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HP Wins Round 2 in Memjet Patent Lawsuit

Last Friday a German judge threw out an injunction against Hewlett-Packard selling its PageWide wide-format printer in Germany that had been in place for the past two and a half months. more »

Feb 4, 2016 10:23 PM

Blueprinting Services of Virginia: Skip Tradition

David Hinckle was working for the State of Virginia right out of college in 1988 when an acquaintance told him he was having trouble finding a blueprinter to reproduce some drawings. They decided to fill that void by starting their own blueprint shop more »

Feb 4, 2016 10:02 PM

Evolution of a Blueprinter: 25 Years After Starting as a Delivery Driver, Tom Taubenheim is Mapping A/E Graphics’ Digital Future

Tom Taubenheim was a college student in Milwaukee in 1990 when he wandered into A/E Graphics in suburban Brookfield looking for a job. He didn’t have any blueprinting experience, but he needed a job and wasn’t having much luck elsewhere. more »

Jan 21, 2016 8:51 PM 4 Comments

St. Louis Flood Hits IRgA Board Member, Neighbor Firm Comes to Rescue

Elmer Rhodes has long known that a cold water stream runs deep under his reprographics shop, CrossRhodes Reprographics, in St. Louis. But last month the heavy rains in Missouri and Illinois forced that little stream to seek more room more »

Jan 7, 2016 9:20 PM 1 Comments

Six Biggest Stories in Repro in 2015

Another year has gone by, and the reprographics industry has continued its transformation. Top stories during 2015 included the launch of two single-pass color printers, a new strategy for IRgA, and ABC Imaging's plan to build a nationwide network. more »

Jan 7, 2016 8:55 PM

From Diazo to Smart Cities: A Q&A with Michael Shaw

Michael Shaw has been deeply involved with the reprographics business for three decades, but his interests range much deeper than printing. more »

Nov 5, 2015 9:42 AM

Five Mistakes That Printers Make When Shopping for New Equipment

Keeping total equipment costs under control is vital to running a profitable operation. Paying too much for equipment and service can put you at a serious competitive disadvantage. Here are some ideas on how to save serious money on your next machine more »

Dec 3, 2015 5:24 PM 1 Comments

Joe Williamson: Focus on Sustainable Streams

Joe Williamson doesn’t chase print jobs for his firm, Franklin Imaging in Columbus, Ohio. Single-order jobs just don’t interest him. What he seeks are long-term streams of income. more »

Oct 22, 2015 10:55 PM

IRgA Strategy Aims for New Level, Possible New Name

Highlights of a new strategy adopted in September include efforts to market member services to AEC firms; all paid membership; a renewed committee structure; and a new value proposition for the organization. A new name may even emerge. more »

Nov 19, 2015 7:59 PM

An Inviting Space: A Repro Shop in Berlin Creates Customer Cubicles Within its Shop

If you have self-service workstations in your shop, you’ll recognize the situation Elke Mann saw in her reprographics shops in Berlin. Customers crowded around insufficient counters, hovered over each other’s projects, and grew tired waiting. more »

Nov 19, 2015 9:04 PM

New Digs for Memphis Reprographics: “Our team bonding has increased ten-fold”

A new location for a Memphis IRgA member provided a great burst of momentum. more »

Oct 8, 2015 9:59 AM

IRgA Index Slumps in Third Quarter

The IRgA Index slumped during the third quarter of 2015. It stood at 57 for services to AEC businesses and 72 for services to non-AEC businesses, compared to 74 and 78, respectively, in the second quarter. more »

Nov 5, 2015 5:38 PM

Three Money-Making Ideas from the German Repro Convention

Looking for some new ideas for your shop? Here are three from across the sea. more »

Oct 8, 2015 1:59 PM

Changes at Top of IRgA Leadership

Leadership of the IRgA slightly shuffled during the IRgA Board of Directors meeting Friday, September 17 in Chicago. The new leaders are taking over just as the organization prepares a new strategy for the future. more »

Sep 22, 2015 5:31 PM

Nine Tips to Increase The Potency of Your Testimonials, and Three Questions

Testimonials can be powerful sales tools, but you need to know how to ask for them, whom to ask, and what to do with them once they are written. more »

Aug 27, 2015 11:22 AM

Say “Ciao!” to the New IRgA President: Tony Militano Takes the Reins

Tony Militano may be the most international president the International Reprographic Association has ever had. more »

Sep 4, 2015 9:07 PM

Hackworth and The Graphics Shop Combine Locations

Hackworth Reprograp­hics Inc. in Chesapeake, Virginia has a new expanded home that includes another business they own, The Graphics Shop. The joined companies moved into a new space in August. more »

