How do you do....it? Thread, Photocopiers in Technical; The head is looking very closely at the possibility of installing a colour photocopier to reduce printing costs within a ...
23rd February 2010, 03:25 PM #1
The head is looking very closely at the possibility of installing a colour photocopier to reduce printing costs within a certain area of the school- the staff room.
Obviously the outlay is more expensive, but are they really any cheaper?
Any recommendations on makes/models? Are they easy to setup?
23rd February 2010, 03:31 PM #2
If you run a print server for your other printers you can simply network it as you would a standard printer. Thats what we do. Just a case of assigning it a fixed IP, adding the printer on the server and having the correct drivers available. This also means if you use any sort of print monitoring software (e.g. Papercut) this will also monitor / control who is printing to said photocopier.
Whether it is more economical for you will depend on the offer you get regarding price per page. I am not sure how 1x colour photocopier compared to say 1x colour laserjet printer compares price wise over say 5 years (considering the cost of the copier in the first place + price per sheet against toner for the laserjet....as an example).
I would have thought photocopiers would be more economical due to the ability to remove multiple desktop printers from use........depends what you plan on doing I suppose?
Thanks to RTFM from:
sippo (23rd February 2010)
23rd February 2010, 03:41 PM #3
Well all being well, other printers will be removed. In the staff room, they have a networked black and a colour.
23rd February 2010, 03:43 PM #4
Are you going to lease the copier - if so a lot of companies include the toner as part of the monthly cost - so can work out cheaper if you get staff to send al big jobs to the photocopier
23rd February 2010, 03:49 PM #5
Riso are the cheapest cost per page wise, less than 1p for colour. Print quality isn't quite as good as laser based printers, but the the Riso ones are faster.
Ricoh are very good, have a few of those around. Sharp are also good and slightly cheaper than Ricoh.
Avoid Xerox and be careful on the type of contract you go for, some have very nasty gotchas.
23rd February 2010, 03:55 PM #6
Riso are hugely expensive to lease - we looked a this, for their full colour machines. (ie. HC Ink for High Speed Printing - Riso United Kingdom) The rest of their machines are black (or spot colour) only. Also, they are not very cheap to run unless you are printing a bulk number of pages at once.
Originally Posted by teejay
Ricoh is what we have here, and they are very good.
Xerox are expensive, but feature rich - although, the control panel is confusing as hell compared to Ricoh.
Canon - personal experience is awful, i'd have got more printing done if i had a group of monkeys.
23rd February 2010, 03:57 PM #7
we do this across the school, costs about 8-10p a colour sheet on our ricoh printer including cost of paper. black on its own is about 2p saves about 10-12p on a standard Hp/brother black printer.
Its defo cheaper then the new hp printers i would say. Our photocopier also does scan to email if you set it up correctly. plus the other bits and bobs
23rd February 2010, 04:10 PM #8
We pay 3.9p per sheet colour, and 0.33p per b&w on mono on our ricoh machines here, so the pricing varies a lot - depending on your volumes and supplier.
Originally Posted by glennda
24th February 2010, 09:26 AM #9
Does anyone have a Ricoh link/contact?
24th February 2010, 09:27 AM #10
www.ricoh.co.uk or do you need a contact there?
24th February 2010, 09:30 AM #11
A contact e-mail would be ideal.
Is there a way of preventing photocoping? Or a way of putting a password in to prevent copying?
24th February 2010, 09:34 AM #12
We have a couple of these which are colour photocopiers Ricoh C4000
and yes we have them set up so that different departments have to put in a departmental code so that they can use the copier, so that the charges are sent back to the dept. but if you don't tell them the codes they cant photocopy!!
24th February 2010, 09:38 AM #13
Ricoh sell via resellers. There are loads of them around the country. We use Annodata ourselves, but there are many others - look in your local yellow pages for photocopier companies.
Originally Posted by sippo
And on preventing copying, they have a basic authentication system built in, but if you want any form of tracking, you can use PaperCut MF with them, which integrates into your network in general.
24th February 2010, 09:40 AM #14
Ricoh also sell direct, have PM'd you the details Sippo.
24th February 2010, 09:48 AM #15
Are KonicaMinolta any good? That's who are resources lady use.
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