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Behind the Scenes at HP

2. December 2009 14:52 by Danielle Bernhard in Hewlett Packard, print news, hp printer ink  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Print News: Ink Manufacturer Lets Technology Website Behind the Scenes

A recent feature on Techradar.com looks into the technology behind printing company HP’s range of ink cartridges. The story reports the technical details of HP’s manufacturing processes, and boasts some impressive statistics. For example, the reporter Dan Grabham observes that: ‘The precision needed for an inkjet nozzle to work is like dropping a grape from a 30-story building and hitting a bucket on the pavement below.’ Certainly a very precise process!


The technology website’s story marks the argument for OEM cartridges. HP’s Pat Harnett tells Techradar’s writer that ‘The physics of what happens inside a printer is quite extraordinary,’ and the article is at pains to demonstrate the technical complexity of HP’s cartridges. Though centered on a ‘manufacturing facility’ at HP’s Dublin operation, the facility resembles a mad scientist’s lab. The reader is left in no doubt of how seriously HP takes ink production.

HP’s own website outlines what it considers the benefits of its own OEM cartridges; though whether the guarantee of a quality product compensates for the inflated cost of HP’s cartridges is another matter. OEM cartridges can cost up to 86% more than non-branded ink equivalents at Clickinks.com.

Printing with the Cost Effective HP Color LaserJet 2605

Printing with the cost effective HP Color LaserJet 2605

There are many printers on the market today, making the printer buying process quite intimidating. A little research on the printer, and the corresponding toner cartridges, will benefit you tremendously. Hewlett Packard manufactures the HP Color LaserJet 2605 printer, which uses the HP Color LaserJet Q6000A Toner Cartridge. This printer meets all requirements of the modern small office by combining functionality and affordability.

You will notice that the Q6000A Toner produces fine and sharp results. The HP Color LaserJet 2605 is an amazing choice for any small office that provides top notch print speed and stunning detail.

The HP Color LaserJet 2605 is a user friendly, efficient printer that will suit the demands of any office. The installation of the Q6000A Toner is also quick and easy.

Sometimes the costs of toner cartridges will add up quickly, outweighing the cost of the printer. When it is time to replace your toner cartridges, you will find Remanufactured Q6000A Toner is the best solution. Original brand name (OEM) cartridges are almost double the out of pocket cost, and impact on the environment.

The quality of printing is equal, whether using Remanufactured or OEM cartridges, so today there is really no reason to use an OEM when Remanufactured cartridges are available.

Not only is a Remanufactured toner cartridge easier on your out of pocket expenses, as I mentioned it is also a lesser impact on the environment. Remanufactured cartridges are recycled cartridges, a green friendly way to do business.

The HP Color LaserJet 2605 with a HP Color LaserJet Q6000A Remanufactured Toner Cartridge is a terrific solution to your office printing needs.

Inked: The History of Printer ink

Inked: The history of printer ink

An ink is a liquid containing a mixture of pigments and or dyes used for coloring a surface to produce an image or text.

Ink is a compound medium composed of solvents, pigments, dyes, resins, lubricants, surfactants and other materials. The materials serve many purposes including controlling flow, thickness of the ink and the print results.

Up until the mid 1980’s, with the introduction of home computers, consumers did not have the freedom of home printing. Today in the U.S. most homes have printing, faxing and scanning options. As a result, buying a cartridge of ink is now a part of both business and consumers shopping lists, similar to buying a bottle of ink for fountain pens years ago.
The majority of ink cartridges from companies selling remanufactured and compatible ink cartridges, like Clickinks.com, contain dye based ink. OEM (Original equipment manufacturer) cartridges may contain pigment based ink. You will get a wider range of color into dyes than into pigments. Consequently, dye based inks tend to be more vibrant than pigment based inks. However, results depend upon the overall printer design.

Some printer brands use a combination of both dye and pigmented, other printers can use either type of ink, while still others are only restricted to dye based or only restricted to pigment based.

The price of replacing printer cartridges has recently become a point of contention with consumers, especially as prices are lowered on printers. The major printer manufacturers like Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Dell, Canon, Epson and Brother, often only break even selling printers, because they plan to make a sizeable profit by selling cartridges over the life span of the printer.

One reason printers are now available at much lower prices is because, in order to continue benefiting from cartridge sales, they have installed microchips on their cartridges to interact with the printer in a way that prevents operation when the ink level is low or when the cartridge has been refilled. Many cartridges produce up to 38% more prints, even though the chip stated that the cartridge was empty.

Customers can often cut printing costs by using ink cartridge refill kits, or by purchasing new non-O.E.M./Original equipment manufacturer brands. The non-OEM equipment can include Compatible or Remanufactured ink cartridges. The replacement of OEM ink cartridges is more common in other countries, with United States starting to catch up. These less expensive alternative cartridges sometimes have more ink than the original OEM branded ink cartridges and may produce the same, better, or sometimes inferior quality, depending on a variety of factors, including the retailer chosen, and their ability to produce a quality product.

Some manufacturers like HP, Dell and Lexmark have built-in the printer head on the cartridge. This also makes the printers cheaper, but the cartridges more expensive because with every replacement you are paying for a new precision print head. Other brands, such as Epson, do not include the print head and so the printers tend to be somewhat more expensive.

Empty laser toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges, photocopier toner bottles and drums are many times discarded, and are now piling up tons of waste in landfills. This waste is now avoidable with the use of Remanufactured products. Remanufactured printer supplies, now available from stores like Clickinks.com, utilize a smart recycling process to recycle cartridges to like new products.

Compatible, Remanufactured and OEM cartridges can be found at www.Clickinks.com.