The type of printer that is best for you depends greatly on how you plan to use it. Do you print documents in mass quantities? More than 3 pages a day, or more than 20 pages a week? If so, you it would be worth switching to a laser printer.
Laser printers also produce high quality text documents, although if you are printing primarily color photos you may want to stick with a good inkjet printer.
Laser printers have a higher cost initially, and use toner cartridges that are priced higher than most inkjet, however you will notice the toner cartridges have a much higher yield, which will save you time and money in the long run.
In the Recycler’s article Cost effectiveness of laser versus inkjet discussed David Connett had a good point about duplexing as well, “Some laser printers automatically print on both sides”, which is another time and money saver that you will find in laser printers over inkjet.
Laser toner cartridges can cost around $91, on average, however the laser toner cartridge is able to print 1,500 to 3,500 pages, whereas a standard inkjet cartridge may only costs $23, but only produces approximately 200 pages. Per print you are looking at a significant savings long term with a laser printer.
Should you buy a Laser Printer? If you are printing documents in high quantity, the answer is a resounding yes.
Have you seen or wondered what MICR toner means? What are the benefits of a MICR laser system? Should you be using MICR toner for your business or accounting needs? And what MICR toner cartridges are available?
MICR is a Magnetic Ink Character Recognition technology used primarily by the banking industry to facilitate the processing of checks. MICR characters are printed in special fonts with a magnetic toner containing iron oxide. As a machine decodes the MICR text, it first magnetizes the characters, and then the characters are passed over a MICR head, a device similar to the playback head of a tape recorder. As each character passes over the head it produces a unique form that can be easily identified by the system. Banks and Institutions rely on this MICR technology to read the account numbers and other codes in the bank line on checks and other negotiable documents with electronic bank processing equipment.
Most users cite the following benefits as a reason for converting to MICR printing:
MICR Laser check processing provides a much higher level of security.
Cost reductions by eliminating pre-printed checks
Creating a MICR Laser check is a single step process that adds payee data, signatures, logos, bank identification, and the MICR line to the check.
Increased flexibility to add, change or delete new bank accounts on demand, without ordering new checks.
Decreased exposure to check fraud.
So if you are in banking, accounting, payroll or accounts payable or are printing checks, you should use nothing less than MICR toner. Clickinks MICR remanufactured laser toner cartridges guarantee that all checks are printed properly and will clear the financial institutions check clearing systems, adhering to ANSI readability standards.
Clickinks.com offers the best value, quality and price on MICR toner cartridges for all your check printing needs. We offer MICR toner for Canon, Dell, HP, Lexmark, IBM, Samsung, Toshiba, Xerox and even Source Tech printers, with more brands to come.
A toner cartridge, also called a laser toner cartridge, is the consumable component used in a laser printer. Cleaning your cartridge as needed is very important for the quality of the printing and maximizes the printer performance. To reduce the chance of your printer toner cartridge clogging, printer manufacturers recommend that you print at least one page a week in both black and color. If uneven printing results occur, try shaking the laser toner cartridge or cleaning your printer.
- Run the printer toner cleaning program that came with your printer. It was designed specifically for clearing clogged toner cartridges, and it only takes a few minutes to complete. To effectively clear clogs, you may need to run the program more than once.
- The fuser-roller gets extremely hot while printing, so it is essential that you allow it to cool off completely to avoid burns. It is recommended that you allow the printer to sit unplugged for at least one hour before opening to clean.
- Turn off any fans and close any vents nearby to prevent air disturbances that could make the toner particles airborne. Laser toner is made up of fine particles and harmful materials, so it is important to avoid inhaling them. You may want to wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth and even disposable latex gloves to protect your hands when cleaning toner cartridges.
- Remove the printer toner cartridge from the printer, and wipe it with a damp cloth to remove excess toner. Then, place it on some old newspaper.
- There are thin wires called corona wires that will often be exposed during cleaning. These fine wires can be easily damaged and are costly to repair. Take extra precaution not to brush these fine wires. Instead, use a cotton swab moistened with isopropyl alcohol to gently run along the length of the wire. No pressure is required to remove the fine particles.
- Reinsert the laser toner cartridge into your printer. Now, you can safely turn the power on and print another test page to ensure the problem has cleared.
