US 11,658,862 B2
Hardware server and technical method to optimize bulk printing of physical items
Steve Belmonte, Atascadero, CA (US)
Assigned to Accuzip, Inc., Atascadero, CA (US)
Filed by Steve Belmonte, Atascadero, CA (US)
Filed on Jul. 7, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/369,943.
Application 17/369,943 is a continuation in part of application No. 16/203,583, filed on Nov. 28, 2018, granted, now 11,153,146.
Application 16/203,583 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/995,194, filed on Jan. 13, 2016, abandoned.
Application 14/995,194 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/475,599, filed on Sep. 3, 2014, granted, now 9,264,297, issued on Feb. 16, 2016.
Application 14/475,599 is a continuation of application No. 14/079,633, filed on Nov. 13, 2013, granted, now 9,479,390, issued on Oct. 25, 2016.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/726,555, filed on Nov. 14, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2021/0336840 A1, Oct. 28, 2021
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. H04L 41/06 (2022.01); G06Q 10/08 (2023.01); G07B 17/00 (2006.01); H04L 51/00 (2022.01); G06V 30/416 (2022.01); H04L 51/234 (2022.01); G06Q 10/0833 (2023.01)
CPC H04L 41/06 (2013.01) [G06Q 10/0833 (2013.01); G06V 30/416 (2022.01); G07B 17/00 (2013.01); G07B 17/00435 (2013.01); H04L 51/00 (2013.01); H04L 51/234 (2022.05)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method comprising:
distributing each printer device of a plurality of printer devices across a computer network with a corresponding each logistical node of a plurality of logistical nodes associated therewith, the corresponding each logistical node being a data processing device;
determining, through a server communicatively coupled to the plurality of printer devices via the computer network, receipt of a number of digital pre-print files included in a corresponding number of requests, each of which originates from a client device of a plurality of client devices communicatively coupled to the server through the computer network, the number of requests being relevant to printing a number of physical items, the client device of the plurality of client devices originating the each request being relevant to a physical item of the number of physical items, and each of the number of digital pre-print files specifying printing and layout information pertinent to a corresponding physical item of the number of physical items;
through the server, dynamically extracting, from the number of digital pre-print files, metadata relevant to documents related to the number of physical items to be printed and metadata representing auxiliary information specifying pre-conditions associated with the corresponding number of requests based on automatically scanning the each of the number of digital pre-print files;
classifying, through the server, the number of digital pre-print files into groups based on an extent to which the dynamically extracted metadata is shared between constituents thereof;
dynamically tracking the each printer device of the plurality of printer devices through the corresponding each logistical node in conjunction with the server for printer characteristics thereof following the classification of the number of digital pre-print files into the groups;
matching, through the server, each classified group to a logistical node based on the dynamically extracted metadata shared between the constituents thereof and the dynamically tracked printer characteristics;
commingling, through the server, the extracted metadata related to all of the constituents of the each classified group into a master document in which the commingled extracted metadata is laid out for printing thereof through a printer device associated with the matched logistical node;
determining, through the server, a status of unsuitability of the printer device associated with the matched logistical node based on a sensor associated with the printer device transmitting status information of at least one of: the printer device and an environment surrounding the printer device to the server via the matched logistical node, the determined status of unsuitability modifying the printer characteristics of the printer device to at least one of: exclude the printer device for distribution of any of the number of digital pre-print files thereto and update an administrator of the matched logistical node with a requirement to change a component of the printer device; and
reclassifying, through the server, at least one constituent of the classified group associated with the matched logistical node under another classified group to enable matching thereof to another logistical node based on the determined status of unsuitability.