Category: Printing tips

How to Be More Efficient When Photocopying

In order to reduce the effects of climate change as much as possible, we all need to change our attitudes both at home and at work. We’re all guilty of turning up the thermostat rather than putting on a jumper or wasting paper by printing unnecessarily. However, if we want to become more energy efficient, saving both the environment and our money, we need to produce less waste, recycle more and try and use less energy to heat and light our properties. If your job requires you to use a photocopier quite a lot, you should consider ways in which you can be more efficient. For example, make sure switch it off at night time and perhaps even during your read more...

What are the Benefits of Leasing a Printer?

For many businesses, printers are an essential piece of office equipment; however they can also be an expensive purchase, particularly larger multifunctional devices. This is because on top of the initial cost of the machine, you also need to consider the recurring costs of paper, toner and maintenance. This is where leasing a printer can be a less impactful addition to your business. If you are trying to decide between leasing and buying a printer, here are three of the main benefits that leasing a printer can provide… One of the largest benefits of leasing a printer is that leasing keeps your equipment up to date – computer and printer technology is constantly improving, causing older models to become less read more...

Leasing Your Photocopier. What Are the Benefits for Your Business?

How your business manages print solutions can vary depending on your requirements. Some smaller businesses may only need simple functions therefore owning their own photocopier seems appropriate. You have one outlay and the equipment is yours. However, if your business chooses to own their own equipment you do have to consider that you are exposed to all the associated costs, including supplies and maintenance and that can be expensive. Managed Print Solutions has evolved the leasing process by providing a holistic approach to owning your own solutions. Ensuring that you choose the right provider is essential. So, what are the drawbacks of owning your equipment and what are the pros of leasing? Drawbacks of ownership: Large initial expense: to acquire read more...

How Can a Small Business Manage Outgoings?

As a small business owner you want to see your profits increase, but in order to successfully achieve this goal you will need to keep an eye on your finances and know how to effectively manage your business outgoings. Start by identifying your largest outgoings and areas where you could make some substantial savings such as production, marketing or administration costs. Once you have identified the key areas you need to focus on, you can then begin to effectively manage your business outgoings, using the tactics we have suggested below. However, it is important to ensure that all new processes are easily maintainable and adhere to your company’s values. The next step will be communicating your new business outgoings management read more...

6 Questions to Ask Potential Managed Print Companies

Managed print services (MPS) can offer big benefits for your business. By finding the right service you can spend less time managing documents and more time on your business goals. Asking potential managed print companies the right questions will help you get the best return on investment in the future. To help you evaluate your best print management solution and find a service provider who can meet the needs of your organisation, here are six crucial questions you should be asking… Where can we read your client reviews? Client feedback is a great place to start. Do your research and see if you can find online reviews and testimonials for each potential MPS. Do they deliver what they promise? What read more...

Why Your Business Should Use a Multifunction Printer

Multifunction printers (MFPs) combine a printer, copier and scanner into one convenient machine. This makes them an essential piece of office equipment. In this blog, we’ve summed up the top three advantages of a multifunction printer and why your business should be using one. MFPs are Convenient One of the biggest advantages of a multifunction printer is that it is so convenient to use.  Documents can be printed, copied and scanned in one place, without having to use several machines. An MFP is also space saving as you do not have to find space for multiple devices in the office. MFPs are Cost efficient As well as not having to purchase separate devices for each task, MFPs are cost efficient read more...

What is Follow Me Printing?

Follow me printing has become a popular solution in a variation of print environments, such as legal settings where the need for confidentiality is paramount, for example. This is due to the many benefits; it is convenient, flexible, and secure, and increases the level of control that the user has. What’s more, by making print more intentional, it also reduces waste. But what is it? Essentially, with follow me printing solutions the user starts a print job from their workstation, but it doesn’t actually print until it has been authenticated by the user. Authentication protocols could be something like scanning an ID badge. Example 1; A lawyer needs to print an extremely confidential document about a client’s case, which cannot read more...

How to Find the Right Printer for your Business

Understanding your business needs for it to function efficiently is essential. Understanding then what equipment you need, in particular the type of printers, will only aid your efficiency. For many, printers all look the same and it can be quite confusing when deciding what will work for you. Making a wrong choice in your printers can lead to unnecessary expense, decline in productivity and frustration! So, Mode has compiled a quick-look list that should help you decide the type of printer you need. Running Costs: If you are purchasing the machine yourself, this can be exceedingly costly as the responsibility of servicing, supplies and maintenance will be down to you. Perhaps consider entering into an arrangement with a supplier and read more...

The Print Industry: Our Jargon Buster

This jargon buster and glossary of words contains the definitions of some of the terms commonly used in the Print industry. So if you don’t know your Saddle Stitch from Embossing, or what CMYK and GSM are, then this is the place for you. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Art Paper This paper is available in both gloss and matt and has a coating of what is usually china clay. Art paper would typically be used for jobs that require a fine finish, such as a brochure or an annual report. Artwork This term is to describe the digital read more...

Top 5 Printer Maintenance Tips

Taking care and proper maintenance of your printer will help it to perform at its best and will keep it in good condition for many more years to come. Whether you own an inkjet or laser printer, we’ve put together our top five printer maintenance tips for you to follow. We hope you find them helpful:   Clean your printer It is essential to keep your printer as clean as possible. Wipe away any interior paper dust or debris on a regular basis. Replace Cartridges You don’t need to replace the cartridge as soon as your printer indicates that it is low; however it is a good idea to plan on replacing it within a few weeks. A dry cartridge read more...