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Some types of paper jams can be quickly and easily fixed without calling a technician. This article tells how to repair many types of paper jamming in laser printers and copiers.When a copier or laser printer's control panel declares, "paper jam" and there's not a single piece of paper anywhere in the printer, you're left wondering where's the paper jam. After the machine commands a piece of paper to be sent from the paper tray it expects the paper to arrive at a sensor within a specific time. If the paper doesn't arrive, the machine assumes it got jammed somewhere along the paper path, and it announces "paper jam."If you frequently have "paper jam" messages without any paper in the paper path, you've probably got a worn out or dirty pickup roller. The location of the pickup roller is usually directly above the paper tray, in the middle. Grab a flashlight and take a look at it. Feel it to see if there's any texture left on it or if it's all smooth and worn feeling. Try cleaning it first, with a slightly damp cloth, but don't leave it wet. If cleaning doesn't help, replacement pickup rollers are usually easy to install (there are some exceptions) and are inexpensive.Most HP LaserJets display the error code 13 for paper jams. In newer printers this is expanded to 13.0 or 13.1 or 13.2. The number after the decimal point refers to which sensor detected the jam. It starts with 0 at the paper pickup area, so a 13.0 message means the paper never arrived at the first sensor. The rest of the numbers are helpful if you know how many sensors your printer has and where they are. Printers usually have three or four sensors in their paper path, with the last one at paper exit, or at the fuser if there's a straight path from the fuser to the exit. There's usually one at every bend in the paper path.If you get a paper jam at the same location every time you try to print, you've either got some sort of obstruction or you've got a bad sensor. Field technicians have a saying, "the leading edge points to the problem." This means where the first edge of the first piece of paper stops is the area where the problem is located. The problem is either a bad sensor or some physical blockage of the paper path. Older sensors are usually "flags," pieces of plastic which get pushed down by the passing paper. Flags are designed to pivot and have springs. These can fail in many ways, but it's not uncommon for a flag to just get stuck and it may need only gentle manipulation.The other type of sensor is optical - the paper breaks a light beam. These sensors can be very small and very difficult to locate. Other than cleaning them, there's not much you can do with an optical sensor. Time to call a tech.It is typical for all printers and copiers to jam now and then. When a machine jams frequently you can use the above information to determine if calling a technician is necessary.
Analog Copier and the Digital Copier - What's the Difference?There are so many different new technologies on the market today and they are hard to choose from. Technology has changed the way we do business today; things are a lot faster and efficient. One of the main things an office needs is a copier and the copier can make a business run smoothly. The process of the copier has changed significantly. You might be wondering what copier would be best for your business and this would mean choosing between an analog copier and a digital copier. The analog copier is considered to be the older between the two but it is still considered to have good qualities. The digital copier also has strong characteristics and negative aspects.The older copier is considered to be the analog copier. The good thing about an analog copier is that they are reliable and reasonably priced. If you decide that you are more inclined to purchasing an analog copier you should consider the time it takes to warm up and the quality of the scanned or printed documents. The reason for considering the time is because in an office there are probably a large number of people that would like to utilize the copier and if the machine takes long this will cause frustration in the office and reduce productivity.A digital copier works differently. We are currently bordering the digital age and therefore it is only understandable that all analog technology has to be changed into digital technology. These are machines such as photo cameras, video cameras, etc. With all new technological systems there are always benefits but there are also negative aspects that need to be taken into consideration. There are in fact, great advantages of a digital printer. One of the most important is that many digital copiers are multi-functional. It's amazing how technology has evolved now with the digital copier documents can be sent to emails, fax machines or even text. This will reduce steps in the office to maximize productivity. It does take away from the effort and time to mail hard copies of a document to different physical sites. It will therefore increase productivity in the work place.The down side of digital technology is that it uses more power that analog copiers and it therefore produces more heat. Compared to an analog copier; the digital copier is a lot pricier. Regardless of whether you choose a digital or an analog copier you must always do some research on the specific product you are considering to purchase. There is always someone who has used the product before you have and there are usually blogs or reviews on the product, you should read them to get the perspective of the customer. It is important to listen to the sales representative but it is also good to get second opinions. You can also ask other companies what their experience was with the copier. Choosing the right copier is hard but if you know what you need you will eliminate the search.
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