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How does a Copy Machine work?

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Copy Machines and / or photocopiers have a dynamic ink delivery system utilizing static electricity to pull pigmented polymer composites (toner powder particles) to a specific image transferred onto the surface of the drum. The image being transferred is taken from the original paper being copied.  Then heated fuser rolls melt the toner particles on the drum, adhering the toner to the page being created. Inkgrabber.com uses only the finest quality pigmented polymer composites in all Copier Toner cartridges available. Inkgrabber.com offers all three varieties of toner cartridges including the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or Genuine cartridges which are created by the printer manufacturer, the Remanufactured cartridges which are refilled genuine cartridges that are tested to ensure premium performance, and the Compatible cartridges which are created as a discounted alternative the genuine cartridge.  All products, including the Canon e40, are ISO 9001 certified, meeting the highest standards and offered at only $[+RETAIL_PRICE+]. Every Remanufactured, Compatible, and Genuine Canon Copier Toner cartridges have up to a 2-3 Year Shelf life and is backed with the Inkgrabber 90 Day Money Back Guarantee. In addition Inkgrabber.com also provides a 1 year cartridge exchange policy for damaged or faulty hardware.

What is a Transfer Belt Unit?

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A Belt Unit or Transfer Belt serves the function of collecting toner powder particles from each photoreceptive drum unit. Each drum unit will contain an electrostatic image pertaining only to the color of the toner being applied. Most color laser printers will contain four different drums for each color (cyan, magenta, yellow and black).  Other laser printers will vary depending on the amount of individual toner cartridges inside the machine. As the belt passes over each drum, the original image will develop on the belt, layer by layer, color by color. Once the belt has passed and collected toner from each drum unit, the belt will carry the toner to one last transfer roller. The last transfer roller will emit a high-voltage, static pulse attracting the toner from the transfer belt toward the roller, to be intercepted by a passing piece of paper. Any leftover toner particles on the belt will be cleaned (or scrapped) off by a small rubber blade before starting the process all over again. Inkgrabber.com offers the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or Genuine Transfer Belt Units which are created by the printer manufacturer. All products, including the Brother BU200CL, are ISO 9001 certified, meeting the highest standards and offered at only $[+RETAIL_PRICE+]. Every Genuine Brother BU100CL Belt Unit Assembly has up to a 2-3 Year shelf-life and is backed with the Inkgrabber 90 Day Money Back Guarantee. In addition Inkgrabber.com also provides a 1 year exchange policy for damaged or faulty hardware.

3D Printing – Does it help or hurt jobs?

3D Printing3-D printing is a process referred to as Additive Manufacturing which constructs an object through sequential layering of a delegated material. This machine fabricates the product by jetting out a resin-like mixture that hardens into a plastic, metal, or other synthetic material. No replicating, completely up to the designer with no manufacturing restrictions other then what is possible and impossible due to the general laws of physics and nature. This not so new technology is finally being integrating into more businesses and manufacturing companies including dentistry, orthodontics, shoes, fashion, toys, and automotive industries. Being able to create a product using the exact amount of material needed with laser accurate detail and no waste is more than just beneficial, it’s revolutionizing industries. 3-Dimensional printing has practical applications in just about every field creating a product, including food.

As with a laser or inkjet printer, the process of creation starts with a concept or idea conceived onto a computer document, or in this case, a 3-dimensional layout or design drawn with a computer. Instead of a document file, the users will be creating an STL (.stl) or Stereolithography file, which is basically a Cartesian coordinate grid in three dimensions. The printer will then process the data by slicing the virtual blueprint vertically and creating a 2-D model one slice at a time. This is similar to the way a CT scan (or CAT scan) works taking images of the brain one slice at a time. The sequential layering allows for a more intricate building process, being able to create elaborate inner chambers and honeycomb textures with controllable porosity and channel size throughout a single item. After slicing and processing the given design, the printer will lay down the slices as successive layers of liquid, powder, titanium, wire, wax, or other given materials to construct the model from a series of coordinate cross sections. The cross sections directly correspond with the given or created STL file. Each layer is joined together or automatically fused to create the final shape or desired product. The printing process can take anywhere from a couple hours to days depending on the size of the object. This is only a fraction of the time spent on fabricating the same products using subtractive manufacturing or molding techniques. Moreover, there is little to no waste from the start of a project to the end of a project, unlike traditional manufacturing methods.

