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HP Equivalent Impressions from usage page report

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Which counter should I pick with HP printers? equivalent impressions / total pages

When it comes to billing meter readings, some dealers bill 1 click per page, no matter the paper size. This very much depends on your agreement or contract with your customer. Legal or A4 is always counted as one click, right?. The point is wheater you charge 2x per A3 or Large paper size and one half for A5 or small paper size.
The HP page Usage Page report shows both meter reading size by size and also an addition with the Equivalent Impressions page count.

For some reason, you maight want to bill the total page count or the Equivalent Impressions. 
Note that softwares that use SNMP technology to read meters do count motor turns wich is simialr to page counts but not exaclty. Users will check the papge count report shown in the printer website and that's the one AMR collects. Wat you see is what you get approach.

The solution

At AMR Printer Management Software came up with a solution where you can chose wich meter reading you like to bill. By default you have a total page count and you can also select the  Equivalent Impressions page count for some other printers.

Most probably , you already have a contract and procedure, so we better adapt the software to your needs not the other way around.

How it works:

The DCA or Driver, collects both meter readings and you choose in the AMR Manager, wich one you get as a billing counter. Our technical support will need to activate this feature in your Manager setup so you are good to go.

Equivalent Impressions HP Print report

 Equivalent Impressions

 Equivalent Impressions

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Why printer management software fails?

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The problem

Printer management software collect printer data like meter readings, toner levels, consumables and printer errors. Data collection is done by a software that gathers info from network printers and sends it over to a central database outside the local network. A software that captures data from the local network and sends it to an external server is usually detected by the antivirus and flagged as malicious software. Antivirus are updated every 3 hours with numerous changes. When a software that works in the background to monitor printers (aka DCA) is not expressly added in the white list as an antivirus exclusion, it can be blocked very easily. The antivirus can block or even delete the executable files and printers monitoring software will stop reporting. Windows updates, can also block any monitoring software that  finds suspicious of spying the net.

The solution

The solution is to re-install the software and make sure you whitelist the Printer Management Software adding it to the list of antivirus exclusions. As a complement the AMR Driver (DCA) software-only version, we introduce AMR Cube. A software + hardware solution that provides reliability over time . Not being affected by antivirus and network changes. We include list of pros and cons of the software-only version (AMR Driver) versus the hardware + software version (AMR Cube) .
AMR Cube pros i cons EN
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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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New benefits and features for AMR users

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More accessible information, more reliable consumable alarms.

AMR presents a great software update that makes it even easier to manage printers.

  • More information about toner alarms.
  • All historical at a glance to make decisions.
  • Filter to avoid false alarms.
  • Improvements of user interface in Manager, Messages and Signal.

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

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

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ghost

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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Toner life cycle:Re-use or recycle?

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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.

toner_recy_quad

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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Why your field service techs will love AMR MPS software?

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How would your field service like to have more information about every single printer. Your field service technicians will love to have extra information before they leave the office.

Check out some of the benefits from using AMR software:

benefits for Field service

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How to setup your push notifications

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Save 24% ink simply by switching fonts.

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Study made by a 14 years old student of Dorseyville Middle School, Pittsburgh, PA (USA)

coverage study by font

Suvir Mirchandani and his teacher Peter Pinko studied the printing cost for ink at their school and the impact it has in the ecosystem.

They made a long and precise study of the coverage of most used fonts as well as some  alternative fonts with less coverage. Studying proportionally the letters that they used more, they came up with a stunning result of 24% saving in ink usage. That was $21.000 per year of savings for their school. The font they came up with it’s a very readable and nice one: Garamond. It seems a good idea to me, at least to explore different fonts in order to save that extra money. There is nothing to lose.

Have a look at the whole study here

Update:

The study goes further: Suvir Mirchandani want to help US government save $400 millions in ink. Same principal applies : swap font type. read more

 

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