The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when thinking about a career in IT is ‘something to do with computers’. However, if you think about the setup of a modern business, then you’ll realize that computers make up a fraction of the IT systems.

Peripherals such as photocopiers, projectors and printers are all in huge demand nowadays and the maintenance of these items is critical to the smooth running of almost every modern business. Having your own in-house printing and copying gives your company a level of autonomy and security that you won’t have if you are relying on an outside contractor.

Modern photocopiers do more than just photocopy. Many double as fax machines and printers. As a result they may require professional maintenance if a fault occurs. As more complicated machines have become commonplace, in turn there is an increased need for trained people to maintain these machines.

Maintaining photocopiers and other such equipment is big business, and offers a competitive salary. There are other benefits to working in this area of IT.

Peripheral maintenance will allow you to travel between sites to work instead of being based in one office or building. This is perfect for someone who doesn’t want to be static.

Every job will offer new challenges and will require different solutions. No two days at work will be the same!

When thinking about your career path in IT, it is worth thinking outside the box and considering a job maintaining or installing something other than computers.

If you already work in IT, then odds are you have already used one of these machines. It’s also likely you have also had it malfunction or break on you completely. To avoid this happening in future, there are a few steps you can take.

1.  Keep the glass clean.

Regularly cleaning the glass will improve the quality of your copying. Dirty glass can cause spots and streaks on your prints.

2. Clean internal components.

Buildup of dirt on the inside of your machine can cause a range of problems. Everything from paper jams to poor quality documents can result from poor internal maintenance.

Open up your photocopier on a regular basis and clean the components with a dry cloth. Be sure to check your owner’s manual before you do this! You could damage sensitive parts through heavy handed cleaning.

3. Prevention is better than cure.

It is worth keeping your equipment covered when not in use. Dust is one of the main things that will cause problems further down the line. This is especially important if you work in a dusty environment.

Keeping your peripherals well maintained will help save you money down the line, be it through costs of professional maintenance or replacing your devices entirely!

This post was written by Mark Enright Midshire Business Systems, an award-winning, independent supplier of photocopiers, software and IT solutions in general.

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