Tuesday, 16 August 2011

DIFFERENT CARTRIDGE TYPES, SUBSTANCES AND ALL

INK CARTRIDGES, INKJETS, TONER CARTRIDGES, LASER TONERS, DRUMS… CONFUSED? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?






I remember upon first coming into the industry my confusion with all the different types of cartridges. But really, there is not so much an array of different types of cartridges as with the proliferation of names.

Fundamentally there are two different types of cartridges – those that use ink, and those that use toner - a dry powdery substance. And for toners there is also the Drum Unit which you rarely need to order.

Usually the former i.e. the ink cartridge, the inkjet cartridge etc. are at the lower end of the cost range. They usually use a smaller cartridge that can fit onto the palm of your hand. As to be expected, they normally have a much lower yield capacity, often printing from approx 100 pages, but at times overlapping toner yield cartridges with output over 6,200 pages (Epson T0967 Light Black Ink Cartridge).Yield is the number of pages your toner cartridge should print based on 5% coverage per page (approximately one paragraph). 


The inkjet printers are more often to be found in the home/office environment for family/small business requirements.

If you have a heavier printing requirement, then you will probably use a toner cartridge. What is a Toner cartridge (also called laser toner, mono toner etc.)? It is the consumable component of a laser printer which contains the material (toner) used to produce the image onto the paper. During the laser printing process, the toner is electrically charged (static) so that it is attracted to the printer drum. The toner is then transferred to the paper via a fuser which melts the laser toner to create the paper image.



The cartridge is cylindrical in shape, and is often the length of a freestanding computer keyboard. The toner cartridge usually starts at a higher capacity than the Inkjet, at around 1,500 pages for the Compatible Canon CART312 Mono Laser Cartridge. The highest yield cartridge in our stock is the Compatible Ricoh Type 6210D Mono Copier Cartridge at 43,000 pages.

At ABC Print Supplies, we have available all of the above cartridges as well as drum units, either as original, compatible, or remanufactured.