May 2018 Newsletter – Daily Duty Cycle

May 1, 2018 | Blog, Newsletters


When looking to purchase a new document scanner, there are several specifications to compare between different Manufacturers and Models. A lot of these specifications are pretty easy to understand. While a few of them may leave a typical buyer scratching their head. One of the terms that can be particularly perplexing is Daily Duty Cycle (DDC).

The daily duty cycle page count directly relates to the lifespan of the scanner. As the number represents how many pages the scanner can digitize each day and still live its “full life” of 3 or 5 years. This varies between scanner manufacturers. This number can vary greatly depending upon document scanner type; Personal desktop, Mid-volume, Production, Network. A personal desktop or departmental scanner’s DDC may be between 1,500 to 10,000 pages. While a production scanner is generally between 20,000 to 100,000 pages.

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This daily duty cycle amount can help determine if that scanner is the right fit for your environment. Below are a couple examples.

Your corporation has two offices that deal with different quantities of physical paperwork. Office 1 will be scanning 1 banker box of 8.5×11 inch paperwork per day while Office 2 will be scanning 3 banker boxes of various sized documents per day. A banker box has an average of 3,200 sheets of paper, which means Office 1 will be scanning 3,200 sheets per day while Office 2 will be scanning 9,600. An Epson DS-530 scanner with a DDC of 4,000 pages may be the right fit for Office 1, while the Kodak Alaris i2900 scanner with a DDC of 10,000 pages may adapt perfectly for Office 2.

You can also use the daily duty cycle to help determine how often your consumable rollers need to be replaced. For example, if the consumable rollers on your scanner last 300,000 pages and the daily duty cycle of the scanner is 10,000 pages per day, then you should expect to replace these rollers every 30 days.

As you can see from the example above, the scanner’s daily duty cycle can be just as important as the pages per minute speed and feeder capacity. Contact us below to discuss your new scanner needs!