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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does PPM mean?
A: PPM is defined as Pages per Minute. With plotters, speed could be noted by "feet per minute" for plotters that use paper rolls.

Q: How do I connect my printer to a network?
A: Printer servers are the solution in most cases. You can allow a printer connected to your computer to be available across the network. In this case your computer will need to be on in order for others to access it.

Q: How do I determine if a plotter is for me?
A: This depends heavily on how often you require wide format printing capabilities. For some business', taking this process to a professional print shop might be a more economical option in the long run. However, if you are frequently taking on large print jobs, an in house plotter will save you considerable funds over the long term.

Q: Should I refill my ink cartridges?
A: Refer to your printers warranty information. Many manufacturer warranties will become void if you refill your cartridges and they leak inside the printer.

Q: What are the benefits of extended warranties?
A: There are many benefits to purchasing an extended warranty. Here are some points to consider—value of product, price of extended warranty, date coverage begins, length of manufacturers warranty and length of extended warranty. If there is only a 90 day manufacturer warranty and it’s a $400 color laser printer, you might consider spending an additional $50 for an additional 1 year warranty. These extended warranties are important to consider when you expect to use the product for the next several years.

Q: What is a duty cycle?
A: The duty cycle is the amount of pages the printer can product within a months period of time. Its best to review the manufacturer’s information to determine what printer will work best for you.

Q: What is a duplexer?
A: A duplexer allows both sides of the paper to be printed on.

Q: How can I accurately estimate print cost?
A: Estimating print costs depends on a variety of variables. First and foremost, this will depend on what type of printing you'll be doing. Typically, word documents cover about 5% of the page, while graphics or color intensive printing will cover as much as 50% of the page. By estimating your page coverage and how frequently you print, you can figure out how often you'll need to replace your toner cartridges.

Q: What is borderless printing?
A: Some, but certainly not all printers are capable of printing to the very edge of a page. Typically, low cost inkjet and laser printers are only capable of printing approximately 5 mm's from the edge of the page. Higher quality printers will be capable of printing to the very edge, allowing you to produce professional media.

Q: What is a raster image?
A: A raster image is an image represented by pixels in a rectangular grid. The total amount of pixels defines the quality of a raster image. You can't scale up a raster image to a higher resolution without loss of visual quality.

Q: What kind of maintenance does a plotter Printer require?
A: In addition to keeping your plotter clean, you should also use any cleaning kits or cartridges offered by the manufacturer. This will depend heavily on the manufacturer and type of printer, so you should follow the manufacturers recommendations.

Q: What is a printer driver?
A: A driver is what allows your desktop computer to communicate with your printer. Typically, these are included with a printer, otherwise they are easily downloaded from the manufacturer's site.

Q: How do I order supplies for my plotter?
A: SuperWarehouse offers a complete line of replacement supplies for your plotter. Simply use our easy Printer Supply Finder or call our Printer Supplies Specialist at (800) 814-5410.

Q: How do I determine if I need networking capability?
A: If this unit will be used in an office environment and you would like multiple users to have access, you should consider springing for a networking option. Also, if after you purchase an MFP you decide you need networking capability, there are a variety of after market print server options.

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