Canon iP1500 - PIXMA Color Inkjet Printer Service manual

PIXMA iP1500
SERVICE
MANUAL
Canon
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1. PRODUCT LIST
1-1. Main Units
Product name
Canon Bubble Jet Printer
iP1500
Product code
Sales territory
9319A001AA
US
9319A002AA
CA
9319A003AA
LAM LVT
9319A004AA
LAM HVT
9319A005AA
EMB
9319A005AB
EMB
9319A008AA
ASA HVT
9319A009AA
AU
9319A010AA
KR
9319A011AA
GB
9319A012AA
JP
9319A013AA
TW
9319A014AA
HK
9319A015AA
CN
9319A017AA
EUM
Remarks
1-2. Options
None
1-3. Consumables
Product name
Product code
Sales territory
Canon Ink Tank
BCI-24 Black
6881A001AA
6881A002AA
6881A003AA
6881A004AA
JPN
EUR
USA/CAN
ASIA/AUST
Canon Ink Tank
BCI-24 Color
6882A001AA
6882A002AA
6882A003AA
6882A004AA
JPN
EUR
USA/CAN
ASIA/AUST
Canon Ink Tank
BCI-24 Black Twin Pack
6881A008AA
6881A009AA
6881A010AA
6881A011AA
JPN
EUR
USA/CAN
ASIA/AUST
Canon Ink Tank
BCI-24 Color Twin Pack
6882A008AA
6882A009AA
6882A010AA
6882A011AA
JPN
EUR
USA/CAN
ASIA/AUST
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Remarks
In common with the
S200, S200x, S300,
S330, i320, i350,
i355, i250, and i255
2. PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
2-1. Printer Main Unit Specifications
Paper feeding method
ASF
Resolution
4,800 x 1,200 dpi (max.)
Printing speed
Measured by throughput patterns Fine_BK and Fine_CL.
HQ
HS
BK
13.2 ppm (BK throughput pattern)
CL
6.8 ppm (CL throughput pattern)
BK
18 ppm
(BK throughput pattern)
CL
13 ppm
(CL throughput pattern)
Printing direction
Draft mode print duty
Bi-directional / Uni-directional (automatically switched according to print data
and print mode)
50% duty
Print width
203.2 mm (8 inches)
Interface
USB (2.0) Full Speed only
Supported print head
Service part: QY6-0054-000
No. of pages that can be printed
CL
BK
CL approx. 170 pages, BK approx. 520 pages
(SCID No.5 pattern, default print mode)
BK approx. 300 pages (1500 character pattern, default print mode)
Plain paper
2
Max. 10 mm (Approx. 100 pages of 75 g/m )
64 to 105 g/m2
10 mm or less
High Resolution Paper
10 mm (Approx. 80 sheets) or less
Glossy Photo Paper
A4, LTR:
4x6:
10 sheets or less
20 sheets or less
A4, LTR, 5x7:
4x6:
10 sheets or less
20 sheets or less
ASF stacking capacity
Paper weight
Photo Paper Pro,
Photo Paper Plus Glossy,
Matte Photo Paper,
Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss
Photo Paper Plus Double Sided
1 sheet
Transparency
30 sheets or less
Envelope
10 sheets or less
T-shirt Transfer
1 sheet
Photo Stickers
1 sheet
Borderless printing
Detection function
Up to A4, LTR
Cover open
Available
Presence of print head
Available
Presence of ink tank
Not available
Presence of paper
Available
Paper width
Not available
Waste ink absorber full
Available
Remaining ink amount
Available (Detected by dot counting. Reset by user operation. Enabled at
default.)
