INKJET LINGO

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INKJET LINGO

 user 2005-03-28 at 10:34:00 am Views: 89
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    INKJET LINGO
     
    Aren’t acronyms fun?. However, they sure can be confusing when selecting
    printers and inkjet inks. Most sites are good about defining the acronyms they
    use at least once, but finding that “once” isn’t always as easy as it looks!
    Knowing how to speak “inkjet” will help you choose both the printer and the
    inkjet ink you need to get the kind of results you want! Here are a few inkjet
    acronyms and other terms to help with your searches for inkjet printers and
    related products:AIO (all in one) and MFP (Multifunction Printer) — AIO and MFP
    are often used interchangeably and stand for printers that include a copier, a
    scanner, and frequently have fax capabilities as well. Relatively new in the
    marketplace, All-in-Ones are an affordable way to set up a comprehensively
    equipped home office.CMYK— Inkjet colors: C=cyan, M=magenta, Y=yellow, and
    K=black. The first inkjet printers were three-color printers (CMY) that mixed
    colors to produce black. Today’s printers generally have the capability to
    simultaneously use both black and colored inks on the same page. DPI— Dots per
    inch. Measures the resolution of images produced by printers, scanners, etc.
    Typically, more dots per inch means that the image will display with more
    detail.OEM— Another way to say brand name (or name brand). Actually means
    Original Equipment ManufacturerPPM (pages per minute) and CPM (copies per
    minute) — How many sheets your printer will spew out per minute. PPM usually
    means printing directly from the printer and CPM denotes copies from a scanned
    item.Aside from acronyms, other inkjet terms frequently appear when searching
    for inkjet printers, medias, and inks:Bulk ink— Sold either as compatible
    printer ink or universal printer ink (see below). The difference between bulk
    ink and refill kits is that bulk ink doesn’t come with either tools or
    instructions. Unless you are experienced in refilling inkjet cartridges and have
    the necessary tools on hand, a better money-saving refill solution is a
    compatible inkjet refill kit. Compatible cartridge— Either a brand new inkjet
    cartridge or a remanufactured cartridge, which contains ink that is specially
    formulated to work with a particular model of printer. Ink Refill Kit— Inks,
    tools, and instructions to refill your empty ink cartridge. Refill kits are
    generally less expensive than either new or remanufactured inkjet cartridges and
    are sold separately to refill black inkjet cartridges. Color refill kits
    typically come with one or more sets of CMY ink.Remanufactured cartridge—
    Remanufactured cartridges are recycled cartridges that have been cleaned,
    factory inspected, and refilled with new compatible inkjet ink. Universal ink—
    Several vendors advertise ink that is compatible with ANY printer. If that were
    true, then any ink would work in any printer. The truth is, they won’t.
    Different ink viscosities (see below) and different sized print heads vary
    between both printer brands and printer models. If you don’t have the option of
    choosing ink that is formulated especially for your printer, don’t buy it.
    Viscosity— Viscosity is how sticky the ink is. The higher the viscosity, the
    stickier the ink. Viscosity is a word that you will rarely see mentioned on ink
    cartridge sites, still it is a very important word when it comes to purchasing
    the appropriate ink for your inkjet printer.