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Avoiding Ink Clogs In An Office Setting

2011-08-01

Printers are still abundantly used throughout business offices across the country and across the world. Printers have gotten more sophisticated, faster and can now multitask so that you can often fax and print black and white text or even photo images. Although many companies have moved part or all of their operations into the online atmosphere, there are still many companies that conduct a lot of their business in the office. Those same companies continue to use their printers often, with some printing often while others print at random, inconsistent intervals. In both of these scenarios, printers can sometimes become clogged which can slow down or halt operations until the printer is fixed. Ink clogs can become frequent in heavy office printing environments and those that print less frequently. There are ways for both settings to avoid ink clogs on their printers.

For a business that conducts a lot of office printing, ink clogs can happen because of constant printer usage. This can happen for a number of different reasons, and one of them is if you're using an incompatible ink with your printer. Sometimes, companies will buy printer ink because it's more affordable than the ink specified for a particular printer. Although you may initially save money, you can experience a series of clogs in the long run. To avoid this, make sure you buy the correct printer ink for your printer. If the cost for the brand name ink is too high, consider discount, third-party vendors or even generic ink. Generic printer ink works just as well as their brand name counterpart and can be a cheaper substitute. Remanufactured printer ink is also an option because they are original cartridges that have been checked thoroughly before being sold again.

For offices that don't print as often, the ink clogs could be for another reason entirely. Many offices buy their printer ink in bulk, and although this does make the purchasing of ink much more affordable, they can cause some problems. This is especially true of companies that don't print often. What happens when ink sits out for a long period of time without use is that it dries up. If these cartridges are then inserted into the printer, the dry ink will proceed to clog the printer's ink heads. To unclog the printer takes a bit of work. So to avoid getting clogged ink heads, it's important to not buy in bulk and instead buy ink only when needed. You may be able to anticipate when the cartridge will run out because most printers give you a warning. That way you can avoid ink clogs.

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