A remanufactured ink cartridge is one that has already been used at least once and perhaps several more times. The process of remanufacturing is normally done by facilities which specializes in this procedure so cartridges can be recycled properly. And in order to ensure the best in quality, units go through a series of tests to see that these still holds up. Once the testing is complete, cartridges are forwarded for refilling and then reusing.
7 Quality-Controlled Processes to Remanufacture Ink Cartridges
- Collection: Upon collection, cartridges are sorted according to their part number. Once sorted, these are placed in a room where the temperature is carefully controlled so units do not dry out.
- Inspection: Quality control technicians inspect each cartridge. They usually run a series of visual checks to see if the cartridge is damaged in any way. Once it passes the visual exam, the cartridge is then subject to an electrical tester to ensure that it is in proper working condition.
- Cleaning: All ink remaining inside the cartridge is cleaned out using a system that pumps in water. Water that has been demineralized to protect the inner workings of the cartridge itself. This process ensures that no residual ink is left behind. After which, the cartridge is fully dried before forwarded to the next step in the process.
- Ink filling: A purpose-built ink machine fills the cartridge based on the recommended amount of the OEM specifications just as if it were a new ink cartridge. The high quality ink is of the same formula or at least as close as possible to the original ink that once filled the cartridge. This is purposely done to not violate the copyright of the cartridge it self and to ensure that the cartridge will operate well when installed. If there is a smart chip needed, it will be provided so that the cartridge will be recognized by the printer and also show the proper display of the current ink level.
- Pressure & Sealing: The cartridge is then checked to secure that it has the proper internal pressure so that it will function properly. Once checked, the cartridge is sealed tight so there is no leakage.
- Testing: Another bout of testing methods is run through. The same rigorous testing methods as if the cartridge was original in nature. Know that cartridges have a page yield which they are tested for called the ISO/IEC 24712 standard. This is an industry standard used for most printer cartridges that makes sure each performs correctly before it is sent out. The testing uses at a minimum three printers with five test pages that are created in a consecutive manner which is then followed with a diagnostic page.
- Heat Sealing: If the cartridge passes the test, it will be cleaned, polished, and then heat sealed inside a vapor-resistant bag. Once that is completed, it will be boxed, and then shipped.
It’s a little wonder that recycled ink cartridges are so popular thanks to being less expensive than original models and very economically friendly to boot.