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Transformative Uses of Large Format Flatbed Scanning Across Industries

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In the realm of digital imaging, the versatility and precision of large format flatbed scanners have revolutionized numerous industries and applications. These scanners offer a crucial solution for digitizing materials that cannot be processed through roll scanners, unlocking new possibilities and efficiencies across various sectors. Let’s explore how different industries leverage large format flatbed scanning to achieve their goals:

Architectural Clients:

Architectural firms rely on large format flatbed scanning to incorporate physical building materials and finishing samples directly into their designs. By scanning materials such as wood samples, flooring, and finishing textures, architects can create digital libraries of textures and materials for seamless integration into their design software. This process enhances visualization and allows clients to preview how different materials will look in the final built environment, facilitating informed decision-making and precise design execution.

Interior Designers:

Interior designers utilize large format flatbed scanning to capture fabrics, textures, and other materials for creating digital files used in wall coverings, upholstery, and visual finishes for interior spaces. Scanning these materials ensures accurate representation of colors, patterns, and textures, enabling designers to experiment with various combinations and visualize the final aesthetic before implementation. Large format scanning streamlines the design process, minimizes material wastage, and enhances client communication by providing realistic visualizations of interior concepts.

Fine Art Reproduction:

In the realm of fine art, large format flatbed scanning is instrumental in reproducing textured paintings with unparalleled accuracy. Artists and reproduction studios use these scanners to capture intricate details, brushstrokes, and surface textures of original artworks, ensuring faithful reproduction in digital and print formats. Large format scanning preserves the integrity of the artist’s vision while expanding accessibility to high-quality reproductions for collectors, galleries, and art enthusiasts.


Manufacturers leverage large format flatbed scanning to digitize materials and prototypes for various applications, including product development, quality control, and reverse engineering. By scanning materials and components, manufacturers can create detailed digital models for analysis, simulation, and manufacturing optimization. Large format scanning accelerates the design iteration process, reduces time-to-market, and enhances product quality by providing precise digital representations of physical objects.

Cultural Heritage Preservation:

Libraries, archives, and cultural institutions utilize large format flatbed scanning to digitize fragile documents, manuscripts, and artifacts for preservation and access. These scanners offer a non-invasive method for capturing delicate materials, minimizing handling and preserving them for future generations. Large format scanning facilitates broader accessibility to cultural heritage collections, enabling researchers, educators, and the public to explore and engage with historical materials in digital form.

Large format flatbed scanning serves as a critical tool across diverse industries, enabling the digitization of materials that cannot be processed through traditional roll scanners. From architectural design to fine art reproduction, from manufacturing to cultural heritage preservation, the transformative capabilities of large format scanning continue to drive innovation and efficiency across various sectors, shaping the future of digital imaging.

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“McKenzie is always eager to respond and help. Great customer service as always!”
Smart Design Group


Senior Account Manager

McKenzie joined the TR team with a solid foundation of experience in the print industry. His career began in production, where he developed his skills in maintenance, operations and finishing. Quickly recognized for his talent, initiative and charisma, McKenzie was promoted to Production Lead. At the helm of the production team, he proved a natural leader and infected the team with his positivity and work ethic.

After building his knowledge leading the production team, McKenzie progressed into the Sales department, honing his sales skills under the leadership of Carla Duncan and TR’s customer focused approach. His natural penchant for customer service and dedication to quality assurance proved an ideal fit for the TR sales team where McKenzie now functions as Account Manager.

Never one to rest on his laurels, McKenzie enhanced his knowledge with sales courses at BCIT and can regularly be seen applying his skills throughout the shop. Don’t be surprised to find him supporting the finishing department, assisting clients at the front desk, or onsite ensuring installations surpass customer expectations.

Also goes by: Mac

Interesting fact about McKenzie: he can be found on Wikipedia

Best described in three words as: loyal, funny, and stubborn

Cannot live without: his back massager

Quote to live by: “When you look at someone through rose-coloured glasses, all the red flags just look like flags” – Wanda the Owl

“Bruce has always provided excellent customer service.”
InterCAD Services Ltd.


CAD & eProject Manager

When you meet Bruce you automatically know he is a seasoned professional in the reprographics industry. Starting out as a driver for Hughes Owens Printing in 1978, he eventually transitioned to Trimen Blueprinting where he acted as a reprographics technician for 13 years. With the onset of the digital era in 2000, TR Trades hired Bruce as CAD Manager. Since then he has been an invaluable asset to the company and anyone who has questions regarding CAD plotting. When Bruce is not overseeing others in the CAD department, he spends countless hours troubleshooting client issues, unearthing customer print errors, and providing eProject software support. He is regularly looked to for printing advice by both coworkers and clients.

Bruce is also well versed in troubleshooting onsite issues and participating in client presentations, having assisted Carla and TR sales staff in many client meetings. If you’re looking for a history lesson on the print industry or if you want to optimize your drawings for print, you’ll want to call on Bruce. Many may not know, but Bruce is a musician at heart! He originally studied engineering and math, eventually realizing it was not the career path he wished to pursue. Following this, Bruce went on to complete both a music program and a piano technician program through Douglas College. During his spare time, you’ll find him creating music or acting as a vocalist in several bands. When he is not playing the guitar and recording music, you can find Bruce tinkering around on one of his computers or watching hockey.

Also goes by: Stretch

Best described as: Humble

Favourite place in Vancouver: Minnekhada, Coquitlam

Guilty pleasure: Audio software

Favourite TV show: Hockey

Ideal meal: Mac & cheese (with ketchup)

Cannot live without: Music

Carla Duncan


Having worked in the family business since before she can remember, Carla has a natural talent for helping clients reach their printing goals. Always an advocate for education, Carla completed the Marketing Management course at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and then obtained a degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University with a double major in Management Technology and Human Resources. And all of this is in addition to sales and marketing courses at BCIT!

Combining her extensive education with a lifetime of experience, Carla is a driving force behind the success of TR Trades. On a daily basis, she can be found anywhere in the shop, always striving to enhance client satisfaction. Her familiarity with our systems, equipment, and services make her uniquely capable of ensuring clients benefit from every possible way that TR Trades can help businesses grow.

Favourite place in Vancouver: None. She would rather be off the grid camping!

During her free time you can find her: riding her atv or dirtbike, camping in the wild, fishing off the West Coast, fishing in a river, or in her garden.

Ideal meal: steak and double stuffed potatoes

What gets her motivated in the morning: coffee and coming to work!

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