Available (11 types)
Print head alignment
Acoustic noise level
Fine (Glossy Photo Paper / Fine
mode)
HQ
Approx. 43 dB (Sound pressure level ISO9296)
Approx. 46 dB
HS
Approx. 55 dB
Environmental requirements
During operation
Non-operation
Temperature:
Humidity:
Temperature:
Humidity:
5C to 35C (41F to 95F)
10% to 90%RH (no condensation)
0C to 40C (32F to 104F)
5% to 95%RH (no condensation)
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Power supply
Input voltage / Frequency
AC 100 to 127 V, 50/60Hz (LV)
AC 220 to 240 V, 50/60Hz (HV)
Power consumption: During printing Approx. 8 W
Stand-by status Approx. 1 W
External dimensions
With the paper support extended
(no paper output tray)
Approx. 416 (W) x 250 (D) x 305 (H) mm
With the paper support retracted
(no paper output tray)
Approx. 416 (W) x 207 (D) x 165 (H) mm
Weight
Approx. 2.5 kg (excluding the print head and ink tanks)
Related standards
Electromagnetic radiance,
Electrical safety
VCCI, FCC, IC, CE Mark, Taiwan EMC, C-Tick, CCC (EMC), Korea MIC,
Gost-R, DENAN, UL, C-UL, CB Report, GS, FT, SASO, SPRING, Korea EK,
IRAM
Note: Not Blue Angel compliant.
2-2. Product Life
Specified print volume or the years of use, whichever comes first.
- 3 years of use
- Print volume: 4,000 pages
- Black: 2,000 pages (A4, standard mode, 1,500 character pattern)
- Color: 1,200 pages (A4, 7.5% duty per color pattern)
120 pages (A4, photo, borderless printing)
80 pages (4 x 6, photo, borderless printing)
600 pages (Postcard, photo, borderless printing)
Note: The above print volume breakdown is estimated using average user consumption patterns.
2-3. Print Head Specifications
Type
4-color integrated type (ink tank separate type)
Print head
BK:
320 nozzles in 2 vertical lines
C/M/Y:
128 nozzles in 2 vertical lines per color
Ink droplet: BK 30 pl, CL 5 pl / 2 pl
Ink color
BK (pigment-based ink)
CL: Y, M, C (high brilliance)
Ink tank
BCI-24 Black, BCI-24 Color
Weight
Approx. 58g (excluding ink tanks)
Supply method
Service part (excluding ink tanks)
Part number: QY6-0054-000
Print head life
4,000 pages (Same as the printer main unit)
Note: Although the print head can be physically installed in the i350, i355, i250, i255, S300, and S330
series printers, it is incompatible with and cannot be used in those models.
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3.
ERROR DISPLAY
Errors are displayed by the LEDs, and ink low warnings are displayed by the Status Monitor.
3-1. Operator Call Error (LED Blinking in Orange)
LED
Error
blinking
2 times
Paper out
3 times
Paper jam
4 times
Ink tank not installed
5 times
Print head not installed or failure has
occurred in the print head.
(Non-supported print head (see page 4) is
installed or print head EEPROM data is
abnormal.)
Waste ink absorber full or platen waste ink
absorber full warning (approx. 95% of the
maximum capacity)
8 times
Corrective action
Set paper, and press the Resume/Cancel button
to feed the paper.
Remove the jammed paper, and press the
Resume/Cancel button.
Re-install the ink tanks, and close the access
cover.
Install the print head, and close the access cover.
Or, confirm the print head is “QY6-0054-000” and
perform re-installation. If not recovered, with the
print head installed, power the printer off and on.
Pressing the Resume/Cancel button will exit the
error, and enable printing.
3-2. Service Call Error (LED Blinking in Orange and Green Alternately)
LED
Error
Corrective Action
blinking
2 times
Carriage error
Replace the printer as it has failed.
3 times
LF error
Replace the printer as it has failed.
7 times
Waste ink absorber full or platen waste ink
Replace the printer as it has failed.
absorber full
8 times
Print head temperature rise error
Replace the printer as it has failed.
9 times
EEPROM error
Replace the printer as it has failed.
10 times
No print head detected excepting print head
Replace the printer as it has failed.
replacement (during printing)
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3-3. Ink Low Warning (Ink low warnings are displayed by the Status Monitor only when the
remaining ink level detection is enabled, and no Status Monitor display when disabled.)
Note: The Status Monitor display in the table below is for Windows.
Warning
Display by Status Monitor
Ink low warning 1 (approx. half level)
Ink low warning 2 (low remaining ink)
Ink low warning 3 (ink level unknown)
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4. SERVICE MODE
To conduct the following functions, a host computer (Windows 98 / ME / 2000 / XP), printer driver and
service tool (QY9-0066) for the iP1500 are needed.
