NCET explores business and technology
By Mikalee Byerman
In the most traditional sense of the word, it is easy to see how the idea of “printing” may seem like a dated concept.
“Printing” — in and of itself — sounds like a static, old school, practically prehistoric medium.
But Nevada Blue accepts that traditional paradigm as a challenge — and rises above it owing to new, leading-edge technology.
Yes, the family owned and operated printing company has been in business since 1992 and boasts more than 100 years combined experience in the reprographics industry.
But what makes Nevada Blue different: The company is tapping technology in order to reinvent itself.
“We pride ourselves on having the most current, up-to-date equipment and technology to help serve our customers as well as possible,” said Steve Tye, Reno branch manager.
“With our industry transitioning in large part from information distribution via paper to digital file transfer and sharing, we had to reinvent ourselves a number of years ago to stay ahead of the trend.”
The result: Nevada Blue now boasts the most complete project management software available in the current marketplace, which is currently being used by UNR, Storey County and many of the larger home builders in the area.
“Storey County uses the system for all of their plan submittal and approval processes, including such large projects as Tesla and Switch,” Tye added. “The ease and speed our system provides has been widely credited as being a deciding factor in bringing these large projects to northern Nevada.”
The company offers public and private portals for secure document management; projects are accessed by password.
Tye then goes on to reference another area in which the company has improved to stay viable: the graphics and color-printing department.
“We recently added a 4-by-8 flatbed printer on which we can direct print to any substrate up to 2 inches thick, including wood, metal, acrylic and glass,” he noted.
While technology has seemingly ushered in a new era for the once-traditional printer, Tye mentions that it also has forced a forward-thinking evolution for the company.
“Technology is paramount in our industry as we transition away from old school paper blueprints to digital file distribution,” he said. “Paper is not going away completely anytime soon, but digital file transfer has become the preferred method of information sharing for a growing number of architects, developers and contractors.”
And in terms of reproduction, advances in the equipment itself have allowed Nevada Blue to adapt to new opportunities.
“Technology keeps us viable in the color output department through the use of our top-notch color scanners and output devices,” he said. “These allow us to enter the booming artwork reproduction arena.”
Learn more about Nevada Blue — and tour Nevada Blue’s many different departments, including graphics, printing and the digital plan room — at NCET’s Tech Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. NCET is a member-supported nonprofit producing networking events to help individuals and businesses explore and use technology.