Most laser printer users may not be aware of it, but yes a printer's environment directly affects its performance. Excessive heat generated by the equipment's fuser could force the printer to malfunction if not properly addressed. Remember that laser printers use electricity, particularly the fuser, that operates up to 220 degrees Celsius of heat to melt toner and allow it to adhere to paper. And if such an area is not properly ventilated, the same could cause minor discomforts to the user as well.
Where to locate the laser printer?
The laser printer must be positioned in low-traffic areas that is not frequented by office personnel. This way, the printer is supplied with enough breathing space and elbowroom to work efficiently. Let us discuss in detail the ideal location of a laser printer in the workplace.
- The laser printer must be placed in a well-ventilated environment where continuous air channel can flow around it. In the process of fusing, the laser printer generates not only heat, but also unwanted fumes and gases (ozone and nitrogen oxides) that only good ventilation can dissipate.
- Never expose the printer under direct sunlight as fusing at 220 degrees Celsius and added heat from sunlight would impact its performance. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can create light leaks inside the printing chamber and likewise affect the quality of printed documents.
- Laser printers must never be placed beside or near large office equipment such as giant photocopiers and certain types of heaters, since said machines generate static electricity that could again lead to print quality problems.
In effect the location is directly associated with the expected performance target of the laser printer. Thus to achieve the desired printing output the location of the printer must have been included in the integral planning of the office space.
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