Printers are a valuable asset for businesses, especially for those with high printing and copy demand. You can find business printers and multifunctional printers for under $100. But machines for high-volume printing tasks can cost more than a thousand dollars.
You can either lease or purchase your own printer. The latter, however, usually costs less in the long run. It also allows you to sell the machine in the future so you can recoup your investment. With proper maintenance, you can keep commercial printers running and extend its lifespan.
What Affects Printer Performance?
Like other machines, the performance of your printer would decline eventually. So it’s essential to watch for certain issues that can prematurely damage your printer.
Here are a few factors that could affect the efficiency of your printer:
- External elements
These include dust, lint, grease, and oil that can enter your printer, especially when the enclosures are not adequately secured or closed as they should be. These elements can compromise the performance of your printer because they can result in dirt marks on your label, in the rollers, and broken print head pins. Improper connection of interface cables can also interrupt printer communications.
- Internal elements
Printers also have grease, debris, and other harmful elements that cause the label or ribbon sensor to misread, which may result in failure to print or feed at the right location. Regular maintenance also helps prevent producing light print and other printing errors.
- Age of the printer
The average lifespan of a small business’s printer is about two to three years. Although you can stretch it beyond that period, the machine may not be that efficient. As your printer ages, expect to have worn parts and roller separation.
- Printer Usage
Printers have different ratings when it comes to print production volumes. Using your printer for long hours can burn out its motors and cause print head failures. The quality of the print will fade quickly, as well.
Maintenance is Key to Maximizing Your Printer
You can minimize the performance issues of your printer with regular maintenance, which include cleaning. But be careful when cleaning your printer, especially when you open it, because you may get injured. Turn it off first before you begin with the cleaning. Avoid the hot fuser and moving parts inside your printer to prevent damaging the machine and injuring yourself.
Other tasks you must include in your maintenance are:
- Clean printer heads – clogged printer heads can cause white lines running across the text or graphics despite having full cartridges.
- Remove the dust and debris – dust and other debris inside your printer result in paper jams. They also cause unwanted streaks of ink on the paper.
- Fix mechanical errors – handle even simple errors carefully to avoid creating bigger problems. Always refer to the instruction manual for proper troubleshooting.
Additionally, having a maintenance kit on-hand is essential to extend the life of your printer. Manufacturers usually offer their own maintenance kit so you can use it when your printer starts to show signs of problems.
At some point, your printer will experience bigger problems. In cases like this, it’s ideal to work with professionals. They can inspect your printer to identify the problem and determine the appropriate solution.
Work with Printer Professionals
Pro Circuit Inc. offers commercial printer maintenance to help you maximize the lifespan of your investment. We understand how faulty printers can affect your bottom line, particularly when you have to produce a high-volume of print products. Our services cover PLC troubleshooting and programming, electrical service, installation, and other relevant services.
Contact us today to learn more.