Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pennsylvanian county cuts costs using remanufactured cartridges

Franklin County in the US state has revealed that by using remanufactured cartridges it has saved over $170,000 in office supplies purchasing.

The county’s purchase of remanufactured toner cartridges has allowed it to save nearly $170,000 between July 2009 and December 2010 on office supplies, according to Public Opinion Online. To add to this, county officials stated that $56,000 was saved on the purchase of printing equipment, with total savings said to be equal to “about one-sixth of a mill[ion] of county real estate tax”.

The county commissioners in the area also wanted an emphasis on “going paperless” with printing, and this has saved 1.36 million printed pages, or 272 cases, in 18 months. The report, made by Purchasing Director Brenda Covert, was released in the run-up to a $122 million final budget for the county.

Other information released by the county officials stated that the initiatives came from the desire to cut eight percent from Franklin County’s budget two years ago, with printing costs reduced through use of a managed print service networking its 83 printers together.

568 items, with 237 of these inkjet and toner cartridges, are approved by purchase by the county, a marked change from 2008, when county departments could order from over 25,000. The specific saving from using remanufactured toner cartridges came in at $41,250.

County Commissioner Robert Thomas stated of the changes that it was “definitely a cultural change in how to do business”, whilst Colvert noted that the county has experienced “phenomenal” successes with its new initiatives so far

HP and Lexmark Toner Increase

HP and Lexmark Toner Increase

Please be aware that Hewlett Packard and Lexmark recently announced price increases effective January 1st, 2012.

Hewlett Packard:

HP will increase the price of toner cartridges by approximately 2%. In addition to the 2% increase, HP will increase list prices on twenty-seven (27) select HP legacy toner cartridges from 12-17%. This announced increase does not include ink. Additionally, HP is increasing the price on select parts, drums, and maintenance kits. According to HP, these price increases are in response to global economic conditions, including currency volatility.


Lexmark is announcing an inkjet and laser supplies price increase of 3-7% across the majority of their product line. According to Lexmark, they experienced a higher than expected increase in supplies product costs, specifically materials and transportation.


Friday, October 7, 2011

The Importance of Color Printing Within the Educational Environment

It’s no secret that materials printed in color are more visually appealing than those printed in black and white. The aesthetic impact alone is just one of the benefits of color printing. New technologies are making color printing more affordable for organizations, and when implemented into the educational environment, color dramatically increases the students’ performance as well.
Independent studies have shown that color increases student learning and retention by as much as 78 percent while reducing errors by up to 80 percent. Color also helps students locate information more quickly, increases their comprehension by 73 percent and increases their willingness to read and participate by up to 80 percent, according to several studies.
In 2010, OKI Data Americas conducted a “Color Lab” experiment at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference to support the theorem that people retain more information when shown color images. The interactive presentation proved the theory to be true, as 100 percent of the experiment’s results showed that participants scored better when responding to questions that pertained to color images versus black-and-white images

By Mike Garofola Oct 01, 2011
This article originally appeared in the October 2011 issue of Recharger

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Color laser jet comparison

HP CP 4025
The HP CP 4025 runs at 35 ppm. and has 512 mb, a monthly duty cycle of 100,000 pages The printer costs $1,149.98 and comes with one set of full toner cartridges with printing capacity for 8,500 pages black and 11,000 pages of color printing.
The black toner with drum costs $157.99 for 8500 pages or 1.86 cents per page. The colors cost $285.99 for 11000 pages or 2.66 cents per page.

Okidata® C610n
Costs $499.98 after savings and prints up to 36 ppm black, 34 ppm color; Up to 600 x 1200-dpi resolution; Monthly duty cycle of up to 75,000 pages; 256MB RAM, expandable to 768MB.
The black toner only cartridge costs $121.99 for 6000 pages or 2.03 cents per page.
The color toner only cartridge costs $183.99 for 6000 pages, or 3.06 cents per page.

Konica Minolta bizhub C31P
The Konica Minolta bizhub C31P costs $1055.00 with Maximum Monthly Duty Cycle of 120,000 Pages Per Month and runs at 37 ppm.
12K pg black toner sells for $85.88 or 0.71 cents per page.
Drum $129.14 for 30K black or 0.43 cents per page drum = 1.14 cents per page total after the first 30K pages.
12K pg color toner sells for $192.42 or 1.6 cents per page.
30K Color drums sell for $182.00 or 0.61 cents per page or a total drum and toner cost of 2.61 cents per page after the first 30K pages

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How to handle Low Ink Message on Reman inks

If you notice that the ink gauge displays low or no ink level, DO NOT be alarmed. This is very common because you are using a remanufactured inkjet. The ink gauge on your printer will no longer read the ink levels correctly because it does not recognize your cartridge as “new”. There is no way to reset this gauge, but this message can be bypassed easily when necessary and will not affect your printing performance.

Keep in mind that the ink gauges on printers only serve as an ESTIMATE of how much ink may be remaining in the cartridge.

To continue printing, press and hold the stop/reset button or the resume button for 10 seconds. Please consult your printer’s user manual if you are not sure which button to press.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

HP business printers; comparing toner costs

The folowing is a toner cost comparison of HP's three business workgroup monochrome printers. The HP P4510 and P4015 series both use the CC364X Black Print Cartridge.

HP LaserJet P4510 Printer series - Models
Starting at: $ 1,599.00 Monthly duty cycle: Up to 275,000 pages
Black (best): Up to 62 ppm

HP LaserJet P4015n Printer (CB509A)
Print speed, black (normal quality mode) Up to 52 ppm
Monthly duty cycle Up to 225,000 pages

Both of the above use HP LaserJet CC364X Black Print Cartridge (CC364X) Price: $303.99*Average cartridge yields 24000 standard pages, 1.27 cents per page

HP LaserJet Enterprise P3010
Print speed, black (normal quality model Up to 42 ppm
Monthly duty cycle Up to 100,000 pages

The P3010 uses a HP 55X CE255X LaserJet Toner Cartridge, black. Average cartridge yields 12,500 standard pages.
Price: $223.99* 1.79 cents per page

The difference in toner cost of 0.52 cents per page amounts to $52 after a couple cases of paper.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Comparing HP’s Home Office Laser Jet Toner Costs

The following are the lowest price HP Home Office Laser Jet Printers showing the Cost per Page toner costs. As small as the cartridges are these HP printers all come with unspecified capacity "introductory black cartridges".

It will take very little printing to justify purchasing a higher end printer with much lower cost per page cartridges.

HP LaserJet Pro P1102w Printer Price: $149.99*
HP LaserJet CE285A Black Print Cartridge
Price $67.99
Yield 1600 pages
Cost per page 4.25 cents

HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn Printer.Price after savings $159.99
HP CE278A Toner
Price $77.99
Yield 2100 pgs
Cost per page 3.71 cents

HP LaserJet P2035n PrinterHP LaserJet
CE505A Black Print Cartridge
Price $88.99
Yield 2300 pages
Cost per page 3.87 cents