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Paper plant uses fax to produce plenty of papyrus.

Few investions are as ubiquitous and truly useful as fax machines and carbonless paper. At Appleton Papers Inc., one is used to produce the other.

The leading manufacturer of carbonless paper and other specialty coated papers, the Appleton, Wisc., firm uses fax technology to churn out millions of pounds of paper per day.

Creating the facilities to produce such a large volume is the charter of Appleton's Plant Engineering Department. The engineering team conceives plans for the paper production plants and machines.

This involves communicating intricate electrical drawings and detailed plant layouts to the vendors who will build the plants and equipment. It also involves continuous, timely correspondence with those vendors.

To satisfy these communications requirements, Appleton relies on a fax system based on the JetFax II, a fax interface device that enables Appleton to send engineering drawings as well as word processing and spreadsheed files as fax documents directly from their Novell 386 local area network.

The JetFax is connected between the Novell file server and the LaserJet Series III network laser printer, while the fax transmission software, called JetFAxPC, is loaded onto the file server.

Outgoing faxes are converted to fax format and tagged for faxing by the software, then downloaded to the JetFax II which performs the dialing and transmission functions. Faxes appear to the network as print files, minimizing configuration changes.

The department's 26 engineers can send drawings created in Autocad directly from the network. This is accomplished by converting an Autocad document to a PCL file by executing a print plot routine which creates a PCL file.

The fax software converts the PCL file to a fax document, and the document is downloaded for transmission. A cover letter utility lets users create customized cover pages complete with company logo.

"The quality improvement of the Autocad documents faxed via JetFax is dramatic," say Carl Hanson, electrical engineer in the Plant Engineering Department.

Before the new fax was installed nine months ago, the engineers had to fax drawings with a thermal fax machine, resulting in reduced quality. In addition, the process of printing them out and walking them to the fax machine proved time-consuming.

"By sending drawings directly from the network, we're able to avoid scanning, which degrades resolution. In addition, JetFax performs very good conversion from PCL to fax, contributing to the quality."

The engineers also fax WordPerfect and Lotus files to vendors. After composing documents, the use of hot keys allows the faxes to be sent.

When evaluating solutions, Hanson decided on the JetFax for several reasons. First, it provided network faxing without the need for a costly dedicated fax server, and it performed the PCL-to-fax conversion necessary for sending Autocad filed.

JetFax II also supports single-user faxing applications and is bundled with both DOS and Windows faxing software.
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Title Annotation:Appleton Papers Inc.
Publication:Communications News
Date:Mar 1, 1992
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