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Laser Toner Cartridges Explained – UK Ink Supplies

Posted in GreenTech, Jet Tec Laser Toner Cartridges, UK Ink Supplies with tags , , , , , , , , on 31/03/2011 by ukinksupplies

Laser Toner Cartridges Explained – this article explains the difference and origin of dry and liquid laser toner.

Laser Toner is either a powdery or liquid substance that is used in toner cartridges which in turn is used by laser printers, Copiers and Faxes. Dry toner is by far more common in home and office printer systems than liquid toners.

Dry toner is mainly made up of heat sensitive plastic powder, normally a combination of acrylic and styrene. Pigments are added so that different colours can be produced by the toner. Finally, carriers are added so that the toner particles are charged and can be attracted to the right spots on the printed material.

Liquid toner is mainly made up of dye or pigmented acrylic resin particles. The added dye or pigmentation is added to form the colour of the toner. Added to this is an insulating liquid in which the resin particles are hosted.

Dry toners have the following advantagees compared to liquid toners:

  • No penetration of the paper fibre is necessary. This means that more types of materials can be used for printing compared to using a liquid toner which needs to penetrate the printed material.
  • No “drying” time before using the printed paper which means faster printing and no risk of accidently smearing the printout.
  • Better for the environment and people around the printer because no harmful solvents are used.
  • The colours are more stable.
  • Liquid toners are generally stronger in the following field compared to dry toners:

  • No warm up of the printer is needed which is the case with dry toner based printers.
  • Since the material is penetrated during the printing process, the printed text/image is much more firmly attached to the paper making it harder to fade.
  • In the manufacturing process of dry toners, the size of the individual particles that make up the toner goes from pellet size via grinding to becoming a powder. All toner needs to be tailored individually depending on which printer model its intended for. Depending on its formula, aspects such as melting point, flow rate and magnetic and thermal characteristics become different.

    Recommended further reading:

  • Read about Laser Toner Cartridges, the holder encasing the Laser Toner.
  • Read about Laser Printers, the printer type using Laser Toner Cartridges.
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    UK Ink Supplies for Jet Tec ink cartridges and laser toners

    Posted in GreenTech, Jet Tec Laser Toner Cartridges, UK Ink Supplies with tags , , , , , , , , on 30/03/2011 by ukinksupplies

    Buying printer toner cartridges at your local shop is a certain way of losing money. You can save up to 70% if you buy your toner cartridges online – compare toner prices and go with compatible cartridges instead of the originals.

    About Laser Toner Cartridges

    Laser Toner Cartridges (often called Laser Toner or just Toners) are used in office machines such as Laser Printers, Fax Machines and Photocopiers and increasingly in home laser printers.

    The basic role of the toner cartridge is to supply the machine with a dry powder or liquid substance called Laser Toner. If dry toner is used, the printer melts the toner by heat of the fuser thereby binding the toner to the paper and forming images and text.

    Toner cartridges are heavier and significantly larger in size compared to ink cartridges. As with Ink Cartridges, different types of toner cartridges exist on the market:

  • Compatible Toner Cartridges are produced by third party manufacturers. Instead of producing new cartridges many often re-use empty toner cartridges and refill them.

    The toner will be of good quality if you buy from well known and established online ink and toner stores, such as UK Ink Supplies. These stores most often have a written product guarantee and a generous refund policy.

    We recommend you to use compatible toner cartridges. Our Compatible Cartridges article contains more information and advice on the subject.

  • OEM/Original Toner Cartridges are produced by the printer manufacturer themselves. This cartridge alternative is almost always more expensive compared to a compatible cartridge.

    Remember that a 100% perfect printout is in the eye of the beholder and that the printer and paper quality is also very important to the result. Read more about OEM Cartridges.

  • However, it should be noted that both Compatible Cartridges and OEM cartridges can be of a Remanufactured origin. What this normally means is that old toner cartridges are reused and refilled with new toner after being examined, cleaned and tested. Read more about Remanufactured Cartridges.

    You can learn more about how toner based office machines works by reading below articles:

  • Laser Toner, the substance encased in Laser Toner Cartridges
  • Laser Printers, a printer technology that uses Laser Toner Cartridges
  • Ink & Toner for Schools & Colleges – UK Ink Supplies

    Posted in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), UK Ink Supplies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 29/03/2011 by ukinksupplies

    UK Ink Supplies are pleased to announce that we accept official purchase orders from schools, colleges, universities, government organisations & registered charities in the UK.

