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PlotWave 5000/5500 Series


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PlotWave 5000 / 5500 Series


  • Touchscreen with multitouch gestures for tablet/ smartphone-like interaction.
  • Easily control printer and scanner/copier with your fingertips using the simple screen movements.
  • Swipe, spread, and zoom in on details of a drawing.
  • Live Preview function to confirm documents are correctly scanned to help avoid errors.


  • Integrated Top Delivery Tray neatly stacks and collates up to 100 E-size/A0 plots.
  • Air separation technology helps prevent large documents from cascading onto the floor like conventional top stackers.
  • Optional Stacker Select provides additional 400-sheet (E-size/A0) capacity.


  • Image Logic technology automatically compensates for heavily folded/wrinkled and dark background originals to produce superior results.
  • Originals are inserted face-up and width of original is detected automatically.
  • Create 1-touch Scan Templates to capture commonly used settings or to require standardized departmental scan settings.


  • Get instant startup and use half the energy of comparable systems.
  • Fast first printout from cold sleep to print-in-hand in less than 40 seconds.
  • Helps increase productivity even more with the second media drawer option (4 rolls total) for multiple width rolls or longer unattended printing.


  • Up to 650-foot roll length for maximum efficiency.
  • Built-in roll loading station in each drawer.
  • Media is auto-fed into the printer and roll width is auto-detected, then displayed on the ClearConnect touchscreen display.


  • Take advantage of superb print quality with high-resolution Pico Printing at 600 x 1200 dpi.
  • Award-winning industrial design with robust and durable materials.
  • Extensively used areas of the printer are fabricated out of metal for commercial duty.


  • This system has the low sound levels and heat compared to conventional fusing systems which operate on heat and pressure rollers and fans.
  • Can be located and operated within workgroup environments.
  • Closed toner system is easy to refill with no clumsy toner cartridges to unscrew or spill; Toner can be added while printing.


  • Get the power to handle large and complex technical documents thanks to the productive POWERsync controller.
  • Concurrency; Scan and copy while printing.
  • Help protect confidential information with the latest security and protection features supported by Microsoft Windows 10 LTSC IoT Enterprise.
  • The open interface of the POWERsync controller also enables the printer to embed software such as uniFLOW.


  • This system is designed to make it easier to prepare, produce, and manage complex technical documents and sets of drawings.
  • Advanced tools make it easy to get documents where you need them, when you need them.

