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A major part of any business strategy is making the right investment choices to position your company for long term success; including choosing the right equipment, software, or partnership to push your business in the right direction. However, one of the toughest obstacles facing businesses is finding the capital to pay for that investment.
Congress granted business owners an extension of the Section 179 Tax Deduction late last year, making business owners rush to take full advantage of the deductions for the 2016 tax year. But there is still time to take full advantage of this deduction for 2017 tax year.
With the announcement, business owners can take advantage of purchasing equipment and/or software and deduct the full purchase price of financed or leased equipment and software that qualifies, for the current tax year. The equipment or software must be within the specific dollar limits.
The Section 179 Tax Deduction of the IRS Tax Code allows a business to deduct, for the current tax year, the full purchase price of financed or leased equipment and off-the-shelf software that qualifies for the deduction.
Major expenses typically are required to be depreciated over a term of years to account for what is known as the “useful life of the purchase” as dictated by the IRS. However, with the Section 179 tax deduction, business owners can elect to immediately expense the full purchase price of the equipment or software.
For example, if you purchase equipment for $50,000, you would typically write it off a little at a time through depreciation. Such as, $10,000 per year for say five years. However, most businesses would prefer to write off the entire equipment purchase price for the year they purchased it. This makes it more attractive to purchase more equipment when needed, instead of carrying over the purchase amount minus depreciation.
Most tangible personal property for business use, such as:
You are eligible to take advantage of the Section 179 tax deduction for the tax year in which you placed the purchase(s) in service. For example, if you were to purchase a HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer and place the equipment into service by December 31, 2017, then you would be able to take advantage of the Section 179 deduction when you file your 2017 tax return.
Your Repro Products Business Development Manager can help you determine a technology investment strategy which will give your business a competitive advantage. Simply visit Repro Products, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770.434.3050 to begin maximizing your write-offs today.
See below for more helpful articles with expert information on Section 179, and be sure to speak with your financial and tax professional about what impacts these deductions can have on your business.
One of the biggest “Grudge Fests” my engineering clients have is sharing their files and projects with internal colleagues. Having worked with our clients and their Autodesk software for over 20 years, we have really gotten to know the internal ecosystem of your offices.
Many firms try to store their files on networks folders using Windows Explorer. When you have to share your data with a group, there is no simple way of protecting your project files from being overwritten.
It is no surprise that even when this method of sharing data is policy, you will always find islands of the same data with different names, same versions with the same names, and files you just really need to work with stored on someone else’s data island.
Engineers spend a great deal of time trying to find the correct file. Which one is the most up to date? Also, when copying or renaming files, you find yourself needing to repair references.
If the data is on a shared network, it is much harder to find if you do not know the file name. We see hundreds of manually maintained spreadsheets where engineers try to find some way to be able to understand how to locate the data they are wanting.
Project data management should make your job easier, not more frustrating. If you’re like most firms, Microsoft Windows Explorer and some mapped network drives are what you use to organize your Project data into manageable parts. You might have one drive for design data, another drive for administrative data, and additional drives for other content such as submittals, client files, and more. Although this type of setup is common, it can be problematic. Project data can easily be stored in the wrong subfolder or drive or even server. It can be too easy for project data to be accidentally misplaced–for example, by dragging and dropping a folder into another folder without even realizing it. Worse yet, what about problems due to improper file access controls?
A typical civil project consists of many team members. Even though these members are all part of the same team, their need to access, edit, create, or delete project information is different. Drafters should be able to access, but not edit, a project’s design. Engineers should be able to access survey data, but only after the surveyor approves it. Administrators should not be able to delete the engineer’s correspondence. And no one should ever be able to alter the record drawings. If the wrong people had the wrong access rights to your project data, the results could be disastrous. Causing severe delays and costly errors for your project, your firm, and even your clients.
Autodesk Vault Professional can get your files off Data Island. It works with AutoCAD and Civil 3D. You do not have to worry about long file names, card indexing or complicated rules. It is easy to use and genuinely gives you time back to actually do the parts of work that you enjoy.
