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Toner Refill Kits
What are toner refills? Toner, as opposed to ink, is the powder that produces
the print in laser printing technology as used in photocopiers and laser printers.
By buying a toner refill product you can save significantly when comparing to buying
a complete toner cartridge. Most toner cartridges can be reused, they only need the toner
powder to produce the print.
What is the toner made of?
Toner refills is a powder used in laser printers and photocopiers to form the text and images on the printed paper. In its early form it was simply carbon powder. Then, to improve the quality of the printout the carbon was blended with a polymer. Toner refills particles are melted by the heat of the fuser, causing them to bind to the paper. The specific polymer used varies by manufacturer but can be a Styrene Acrylate Copolymer or a Polyester Resin. Toner refills formulations vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and even from machine to machine. Typically formulation, granule size and melt point vary the most.
The original particle size of toner refills averaged 14-16 micrometres (microns) or greater. To improve image resolution particle size was reduced, eventually reaching about 8-10 microns for 600 dots per inch resolution. Further reductions in particle size producing further improvements in resolution are being developed through the application of new technologies such as Emulsion-Aggregation.  Toner refills manufacturers maintain a quality control standard for particle size distribution in order to produce a powder suitable for use in their printers.
Toner refills has traditionally been made by compounding the ingredients and creating a slab which was broken or pelletized and then turned into a fine powder with a controlled particle size range by air jet milling. This process resulted in toner refills granules that, if viewed under a microscope, showed varying sizes and jagged shapes. To get a finer print, some companies are using a chemical process to grow toner refills particles. This results in more uniform size and shapes of toner refills particles. The resulting smaller uniform shapes permit more accurate color reproduction and more efficient toner refills use.
In earlier machines toner refills was poured by the user from a bottle into a reservoir in the machine just like today when one uses toner refills!. Modern machines feed directly from a cartridge which is supposed to be replaced completely once the powder runs out.
As a fine powder, toner refills can remain suspended in the air for some period, and is considered to have health effects comparable to inert dust. It can be an irritant to people with respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis. Following studies on bacteria in the 1970s that raised concerns about health effects resulting from pyrol, a contaminant created during manufacture of the carbon black used in black toner, manufacturing processes were changed to eliminate pyrol from the finished product.
Toner refills can be washed off skin or garments with cold water. Hot or warm water will soften the toner, causing it to fuse to the material it is on. Toner refills fused to skin will wear off in time, or can be partially removed using abrasive hand cleaners. Toner refills fused to clothing cannot usually be removed.
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