Below is an analysis of the results obtained and measured after the first six months of implementation of the FollowMe - Uniflow printing system in our largest site in Sophia Antipolis (France).
In June 2011 we implemented FollowMe - Uniflow, a badge-based printing system, throughout the Amadeus Sophia campus. We can now compare printing statistics from July through December for the years 2010 and 2011.
Have we really reduced our environmental impact with FollowMe - Uniflow? The answer is yes!
With FollowMe - Uniflow, we save paper in two different ways. Firstly, we no longer print cover pages, and secondly, not every job sent to the system actually gets printed. Sometimes, users send several versions of the same document to FollowMe - Uniflow but only print the most recent one, and occasionally, a document is not output at all and is deleted from the print queue by the system after a time-out period. Before FollowMe - Uniflow, all these unnecessary jobs were actually printed, remained on the tables in the printer rooms for a while, and were eventually thrown out.
From July through December 2010, we registered 4,523,810 clicks (a click is one printed side of one sheet of paper) of which 811,729 were cover pages. For the same period in 2011, the click count had decreased to 3,186,493. In spite of a slight increase in the number of users as well as printers, this represents a drop of 29.6% in the number of clicks. Taking into account the number of double-sided pages, we show a net savings of 1,247,293 sheets of paper, or 32.1%, for the six-month period. The following table illustrates the savings achieved: