June 6th is a very special day for Repro Products – it marks the day our President, Bob Feldberg made his first sale. In the beginning, Repro Products, Inc. (RPI) sold drafting supplies. Later, we became a blue printer and began to sell wide format print equipment.
Recognizing the need to change with our customers and technology, through the years we added products and services to align with advancements that affected our design and construction clients:
In the last decade there was another shift — a larger demand for half-size prints. Although printed on 11×17” paper, a half-size print requires more expertise from a printer than producing a regular office document. Ten years ago, we expanded our decades-long affiliation with Xerox and became the designated metro Atlanta Xerox Agency providing multifunction and production devices that support not only our architectural and construction customers’ drawings but also the office staff and marketing teams (and production printers) of a wide variety of businesses throughout metro Atlanta.
One division of our business works diligently with our clients helping them make better BIM (Building Information Modeling) models. The other part still prints 2D plans. As the two worlds become closer and closer in technology, we changed from meeting in architects’ and engineers’ offices to engaging with our construction clients on their job sites. The experience of being in the field with our clients, working with them on projects they are trying to win and witnessing the end results of jobs they designed and built, we realized there were still some important solutions we needed to provide.
One large hole to fill was accurate building documentation. Our clients need it to bid a project, plan it effectively, ensure it is being built correctly and to provide a more complete deliverable to their clients. Everyone knows that as-built drawings are a myth. And even with BIM-enabled construction sites, the need to ensure what is being built as it is being built is important.
We knew that 3D laser scanning was the answer to getting this vital documentation. We provide 3D laser scanning services across the U.S. for business ranging from architectural firms to general contractors to manufacturing plants.
Just possessing accurate data is not enough, though. We knew we had to own the proper data capture and use workflow. Receiving data that is approachable and usable is vital to our clients’ success. For our Autodesk software users, we train on how to actually use the data in the software. Our non-design clients receive an accurate 3D image file that lets them move around, see and measure virtually but with real, accurate data.
We invite you to join our journey as we venture into the next 41 years, evolving our offerings to meet the next technological advancements.
The Repro Products’ Print Services department is enthusiastically awaiting the arrival of the new HP XL technology. We will soon be installing a HP XL 8000 and are eager to have the capacity to print 30 – 24×36 color documents per minute. Speed like this is unheard of with previous technology.
For several years, many of our customers have expressed a desire for color prints, but not at ‘ink jet’ pricing. The HP XL will allow us to fill that void in our service offering. We plan to have this printer fully operational in our Production Department by November. The printer has the capability for heavier media, but our standard ‘go to’ media on this device will be 20 lb. bond, the same as normal construction documents. We will also be able to offer a wide range of other media including indoor and outdoor substrates as well as specialty media, but extra time will need to be allowed for medias we do not stock.
With the availability of economical color, that portion of our customer base who do their ‘take-offs’ without the use of software, will immediately realize the ease, additional accuracy, and time savings of utilizing color documents. The reduction of necessary ‘change orders’ alone will justify the use of color in normal document production. From economical color GIS mapping sets to color cover sheets for construction documents, we’re excited to have this service enhancement available for our customers.