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Dynamic Management of a Toner Cartridge Supply System for a Fleet of Printers

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Printing is a ubiquitous part of the way people do business. The availability of printer supplies and the inventory cost of printer supplies in fleet of printers can be an important tradeoff that needs to be actively managed by an organization. The printer fleet should be able to satisfy the stochastic behavior of printing demand at a given service level while optimizing the cost associated with the inventory management system. In this paper, newly developed inventory models are combined with a simulation model to dynamically identify the reorder points for a fleet of printers. This simulation model utilizes information about printer usage patterns and toner consumption rates of individual printers within a fleet in order to optimize the availability and costs. An important part of this model is an improved toner consumption forecast model that more accurately predicts when the toner supply of an individual printer will be depleted. Various printing configurations are used to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed models.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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