A History of the Printing Industry

Submitted by Liz Adair on Wed, 03/22/2023 - 15:50

Did you know that one of the Founding Fathers of the United States worked as a printer? Or that some of the very first print impressions were made by cave people thousands of years ago?

From ancient cave art to the founding of America, printing has a rich history.

Printing is at the heart of human culture, and for that reason, it is important and valuable for us to learn more about the history of printing and its effects on human civilization. 

As experts on all things printing, our team at STPT has put together this brief history of printing and the printing industry so you can learn more about printing, the laser printer, and the ways printing has changed the course of human history forever.

After reading this article, you will know more about these topics:

Inkjet vs. Laser: Which Printer Is Right for You? (2023)

Submitted by Joel Metzler on Fri, 03/17/2023 - 16:00

What is the difference between an inkjet and a laser printer, and which one would be right for you? 

Those are the two major questions we will answer in this blog. Because to get the right printer in place for your printing needs, you first need to educate yourself about your options. 

There are clear, significant, differences between inkjet and laser printers, and it’s crucial that you know about them before purchasing so you’re not stuck with a machine that is ill-equipped for your situation. 

We’ve been a local print vendor for over 35 years and have received plenty of inquiries over this very question we will answer today. 


​6 Upgrades You Can Purchase for Your Printer 

Submitted by Matthew Eberhart on Mon, 02/27/2023 - 09:00

If you buy a traditional office printer, you will likely need to buy upgrades for it at some point. 

This could be anything from extra paper trays, stands, WIFI adapters, apps, etc.  

There are a ton of extra accessories you can buy for your printer and that’s why it’s so important to learn about the options available because they do cost money.  

If you don’t want to waste money on upgrades, it’s crucial to learn about the common accessories you can add to your printer so you can decide before buying whether it’s worth the investment.  


​3 Problems With Buying Retail Printers Instead of Commercial Printers 

Submitted by Karla Metzler on Wed, 02/01/2023 - 09:00

If you’re experiencing issues with your printer/copier, or are looking for a new one, you might feel overwhelmed by the choices and price differences out there. 

Conducting any kind of research process for a new printer will result in a lot of options at price ranges from under $100-to-$100,000.   

The simplest choice is to head to your nearest retail store, be it Staples, Office Depot or Walmart, and pick up a new printer on the cheap.  


A3 Printer vs. A4 Printer: What’s the Difference? 

Submitted by Mary Shamburger on Wed, 12/14/2022 - 09:00

Office printers/copiers are divided primarily into two categories: A3 and A4 machines.​ 

What are the differences between the two types of machines? And why should you be aware of them? 

To get the right printer in place for your company, you need to understand whether you need an A3 or A4 machine because there are clear distinctions between the two. 

As a vendor that has sold office printing equipment for almost 40 years, we’ve gathered the expertise necessary to inform you of the differences between A3 and A4 machines and summarize who would and wouldn’t be a fit for each. 


​8 Tips to Increase the Lifespan of Your Printer/Copier 

Submitted by Mary Shamburger on Wed, 11/02/2022 - 09:00

When you’ve spent hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on purchasing a new printer/copier, you want it to last a long time.   

A lot of times, though, consumers take their printers for granted; many people think of a printer as a basic functional machine that doesn’t require much care or maintenance. 

This thought process can actually get you in trouble, though. Believe it or not, printers are complex machines that can be costly to upkeep if you don’t follow sustainable best practices. 

What are the best practices for maintaining your printer?  


Printer/Copier Size vs. Space Requirements (Differences) 

Submitted by Joel Metzler on Wed, 10/05/2022 - 09:00

One of the major things you need to consider before purchasing an office printer/copier is where you’re going to place it. 

Printers, especially large multifunction printers (MFPs), can take up a lot of space. 

If you don’t have enough space to accommodate your office printer, then you run the risk of damaging your machine—which can lead to an increase in service issues. 

As a print vendor for almost 40 years now, we’ve unfortunately seen this issue come to fruition for too many customers, and the impact can be substantial. 


What Are Printer Drivers and Why Are They Important? 

Submitted by Joel Metzler on Fri, 09/30/2022 - 09:00

What are printer drivers and why are they important to your printer’s daily operation? 

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know what a printer driver is and what role they play in the functioning of a printer/copier. 

But printer drivers do play an essential role in the performance of your office machine and could end up being the root of the problem if your printer is malfunctioning. 

There are different types of printer drivers you can get, and most will require updates at certain points to keep up with the machine’s software. 


Why Are Older Printers Security Threats and Should I Replace Them?  

Submitted by Karla Metzler on Thu, 06/02/2022 - 07:02

Office security is like a house, with its many potential points of intrusion.     

Although you may have ample security at the front door, you might unknowingly have left the back window open, which precipitated a break-in just when you thought you had all your bases covered.   

Your printer could be the back window that a hacker infiltrates, resulting in a network invasion that cripples business processes and potentially exposes sensitive data.     

4 Reasons Why Prices Change on Printers  

Submitted by Mary Shamburger on Fri, 05/27/2022 - 07:14

Price fluctuation occurs in almost every industry, and printers are no different.  

Whether you buy directly from a printer manufacturer or through a vendor, the price of machines can change at any given time.    

This is especially true under today’s current circumstances, where supply chains are still disrupted, and inflation is readily apparent across most sectors of society.   

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