Here’s all that you need to know to measure printer cartridge page yields
When you are out to purchase the ink for your all-in-one printer, it’s when you realize why it finished so fast – even before the estimated date set by you. It happens so, because you have not measured the ink cartridge page yields for your printer.
What is Page Yield?
Page yield is a simple term stating the number of pages that can be printed using a printer cartridge under standard conditions. Also known as ink/toner cartridge yield – is said to be one of the major factors needed to be considered when purchasing a printer cartridge. Every printer cartridge model comes with page yield option. It helps consumers in calculating the estimate of the cost per page (CPP) for that particular cartridge. But still, ink cartridge page yields are critical in calculating the CPP due to many factors.
Factors affecting page yields of printer cartridge are:
· Content and the image
· Paper type
· Paper size
· Print settings
· Frequency of use
· Time consumed between each use
· Environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity).
How is Page Yield Determined?
Traditionally, different manufacturers use different methods to evaluate page yields of different cartridges. However, nowadays, the page yield of a given cartridge is measured using the same standard established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO, a network of national standard institutes for 156 countries and the standard set by this organization is considered across the globe as the most reliable standard. It allows consumers to compare the page yields of different cartridges in an objective manner.
Two standards testing methods have been established by ISO to get accurate and valid results:
1. ISO/IEC 24711 to measure the ink cartridge yield.
2. ISO/IEC 19752 to measure monochrome toner cartridge yield.
Ink Cartridge Testing Method - ISO/IEC 24711
For ink cartridges, page yield is evaluated by simply using a plain paper. Here’s how the test is carried out:
· Here, the test is conducted using the default settings on plain paper.
· Five pages are printed consecutively until the ink cartridge reaches its end life.
· As the printer starts showing that the ink has depleted or the test pages show discoloration, it is considered the ink has reached its end life.
· Total 3 cartridges should be tested on each printer.
· The test should be carried out under controlled weather conditions – temperature and humidity should be balanced.
Also, for a color ink cartridge, test is carried out on 3-color composite page yield (cyan, magenta and yellow). For color cartridges, page yield is evaluated by the first color that is depleted.
Monochrome Toner Cartridge yield testing method – ISO/IEC 19752
Here is how the test method is carried out for the Monochrome Toner Cartridge yield:
· It is also carried out using the default settings on a plain paper.
· Three printers are used for each test.
· 9 cartridges, 3 for each printer, are tested for each color cartridge yield.
· To test the page yield, the printing should be carried out consecutively with normal breaks for paper change.
· Printing stops as the cartridge reaches its end life – it is reflected by ‘replace toner ‘message from a printer. It is also tested from the discoloration of the page.
This is how page yield cartridge is measured. It is definitely a vigorous task, but is helpful in evaluating the cost per page for the cartridges. So, the next time when you go to shop for an ink / toner cartridge, don’t forget to compare the page yield and of course the CPP of your cartridges.