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    I must say that your service is absolutely exceptional and I have recommended your company and products to several friends today; all are serious "printer" people.I retired last year and my friends are all into, or are still working in the photo industry. Sincerely,Gerhard

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    Dear, just to let you know than i realy appreciate your costumer service.
    Thank you
    Denis

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    Just a Thank you and all the best
    Grigore

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    Ce message est simplement pour vous dire que j'ai bien reçu la commande XXXXXX et que je suis très satisfait de la rapidité de la livraison et aussi de la qualité de l'encre. C'est la première fois que j'utilise de l'encre "autre que l'originale" et pour le moment je suis très satisfait. Soyez certain que je vais vous référez à mes amis et collègues de travail et c'est certain que je vais commander à nouveau de chez vous. Merci beaucoup.
    Stéphane

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    Je veux seulement vous dire un gros merci pour la rapidité avec lequel vous avez traité ma demande et aussi pour le petit extra en papier photos,c'est très apprécié.

    Céline

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    I received my order, thank you for your great customer service..
    Judy

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    Hello:

    It is not often people write emails or letters of praise but consider this one of the rare ones!
    I must say, ordering your product was about the easiest imaginable. Coupled with the fact that it arrived here basically “next day” I am thoroughly happy. To tell you the truth, I was expecting to have to go pay full retail for one black cartridge thinking that your’s would take at least a week to arrive but I was wrong, the order arrived before I could even go out to get one!
    Congrats people, I WILL tell all my friends and neighbours about you!

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Ink Blots

Printing Tip:

Ink Is Designed to Dry on Paper, But That’s Not Always What Happens

 

 

Ink in ballpoint pens and inkjet printer cartridges share a common trait — they’re designed to dry quickly. Fast-drying ink works well when the ink dries on paper, but not so well if the ink dries on the printhead that dispenses it. When ink dries on a ball point of a pen, the ball no longer rolls smoothly on paper to evenly distribute ink, which creates blots of ink on a page. The same is true for inkjet printers when ink dries on the printhead — blots of ink appear on a printed page.

To prevent your inkjet printer cartridges from this blockage, follow these tips.

Always Turn Off the Printer With the Power Button

When you turn off the printer using the power on-off switch, the shutdown process places the printhead in an off position and seals it. When the printer is turned off by simply unplugging it or from another power failure, the printhead may remain in the on position without a proper seal, resulting in ink drying on the printhead, which can create blots of ink that smudge and tarnish output.

Use the Printer Regularly

You should use the printer regularly to keep ink flowing so it does not dry and crust on the printhead. At the least, print a test page every week. If you do not use a printer regularly, then an inkjet printer may not be the right fit for you. Unlike an inkjet printer, a laser printer will not suffer from long periods of inactivity.

Print a Diagnostic Test

Print a diagnostic test using the printer software or from the printer’s console display. If you see any thin white lines across any of the printed blocks, clean the printheads.

A thin white line may indicate that the printhead has a blockage. Check the operator’s manual on how to clean the printheads with the printer software or from the printer console. You can also try turning the printer off and then on. It may initiate diagnostics and automatically clean the printhead when it boots up. After cleaning, if another diagnostic test still indicates a thin white line across the printed blocks, clean the printheads manually.

Inkjet Photo Printing (As Easy as 123)

A few quick tips.

It is important to make sure your printer is properly set up for the type of printing you will be performing.

This means matching 2 printer variables.

a) Quality

b) Paper Type

When you set the printer to high (Photo) quality it uses finer ink droplets for a higher resolution and prints in 2 passes.

Paper type

Paper types vary wildly, and this is the most important characteristic in ensuring your highest quality.

