Pro Tips for Copiers to Keep Running Smoothly in 2024

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In the digital age, the humble office copier might seem like a relic, a paper dinosaur lumbering amidst laptops and tablets. But for many businesses, it's still the heartbeat of document workflow, the trusty steed who gallops through printing deadlines and scanning mountains of paperwork. Yet, like any faithful steed, your copier needs TLC to avoid paper jams and toner tantrums. That's where we come in with a backpack full of pro tips for copiers to keep them running like a dream in 2024.

Preventive Maintenance: The Copier Whisperer's Mantra

  • Cleanliness is Next to Productivity: Dust, paper scraps, and rogue paper clips are the bane of a copier's existence. Regularly wipe down the glass platen, exit tray, and paper feed with a lint-free cloth and alcohol-free glass cleaner. Don't forget the document feeder and scanner surfaces! Think of it as a spa day for your copier, keeping it sleek and free of paper demons.

Pro Tip: If you're getting lines on copies, try cleaning the slit glass. The slit glass is a narrow strip of glass located on the left-hand side of the glass panel. If you're using a Sharp copier, there's a handy little slit glass cleaner on the underside of the document feeder on the upper right-hand side. Just swipe it gently over the slit glass to remove any debris. If something is really stuck on there, use an alcohol wipe to swipe it, and be sure to dry it with a lint-free cloth.

  • Paper Perfection: Not all paper is created equal. Using the wrong type can be like feeding your car the wrong fuel. Check your copier's manual for the recommended paper weight and type. Avoid cheap, recycled paper that might jam faster than you can say "paper jam."

Pro Tip: Keep paper in its original packaging. If possible, place the entire ream in your paper tray. If the entire ream doesn't fit, consider storing in a plastic bin to protect the paper from the elements.

Always fan the paper before loading to prevent static electricity. The top causes of paper sticking and jamming are static electricity or humidity.

  • Toner Tenderness: Toner is the lifeblood of your copier, so treat it with respect. Avoid exposing toner cartridges to extreme temperatures or sunlight. When replacing cartridges, do it gently, following the manufacturer's instructions. Remember, a happy toner cartridge means happy copies.

Pro Tip: Store print cartridges upright, never on their sides or upside down. This prevents toner powder from settling in one place and potentially causing clogs.

  • Keep it Cool: Copiers, like most of us, don't appreciate being cooped up in sweltering rooms. Ensure proper ventilation around your machine and avoid placing it near heat sources like radiators or windows with direct sunlight. A cool copier is a happy copier, and happy copiers make less paper jam drama.

  • The Power of Prevention: Preventive maintenance is like a knight in shining armor, ready to ward off copier woes. All copiers have a preventive maintenance plan. Most copier service contracts include regular checkups and cleanings, nipping potential problems in the bud. Think of it as an investment in your office's sanity – and toner budget.

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Beyond the Basics: Embracing Copier Tech in 2024

  • The Cloud's Embrace: Ditch the paper trail and embrace the cloud! Many modern copiers offer secure cloud scanning and storage options. Scan important documents directly to cloud storage platforms like Google Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox, saving paper and frustration.

  • Mobile Mastery: Unleash the power of mobile printing! Connect your copier to your office Wi-Fi and say goodbye to being chained to your desk. Print documents directly from your smartphone or tablet, making your office a paperless playground (well, almost).

  • Security Savvy: In this digital age, security is paramount. Enable your copier's security features, like user authentication and secure printing, to keep sensitive documents safe from prying eyes. Remember, even the humblest document deserves digital bodyguards.

  • Go Green with Your Copier: Sustainability is the buzzword of 2024, and even copiers are getting in on the action. Look for copiers with eco-friendly features like low-energy consumption, recycled materials, and toner-saving modes. Be a green office warrior, one copied document at a time.

Bonus Tip: The Copier Whisperer's Secret Weapon

Managed Print Services are the heroes of your office equipment woes. With a managed print services plan, you never have to worry about toner and maintenance again. Your provider takes care of all that! Managed print can also help you save money by helping you understand what, where, and how you print. This allows you to maintain a balanced print fleet. As a result, you can reduce costs by up to 30%.

Remember, a well-maintained copier is a happy copier, and a happy copier is a productive office. So, follow these tips, embrace the tech and watch your paper beast purr through 2024 and beyond. After all, a smooth-running copier is the unsung hero of every successful office, keeping the gears of productivity turning.

These tips can help you keep your office copier running smoothly for 2024. If your copier is past the point of no return OR if your copier dealer isn't keeping your machine in tip-top shape, it could be time for a new device and dealer partner. At Fraser, we can help with your copier woes. Contact us today to get a free copier assessment.

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