Many different materials can be used for 3D printing, including ABS plastic sheets, PLA, polyamides, glass filled polyamides, stereolithography materials, silver, titanium, steel, wax, photopolymers and polycarbonates. The material components used for 3-D printing are ever growing and evolving. As long as the material can be melted, sintered, laminated, or molded / modeled together it can be a viable candidate in additive manufacturing. The most popular, especially with the home users, is the ABS plastic sheets, being colorful, light weight, durable, and affordable. There are many other types of thermoplastics including PLA / polylactic acid which is a type of polyester, polyamides or nylon, and glass-filled polyamides which is fiber-glass woven into the nylon creating an extremely strong and durable plastic.

The plastics are extruded from the printer in a process called Fused Deposition Modeling, melting the thermoplastic material with the use of a heated printhead nozzle, ejecting small beads of the material one layer at a time which solidifies almost instantly at room temperature. Metals, plasters, and ceramic glass materials are generally in the form of a wire or powder solution before being melted or sintered via heat or laser into the desired shapes. Paper, metal sheets, foil, and plastic films can also be used in some 3-D printers that laminate the material into successive layers to form the 3-Dimensional objects. The other additive manufacturing technology involves the use of light to connect or fuse together the molecules of a substance forming the desired shape. Photopolymers are needed for light polymerization to take place which is an interesting material that literally washes away with cold water unless struck or excited by UV light which hardens the solution. Solidified Photopolymers generally feel and act much like a hardened rubber.

With so many applications, the 3-D printers are appealing to a broad array of businesses and organizations, including NASA. Facing the problem of freeze dried foods breaking down micronutrients over time due to their natural sugars and enzymes, researchers and developers at NASA have pioneered a project to create a complete nutritional food system that contains no waste or wrappers. By substituting plastics and metals for food powders, they have been able to create cookies and pizza with only the use of a 3-D printer. In order to accomplish this task, the team at NASA has the 3-D component delivering macronutrients like starch, protein, and fat which provide structure and texture, while the micronutrients are sprayed on afterward, delivering the smell and flavor components. The Macronutrient feed stocks are stored in a dry, sterile container and fed directly to the printer. The printer will combine water or oil with the extruding macronutrient feed stocks depending on the digital recipe to minimize waste and spoilage. Users can also modify textures and flavors at this macronutrient construction stage. The micronutrients are stored as liquids, aqueous solutions, or dispersions in sterile pouches and are jetted onto the Macronutrient structure before completion. The result is fresh pizza and cookies in space.

Researchers from Harvard and the University of Illinois have teamed up to develop a 3-D printed battery. The battery is smaller than a grain of sand and about as powerful as your cell phone battery. They used two separate lithium metal oxide pastes shaped into a comb-like formation, which hardened to create an anode and cathode. Several hospitals are also using 3-D printing technology to create individualized prosthetics that can be designed to the exact specifications needed. The quality of prosthetic material the printer can produce has also improved to be lighter and stronger than the usual molded prosthetics. The dentistry and orthodontics fields have perhaps had the most integration with these machines to date. Many offices are now creating their own correctable or invisible alignment retainers with the use of 3-D printing. This also cuts out a major cost and saves a tremendous amount of time, by not having to employ a third party to manufacture their goods. With the more recent metals and alloys being utilized, car and gun manufactures are finding these machines to be invaluable.

