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A maintenance kit is a set of replacement parts for a printer. Every printer has a predetermined maintenance interval, which occurs after a set amount of pages are printed. The maintenance interval notifies the user that itís time to change specific internal parts so they do not get overused. This assists in prolonging the life of the printer.
As every printer is different, the parts included within the maintenance kit for each printer will also be different. Possible parts that may be included in a maintenance kit are the fuser assembly, pickup rollers, corona assembly, fan assembly, transfer roller, separation pads, cleaning cloths and gloves.
The fuser assembly is a pair of rollers that permanently press the toner into the fibers of the paper to create text and images. Pickup rollers, also referred to as feed or separation rollers, pick up the paper from the tray and feed it to the printer. A transfer roller is an electrically-charged roller that transfers toner onto the page as the paper passes the drum. Separation pads assist the pickup rollers by applying tension to push the paper to be printed. When the separation pad becomes worn, it cannot push the paper properly, thus resulting in paper jams.
The following parts are not as common in maintenance kits as the parts listed above. Again, the contained parts depend on the printer and manufacturer. A corona assembly is the part of the printer that gives off electrical charges. The drum, toner and paper must be electrically charged so that the drum can send the toner to the page. The fan assembly gives off air to keep the page flat as it enters the printer. Finally, cleaning cloths and gloves are occasionally included for the user.
It is necessary to be aware of the maintenance interval in your printer. By keeping the printer up to date, you can prolong the life instead of causing serious damage to your printer. Maintaining the parts avoids the need for complete printer replacement.