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 user 2007-11-06 at 10:56:00 am Views: 42
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    Printing prowess
    2007 trinidade & tobago :Every year, over 300 million inkjet
    printer cartridges end up on landfills where they take 300 to 1000
    years to break down . The high number represents 95 percent of the
    cartridges used in any given year.LJR Technology Limited, Eastern Main
    Road, Tunapuna, is one of the many companies globally who are reusing
    the other five percent and is encouraging people to reuse them, so much
    so they are guaranteeing a new printer or photocopier if a refilled
    cartridge damages the machine.“The offer of the new printer or
    photocopier is to take away the risk of using the remanufactured
    cartridge,” said Shara Jagroop, one of the company’s directors and
    Purchasing Manager.“The remanufactured cartridge will not destroy any
    equipment but because of what is written in printer and photocopier
    manuals – that there is no warranty or guarantee on printers if
    refilled cartridges are used. As a result, many people are scared to
    try the remanufactured product, she said in an interview last
    week.This, she said, was due to several other businesses who refill
    cartridges but do not replace the parts. “Other businesses refill
    cartridges but are giving the business a bad name because, more often
    than not, cartridges do not work. People are skeptical because of
    failed experiences in the past,” she said.She asserted that so far,
    they have never had to enforce their guarantee. “We spend a lot of
    money in research and development. I go to expos in the United States
    which showcase new processes, equipment, classes and training which
    explore problems and ways to counteract these snags and return to share
    this knowledge with our employees,” she said.

    LJR Technology
    Limited, she said, was officially incorporated in 2001 and is involved
    in the refilling, remanufacturing, replacement and reinking of Inkjets,
    Bubble Jets, Lasers, PC Copiers and ribbon cartridges. They process
    brand names such as Canon, Epson, Hewlett Packard, Dell, Xerox, IBM/
    Lexmark, Okidata, Panasonic and Sharp.Jagroop said laser cartridges are
    reusable as long as the cartridge remains intact. With regards to
    Inkjets, black ink cartridges can be reused seven times, while coloured
    cartridges can be reused five times. Inkjets take about 30-45mins to
    remanufacture, she said, while lasers take about an hour.Parts are
    brought in from associates who do research and develop the parts which
    are sometimes superior to the original manufactured product, she
    claimed.In addition to remanufacturing cartridges, they also supply new
    Inkjet, Laser, Photocopier and ribbon cartridges, Media/Data Storage
    Devices such as DVDs, CDs, Flash Drives, Specialty Paper, Copier Paper
    and photo paper.“We give the customer the option to purchase new
    cartridges, but we also urge them to try the remanufactured version,”
    she said.The idea of remanufacturing cartridges, although big business
    in other countries, is unique to TT. “We are the only company locally
    that remanufacture cartridges professionally,” she said. The over
    13,000 remanufacturing companies worldwide represent billions of
    dollars yearly while the industry has been around since the 1980s.Using
    remanufactured cartridges is a win-win situation for the customer, in
    terms of the environment and savings, she said.Environmentally, it
    decreases the amount of plastic, steel aluminum and rubber sent to
    landfills and burned in incinerators, Jagroop said. There are plans to
    open up a branch in Tobago.She added, toner cartridges are considered
    to be one of the least biodegradable waste products. “Purchasing
    remanufactured toner and inkjet cartridges and recycling empties helps
    to strengthen the local economy, by throwing away people are actually
    wasting money,” she said.On the financial side, she said,
    remanufactured and re-filled cartridges can save consumers up to 50
    percent of the Original Equipment Manufactured(OEM) cartridge price.

    demand for remanufactured cartridges would be larger if more people are
    informed about the process,” she said. This process includes
    pre-testing the cartridges, cleaning and replacement of parts,
    refilling/re-inking with original inkjet inks/toner, sealing to prevent
    leakage and post testing to ensure quality.“Most other companies have
    not gone beyond refilling, parts have to be changed because the toner
    is made for a specific amount of use,” Jagroop said, adding that just
    refilling would significantly reduce the amount of copies one can get
    from the photocopier because of the wear and tear of parts in the
    cartridges.The inks used in printer cartridges are also important.
    “Every cartridge have its specific ink and if we do not have the ink
    for it, we would not do the job,” she said.Jagroop explained that some
    companies sell ink and refill kits, but there is no guarantee in this
    do-it-yourself project as there is no guarantee it will work.The
    company’s clientele range from large companies like Trinidad Hilton to
    small businesses and associations like College Health Foods, All Pro
    Security, Eastern Football Association, DVD clubs and schools. Jagroop
    said there are also walk-in customers and customers from neighbouring
    Caribbean islands.Although there is only one branch, staffed by four
    employees, Jagroop said, there are plans to expand once the word gets
    out there. “Right now we are trying to get people’s attention and show
    them the benefits derived from using remanufactured cartridges,” she