New Record Set for Cartridge Remanufacturing
A cartridge remanufacturer in India used International Reman Day on April 14 to reveal one of his customers has had the same HP cartridge remanufactured 72 times.
According to Sushil Kumar Agarwal (pictured)—who established his Itek Solutions business in Kolkata 21 years ago—the 88A cartridge belonging to one of his loyal customers was first remanufactured on December 14, 2011.
“I have complete transparency with my customers. They get their own cartridge back and they can see how many times that cartridge has been remanufactured,” said Agarwal.
Agarwal said he has refilled the same, single toner cartridge and it “continues to run 100% successfully without any defects” with the expectation it will be remanufactured many more times in the next few years.
Agar reveals in this short video clip how he knows how many times the cartridge has been remanufactured:
The cartridge has saved the end-user the cost of purchasing 71 brand new printer cartridges, but more importantly, it has saved 71 empties from being dumped and creating an environmental nightmare.
It is not a one-off case either, as Agarwal remanufactures every toner cartridge he received from his customers, scores of times. “Inkjet cartridges are also refilled at least 30 times each as well,” he added.
Agarwal has established automated processes at his factory to ensure the quality of the remanufactured products. He said his remanufactured and refilled cartridges do not leak and the quality and yield are equal to that of the OEM.
“I was inspired by my hobby of aeromodelling,” explained Agarwal. “An aeroplane can only fly with 100% perfection. A minor error will not allow it to fly. It is the same with printer cartridges. Twenty years ago, I resolved I would rebuild printer cartridges to be as good as the original so that customers could continue to enjoy a good printing experience.”
He is thankful for the gift of his childhood hobby that taught him the principles of quality of perfection in refilling and remanufacturing. I have taken it upon myself to understand the working function of each component of a cartridge. I designed my own remanufacturing and refilling procedures and techniques. I have never cheated any customer by underfilling their cartridges.”
Agarwal’s reputation has become well respected in Kolkata. Celebrity radio jockey Jimmy Tangree from Friends FM 91.9 is one of his loyal customers and proof of his sought after remanufactured cartridge services.
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