We at the University of Waterloo are looking for a replacement for our
Imagewriter II's. We have an each of two labs, a volume of 1500 to 3000
pages per day. Unfortunately the 10 ImageWriter II's in each lab do
not seem able to cope with the 150-300 pages per day volume that is
expected of them.
Replacing them with Apple LaserWriter's has been rejected on the cost of
the printers and supplies. We essentially would be going through one
toner cartridge every day or every other day.
We are looking for alternatives. Some ideas that we have considered include:
High speed matrix printer (compatible to ImageWriter II in printer commands)
hooked up to serial port of server.
Print spooler on a VAX/SUN connected to a high speed printer (possibly laser).
However if this is a laser printer, we still want students to be able to
access the printer, cope with paper jams, etc.
If worst comes to worst, we might consider writing a spooler for the printer,
or if the hardware vendor wants, develop an AppleTalk connection for the
HP, Digital, Toshiba, do you have anything that we could make work?
If you know of any possible hardware/software solutions, even if they are
very esoteric, please email me. I will summarize.
If you are interested in us considering developing a solution please email me.
Computer Systems Group
University of Waterloo