Helping our clients implement Vault is one of our favorite things to do. We have been doing it for a long time and get the most satisfaction keeping our engineers off the Island.
Repro Products’ laser scanning specialist, Rob O’Dell, with McCarthy Construction’s project manager, Shannon Lightfoot, at their Chattanooga jobsite. The 3D laser scanning data was analyzed during the concrete pour to determine floor flatness/floor levelness.
Having been a Value Added Reseller of Autodesk software for over 20 years, we have experienced the transition of training techniques. For the type of software we support, newer methods rarely provide clients a level of learning comparable to traditional training.
In 1997, all of our open enrollment training classes were always full. AutoCAD was just integrating with Windows and some of our larger architectural clients were still implementing internal company email.
Through the years, the software has changed. We have more architectural clients on Revit than AutoCAD. Our civil engineers and surveyors use AutoCAD Civil 3D. However, we have a large client base of contractors who still use AutoCAD.
When clients were hiring new employees, they would send them to training. When clients were making the transition from 2D to 3D, they had full implementation services that included classroom and project-based training.
When intranet bandwidth grew and travel budgets tightened, we saw the evolution of online training. The next progression was the explosion of pre-recorded online videos.
Business Owners and Managers tend to take the path of least resistance. This is especially true when it comes to making sure employees are (and stay) trained properly in a software system that accounts for 6-8 hours of use a day.
Investing in training for employees goes beyond work productivity and efficiency. According to an ASTD study, companies that invest in comprehensive training show:
Students learn better and retain more when training is in an uninterrupted, scheduled environment.
Clients’ ROI of new software and versions are the poorest when end users are left to their own schedules to watch videos.
Students who attend a live presentation via the web are directly dependent on their own ability to not multi-task during training. Those in the architectural, engineering and design fields are typically caught up in projects. When not physically removed from the computer or environment of normal work, the chances of poor understanding and retention exponentially increase.
In-Person training allows the trainer to walk the room during exercises to see if commands being taught are being executed properly. It also makes it easier for students to ask questions by being truly interactive.
Some clients do not have enough students for a dedicated class of their own. Or if they do, they cannot afford for all of them to be taking training at the same time.
We still offer open enrollment In-Person training because we understand and value our clients’ actual business. Training classes for our core products are offered at our training center in Smyrna, GA every 6-8 weeks.
SMYRNA, GA, August 7, 2017 – Repro Products, Inc., Atlanta’s exclusive Xerox agency, announced its newest community service program, Free Copiers for Non-Profits. Since Repro Products was established in 1979, the company has made giving back to its Community a top priority.
The Free Copier program, will provide a Xerox color copier along with free delivery, installation and training to qualifying non-profits. “We are proud to offer this program to non-profits in the Atlanta area,” said Bob Feldberg, Repro Products’ President. “This will give organizations an opportunity to have quality Xerox equipment in their offices while saving money they can use to support their philanthropic efforts.”
To learn more about the program and access an application, interested non-profit organizations with 501(c) tax exemption status should visit www.reprogives.com. Selected organizations will receive free use of a Xerox color copier, delivery, installation and training.
About Repro Products, Inc.
Repro Products, Inc., metro Atlanta’s exclusive Xerox Agency, was incorporated in 1979 and has been a Xerox reseller since 1989. In addition to providing Xerox office and production equipment and services, Repro Products is a leading provider of wide format equipment, printing and reprographic services, Autodesk software and services and 3D laser scanning services.
Repro Products, Inc. (RPI) started as a blueprint business in 1979. Thirty-eight years later, RPI is still a family-owned business that has grown to be a vibrant company with two metro Atlanta locations and three spin-off companies.
As Repro Products grew in size, it also evolved from a company which provided blueprints and drafting tools to a technologically-savvy enterprise which today offers top-notch reprographic and color printing services, state-of-the-art printers and copiers and the latest Autodesk design software. Although we are larger than we were in 1979, we continue to operate under the philosophy that our customers’ satisfaction is our top priority.
It is this principle which has enabled us to sustain for almost 40 years with many happy repeat customers.
Repro Products’ commitment to serving the AEC industry includes offering high visibility safety apparel through our Safety Products Store. Our advantages include:
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Repro Products, Inc. is proud to support the Fox Theatre as a Marquee level sponsor.
Repro Products congratulates our sister company, The Color Spot, for their inclusion in the Cobb Chamber of Commerce Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year for 2017. Great work team!
Repro Products, Inc. announced that it has acquired 4ColorLaser, a Xerox Authorized Dealer headquartered in Roswell, GA. The purchase will allow both companies to better serve the office equipment needs of businesses throughout metro Atlanta by combining the strength of two well-respected Xerox resellers and substantially expanding the bandwidth of both companies’ service departments. 4ColorLaser will now be identified as a Repro Products company and will continue to operate with the existing staff in its present location.
“This investment represents an important strategic opportunity to offer enhanced efficiency and customer service for companies seeking office equipment solutions throughout the Atlanta area,” said Bob Feldberg, President of Repro Products and 4ColorLaser.
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Repro Products’ sister company, The Color Spot, Inc. is the Official Printer of the Candler Park Music & Food Festival being held June 2nd & 3rd at Candler Park. The Candler Park Music & Food Festival proudly benefits City of Atlanta Parks and Candler Park neighborhood 501c(3) organizations. For more information on The Color Spot and their offerings, click here. For additional info on the Festival, click here.
“Mapping” the Historic Fox Theatre in Billions of Data Points
SMYRNA, GA, October 7, 2016 – Imagine how much easier their task would have been if Atlanta Landmarks’ “Save The Fox” organization had the advantage of 3D laser scanning data which would have given them precise, as-built renderings of the theater exactly as it was when it first opened in 1929. Unfortunately, that project took place before the technology that documents space to within ±2mm existed. Forty-one years after that restoration project, the Fox Theatre’s personnel recently engaged Repro Products, Inc. (RPI) to utilize decidedly 21st century 3D scanning technology to document every part of the historic space from the basement to the rafters. The project was undertaken to accurately capture the facility with point cloud data which will be used for historical documentation and renovations, as well as maintenance and operations.
RPI, one of the pioneers in providing 3D laser scanning services to property owners, architects, General Contractors and property managers across the U.S., has scanned the facility creating billions of data points. Point cloud data from 3D laser scans is used to create 3D models which are useful for the past, present and future. Like many other historic landmarks around the world such as Mount Rushmore and the Tower of London, it was imperative to scan Atlanta’s beloved landmark, The Fox Theatre, to create documentation which will serve as a historic preservation tool.
This data will also enable the Fox managers to understand the entire space and represent with precision how each space interacts with the others, providing measurements which are useful for the day-to-day operations of the building. When the need arises to make any repairs, workers will be afforded accurate floorplans which will facilitate timely and cost- efficient decisions and the ability to restore the property to the condition it was in on the day it was scanned. The 3D model will also be crucial as any enhancements are made to the space, such as the upcoming incorporation of the former Churchill Grounds into the Fox facility. This will enable the historic space to honor its past while it stretches to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.
About Repro Products, Inc.
Repro Products, Inc. (RPI), established in 1979, specializes in 3D laser scanning services, CAD software and imaging solutions. As metro Atlanta’s Xerox Agency and a leading provider of wide format equipment, RPI is the preferred source for printers, copiers, scanners and production equipment. RPI’s 3D Imaging Division’s services include field laser scanning, point cloud processing and Autodesk® software implementation workflows. Certified scanning professionals from RPI have extensive experience in data collection and real world application of the data to create meaningful models.
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According to a recent market research study conducted by Market Reports Hub, the 3D Scanner market size is expected to grow, in terms of value, from $3.41 Billion in 2015 to $5.90 Billion by 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.6% between the same time period.