    All we require is an official purchase order signed by an authorised member of staff, clearly showing your PO number and organisation details. 30-Day accounts are setup automatically on receipt of the purchase order.

    UK Ink Supplies already supply many Schools, Colleges, Registered Charities, Local Authorities and other Government Organisations in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire and all over the UK and are familiar with purchasing procedures and requirements.

    How to place your order:

    • Add the required products to the shopping cart as normal and proceed to the checkout.
    • Enter your details in the relevant fields and then select “Purchase order – Schools, Colleges & Government orders only”, as the payment method.
    • Select a delivery method, review the order details and then submit your order for processing.
    • You will then be presented with an order number which needs to be referenced on the purchase order which you send through email.
    • An order confirmation email will be sent detailing your order. This email also acts as your 30 day invoice for your purchase. Please ensure that you enter a valid email address, to receive the invoice. A paper copy of your invoice will also be sent.

    We also accept orders which have not been placed through the website. Send your official purchase order with a detailed description of the products you require, making sure the product values match the current prices listed on our website.

    Phone us on: 01522 520 446

    UK Ink Supplies do not normally offer credit account facilities to businesses. Our commitment to choice and quality means that only the very best in Ink & Toner Cartridges, Photo Paper and computer consumables are always available for to you buy online.

    UK Ink Supplies are leading UK Online retailers of digital imaging supplies, offering a reliable online service and great value prices. We specialise in Ink & Toner Cartridges, Photo Paper and computer consumables from the leading manufacturers and deliver them direct to your door. UK Ink Supplies stock quality brands including Jet Tec ink cartridges, Canon, HP, Epson, Lexmark, Samsung, Panasonic, Brother, and many more.

    We stock all types of Ink & Toner including Fax Supplies, Inkjet Cartridges, Toner Cartridges, Inkjet Cleaning Products, Refill Ink, Copier Toner, and more, plus a huge range of Photo Papers. As a leading retailer of digital imaging supplies, the UK Ink Supplies range of Ink & Toner Cartridges and Photo Paper is constantly maintained and updated to ensure that the latest products are available to our customers at the lowest prices. Buy Ink & Toner Cartridges and Photo Paper online using our simple and safe payment methods and have the best in Ink & Toner Cartridges and Photo Paper products conveniently delivered to you.

    How do I identifing my inkjet printer or ink cartridge?

    Posted in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), UK Ink Supplies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 28/03/2011 by ukinksupplies

    Printer cartridges are not all the same. One set of ink cartridges will work with a group of printers, but not all printers. You must first identify the make and model number of your printer, or refer to your printer manual to identify the individual ink cartridge codes. If you already have cartridges in your printer, these will most likely have a reference number on them.

    If you have an inkjet printer and know what brand it is – for example, Epson – you would click on the Epson ink cartridges link on the Inkjet Printer Cartridges for your printer page.

    If the printer was an Epson Stylus SX200, you would click “Epson Stylus Series” to jump to the Epson Stylus Series models where you would find Epson Stylus SX200 and click on it to view all of the cartridges compatible with that printer, both original (OEM) and Jet Tec.

    If you only know the cartridge codes – for example, T071140, T071240, T071340, T071440 – then you can type these into the search box in the centre of the top of this page.

    Find the cartridges you need

    We work hard to make our web site easy to use. You’ll find lists of all printers grouped by manufacturer on the following pages, or you can use the search box to look for your printer name or printer cartridge codes directly.

    If you can’t find your printer, cartridge or the brand that you’re looking for, please contact us and we’ll try to help you.

    About Jet Tec

    Jet Tec are one of the world’s leading manufacturers of alternative inkjet supplies, producing compatible and recycled printer cartridge products. Jet Tec laser toners and ink cartridges are made in the UK by DCI Ltd and are compatible with the latest and most popular types of printers. Jet Tec has been established for over 25 years at its UK manufacturing base and is renowned for the quality, reliability and patented technology of their products. The quality of Jet Tec products is second to none. Jet Tec is an ISO 9001 registered company. ISO 9001 procedures are applied throughout the entire manufacturing facility. Jet Tec’s self-reliance in the total manufacturing process ensures the tightest control over quality.