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2-roll printing system (standard) Productive large format monochrome printer with ClearConnect multitouch user panel.
Stacking system Integrated Top Delivery Tray. Up to 100 sheets E-size/A0.
Rotatable ClearConnect multitouch user interface Consistent look and feel from every angle of your workflow, standard, including Smart Inbox, SmartAccess, and Live Preview.
Tilt and Swivel ClearConnect multitouch user interface Fully automated roll media switch to guide the media to the Top Delivery Tray or back output depending on the user application.
ClearConnect workflow software Drivers: Driver Select for Microsoft Windows, Driver Express PostScript 3 driver. Publishers: Publisher Mobile for IOS and Android, Publisher Express, Publisher Select 3 for Microsoft Windows.
Starter kit included 1 bottle toner 450 g, 1 bottle developer 1,750 g, 1 roll 36" 20 lb. bond paper (75 g/m2).
Earthquake provision1 Help secure the printer against moving or tilting during an earthquake. This provision enables the user to secure the printer to a sturdy connection of the building.
Office space saving scanning system Scanner Express with Image Logic technology, integrated scanner positioned on top of the printer to save office space.
Cutsheet tray Capacity: 250 pages; Sizes: A/A4 size–C/A2 size
Stacking systems Stacker Select, 400-sheet capacity
Roll media capacity upgrade Double roll media capacity from 2- to 4-roll system
Removable hard disk For secure environments, hard disk can easily be removed from the printer system to help secure data integrity.
Imaging technology Electrophotography (LED) with Organic photoconductor (OPC).
Radiant Fusing Technology with instant warm-up. Clean toner refill system. Virtually no ozone emission.
Fusing technology Instant warm-up, contactless fusing, low power consumption (heating on-demand).
Toner/type Black toner: 900 grams per toner kit (450 grams/ bottle).
Speed (print and copy)
PlotWave 5000:
8-D/A1-sizes2 per minute 4-E/A0 sizes3 per minute
PlotWave 5500:
10-D/A1-sizes2 per minute 5-E/A0 sizes3 per minute
First print out time4 <40 seconds
First copy out time5 <40 seconds
1 Excluding cable/chain and mounting material.
2 D-size (34"" x 22"") / A1 size (841 x 594 mm).
3 E-size (36"" x 48"") / A0 Size (841 x 1189 mm).
4 One A1 landscape print made from the smart inbox, on 64 g media, back output, lines, and text mode.
5 One copy made with A1 original in landscape on 64 g media, back output, background compensation off, custom width 841 mm, custom length 594 mm.
Print resolution 600 x 1200 dpi
Minimum line width (ISO/IEC 13660:2001E) 0.00236" (0.06 mm)
1:1 Line accuracy < 0.3%
Size main engine (WxDxH) 61.6" x 31.7" x 58.9" (1,563 mm x 803 mm x 1,495 mm) (Height of 58.0" includes Top Delivery Tray)
Shipping dimensions (WxDxH) 58” x 34” x 50” (1,470 x 850 x 1,280 mm)
Weight main engine 516 lb. (234 kg)
Shipping weight main engine 629 lb. (285 kg)
Media capacity 2 or 4 rolls; manual feed of cutsheet media. Cutsheet tray.
Paper cutting Cutter included in the drawer for fast and easy roll media switching.
Maximum media capacity 2 rolls (650' L x 36" W): 3,900 sq. ft. If 4 rolls: 7,800 sq. ft.
Media sizes roll ARCH: B, C, D, E, E1, 30"", 21"", 15"" ANSI: B, C, D, E
ISO: A3, A2, A1, A0, B1, B2, B1_700, B2_700
Media sizes Cutsheet tray Short-edge feed (portrait):
A3, B4, A, B, A+, B+, Carto B4, 230 x 310 mm, 310 x 440 mm
Long-edge feed (landscape):
A3, A2, B4, B3, B, C, B+, C+, Carto B4, Carto B3, 15"" x 21"", 310 x 440 mm, 440 x 594 mm
Media weight Bond: 16–28 lb.(60–110g/m2). Film: 3.5 mil.
Roll length Up to 650' (200 m)
Roll width 11"–36" (11",12",15",17",18",21",22",24",30",34",36") (279–914mm)
Minimum printed length 11" (279 mm)
Maximum printed length 577' (176 m)
Roll media type Paper: Engineering Bond, Vellum, Recycled Bond, Tinted Bond Xtreme #27 Bond Film: Polyester 3.5 mil
Cutsheet media type Paper: Engineering Bond, Recycled Bond, Tinted Bond Xtreme #27 Bond
Automatic roll media handling Automatic width detection
Automatic roll media selection for optimized productivity and media saving, based on drawing size, media type, roll width, and finishing.
Automatic roll switching when end of roll is reached.