View complete report on 3D Scanner Market here: http://www.marketreportshub.com/3d-scanner-industry-research-marketsandmarkets.html
3D Laser Scanning is the process of collecting data points of physical objects using a line of laser light and transforming them into point clouds of data from the surface of said object. The scanner emits the laser light over its full field of view. When the laser light touches an object it then reflects back the light towards the scanner, sending the scanner x-y-z coordinates and information about every surrounding point allowing for a three-dimensional cloud of points to be gathered.
This point cloud information can be saved and rendered in various design softwares, allowing for the creation of 2D CAD renderings, and the x-y-z coordinates allow for the creation of a 3D model. 3D scanners can improve the time of production operations, while reducing costs and redundancy of projects, allowing for less time needed for project timelines and meeting deadlines which results in a more efficient and cost-effective project for every stakeholder involved.
The cost of scanning services has decreased to now be competitive with manual measurement methods, thanks largely to the advancements in hardware and software solutions. Cost along with the increasing number of analytical options available thru 3D Laser Scanning is making it an increasingly attractive option to conduct detailed surveying of building structures.
In this Tutorial Tuesday, we highlight the newest additions and updates to the 2017 version of AutoCAD® Architecture. This presentation is presented by our Lead AEC Applications Engineer, Dzan Ta.
First, Dzan walks you through the new features and enhancements of the software with an in-depth presentation highlighting the most important features and how they will affect you – the end-user. Dzan then takes you on a step-by-by tutorial of how these new features look in the software, providing you with real world application of what to expect and how to apply it to your design projects.
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Repro Products is an Autodesk Authorized Training Center (ATC). We offer a number of courses for every design discipline for the AEC industry. Please see below to select a training course that best matches your needs.
It’s August, which means that summer is coming to an end. We all wish we had more days to enjoy the dog days of summer soaking up sun, laying out by the pool and drinking Arnold Palmers. But school’s almost in session and its time to register for your classes.
For those with a strong handle on Revit Architecture software, but looking to improve their understanding, Click below for information.
For those of you looking for a more advanced course? Look no further than:
Repro Products is an Autodesk Authorized Training Center (ATC). We offer a number of courses for every design discipline for the AEC industry. Please see below to select a training course that best matches your needs.
If you are interested in earning continuing education credits, we have Training Opportunities available for Infrastructure Design and other disciplines, including Manufacturing, Building/Architecture, and General Design. Training classes can be taken at our corporate headquarters or at your local office.
For more information on the training courses we offer along with a schedule or to schedule your next training class, visit our Autodesk Training Center.
Don’t forget to sign up to catch Dave Young teaching in Las Vegas at Autodesk University this year when registration opens up on August 17th. This year, he will be teaching Georeferenced Point Clouds into Civil 3D Surfaces and assisting on A360 Infraworks Bridge Design with Revit and Structural Detailing along with our Lead AEC Applications Engineer, Dzan Ta.
Make sure you plan accordingly to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration until October 10th.
HP, Inc. announced on July 12th, 2016 that it has been awarded two prestigious 2016 Red Dot Awards for their HP PageWide XL Printer and the HP DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer. With the help of the jury of experts, the internationally organised competition “Red Dot Award: Product Design” appraises the best products of the year. Manufacturers and designers from all over the world submit originals of their latest products in the hope of being awarded the sought-after distinction “Red Dot”.
The HP PageWide XL Printer series took away the highest distinction, the Red Dot: Best of the Best Design Award, for its outstanding and ground-breaking design quality. The HP PageWide XL Printer portfolio is part of the large-format product line and
“This large-format printer convinces with a careful design. Elegant in appearance, its form is complemented by easy accessibility and perfectly thought out functionality. The HP PageWide XL delivers intuitive operation, quickly making its use self-evident and integration meaningful. This printer impresses with a technical and aesthetic quality that immediately casts a spell on users.”
– Statement by the Red Dot jury
“This space-saving multifunction printer enables large-format prints, scans and copies to be easily created on site in any place where they are required.”