Additive manufacturing has no doubt had a tremendous impact on the companies already using these machines. As they become more affordable, their impact on society and businesses will increase as will the demand. Imagine being able to create specialized tools, toys, furniture, house wares (even electronic components such as lamps), food, and just about any product at home. 3-D printing makes all this reality. The impact 3-D printing will have on society and businesses will revolutionize the way we live and carry out our normal routines. And being able to specialize and control every detail and feature of a 3-D manufactured object has model enthusiasts excited. They are now able to create exact replica models of train cars, planes, ships, and automobiles. Even big cooperations such as Nike have invested in these machines due to their variant production capabilities and cost effectiveness. Many artists have also started experimenting with additive manufacturing to bring their creative visions to life that would not otherwise be possible through subtractive manufacturing or molding.

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The Pantum Printer series are a compilation of compact or footprint laser printers designed especially for small office environments printing black and white documents on a frequent basis. These machines’ sole purpose is to bring companies, schools, and businesses an affordable solution to high volume printing in a timely manner. Using proprietary technology, Pantum has focused on bringing two types of printers to the market. Currently they are producing monochrome or black and white Single Function Printers (SFP), as well as monochrome Multifunction Printers (MFP). With the new Pantum line of printers, Seine Technologies now has full vertical integration. They have created the internal components and consumables for years and are now manufacturing the actual printers, completing their industry chain on printing.

Not aimed at the corporate laser market, Siene Technologies decided to introduce its first printer model series with a target on small and medium businesses. This is interesting when you look to some other printer manufactures, mostly all starting by producing machines for the upper echelon, corporate / government use or the more common, home usage and then expanding according to demand. Small businesses are usually thought of last, not having the deep pockets or money to spend like big corporations and because there is always a risk of longevity (how long the business will stay open). For example, HP (Hewlett Packard) started by selling electric oscillators to Walt Disney Studios, not exactly a small or medium sized business. Xerox, after growing from manufacturing and selling photographic paper to huge corporations, developed the Xerography machines with the help of the U.S. military. David Owen in Copies in Seconds relates:

The U.S. military’s concern that standard reconnaissance using photographic techniques would be nullified, if nuclear weapons were used. The silver halide emulsion in photographic plates is extremely sensitive to background radiation. Nuclear fallout could easily cause silver halide emulsions to fog. In 1948, the Signal Corps, at Fort Monmouth, N.J., gave Batelle and Haloid (Xerox) a considerable amount of money to look at electro-photography as an alternative to conventional photography. Military imperatives thus provided an important source of funding to help underwrite early xerography R&D.

And some other companies like Brother, started by selling household appliances commercially, such as domestic sewing machines and typewriters. Seine Tec decided to go in a different direction with its new venture into creating a series of printers for small and medium sized businesses. Already being a global leading laser printer consumables manufacturer for the last ten years, the company has had a unique perspective on the laser printing market. Noticing the lack of printers focusing on smaller businesses and their needs, they created a separate division of the company to manufacture a new printer series called Pantum.

Typically, small businesses are looking for reliable printers that can produce printouts at extremely high speeds with professional quality text and images. And perhaps the most important aspect small businesses are looking for in a laser printer is a low cost of operation. The models released by Pantum deliver just that. These machines will be able to print around 11 – 40 pages per minute in resolutions up to 1200 x 600 dpi. Also having an extremely simple design allows them to use an integrated drum and toner cartridge, removing a major hidden maintenance cost behind laser printing. That is, having to purchase a replacement photoconductive drum unit after a given amount of usage in addition to the already purchased toners. Furthermore, other machines that are targeting the lower end of the laser printer market are generally made with cheap plastic components unlike the durable and more reliable steel-made Pantums.

The Pantum printers are built with steel internal components and a robust steel frame for longevity and to withstand normal wear and tear. Having a sturdy steel print engine also ensures a longer mechanical life-span and a higher monthly output than comparative laser printers in its class. With full vertical integration, all components are made in house resulting in the absolute lowest manufacturing costs and bringing an affordable finished product to the market. Currently Pantum offers the PB110 black toner cartridge which will yield up to 1,500 pages averaging out to a cost of 4.19 cents per printout. They also offer a High Yield PB110H laser toner cartridge which yields around 2,300 pages and will average out to a cost of 3.04 cents per printout. Both cartridges were designed for the Pantum P2000 printer and the Pantum P2050 printer. These compact or footprint laser printers are reliable, durable, and most importantly affordable for businesses looking for a professional printing solution.

