July 25, 2012
The newly patented printer output coverage estimation system, developed by four co-inventors, is designed to “accurately estimat[e] toner usage” without requiring the “acquisition of substantial in-house resources in excess of day-to-day needs” in order to help businesses to cut printing costs.
The system includes a user interface through which a job request, including a request for output coverage estimate, is received. The request is then matched and sent to an external provider of computing services. Once the request is completed, the estimate is received from the computing services provider and made available to the user.
Alternatively, providers can register with a broker, who is able to match them up with job requests, thus allowing users to have “an alternative to purchasing in-house computing resources that may remain idle much of the time”.
Ricoh filed the patent application on 28 April 2006 and was co-invented by Joseph S. Czyszczewski and Larry M. Ernst of Longmont, Colo., James T. Smith II of Boulder, Colo. and Mark G. Finlan of Atlanta.
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