • Process this media at your own risk.

Turning it on

The scanner and display panel are two separate devices, and must be individually turned on. The scanner's controls are located on the right hand side of the scanner, and the control panel can be turned off by a button on the back of the panel. The power button on the front is a red herring.

Shown below is the power button for the control panel,

and for the scanner. the little light is red when off,

and green when on

Make sure to wait for the panel to start up and connect to the network. It can take 5-10 minutes until it is fully functional.

the above screen will appear, press hide.

Setting up scans

Insert a USB drive if you wish to save to one.

Insert your document in the scanner, centered. The side that will get scanned is the side facing up. When you insert the document, it will "bite" and be drawn through the scanner, and return it back. This should show up in the preview pane on the display panel.

Select the Image type. This selects the type of processing applied while scanning.

Lightness can be left at 0 unless otherwise required.

Resolution and Size

Due to the limitations of the scanner, storage media and file types careful choices must be made when setting up a large format scan. Refer to the chart below for what file types successfully scan at what size and resolution.

Note: These are guidelines, the final results may vary according to your specific scan/storage media.

File type

300 DPI

600 DPI

800 DPI

1200 DPI


TIFF (uncompressed)

TIFF (Packbits)



  • Scan resolution: this is measured in dpi, or dots per inch. If you just wish to replicate a document at the same scale, set to 300. If you are required to upscale your document, enlarge or print at a larger size, increase this number.

Note: The maximum the printer is actually capable of is 1200, anything set higher will not successfully scan Size Should be left to Auto, and resize to none. Select where you wish to save your file. If saving to the network drive, this folder can accessed from the quick print kiosk and ABP building computers.

  • Press the three dots at the top of the dialogue box to go "up" in the folder hierarchy. If you keep pressing this you can select the USB you have inserted in the side of the panel.

Your USB will appear as the [E] drive.

File Format: This should most likely be set as either PDF or TIFF. PDF is easier to exchange with others and smaller in size, TIFFs retain more information and detail for editing and manipulating later.


Press the scan button in the bottom right hand corner of the display panel. The display panel will show a progress bar. It will show when the scan has been completed.

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