Paper types come in

a) Standard

b) Inkjet Quality

c) Matte

d) Photo

a) Standard is what is used by photocopy print machines… Although good for Laser Printers it doesn’t have a sealed(waxed) coating and so when used with a inkjet printer the ink, when it hits the surface, it spreads like a drop of water on a blotter…Making the image unclear…

b) Inkjet Quality the paper is treated to minimize the spreading of the ink by the application of a wax like coating there-bye allowing the ink to dry without spreading significantly

c) Matte has a rough finished like matte pictures and due to these lines requires a little more ink, to fill in the gaps, but is effectively photo quality paper.

d) Photo paper is completely coated, and the ink dries entirely on its coated surface.

a. Photo paper does have varying quality

i. Dollar Store (Coated but the ink is not absorbed into the surface allowing it to run… DO Not use Dollar Store Photo Paper

ii. Manufacturers grade (High quality specifically designed for their printers/inks)

If using a Epson printer I highly recommend using Epson Photo Paper (Get it at Costco Cheap)

Inks

OEM Inks are always best for archival photo’s but the third party (Compatible) inks have come along way with their retentivity…

I have been actually

a) scanning old faded  photo’s

b) retouching them and enhancing the colors

c) reprinting them (TO Replace old worn pictures)

for 5 years and haven’t seen any fading what so ever even when leaving these new photos exposed to light….

So

If you want outstanding pictures to print on your Epson printer….

All these setting can be found under printer properties

(Devices/printers, Select Printer, Right click & select Preferences/and or Maintenance)

a) Make sure the heads are clean before you start by performing a Nozzle Check before you start…

b) Set up the printer for the correct paper type  (Photo)

c) Set up the printer for Photo Quality

Enjoy…….

Ace Hardware stores offering free inkjet refills

Four Ace Hardware stores in the Chicago area will offer free refills on inkjet cartridges during different weeks in June.

The participating stores and their "Free Ink Week" schedules are:

Four Ace Hardware stores in the Chicago area will offer free refills on inkjet cartridges during different weeks in June.

•June 1-7 at Ace Hardware & Rental, 2660 Sheridan Road, Zion.

• June 3-10 at Mutual Ace Hardware, 1393 Half Day Road, Highland Park.

• June 12-19 at Edgebrook Ace Hardware, 5423 W. Devon, Chicago.

• June 23-29 at Whitmore Ace Hardware, 210 S. State St., Manhattan.

Ace is partnering with INK-O-DEM, an inkjet refilling and testing technology firm, to meet shoppers’ increasing demand for refills and the environmentally friendly purpose they serve, the companies said.

Why wait,you can still get compatible cartridges @ Metawatch Inkjet Supplies , if you are Canadian,

Ink Amnesty Program

Well I thought I had seen all the marketing, and glitz for inkjet cartridges that anyone could come up with but here is one that could actually save you a dollar or 2 in the long run..

In a bid to win back  lost customers HP has created a HP Amnesty program.

Sort of comical…They will offer you 20% off your next purchase of NEW HP Cartridges, if you are willing to tell them about the woes of using competitors products.

Their TAG line is “SHARE your LETDOWN and WE’LL GIVE YOU 20% OFF ORIGINAL HP INKS”

Here is how it works..From the HP Site

“So you’ve tried bargain ink.

We want to hear
your story.

Did it ruin a pitch or smudge your child’s
birthday invitations?

Whether your letdown was monumental or just annoying, you don’t deserve disappointment!

In return for sharing your story, we’ll give you amnesty in the form of 20% off Original HP Ink.
So you can say goodbye to letdowns. “

Step 1

Register and tell us your experience of using bargain ink.

Step 2

To add to your story you can also scan or take a photo of your bargain ink letdown. It could be featured in our bargain ink letdown gallery.

Step 3

Check your email for your 20% off coupon to use on Original HP Ink online at the HP Home and Home Office Store. Your coupon will be sent straight to your email so you can start saving.

Of course if you are still looking at purchasing truly affordable HP compatible remanufactured cartridges, go no further than stopping by at Metawatch for your supplies.

Earth Day Inkjet News

The Environmental Protection Agency says it is not truly recycled unless it is reused — through remanufacture, no matter what "it" is.

We are pleased to tell you that Metawatch sells only Remanufactured HP products.

Metawatch‘s particular contribution to saving the world’s environment has taken the form of selling remanufactured (HP) & generic (Canon & Epson) inkjet printer cartridges.

1. According to statistics available in 1998 an estimated 800,000 laser cartridges are sold every week. It is estimated only 240,000 are recycled. That means a potential of 560,000 one-time-used cartridges go to landfills every week! (And this was before the "explosion" in inkjet printer use!) The plastic used in a typical cartridge is industrial-grade and takes approximately 1,000 years to decompose. Our 6,000 ain’t that big a dent in the problem, but it is 1,000 years in our local landfills we’re talking about.

