It is more robust, which will attract some corporates, but it does not yet offer everything that some service bureaus
do," Warner says, noting that service bureaus
provide continuous access to expertise.
Systems based on thermal ink-jet printing technologies, like those from Solidscape and Sanders Design International, are highly accurate but comparatively slow in producing master patterns, and thus have not caught on with service bureaus
The top current investments for service bureaus
include e-commerce, telecommunications infrastructure, monochrome centralized printers, and imaging systems.
A service bureau
might have one machine or several machines handling the same process, but many have an assortment of rapid prototyping technologies under one roof.
Some of the fax service bureaus
surveyed for this article report a decidedly chilling effect on their business.
In order to receive free technical support resellers, distributors, training centers and service bureaus
must belong to one of Corel's approved programs.
As one of the biggest service bureaus
, we require speed and robustness as well as ergonomics and ease of use," said Alexandra Stockl-Paul, Chief Executive Officer of Heydt-Verlags-GmbH.
recently enlisted two more service bureaus
for its Solider 5600 "solid-ground-curing" system, which builds models from layers of uv-cured, liquid photopolymers (see PT, Jan.
According to Allen, "The delivery options are based on the features each service bureau
wants to offer to subscribers, how automated it wants the process to be and how much control the service bureau
has over its existing voice mail system.
For them, working with a service bureau
may be a cost-effective alternative.
The EUR assets will be added to Intec's existing service bureau
operations in North America, to offer a comprehensive suite of end-user and wholesale billing and BPO solutions to the North American ILEC, CLEC and IXC market.
Processors can benefit from using such service bureaus
(see Processors' Page section), but there are some important points to consider beforehand.