Archive for July, 2012

Why Canon Stands to Be A Leader in Technology Today

Nestled in Ota, part of Tokyo, Japan, Canon is one of the most well known global brands offering everything from high-end cameras to state-of-the-art printers. Canon technology is second to none and top Fortune 500 companies to personal users like you and me have probably owned a Canon product some time in our lifetime. But where did Canon get its inspiration from? Let’s take a journey back to 3rd Century China, where wood block printing had just been invented. The idea was to carve a wooden block with the negative space being carved out and the image extending out. A roller was used to apply ink on the block and then paper or cloth was placed carefully and rubbed on vigorously to transfer ink from block to paper. This is where Canon and other brands got their first hint of inspiration. The major difference between Canon and other brands was that Canon invested highly in R&D. Planning is critical for the success of every project and that is what helps Canon stand apart from the rest. Before producing printers Canon did its research to understand the demands of the workplace and how they could offer the best solution. Canon printers […]

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Posted by Island Ink-Jet - 07/31/2012 at 2:57 pm

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New Inkjet Nozzle Takes Inspiration from the Human Eye

“The eye and an ink jet nozzle have a common problem: they must not be allowed to dry while, simultaneously, they must open. We used biomimicry, the imitation of nature, to solve human problems,” explains Jae Wan Kwon associate professor at the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri, on his most recent invention – get this – an inkjet printer nozzle cover that takes inspiration from and mimics the human eye. How does the human eye inspired inkjet nozzle work? Here’s an excerpt from the article published in the Science Blog: Kwon’s invention uses a droplet of silicone oil to cover the opening of the nozzle when not in use, similar to the film of oil that keeps a thin layer of tears from evaporating off the eye. On the surface of the human eye, eyelids spread the film of oil over the layer of tears. However, at the tiny scale of the ink jet nozzle, mechanical shutters like eyelids would not work, as they would be stuck in place by surface tension. Instead, the droplet of oil for the nozzle is easily moved in and out of place by an electric field. Kwon is positive that this […]

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Posted by Island Ink-Jet - 07/26/2012 at 12:40 pm

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Difference Between Toner Cartridge and Drum Unit

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the toner cartridge and the drum unit? Many of our clients are usually confused about this exact topic. If you own a laser printer this is something you should definitely be aware of to make sure you replace the right consumables when the time comes. The Brother website refers to the drum unit and the toner cartridge as “different consumables”: What is the toner cartridge? The toner cartridge contains a fine dust-like powder (toner) that fuses on to the page to create graphics and text. When you notice faded prints or streaks or low-quality printing, it is time to replace the toner. Example 1 – Here’s an image of a toner cartridge:   Example 2 – Here’s an image of a 4-pack of coloured toner cartridges: What is the drum unit? The drum unit is the component responsible for transferring the toner onto the paper. The way it works is that when the laser printer receives a print command, the toner is attracted to the photo-sensitive roller inside the drum unit. The toner is then transferred from the roller in the drum unit to the actual paper using heat. When the drum deteriorates […]

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Posted by Island Ink-Jet - 07/25/2012 at 3:31 pm

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A Quick Guide to Replacing Empty Inkjet Cartridges

You might be surprised to hear how many of our clients feel nervous to buy inkjet cartridges for their printer. Many users are apprehensive about opening up their machine and meddling with the inside, so we thought to put together a quick and easy guide to help you change your inkjet cartridge, no matter what your printer brand or model. Buying your inkjet cartridges: It’s always good practice to have spare inkjet cartridges to replace if our old ones run out. You can buy branded inkjet cartridges, although refilled inkjet cartridges, and compatible or remanufactured inkjet cartridges are the smarter and cheaper choice. The important thing is to make sure you buy the right inkjet cartridges for your printer model. A reputable ink refiller will make sure they use the right ink type when they refill your cartridge. If you’re buying inkjet cartridges online make sure to enter your correct printer model when looking for replacements. Taking out your empty inkjet cartridges: If you see missing elements, streaking and faded colours when you print, it is more than likely that your ink cartridges are running out. Most printer models actually alert you to let you know your ink cartridge needs […]

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Posted by Island Ink-Jet - 07/24/2012 at 3:02 pm

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Island Ink-Jet Encourages Toner Cartridge Recycling

Island Ink-Jet and Laser Toners, a leading company in the ink and toner industry having manufactured millions of ink and toner cartridges for happy return customers provides the best OEM, compatible and remanufactured ink and toner cartridges money can buy. Island Ink-Jet is a company that takes sustainability seriously. In its commitment to saving the planet they offer a toner cartridge recycling program that involves picking up empty toners for recycling when you’re finished with them. This makes it super-simple for businesses like yours to recycle. Why should you get involved with toner cartridge recycling? Here are some recent statistics according to Market Watch: Each toner cartridge contains 3 pounds of manufactured material and uses 3 quarts of oil to produce. They are composed mainly of plastic and metal, resources which incur a considerable environmental impact as they are mined, processed, and discarded in landfills, where the plastic components will take at least 1000 year to degrade. Most toner cartridges can be recycled up to 4 times, saving 9 pounds of virgin resources compared to manufacturing new, and conserving 12 quarts of oil. Toner cartridge recycling is not a choice anymore; it is a necessity for businesses to realize their […]

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Posted by Island Ink-Jet - 07/23/2012 at 3:04 pm

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