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Olivetti Announces New Plus Range of A3 Colour MFPs

Olivetti has just updated its colour range of MFPs, please see the press release by Olivetti below:

On the PLUS side, Olivetti’s range of A3 colour MFPs is now even better. 

Olivetti is delighted to announce the availability of 3 new A3 full colour MFPs to its range – the
22ppm d-Color MF222PLUS, 36ppm d-Color MF362PLUS and the 45ppm d-Color MF552PLUS.

These 3 models are virtually identical to their predecessors but feature some changes that add to productivity and greatly reduce energy consumption. One of the most important improvements has occurred at the very heart of the machines. Thanks to new SoC (Software on a Chip) technology fewer components, than ever before, ‘stay awake’ when the machines are in Sleep Mode, reducing the total energy consumption to less than 1 Watt. The ErP is also less than 0.2 Watt, one of the lowest on the market. However, the warm-up time is still less than 22 seconds.

Olivetti d-Color MF362 PLUS

The previous range’s Licence Kit, or i-Options, has always allowed the scan to searchable PDF and PowerPoint but the PLUS series provides additional creativity by scanning to searchable Word and Excel documents making most documents universally accessible and day-to-day work easy to manage.

The touch panel has now been improved to allow data on the screen to be enlarged and moved in the same way as Smart phones and Touch Tablet PCs operate, using Flick and Drag technology;  while, for those who operate within a ThinPrint environment for reducing the size of network traffic, the new PLUS series supports this facility.

For more information on the new range of A3 colour multifunction devices please visit Elmdale Maintenance

best for colour

 

Olivetti Colour Print Driver Settings

These are our Standard Print Driver Settings for the Olivetti range when we install a machine at a client. They cover most of the current range and each driver has many of the same features and the settings are in the same place but may just be labelled differently. If you get stuck the contact us and we will try to fill in the gaps.

1. Turn off Auto in “Obtain Settings” this is under the Configuration tab in the printer properties. This is important to do as the driver will constantly query the printer if it isn’t turned off and will cause a delay when the user wants to make any changes to print settings.

Obtain Settings

2. Next we turn off “My Tab” this is under the settings tab, click the box that says “My Tab Settings” then un check the radio button that says “Display My Tab”

My Tab Settings

3. Next go to “Advanced” then “Printing Defaults” change the quality from Auto Colour to Grayscale, unless you want everything to print as colour then leave this setting alone. If this is a driver that is held on a server and shared out to clients you will have to repeat this setting under the “General” tab in “Printing Preferences” otherwise when the driver is loaded on the client computer the setting will not be transferred across correctly.

Quality Settings

4. Under the same 2 tabs in the properties of the driver you will need to alter the duplex setting if you do not want all your prints to come out 2 sided. If you do want everything 2 sided then again you can leave this setting.

Duplex Settings

If you need any more information then please contact Elmdale Maintenance on 01189821444

 

How To Upgrade Papercut On A Windows Server

How To Upgrade Papercut On A Windows Server

In this short tutorial I will show you how to upgrade Papercut on your windows server to the latest version. Papercut bring out new versions on a regular basis as they add new features and it is quite straight forward to upgrade as it has been designed so you can load the new version over the top of the old one.

The first step is to log in to your Papercut server as an Administrator and perform a backup. The backup facility is found under the options tab.

PaperCut Backup

 

Once you have backed up Papercut then log out and go to services under administration settings. The next step is to stop the Papercut application server and to stop the Papercut print provider services. It is important to complete this step as you can destroy your database if you don’t.

Stop Papercut Application Server

Once you have stopped the service you can run the installer and follow the prompts to overwrite your Papercut installation.

Run The PaperCut Installer

That’s it once it has finished installing it will restart Papercut and you can login and go to the about tab and check your Papercut Version.

Papercut Version

 

For more information on Papercut then please call Elmdale Maintenance on 01189821444

New Feature in Papercut 13.0 – Print Archiving

Papercut Have Introduced a new feature in 13.0 were you can archive and view a users print activity.

This allows approved Administrators to view a users prints jobs interactively in your browser from within Papercut. This feature is totally customisable in the fact that you can turn it off for certain user or printers that might be printing sensitive documents such as HR departments, FD’s etc.

Papercut Print Archiving

They state that this feature is ideal for a variety of scenarios including information security, audit processes and validating refund requests. Many organisations have data retention and distribution policies, whether they be requirements to archive e-mail or restrictions on USB storage devices and cloud services. Printing has traditionally presented an auditing difficulty, and PaperCut’s Print Archiving adds to the auditing tool belt.

For more information on Papercut and it’s features them please contact our sales department on 0118 982 1444 to arrange a demonstration

Creating New Folders For PowerRetrieve And Linking Them To The Fileroom And Capture Queue

In this How To Guide I want to go through creating new folders so you can scan back to PowerRetrieve then be able to search for them once they have been OCR’ed and Indexed in to your fileroom.

The steps are as follows:

First create folder(s) in your PRResources\Capture Import folder for your fileroom. This is the folder created to scan back to when the system was first installed and will have sub folders matching the folders and cabinets within your fileroom and can be usually found on the C drive of the PR server.

Create Folder In PR-Resources

Once this has been created you can then move on to the next step.

Next Create a folder in Fileroom Admin, this is where the scans or files will end up once indexed allowing users to search and find them. You will need to click on to the filing cabinet where you want the folder to reside then click on the add folder icon on the toolbar in Fileroom Admin.

Add Folder In Fileroom Admin

 

Folder in FileRoom Admin

Once you have created the folder you will need to click the wizard to add users who can see that folder and to tell the system that it needs to index new files when they are stored in to the system.

