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NASA Adopts Oce Office Exec Software to Reduce Printing Costs

Press release from the issuing company

Six month payback demonstrates rapid benefits CHICAGO--June 18, 2002--NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston has reported recouping within the first six months of operation their initial investment in Oce Office Exec document logistics software and Oce digital printers. NASA installed the Oce digital document management and delivery solution to reduce and control its printing costs and increase user productivity. "At NASA, we are constantly looking for ways to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. With Oce document management solutions, we can now control our printing costs and better manage our fixed asset utilization," said Tony Patino, NASA's International Space Station IT Operations Manager. "In addition, the reporting and tracking functions allow us to actually measure our usage and plan ahead for our printing needs, something we have not been able to accurately accomplish in the past." The International Space Station (ISS) 4S Building at the NASA Johnson Space Center is utilizing four Oce 3165 digital networked copier/printers with several hundred seats of Oce Office Exec software. Oce Office Exec software is a server-based document logistics solution that streamlines office document workflow and printing efficiency. The Oce software automatically shifts print volume from slower, overtaxed desktop printers to more efficient and economical workgroup printers like the Oce 3165. Employees at NASA ISS work with very complex documents with foreign language fonts and TIFF formats that took a long time to print and would clog their networks. Now these documents are automatically routed to the most efficient printer, eliminating long network backups. For example, a 98-page document with Russian font used to take NASA employees 16 1/2 minutes to print with the network being utilized for 15 minutes. Printing five copies of the same document would take 77 minutes- and take over the network for 75 minutes. With Oce Office Exec software, the same document is automatically shifted to an Oce 3165 network printer and printed in three and a half minutes with eight seconds of network utilization. Five copies of that same document take 9 1/2 minutes to print instead of 77 minutes - with the network still only being used for 8 seconds. In addition, NASA users gained the ability to print duplex documents, staple print jobs and, with the electronic mailbox feature, ensure that their documents don't get lost in the mass of paper that accumulates in an unorganized output tray. "Most companies don't know what their printing costs are and don't realize the savings they can accomplish by redesigning their print environment," said Wendell Wilson, group vice president of the Document Printing Systems business unit of Oce-USA, Inc. "By utilizing the powerful document logistics capabilities of Oce Office Exec software, we can guarantee that our customers will reduce printing costs and increase user productivity. It gives them the ability to automatically control which documents are sent to which printer and maximize the return on their equipment investment."