From quills and papyrus to the first printing press, ink has been a common denominator in the reproduction of documents and letters. Still true today, printer ink is the basis of modern day printing. Whether laser or inkjet, portable or stationary, Canon printers use heat and ink to produce documents with clean and crisp clarity.
How an Inkjet Printer Works
All Canon inkjet printers work with the software application installed on your computer. When you send the data you want printed to your All-in-One Canon printer or basic printer, the printer driver translates the information into a format the printer understands and checks to see if the printer is online and available to print. With the data stored in a buffer, the computer can finish the printing process without having to wait for the page to print. The rollers feed a sheet of paper from the tray into the body of the printer. With paper engaged, the print head stepper motor uses a belt to move the print assembly across the page. The motor pauses each time the print head sprays dots of Canon printer ink on the page; the stepping happens so quickly the printer appears to be in continuous motion. The printer sprays multiple dots of ink at each stop and continues to do so until it reaches the end of the document.
How a Laser Printer Works
You can network most laser printers, and some work wirelessly, such as Canon wireless printers. Laser printers work primarily by using static electricity. Because oppositely charged atoms attract, objects with opposite fields of static electricity cling together. A laser printer uses this natural phenomenon as a temporary glue. The basic component of a laser printer is the drum assembly. When the drum gets a positive charge by a wire with an electrical current running through it, the drum revolves and the printer shines a tiny laser beam across the surface to discharge at certain points. Essentially, the laser light draws the letters and images onto the paper. Once the pattern is set, the printer coats the drum with toner, which clings to the negatively charged areas and rolls the drum over the paper.
Troubleshooting a Canon Printer
If your Canon paper or Canon photo printer fails to engage, first ensure you plugged it into the mains and that it is on. Check for error messages. Attempt to print a test page from the printer; being sure the printer is working in test mode can narrow down the options. If the test page does not print, turn the printer off, wait one minute, and turn the printer back on. If the test page does print, the problem is in your connection or software. It is best to consult an expert for hardware problems other than clearing a paper jam.