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The high-performance scanner manufacturer InoTec is based in Wölfersheim near Frankfurt. Co-founder and managing director Peter Schnautz gave a personal tour of the production facility on the occasion of the presentation of the Scamax 6×1 production scanner, which will be launched in Q3. Postmaster was there on site.


A comparison with sports car builders is obvious: InoTec offers high speed, reliability and real engineering know-how – with a lot of proximity to the customer on the one hand and a direct line to production on the other. Quality workmanship in small series production ‘Made in Germany’, including comprehensive final quality control, also has its price when it comes to scanners: the ‘small scanner’ Scamax 4×3 costs between 20,000 and 40,000 Euros, and the top model Scamax 8×1 – internally simply called H12 – costs 140,000 Euros in the largest configuration stage ‘821’ with 600 images/minute A4 in duplex mode. However, there is a serious difference to the automotive racing bolides and their buyers: Anyone who orders a high-speed production scanner from InoTec does not have to be an ‘enthusiast’ or a technology freak, but simply able to calculate: “The Scamax 8×1 offers quite a few advantages with comparable performance to an open track scanner,” explains Managing Director Peter Schnautz. In addition, the InoTec scanners score with particularly high reliability in document capture.” Clever details and processing steps already integrated into the hardware enable new applications or services and thus ensure more effective use of valuable process processing time. Peter Schnautz emphasizes, “Calculated over a 7-8 year period, this saves our customers real money. And there is less waste, because we can replace any component and thus repair it quickly.” If the need for scanning increases, there are clearly defined upgrade paths for each of the three series right from the start. Sales Manager Thomas Wulle explains, “These upgrade options offer customers investment security for the future.” Another advantage of the truly sustainable designs: Spare parts can still be supplied even after many years. Many scanning service providers, insurance companies, banks and public sector clients worldwide therefore rely on InoTec’s production scanners, which maintain the promised speeds even in continuous operation – so there is no daily limit on the scanning volume – and in 2-shift operation. “In some cases, the machines have already seen up to 80 million documents,” explains Frank Schuler, who markets InoTec scanners throughout Germany, “but then the operators and regular maintenance also have a big part to play in that.”

Durably reliable

The new Scamax 6×1 model is available in four speed levels: as 601 with 120 sheets per minute, as 611 with 150 sheets per minute, as 621 with 180 sheets per minute and as 631 with 210 sheets per minute. The speeds of the 601 to 621 models can be upgraded at any time by the user via a performance upgrade. With its proprietary camera technology, the Scamax 6×1 achieves images at resolutions up to 600 dpi and 24-bit color depth. The camera and LED illumination system are perfectly matched. The result is razor-sharp images that are optimized for OCR processes. In order to optimally adapt the scanner feed to the document, the feed pressure can be adjusted. The straight paper passage can also cope with documents up to 2 mm thick. The documents are forwarded gently and securely with the help of the cleaning- and maintenance-free belt transport. The metal detector detects staples and paper clips and immediately stops the scanner if necessary. In addition, a special scratch-resistant glass is used – InoTec therefore gives a three-year “NoScratch” guarantee on the glass guide rails.

Intelligence on board

InoTec Perfect Document Technology automatically straightens documents that have been fed in at an angle, optimizes brightness and contrast, and automatically detects blank pages. In addition, a sequence of functions can be defined on a project-specific basis via the Event Manager. For example, individual document types can be sorted out. Sorting is based on events such as barcode, patch code and document ID or the document length to the rear document output or to the upper output tray. The sorting functions are freely definable and can be addressed and controlled directly by driver or by the capture software, e.g. by the optional SCAMAXscan+. Colored pictograms (with traffic light logic) and clear full text messages on the 7″ touch panel, which controls the scanner, enable the user to quickly rectify faults himself. (max)

This text was machine translated from the German version.


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