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DisplayMaker Legacy Mach 12
User Manual
Part Number 0706124 Rev B
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Legal notices
© Copyright 2008 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP
products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such
products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty.
HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.
Printed in the US
For additional technical support and user documentation please refer to:
www.hp.com/go/graphicarts
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Caution
SEVERE DAMAGE TO THE PRINTHEAD
CARRIAGE CIRCUIT BOARD AND PRINTHEAD WILL OCCUR IF A PRINTHEAD IS
REMOVED WHILE POWER IS SUPPLIED TO
THE PRINTHEAD. Repairing this damage will
require a service call and replacement of the printhead carriage circuit board and printhead at customer expense.
To avoid electrical damage to the printhead carriage
circuit board and printhead:
Follow the instructions in the DisplayMaker Mach
12 User Manual to replace printheads.
DO NOT remove any printhead without first pressing
the Carriage or Prime keys on the control panel.
Pressing the Carriage key will move the printhead
carriage to the center of the platen; pressing the
Prime key will move the carriage out of the service
station to the prime position. Pressing either key will
cut power to the printheads, allowing you to safely
remove and replace printheads.
DO NOT disable the “cover open” switches on the
top cover or prime access door. When the printer
detects that either of these doors is open, it cuts
power to the printheads, making it safe to remove
and replace printheads. If these switches are disabled, the printer can no longer detect whether the
doors are open, making electrical damage more
likely.
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Revision Log
The following is a list of major changes and additions that have
been made to this manual since it was first released.
See the accompanying Release Notes for specific changes to the
software and hardware between manual updates.
Release Date Description
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May 2001
Manual first released.
Mar 2002
Chapter 1: Added description of new dryer
system.
Chapter 2: Expanded description of AT TN
messages. Documented many revisions to the
menu.
Chapter 3: Revised procedure “Selecting a Print
Mode.” Added new information about switching
between ink sets. Revised procedure “Installing
Ink for the First Time in a New Printer.” Enhanced
procedure “Replacing an Ink Tube” with new
illustrations.
Chapter 4: Replaced manual media feed calibration procedure.
Chapter 5: Added top cover maintenance
information.
Appendix B: Added troubleshooting information
on banding and using the isolation test print.
Revised recovery procedure for error W-MD-4
Media Advance/Drive Too Slow.
Regulatory Statements
FCC-A
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the
limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates,
uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this
equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the
interference at his or her own expense.
This equipment must be installed exactly as instructed in this
manual using only the components supplied. If a supplied component ever needs to be replaced, it must be replaced with the
same part supplied by the manufacturer. It is your responsibility
to follow these instructions in order to maintain compliance
with the FCC regulations. Changes or modifications not
expressly approved by ColorSpan Corporation could void your
authority to operate this equipment. In particular, this device
must be operated with shielded cables to maintain FCC
compliance.
A booklet is available from the Federal Communications Commission entitled, How to Identify and Resolve Radio-TV Interference Problems (#004-000-00345-4). Write to the U.S. Government
Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
DOC (Canada)
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class A limits for
radio noise for digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference
Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.
Normes de Sècuritè (Canada)
Le présent appariel numérique n’émet pas de bruits radioélectriques dépassant les limites applicables aux appareils numériques
de la Classe A prescrites dans le réglements sur le brouillage
radioélectrique édictés par le Ministére des Communications du
Canada.
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Telecommunications
Network Statement
The ColorSpan VideoNet port on this device is not intended to
be connected to a public telecommunications network. Connection of this device to a public telecommunications network in a
European Community Member State will be in violation of
national law implementing Directive 91/263/EEC on the
approximation of laws of the Member States concerning telecommunication terminal equipment, including the mutual recognition of their conformity.