– Statement by the Red Dot Jury
Autodesk’s premier annual event – Autodesk University – is four months away, and Repro Products is excited to announce that we have two speakers representing us this year at the world’s largest gathering of Autodesk software users. Our two speakers, Lead AEC Application Engineer, Dzan Ta and Application Engineer, Dave Young will be hosting two classes during the three-day conference in Las Vegas, from November 15-17, 2016.
This year’s theme is “Insight. Innovation. Inspiration” as thousands of CAD professionals converge on Las Vegas to share ideas, tips and tricks with their peers to help improve design processes, foster innovative solutions, and inspire the future of making things.
Interested in registering for a class led by one of our Autodesk Certified Trainers at #AU2016? See below for session information and registration details.
In this tutorial, Dan discusses Autodesk® Vault 2016 and all of the benefits it brings to allow you to effectively manage your data. View the 30-minute presentation and step-by-step walk-through to help empower your data management strategy.
Welcome to today’s edition of Tutorial Tuesday. In this episode, our Applications Engineer, Dave Young gives us an in-depth look into the newest features and upgrades included in the latest offering of AutoCAD® Civil 3D®.
This 42-minute video includes a presentation of all of the new features, and what they mean for you in real-life application. After the presentation, Dave gives you a guided tutorial of the offerings to show how they actually work in the program.
Check out the video below:
In today’s #TutorialTuesday, our very own Autodesk Expert Elite trainer and Lead AEC Application Engineer, Dza Ta showcases some of the new features of AutoCAD 2017.
In today’s #TutorialTuesday, our very own Autodesk Expert Elite trainer and Lead AEC Application EnEngineer, Dza Ta gives us a “How To” tutorial of how to set up structure loads and load combinations in Autodesk Revit.
In today’s Tutorial Tuesday, our Application Engineer, Zoltan Ferenczy walks us through utilizing FARO Focus3D X 330 HDR laser scanning technology in an Architectural Renovation. See the video tutorial below and tell us what you think.
Overview of 3D Data Capture Process Using Laser Scanner
Late last year, HP released the HP DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer reinventing how the AEC industry prints, scans and copies documents by designing a rugged new printer engineered to withstand touch environments. The DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer is the industry’s most affordable, compact and transportable integrated large-format Multifunction Printer. Combined with the leading developer of markup and collaboration solutions for the industry there is a tremendous amount of flexibility.
Autodesk® A360 Collaboration for Revit® is a subscription service that works with Revit® software to connect project teams with centralized access to BIM project data in the cloud . Stay connected in real-time using the Communicator chat tool within models enabling the entire project team to work on shared building information models.
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Presented by Dzan Ta
Lead AEC Application Engineer, Repro Products, Inc.
Xerox ConnectKey technology revolutionizes your workflow capabilities with apps to ensure you get the job done.
The way the world works has changed. Technological advances, such as: mobile-based applications, ‘the cloud’ and email have created a shift in demand for technology to improve workflows while limiting the need for paper.
However, paper has not yet died, in fact, an estimated 40 percent of business processes still require paper.
So this begs the question: How will we improve our workflows?
Well, your multi-function printer (MFP) is one way to bridge the gap between processes that involve a mix of print and digital documents. By investing in the right solutions that will streamline your business processes, you can limit the amount of time your workforce spends on menial tasks and thus increase the productivity of your team and your bottom-line.
To help tackle the task of improving workflows, Xerox announces the 2016 ConnectKey Technology enabled i-Series MFPs. The ConnectKey Technology ecosystem is a combination of hardware and a common set of software solutions and apps, developed by Xerox and its partners, to help simplify and improve the way our customers work.