Description ClearConnect multitouch user panel
Size (WxDxH) 11.8" x 8.7" x 1.6" (300 x 220 x 40 mm), 10.4" (diag.) color LCD
Resolution 800 x 600 pixels (SVGA)
Technology Projective capacitive touch
Operation 3 hard buttons: [Wake-up], [Stop, interrupt, abort], [Home]
Multitouch functions: tap, double tap, pinch, 2-finger pinch, swipe, flick, and spread.
Interface design Distinctive user interface with intuitive navigation and clearly defined levels of operation.
Features View optimization: Tilt ClearConnect (-4 to +45 degrees) and swivel (-45 to +180 degrees). Status light (red, orange, green).
USB 2.0 interface with indication light.
Switch instantly between 2 languages, select from 21 languages.
Description High performance POWERsync controller with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC, 64-bit
Processor Dual Core, Dual Thread Celeron® G4900 at 3.10GHz
Memory 4 GB DDR4
Video Intel HD Graphics, 1GHz
Hard disk 500 GB, 7200 rpm (standard)
Client operating system support Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bits / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 64 bits / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bits / Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bits / Windows Server 2012 64 bits / Windows Server 2012 R2 64 bits/Mac OS 10.10 / Mac OS 10.11 / Mac OS 10.12 (PostScript 3 driver support only for Mac OS)
Interface 2 x Ethernet 100 Mbits/s, 1Gbit/s TCP/IP: DHCP, IPv4, IPv6, HTTPS Discovery: APIPA, WS-Discovery, SNMPv3
Page description language TIFF, JPEG, HPGL, HPGL2, DWF, C4, Calcomp 906/907/951, CALS, NIRS, NIFF, PS/PDF (optional)
Printing protocol LPR, FTP, WebDav, WSD print FTP
Pull from SMB, FTP
Pull from cloud (retrieve from WebDAV-based clouds) HTTP/HTTPS (used by Publisher Express)
Print from home folder via optional access management
Backchannel protocol SNMPv3, Wave interface, WS-Discovery
New Set of Security Features E-shredding, IPSec, IP filtering/Access Control Lists, HTTPS, SNMPv3, audit logging, AES256 Disk Encryption, 802.1x Authentication, network protocol enable/disable, LDAP integration, Active Directory Integration,
User authentication on local ClearConnect user panel and via Express WebTools (LDAP/Active Directory credentials, smart card) for scan/copy/print. Configure HTTPS Certificates. Allow disabling TLS1.0 and 1.1 protocols (no response to network scan) and enable TLS 1.2 with stronger cipher. Embedded FIPS 140-2 Certified Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and BitLocker 256 AES hard disk encryption, hard disk wipe,
Configurable CA certificate, Disable Network Ports and Protocols, Security Event Logging, Single Sign-on. Options: Removable hard disk, McAfee antivirus, McAfee Application control (whitelisting).
Access management Help provide secure access to device by users keying in password on the ClearConnect multitouch operator panel or get access with a Smart Card by connecting a card reader (including contactless). Authorization is managed by using Active Directory.
Cloud support Unlimited user and/or Administrator authenticated cloud support via WebDAV and/or third-party provider:
e.g. Microsoft SharePoint, Dropbox, Box.com, box.net, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive, Cloudsafe, MyDisk. The cloud user authentication can either be preconfigured by the administrator or done by the user at the time of accessing the specific cloud.
Transformations Scaling (scale-to-fit page, reduce when image too large to avoid clipping or to custom factor, scale page size to standard size), Rotation, Shift (automatic or user defined), Adding/removing trailing/leading edge, Mirror, Black intensity in poster mode, Print optimization (standard, lines/text, poster). Color Highlight and Dark Original. Area to erase (area of interest).
Description Integrated Contact Image Sensor (CIS) Color scanner with Image Logic technology
Scan resolution 600 x 600 dpi (Selectable 100, 200, 300, 400, 600 dpi)
Scan speed Up to 49.8 ft./min. (15.2 m/min.) Black & white scanning Up to 33.1 ft./min. (10.1 m/min.) Copying
Up to 16.4 ft./min. (5.0 m/min.) Color scanning
Scan formats TIFF, PDF, PDF/A, JPEG, CALS, multipage PDF, multipage PDF/A and multipage TIFF
