Doc ran across an interesting article that highlights an MPS case study at the large diesel engine manufacturer, Cummings. One look at the enthusiastic results and you're sure to be convinced that Managed Print Services really are the next big thing.
Cummins has 40,000 employees and global operations throughout 200 countries and territories. With such a vast distribution of locations comes the challenge of selecting, deploying, managing and maintaining technology – even output devices. Its existing fleet of printers, copiers, fax machines and scanners had aged and became prone to breakdowns that were increasing maintenance costs and negatively impacting device reliability and employee productivity. Cummins also wanted to further trim output costs and reduce paper consumption in support of its sustainability initiatives. These business goals became the genesis of a corporate-wide initiative called Print Smart — an aggressive project to optimize and standardize its entire printer fleet globally. Key needs revealed during the evaluation process included:
- The tracking of consumables – paper and toner.
- A desire to eliminate abandoned print jobs.
- Implementation of a consistent user interface for printers worldwide.
- Insight into employees' usage habits.
- Standardized global service.
Cummins is on track to cut printing by an astonishing 36 million pages in just one year, generating a projected annual savings of $2 million. In overall costs, Cummins has seen its expenses drop by 62 percent on a monthly basis. The reduction in annual paper consumption saves the equivalent of 4,000 trees along with a projected greenhouse gas avoidance of 605 metric tons. By managing its use of color, Cummins reined in color printing from 600,000 pages per month to just 225,000, saving an additional $1.5 million annually. The 2,500 printers Cummins previously operated is down by about 16 percent, simplifying maintenance and lowering overall operating cost.
That's impressive savings. There is a lesson to be learned here for every large company.