Making the MFPs think
The industrial and manufacturing segment includes many companies of different sizes, plants making machinery and electronics, and the entire automotive sector. These businesses usually occupy several detached buildings in industrial zones. While office support and management are usually concentrated in one building, the actual component production, packaging and logistical preparation of products are situated in different buildings. The printers and copy machines must always be available to all users who pass between buildings, as well as across several floors in a single building.
With increased cost pressure on this segment, one major objective is to consolidate the print environment, link printed documents to users and ensure flexible work with printers. Easy sharing of documents among predefined groups such as teams, shifts or departments is also critical. The print environment must also remain stable throughout the network.
Multifunction printers (MFPs) are usually dispersed throughout many different buildings and not controlled in any centralized way. Without centralized control, no breakdown of print, copy and scan costs or cost allocation between cost centers is possible. Employees move among buildings frequently, but can only pick up their print jobs at their local printer—not wherever it is most convenient. Frequent print server failures also may result in complications or production issues.
With the YSoft SafeQ print solution, user authentication can be accomplished with legacy ID cards that employees already use to access buildings and offices and to pay for meals. Authentication enables users to retrieve print jobs at any printer within the network regardless of the location—because the document is printed only after the user has been authenticated.
For document sharing among work groups, YSoft SafeQ provides an easy solution in the form of shared queues. One user sends the document and other authorized users can print the document as well.
With YSoft SafeQ, industrial and manufacturing enterprises gain complete control over all operations done on all MFPs. Once this smart printing solution has been installed, the result is substantial cost savings for the client and a positive environmental impact.