Whether you're in the market for a copier right now, or simply wanting to plan for the future, it's important to calculate your copier's lifespan. It's not an exact science, but there are a few ways you can estimate how long a machine will serve your company, making budgeting and planning decisions simpler.
Here's how you can project your copier's life:
- Read your machine's service recommendations. Your machine's operator documentation should contain information about service recommendations. You can also contact the manufacturer or dealer for this information.
- Determine your copier's service interval. Your machine will have recommended service intervals for minor and major servicing—this tells you how often you should get your machine checked out and repaired.
- Do some math. Multiply the number of copies between major service intervals by 10. This should give you a rough projection of the lifespan of that machine.
You can ensure that your machine lasts longer by taking a few steps.
- Regularly maintain and clean your machine
- Buy a high-quality machine
- Don't overuse your machine—buy the right device for your needs
- Use the right ink and paper