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What are Inkjet Dryers?

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Many people own inkjet printers of varying sizes. Some of these inkjet printers are tabletop models that are used in home offices. In other instances, large-scale printers that utilize inkjet technology are used to create wall sized maps and other documents that are simply too large for a standard printer to handle. One of the most important components with these types of printers is the inkjet dryer. The main function of the inkjet dryer is to ensure that the ink on the finished document is perfectly dry, and will not run or smudge during routine use. Here is some background on how inkjet dryers work, and why they are important to the function of printing.

Inkjet dryers operate on a very simple premise. Documents created with an inkjet method or printing normally follow a pattern of ink being injected onto a medium, based on a pattern that is captured on the drums of the printer. Before the document can be considered finished, the ink must be dried. Unless the ink is dried properly, the document is easily smudged, the characters created by the ink may run, and the document will be worthless. Inkjet dryers quickly and effectively dry the ink on the document, ensuring that the ink adheres to the paper. The ink will not run, smudge or in any way be damaged during routine use

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of the document.

Often, the bulbs within the inkjet dryers will have some sort of support mechanisms that allow the infrared light to be directed toward the document, rather than a simple scatter effect. This helps to cut down on the time that it takes the document to process all the way through the machine. That in turn means the infrared bulbs in inkjet dryers do not have to remain active for a longer period of time. Shorter times to produce the desired effect translate into longer lives for the bulbs that form an essential part of inkjet dryers.

Inkjet dryers of all sizes are available, including some models that actually operate outside the printing portion of a large-scale industrial copy machine or printer. With relatively few moving parts and little to no maintenance required, inkjet dyers can last for a number of years before replacements are needed.

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