Analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of th

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Analysis on the advantages and disadvantages of solid ink technology

solid ink technology was successfully developed by Tektronix as early as 1986. After being acquired by Xerox in 2000, solid ink technology was used in some Xerox color printers. Solid ink technology uses an ink stick to replace liquid ink or toner. Its shape does not melt until it is heated to a specific temperature. The rest of the time is solid. The melted liquid ink is transferred to the printed media through an accurate stainless steel print head and then immediately turns back to solid

the design of solid ink printer is much simpler than that of color laser printer. A solid ink printer consists of only three important components: the printing head, the printing drum and the controller. The printer head sends the ink to the printing drum, and then sends the image to the paper. The controller converts the data in the computer and sends it to the printer

solid ink printer is specially designed for color printing, and the shape of ink stick is different. Xerox intentionally made the color ink stick into different shapes so that users can only insert it into a specific slot on the top of the printer. Due to its simple design, this kind of printer is lighter and more affordable than the color laser printer. It also has obvious advantages over color ink-jet printers. It can print high-quality words and images on a wide range of media due to its fast printing speed and low cost of consumables

advantages and disadvantages of solid ink

I. advantages of solid ink:

1 Good print quality - solid ink can produce bright colors and excellent print quality on a wide range of media, such as card paper, envelopes, transparencies, recycled paper

2. Safe to use - the solid ink stick is safe to use and use. Because it is made of non-toxic vegetable oil, and will not melt in the hands. Unlike ink jet or laser printer cartridges, they do not leak or overflow. 3. relatively environmentally friendly? When the solid ink stick is used up, there is no empty box left. Xerox said that the waste generated by solid ink was reduced by about 90% compared with toner cartridges. After 100000 prints, a color laser machine will produce 157 pounds of waste, while the organizer of the solid inkjet printing exhibition and the cooperation machine of the well-known "Internet + promotion" model in East China only have 5 pounds

4. It is easy to load ink - solid ink sticks have different shapes in different colors, so the ink sticks can only be loaded into the correct ink tank. The ink tank is placed on the top of the printer, and the ink stick can be changed at any time, even during printing

5. Sophisticated design - the solid ink printer has only three important components, so there is less maintenance and repair. As the printer is more sophisticated, it occupies less space than the color laser printer

6. Fast printing speed - the solid ink printer has a fast "throughput". When you click the "print" button, you can see the printed products. As long as the warm-up, solid ink has the fastest home page output. In general, solid ink printers can print up to 30 pages per minute

7. Financial burden plastic granulator operation covers a wide range of fields light solid ink printers and their consumables are more affordable than color laser printers and color toner cartridges

II. Disadvantages of solid ink:

1 Long warm-up time - the printer needs several minutes to warm up before printing

2. Poor durability of prints - as solid ink prints are sensitive to UV and sunlight, the color may fade over time

3. High power consumption - compared with laser printers, solid ink printers consume more power to heat the ink stick and keep it molten

4. Wax printing surface - solid ink will form wax coating on the surface of flat media, which will cause slight bulge on the surface, making it difficult to write words or images on this surface

5. Suitable for mass printing - solid ink printers are most suitable for mass printing. If the printer is dormant after being idle for a long time, it will take several minutes of warm-up time to make the printer work normally

III. comparison of solid ink, color ink jet and color laser

if readers are considering buying a color printer with only 20 years of color, they have three choices in the current market: color ink jet, solid ink and color laser printer, but it is difficult to say which printer is the best, because each printing technology has its own advantages and disadvantages. However, knowing your own needs and the characteristics of these printers will help you make the best decisions

the color inkjet printer has a low investment threshold: it can be less than NT $2000. However, the color ink was soon used up, and the replacement of ink cartridges was expensive. The printing speed of color inkjet printer is slow. It can only process a small amount of prints, and can not print on all media. In order to produce high-quality images, it is necessary to use expensive photo paper. Sometimes the ink cartridge will leak, resulting in stains on the document or blurring the image. Color ink is not resistant to light and water, and may fade over time. Empty ink cartridges are a burden to the environment. Of course, you can choose to fill the ink cartridges several times before throwing them away

color laser printers are much more expensive than inkjet printers, although some manufacturers have greatly reduced the price of color laser printers to increase the price of replacing toner boxes to compensate for the loss of profits. In terms of budget, the color laser printer is about NT $6000, and the cost of replacing a set of ink cartridges is about 2000 to 3000 yuan. The color laser printer can print high-quality words at a faster speed, but it is unlikely to print vivid colors and high-quality images. Toner may overflow. Once it overflows, it cannot be cleaned up. Empty toner cartridges occupy a lot of space in landfills and take a long time to decompose

solid ink printer is a newborn in the color printing market. Solid ink can produce high-quality words and images on a wide range of media. The printing speed is fast, and it is very suitable for mass printing. Solid inks are easy to use and handle without spillage or leakage. When the ink stick is used up, it will not leave an empty box. It is a good environmental protection machine. Solid ink printers have a sophisticated design that takes up less space than color laser printers. The price of solid ink printer is more than that of color inkjet printer, but it is much less than that of color laser printer, and the consumables are more affordable. Solid ink printers require longer warm-up time and use more power to heat ink sticks. Wax based inks are difficult to write on and may fade with exposure to the sun

to sum up, color inkjet printers are very suitable for home use, while solid ink and color laser printers are the best options for business printing. It is difficult to analyze the actual single page cost of different types of printers, because in addition to the price of printers, the price of replacing ink cartridges should also be considered. In addition, the low-end and high-end models of each printer are also very different. However, solid oil should definitely expand the use of biodegradable plastics. Ink printers have obvious advantages in the total amount of waste generated. Despite the high investment cost, solid ink sticks are cheaper than other technologies, and can print high-quality text and images on a variety of printing media. These are great advantages for small enterprises in printing work, which usually need different applications and affordable color printing

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