It’s great to be able to type up a document on the computer, edit it, and print it out when you’re ready. Word processing programs are generally easy to use despite the occasional annoyance in setting margins and figuring out random settings. Finally, you’re ready to print out that paper. You click the print button and hold your breath as you wait for the printer to turn on its light and start moving parts inside. The ink cartridge moves and starts printing out the words. But—no! a smudge in the ink!
Suddenly you regret buying that cheap discount printer. It seemed like a bargain when you bought it, but now not so much. Not when your printouts have a sub-par quality, with smeared ink and varying tone in the characters on the page. Now you feel like picking up that brand-new printer and tossing it out the window. But you don’t feel like throwing away those hard-earned bucks that you spent on the printer.
Well, maybe it’s time to invest in a higher quality printer. Maybe a laser printer—it might break the bank open a little more than you’d like, but will save piles of cash in the long run. Or a better quality inkjet or laserjet printer that won’t smudge the ink when it prints. And it won’t go through cartridges as quickly.
Just what goes into making quality printer parts, anyway? Manufacturing facilities with high quality control will carefully shape and clean parts so they are free from grease or machine oil or anything else that may taint them during the process.
In fact, some companies use wire baskets to hold printer parts as they are sent through a cleaning process. Custom wire baskets hold the parts and have just the right size mesh to allow chemicals to get through but secure the pieces.
Three M Tool, a company based in York, PA, makes these baskets to the right size and specifications that customers want them in. Customers can view an idea catalog and pick from different sizes and types of wire mesh. A wider mesh might allow chemicals to flow more freely through, while a more narrow mesh will hold small objects more securely.
Several companies that manufacture precise computer or printer parts use stainless steel baskets made by Three M Tool. These companies appreciate the customization available and the ability to choose just the right materials and sizes for the baskets.
So back to the topic of printers, you’ll appreciate a quality printer all the more if you know the manufacturing process gone through to make all the little parts inside. Instead of falling for the “disposable-razor” idea of cheap printers—buy a cheap product and keep paying for expensive parts (a razor blade, a printer cartridge) that cost almost as much as the original product, you can appreciate a printer that was made to last and made to conserve ink or toner.