Posts Tagged 'laser toner'

What is a Toner Cartridge?

Toner is a reasonably familiar substance to most people working in offices or for companies that have office photocopy machines and big industrial printers. These machines inevitably use toner to form images and text onto a sheet of media, usually being a plain white piece of paper. In other words the toner acts with the same purpose ink has, although ink is an aqueous solution whereas toner is in the form of powdery, dust-like solids. And due to the fact toner is a powder, cartridges should not be shaken as the material can spread through the air and adhere to unwanted surfaces, permanently dying them. Before handling any toner cartridge, make sure you are aware of the potential dangers and health risks involved with these units by clicking here.

In its early form, toner was a mix of carbon powder, iron oxide, and sugar. Eventually, to improve the quality of the printout, the carbon was melt-mixed with a polymer. The polymer is a thermoplastic that now comprises about 40 to 95 percent of the toner mixture and is crucial to binding and carrying colorant to the drum unit and substrate. The polymer is often referred to as the “binder” being able to hold the toner powder mixture together, carrying the powder to the transfer belt or drum unit, and holding the mixture in place for the heated fuser rollers to bind the powder to the paper with heat and pressure.

To better understand this process, let’s take a look at the different components that make up a toner cartridge and their functions. A basic toner cartridge contains several parts; one common component in each cartridge is the hopper which houses the toner powder until being picked up by a magnetic developer roller. The magnetic developer roller is a cylindrical sleeve used to transfer image forming toner powder particles to an image forming drum unit. This roller protrudes partially into the hopper and has several magnetic beads inside that will attract the toner powder mixture from the hopper to the roller during the printing process. As this piece rolls, the picked up toner is brushed against the drum unit.

The drum unit, having a greater static attraction, will once again pull the toner powder but this time from the magnetic developer roller. Any excess powder on the developer roller will be scrapped off with an MDR Doctor Blade before passing by the drum unit. The MDR Doctor Blade is a precision leveling blade that is designed to keep only one layer of toner powder on the developer roller. This ensures more evenly distributed toner and helps to prevent the drum and toner cartridge from clogging. The magnetic developer roller also has a secondary blade, known as the MDR Sealing Blade, to clean off any powder left on the surface of the roller after passing by the drum and before rotating back into the hopper section.

The drum unit itself is sometimes included with the toner cartridge in 2 in 1 or all inclusive toner cartridges. And whether the drum unit is a separate unit or has been included with the toner cartridge, the drum serves the same purpose. The drum is a photoconductive cylinder that contains a laser neutralized image of the project about to be printed out. A laser will actually neutralize parts of the drum unit, based off the desired image about to be printed. The neutralized parts of the drum will not be able to attract toner, which is how the drum forms an image, only being able to attract toner where desired on the image. Once the drum unit has picked up the toner powder from the developer rollers, the unit will then transfer them immediately to the paper substrate passing through the machine.

To keep the drum unit charged, a primary charge roller inside the toner cartridge rests against the unit, recharging the drum and eliminating neutralized areas of the unit. The drum also has a cleaning blade know as the Organic Photoconductor Wiper Blade. Any extra toner left on the surface of the drum unit after transferring the powder to the paper will be scrapped of by the wiper blade into the waste container. The last part to creating a printout involves the fuser rollers and some assisting transfer rollers that drive the media through the machine and are usually separately sold components that do not need to be exchanged as frequently as toner cartridges or even drum units.

All these components are necessary pieces to having a functional toner cartridge that can produce images onto a piece of paper using pigmented polymers, colorants, and carbons as the ink or image forming material being adhered to media. The current laser toner cartridge powders are comprised of a mixture of colorant pigments, external additives, and wax substances in addition to the binding polymers. The external additives can be iron oxide molecules, chemical release agents, charge control agents, and flow agents all designed to keep the mixture at optimal functioning compositions. Many toners now have protective wax coatings encapsulating each toner powder particle for longer lasting printouts and resistances to smudging and blurring.

Is too much Toner Ink Exposure Dangerous?

Most users of laser toner printers and photocopiers are unaware of the dangers mishandling toner can have to their health. The toner powder used inside each cartridge contains compounds that can be potentially harmful to humans when not handled correctly. The key to properly handling toner is being aware of the risks and how to prevent them from occurring.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified toner powder as a type 2B carcinogen with the primary ingredient in most laser toner cartridges being Carbon Black. Carbon dust, which toner is mainly composed of, is known to emit carcinogens which can be dangerous to humans and result in a form a cancer when inhaled. Normal operation of photocopiers and laser printers will not expose users to these possible risks; however a broken cartridge that explodes toner powder in the office can be a different story.

