Reminder about printers

We here at Eppley try our best to make a fleet of quality printers available for the use of our  faculty, staff and researchers.  As a result, we have more than 20 printers that we support.

Please read this reminder:

  1. Toner for these printers is expensive and the printers print hundreds of pages AFTER they notify you that a particular color is low.  Please do not change the toner until the printer says the toner is OUT.  The light on the printer panel will be RED if it needs help.  Otherwise, don’t feed it please.  Yellow doesn’t count as almost red.
  2. Because of the large number of printers we have, it is inevitable that there would betoner more than one model of printer.  There are currently two main models of printer in use.  Xerox 6180 and 6280. The toner from one type does not fit the other.  We regularly come across brand new cartridges that have been discarded because they have been carried to the wrong type of printer.  If you need a cartridge when there is not one near your printer and we are not immediately available to get you one, make sure the printer you are “stealing” the cartridge from is the same as your printer.  Otherwise, not only will it not fix your toner problem, there is no longer a toner near the printer you took it from.

Thanks for your help with this.

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Printer Usage – Wasted Resources

Do I really need it?  Is it work related?

Hey folks…let’s take a minute to talk about how we use our resources here at Eppley.  Some people seem to think that just because something is available that it’s only purpose is to entertain them personally.  Case in point….PRINTERS!

Eppley pays a small fortune every month to make those nice color printers available that sit in the hallways.  They are there to help us to do our jobs, support our research and perform administrative functions.  Many people seem to take them for granted, not thinking at all about the cost of the printers, the supplies, service costs, etc.  Here are just a few examples of some items printed today:

Full page photos, 5 x 7’s, 4 x 6’s, travel reservations, vacation brochures, 648 pages from someone’s dissertation (copies of large documents are supposed to be made on copiers), there are multiple people who print out a hard copy of every mail they get, at least one person who keeps a log of all their mail and prints the log countless times a day, directions to a tennis tournament, pet supplies, tax forms, brochures on houses for sale, etc.

Add to this, the fact that hundreds of pages go unclaimed at the printers every day.  You can’t tell me it was important enough to print but not important enough to walk to the printer for.  That’s just irresponsible.

In order to control costs, we are having to consider changes that will make printing to our printers controlled by access codes, much like the copiers.  Then perhaps people will be more considerate about their printing.

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