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Copier and Printer Solutions Gates Mills OhioSo you need ten sets of a fifty page document for this mornings meeting. It's 8:30AM and your meeting is at 9:00AM. You begin with your project and the copier jams. You clear the jam but it keeps jamming! It's not pulling in the paper. Sure you can call the repair person, but you need the copies now! There's nothing you can do, or is there?All office equipment that feeds paper has a component inside that pulls the paper out of the paper tray and into the machine. Most are made out of rubber and just like the tires on your car they wear out. When a roller is worn and dirty they will cause paper jams. The purpose of this article is to show you how you can clean or rejuvenate the rollers long enough for you to complete your job and have your repair person come out and fix it properly.Alternative solutionsWhen your machine is jamming, first locate where the paper is jamming. Which paper tray? Is it tray 1 or tray 2? Also which size is jamming? On machines that have more than one paper tray you can switch paper trays and then you can skip cleaning the rollers. Make sure when you change cassettes that the copier registers the correct size. The machine will think it is a different size and it will jam. The sensors are set for a specific timing and it will know the difference in length from letter size and legal size. I also would try using the bypass tray or manual feed tray if so equipped. This will get you up and running quicker than cleaning the rollers.Determining if the rollers are the problem:If you need the specific tray to be functional we will get busy with the repair.First make a single copy in the tray that is jamming. By doing this you are determining where the paper is jamming. If it is jamming in the exit for instance, you have another problem. If it is jamming in the center of the machine, again it is a different problem. But if it jams at the cassette or paper tray area the next step is removing the paper tray. Shine your flashlight into the paper feed area and see if there are any pieces of paper torn off inside or something blocking the paper path. Now that you have ruled out a blocked paper path, you can clean the feed roller(s).Tools Required:Flashlight, strong cotton towel (so it will not rip off in the machine), WD-40 or Rubber roller rejuvenator. Note: Never use alcohol to clean rollers. It dries out the tread and the remaining tread will get ripped off and then it still will not feed. Use WD-40 it works great!Cleaning the rollers:Shine your flashlight into the paper feed area and locate the rubber rollers that feed the paper in. Grab your towel and saturate it with cleaning fluid. This can be WD-40 or your favorite roller rejuvenator. Start by cleaning the roller and spinning it all the way around not missing any of the surfaces of the roller. Then go over it again with the dry part of the towel. As I said there are many different types. Some have a set of three rollers. One Pre-feed roller, this pushes the paper into the other rollers. One feed roller and one separation roller. Others have a half moon style. These are harder to clean because they have a clutch system that keeps it at home position when not feeding.WARNING: If you try and turn these to clean them you will damage the clutch mechanism! There are two ways you can clean these types. First you can actuate the clutch by pushing down on the solenoid or release lever. This sometimes can be hard to get to. You can also start the copy process and shut off the machine exactly when the feed roller engages. This takes some patience and practice but it is better than damaging the clutch. Once you get it where you can clean the roller repeat the procedure above.Some alternatives to replacing feed rollers: There is a material called feed roller tape. I have used it when I didn't have the right roller in my car stock. It works with some styles mainly half moon styles. Just peel off the adhesive and wrap it around the worn roller surface. They also have some that stretch over the old rollers. I have never used this but I have been told it will get you up and running. On old copiers or printers that you can no longer get parts for you can apply clear silicon on the feed surface and let it dry twenty four hours. It works but I am inclined to use the real thing. You can also use generic rollers manufactured for almost all equipment. I have mixed feeling about these because I have had to go back and change them again later. For the best repair I use genuine OEM feed rollers. They are still inexpensive and they will last you longer and you will have fewer headaches.Feed RollersThere are many types of rollers and feed systems. Here are some common feed rollers with their part numbers. Rollers will normally come in a maintenance kit but they may need to be replaced approximately half way through the maintenance kit cycle.HP LJ-4000 laser printerFeed RollersRG5-2651-000CN x 2Note: These are very easily replaced. Just unsnap them and replace them with the new roller.Toshiba E-Studio 350/450 Photocopier Paper Feed Rollers 44201807000 x2, 4400669910Note: These take a little more work. First you need to remove the paper feed assembly and then you can get to the clips that hold them on.I hope this has helped you complete your print or copy job. Please remember that this article is just a quick fix and not a long term solution. Be sure and call your repair person to fix it correctly.
