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Ink is one of the more unusual costing elements, as Ink may be a relevant costing factor in a print job (i.e gold ink), or negligible.



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Print Estimating - Ink

When developing our print estimating software, in the early days it became apparent that ink cost may or not be a factor in a print job, and no-one wants to spend 5 minutes working out if the cost is 15 cents or 25 cents.

With this in mind our print estimating software had 5 different modes when calculating ink costs:

  • * Estimate cost for ink used.
  • * Use predefined color
  • * Use average cost for ink
  • * Calculate costing with predefined colors
  • * Ignore costing

Estimate cost for ink used

One of the quickest methods for determining costs.

Use predefined color

This method uses the cost of a predefined ink, then calculates the amount of ink used from the no. of copies, the finished paper size, the coverage and the wastage.

Use Average cost for ink

Like the method above, the method is similar. This method uses the average cost of the predefined inks, then calculates the amount of ink used from the no. of copies, the finished paper size, the coverage and the wastage.

Calculate costing with predefined colors

This is the most accurate costing method, but also the most time consuming. Up to four inks can be used, and the proportion of these colors can be determined, though they must add up to 100%. Combined with the coverage area, the no. of copies, the finished paper size, the coverage and the wastage, this gives an accurate result. This method of costing is more suitable for larger jobs.

Ignore Costing

Sometimes the easiest option, the ink cost is set to nothing.

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