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News from Konica Minolta. Everything but printing.

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On October 24th I was invited to the new product presentation of  Konica Minolta in Barcelona.

At the end of the introductory session we were had a pleasant surprise: a session of African drums led by 3 Africans and followed by all the assistants. It was really fun to see a all the executives and middle-aged men dressed in suits and ties playing the drum like crazy. (In the end I attach a video)

Impresion con relieveEmbossed print starting from one unit.

The novelty is that Konica’s professional printing services can now offer embossed prints without requiring large quantities, that is, starting from one unit.

Web user interface for ordering prints within the company.

It is a web environment from which an employee of a large company or institution can order business cards, brochures, bookbinders, etc. It is an internal virtual store. It allows a flow of approval of costs by the superior and an exact control of the work done by the reproduction center. The recipient of the order can be an internal reprography center or an external company.

Camaras con procesadorSecurity cameras with multiple sensors and a processor.

Mobotix, are security cameras with dual sensors (Monochrome infrared, Color) full of sensors: thermal camera, IR movement, accelerometer, microphone and speaker. All combined with powerful software allows you to control a flow of customers in a parking lot or in the building hall. Detect fire or intruders in unauthorized areas. We saw an example where it detects fire and after 5 seconds it triggers the alarm.

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HP buys Samsung printer division: This is a BOMB !

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Let me share with you what I've learned in the Photizo group webinar : "HP buys Samsung". 5 experts have shared their profound knowledge about this big financial and industrial operation. I have taken the liberty to make a brief summary attached below.

More than 50% of the 700 attending the webinar, felt that the operation "HP buys Samsung" was revolutionary or transformative for the market.

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Monitoring USB printers from a Hospital

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Usb printers are hard to monitor. (why-usb-printers-are-a-wreck)

Our client asked us to monitor 100+ printers from a Hospital. All printer where locally connected to a PC to avoid private information going into the net. All printers where located in different offices, some of them were accessible only during certain hours and different people had access to them depending on the area. In short, taking meter readings was a nightmare. 

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Konica Minolta Bizhub Press - Pro Billing counters

Konica Minolta Bizhub Press / Pro Billing counters

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Some clients with PRO printers print in such high volumes that they need weekly billing. On top of that they don't use the standard meter readings, they use the detailed meters that split paper size and ink coverage. Those meters happen to be only available in paper on site. That means sending a technician over every so often or calling the client meaning a costly followup. 

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Printer monitoring software to manage alarms

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Printer monitoring software menas nothing if we don't find the right tools to make it useful for users. The challenge here was to call the attention of printer monitoring agents over a specific task only when it was needed and let them go when it wasn't. Email was not an option because we all have tons of spam messages and can not afford to add more. Pop ups may be disturbing and after closing it down, users may forget.

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ERP integration with your printer data. Automatically.

00Automatic Meter Reading, Business efficiency, Customized solutions, efficiency, Meter Readers, printer costs

Our client didn't want to manually export their AMR data into their ERP System anymore. It was good for the old times when they only wanted to bill their clients once a month. Now, they wanted to use the full potential of their data and match it with their ERP system. So they contacted us for an ERP integration between AQUA and AMR.

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Collect Ricoh develop page counts instead of print counts.

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One of our clients, came up to us with a problem he couldn't find a solution for. He had some older contracts where Ricoh develop page counts was required. Meters not related to color prints but to every specific color usage. Only the color that was used was counted. With new contracts they had standard print counts. The point is that they wanted to integrate both contract types into the same same system.

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Manage USB printers

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Usb printers are hard to manage because they do not follow any industry standard.

After a long experience figuring out how to manage USB printers, we came back to basics. It turns out that transforming USB into ethernet it's the simplest way to go.  Let me explain.

Turn USB into Ethernet

A plan

Many USB printers also have an Ethernet plug. The reason why users do not plug into the network is either they only have one ethernet plug for the PC or they do not want to connect the printer to the general network.

With the help of a USB to ethernet adapter  we can plug the printer to the PC with an ethernet cable. We create a micro network between the printer and the PC with an adapter. PC will remain connected to the network as it was, with no change.  The hardware has a cost (Google Ethernet USB 2.0 Adapter) but installation it's a snap. Sometimes installing heavy software can be time consuming.  

Now we can simply install the AMR client driver to manage the printer as a normal network printer. The only thing is that it requires installing the AMR driver into each PC because printers can't be seen from the general enterprise network.

 

Manage USB printers directly

B plan 

In case A plan is not possible, we still have a B plan. Now it depends on the printer brand and drivers availability.

This system works as follows. Printer manufacturer must have a driver to collect data from USB printers and "broadcast" it to the network. With the proper software, that "broadcasted" data can be collected. Here is where AMR gets in to integrate this data into your management system. So    

Managing HP USB Printers 

There is a list of USB printers that HP approves for "broadcasting" their data. Some basic printers are not supported.

Find a list of supported devices here (HP Web Jetadmin  Supported Devices

If you'd like to manage a USB HP supported printer, we'll help you out to find the right HP software so you can make it.

Managing Kyocera USB Printers

If you'd like to manage a USB Kyocera printer, we'll help you out to find the right Kyocera software.

Managing Samsung USB Printers

You can also manage Samsung USB printers. Samsung Software to do so it's quite heavy and hard to install.  Let us know and we'll help you out.

Other Brands

Send us a request if you need to manage them. Contact   

 

 

Conclusion:

 

Manage USB printersWe recommend to turn any USB printers into Ethernet printers when possible. If you can't, let us help you out and find out whether it's possible to do so. Send us your request. 

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