A question we get asked often is “Does my printer / copier have a hard drive?”. This is a great question to ask and even THE question to ask especially when you are disposing of a device from your office.
What is PaperCut? It could be a term used to describe the slice a piece of paper makes across your fingertip, just for added pain, but for this post it means something different. PaperCut is a print solution that comes with many benefits. The main thing it can help your business with is actually the name in reverse, it helps you to cut your paper consumption (or over all printing). Printing less can not only help your budget but also have a big impact on the environment.
There are multiple companies in the West Michigan area (Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Lansing) that can help your business manage your office printers, copiers and other imaging devices.
Lasers Resource is in the managed print trade and we often run into questions about our competitors. We always offer full transparency in what we do, so this shouldn’t be any different. Here is a list of some of some of the other companies in West Michigan that have a solid history in the area for office printer and copier maintenance and supply fulfillment contracts.
Your office chugs along and a nice, steady pace. It’s all smooth sailing and the building seems to be in harmony.
Then, your trusty printer runs out of toner. No big deal, right? You have a great managed print partner that knew this was coming and sent you a replacement cartridge already. You open the box and pull the new cartridge out only to find that it dwarfs the toner you just removed from your printer.
“There is no way this will fit!", you say aloud, “I think someone must have messed up our order!”
Printers, copiers, label printers, plotters… really anything that prints is normally more difficult than anyone originally thinks. Often, there are many different kinds of devices in your office from different manufacturers that all take different toner. Even though the drivers say “universal” they only mean their “universe”. Break downs should be easy, I mean there’s only paper moving through it, right? So why is it broken with a clear paper path?
What is one of the dreaded phrases to hear if you’re in IT? “The printer wont print.” Why? It’s vague, meaning you’ll have a long road ahead of you trying to figure it out. It could mean breaking out tools and opening the device, or it could mean that the driver is bad and you will need to spend time correcting it or creating yet another custom instance for another user; time that should be spent on other tasks that help drive your business forward. Someone once said, “Time equals money,” and that couldn’t be truer than with IT issues.
The Paperless Office. It’s been “on the way” for at least 25 years.
Yet paper is still here. Everywhere. In briefcases (“for review”), on desks, in copier and printer output trays, and especially in those ubiquitous blue or green recycle bins (next to our desks, copiers, and printers!) It’s still pervasive in the majority of processes we use in business.
So, what happened? There’s no question that paper is critically important. Right? Can we all just admit it? Despite that, we can move to a more “paper-light” environment. Seriously, we can.
You buy a copier, you feed it paper and toner, and it just works, right? Well, believe it or not, printing is one of the most misunderstood parts of business. Every company prints, but only a few have total visibility into what, how and the cost of what they’re printing. Below are some statistics that may shock you.
Printers use to be easy things. You slap one down on the desk, take your USB (or for you true troopers, your serial cable), plug it in and you’re good to go. Then, things had to get complicated. What once was simple “plug and play” has now become a tangle or network settings and, “The printer that I want isn’t listed.” I am here to tell you how to navigate this stickler and install your own printer.
Here you sit, at the office. Your department just shelled out a bunch of money for that large, new copier, yet you can’t seem to get the darn thing to work. You know there is a hole punch in this thing somewhere, yet it never punches any holes. The new copier may be actually fine; the problem may be that you’re not configuring the print driver correctly.