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Warning Sings Of A Bad Printer Ink Cartridge

2010-11-23

One of the most important pieces of company infrastructure is the printer ink cartridge. Without it, memos cannot be drafted, reports cannot be written, and company paperwork cannot be completed. Despite its huge utility, however, a printer ink cartridge is one of the most expensive office accessories to purchase, and ensuring that all cartridges in a company are performing optimally is essential in making sure that money is not lost with high spending on printer ink. One of the best ways to prevent the loss of money due to unnecessary ink cartridge purchasing is to monitor for a bad ink cartridge by paying attention to the warning signs given off before it fails.

One of the first signs of a bad ink cartridge will be that the quality of its printed work will decrease. This can manifest in several ways, from streaks on the page to ghosted images or small droplets of ink scattered across the text. If this should occur, a company can begin by removing the printer ink cartridge and checking it for holes, leaks or other physical issues. In some cases, a bad ink cartridge can be salvaged if its problems are addressed early, saving the company from having to purchase a new one. After examining the cartridge, check the printer as well. A dirty printer or one with technical issues can be the root cause of poor printing, and replacing the printer rather than the ink may solve the problem.

It is also possible that a bad ink cartridge may have as its root cause improper storage or handling. If it is determined that an ink cartridge is in fact bad, a company should examine where their cartridges are stored. If it is in a sunlit or hot room, the ink may be drying out prematurely. As well, if a company has purchased ink in bulk, it is possible that some of it may simply be out of date. Printer ink typically has not longer than a six month shelf life even with proper storage before it begins to degrade. A company should be sure to only order as many ink cartridges as are necessary for current work and potential emergencies, rather than trying to plan years in advance.

A printer ink cartridge is something that a company will replace often, but can end up doing more than necessary if bad ink cartridges become the norm. They can be caused by problems in the cartridge itself, the printer, or the storage method of the ink. A company that knows the signs of a bad cartridge and acts to change them can save themselves a significant amount of money in the long run.