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At the heart of a printer is the printer toner

printer-tonerCompared to the human body, a toner cartridge would definitely be the heart of this technological wonder. This heart supplies the printer with an essential substance – printer toner. Just like blood flowing through a human heart to exist and act, toner is required for printing devices to perform their role in the world.


Printer Toner for Printers

In a larger role, printer toner is not only the life line for printers, it plays an important role in the life of people all over the world. Can you imagine a business office without a printer, or copier of fax in it? And, despite the rapid increase in development of electronic documentation, the number of hard copies, whether it’s text document, graphics or color images, is growing ten fold every year.

Have you ever wondered what toner is and how it is made, which a professional life is virtually impossible without. Simply put, toner is a mix of resins, plastic, waxes and some other additional chemical agents merged together and then smashed into tiny little particles, into dust. Originally and up to date, the toner was made using a melt mixing or hot compounding process. The named ingredients are blended while molten to produce a homogenous paste. Afterwards, the paste is cooled, and there are a few ways of cooling it. The mix is either slabbed out by extruding it onto a cooling belt, or it is pelletized and then the pellets are cooled.

In the next stage, the toner pellets are to be ground to powder usually by air-swept hammer mills or jet mills. The result of this grinding is toner particles of different sizes. The particles that are too big or too small are then sifted out several times. The sorted out particles are mixed with additives to enhance the properties of the toner. This is a traditional way of producing pulverized toner, and the resulting toner particle size averages about 8 microns down to 3 microns. If you take a look at a hair, 8 microns would be 1/3 of its width and at 3 microns that is about the size of sheet rock dust when sanded.

The size of toner particles coincides with printing resolution. Thus, 8 micron particles correspond to 600 dpi (dots per inch) resolution, while 12 micron particles (the beginning of  laser printer use) were only able to provide 300 dots per inch.

The traditional way of making toner is grinding. What is the modern way?

The production approach that came to shift the grinding came from the field of chemistry. This way of making toner involves growing the particles out of molecules in an emulsion made from all of the ingredients dissolved or suspended in a liquid.

The chemical toner manufacturing initially started in the 1990s and until recently has begun to become more and more widespread. However, the chemical toner is still less common compared to its traditional counterpart, (but is gaining popularity rapidly).

Chemically made toner particles are less expensive to produce because they are literally grown in a controlled process, the particles have a lot more consistent structure and size –more round than the random-sized, crystal-like shards typical of pulverized toner.

The round, smooth surface of particles help them flow better in the powder state.  Such particles hold a more uniform electrostatic charge in the laser printer, which significantly affect the printing quality and smooth blending of color toners.

The new approach of making toner has a number of benefits over conventional toner. The particles can be made smaller — down to 4 microns — half the size of the smallest particle that can be made by the conventional grinding.

The fact that the smaller toner particles size provides a higher page yield. It is estimated that, compared to 8 micron particles, about 40% less 4 micron toner is needed to produce the same print.

The chemical toner requires up to 40 percent less energy to manufacturer and reduces the carbon footprint. Apart from production, the chemical toner is energy-saving in use as it allows the printer fuser to heat and fuse at a lower temperature speed and the overall printing process and first page printed time is drastically reduced.

While all the process is quite unique for most, it is the toner cartridges that hold the toner and dispense the right amount of toner that keeps everything operating smoothly.

The advancement in toner technology has created the means to blend 4 colors of individual toner in printer cartridges to give the color laser printer the ability to create smooth dithering and  photo lab quality in the new printers. Small particles equal smoother and more compatible blending of the toners to create a spectrum of colors and metallic looks.

Printer Cartridges – Tips For Buying Discount Cartridges Online

printer cartridgesA printer has become a necessity for many homes and small businesses these days. No matter whether you use it to print documents, charts or photos, chances are you need to buy replacement cartridges frequently.

Purchasing printer cartridges online is a great way to save on your printing cost. Here are some simple tips that can improve your shopping experience:



6 Tips to Online Printer Cartridge Purchasing

1) Types of printer cartridges. Printer cartridges can be divided into 3 main types: OEM cartridges, remanufactured cartridges and compatible cartridges. Some stores only sell OEM cartridges while others sell all three types. Choose a store that sells the type of cartridges you want.

