Thursday, September 5, 2013
AbacusPCR Print retrieval is a secure printing module for clients to save paper wastage and provide secure document retrieval.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
MetaPrint Workstation $995.00
All the power of MetaPrint Professional, now in a single user workstation edition.
MetaPrint Workstation utilizes the same high quality viewer, file preparation and print functions as MetaPrint Professional in a package designed for the individual rather than the shop environment.
Using MetaPrint Workstation, key users within an organization have the ability to print, prepare & convert documents using the power of a tool designed for the printshop.
Priced competitively, MetaPrint Workstation is affordable enough to be installed for key users throughout an organization, improving productivity and quality throughout the company.
Build and assemble plot jobs
•Configure disparate file formats into a single-cohesive job
•Fast, high quality conversion of most file formats (including PDF & DWF) to TIFF (multi-page), PDF (multi-page), DWF and other print ready formats.
•Easy drag and drop file sorting
•Allows stripping or concatenation of complicated file-system paths
•Set page sizes
•Set image alignment and rotation
•WYSIWYG viewer shows how plot will print and allows for rotation, sizing, cropping, image placement or fine image adjustment
•View monochrome or color layers
•Use and display any number of pre-configured pen-sets or use embedded pens
•Create and save job tickets for archive and reprinting of jobs
•Submit the job to on-site or off-site queues
•Open jobs and view them for modification
•Compatible with print devices from all major manufacturers
•Configure logic for plot jobs - use any size, wait for exact size, use next larger
•Monitor real-time status of paper sizes and quantities
•Monitor device status and work-load
Pens &Settings Controls
•Extremely fine pen-control can be easily saved and recalled on a per-document basis
•Settings can be configured to replicate output from various devices
•Settings can be standardized across an organization to improve print quality
Stamps & Overlays
•Create and recall stamps that can include metadata from job information - Job Name, Company Name, date, time, more...
For a full working free trial go to www.metaprint.net or call PlanWell at 510-403-2435
Monday, October 1, 2012
PlanWell Collaborate Scan to Cloud for HP Designjet
Bateman-Hall in Idaho Falls, Idaho, is a commercial general contractor and construction management company with over 30 years of experience. Their impressive client list includes Albertsons, Associated Foods, Fred Meyer, Home Depot, Lowes, and Walmart.
Dillon Dance, assistant project manager at Bateman-Hall, manages project documentation trails, such as RFIs and change orders. When on the job site, he spends much of his time helping subcontractors accomplish what they need to do. He also holds meetings with the superintendent and the project manager to review what needs to be done during the week. Key projects include a new Walmart store in California and a new high school in Idaho. The high school will involve more than 35 suppliers and subcontractors over a two-year period.
As every general contractor on such a large project knows, getting all parties on the same page is a challenge. In the case of the Idaho high school, the building partners are spread out, with one local architecture firm, one in neighboring Utah, and subcontractors and suppliers in various locations around the country.
Speeding up the submittal process:
A significant scheduling challenge is the pressure of downtime due to construction changes. When owners request a change to the job bid, they usually mail or deliver the changes to the general contractor on marked-up paper plans. The contractor in turn mails or delivers the cost changes to the owner. To improve this process, Bateman-Hall agreed to test PlanWell Collaborate Scan to Cloud, an integration of PlanWell Collaborate and the HP Designjet T2300 eMFP, a technology solution designed to accelerate project schedules.
“With PlanWell Collaborate Scan to Cloud, we can scan in changes,” says Dance, “and the turnaround time is a day. Before it would take four to five business days to get the changes approved.” The impact of changes on subcontractors’ time can also add additional days to the project schedule. When a project day costs an owner thousands of dollars, every day of idle time or time spent waiting for updated plans can be expensive.
“We used to use only paper plans and mail them back and forth. I think we will always have a hard set of plans on the job site, so people can meet around the plans and mark on the same page, but there has been a reduction in printing on the job with this integrated solution. Submittals are mostly on screen now,” says Dance. “Now the electrician can look at mechanical and plumbing drawings. Before if the electrician needed drawings, they had to request them.”
Color printing can now be done in-house, creating additional savings — between $50-300 and about eight hours per trip to the reprographics house. Says Dance, “Before we had to go to the repro house about twice a week, mostly for redlines. We could only scan in black and white in-house, but now we can scan in color and we can change colors right from the HP screen.”
