Plot Station PDF Conversion Overview

PDF Conversion

Engineering Batch Printing and PDF Conversion

Creating high quality PDF and paper output efficiently is critical to most businesses. Plot Station® controls engineering batch printing throughout your network. It knows what file formats to accept (Inputs) and where to send the result (Outputs). We developed our own queuing mechanism to give you more flexibility in deciding how and when to process jobs and where to send them when they're done. Centralized symbology tables allow the administrator to control the level of drawing standards enforcement. You can maintain consistent-looking output from all your offices. And a single set of configuration files can be used by multiple Plot Station Servers, allowing load balancing and redundancy (to learn more click Plot Station Solution Overview).

Automated Print Server

You know how time consuming production printing can be if your EDM/PDM (Engineering Document Management/Product Data Management) system forces you to download and manually print each of your documents one at a time. With an integrated Plot Station solution, a user can select multiple files (a handful or hundreds) from your existing EDM/PDM system and submit them directly to any network print device. Users can print just as easily to devices down the hall or around the world. The productivity benefits are enormous!

PDF Conversion

Creating high quality PDF output can be both time consuming and expensive; but not with Plot Station's PDF Conversion Server. It's the ideal choice for high volume, high quality PDF generation from a wide variety of input file formats, including CAD formats such as AutoCAD, MicroStation and SolidWorks; scanned file formats such as TIFF, CALS, JPEG, PNG; and business formats such as Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Open Systems Compatibility with Stability and Performance

•   API and Integration Support API

•   Multi-tasking for high performance

•   Multi-threading for input/output and processing efficiency

•   Modular architecture

•   Optimized for multi-CPU Server platform.

Benefits of Plot Station

Increase productivity

  • Easy batch print submit
  • Create and re-use print sets
  • Load balancing of network printing
  • Anyone can easily request prints.

Save money

  • Reduce wasteful printing
  • Useful accounting data
  • Employ advanced printer features
  • View before printing.

Enforce corporate standards

  • Ensure consistent quality of all prints
  • Predictable reprints of archived drawings
  • Use Plot Station Pen tables to provide special symbology
  • Quick review of sets prior to printing.

Automate format conversions

  • Easy PDF conversions
  • Change archived files to standard formats

Extensive printer support

  • Plot Station support virtually any printer
  • Easily implement on network to support all printers
  • Support of engineering and Office formats.

Plot Station Client

Plot Station Client lets end users submit files from client computers to the Plot Station server to get their plots. Plot Station Client also lets you accurately preview your plots to make sure you get what you want. Plot Station Client is actually a collection of four pieces of software: Plot Manager, PRF Generator for AutoCAD, PRF Generator for MicroStation, and Plot View.

Even though these programs are installed on individual workstations, they look to a central network location for configuration information. That means it only gets configured once, and then the configuration is available to everyone on the network. As you add new users, the software is simply installed, pointed to existing configuration files, and your user is ready to go (to learn more click Plot Station Client).

Plot Station Drivers

Through a system of modular input and output drivers, Plot Station can process a wide range of input file formats and output them to most printers and large format plotters in use today. You select the drivers that meet your specific needs.

Plot Station offers two types of output drivers—data type and device specific:

  • Data-type drivers create and deposit an output data format to a designated location (network directory or FTP location)
  • Device-specific drivers are customized for their target device; they provide the best data stream for the target device and add additional bi-directional communication to that device. Plots are created with minimal user interactions, while Plot Station accomplishes functions such as automatic roll selection and plot rotation to minimize paper usage.

eQuorum licenses device-specific drivers to the specific model they were designed for.  eQuorum updates its device-specific drivers to maintain compatibility as printer vendors revise the device firmware or their controllers.  For a list of supported devices click Plot Station Drivers.

Plot Station DataTracker

The DataTracker module, included with Plot Station Server, speeds the collection of accounting data and gives you the information you need for timely and accurate billing. Track statistics for plot length, width, total area, number of copies, which plotter was used, project numbers, and much more. Plus, you can customize the DataTracker log file to capture exactly the data you need.

For SolidWorks Users

Streamline SolidWorks printing and drawing file distribution throughout your network (to learn more click Plot Station for SolidWorks).