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hen SIZE matters!

SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra wide scanners - when size matters

The SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra-wide scanner range offers high optical resolution, superior color CCD technology and the benefits of instant-on 2D LED illumination. Capable of A0 / E-size landscape scanning, it meets both the AEC, CAD and GIS users' need for sharply defined line detail in technical documents and maps with the highly accurate color reproduction and copying demanded by graphics professionals.


Colortrac has the longest experience of manufacturing CCD-based wide format color scanners. Now, offering a combination of long-life 2D LED illumination, 600 dpi optical CCD resolution, power-saving ENERGY STAR® compliance and high performance scanning speeds, the 6th generation SmartLF Gx+ 56 range defines a new industry benchmark in super-size, high color fidelty and image sharpness. As the only scanner with "scan once" software that works in real-time to save you the need to rescan, the attractively-priced SmartLF Gx+ 56 range is the most productive, cost-effective CCD-based extra-wide scanning system available today.



Main specifications

SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra-wide scanners are available with two maximum media thicknesses, Gx+ (standard) and Gx+ T (Thick).

Both the Gx+ and Gx+ T versions are available in three upgradeable models: m (monochrome), c (color) and e (express color).


Scanner Model Image Width Max Media Thickness Optical Resolution (dpi) Scan Speed (in/sec)*
Color Mono
Gx+ 56 m (mono) 56"
142.3 cm
E size landscape
A0 landscape
2 mm
600 N/A 9.00
c (color) 1.50
e (express color) 3.00
Gx+ T56 m (mono) 56"
142.3 cm
E size landscape
A0 landscape
20 mm
600 N/A 9.00
c (color) 1.50
e (express color) 3.00

* Scan speed measured at 200 dpi. The scan rate is proportional across the full range of resolutions supported by the scanner. Actual scan times will depend on host system performance. Quoted top speeds may be limited by the effective bandwidth of the USB2 or Ethernet interface and are not guaranteed for all media types.

For more detailed specifications, see the Large Format Scanner Overview.

  • Key features

    • Unique instant-on, long-life 2D LED illumination system
    • High definition (HD) CCD with 600 dpi optical resolution
    • High productivity 9ips monochrome and 3ips color scan speed at 200dpi
    • High fidelity 48-bit color graphics and crisp sharp line definition for maximum capability
    • Gigabit network or high speed, plug and play USB2 connections included
    • SmartLF All-in-One Scan and Copy software included
    • SmartLF Gx+ 56 offers the EXTRA versatility and capability professional service providers require - at an affordable price!

    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 2D 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. SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra-wide scanners save time - no warm up, no waiting

    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!

    Less calibration

    Fluorescently lit scanners require more frequent calibration because the tubes age and change characteristics over their life. LEDs maintain consistent output.

    No mercury

    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.

    High productivity

    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.

    "Scan-it-once" philosophy

    (Requires ScanWorks 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 ScanWorks 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 SmartLF All in One software supplied with the SmartLF Gx+ 56 extra-wide scanner has three IAT settings; ScanWorks 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 All in One SmartLF 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.

    Low maintenance

    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.

    Environmentally friendly

    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 inital 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.

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