Archive for November, 2009

Express-Inks Green Initiative

November 13th, 2009 No comments

Express-Inks Green Initiative Here at Express-Inks we do care about the environment. Did you know that in the U.S. alone we buy over 200 million pounds of cartridges a year. Did you also know that it takes over 400 years for the average cartridge to decompose. We all need to do our part to protect the environment so the next generation can enjoy it as we do.

Solutions: Buy re-manufactured ink/toner cartridges, you will save money and the environment! Recycle whenever possible. Conserve energy, gas and other natural resources. Find new innovative ways to reduce your carbon footprint at work and at home. Enlighten others when you find a new solutions, “spread the word”!

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What is the “Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act”?

November 13th, 2009 No comments

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (P.L. 93-637) is a United States federal law (15 U.S.C. § 2301 et seq.). Enacted in 1975, it is the federal statute that governs warranties on consumer products.

What does that mean for the re-manufacturing industry?
It means that it is illegal for a company to void a warranty on the basis that the consumer is not using a specific branded product. In other words, using re-manufactured products will not void a printer’s warranty!


Defining “Page Yields”

November 3rd, 2009 No comments

Understanding “Page Yields” and what it means for you.
Page yields refers to the total prints a cartridge is supposed to print. Most customers will never receive the total pages a cartridge is supposed to yield. This is because the standard testing page inks only 5% of the entire page.  A typical text only document will cover about 10-25% of the page. You can see printing just a regular text only document, you will need to use 2-3 cartridges just to receive the total page yield that is stated.

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What is ISO 9001/9002?

November 3rd, 2009 No comments

ISO 9001/9002 And What It Means For You.

This basically sets a universal set of standards for print testing that is easily defined. This allows companies to compare products and research for quality and accuracy. Companies certified with the ISO standards must adhere to strict rules and guidelines. These rules are continuously changing and updating.

ISO 9000 is a family of standards for quality management systems. ISO 9000 is maintained by ISO, the International Organization for Standardization and is administered by accreditation and certification bodies. The rules are updated, as the requirements motivate changes over time.

ISO 9000:2005 Quality management systems – Fundamentals and vocabulary describes fundamentals of quality management systems, which form the subject of the ISO 9000 family, and defines related terms.

ISO 9001:2008
ISO 9001:2008 Quality management systems — Requirements is a document of approximately 30 pages which is available from the national standards organization in each country.

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What is MICR Toner?

November 3rd, 2009 No comments

Answers to all your questions about MICR toner.

What exactly is MICR?

Magnetic Ink Character Recognition“, or “MICR“, is a unique character recognition technology adopted mainly by the banking industry to expedite while securing the processing of checks. MICR fonts are a special, unique and typically printed towards the bottom of the check.

MICR Toner:

MICR Toner provides the consumer the ability to print checks using a desktop laser printer with blank check stock. The toners are special formulas with a special grade of magnetic iron oxide which provides the characters with a magnetic signal.

What do i need to print my own checks?
You will need a laserjet printer, MICR toner, blank check stock and check printing software


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How Do Inkjet Printers Work?

November 3rd, 2009 No comments

Understanding what makes an inkjet printer work.

The basics of an inkjet printer is in the printheads. The printhead sprays tiny drops of ink onto the paper to create an image. The ink cartridge may come with only ink or the printhead may also be attached to the ink cartridge.

Steps an inkjet printer makes to create an image.

1. Before printing starts, most inkjet printers will run a quick printhead cleaning cycle. (this is the clunking you sometimes hear before printing starts)
2. Rollers feed the paper into place
3. The stepper motor uses a belt to move the printhead into any position where ink is to be applied.
4. The printhead shoots tiny drops of ink onto the paper.
5. The final product is rolled out.

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How Do Laserjet Printers Work?

November 3rd, 2009 No comments

Understanding the basics of a laserjet printer.

To understand how a laserjet printer prints is to understand the basics of electrical charges like static electricity. This is how a laserjet printer makes a powder toner adhere to a piece of paper. The first thing is to understand the opposites attract. This is how magnets work, positive charges are attracted to and stick to negative charges.

To explain this in basic terms:

1. The printer puts a negative charge on the paper.
3. The printer’s laser spreads a negative electrostatic image onto a positively charged drum (reversing the polarity only where the image is)
2. The drum roller with the negatively charged image rolls over the positively charged toner, picking the toner on the image only (opposites attract).
3. The paper is then feed to the fuser unit where hot rollers heat up the paper and press the toner onto the paper. Since the toner is partly made up of plastic, the plastic melts and gets pressed to the paper making it adhere permanently.
4. The finished product is rolled out.


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