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Printer Ink: Mythbuster Edition

From the Printware Blog on 16th June 2015 in Consumer Advice, News, Resources

Like anything, there are a lot of myths that have been twisted and told throughout the years about printers. In a bid to dispel the common myths surrounding printer cartridges and ink, we have compiled a short guide -Mythbuster style. Read on to find out more about the truth surrounding this printer accessory and how you can avoid a questionable deal.

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Printer MOT

From the Printware Blog on 15th June 2015

Your company relies on certain technology to keep everything ticking over nicely. If these products aren't properly looked after, they can disrupt the entire equilibrium of the office. Your office printer, for example, is an important piece within the office and needs regular maintenance to keep it at optimum performance. Listed below are the different checks and types of servicing our engineers perform as part of our Full Maintenance Valet.

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Printing Through The Ages

From the Printware Blog on 12th June 2015 in News

There's no doubt that at some stage during their younger years, everyone went through a phase of finger painting and potato printing before they realised exactly what paint brushes were for and how a printer was supposed to work. But alas, those years refined our skills with Microsoft Paint, preparing today's top designers for InDesign and Photoshop

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3D Printing With NASA

From the Printware Blog on 7th June 2015 in 3D Printing, News, Printing Technology

NASA has announced its intentions to move into using 3D printing in space, so they can create spare parts as and when they need them. The 3D hardware builds objects layer by layer with the use of polymers and other materials was first used in space on the 25th November 2014. So, with all this talk of 3D printers creating food and tools in the depths of the universe, it has left us wondering what limits 3D printing has.

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Green Alternatives to Summer Predicaments

From the Printware Blog on 5th June 2015 in Environment, News

Here in the UK, we tend to have a love-hate relationship with the summer heat. However, for those that work in offices, you will know all too well how uncomfortable it can make us. If this summer, you’re concerned about how green your employees are being, as well as wanting to ensure the office is kept cool and calm, read on.

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Enter: The Pro X Series From HP

HP – Hewlett-Packard Company – started off in a garage, but soon found success in the electronics industry, notably for their range of printers. At first glance, this range may not look too dissimilar to the printer you already have,however, digging a little deeper, you'll be astonished at the bigger picture.

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How To Save On Printer Paper

From the Printware Blog on 15th May 2015

Running out of paper at the office can be at best a hassle, and at worst a disaster, especially when you need it for a client meeting or a presentation. In addition, with paper getting more and more expensive, many small businesses can't afford to waste it. In this Printware blog, we will be taking a look at how to save on printer paper, so you never find yourself without!

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Turning Higher Education Facilities into Tech Havens

From the Printware Blog on 20th March 2015

Ever wondered about the different ways in which technology can transform higher education facilities, improving students’ learning experience? With the right tools and enthusiasm, stuffy lecture rooms can be a real learning curve for forward-thinking students who are passionate about their course.

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Offices Then and Now

From the Printware Blog on 3rd March 2015 in New Products

Offices a few decades ago were defined by cubicle-like set-ups, with workday essentials strewn across wooden desks and paperwork piled high by a handset. When we think of old offices, we often envisage red-faced suited and booted employees, skimming through the mass of notes and important documents on their desk while on the phone to a customer.

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OKI A3 Printers Can Give Your Business a Boost

From the Printware Blog on 27th February 2015 in Consumer Advice

If you’ve only ever used A4 printers, you could be missing an opportunity to help your business stand out. Research has shown that there are tangible benefits to printing in A3, as opposed to A4 – benefits which can have a direct impact on your bottom line. 

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3D Printing is Out of This World

From the Printware Blog on 27th January 2015 in 3D Printing

Last year we wrote about NASA’s plan to send a 3D printer to the International Space Station. On 17 November 2014 the 3D printer was installed and, on 25 November, it was used to print its first object. Now, the ISS crew has printed a socket wrench using instructions sent by e-mail. Station commander Barry Wilmore had requested the wrench, which would previously have taken months to arrive by rocket.

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Xerox Combats Counterfeit Printing Supplies

From the Printware Blog on 17th November 2014 in News

Recently Xerox, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of printers and printing technologies, made moves to combat the supply of counterfeit and poor quality printing materials. Counterfeit printer cartridges produce inferior quality output and can lead to damaged equipment, costing manufacturers and consumers billions of dollars.

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Now is the Time to Switch to Solid Ink

From the Printware Blog on 11th November 2014 in New Products, News

We need to stop using fossil fuels by 2100. That’s the view of the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It sounds like a monumental challenge but if we all make a few small adjustments, we can make a real difference.This means putting more thought into buying decisions and making eco-friendly choices. If you want to reduce your energy consumption, buying the right printer can help.

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Android Powered Samsung Printers

From the Printware Blog on 23rd October 2014 in New Products, News

Samsung has unveiled the world's first ever Android-powered printers, the Smart MultiXpress MFP series. Launched at IFA 2014 in Berlin, the ten business multifunction printers signal Samsung's intent to drive innovation in the printer market. Android was key to Samsung Mobile's huge success and Samsung will be hoping it can do the same for its print division.

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Samsung Wins Seven BLI Pick Awards

From the Printware Blog on 20th August 2014 in News

Samsung has won seven Outstanding Achievement awards for its printers and multifunction printers at the Buyers Laboratory 2014 Summer Pick Awards. The Korean company has tasked itself with becoming the world’s leading printer manufacturer and driving printer innovation. Seven Buyers Laboratory (BLI) awards would suggest that things are moving the right way.

