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Understanding the Way Toner Cartridges Work

If you are looking into buying a laser printer, you would most likely hear the term “toner” a lot. Unlike an inkjet printer, laser printers utilise a toner like a Brother HL 1210W toner in order to print documents. Many people mistake toner as a kind of ink but in reality, they really are not ink. A toner is actually a powder that is electrically-charged and they are created with a combination of pigment and plastic.

So, How Do Toners Work?

Toners work in a really simple and easy-to-understand way. We have mentioned that toners are made of pigment and plastic. Each of this component has their own responsibility when it comes to the printing process. The pigment mainly gives the colour and the plastic component makes sure that the pigment attaches to the paper well through a simple heating and melting process.

The process of melting involved in laser printers is actually what makes it more advantageous than inkjet printers. This is because, through this process, the toner is being bound to the fibres on the paper. This makes the print output more resistant to bleeding and smudges. Moreover, the process can also provide a more vivid and even tone that gives off a crisper appearance.

Many organisations also prefer laser printers because toner cartridges actually cost less than ink cartridges. This means that they only have to shell out money for the laser printer itself, which could be a bit pricier. But, replacing the toner cartridges can save a lot of money.

Now, How Do Toner Cartridges Work?

When you are printing a document, be it an image or a text, on paper using a laser printer, the printing process starts off with the printer gathering the toner using the developer right from the hopper. This happens as the developer accorded to some sort of a metal roller contains magnetic beads that are negatively-charged moving all throughout the hopper to gather toner.

Because the beads are magnetic and they are negatively-charged, they attract the toner particles that are positively-charged. After that, the developer then brushes the particles to the drum assembly. After this, the usual printing process happens.

However, an additional melting and heating step is needed in order to set the toner in place. The paper with the toner particles goes through a set of heated fuser rollers. The heat that comes from the rollers melts the plastic components of the toner so that it adheres to the paper and binds nicely to the fibres.

Monochrome and Colour Printing

The process mentioned above is the standard process that monochrome printing follows. With colour printing, the process is still the same but it is repeated to accommodate each of the colours of the toner. You may already be aware that toner colours come in CMYK or cyan, magenta, yellow, and black.

The laser printer combines all these colours at different levels in order to produce literally millions of different colours in various lightness, saturation, hues, and shades. Now that you know and understand how toners and laser cartridges work, you can proceed and buy a Brother HL 1210W toner.

How do I build the perfect home office?

With over half of the UK workforce reported to be working remotely by 2020 according to Small Buisiness, as well as reports highlighting that currently over 1.5 million people are now working from home, it’s become more important than ever to create that perfect `home office`.

Working from home offers that great work life balance, with the benefits for both employers and employees being detailed by numerous organisations and HR professionals around the UK.  

Building the perfect home office and getting the setup right is crucial in order for it to actually work.  Work for you and your productivity.

It can be all of the little things when working from home that really have an impact on how motivated you are and in return how productive you then become.

Finding your inspiration

First of all, there is a little bit more to setting up the perfect home office than simply putting a desk in a room!  Yes, this is a big part of it but it’s also important that once you’ve identified where your home office will be to make your space fun, interesting and separate from the rest of the house!

Making things noticeably different, immediately distinguishes your work space from the rest of the house.  Helping you to make the switch between work and home, as well as providing others with a clear understanding that this zone is your work space/office.  

No one wants to sit and stare at four walls, but we also don’t want to be walking around our home looking for inspiration (procrastinating) as this is where work levels can dip.  So consider using bright colours on walls which can help stimulate imagination as well as using calming and reflective colours such as greens and blues, depending on you and your personality type.  If you are interested in finding out more about the psychology of colours you can find out more HERE.

Making the best use of space

Think about where your phone lines need to be, what about the folders you need on a regular basis and those books that you use for reference?  Are they placed within your work space in the right position? Can you reach them easily and have you got everything together, so you don’t necessarily have to leave your home office?  Wandering through the house to find the notepad you need with your meeting notes in, offers a number of opportunities to be distracted – the pile of washing that you could quickly put in or the toys that you can quickly put away in their box!

Once you then start thinking about what you need for your home office and where your things need to be you can then start thinking about making sure you have the right office furniture.

Office furniture is one of those things that is different for everyone.  What is suitable and comfortable for one person, can be another’s worst nightmare!  But think about what works for you. For example, do you need a shelving unit and if so how big? What about storage systems and lockable filing cabinets etc.  What about chairs, finding the right chair to meet your needs is an important part of the setting up your office process!

Also growing in popularity are standing desks!  Proven to help increase productivity as well as being better for circulation and posture, is this something which you could benefit from in your home office?

Then comes the detail, the equipment!  

What equipment do you need in your home office in order to make sure everything runs like clockwork?  That you have everything you need and more. So much so that going back into Head Office for supplies is not needed because you have the equipment that suits you!  Things like screens and monitors (and of course how many), wireless mouse and keyboard combinations, or maybe you prefer to work from a laptop – especially at a standing desk?

Phones also come into this, if you need a landline phone as well as a mobile.  Is this flexible, does it have a separate connection to your house phone (do you also have the technology installed to make sure you have this), does it offer you the conference call facilities that you might need or the reporting functions that you might use?

Then, when you have your computer and your phone lines all connected think about printers and what systems you might want to use.  Think about wireless printers so no matter where you are or whichever device your working from you can open things up and send them to print.  Making sure that they’re in an area in your home office that is safe, of course has power, a good WIFI connection and above all it is a printer that meets your needs.  One that isn’t going to cost the earth and certainly when you have it set up and installed isn’t going to be costly to run.

At Compatink, we can help keep the running costs of these machines low by providing high quality, low priced compatible ink and toner cartridges.  Not only do you get more for your money with Compatink we also have a quick and easy ordering system online, taking the chore out of ordering and searching for the right ink!

Health and safety tips

There are some great websites and companies online that can help when it comes to ergonomics and how best to set up your home office to make sure you’re also still compliant with health and safety regulations.

Sites such as Ergotron who offer a workplace planner guide and of course the Health and Safety Executive who have a number of articles and documents online to help point you in the right direction.

Building the perfect home office can be hard.  At first it can be difficult getting the balance right between home and work and setting boundaries.  But boundaries are needed and setting up things such as your out of office, or displaying your office working hours all help.  

Making sure that you have created the right environment for you is crucial, as this is what will inspire and motivate you during your working day.  Plus working from home can often be quite lonely, so making sure you have the right equipment helps to keep you connected to the outside world,  talking to the dog really doesn’t count!

Setting up a home office might seem like a chore to start with but when it’s complete you do take away all of the advantages, benefits and flexibility that working from home has to offer and these are the reasons why we choose to do it!

If you have any tips for creating the perfect home office we’d love to hear from you – please share your thoughts below.  And if you’d like to find out more about Compatink and the solutions we can offer visit us online today.

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