For a printer with normal use levels, it is typically sufficient to clean it every three months and have it professionally deep-cleaned once a year. If in the cleaning process you get some toner on you, keep in mind that toner can be washed off skin and garments with cold water. Toner fused to skin can be partially removed using an abrasive hand cleaner and will eventually wear off. For more on how to clean up any spills, see How to Remove Toner.
What is Toner?
Toner is an electrically-charged powder used in laser printers and photocopiers. It is used to form text or images. In its early form it was simply carbon powder. Later the manufactures added polymers to improve the quality of printing. The two main ingredients of toner powder are now pigment and polymer. The role of the pigment is fairly obvious, it provides the coloring (black, in a monochrome printer) that fills in the text and images. The use of polymer varies by manufacturers and even by printer model. Some of the most common polymers are styrene acrylate copolymer, polyester resin and styrene butadiene copolymer.
The formulation of toners can also vary in granule size and melting point. The particle size of toners has reduced from a 14–16 micrometers to 8–10 micrometers (600 dots per inch resolution) to improve resolution. The smaller the particle, the more accurate the color reproduction and efficiency. Uniform shapes are also a great factor when talking about improving the quality of the printout. Further reductions in particle size producing further improvements in resolution are being developed through the application of new technologies.
In earlier machines, this low-cost carbon toner was poured by the user from a bottle into a reservoir in the machine. Current machines feed directly from a sealed cartridge. To save money and keep cartridges from piling up in landfills, empty cartridges can be refilled or even better, remanufactured. Remanufactured cartridges refill the empty toner cartridges and the quality remanufactured cartridges like found at Clickinks.com also replace all used or worn parts.
No matter what type of document you are printing, whether if it’s a letter, spreadsheet, PDF or a photo, and no matter what type of printer you are using there are some similarities in how your printer works. The software is responsible for sending the data to the printer; this software is known as the driver. The driver translates the data from the application into a format that the printer understands, the driver also checks to see if the printer is connected, turned on, and functioning properly. There are two major types of printers, the laser printer and the inkjet printer.
How a Laser Printer works:
For the laser printer there is a basic principle which is static electricity. A revolving drum which is known as a photoreceptor which is made out of conductive materials that sends light photons, as it revolves it receives an electrical charge from a wire that is called a charge corona, while it spins a tiny laser beam shines across it surface to discharge at various points to create the image on the drum.
Once the image is set, the printer puts a positively charged toner on the drum. The toner then will only stick to the negatively charged areas.
After the toner is adhered to the image on the drum, the paper is moved into position. The paper encounters the transfer of the corona wire and receives a negative charge. The negatively charged paper has a stronger pull than the static electric charged toner that is holding to the drum, the paper pulls the toner powder from the drum transferring the image to the paper once the image is transferred from the drum; a detac corona wire zaps the paper to remove it from the drum.
Finally the paper is ready for the fuser. The fuser permanently bonds the image into the paper. The paper passes threw the fusers which are just heated rollers. As the paper passes threw the fuser heats up the toner powder and bonds it with the paper, then the fusers sends the paper out of the printer.
How an Inkjet Printer works:
For the inkjet printer, it uses miniscule droplets of ink to create the image. The ink comes from an ink cartridge that is placed in the print head assembly, inside the print head assembly there is actual print head which has several nozzles that spray drops of ink. An Inkjet printer also contain a print head stepper motor which a mechanism that moves the print head across the paper.
There are two types of inkjet printers:
Bubble Jet Printer: The resistors create heat, which the heat vaporizes the ink into tiny little bubbles and the bubble is pushed out onto the paper. The bubble jet print head can contain 600 nozzles and they all can fire a drop of ink simultaneously.
Piezoelectric printer: Piezo crystal is found at the back of the ink reservoir which vibrates when it receives an electric charge. The vibration from the crystal will force the ink out of the nozzle.
This is a quick and simplistic view on how the most common printers work. Do you have questions on your printer? Just let us know!
If you have been keeping up with our blog, you have read about laser printers and gained a basic understanding of toner. But what do you do if you spill toner in your printer? Or even worse, spilled toner on your clothes or skin?