Function
Print head manual cleaning
<For reference>
Print head deep cleaning
Paper feed roller cleaning
Procedure
Select “Cleaning” from the printer driver’s Maintenance.
Remarks
Cleaning time: Approx. 40 sec.
Select “Deep Cleaning” from the printer driver’s
Maintenance.
Cleaning time: Approx. 70 sec.
Cleaning time: Approx. 2 min.
1. Remove the paper from the ASF.
2. Select “Roller Cleaning“ from the printer driver’s
Maintenance.
3. Following the instruction from the Status Monitor, load
3 sheets of plain paper in the ASF, and feed them.
Test printing
Nozzle check pattern printing
1) Nozzle check pattern printing Select “Nozzle Check“ from the printer driver’s
Maintenance.
<For reference>
1. Select “Print Head Alignment“ from the printer driver’s Significant misalignment can be
Print head alignment
adjusted.
Maintenance.
2. Select the optimal value using the printed head
position adjustment pattern.
Refer to Shipment inspection pattern*1 below.
2) Shipment pattern printing
- ROM version
- Number of pages fed
- Waste ink amount
EEPROM reset
Refer to EEPROM reset / Destination setting*3 below.
(Reset of waste ink counter etc.)
Destination setting
Refer to EEPROM reset / Destination setting*3 below.
EEPROM information check
Refer to Shipment inspection pattern*1 below.
Refer to Shipment inspection
pattern sample*2 below.
Host computer and service tool
are required.
Host computer and service tool
are required.
Host computer and service tool
are required.
Host computer and service tool
are required.
*1 Shipment inspection pattern printing
a. Install the print head (QY6-0054-000), and press the Power button to turn on the printer. (The LED lights in green.)
b. Load A4-sized paper.
c. Connect the printer to the computer. Using the iP1500 service tool (QY9-0066), select “USB PORT.” (See APPENDIX
2, ip1500 SERVICE TOOL.)
d. Select “TEST PATTERN 1.” The printer starts printing the shipment inspection pattern.
2
* Shipment inspection pattern sample
EEPROM contents can be confirmed from the shipment inspection pattern printout (top of the shipment inspection
pattern). See APPENDIX 1, SHIPMENT INSPECTION PATTERN 1, for print sample.
*3 EEPROM reset / Destination setting
a. Install the print head (QY6-0054-000), and press the Power button to turn on the printer. (The LED lights in green.)
b. Connect the printer to the computer. Using the iP1500 service tool (QY9-0066), select “USB PORT”. (See APPENDIX
2, iP1500 SERVICE TOOL.)
c. <Destination setting>
Destination can be set by clicking each model name in “SET DESTINATION.”
Confirm the model name by clicking “GET DEVICE ID” after setting change. (If incorrect, it can be changed before
turning the unit OFF/ON.)
<EEPROM reset>
When ”EEPROM CLEAR” is checked, the EEPROM is reset after the shipment inspection pattern printing.
