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 user 2005-02-24 at 9:51:00 am Views: 45
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    The History of Printer Ink Cartridges
    With the introduction of the inkjet
    printer and printer ink cartridge in 1984, the task of printing your documents
    and changing printer ink cartridges became more convenient, reliable and cleaner
    than the previous methods of changing ribbons or inserting a toner cartridge.

    Prior to 1984, the ink delivery systems were not as dependable as they are
    now. The inkjet system replaced the old dot matrix method, which required
    changing a ribbon. It wasn’t long before the printer industry began
    conceptualizing a new ink delivery technique, including the drop on demand
    method. Several companies were the driving forces behind developing the inkjet
    technology, and by 1990 the method was widely accepted. Today it is the method
    of choice for printing requirements, and will print both black and white
    documents as well as color graphics and photos.

    The quality is excellent, thanks to the development of printer ink
    cartridges. It is possible to print on many different sizes and types of paper,
    fabric, film, etc. These printers are used in businesses, in schools and the
    homes of millions of people worldwide.

    Each printer uses a specific printer ink cartridge, most often one each of
    black and color. Each cartridge is given an identifying number and lists the
    model number of each printer in which it can be used. While each printer
    manufacturer recommends its own brand of printer ink cartridge, it is possible
    to refill the cartridge yourself, or purchase a refilled, remanufactured or a
    compatible cartridge.

    There are two types of refilled cartridges: You can do it yourself with a kit
    that allows you to refill your own cartridge. Refill kits are available at a
    very low price and are sometimes the choice of those who don’t mind doing the
    filling in order to save money. The other alternative is to buy a refilled
    cartridge from a manufacturer. This method involves drilling, filling and
    sealing an empty cartridge.

    A remanufactured cartridge is an original printer ink cartridge that has been
    taken apart and outfitted with ink and new parts if necessary. It is then
    inspected and tested before being placed in the marketplace to re-sell. The
    workmanship in these cartridges is usually guaranteed against defects during the
    life of the cartridge. The lifetime is generally the same as the original, they
    are safe to use in all printers, and the warranty on your printer will not be
    affected. The cost is lower than the original.

    Another kind of cartridge that has evolved in recent years is the
    “compatible” cartridge. Simply put, it is a cartridge that is built to the same
    specifications as those of the original manufacturer and is generally cheaper
    than the original. It is also guaranteed against defects during its lifetime.

    Inkjet printers using printer ink cartridges have a bright future ahead,
    thanks to their capability to produce high-quality printed material quickly and
    inexpensively. The manufacturer’s printer ink cartridge is one option, and the
    use of alternative printer ink cartridges is another option. When shopping for
    printer ink cartridges, always buy from a reputable dealer. A huge inventory of
    hundreds of types of cartridges can also be found by shopping on the Internet,
    which is a convenient, safe and reliable method of finding the best deals on
    printer ink cartridges.