Let’s take a closer look at the Xerox ConnectKey Technology and how it works:
Xerox has talked a lot about the ways you can make it easy for mobile workers to print from iOS, Android and with the Xerox Mobile Print Solution, and the latest version of ConnectKey Technology makes it even easier. Embedded on the front screen of new i-Series MFPs are 2 apps that keep your mobile workforce productive:
|Xerox WorkCentre 7970i|
“Xerox also benefitted from its excellent range of thirdparty partner solutions, including Nuance’s Equitrac print management offerings, NSi AutoStore and Nuance eCopy ShareScan capture/routing products, Print Audit’s accounting and fleet management tools, and a host of others.”
For over 50 years, Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world’s leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. consumables. In addition to publishing the industry’s most comprehensive and accurate test reports on office document imaging devices, each representing months of exhaustive hands-on testing in BLI’s US and UK laboratories, BLI has been the leading source for specifications/pricing databases on MFPs, printers, scanners and wide format devices. With its “Pick” awards, BLI gives special recognition in each category twice a year to those products that provided the most outstanding performances in BLI’s exhaustive lab tests. Its “Outstanding Achievement” awards acknowledge products or capabilities that stand out for attributes such as innovation, usefulness, energy efficiency or value. “Line of the Year” awards, presented once each year, recognize the vendors whose product lines are judged to be the best in their respective categories based on their cumulative test results.
The HP PageWide XL 8000 was one of just 75 Gold Award winners selected by an expert panel of 58 international judges out of a record-high field of 5,300 submissions this year. The iF Design awards typically receives 5,000 submissions annually, making this year more difficult than ever.
2016 marks the second consecutive year that HP, Inc. has won a prestigious iF Award for their wide format printing technology. In 2015, the HP Designjet T3500 won an iF Award for outstanding product design for marrying industrial design with product functionality in the first year a wide format HP printer was entered in the iF Design Awards.
“The design language of the HP Page Wide XL8000 signals its function as a professional tool. Every element clearly visualizes its function, enabling the user to maximize efficiency. Unlike with similar products, key components like the toner cartridges are not hidden away, but designed as a key visual element, thus enabling the user quick access to this often-replaced component.” – The iF Jury
The HP PageWide XL printer portfolio delivers the fastest large-format monochrome and color printing at breakthrough speeds (up to 30 D/A1-size prints per minute), and 60% faster than the fastest LED printer. These features come standard in the HP PageWide XL 4000 and HP PageWide 5000 printers.
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On February 8th, Autodesk announced significant changes to its preliminary civil engineering design software – Autodesk® Infraworks® 360.
Autodesk decided to repackage its Infraworks® 360 core product, integrating all of the vertical modules and while maintaining price. Until now, in order to access the road, drainage, and bridge design modules of the software they had to be purchased separately. Not only does this repackaging offer you access to all of the modules in the core product, but you get all of this value with no increase in price.
These changes were brought about as Autodesk seeks to simplify the offering and enable customers to accelerate their move to BIM and continue to improve their project workflows.
Introducing the just-announced KIP 800 color series – a new generation of wide format functionality. The KIP Color 800 series is designed to conquer a range of wide format tasks that require speed, quality and performance. The series includes the KIP 850, 860, 870, 880 and 890. With 8 D’s per minute printing, 2 rolls of paper, a 50-sheet stacker, fully integrated color scanner and System K, we feel the KIP 860 will be our most popular model. But we’ll provide the right solution for your needs and service all the 800 series printers.
What’s new about the KIP 860? Aside from its remarkable speed at 8 D-size prints per minute in either B&W or color or mixed, the KIP 860 produces extraordinary print quality and performance for both color and black & white wide format printing of technical and business graphics. Productivity Alert!– No more printing B&W on one printer then printing color on another printer and manually putting them together. The KIP 860 will print the entire set with mixed color for immediate distribution. Prints and copies generated by the KIP 800 Color Series are fully lightfast – they will not fade or exhibit color deterioration from exposure to light over extended periods. The images produced by the CMYK dry toner system are 100% waterproof and are suitable for outdoor applications even in inclement weather. Print on a no-tear paper and the document will last through any storm or spilled cup of coffee.