Der VideoNet port ist nicht dafür vorgesehen an ein öffentliches
Telefonnetz angeschlossen zu werden. Der Anschluß dieses
Gerätes an ein öffentliches Telefonnetz in einem Mitgliedstaat
der EU, verstößt gegen nationale Gesetze zur Ausführung der
Direktive 91/263/EEC, die sich mit der Annäherung von
Gesetzen von Mitgliedstaaten beschäftigt, betreffend Telekommuniktionsanlagen und die gegenseitige Anerkennung
ihrer Konformität.
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About This Manual
Read this manual to unpack, set up, and use the ColorSpan
DisplayMaker Mach 12 digital color printers.
◆
Chapter 1 shows you how to unpack and assemble the
printer, and introduces you to its main features.
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Chapter 2 shows you how to use the control panel.
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Chapter 3 shows you how to install ink and media.
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Chapter 4 shows you how to calibrate the printer.
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Chapter 5 shows you how to maintain the printer.
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Appendix A shows you how to troubleshoot common
printing problems.
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Appendix B lists the printer’s technical specifications.
For further information, refer to the following ColorSpan
documentation:
◆
Quick Start Guide - START HERE to set up and install a brand
new ColorMark print server, and connect and configure
printers to it.
◆
DisplayMaker Mach 12 Site Preparation Guide - explains how to
prepare your site for the printer’s arrival and installation.
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DisplayMaker Mach 12 Watch Me First - a multimedia “howto” guide on CD-ROM (available on VHS cassette from
MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services).
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ColorSpan Print Server Documentation - the System Control
User Guide and Printing Tools User Guides shows you how to
print and RIP files through the ColorSpan print server. If the
printer is connected to a non-ColorSpan print server (RIP),
refer to the documentation that accompanies the server.
◆
Release Notes and Update Notes - late-breaking information,
update descriptions, and update instructions.
Further information about all ColorSpan products is also available over the Internet at the ColorSpan World Wide Web site at
http://www.colorspan.com.
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Conventions
This manual uses the following informational conventions:
Note
A special technique or information that may help
you perform a task or understand a process.
Hinweis
Ein Hinweis beschreibt eine spezielle technik zur
Lösung einer Aufgabe oder enthällt Informationen,
die Ihnen eine Prozedur näher erläutert.
Caution
Alerts you to something that has the potential to
cause damage to hardware, software, or data.
Vorsicht
Dieses Feld weist auf einen Umstand hin, der einen
Hardware-oder Software-Schaden oder Datenverlust
verursachen könnte.
WARNING Alerts you to something that has the potential to
cause physical harm to you or others around you.
WARNUNG Eine Warnung auf weist auf einen Umstand hin,
durch den Ihnen und anderen Personen ein physischer Schaden erwachsen könnte.
Other WARNING symbols used:
Electrical Hazard
Vorsicht steht unter Spannung
Lifting Hazard
Vorsicht beim Anheben
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Revision Log.............................................................................................. iv
Regulatory Statements............................................................................... v
FCC-A ..................................................................................................... v
DOC (Canada)....................................................................................... v
Telecommunications Network Statement............................................. vi
About This Manual .................................................................................. vii
Conventions............................................................................................ viii
Table of Contents
1
Getting Started
2
Using the Control Panel
Operating Requirements ....................................................................... 1-2
Electrical............................................................................................. 1-2
Environmental.................................................................................... 1-2
Important Operating Notes ............................................................... 1-3
Safety Warnings ................................................................................. 1-4
Unpacking and Assembly ...................................................................... 1-5
Unpacking.......................................................................................... 1-5
Parts List ......................................................................................... 1-6
Stand Assembly.................................................................................. 1-7
Final Assembly ................................................................................... 1-8
Connecting to Power ....................................................................... 1-13
Connecting to the Print Server ........................................................ 1-14
Power-Up Sequence......................................................................... 1-15
What’s Next?.................................................................................... 1-15
Workflow Overview ............................................................................. 1-16
Parts Overview ..................................................................................... 1-17
Special Features ................................................................................... 1-21
Performance Features ...................................................................... 1-21
Ease-Of-Use Features ....................................................................... 1-21
Overview................................................................................................ 2-2
Ready Screen...................................................................................... 2-2
Front Page.......................................................................................... 2-2
Menu.................................................................................................. 2-2
User Assistance................................................................................... 2-3
Front Page.............................................................................................. 2-5
Navigation Keys ..................................................................................... 2-9
Menu.................................................................................................... 2-10
Calibrate Printer ............................................................................... 2-10
Printer Configuration ....................................................................... 2-11
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Print Settings ................................................................................ 2-11
Printer Options............................................................................. 2-13
Reset All Defaults ......................................................................... 2-15
Service Printer .................................................................................. 2-16
User Diagnostics .......................................................................... 2-16
Service Tests ................................................................................. 2-16
Calibrations .................................................................................. 2-17
Home Head.................................................................................. 2-17
Measure Media Width ................................................................. 2-17
