The days of ink tanks have largely gone now, as copiers and printers are transitioning more to toner. Toner cartridges come in a variety of sizes, and colors depending on the printer you have. Common questions arise when it comes to choosing and replacing toner, how it works, and other important details. This office manager guide will provide answers to frequently asked questions about toner, addressing configurations, maintenance, and future needs.
What is the difference between Toner and Ink?
Ink is the original liquid used in older printer models. This is often referred to as wet ink. It was based on pigmented dye that was held in specially prepared dye tanks. These tanks were attached to the side or bottom of the printer. Ink was generally not very long-lasting and that was one of the main reasons for the shift towards using toner cartridges.
Toner is a solid powder made from heated plastic particles. It is used in laser printers, copiers, and other types of printers. Toner does not require any special maintenance and has a longer shelf life compared to ink. It is activated when it is heated by the fuser assembly, which causes the toner particles to transfer from the roller onto the paper. This makes toner more reliable and efficient.
What types of Toner cartridges are there?
Toner cartridges come in a variety of sizes and colors, depending on the printer you have. Some of the more common cartridges include standard-yield (single color and multi-color), high-yield (for each color of the four-color printing process), super-high-yield (for professional results), and ultra-high-yield (for printing large volumes of documents).
To determine what cartridge you need, you will first need to know the model and make of your printer. Once you have this information, you can look up the cartridge number on the DEC Office Solutions website. Here you will find the correct toner cartridge for your printer, along with the toner capacity and approximate page yield.
What Maintenance is Required for Toner Cartridges?
When it comes to maintenance, toner cartridges are generally very low maintenance, as compared to inkjet cartridges. There is no need to clean the print head or refill the toner reservoir. The only maintenance you may need to do is to occasionally shake the cartridge to redistribute the toner evenly.
It is also important to note that the toner will eventually run out, usually after 1,000 to 3,000 pages, depending on the type and size of the cartridge. Once the cartridge has been depleted, it needs to be replaced featuring the same or better quality as the old one.
Does DEC Office Solutions offer Toners for a Range of Printers?
Yes, DEC Office Solutions provides toner cartridges for a wide range of printers. Our cartridges are specifically designed for optimal performance and longevity. They are also competitively priced and 100-percent guaranteed. Whether you are looking for a standard-yield, a high-yield, a super-high-yield, or an ultra-high-yield cartridge, DEC has an option for you.
We also have a multitude of large format printers designed to handle a variety of imaging projects, from photographs to banners. Our printing technology uses toner cartridges for greater reliability and longer life, which makes it ideal for busy offices and high-volume printing.
Toner cartridges are an important component of the printing process. Choosing the right toner for your printer, maintaining it according to instructions, and replacing it when necessary, can help ensure you get the best performance from your printer. If you need assistance finding the right toner for your printer, DEC Office Solutions has a wide range of reliable and high-quality toner cartridges to choose from.