How do Inkjet Printers Work?



The methods that revolve around inkjet printing originate from an older form of dot-matrix printers, in which several dozen needles are used to transfer ink onto paper and create letters and numbers using a series of dots.

Modern inkjets differ than the traditional dot printing in that rather than utilizing needles, hundreds of small guns are incorporated into the inkjet printer to shoot out dots of ink rather than pricking with needles. Unlike with dot-matrix printers, the dots of inkjet printers are so minuscule they cannot be easily noticed and blend seamlessly to the naked

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eye. Depending on the type of printer, the ink is fired using various methods. With a Canon printer, the ink is heated to a temperature that causes the ink to fire in the shape of bubbles that adhere to the paper as opposed to the Epson printer, which uses electronic circuits. Electric currents inside the printer make tiny nearly microscopic crystals fire out ink by moving side to side. Although these both sound like fairly slow processes, shooting out millions of ink dots takes more than a few seconds at a time, which is why printers are known for shelling out our printed papers at a reasonably fast rate.

How does a printer know how to create the shapes of the letters and numbers you need?

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Your own computer is the brain behind how your papers get printed out – which is why if you disconnect your computer from your printer, it will immediately stop working.

Your computer sends signals to your printer telling it which specific shapes it needs to print out, and the printer subsequently moves its nozzles in a position that will allow it to create the necessary shapes. An inkjet printer is comprised of hundreds of thousands of nozzles with roughly one hundred being needed to create a single letter, number ect. Once the printer receives command from the computer, it activates the tiny nozzles which are being heated up by the printer resistor, which warms up the ink to a boil – the boiled ink is the key to creating both text and images with an inkjet printer; as the ink boils it bubbles and undergoes multiple mini explosions which then transfers the required ink to a specific dot on your printer paper. This entire process occurs at an astronomically fast rate as the ink cartridge, guided by the computer scans back and forth between the sheet of paper depositing ink as it goes.


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Ultimate Guide To Brother TN360 Toner – Tips & Trick To Reset, Refill, and Specification

Merax Brother TN360 (TN-360, TN 360, TN-330) Compatible High Yield Black Toner Cartridge for Brother DCP-7030, DCP-7040, HL-2140, HL-2170W, MFC-7340, MFC-7345N, MFC-7440N, MFC-7840W Printer

Brother TN360 Toner Cartridges
Brother TN360 Toner

Brother TN360 is a very popular ink toner cartridge by Merax. There are many offices are using printers that are compatible with Brother TN360.

Below is the list of printers that are compatible with TN360:

If you need ink toner for any of the Brother printers above, just click the link and it will take you to the correct page.

How To Reset Brother TN360 Toner:

The following is a step by step instruction on how to reset and install a new Brother TN360 Toner Cartridges:

To replace new toner cartridge, please remove old cartridge from the drum unit before installing new toner cartridge.

1. Toner sensor needs to be reset. Please do the following steps to reset the toner sensor.

2. Open the front cover and leave open while completing the following steps.
Turn the printer off.
Hold the ‘go’ button (or “start’ button) while turning the printer on. All panel lights should be on.
Release the ‘go’ button (or “start’ button).
Press the ‘go’ button (or “start’ button) 2 times.
Press the ‘go’ button (or “start’ button) 5 times.
The toner light should be off.
The paper light should be on or flashing.
Close cover. The ready light should be the only light on.

3. If printer pops up errors, please check the gear of cartridge to see if it’s in the right place.

If it’s in wrong position, please use fingers to turn the gear anti-clockwise with 45 angles and this will be able to reset and put back to the printer for use..

4. Please note the following photos and make sure you installed the toner at the correct position.


1. If the Toner LED is on:
Check to see if the drum unit assembly is installed correctly. If not, take the drum unit out of the machine and put it back in.
If the drum unit assembly is correctly installed, and still the Toner LED is on, the toner cartridge is empty. Replace the toner cartridge with a new one.

2. To replace new toner cartridge, please remove old cartridge from the drum unit before installing new toner cartridge.

Note: Click HERE for install instruction if you have problem in installing our cartridge.

