User Guide for iCUBE Series iCUBE 1-3

User Guide for iCUBE Series iCUBE 1-3
User Guide for iCUBE Series
iCUBE 1-3
Revision: 2014-09-25
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction
1.1. Introduction to Memjet print technology
2. Printer Parts and their functions
2.1. Printer
2.2. Print Engine
2.3. Printhead
2.4. Printhead Cartridge Dock
2.5. Print Mechanism
2.6. Cutter
2.7. Ink Cartridges
2.8. Ink Connection Ports
2.9. Ink Delivery System (IDS)
2.10. Bulkhead Assembly
2.11. Other IDS Components
2.12. Maintenance Module
2.12.1. Wiper Station
2.12.2. Printing Platen
2.12.3. Capping/Spitton Station
2.12.4. Printhead servicing events
2.13. Print Zone
2.14. Onboard Print Engine Controller (OmniPEC) and Main Board
2.15. The Controlling System
3. Installing the Printer
3.1. Choose a location
3.2. Unpacking and Setup
3.3. Checking the Contents
3.4. Connecting the iCUBE
3.5. Setting up the Printer
3.5.1. Maintenance Module (MM)
3.5.2. Installing the Ink Cartridges
3.5.3. Installing the Printhead
3.5.4. Switch on the Printer
3.5.5. Media Handling
3.5.1.1. Print Area
3.5.1.2. Load Media
3.6. Connecting the Printer to a computer
3.6.1. Direct connection to a personal computer
3.7. Install Printer Driver
3.7.1. Driver specifications
3.7.1.0. General Tab
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3.7.1.1. Layout Tab
3.7.1.2. Media Tab
3.7.1.3. Import/Export
3.8. Label printing, generating print jobs
3.8.1. Printing labels from softwares
3.8.2. Printing labels from print jobs
3.9. Printer buttons
4. TOOLBox
4.1. User interface
4.2. Diagnostics
4.3. Ink usage
4.4. Network configuration
4.5. Service Menus
5. Maintenance Guide
5.1. Maintenance Overview
5.2. Standard Maintenance
5.2.1. Daily Maintenance Tasks
Aerosol and debris removal
5.2.2. Bi-Weekly Maintenance Tasks
Aerosol and debris removal
Paper Path, optical sensor cleaning
Wiper Inspection
5.2.3. Monthly Maintenance Tasks
Aerosol and debris removal
Paper Path optical sensor cleaning
Wiper inspection
Waste Ink Absorber inspection
Ink Tubing inspection
Lift Motor Gear inspection
Paper Path Grit Roller inspection
5.2.4. Annual Maintenance Tasks
Aerosol and debris removal
Paper Path optical sensor cleaning
Wiper Inspection
Waste Ink Absorber inspection
Ink Tubing inspection
Lift Motor Gear inspection
Paper Path Grit Roller inspection
Moving Part (Motor Test)
Maintenance Module Sled Assembly cleaning
Paper Dust removal
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Ink tank latch/Ink Bay inspection
Cutter ispection
5.2.5. As Needed Maintenance Tasks
Printhead Cartridge cleaning (Manual Wipe while installed)
Printhead Cartridge cleaning (Remove Cartridge)
Waste Ink Absorber replacement
6. Troubleshooting
6.1. Maintenance Module Troubleshooting
6.2. Printhead Troubleshooting
6.3. Print Quality Troubleshooting
6.4. iCUBE Troubleshouting guide
 General
 Checklist before doing any support
 Troubleshouting Tools
 Dead engine,EWS,Firmware
 Print engine error messsage
 Crit 63-03-phead offline cancel page
 CARTRIDGE_MISSING
 DATA_PATH_UNDERRUN
 Fatal 7102 offline cancel page
 MAINTENANCE_BUSY
 PAPERPATH_CUTTER_ERRROR
 PAPERPATH_FEED_TIMEOUT
 PAPERPATH_PAPERJAM
6.5. Print Quality Issues
 Color Mixing (CM)
 Streaking (SR)
 Dot Misplacement (DP)
 Banding (BD)
 Other General Print Quality Errors (GE)
 Paper Handling (PA)
 Inkdelivery System (ID)
 Paper Cutting
 Firmware Error Message (ER)
 Maintenance Module (MM)
7. Printer Specifications
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1. Introduction
The purpose of this manual is to describe the operation of the iCUBE label printer. The
first section provides and overview of the Memjet™ print technology to make you familiar with
the terms and basics of this new technology that forms the basis of the iCUBE printer series. The
following sections walk you through the installation steps, explain the components of the printer
and their roles, and then teach you how to operate your printer. The manual ends with
maintenance and troubleshooting guide.
1.1. Introduction to MemjetR print technology
Memjet™ Technology is a revolutionary printing technology developed by Silverbrooks
Research (Sidney, Australia). The core of this technology is a full paper width printhead capable
of printing the entire page width at the same time without head movement. The result of this
setup is a breakthrough 12 inch (305 mm) per second printing speed. The printhead is
manufactured with state-of-the art semiconductor technology; an A4 head contains 70,400
nozzles delivering 1600 dpi native resolution at full colour. The nozzles are arranged in 10 rows
having 2 rows for each ink channels. The fixed head spans the width of the label and feeds an
entire label at a time similar to a laser printer. This architecture dramatically improves
performance and ink drop placement accuracy during printing, while decreasing noise and
vibration.
Figure 1 Printing with a traditional moving head and with the
Memjet printhead.
Figure 2: The Memjet 8.5” printhead cartridge showing the ink inlet, outlet
ports, various print-related parts and the printhead.
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Figure 3 The Memjet printhead contains 70,400 nozzles in 10 rows (brown stripe in Figure a).
It shows an electron microscope image of a single nozzle (Figure b).
The small size of the nozzles results in very small (1-2 picolitre) paint drops,
approximately 14 micron drop diameter on paper, effectively achieving the highest print
resolution the human eye can see.
Printing with this type of precision requires many technical details to be solved including
printhead cooling, using special fast drying inks, feeding paper accurately, controlling the
operation of the unit, etc. A unique property of Memjet printing is the special print processor
that uses a custom hardware print pipeline processing engine to render images at a very high
speed. The level of technical standards are reflected by the fact that Silverbrooks Research hold
2500 patents related to Memjet Technology along with another 2000 pending.
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2. Printer parts and their functions
2.1. Printer
The iCUBE printer is a state of the art Memjet printer designed for maximum
usability and performance. The major components of the printer are the print engine, the
controller and the control panel.
2.2. Print engine
The print engine is the heart of the iCUBE printer. It is responsible for the actual print
process. The major subsystems of the engine are the mechanics (paper transport), ink
delivery system (including print head and ink tanks), the print controller and a paper
cutter. The iCUBE controller is responsible to control the operation for the print engine.
You do not need to access and use the print engine directly except when changing print
heads and ink tanks.
Picture of the Print Engine
2.3.
Printhead
Picture of the printhead
2.4. Printhead Cartridge Dock
The printhead cartridge dock positions the page-wide, static, high-speed Memjet
printhead in the correct location to maintain correct position with the print zone.
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Picture of Fluidic Connectors and Memjet Printhead Cartridge
2.5.
Print Mechanism
During printing, the print mechanism moves the paper through the print zone below the
static printhead.
2.6. Cutter
The NorthStar cutter is designed to provide a complete cut of continuous media in
the crossweb direction. This will provide the ability to singulate labels and enable a break
in continuous media to allow servicing of the printhead.
The cutter has a design target of providing a 400,000 cut life on thin tag media. Cuts are
expected to execute in 0.4 seconds at up to 80 8.5inch cuts/minute.
The cutter unit can be removed or replaced, if necessary, without affecting the
performance of the NorthStar.
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2.7. Ink Cartridges
iCUBE series printers use a single printhead-cartridge and five ink tanks: two black,
one cyan, one magenta and one yellow. During installing the ink cartridges the printer
should be turned off.
Picture of the ink cartridge
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Picture of Ink Cartridge Cross-Section
Picture of Ink Cartridge Cross-Section with Air Vent Path Detail
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2.8. Ink Connection Ports
Ink connection ports allow the connection of the external ink supply houses to the print
engine. Unique, zero insertion-force, ganged connectors allow all 10 ink hoses to be engaged
with the printhead in one movement. The printhead can be removed or installed without
disconnecting any of the ink hoses.
2.9. Ink Delivery System (IDS)
The Ink Delivery System (IDS) is a complex system designed to cleanly and reliably
deliver ink to the printhead while minimizing color mixing, drop weight variation, and
dehydration.
The major components of the Ink Delivery System (IDS) are:
• The disposable ink cartridges
• The printhead
• The tubing
• The peristaltic pump
• The pinch valve assembly
• The QA and ink level sensing electronics
• The buffer box
2.10. Bulkhead Assembly
The bulkhead assembly includes the ink cartridges, the septum for connecting to the
bulkhead plate; ink level PCAs, the QAI chip for each ink cartridge and the buffer boxes for
each ink cartridge.
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Picture of Bulkhead Assembly
2.11. Other IDS Components
Picture of Other IDS Components
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2.12. Maintenance Module
Aka Service Station (SS)
The multi-station, maintenance module (MM) maintains and cleans the printhead by
wiping off waste ink and contamination. In addition, the MM assists with printing by
priming the printhead, as well as protecting it when not in use, and guiding the paper as
it passes under the printhead.
Picture of the Maintenance Module
The maintenance module (MM) is a sled that contains stations for wiper, cap/spittoon,
and print zone platen.
To position the correct station into place, a stepper motor moves the sled horizontally,
and a DC motor moves the sled vertically.
The maintenance module:
• Cleans the printhead of excess ink and debris.
• Keeps the printhead protected and hydrated while not in use.
• Provides a safe place to spit ink that is used to keep the nozzles clear.
• Provides a suitable base for supporting the media during printing. This is done with
the print zone platen station.
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Picture of Maintenance Module (MM) Assembly (exploded view)
The maintenance module should be replaced as part of annual maintenance or after printing
one million inches.
NOTE: The maintenance module is not intended to be end-user serviceable, although it is a
service part for technicians.
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2.12.1. Wiper station
The printhead must be wiped to remove ink cross-contamination and particulates.
The cylindrical wiper rotates to wipe the entire width of the printhead. The roller rotates
for the duration of the lift-dwell-lower cycle. The intent is not to merely blot the nozzles
but to have functionally translational wiping. The wiper is programmable and can be
rotated numerous times to perform multiple wiping operations. Once wiping is complete
the station drops back down. A metal transfer roller cleaned by a doctor blade helps
remove ink from the wiper. The removed ink dries or evaporates within the wiper
station. When the wiper becomes contaminated to such an extent that it is no longer
effective, the wiper must be replaced by unlatching the two wiper retaining clips. These
clips can be released while the maintenance module is in the wipe position.
Picture of the wiperstation
2.12.2. Printing platen
The platen provides a smooth writing surface and the correct spacing between the
media and the printhead. During printing, the paper below the printhead is maintained at
a fixed dive angle from the drive roller nip and platen below the nozzles to ensure print
quality. Along the center of the platen there are four Porex (tm) micro sponges to collect
ink overspray.
Picture of Printing platen
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2.12.3. Capping/spittoon station
The printhead should not be allowed to dry out after priming. The cap station is used
when the printer is idle. The cap station limits evaporation from the printhead by sealing
around the nozzles and maintaining a humid environment. The cap is an elastomer seal
that fits around and over the printhead nozzles. It is held against the printhead by the lift
springs on the maintenance module. The cap aligns with the printhead by features at
each end of the maintenance module. The spittoon portion of the station has a waste ink
receptacle used to capture ink ejected during maintenance processes. The used ink wicks
and drains into the waste tank. The wicking bar is a plastic frame and channel of
absorbent material. The absorbent material can be replaced by trained service personnel.
Picture of Capping/spittoon station.
2.12.4. Printhead servicing events
The printhead requires cleaning after any of the following events occur:
 A new printhead is installed and primed
 The printhead is removed and then replaced
 The printhead is primed or re-primed with ink
 The printhead is showing signs of contamination
Be aware that ink is used by the print engine during printhead maintenance as well
as during printing. All waste ink from the printhead nozzles is contained by the
maintenance carousel, either in the spittoon (holds waste ink generated by
priming/cleaning) or in the platen (holds waste ink generated during printing). Therefore,
periodic maintenance will be required to remove the waste ink.
2.13. Print Zone
The clamshell design allows for accessibility during paper loading and paper jam
clearance in the print zone.
2.14. Onboard Print Engine Controller (OmniPEC) and Main Board
The OmniPEC controls all electronic aspects of the printing and print engine operation.
The custom 95-pin WaveTech connector connects the printhead to the printhead board,
which is connected by cables to the OmniPEC main board. The OmniPEC allows connections to
paper motors, ink level sensors, ink pump and additional sensors.