    About UK Ink Supplies

    UKInkSupplies.com is a mail order business based in the historic city of Lincoln, UK.  We specialise in computer consumables ie. ink and laser toner printer cartridges plus printer paper.  As our name suggests UK Ink Supplies specialises in the supply of recycled, compatible and original inkjet consumables for your printer.

    We supply to private home customers, businesses, schools, local government and other organisations all over the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

    We stock a wide range of original, compatible and remanufactured inkjet and toner cartridges. In addition we stock a range of Agfa inkjet papers. We supply many branded products including Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Oki and Xerox as well as Jet Tec compatible ink cartridges and laser toners(Jet Tec Official Retailer) and GreenTech and Xinia laser printer toners.

    Comparing Inkjet and Laser Printers, advantages and disadvantages – UK Ink Supplies

    Posted in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), UK Ink Supplies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 25/03/2011 by ukinksupplies

    Inkjet and laser printers allow you to print professional-looking documents, such as brochures, flyers and spreadsheets from the comfort of your home. When selecting a printer, you will need to weigh your available budget against your preferred colour quality and speed.

    Find out more below about the basic types of printers and their advantages and disadvantages in order for you to shop with the right type of printer in mind.


    Advantages of Inkjet Printers

    Inkjet printers are generally cheaper than most laser printers. You can find a reasonable colour inkjet printer for under £100 in the leading chain stores in the UK.  These printers are still the colour printing solution for most home PC owners. Other advantages are as follows:

    Smaller size: This saves you space on your desktop.

    Versatility: A colour inkjet can print on many types of media, including T-shirt transfers, craft paper and even printable CD/DVD discs.

    Larger paper sizes: If you invest more, you can add a large-format inkjet printer to your system that can print A3 pages.

    Inkjet printers have advanced a long way in the last ten years. Unfortunately, the printing process is still relatively slow compared to that of laser printing.  Additionally, the ink cartridges and specialist papers can be quite expensive (cheaper compatibles from Jet Tec are available).  Therefore, inkjet printers are more suited for home users and small businesses with lighter printing needs. Inkjet printers range in price from less than £100 to as much as £800, depending on image quality, features and paper-handling capabilities.

    Advantages of Photo Printers

    Some inkjet printers use more than the four basic colours of inks to produce high-quality photos.  If you own a digital camera and print a lot of photos, you may want to choose a printer specifically for that purpose.

    Photo quality: The print quality is not dissimilar to that of professional photofinishing.

    Memory cards: A photo printer can often print directly from digital cameras and many models also accept digital storage cards such as SmartMedia, CompactFlash, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard or a Memory Stick.

    Even though a number of different sizes of photo printers are on the market, many are more compact than the average inkjet printer. These photo printers are usually limited to printing 4×6 or smaller prints –  they cannot print standard A4 sheets, which is why they are only suitable as second printers.  If you are a serious amateur or professional digital photographer, a photo printer is worth the expense, and typically cost upwards of £150.

    For a home PC owner a normal colour inkjet printer is usually the better option.


    Advantages of Laser Printers

    A modern monochrome (black) laser printer starts at below £100. This is quite amazing, taking into account that at one time you had to spend a minimum of £1,500 for a standard laser printer. Some advantages of laser printers include the following:

    Low cost: Over the life time, toner costs for a laser printer will usually be far less per page than replacing inkjet printer cartridges.

    Speed: A laser printer will usually print pages much faster than an inkjet printer.

    High-quality text: An inkjet printer, no matter how much you pay for it, will never print black text and line graphics quite as clear as a laser printer can.

    Quiet operation: A laser printer is usually far quieter than low-cost inkjet printers – which is a important in a quiet office.

    Until relatively recently, colour laser printers were unaffordable for individuals or even small businesses.  However, there are now many models available for less than £500 and these are practicable alternatives to colour inkjets for printing spreadsheets, flyers and brochures. Considering these advantages, choose a monochrome laser printer if most of the pages that you will print are text, especially if colour isn’t a requirement. You’ll be pleased at chosing a laser model after you have gone perhaps six months without having to replace a single toner cartridge!  What’s more, Jet Tec are now producing a range or remanufactured laser toners which are far cheaper than their branded counterparts!

