INTEGRAL TONER – MANUFACTURING TOUR

Quality without compromises and full customer satisfaction are essential factors of our mission. Our corporate slogan “The Toner for Better Images” says what it means, positioning the company as a manufacturer, who has built a reputation on the quality and performance of products, customers can trust. 

The premium brand strategy of INTEGRAL toner is for a large part vested in a focus on quality as well as consistency as key factors of customer satisfaction.

At INTEGRAL, we focus on what we can do best and what the name stands for: the development, production and distribution of premium copier and printer toners. This is why INTEGRAL pursues an uncompromising premium brand strategy.

Founded in 1966, INTEGRAL has become one of the world’s largest independent manufacturers of toner for copiers and laser printers./var/folders/dd/_qt0z6kx46vgmxmdnzc_f1yc0000gp/T/com.microsoft.Word/WebArchiveCopyPasteTempFiles/cmsImage.jpg?imageId=6282

Today INTEGRAL serves thousands of customers in all continents with an extensive range of imaging consumables.

INTEGRAL operates state of the art manufacturing facilities in Germany , Ireland and France. At our Research & Development Laboratory – research and quality control-personnel ensure that imaging materials from INTEGRAL always fulfil the most stringent requirements of our demanding customers.
At INTEGRAL we developed and manufactured our first toner in 1973. Since this time, significant  investments have been made by  INTEGRAL  into some of the most modern and advanced manufacturing facilities, which can be found in the industry.

QUALITY STARTS WITH THE RAW MATERIALS

Integral Toners are made up of polymers, magnetites (in case of magnetic mono-component toners), carbon black (in case of dual-component toners), wax, charge control agents (CCA), silica and a number of other proprietary additives. The performance of a toner significantly depends on the quality of raw materials used, the type and set-up of the manufacturing equipment, formulation as well as quality control.

As part of the corporate philosophy, INTEGRAL ensures only high quality specialized raw materials are used for the production of the toners. An important task of the work at the Research and Development laboratory is the rigorous control of raw materials used in the production process.

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QUALITY AND RELIABILITY COME FIRST 

Throughout the manufacturing process INTEGRAL toners are subject to strict procedures. Fully automated and computer controlled toner manufacturing lines guarantee consistent quality from automated raw material dispensing to the final product. All manufacturing parameters are recorded on line continuously.

The comprehensive quality control system built into every step of production ensures that only high quality products leave INTEGRAL.

State of the art laboratory facilities support the rigorous quality control system. The most important advantage of all this for the customer is outstanding quality and performance. Outstanding quality means toner of consistent performance and composition every time. Every new product is tested in extensive field tests under various environmental and machine conditions in addition to long run in-house testing. Every production lot shipped out is subject to quality control analysis at the research and development laboratory in addition to relevant copy and print testing.

For more information please take our research & laboratory tour .

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QUEST FOR LEADERSHIP

With significant investment in Research & Development, INTEGRAL ensures that all products released to the market meet the highest quality and performance standards. Qualified research staff are engaged in the development of new toner products with optimized performance for specific copier and printer systems.

INTEGRAL maintains a state of the art toner development and research laboratory. The research facility features highly sophisticated equipment used in the analysis and development of mono and dual-component toner formulations as well as for the scale-up and reverse engineering of copier and printer toners. Extensive testing of products is carried out at the research facility before being released to market.

In addition to Research & Development in toner, INTEGRAL co-develops and carries out rigorous testing of copier and printer parts and components in collaboration with some of the world’s leading part manufacturers.

R&D AND QUALITY CONTROL

Vital characteristics and parameters of toners are measured at INTEGRAL’s state of the art research and development facility by highly qualified personnel, engaged in the development and quality control of a wide range of mono and dual-component copier and printer toners. Parameter analysis includes the measurement of important properties such as: tribo charge, flowability, melting point, softening point, particle size distribution and magnetic properties amongst other important characteristics of the toners. Activities at the research laboratory include new product development, scale-up, raw material control and final product quality control. 

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QUALITY CONTROL BY R & D PERSONNEL 

Each production lot of toner is carefully analyzed in the laboratory and copy or print testing takes place in the applicable printer or copier models.

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ANALYTICAL & LABORATORY EQUIPMENT

Various parameters of toner and raw materials are checked by the use of specific analytical equipment. Various equipment used is shown below:

PARTICLE SIZE DISTRIBUTION

The size and distribution of toner particles is of critical importance to print yield and background levels. Specialised equipment such as the Coulter Multisizer is used to measure the particle size distribution of toners.

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Coulter Counter Multisizer III

The system works by laser diffraction and is connected to a central unit. The sample is either introduced in suspension in a cell or is dispersed in a water-based solution, which circulates in the laser system. This equipment measures the particle size distribution.