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5. EXTERNAL VIEW / PARTS LIST
5-1. External Parts, Power Supply Unit, Logic Board Ass’y
5-2. Print Unit
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Parts List
Key
Rank
Q’ty
QY6-0054-000
K
1
PRINT HEAD
1
QC1-4988-000
J
1
PAPER SUPPORT
2
QM2-1428-000
J
1
3
QC1-4991-000
J
1
COVER, I/F
QC1-5005-000
J
1
EMBLEM (E)
B
B
4
Description
Remark
Common
Part Number
B
UPPER COVER UNIT, WITH
BUTTON
QC1-5009-000
J
1
EMBLEM (J)
5
QC1-5019-000
J
1
LABEL, PIXMA (E)
6
QM2-1441-000
I
1
FRONT COVER
7
QM2-1477-000
I
1
LOGIC BOARD ASS’Y
QK1-0756-000
I
1
AC ADAPTER: 100/120V 50/60HZ
LV
QK1-0757-000
N
1
AC ADAPTER: 220/240V 50/60HZ
HV (EUR/ASIA/AU/KR/HK/GB/EUM)
9
QC1-5104-000
I
1
FILM, TIMING SLIT STRIP
10
QC1-4998-000
I
1
SPRING, TIMING SLIT STRIP FILM
8
parts
11
QC1-1690-000
I
1
LOCK LEVER.BLADE
12
QM2-1445-000
I
1
CAP UNIT
C
C
13
QM2-1443-000
I
1
BLADE UNIT
C
14
QC1-4975-000
I
1
ABSORBER 1, INK
MAIN WASTE INK ABSORBER 1
15
QC1-4976-000
I
1
ABSORBER 2, INK
MAIN WASTE INK ABSORBER 2
16
QM2-1847-000
I
1
ABSORBER, PLATEN
PLATEN WASTE INK ABSORBER
S1
XA9-1493-000
G
SCREW, TP M3X8
FOR AC ADAPTER
C
FOR UPPER CASE UNIT
S2
XB6-7300-605
G
SCREW, TP M3X6 MM
FOR LOGIC BOARD ASS’Y
C
FOR LF MOTOR
S3
XB1-2300-405
G
SCREW, M3X4
FOR TIMING SLIT STRIP FILM SPRING
C
Power cables:
QH2-2720-000
S
1
CORD, POWER
120V (LAM-LV)
A
QH2-2724-000
S
1
CORD, POWER
100V-120V (JP)
B
QH2-2725-000
S
1
CORD, POWER
100V-120V
A
QH2-2726-000
S
1
CORD, POWER
220V-240V
A
QH2-2727-000
S
1
CORD, POWER
220V-240V (AU)
A
WT3-5156-000
S
1
CORD, POWER
220V-240V (GB, HK)
A
WT3-5160-000
S
1
CORD, POWER
220V-240V (KR)
A
WT3-5182-000
S
1
CORD, POWER
220V-240V (CHN)
A
A: In common with the iP2000 and iP1000
B: In common with the iP2000
C: In common with the iP1000
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6.
TROUBLESHOOTING FLOWCHART
Power ON
Service Call
Error?
Yes
No
Open access cover,
and install print head
Service Call
Error?
Yes
No
Connect to computer
Shipment inspection
pattern printing
Correct?
Yes
< Shipment inspection pattern check items>
See 4. SERVICE MODE for
printing method.
(See APPENDIX 1, SHIPMENT INSPECTION PATTERN 1.)
No
Replace print head and print
shipment inspection pattern
Correct?
1. Non-ejection of ink:
Yes
NG
2. Top of form:
Off the paper
NG
3. Vertical lines:
Not connected
NG
4. Gray area:
White lines / uneven density
NG
No
Yes
Main waste ink counter
less than 7%?
Yes
Normal
No
Visually check the platen waste ink
absorber, and replace it if it is
soiled.
Defective
6-1. Printer Main Unit Troubleshooting Flowchart (how to confirm printer operation at refurbishment)
<Note for normal printer refurbishment>
At end of refurbishment, set the printer to the default shipment conditions (with the paper lifting plate
in the raised position, and the carriage locked in the home position), following the steps below.
1. Install the print head, and while pressing and holding the Power button, connect the AC plug.
After the LED lights in green, with the Power button still pressed, press the Resume/Cancel
button 2 times, and release both the Power and Resume/Cancel buttons. (Each time the
Resume/Cancel button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in orange and green, starting
with orange.)
2. Print the shipment inspection pattern, and reset the EEPROM, following the procedures in 4.
SERVICE MODE.
3. Press the Power button to turn off the printer. (The paper lifting plate is raised, and the
carriage moves to the print head replacement position.) Remove the print head. (DO NOT
print after this point.)
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6-2. Print Head Troubleshooting Flowchart (print head operation confirmation)
Connect to computer
Nozzle check pattern printing
See 4. SERVICE MODE
for printing method.
Yes
Correct?
No
See 4. SERVICE MODE
for cleaning method.
Print head cleaning
Nozzle check pattern printing
Yes
Correct?
No
See 4. SERVICE MODE
for cleaning method.
Print head deep cleaning
Nozzle check pattern printing
Correct?
