April 13, 2007
Banner Pages - Off for a While
Some people like the banner pages; some people think they're a waste of paper. The jury is still out. But they are going to be turned off for a while until I can sort out a technical problem.
What Good are the Banners?
Certainly they make it easier to find the end of one job and the start of another, so people are less likely to walk away with your job, and your own job is easier to find in a pile or the racks.
What's Bad About Them?
Each banner takes an extra page - that doubles the paper output for the many one and two-page print jobs.
Didn't Printing Volume Go Down?
I mentioned to a number of people that printing volume went down right after I turned banner pages on. Given that initial drop and the fewer left-over jobs sitting in the racks, I assumed that numbers continued down. Looking at printing records for the HH-303 and HH-403 printer before and after March 16th (when banners were turned on), I can't say with any confidence that volume has gone down signifigantly. These charts show the number of paper printed per day and the cumulative total of pages printed for the HH-303 and HH-403 printers; you'll see that there is no clear, long-term change in print volume after March 16th:
We can reconsider banners again after the technical complications have been dealt with.