What is Large Format Scanning?

Large format scanning is the process of digitizing oversized documents using an LFD scanner. The process converts oversized paper documents to small and easy to manage, access, and distribute digital files in .PDF, .TIFF, .DWG, .DXF, and .JPEG formats.

Watch the video or read the transcript below to find out the benefits of and why you need large format scanning.

Video Transcript

What’s Considered Large Format?

There are 2 main paper size standards used around the world: ANSI and the international ISO series. In the United States, ANSI is used, and anything classed ANSI B or above is considered “large format.”

The North American ANSI standard divides paper sizes into 5 main classes, or more specifically ANSI size classes A–E.

ANSI Class Paper Size
ANSI A 8.5″ x 11″
ANSI B 11″ x 17″ (2 ANSI A sheets)
ANSI C 17″ x 22″ (4 ANSI A sheets)
ANSI D 22″ x 34″ (8 ANSI A sheets)
ANSI E 34″ x 44″ (16 ANSI A sheets)

Common Large Format Documents

Any documents that are ANSI B or higher are typically classed as large format, including:

  • Blueprints
  • Maps
  • Posters
  • Banners
  • Engineering drawings
  • Circuit diagrams
  • Architectural drawings

Benefits of Large Format Scanning

With the name “large format,” an obvious benefit of scanning large format documents is the reduction in size. However, scanning comes with other benefits as well.

Boosting Productivity

It’s easier to store, find, send, and access digital files. Even 10 minutes searching for paper files can quickly stack up to a large amount of wasted time, while a keyword search can quickly track down documents.

Simplified Storage and ManagementFiles in Laptop

Papers—especially large ones—are difficult to manage and keep organized, meaning they’re often boxed and kept in back rooms or other areas.

With digital files, they can all be securely stored in one easy-to-manage place like a cloud platform.

Central Storage and Indexing

As documents are scanned the new digital copies are stored into central locations like cloud platforms or other document management systems.

Files are indexed during scanning so you can sort them by name, date created, file type, and other categories.

Keyword Search and Accessibility

Instead of removing rubber bands and sifting through papers, digital large format documents that are indexed can be found and accessed using a simple keyword search.

Secure Backups and Archiving

Many large format documents need to be kept for extended periods of time, and with it only taking a right-click to create a spare copy, files can be easily and regularly backed up to a separate drive or server.

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