BENS Printserver

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BENS Printserver

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The Technology

Appliance or Virtual Server Image

BENS represents a technology providing an operating system-independent print server in form of a fanless appliance with an SSD memory (no movable parts). Alternately, BENS is delivered as a virtual server image for VMWare, XEN or Microsoft Hyper-V. Up to 50 printers can be run with one appliance, depending on the size and complexity of the data to be printed (for virtual environments, this restriction does not apply).

BENS offers a high-performance spool system with many different functions such as reprint, archiving and status tracking.

Communication and Filtering

The printer server supports all established print protocols: Socket, SMB, LPR and IPP and, at an extra-charge, IPDS. The status request of the printers is carried out via SNMP. The adjustments to desired processes is made by means of filters and their configuration. Filters are programmes that can be uploaded on a BENS server in order to modify the relevant incoming print data according to the user's requirements before they are transferred to the actual target device. As an example of print data filtering one could state the adding of macros, font types or barcodes. However, more complex tasks such as "Carbon Copy" or the conversion of print data from one printer language into another (e.g. prescribe PCL) are also possible.

A crucial feature of the BENS spool system is its flexibility: new filters can be readily uploaded and run with the server’s board features without necessitating a software modification. For each printer, several different filters can be defined.

Administration

The BENS server is delivered with a WEB-based administration tool. The intuitively operable user interface serves the administrator as a means for the network configuration, the printer definition, the administration of licenses, filters, etc. and the configuration of print processes.

System Stability

In order to grant system stability, we optionally supply each device (the "Master") together with a second device ("Slave"), serving as a mirroring server for the "Master". The mirroring is carried out automatically in the background without interrupting the operating process. Should the "Master" suffer a failure, the "Slave" automatically takes over the "Master's" license rights, thereby itself becoming the "Master". Following repairs, the original "Master" then becomes the "Slave". All licenses for filters are charged only once.

1 BENS for many Printers

1 BENS for many Printers!

BENS: Various Connectivities

Print path 1: from the application via BENS directly to the printer.

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Print path 2: from the application via a different print server to BENS and on to the printer.

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Print path 3: from the application via BENS to a different print server and on to the printer.

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Standard Filters

Barcode Filter

The BENS Barcode Filter is PCL-compatible and can be immediately used by, for example, the SAP® users. No adaptations or changes have to be carried out on the SAP® system. BENS can be used in lieu of hardware modules (e.g. barcode DIMMs), which have to be installed on the printers. In case of a printer failure, the administrator can without any problems transfer the license for the barcode filter to another printer.

more about PCL Barcode Filter »

Unicode Filter

The Unicode filter enables the printing of Unicode data on printers that are either not Unicode-able or possess no adequate font type. The BENS Unicode filter is supplied together with the Monotype® font Andale which commands more than 60.000 Unicode fonts. SAP® users can use this filter in order to, for example, print out documents in foreign languages (such as Chinese, Japanese, Thai, etc.).

more about Unicode Filter »

Prescribe PCL Filter

The Prescribe PCL Filter converts Prescribe print data into PCL print data. This filter is very performant and converts the Prescribe print data into PCL print data without any time lags noticeable to the user. The barcode adaptation is already integrated into the filter.

more about Prescribe PCL Filter »

Macro Filter

PCL Macros are print modules that can repeatedly be used in printing. They can be fixed parts of a print image, such as, for example, logos or footers but they can also be entire layouts, such as forms, letter templates or GTCs.

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Carbon Copy Filter

With the Carbon Copy Filter carbon copies are realised, meaning that each page of a print document is immediately copied a multitude of times. The number of copies is adjustable. If, for example, the user sends a document with 4 pages and if 3 is set to be the number of copies, then the printer prints the pages as follows:
1,1,1,2,2,2,3,3,3,4,4,4
Or, according to the setting
1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4
This filter is especially useful for environments, where matrix printers will be replaced by laser printers. For single pages or copies paper types or tray feeding can be defined. Also, finishing options such as, for example, stapling can be controlled.

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OCR-A / OCR-B Filter

This filter allows printing of standardised, optically readable fonts OCR-A und OCR-B.

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DataCompress Filter

The BENS DataCompress Filter compresses printer files for a cost-effective transfer via WAN-lines, for example from Europe to China.

more about DataCompress Filter »

Font Filter

This filter uses BENS as a common printer memory. The fonts for all printers can be saved and used.

more about Font Filter »

CleverPrint Filter

CleverPrint filter supports economical and ecological printing by forcing duplex, black-and-white and ECO printing, even when users have made deviating settings on the printer driver.

more about CleverPrint Filter »

SplitSpool Filter

Spool files are separated into several different print jobs, so that these can be individually processed further (e.g. stapled or enveloped).

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MergeJobs Filter

The BENS MergeJobs filter merges several different print jobs into one single print job. This facilitates the handling of many different small jobs and noticeably increases the printer’s performance that does not have to reset after each job.

more about MergeJobs Filter »

PrintToBox Filter

The BENS PrintToBox Filter supports the printing into electronic printer boxes form systems that have no such option (e.g. SAP®).

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Mobile Printing

From OS Version 2.0.37 onwards, BENS – apart from the typical print protocols such as Socket and LPR - also offers a print protocols compatible with IOS® devices (iPad®, Iphone®).

more about mobile Printing »

Follow me Function

The BENS Follow me Function saves a user’s print jobs until they are called and printed via a web browser with authentication.

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IPDS/AFPDS Printing

Optionally, BENS OS4 supports IPDS and AFPDS printing. There is a demo version for black&white printing with max. 55 ppm on each BENS Server.

more about IPDS/AFPDS Printing »

Further Functions

Suchy MIPS is always developing new filers that are of common interest. Upon request, customer-specific filters are also developed.
Example of a customer-specific filter: coloured highlights are converted into black and white, bold and with and enlarged font size.

Fonts and Macros

Resource Repository

PCL Fonts and Macros can be uploaded onto the resource repository using BENS’ existing board means. Once uploaded, a macro can be printed out on any optional printers. Using this procedure, the user saves money on expenses for additional, non-volatile memory space for these macros. The user will also save on administration, as in case of macro conversions, one macro has to be converted at one position, only.