Our Compatible Lexmark / IBM Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (Micr) Toner is certified as ISO 9001, 14001 and STMC
compliant. Our manufacturing plants are annually inspected by an autonomous Auditor
who's certification comes from the
International Standards Organization (ISO). We take pride in our certifications and work hard to maintain that quality and it shows in the fact that we have a defect rate of less that one percent.
One of the true test of MICR toner cartridges is the strength of the signal of Iron Oxide. The American Banking Association defines the ratio at 50, while their European and
Canadian counterparts set the bar at 80. We have raised the bar even higher, setting the signal test to 100. Any MICR cartridge not meeting that
standard is rejected.
MICR and the IBM / Lexmark Printer
Magnetic Ink Character Recognition toner also known as MICR toner is a combination of plastic ink and iron oxide.
All Lexmark / IBM and Troy toner (MICR and Regular) contains a portion of iron oxide. The iron oxide in regular toner has an approximate
signal strength of 30. To print an image, a laser printer will magnetize the drum inside the laser. This drum will
pull the toner formula onto the drum in the image desired to be printed. The drum will roll over the document while
heating the toner formula and producing your image.
The American Banking Association requires an MICR toner cartridge to produce an Iron Oxide Signal Strength of at least 50.
Europe and Canada requires a signal strength of 80. The signal strength of our Lexmark / IBM and Troy MICR toner formula is 100 to 114.
Part of our ISO 9001, 14001 and STMC Quality Process is to do a signal strength check on each batch of our MICR toner.
Any MICR toner with a signal strength of less than 100 is rejected by our Quality Control team.
Your bank will read the MICR line using an optical character reader or sorter. Your check will pass through this
MICR reader at approximately 70 miles per hour. If your MICR toner cartridge prints the MICR line at a signal
strength of less than 50, your check will be rejected by your bank. A rejected check now requires manual input
by the bank and additional bank charges back to you for each rejected check.
Iron oxide is one of the components used to make a MICR toner cartridge. Iron Oxide being heavier than
plastic ink will settle to the bottom of the MICR cartridge while in your printer. A MICR cartridge will
produce an Iron Oxide Signal strength which varies from a low to a high as the printer uses the toner.
As the MICR toner gets used, the percentage of Iron Oxide to Plastic Ink remaining in the cartridge increases.
Our MICR toner cartridge will never register less than 100 for signal strength. Companies choosing to make a
MICR cartridge with an aggregate signal strength of 50 will find their cartridges failing the bank check reader.
Each Hewlett Packard (Lexmark / IBM) laser printer fuses the toner formula at different temperature levels. The Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR)
Toner formula needs to be designed specifically for your printer. Many companies will use the same MICR formula for all
printers resulting in incomplete fusing of MICR toner to your check. This failed toner fusing results in a high reject
rate from the bank. Each batch of our MICR toner is specifically designed for the fusing temperature required by your laser printer.
The high percentage of Iron Oxide in a MICR cartridge will cause significant wear to the internal components of the cartridge.
Each MICR toner cartridge we produce consists of entirely new components. We believe you cannot reuse the components in a
toner cartridge. We believe, MICR toner will wear down B graded and re-used cartridge components resulting in premature
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