Friday, December 28, 2012

How Printer Ink Cartridges Work

Inkjet printers first appeared
in the late 1980’s
Inkjet printers first appeared in the late 1980’s and have since grown in popularity and increased performance while dropping in price. The most common type of printer cartridge, inkjet cartridges currently dominate the consumer printer ink market , with Epson, HP and Canon having a substantial share, due to them being inexpensive, reasonably quick and producing an high quality output

As opposed to toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges spray dots of liquid ink onto the paper as it passes through your printer. The ink is stored in the main ink tank on the cartridge which will hold a specified amount of ink. A vacuum sealed foil bag or a sponge ensures the ink stays in the tank and is distributed evenly.

On the bottom of the inkjet cartridge, numerous nozzles, about the width of a human hair, spray very small dots of ink to create more precise text and images. The configuration and the number of nozzles are dependent on the manufacturer and the individual printer ink cartridge.

Finally, the sprayed ink passes through the print head before coming into contact with the paper forming the images or text. Cleaning the print head occasionally will maintain the quality of your prints. Some manufactures place the print head in the printer instead of the cartridge. These may need replacing occasionally as the same print head used over a long period of time can become more prone to clogging.

As with toner cartridges, printer ink cartridges are available in three types:

Genuine Inkjet Cartridges or Original Inkjet Cartridges are produced by the printer manufacturer. Genuine ink cartridges are generally more expensive than compatibles or remanufactured cartridges.

Compatible Inkjet Cartridges - Also known as Generic Ink cartridges are manufactured from scratch, they are not refilled or remanufactured. Compatible Ink Cartridges are produced by companies other than the original equipment manufacturer and sold under different brands.

printer ink cartridges are
available in three types
Compatible cartridges may vary slightly in look, design and page yield to their genuine counterparts due to restrictions from patents that prevent the copying of designs. A cost-effective alternative to the genuine inkjet cartridge and sometimes are a better quality and higher page yield than the OEM.

Remanufactured Inkjet Cartridges - have been recycled to meet or exceed OEM specifications. The recycling and reprocessing process involves disassembling, inspecting, cleaning, replacing worn parts, reassembling, and filling with ink. When the remanufacturing process is complete, the printer ink cartridge is print tested, sealed, and packaged for resale.


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