The New Photocopier(s)

Since the staff had a new room, it was decided that a new photocopier would be put in there too. Well, I say decided, more forced… the old one was too wide to fit through the door. I will give credit to the previous main photocopier, it did 4 and a half million pages without having too many problems, apart from what staff caused to it.

Three of our photocopiers were replaced in total, and as they were a newer version, they were able to connect to our Server 2012 file servers. Whereas before all scans that were taken on them went to a communal share and staff had to take the files out (they never did), we would now be able to get staff to scan directly into their own home folders. My colleague did most of the hard work adding all of the staff members and their codes to the devices, which left me with the job of creating a ‘Scans’ folder in all of the home directories.

Not being a person who wants to do a monotonous job, I decided to spend some time creating a script to do the folder creation for me. Using various sources online, I came up with the following:

To use, save it as a PowerShell script (*.ps1) and modify the lines indicated as needed to fit your environment. For instance, our scan folders are located: \\FP001\Users-Staff\<Username>\Home\Scans. As always, your mileage may vary.

We also had some training on how to use the finisher unit on the main photocopier too, as no-one ever knew before which way round you would put the paper, along with the settings to select, to create a booklet (i.e. magazine) for exams. Now it only takes one attempt instead of two three four five six


After having a chance to play around with the photocopiers for a few days, it turns out the main interface is an Android tablet, which automagically links to the photocopier controls. While the default background is a transitioning blue:
The default wallpaper provided by the photocopier

It’s possible to use one of the ‘live wallpapers’ instead. Oh, so much fun can be had here…
The photocopier home screen, with the Leaves live wallpaper showing
The photocopier home screen, with the Smoke live wallpaper showing
The photocopier home screen, with the Nexus live wallpaper showing

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