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How New Technology Is Improving Generic Printer Ink Cartridges

2012-01-27

Generic printer ink, whether a refilled, remanufactured or new cartridge that is simply not a brand name, has improved dramatically over the last 20 years of the industrya€™s development due to new printer technology and advances in ink and cartridge technology. When generic ink first hit the market, they basically took old ink cartridges, drilled a hole in the top, filled them back up with ink and plugged the hole. These a€œdrill and filla€ cartridges were cheap, but had a lot of problems like leaking, clogging and poor quality ink. Since then, advancements have been made in copying original equipment manufacturera€™s (OEM) cartridges, improving ink quality and controlling production technology.

Development of generic printer ink has kept pace with new printer technology, and instead of simply reusing an entire old cartridge, remanufactured cartridges are now comprised of the best parts of old cartridges, a process that was not possible with older technology. Some generic printer ink companies actually make new ink cartridges now, having copied technologies of brand name companies to create a new, high-quality but low-cost cartridge product. One striking example of new technology allowing and improving performance of generic printer ink cartridges is the copying of chips that are embedded in many brand name cartridges. These chips are communicate with the printer and the computer and used to exclude any other brands of cartridge from being able to be used in that companya€™s printer. Chip copying, which is completely legal, has greatly improved the availability of generic printer ink cartridges.

Another problem with generic ink when it first came out was a problem with the quality of the ink itself. It was often inferior to OEM ink, and so it could clog the inkjets, appear runny or grainy on the paper, not dry as quickly and fade faster than brand name ink. However, the ink has developed over the last two decades dramatically with additives and dyes that used to be unique only to brand names that are used to prevent clogging, enhance drying time and resist environmental fading. Because of these, generic ink is now on par with the brand names for almost any application.

Another important technological improvement includes quality control procedures used by generic ink companies to assure customers of high quality ink and durable plastics used in the cartridges. Diagnostic testing procedures are what have allowed reputable companies to give robust guarantees of the quality of their generic printer ink cartridge products.

While new printer technology has given homes and offices access to high quality printing, generic ink cartridge technology has kept pace with improvements and even caught up to the high quality of brand names and guarantees customers high performance.

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