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    How much printing does your school do?

    This is the first year we've run print quotas properly here, and I'm astounded at the amount of paper that flies through our printers.

    Since september, as a whole school we've printed 86,000 A4 pages. Considering we're only a school of 420 students with around 80 or so staff I think that's quite a lot. Out of that 86,000 pages only 18% of the printing is down to students, again I was astounded that the percentage was so low.

    For comparison purposes, anyone fancy sharing their stats here?

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    Hi Mike,

    Can i ask how you collated the stats?

    Have you used a Print Management solution?

    Only reason I am asking is that I already know we spend alot each month on toner and ink, but looking at where we can reduce costs (especially in the current economic climate).

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    Rougly 500 pages a day since September, an none of it is kids as they have to ask me to print, and as a paperless department I always say no unless hey get written permission from my boss who always says no too. Kids put everything on he vlp/vle (call it what you will).

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    Quote Originally Posted by maniac View Post
    How much printing does your school do?
    too bloomin' much.

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    School same size as yours, just under 500 students, since september we have done (according to pcounter)

    Colour 65,751 sheets
    Mono 204,462 sheets

    So 270, 213 sheets in total...

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    I could probably find an accurate number but I may as well summarise with: LOADS

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    I'm betting you don't include your copier count in that maniac.

    Including our 2 copiers, our total is 384452 pages since September (not including the Riso, which would add a further 80000). Roughly 19000 of that is colour pages.

    A total of 5663 pages are from pupils. And if I remove the copiers, the total is 51290.

    School is 605 kids.

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    We've printed out 41,320 pages since starting back in September. We're using Print Limit Pro and have set up a 90-second rule. Someone can't print the same document without waiting 90 seconds. It prevents the click-happy lot who get impatient when their document doesn't appear from the printer straight away. That alone has probably halved the number of pages that get printed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MYK-IT View Post
    Hi Mike,

    Can i ask how you collated the stats?

    Have you used a Print Management solution?

    Only reason I am asking is that I already know we spend alot each month on toner and ink, but looking at where we can reduce costs (especially in the current economic climate).
    I'm running papercut NG print management software, which is excellent and very good value for money as well.

    If you're just interested in monitoring your printing, you can download their free print logger from here PaperCut - Print Logger - a free print job logger for Windows.

    Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    I'm betting you don't include your copier count in that maniac.
    You'd be correct, as I don't manage the copiers they are managed by our reprographics person, I'm only responsible for printing. I dred to think what our copying is like, but that's good because part of the reason for print management was to encourage the use of the copiers as they are cheaper to run than most of our printers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maniac View Post
    You'd be correct, as I don't manage the copiers they are managed by our reprographics person, I'm only responsible for printing. I dred to think what our copying is like, but that's good because part of the reason for print management was to encourage the use of the copiers as they are cheaper to run than most of our printers.

    Mike.
    Yeah, we run PaperCut MF here which integrates with our 2 Ricoh copiers, so I get the whole number for the school. (I also end up managing the copier contracts too).

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    @all:

    We go through 200,000 sheets of A4 per year and that is just in the ICT suites, the rest of the school printers get through another 100,000 from printers and another 350.000 photocopying.

    Awful lot for a medium sized school

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    Our HT has done 4K since September i think on his own.

    We have Pcounter but don't use it regularly.

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    Not sure you'll ever get a single number representative of acceptable printing, as every school defines the word acceptable in a different way. Instead, I would suggest you look at how your printers/copiers are being used, and see if you can identify areas for saving. Look for:
    * printers being used instead of photocopiers
    * people proof-reading their print-outs, i.e. the same document being printed a couple of minutes apart
    * unclaimed pages on the printers
    * people printing all when they just needed page 1 (almost impossible to spot, mind you)

    Alternatively, ask around the teaching staff as to how much printed material the students are required to produce for their subject, then set the print quotas to be that (or maybe 10% less to encourage efficiency!).

    See if you can actually watch what comes out of one of the printers, either by working near it during a lesson or using some print management software to clone the jobs to another printer.

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    Too much, don't know how many pages we print but do know we spend far too much on toners.

    We really should get a networked photocopier but people can't get off their chairs, thats too much effort!

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