4.0 Printers

4.1 Explain the differences between the various printer types and summarize the associated imaging process.

  • Laser
    • Imaging drum, fuser assembly, transfer belt, transfer roller, pickup rollers, separate pads, duplexing assembly
    • Imaging process: processing, charging, exposing, developing, transferring, fusing and cleaning
  • Inkjet
    • Ink cartridge, print head, roller, feeder, duplexing assembly, carriage and belt
    • Calibration
  • Thermal
    • Feed assembly, heating element
    • Special thermal paper
  • Impact
    • Print head, ribbon, tractor feed
    • Impact paper

4.2 Given a scenario, install, and configure printers.

  • Use appropriate printer drivers for a given operating system
  • Print device sharing
    • Wired
      • USB
      • Parallel
      • Serial
      • Ethernet
    • Wireless
      • Bluetooth
      • 802.11x
      • Infrared (IR)
    • Printer hardware print server
  • Printer sharing
    • Sharing local/networked printer via Operating System settings

4.3 Given a scenario, perform printer maintenance.

  • Laser
    • Replacing toner, applying maintenance kit, calibration, cleaning
  • Thermal
    • Replace paper, clean heating element, remove debris
  • Impact
    • Replace ribbon, replace print head, replace paper


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