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Dual resolution file format to
achieve crisp Print Quality (PQ) yet
reasonable file size
1600 dpi lossless text expansion
800 dpi contone JPEG expansion
Two processors: 650MHz RISC CPU with customized HW assist (image processing
focus) and 192MHz SPARC CPU dedicated to the printing pipeline
Dedicated printing pipeline in HW
Real-time JPEG compression
Color Space conversion
Half-toning
Dead nozzle compensation
Printhead data formatting
2.15. The Control System
The Printer engine is controlled by the OmniPEC, the Quality Assurance Infrastructure
(QAI), and the firmware.
Full-page array printing:
• Calculates 900 million drops/sec
• Drives 70,400 nozzles on the printhead
• JPEG expansion in hardware
• On-chip memory
• Extensive motor control and I/O
• Xscale – compatible 650 MHz CPU
• > 40 million transistors
• USB 2.0
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3. Installing the Printer
3.1. Choose a location
The iCUBE printer should be placed on a properly levelled worktable or cabinet which
is able to handle the printer’s weight and minimum 62 cm (24,4 inch) wide.
3.2. Unpacking and Setup
The printer is shipped in a strong cardboard or wooden box. Before opening the box,
check that the box is not damaged in any way and was not turned upside down during
shipment. If signs of damage are found, contact your reseller and inspect the box together.
If the box is undamaged, carefully cut the tape on the box, open the box. Before taking
the printer out of the box, make sure a strong and level work surface is prepared for the
printer.
NOTE: The printer is heavy. Never attempt to lift and take it out of the box on your own as it
can cause lasting injuries. The printer should always be lifted by two persons.
Place the printer on the desk and inspect that no damages are found on the unit.
Unpack the unwinder and the optional rewinder units and place them on the desk next
to the printer.
3.3.
Checking the contents
Check the parts list to ensure you have received all required components. If the shipment
is complete, proceed to the next chapter.
 iCUBE Printer
 1 set of CMYKK ink cartridges (5 cartridges per set)
 1 printhead
 1 mains power cable
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3.4.
Connecting the iCUBE
Make sure the printer is used with the mains cable suited to the requirements of the
electrical system of your country. The internal power supply in the printer is rated 115 to
240VAC, 50/60 Hz.
 Insert the cable into the printer first. The cable connector should sit in the socket
securely.
 Insert the cable into the mains socket.
CAUTION
Do not use an outlet that shares the same circuit with large electrical machines or
appliances
Turning Power On/Off
Powering Up:
Turn on the mains-switch
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Powering Down Printer:
1. Press Main Power button on the top of the Printer, and wait until the engine is turned
off.
2. And turn off the machine with the mains-switch.
OR
1. Open the Toolbox and press ’Shutdown’.
2. Wait for the printer to stop processing, and the Toolbox write
out the printer not responding
3. Switch off the mains-switch.
CAUTION
Whenever powering down the unit NEVER:
1.) Never remove the power cable during the shutdown process
2.) Never switch off the printer with the Main Power Button when the engine is still running
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3.5. Setting up the printer
After the printer has passed inspection, install the maintenance module, the
printhead, and the ink cartridges, as explained in the following sections.
To set up the printer you need to do the following:
1. Install the Service Station (if shipped as a separate unit)
2. Install the ink cartridges
3. Install the printhead
4. Turn on the Printer
5. Unwinder setup
6. Load label media
7. Install the printer driver
3.5.1 Maintenance Module (MM)
In case your printer is shipped with a MM as a separate unit, before switching on the
printer, you need to install the MM (After module has passed inspection).
Service Station (aka Maintenance Module)
The service station cleans the printhead cartridge of excess ink and debris, keeps the
printhead hydrated and protected when not in use, captures ink used to keep nozzles
clear, and acts as a base to support media during printing.
CAUTION
Make sure latches on the wiper-roller are properly closed before installing the
Maintenance Module
Installation steps:
• Unpack the Maintenance Module
• Check that each part of the station is complete and functional
• Open the printer and the ink tank cover
• Open the print engine clamshell
• Locate the MM ribbon cable
• Connect the ribbon cable to the MM connector at the back of the service station
• Insert the station into the print engine
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The Service Station fits in the port immediately above the Ink Tank Station.
1. Plug in the white flat flex cable to the motor PCA on the maintenance module.
Slide the Latch open on the Maintenance Station - circuit board
Plug the ribbon connector (blue side up) into the space under the latch than close the latch:
2. Slide in the connected Service Station.
3. Slowly turn the gear on the print engine until the maintenance module engages.
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4. Close the clamshell gently to avoid causing vibration on the printhead
NOTE: The MM must be perfectly aligned with bar to prevent misalignment!
3.5.2 Installing ink cartridges
ICUBE series printers use a single printhead cartridge and five ink tanks (two black,
one cyan, one magenta, and one yellow). During installing the ink cartridges the printer
should be turned off.
• Remove the ink tanks from the shipping box.
• Open the ink tank latches in the front of the printer by pushing the bottom of the
latch upward. The latch has a marker for signalling the place of the C, M, Y and K
tanks. (The reason why K is used for black: in RBG color mode B is reserved for
blue)
• Locate the place where each tank should go than slowly but firmly push the tank
into the tank socket. The pressure in the ink tanks and the septums may prevent
the cartridge to fully engage for the first insertion.
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To make sure you have a good contact, remove the ink tank and reinsert twice
Picture of inserting the ink cartridges
Cyan
Yellow
Magenta
Black
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Cyan (C), inserted in the top left slot.
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Black (K) – two cartridges – inserted in the bottom left and bottom right slots.
Yellow (Y), inserted in the top middle slot.
Magenta (M), inserted in the top right slot.
WARNING: The ink in the ink tanks may be harmful if swallowed. Keep new and used tanks out
of reach from children. Discard empty tanks immediately.
3.5.3. Installing the printhead
The printhead is the core of the print engine. As sensitive electromechanical
equipment, it requires careful and special handling to avoid damage and ensure
quality printing. NOTE: The printhead is sensitive to electro-static discharge (ESD). Use
ESD protection when handling the printhead.
Priming the printhead
Before the printhead can be used, it must be primed. Priming helps purge both the
liquid and air in the ink lines to allow reliable printing. Priming can also help to remove
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air bubbles from a previously primed printhead. The priming process is designed to use
less than 5ml of ink.
To prime the printhead manually,
1. Fill the main channels of the printhead.
2. Generate a pressure pulse to push out any bubbles.
3. Clean and dispose of the ink pushed out onto the nozzle plate.
4. Print out color mixed ink.
5. Cap the printhead to prevent dehydration.
CAUTION
DO NOT touch the printhead cartridge ink couplings, nozzle surface or the
electrical contacts when installing the printhead cartridge. Hold the printhead
cartridge ONLY by the handles.
DO NOT unpack the printhead cartridge until the printer is ready for installation.
Once unwrapped, delay in installing the printhead can compromise print quality
due to dehydration.
DO NOT place an unwrapped printhead on any surface before installing. Protect
the Printhead from at all times from dust, fibers, dirt and other contaminants.
Installing the printhead
1. Ensure your printer is switched on and the Power button is lit and steady.
2. Open the cover of your printer to reveal the printhead latch with a screw driver (ONLY
at first use!)
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3. If the printhead latch is not raised, press the printhead-eject-button for three seconds.
This will automatically initiate printhead latch opening. This process may take several
seconds.
4. Remove the fluidic cap protectors from the two fluidic couplings.
5. Open the end of the printhead package outer box and slide out the foil bag.
Inspect the integrity of the foil vacuum sealing. The foil bag should be formed tightly
to the contours of the printhead cartridge as shown above. If the foil is loose to any
degree then the seal has been compromised.
If a poor seal is suspected, DO NOT USE the printhead cartridge. Report the
issue to your supplier.
6. Carefully rip the foil packaging open at the notch. Use scissors if your foil bag does not
have a notch or you are finding it difficult to tear the bag.
7. Remove the printhead cartridge from the foil bag.
8. Remove the orange protective plastic cover from the printhead cartridge. Holding the
printhead cartridge by the handle
a. Release the flaps covering the ink ports (1 and 2).
b. Release the clip retaining the cover near the center of the printhead cartridge
(3).
c. Carefully remove the protective cover (4).
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9. Remove the protective strip from the electrical contacts. While holding the printhead
cartridge by the handle with one hand, grasp the pull tab with the other hand and,
slowly and carefully, peel back the plastic strip covering the electrical contacts.
Dispose of the removed strip immediately and do not allow the removed strip
to contact the electrical contacts.
10. Remove the protective strip from the printhead nozzles. While holding the printhead
cartridge by the handle with one hand, grasp the pull tab with the other hand and
slowly and carefully peel back the plastic strip covering the printhead nozzles.
Maintain an angle of no less than 45° with the printhead surface when pulling on the
strip.
Dispose of the removed strip immediately and do not allow the removed strip to
contact the electrical contacts or the printhead nozzles.
11. Raise the printhead latch fully until it is upright so you can insert the printhead into the
printer at an angle.
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12. When the printhead cartridge is fully inserted into the printer rotate it to a vertical
position as shown.
13. Slowly close the printhead latch. The fluidic couplings should advance and seal to the
printhead cartridge.
14. Close the printhead latch. When the printhead latch is closed, the printer will prime,
clean and cap the printhead automatically. This operation will generally take a minute
or two, and will be obvious from sounds emanating from the printer.
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NOTE: The printer may take up to 12 minutes to set itself up during initial startup. This is
normal. The machine will emit a number of chirps, whirrs and other noises as it circulates ink
and runs systems.
CAUTION
Do not remove the Printhead while fluid is primed in the system!
3.5.4. Switch on the printer
After the print head and the ink tanks are installed, switch on the printer by
switching on the main switch on the back of the printer: this will power up the print
engine and the controllers.
After few seconds, you will hear the ink pump starting to prime the system, then the
wiper will wipe the print head and starts its first maintenance. During this process
the software is starting to build up the connection to the print engine. This can take
up to 10-15 minutes but it is normal so please wait until the GUI for the system
indicates that it is in the ready state.
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3.5.5. Media Handling
3.5.1.1. Print Area
Print area can be found on the back of the printer where the operator needs to feed the
materials. Any media type must go through the metal paper guide in order to avoid any
movement during printing.
Picture of Paper guide
Printing Area is dedicated with the green bar. Left edges of Label (Gap) Sensor and
Blackmark (Tickmark) Sensor is shown with the blue marks. During printing the
operator has to align the actual material to these blue marks otherwise the sensors
won’t be able to recognize the media and the printer could run into an error.
Picture of Printing Area
3.5.1.2. Load Media
Take the paper from the roll and see across under the unwinder’s roller. Don’t forget
to do this because this will strain the label media during printing.
Drag the paper towards and see across the roller of the paper guide under the
antistatic brushes.
Feed the paper in the printer till you feel some resistance.
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3.6. Connect the printer to a computer
3.6.1. Direct connection to a personal computer
The printer is connected to PC directly via USB AB cable and a TCP/IP cable. For the driver
installation advice to use the USB AB cable, or install that in offline mode and after the
installation select the correct port for the USB usage.
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3.7. Install the printer driver
On the user’s PC or laptop, start Memjet's Windows installer:
Run WinSetup.exe
Accept the License Agreement and click on "Next".
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When asked, select 'USB Printer'.
Installation begins:
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Click “Install Driver” when the Windows Security Window shows up.
Wait until the progress bar finishes the installation.
When the driver files are copied the Setup shows the Windows below.
Connect the Power and USB-Cable and turn the printer on.
Wait until the PC detects the printer and the Setup does the final steps.
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After the Installation you will see the Window below.
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Disable "Print Test Page" and "Set this printer as the default printer.
When it’s finished you will need to Restart your PC or Laptop to make sure that the
installation process made all necessary changes!
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NOTE: When installing the driver on Windows 7, you can skip the Reboot process by
clicking on ’Don’t reboot’. The system will prompt you whether the software was
installed properly or not. Just select ’Yes’.
It is necessary to unselect 'Bidirectional Printing' at printer’s property page otherwise the
printer will not print any printjobs!
1. Click on “Start” => “Devices and Printers”.
2. Right Click on the iCube Printer, then click on “Printer Properties”.
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3. Click on the Tab “Ports” and disable “Enable bidirectional support”.
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4. Do not forget to create custom sizes when printing. See example here:
Installation finished.
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3.7.1. Driver Specifications – Printer Preferences
3.7.1.0. General Tab
Orientation: Portrait (default),
Landscape, Rotate 180° and
Mirrored
Copies:
Let you choose the number of
copies to be printed. If choose
the reverse order then the jobs
starts printing after the last page
is arrived.
PrintSpeed:
6 IPS is the best quality mode
with 1600*1600 dpi.
12 IPS is the normal mode with
1600*800 dpi.
My Print settings:
Acces your costum print settings
for various jobs that you
uploaded through the „Media
Profile Upload+ in the ToolboxMedia type and media size are defined by the iCUBE Series Driver and included during
installation.