The ease of scanning in changes and sharing them instantaneously with a team has another tremendous benefit: preventing subcontractors from building from the wrong plans. According to Dance, “Before, subcontractors would start with bid drawings and as changes came in, sometimes they wouldn’t get updated. With PlanWell Collaborate Scan to Cloud everybody on the team is notified when changes occur.” Dance estimates the new solution has reduced incidences of working from the wrong plans by about 75%.
PlanWell Collaborate Scan to Cloud for HP Designjet also creates efficiencies in the step-by-step office workflow. “It’s improved the workflow by minutes a day, and those minutes add up,” says Dance. “Now we can scan directly into PlanWell through the T2300, and notify everyone without using PCs, saving a couple of minutes. It saves maybe a total of 30 minutes a day.”
Ultimately, the solution has made communication among everyone on the job more effective, instantaneous, and efficient — accelerating project schedules.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
IRgA MEMBERSHIP SIGN-UP ANNOUNCEMENT
Important News about IRgA Membership:For the fiscal year beginning August 1st, 2012, IRgA membership is available – to all who are eligible for membership - at no cost!
The IRgA is encouraging you to sign up as a member of the IRgA. Please visit their "membership information” page for detailed information about membership and that will lead you to the membership sign-up procedure.
After you’ve submitted a request for membership, their site-administrator will receive your request, review it, and approve it.
IRgA memberships are "individual” memberships. IRgA encourages reprographers, printers and imagers to encourage all of their company team members to "sign up” for IRgA membership. In addition, Vendors to the reprographics industry are encouraged to sign-up for membership. Investors and financial analysts who follow the reprographics industry are also invited to sign up. Click here to sign-up
Remember to visit the forum section of the IRgA website. Post a question, Make a statement!
PEiR Group Members Receive Discounts on all PlanWell Technology Products
As a member of the PEiR Group you receive 40% discounts on all PlanWell Technology product.
This includes MetaPrint, AbacusPCR, PlanWell Collaborate just to name a few.
This give you a great opportunity to be a reseller of PlanWell Technologies.
Call The PEiR Group today for details 510-403-2435 or email John Bidwell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit PEiR Group Vendor Xpedx at the Graphic Expo in Chicago and SGIA in Las Vegas
October 7-10, 2012
McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL
October 18-20, 2012
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
xpedx plays a key role in helping you with emerging trends and technology that
represent opportunities for growth in the print industry. Embracing this change
can reveal exciting new opportunities. We integrate products and deliver full
service to meet your current and future demand, streamline workflow, improve
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
PlanWell Collaborate Success Story
Recently Brown Studio partnered with two local architectural firms and six not-so-local engineering firms from across the country to complete a large football stadium for a state university.
The architects in Alabama needed to store and organize files and drawings and make them easily accessible to consultants in different time zones. Sound familiar? It seems virtual teams are more the rule than the exception today.
Virtual teams need virtual file cabinets. For example, massive document packages must be released to bidders spread across the map. The bidders then need to share these documents with their potential sub-contractors.
Every project team faces the challenge of how to coordinate, share knowledge, and maintain and update project schedules and technical documents without breaking the budget. And do it without having to send the entire team to a week long training for a complex, expensive collaboration application.
Project managers face less than ideal choices when it comes to collaboration: they can use the traditional route of paper plans and scans, and couriers, or use slow but reliable FTP and email, converting plans to digital as needed. Another choice is to use a complex, ultimately ignored application that becomes a project on its own.
Brown Studio and its partners needed to share documents and efficiently update the remote project team. They also needed to archive documents as the project progressed. And do these things without spending the first week of the project setting up websites, FTP, creating address books and contact lists, and learning new software would be a plus.
After a little research, the tool selected for the job was PlanWell Collaborate.
PlanWell Collaborate is an intuitive, cost-effective cloud project collaboration application designed to make life easier for project managers.
According to Brown Project Manager Paul Zanglin, “Planwell Collaborate has been a way to easily organize our project files so they can be shared with consultants anywhere in the country and to deliver submittals to the owner, the bidders, and the general contractors in a timely manner while reducing printing costs for the owner and the firms involved.”
Doing more with less is a requirement on any project these days. Zanglin says that PlanWell Collaborate made the team more efficient, and “one person in the office can manage the files without involving the whole team and without tying up the office’s network to store and document all of the project information.”