    UK Ink Supplies of Lincolnshire – official Jet Tec retailer.

    Cartridge Information – UK Ink Supplies

    Posted in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), GreenTech, Jet Tec Ink Cartridges, Printer Cartridge Manufacturers, UK Ink Supplies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 23/03/2011 by ukinksupplies

    Types of printer cartridges

    At UK Ink Supplies, we sell a variety of different ink cartridges and laser toners.

    OEM/Original

    An original or OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) ink or toner cartridge is the branded product of the printer manufacturer. Therefore, if you have a Canon printer, the original toner cartridge will be manufactured by Canon. As you would expect the printer manufacturer will always encourage consumers to buy their own branded product. We do supply a large range or original products, but recommend Jet Tec ink cartridges and laser toners for both quality and value for money.

    Compatible

    We supply Jet Tec compatible ink cartridges. Compatible cartridges are brand new cartridges supplied by an independent manufacturer. Compatible cartridges are manufactured to the same standards as original cartridges but are normally significantly cheaper. Any Compatible cartridges supplied to you by us are 100% guaranteed for a year. Furthermore, many Jet Tec compatible ink cartridges are designed to print up to 100% more than the Original ink cartridge!

    Remanufactured

    We supply Jet Tec and GreenTech remanufactured laser toners and ink cartridges. A remanufactured ink cartridge is a refilled original cartridge. Many printer manufacturers now encourage people to recycle ink cartridges and toner cartridges. These recycled cartridges are then remanufactured and refilled. Remanufactred Cartridges are cheaper and often contain a lot more ink than the originals. It is the environmentally friendlier solution that you can depend on to perform as well and last every bit as long as the original. The remanufacturing of toner and Inkjet cartridges has saved millions of cartridges from being dumped in refill sites, and brought cost savings to the consumers.

    Jet Tec

    Print More. Pay Less.

    Jet Tec is Europe’s leading manufacturer of compatible and recycled printer products. Jet Tec has been established for over 25 years at its UK manufacturing base and is renowned for the quality, reliability and patented technology of their products. At UKInkSupplies.com we only stock products that we believe represent the best value and quality on the market, we have nearly a decade of experience selling Jet Tec products throughout Europe and firmly believe that switching to Jet Tec will change the way you think about printing.

    Extra Life

    Most Jet Tec cartridges supplied for Canon and Epson printers offer unique technology called "Extra Life". With many ink cartridges it is common to find that the printer reports the cartridge as empty whilst there is still ink in the cartridge. Extra Life technology ensures that every last drop of the ink in the cartridge is utilised – giving you more prints and better value. All Jet Tec cartridges are guaranteed to print at least the same amount as the original cartridge.

    Better For The Environment

    Jet Tec adhere to the highest environmental processes in the production and design of their cartridges. Many of today’s manufacturers of printer cartridges are based in China, with the long distance transportation involved there are huge volumes of greenhouse gases emitted. Jet Tec products are manufactured in the UK and therefore travel a shorter distance. Combine this with the UKInkSupplies.com commitment of using land and sea based transport to transfer our goods between our distribution centres and you can be certain that carbon emissions are kept to an absolute minimum.

    Unique Patented Technology

    Jet Tec cartridges may look different from the original cartridge supplied by your printer manufacturer. This is because the technology built in to the cartridge is unique and patented by Jet Tec. The cartridges are guaranteed to deliver the same number of prints as the original cartridge and in some cases can deliver significantly more prints than the original. All the cartridges are manufactured in the UK at a custom built facility with the highest quality assurance and manufacturing processes implemented.

    Bring Your Pictures To Life

    You want to save money and you still want that photo of your granddaughters first birthday or your son’s graduation to look as dazzling as the moment they were taken when you share them with friends and family. Jet Tec cartridges match the original manufacturers guidelines for light-fastness ensuring that your precious moments stay as true as your memories for a lifetime.

    GreenTech

    GreenTech have been collecting, recycling and remanufacturing inkjet and laser toner cartridges in the UK for over ten years and estimate to have saved the equivalent of five million litres of oil or 120 football pitches worth of waste printer cartridges. GreenTech International’s modern re-manufacturing facilities are based in Peterborough, where a unique manufacturing service is provided. GreenTech is ISO 9001 Certified.

