If you are looking for an alternative to not having to buy a photocopier, hiring a reprographer may be the best solution to consider. In addition, this type of professional generally uses high-performance equipment and most of the time they are equipped with new technologies. To this extent, opting for this type of service can have a number of advantages.
What is reprographics?
At a technical level, reprography is a process that consists of reproducing a document in several copies by means of graphic arts machines (in spanish: máquinas artes gráficas). In other words, reprography is the act of duplicating graphic work on a physical support by using a dedicated device. The technique saw the light of day around the 1950s. At that time, its mode of operation was based on the use of different technologies in order to respond effectively to customer needs. To this day, professionals in the field continue to improve in terms of reproduction quality by acquiring more and more efficient devices.
Who are the main stakeholders in reprographics services? In most cases, reprographics is usually a service requested by small and medium-sized companies that do not have the means or the possibility of using professional reprographic equipment. The activity is also requested by individuals as well as by the liberal professions. To benefit from the service of a reprographer, a quick search on Google or any other search engine is enough, you will surely find more than one service provider close to your business.
When to use reprographics?
Since reprographics is the duplication of documents and other media containing artwork, it can be used in various cases. For example, it is useful for the production of documents that need binding such as newsletters, advertising media such as flyers and brochures, dissertations, theses or even activity reports. A reprographic service can also be adapted for the reproduction of large-format documents or on media such as stickers or labels and other cardboard media.
What are the different types of reprographic equipment?
In the field of reprographics, you can access different techniques depending on the need or needs you have. There is for example the most common which is photocopying. At that time, the process was based on putting the original support in contact with sensitive paper. Today, thanks to the development of digital technology, the technique has been abandoned to give way to high performance photocopiers. Then there are other techniques such as heliography and xerox copying.
Tips if you want to have a reprographic service
Often used by individuals, professionals (craftsmen, liberal professions), small and medium-sized structures (companies, associations) that do not have the necessary equipment, reprographics offers many options in terms of realization. Before choosing your service provider, you must first define the different needs of your business according to the event to be organized. Among others, here are the possible commands:
- Documents to be bound: theses, dissertations, activity reports, brochures, advertisements, newsletters, etc.
- Large format documents: labels, boxes, stickers, etc.
- Personalized printing: mailings for multiple recipients, flyers, brochures, etc.
- Printing operations: reproduction, assembly, document finishing (guillotine, stitching, binding), etc.
Depending on all these needs, you will find on the market many reprographics companies that will offer you their services. So remember to check their skills before choosing. In general, a reprographer should exhibit skills in the following areas:
- Graphics and typesetting;
- Machine adjustment and tuning;
- Basic photocopier maintenance;
- Safety in the use of professional equipment;
- Programming print jobs, etc.
You will find all these qualities in qualified print shops with good references. If necessary, before ordering any work, ask beforehand to make sure you hire true professionals.
As you know, printing costs may vary from one company to another. Before placing your order, be sure to check that the proposed prices correspond to your initial budget. Above all, don't be fooled by the first supplier that comes to you. Instead, take the time to compare other offers. This will allow you to find better rates.But if not, you can always consult the first one. Also consider value for money to avoid mediocre companies. Discussion forums, social networks or website groups are channels to take opinions and testimonials from certain customers.
Opt for competitive prices
You can use the online services of reprographic systems (sistemas reprográficos) to find out the prices of their various offers. Very attractive prices are usually offered to attract customers. So keep an eye out and check that the prices take into account all services and promotional offers and not just printing. Others may also charge you for delivery. So don't just rely on the prices on the sites, but contact the managers to find out all the details. If necessary, ask them for a full quote. Once you have browsed through different copy companies, you can opt for the one that guarantees printing at an affordable price , to stay within your budget .