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Automated and Cost Effective Multi-Platform Inventory Scheme for Intelligent Printer Data Stream Printers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104451D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chen, W: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is an automated Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) printer inventory scheme. The printer driver (Print Services Facility or PSF) issues a printer startup message to the operator console during IPDS printer initialization. The message contains the necessary printer inventory information such as printer name, model, address, etc. When an inventory report is needed, the softcopy of the console log(s) is fed into an off-line batch utility (PSF Point Counting Tool, aka PPCT) to generate the report. Refer to the figure for an illustration of the design.

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Automated and Cost Effective Multi-Platform Inventory Scheme for Intelligent Printer Data Stream Printers

      Disclosed is an automated Intelligent Printer Data Stream
(IPDS) printer inventory scheme.  The printer driver (Print Services
Facility or PSF) issues a printer startup message to the operator
console during IPDS printer initialization.  The message contains the
necessary printer inventory information such as printer name, model,
address, etc.  When an inventory report is needed, the softcopy of
the console log(s) is fed into an off-line batch utility (PSF Point
Counting Tool, aka PPCT) to generate the report.  Refer to the figure
for an illustration of the design.

      The utility can be used on any or all of three platforms (MVS,
VM, OS/2*).  Affinity between the utility execution platform and the
PSF platform is not required.  The user can freely choose any
execution platform for his convenience.  Furthermore, the inventory
report generated on one platform can be used as input to the tool
running on a different platform.  In fact, the report from one run on
one O/S can be used as input and merged with the report from another
run in a different O/S.  In other words, soft copies of the report
previously generated by this utility can be re-cycled as the input
and consolidated with the report being generated.

      Due to the variety and the changing nature of the non-IBM IPDS
printers in the market, the IPDS printers are not all defined to...