Ink cartridge technology is constantly changing and developing, as the emphasis moves from Original Equipment Manufacturer ink cartridges products to non Original Equipment Manufacturer products. The difference being the OEM ink cartridges as they are described are designed and manufactured from the printer manufacturer. Hence the inkjet cartridges and toner cartridges are made by the same company that produced the printer in question. Epson, HP, Brother, Lexmark, Canon, and Dell developing the inkjet cartridges or toner cartridges for their own brand of printers in Ireland. This will obviously have its own advantages. Each brand will be very familiar with their own technology, the operations and communications from printer to ink cartridge. This cohesion will lead to a greater quality in terms of output and the technical engineering operations.
When we compare the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) ink cartridges and the non OEM there are certain issues that must highlighted. The ink cartridge chip is used to communicate to the printer, transferring ink level data to the printer. Non OEM inkjet cartridge chips may not report all this information which can cause confusion between the two. When the two chips are produced separately physical differences can arise, inconsistencies in width, height and depth dimensions deflates the seal contact within the printer. A firm and solid contact with the print head is essential. If air gets into the ink cartridge and becomes exposed to the ink or toner the colour will not print and the level of print quality will diminish. Colours may appear uneven from heavy to light in the printed page. This can be addressed by applying pressure on the inkjet cartridge to enclose any air leaks to the ink or toner – just ensure that too much pressure is not applied as this will create other problems.
Using alternative brands means alternative chips, the printer has a relationship with one chip but another brand will have another method of communication.
The dynamics of the ink cartridge structure can have an impact on the workings of the printing process. Internally the inkjet cartridge print head has a huge role as it applies the ink to the printed page. The print head is a highly sensitive piece of technology which ink must pass through. Issues with the print head can clog the printer, leave light and dark shades on the printed output or even blots of dots making the print look unattractive and short of the original requirements. The composition of the ink cartridge will vary according to the manufacturer’s technology giving the possibility of the print head clogging. Each printer does have a maintenance facility with enables print head cleaning processes that will resolve the blockage forcing out the ink. But the maintenance procedures inside the printer consume a lot of ink which have a negative effect on the life cycle of the inkjet cartridge or ink cartridge.
So we have highlighted factors that favor Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) ink cartridges – but we have failed to mention the underlining aspect of using (OEM) inkjet cartridges, and that is the expense in comparison to non OEM inkjet cartridges. The cost is a lot higher with OEM especially over a business year or a family household budget. Is the slight superiority in performance in ink or toner cartridges worth the extra expense, we would suggest that the difference in quality in very minimal provided that you are using the right Non OEM brands. To the naked eye the printing performance is very hard to identify, so is it worth? Also if in some occasions inkjet cartridges do fail to work the money savings made over 1 month or 1 year or even a life time will more than make up for the cost of 1 or 2 failed Non OEM ink cartridges.