Contex — Pushing the Limits in Wide Format Scanning
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Technology leaders never rest.
Nor do the people behind the innovations.
For 25 years, Jørgen Rasmussen, Chief Technology Officer for Contex A/S, has been leading a development team whose breakthrough technology changed the industry from the very beginning. Under Rasmussen's leadership, Contex made wide format scanning affordable for small businesses. But this was just the beginning. The company was first to introduce a color wide format scanner, and followed it with the first integrated MFP color copier. As the wide format scanning market has evolved, Contex has remained at the forefront with unrivaled technological advancements. Today, Rasmussen shares how the company has made these innovations possible.
Contex began as a mechanical and electronics subcontracting business. In 1987, Rasmussen was hired as project manager to develop the company's first wide format scanner. The success of this scanner compelled Contex to produce more, while keeping quality and affordability as its primary goals. Rasmussen attributes the success of Contex’s wide format scanners to a number of factors.
“We have talented people who know a lot about these technologies,” he says. “Plus, we continuously invest to remain the best on the market.”
Contex became the leader in wide format scanning, Rasmussen explains, “because we have a product that’s reliable. Our users can trust the data that our scanners capture. Contex scanners are also the most productive scanners with the greatest return on investment.”
Source of Inspiration
Rasmussen reports that customers are Contex's greatest source of inspiration. “Our customers are using our wide format scanners in a variety of environments, and we incorporate their feedback into our product line,” he states.
In addition, Contex's partners, distributors, and OEMs provide plenty of input. Rasmussen explains, “We have very strong relationships with key technology providers to ensure that we're always on the forefront with the newest technology developments – anything that's key to making a good scanner.”
Personally, Rasmussen finds inspiration from a desire to innovate. “To just copy what someone else has done would never be inspiring,” he states. “I like to be on the edge, pushing the limits of what can be done. This makes Contex a great company to work for, because creativity is encouraged.”
Innovation Pays Off
Contex boasts some of the most advanced wide format technologies available, which are backed by numerous patents. These technologies are built into the new HD Ultra scanner series, giving customers significant productivity gains. The award-winning scanner series is the market's fastest. It also boasts the industry's largest range of colors and features unparalleled color reproduction with full 48-bit color processing.
Each of Contex's technologies are meticulously developed to ensure the greatest value to the user. “We don't switch to LED lighting just because it sounds smart; we stick with Contex patented fluorescent light source because it provides the most accurate color reproduction,” Rasmussen explains. “We design scanners that give users accurate colors - the first time.”
Today, Contex continues to be at the cutting edge of technology. This is a personal goal of Rasmussen's, and it is one that is shared by the company's development team.
“We are driven to produce smart solutions: to push the limits of what can be done,” he states. “We have numerous innovative ideas and new ways of integrating scanners in customers' various business environments, and this will be our focus in the coming year.”