Print Management Solution for Retail Shipping
Print Management Solution for Retail Shipping22 Dec, 2020
Print Management Solution for Retail Shipping
A supplier to retail stores across the US was experiencing print issues when trying to perform batch printing of labels. As shipment volume grew the print function required for labels and other shipping-related documents was falling behind causing shipments to be held up. Printers would occasionally fail, stopping the process entirely also causing missed deadlines and requiring manual intervention/labor to fix the problems.
As a result, the retailer searched for a print management solution to help improve the situation. The customer acquired OM Plus print management software to provide Load Balancing across multiple printers. This print management software solution from Plus Technologies increases volume and detects print failure. Then automatically invokes failover to a backup device to keep the line moving and manages the delivery of certain documents to specific trays to minimize manual intervention.
Setting up OM Plus Print software for load balancing and failover is easy and is described by a video below.
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Printer Load Balancing
Printer load balancing, or printing across multiple printers can significantly improve overall document output velocity. Another name for printer load balancing is printer pooling. In busy printing environments, several jobs may be sent to the printer in a short period of time. However, when this happens the documents become stacked up and have to wait their turn before printing. With Printer Load Balancing, documents do not wait for prior jobs to print. Documents are routed to available printers and print right away.
OM Plus printer load balancing allows a user to define a group of printers called a “printer class”. Printer load balancing is accomplished by OM Plus Print Spooling distributing the documents to all the devices within the class. Using bi-directional communications OM Plus can detect the status of printers. If the printer is busy OM Plus will direct jobs that are waiting to the next available print device.
OM Plus has other features that are complementary to printer load balancing environments that make the system even more efficient. These features such as document bursting, bundling/kitting, insertion of header/footer pages, support for proprietary label printers, tray management, automated fail-over, and page-level control. Additionally, OM Plus can count pages and is able to automatically re-route jobs based on page count. In this manner, OM Plus will automatically re-route jobs from low speed to higher speed devices in real-time. This improves throughput by utilizing a higher volume (and usually lower cost) printer.
These features improve asset utilization and increase document output speeds. Plus Technologies printer load balancing solutions are great for distribution, warehouse, logistics, and other similar environments.
Automating Document Related Business Processes
Plus Technologies located in Ohio has been developing enterprise level document and output management software since 1994. Plus Technologies’ focus is on improving business processes affected by documents. We have thousands of customers, tens of thousands of server software installations, and millions of printers under management in 30 countries.
Plus Technologies serves customers of all sizes as our products, licensing, and pricing is scalable upwards and downwards. We have departmental as well as enterprise wide output management software implementations. We have successfully sold into many Fortune 500 organizations.
One reason for our success is our willingness to respond quickly to our customer’s unique requirements. First, we listen to the customer to understand their environment and their needs. Second, we work with the customer to determine the optimal solution. In addition, we are able to quickly make enhancements to our products to meet specific needs. Third, we offer pricing and licensing flexibility to suit our customer’s budget. Lastly, we provide world class support. This recipe has served us well over the years and as a result, we have an extremely loyal customer base.
Please contact us to learn more about our company and products. Moreover, you can count on Plus Technologies to do our best to help you solve your document and output management issues.