Monday, October 15, 2018

Wish Your Printer Would Always Produce High Quality Images? Here’s the Key!

Just like a vehicle undergoes an oil change every 3,000 – 6,000 miles to ensure that it’s running smoothly and efficiently, laser printers also need routine maintenance. Your printer will often provide plenty of notice before any of its consumable parts need to be replaced. Lights and warning messages may appear when there is 25% life left remaining. Many printers have a way to indicate exactly how much use is left before replacement is absolutely needed.  Here’s what you need to know about maintenance and the printer parts that keep your device in optimal condition!

First on this list is a maintenance kit. A maintenance kit is a set of various parts and has an expected life – this can be from 20,000 pages up to 200,000 pages depending on your machine. Included in this kit is the fuser, which is the part in your printer that fuses the toner to your page. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to change your fuser every 3-5 toner cartridges. Aside from a fuser, a maintenance kit often includes … Read more.

Monday, October 1, 2018

This is what Your Printer is Trying to Say!

“This printer was working fine an hour ago. What’s going on? I can’t read this document and I just replaced the toner,” you exclaim. You see a non-descript status message on the printer dashboard that originally showed up several weeks ago and you wonder, “What does this mean? Was I supposed to do something?”

This has happened to all of us at one time or another. It’s easy to brush aside a status message when your printer appears to be working. One of the more common messages where this occurs is “low-toner.” You may find yourself waiting until the crisp image begins to degrade before replacing your toner cartridge. This is fine but what happens when other messages are ignored?

Enter printer maintenance and the printer parts that keep your device in optimal condition!
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Printer Repair Made Easy: Simple Solutions to Get Your Printer Up and Running

Today’s the day! At 4pm, you’re presenting a proposal to a prospective client that could have a huge positive impact on the future of your business. All you need to do is print the final proposal – yep, print the final…

“Ugh! What’s wrong with this printer?” you exclaim, “I need to print this NOW!”

Does this sound like a problem you’ve faced before? It’s never a convenient time for your printer or copier to go on the fritz! In that moment, three questions may come to mind:

  • Is there an easy fix?
  • Is same day printer repair even possible?
  • If I have to purchase a part, is installation included in the cost?

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Three Common Printer Problems with an Easy Fix

Why wait for printer repair service only to find out that you could have fixed it yourself? When you have a problem with your printer, stop, take a deep breath, and check these 3 items:

  1. Confirm that your printer is plugged in and ready to print. Check all your cables and/or wireless connections. Be sure that you have selected the correct printer from your computer and that the printer driver is installed.
  2. Follow the instructions on your printer control panel. This may be as simple as “load paper” or may involve a few steps to unjam the paper. Many printers indicate the location of a paper jam and the steps to correct the problem. Also, be sure that the correct type of paper is being used for your printer and print job.
  3. If print quality is an issue, check the toner/ink cartridge. If it’s almost out of toner/ink, the fix may be as simple as replacing your toner cartridge.

My printer’s not up and running! Now what? Learn more!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Compatible Toner Cartridges: a Win-Win for Your Company and the Environment

Compatible, Recycled, Remanufactured, or Refurbished Toner Cartridges - These toner names are interchangeable.  They started out as an OEM cartridge but have been reused in various ways and resold again.  There are several benefits to using compatible toner cartridges:

Go for the Win with Compatible Toner Cartridges!

  • Quality – When you purchase from reputable companies like MCS, the remanufactured cartridges are disassembled, cleaned, and tested with most parts replaced before filling the cartridge with new toner.  
  • Cost – Purchasing compatible toner cartridges can save your business an average of 30-60% per cartridge compared to the OEM. Beware of companies that sell the cartridges for much less than street prices for compatibles. They often just drill a hole in the plastic shell and refill it with toner and insert a plug. These "Drill and Fill" companies give recycled cartridges a bad name.
  • Warranty – Both OEM and Compatible Toner Cartridges can fail so it’s important to be sure that they are backed by a solid warranty. OEM toner has a 30-day manufacturer warranty from the purchase date. MCS customers who purchase Compatible Toner Cartridges are covered by our “no-questions asked” immediate replacement policy for the life of the cartridge.
  • Environmentally Responsible - Choosing to purchase a compatible toner cartridge benefits the environment in many ways. Read our article on toner cartridge recycling in Ann Arbor to learn the positive impact you can have on the environment by recycling your e-waste.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

The Unassuming Compatible Toner Cartridge: A New Perspective


  • Are your printing costs out of control?
  • What are the benefits of using a compatible toner cartridge?
  • How do you know if your printer/copier can use a compatible toner cartridge?

You probably use your copier/printer for a variety of projects. The cost of replacing the brand-name/OEM (original equipment manufacturer) toner cartridge can add up. An option that many businesses should consider is compatible (recycled, remanufactured, or refurbished) toner cartridges. This is a simple solution to skyrocketing printer/copier expenses.

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Toner Cartridge Recycling Facts

Recycling your toner cartridges, obsolete computers, monitors, printers, and other office equipment makes a positive impact the environment.  If you’re overwhelmed, choose one item to recycle. For example, your toner cartridges. Check out these facts about ink and toner cartridge recycling:

  • Each year over 375 million empty cartridges end up in landfills or incinerators. 
  • Up to 97% of materials making up printer cartridges can be recycled or reused, making them eco-friendly!
  • In remanufactured/compatible toner cartridges the oil consumption is reduced from 3/4 liters of oil per cartridge to almost ZERO!
  • An estimated 11 MILLION gallons of oil can be saved in 7 months of ink cartridge recycling!

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