How our toners are made

How our toners are made

Due to the vast diversity of laser cartridges, each model requires an individual approach and interdisciplinary knowledge on its manufacturing. It is only thanks to the innovative production technology and passion which we employ to seek new, alternative solutions for manufacturing Black Point products that it is possible to obtain a unique product whose quality exceeds that of the widely accessible products of other brands and which offers excellent quality parameters. See how our ink cartridges are made!

Step 1
development of reproduction technology

Before a Black Point product appears in stores, it is necessary to make a series of tests, which are performed by the Product R&D department in a laboratory of Black Point S.A. The first stage of implementation of a new product into the offer is the verification of a toner offered by the manufacturer of the printer. This process is precisely defined by ISO 19752 (for laser monochromatic cartridges) and 19798 (for colour cartridges). Based on numerous tests and obtained results, parameters of a given product are defined in detail: its actual efficiency, i.e. the number of printed pages and quality in its broad meaning, which is defined by such parameters as ID black coverage, fusing or ghosting.

Step 2
selection and testing of components

Next stage in introducing a new cartridge model into the offer is the performance of a cycle of tests of components, which are necessary to achieve the desired quality and efficiency. These components are obtained from global leading producers, who, with their ISO 9001:2008 certificates, are able to meet our demanding quality requirements and to ensure a good and stable quality of offered products. After the tests of the designed cartridges, a decision on the so-called completion is made. It is a precisely selected set of components, which is necessary to produce a cartridge with the best parameters possible. It should be, however, borne in mind that the success of our products is also ensured by the individually developed technology of manufacture, thanks to which it is possible to obtain a product of a very high quality of print and an increased efficiency.

Step 3
dismantling

The process of reproduction of laser cartridges can be divided into four main stages. The first stage is the dismantling of the cassette with the toner. At this step, the toner is undone into basic components; then it is thoroughly cleaned with compressed air and selectively chosen chemicals; and finally, individual components are segregated to be used later at subsequent stages. We use numerous technologies to remove all contamination from places that are difficult to access, so that the elements receive their full functionality once again.

Step 4
sealing and filling

Depending on cartridge model, next stages of the process include sealing the toner container and filling with toner powder. Sealing is of crucial importance because it is the protection against leaking of the material during transport, as well as it allows for filling later on. The filling of a laser cartridge is performed in precisely defined conditions so that we can guarantee that the grammage of supplied toner powder will allow obtaining the declared efficiency. The process of filling control is performed in a few stages. Once the scales are tared, the module for toner powder is supplied to a filling machine, which, thanks to dedicated software, enables to dose a given amount of colorant. Although the process is automated, a filled cartridge is weighed again to finally verify the correctness of completed operation. Such a hermetically developed technology has been created with an aim to eliminate a possibility of making any mistakes that could have a negative effect on the manner of operation of our products.

Step 5
cartridge installation

The fourth stage of making of a new cartridge is its installation. A previously dismantled, cleaned and filled cartridge moves to the installation station. All its elements are meticulously separated and secured against damage. But before installation, all components of the cartridge undergo a visual inspection, whose aim is to eliminate those components which bear marks of mechanical damage or other defects that could affect the quality of the offered product. In case any element raises any doubts with the installer, it is replaced with a new one, which has been previously approved at the design stage. Installed in line with the developed technology, the cartridge

Step 6
testing

The key stage of cartridge reproduction is cartridge testing. It is worth highlighting that all products offered by Black Point undergo a 100% inspection before they are finally packaged. The testing process is made in a compatible printer and with the use of appropriately developed test objects, which allow the employee to see even the smallest defect in print. Yet before the first cartridge from the batch is tested, on the same device and object a print on OEM cartridge is made, which is then used by installers as a model.

Step 7
labelling and packing

After passing the test, the cartridge is cleaned and then labels are glued onto its body, whose purpose is to ensure proper degree of identifiability of Black Point products. Apart from information on the brand and commercial name of the model, the cartridge receives a bar-code, in which the whole technological process is contained. Thanks to that, it is possible to very quickly read such data as batch number, production date or the kinds of components that were used in a given model. Although it may not seem so, the packing stage plays an equally important role in the production process. During this stage, all cartridges undergo a final quality inspection, at which the correctness of installation and aesthetics of workmanship are verified. A product accepted by the employee goes to an AIR BAG, which is then welded and filled with compressed air. The way the cartridges are packed into their boxes is also of significance. Our experience of many years has allowed us to specify the optimum procedure of packing, with which the product is duly protected for the duration of transport.

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