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DMC have unrivalled experience with the uniFLOW Output Manager software. UniFLOW lets you to track and monitor what is being printed, who by and at what cost. This information is then used to produce a unique print strategy for your company, it will not just save you money but enhance your printing experience making it smoother and faster to complete. We have in-house specialists who can explain how this software can be integrated and help your company.
UniFLOW Output Manager is available in 10 (workgroup), 50 (business), 150 (corporate), and enterprise (unlimited) user versions which provides flexibility and scalability whatever your business type. Using web-based architecture allows the software to be run on multiple locations or sites and buildings combining and storing all that knowledge in a single SQL Server database. To provide further functionality, additional uniFLOW modules can be added.
Maximise Your Return On Investment
Realise the benefits straight away. Once DMC and Canon has worked with you to gain a complete understanding of your current technology and processes, with your approval DMC will design a solution that includes your current requirements, as well as taking into account any future processes. We will then install and configure uniFLOW with your specific timescales adhered to and making sure all your staff receive the necessary training.
We tailor our solutions to grow with our customers' business and are fully scalable. With all modules based around web based technology and pdf documents, uniFLOW is as open as possible. The benefits of this means increased flexibility and scope of use whilst ensuring integration with other systems is simple and cost effective to implement. To meet current and future customer needs, uniFLOW is fully compatible with Canon's Java based MEAP technology.
uniFLOW Output Manager is extendable with various extra modules enhancing the core accounting functionality. From helping you to run your in-house print room efficiently to securing printing features, uniFLOW really is the smart option for an output management system.
uniFLOW Output Manager
The heart of uniFLOW is the Output Manager, providing full audits from devices on your print server, assigning costs to a department, user or project code. From the moment they send the job to the printer, users can select a project or cost code. Utilising the built-in intelligence of Canon’s iR devices, uniFLOW Output Manager lets you track all your copy, print, and fax jobs directly from the multifunctional device. This information can then be accessed and viewed with the built-in statistics engine. The reports can show everything from who is printing and how much it is costing you and can be configured so they are sent as an email automatically.
Its core functionality can be added to with the addition of one or more of the following modules:
With the Desktop Accounting module letting you extend the accounting capability to all local connected devices or printers which can be accessed directly over your network without the need of a print server allowing you to track each device around your office regardless of how users print to it.
Remote Printer Server
Remote Printer Servers are added where organisations have multiple locations or multiple print servers. This means complete control across all output devices. Using Remote Printer Servers allows you to keep the print traffic on your local network whilst sending the accounting report back to your central database for a complete overview of activity.
Load Balancing with uniFLOW allows you to place access restrictions on printers. For example, uniFLOW can be configured to allow printing small jobs to a laser printer on a user’s desktop but automatically route larger jobs to the more cost efficient Canon multifunctional device a few meters away. In the event of a problem, Load Balancing can divert output to alternative devices, so the productivity of staff is not affected.
Server Clustering allows uniFLOW to run on a clustered Microsoft Windows 2000/2003 Server environment ensuring the highest degree of system load balancing behavior and failover protection.
The Secure Printing provides companies with effective security mechanisms to control the output of sensitive documents. They are held on your server and can only be retrieved from the printing device using an appropriate identification method - ideal for sensitive information.
Many different identification systems can be integrated with uniFLOW, to provide maximum flexibility such as:
Chip card readers
Magnetic card readers
Contactless card readers
There are also possibilities to use an existing identification card mechanism such as a door entry system.
uniFLOW is easily configured providing management and cost control for universities and schools as well as public domains such as libraries.
With the addition of the Java based MEAP technology interface, a user can access a list of all the jobs on a particular device control panel and select the ones they want to print. Shared jobs such as company forms, from a central archive can also be highlighted and printed on demand.
Complete control for education environments
Whether you are a vast university with thousands of students or a small primary school, uniFLOW assists you with your printing and copying costs. A system that helps recovers costs and control waste is a welcome addition when budgets are becoming ever smaller. uniFLOW gives students account limits allowing them to copy or print so that once their credit runs out, so does their ability to print.
Higher and Further Education
Whether a student wants to use a printer in the computer room or a photocopier in the library, giving students the ability to pay in advance and storing the funds in a central system ensures printing or copying pages throughout a campus without worrying over separate accounts.
Primary and Secondary Education
It is difficult to have students paying for their print jobs in this environment. However, uniFLOW can be utilized with an "acceptable use" policy allowing each student access to print a certain number of pages per day, week or term. This way it can cut cost spiraling out of control if the student abuses the system available to them.
You can enable staff to print without restrictions making sure costs are charged back to their department. If a member of staff teaches in multiple faculties, at print time, they can select which department to charge the prints to.
uniFLOW allows the addition of extra modules which can be configured to provide a complete production workflow ideal for central print rooms and print shops.
Job ticketing enables users to communicate clear instructions to print room or print shop operators by filling in an on-screen order menus linked to their document.
Web Queue Management
Web Queue Management enables operators to access the central queue for incoming print jobs, and then direct jobs to the most appropriate print device. At this point, uniFLOW interprets the print job and modifies it according to the output device specified. The relevant print accounting information is then stored in a central database.
Print shops that accept jobs for processing via the web will benefit from the secure wide area solution Internet Gateway. uniFLOW comes with an on-line accounting, job ticketing, pricing and PDF preview functionality.
Full print jobs can be archived for later retrieved. Archiving information incorporates always having a job ticket, making sure that when the time comes to check a customer’s original specification there will be no mistakes if a query arises.
With this functionality, print room operators can preview PDFs of jobs, saving money and tme by providing accurate proofs, prior to printing.
With Load Balancing you can minimize output costs by ensuring jobs are allocated to printers incurring the lowest copy costs to maximise profitability and to send jobs to relevant output devices when they contain black and white or mixed colour pages.
Invitation to meet with DMC
For an invitation to meet with us to discuss Uniflow Output Manager please click here to book an appointment. The meeting will normally take up to an hour where we can demonstrate face to face or using Web-ex if you need to stay within your office.