Category: Printing tips

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...

Common Printer Problems (and How to Fix Them)

Printers are the unsung heroes of today’s busy office environment and it’s often not until they hit a hurdle that we realise how much we rely on them. Equipment that’s not performing properly can cause issues in more ways than one; firstly, in terms of the cost of repairs and secondly in terms of precious time. Here, we’ve collated a selection of the most common problems affecting printers and how to fix them. Poor quality prints This is an annoying issue. Your printer works perfectly well, it’s just as fast as it ever was, but the prints are coming out blurred or with odd marks on them. You can’t use badly printed documents in a professional capacity so you need read more...

3 Signs Your Printers Need to be Updated

Printers are such an integral part of most businesses that many people forget just how important it is to ensure that they are in tip-top condition. They’re generally long-lasting enough to be taken for granted. We might not even notice the first signs that a printer is past it’s best and heading rapidly for its’ sell-by-date, but in today’s’ climate of paranoia around data protection, it will pay more than ever before for you to stay on top of things. It’s probably unfair to say that the interest in data protection is a kind of paranoia…it’s not. It’s founded in the very real risks which every one of us are facing today thanks to increased incidents of data breaches. Even read more...

How to Choose the Right Print Management Company

When you’re faced with a variety of print management services and you’re unsure which one to choose, there are several questions you should ask yourself. Most importantly, “will this company save my business time and money?” and “can they offer my business on-going support?” Read on to find out some of the other important things you should consider to ensure you don’t regret your decision.   What Are Your Requirements?   Before you can choose an appropriate print management company, it’s wise to outline the services you actually need. Do you want to outsource all of your collateral or stick to one particular area of print, for example? Once you have a list of requirements, then you will be able to search for the solutions. read more...

What Do People Prefer, Print or Digital?

This has been an ongoing debate for over a decade, the efficiencies of digital versus print. So many articles, studies, reports have repeatedly either championed the age of digital, or the need to retain print. Reviews of ROI, costs and other KPIs have all looked at print. In fact, two things have been ignored: the need for both to live in harmony for smarter business efficiency and what people prefer. Recently a survey commissioned by Two Sides spoke to 1,000 UK consumers about their preference for reading in print or on digital. The survey looked at what people considered as trusted digital sources, along with looking at whether people wanted to choose how they received communications. These are the results: ·     78% people read more...

What Should SMEs Do? Buy or Lease Their Managed Print Solutions?

SMEs always must consider the financial burden of the essential equipment they need for their business, and print solutions are one of the most important necessities for the smooth running of operations. Aside from the initial capital of the machines needed, there is the maintenance and servicing and purchasing.  This can stretch operational budgets beyond feasible limits. Leasing machines is therefore financially attractive for SMEs alleviating the burden of up front capital. Mode reviewed the benefits for SMEs leasing their print solutions: Financial Advantages Capital is always an issue for small businesses, as it is rare that there are disposable financial resources to purchase print solutions. Avoiding large purchases like this, keep essential capital available for other significant business needs. read more...

What is Google Cloud Print?

No matter how digital we become as a society, we will always require a printer every once in a while, particularly in office environments. But wouldn’t it be great if you could print from any of your smart devices, to any printer, at any time of the day? Google Cloud Printing allows you do exactly that, by connecting your home and work printers to the Internet. The user can print documents directly from an Internet-connected mobile phone, tablet or PC, without being connected to the machine in a physical way. All that’s truly required is a Wi-Fi connection. Although you won’t need to purchase any additional physical equipment, there are three things you will need when setting up Google Cloud read more...

Printing Resolutions That Save You Time and Money

Most people enter a new year looking to make improvements, whether they want to lose weight, save money, or spend more time with friends – why should your business be any different? Like most businesses, you can probably improve efficiency in your office or save money by making a few small changes – you can even save the environment in the process! Save Money on Your Printing Every business has to be concerned about the bottom line – improving office efficiency typically reduces unnecessary waste and costs. There are a number of ways that you can reduce your printing costs and ensure that you have a more affluent 2017: Use a print management solution: print management allows you to set read more...