The Inkjet Refill Cartridge

Ocha Nix

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Inkjet printers have many parts but it is the inkjet refill cartridge that is probably the most important part. The inkjet refill cartridge is the part of the equipment we see and replace the most. Some inkjet printers have only one inkjet cartridge, while quality photo printers have can have as many as six or more inkjet refill cartridges. Some inkjet refill cartridges actually have the print head built right in. Understanding how the technology of an inkjet printer works can help avoid printer problems as well as costly repairs.

The head on the inkjet printer has hundreds of tiny nozzles, or jets that distribute the ink. There can be from 48 to 320 nozzles on the print head. Some inkjet printers use electrical charges to create vibrations that force the ink through the nozzle of the inkjet refill cartridge. Other inkjet printers use bubble jet technology. This method takes heat to create ink bubbles which spray ink onto the paper when they pop.

If there is not enough ink in the inkjet refill cartridge, it cannot be distributed properly causing print quality problems such as streaking and lines. If low ink levels are allowed to continue, the nozzle and other print head parts are not properly cooled and lubricated they can be damaged. This is what is called “print head burnout. ” If print head burnout does occur, you simply replace the inkjet cartridge with another inkjet refill cartridge. If your inkjet refill cartridge has small circuitry and metallic tape, then you have a cartridge/print head combination.

When buying inkjet refill cartridges, it is important that the print head has been checked for damage. Be sure that the inkjet refill company carefully checks each of their remanufactured inkjet refill cartridges to insure they meet or exceed OEM specifications.

Anyone who uses their printer on a regular basis knows that replacing the inkjet refill cartridge can be expensive. It is tempting to try and squeeze every drop of ink out of the inkjet refill cartridge before finally giving in and investing the money for a new inkjet refill cartridge. However, an inadequate supply of ink can significantly reduce the quality of your print jobs and lead to costly damage to your printer. Replacing the inkjet refill cartridge in a timely manner will keep your printer running smoothly.

Ocha has been in sales and sales management for over 24 years. He is currently in marketing and support in the distribution industry.


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