Category: Post

IOT versus M2M. What’s the difference?

00Business efficiency, new technology, Post

M2M it’s a geek word used in the last years related to communications between machines, i.e.: Machines connected a service support to report failures and need for maintenance.

IOT its a much newer term used related to things, aka moisture sensors, thermometers, domotic gadgets, movement sensors and anything with a CPU connected in any way to the Internet.

Inspired by:http://www.automationworld.com/cloud-computing/know-difference-between-iot-and-m2m

 

 

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Data leaking, hackers, malicious software? not any more!

00Automatic Meter Reading, Business efficiency, Meter Readers, Network security, new technology, PostTags: , , , , ,

AMR Secure +   The only printer management software that works within your closed network. 

 

secure+ Printer management softwareSome institutions like banks, lawyers and specially healthcare related organizations, don’t like anyone to sniff their networks. IT managers have the responsibility to keep their networks away from data leaking, hackers, and malicious software.

In the other hand we need connectivity to get things running like, printer management, maintenance, IOT and so on. More info

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Solving your clients issues with easy remote access tools (updated)

00Business efficiency, fix printer, How to, Post, Printer Dealer, Tech SupportTags: , , , , ,

Traveling to a client to solve a ticket it’s expensive. Service field technician spends precious time and money in their car. Pollution it’s also a down here.

Most likely you already heard of remote connection tools and you may even use some of them, let me share some of my experiences here with personal review.

Teamviewer
By far the best known. More info

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Ghost prints: when counter stands still and toner is consumed.

00Automatic Meter Reading, Business efficiency, cost saving, efficiency, How to, Post, printer costs, Printer Dealer, TonerTags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Are you in the MPS cost per copy business?

Then, you may have some experience about ghooost printing. It happens specially in color laser printers, when customer decides not to print in color mode in order to save some money. What happens is that every time the printer is turned on and some times also during the working day, the printer itself runs a so called “calibrating process”. More info

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The weirdest thing in a printer challenge (Let’s have some fun!)

00Canon, fix printer, Fun, History, How to, Post, Tech Support, TonerTags: , , , ,

Some of you have spend years and even decades in the printing business, I challenge you to share your stories, with pictures if you have them, of the weirdest thing you’ve ever found in a printer.

Get inspired:

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The funniest one will get a special price. A handmade drawing evoking for the described situation.

Share it if you like it.

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Dropbox, what’s in it for me? (free office tools)

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There are some tools available in the internet that can help your business be more productive and it cost you no money. We start the first review / presentation with Dropbox. If you also use it, please share in our SM your thoughts.

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You can download the presentation in pdf format by clicking the presentation below.

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HP Announces New Legal Actions Worldwide

00Automatic Meter Reading, Canon, Patent, Patents infringement, Post, TonerTags: , , , , ,

HP wants to scare anyone involved in trading with cloned ink and toner cartridges.

OEM’s business model is based in selling printers at a cost price and making the money with the consumables. So, if end users buy printers at a cost price from OEM and buy consumables somewhere else, into the low end market, that hurts the OEM’s core business.

Big manufacturers like HP, Canon, More info

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Toner life cycle:Re-use or recycle?

00Automatic Meter Reading, Canon, cost saving, efficiency, Patent, Patents infringement, Post, printer costs, Toner, UncategorizedTags: , , , , ,

After attending to the RT Imaging summit in Barcelona I found out something interesting that I like to share with you.

toner_recycling

Users have 3 main choices:

OEM.
  • Buy a new original toner from OEM supplier ( aka Canon, HP, Ricoh, Samsung…) When toner is empty send it to a recycling program back to the OEM supplier. OEM’s will recycle them, aka turn them into plastic and powder. End of story.
  • OEM try to get as much empties as they can so they don’t go into the remanufacturing business. Remember that consumables is the core business of printer manufacturers.
  • OEM also fight against manufacturers of compatible toner supplies defending their intellectual property (aka Canon and HP lawsuits)
  • OEM have a 90% of market share of color toner cartridges.
Compatibles
  • Buy compatible toner for a much lower price.
  • Quality is not an issue in BW printing, color printing is another thing, although is getting better.
  • Due to the recent patent infringement prosecution specially by Canon en HP, this is not a 100% safe path, legally talking.
  • Some compatible toner manufacturers claim to have bigger page yield although is not clear where some printers recognize it.
Re-manufactured
  • Buy a remanufactured toner cartridge and send the old one to the supplier to re use it again. Keep going on and on….
  • The green label is the nicest part of this option. Why throw away when you can reuse it?
  • Printing quality may be an issue here.
  • Price is obviously a corner stone here.
  • Some re-manufacturers will pay end user as much as 5€ for an old toner cartridge.

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Notice this is just an overview of the market. If you have any comment or want yo add anything, go head and use our social media.

 

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