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Choice of cartridge may no longer depend upon print quality required

Another low cost option is the use of compatible toner cartridges, which are created by a third party, not involving the actual manufacturer of the printer or its original cartridges. Typically constructed from completely new parts compatible with those of an OEM cartridge, they are modelled on major OEM brands but do vary slightly as a result of patents and other restrictions. It may not be always realised that today’s remanufactured and compatible cartridges can also deliver high quality images at volume for a wide number of applications, projects or presentations. Cartridge World offers cost effective, page yield and print quality equal to OEM products. Once again, where high resolution photography or other graphic images are demanded, it is still thought that the use of OEM cartridges may be necessary to produce images of the highest quality, and reduce the risk of potential printing defects. A low fail rate is particularly important when printing images on expensive photo or glossy paper to reduce the risk of reprinting. The demands of our high-definition age mean that Cartridge World’s own brand products only use dedicated inks that match the performance of OEM when needed and can be relied upon for the highest quality photography printing.

Toner Cartridges – choosing between OEM, remanufactured or compatible!

Since the dawn of the personal computer in the early 1980s many have declared the imminent arrival of the paperless desk. Nearly four decades later, in the age of cloud storage and digital downloads, the need to print is still very much alive. PCs, laptops, smartphones and tablets can all instantly link to a printer by app, wifi (or cable) when required. The work of the inkjet and toner cartridges is not yet done. Hard copy print is here to stay. Far from being consigned to IT history, the 2D printer and the principle of transferring ink to paper via inkjet or toner cartridge has endured. Increasingly, leading print product producers have been challenged by supplier own brand cartridges, which are designed to equal the performance of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) products, such as Canon, Samsung and Kyocera. At the same time, low cost inkjet and toner cartridge remanufacturing has become a universal popular choice. However, the expertise and more comprehensive servicing provided by cartridge remanufacturing should always be distinguished from the basic practice of the cartridge refiller. As print products developed, Cartridge World also evolved from an early refiller in 1989 to a sophisticated remanufacturer and compatible producer.

What’s the difference between remanufacturing and refilling toner cartridges?

Laser toner cartridges contain vital moving parts that will also require to be replaced. Remanufacturers clean, refill and reassemble the empty toner cartridges and replace the worn parts as necessary to ensure the cartridge is in perfect working order when it’s reinserted back into the printer. The toner should be exactly matched to the original cartridge specifications to ensure the original high quality of printing is maintained. In the majority of cases, remanufacturers will clean and replace the imaging drum inside toner cartridges, while a refilled cartridge has been merely topped up with toner. Full functionality may also only be retained by the installation of new micro chips, which are embedded in the cartridges by manufacturers trying to prevent cartridges from being reused but also provide important status updates of toner levels. When a chipped cartridge is installed into the printer, the user is prompted with a message that a “non original c/r installed’’. All non patent infringing, aftermarket chips will be accepted once the user has pressed “Accept”.

Quality printer ink cartridges at a significantly lower cost

Since founded in 1992, Cartridge World has built its reputation as the go-to store for anyone looking for quality printer ink cartridges at a significantly lower cost. As a global 3rd party and own brand manufacturer, Cartridge World continues to commit considerable resources into research and development into printer ink and cartridge delivery systems.

Tested to the same strict quality standards of equivalent name brands

A compatible Cartridge World printer ink cartridge is manufactured and factory tested to meet the same strict quality standards of equivalent name brands, and are more than capable of replacing original factory installed ink for  any printer. Comparison testing frequently shows that compatible, third-party recycled or remanufactured cartridges are virtually identical in printing bright colours and fast ink drying as original OEM printer cartridges. As a result of significant advances in printer ink technologies, today there is hardly any real noticeable difference in printing quality between a Cartridge World compatible or remanufactured (refilled) ink cartridge and an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) brand, such as Canon, Epson, HP or Lexmark. Any tiny differences that may be detected are seen as not justify paying a much higher price for an OEM cartridge, which can make a real key cost saving.

Sharp black for printing the clearest text

Colour printer ink uses the CMYK colour model, which stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. A standard inkjet cartridge system consists of one separate black cartridge for text, and either a single cartridge combo carrying the CMYK as separated colours or a separate cartridge for each colour. The two standard formats allows black printer ink to be readily blended with other colours for printing images while delivering a sharp, crisp opaque black for printing the clearest text. The primary raw materials used in the production of printer inks are: Pigments, Binders, Solvents and Additives.

  • Pigments – provide the actual colour to ink, and are resistant to heat and light. Importantly, they also provide a gloss finish to the printed word. A wide variety of pigments can be used, such as acrylics and energy cure resins.
  • Binders - are usually made from resins, which bind the different chemical components of the ink together as well as binding the ink to the paper during printing. Some commonly used resins are acrylics, alkyds, rubber resins, and ketone organic compounds.
  • Solvents – keep printer inks liquid up until they are printed on paper and separate to enable the ink to dry. Solvents consist of various synthetic chemical components, which require the solvent to evaporate/separate rapidly.
  • Additives -  are produced in a wide variety of types for use in ink production. The most commonly used additives are plasticizers, waxes, driers, chemical-formed water-soluble agents, antioxidants, surfactants, alkalis and defoamers.

Keeping a smooth flow of ink

Retaining high printing quality depends on ensuring a smooth flow of ink. When levels become low, the ink begins to dry at the print head. Regular care and attention can prolong both economic use and quality of printing over the long term.

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