2. On average, three quarts of oil are used to make each new cartridge. That would mean we kept 4,500 gallons of oil from being used by some manufacturer. It is estimated 30 percent of all print cartridges are now recycled, not at all sure what that comes out in keeping down the cost of a barrel of oil.

Help us save the world, and buy HP Remanufactured Cartridges at Metawatch today.

Inkjet-like Device Prints Skin Cells Over Burns

April 20, 2010

by Heather Mayer,

A laser scans the wound
to create a map, so that
the correct type and number
of cells can be placed
precisely as needed

As an alternative to skin grafting, researchers at

Wake Forest University have found a way to spray skin cells onto burn wounds using an inkjet-like printer for a less-painful, speedy recovery.
This procedure, which is still in the early experimental stages, could be a big advance in treating burn wounds early and effectively, researchers said.

"If the technology is successful, its benefits will be to quickly cover a burn wound and promote healing," said researcher Anthony Atala, M.D. researcher and director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Printing skin cells onto a patient’s wounds works very similarly to regular inkjet printing, which is where the idea stemmed from.


"The idea of using printers to make tissue has been around for a long time, but the science was not yet ready for the creation of functional tissues and organs until recently," said Dr. Atala. "For one of our techniques, we use an inkjet printer, but instead of using ink in the cartridge to print on paper, we use cells to print tissues and organs in a three-dimensional shape."

The technique starts with drawing the organ or tissue that will be printed using a PowerPoint-like program. The cells that will be used for printing are stored in reserves, not unlike ink cartridges stored in a printer, Atala said. In this particular experiment, a laser scans the wound to determine its size and depth, which creates a map of the wound. A computer then controls the release of the cells from the reserves as they are printed onto the wound.

"The wound map is used as a guide so that the correct type and number of cells can be precisely placed on the wound," Atala explained.

The guinea pigs of this experiment have only been mice, with similar burn wounds one would see on a person. The researchers look ahead to testing this technology on pigs, which have a more similar skin to humans.

Using this bioprinting method, burn wounds on the mice healed in just three weeks, Atala said. Animals that did not receive this type of treatment healed in five weeks. Victims of massive burns tend to die of infection within two weeks unless they receive skin grafts, Reuters reported.

Skin cells are taken from several places, Atala said, including cells from the patient, or a skin cell bank or stem cells from amniotic fluid or the placenta.
"As we move forward, we’ll be working to determine the most effective source of cells," he said.

Atala and his team see this technology doing wonders on the battlefield, when it comes to treating wounded soldiers who often have to undergo painful skin grafting. He pointed out that burn injury is a common cause of death on the battlefield, with 10 to 30 percent of all casualties.

"Current treatment options are unable to fully address the needs of combat burn care," he said. "With traditional skin grafts, many burn patients don’t have enough unburned skin to harvest grafts. A new approach is needed immediately to stabilize the wound and promote healing."

While no risks have become evident yet, there is still testing and experimenting to be done. The researchers aren’t seeking FDA approval for their technology quite yet, as it is still in the development stage.

"Science takes many unexpected turns and twists, some that speed things up and others that slow things down," Atala said.

Refurbished vs. Original Cartridges: The Real Score

Refurbished vs. Original Cartridges: The Real Score

IDG News Service has a post with a rather interesting title: “Tech Secrets: 21 Things “They” Don’t Want You to Know.” And one “thing” that is mentioned is that consumers are spending too much on printer ink. Now where did we hear that from before?

printer cartridgesWe will be the first to admit that before we got all interested in printers and printer ink, we were among those who believed that one can only put brand new printer-manufacturer-made ink cartridges into printers – or suffer the consequences. After all, it made much more sense at the outset: I am using a XYZ printer, so it only follows that I ought to only use XYZ ink in it.

We are not exactly downplaying the print quality that name-brand printer ink cartridges can provide, but we cannot help but admit that these are simply way too expensive – especially those that normally go into dirt cheap printer models. During these rather challenging financial times, one cannot help but wish there was simply a more inexpensive alternative, although it does seem like some manufacturers are starting to offer cheap ink.

