PRINTER CARTRIDGES …..ONE SIZE DOESN'T FIT ALL !!!

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PRINTER CARTRIDGES …..ONE SIZE DOESN'T FIT ALL !!!

 user 2008-05-28 at 3:33:23 pm Views: 51
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    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2008/05/28/stories/2008052851870400.htm
    Printer cartridges? One size doesn’t fit all!
    Hewlett-Packard broadens size, quality options for same model
    HP
    Senior Scientist, Dr Charles Dupuy, demonstrating accelerated ageing
    tests that show how photo prints will look after years of exposure to
    the air in Singapore on Tuesday.Singapore May 27 Customers of the same
    printer model may use it differently – even in ways the manufacturer
    never intended. So the concept of a ‘free size’ or ‘one size fits all’
    which works well when selling some readymade clothing, may be all wrong
    when marketing printer consumables like ink or toner cartridges.It has
    taken the industry many decades to appreciate this simple fact of life
    – but having ‘seen the light’, the world’s printer leader
    Hewlett-Packard, is acting on it with a vengeance… and India is a key
    testing ground for this new found wisdom.Last year HP launched a
    cheaper option (suited for ‘draft’ quality copies) to its monochrome
    inkjet cartridge, type 27, in two trial markets China and India,
    calling it ‘Simple Black’ and pricing it at about half of the standard
    cartridge. Cost conscious lay users seemingly liked the ‘paisa vasool’
    idea – and helped HP increase sales for this printer cartridge by some
    7 per cent. Now it has announced that it will add another popular
    monochrome cartridge – type 21b – to the Simple Black family in India.
    For
    other popular cartridges, it has created higher capacity versions in an
    XL range that offer savings of nearly 47 per cent – but the larger size
    fits only the newer printers. Users of legacy machines are being
    offered double packs and combos of colour and monochrome with discounts
    of 15 per cent over the single unit price, explained Mr Puneet Chadha,
    HP’s Director for Imaging and Printing Supplies Business in India.For
    customers who wanted quality, special ‘red’ packings for professional
    grade work were also offered. “The click-a cartridge” option where
    customers could order a cartridge online and have it delivered the same
    day at no extra cost, was a concept pioneered by HP in India, he
    added.These announcements, made at its annual printer supplies seminar
    held in Singapore on Tuesday, seem tailored to wean customers in price
    conscious markets like India from the lure of cheaper refill and
    re-manufactured options.

    ColorSphere
    But on the principle
    that finally quality is what counts, HP also unveiled a slate of
    technological improvements aimed at extending its leadership in the
    twin streams of inkjet and laser printers. Patented ‘ColorSphere’
    technology has seen the gloss (shine) and the colour gamut (range and
    number of shades) of laser printer output, dramatically improve over
    what was available even four years ago, R&D Engineer Ms Stephanie
    Wicks said.

    Dual drop tech
    Senior Scientist for R&D in
    Inkjet design, Dr Charles Dupuy, announced new dual drop technology,
    where the same cartridge sported variable-sized nozzles: some
    delivering 5 picolitres, others 1.3 picolitres. This would allow even
    an entry level inkjet printer like the Deskjet 2560, to deliver good
    quality photos for which a special photo-quality cartridge was used –
    till recently.The finer nozzles will now kick in when the job required
    the superior quality demanded by a photo job. Dr Dupuy also
    demonstrated the ability of scientists to accelerate the ageing of
    prints due to exposure over years to the ozone of the air. This enabled
    them to predict the fading after 5, 10 or 15 years… a key parameter
    to support competitive claims of print longevity.Improvements like dual
    drop and colour sphere had led to a continuous improvement in print
    quality that had almost wiped out the distinction between laser and
    inkjet out for many applications. Singapore-based Vice-President for
    Supplies Business in Asia-Pac, Mr Leong Han Kong, told this
    correspondent, who was supported by HP to participate in this event,
    that for small and medium enterprises, a colour inkjet would still turn
    out to be some 30 to 50 per cent cheaper to operate than a colour laser
    for typical office runs.