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ISO/IEC 17629 Method for Measuring First Print Out Time for Digital Printing Devices


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Many digital printing devices may produce the first page at a different rate than their nominal speed due to various factors. These include but are not limited to host computer, driver, application, operating system, type of connection to the printer (USB, Ethernet, wireless), and delay time since the last print. In addition, job characteristics such as black-and-white vs. color, the number of pages to be printed, single-sided or double-sided output, quality setting, number of copies, paper type and size, document content, and document complexity can affect first page out time.

ISO/IEC 17629 specifies a method for measuring the first print out time (FPOT) on plain paper in default mode. It is applicable to black-and-white and color devices, and to single-function and multi-function devices, regardless of print technology (e.g. inkjet, laser, etc).

ISO/IEC 17629 allows manufacturers of digital printing devices to measure the productivity of different digital printing devices with a standard measurement method.

Testing Overview

Tests are conducted with the device set to plain paper with the quality level at the factory default. For color devices, black-and-white tests are run by setting the device to print in black-only mode. Testing is done with single-sided printing.

The first page of four-page files are printed through Adobe Reader™, Microsoft Word(tm), and Microsoft Excel(tm).

First Page of Each Test File

Adobe Reader™

Microsoft Word™

Microsoft Excel™

Two different delay times are tested

  1. First Print Out Time from Ready State
    • Typically a 30-50 second delay from the completion of the previous print job
  2. First Print Out Time from Sleep State (Adobe Reader™ file only)
    • Typically a 70 to 120 minute delay from the completion of the previous print job

The following results are reported

  1. First Print Out Time from Ready.
    • First page of each file
    • Average of the first page of each file. HP generally advertises the average First Print Out Time from Ready
  2. First Print Out Time from Sleep
    • First page of the Adobe Reader™ file
    • Recovery time calculated as the difference between First Print Out Time from Sleep State and First Print Out Time from Ready State

What is ISO?

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards.

ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 157 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system.

ISO is a non-governmental organization that forms a bridge between the public and private sectors. Many of its member institutes are part of the governmental structure of their countries, or are mandated by their government. Other members have their roots uniquely in the private sector, having been set up by national partnerships of industry associations.

Therefore, ISO enables a consensus to be reached on solutions that meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs of society. For more information on ISO see www.iso.org Non-HP site.

Details of the ISO/IEC printing standards are available at www.iso.org Non-HP site.

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