Enter the refurbished or refilled ink cartridges. You can either have your cartridges refilled, or use a refill ink.

Will the prints using these types of cartridges not be as good? Sometimes, may be; Like in photographic archival of prints, but for normal everyday use, they compare on par with OEM inks in our opinion.

Will these cartridges hurt your printer? No, if the refill is done properly.

So should you stay away from them? Absolutely not.

The bottom line is simply this: what is it that you can afford? There is certainly nothing wrong with sticking to brand-name cartridges if you can very well afford them. But should you feel you cannot, then the next best thing is certainly not a bad option at all.

Still think it isn’t worth it to at least try these 3rd party inks in your printer ?

The right font can save you money

Point size comparison of the typefaces Georgia...

Image via Wikipedia

Do you want to save some money on printing? Try Century Gothic.

Hit by the high prices of inkjet and toner cartridges, we’re all looking for ways to shave some bucks off the cost of printing. New data has found that because different fonts use different amounts of ink to print, using the right font could save you as much as 31 percent off your inkjet and toner cartridge expenses.

Testing was performed by  setting up two printers–a Canon inkjet and a Brother laser printer–to see how much money could be saved by using different fonts.

Both printers were left at their default settings of 600×600 dots per inch.

printing costs

Can the right font cut your printing costs?

The winner: Century Gothic, which delivered a 31 percent savings in printing costs over Arial.

 

As a thin and light font, Century Gothic managed to beat out Econfont, which was specifically created to cut costs by spewing out less ink. But if Century Gothic doesn’t look like the right style for your documents, third place and always popular Times Roman could also help ease your printing budget.

Low Use Reduces Page Output

Using an inkjet printer less often actually lowers the amount of pages you can print with the same cartridge.

This is because the printer uses a small amount of ink to clear the printer nozzles each time you start your printer.

For example, if you printer 1,000 pages with your printer all in one day, you would use less ink if you printer the same 1,000 pages if you printed them over a period of a year.

This is one quick fact about how to measure your ink cartridges usage to gauge how to get the most prints out of your ink cartridges.

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Inkjet Printhead life

One of the most critical components of an inkjet machine is the printhead.

On average, every nozzle is expected to produce 20-50 billion ink drops during its lifetime (WOW) . This is considered to be the case for piezoelectric (piezo) heads; the type commonly used in Epson brand printers.

The other major brands (HP, Lexmark,DELL,and Brother) all use the thermal print head designs and the lifetime for thermal printing heads is substantially lower.

Resolution makes all the difference.

The frequency of ink drop production is directly linked to resolution and speed. For example, to print at a speed of 0.3 meter per second with a resolution of 1,000 dpi (the starting point for a graphic application), the head must fire with a frequency of 12,000 ink drops per second.

Assuming a “best case” average life expectancy of 50 billion total ink drops, the head then should be able to operate for approximately 1,150 total hours before needing to be replaced.

(Earlier for thermal heads)

What does that mean in terms of years of use, or paper use ?

1,150 hours relates to @ 10 pages per minute to about 690,000 pages or 1380 reams of 500 pages.

Or ,if you print for 1 hours every day ( 650 pages/day) your printer head would last you about 3.1 years.

Most people, print under 20 pages/day so that would work out to approx 102 years of life on your print head.

In effect, you more likely to have a power supply failure,break in the carriage motor, or other failure.

So why do so many people complain about head failures ?

Printer heads can and will fail if

a) the printer is operated without ink.

Ink in reality is a lubricant for the head assembly and without it the print head overheats and burns itself out. Just like your car need water in the radiator, you print head needs ink to keep it cool and conduct the heat away.

b) the ink is allowed to dry in the print head.

Ink, although specially formulated not to evaporate, is still prone to evaporate over time, and as a result the remaining (pigment, or dye) becomes concentrated and can eventually clog the heads. If you want to keep you printer running smoothly make sure you use your ink with 6 months of opening, and use the print head cleaning cycle on the printer at least once a month.

You printer needs ongoing maintenance just like your car, and that means the heads need to be flushed at regular intervals. Leaving your printer either out of ink, or with old ink in it is a formula for failure.