The KIP 860 combines multi-function productivity with a single footprint to save space. Other features of the 860 include:
Below are just a few of the applications that wide format color can help your business:
Want to see the KIP 860 in action? Just call Repro Products at 678-784-0396 to schedule your live demonstration and consultation on the benefits of color to your business. Click here for more information about the KIP 800 series.
Have you ever wondered why the antivirus software on your desktop or laptop needs to be updated so often? Well, the simple answer is that the software has to be constantly updated to keep up with the rash of new viruses being created every day so it can decide what to let into your computer and what not to.
That’s why Xerox has partnered with McAfee and Cisco to protect you and your clients’ information with no monthly updates needed. Why? Because McAfee’s whitelisting technology ensures only safe, pre-approved files and functions are executed on your devices, minimizing the need to manually update software levels against security threats. In other words instead of having to update your software with a list of files that it can’t run it has a “whitelist” of functions and files that it can. If any other programs or files attempt to enter through your print portal, the McAfee technology will shut it down. It’s similar to the technology used on ATMs.
When you combine that with Xerox’s Image Overwrite Protection with a 3-pass scrub process to ensure total deletion of all data fragments and encrypted PDF files for scanning as well as complete hard drive encryption, you have a security system that protects all aspects of your workflow. You won’t have to worry about being the next victim of client identity theft and having your company’s name smeared across the news headlines. There’s no wonder Xerox has won so many contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense.
The good news is that you don’t need to be the Federal Government or a large corporation to afford this kind of security. It comes on all of Xerox’s Connect Key Multi-Functional Devices (MFDs). So why take chances with your client’s information and your company’s reputation? You’ve got enough to worry about in today’s business environment. You have to bring in the business. Let Xerox MFDs from Repro Products keep them and their information safe and secure.
Technology is supposed to increase our productivity, but when we reach the point where our devices require as much attention and TLC as a newborn, it’s probably time to make a change (pun intended). Below are some of the signs that you are working too hard for your wide format printer.
A new operating system comes out that promises to make life easier for everyone. But, the printer does not communicate effectively with the new system and the inevitable errors and crashes ensue. If you are updating the operating system in your office, you should consider updating your wide format printers to avoid productivity delays, computer crashes and frustrated (and unproductive) employees.
Sure that wide format printer capable of lightning-fast 2 Ds a minute was great when your business didn’t need anything faster, but now that the number and size of jobs has grown, you need a device capable of keeping up with your team. There are a variety of wide format printers in the market today capable of printing 4, 8, 14 or even 30 Ds a minute. If your staff is waiting on your printer to print, you are wasting your most valuable resource – time.
While maturity is an admirable quality in humans, it is a definite disadvantage in technology. Chances are you are not driving a car that is 10 or more years old with over 300,000 miles on it (and if you are, you know you are driving on borrowed time). There are many factors that determine the lifespan of your wide format printer including how many square feet it has printed during its lifetime and how well it has been maintained. Wide format printers are notoriously well-built to withstand heavy usage for years, but any device over eight years in age may have reached the end of useful life. When the repair technician has his own coffee cup in your breakroom, you need to start thinking about new equipment.
Over time, it can become more difficult to find the ink and print heads required for your wide format printer. When you get to the point where it feels as though you are on an eternal scavenger hunt to find the parts you need, it is time to look at new equipment.
The speed of your wide format printer (as covered above) is just one aspect of the overall time spent printing. Many newer models have instant on printing which removes the tedium of waiting for the machine to warm up. Others print mixed sets – mixed in both size and color and black and white – eliminating the need for hand collating. Inks that can be changed on the fly without stopping your print job and choosing models which hold more rolls will also speed up the overall time getting those crucial prints out the door.
These are just five common indications that you may need to look at replacing your wide format equipment. Perhaps the most telling sign is if your printer has become the target of much discussion among your staff (and not in a good way). If you hear coworkers plotting on the best way to kill the printer and make it look like an accident, then too much energy is being needlessly expended. There are many options in both models of equipment and purchasing and leasing plans which can make getting a new piece of wide format equipment a painless process.