2) Price. Comparing price is simple but make sure you are comparing an apple to an apple. In general, OEM cartridges are the most expensive, followed by remanufactured cartridges and then compatible cartridges. 100% compatible cartridges are also more expensive than compatible cartridges that may not have all the new components (such as printer smart chips) installed.

Although genuine OEM cartridges usually produce high quality printout, their price is often largely inflated. Due to keen competition and sharp drop in printer price, most printer manufacturers mark up the price of OEM cartridges dramatically to compensate for the loss of profit in printer sale. In comparison, compatible cartridges and remanufactured cartridges are more reasonably priced.

3) Product quality. OEM cartridges are generally considered as the highest quality cartridges but the quality of remanufactured or compatible cartridges is catching up. In fact, many third party manufacturers are producing these cartridges in ISO 9001 facilities following the same specifications of OEM cartridges.

4) Yield of printer cartridges. Comparing the quantity of ink (how many ml) and the print output of toner cartridges (number of pages) can give you a better idea whether you are truly getting a bargain.

5) Fast delivery. Compare the shipping policy of individual vendors. How long does it take for them to ship out your order? Do they provide free shipping?

6) Money back guarantee. Most reliable vendors provide 90 days to 1 year warranty. Many customers do not open their package and use the new cartridges immediately after the purchase. An extended warranty period ensures that you can return the product and get a refund at a later date.

If you plan on storing your printer toner for any amount of time remember to shake the toner before installing.

Police raid printer cartridge business

printer cartridge police raidArizona — Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies raided Lasermasters Thursday morning in the ending of a six-month investigation that started with a tip to the MCSO immigration hotline from one of the employee’s.

Police converged on Lasermasters location shortly after 8 a.m.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, investigators had information that 35 people working at Lasermasters, a company that supplies printer cartridges and are allegedly allowing undocumented immigrants who used fake documents to get their jobs.

MCSO said its deputies, armed with search warrants, went to the Lasermasters location to look for employee files and records on those 35 people. By the end of performance, 24 Lasermasters employees had been arrested, all suspected of being in the country illegally and engaging in identity theft, which is a class 4 felony.

MCSO Det. Aaron Douglas said the investigation was part of a potential employer-sanctions case. Sheriff Joe Arpaio said this operation — the 32nd of its kind — had zero to do with Arizona’s new immigration law, although he does believe the law will be beneficial as his office works these kinds of cases in the future.

One of the many employee’s that was present when the raid went down at Lasermasters spoke to 3TV’s Javier Soto saying deputies busted into the building, yelling “Where are the rats hiding?”

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said his deputies did their jobs properly executing the operation “very professionally.”

“We went in very, very professionally. No guns were ever drawn, even though 10 people were escaping or in the process of escaping. We still did not draw our guns,” Sheriff Arpaio said. “We know what we did, and the people inside know what we did.

“The bottom line is we came in here, enforcing the laws, executing search warrants, and you’re always going to have some critics make up stories,” he continued.

The employee who talked to Javier Soto said he is a Hispanic American who has blond hair and blue eyes. The man said at no point did the deputies try to steer him about his immigration status.

At one point a spectator who had become very emotional revealed that her husband was one of the arrested. She actually had to be restrained as she tried to get to him. She said that this would tear her family apart.

According to MCSO, the previous operations like this morning’s raid have resulted in 362 undocumented immigrants being arrested. Of those, 231 were suspected of identity theft, which is a class 4 felony.

Laser Masters is a private company categorized under Toner Cartridge, Prepared Photographic (Not Made in Chemical Plants) and located in Phoenix, AZ. Our records show it was established in 1997* and incorporated in Arizona*. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of $20 to 50 million and employs a staff of approximately 50 to 99. They manufacture Printer Cartridge and Printer Cartridges wholesale for resellers as supplies for computer printers.