New Carriage ............................................................................... 2-17
Prime Bars .................................................................................... 2-17
Disable Media Sensor .................................................................. 2-18
Warnings & Actions ......................................................................... 2-18
Menu Tree............................................................................................ 2-19
Front Page ........................................................................................ 2-19
Calibrate Printer ............................................................................... 2-19
Configure Printer.............................................................................. 2-20
Service Printer .................................................................................. 2-20
Warnings & Actions ......................................................................... 2-21
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Installing Ink and Media
Variable Mode Printing .......................................................................... 3-2
Ink System Overview.............................................................................. 3-4
Spare Ink and Printheads ................................................................... 3-6
Selecting a Print Mode........................................................................... 3-7
Switching Between Ink Sets ................................................................. 3-10
Installing Ink for the First Time in a New Printer................................. 3-12
Replacing Ink System Components ..................................................... 3-17
Replacing an Ink Reservoir in an Idle Printer................................... 3-17
Replacing an Ink Reservoir During Printing (“Hot Swapping”)...... 3-18
Replacing a Printhead ...................................................................... 3-19
Replacing An Ink Tube ..................................................................... 3-20
Loading Media ..................................................................................... 3-24
Loading 72-Inch Media ................................................................... 3-29
Takeup Options................................................................................ 3-30
Linearization..................................................................................... 3-30
Dryer Operation ............................................................................... 3-31
Cutting and Unloading Media............................................................. 3-32
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
4
Calibrating the Printer
5
Maintaining the Printer
A
Technical Specifications
AutoSet................................................................................................... 4-2
Manual Calibrations .............................................................................. 4-3
Media Feed Calibration ..................................................................... 4-4
34-Inch/12-inch Calibration .......................................................... 4-5
Double Lines Calibration ............................................................... 4-6
Manual Bidirectional Registration ..................................................... 4-7
Manual Head Registration ............................................................... 4-10
Manual Jet Mapping........................................................................ 4-13
Report Individual Bad Jets ........................................................... 4-15
Clear Individual Bad Jets ............................................................. 4-16
View Current Bad Jets .................................................................. 4-16
Clear All Bad Jets.......................................................................... 4-17
Jet Status Lines ................................................................................. 4-18
Zero Registration Data ..................................................................... 4-18
Auto Calibrations ................................................................................. 4-19
AutoTune ............................................................................................. 4-20
Quality Check Mode ........................................................................ 4-20
Calibration Summary ........................................................................... 4-21
Linearization ........................................................................................ 4-23
Maintenance Schedule .......................................................................... 5-2
Cleaning Ink Jets .................................................................................... 5-3
Evaluating Printhead Performance After Cleaning ............................ 5-4
Cleaning Jet Outs............................................................................... 5-4
Cleaning the Service Station .................................................................. 5-5
Printing Prime Bars ................................................................................ 5-7
Manual Priming ..................................................................................... 5-8
Cleaning the Top Cover....................................................................... 5-10
Purging the Printheads ........................................................................ 5-11
Cleaning the Encoder .......................................................................... 5-13
Cleaning the Carriage Rail ................................................................... 5-14
Specifications ......................................................................................... A-2
Supported Ink and Media.................................................................. A-4
Supplies and Accessories ....................................................................... A-5
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B
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting Checklist ..................................................................... B-2
Diagnostics............................................................................................. B-4
Banding.................................................................................................. B-9
Stitch Banding.................................................................................... B-9
Edge Banding..................................................................................... B-9
Supply-Loop Banding ...................................................................... B-10
Texture Banding............................................................................... B-11
Swath Edge Banding........................................................................ B-11
MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services........................................... B-12
Help From Your Reseller .................................................................. B-12
Help From ColorSpan ...................................................................... B-12
If All Else Fails................................................................................... B-12
Index
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Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1
Getting Started
This chapter shows you how to get started using your printer. It includes
these topics:
Getting Started
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Operating Requirements (page 1-2)
◆
Unpacking and Assembly (page 1-5)
◆
Workflow Overview (page 1-16)
◆
Parts Overview (page 1-17)
◆
Special Features (page 1-21)
1-1
Operating
Requirements
Choose a location for the printer before you unpack it. Keep the
following requirements in mind:
Electrical
Environmental
1-2
◆
See “Connecting to Power” on page 1-13 for detailed power
requirements.