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Shimadzu Particle Size Analyser

TRIBO CHARGE

The q/m Meter is used to measure the toner charge, which is the charge to mass ratio (q/m-value) of two component developers (toner/carrier mixture). It is used in the development of new toners as well as in quality control.

Epping q/m meter

Epping q/m meter

GLASS TRANSITION TEMPERATURE AND MELTING POINT

This equipment measures the thermal transition of a material. In toner it determines the glass transition temperature (Tg) and the melting point (Tf) or (Tm)

Mettler DSC

Mettler DSC

MELT FLOW INDEX / EXTRUSION PLASTOMETER

This equipment measures the melt flow index (MFI) of toner powder. It is an indirect measurement of the viscosity of a product at a determined temperature. The more viscous the material the lower the MFI.

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Melt Flow Indexer / Extrusion Plastometer

IR SPECTROMETER ANALYSIS

As an integrated part of R & D, target toner compositions are analyzed by means of IR spectrometer analysis.

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Mattson Instruments Galaxy series FT-IR Spectrometer

MAGNETIC PROPERTIES

Magnetic properties of mono-component toners and ferrite raw materials are measured.

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Fluxmeter

DIALECTRIC CONSTANT DISSIPATION FACTOR

The LCR meter measures the electrical properties of a toner. Through this measurement it is possible to determine the dialectric constant and the dissipation factor. Such measurements provide an indication of the degree of dispersion of the different constituents of a toner.

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LCR Meter

FLOWABILITY

Sieve towers are used to measure the flowability of toners. A given toner is passed through a number of consecutive sieves in the tower. The flowability of a toner is determined by measuring the passing time and quantity.

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Retsch Sieve Tower

COPY AND PRINT IMAGE QUALITY TESTING

Before being released to the market all INTEGRAL toners are extensively tested in the intended copier or printer systems over extended periods. After having successfully passed these tests under various environmental and machine conditions, each product is subject to a prolonged field test on a broader base. The product is only launched after having successfully passed the field test.

COPIER AND PRINTER TEST LABORATORY

In addition to the parameters being measured on laboratory equipment, print and copy tests are run to determine a toners stability and performance as well as the matching of components

Copier Test Room

Copier Test Room

IMAGE QUALITY MEASUREMENTS

DENSITOMETER MEASUREMENT

Densitometers are used to determine the image density of solid areas on print-outs and copies. Such measurements provide an unbiased recording of density related aspects of copy and print quality.

IMAGE ANALYSIS

ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMBER

Environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity influence the characteristics and print performance of electro photographic systems and toners.
An environmental chamber simulates varying combinations of environmental conditions while print and copy testing takes place.

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Environmental Chamber

Temperature cabinets are used to determine the long-term impact of temperature on toners at a set temperature level.

Temperature Cabinet

Temperature Cabinet

PILOT PLANT

Before entering full-scale production, new product manufacturing trials are run on pilot plant equipment. Full scale production takes place after meeting the necessary criteria

Pilot Plant Size Jet Mill

Pilot Plant Size Jet Mill

Pilot Plant Classifying System

Pilot Plant Classifying System

High speed mixer for the blending of raw materials and additives

High speed mixer for the blending of raw materials and additives

At INTEGRAL we are aware of the importance of making the best use of natural resources and of protecting the environment.

Outstanding quality of our products means more than performance and value. It includes an all-encompassing ecological compatibility. We take into account the requirements of health and safety as well as the sparing of resources and the minimization of emissions and waste right from the start when we develop new products or manufacturing processes. INTEGRAL imaging supplies are designed to conserve natural resources and to minimize the use of harmful substances.

Therefore INTEGRAL is committed to environmental matters.

Our production processes are organized in an environmentally conscious manner

INTEGRAL’s environmental policy encourages the recycling of products where possible as well as the re-use of packaging materials

INTEGRAL recommends the recycling of laser printer cartridges. This goal is supported with a line of products for laser printer cartridge remanufacturing available from INTEGRAL

 

INTEGRAL toners contain low amounts of fines and toner dust. Therefore the use of INTEGRAL toner prevents health hazards

INTEGRAL toners are manufactured with raw materials, which are unobjectionable in terms of health and environmental safety. Significantly reduced amounts of waste toner are produced during the copy process/print process when using INTEGRAL toners

Our toners are produced to have a long lasting life cycle and to ensure an optimized life of vital machine components. This goes in line with our environmental policy to save resources.

At INTEGRAL we are conscious in achieving results in consistence with environmental matters by organizing our operations in a responsible and reasonable way

INTEGRAL´s environmental policy is to maintain a clean environment and is an excellent opportunity for our customers to increase sales by building customer loyalty to environmentally compatible products.

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