What’s your print strategy?

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Cindy Hill
Sustainability Portfolio Manager

Double-sided printing is only the beginning!  What office managers want to think about is a strategy for printing.  A complete solution for reducing office paper waste, energy use and cost may require collaboration between facilities, IT and your equipment supplier, but it will be well worth it.  Here are four things to consider as part of your print solutions strategy:

  1. Right-size equipment.  In some cases this can mean a technology upgrade, adding features the old equipment didn’t have, like double-sided printing, scanning, and faxing. 
  2. Right-place equipment.  Providing strategically placed multi-functional units is critical and makes it easier for employees to give up personal printers.  There may still be an adjustment period, but removing small personal printers off desks will save energy, ink, paper and cost.
  3. Green equipment.  Energy saver modes, no-cartridge inks, and more efficient operation overall means a smaller ecological footprint for today’s technology devices.
  4. Secure print.  Many of the newer models enable employees to hold off printing until they get to the copier and enter a PIN code. This feature makes it easier for professionals to give up personal copiers by assuring them that their printed documents can remain confidential. If the PIN number is never entered, the job eventually is deleted without printing; a feature which saves thousands of pages from being printed because users didn’t really didn’t need them after all!
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One Response to “What’s your print strategy?”

  1. Brian Child Says:

    This all seems to be about saving paper. Double sided printing has other implications that are not so Green. It takes more pwoer to print double sided that two single sided. Reason, more that twice as much work is done by the printer as it carries out a normal feed for first side sends the paper on a complicated route through the printer to print the second side. More wear is caused to the printers rollers and damaged is caused with the excess dust created by more movement of the paper through the rollers. This in turn will result in down time of the printer while new rollers are installed and cleaning the excess dust from inside of the printer. Or maybe even a new printer. Which is fine for the manufacturers but no so good for the environment, due to scappage of the old printer and the manufacture of the new. Hmmm.. guess we will be saving a lot on paper then.

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