Yes
No
Print head deep cleaning
Nozzle check pattern printing
Correct?
Yes
No
Replace ink tanks
Nozzle check pattern printing
Correct?
Yes
No
Normal
Defective
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7. SPECIAL NOTES ON SERVICING
7-1. Resetting the Main and Platen Waste Ink Counters
The counters for the main waste ink absorber and the platen waste ink absorber can be reset
separately. At waste ink absorber replacement, using the iP1500 service tool, reset the applicable
waste ink counter(s). (When both the main and platen waste ink absorbers are replaced, reset both
the main and platen waste ink counters.)
<Waste ink absorber replacement procedures>
1. Error check
At a waste ink full error (95% or full), identify which waste ink abosrber is full, the main or the
platen, using the iP1500 service tool’s EEP-ROM INFORMATION, Dd or Ds values, as the error
itself does not indicate which waste ink absorber is full. (See APPENDIX 2, iP1500 SERVICE
TOOL, for details). Then, replace the applicable waste ink absorber.
- Dd: Main waste ink absorber amount (128,400 mg at 95% full, 135,200 mg at full)
- Ds: Platen waste ink absorber amount (7,220 mg at 95% full, 7,600 mg at full)
2. Resetting the replaced waste ink absorber counter
- At main waste ink absorber replacement:
In the iP1500 service tool CLEAR WASTE INK COUNTER section, click MAIN to reset
the main waste ink counter value.
- At platen waste ink absorber replacement:
In the iP1500 service tool CLEAR WASTE INK COUNTER section, click PLATEN to
reset the platen waste ink counter value.
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7-2. Servicing in Asia
- Elimination of Major Component Connectors on the Logic Board Ass’y In the iP1500, the LF and CR motors and the LF encoder are soldered to the logic board ass’y, and
the connectors which were used in prior models are eliminated.
In addition, the CR flexible cable is soldered to the print head to eliminate the connector. (However, in
peak periods of production, instead of soldering, the connector may be used for the CR flexible cable
on the print head side.)
<Special notes on servicing>
In replacing the logic board ass’y, remove the solder from the backside of the logic board’s LF motor,
CR motor, and LF encoder cable connections, and re-solder them to the replaced logic board ass’y.
Regarding the CR flexible cable, as servicing is to be conducted by replacement of the print unit, no
solder removal or re-soldering of the cable itself is required.
Logic Board Ass’y
CR Flexible Cable (Print Head Side)
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8. PRODUCT TECHNICAL INFORMATION
8-1. FAQ (Problems specific to the iP1500 and corrective actions)
No.
1
*
A
2
A
3
B
4
5
Function
Phenomenon
Possible Call / Claim
Corrective action
- LED blinks alternately in orange and Remove the packing material fixing the
Installation Carriage error (LED blinks
carriage.
alternately in orange and green 2 green, 2 times (carriage error).
times).
Ink tank installation error
(LED blinks in orange 4 times.)
Cause
The user may not have removed the
packing material at unpacking and
installation.
Although a caution sheet is packaged
together with the printer, the user may not
have noticed it.
Note: Even if the packing material
remains, no parts are damaged.
Open the access cover, and install the ink Since the user did not seat the ink tanks
- LED blinks in orange 4 times (ink
tanks properly.
completely at unpacking, installation, or
tank installation error). (As this
ink tank replacement, the ink tank
occurs at printer installation, the user
contacts the main case.
cannot recognize the error.)
No paper feeding when a
number of sheets are loaded.
(PP-101)
- Paper out error
- Paper cannot be fed
- Cannot print
B
Multi-feeding
- Multiple pages of paper are fed
simultaneously.
-Blank paper is ejected.
B
Envelope not feeding
- Paper out error
- Paper cannot be fed
- Cannot print
Paper
feeding
1. Perform roller cleaning from the printer
driver.
2. Clean the paper feed roller with
pre-moistened wipe or moistened
cloth.
1. Fan the paper and set them in the
ASF.
2. In case of PR-101, set the paper sheet
by sheet in the ASF.
1.
2.
3.
6
7
B
C
Envelope jam at feeding
Paper jam
4.
