UXBRIDGE, U.K., March 8th, 2012 – In an effort to squeeze every drop of productivity from printing hardware, Xerox and IT and business service provider Agilisys have come up with a plan to turn North Somerset Council’s print facility into a hub that maximises equipment capacity, improves efficiency for the council and creates an additional service offering for customers.
Working together, Agilisys and Xerox have developed a print hub located at the council’s headquarters in Weston-super-Mare. The primary mission of the hub is to produce the wide range of content that the council relies on, from marketing collateral to legal documentation. But during quiet periods or “downtime” Agilisys will use Xerox software and expertise to open up the print hub to support the print needs of other Agilisys customers throughout the country in the most cost effective manner.
“Maximising capacity of document management assets is a great way of reducing operational costs and ultimately passing savings on to customers,” said Mark McPhillips, director and general manager, Large Enterprise, Xerox UK & Ireland. “By centralising its print functions at the North Somerset Council facility, Agilisys is not only able to continue delivering the council cost-effective, high-quality print services without the burden of managing production in-house, but can now also extend this offering to its other customers across the country.”
How it Works
Under the arrangement, Xerox’s DocuColor 8080 and 4127 copier/printer replace the legacy Xerox DocuTech 6060 that Agilisys previously had installed at the council’s headquarters. The equipment provides the council with fast, efficient and flexible print services, managed by an on-site Agilisys team.
Agilisys has selected Xerox Web Services software to run additional jobs from its other sites through the print centre. Xerox’s MakeReady workflow management queues and manages each job as it passes through the DocuColor 8080 and 4127, right up to the point at which the completed jobs are prepared for distribution. This enables other Agilisys customers to benefit from the fast-speed and high-quality of Xerox’s hardware, while allowing Agilisys to maximise capacity of the print centre at all times.
“By working with Xerox we can provide North Somerset Council with the most cost-effective, flexible and efficient print services possible, while ensuring the capacity and productivity of our hardware is maximised,” said Carl Ellis, Group Senior Procurement Manager, Agilisys. “Xerox’s solution to this challenge enables us to support our other customers with print services as required, at no extra cost to North Somerset Council, which only pays for the jobs it requires and which will share in the benefits from any additional work generated.”
The Xerox DocuColor 8080 Digital Colour Press -- the first of its kind to be installed at a local government facility in the UK -- enables Agilisys to deliver its customers up to 300,000 pages per month of different weights and stock, at a rated speed of 80 pages-per-minute. It works in conjunction with the Xerox 4127 copier/printer responsible for the production of high quality black and white content at speeds of up to 125 pages-per-minute.
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