Category Archives: Copiers

Considerations for when “New is Better”

Investing in a copy machine for an office or department can be a tedious task – but an important one.  One should spend time reviewing the pros and cons of owning/leasing a new vs. a refurbished machine. But here are several key reasons to consider a new machine (note, there are also key reasons to consider a refurbished one too, but that’s in another blog entry!):

  1. Longevity: A new machine will have a longer life if you are trying to hold onto this copier for awhile or if you decide to purchase the machine out right or at lease end.
  2. Quality: New machines are usually going to have the highest quality prints and copies.  If you are producing output that needs a guarantee of quality at the highest level, then a new machine is recommended.
  3. Volume: If your department is producing at volumes that require an extremely large machine, then a new one can handle that volume better.
  4. Speed: Newer machines tend to produce at the highest available speeds if that is important to you. Simply put, they have the latest technology to their advantage.
  5. Options: Lastly, many accessories are only available on the new machines like heavy duty finishers, booklet makers, larger capacity trays, or any special need that your department or office would like the copier to handle.

There are many decisions that go into leasing a copier such as speed, quality, size, and capabilities.  In the market today, a decision also has to be made on whether your situation is best fit for a new or refurbished machine.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both and it is important to make sure the machine fits your NEED (not what you think your department wants).



Digital printing vs offset

The criteria for deciding whether a job is more cost effective being produced on a digital printer vs. an offset press is changing as the quality, cost and speed of digital printers continue to improve. When I first started producing digital prints years ago, job quality was marginal and price limited the size of the jobs to about 1,000 double-sided sheets to be competitive with the price of offset printing. As technology improved in the last five years, the cost, speed and quality have advanced to the point where we have increased our maximum job size to 3-4 thousand double sided sheets and still be price competitive with offset printing rates. Digital printing is becoming cost and quality effective and reduces the turn around time for jobs of this size. As we move into the future the offset presses will still be necessary but they will be used for larger jobs that demand complexity and the highest print quality. Honestly, offset printing may have it’s place, but I feel (with the rate of advancement) the future is bright with digital.


Getting yourself out of that jam

Copiers, they jam.  It’s a fact of life. However, there a few steps you can take to lessen the likelihood of a jam occurring.

  • Always be sure to remove any paperclips or staples from the papers to be copied.
  • The better the condition of your originals, the less likely they will be to get jammed in the document feeder.
  • Make sure the paper in the paper tray is stacked properly. This helps ensure a smooth trip through the machine’s paper path.
  • Always be sure to use the correct size paper. Some paper trays have a designated size and trying to use a different size will result in jams.

Unfortunately, as stated above, the machine will still jam from time to time. However, this is no reason to panic. Most machines will have a diagram on the LCD panel that can help you locate and clear the jam.

There is also a card located on the inside of the front panel that has diagrams for all possible jams. As shown here, it has a diagram of the machine itself and also the locations marked for each letter and number combination.

The sections that are moved, turned, pulled, etc. to clear the jam are usually designated by a color that is different from the rest of the machine. Here, a light blue is used to show the various knobs, levers, etc.

Good luck, or call us if you need any help: 713-718-5885.

Melissa Turpin

Canon to buy Oce?

From Reuters: Canon, the copier and digital camera maker, and Oce said in a joint statement Monday that Canon would offer 8.60 euros per share, or 730 million euros, for Oce’s shares, a premium of 70 percent to Oce’s Friday close. [read more]