Curtin Uni to slash excess printing

Curtin Uni to slash excess printing

Summary: Curtin University is looking to slash the 50 million sheets it prints each year by signing up with Fuji Xerox in a five-year, multimillion-dollar managed printing deal.

TOPICS: Hardware

Curtin University is looking to slash the 50 million sheets it prints each year by signing up with Fuji Xerox in a five-year, multimillion-dollar managed printing deal.

To achieve the reduction, Fuji Xerox will cut down on the number of wasted printed pages by requiring users to swipe an ID card or enter a pin number at the printing device in order to print documents. Managers will receive reports on printing volumes. It will also provide more scanning devices, and implement double-sided printing as default, which is possible with multi-function printers.

Fuji Xerox will also conduct a review of the current devices, and compare it with forecast usage, upgrading older printers with more efficient multi-function models and decommissioning redundant printers. The number of printers in the fleet is expected to drop from 800 to just over 400.

Fuji Xerox was chosen out of six organisations in a procurement process. Prior to this contract, Curtin had contracts signed in 2006 with Fuji Xerox and Konica Minolta for the supply of multi-function devices either as a purchase or as a leasing arrangement.

Fuji Xerox said that its longstanding relationship with the university provides it with the knowledge it needs to create the savings.

"By understanding the university's needs to provide smart scanning and document services, and to enable effective printing, we have worked together to create this solution," Anthony Cogswell, general manager global services Fuji Xerox Australia, said in a statement.

Topic: Hardware

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  • We have this. System sounds good but is a major PITA. They don'y factor in the lost productivity from having to enter your details and then wait for your printing. Smart users will also find ways around the system. I also don't beleive it saves paper. Like most IT solutions its oversold by the vendor.
  • The new system is a disaster for people who have to walk to the other end of the building to start the printer and then back again to collect (if it is a big job).

    There was also an absolutely astonishing waste when perfectly good multifunction printers were removed to make way for the (inferior and slower) contracted supplier machines.
  • I worked at an organisation that implemented a similar arrangement. There was only one printer driver and all you had to do was go to ANY printer in the building and swipe your security card. It cut wastage dramatically. There was no longer piles of uncollected printouts surrounding the printer and security was improved as document only printed when the recipient swiped their card. The canon solution was seamless and worked like a dream.
  • The problem with the single driver solution is that by necessity it must be the least advanced driver so it can work on all devices.
    The only thing that this system saves is IT support resources. I haven't seen any of the dramatic cuts in waste mentioned above.
    Its just another example of IT vendors inventing a market for something users don't want or need.