At Inkntoneruk we are passionate about what we do. We know for a fact that, it is not what you do, but how you do it that matters. That is exactly what today’s post is about – “How do we remanufacture ink cartridges?” So how do we do it? It’s simple, buy the ink, pour it down the empty cartridge and your are ready to print. Unfortunately, it is not as easy as that. It takes skill, patience, appropriate equipment and a lot of testing before remanufactured cartridges can be placed on the consumers shelfs. In order to explain the ink cartridge recycling process in detail, I have teamed up with a few experts in the world of
remanufacturing ink cartridges, Chris and his assistant Josh (pictured below) to guide us through eight remanufacturing stages and to produce a compatible Canon PG-540 Black ink cartridge at the end of it.
It really is a smart move to go for compatible ink cartridges (recycled ink cartridges and remanufactured ink cartridges). To appreciate what it takes to produce a recycled ink cartridge, we figured it would be a good idea to share the remanufacturing process with you. This is a grey area for a lot of consumers and we hope you will find this information useful.
8 Steps to Remanufacture an Ink Cartridge
Step 1 – Weigh the Canon PG-540 ink cartridge
First things first. After we receive a used PG-540 cartridge from you, we have to weigh it first to see which cartridges still have some ink left in them. We separate the cartridges with ink in them and the ones without.
Step 2 – Spin the PG-540 cartridges
The ink cartridges which still had some ink in them have to go through a spinning process for the sponge inside the ink cartridge to dry out. It is slowly being prepared for that all important ink refill. After spinning the cartridges, it is necessary to weigh them again to ensure that all the ink has been removed from the inside of the cartridge.
Step 3 – Spray the Ink Cartridge
Step 4 – Fill the Cartridge with Ink
The fourth stage is where the major magic happens and the ink is filled into the clean and empty cartridges using the needles that insert into the cartridges (picture above). You have to be extremely careful not to fill too much or too little ink and follow precise cartridge capacity guidelines. Once the ink is in, it is time to weigh them again to ensure that all ink cartridges are the right weight.
Step 5 – Suck the Ink Cartridge
This is a vital part of the process, “sucking” the ink cartridge. All cartridges have to be “sucked” in order for them to start the ink flow, so when you insert it in your printer the ink is ready to be transferred to your printer.
Step 6 – Leave the cartridges for 7 days
Now, the ink cartridges have to be left for minimum of 7 days, for the ink to sink into the sponge inside the cartridge.
Step 7 – More Testing
After the ink cartridges have been on the shelf for a minimum of 7 days, Chris has to carry out a few printing tasks and print a couple of test pages to ensure the highest quality prints for your home or office.
Step 8 – Ready To Go
Now the ink cartridges are on the shelf, labeled and ready to be dispatched, as soon as the orders comes in.
Bear in mind that this is not the only way to remanufacture cartridges and some cartridges need to be boiled before they can be refilled and others such as compatible HP Photosmart ink cartridges, compatible Canon Pixma ink cartridges and compatible Epson Stylus ink cartridges are remanufactured in a factory in China. If you would like us to refill your ink cartridges, simply select your printer model using our quick finder, then if the refill option is available for your cartridge, click on the refill option. After paying for your refill, you will be given a free post address to send your ink cartridge to us, which we will refill and send it back to you shortly.
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