◆
Use the supplied power cords. Plug them directly into a
grounded electrical outlet. Do not lengthen either power
cord with an extension cord; the resulting voltage drop
could damage the printer.
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The supply cord for the primary dryer serves as a disconnect. The socket-outlet shall be installed near the equipment
and shall be easily accessible.
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Make sure the line voltage does not vary more than 10
percent from the voltage marked on the back of the printer.
Install a voltage regulator or similar device if the power
source is not stable.
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Unplug the printer during power failures. Wait for the power
to return before plugging it back in.
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Connect the print server to a separate circuit from the
printer.
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Make sure the room is well ventilated, with a temperature
between 60° and 90° F (16° to 32° C). The relative humidity should be between 30 and 60 percent, non-condensing.
Optimal printing and drying occurs within these ranges.
Printing slows automatically to aid drying in high humidity
conditions.
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Store media and ink in an area with similar temperature and
humidity conditions as the printer.
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Keep the ventilation slots under the dryer tube free of any
blockage. This will allow the output dryer fans to properly
dry the printer output.
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Locate the printer close enough to the print server (RIP) so
that they can be connected with the required cable.
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Locate the printer on a flat, level surface.
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Locate the printer where its normal operating noise will not
disturb quiet work areas.
Operating Requirements
◆
DO NOT install the printer near humidifiers, refrigerators,
fans, water faucets, heaters or similar equipment.
◆
DO NOT install the printer in areas where the temperature
changes abruptly, such as near air conditioners or in the path
of direct sunlight.
◆
DO NOT expose the printer to flames, dust or solvent
chemicals.
Refer to Appendix B for detailed specifications.
Important Operating
Notes
Operating Requirements
◆
Wear cotton gloves (provided with each roll of ColorSpan
media) when loading media to prevent fingerprints that
could show after printing.
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Protect the media at all times from creases and tears, and
ensure that the media is cut cleanly. Do not rest or store a
media roll on end, or you could cause edge creases that
could strike the printheads during printing.
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Always use a lint-free cloth moistened with plain water to
clean the printhead.
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DO NOT touch the printhead’s ink jet nozzles (the metal
plate on the bottom of the printhead) with your fingers. Any
contaminants could clog the ink jet nozzles.
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DO NOT touch the electrodes on the back of the ink printhead. This could result in a faulty electrical connection,
which would cause jets to misfire.
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DO NOT clean the printhead surfaces with a dry cloth or
paper towel.
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DO NOT set heavy objects on the power cord or printer
cable; do not bend the cables or force them into contorted
positions.
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DO NOT place heavy objects anywhere on the printer.
1-3
Safety Warnings
WARNING WITH THE POWER SWITCH IN THE OFF POSITION, POWER
MAY STILL BE SUPPLIED TO THE PRINTER COMPONENTS.