Field
Media Type
Media Size
Print Speed (and
Quality)
Color Section
My Print Settings
Values
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Default
SpeedJet Glossy Label
SpeedJet Matte Label
SpeedJet Standard Label
SpeedJet Vellum
Letter 8 ½ x 11 in
Legal 8 ½ x 14 in
Statement 5 ½ x 8 ½ in
Executive 7 ¼ x 10 ½ in
A4 210 x 297 mm
A5 148 x 210 mm
A6 105 x 148 mm
4 x 6 in
5 x 7 in
5 x 8 in
12 IPS
6 IPS
Color
Composite
Black only
Defaults
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4 x 10 in
4 x 11 in
4 x 12 in
8 x 10 in
Env. Monarch 3 7/8 x 7 ½ in
Env. Com 10 4 1/8 x 9 ½ in
Env. DL 110 x 220 mm
Hagaki 100 x 148 mm
100 x 150 mm
3.7.1.1. Layout Tab
Resizing –
Lets you specify the
Original Size or
Custom Resize: lets you
resize the original as a % of normal
size. The printer will print the
document in the size you selected
regardless of the size of the paper
selected.
Print on: lets you specify the
particular size of paper that you
want to print on regardless of the
size of the original document.
Checking “Scale to Fit”
automatically resizes the document
to fit on the new page size.
Multipage per N-UP
If would like to print more pages on
the same sheet
My Print Settings: Access your
custom print settings for various
jobs that you uploaded through the “Media Profile Upload” in the Toolbox.
Field
Multi-Page (N-Up)
Arrange Pages
My Print Settings
Values
Pages per Sheet: 1,2,4,9,16
• Right, then down
• Down, then right
• Left, then down
• Down then left
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Defaults
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3.7.1.2. Media Tab
Printing Adjustments: Allows
you to make minor
positioning changes to the
print area in relation to the
media if needed.
NOTE: Only works on jobs
using less than the full print
area (less than 8.5" wide).
Media Layout:
It’s possible to set what kind of
print jobs will arrive.
Inter-Label Gap: the media has
labels form
Blackmark: the media has
blacmark ont he DOWNSIDE
CUTSheet: cut after the
medium size
Continous: in this mode the
machine will print fluently
Use printer setting: the engine
has some setting what can
check with the nvm_getset command. For more information about please see under the engine
documentation.
My Print Settings: Access your custom print settings for various jobs that you uploaded through
the “Media Profile Upload” in the Toolbox.
Field
Position Adjusment
(offset units)
Media Layout
Page Cutting
Values
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My Print Settings
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Horizontal Offset
Vertical Offset
Inches
Millimeters
Pixels
Inter-Label Gap
Black Mark
Cut Sheet
Continuous
Use Printer Setting
Job Cut (cut at end of job
Sheet per cut (number of pages before
cutting)
Use Printer Settings
Defaults
3.7.1.3. Import/Export
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3.8. Label printing, generating print jobs.
For printing labels the operator has two options:
*Print label from a labelling/graphical or other software
*Print labels from print jobs.
3.8.1. Printing labels from softwares
Printing labels from any kind of software is quite easy. The operator just needs to set all
preferences within the iCUBE Series Driver (paper size, printing speed, number of copies,
etc.)
3.8.2. Printing labels from print jobs.
To help the whole process it is recommended to install the driver on the personal
computer then change the following:
1. Go to Start/Devices and Printer
2. Right click on iCUBE Series
3. Go to Printer Configuration
4. Go to Ports tab
5. Change port from TCP/IP to FILE (or Print to File)
Print jobs are pre-defined printjobs which could be usable in the future. The iCUBE
printer is only working with .PRN files which can be generated from the driver of the
printer.
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3.9.0. Printer Buttons
Power button /green LED/
When switching on the mains switch the booting starts and the green LED illuminate.
The power button is for shutting down the print engine. After the shut-down-process the LED
goes out and you can the printer switch off with the mains switch.
The green LED always should light when the machine is ON.
Cancel button /red LED/
This button can cancel the job while the printing. The LED is only working if the button
is pressed or some errors have occurred.
Feed button /yellow LED/
Before printing you should feed the media into the machine. Advice: place the media
to the left side of the machine because the print engine has the gap and blackmark sensors
also there. The LED is only flashing if the button is pressed or some errors have occurred.
The integrated leds in the buttons are used to give further information about the printer’s current
state, these are listed in the Led Table below:
LED table:
Green LED: power status
 LED ON: Engine ON
 LED OFF: Engine OFF
Red LED: cancel job / clear error
 LED OFF: normal operation
-> Button press will cancel current job
 LED ON: error detected -> button press will start the clear error procedure, further error
info can be denoted by the yellow LED’s state described below
 LED flashing: doing work (cancelling or clearing error)
Yellow LED: feed / unfeed
 Button press will initiate feed or unfeed process depending on the current paper state of
the printer.
 LED flashing: doing work (feeding or unfeeding)
 LED ON + red LED ON: engine in paperpath related error state, denotes paperjam in 95%
of the time
 LED flashing + red LED ON: engine in paperpath_end_of_roll error state, so there is no
paper in the printer or it is unable to detect it
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4. Toolbox
On the welcome screen you can select your language and on the left side you will find the
status panel of the engine. If the engine is ONLINE it is ready to print.
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4.1. User Interface
It provides access to the printer-user-control-screen. From this screen you can Clear
Errors, Cancel a Job, Reset the Job Counter and Reset the Page Counter. You can also perform
some maintenance and operating tasks such as:
Clear Error: If the engine is in error status, it is possible to delete with this button. There are
some fatal states that are unable to delete.
Cancel job: delete the actual jobs. For example, if the machine is in error state and won’t delete
the jobs, after cancel job it will print out the missed jobs again.
Reset job counter: this will reset the job counter
Reset Page Counter: this will reset the page cuonter
Wipe Printhead: this is a cleaning service issue. It will carry out a light cleaning on the
printhead.
Circulate Ink: Purges air from the pipes and primes the system after replacing the Ink Tanks or
Printhead Cartridge.
Release Printhead: Performs the same task as the Cover Release Button on the Printer. Pumps
the ink back into the Ink Tanks and opens the Printhead Cover to remove/install the Printhead.
System Deprime: Pumps the ink back into the Ink Tanks prior to replacing the Printhead or
transporting the Printer.
Eject Maintanence Module: this will eject the service station. If you would like to remove it
then use this at first. If not possible to use this button still can remove it manually.
Install Maintane Module: this will call home the service station.
Wiper Inspection: sets the service station in wiper state, so the wiper roller faces upward and
can be inspected.
Shutdown: Turns the Printer off from your computer.
Pinch Media: this will feed the media.
Retract media: this will unfeed the media
Request Pause: send pause command
Clear Pause: clear pause state
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KWS setting: 0, default (3), 7- IMPORTANT! If you change the default settings the printhead
will loose its warranty! If Keep Wet Spitting function isn’t working then the printhead nozzles
have bigger chance of drying out what will make printing mistakes. Lines. This function is a
basic defence of the printhead.
Non Printing Mode: In this mode the printer can calculate ink-usage from the job.
Shutdown the Printer: this will shut the engine down. After this process the printer itself also
needs to be switched off.
4.2. Diagnostics
From this screen you can see the current status of your printer. You can also:
Print Sample Page – Prints type and color bands to check print quality.
Print Configuration Page – Shows the current configuration of the Printer including Firmware
Version, Network Connection, Printer Serial Number and more.
Print Diagnostic Page – Shows basic printer information, memory, Network Settings, Event Log
and RAM partitions.
Print Demo Page – Prints a 4-color sheet.
Print Color Bars
Print Ink Channels
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4.3. Ink Usage
This menu allows you to monitor the estimated amount of ink left in each of the five Ink
tanks. You can monitor ink-usage and consumption and schedule tank changes
(saving down-time during a print run.)
NOTE – Ink Usage only works when you start with a new tank and leave it in the printer
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4.4. Network configuration
On this page you will see the actual engine network configurations.
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4.5. Service Menus
Under this menu you can find many basic engine settings. It is very easy to uncalibrate the
engine. This is the reason of the password protection.
Here is possible to change: TOF, BOF, Cut, Gap, r2r distances, Tof2Tof settings. The driver also
can handle the most of these parameters.
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5. Maintenance Guide
5.1. Maintenance Overview
To ensure reliable operation and high print quality while using the product, the
regular inspection and maintenance steps are required to be performed. These include
mechanical subsystems checks, occasional cleanings, consumables changing and print
head cleaning.
Cleaning
The most essential maintenance operation is automatic – cleaning the print head and
preventing it from dehydration. The print engine performs various maintenance
operations before and after print jobs and in the background. Normally manual print
head cleaning is not required.
Regular checks
At regular intervals (say at the beginning of a shift or day) inspect that the
maintenance station is in cap position, the cutter is not obstructed, the paper path is
clean (there are no paper clippings present), sensors are not covered. Check that wires
are not loose, there is no ink leaking.
If the operator detects print quality problems, check the troubleshooting part for steps to
perform in order to solve the issues.
Consumable change
The main consumables in the printer are the ink and the printhead. The most frequent
user intervention during the life time of the printer is the ink cartridge and print head change.
When the printer is running out of a particular ink, the Toolbox will display a
message on the screen specifying which tank is out of ink. Remove the empty tank and
insert a new one and the printer will operate again as before.
NOTE: The printer is working only with all cartridges installed!
5.2. Standard Maintenance
General and periodic maintenance procedures are needed to keep the print-engine in
good condition. In anticipation of industrial applications - an extensive list of service parts
are available for the printer. Please contact your Reseller for further details.
High volume usage and specific use cases/configurations may require more frequent
maintenance.
NOTE: Repair and replacement tasks, are referred to qualified technicians! For some
maintenance tasks it is better to remove the engine from the printer!
Use the table below to determine which maintenance task (inspection, cleaning,
lubrication, or replacement, etc.) to perform at a given time period or usage interval.
The following tasks are to be performed by the operator only with very basic supplies, no
special tools are needed.
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General Maintenance
Tasks
Interval
Daily
Bi-weekly
Monthly
Anually
As Needed
Wipe
Every PH
Removal
Every PH
Removal
Clean
Printhead (manual wipe)
PPCA Contact Cleaning
IDS Fluidic Couplings
Aerosol & Debris
Removal
Optical Sensors – Paper
Path
Wiper Inspection
Wiper Cleaning
Waste Ink Absorber
Ink Tubing
Lift Motor Gear
Grit Rollers – Paper Path
Moving Parts – Motor
Test
Maintenance Module
Ink Tank Latches
Cutter
Clean
Clean
Clean
Clean
Clean
Clean
Clean
Inspect
Inspect
Clean
Inspect
Inspect
Inspect
Inspect
Inspect
Clean
Inspect
Inspect
Inspect
Clean
Test
Replace
Clean
Inspect
Inspect
In order to avoid personal injury, always use appropriate personal protection when
performing maintenance tasks
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Clothing protection
Powder-free nitrile gloves
Lint-free cloth wipes – It is critical that the wipes used be soft to avoid scratching the
prtinhead, and lint-free to avoid contaminating the printhead.
De-ionized (DI)/Distilled water (electronics grade) – Use only deionized or distilled
water for cleaning the unit. Take care to avoid contaminating the printhead with
cleaners, lubricants, or other chemicals.
WARNING! – Always power down the printengine before investigating any cable
connections! The printer runs off a 24-volt DC supply. Although this is considered low
voltage, the current is sufficient enough to cause injuries.
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5.2.1. Daily Maintenance Tasks
Aerosol and debris removal
Ink may transfer from printer components into media path. Remove excess ink and debris
daily to ensure optimal printing.
NOTE: If the operator finds paper debris on a starwheel, check to see whether or not
it is aligned with the edge of the media. If so, you may need to adjust the paper guide
and margin so that the starwheel no longer rubs the edge of the paper.
1. Perform this procedure with the printer powered on, so the platen is raised.
2. Pinch the clamshell latches to release, as shown on the pictures. Open the clamshell
and allow the upper portion to rest on the hard stops.
Picture of the clamshell opening procedure
Picture of the opened Clamshell
3. Dampen a lint-free cloth with distilled water.
4. Wipe the system components and paper path surfaces (uppen and lower), with a
clean, damp lint-free cloth, to remove ink overspray (aerosol) and debris.
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Starwheels
Pinch Rollers
Picture of the Wipe Upper Surfaces
NOTE: Do not wipe the starwheels as they may release and fall out. Do not clean the
printhead nozzle plate at this time; it will be cleaned during another task.
5. Use a clean, dry lint-free cloth to dry the inside of the unit. Avoid the grit rollers
since they can snag on the cloth and create debris.
Grit
Rollers
Platen
Housing
Picture of the Wipe Lower Surfaces
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6. Fold the cloth between wipes to ensure a clean, uncontaminated surface is used
each time.
7. Use a vacuum cleaner if necessary to remove debris inside and outside surfaces of
the clamshell.
Aerosol
Picture of removing Aerosol from Housing surface
5.2.2. Bi-Weekly Maintenance Tasks
Aerosol and debris removal
• Paper path optical sensor cleaning
• Wiper inspection
Aerosol and debris removal – see at daily maintenance tasks
Optical Sensor Cleaning
Clean the four optical sensors in the paper path every two weeks.
