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Manufacturers to standardise on print cartridge yield details

Antony Savvas

Major printer manufacturers and suppliers are to get behind print cartridge standards that will allow users to make a more informed choice as to what cartridge produces the most pages.

The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) is to get behind the ISO/IEC 24711:2006 and ISO/IEC 19798:2006 printer cartridge yields standards produced by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

INCITS members include Canon, Dell, Epson, HP, IBM, Kodak, Lexmark, Oki Data, Pitney Bowes, QualityLogic, Ricoh, SpencerLab and Xerox.

The new standards for inkjet and colour toner cartridge yields clearly define the key attributes that affect yield, and apply statistical analysis so all manufacturers can use the same methodology when measuring yield for their products.

Until now, printer manufacturers have used a variety of methodologies to measure inkjet and colour toner yields, making it challenging for customers to accurately compare yield measurements from leading suppliers.

Paul Jeran of INCITS said, “We believe the robust criteria and consistency of the standards, combined with ISO’s unbiased and global approach results in significant benefits for customers and the printing industry alike.”

The standards can be applied to OEM, remanufactured and refilled cartridges, said INCITS.

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