The position of Bid Manager is one that is becoming more and more important to architect and engineering firms, construction companies, and sub-contractors The reasons are simple: having someone skilled on both sides of the bid will result in cost competitive pricing, accurate job forecasting, and overall success of the project for both parties. Whether you are posting a project or bidding on one, utilizing an effective online plan room, or more commonly known as document fulfillment system (DFS) will save time, effort and expenses. Here are three reasons why:
Enhanced Project Visibility
Having your files available for online preview ensures the maximum number of bidders on your project. This guarantees a larger number of competitive bids and will help you to achieve a better overall budget from the beginning.
Instantly see online document previews, plan ordering options, and/or downloadable files. Save time, get the documents you need faster, compile your bids quicker, and get an edge on the competition.
Being connected with a major printer to distribute your plans increases accessibility to the project for all contractors, large and small… near and far.
Ordering plans instantly and automatically printing them at a local print company takes the hassle of additional phone calls and tasks out of your proposal management.
Overall Bid Management
Automatically compile a plan-holders list of those who have viewed, downloaded or ordered plans. Store all of your bid documents securely in one system with a DFS professional provider. Additionally, you can instantly update your files and send group notifications to all stored or short-listed plan-holders.
Files that have been purchased can be accessed online anytime. Receive and send project updates to sub-contractors instantly to ensure the project is kept on time, and on budget.
You May Not Know
Willamette Print & Blueprint is a DFS pioneer, and was one of the first printing companies to implement the system over ten years ago. Currently Willamette Print & Blueprint has close to 10,000 local and national users. Public bids are posted regularly on www.wpbinc.com (select the ReproMAX DFS button). Additionally Willamette Print & Blueprint offers customizable DFS portal websites for exclusive management of bid document needs—whether public or private bids.
NEWS FLASH – Willamette Print and Blueprint no longer prints blueprints!
Shocked? Hopefully not. Blueprints haven’t been in production for over ten years. It’s even listed in the first entry when searching for 'Forgotten Processes' on Wikipedia.
However, as a long-standing fixture in the architectural, engineering and construction community (thirty-eight years and going!), WP&B has transformed from a reprographics only business, to a leading reprographer that provides many more business printing and document management services.
So what is a printer going to do with social media?
WP&B is now taking the opportunity to establish and maintain a clear and defined online presence and connect with both existing and potential customers via social media, blogging, and establishing an online portfolio.
Willamette couldn’t have grown without our valued customers, and we appreciate each and every partnership that has been built. To show our appreciation, we feel it’s time to get a little more ‘social’. WP&B has some pretty amazing printing equipment and technology (not to mention the staff that run it!) with even more amazing projects that come out of our Portland, Oregon print shop. We plan to share these with you and give your business great ideas on new print applications, products, and services. We’d also like to share what sets our company apart, as a great partner for your business printing needs.
We’re proud to be an almost forty year old local reprographics and printing company that has gone through gas shortages, dot-com crashes, diving and rising economies, even the exit of blueprint technology! WP&B has embraced the conversion to digital imaging solutions, electronic document management, and innovative printing technologies, and wants to ensure your business is taking advantage of the most up-to-date materials and print solutions available.
Now, we’re heading online, and want to connect with you! From time to time we’ll be including a promotion, contest or other incentive to keep things fun. So be on the look out!Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | A Fan of our work? Please review us on Google or Yelp
We are pleased to announce the release of the new Canon imagePROGRAF iPF MFP M40 solution. This bundled system is offered with five different Canon imagePROGRAF models to provide you with the right solution for your applications. This new iPF MFP solution offers several new and enhanced technologies making it a powerful capture-to-output mix for your large format scanning/copying/printing applications.
Here is a closer look at some of the new features for the iPF MFP M40 imaging solution:
New SingleSensor assembly allowing for a higher optical resolution (1200dpi), enhanced quality scanning and media handling along with greater stability.
Faster scanning speeds (over 2 times faster than the competitive solution). Color scan at 3”/second and black & white scans at 13”/second.
Expansion of media acceptance, now up to 2 mm in thickness
USB 3.0 compliant
SmartWorks MFP v3.0 software with a more intuitive design, 5 new image enhancement features and new custom presets for one-touch operations.
The SmartWorks MFP software also includes connectivity to Canon’s new Direct Print & Share cloud portal solution. This will provide Scan to Cloud Portal and Print from Cloud Portal functionality with direct, easy printing of PDF’s, JPEG’s and TIFF’s for efficient workflow of high-volume and batch printing.
For pricing and further information please contact Jeff Morin at (503) 223-5011 or by email at email@example.com.
Willamette Print & Blueprint is now an authorized Canon Serving Dealer. We offer the full range of Canon Large Format Graphic Arts Printers, MFP (Multiple Function Printers), and Technical Document Printers. We provide different acquisition models including outright purchase, leasing and facilities management. With sales, service, support and supplies, Willamette Print & Blueprint offers a complete solution.
For additional information please contact Jeff Morin at (503) 223-5011.
Willamette Print & Blueprint is selling and placing the Océ ColorWave® 300, the world’s first single footprint multifunction system that can print, copy and scan wide format documents in both color and black & white.
Saves space and investment costs
Companies no longer have to invest in separate systems for large format color and black & white documents. The new Océ ColorWave 300 multifunction printer is a true single footprint system for printing, copying and scanning. It is perfect for businesses with limited space as only one system is needed instead of two to print in both color and black & white, thereby saving floor space. It offers architects, engineering, construction and commercial printing companies an ideal alternative to conventional wide format toner systems.
Printing, copying and scanning – in color and black and white
Businesses can print, copy and scan color and black & white wide format documents on the Océ ColorWave 300 multifunction printer. It is the first system with a truly integrated scanner, meaning all functions can be controlled from one simple user panel, and there is only one IP address to maintain. Unique Océ technologies, like Océ Image Logic® and Océ Dynamic Switching, ensure first-time-right results. The powerful controller swiftly handles the most popular file formats – HPGL/2, PDF, DWF, and JPEG – without sacrificing speed. Users can print and scan documents via a USB flash drive.
Helps businesses print sustainably
This system offers an economical way to add color to enhance technical documents and produce color promotional materials. It delivers the ease of use and workflow efficiency of an Océ black & white system and the versatility of a color printer. As it is based on thermal inkjet technology, the system does not produce any ozone, dust or odors.
For additional information regarding this and other equipment options please contact Jeff Morin at (503) 223-5011.
Introducing the first reprographic company to standardize on 100% recycled bond for large format copying & printing… for the same price as the 30% recycled bond.
Willamette Print & Blueprint is proud to announce that it is the first reprographic firm to move from 30% recycled bond to 100% recycled bond as a standard for copying and printing plans for the architectural, engineering and construction industries.
Pacific Northwest 100% Recycled:
Our Pacific Northwest sourced 100% PCW recycled bond paper is a 20lb, opaque white paper that is tetrachloride-free, chlorine-free, and acid-free. This product is also available for resale for all makes of wide format digital printers, and copiers using 3” cores, and all inkjet printers using 2” cores.
We understand that during these tough economic times it is sometimes difficult to do the right thing and choose the most sustainable option. We have eliminated that concern by offering 100% recycled media at the same printing price as our previous 30% recycled media printing price.
100% recycled paper for all large format black & white printing is one of the many ways we strive to focus on sustainability. Please review our sustainability page to learn more.