Scan templates Extensive number of scan templates to standardize common scan settings and destinations
Scan protocol FTP, SMB, scan to cloud (push to WebDAV-based clouds)
Scan destination Local USB flash drive, FTP, SMB, Smart Inbox on Controller, Optional Local Home folder (LDAP), mobile device via Mobile WebTools, WebDAV clouds.
Scan naming Preset naming with auto numbering for productive scanning or file name on the ClearConnect user panel
Original width 8.2"–36" (208–914 mm), automatic width detection
Original length 8.2"–52.5" (208 mm–16 m), auto length detection
Original thickness Maximum 0.03" (0.8 mm) non-rigid documents
Zoom (copy) 1:1, Scale to media size, Scale to standard format. Custom: 10–1,000%
Original type presets Lines & Text standard, Folded Lines & Text, Lines & Text draft, Dark Original, Colored Original, Photo, Blueprint, Map, Artwork
Scanner size (WxDx H) 43" x 12" x 5.5" (1,097 x 308 x 140 mm)
Scanner weight 55 lb. (25 kg)
Acoustic sound power Standby and sleep: less than 26 dB. Print mode: less than 52 dB
Ozone concentration < 0.005 mg/m3, < 0.002365 PPM (0.25% of permitted limit value)
Heat emission Ready: 66 W; Active: 1.5 kW
Power requirements 100–240 V; 50/60Hz
Power consumption Sleep mode: <2 W Ready mode: 66 W Active mode: 1.7 kW
Safety/EMC marks and environmental labels CE, TUV GS, CETECOM, ENERGY STAR 3.0, FEMP, Rohs, CCC, VCCI TüV GS, c-UL-US, CB, RCM, EPEAT, EAC, FCC Class A, VCCI Class A
Recyclables Printer: made of steel or highly recyclable plastics: up to 95% of the engine can either be upcycled or recycled. Remaining 5% are nontoxic waste.
Prints: very good deinkability when recycled.
Toner: bottles made of highly recyclable HDPE (High Density Polyethylene)
Job submission The ClearConnect software suite consists of a variety of applications with the same user interface. Create, retrieve, and/or send jobs from drivers (Driver select for Microsoft Windows, Driver Express for Adobe PostScript 3 for Microsoft Windows or Apple OS), external locations (SMB, FTP, LPR, WebDAV), Mobile devices via Express WebTools and Publisher Mobile, USB fash drive, Cloud services, and optional Home folder (LDAP).
1-click printing from USB, 1-click printing from previous sent jobs via Print SmartAccess on ClearConnect user panel. The Smart Inbox on the ClearConnect user panel enables the job preview: swipe between your jobs for print selection and preview. Pan to view the image in detail (zoom).
With the template-oriented Publisher Select 3 submitting multiple fles in batches is supported. Print multiple times and sort by page or set. Media saving automatically rotates print fles to optimize media usage.
Smart inbox Personalized Smart Inbox: History, Manage Queue, Manage History, Express WebTools, Secured Controller Access
Queue management Spool memory provides a queuing system for print and copy jobs. This enables multiple users to send print and copy jobs at the same time. Customize priority settings for copy and print jobs in the queue.
The Job Queue overview gives access to job names, owners, and status including required media. Jobs can be paused, deleted, and placed on top of the queue.
Print management and accounting View the counter history at preferred time periods, per job or total overview in Express WebTools. View, create, edit, and delete stamp templates.
Optional uniFLOW support, log in with your personal uniFLOW Queue on the ClearConnect User interface. Supports manual authentication, card readers, and contactless card readers.
Device management Express WebTools provide administrators the tools to manage the device remotely via the web: e.g. check printer status; define default settings for print, copy, and scan; define access; security; accounting; remote shutdown; software update and restart; power on/off timer; system behavior; queue management; license management; view, create, edit, and delete stamp templates; etc.
Scan to color inkjet Scan directly to iPF 600/700/800/TX- 2000/3000/4000/5200/5300/5400 series via Publisher Select 3 (hotfolder)
Description Integrated productive stacker with high capacity and tray full sensor
Capacity 400 pages

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