1.
- Paper jam error
- Paper cannot be fed
- Cannot print
2.
1.
- Paper jam error
- Paper cannot be fed
- Cannot print
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The paper feed roller slips on the paper at
paper feeding.
In the high temperature and high humidity
environment, the frictional force between
the front and back sides of paper
becomes high, and sheets stick to each
other, contributing to multi-feeding.
Perform roller cleaning from the printer The paper feed roller slips on the paper at
paper feeding.
driver.
Note: Depending on the paper lots. This
Clean the paper feed roller with
phenomenon may occur in DL
pre-moistened wipe or moistened
envelope.
cloth.
Reduce the number of envelopes
loaded in the ASF.
Flatten the envelope (with a pen).
Perform roller cleaning from the printer When the paper is fed by the
slightly-slippery paper feed roller, the flap
driver.
is caught in the return position of the claw.
Reduce the number of envelopes
loaded in the ASF.
Remove the jammed paper from the
As the LF roller slips on the paper, the
paper pick-up side.
paper is not fed, causing the jam error at
paper ejecting.
(8-1. FAQ (Problems specific to the iP1000 and corrective actions) cont’d)
No.
8
*
B
9
Function
Image
quality
Phenomenon
Smearing on printed side.
Possible Call / Claim
- Smear on the printed side of paper
- Cannot print properly
- Paper edge crease
Corrective action
1. Correct the paper curl.
2. Recommend the user to conduct
printing in the print quality assurance
area. (In the iP1500, the head-to-paper
distance cannot be changed.)
1. Perform Bottom Plate cleaning from
the printer driver.
2. Clean the ribs on the platen with cotton
swabs/buds.
B
Smearing on the backside, or
address side of postcards
10
C
Horizontal lines or uneven print
density at the trailing edge of
paper
<Photo Paper Plus Double Sided>
- Smears on the already printed side
when printing the other side
<When printing the address side of
postcards>
- Smears on the address side
<When printing the message side of
postcards>
- Smears on the backside
1. Recommend printing in the print quality
- Cannot print to the bottom edge of
assurance area.
paper
- Lines or uneven print density appear 2. Change the print quality from standard
to high mode.
in the trailing edge of paper
3. Try other paper (PP-101)
- Cannot print properly
11
C
Cause
The edge of paper rises due when paper
is curled, causing the print head to rub
against the printed surface of paper,
resulting in smearing.
When borderless printing is conducted
continuously, ink mist attaches to the ribs
on the platen, and is transferred to the
backside of the following paper.
When the paper end comes off the pinch
roller, printing is performed without the
paper being held, preventing the ink drops
from being ejected in the correct
positions, resulting in unevenness.
Note: The problem is less noticeable than
that of the i320.
Horizontal lines or uneven print - Lines or uneven print density (on skin Change the print quality from standard to As the print media slightly slips while
high mode.
being fed by the LF roller, printed areas
density due to LF roller feeding at tones and background)
overlap, causing the problem.
- Cannot print properly
small pitch
*Occurrence level:
A: The phenomenon is likely to occur frequently. (Caution required).
B: The phenomenon may occur under certain conditions, but likeliness is assumed very low in practical usage.
C: The phenomenon is unlikely to be recognized by the user, and no practical issues are assumed.
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8-2. Major Functions
(1) Borderless printing (up to A4 and LTR sizes)
<Possible problems with this function>
- Smearing on the address side of postcards in continuous borderless printing on the message side.
-> Perform Bottom Plate cleaning, and clean the ribs on the platen.
- Smearing on the backside of paper in continuous borderless printing.
-> Perform Bottom Plate cleaning, and clean the ribs on the platen.
- Ink mist on the platen.
-> Perform Bottom Plate cleaning, and clean the ribs on the platen.
(2) No paper selection lever
The printer does not need adjustment via a paper selection lever. (Adjustment of the head-to-paper distance
when printing envelopes is not necessary.)
<Possible problems with this function>
- The head rubs against the paper when the amount of paper curl is large.
-> Flatten curled paper (to less than 3 mm).
