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Monday, June 28, 2010

Brother Formulated Logo and Slogan for Environmental Activities

Brother compatible printer cartridges Roll out "Brother Earth" activity throughout the world
The Brother Group (president: Toshikazu Koike), which provides products worldwide from the group's bases located in forty-four countries and regions, has announced that it has created the "Brother Earth", logo and slogan to symbolize the group's environmental activities.
Brother Group will use the new "Brother Earth" identity to convey group-wide messages about its global environmental protection activities on a global basis.

"Brother Earth" logo and slogan
The Brother Group "Global Charter" states "The Brother Group helps society achieve sustainable development, by positively and continuously considering the environmental impact of all aspects of our business operations". The group includes environmental considerations at all stages of its business activities: development of superior eco-friendly products, reduction of CO2 emissions and collection and recycling of consumables.
The Brother Group will use "Brother Earth" to convey unified messages created based on its various environmental protection activities. These will include the environmental performance of Brother products and group policies and activities These will be communicated using simple statements online, and in sales literature.

"Brother Earth" Statement
"Brother Earth" describes our positive attitude and commitment to our communities and our planet. Our goal is to play our part to help build a society where sustainable development can be achieved by continuously considering the environmental impact of all aspects of our business operations.
Brother considers the safety and environmental impact of our products at every stage of their lifecycle; from design, development and manufacturing through to customer usage and disposal. Brother is committed to creating eco-friendly products primarily focused on reducing energy consumption and CO2 emission, promoting collection and recycling, complying with chemical regulations and contributing to biodiversity conservation.
At Brother we will always take responsibility, act respectfully and try to make a positive difference.

Message from "Brother Earth" - "Working with you for a better environment."
This message signifies a sense of responsibility to protect our global environment and also the desire to consider environmental issues and take action together with all stakeholders such as customers. Brother will convey this unified message in each language of the group's locations or centers worldwide.

Design concept
The logo is designed to look like a tree. Each leaf represents a principal to value each factor of the global environment, while the circle of leaves symbolizes biological coexistence. The colors of the leaves express a fusion of the Earth's green and Brother's corporate color, blue.

Established ""
Brother established ""
The English website has already been launched. The German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese websites will be launched sequentially.
"" provides a variety of content: "Click for the Earth" see below, and an environmental quiz to engage website visitors with environmental issues. The site also introduces environmental activities being undertaken by Brother across the world.

"Click for the Earth"
"Click for the Earth" at gives visitors to the site the opportunity to select a project they wish to support from a range of environmental projects being undertaken by Brother. The individual clicks on their chosen project to activate a donation from Brother for that specific project. Amount of donation for each project is allocated from the total fund set every year based on the proportion of number of clicks. Anyone throughout the world can activate a click to help contribute to the environmental activities within the "Brother Earth" program.(* Click limited to one per person on the same day)

Original Source: Brother Formulated Logo and Slogan for Environmental Activities

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Caring for your Epson inkjet printer

Epson Printer Preventive Maintenance
Regular cleaning and maintenance will go a long way toward extending the life of your printer. In general, your printer will not require much maintenance, but you should make it a practice to clean the outside whenever you replace the ink cartridge. Simply wipe it with a damp cloth, but be careful that no moisture gets inside the printer and be sure to disconnect the power before starting. If necessary, use a soft brush or a computer vacuum cleaner to remove lint and dust from the sheet feeder and paper path.
Placing a cover over the printer when it is not in use is a good idea in order to keep dust and foreign particles away from the print heads. Some ink residue may build up inside the housing. This is common and may be removed with a damp cloth. Never use alcohol, solvents or other cleaners as they may damage the printer. Also, do not use any lubricant on the metal rod that the print cartridge moves on. It is normal for the cradle to make noise when it is in motion.

On and Off
This may seem like a basic thing, turning a printer on and off… How can that be a
problem? It isn’t unless you turn it on and off from a power strip. Never do that. When you turn a printer off, it parks the heads in a very specific place. Shutting the printer down from a power strip may by pass the normal shut down procedure and the heads may not be parked properly. This can lead to the head drying out and becoming clogged.
If you use your printer on a daily basis, just leave it on. This is not a waste of energy as the printer uses minimal power in stand-by mode. You should turn the printer off if it is not going to be used for a few days. However, your printer
does work best when used regularly so it is recommended that you turn the printer on and make a small number of prints at least every seven to ten days.