If toner spills into your laser printer or copier, a special type of vacuum cleaner with an electrically conductive hose and a HEPA filter is needed for safe and effective cleaning. These are called electrostatic discharge-safe (ESD-safe) or toner vacuums. Toner particles have electrostatic properties by design and can develop static-electric charges when they rub against other particles, or the interiors of transport systems and vacuum cleaner hoses. Because of this and the small particle size, toner should not be vacuumed with a conventional home vacuum cleaner. Static discharge from charged toner particles can ignite dust in the vacuum cleaner bag or create a small explosion if sufficient toner is airborne. This could possibly damage the vacuum cleaner or start a fire. In addition, toner particles are so fine that they are poorly filtered by regular household vacuum cleaners and can blow through the vacuum motor and into the room. At this point you would have taken what was a small spill and created a larger mess by spreading the toner particles across the entire room.
If you shook your toner, or spilled toner in your printer, there is a strong chance that some of it got onto your clothing. Unfused toner is easily removed from most clothing, as long as you are capable of cleaning it in a washing machine. Because toner is a wax or plastic powder with a low melting temperature, it must be kept as cool as possible until you are able to wash it. It is best to remove the article of clothing to avoid the transfer of toner onto other surfaces and your skin. The water temperature of the wash cycle must be set to cold only. Do not wash anything else with the affected garment. Using multiple wash cycles will improve your chance of success at removing the toner. For the first cycle, you may want to use dishwasher detergent. For the additional cycles you should use regular laundry detergent. Residual toner floating in the rinse water of the first cycle may remain and necessitate multiple wash cycles. If it was a large amount of toner spilled on the garment, you may want to remove it from the washing machine and run a second cycle to remove any excess toner from the washing machine basin. Avoid using the clothes dryer or an iron until all of the toner has been removed.
If you have toner on your clothing, you may have also gotten some of it on your skin. You are going to need to follow the same principles as removing it from your clothes, avoiding heat at all costs. Your first reaction is going to be to try and brush the toner off your skin, but you don’t want to do this. The act of brushing the loose toner off of your skin will result in friction, which can create heat, which could fuse the toner to your skin. Shake as much of the loose toner off as possible. Next you will want to use soap and cold water. Once again you are going to have to assure that you turn the water to cold.
If you have spilled ink instead of toner on your clothes, check out this article on How to remove the ink from your clothes.
By following these steps you should have the mess cleaned up without any permanent reminders of the spill. Now that you have accomplished that task, go ahead and order your next toner cartridge from Clickinks.com. With the purchase of our remanufactured toner cartridges, you can save yourself money and stop shaking that toner.
Every day we print using a laser printer at work or handle come across documents that have been printed with toner. The most common questions are what is toner, and how does it work? Why does it cost so much, and how can I reduce my costs?
Toner is the powder used in laser printers and photocopiers to form the printed text and images on the paper. Toner granules are melted by the heat of the fuser which allows it to bind to the paper. In its early form it was simply carbon powder. In an effort to improve the quality of the printout, modern toner has the carbon particles mixed with various polymers to allow for better dispersion onto the drum.
In earlier designs, the carbon toner was poured by the user from a bottle into a reservoir in the machine. Usually a sizable amount of the toner was wasted, as it was virtually impossible to not spill some of it during the refilling process. Current machines feed directly from a sealed cartridge, which is usually a proprietary design. The specific polymer used today varies by manufacturer but can be a styrene acrylate copolymer, a polyester resin, a styrene butadiene copolymer, or a few other special polymers. Toner formulations vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and even from machine to machine. Typically formulation, granule size and melting point vary the most.
Originally, the granule size of toner averaged 14–16 micrometers. To improve image resolution, granule size was reduced, eventually reaching the current 8–10 micrometers for 600 dots per inch resolution. Further reductions in granule size producing further improvements in resolution are being developed through the application of new technologies. Toner has traditionally been made by compounding the ingredients and creating a slab which was broken or pelletized, then turned into a fine powder with a controlled granule size range by air jet milling. This process results in toner granules with varying sizes and aspherical shapes. To get a finer print, some companies are using a chemical process to grow toner granules from molecular reagents. This results in more uniform size and shapes of toner granules. The smaller, uniform shapes permit more accurate reproduction and more efficient toner use. Toner manufacturers maintain a quality control standard for granule size distribution in order to produce a powder suitable for use in their printers.
Now that you know what goes into that toner cartridge, and understand why they cost what they do, go ahead and order your next toner cartridge. Keep in mind the price is much less at ClickInks.com; with the purchase of Clickinks remanufactured toner cartridges, you help reduce the amount of cartridges that are disposed of into landfills and save yourself money at the same time!