Print wastage is at an all time high – with over 20% of all printing determined as wastage. A lot of this is often due to wasteful printing practices, rather than the print solutions themselves. But rather than just putting up with the problem, what if your enterprise print solution could help minimise wastage by implementing better print practices?
What Does Pull Printing Look Like?
First – what exactly does pull printing look like when deployed in an active print environment, and what are it’s advantages? Our partners at PrinterLogic explain the process in their article:
“Pull printing helps to ensure secure printing in enterprise environments because it has the ability to turn standard one-click print jobs into a deliberate but straightforward two-step process. In PrinterLogic’s Pull Printing feature, the secure printing process looks like this:
- Print job initiation: This is exactly what you and your end users already do—simply click “Print” in whatever operating system or software platform you’re using. At this point, the print job enters the queue at the destination printer as usual. What’s different about secure pull printing is that the job held there until the next step is completed.
- Print job authorization:This is the pull printing step that actually executes the job and requires the initiating user to be physically present at the printer. At that point the end user has three possible methods of executing, or “releasing,” the print job:
- By swiping a badge or ID card. This can be carried out with either a card reader that is already integrated into the printer or a standalone card reader that is associated with the destination printer.
- Through PrinterLogic’s browser-based release. Using any mobile device, even an inexpensive tablet, end users can select and release their print jobs securely through its built-in web browser.
- Via the embedded control panel. On printers that have an integrated LCD panel, end users can log in and execute their secure pull printing jobs once the PrinterLogic app has been installed.
With end users present to retrieve their print jobs, the risk of those documents lying in the output tray and being read or taken by someone else is drastically reduced. Furthermore, because the user who initiated the print job is the only one authorized to print it, there’s almost zero risk of another user accessing the pull printing queue and printing another user’s documents.”
Ok, But How Does That Help?
All of that is well and good, but how does the process of pull printing actually actively reduce print wastage in business? PrinterLogic continue:
“The answer lies in the same two-step process that makes pull printing what it is. Because the authorization step requires the user to be physically present, the number of pull printing documents that go unretrieved—specifically, print jobs that have been forgotten or abandoned—drops precipitously. It also cuts down on re-prints, such as the colour documents that were mistakenly printed out in black and white (or vice versa), or the documents that were printed, quickly corrected for a typo or two, and then printed again.”
At Tipac, we work closely with partners like PrinterLogic to bring their bespoke and exclusive products to our customers in the UK. Hundreds of businesses have benefitted from our tailored installation of pull printing in their company, and you could be next. To find out more, or to book your free demo, get in touch with the Tipac team today.