Category: Toner

New benefits and features for AMR users

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More accessible information, more reliable consumable alarms.

AMR presents a great software update that makes it even easier to manage printers.

  • More information about toner alarms.
  • All historical at a glance to make decisions.
  • Filter to avoid false alarms.
  • Improvements of user interface in Manager, Messages and Signal.

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Compatible toner cartridge vs genuine toner cartridges. Copy

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Is it worth to pay extra for genuine original toner cartridges?

It's not an easy question: Printer manufacturers may tell you their story, it's their business model. Toner cartridges re-manufacturers and the so called compatible toner cartridge manufacturers may tell you a different story. As I'm not in any of the sides, let me explain you the differences so you can make your own mind and your own choice depending on your priorities.
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  • Do you print Black and white or color?. Which print quality do you request?
  • Reliability. Can you afford some failures every now and then?
  • Cost: How do you pay for your toner? Cost per print/ copy or you buy the whole cartridge on your own?
  • Are you concerned about legal prosecution?  (patent infringement)
  • Sustainability and Carbon foot print. What's your choice?

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Ghost prints: when counter stands still and toner is consumed.

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Are you in the MPS cost per copy business?

Then, you may have some experience about ghooost printing. It happens specially in color laser printers, when customer decides not to print in color mode in order to save some money. What happens is that every time the printer is turned on and some times also during the working day, the printer itself runs a so called “calibrating process”. More info

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The weirdest thing in a printer challenge (Let’s have some fun!)

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Some of you have spend years and even decades in the printing business, I challenge you to share your stories, with pictures if you have them, of the weirdest thing you’ve ever found in a printer.

Get inspired:

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The funniest one will get a special price. A handmade drawing evoking for the described situation.

Share it if you like it.

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HP Announces New Legal Actions Worldwide

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HP wants to scare anyone involved in trading with cloned ink and toner cartridges.

OEM’s business model is based in selling printers at a cost price and making the money with the consumables. So, if end users buy printers at a cost price from OEM and buy consumables somewhere else, into the low end market, that hurts the OEM’s core business.

Big manufacturers like HP, Canon, More info

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Toner life cycle:Re-use or recycle?

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After attending to the RT Imaging summit in Barcelona I found out something interesting that I like to share with you.

toner_recycling

Users have 3 main choices:

OEM.
  • Buy a new original toner from OEM supplier ( aka Canon, HP, Ricoh, Samsung…) When toner is empty send it to a recycling program back to the OEM supplier. OEM’s will recycle them, aka turn them into plastic and powder. End of story.
  • OEM try to get as much empties as they can so they don’t go into the remanufacturing business. Remember that consumables is the core business of printer manufacturers.
  • OEM also fight against manufacturers of compatible toner supplies defending their intellectual property (aka Canon and HP lawsuits)
  • OEM have a 90% of market share of color toner cartridges.
Compatibles
  • Buy compatible toner for a much lower price.
  • Quality is not an issue in BW printing, color printing is another thing, although is getting better.
  • Due to the recent patent infringement prosecution specially by Canon en HP, this is not a 100% safe path, legally talking.
  • Some compatible toner manufacturers claim to have bigger page yield although is not clear where some printers recognize it.
Re-manufactured
  • Buy a remanufactured toner cartridge and send the old one to the supplier to re use it again. Keep going on and on….
  • The green label is the nicest part of this option. Why throw away when you can reuse it?
  • Printing quality may be an issue here.
  • Price is obviously a corner stone here.
  • Some re-manufacturers will pay end user as much as 5€ for an old toner cartridge.

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Notice this is just an overview of the market. If you have any comment or want yo add anything, go head and use our social media.

 

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How to setup your push notifications

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Save 24% ink simply by switching fonts.

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Study made by a 14 years old student of Dorseyville Middle School, Pittsburgh, PA (USA)

coverage study by font

Suvir Mirchandani and his teacher Peter Pinko studied the printing cost for ink at their school and the impact it has in the ecosystem.

They made a long and precise study of the coverage of most used fonts as well as some  alternative fonts with less coverage. Studying proportionally the letters that they used more, they came up with a stunning result of 24% saving in ink usage. That was $21.000 per year of savings for their school. The font they came up with it’s a very readable and nice one: Garamond. It seems a good idea to me, at least to explore different fonts in order to save that extra money. There is nothing to lose.

Have a look at the whole study here

Update:

The study goes further: Suvir Mirchandani want to help US government save $400 millions in ink. Same principal applies : swap font type. read more

 

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Canon Patented Gear risk of infringement

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We have all heard of patent disputes with major brands like Canon and HP with manufacturers of compatible and remanufactured toner cartridges.

Here you can see in a 3d video the difference between a legal compatible gear and the one that violates Canon patents.

Good luck.

Canon patented gear

Simple video to find out weather your printer parts are legal or violate a Canon patent.

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