-> In print modes other than borderless printing, conduct printing in the print quality assurance
area of the top and bottom edges. (Top margin 28 mm, bottom margin 26.5 mm)
(3) Quiet mode
The printer has a quiet mode function.
Compared with the normal mode,
Acoustic noise level:
Slightly lower. (HQ, normal: Approx. 43.4 dB, Quiet: Approx. 42.8 dB)
Audible overtone level: Sound quality changes, and sound becomes quieter.
Print speed:
Slows. (BK printing in HQ/HS mode using an acoustic noise measurement
pattern: Approx.1.3 times)
<Possible problems with this function>
- The operation sound does not become quieter.
->The audible sound becomes only slightly quieter.
- Printing is slow.
-> Disable the Quiet mode.
(4)
Remaining ink level detection function
The printer has a function to detect the remaining ink level. (Default setting: ON)
Detection method: Dot counting (Counted for each BK/CL ink tank)
CL tank: The remaining ink level is detected by total counted dot values of 3 colors of ink.
Display method: Displayed on the Status Monitor (at 3 levels listed below for each BK/CL ink tank)
Level 1: Half level of remaining ink level (Approx. 40% of ink remaining)
Level 2: Indication of “!” mark (Approx. 10% of ink remaining)
Level 3: Indication of “?” mark (Remaining ink level is unknown, ink may be used up
anytime)
Note: Remaining ink detection function displays the status only, and does not cause errors.
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Accuracy:
The margin of error of detection accuracy is +/-10% in normal printing.
The margin of error is likely to be large in the following specific print patterns:
When printing continuously using any one of the CMY colors of ink
-> As the remaining ink level is calculated by total counted dot values of 3 colors of ink, if
any of the C/M/Y inks is heavily consumed, the margin of error for remaining ink
increases.
When performing continuous BK solid printing
-> With continuous printing, ink flow from the tank to the ink chamber can be interrupted,
after which ink remains unused in the tank.
Reset procedure:
Perform the following operations from the printer driver’s Maintenance:
1. In Low Ink Warning Setting, enable Display low ink warning.
2. In Ink Counter Reset, reset the applicable ink counter(s).
Note: Be sure to reset the ink counter from the printer driver’s Maintenance after replacing ink tanks.
<Possible problems with this function>
- Due to user error, the actual remaining ink level does not match the indicated remaining ink level,
resulting in “ink out”, etc.
User error: Forgetting to reset the ink counter / ink counter reset other than when replacing ink
tanks.
- Due to the specific print pattern, the actual remaining ink level does not match the indicated remaining
ink level, resulting in “ink out”.
Specific print pattern: Continuous printing using any one of the CMY colors of ink / continuous
BK solid printing, etc.
(5) Print head deep cleaning
The printer has a print head deep cleaning (refreshing) function.
Print head deep cleaning (refreshing):
This is a deep cleaning function in order to resolve print failure due to ink clogging
the print head. (The black ink is pigment-based, and clogs easier than other
dye-based ink.)
Perform from the printer driver’s Maintenance.
<Possible problems with this function>
- Excessive ink consumption when conducting print head deep cleaning repeatedly. (The amount of ink
used is approx. 10 to 15 times the normal manual cleaning amount.)
<Reference> Cleaning types, amount of ink used, and time required
BK and CL ink drawing is simultaneously performed.
Cleaning type
Amount of ink used
Manual cleaning
BK: Approx. 0.12 g
Dot count cleaning
CL: Approx. 0.14 g
Timer cleaning (24 hours to 2 weeks)
Print head replacement
BK: Approx. 0.42 g
Ink tank replacement
CL: Approx. 0.52 g
Cleaning when the print head is not capped at printer power on
Cleaning on arrival at user
BK: Approx. 0.42 g
Timer cleaning (2 weeks to 3 months)
CL: Approx. 0.52 g
Print head deep cleaning
BK: Approx. 1.5 g
Timer cleaning (3 months or more)
CL: Approx. 2.2 g
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Time required
Approx. 40 sec.
Approx. 45 sec.
Approx. 60 sec.
Approx. 70 sec.
(6) Print head alignment
The printer has a print head alignment function (print head position adjustment function). As it is not
necessary to perform print head alignment at setup or installation of the printer, the function is only briefly
introduced at installation.
