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Instructional Laboratory Support - Mechanical Engineering

ME Print Quota Changes

Print Quotas

ME has implemented printer quota system in an effort to reduce the costs incurred in supporting all of the printers and enhance functionality. The system is based on a dollar amount value rather than individual pages for B&W and color. With this, each page printed will have a specific cost associated based on the number of sides printed and whether color is used. This is checked prior to actually printing. The quotas given are for the entire semester and based on the prior quotas used so budget your printing accordingly.

Also, the use of quotas do not remove the standing ME printing policies. You are still only allowed to print academic related materials, with no copies and only once copy of your thesis. The printers are provided to support the formal courses offered by the department. Printers are not provided to support research activities, student organizations or as a copy machine.

If you find you need more print quota than you have been given, you may request more quota through the electronics shop (ME 2042). We will review the print history for your account and check it against the ME print polices. If there is a legitimate need and no violations of the print policy, more quota will be given. ME does not have a method for you to 'purchase' additional quota. Other options include using the ITAP print system in the ITAP labs or using personal printers. ITAP does have a mechanism for you to purchase additional quota if you run out of ITAP quota.

How to set up your machine to use the new Quota System?

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How to check your print Quota?

Go to this website.

Current Print Quotas (January 2013)

Account Type Amount
Undergraduate Student $30
Graduate Student $30

Current Per Side Printed Costs

B&W Printers

Color Printers

Page Size Per Side B&W Per Side Color
Letter (8.5x11) $0.02 N/A
Legal $0.03 N/A
A4 $0.02 N/A
11"x17" $0.06 N/A
Com 10 (envelope) $0.01 N/A
Page Size Per Side B&W Per Side Color
Letter (8.5x11) $0.04 $0.07
Legal $0.06 $0.12
A4 $0.04 $0.08
Com 10 (envelope) $0.02 $0.03

Printer Access

With the new quota system, we now have the ability to limit access to printers. As such, students will no longer be able to print directly to any of the printers in the Faculty and Staff areas. Students will have access to the undergraduate lab printers and any research printer their group may own.

List of Printers


Known Issues  

When printing to a color printer, the quota system attempts to determine how many pages are color and how many are Black and White. If the system cannot determine the proper counts, it will, by default, charge the per color page rate for any unknown pages. With that, DO NOT SEND B&W ONLY jobs to a color printer.  We will not credit costs back for this. The department wants you to use B&W printers for B&W jobs as their per-page cost is much less than the per-page cost of a B&W page on a color printer.

Print Policy

  • The ME quota is allocated at the start of the semester, for printing material directly related to your ME classes.  You can not buy more quota once it is exhausted.
  • Do not print entire books.
  • Do not print black & white material on a color printer; this exhausts your quota unnecessarily.
  • Do not use the printer as a copy machine.  Print one copy then use a copier for multiples.
  • Your quota may be used to print ONE copy of your thesis.
  • If you exhaust your ME quota you will need to use your ITaP quota and printers for the rest of the semester.  You can buy more ITaP quota.
  • All printing is logged in detail.  Come to the E-Shop if you need to review your print history or have questions about quota management.