Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Reflections on a Move

LBM Systems is moving our office to 2 Stony Hill Road, Suite 206, Bethel CT 06801. Our phone numbers (203.966.0661, 800.898.6434 remain the same).

Although we have a new address, here are several things that remain the same:

People that talk to you – call or email us, if we don’t pick up right away we respond rapidly.

Customer service focus – direct contact with our customers demands that we treat you right after we pick up the phone.

Relationship-building emphasis – out of our thousands of implementations worldwide, a significant percentage have used our products for over 10 years. If we weren’t responsive, reliable and courteous, you wouldn’t stick around.

Quality products – AXIAR 7.0 is soon to be released with more document management and paper saving innovations included. We wouldn’t last long in the software industry if our products didn’t work as advertised no matter how well we treat you.

Customer-driven improvements – mail-sorting (OMR) capabilities, 2-D barcodes, OCR form recognition are just a few of the recently added capabilities driven by customer requests. Because we talk to you and develop our own software, you have the ability to impact our product for your benefit. You have access to our development team any time you need it.

Expertise in output management processes – we have supplied laser printing and output management software for over 29 years; we know our business. We talk with customers throughout the world, from United States Federal, state and local government agencies (the Social Security Administration, the US Marine Corps, California’s Orange County Department of Education, City of Juneau) to huge private corporations (Nationwide Insurance, JP Morgan Chase, Lockheed-Martin, John Deere) to thousands of small and medium enterprise customers. We succeed at all these places because we save them money and help them improve their business-critical document processes, regardless of the scope and scale of the implementation.

Paper saving innovations – we have saved millions of pages of paper for our thousands of customers worldwide, reducing resource use and saving money with every job our software processes. Every single one of our customers has the means to reduce printing costs by more accurately creating, tracking and distributing document output. We can help you identify costly/inefficient print processes and suggest ways to implement our software to streamline the process. We have metrics-collection capabilities that allow you to track user statistics and print performance; this data can be used to show the savings our software delivers. All you have to do is call or email us and we will assess your current output processes and even estimate how much we can save with our software.

Or, the next time you are in Connecticut, stop in and we can talk in person.

Andy Wellman
COO, LBM Systems

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Paper Saving Roll Call - Q3 2011

As we are finishing off a great third quarter 2011 here at LBM Systems, I wanted to highlight a few fiscally responsible and environmentally accountable customers who are saving money and reducing resource waste with our software. We call it our "Paper Saving Roll Call":

- State of Kentucky
- State of Maryland
- Royal Bank of Canada
- Warburg Pincus
- Nationwide Insurance
- Wells Fargo

Please feel free to contact me any time for detailed paper saving references. The question to you is: why isn't your company or government saving money and reducing resource use with AXIAR Green, Paper Saving Software?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Simple Step from 'Printer-Ready' to 'Screen-Ready'

Pcl2Pdf software makes the transition from ‘printer-ready’ output to ‘screen-ready’ output simple for large, medium and small enterprise environments.

Many users know how to save an individual document into PDF for sending via email. However, many applications in use at large corporations and government facilities have business-critical print processes that are geared towards printed output only. The idea of converting these documents manually to PDF is not efficient; Pcl2Pdf is a product that can ‘intercept’ print-destined output, convert it to PDF, and with AXIAR Green’s output management capabilities, can automatically send the PDFs to computer/SmartPhone destinations.

The latest version of Pcl2Pdf includes many enhancements to better handle standard application output and more efficiently convert data from ‘printer-ready’ to ‘screen-ready’ presentation. Recipients of the PDFs can still print if they wish, of course.

For more information about Pcl2Pdf, please click here, contact us directly through or call 800-898-6434 – we have thousands of sites using Pcl2Pdf who save millions of pages of paper each year.

PCL2PDF version 6.9.6 improvements include:

*Implemented new “-TEMP” switch for user specified temporary file directory
*Implemented new “-PC” switch for print copies, “-PS” and “-PE” for print range start and end and “-PM” for print preferences
*Implemented “IBM DOS” style line and box drawing character support
*Implemented 24-bit RGB PCL colour support, in conjunction with AXIAR Imaging, with opacity and transparency and within macros
*Implemented new “-IFF” switch to supress blank page generation on form feed when no data on page
*Implemented Euro character in HP 9N and 13U symbol sets
*Implemented right and centre justified text printing using HP-GL/2 'LO' command
*Implemented “white text” printing
*Implemented PCL raster graphics “mode 5” adaptive compression
*Implemented various “bug” fixes and PCL code enhancements
*Improved PCL duplex paper handling support
*Improved PCL “offset registration” support, including for 90 degree rotated portrait pages
*Improved HP-GL/2 support
*Developed using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Self-Healing Print Networks

When print jobs fail, users typically resend the jobs multiple times and contact IT/help desk personnel for immediate assistance. This not only wastes paper and toner, but also distracts IT personnel from other tasks.

AXIAR software can be configured to form a ‘self-healing’ printer environment that:

1) ensures automatic delivery of print jobs even if the first choice of printer is unavailable

2) automatically alerts IT personnel about the error status. This eliminates the risk of redundant print requests that waste paper/toner and reduces time spent by IT personnel addressing print-related problems.