Source Technologies Toner Cartridges

The STI-204064 and STI-204064H are MICR toner cartridges manufactured from Source Technologies with durability and legibility in mind. These Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) toner cartridges are designed especially for printing checks, WIC vouchers, and other negotiable processing documents. The secret ingredient contained in the toner is the iron oxide, which can be easily deciphered when travelling through a magnetic check clearing system or sorter. The sorting machines used by banks and other financial corporations rely on the toner to contain MICR properties for maximum productivity and security. Their machines process checks at high speeds, up to 20mph and one check with a low magnetic signal strength will halt these machines, resulting in lower processing speeds and potential fees to the check holder. It is crucial to have MICR toner cartridges that contain quality MICR toner components which can be found at Inkgrabber.com.

Once a check has been scanned by a MICR reader it is referred to as a “source document.” The MICR reader will extract vital information unique to each check from a MICR line located towards the bottom of the check. The payment is then processed electronically and digital information is collected into an electronic network (ACH Network), only accessible by the paying bank, an approved government official, or the account holder. The ACH or electronic network is automatically accessed by the check holder (or account holder) when viewing their personal bank statements online. This information is collected at the same time the check or source document is being creating for a more secure way to handle payments.

This also helps to eliminate fraud in two ways. By printing checks using the MICR toner cartridges, companies will eliminate the need for pre-printed check stock paper which is most commonly used for creating fraudulent checks. Pre-printed check stock is needed to print checks with standard laser toner cartridges. Additionally, without the need to stock on specialized paper, costs are significantly reduced. Secondly, as soon as the source document is created a real-time bidirectional confirmation is sent directly into the paying companies audit and reconciliation processes. Utilizing the ACH network, banks and financial corporations can easily detect whether the check is fraudulent as soon as they process the MICR printed document in a magnetic check clearing system. The MICR toner cartridges offer a dynamic way to optimize security of the check printing process.

The Genuine STI 204064 and STI 204064H cartridges are compatible with the Source Technologies ST-9630 printers and the Source Technologies ST-9650 printers. Combining your Source Technologies printer with Inkgrabber’s Genuine Source Technologies toner cartridges and the Genuine Source Technologies sti204064 MICR toner cartridges will create long-lasting source documents that have the durability and integrity to handle passing through several processing stages and / or machines. Moreover, the chemical composition will retain a high MICR signal strength, even after all the processing stages are completed.

Kodak Hero 9.1 Ink Cartridges

The Kodak Hero 9.1 All-in-One Printer is a versatile and nice looking printer. It comes with a slew of features such as:

  • Ability to fax directly from your computer.
  • Google cloud support allowing you to print directly from your smartphone, computer and tablet. It supports both Android and Mac OS.
  • This printer is wi-fi enabled allowing you to print wirelessly when connected to your home or business network.
  • You can assign your Hero 9.1 a Kodak Print Service email address allowing you to email your printer what you want to print. Since it’s e-mail you can do this outside of your wireless network.
  • Integration with Facebook and the Kodak Gallery allows you simplicity when printing your favorite social media pics.

The printer is integrated with a 4.3 inch full color LCD touchscreen allowing extreme simplicity when setting your printer up for the first time. Inkgrabber offers our very own compatible versions of the Genuine Kodak #10 Ink Cartridges. You can buy these directly from Inkgrabber at substantial savings over the Genuine Kodak Brand. We back our brand with a 1 year Satisfaction Guarantee.

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Epson 200 Ink Cartridges

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One of the most popular cartridges on the market today, the T200 series cartridges from Epson offer bright vibrant color detail, fade-resistance, and Instant-drying capabilities to resist water and smudging when handled. To find out more we look at the technology inside the cartridge. The Epson ink found in the T200 series cartridges are created with Epson’s DURABrite technology, attaining resistance to fading, smudging, and water with its unique formula and composition.

