Thursday, October 27, 2016

Do-It-Yourself! Repair Anything and Feel Good About It

I never really had a lot of money, so when things broke I found ways of fixing them myself.  My clutch went out in my transmission so I got the manual and took a stab at it.  My VHS drive belt broke, so I found the belt and installed it myself.  There have been so many times that things like this have happened.  I wouldn't have enough room on this site to write about them.  I am what you call a Do-It-Yourselfer or DIYER for short.  And I'm not the only one.  I know you're out there.  Fixing things, making things work, a Jack of all trades.

By trade I repair office equipment.  I have associates that get mad at me when I help those who desire to be a DIYER on office equipment and I asked them, "why?"  They told me that the DIYER is taking money away from them.  I said that the amount of persons that will Do-It-Themselves, is so small that it's not enough to worry about.  I am not sure how many people in the World are Do-It Yourself types.  Those that try to repair things on their own, but I would say about 10% of all people fall into that category.

I respect people that do it.  Therefore I have this blog.  Sure I would love to sell you Toner or Parts, but I also get a kick out of helping a fellow DIYER.  Believe me there are plenty of them that have helped me. Disclaimer: I do know my limits and I think that is important because sometimes it can cost more when you mess with something that is over your head.

Other people will actually try and stop you and discourage you.  I guess that is human nature.  Here's a real example:  About 15 years ago for whatever reason I wanted to make my own Dill Pickles.  I can't believe how many people told me that I couldn't do it!  They told me that it would get me sick or I would kill somebody.  My Mom and my Wife are the two that encouraged me.  In fact my Mom gave me the recipe for bread and butter pickles.  I did make the pickles and they turned out fantastic. I grew the cucumbers and the fresh dill and canned about 50 jars of Dill Pickles and gave them out for Christmas!

FYI, I named them "Bill's Dills"

To conclude this blog I ask the question,

What drives people to be "Do-It Yourself People?"
  • ·         Try and save money
  • ·         Because someone told them they couldn't (many times this is why I did it)
  • ·         The challenge of it.

Whatever it is my hat is off to you.  You have my respect.  I am available to you if you have a copier, fax machine or printer that you need some direction or tips on.  Just post a comment and be sure to let me know if you don't want me to post your question because I review all comments before they go live.

Remember, if someone says..."You Can't Fix That!" Tell them "Yes I can because I'm a Do-It Your selfer!"

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Friday, October 21, 2016

What to Look for in a Printer Copier Combination

What Do I Need in a Printer Copier?
This can be a difficult decision to make because you need to know things like workloads, and duty cycles. But you can learn all about these things by turning to the internet and doing some research on a printer copier.  It's important to learn how a printer copier will work and how it can benefit you.

Once you know the employees in the workplace or how the company will use the new office equipment, you can begin to compare specs between different brands on the internet.  It's always a good idea to compare a few different brands at the same time to get an idea of prices and features they offer.

What you should look for is a brand that stays within your budget and will also get you all of the features you want.  Also make sure it performs the way you need it to.  If you have a fifty cent budget, don't expect anything high quality.  Your best bet is to wait until your budget is a bit higher to ensure you get a better printer copier.

Network Ready
Is your printer copier going to be used by more than one person in the office?  The best way to achieve this goal is to put the machine on your local area network, and give access to the people who use it the most.  This solves the problem of having people leave their work area constantly to print, or copy items.

Wherever you choose to buy your printer copier, be sure to ask about ease of installation on your network.  You don't need your network people taking all day trying to figure out a complicated setup for a new piece of equipment.  This takes away valuable time of your network technicians.

Space Saver
Typically the multifunction units are quite compact when compared to other office equipment.  They can normally be setup in a small cubical, or storage space.  This makes them ideal for small work places. They can usually sit on a desk or a shelf.  They aren’t big pieces of equipment and don’t require a lot of space.

Fewer parts breaking means they will save you time when it comes to repairing them.  This will save your company some money and every company, owner or boss likes to hear the words “money saver”.  If your office isn't a place that will demand anything extreme out of this equipment, it will do everything you need it to.

* 20 Copies Per Minute
* First Copy Out at 8 Seconds
* 600 dpi Image Resolution
* Scan Once Print Many
* Printing Speed: 15ppm
* Resolution: 600 x 600 dpi
* Standard Full Color Scanning: 50 - 9600 dpi

* Single 250-Sheet Cassette
* 50-Sheet Bypass Tray
* GDI Printing
* Full Color Scanning
* SRU (Service Replaceable Unit)
* 2 in 1
* Auto Exposure
* Toner Save Mode

When you think about buying a new printer copier or scanner for your business or home office, taking suggestions from different resources can lead you to making the best decision. Getting the right printer copier for your business is not that far away.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

How To Lower Copier Repair Costs

No one likes it when there is a need for copier repair.  In fact, you may find yourself frustrated with how often you are experiencing breakdowns.   They can happen for many reasons.  Sometimes, they are unavoidable.  In other cases, simply caring for your machine on a regular basis can make all of the difference in the world.  Take the time to contact a technician about any types of repairs you need as soon as they happen.  You can do some things to reduce the costs next time around.

