Officenet is a specialist supplier of Toners and Inkjet Cartridges for laser printers, inkjets, photocopiers and fax machines.
Officenet offers the full range of Genuine Cartridges as well as Remanufactured and Compatible Cartridges. Most users are not aware of the relative benefits and specific differences between Remanufactured cartridges and Compatibles and. For this reason, the Officenet technical team offers the following guide.
In Australia approximately 75-80% of all toners purchased as OEM’s with the balance of 20-25% sold as Compatibles or Remanufactured. This contrasts with the US market where the ratios are approximately the opposite. Why? We believe the reason in large part has been that exposure to poor quality compatibles and remanufactured product in the past that has left many consumers with an unwillingness to retry these products despite substantial improvements in quality.
Officenet can offer an extensive range of quality alternatives to OEM’s that offer the consumer substantial savings without compromising on quality and at the same time contribute to improving the environment in a very real way. We can do this because we focus on quality not just price.
Remanufactured toners are the closest equivalent to the Genuine or OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) because they utilize some of the existing Genuine components including the shell of a Genuine cartridge as well as any parts that can be re-qualified (ie inspected and approved for reuse). Any components that are worn, damaged, or do not meet stringent quality standards are simply replaced with brand new parts.
The best remanufacturers of cartridges test each and every toner in their production with a thorough print run to ensure superior quality standards.
Cartridge Rescue TM is the premium quality brand producer of Remanufactured Cartridges in Australia. With their process and quality assurance, they offer a fail rate of under 1%.
Used cartridges undergoing remanufacturing are first disassembled and the parts inspected. The key parts include the drum, corona wire assembly, wiper blade, and roller. Worn or defective parts are replaced, and the cartridge is cleaned, refilled, and reassembled. Toner cartridges can be remanufactured several times.
Remanufacturing reuses many of the OEM components without any further significant processing. Worn and replaced parts are recycled. No machines, oil or petrol are used in the process thereby minimizing the environmental impact.
Compatibles and OEM’s (Originals) are machine moulded and utilize substantial oil, petrol and energy in the process thereby creating CO2 emissions and using valuable resources.
Recycling is not as efficient as reusing because oil, fuels and energy are necessary to break and crush cartridges for plastic recycling and when the newly recycled plastic product is manufactured even more energy and fuel is required and further emissions created.
Any office equipment that uses a toner cartridge, excluding those requiring toner to be added to the machine, should be able to use a remanufactured toner cartridge. We supply customers with remanufactured toner cartridges and can easily organize for the collection of spent cartridges. Buying remanufactured toner cartridges and recycling empty cartridges are easy ways to reduce the environmental impact of these products while saving money.
Remanufactured toner cartridges will perform as well as, or better then, new cartridges. We guarantee that the quality of our remanufactured toner cartridges will match or exceed that of an original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
Remanufactured toner cartridges should not damage the copy machine or printer. Printer damage resulting from a defective toner cartridge is rare and usually very minor. A properly remanufactured cartridge is no more likely to cause damage to a machine than a new cartridge. Additionally, antitrust legislation prohibits copier and printer manufacturers from voiding their warranties when remanufactured toner cartridges are used in their machines.
Remanufactured toner cartridges save money. Remanufactured cartridges cost 30% to 60% less on a per copy basis than non-remanufactured cartridges.
The typical used toner cartridge weighs about 1.5kg and is composed of 40% plastic, 40% metal, and smaller percentages of rubber, paper, foam, and toner. The plastic is made of engineering-grade polymers and takes at least 1,000 years to decompose. However, approximately 97% of these combined components can be recycled and reused.
Accordingly, using remanufactured toner cartridges reduces pollution and waste by minimizing the amount of materials, such as plastic, steel, aluminium, and rubber, disposed of in landfills. It also conserves natural resources by eliminating the need for virgin materials used to make new cartridges. For each pound of new material used in remanufacturing, 2.5-4 kilos of virgin materials are conserved.
Using remanufactured toner cartridges also saves energy. Approximately 3 litres of oil are burned in the production of a single new toner cartridge. A used toner cartridge can be remanufactured up to four times, depending on its type and condition, thus potentially saving up to 12 litres of fuel.
You may hear or see the term "compatible" toner cartridges. Compatible cartridges, according to some vendors’ websites, are manufactured by third party companies (companies other than the original maker of your equipment) which specialize in after-market products. Compatible toner cartridges use new or mostly new parts but beyond that, the definition is unclear. Some vendors believe compatibles are the same as remanufactured. Others believe compatibles are not the same as remanufactured asserting they contain all new parts (though not OEM parts), except perhaps to reuse the plastic case.
At Officenet we are very clear on the definition between Compatible and Remanufactured. A remanufactured cartridge as defined here is a cartridge which has been remanufactured to be used again. A Compatible cartridge is a new cartridge which has not been used before that was NOT made by the original equipment manufacturer.
Means this cartridge IS MADE by the Original Equipment Manufacturer i.e. Canon, HP, Brother.
Means this cartridge is brand new but it was NOT MADE by the original Equipment Manufacturer.
Means this cartridge has been disassembled and the parts inspected, the shell and other parts in good condition are reused; worn or defective parts replaced, and the cartridge is cleaned, refilled, and reassembled.