The 5 Most Popular Blogs of 2018: Recycling Cartridges, Business Processes, and More


Re-visit the posts you loved most from 2018 with this look at your Top 5 of 2018 for Copiers, Managed Print Services, Laserfiche and Document Management, and more.  As we dive into 2019, here’s a look back at the five most popular posts of 2018. Plus, we’ve created a “Hall of Fame” for the two blog posts written by Mike Andrews about full-bleed printing.

Since they were originally written in 2015, they’ve been read and re-read by tens of thousands. To give our other blogs a fighting chance at the top 5, we’ve put those two posts on their own special pedestal. You can read them below.

What are you interested in reading about this year? Let me know in the comments below.

Drumroll, please . . . . .

Here are your top 5 most popular blogs in 2018.

#1 - I Need to Scan a Document -- Which File Format Do I Use?

Many of our customers use their copiers to scan paper documents (to email, into a document management repository – like Laserfiche, to a cloud service, or to their drive). Regardless of the document's final destination, you need to choose a file format to scan the document to. Read more.

#2 - Don't Throw That Away! How and Why to Recycle Toner Cartridges

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Not only is this a catchy tune from Jack Johnson (I do listen to music other than Buffett!), but it's important to think of when it comes to toner recycling.

Before you toss that empty toner cartridge into the trash, know that it will take nearly 1,000 years to decompose in your local landfill.

Don't throw it away. Recycle it. We've made it dead simple for you to do so. Read more.

#3 - Managed Print Services Versus Cost Per Copy: There Is a Difference

I recently experienced how easy it is for someone new to the copier industry to become confused during a conversation about cost per copy (CPC).

He kept thinking that cost per copy and managed print services are the same thing. After that conversation, I thought a short explanation here could be helpful for others.

Now, the two concepts are similar in that you pay a certain cost per page that you output via a copier, printer, or fax machine. Read more.

#4 - 9 Steps to Redesign a Broken Business Process

We fix broken business processes. Fixing a broken business process leads to happier customers and employees, better margins, quicker turnaround times, and more efficiency . . . there’s more, but I’ll stop there. Great processes enable you to meet and then exceed stated business goals. Read more.

#5 - How Long Should My Copier Last?

When you spend thousands of dollars on a piece of equipment, this is an important question. Of course you want to maximize the ROI from your purchase (or lease).

This is a loaded question though and the answer, I’m sorry to say, is the same as it often is: it depends.

I will say that with average use and regular maintenance, a mid-range floor copier can operate for about five years and a decade for high-end models or mid-range model that’s lightly used. Read more.

Hall of Fame

These two posts have struck a chord with folks. They are read thousands of time each year since they were written. Given how the year has begun, they’ll continue to be useful to folks in 2019 too!

Taking Print to the Edge: How to Do Full-Bleed Printing Using Word

A full-bleed print has print (whether ink or toner) to at least one edge of the paper without a border. Most, if not all printers and copiers have a built-in border which gets in the way of automatically printing a document edge to edge. To achieve the edge-to look, an individual has to trim the paper down to ensure the print runs full to the edge of the paper and does not fall short. To know where to cut you will need to know the bleed information. Read more.

How to Print Full Bleed on your Color Copier

Can I print full-bleed pages on my color copier/MFP?

The answer is yes… and no. Let’s explore.

The “YES"

This is actually a “Yes, but” answer. Full bleed printing will require you to print your file on a larger sheet of paper and cut it down. Read more.

What will be the most popular posts this year? Keep reading and we’ll find out together next year!

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About The Author

Dave Quint, president and CEO of Advanced Systems Inc. and past president of BTA Mid-America. Dave has worked with copiers, MFPs, scanners, and document workflow software since joining Advanced Systems as a sales associate in 1989. His favorite part of the job -- “there is no greater joy than to see the positive impact these solutions have in our client’s businesses.’ You press print, we take care of the rest. Contact us for more information >>