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It is advisable not to turn off the printer even if it is not going to be used.
When we talk about technology, doubts arise about the best method for proper maintenance. In the case of printers, there is a belief that switching them off leads to savings. But as soon as we scratch the surface, we find a very different reality.
It is necessary to differentiate between the two most common printer types: laser and inkjet. We are also going to stick to printers up to five years old, for which manufacturers have optimized power consumption in the well-known “standby” mode.
Regular cleaning and maintenance of a printer is essential to ensure good quality printing.
When the printer is turned on, the self-test process is activated and the printer takes the opportunity to perform maintenance. But turning the printer off and on frequently decreases its useful life as the self-test moves its internal components, causing wear and tear. During maintenance cycles (head cleaning, etc.), the printer uses consumables, sometimes up to 20% of the cartridge contents. Compared to its inkjet equivalent, a laser printer has many more components susceptible to wear and tear: drum, transfer, fuser, waste bottle…
In a printer fleet managed by an MPS service provider, there is often the paradox that an attempt to save energy costs by switching printers off daily leads to higher unproductive consumption of consumables. The user benefits from the energy savings, while the service provider absorbs the entire overrun. From an environmental point of view, the question arises as to whether the energy savings offset the environmental impact of manufacturing 20% more cartridges than strictly necessary, the logistics involved in getting them to the user, the collection of the empties and their processing as electronic waste.
This unproductive consumption is one of the reasons why 60% of printer models in cost-per-copy contracts report a lower than expected yield, since the volume of copies printed per cartridge is significantly lower than the yield approved by the manufacturer.
The manufacturers themselves recommend not to turn off the printer even if we are not going to use it for some time. However, it is good to do so from time to time so that these self-diagnostic cycles can take place (they are there for a reason).
Source: Hard Zone, Nubeprint