Patent Number: 7,046,383

Title: Printing system including different kinds of printers and a printer selecting device therefor

Abstract: A printing system including a plurality of different kinds of printers and a printer selecting device. The printer selecting device includes an accepting section for accepting information representative of a desired number of printings input, and selecting section for selecting one of the printers matching with the desired number of printings. Image data to be printed are sent from the printer selecting device to the printer selected. In this configuration, one printer most advantageous in printing cost for the desired number of printings, which is an important factor for the selection of a printer is selected.

Inventors: Ueda; Kenichi (Watari-gun, JP), Matsuda; Hideaki (Natori, JP), Ogawa; Mutsuo (Atsugi, JP)

Assignee: Tohoku Ricoh Co., Ltd.

International Classification: G06F 13/00 (20060101); G06F 3/12 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/16/02018