Contact Repro Products for a personal consultation to determine which printer will best meet your needs and budget.
Are you still using a manual vehicle turn template to evaluate the movements of steered vehicles? Many of our clients are.
As an Autodesk reseller for over 20 years, when a product comes along that specifically addresses our client’s needs, we want them to know about it.
A newer Autodesk product that does not get a lot of attention is Vehicle Tracking. It makes it much easier to do swept path analysis, parking lot layout and roundabouts within AutoCAD software.
Our clients’ projects’ needs change throughout the design process. Vehicle Tracking is created with an intelligent workflow. You should not need to delete, start-over, or explode a vehicle path. The simulations are stored within the .dwg file so you or anyone with Vehicle Tracking can re-visit the vehicle path, edit the geometry, and even check and change vehicle speed.
How accurate and easy is it for you to predict how a vehicle will navigate a parking lot? Can large trucks maneuver through tight spaces and not drive over curbs?
Do you design with wasted space in order to ensure vehicle maneuverability?
One our clients’ favorite tools in Vehicle Tracking is the Grip Editing mode. Grips enables you to tailor the maneuver to a driver’s behavior. How do you currently design for the driver of a large truck who needs to swing out wide to the left before making a tight right hand turn?
No one likes to have to do their work in in multiple software applications. Vehicle Tracking has a tight integration with Civil 3D and AutoCAD. With Civil 3D, it includes 3D surface tracking and native object creation. Within Civil 3D, you can drive vehicles over surfaces and carry out ground clearance analysis checks in 3D.
Since you are working inside of AutoCAD or Civil 3D, you can connect the modeling and design processes. This enables the reuse of preliminary design work in the detail design phase. Also, because you are using Civil 3D or AutoCAD, you can easily consider safety factors interactively during the design process. You can also use the integrated analysis and simulation tools to predictably evaluate movement.
Vehicle Tracking is an all-in-one product. There are not a myriad of different modules that you need to buy to get the important features you need. The all-in-one product concept allows users to not have to redo or import their work into different packages. A great example is being able to record AVI movie files from within the product while you are selecting a path. It eliminates the need to copy path alignments or points.
If you want to learn more about Vehicle Tracking, call Repro Products at (678) 385-2185. Also visit the events page of our website to see a listing of upcoming seminars and webinars on topics such as Vehicle Tracking: www.reproproducts.com/events.asp.
To buy inkjet, color toner, latex, or solvent; now that is the question – at least for many print shops. With updated media options and applications, plus the flexibility of digital output, customers are wanting to print more than just wide format banners. Today’s savvy consumers are requesting canvas, fine art wall covering, point of purchase displays and vehicle wraps. The challenge for print shops is choosing and investing in the right technology to meet demand.
Slow printing and high quality vs. faster print speeds and monochrome is no longer a choice that has to be made by print providers. Traditionally, inkjet hardware has been the least expensive, but the consumables’ costs made them considerably more expensive to operate, not to mention the much slower printing speeds. HP has bridged the time/cost gap by introducing the HP PageWide XL series. This series reduces production time by delivering mixed monochrome and color sets in 50% of the time with a consolidated workflow. The print speeds of up to 30 D/A1 pages per minute are the fastest print speeds in the market. The long-life printheads, coupled with high ink efficiency, further drive down the cost of operation of the PageWide XL series.
KIP is also introducing new models to broaden the choices for print providers. They are adding color toner units for print shops and the office environment that print on a range of media options that are durable, even in the elements. These systems produce vibrant colors, striking graphics and photographic images at unprecedented speeds for this price point.
As the industry changes to color printing where the cost of color is coming down and print speeds are increasing, there are a host of possibilities and applications available for print shops and offices. Let Repro Products help you navigate the options so you can choose the best hardware to meet your customers’ demands. We have been providing wide format expertise since 1979 and have unsurpassed experience and breadth of products representing solutions from HP, KIP, Canon and Océ. Call us at 678-784-0396 to set up a consultation.
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