Avoid paper jams

paper-jamWe have all been there. If you work in an office environment, you have dealt with a paper jam. Luckily, most paper jams are easily resolved and you are usually on your way and printing within minutes. What if I told you that you can do a few things to prevent them happening in the first place? This article will give you some ideas on how to avoid paper jams.  Let me make the disclaimer that I can’t guarantee that paper jams will never occur but you can do a few things to make them less prevalent in your office.

  1. Please don’t over load the paper tray! It is very tempting to put more paper in the paper tray than it calls for. Who wants to reload paper over and over again? Problem is, this is a great way to set yourself up and not a good way to avoid paper jams. 
  2. Don’t mix media. In other words, make sure you load the same size paper in the paper tray. Don’t try to mix them. This is another example of how not to avoid paper jams. 
  3. Let your paper tray empty before adding more paper. In addition, never open the paper tray to add paper in the middle of a print job. You will not be doing yourself any favors.