    Still have questions?

    We know you will be extremely pleased by the results offered by Jet Tec, but in case you have any more questions you can always contact a member of our highly trained customer service team who will answer any additional questions you may have. You can find our contact details here.

    Why Do Ink Cartridges Cost So Much?

    Posted in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), UK Ink Supplies with tags , , , , , , on 22/03/2011 by ukinksupplies

    Don’t you just hate it when you get a really cheap printer and then when it comes to replacing the ink cartridge it costs a small fortune? Ink cartridges can cost a lot more than the actual printer itself and cannot be easily avoided. Some inkjet cartridges cost up to £35 each for a measly 21ml, making printer ink one of the most expensive liquids on the planet.

    The consumer is annoyed at the apparent high price of authorised replacement ink cartridges (OEM) and tempted by cheaper third-party alternatives such as those made by Jet Tec in the UK.

    The Real Cost

    The printer supplies industry has adopted the practice of mobile phone and razor blade sellers: charge low prices for initial equipment (i.e. the printer), and then make money from ongoing fees for additional needed consumables or components. Manufacturers sell consumer printers at cost or even sometimes at a loss of up to 20 per cent, say a financial analysts at Bear Sterns, who monitor HP and Epson. However, on the flip side, both firms earn a massive 60 per cent gross margin on inkjet and toner cartridges, says Bill Hand, financial analyst with Bear Stearns.

    Those numbers are not exactly true, the manufacturers say. HP does make money on its printer hardware, according to Pradeep Jotwani, senior vice president of imaging supplies. In a prepared statement, Epson says that it “makes a reasonable profit on both” printer hardware and ink cartridges.

    Still, consumers complain about the “give away the razor and sell the blades” business model which they perceive in the printer/ink cartridge market. Hence, the establishment of a market for cartridge recyclers to refill used/empty cartridges, or for the sale of cartridge clones at often less than half the market price of the brand-name items.

    Protecting Profits

    Not surprisingly, printer vmanufacturers regard the aftermarket as a financial threat. It has  been stated that at least 80 per cent of overall profits (from within Epson’s and HP’s printing divisions) originates from consumable supplies.

    Epson integrates microchips to authenticate its cartridges. You can reuse their inkjet cartridges by refilling them. But a used Epson microchip and cartridge lose some functionality, such as the ability to monitor ink levels.  This can discourage some consumers.

    UK Government Investigations

    High ink jet prices among dominant ink manufacturers have caught the attention of UK and European Union regulators.

    Following a year-long investigation by the UK’s Office of Fair Trade (OFT), recommendation that Canon, Epson, HP and Lexmark more clearly inform ink cartridge consumers of their likely long-term printing costs. Printer makers had until October 2003 to better communicate the total cost of printer ownership, after which they face possible monetary fines from the OFT.

    Also, in December 2002, the European Union linstigated a similar investigation. “We are evaluating barriers to entry into this market, prices and contracts that lock businesses into long-term relationships with OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) ink makers,” says Tilman Lueder, a European Union spokesperson.

    Both investigations originated from consumer price complaints. Regulators have said that the gripes also came from generic vendors  and remanufacturers, who claim that the likes of Epson and Lexmark are making it very difficult to make compatible ink cartridges.

    Jet Tec Ink Cartridges from UK Ink Supplies

    Fortunately ukinksupplies.com can supply you with the same quality inkjet cartridges but at a fraction of the price –  many are even up to 75% cheaper! The only difference is the name, packaging and the low, low price.

    If you are in agreement that “inkjet printer cartridges should not cost more than your printer” order online now from UK Ink Supplies and save a small fortune on your printer’s running costs. You can even benefit from Free UK Delivery!

    UK Ink Supplies of Lincolnshire – official Jet Tec retailer in Lincoln.

    This blog is by UK Ink Supplies, based in Lincoln, UK stocking a wide range of Jet Tec printer cartridges and Jet Tec laser toner cartridges for most printers.  For more information please visit Jet Tec ink cartridges for the latest Jet Tec Epson, Canon, Lexmark, Brother and HP printer products.

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