Inkjet printing is a sort of computer printing that creates a refined digital image which involves the process of thrusting of droplets of ink onto paper. Inkjet printers are the most largely used type of printer that varies from compact economical consumer models to very hefty professional equipment that is extremely expensive to purchase. Most households today, have printing equipment that they use on a very regular basis. Printers continue to come in handy for a number of things, whether it is office related paperwork, hobbies, or homework assignments for the kids. So exactly how did printers and cartridges get to the technological stage they are now in presently?
The evolution of the Inkjet Printer
Inkjet printers were conceptualized originally during the 1900’s and they continued to be modernized throughout the following years. Canon, Epson and Hewlett- Packard were the first companies who commercially manufactured these printers for the general public. With the growth of demand for printers increasing substantially, computer manufacturing companies realized the potential for this growing market demand. In the international customer market, four companies are mainly responsible for the boost in printer sales: Epson, Canon, HP and the fairly unknown Lexmark, a sub-product of IBM. These opened a new window for computer equipment by producing the printers we now known.
Designing the ink cartridge
Ink jet cartridges are either thermal or piezoelectric in nature. Most printers use the thermal method of design. In this, there are heating equipments near the ink reservoir. When the printer gives the command, a small current is passed through the metal piece causing the ink that comes in contact with the metal piece to vaporize. This then condenses and forms an ink droplet. It is of course known that a series of these ink droplets causing the image to be manifested onto the paper. Although this process sounds long and time consuming, the whole method that produces the ink onto the paper only barely takes a second. Piezoelectric cartridges use piezoelectric crystals in the ink reservoir. When the command from the printer is given, the current is passed causing a deformation of the crystal that produces the ink to eject onto the paper.
Some common troubles your cartridge might face and how to deal with them
One of the most common problems faced is the ink drying up. The ink can also dry up if the printer has not been powered off properly and the printer head is exposed to air for a long time. Use a cotton pad run under warm water to gently wipe away any residual dry ink seen on the print head. The heaters can sometime become clogged and this can lead to an inconsistency in the ink. Cleaning the chips that are in contact with the reservoir with again water or a very mild alcohol can unclog the heating mechanisms right away. Make sure the cartridge is affixed properly into the slot. Being hasty and trying to push it in position anyhow could very easily damage the cartridge and render it void for further use. If these of course do not solve the issues with your printer then it’s time to throw the old cartridge away and set your eyes on buying a new one!