Often when we are choosing a new printer or multi function device, we start by deciding what functions we need and then looking for a device that encompasses all of this.

In many cases, this is a great starting point, but what it can often result in is purchasing a device more expensive and elaborate than what your business actually needs.

Take A3 printing as an example.  Often, because a A3 print is required, a large A3 device will be procured.  In reality, the majority of the volume on that device is A4, but because there is a small requirement for A3 that’s the device that has been purchased.

Load balancing simply looks at splitting the volume over two or more devices.  Where traditionally a large A3 device would have been bought, maybe you could look into an A4 multi function device, complimented by an A3 desktop printer or multi function printer.  The result is a solution that still gives you the ability to print in A3 and A4, but costs significantly less to buy and manage.

Load balancing also gives you the benefit of a second device, so you can have a more resilient printing solution.  When a device goes down, it doesn’t have such an impact on the workforce – because you can fail over to the other machine.

If your overall A3 volume accounts for less than 10% of your total volume, consider a load balanced approach rather than the traditional one device to print all – you might save yourself some serious money, and give your business a better solution in the process.