Consumables - What are consumables?
A product that is consumed; a consumable product is used up, discarded, destroyed, or wasted and needs to be replaced on a regular basis.
In printing, this refers to products that are both used in and used up by the printing process. The most common examples are ink and toner cartridges in desktop inkjet and laser printers. The printing process requires ink or toner to be transferred out of a cartridge and onto a substrate; once all of the ink or toner has been used the cartridge must be refilled or, more typically, replaced entirely. Other examples include paper, ribbons, fuser units, rollers, belts, and image drums.
Consumables are often quite expensive to buy, particularly those that are produced by the printer manufacturer and sold either directly or via an approved supplier; there are a variety of manufacturers who produce their own consumable products that are compatible with existing products 9often at more competitive prices).Go Back to Glossary