To avoid overexposure to toner by inhaling or touching the chemical, gloves and a paper breathing mask should be worn to clean the mess. If any of the toner compounds get onto your skin, you should wash the toner off under cold water. Hot water or even warm water can melt the powder into your skin which can ultimately attack or transform bacteria resulting in some undesirable side effects such as irritation and itchiness. Inhaling the carbon-dominate dust may cause headaches, eye irritation, chronic itchiness, and even small growths on the tongue.

When laser toner cartridges inside of some photocopy machines overheat, the toner can conceivably become even more dangerous. First of all, the cartridge itself can severely burn the skin when handling the toner ink cartridge immediately after printing.  So do not attempt to replace toner cartridges that have recently been used to print with. Give the cartridges a few minutes to cool off inside the machine before changing the toner.

Secondly, photocopiers that use toner ink may emit carbon monoxide into the atmosphere when overheated. Inhaling a cloud Carbon Monoxide can cause an increased heart rate, severe headaches, and drowsiness. To prevent exposure to overheated toner cartridges emitting carbon dioxide, these machines should be used in well ventilated rooms. Opening windows and doors can also be useful to help dilute the air containing the carbon dioxide pollutants.  The most common occurrence of this happening is in offices that are consistently printing throughout the day. So be sure your frequently used laser printers and copies are in a well ventilated room before operating them.

Furthermore, some photocopiers are likely to radiate high levels of ozone during electrical discharges that occur each time toner is ejected from the cartridge. And regular exposure to high levels of ozone can cause some unwanted effects, similar to the effects of overexposure to carbon dioxide, including headaches, irritation, nausea, and even dermatitis in extreme cases. By ensuring your machine is operating in a well ventilated area will prevent this from becoming a potential problem.

Once again, the normal operation will not have harmful effects to users. And to eliminate the potential threats mentioned, be sure to use laser toner printers and photocopiers in areas with good air flow or ventilation, wash toner off with cold water, do not breathe unnaturally close to the machine when operating, and do not attempt to replace or change recently used cartridges. By following these fairly simple guidelines, laser toner printers and photocopiers using toner ink are relatively harmless and are necessary office components in today’s workplace.

Sharp AR 150 Review

Sharp AR 150 Monochrome Printer

Sharp AR 150 Monochrome Printer

The Sharp AR 150 is a Monochrome Printer, Copier, and Scanner to assist around the office environment. This black and white printer can copy and print documents quickly and reliably.  It will create printouts at good speeds up to a notable 15 pages per minute.  The Sharp AR 150 printer produces adequate texts and graphics with a maximum resolution of 600 x 600 dpi. Having only one Sharp Laser Toner cartridge makes exchanging toner simple and straightforward with a sleek and fitting design.   This printer can also copy and scan multiple pages unassisted, with a handy 50 sheet Automatic Document Feeder. This printer comes with a Parallel interface and USB options for versatile connectivity and simple set-up to computers.

The Sharp AR 150 toner cartridges will eject deep and vibrant shades with precise contours and tones for smooth graphics and crisp detail. This printer also contains a 250 sheet Input Tray as well as the option of an additional 250 sheet Multi-Purpose Tray, perfect for odd jobs and printing onto specialty paper.  Specialty paper such as envelopes and transparencies and envelopes can be printed onto with the easily with the Multi-Purpose Tray.  The printer features a practical flatbed scanner which can directly scan documents.  This Energy Star printer will be able to fit any desktop or work area with its opportune design and compact shape.

For the best deals on toner for Sharp printers, try Compatible cartridges which will drastically lower the cost of printing. Individually you can purchase the Compatible Sharp AL-150TD Black Laser Toner cartridge or the Compatible Sharp AL-150DR Drum Unit.  Each Remanufactured cartridge and Drum unit will meet or exceed OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges, yielding up to 6,000 pages for toner cartridges and up to 18,000 pages for drum units.

Sharp AL 1670 Review

Sharp AL 1670 Monochrome Printer

Sharp AL 1670 Monochrome Printer

The Sharp AL 1670 is a Monochrome Printer and Copier to assist around the office environment. This black and white printer can copy documents quickly and reliably.  It will print with good speeds up to a notable 16 copies per minute to help keep productivity high.  The AL 1670 produces good quality texts and graphics with a maximum resolution of 600 x 600 dpi. Having only one Sharp Laser Toner cartridge makes exchanging toner simple and straightforward with a sleek and fitting design.   This copier can also shrink and enlarge projects from 50% to 200% sizing. This printer features a Parallel interface for set-up and connectivity to computers.

