Inland Engineering Services (IES) recently installed an HP DesignJet T2500 eMultifunction printer from HP to meet their challenging large format printing and scanning requirements.

The Corona, California-based Inland Engineering Services provides turnkey engineering and construction services to telecommunications companies such as Time-Warner, AT&T and Verizon. IES’ services are hired to handle the planning, design and construction of fibre-optic, broadband and wire-line networks around Southern California and beyond.

Every project involves numerous IES people working at multiple locations including the office and construction sites as well as with clients and municipalities. At every stage of work from research through design, planning, approval and construction, multiple CAD drawings, plans, permits and other files are required to be scanned, revised, printed, copied, shared and stored.

IES faced several challenges in managing the documents for each project. For instance, getting the right documents into the hands of the people who needed them at the right locations, and keeping the documents organised posed a huge and constant challenge. With multiple people in multiple IES departments needing to print and scan frequently, ease of use and accessibility of printers was another major concern.

Having always used HP DesignJet printers, IES recently installed an HP DesignJet T2500 eMultifunction printer, a web-connected printer with scanning and copying capabilities. IES also opened an HP DesignJet ePrint & Share account, a free app-based service that enables team members to access and print projects from the cloud.

According to Debbie Garcia, project coordinator at Inland Engineering Services, having moved from a printer-copier to the multifunction model, which was a lot quicker and more technologically advanced, she appreciated the capabilities of the HP DesignJet T2500 eMultifunction printer, which can scan, copy, print and save onto the network.

Among the new features introduced with the HP DesignJet T2500 eMultifunction printer, Garcia especially likes the compact 36-inch size, on-printer touch-screen interface, front-loading for two rolls and the addition of an output stacking tray to get prints flat, collated and ready for use.

Garcia explains that the 36-inch size is great, because the company is growing and the compact footprint addresses the space problem. The printer’s quiet operation allows its use in an office or hallway. The HP DesignJet T2500 eMultifunction printer also supports two sizes of paper - 11 x 17-inch and 24 x 36-inch - loaded together.

Garcia also finds the output stacking tray very helpful because she doesn’t have to bend down to find prints in the bin – she simply takes her prints off the stacking tray. Prints in the older printers would end up in the output bin, often jumbled or crumpled; people would also sometimes take the wrong prints, which would then end up in the trash. Thanks to the output stacking tray feature, the output clutter is eliminated resulting in reduced waste of paper and time.

The print quality of the new HP DesignJet T2500 eMultifunction printer ensures the finer details in their CAD plans come out great including the small text. The printer’s efficient processing, scanning and printing performance combined with its web-connected capability fits right in with the company’s ultra-tight schedules.

Garcia has set up the printer so that the print preview window pops up automatically, allowing her to save a copy to their HP DesignJet ePrint & Share account and change print settings. Garcia notes that this saves paper and reduces waste as it provides a second chance to correct settings before printing.

Richard Vega, commercial survey manager at IES, notes that their biggest challenge lies in the ability to exchange information accurately with the latest revisions on file. Emailing plans to engineers wasn’t a workable solution since inboxes would get filled up and there were problems with file formats.

However, the HP DesignJet ePrint & Share app makes a huge difference to IES’ productivity. Instead of field engineers waiting around to get a print, they can access anything via the app on their mobile phone or tablet, click the link and get the latest information.

IES also regularly needs to send plans and files to municipalities to get approvals, and to keep clients updated. Physically delivering plans can mean driving two or three hours in busy traffic, often multiple times during the course of a project.

Debbie Garcia says projects managers out in the field can now simply access the HP DesignJet ePrint & Share app and print the plan or pictures themselves. She adds that the app is great for time management and helps them meet their tight deadline schedules.

View IES’ customer review of the HP DesignJet T2500 eMultifunction printer.