Printer & Copier Terminology
September 25, 2010
There are lots of terms being used in relation to your printers and copiers that need some clarification.
In this post we cover a few that need to be spelled out and put into context. We will cover more and a diverse list in future posts.
- ADH. Automatic document handler; a critical part of the copier/printer system.
- Toner. Otherwise know as ink. In laser-type machines, toner is the powder that is fused onto teh paper in teh image form.
- Duplex. Front-to-back or multiple-page printing.
- Multifunction machine. Copier/fax/scanner/printer capabilities all in one device.
- Platen. The surface on which the image of a copy or print si passed before being fused onto the paper.
- Paper basis. The weight (20 pound or similar). Usually calculated as a weight of a cut sheet size in a specific number of sheets.
- Laser printer. Most common printer/copier type in today’s office. Uses electrostatic charges, dry ink and plain paper to make an image.
- Solid ink. A technology sold by Xerox that relies on few moving parts and direct ink fusion to paper.
- Network cable. The USB, serial or other cable between your pritner and computer. Wireless systems are making these obsolete.
Yes, there are more. Do you have some to share?