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Origin Based Print Separator Pages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022395D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-12
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-12
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Origin Based Print Separator Pages

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Origin Based Print Separator Pages

Traditionally in large companies separator pages are printed and placed in the stack of papers to separate print jobs. This allows individuals the ability to filter through and find their print jobs. The separator pages show a significant overall yearly cost.

The problem is when one individual prints many different jobs in a row, and there are no other individuals printing. A unique separator page is printed for each job, even though all jobs are for one person.

The solution is to simply print separator pages based on origin of the job, as opposed to the job itself. In this case, the hostname or userid could be used as the delimiter. In that way, all the print jobs are separated for the user, but not on a per-job basis. Instead, all the concurrent jobs are held together. If another job from another origin is in the middle of the stream of concurrent jobs, a new separator page is printed for that job, and then when the concurrent stream resumes another separator page is issued.

This could save a large company significant money on paper, as separator pages are usually a unique color, hence more expensive, and usually thrown away immediately.

The printer itself would have to override the creation of a separator page. Since the paper for separator pages is usually stored in a separate tray, the printer has a concept of when it is doing a separator page. The printer would also need to do some minor logic to see if the previous origin...