The DURABrite inks Epson uses are composed of pigment-based polymer composites that are insoluble, unlike the traditional dye based inks (inkjets) which act much like watercolors soaking into the paper and spreading (or feathering). Meaning that water will not change the characteristics of the ink particles which cause them to bleed and smudge on the paper. The ink particles in the Epson 200 Series cartridges are also coated with a resin which benefits the final printout in two ways. Under light, colored surfaces tend to fade in time; however, since the particles are coated in a resin, the light will only fade the outer resin surface of the particles, letting the pigments retain their deep and rich color. The resin also helps to act as a barrier between each particle so they are suspended in the solution and never coagulate inside the cartridge. This establishes even particle distribution and helps to keep heavier particles from settling. Epson also utilizes Smart Valve Technology and a chambered design for uniform ink density.

The Smart Valve Technology is a highly responsive pressure regulator which acts as a sort of pump when ink is in demand from the printer. Once the printhead starts to push ink out of the ink cartridge, the valve will convex, aiding the printhead in pushing out the ink. This action also opens a passageway for the ink to flow on the concaved side of the valve, aiding in pushing the ink out of the cartridge. With the pumping action of the valve occurring, ink is propelled throughout the cartridge into several maze-like chambers, as well as being pushed out onto the media. The jetting action of the ink throughout the chambers constantly stirs the ink to ensure uniform particle density. As a result printouts are much more defined and have “extra-sharp” text and graphics.

The last technology the Epson 200 Series cartridges are outfitted with are the “Intellidge” data chips. These data chips monitor your ink system by storing ink level information, sending low ink-level alerts to the PC, and containing production data to help Epson track each cartridge. The micro chip works with your printer’s driver software to automatically track the amount of ink remaining in all of the ink cartridges and relays that information to the monitor at the users’ discretion. The same interface will send alerts to the PC when ink levels are running low to allow time for the user to order replacements. The micro data chip will even retain ink level information when the cartridges are removed and reinstalled.

The Epson 200 Series cartridges are compatible with the Epson Expression Home XP-200 Printer, the Epson Expression Home XP-300 Printer, the Epson Expression Home XP-400 Printer, the Epson WorkForce WF-2520 Printer, the Epson WorkForce WF-2530 Printer, and the Epson WorkForce WF-2540 Printer. Combining your Epson printer with Inkgrabber’s Genuine Epson T200120, T200220, T200320, and T200420 Inkjet Print Cartridges will create long-lasting documents, images, and photographs that have the durability and color integrity to handle life’s adventures. Additionally, the T200 Series inks conveniently come in four individual cartridges so the user only has to replace the color cartridge that is low or out of ink.

Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe – Seat is too far forward?

I purchased a 2011 Softail Deluxe because I love the way the bike looks. It maintains that throwback look unlike alot of Harley’s other models. What I failed to realize until I put some miles on the bike, is that the bike is intended for riders in the 5′ 8″ range. The softail deluxe is very popular among women riders for that very reason.

I’m 6′ 2″ and started to experience lower back pain on rides over 50 miles. I spent hours researching solutions and even put my bike up for sale for a few weeks because I couldn’t find a remedy to my problem. I thought I’d write this blog since I know other riders must be experiencing this problem and are desperate for a solution. Here is my solution:

First, go to HarleyGoodies.com and grab a floorboard extension kit for about $50. They only kick the boards out 1″ but it makes a huuuge difference.

Secondly, the factory Softail Deluxe seat is VERY uncomfortable if you’re tall. It puts pressure on your lower back and pushes you forward as if you’re riding on the gas tank. I’ve always been told you should feel like you’re in the bike.. not on it. There are a lot of aftermarket options for seats on the softail but very few keep the vintage look. During my research I found that the Heritage Springer 1997-2003 seat fits the newer softail models and has massive cushion with almost no upward curvature at the rear. It even has a seat rail that fits a small or large back rest. They are no longer made and quite expensive because Harley discontinued these parts. I found mine on ebay by typing in “heritage springer seat” and “heritage springer seat rail”.