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Go Green With Your Printer

From the Printware Blog on 6th August 2014 in Environment, Consumer Advice

Staying eco-friendly can be difficult and it’s easy to get into bad habits, like leaving the computer on at night or only printing on one side of the paper.  However, just a few changes to your printing habits can help give your green credentials a boost. Choosing the right printer, for example, can impact your carbon emissions and reduce waste by as much as 90%.

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The World in 1989

From the Printware Blog on 5th August 2014 in News

What where you doing 25 years ago? 1989 was a historic and turbulent year: it saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, the protests in Tiananmen Square, and the last days of apartheid in South Africa. It was also the year that a small company called Printware embarked on a journey which would re-define the office printer market.

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3 Ways That Your Printer Can Help Your Small Business

From the Printware Blog on 5th August 2014 in Consumer Advice

A successful business has many needs, from communication equipment to marketing material, not to mention a quality product or service. Computing equipment, with the associated accessories and software, can consume a big portion of a company’s budget. In addition, there are maintenance costs, wages, insurance and so on.

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Printware Celebrates 25 Years

From the Printware Blog on 31st July 2014 in News

Printware celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year. In an era when 70% of businesses fail within ten years and the printer market has declined, Printware has thrived and grown. To be successful for so long and through such difficult times, it’s vital to keep sight of what’s important: commitment, value and working together. Far from resting on our laurels, we're embarking on a phase of rapid expansion. 

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Fresh Fruit Could Soon be a 3D Printed Reality

From the Printware Blog on 21st July 2014 in 3D Printing

The printer is no longer a machine for simply applying ink to paper. From the humble beginnings of slow mono printers to the vibrancy and sophistication of modern colour devices, printing has been transformed. Now we are inundated by new printing technologies, the most notable being 3D printing.

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The First 3D Printer Designed for Kids

From the Printware Blog on 18th July 2014 in 3D Printing

It seems obvious that 3D printers aren’t for children, although it may become normal to use them for making Christmas and birthday presents. However, a US company believes there is a gap in the market as it prepares to launch the Printeer, the first 3D printer designed specifically for children. Mission Street Manufacturing plans to ship the first units by October 2014.

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Pocket Sized Printer Pushes Ahead

From the Printware Blog on 17th July 2014 in Fun Stuff

Israeli printing firm Zuta Labs has developed an intuitive, pocket-sized printing device. The pint-sized printer is controlled via Bluetooth from a tablet or smartphone and scrolls its way across a page unaided. Zuta Labs hopes that the PocketPrinter will usher in a new era of smaller and more efficient print devices. If so, it will signal a move away from bulkier conventional printers and printer cartridges.

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The World's First 3D Printed Home

From the Printware Blog on 16th July 2014 in 3D Printing

3D printing has long since moved beyond lumpy-faced figurines and custom iPhone cases. They have been used to make made racing cars, prosthetic limbs and even human organs. Two years ago, we published an article about Behrokh Khoshnevis who was trying to create the world’s first 3D printed home. So far, he’s been unsuccessful but, now, a team from Amsterdam is aiming to do just that.

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Humidity and What it will do to Your Printer

From the Printware Blog on 8th July 2014 in Consumer Advice

For the past few days we have enjoyed some glorious weather on our fair isle, and while the cynics will dismiss it as a temporary privilege, the majority hope it stays for the duration. However, while you should endeavour to make the most of sunny days, it can actually reduce the effectiveness of your printer.

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New MD for Kyocera UK Operations

From the Printware Blog on 25th June 2014 in News

Here at Printware, in addition to providing advice and information on all the latest printing innovations, we like to keep a close eye on the people behind the brands, as this can have lasting effects on the industry at large and on any future technology or developments. One notable change came recently, when Kyocera Document Solutions UK Ltd appointed Hironao Katsukura as its Managing Director.

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4 Common Printing Problems and Their Solutions

From the Printware Blog on 17th June 2014 in Consumer Advice

Printers have become a staple addition to offices and studies around the world and, as with all technology, there may be the occasional technical hitch. However, the majority of problems associated with printers can be easily remedied. Below are a few of the most common problems that can occur with printers and a few ways to solve them.

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Sesame Streets Ahead When it Comes to 3D Printing

From the Printware Blog on 27th May 2014 in 3D Printing

In an article published on the BBC News website, it was outlined that everyone's favourite street, Sesame Street, would be making its way (surprisingly) into the world of 3D printing. MakerBot is making a downloadable Mr Snuffleupagus figurine available from their digital store, with more characters set to be introduced later. 

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Samsung NFC Printers for Business Now Available

From the Printware Blog on 13th May 2014 in New Products, News

Last year, Samsung announced its range of NFC-ready consumer printers. Now, it's launched a range of business printers with on-board NFC capability. The new printers, announced at CeBIT 2014, will make mobile printing even easier and allow SMBs to benefit from a slick, professional print infrastructure.

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Kyocera Asks What Teachers Think About Printing

From the Printware Blog on 7th May 2014 in Education

In The Future of Technology in the Classroom, we discussed how new technology is being used in schools and where this might lead. Increasing integration of traditional and digital teaching methods means that schools are turning to technology companies for solutions and advice. 

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The Future of Technology in the Classroom

From the Printware Blog on 30th April 2014 in Education

What role does technology play in education and what role will it play in the future? It’s tempting to believe that every classroom is filled with iPads and interactive whiteboards but the reality is quite different for most pupils. However, there’s no doubt that technology is playing an increasingly important role in education.

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