Maximum Duty Cycle: What It Means The maximum monthly duty cycle never meant what most people assume. It is not the maximum number of pages you should print in a typical month; it's the maximum you can print without driving up repair costs. If you hit the maximum every month, you'll typically reach the printer's lifetime maximum in just a few months.Some manufacturers have taken to slipping terms like "recommended maximum duty cycle" into their spec sheets when they really mean maximum duty cycle. Don't take these claims at face value. If the spec sheet says recommended maximum, ask what the maximum duty cycle is and see if you get the same number. Maximum Duty Cycle: What It's Good for It would be nice if manufacturers would publish an actual recommended monthly duty cycle along with the maximum. But because they generally don't, the rule of thumb for getting the longest life from your printer is to print no more than about one-third of the maximum duty cycle in any given month. The Missing Duty Cycle Specs There are two other duty cycle-related specs it would help to know: the design lifetime in months and in total number of pages. The total pages divided by the total lifetime in months, would be the same as the recommended monthly duty cycle. Manufacturers don't usually provide this information, but they should.
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