Remanufactured cartridges have been recycled and reprocessed from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) empty core. The process differs by manufacturer and materials used with varying results in quality and page yields. With reputable remanufacturers and proper printer calibrating, there should be no difference in print quality or page yield with a properly remanufactured cartridge.
The office products remanufacturing industry has already made a substantially positive impact on the environment and the economy and will continue to do so. More and more organizations are realizing the added value and quality of remanufactured cartridges.
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How it Works
A typical remanufactured cartridge production process includes inspection and replacement of key components as needed such as the OPC (Organic Photo Conductor) Drum, wiper blade, PCR (Primary Charge Roller) and magnetic roller. One of the most critical parts of a cartridge is the OPC Drum. New aftermarket drums are made specifically for remanufacturers to have a harder and more durable surface than the OEM cartridge.
So why doesn't every business use remanufactured cartridges? Mainly, this is due to lack of education. The remanufactured cartridge industry has been in existence for about 15 years. More recently, industry advancements, improved technologies, and post production testing have lead to ensure a quality experience and a great value.
How You Save
It is estimated that 500 million ink and toner printer cartridges are produced each year. Remanufacturing these cartridges will save an estimated four million cubic feet of landfill space.
- Each discarded cartridge adds approximately three pounds of unnecessary waste to our landfills – waste that will take up to 1,000 years to decompose
- Approximately 50% of toner cartridges and 70% of ink cartridges are not recycled – even though up to 97% of the materials in a printer cartridge can recycled
- Most organizations see an average savings of 15-30% when converting from OEM to remanufactured cartridges
For every 10,000 cartridges recycled, 960kg of aluminum, 8,000lbs of plastic, and 100,000 liters of oil are saved.
Any inkjet or laser printer.
Law prohibits printer manufacturers from voiding their equipment warranty obligations on the grounds that a consumer did not use the original manufacturer’s replacement cartridge.