1. Pinch the clamshell latch to release and open the clamshell.
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Picture of Paper Path Optical Sensor Locations - Top
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Picture of Paper Path Optical Sensor Locations - Bottom
2. Moisten a foam swab with distilled water.
3. Place the damp swab on each sensor and twist back and forth to clean the
surface. Use a new, moist swab on each sensor.
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4. Repeat cleaning and drying process for all four sensors.
Wiper Inspection
1. Pinch the clamshell latches to release and open the clamshell.
NOTE: The wiper is automatically in the up position when the clamshell is open.
2. Go to Toolbox and click on ‘Eject Sevice Station’ button.
3. Inspect the wiper to ensure that it is spins freely with no excessive noise
4. Check the surface of the microfiber roller (MFR) for any irregularities (bumps, divots,
etc.) or delamination (peeling of the wiper surface at the seam). If irregularities are
seen, escalate to a technician for replacement.
5. Use tweezers to remove any large clumps of debris.
5.2.3. Monthly Maintenance Tasks
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aerosol and debris removal
paper path optical sensor cleaning
wiper inspection
waste ink absorber inspection
ink tubing inspection
lift motor gear inspection
paper path grit roller inpection
For aerosol and debris removal, paper path optical sensor cleaning, wiper inspection – see at
bi-weekly maintenance tasks.
Waste ink absorber inspection
Waste ink absorber must be inspected every month. The waste ink absorber was
designed to last the life of the printer under normal printing conditions.
1. Release the waste ink tray latches at the front of the unit and slide the tray out.
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Waste Ink Tray Latches
2. Even the absorber is completely darkened with waste ink, with no white to show, it
may still be able to hold additional ink due to evaporation. The capacity of the waste
ink absorber is 1.6L. Visually inspect the waste ink absorber and tray to see if there is
ink leaking out of the tray. If yes, replace the absorber with a new one.
3. Slide the waste ink tray back into the frame until it clicks.
Ink Tubing Inspection
The following ink tubing and connections, visible to the operator, must be inspected every
month:
• fluidic coupling (aka Revolver Caps)
• buffer box
• pinch valve
• peristaltic (ink) pump
Refer to the following pictures to identify the specific harwares.
1. Remove any housing or covers positioned around the ink tubing.
NOTE: The clamshell should be closed during this procedure.
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Ink Tubing
Pump Motor
Buffer Box
Picture of Rear Ink Tubing Detail
Pinch Valve and
Vents (x5)
Peristaltic (ink) Pump
Tubing into Fluidic
Couplings
Peristaltic
Pump
Pinch Valve and
Vents (x5)
Picture of Ink Tubing Connections
Use a finger to gently pry both fluidic coupling covers off in order to inspect the ink tube
connections underneath.
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Picture of Remove Fluidic Coupling Covers
2. Visually inspect each tubing connection point for leaks. If leaks are found, escalate to a
technician for troubleshooting.
3. Follow the exposed length of each tube and visually inspect each ink tube for inks or
pinches in the tubing. Undo the irregularity to allow ink to flow freely. Escalate to a
technician if leaks result.
4. Re-install the fluidic coupling covers.
5. Re-install any housing removed to access this area.
Lifter Motor – Gear Inspection and Encoder Cleaning
The lift motor gear, on the right side of the unit, must be inspected every month.
Lift Motor Gear
Lift Motor
Motor Encoder
(under cover)
Picture of the Lift Motor Assembly Location
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1. Inspect the lift motor gear for general wear (worn teeth, debris, etc.). Remove
any debris found. If excessive wear is observed, escalate to a technician for
repair.
Picture of the Lift Motor
2. Use a lint-free wipe, damped with DI water, to very gently clean exposed
encoders. Gently rotate the encoder after each wipe to ensure cleaning of the
entire surface.
NOTE: On some printer there is a cover on the lift motor encoder that protects it from
aerosol and debris. No cleaninig is required on these units.
Picture of removing the Lift Motor Encoder Cover
Picture of cleaning the Lift Motor Encoder
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Paper Path Grit Roller Inspection
The three paper path grit rollers must be inspected every month.
Grit
Rollers
Picture of Grit Rollers
1. Inspect the print rollers for ink residue and debris. If none is found, proceed to the
next PM task. If residue is seen, perform the following steps to remove it.
Picture of Grit Rollers with residue
2. Lightly moisten a toothbrush with a small amount of DI water.
3. Gently scrub the grit rollers to remove any ink or paper dust. Manually rotate the
rollers to ensure that they are completely clean.
4. Use a shop towel to dab the rollers and remove any excess moisture. Do not rub
the towel back-and-forth or fibers will be left on the grit rollers.
5.2.4.
Annual Maintenance Tasks
Perform the following maintenance procedures once a year:
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aerosol and debris removal
paper path optical sensor cleaning
wiper cleaning
waste ink absorber inspection
ink tubing inspection
lift motor gear inspection
paper path grit roller inspection
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moving parts (motor test)
maintenance module sled assembly cleaning
paper dust removal
ink tank latch/ink bay inspection
cutter inspection
Aerosol and debris removal; paper path optical sensor cleaning; wiper cleaning; waste ink
absorber inspection; ink tubing inspection; lift motor gear inspection; paper path grit roller
inspection – see at monthly maintenance tasks.
Moving Parts Motor Test
1. Activate the media path, cutter, pump, pinch valves, and maintenance module and
listen for any noises not present when the printer was new.
2. Inspect the motion of the media path and the maintenance module to ensure the
motion looks smooth and free.
Maintenance Module Cleanining
Clean the Maintenance Module (aka Service Station) every year.
1. Lay absorbent disposable towels under the base of the printer.
Picture of layed towels
NOTE: it is recommended to do a system deprime before ejecting the maintenance
module. Also it is better to remove the printhead and cap it to avoid
contamination and adequate moisture.
2. In the Toolbox push ’Eject Service Station’ button to send the maintenance module
to the eject position.
The maintenance module moves forward for easy access.
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Maintenance Module in Forward Position
3. Prepare a large absorbent towel to catch any ink which might leak from the
maintenance module or the wick to the waste ink reservoir. Make sure to fold the
towel over 2 or 3 times so that it can absorb lots of ink. Be prepared to cover the
bottom of the maintenance module with the towel as you pull it out.
Manually rotate the maintenance module positioning gear until the module disengages from
the drive gear and gently pull the module forward until you can disconnect it from the
translation motor.
4. Disconnect the ribbon cable connector for the wiper motor to free the MM.
Picture of disconnecting MM from Wiper Motor
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5. Use a lint-free cloth, moistened with DI water, to gently remove any ink residue or
debris from the maintenance module. Once the lint-free cloth is soiled, use a new
cloth.
Picture of Ink Residue removal from the Maintenance Module
6. Inspect both wicks (printing platen and cap) for warping, plugged up sections, or to
see if it is falling out. If fouled, escalate to a technician for replacement with new
wick(s).
7. Inspect the cap for ink contamination and cracking or permanent deformation of
the cap. If permanently damaged, escalate to a technician for replacement.
Picture of wiping the Cap Seal with damp lint-free cloth
8. Inspect the wiper module components for damage or permanent deformation. If
permanently damaged, escalate to a technician for replacement.
9. Remove the paper dust from underneath the maintenance module, during the
annual cleaning. Use a vacuum cleaner for the interior of the unit, if necesarry.
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Picture of using a Vacuum cleaner to remove debris from under the MM
Wiper cleaning
Wiper cleaning usually means that the oparator has to change the microfiber roller as
it comes to the end of its lifetime. The operator can easily recognize this stage. First of all
the shape of the roller turns from rounded to ellipse. Secondly this chage within the shape
will cause significant noises during maintenance.
NOTE: Lifetime of the wiper roller depends on the usage, but should be change at least
twice a year.
1. Disconnect the wiper motor connector PCB from the mounting clip.
Picture of disconnecting wiper PCB from Wiper Housing
2. Disconnect the wiper PCB from the ribbon cable, as shown in the figure below.
Picture of disconnecting Wiper PCD from ribbon cable
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3. Route the ribbon cable through the housing to free the wiper, as shown on the next
pictures.
Picture of routing ribbon cable through housing
4. Flip up the retention tab at each end of the wiper assembly to free the microfiber
roller.
Retention
tab
Picture of removing the MFR after opening retention tabs
5. Remove the MFR to access the transfer roller (TR) that is installed below the MFR in
the wiper module assembly.
Picture of Transfer Roller (TR)
6. Visually inspect the transfer roller (TR) for unusual ink accumulation. The transfer
roller is stainless steel. Ink may accumulate in scratches on the roller. Wash the
roller with damp lint-free cloth if necessary.
7. Re-assemble the wiper module.
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8. In Toolbox press’Home Service Station’ button to re-install the MM into the print
engine.
Ink Tank Latches Inspection
1. Release the three ink tank latches.
Picture of released ink tank latches
Carefully slide all five ink tanks, one at a time, out of the unit.
Picture of removed Ink Tanks
2. Verify that Toolbox reflects the tank removal.
3. Align each ink tank with the rails on the printer and insert. Repeat until all five ink
tanks are re-installed.
Picture of re-installing Ink Tanks
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4. Re-fasten each ink tank latch to ensure it moves properly and engages fully. If not,
escalate to a technician for replacement.
Picture of opened and closed Int Tank Latch
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Cutter Inspection and Cleaning
WARNING! – To avoid personal injury, power off the printer before performing this task!
1. Fold a damp lint-free cloth and insert it into the groove beneath the cutter
Pictures of cleaning the Cutter
2. Wipe back and forth to remove aerosol and debris
3. Remove any media debris from the cutter with tweezers.
5.2.5. As Needed Maintenance Tasks
The following general maintenance tasks should be performed on an as needed basis,
based upon inspection during every day use and/or when performing other tasks.
The printhead cartridge should be manually wiped after the following occurrences:
• after paper jams
• before re-installing an used printhead cartridge into the print engine
• if print quality is showing signs of contamination
• If automated maintenance algorithms prove ineffective for nozzle recovery. There
are two methods for cleaning the print head cartridge; one with it installed and one with it
removed from the unit. Both methods are listed below. When removing and reinstalling
used printhead or when replacing a printhead, use the second method.
Printhead Cartridge Cleaning (Manual Wipe While Installed)
Perform the following steps to ensure proper printhead cleaning without removing it:
1. Pinch the clamshell latches to release. Open the clamshell and allow the upper
portion to rest on the hard stops.
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Picture of opened Clamshell
2. Locate the printhead nozzle strip.
Picture of Printhead Nozzle Plate
3. Dampen a lint-free cloth with distilled water
4. Gently wipe the print nozzle plate from one end to the other
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Picture of wiping the nozzles
5. Fold the cloth and clean the nozzle plate again to remove remaining debris.
Pictures of soiled lint-free cloth
Close the clamshell.
Printhead Cartridge Cleaning (Remove Cartridge)
Preparation
1. Lightly dampen a lint-free cloth with DI water.
2. Set the wipe on a clean surface.
3. Lightly moisten the cloth strip in a PH shipping cap with a small amount of DI
water and set aside.
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Picture of moisten PH Cap
Perform the following steps to ensure proper printhead cartridge cleaning:
4.
Open the toolboox and press system deprime. This command will de-prime
the system. During de-priming, the printhead latch will release. Listen for the latch to
click and observe that it is “popped up” when release is successful.
Picture of released PH Latch
Latch popped up
Ink backs out of tubing
during deprime
Picture of released latch and empty ink tubes
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5. Open the latch.
6. Tilt the printhead cartridge towards the rear of the unit until it clicks.
Picture of tilting PH towards rear of the unit
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7. Slide the printhead cartridge out of the print engine.
Picture of sliding the PH out of the unit
8. Gently wipe the printhead from one end to the other, with a lint-free cloth
moistened with DI water, and then cap the printhead to keep it moist while
performing other tasks.
Picture of wiping PH nozzle strip
Picture of capping the PH
NOTE: Each time the printhead is removed, clean the PPCA contacts and fluidic couplings!
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9. Locate the PPCA contacts.
PPCA Contacts
Picture of PPCA Contacts
10. Use a new, lint-free cloth dampened with DI water to gently wipe up-and-down to
clean the PPCA contacts.
CAUTION
Use only a very gentle up-and-down motion (never side-to-side) because the contact pins
are very easy to bend which can damage the printhead and the printhead circuit board!
Picture of cleaning the PPCA Contacts
11. Locate the fluidic couplings.
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Fluidic Couplings
Picture of Fluidic Coupling Location
Picture of Fluidic Coupling with ink residue
12. Moisten a foam swab with DI water.
Pictured of moisten swab
13. Place the foam swab in one of the ink channels on the fluidic coupling and rotate
to clean.
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Picture of cleaning the ink channel
14. Use a new, moist foam swab and repeat the process for each ink channel on both
fluidic couplings until all 10 openings are cleaned.