Sep 4, 2015 1:57 PM 1 Comments

Tehan & Co.: After 100 Years in Repro, Stock Issue on the Horizon

Do you want to own a piece of reprographics history, and possibly make some money, too? Tehan & Co. is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2016, and part of the celebration may be a sale of stock. more »

Jul 29, 2015 8:31 PM 4 Comments

Graph Expo – Large-Format Expectations

If you’re planning on attending Graph Expo in Chicago, September 13-16, here is a list of companies exhibiting large-format solutions: more »

Aug 26, 2015 9:00 PM

Shaw, Razinsky, and Andrikut Slated for IRgA Board

Three veterans of the reprographics field are poised to join the IRgA Board of Directors at the September 18 board and general member meeting in Chicago. Read their bios here. more »

Jul 16, 2015 9:02 AM 1 Comments

Another Healthy Jump for IRgA Index

The improving economy is being reflected in increased reprographics work, according to the IRgA Index. The Q2 2015 IRgA Index climbed to 74 for AEC work and 78 for non-AEC work, an increase of 8 points in both categories over Q1 2015. more »

Aug 7, 2015 11:22 AM

Thomas Printworks: What's in a Name?

There is a lot of tradition behind Thomas Reprographics, but when the leaders looked forward, the name Thomas Printworks fit better. In this Q&A, President Bryan Thomas discusses the change. more »

Jun 29, 2015 10:55 AM

Should You Buy Another Repro Shop's Accounts?

One uncommon growth strategy in the printing business is buying select accounts from a competitor. This practice can boost sales, support a new piece of equipment, and diversify your client base. more »

Jun 18, 2015 1:31 PM

Drop in Oil Prices Affects Repro Shops Differently

The cliché “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” can be turned into “one repro shop’s blessing is another shop’s bust” when it comes to energy prices. more »

Aug 7, 2015 12:17 PM

Q&A with Thomas Ingendoh: Building Scanners Block by Block

The president of Image Access answers questions about his company's growth and the future of wide format scanning. more »

Jul 15, 2015 2:57 PM

The Name Game: 5 Tips For Dropping “Blueprint” or “Reprographics” from Your Name

The world of reprographics probably has more name changes than any other industry. Remember all the companies that used to have “blueprint” in their name? If you're considering a name change, read these five tips first. more »

Jul 2, 2015 8:23 PM

A Reprographer's Summer Reading List

Summer, beaches, hot dogs, reading….well, hopefully you’ll enjoy some reading this summer. With that in mind, here are five new books that a reprographics professional should enjoy reading this summer. more »

Jun 18, 2015 5:24 PM

How the German Reprographics Association Beat the Chains

When independent reprographics firm operators in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland faced serious competition from chain operators, they fought back. And won. more »

Jun 2, 2015 8:24 PM

IRgA Index Jumps 7 Points in First Quarter

The IRgA Index jumped 7 points for traditional reprographics work and 2 points for non-traditional work during the first quarter of 2015. The numbers stood at 66 for services to the traditional AEC market and 70 for services to the non-AEC market. more »

May 21, 2015 9:10 PM

Five Tips for a Successful Repro Website, and Ten Sites Doing It

You want your website to reach other business owners. Period. That means your website needs to be clean, fast, and persuasive. more »

May 21, 2015 8:42 PM

Beyond Print: How Smart Repro Firms Are Transforming

When the housing market collapsed in 2008, Drexel Technologies realized they had to change how their customers thought of them. Drexel no longer wanted to be thought of as just a print and equipment supplier. more »

Mar 12, 2015 12:22 PM

Properly Charging for Digital Services Pays Off

Reprographics is an information management business, not a paper business. That point was driven home at the Digital Services and the Reprographer session at the 2015 ERA/IRgA Convention in Atlanta in April. more »

May 7, 2015 10:20 PM

ABC Imaging: We Want to Level the Playing Field

ABC Imaging has enjoyed a steady string of successes during its 33-year existence. Now the company is laying the groundwork for a major development: a program to create a nation-wide network that aims to redefine the industry. more »

Feb 12, 2015 8:48 PM

Reaction to By-the-Sheet Pricing Proposal: What Are We Waiting For?

The repro community has reacted to Paul Fridrich’s article about changing to a per-sheet pricing standard swiftly – almost everyone responding so far is in favor of the switch. more »

Nov 20, 2014 8:37 PM 2 Comments

Is Square Foot Pricing Killing Our Industry?

The IRgA needs your input! We have billed for prints on a square-foot basis for generations, but many now believe the time has come for a new pricing method. more »

Nov 6, 2014 2:53 PM 10 Comments

Archives - Enjoy These Past Articles!

Enjoy these past articles about reprographics and the IRgA! more »

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