Assigning a cost center and job color to report to a printer

For Avanti Slingshot to account correctly for the time a job spends on a Ricoh ProcessDirector printer, you must assign a cost center to the printer. Using the printer cost center, Ricoh ProcessDirector reports the total pages or sheets printed on specific media by name and by product ID when that property is defined. Ricoh ProcessDirector also reports whether all the pages in a job were printed with CMYK ink or toner or only with black ink or toner.

The cost centers are defined in the avanti.cfg file.

To assign a cost center and job color to report to a printer:

  1. In the Printers portlet, right-click the printer and select Properties.
  2. On the Avanti Slingshot tab, select a value for the Slingshot cost center property.
  3. For the Job color to report property:

    • Select Black for a black and white printer or a color printer set to print only with black ink or toner.
    • Select Color for a color printer set to print with CMYK ink or toner.

    This property does not control whether the printer prints with CMYK ink or toner or only with black ink or toner. The property is used only to report the ink or toner information to Avanti Slingshot.
  4. Select a value for the Print unit to report property.

    Ricoh ProcessDirector can report print volume to Avanti Slingshot in either pages or sheets.

  5. Click OK.

When an Avanti Slingshot job runs in Ricoh ProcessDirector, the amount of time each job spends on the printer is reported to the correct cost center in the Avanti Slingshot system. The start time on the printer is when the job state changes to Assigned. The complete time is when the job state changes to Complete.

When each job finishes printing, Ricoh ProcessDirector reports the total pages or sheets printed on specific media by name and by product ID (when defined). Ricoh ProcessDirector also reports whether all the pages were printed with CMYK ink or toner or only with black ink or toner.

  • If you assign a value to the Slingshot cost center property for a printer, do not include the PrintJobs step in a series of steps that send cost center information to Avanti Slingshot.
  • To report whether a color printer printed a job with CMYK ink or toner or only with black ink or toner:
    1. Separate the processing of black and white jobs from color jobs by modifying your workflows.
    2. Use a custom job property, such as Custom 1, to assign jobs a value of Black or Color.

      For example, you can use a SetJobPropsFromTextFile step or an AssignJobValues step to set the value of the Custom 1 job property.

    3. Define two printer objects for the color printer. Use the same property values for both except for Job color to report.
    4. To set the value for the Requested printer job property, use an AssignJobValues step in each branch of the workflow:
      • When the value of Custom 1 is Black, set the value of Requested printer to the printer object whose Job color to report property is set to Black.
      • When the value of Custom 1 is Color, set the value of Requested printer to the printer object whose Job color to report property is set to Color.

      You cannot use the Job color to report property to schedule jobs to printers.
 
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