*NEWS*PROPAGANDA FROM HP !
*NEWS*PROPAGANDA FROM HP !
2006-11-13 at 11:45:00 am #16845
HP study says remanufactured printer cartridges unreliable
November 2006Beware remanufactured printer cartridges, says Hewlett-Packard’s Scott Canonico, manager of environmental policy and strategy at the Silicon Valley company. Their failure rates can negate short-term savings from their lower price.Canonico says an HP-sponsored study by Moorpark, Calif.-based QualityLogic, a quality testing service company, concluded that remanufactured cartridges have major reliability problems,Results from the study say that 70% of remanufactured inkjet cartridges and 80% of remanufactured laserjet “exhibited reliability problems,” in contrast with 2% of original HP cartridges. The study defines a reliability problem as “leaking cartridges, cross-contaminated colors, and cartridges that printed no pages.” In addition, the study says that approximately 17% of all refilled inkjet cartridges failed prematurely, but did not cite the failure percentage for original HP cartridges.Major ink and toner manufacturers, including HP, Canon, Epson, and Lexmark, have cartridge recycling programs for their laserjet cartridges at the very least, if not for their inkjets as well. Users can request a postage-paid envelope online and return the cartridge to the manufacturer, or in many cases, use a similar process to return many cartridges at once in bulk. In some cases, the cartridges are recycled completely, while others are remanufactured for reuse. HP does not remanufacture cartridges sent in by customers. Instead, it recycles the raw materials to make other products, Canonico says, such as clothes hangers, automobile parts, processing trays, and even parts for other electronics such as scanners. Printer cartridges “are designed for single use, where we’ve optimized the product to work for that original life, and there’s a huge amount of technology that goes into the product itself,” says Canonico. “It’s a tuned system, and when you introduce a third party ink into an inkjet cartridge, you’re not going to get the same level of performance.” What ends up happening to compensate for an under-performing cartridge is a great deal of waste in the form of reprints, which use unnecessary paper and energy as well as ink or toner.Canonico says the material that HP uses for its laserjet and inkjet cartridge packaging is made out of recycled paperboard, and newer cartridges use fewer overall materials, making them easier to recycle. “We’ve reduced the size of laserjet packaging through some design innovations, and also used more recyclable material,” he says. “We have about 30% greater space use efficiencies for laserjet cartridges, which means 30% more cartridges per pallet, 1500 more cartridges in an ocean container, and less truck traffic—a big one for the environment.”