Click Wizard In FileRoom Admin

Just follow the prompts and choose which users you want to be able to see that folder in Search, I would recommend adding the SuperUser or Admin account in case you need to be able to delete any files.

Add Users To New Folder

You may be asked to add label fields as you go through the wizard, these are useful if you are adding content that may not searched easily by the content e.g. handwritten notes. You can add content that can be searched on within the label fields.

Add Details to Label Field

Finishing Up In FileRoom Admin

When you get to the end just click Finish.

Next open up Capture Admin and link the folder(s) created in the first step to the folder(s) in Fileroom Admin. This will enable PowerRetrieve to watch for any new files that have been scanned then add them to the Fileroom so you can search for them.

You will need to right click on the correct Fileroom and select edit to open the wizard.

Edit In Import Definitions - Capture Admin

Follow the prompts, then check to make sure the new folder has been found.

New Folder Discovered In Capture Admin

Click next then you will be able to either use auto link or manual link depending on whether the folder created in the first step has the exact same name as the folder created in Fileroom Admin.

Auto Link In Capture Admin

Once you have created the link click next until you have finished. You have now finished and can test by scanning something in to you new folder and make sure it is indexing.

If you need any more help then call Elmdale Maintenance on 0118 982 1444

 

 

 

Thatcham Motor Insurance Repair Research – Papercut Case Study

The Driving Force behind a Colourful Partnership

What do The Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre, in Thatcham, and Elmdale Maintenance Ltd, in Aldermaston, have in common? Apart from being situated less than 10 miles from each other both of these companies share a similar work and customer focus ethic and have built up an enviable working partnership over the past 7 years.

Elmdale Maintenance is Olivetti’s Elite dealer for Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire, and have been providing high performance business print and IT solutions, telecoms and document management systems to companies and organisations in the area since 1990. Elmdale pride themselves on their customer service and are recognised for their service delivery. The Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre, better known as Thatcham, is a non-profit making organisation, with around 185 staff, whose main aim is to carry out research targeted at containing or reducing the cost of motor insurance claims, whilst maintaining safety and quality standards.

Thatcham is best known by motorists for testing vehicle security systems and for their work in testing seats for whiplash prevention. Less well known is the fact that they provide some 70% of the data that insurers use to define a car’s insurance grouping. They also test and accredit crash repair parts and vehicle repair technicians, and, as EU legislation becomes more stringent and car technology becomes more sophisticated, Thatcham really needed to make sure their own systems could cope with requirements for training of garage repair technicians, and apprentices,  and handle increasing numbers of safety and insurance tests under new rulings.

 

thatcham papercut case study

thatcham case study

Elmdale first became involved with supplying Thatcham when the organisation was looking to streamline their printing and copying systems.  According to David Maskell, Thatcham’s IT Manager, prior to the systems they have in place now, things were very different.

“At the time, we had 2 suppliers and somewhere in the region of 20 to 30 different types of devices. Almost everyone had a printer on their desk so the system was becoming impossible to manage.” It was after their efficiency review that Thatcham made Elmdale their chosen supplier.

The IT department is responsible for the management of all systems costs so it was vital to bring everything into line. David Leno, Sales Manager at Elmdale Maintenance explained that the decision-makers at Thatcham knew exactly what they wanted to achieve.

“Thatcham had a well prepared wish-list: cost effective and reliable multi-functionality. They wanted to simplify their printing and copying systems, introduce scan-to-email and replace their mono machines with colour solutions.  Elmdale is Olivetti’s nominated “Best for Colour” Dealer in the region, so this was the perfect opportunity for us to demonstrate to Thatcham that we could fulfil their requirements.  Over time, we have been able to further demonstrate cost and efficiency savings to them, whilst also maintaining a strong working relationship that suits both parties“.

“The proposal to install 8 Olivetti models from their d-Color MF range into Thatcham was accepted by all members of the board and installed within 2 months of our initial meeting. There was a slight resistance to the change, by some of their staff, as they were moving from individual desktop printers to a single work-group multifunctional printer. But after a series of comprehensive training sessions from us people soon began to realise that these machines would be more beneficial”.

As David Maskell from Thatcham explained; “The machines are quick, produce good quality and offer our staff a wealth of really useful features to make their jobs much easier. They are more manageable and more reliable than our previous equipment.”

From a management point of view he also said; “We are able to see which machines are using more consumables than others, and this allows us to manage our toner and imaging unit stocks effectively, and, in some cases, we are able to re-position machines in areas that suit them, and the staff, better. It is far more cost-effective for us now and it’s costing us less in both time and money to keep the equipment maintained”.

What is more is that these models allow greater flexibility, through the centralised print queue system, to enable staff to print from their desktop PC and collect the prints from any machine in the company. Staff can access their prints by using a PIN code which increases confidentially and allows personnel to print out documents when they’re ready, or, if it’s a large document, print it later in the day when the machines are not so busy.

Where the machines have made a huge impact is in The Training Academy, which had traditionally out-sourced their manuals and course documents, at great expense. Bringing the task in-house saved costs, time and effort. There are around 30 staff working in the Academy, a mixture of training staff and administrators, and it has been possible to install just 2 machines in that area, both 45 ppm Olivetti d-Color MF451 systems, to cover all their printing requirements.

As well as being very happy with the equipment that is now in place, David Maskell highlighted some key points as to why their partnership with Elmdale has been so successful; “What I have found particularly beneficial about working with Elmdale is that the communication is good between us. We regularly discuss ideas for improving and managing our systems, which gives us complete confidence. Admittedly, the machines tend to run themselves, and we can manage changing our own consumables, but their support is very good and their technicians are very knowledgeable. The equipment they have supplied fits our requirements very well and has provided us greater functionality, cost effectiveness and reliability.”