Brother TN360 Toner Cartridge Reset Tips and Refill Tricks Video From Youtube

Video #1. Brother HL2140 TN360 TN2120 Toner Cartridge Remanufacturing and Reset Instructions

Video #2. How to refill Brother TN360 TN-360 Brother TN330 TN-360 Refill instructions reset gear

Video #3. How to Replace Toner Cartridge TN360 to Imaging Drum DR360 in Brother Printers

If you still have problem with installing the new toner, please visit The Official Brother Printer Ink Toner FAQ section or contact us!

Brother TN360 Toner Cartridge Specification

Manufacturer Part # TN-360

Product specifications – Brother TN-360
Product type: Compatible Toner Cartridge
Packaged quantity: 1
Color: Black
Cartridge duty cycle: 2,600 pages @5%

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If you need to replace the gears, please click here!

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How Can I Save Money on Printer Ink Costs?

How can I save on ink costs?

There was a time when printers used to cost a lot. Later, the printer manufacturing companies changed their business model completely when they discovered that they can make a lot more money by selling printer ink on a regular basis by giving away printers at a low cost. This is the reason that people have to spending a lot of money on printer ink.

Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do to save on printer ink costs. Here are a few tips to help you save on printer ink.

1. Print in Draft Mode

One of the most important tips to save on printing ink is to use economy or draft printing mode. Most of the printers available in the market today allow printing in draft or economy mode. In simple terms, the printer uses less ink in these modes. So, unless you require a presentation ready document, you should print all the documents in draft mode. Added benefit of printing in economy mode is that printer works faster and it also dries out a lot quicker.

2. Use EcoFont

There are special fonts available today that can help you in saving a lot of ink. For instance, there is EcoFont that can help you save almost 20% on ink. This font works by making a lot of small holes in each printed letter which means that less ink is used for printing the same document. This font is perfectly readable and it is available for free.

3. Use Smaller Font

Another way to save printer ink is to fix the font. For instance, if you can read a smaller font, there is no benefit in printing with a large font. You should try out various fonts to figure out the resolution and font size that is right for your needs.

4. Print Only What You Need

The best way to save on printer ink costs and paper costs is to print the parts you actually need. Most of the times there is no need to print the whole multipage document as people usually need only one or two pages of the document. You can easily select the pages that need to be printed from the word processing software.

5. Print a Webpage in Print View Mode

Also, you can do selective printing when you are printing a web page. There are a number of browser add-ons and software available for free that can help you in selective printing from the web pages. These add-ons and software get rid of images and various other unnecessary things which mean that only the text is printed. You can also do a print review to find out the pages that do not need to be printed and print only what you need.

6. Use The Ink ‘Till The Last Drop

Since the printer manufacturing companies make most of their money from printer inks, they have a tendency to program their printers to push a notification for a new cartridge even when there is some ink left in the existing cartridge.

Many people are not aware of the fact that there is almost 30% ink left in a cartridge when it starts displaying notification for replacement. In such cases, you should take out the cartridge and sway it lightly from side to side and then reinsert the cartridge. This will allow you to print several more pages from the same cartridge.

7. Always Leave The Printer On

The ink jet printers use a small amount of ink for cleaning the head every time they are turned on. Since a majority of the printers sold are inkjet printers, a huge amount of ink is wasted. Therefore, experts recommend leaving your printer on to ensure that the printer does not waste any ink unnecessarily.

8. Turn Off The Printer Properly Using The Power Button

It is also recommended to turn the printer off manually instead of turning it off from the power strip. When the manual button is used for switching off the printer, it activates a software program that ensures that the ink cartridges are properly parked. In the parked position, the ink cartridges do not dry out quickly.

9. Print in Black and White Ink Only When Possible

Even if you have a color printer, you should try to print in black only mode as much as possible. One of the reasons is that some printers make use of color cartridges even when the page is completely in black and white. However, when you print in black only mode, only black ink is utilized which means that the ink from color cartridges is not wasted.

10. Send and Save Electronic Copy Instead

With the proliferation of tablets and smart phones, the need for printing is declining. However, many people still print their online receipts and other such things to keep record. It can be completely avoided as there are many free software available today that can print all the documents as PDF documents.

Overall, there are a number of options for saving printer ink. Keep in mind that by using less ink you are not only saving money but you are also keeping the environment green.

Here is an entertaining video from PC PRO Youtube Channel regarding saving money on printing, enjoy!