Print Head Cleaning
Clogged print heads is one of the most common problems with ink jet printers. Typically, you’ll see streaks of colors or missing lines where ink did not penetrate the page. Cleaning the inkjet cartridges themselves may also improve the performance of your printer by correcting missing lines or dots and eliminating streaks on the paper. On Epson printers you can clean the print head in two ways:
1. On the printer - There is a cleaning button on the front of the printer (check your manual for the exact placement). Hold it down for three seconds and the unit will start the cleaning cycle.
2. Software - There is a head-cleaning utility built into the software that came with your Epson printer. For PCs, you may access it through the printer driver. Right-click on the printer icon in the Windows taskbar (or get to it through the Start menu, Settings, and Printers) and select Head Cleaning. For Macs, open the file menu and choose Page Setup or Print. Click the Utility and Head-Cleaning buttons and follow the on-screen instructions.
Whichever technique you choose, the printer will make some noise while it works. This is normal. The green power light will also flash while it is working. Be sure not to turn the printer off while it is cleaning the heads.
Once completed, you should use the head-cleaning utility to check the nozzles. Click on Print nozzle check pattern, then Print. If the resulting printed page is streaky, try cleaning again. If you do this a few times and it is still streaky, try turning the printer off and letting it sit overnight. This allows the dried ink to soften. Try cleaning it again the following day. You may also want to replace the ink cartridge. Be careful not to leave the cartridges lying out for more than 30 minutes, or the heads will dry up and the cartridges will be unusable.

Aligning the Print Head
You will only need to align the head if your prints show vertical lines that don’t connect. To align the print heads do the following:
Open the Printer Utilities, select print Print Head Adjustment, and follow the instructions on-screen.
For more information about cleaning your printer or aligning the print head, refer to your printer's user manual.

Original Source: Care 4 Your Printer Part 1

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Price increases – Samsung, Lexmark, Printronix

Samsung, Lexmark & Printronix Logo Prices for Samsung, Lexmark, and Printronix supplies are scheduled to increase on 7/1/2010. The increases will be of 4-6% for Lexmark Supplies, 3-10% for Samsung Supplies, and 3.5% for Printronix supplies and cover respectively inkjet cartridges, laser toner cartridges, and printer ribbons. Take advantage of pre-increase pricing by making sure that your orders are processed and shipped by June 30th.

Original Source: Price increases – Samsung, Lexmark, Printronix

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Monday, June 14, 2010

HP Introduces the Future of Printing: Web Connected and Cloud Aware

Hewlett Packard / HP Printer Cartridges NEW YORK, June 7, 2010 – Hewlett Packard / HP today unveiled a new category of web-enabled printing solutions designed for the cloud that will, for the first time, allow people to:

* Print from any email device to any new ePrint-enabled printer from anywhere in the world through the new HP ePrint platform;
* Store documents or files in the cloud and print direct when needed;
* Transform their printers into publishing platforms from which they can customize print apps and schedule timed delivery of content – such as news from and Yahoo! and creative after-school activities from Disney – directly to their home or business printers;
* Manage and customize their full printing experience through the new HP ePrintCenter to enjoy relevant, fun and interesting content that is formatted for efficient printing.

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Original Source: HP Introduces the Future of Printing: Web Connected and Cloud Aware

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Monday, June 07, 2010

Ricoh Ranked Among The Top In U.S. Copier Market

Ricoh Copier Cartridges West Caldwell, NJ (April 2010) – In the annual Gartner U.S. copier market report for 2009, Ricoh Americas Corporation has been ranked number one for the third consecutive year in the combined black and white and color copier segment, earning a 23.1 percent share of the total market for multi-function products (MFPs). Ricoh also finished first for the seventh straight year in the color copier market with a 26.7 percent stake. For the black and white copier category, it finished a close second with a 21.5 percent market share. These percentages are calculated using total market share, which includes dealer, direct and retail products (Printer, Copier and MFP Quarterly Statistics United States: Database, Cindy K. Masaki, Federico DeSilva - February 17, 2010).

“Ricoh Americas Corporation is proud of our continued leadership position in the black-and-white and color copier market in the U.S., driven by the strength of our dealer channel and our direct sales organizations, Ricoh Business Solutions and IKON Office Solutions,” said Shun Sato, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation.

Ricoh offers a full range of digital imaging products suited for any workgroup environment from SMB to Enterprise, including color and black and white multifunctional copiers, printers, facsimile systems, scanners, digital duplicators, wide format copiers and digital cameras.

Original Source: Ricoh Ranked Among The Top In U.S. Copier Market

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