Picture of soiled swab for one fluidic Coupling (5-channels)
15. Remove the cap from the printhead
Picture of uncapping the PH
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16. Wipe from one end to the other with the damp lint-free cloth.
Picture of wiping the PH
17. Align the PH cartridge with the pin on the PPCA board and slide it into the print
engine.
PH Alignment
Pin
Picture of PH alignment Pin
Alignment Pin
PH Groove
Picture of PH alignment pin interface
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18. Tilt the top of the printhead cartridge toward the back of the printer, about 20º.
19. Gently seat the back of the printhead cartridge into the print engine.
20. When the back of the printhead is firmly seated, gently rotate the printhead
cartridge into position against the stops on the printhead connector board until it
clicks into place.
CAUTION
If the printhead will not rotate into position, do not force it!
21. Slowly close the printhead latch. The fluidic couplings will advance and seal to the
printhead cartridge.
22. Close the printhead latch. When the printhead latch is closed, the printer will
prime, clean and cap the printhead automatically. This operation will generally
take a minute or two, and will be apparent from sounds emanating from the print
engine. If the engine doesn’t start it automaticaly, then open the Toolbox and
press the system prime.
23. When the system is primed, print a test printjob from Toolbox to make sure the
cleaning process was right and the printhead is working properly.
Waste Ink Absorber Replacement
The waste ink absorber was designed to last the life of the printer under normal printing
conditions, taking into account evaporation. Replace the waste ink absorber when ink is
leaking out of the waste ink tray.
1. Use fingers to squeeze the waste ink tray latches inwards, at the front of the unit, to
release and slide the tray out.
Waste Ink Tray Latches
Waste Ink Tray Latches
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Waste Ink Absorber
2. Use a gloved hand to pull the waste ink absorber out of the waste ink tray and dispose of
it according to local regulations.
3. Align a new waste ink absorber with the shape of the waste ink tray and push into place
until evenly seated and flush with the tray top edge.
4. Slide the waste ink tray back into the frame until it clicks.
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6. Troubleshooting
6.1. Maintenance Module (aka Service Station) Troubleshooting The following table lists some
possible problems related to the maintenance module, with possible causes and solutions.
Problem
Possible Causes
Solution
•
Jammed gear train from
1. Check through each
Motor stalls
broken post or improperly
of the possible
causes.
seated gears
2.
If possible, correct
• Squeegee (doctor blade)
the situation. For
wedged, not seated
example, re-seat the
properly
gears and squeegee,
• Debris build-up on blade
clean off debris from
and rollers, increasing
blade and rollers.
friction
3. Re-test.
• Bad motor
4. If motor is still stalled,
contact Customer
Service
• Wiper roller (microfiber
1. If wiper roller is
Color Mixing
roller (MFR)) is
saturated, replace it.
saturated
2. If squeegee is not
seated properly,
• Squeegee (doctor blade)
reseat it.
wedged, not
3. If squeegee is bowed,
seated properly, or is
contact Customer
bowed
Service
Unable to remove
Latches on the
Contact Customer Service or
maintenance module from
maintenance module were your Application Engineer
the print engine
not completely closed
when the MM was
inserted and they are now
hooked on the bottom of
the paper path
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6.2. Printhead Troubleshooting
Occasionally, print quality is affected by minor problems that arise with the printhead. The
following table provides a list of common printhead issues, their symptoms, and solutions:
Problem
Problem Causes
Solution
Air and air bubbles causing
bloacked nozzles
Appear as missing groups of
adjacent drops but the
shape is often rounded or
irregular
Cured by recirculation,
priming or cycles of
depriming and repriming.
Often the bubbles will go
away with time
Debris on printhead
Shows up as regularly
missing
or misdirected nozzles, or as
ink color mixing
Cured by automatic
servicing or manual wiping
Ink mixing
Appears as mixed or muddy
colors. Can be caused by ink
flooding, air in the
printhead, or a
dirty printhead
Cured by automated serving
or manual wiping
Electrical failure or poor
electrical connection
Results in no print or crisp
blocks of missing drops
usually conforming to the
printhead die boundaries
Cured by reseating the
printhead or replacing the
printhead
6.3. Print quality problems
Print quality problems are detailed in the Troubleshooting Guide. Please contact Customer
Support for further details.
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6.4. iCUBE Troubleshooting Guide
GENERAL
Documents to read before (available on ftp)
Print engine:
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OEM Setup and Operations Guide
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OEM Troubleshooting Guide
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OEM Service and Repair Guide
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Technical Specifications
iCUBE:
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Training – software module
Troubleshooting Flowchart
SSC Release Notes
Checklist before doing any support
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Firmware is 20130329/ 120524_f (/ 120209_h)
Driver is R12
Print engine is MR
USB AB cable is attached to print engine
TTL cable is attached to print engine
Preventive maintenance is done / sensors are clean
KWS = default (3)
NVM pages_per_cut = -1
NVM Mpcarev 5
NVM wiper motor E
NVM pump motor B
.NET 3.5, 4 is installed
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Troubleshooting Tools
Serial communication between the NorthStar print engine and the host PC enables
detection and analysis of issues. You will also need the related software for entering
commands, serial logging. More information about it int he next phase.
Serial Communication and Related Tools
The most important troubleshooting tool is serial communication, which requires a
special serial cable and some software on the PC.
Recommend using PuTTY, a free, open source terminal emulator with strong logging
capability. Once serial communication is set up, use serial logging for debugging issues.
Using TCL Commands and TCL Help
Many of the resolution actions listed in this document do not describe the exact TCL
commands used. It is critical that any user of TCL be familiar with the self-documenting help
feature.
Newer and better TCL commands are often being added and TCL commands can vary
from one version of firmware to another.
Enter the appropriate TCL command to get the latest TCL commands and descriptions
currently on the system.
For example:
For a complete alphabetical list of TCL command with the description (that is, the
“verbose” version), arranged in an 80 character column, enter help
For a description of a specific TCL command, enter help [Exact]2, where <srch> is the
keyword.
To read sensor values, use GPIO commands, for example: TCL> help gpio 2
Serial Logging
Serial logging records everything the printer does and keeps it archived. Recommend
keeping PuTTY running at all times, with the logging feature enabled to create an unlimited
length file, and using some scripts to occasionally copy the file contents to an archive location
and trim the file back to zero size. It is good practice always to keep serial logs for long term
reference.
Use TCL Help to learn about debug levels. Setting a higher debugging level will display
more information. However, setting debugging too high can interfere with printer operations,
since it takes time to write information to the log, so finding a debug level that’s appropriate
is important.
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Dead engine: When is a print engine dead?
After Dediprog re-flash, the putty output is empty or not interpretable, green LED is off.
EWS: How can I reach the print engine information page?
Open the Toolbox.
Firmware: How can I burn the firmware?
All firmware has a Readme file. Usually that file has a ddetailed description about the
firmware burning. The firmware burning is working step by step. mech_state of the engine
should return STANDBY before running Step 2 and Step 4!
If the engine is not starting, or the Toolbox can’t see
The best for the next parts to use TTL usb cable also!
Engine IP address dropout
How to detect:
net_myIP
Engine MAC address dropout
How to detect:
net_MAC_addr
does not return 010101010101
How to fix:
net_MAC_addr 010101010101
Firmware dropout
How to detect:
After starting the engine PuTTY returns:
ABCDGK012LMNPQRST
BootCode: Ver = 2010-2-23, v.1 program:28, platform:1 Processor speed 650,
Memory Size 67108864, ASIC ID 0x1162620
How to fix:
Burn the firmware by running
Step 3; Step 4
OR
Re-flash with DediProg, than adjust NVM getset, IP and MAC address settings.
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PRINT ENGINE: ERROR MESSAGES
Crit 63 03-phead offline cancelpage
1.
2.
3.
4.
Clean printhead contact sensors.
Replace print head
Flash Omnipec
Replace Omnipec
CARTRIDGE_MISSING_X
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clean cartridge chip with isopropyl alcohol
clean chip readers with isopropyl alcohol
run cm_ink
replace ink cartridge
DATA_PATH_UNDERRUN
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clean the encoder wheel
reduce image complexity
reduce print speed to 6 IPS
check for NVIMG corruption
update EEPROM with Step 1
use Adobe Reader 9 (good) instead of 10 (bad) for printing
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Fatal 71 02 offline cancelpage
Dongle
Please ensure:
1. That P2002 on the MPCA has not been lifted from the solder pads on the PCA
2. That there is insulating tape on the dongle covering the solder pads
3. That the wires between the dongle PCA and P2002 are connected to the dongle PCA
and to the connector
Incorrect NVM settings Interruptioin the sensor power
How to detect:
gpio_pin_get SNSR_PWR_B_EN
returns 0
How to fix:
gpio_pin_set SNSR_PWR_B_EN 1 ss_home
mech_clear_error
Lift sensor dirty
Clean lift sensor
Service station connection fault
Eject service station, unconnect, connect, home
Clean service station
Replace service station
Service station is in wrong position
How to fix:
maint_enable 0
ss_goto cap
gpio_pin_get
SS_LIFT_UP ss_down
gpio_pin_get
SS_LIFT_UP
maint_enable 1
Explanation:
The state of the lift sensor can be checked by running the following TCL commands after
the engine is fully booted:
1) maint_enable 0 (disables maintenance to prevent the maintenance state machine from
overriding commands to position the maintenance module)
2) ss_goto cap (moves to the capped position and raises the cap)
3) gpio_pin_get SS_LIFT_UP (should return a 1 indicating that cap is lifted and that the sensor
is reading the correct position. Verify that the cap is lifted to the full height; if not then
there is a problem with the lift mechanism. If the cap is lifted, then there is a problem with
the sensor).
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4) ss_down (lowers the cap)
5) gpio_pin_get SS_LIFT_UP (should return a 0 indicating that the cap is down). 6)
maint_enable 1 (re-enable the maintenance state machine).
Service station position unkown
How to detect:
ss_pos
returns unknown
How to fix:
1. Clean service station
2. Replace lifter arm if broken
3. Clean sensor sled
4. Replace sensor sled
Old firmware
Upgrade firmware to at least 20130329, if possible, with DediProg.
Paper sensor connectivity
Follow CF07 of OEM Troubleshooting Guide
Valve is giving a clicking noise
Move the valve to all possible positions by ids_valve:
ids_valve openink
ids_valve openair
ids_valve closed
Valve motor problem
Valve motor is broken, or blocked by a particle. So engine can’t recognize its position.
Disassemble and check, replace if needed.
Valve position unknown
How to detect:
gpio_pin_get IDS_VALVE_POS1
returns 1
AND
gpio_pin_get IDS_VALVE_POS2
returns 1
How to fix:
This can be due to misalignment of the disk on the valve shaft and may require
replacement of the pinch valve (try manually cycling the valve using tcl commands to
openink, openair, & closed and see if the appropriate position is returned). Before
attempting to change out the valve, de-power the engine, then remove and reinsert all
electrical connectors at the valve. If this fails to correct the problem, then the valve needs to
be replaced.
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Appendix A - Capturing the sensor/encoder data during lifter arm movement for reporting
to Memjet
For servo move debounce to work the following settings and their values should be set
(this is the default on power up):
TCL> servo_debounce SSLift
15
TCL> vars_getset servo_disable_gpio_debounce
0
--- Instructions for collecting sensor history information --0. turn off maintenance:
maint_enable 0
1. add lift sensor to servo history:
servo_sensor SSLift 0 SS_LIFT_UP
2. store lift servo history:
servo_history_store SSLift
3. go to known position and set start servo position to 0:
ss_down; servo_pos SSLift 0
4. reset servo history:
servo_history_reset
5. run lifter servo for ~2 rotations:
servo_move SSLift 50000 150000
6. on PC run this command to download servo history:
usbcmd.exe -c servo_history > sslift.txt
7. go back to known position and turn maintenance back on:
ss_down; maint_enable 1
MAINTENANCE_BUSY
Entry/exit sensors indicate paper inside the engine
How to detect:
gpio_pin_get PZONE_ENTRY_SNSR
returns 1
AND
gpio_pin_get PZONE_EXIT_SNSR
returns 1
How to fix:
•
•
Check for paper pieces left inside the engine
Clean both sensors
NVM dropout
How to detect:
nvm_getset mpcarev
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returns 3
nvm_getset wiper_motor
returns none
nvm_getset pump_motor
returns 0
How to fix:
nvm_getset mpcarev 5
nvm_getset wiper_motor E
nvm_getset pump_motor B
shutdown 1
PAPERPATH_CUTTER_ERROR
reset
PAPERPATH_FEED_TIMEOUT
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clean sensors
check paperpath
check paper settings & positioning
PAPERPATH_PAPERJAM
• clean entry/exit sensors
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6.5. Print Quality Issues
Print quality issues can be grouped into the following categories, as explained in
subsequent sections. Two-letter abbreviations are used as the prefix for each category, so that
they can be reported to the support team and tracked with metrics for further analysis.
