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Jim2® Business Engine Help File

Standard Meter Setup

Provided a valid Machine Type is selected, there will be a Meter Setup tab at the bottom of the Machine. Select the Meter Setup tab, and let's create a Standard Meter setup for a Colour MFD.


Stock must be set up prior to adding meters, including macro descriptions on the Machines tab.


Example Macros

{{Project.Meter.Counter Name" "}}{{"Last Read - "Project.Meter.Job.Previous Job.Meter Read" "}}{{"Last Estimated Read - "Project.Meter.Job.Previous Job.Estimated Meter Read" "}}{{Project.Meter.Job.Previous Job.Date Due" "}}{{"Current Read - "Project.Meter.Job.Meter Read" "}}{{"Estimated Read - "Project.Meter.Job.Estimated Meter Read" "}}{{"Prints - "Project.Meter.Job.Qty" "}}{{"Estimated Prints - "Project.Meter.Job.Estimated Qty" "}}


colour meter setup


Meter Names are free type, however once you have entered a meter name it will appear in the list. In this case, meter types are just standard black and colour. You will notice that in the Billing Stock Code list, only valid billing stock codes can be selected. This means that on a black machine, a colour billing code cannot be selected by mistake, nor an unders billing code used in standard billing. Whether the code appears or not in the list depends on the billing code set up on the Machine tab of the stock code set to Black Standard or not.


For now, ignore the Unders and Overs columns, and scroll right out to the right-hand side to see the Service Meter setup and Current Meter Count.


current meter count


Opening Balance Meters

As it is common for a machine to have standard, unders and overs billing, it is necessary to set opening balances for each of these values. This is done by setting an opening balance for the stock assigned to the particular charge type. A typical photocopier would only have an opening balance set for the stock of its standard meter.


Using the above example, go to the Open Balance tab at the bottom of the form.


open balance


This allows the black meter and black service meters to have independent opening balances. For these two meter types it has little practical impact, as service reads are always charged at $0.00, but it does become more important when unders and overs stock are assigned an opening balance.


Jim2 tracks average or estimated reads for machines using Unders stock. This means that a simple cost per copy machine setup that allows averages may look similar to this:


unders billing information


If this machine was being created in Jim2 for the first time, and had previously had a recorded read of 40,000 black pages, and a subsequent estimated read of 10,000 pages, you would set up its opening balance tab as follows:


open balance1


The inclusion of a price for the Unders is only required where either of the historical rates of clawback are used (ABH, OBH or AUH, OUH). If either of the current methods of clawback is used (ABC, OBC or AUC, OUC), then only the page count is required. If supplied, the read/purchase date indicates the last time a read was performed. The above grid shows an actual read was recorded on 1st July, but an estimate was supplied the following month on 1st August.



When adding an Overs opening balance, you will receive a warning that the suggests value might be incorrect:


overs opening balance warning


Multiple Counter Setups

Even machines with multiple counters are easy to set up. Let's take a machine that has both A4 and A3 counters on it.


multiple counter setups


Some machines, such as the Fuji Xerox ColourQube have similar setups:


multiple fx counters


Further information:

Managed Print Services Edition



Machine Footer

Machine Header

Machine Lists

Machine Reports

Meter Overview

Meter Reading Options


3 Tier Colour Coverage Billing

3 Tier Colour Coverage Reads Billed with Total Colour Rate

3 Tier Colour Coverage Reads Min Volume on Colour Total

Add Manual Meter Readings

Add or Remove a Child from a Master

Advanced Meter Examples

Base Charge and Minimum

Base Charge and Base Rate

Bill a Master Machine

Billing Exact Amount Using a Balancing Meter

Billing Using Prepaid Blocks

Billing Using Expiring Prepaid Blocks

Black A3 and Black A4 Meter with Minimum Volume Over the Two Meters

Black A3 and Separate A4 Meter


Clawback Meters

Create a Non Billing Template

Create a Machine Contract

Estimate Meter Reads

Fix Incorrect Meter Read

Machine Serviced by 3rd Party

Machine Serviced by 3rd Party with Base Charge

Machine Serviced by 3rd Party with Minimum Charge

Machine Serviced by 3rd Party with Minimum Volume Charge

Machine with Total Meter

Manage Invoicing Multiple Masters

Minimum Dollar Amount

Minimum Dollar Amount for Black Only

Minimum Volume for Black

PMP Plan Meter Setup

Prepaid Pages

Produce a Summary Invoice

Recommended Reports

Refurbish Machines Using Special Stock and Sales Kit

Refurbish Machines Using Special Stock and Manufacturing

Refurbish Photocopier Parts

Replace a Machine Part

Service and Finance Split Billed as Single Amount

Set up a Master Machine


Set up and Use Text Email Request

Set up and Use Web Meter Reads

Set up Consumable Coverage on 3 Tier Billing Stock

Set up Machine with Price Break Point

Set up Master with Average Billing

Set up Master with Clawback All Unders at Current Rate

Set up Master with Clawback all Unders at Historical Rate

Set up Master with Clawback All Unders Overs at Current Rate

Set up Master with Clawback Open Unders and Overs at Current Rate

Set up Master with Clawback Open Unders at Current Rate

Set up Master with Meters with Different Periodicities

Set up Master with Multiple Black with A3 and A4 Meter and Min Volume

Set up Master with Multiple Child Machines

Set up Master with Multiple Children and Minimum Volume

Set up Master with Multiple Children with Different Black Rate

Set up Master or Standalone with Free Pages

Set up Master or Standalone with Prepaid Pages

Set up QR Code

Skip Billing

Split Billing 2nd Party

Split Meter Setups

Terminate a Contract

Unders and Overs Meter Setup