The Sharp AL 1670 toner cartridges will eject rich and vibrant shades with precise contours and tones for smooth graphics and crisp detail. This printer also contains 2 large 250 sheet Input Trays as well as a convenient 100 sheet Bypass Feeder, perfect for odd jobs and printing onto specialty paper.  Specialty paper such as envelopes and transparencies can be printed onto with the easily with the Bypass Feeder.  The printer also has a practical flatbed scanner which can copy documents in a simple and straight-forward manner.  This Energy Star printer will be able to fit any desktop or work area with its opportune design and compact shape.

For the best deals on toner for Sharp printers, try Compatible cartridges which will significantly lower the cost of printing. Individually you can purchase the Compatible Sharp AL-160TD Black Laser Toner cartridge or the Compatible Sharp AL-160DR Drum Unit.  Each Remanufactured cartridge and Drum unit will meet or exceed OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges, yielding up to 15,000 pages for toner cartridges and up to 30,000 pages for drum units.

Sharp AL 1610 Review

Sharp AL 1610 Monochrome Printer

Sharp AL 1610 Monochrome Printer

The Sharp AL 1610 is a Monochrome Printer and Copier to assist around the office environment. This black and white printer can copy documents quickly and reliably.  It will print with good speeds up to a notable 16 copies per minute to help keep productivity high.  The AL 1610 produces good quality texts and graphics with a maximum resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi. Having only one Sharp Laser Toner cartridge makes exchanging toner simple and straightforward with a sleek and fitting design.   This copier can also shrink and enlarge projects from 50% to 200% sizing.

The Sharp AL 1610 toner cartridges will eject rich and vibrant shades with precise contours and tones for smooth graphics and crisp detail. This printer also contains a 250 sheet Input Tray as well as a convenient 100 sheet Bypass Feeder, perfect for odd jobs and printing onto specialty paper.  Specialty paper such as envelopes and transparencies can be printed onto with the easily with the Bypass Feeder.  The printer also has a practical flatbed scanner which can copy documents in a simple and straight-forward manner.  This Energy Star printer will be able to fit any desktop or work area with its opportune design and compact shape.

For the best deals on toner for Sharp printers, try Compatible cartridges which will significantly lower the cost of printing. Individually you can purchase the Compatible Sharp AL-160TD Black Laser Toner cartridge or the Compatible Sharp AL-160DR Drum Unit.  Each Remanufactured cartridge and Drum unit will meet or exceed OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges, yielding up to 15,000 pages for toner cartridges and up to 30,000 pages for drum units.

Sharp AL 1631 Review

Sharp AL 1631 Monochrome Printer

Sharp AL 1631 Monochrome Printer

The Sharp AL 1631 is a Monochrome Printer / Copier to assist around the office environment. This black and white printer can copy documents quickly and reliably.  This unique and compact copier will print with good speeds up to a notable 16 copies per minute.  The AL 1631 produces good quality texts and graphics with a maximum resolution of 600 x 600 dpi. Having only one Sharp Laser Toner cartridge makes exchanging toner simple and straightforward with a smooth and sleek design.   This copier can also copy multiple pages unassisted, with a handy 30 sheet Automatic Document Feeder.

The Sharp AL 1631 toner cartridges will eject deep and vibrant shades with precise contours and tones for smooth graphics and crisp detail. This printer also contains a 250 sheet Input Tray as well as a convenient 50 sheet Bypass Feeder, perfect for odd jobs and printing onto specialty paper.  Specialty paper such as envelopes and transparencies can be printed onto with the easily with the Bypass Feeder.  The printer also has a practical flatbed scanner which can copy documents directly.  This Energy Star printer will be able to fit any desktop or work area with its opportune design and compact shape.

For the best deals on toner for Sharp printers, try Remanufactured cartridges which will significantly lower the cost of printing. Individually you can purchase the Remanufactured Sharp AL-100TD Black Laser Toner cartridge or the Remanufactured Sharp AL-100DR Drum Unit.  Each Remanufactured cartridge and Drum unit will meet or exceed OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges, yielding up to 6,000 pages for toner cartridges and up to 18,000 pages for drum units.


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