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Color Mixing (CM)
Streak (SR)
Dot Misplacement (DP)
Banding (BD)
Other print quality General Defects (GE)
Color Mixing (CM)
Color mixing (unwanted intrusion of one or more colors in another color’s area) shows in
a range of defects, as illustrated here and detailed in issues with the CM prefix.
Picture of Color Mixing Samples
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Examples for Color Mixing
CM01: Fine Clouds of Ink or Misting
Issue CM01: Fine Clouds of Ink or Misting displays as a fine spray of small ink drops from
the upstream print area that is falling on the downstream print area of the page.
Picture of Color Mixing: Clouds of Ink
Picture of Color Mixing: Fine Misting
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Cause
Misting typically results from by the poor “break off” of the tails of the ejected ink drops,
which results in very small droplets that have very little momentum. Higher pen-to-paper
spacing, difficult images, or old printheads may amplify this defect.
Solution
To resolve this issue:
1.
Verify that the defect is beyond the threshold.
2. Verify that the correct profiles are being used for the media. If so, continue to the next
step. If not, use the correct profile(s) and re-evaluate the performance. If not resolved,
continue to the next step.
3.
Verify that the printhead-to-paper spacing (PPS) is within limits.
4. If within limits, continue to the next step. If beyond the threshold, adjust the spacing. If
not resolved, contact Customer Service and report error code CM01-03—Color misting
unresolved.
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CM02: Color Contamination Repeated at Beginning of Every Page
CM02 displays as small amounts of color contamination that appear on top of a
page. The contamination is reduced after a couple of pages.
Picture of Color Mixing: Color Contamination
The printhead is covered with ink somewhere and the ink keeps wicking back to the
channels. This happens most often on printheads with paper guides since ink wicks
beneath the paper guide and forms a reservoir of ink that damages future prints.
Solution
1. Verify that the defect is beyond the threshold. If beyond the threshold, continue to the
next step.
2. Check if the correct maintenance process is applied (KWS + IPS). Use the correct
maintenance profile and re-evaluate the performance.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
3. Run the color mixing recovery process (maint_clear_color_mix 1) and re-evaluate the
plots.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
4. Power off the printer, remove the printhead, and thoroughly clean it manually.
5. If there is a paper guide, remove it and clean underneath it. If not resolved, contact
Customer Service and report error code CM02-03: Servicing process not effective.
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CM03: Color Contamination at 1 mm Intervals
CM03 usually displays as color contamination lines that continue at approximately 1
mm intervals after the majority of the color has cleared.
Picture of Color Mixing: Color Contamination at 1mm intervals
Ink mixing is caused by location of feed holes in the back channel.
Solution
Check the tubes at the back of the print engine before circulating ink. If it is clear in
some places,
1. Run the servicing process and re-evaluate the plots. TCL › maint_clear_color_mix
<level>
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2. Run the servicing process three times and re-evaluate the plots.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
3. Take the PH out, install the designated golden unit, and print the same set of plots.
Report error code CM03-04: PH failure analysis required.
If not resolved, further printhead failure analysis is required. Contact Customer
Service.
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CM04: Color Mixing in the Middle of the Page
CM04 is the printing of mixed colors after long, continuous printing or short periods
of idle time (~ 5 seconds) from a printhead that does not show signs of internal leaks.
Picture of Color Mixing: Example 1
Picture of Color Mixing: Example 2
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Picture of Color Mixing: Example 3
Cause
Color mixing results when ink migrates across the printhead surface from heavily
printing nozzles into the nearest odd or even nozzle row that is not printing.
Solution
1. Use profile tool loading (Printing Preferences→Color Tab→Color Matching) to verify
that the correct color profiles are being used. This is a possible operator handling issue.
Use the correct profile and re-evaluate the performance.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2. Run the servicing process (TCL › maint_clear_color_mix <level>) and re-evaluate the
plots.
If not resolved, contact Customer Service and report error code CM04-03 Servicing
process unresolved.
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CM05: Color Contamination
CM05 Color Contamination is when prints that are supposed to be one color are
coming out in a different color.
Picture of Color Contamination Samples
Cause
Although leaks are possible in the backchannel, the most common cause of color
contamination is mixing of ink from drool on the nozzle plate. Also, if the printhead
backpressure is not preserved correctly, this type of color mixing may happen more
frequently.
Solution
1.
Run the maintenance algorithm and re-evaluate the plots. TCL ›
maint_clear_color_mix <level>
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2.
Evaluate the ink cartridge to ensure there are no leaks out of the ink cartridge
snorkel. If there are leaks, run the purge algorithm.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
3.
Remove the printhead and install the designated golden unit.
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4.
Purge the ink and clean the nozzle plate before resuming backpressure. Then,
print the same set of plots.
If not resolved, contact Customer Service and report error code CM05-04: Possible
printhead damage.
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CM06: Vertical Lines Throughout Page/Drooling
CM06 displays as vertical white lines followed by a dark dot.
Picture of Verical Lines with Dark Dot from Drooling
Cause
A puddle has formed in front of the nozzle, possibly due to a particle or fiber on the
printhead surface, and is capturing the drops that are fired. Eventually, the accumulated
puddle drops onto the page.
Solution
1.
Run printhead servicing (i.e., a wipe): TCL › wipe_basic
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2.
Run the maintenance algorithm 1, 2: TCL ›
maint_user_recovery 1
TCL › maint_user_recovery 2
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
3.
Remove the printhead and manually wipe the printhead.
Re-insert the printhead to see if this has corrected the problem.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
4.
Replace the printhead.
If not resolved, contact Customer Service and report error code CM06
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Streaking (SR)
White or grey lines or parabolas running vertically in print jobs, as well as white,
unprinted areas, are called “streaks.”
Picture of Streaks
SR01: Growing Nozzles Out
SR1 displays as a region of “nozzles out” (that is, nozzles stop working) that becomes
increasingly worse on the way down the page or when any large (>1cm wide) region of
nozzles out moves or changes down the page.
Cause
This print defect indicates a large bubble, or the beginning of a deprime, where air is
entering through some of the nozzles or the Ink Delivery System (IDS), and expanding to
other nozzles.
Solution
1. Run a General Maintenance Process.
TCL › maint_user_recovery 1
TCL › maint_user_recovery 2
TCL › maint_user_recovery 3
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2. Perform a pressure prime (recovery 2). TCL › ids_light_pressure_prime
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
3. Inspect system for leakage (e.g. kinked tubes, bad fluidic interconnect connections,
etc.)
If not resolved, contact Customer Service and report error code SR01-04: Unresolved
streaks.
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SR02: Large Missing Nozzles with Varying Amount
SR02 displays as a parabola-shaped area in the middle of the page.
Picture of Streaks: Parabolas
Cause
Bubbles can air-block ink from getting to nozzles or a puddle has formed in front of
the nozzle.
Solution
1.
If the white gap is persistent from plot-to-plot, it is likely to be from an air
bubble. Run Servicing (Line Prime + Pulse Prime) and look for improvement.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2.
If the white area is shaped like a parabola and the color of printing at the
bottom of the page is different, it is likely to be from an ink puddle. Run Servicing,
Level 1 to clean the printhead.
If not resolved, contact Customer Service and report error code SR02-03: Unresolved
parabola.
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SR03: Large White Area
SR03 displays as a large white area with almost no nozzle firing and is consistent from
page to page.
Picture of Streaks: White Areas
Picture of Streaks: Single Die Cut
Cause
This print defect indicates an electrical issue or damage to the printhead.
Solution
1.
For lines approximately 1” wide, print a spit plot. If the missing area exactly
follows the die boundaries, then it is probably caused by an electrical problem. Remove
the printhead and clean up the contacts. Check for the board and make sure there is no
damage on the printhead.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2.
If all the colors are out, there may be a hydration problem. Run the dehydration
recovery algorythm. TCL › dy_rec
If not resolved, contact Customer Service a 654nd report error code SR03-03 unresolved
white area
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SR04: Lines/Prints Fall
In SR04, text or images become weaker page after page and finally drop out.
Cyan Nozzles are out
Picture of Streaks: Lines or Prints Fail
Cause
The nozzles can dry out over time if there is not enough on-page and inter-page
servicing. Harsh environmental conditions (e.g., too dry or hot), fast printing speed, or
some media types can accelerate dehydration.
Solution
1. Evaluate maintenance algorithm (inter- and intra-page servicing (that is, mid-page
servicing). TCL › nvm_getset
If not resolved, continue to the next
step. 2. Run maintenance algorithm (wipe).
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
3. Consider the environmental conditions. Report defect SR04-03 Unresolved lines/print
fall.
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SR05: Random Small Streak
SR05 displays as random, small, thin lines that are visible on the print but do not grow
along the page.
Picture of Random Small Streaks
Cause
Thin streaks can be caused by internal contaminants, external contaminants (fibers),
air bubbles, or printhead damage.
Solution
1.
If the white gap is persistent from plot to plot, print a 5-band plot or a plot that
has primary colors. If gap is only in one of the primary colors, the streak is likely to be
from an air bubble.
Run the maintenance algorithm (pressure prime).
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2.
When neighboring color channels have streaks at the same location, there is an
external contamination. Run the maintenance algorithm (wipe).
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
3.
If the streak is shaped like a parabola and the color of the printing at the bottom
of the page is different, it is likely due to an ink puddle. Run maintenance algorithm 1.
4.
If not resolved, contact Customer Service and report error code SR05:-04
Unresolved thin streaks.
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SR06: Weak Chips
SR06 displays as weak chips that result when some dies do not eject properly. The
issue does not improve by varying pulse width.
Picture of Streaks: Weak Chips Example
Cause
This print defect may result from an electrical failure due to a cracked die or extended
periods of nozzle dehydration.
Solution
1. Run maintenance algorithm three times. TCL › dy_rec followed by: TCL ›
maint_clear_color_mix
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2. If not recoverable after running the service algorithm, the streaks are likely
to be due to weak chips. Replace the printhead and send the old one to the
engineering team for further investigation. Report this as error code SR06-02:
Weak chips.
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Dot Misplacement (DP)
Dot misplacement can be observed as lines or solid fill areas that are fuzzy.
Picture of Dot Misplacement Examples
DP01: Poor Text Quality
In DP01, text becomes fuzzy or unfocused after many thousands of pages have
printed.
Picture of Dot Misplacement: Text Becomes Fuzzy Over Time
Cause
Asymmetric “wear” of the MEMS heaters over time, after a few tens of millions of
ejections, results in the odd and even nozzle rows having different directionality in the Yaxis.
Solution
1.
Run the maintenance algorithm. TCL › maint_user_recovery 1
continue to the next step.
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If not resolved,
2.
Check the printhead-to-paper spacing (PPS) with the PPS tool.
continue to the next step.
3.
If not resolved,
Replace printhead with a new one or swap with another printhead.
If not resolved, contact Customer Service and report error code DP01-04.: Poor
text quality unresolved.
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DP02: Graininess
Graininess presents as a mottled, random pattern in a solid fill area.
Picture of Dot Misplacement: Graininess
Cause
Excessive printhead-to-paper spacing or a worn-out printhead can cause this printing
defect.
Picture of Dot Placement Examples Poor and Good
Solution
1.
Print a diagnostic plot to evaluate individual dot placement. If the individual dot
pattern is irregular, evaluate PPS.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2.
Replace the printhead.
If not resolved, contact Customer Service and report error code DP02-03: Unresolved
graininess.
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Banding (BD)
Banding defects are shown in the following illustration and detailed in subsequent
sections.
Picture of Banding Examples
BD01: Initial Page Startup Defect
BD01 displays as color change or poor directionality at the start of nozzle firing.
Picture of Initial Page Startup Defect
This defect results from dehydration of the ink nozzles.
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Solution
1. Check the Maintenance Algorithm (KWS + Inter page spit)
TCL › maint_user_recovery 1
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2. Re-run servicing and print the plots again.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
3. Replace the printhead.
If not resolved, contact customer service and report error code BD01-04 initial page startup
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BD02: Optical Density or Color Variation
BD02 displays as an area of half-tone prints with unexpected color variation or horizontal,
thin lines with dot placement error.
Picture of Banding: Variation of Optical Density or Color
This defect results from heat (generated while printing the solid black area) that creates a
suboptimal ejection behavior of the nozzles that later have to print the half-tone area.
Solution
1. Compare the defect against the acceptability threshold (PQ1700). If worse than the
threshold, run the maintenance algorithm.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2. Replace the printhead.
If not resolved, contact customer service and report code BD02-03: Banding with variation
unsresolved.
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BD03: Die Boundary Banding
BD03 displays as dark, light, or rainbow bands 0.5 mm to 1 mm wide at die boundaries not
caused by dead nozzles or mist.
Picture of Die Boundary Banding
This defect results from a shift in dot grid from one die to the neighboring die due to a
printhead related defect, lack of die flatness at die ends, or a combination of both.
Solution
Compare the boundary against the threshold.
If worse, continue to the next step.
Run the maintenance algorithm. TCL › maint_user_recovery 1 continue to the next step.
If not resolved:
1.
Print the spider pattern and inspect to see if anything stands out.
2.
Replace the printhead.