Often overlooked is the ability of the copier and the expertise of the dealer’s support staff to integrate into your existing software. I’m not talking about “scan to email” and the basic functionality that all copiers have today. I’m referring more to, for example, native integration into your electronic document management system and other types of back end business systems. Even if you don’t have the need now or don’t even have those types of software systems, will you in the future? Chances are you will be entering into a 3 to 5 year lease commitment for your copier. You need to consider possible future needs.
Centralizing Printing to a Multifunctional PhotocopierWith 2008 proving a testing time for all business - especially small business - a different perspective now applies to expenditure on new office equipment.The All-In-One could well become the best option for any small business contemplating the purchase of a copier, fax, printer or scanner for their office. Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Canon, Samsung, Fuji-Xerox and Brother all have an offering of some sort that could solve many of the dilemmas confronting the small business owner or manager in making this decision.The problem now is that the traditional photocopier seller will confront a prospective client with many reasons why committing to a five year contract - the magic of being given a "FREE" copier sounds fantastic until you realize that you have signed up for a minimum number of pages printed or copied each month - whether you actually use them or not - for the duration of the contract.What this means is that you may well be paying a premium for the device AND you actually have to pay for the privilege of having manufacturer's warranty - isn't that a given in any purchase of a new product - a car, a washing machine or a television?Of course it is but not in the world of photocopier contracts!!The All-In-One - sometimes called a multifunction device or centre - invariably comes with standard warranty of some sort for no extra charge from the manufacturers mentioned above. You do not have to buy it - it comes as part of the purchase price - and it can be extended or upgraded.The quality of the components of the All-In-One of 2008 is exceptional and removes the common fear that by purchasing a bundled product you are actually getting inferior components in that bundle - as it used to be in purchasing hi-fi equipment.Not so any more.With a little bit of homework or a consultation with a reseller of office equipment who actually cares about his client, you can be sure that the printer, fax and scanner which make up an All-In-One are in actual fact quality components in their own right and can be relied upon to produce quality results.This is most important with the evolution of office equipment to a level in an office where a minimum of paper is retained and archived, is reliant upon quality scanning so that documents can be archived on computer hard drives - hard drives are less expensive than renting floor space for paper storage.The common practice of today is that of moving documents - letters, invoices, statements and payments - electronically so that the documents may never have to be printed or, after being printed and used for office procedures, they can be shredded as there is always a copy stored on a computer somewhere. So long as backup procedures are strictly enforced this data is probably safer than the actual hard copy of the past.In summary, rather than buying a multitude of various devices it may be possible for groups of users to share All-In-One or Multifunction devices because most of the quality products come ready to be connected to a network.You can actually save money with a minimal amount of research and some professional advice. For all your All in One Printer needs Focus Office Supplies Has the Solution for you.
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Compatible means that the cartridge will work with the specified equipment even though it is not made by the manufacturer of the equipment in question. In most cases this situation exists when the manufacturer of the original equipment does not have a patent on the design of the supplies or that patent expired. As with generic prescriptions, this allows manufacturers of generic supplies to make brand new compatible or generic cartridges. Examples of these are many ribbons for dot matrix printers, many Epson ink cartridges as well as many Canon ink cartridges. In our highly competitive and ever changing market, there are companies that will label remanufactured cartridges as compatible. It is hard to tell in all cases, but as a guide, here is a list of products where you can expect compatible or generic supplies to be available: copier toner, printer toner and Most HP, Lexmark, Canon, and Xerox laser toner cartridges can be remanufactured.