December 14, 2016

What Exactly is Pull Printing?

Pull Printing solutions have become popular in all manner of print environments—educational and enterprise settings in particular—because of their convenience and security. They give end users more flexibility and greater control over their print jobs and can even help reduce waste by making printing itself more intentional.

Depending on the implementation, Pull Printing goes by many names. Some of these include Release Printing, Personal Printing, Secure Pull Printing and others. No matter what they’re called, Pull Printing solutions all tend to operate on the same principle, and the broader Pull Printing benefits are generally the same.

The basic two-step process that underlies most Pull Printing solutions is this:

  1. A user initiates a print job from any workstation just as usual.
  2. Once physically present at the desired printer, that user can execute the print job using a variety of authentication protocols.

With this scenario in mind, it should be quite clear what the many practical Pull Printing benefits might be. For example, in a university setting, a student can print from any nearby workstation to a shared printer in the building where her next class is going to be. After she gets to the printer, she can scan her ID badge using a card reader and release her print job. This means her print job is sent to a convenient location for retrieval, yet the completed job isn’t left sitting in the output tray to be viewed by other students or taken by mistake before she arrives. Based on this example, you can also see how easily Pull Printing solutions would have useful applications in an enterprise environment with mobile employees or confidential documents.

One thing that often gets overlooked in all this is the potential Pull Printing savings. Because Pull Printing solutions make the “execution” or “release” step a deliberate one, they avoid the factors that can lead to thousands of pages of unclaimed documents each year – waste in the form of consumed paper and ink that goes straight into the trash or the recycle bin. This makes resource efficiency just one more of the incidental Pull Printing benefits.

At PrinterLogic, our Pull Printing solution is bundled into a single, easy-to-implement Pull Printing module. It offers three different but equally versatile methods to authenticate and release print jobs:

  • Badge or card reader: Using either an integrated card reader or an external one plugged into the printer’s USB port, users can swipe their ID card to release the print job.
  • The control panel embedded in the printer: PrinterLogic’s app with near-universal printer support is installed directly on the printer itself. Users can then log in using the LCD control panel to authenticate.
  • With a web browser: Any mobile device (e.g., Chromebook, iPad, Android tablet) can be used to release jobs via its built-in web browser. This can even be a mobile device set up in kiosk mode alongside the printer.

Unlike other Pull Printing solutions, Pull Printing from PrinterLogic makes it incredibly easy to equip your entire print environment with this convenient and secure functionality, so you and your end users can begin reaping the Pull Printing printing benefits as well as the Pull Printing savings without a complex deployment process.

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