If not resolved, contact Customer Service and report error code BD03-04 Die boundary banding
unresolved.
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BD04: High Frequency Banding
BD04 displays as horizontal, high frequency, dark bands that are visible in solid fill area.
Picture of High Frequency Banding
This defect is caused by a variation in dot placement due to paper path
firmware/rendering, or a combination of both.
Solution
1. Evaluate the paper path and note any thing causing disturbance to the media.
• If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2. If a new color profile is used, consider going back to the old ones and re-evaulate the
banding
• If not resolved, contact Customer Service and report error code BD04-03: High Frequency
banding unresolved
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BD05: Low Frequency/Page Advance Banding
BD05 displays as a horizontal, dark bands, visible in solid fill areas mainly close to the top or
bottom of the page.
Picture of Low Frequency/Page Advance Banding
Cause
This defect is caused by a variation in dot placement due to the paper path in the print
engine, the systems that feed in the paper, or a combination of both.
Solution
1. Compare banding to the acceptability threshold. Evaluate the paper path and note anything
that is disturbing the media.
• If not resolved, continue to next step.
2. Evaluate cleanliness of the encoder and paper path sensors
• If not resolved, contact Customer Service and report the error code BD05-03: Low
frequency/page advance banding.
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Other General Print Quality Errors (GE)
This section covers issues that come from mechanical behaviors, such as varying distance for top of
form, smears or dots, marks or ink on the paper, scrambled or skewed printing.
Picture of Other General Print Quality Errors
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GE01: Marks on the Print Paper, Dust
GE01 presents as fine, detail artifacts on the print that resolve after running maintenance.
Picture of Dust and Marks on Paper
Cause
This defect results from paper dust or other particles hanging from the printhead.
Solution
1. Run the maintenance algorithm to clean the printhead. TCL › maint_user_recovery 1
•
•
If not resolved, try the next level servicing
TCL › maint_user_recovery 2
TCL › maint_user_recovery 3
If not resolved, manually wipe the printhead
• If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2. Check if the media has substantially more than average dust. Replace media.
If not resolved, contact Customer Service and report error code GE01-03: Dust and
marks unresolved.
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GE02: Varying Top of Form Margin
GE02 presents as a varying margin from lead edge of paper to top of print form.
Measurement varies significantly.
Picture of Varying Top of Form
The print defect may result from dirty sensors or data that has timed out.
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Solution
1. Evaluate paper path sensors.
If not resolved, contact customer service and report error code GE02-02: Varying top of
form margin unresolved.
GE03: Ink on Back/Top of Page
GE03 displays as ink tracks on back or front side of the media.
Picture of Ink on Back or Top of Page
This defect indicates that the platen is dirty or an ink puddle is building up on the print
engine.
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Solution
1.
Physically wipe the platen.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2.
Evaluate the ink buildup inside the print engine
If not resolved, contact customer service and report error code GE03-03: Ink on back/top
of page unresolved.
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GE04: Bleed
Line or text quality looks very fuzzy. Edges of each line look ragged. Some media may
have better performance than others. Print mode and color profiles are the main ways
used to control this behaviour.
Picture of Examples of Clear Edges and Ragged Edges (Bleed)
Bleed results from ink and media interaction. Ink amount, media type, ink order, and
dry time can all influence bleed performance.
Solution
1. Verify the correct media and media profiles are being used. If new media is being
used, consider creating a new profile for the media set.
If not resolved contact Customer Service and report error code GE04-02: Bleed
unresolved.
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GE05: Scrambled Print
GEO5 displays as scrambled or garbled print spanning a zone width equal to one die
chip (20 mm)
Picture of Scrambled Print
This defect generally results from a poor connection between printhead and printer.
Alternatively, it can arise from cracked dies or broken bond wires.
Solution
1.
Power down the printhead. Re-install the printhead.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2.
Inspect and clean the printhead and printer contacts.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
3.
Inspect printer connection pins (bent, missing, out of place).
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
4.
Check alignment between the printer pins and the printhead pins.
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If not resolved, as a last resort, switch printhead to see if the defect follows the
printhead or is still present on the printer. If the defect is in the printhead, install a new
printhead and report error code GE05-05: Scrambled print unresolved.
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GE06: Print Skew
GE06 presents as an untended skewing of the body of print. i.e., the print is crooked
on the page.
Cause
This defect results from various issues of paper path handling.
Solution
1. Remove ay paper jam.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
2. Check the media feeder.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
3. Check the paper path sensors.
If not resolved, continue to the next step.
4. Check whether the media being used is too slippery or too heavy.
5. If not resolved, contact customer service and report error code GE06-04: Print skew
unresolved.
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Paper Handling (PA)
Issues with paper handling (PA) cause a range of defects, as detailed in the following
sections.
Page Marking from Paper Handling
Page Marking from Paper Handling displays as smudged ink.
Cause
This defect results when the top of the media makes contact shortly after printing.
Solution
1. Print a solid area fill plot (insert plot name) and confirm area of contact.
2. Check the area of contact on the upper clamshell features to verify that nothing is
hanging down that can contact media.
3. Verify that the media entering the print engine is flat and undamaged.
4. Verify that the media is not skewed when entering printer.
5. Verify that the platen in the maintenance module platen is free to move up fully in its
guides to the datum from the printhead.
6. Confirm that the printhead is properly seated.
PA01: Printhead Strikes
PA01: Printhead strikes commonly appear as visible smudging on the paper. These
are due to the printhead striking the paper as it passes underneath. If the printhead is
dirty, then ink transfers to the paper.
Cause
Some common causes of this defect are: media bent or curled prior to entering the
printer; pinch rollers not free to move or starwheels missing; obstruction or debris in
paper path; platen in maintenance module not properly seated.
Solution
1.
the
2.
If it is determined that the media is damaged prior to entering the printer, then
damaged media needs to be removed and discarded.
Check that the feeder is properly adjusted to prevent media damage.
3.
Check for foreign objects in the printer that can cause the media to strike the
printhead or cause a pinch roller to stop functioning.
4.
Ensure that no starwheels are missing. Replace, if required.
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PA02: Feeder Marks
PA02 displays as tracks on the paper that correspond to the measurements of the
sheet feeder’s wheels (2 x 1/2'” wide, roughly 5 in apart).
Cause
This defect results from a dirty feeder assembly, possibly from aerosol or an ink spill
that contacts media.
Solution
The media feeders should be cleaned periodically by vacuuming the dust. Also use a
soft lintfree cloth and some dionized water to clean the rollers of the feeder.
PA03: Starwheel Marks
PA03 presents as small track marks that are visible in printed media. The printer has
little pointy wheels in the upper clamshell that hold the paper down in the paper path.
Starwheel marks are usually only visible on glossy media.
Cause
This defect results when starwheels are exerting too much pressure on paper, are
dirty, or are not moving properly.
Solution
1.
Print a solid area fill plot (insert plot here) and look for track marks.
2.
Check that all starwheels are present and free to move both rotationally as well
as vertically.
3.
Vertical force should be the same on all the starwheels ~10g per.
4.
Starwheel points should be sharp and not rounded.
5.
Clean the starwheels with water and a soft lint-free cloth to get rid of any ink
debris on the wheels. Continue process until marks on media have stopped.
Paper Feed Inconsistency
In general this relates to periodic or random horizontal bands in the printed image.
PA04: High Frequency Horizontal Banding
PA04 displays as horizontal banding at a frequency higher than one cycle per 1/2
inch, typically about 1mm spacing. The banding occurs all the way down the page, with a
period of 1cm or less and appears as dark or light horizontal bands across the media.
Usually spans the entire width of the media but can vary in degrees of severity across the
page.
Cause
Causes may include: debris on paper path rollers, shafts, pullies, idlers or belt; belt
damage, location and tension; loose pullies and or idlers; loose motor; any interference
or touching of the drive system. It also can be due to non-round or non-centered paper
drive components. Causes can be identified by the location and spacing between
banding. A single defect on the encoder wheel would lead to a horizontal bar about every
inch, and can happen as a result of paper fibers landing on the encoder wheel. Higher
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frequency banding (less than an inch between lines) can be caused by other noise or
imperfections in the paper path.
Solution
1. Print a solid area fill plot (insert plot here) and measure spacing.
2. Reset belt tension and rerun diagnostic 1040 plot. Check pulleys and bearings for any
slop or run-out.
3. Clean rollers and other paper handling mechanisms, adjust belt tightness and ensure
that the motor is mounted securely. If tuning the system does not solve the problem,
drive components may need to be replaced.
PA05: Top of Form Transition Error (TOFTE)
PA05 displays as a set of horizontal lines visible near the top of the page.
Cause
TOFTE results from a change in paper speed as it transitions to the starwheel feeder
after the print zone. If the transition is not smooth, it will result in the horizontal lines.
The problem can be exacerbated by thick or curved media and can be improved by
reducing the starwheel force, staggering the starwheels and improving the dive angle of
the media as it enters the pinch. It could also be any problem with the starwheels
sticking, jamming or being out of position.
Solution
Ensure that all of the starwheels are spinning easily and that the spring force is
correct. Use thinner media, and ensure that the media is curved so that it transitions
smoothly into the star wheel pick area. For labels, use media that does not have the
ladder removed.
PA06: Bottom of Form Transition Error (BOFTE)
PA06 displays as a set of horizontal lines visible near the bottom of the page. This
occurs 20mm from the bottom of the page.
Cause
BOFTE results from a change in paper speed when the paper is released from the grit
shaft that precedes the print area. Differences in speed between the leading and trailing
paper handling drives can make the problem worse, as can improper tension settings on
the belts and pinch wheels. The paper thickness and shape also plays a role.
Solution
Ensure that all belts are properly tensioned. SEE TOFTE
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Paper Jams and Head Crashes
PA09: True Paper Jams
The sound of crinkling paper usually precedes the notification of a paper jam, PA09.
Paper must be cleared to continue printing.
Cause
Causes include debris or objects in the paper path; platen out of position; bent or
curled media prior to entering the printer; repeated paper jams are often caused by small
pieces of paper that are left behind from a first sheet that ripped.
Solution
1. Open clamshell and remove jammed media from the paper path.
2. Check for small pieces of paper that may be caught in pinch rollers and other tight
places. These small pieces need to be removed before continuing printing.
PA10: False Paper Jams
An error message (for example, “Media present in paper path”) claims that there is a
paper jam but there is not. In this condition, the cap will be unable to cap the printhead.
The maintenance module is also be unable to wipe the printhead as the print engine is set
as though media is blocking its path.
Cause
Causes of false paper jams include faulty sensor wiring, or PCA, and debris blocking
sensor.
Solution
1.First, open the clamshell and check for any small pieces of debris that may be blocking
the entry or exit sensor causing this error.
2.If determined that no foreign object is blocking the sensor, use TCL commands or
scripts to determine if the sensor is functioning.
Query sensor state. (1 or 0)
Using a piece of media or some other object, block or cover the sensor and query again
to see is the state has changed. (1 or 0)
3.Check for voltage at sensor and leaving MPCA.
4.Check continuity of wiring from MPCA to sensor end of cable.
PA11: Wrinkled Paper
Paper does not come out flat but also does not jam: any folding, marking or ripping
on the output media.
Cause
Damaged or incompatible media; misadjusted feeder; object in paper path.
Solution
1.
Adjust feeder so as not to cause damage to media.
2.
Check to ensure that proper media is being used.
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3.
the
Open clamshell; check for and remove any foreign objects in paper path causing
problem.
Margin Defects
Margin defects may appear in the top margin, in the bottom margin, or with the
image askew on the page.
PA12: Incorrect Top Margin
The top margin appears very large or very small or nonexistent as the printed image
can run off the edge of the media
Cause
Paper path scaling is incorrect (NVM setting). Media slip, likely resulting from too
light a spring force or excessively high back tension.
Solution
1.
Check the feed mechanism for proper operation.
2.
Read the NVM settings to check that PP_scaling is set to 0.
3.
Open clamshell and check for any damaged or non-functional pinch rollers.
PA13: Incorrect Bottom Margin
The bottom margin will appear very large or very small or nonexistent as the printed
image can run off the edge of the media.
Cause
Paper path scaling is incorrect (NVM setting). Media slip, likely resulting from too
light a spring force or excessively high back tension.
Solution
1. Check the feed mechanism for proper operation.
2. Read the NVM settings to check that PP_scaling is set to 0.
3. Open clamshell and check for any damaged or nonfunctional pinch rollers.
PA14: Print Image Skewed
Printed image appears crooked or skewed when viewed in comparison to the edge of
the media. Printed image might also run off of the edge of the media on one side and
leave white space on the opposite edge.
Cause
This defects results from incorrect feeder alignment and from damaged, dirty, or
broken pinch rollers.
Solution
1. Check that the feeder alignment is straight and of proper height.
2. Open the clamshell and look for any damaged or non-functional pinch rollers.
3. The input system should have paper guides to prevent media from skewing when it is
picked.
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Ink Delivery System (ID)
For issues with missing or non-recognized ink cartridges, a standard good practice is
to remove all ink cartridges, then insert them one at a time and run the “qa” command.
