Some facts, myths and beliefs about Remanufactured Printer Toner Cartridges
Won’t using Remanufactured Cartridges void my Printer guarantee?
The European Union and some American fair trade laws have been passed saying that, the OEM’s manufactures are not allowed to void your printer warranty for using compatible or remanufactured toner or ink cartridges. Hewlett Packard have this information on their website. Here at Tonersexpress we find most of the issues arise from customers who have attempted to refill their own cartridges by buying drill and fill kits or by being wrongly advised by an OEM printer engineer that their guarantee is void due to using non OEM branded toner cartridges. This should, and is, not the case.
Are Reman toner’s as good as the OEM’s?
In recent years to preserve the environment even many OEM manufactures are now offering remanufactured toner cartridges. A recent study show the likes of Lexmark and HP now will supply remanufactured toners to large Corporate Company’s, this technology is now available for the likes of Greentech and Richo and we would say that the quality of both colour and greyscale prints achieved by the these Company’s is equivalent to the quality that of OEM’s Branded Cartridges achieve.
Is the Toner cartridge just topped up with toner?
Some remanufacturers (often referred to as drill and fill ) are failing you and the environment. Professional members of UKCRA will have been subject to such a quality manufacturing process that will replace any worn or damaged component in the cartridges. Image Drum units (OPC Drums) these should always be replaced with brand new ones. The Drum unit is the highest replacement cost part of the whole cartridge, but is equally the part that determines the print quality performance of your cartridge. All our toners have brand new OPC drums, Charge rollers, wiper blades and other mechanical parts. Electronic chips are also replaced so that the printer diagnostics and reports offer the same functionality as would an OEM cartridge .
Do Re-manufacturers reuse waste toner powder in their cartridges?
No, no, no. Toner becomes a waste bi product during the printing process with paper particles, extreme heat and electrical charges making it unusable. Every different Manufacturers cartridges also requires different toner formulations. Adding waste / contaminated toner powder would result in very poor quality prints.
Will a Damaged or faulty toner cartridges damage my printer?
Toner Cartridges are self contained units that sit inside the printer and operate by locking into the wheels and cogs, they make limited contact with the rest of the printer. Worst case scenario is that toner can leak out into the printer if the wiper blades fail then this must be removed from the printer. All cartridges can deposit some toner ink inside the printer, and many of the new printers have a waste toner collection box to collect this. Correctly remanufactured toner cartridges will not damage printers or create more wear than cartridges that are properly assembled by or from OEM printer manufactures. Removing waste toner is often part of routine maintenance for the printer according to the instruction manual.
Are empty Cartridges returned to Brother, Canon, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Lexmark reused again?
Approximately 25% of recycled cartridges are re-used. Some independent cartridge remanufacturers like Greentech recover more empty cartridges than all the OEM’s put together.
Many OEM branded own program to collect and recycle empties generally results in them being broken down into their constituent parts and then the base materials recycled Greentech remanufacturers will almost always re-use the cartridges that they collect depending on them passing visual inspection for broken parts cleaning.
Are remanufactured Cartridges poorer quality to Manufacturers Originals?
Greentech always use remanufactured toner cartridges where available in their printers. They is no significant difference in quality or printed results between the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) cartridges and the Greentech recycled cartridge. This also offers a great cost saving and supports the environment.