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Printing overload addressed

Lexmark is tackling the problem of network overload when a standard catalogue or information sheet has to be duplicated, writes Eric Doyle.

Document Portal works with Lexmark's touch-screen multifunction printers (MFPs) to provide print-on-demand capabilities.

Catalogues and documents are stored in the MFP's memory as PDF or Postscript files and the printer works like an intelligent photocopier. Rather than accessing the printer over the network, the user approaches the machine, selects the document required, keys in the number of copies and the printer takes over.

The MFPs can be centrally managed using a browser interface to set defaults for individual documents or printers, such as print quality, colour or monochrome, or the maximum number of copies that can be printed.

Lexmark has already installed the system in a US government department which had 850 pre-printed forms stored in two warehouses. Every time any of the forms changed, old forms had to be thrown away, but the use of Document Portal means that the warehouses are no longer necessary and there is no more wastage.

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