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Essentials of Printer Load Balancing


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With the right load balancing, you can maximize your output and increase the productivity of you company. Printer load balancing solutions prove to be great assets for distribution, warehouse, logistics, and other similar environments. Learn more with this presentation.

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Essentials of Printer Load Balancing

  1. 1. Maximizing Output with Printer Load Balancing
  2. 2. <ul><li>Printer load balancing means printing across multiple printers. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s also known as “printer pooling.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In busy printing environments, several jobs may be sent to the printer in a short period of time. When this happens the documents get stacked up and have to wait their turn before printing. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Printer load balancing solves this problem. </li></ul></ul>What is Printer Load Balancing?
  3. 3. OM Plus and Printer Load Balancing <ul><li>Any system depending on multiple devices requires a program to manage it. </li></ul><ul><li>The OM Plus Software Suite handles both print spooling and printer load balancing with ease. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How OM Plus Printer Load Balancing Works <ul><li>Printers in the system are set into groups called “printer classes.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OM Plus allows users to define different printer classes and assign printers to them. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In OM Plus uses its print spooling protocols to distribute the documents to all printers within the class. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OM Plus uses bi-directional communication to “talk” to all printer classes. If a printer is busy or has a problem OM Plus will direct waiting jobs to the next available print device. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This gives you highly efficient output management. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. More Printer Load Balancing Features <ul><li>OM Plus has other features that are complementary to printer load balancing environments that make the system even more efficient, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>document bursting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bundling/kitting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>insertion of header/footer pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>support for proprietary label printers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tray management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>automated fail-over </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>page level control </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. More Routing Options for Better Load Balance <ul><li>OM Plus can count pages and is able to automatically re-route jobs based on page count. </li></ul><ul><li>This improves throughput by utilizing a higher volume (and usually lower cost) printer. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Print jobs can be automatically re-routed by OM Plus from low speed to higher speed devices in real time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can print more documents, faster ! </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Who Needs Printer Load Balancing? <ul><li>Any business that needs to improve asset utilization and document output speeds should consider printer load balancing. </li></ul><ul><li>Printer load balancing solutions prove to be great assets for distribution, warehouse, logistics, and other similar environments. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Even More Print Solutions from Plus <ul><li>UNIX, Linux, and Windows all use print spoolers at the operating system level. However, they have many inherent weaknesses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jobs are automatically deleted after delivery making reprints and recovery impossible. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The print spooler is not able to communicate with the printing device so there is no way to confirm that the printing function actually occurred. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is no print failover, load balancing or audit trail. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is no queue management of devices. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OM Plus DM = Delivery Manager </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Delivery and Confirmation of Print Jobs (Spooler) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management of queues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value Add Functions eg. – Secure Print Release, Failover, Load Balancing, Redirect, Restart, Bundling, Bursting, Tray Mgmt, Audit, Throughput Enhancement, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OM Plus FM = Fleet Manager </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumable Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Device Alerts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Device Meters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OM Plus RM = Report Manager </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic Report Distribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual Bursting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archiving </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Support and Licensing <ul><li>Multiple Licensing Pricing Models - Examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ILF – one time fee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscription – 36 months </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usage Based – on # of printers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Custom Licensing – large opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Free Customer Evaluation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30 Day Trials </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Direct access to technician </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5 x 12 hrs per day (standard) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>7 x 24 available </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Annual support renewals </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Plus Tech Contact Information <ul><ul><li>Telephone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Toll free in North America 877-899-7587 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local 937-847-0614 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web Site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>