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New App Gives Your Printer a Life Expectancy

Danish printer management company 3manager has announced a new app that will allow users to see how long their appliances will last.

Copenhagen, Denmark, September 25, 2013 --( The easy-to-use 3viewer software, which can be used in conjunction with the popular Zendesk bar, monitors the usage and history of networked printers and then provides a readout of how long it will be before they meet their demise.

While this might sound somewhat dark and perhaps fatalistic, there's no need to worry. Most printers last substantially longer than most people think and 3viewer's analytics will give IT managers the data that they need to make decisions about future rounds of procurement.

It's often very difficult for people to gauge exactly how well utilized their printers are. While some appliances will give users a readout of how many documents have been produced - perhaps even with a day-by-day breakdown - this won't tell them exactly how close to maximum capacity they are.

That's where 3viewer comes in.

The program's state-of-the-art technology monitors exactly how many pages have been printed out and then compares this against the specifications of any individual device to give an approximation of the amount of documents it could potentially produce per day.

Naturally, if this amount is exceeded, the device's life expectancy will decrease and this will mean that more regular maintenance is needed - not to mention heightened procurement of ink toners and cartridges.

More and more businesses and organizations are finding that printer management is vital to the development of cost cutting efforts.

Indeed, a Danish college recently reported expenditure reductions in excess of €11,000 ($14,500) because it used 3viewer to check if it was effectively using its printer fleet.

Bosses at the institution had planned a new round of funding to replace broken or ageing machines, but instead moved poorly-utilized appliances from less popular rooms to areas with high traffic. Because of this, no devices had to be purchased and the money was reinvested into other areas of the college -resulting in higher productivity and efficiency.

It was recently announced that 3viewer would spread from Denmark across the English-speaking world, as the Scandinavian company aims to enter new markets with its cost optimization software.

Although the firm's printer management app is popular in Denmark, the company sees limited scope for growth in its native country and wants to increase its market share in the US, UK, Canada and other regions.

Henrik Lundsholm, chief technology officer at 3manager and company co-founder, commented: "We're finding that time and time again, consumers are spending too much on procuring printers for their businesses.

"While buying a new device is, at times, absolutely vital for a business looking to reduce its downtime, our research shows that only 15 per cent of printers are run to their optimal levels, with a whopping 75 per cent underused.

"This is good in a sense that it means the appliances are in better shape, but it's not a very useful statistic if commercial enterprises aren't aware of which printers meet this criteria and which don't.

"That's why we launched our easy to understand life expectancy system, which we think will give organizations the edge they need to delay procurement and potentially save thousands of dollars."

Siiri Nathalie Bruun, 3manager's area sales manager, said: "We think that the new life expectancy system will be really popular with our clients. Not only will it give them a really easy to understand way of knowing when their printers will 'die' - so to speak - but it will also provide the basis on which procurement decisions can be made.

"We find that many of our customers don't actually appreciate how hard it can be to create this kind of estimate internally and manually. Most businesses require a consultant or a technology specialist with a penchant for mathematical equations if they want to figure out how long their printer will last, but 3viewer removes the need for this.

"If anyone is unsure of our claims, they should feel free to trial our product, which is also free for networks with fewer than five printers."
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