A Note on Mimaki printers for your printing needs
As a service company, we love when you call us for printer service. It is an opportunity to help you in a moment of need, but too often the needs we see are a crisis that shouldn’t have happened. I personally find it amazing that people often spend more for a piece of equipment that makes them money than they spend on their car which costs them money, but they take far better care of their car. Not only does this apply to the cosmetics, where people put solvent rags and splash ink all over their printer, but also even more importantly, the mechanics, the heart and soul of the printer. Do you drive your car 20,000 between oil changes and wait until it breaks, or do you change your oil at regular intervals? Do you want to learn more? Visit official site
The good news, is maybe you can’t perform the full preventive maintenance program your printer may need, but you can do your own “oil changes” between major service intervals, often stretching that interval out further. Like your car, your printer has fluids and fluid systems that need to be clean for optimum life and performance. Though each printer has its own maintenance routine, there are a number of things that apply to pretty much anything out there, whether by Mimaki, Mutoh, HP, Roland, or other manufacturer:
1. Keep the ink flowing and the printheads “wet.” Even if you don’t print for a while (a few days or more), continue your daily maintenance, and run a set of color bars equal to your inkset each day. If CMYK, do about 4 – 6″ x 12″ blocks of 100% of each color. If you have light cyan and magenta, make it 6 – 6″ x 8″ blocks with the light colors being only 40% density to assure that ink is being used by the RIP. Same goes for orange, green, or white. You get the idea.
2. Keep the capping station clean. Crusty capping stations will reduce the efficiency of your system which relies on a good seal between the cap and the heads for the pumps to do their job. Failure to keep the capping station clean will also result in premature degradation of the caps through the buildup of solvent and pigments.
3. Keep the wipers clean too. The wipers swipe across the print heads to remove excess ink buildup, and if they are crusty or dirty, they can actually force pigment particulate into the print head with disastrous results.
4. When they come up, don’t ignore the error messages and PM flags that the manufacturers have put in your printer. They have done that for a reason, and like an oil change, should not be skipped or waited on for too long.
5. If you plan not to use your printer for a while, say for longer than a month or more, we suggest that you have your system flushed. There are right and wrong ways to flush a printer, so don’t hesitate to call us for help.
Working with our manufacturers, we have developed some excellent maintenance fluids that are not overly volatile, and are formulated to help to keep print heads from drying out on you. Please call us for details.
That’s the simple version for the money making part of your printer, so let’s talk for a minute about keeping it good looking as well as productive. Don’t put solvent rags on your printer – if plastic, it will melt, and if paint, it may mottle the paint. If you splash ink on your printer, wipe it off – quickly! Don’t use a blade across the heater platen on your printer. No different than your car, no one wants a scratched up or scarred printer, even a used one, and if you may sell it someday, it will be worth more.