In addition to AXIAR’s paper saving software capabilities, AXIAR software has print queue management capabilities that ensure delivery of output by managing the flow of print requests. Print requests are analyzed and processed by AXIAR and routed based on delivery rules set up by IT personnel. AXIAR also monitors the status and availability of printers, allowing AXIAR to automatically deliver print jobs to the next available, most convenient and least used printer (if the initially intended printer is unavailable). The print job is delivered successfully regardless of the status of the initially intended printer and the users do not experience a delay accessing their jobs. The user who sent the job receives an email or online message communicating the delivery of the print job.

AXIAR also includes remote diagnostic tools for IT personnel to manage print queues and printer health from a help-desk environment. AXIAR monitors printer status and communicates error states for IT personnel to remotely address. Printers can be enabled/disabled remotely across operating systems and networks, allowing IT personnel to maximize printer uptime and ensure the proper amount of printer resources are available based on user demand. Print jobs can be re-queued, tracked and re-routed dynamically from a centralized location, even across disparate operating systems (unlike many other print queue management software products, AXIAR runs natively on UNIX, Linux, Windows and AS/400 operating systems).

Using AXIAR’s ensured print job delivery, print queue management and printstream management tools allows IT and service personnel to troubleshoot and repair devices without the stress of users waiting for their print jobs. AXIAR’s self-healing printer network software ensures print job delivery.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

School District Paper Stats

Interesting story about a High School in Washington state going 'paperless' for a week; although they reduced paper use by 60%, they still consumed 20,000 sheets of paper. Look at the numbers below and then think about how many school districts there are in the US alone.

AXIAR Green, Paper Saving Software, reduces costs without sacrificing services.

"By the numbers
--> 22.8 million - Sheets of white, 8.5×11 photocopy paper used by the Issaquah School District in the 2009-10 school year
--> 2.25 million - Sheets of paper used per month in the Issaquah School District
--> 833 - Height, in feet, of 2.25 million sheets of paper
--> 270 - Number of trees needed to make 2.25 million sheets of paper, assuming no recycled material.
--> $134,475 - Spent on paper in the 2009-10 school year (including sales tax)
--> $13,027.50 - Spent on paper per month in the Issaquah School District
--> $1,120 - Spent on paper at Skyline per month
--> 175,000-225,000 - Sheets of paper used at Skyline per month
--> 50,000 - Sheets of paper, on average, used at Skyline in a week
--> 16.5 - Height, in feet, of 50,000 sheets of paper.
--> 20,000 - Estimated number of sheets of paper used during paperless week.
Sources: Issaquah School District, Conservatree"

Thursday, May 19, 2011

$126 Billion A Year

LBM Systems is pleased to announce we recently received a “2011 Silver Partner in Excellence” award from Hewlett-Packard – a company with over $126 billion in sales in FY 2010.

Despite tough economic times for many companies, LBM Systems has delivered wins for HP and captured new business in the Small-Medium Enterprise output management space. In addition, our proven UNIX, Linux, Windows and AS/400 based print queue management and laser forms software continue to save money and save paper at thousands of sites throughout the world.

We are proud to participate in HP’s Solutions Business Partner Program and we look forward to future success with HP. Finally, to all our customers and contacts: thank you for helping us succeed – we appreciate your decision to use our software to save money and improve your business processes.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Corporate Green IT Survey

A recent article on shows some of the changes in attitude towards Green IT initiatives in corporate settings.

Article highlights:

"One in five companies now have a dedicated budget allocated for green IT initiatives, and 44 percent say they are moving toward doing so."

"37 percent of firms currently rate green IT as an "upper-half organizational priority."...Looking ahead, 54 percent are expected to view green IT as an upper-tier priority in 2013."

Our customers have already discovered how our paper saving software benefits both their bottom line and their 'waste line' at thousands of sites worldwide.

Where does your organization rate green IT initiatives? What if the green IT initiative had a verifiable ROI?

Whether you need to track and manage printer resources and printing behavior, convert batch output to PDF for digital distribution/storage or simply ensure that print job delivery is cost-efficient and verified, AXIAR Green, Paper Saving Software, will benefit your organization.

Monday, March 21, 2011

HP Solutions Business Partner Case Study

HP Solutions Business Partner Case Study: forms automation.

Click the link to read about how LBM Systems' AXIAR software saves money, reduces paper use, ensures print job delivery and improves output management processes with HP servers and printers at over 400 locations throughout North America.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Calling All Governors

Paper Saving Software for Government – We have invited all Governors in the United States to assess how our paper saving software can help them reduce costs without sacrificing services.

We are committed to helping our government find ways to save money while maintaining the proper level of support required to deliver quality government services to our citizens. We are confident our performance-based pricing models enable a cost-efficient way to rapidly save money.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Intelligent Barcodes

In our successful ongoing efforts to streamline print and mail processes, we have added USPS Intelligent Mail (IMb) barcode font support to our forms applications.

Now, with a single application print request, data can be formatted and converted to Intelligent Mail barcodes to cut costs and improve delivery success rates. There is no need for printer-resident hardware or software, AXIAR's server-based processing takes care of the data formatting and drives efficient, intelligent output to laser printers anywhere on the network.

Just another simple way to take advantage of AXIAR's cost-saving capabilities.