In this way, the actual cartridge can be identified, instead of the confusion that may result
with bus contention or an incorrectly chipped cartridge. If two identically chipped
cartridges are inserted (for example, chips indicate two magentas), one will show as
authentic, but the incorrectly chipped cartridge will show up as missing.
ID01: Ink Cartridge Not Recognized When Inserted
The message "ink tank missing" appears on the screen. Querying the QA status may
reveal that the cartridge is not authenticated or missing.
Cause
Tanks may not be making contact with the pads that read the chip. This happens if
the tank is noti inserted fully, the pads on the printer are damaged, or the chip is not
located properly on the tank. Chips can also be faulty and fail to read even when the
contact is good.
Solution
Shim bottom of tank to make contact.
1. If the tank is now seen as present, then the contacts on the printer PCA may be
damaged.
2. If the tank is still reading as missing, then the chip on the ink cartridge is
nonoperational. It is possible for a chip on the tank to be working normally and then
not work properly. Try replacing with a different ink cartridge.
ID02: Ink Reported As Out When Not Out (Excess Stranded Ink)
The printer reports empty ink and refuses to print, but the cartridge still has more
than 7CCs remaining.
Cause
The primary cause of excess stranded ink is false early detection from the ink low
sensor, See "Ink Low When Not Low" for details. There are firmware settings to adjust the
allowable ink that can be used after detection. This is currently set to zero as of
10/21/2010. On average, an additional 2CC can be used, but the distribution is not well
controlled, and using a nonzero number will not completely protect the user from
running out of ink while printing.
This could damage the head, so it is avoided at the expense of excess stranded ink.
Solution
1. See Low Ink When Not Low. CMs have two avenues to adjust what happens between
ink low detection and ink out protection. First, the nvm flag can be set to false so that the
printer will only warn about ink out but will not error and prevent printing. Second, the
allowable ink after low ink detection can be set to a nonzero number, which will enable
most users to print a few more CCs of ink but expose some users to the risk of dry-firing
the head.
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ID03: Ink Low Indicator When Not Actually Low
The printer reports empty ink and refuses to print, but the cartridge still has more
than 7CCs remaining.
Cause
In order to trigger low ink, the low ink sensor must detect low ink in the prism of the
cartridge. The sensor can return false readings as a result of electrical noise, improper
cartridge placement or printer tilt. The firmware is designed to ignore readings that
appear to be due to any of these causes.
Solution
See Low Ink When Not Low. CMs have two avenues to adjust what happens between
ink low detection and ink out protection. First, the nvm flag) can be set to FALSE so that
the printer will only warn about ink out but will not error and prevent printing. Second,
the allowable ink after low ink detection can be set to a nonzero number, which will
enable most users to print a few more CCs of ink, but expose some users to the risk of
dry-firing the head.
ID04: Ink Indicated As Out Without Warning
Out of Ink often appears as light printing in a color, all the way across the page,
fading from full color to no printing at all within a few pages. Less often, the problem can
occur as deprime, which shows up as which streak that expands to cover the whole head,
often leaving "jellyfish" patterns on the page.
Cause
A sensor can fail to detect Out of Ink if the sensor is coated with sludge or the
cartridge is not properly inserted, or the sensor is broken. The light printing is caused by
excess backpressure. When there is no ink, the backpressure gets more negative and the
drops get smaller. When the backpressure gets to -900 mm H2O, the printhead is no
longer able to eject drops and printing of that color will stop. Waiting a short time will
allow some ink to flow across the filter, and a small amount of printing will be possible
again. Deprimes that start as a white streak and grow to cover the whole page are more
often caused by air injestion than excess backpressure, but pumping rapidly when the ink
is low can pull air through the nozzles and result in a deprime.
Solution
1.
Test with a full and truly empty tank to ensure that the sensor is working.
2.
Replace the ink cartridge with a full tank to confirm that the printer recovers.
ID05: Ink Coming Out of the Printer
Ink drools or puddles on the surface that the printer is sitting on.
Cause
This can happen if the printer is tilted or the clamshell left open with the valves open,
or if the printhead is pulled off without depriming. This can also happen if firmware
commands are run to abuse the system. (E.g., spitting more than 10CC into the cap,
without lowering it to drain) The ink could be coming from the maintenance module, ink
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tank, fitting, tubing, printhead or diaper. The likeliest cause is an over-full maintenance
module.
Solution
1.
Remove the maintenance module and evaluate whether it was the cause.
2.
Dismantle the printer to locate the source of ink.
Paper Cutting (PC)
Issues with paper cutting (PC) cause a range of defects, as detailed in the following
sections.
PC01: Cutter Not Operating
Cutter is not moving when commanded, thus stalling the print job and errors out.
Cause
This defect may also result when the cutter is not at home or has an obstruction.
Other causes include faulty sensor, wiring, PCA, driver, or motor. A common cause is that
the cutter connection is not plugged in, which may be difficult to see in an integrated
print engine.
Solution
Check that the cutter is connected. Try the "cutter home" command followed by a
"cutter cut" command. Use "cutter stats" command to determine the state of the
sensors.
PC02: Partial or Incomplete Cut
Cutter stops after a partial or incomplete cut. Home sensors will not be made and the
other 2 non home sensors will not be made.
Cause
Causes include obstruction, faulty sensor, wiring, PCA, driver or motor.
Solution
1.
Try the "cutter home" command followed by a "cutter cut" command.
2.
Use "cutter stats" command to determine the state of the sensors.
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Firmware Error Messages (ER)
Error messages (ER) may display on the Toolbox, indicating a problem. The following
sections detail some of the more common messages.
ER01: PEP Data Underrun
The paper path motion stops under this condition. Partially printed pages are
common as the error only occurs while the paper path is moving. This condition can be
temporarily reset by pressing the reset button on the PPCA or by rebooting the printer.
ER01 can be very intermittent in nature.
Cause
Several causes might be behind this issue:
A dirty encoder due to paper fibers
A damaged encoder, cable or board component
A bad motor or driver; belt tension too high or low, excessive drive train friction
(belt, pullies, idlers, shafts, bearings.) This can be caused by a dirty sensor or servo issues.
Solution
1. If the encoder is working then check belt tightness.
2. If the problem is not resolved, contact Customer Service and report ER01-03.
ER02: Servo Error Limit Exceeded
ER02 indicates that a servo motor requires more power than is specified in the
firmware code.
Cause
This defect results from any impedance to mechanical motion. Alternatively, the
electric motors may have reached life.
Solution
Contact Customer Service for assistance.
ER03: Tilt Error
In order to protect from situations that could cause ink mixing and possible spillage,
the printer will not function if it is tilted. The print engine needs to be operated on a
completely level surface for proper operation.
Cause
Tilt sensors can give bad readings when there is excess electrical noise or EMF in the
vicinity, or if the table on which the printer is sitting is vibrating.
Solution
1. Confirm that the printer is level and keep printer on sturdy table, away from excess
physical vibration and electrical interference.
2. If problem persists, recalibrate (see TCL help for re-calibration): TCL › accel_zero (for
proper restart, use: TCL › shutdown.
WARNING – The print engine must be level when you re-calibrate or else the tilt
protection system will not work and the printer will suffer from severe ink mixing.
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ER04: SS Lift Error
In order to protect from situations that could cause ink mixing and possible spillage,
the printer will not function if it is tilted.
Cause
Tilt sensors can give bad readings when there is excess electrical noise or EMF in the
vicinity, or if the table on which the print engine sits is vibrating.
Solution
1. Level the printer and keep printer on sturdy table, away from excess physical
vibration and electrical interference.
2. If problem persists, re-calibrate (see TCL help for re-calibration).
WARNING – The print engine must be level when you re-calibrate or else the tilt
protection system will not work and the printer will suffer from severe ink mixing.
ER05: PrintZone
Some object is blocking one of the paper path sensors located at either the entrance
or exit of the printer. Will stop printing and may inhibit some of the maintenance
functionality.
Cause
Remove media blocking sensors.
Solution
1. Open the clamshell and remove the debris or media.
2. Reset mech on top left button.
ER06: Paper Path Timeout
Paper path motion stops due to no media present at entrance of printer within the
set limits after a print job has started.
Cause
Various, including media jam or media otherwise not feeding properly
Solution
Use the reset button.
ER07: Cutter Failure
The cutter can fail if it loses track of its position.
Cause
Not being homed.
Solution
Re-home the cutter using TCL › cutter home.
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Maintenance Module (MM)
Issues with the maintenance module (MM) cause a range of defects, as detailed in
the following sections. The maintenance module is also known as the service station (SS)
in some contexts and messages.
MM01: Wiper Not Spinning
The wiper roller is not spinning. No sound of the wiper motor is heard. Other
maintenance functions may also be affected.
Cause
The temperature is too high, the FW safety cable unplugged; a bad motor, cable,
PCA, or driver. An obstruction is in drive train. The drive train is loose, misaligned, or
broken.
Solution
1.
First, disable the clamshell sensor by sending a TCL> nvm_getset.
2.
Send a wipe command while the clamshell is open. Check that the wiper is installed
correctly and the retention clips are properly locked into place. If the problem
continues, you may need a new maintenance module.
3.
Printer firmware estimated motor temperature and shuts off the motor if it is
believed to be too high. Waiting a few minutes should resolve this issue.
4.
Maintenance module wiper assembly could be removed and turned by hand to
determine if it is physically able to rotate and not jammed up.
5.
If it is jammed up, replace the maintenance module.
If not jammed, further troubleshooting is required to determine if problem is the
motor, cable, or PCA. See also the sections on servo, encoder and sensor failure.
MM02: Maintenance Module Is Not Going Home
The maintenance module is not homing, and may or may not be making noises when
trying to home. Printing and maintenance functions disabled as the MM will not be able
find other locations.
Cause
Send a home command while the clamshell is open; bad sensor, cable or PCA;
obstruction in sensor or in path of sled; faulty stepper, cable, PCA, pulley or gear,
misaligned sled.
Solution
Eject the sled and then reinstall. Be sure to make sure that the sled is not skewed
when installing; send a home command while the clamshell is open and check that the
station can home correctly.
If the issue continues, contact your application engineer for additional assistance.
Using TCL, query the sensor to get the state. Block or cover the sensor and query again
to see if state changed. Check continuity of cable, check voltage at sensor and MPCA.
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7. Printer Specifications
Printer Technology
Drop on demand thermal inkjet printing
Printable width is 215.9 mm (8.5 inch)
70,400 nozzles (14,080 per color)
Five channels: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black (2x)
Print Speed
300mm/s at 1,600 x 1,600 dpi black
300mm/s at 1,600 x 800 dpi color
150mm/s at 1,600 x 1,600 dpi black and color
12 in/s (21.6 km/day)
Print Quality
Black and color: 1,600 dpi native resolution
Operating Systems
Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 7 and Windows 8
Media Formats
Roll Media, Fan Fold Media
8.75”wide perforated, 500 6” fan-fold
Media Handling
Gap sensing
Black mark sensing
Continuous roll handling
Media Dimensions
Max media width: 226 mm (8.9 inches) - (but printable are only 215,9mm (8.5 inches))
Minimum media width: 50mm (2 inches)
Minimum media length: 91.5mm (3.6 inches)
Media thickness: 0.13 to 0.33mm (.007-0.13 inch)
Power Interface
20 AMPS @ 24VDC
(Maximum current power supply load)
Ink Cartridges
Dye based inks, colors: CMYKK
Non-refillable ink cartridges
Cartridge size: 250ml
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Cutter
Integrated cutter
Operation data
Power supply90-240 V ~50/60 Hz, PFC
Power
max. 1200 W (5A fuse)
consumption
Operating 15-35 Co
temperature
Humidity 40% range
Dimensions
Width
Height
Depth
Weight
62 cm
36 cm
50 cm
40 kg
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Print speed quick chart
The table below shows the print performance of the printer expressed in printing length
and label count for given print time intervals. This information is for getting a feel of the
volume the printer can print for planning purposes.
Speed (IPS – Inch per second)
6
12
6
12
Printed lenght
6
12
Number of labels
6
12
Printing
time
1 sec
30 sec
1 min
10 min
30 min
1 hours
8 hours
24 hours
5x8 hours
24/7
operation
week
(inch)
(inch)
(m)
(m)
4x6
4x6
Number of 150 m
rolls
6
180
360
3,600
10,800
21,600
172,800
518,400
864,000
3,628,800
12
360
720
7,2
21,600
43,200
345,600
1,036,800
1,728,000
7,257,600
0.2
4.6
9.1
91.4
274.3
549
4,389
13,167
21,946
92,172
0.3
9.1
18.3
182.9
548.6
1,097
8,778
26,335
43,891
184,343
1.5
45
90
900
2,700
5,400
43,200
129,600
216,000
907,200
3
90
180
1,800
5,400
10,800
86,400
259,200
432,000
1,814,400
0
0
0.1
0.6
1.8
4
29
88
146
614
Time to
print a 150
m roll
(min.)
16.4
8.2
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