Finally, I swapped out my stock handlebar risers for 1.5″ inch risers. This pushed the handlebars forward a few inches letting my arms stretch out.

I have to tell you that I almost sold my bike because of this problem.. the above solutions will improve the look of your softail and add an enormous amount of comfort. I picked up about 4″ inches of leg stretch with the heritage springer seat and 1″ of leg stretch on the floorboard extensions and 3″ inches of arm stretch with the HD 1/5″ inch risers… putting me at a very comfortable riding position. I hope you found this blog useful… oh and 1 more thing if you own a printer checkout Inkgrabber.com and we’ll save you big money in comparison to what you pay now! Below are some cruddy before and after picks I took with my cell phone. Notice the curvature difference and massive padding.

Factory Softail Deluxe Seat above

California Nexus Law – What is the impact on online business?

The passing of the CA Nexus Law i.e. Amazon Law is just another example of how far our legislators have their heads in the sand. The point of passing this law was to keep Sales Tax Revenues in the state by requiring online Merchants to collect Sales Tax when a referred sale occurs by an affiliate in the State of California.

This law was directed towards Amazon with the calculation that $200 million in sales tax revenue would be collected from Amazon affiliates. What wasn’t taken into consideration were two things…

1. Amazon dropped ALL of their affiliate base in the state of CA within days of the decision… putting thousands of small businesses OUT of business (increasing unemployment rates & increasing costs to the state).

2. 20,000+ Affiliate Companies like myself have been dropped from Merchants like Zappos.com, ShoeBuy.com, 6pm, etc. who no longer want to deal with CA publishers because of the hassles associated with collecting sales tax when a sale is referred by a publisher in the state of CA.

The passing of this bill will most definitely lower state revenue and increase unemployment rates. Any savvy affiliate company will simply move their corporation to Nexus free states like Nevada or other states that understand the importance of not biting the hand that feeds them.

A corporation pays corporate state tax on the amount of profit in a company at the end of their fiscal year. Well, if you lower profits of CA corporations by passing a law that causes merchants to fire us, the state loses BILLIONS of dollars in revenue in corporate state tax from companies that no longer have profit… not to mention the financial burden the state will  incur from increased unemployment costs.

So Jobs were lost, Merchants canned Publishers to avoid nexus which will increase unemployment & Publishers moved to nexus free states lowering CA state revenue on year end profits. Nice job Governor Brown.

HP 2000 Series – A Quick and Cost Effective Inkjet Solution

Hewlett Packard is the worldwide leader in producing imaging machines for home, small office and corporate use. Innovative and reliable each HP machine is designed to enhance your business output or home computing experience. The HP 2000 Series is line of quick and versatile inkjet printers that offer a high-resolution output for your needs in a cost effective manner. Perfect for the small office the 2000 series offers professional output. Inkgrabber.com carries a full line of inkjet cartridges for the HP 2000 series printers at a reduced cost to many retail and online competitors.

Inkgrabber.com provides genuine, remanufactured and compatible inkjet cartridges for the HP 2000 Series printer for all available models and colors. Each consumable cartridge is certified to ISO standards. An industry certification, the ISO Standards ensure a high quality remanufactured inkjet product that is keeping with any manner of warranty you might hold for your HP printer. Inkgrabber.com displays a page yield percentage with every inkjet cartridge for reference. This page yield acts as an approximate guideline to aid you in choosing the right amount of inkjet for your purchase, preventing running short or creating an overstock that can spoil under the wrong conditions like extended storage or high or low temperature.

Inkgrabber.com stands by each genuine, remanufactured and compatible inkjet or toner cartridge we carry for the HP 2000 series as well as every HP printer or imaging unit. Our 90-Day Money back Guarantee backs every purchase you make. If you are not satisfied with the performance of the inkjet cartridge you receive Inkgrabber.com will refund your purchase, no questions asked. In the event of a damaged or incompatible product, we will perform an even exchange for the correct inkjet cartridge at no extra charge to you. Inkgrabber.com is committed to your satisfaction.

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