Preventative Maintenance on Copiers

The biggest step you can take to reduce copier repair costs is simply to avoid them altogether.  With preventative maintenance, you may see a significant improvement in efficiency with this machine, too. A good place to start is with the owner's manual.  It will include specific steps to take to keep the system running properly.  Some of these steps may include how frequently you need to change ink or toner.  It should also include steps on proper cleaning and dust removal.  With regular maintenance, you will find it easier to spot concerns before they become problems.

Train Your Team

When it comes to keeping the system functioning at its best, sometimes the process starts with training your employees to use it properly.  The basic way these machines function is likely the same.  However, some systems work slightly differently.  Some people may simply be too rough with the way the system works.  In other cases, you may notice problems such as loading concerns that lead to paper jams. Moreover, when a paper jam does happen, some people remove them in the wrong way. This damages the way the system works overall.  It can also damage the working components of the system.

Have a Technician in Often

Often, preventative maintenance will include having a professional come in to inspect the system annually.  This may occur more frequently if the system is used heavily.  Keep in mind that it is up to you to ensure that the person working on the system has the training and experience with the actual make and model you own.  Finding someone certified with the right make and model will ultimately ensure that the technician knows how to make repairs properly.  This means there is no risk of further damage.

Copier repair is a big deal and not something to put off.  If the system starts to show signs of concerns, have a professional out to fix it. When you take these steps, you reduce the risk of damage. This means less risk of costly replacement parts or having to replace the copiers in total.  Moreover, you can keep your team's productivity up, which will drive costs significantly lower than having a system that is not working.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Office Copiers - A Glimpse Of Evolution And Functionality

With evolution of technology, carbon paper copying has turned in to digital photocopying which is a necessity in every office that uses written documents.  Researcher Chester Carlson, who liked to use his kitchen for his electro photographic experiments, invented office copiers when he found a way to duplicate documents using light and electricity and patented his technology under the name of 'Xerography'.  This technology laid the foundation of the digitally enhanced office copiers we see today.

Analog office copiers
The early electric copiers were slow and inefficient.  In order to make multiple copies, the documents needed to be scanned each time, separately.  Somewhere around 1950 to 1960, color toner became available but they were scarce in quantity and therefore expensive and difficult to find.  In order to make color toner commercial, the dye sublimation process replaced the conventional electrostatic technology, and in 1968, the colored office copiers became commercial and easily available.

Digital office copiers
Laser technology later replaced all of the older ones and copying became more efficient.  Digital copiers today come with scan and save options.  Once the data is scanned and stored in the internal memory, it is available anytime later for printing.

Since 2002, every digital copier in the market comes with a hard drive that stores files of every copy made, scanned, or faxed by the machine, enabling the office manager to keep a record of every employee's documents.  Most office copiers come with a security code as well.  Every employee is assigned a specific code so that if any ethical violation or misconduct occurs, the document can be traced back to the worker via the code.

Integral parts of a copier
Document Feeder / Platen
This is the glass plate where the document that needs to be copied is fed.  This part requires intensive care and cleaning.  The glass should be saved from scratches of staples or any sort of smudges.  Some manufacturers offer a special cleaning agent for the glass.

Lens or scanner
The digital office copiers today are equipped with a lens or scanner, below the platen, to capture the image of the document.  Analog copiers used a lens and several mirrors for this purpose.

The ink used in the copier is referred to as the toner.  The toner is in powder form, and is specially designed to carry an electrical charge.  Single toned copiers use only black tone while polychromatic copiers use cyan, yellow, and magenta in combination with black to produce multicolored spectrum.

Paper infix
A drawer or the tray serves as the holder for the paper.  This tray can hold anywhere from one to thousands of sheets of papers or the user will have to go through the trouble of fixing paper at every instant.

The image captured by the lens or scanner then transfers to the drum, which serves as a photo-receptive device and transfers the image on to the paper.  The drum has an electrostatically charged surface providing an opposite charge as that of the toner as a result of which when the paper passes through the rotating drum the image of the toner is replicated on the paper.

Fuse r
The fuse r comprises two parts: a heat roller and a pressure roller.  After the transfer of the image from the toner to the paper, the paper passes through these two rollers.  The heat and pressure imprint the image on the paper permanently.

Output tray
Like the in-put tray or drawer, the output tray is also used to hold the papers securely.  As the paper comes out of the copier, the ink is hot and can easily destroy the document by smudging if touched, therefore it needs drying, and tray serves as a base.

Office copier brands
Many recognized and well-known companies have invested in this business. The top copier brands include:
• Brother
• Canon
• Copystar
• HP
• Konica Minolta
• Kyocera Mita
• Lanier
• Lexmark
• Savin
• Sharp
• Ricoh
• Toshiba
• Xerox

Purchasing a well-recognized brand guarantees good quality.  And if an unexpected malfunction occurs, you have the manufacturer's warranty to get it fixed without any extra charges.  However, the choice of which brand provides the perfect copier for you depends on your needs and the number of employees using the machine.

Multipurpose copiers
If you are in the market for a new copier, then the latest multipurpose copiers may serve your purpose. This means that in addition to copying, they also are good for printing, scanning, booklet making, punching , stapling and faxing.  These copiers will probably cost more so you may want to assess whether the added cost is justified for your business.

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