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You could take it a step further and learn how to tweak various scanners to get better than factory service. [This business model was done successfully by Sonic Frontiers in the high end audio business.] An alternative is to offer design services to the manufacturer regarding improving their product. Mosaid did this as a design service for memory manufacturers, basically finding bugs in their product then holding them hostage to get the fixes. > -----Original Message----- > From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of > Phil.Lippincott > Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2002 5:59 PM > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: Re: Proposal for Scanner Comparison > > > Hi Carl, > > We obtained the URL today the test comparison web site will be titled > "ScannerForum.com". As you can see I'm also hoping to arrange > for a forum and > to allow multimedia viewing of some of my scanner technology and "Scan > Technique" papers and training materials there as well. > The Scanner Comparison Test Criteria is basically to > physically scan the > Kodak T-34 Optical Density Scanner Calibration and the U.S. Air > Force Optical > Visibility Resolution Targets. The Kodak target goes between ISO > Status A clear > substrate .02 density to 3.4. The Air Force target goes between > line pairs per > millimeter of about 30 to 8000 ppi or dpi. I first started doing > these test in > 1992 because I needed to find out in detail where the sources of > scanner quality > problems originated for a very important client. I presented the test > methodology at a PMA conference session in 1999. > On some of the 40 scanner tested the scanner manufacturers > have been very > helpful. Companies like Epson, Scitex /Creo, Heidelberg, Howtek, > Umax have all > helped. Because I have been doing this for about 10 years most > manufacturers > scanner product managers, know that I am doing it and a few > thousand people have > viewed the results at trade shows. Many of the manufacturers who have not > assisted but who have been tested; had representatives come to > see the results > at PMA / DIMA this year. These included Kodak, Nikon, Polaroid > and Imacon for > instance. They wanted to see how their product performed, > because frankly many > of the companies aren't really sure. They don't all perform > these tests and > some of them aren't sure how they should be conducted. Also > generally nothing > about the available product specifications directly relate to the > scanner actual > optical quality performances. So well meaning employees of these > companies > appreciate being able to judge the performance for the first > time. In all cases > even when the manufacturer is performing the tests, I have personally been > present to assist them in a proper conduct of the test procedures. > I hope to offer this web site to the industry for both > scanner users and > manufacturers to collaborate. This means if a manufacturer wants > to submit > scanners for testing or re-testing etc. they can. It means also > if individual > owners of scanners want to run the test procedures in a > controlled fashion and > submit results they also can. Perhaps with time these kinds of > activities we > can improve the products, knowledge and general state of affairs > of the scanner > industry. Also if someone owning a scanner doesn't get the same > performance > comparably to the test results, they can know that there is a > maintenance or > manufacturing problem. > We'll see how it goes and if people want to get behind this > in a positive > way. > > Best Regards, > Phil Lippincott > www.aztek.com > > Carl Grohs wrote: > > > From: "Phil.Lippincott" <email@example.com> > > Subject: Re: Proposal for Scanner Comparison > > > > (snip) > > > > I personally am also planning now on a new web site where > > over 40 scanner comparisons , with objective benchmarks will be > online for > > people to see first hand what they do versus the marketing claims. > > > > Phil Lippincott > > > > ************************* > > > > Wonderful idea, can't wait. A source for unbiased information > with which to > > make an informed decision-what a novel idea! Just curious, if you don't > > mind, what will be the source of the scanners tested? I would > find it hard > > to believe that the manufacturers themselves would be willing > to participate > > in holding their equipment up to independent testing. > > > > Warmest Regards, > > Carl Grohs, Jr. Design Directions Eden, NC > > > > Good scan info site: > > www.scantips.com > > List archives: > > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scan > > > > - > > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > > subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. > > - > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. > - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.