Starting and restarting jobs
Often, jobs arrive in a RICOH ProcessDirector input device and start to process immediately. However, there might be times when you need to do an action to move a job through the system. In addition, you might need to restart a job if it has been interrupted or stopped during processing.
In this section:
- Holding jobsIf you do not want jobs to move through their workflow without human intervention, you can configure the workflows to hold jobs at a given point. You can then have the operators do an action to release the jobs.
- Sending jobs to a specific printerSometimes, you want to make sure that RICOH ProcessDirector sends a job or a group of jobs to a specific printer. You can provide the name of a specific printer in the workflow or you can use the Schedule function to request a specific printer for a job.
- Adding or removing scheduling propertiesYou can use a scheduling properties configuration file to change the default set of scheduling properties used when assigning jobs to printers. The value in a job property must match the value in its corresponding printer property for the job to schedule to the selected printer.
- Moving a job to a different printerIf the printer fails while a job is printing, you can move the job to another printer.
- Moving a job to a different processing stepSometimes, you want to interrupt the flow of a job through the system and move it to a different processing step.
- Scheduling a job using Output formatSometimes moving a job from one printer to another printer requires reformatting a job. For example, you might need to move jobs from a roll-to-roll printer to a roll-to-fold printer, or you might need to print PDF jobs on a PostScript printer.
- Changing the workflow for a jobYou can change the workflow for one or more jobs. For example, you can change the workflow when you want to process the job through an extra step.
- Reprinting jobsSometimes, you might need to reprint some or all the pages of a job that has already passed through the PrintJobs step.
- Printing from a specific point in a jobWhen a job is in the Print phase and is actively printing on an AFP printer, you can stop the printer, jump to a different position in the job, and resume printing.
- Making jobs process and print soonerOccasionally, you might need to give one or more jobs a higher priority so that they process through the workflow sooner than they would otherwise. You can use the Job priority job property to move the jobs through their workflow faster.
- Promoting a job ahead of other jobs on the systemOccasionally, you might need to process a job or a group of jobs ahead of all other jobs on the system. The Promote action causes RICOH ProcessDirector to process a job first, regardless of the priority of other jobs.
Parent topic: Working with jobs