Toner Cartridge recycling reveals real benefits

toner cartridge recyclingWhile the world stands still and waits for a leader, one printer company is taking the bull by the horns. After years of sitting back and watching consumers discard their used products in the trash one manufacturer has made a statement.  Lexmark has implemented a plan of action that takes recycling to a new level.

In celebration of Earth Day, today Lexmark released the findings of a Life Cycle Assessment that looked into the environmental impact of discarded toner cartridges. Finding that sending a used toner cartridge back to Lexmark for recycling, as opposed to discarding it in the trash, reduces the overall carbon footprint of those toner cartridges by up to 60 percent.

Not only does discarding old printer cartridges in the trash create an astoundingly large landfill with toxic waste, but did you know that it takes 2.5 quarts of oil to produce the petroleum product that creates the plastic shell of a printer cartridge. By reducing the amount of waste that goes into the landfill and reusing the old shells, you can reduce the amount of oil that is consumed day-after-day.

Toner Cartridge Recycling made easy

Lexmark runs free collection programs for its ink and toner cartridges. On Lexmark’s website, you can request a prepaid return envelope for printer cartridges or print a return label for multiple toner cartridges (remember to save the box it came in) to send them back to Lexmark for recycling. Lexmark pledges that 100% of the printer cartridges it collects are either reused or remanufactured for recycling.

Another break in Lexmark’s corporate policy, while being one of the largest manufacturer’s of printers and printer cartridges, Lexmark urges customers to print less. “They have made it a priority to train its customers on what steps they can take to implement responsible printing practices, such as printing less and recycling, to reduce the negative impact to the environment,” said Marty Canning, Lexmark vice president and president of its Printing Solutions and Services section. They suggest customers print only what they need, use double-sided prints as much as possible, and employ digital document processes and paper-less features such as scan-to-email to share documents. The company also recommends purchasing the highest-yield printer cartridges, which helps cut costs and reduce waste.

Another benefit of recycling toner cartridges is the cost advantage. Typically a recycled toner cartridge costs less to manufacture and that savings is passed on to the consumer. So the next time your in the market for a printer cartridge, Check with your local supplier and try and take advantage of going green. Your children and grandchildren will thank you for it when their not too busy texting.

No teacher left without a toner cartridge

toner cartridge teacherWhile many of us are facing tough cut backs, we fail to remember the most important people in our children’s lives. Often overlooked, under paid and certainly unappreciated is your child’s teacher. They don’t complain unless little Johnny has been bad. Never revealing budget restraints or loss of financial support. We only care when our child tends to make us look like were not doing our job as a parent.

Teacher Appreciation Week is easy, when times are good: The java mug. The gift certificate. And of course, the apple.

But when times are bad, it is much more harder and sometimes the best way to say, “Thanks for all you’ve done for my child” is with… a card or even better and much more appreciated is a toner cartridge, or maybe some dustless chalk.

Please send a Toner Cartridge to School

Budget cuts have hit one Chesapeake elementary school hard enough that for teacher appreciation week this week, the Parent Teacher Association sent home a note saying teachers had asked parents to please give them the gift of school supplies. The wish lists included printer cartridges, toner cartridges, Ziploc bags, dry-erase markers, and toys for recess.

“That does look a little sad,” said Kim Parker, vice president of the Western Branch Intermediate PTA. “But most of us room mothers, we’re still planning to do something nice for the teacher themselves, too.”

During these difficult times, little things often make a big difference. When it comes to our children there isn’t anything we wouldn’t do. But the feeling of helplessness that these teachers must feel when our school system seems to tie their hands with budget cuts is heart breaking. The next time you chat with your child’s teacher please ask them if there is anything that you a interested parent could provide for his or her class.

You may want to let the teacher and some of the parents know that there are programs out there that provides an empty cartridge collection program that allows schools to participate in fundraisers. And if saving money on printer cartridges or toner cartridges is an issue in your child’s classroom then the teacher should take some time to make a class project using recycled printer cartridges. Recycled printer cartridges cost 50% less than retail and helps to save the environment.