Moorpark, CA (PRWEB) April 20, 2005
QualityLogic today announced the first independent, standard, certified yield test service for both monochrome and color laser printer toner cartridges. Until recently, there has been no industry standard for ensuring comparable yield measurements between printers from different manufacturers. Since a typical monochrome office printer that costs $700 may use almost $10,000 in toner over a six year life, yield is a critical factor in the purchasing decision.
According to James Mater, QualityLogic president and CEO, ÂManufacturers of printer products publish consumables ÂyieldÂ specifications that are used by buyers to compare cost-per-page and total cost-of-ownership. While other factors go into a purchase decision, billions of dollars of printer and consumables sales are strongly influenced by these specifications.Â
ÂFor years, printer manufacturers measured yield using their own test files and methodologies. Even though most used five percent coverage pages, differing methodologies made it impossible to compare the yields of one manufacturerÂs printer against anotherÂs. Our service will help the industry standardize these specifications between manufacturers of printer and MFP products,Â Mater continued.
An international effort by the ISO standards group has resulted in the definition of a methodology for measuring monochrome toner yield (ISO/IEC 19752). QualityLogicÂs research and that of others shows that widely differing yield specifications can be reported using proprietary methods versus the standard ISO methodology.
The printer industryÂs need for a consistent yield assessment methodology for monochrome toner printers is met by ISO/IEC 19752. Major printer manufacturers, including HP, Canon, Epson, Lexmark and Kyocera Mita, have endorsed and started to use the ISO monochrome toner yield standard. Others are expected to get on board.
Additional work is underway by ISO to define a methodology for color toner yield measurements, following the basic methods defined for monochrome yield. In the interim, QualityLogic has developed a color toner yield test methodology that is consistent with the spirit of ongoing standards work and uses proposed ISO test pages. Once the new ISO standard is approved, QualityLogic will implement changes in its methodology to conform to it.
The QualityLogic services provide printer manufacturers with an independently-certified yield specification based on the ISO standard for monochrome toner, or the QualityLogic interim standard for color toner. The services will assist the industry in establishing standardized yield reporting, which will benefit its customers.
QualityLogic is a full-service outsource testing and test tool company. Offerings include peripherals and wireless test services; and test tools for printer and facsimile technologies. Visit http://www.qualitylogic.com.
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