Print head alignment: This is a function to correct displacements between the nozzle lines of the print
head, and incorrect print position at bi-directional printing.
The adjustment is conducted using the printed head position adjustment
pattern.
A: Print head alignment between black even and odd nozzles
B: Print head alignment between cyan even and odd large nozzles
C: Print head alignment between magenta even and odd large nozzles
D: Print head alignment between cyan even and odd small nozzles
E: Print head alignment between magenta even and odd small nozzles
F: Print head alignment in bi-directional black printing
G: Print head alignment of large nozzles in color bi-directional printing
H: Print head alignment between black and photo black nozzles
I: Print head alignment of small nozzles in color bi-directional printing
J: Print head alignment between color large and small nozzles
K: Print head alignment between magenta large and small nozzles
Perform from the printer driver’s Maintenance.
(At initial set-up by the user, notice to perform the print head alignment is
displayed in the Status Monitor.)
<Possible problems with this function>
- The line is not straight.
-> Perform print head alignment from the printer driver.
- Printout is granulated.
-> Disable the Quiet mode.
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APPENDIX 1:
SHIPMENT INSPECTION PATTERN 1
Check item 1 (Non-ejection of ink): Total area of the sample below
Check item 2 (Top of form)
Print EEPROM information
-> See below for details.
BK nozzle check pattern
C nozzle check pattern
M nozzle check pattern
Y nozzle check pattern
Check item 3 (Gray area)
Check item 4 (Vertical lines)
Paper size: A4
<EEPROM information print>
Model name
ROM version
Main ink absorber waste ink amount (%)
IP1500 P=V X.XX D=XXXXX.X Page=XXXX PL=XXXX ,HR=XXXX ,GP=XXXX ,CA=XXXX ,BL=XXXX
SettingTime=XXXX / XX / XX XX:XX YY YY YY YY USB= (YYYYYY)
Installation time
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Number of sheets fed
Page: Total
PL:
Plain paper
PR: PR-101, PP-101, MP-101
CA: Postcard, inkjet postcard,
glossy photo card
BL:
Borderless printing (counted
separately from the count by
paper type)
APPENDIX 2:
iP1500 SERVICE TOOL
<How to use the iP1500 Service Tool (QY9-0066)>
Usage:Shipment inspection pattern printing/Destination setting in EEPROM/EEPROM reset
Supported OS:Windows 98 / ME / 2000 / XP (J/E version) : QY9-0066
Distribution method:Provided by SSIS (Download “iP1500 Service Tool” from software download in
SSIS.)
<Usage procedures>
1. Unzip iP1500tool_V100.EXE. (Double-click to unzip the file.)
2. Open the iP1500tool_V100 folder created after unzipping.
3. Open GeneralTool.exe.
A
B
C
F
G
H
D
E
4. Select the connected USB port number from USB PORT (A).
<How to print the shipment inspection pattern>
1. Select TEST PATTERN 1 (B), and the shipment inspection pattern 1 will be printed.
(Refer to APPENDIX 1, SHIPMENT INSPECTION PATTERN 1.)
<How to set the destination>
1. In SET DESTINATION (C), select the applicable model name.
“iP1500J” for Japan model
“iP1500E” for non-Japan models
2. Click DEVICE ID (D), and confirm the model name indicated in the (E) area (iP_1500 for iP1500J,
iP1500 for iP1550E). Or, confirm the model name on the shipment inspection pattern printout.
<How to reset EEPROM>
After marking the EEPROM CLEAR check box, perform the shipment inspection pattern printing. The
EEPROM will be reset.
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<How to reset the waste ink counter>
In CLEAR WASTE INK COUNTER (G), select MAIN or PLATEN. The selected waste ink counter will be
reset.
MAIN resets the main waste ink counter.
PLATEN resets the platen waste ink counter.
If both the main and platen waste ink absorbers are replaced, reset both the main and platen waste ink
counters.
<How to confirm EEPROM information details>
Click EEP-ROM INFORMATION (H). The EEP-ROM INFORMATION dialog box will open to display
EEPROM information details.
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