To completely cut power from the printer, you must unplug
the power cords from the power outlets.
WARNUNG WENN DER NETZSCHALTER IN OFF POSITION STEHT,
WIRD DEN KOMPONENTEN TROTZDEM STROM
ZUGEFÜHRT. Um den Drucker komplett stromfrei zu
machen, müssen Sie den Netzstecker ziehen.
WARNING The printer is too heavy to be lifted safely by one person.
At least two persons are required to lift the printer.
WARNUNG Der Drucker ist zu schwer für eine Person. Mindestens 2
Personen sind erforderlich um den Drucker anzuheben.
WARNING THE PRINTER ELECTRONICS ASSEMBLY CONTAINS A LITHIUM BATTERY DEVICE. THERE IS A DANGER OF EXPLOSION
IF THE BATTERY IS INCORRECTLY REPLACED. The battery
must be replaced only by ColorSpan authorized personnel,
and must be replaced only with the same or equivalent
type. Dispose of this lithium battery device in accordance
with local, state (or province), and Federal (or country)
solid waste requirements.
WARNUNG DIE ELEKTRONIK DES DRUCKERS ENTHÄLT EINE LITHIUM
BATTERIE. ES BESTEHT EXPLOSIONSGEFAHR WENN DIESE
UNSACHGEMÄSS AUSGEWECHSELT WIRD. Die Batterie
darf nur durch einen ColorSpan authorisierten Technicker
ausgewechselt werden und muss mit dem gleichen oder
einem gleichwertigen Typ Batterie ersetzt werden. Bitte
entsorgen Sie die Lithium Batterie gemäss Ihren Landesoder Bundesgesetzen.
WARNING Moving parts. Keep fingers away from media path.
WARNUNG Bewegliche Teile, Verletzungsgefahr.
1-4
Operating Requirements
Unpacking and
Assembly
This procedure assumes that the printer is in its final location.
See the Site Preparation Guide for moving and unpacking hints.
WARNING The printer is too heavy to be lifted safely by one
person. At least two persons are required to lift the
printer.
WARNUNG Der Drucker ist zu schwer für eine Person. Mindestens 2 Personen sind erforderlich um den Drucker
anzuheben.
Note
Unpacking
If you will be installing a ColorSpan Print Server, set
it up now and power it on. This will allow the server
to perform its automatic one-time new system check
while you unpack and assemble the printer.
1. The printer is delivered to your site packed in one cardboard
box, attached to a plywood platform on two wooden pallets.
Examine the shipping packaging for shipping damage.
Report any damage or apparent rough handling immediately
to the shipper.
2. Remove the Unpacking and Assembly diagram, Watch Me
First CD-ROM, and other documents from the outside of the
box, and set them aside for reference.
You can use the Unpacking and Assembly diagram for reference during the unpacking and assembly process. The
Watch Me First CD-ROM contains useful “getting started”
information, including a demonstration of unpacking,
assembly, and setup.
3. Remove the bands that secure the box to the pallet and open
the top flaps of the box.
4. Carefully cut the corners of the outer box and remove it from
the pallet.
5. Remove the packing material from the printer.
6. Remove the stand crossbar, which is packed on top of the
printer.
7. Remove the ink tray boxes, stand leg boxes, and accessory
boxes, which are packed together in the center of the pallet.
8. Remove the cardboard shipping end caps from each end of
the printer.
Unpacking and Assembly
1-5
9. Remove the media spools, which are packed together under
the printer module.
Do not remove the printer module from the pallet at this
time. The printer rests on two shipping supports. You will
use these supports and two assembly supports to help
assemble the printer.
Note
Replacement shipping packaging and instructions
are available from MacDermid ColorSpan Technical
Services (phone: 800-925-0563).
10. Refer to the following list to verify that you received all of the
parts and accessories.
Notify ColorSpan immediately if you are missing any of the
components listed below.
Parts List
Main Box
Outside of Box:
◆ “Watch Me First” CD-ROM
◆ Unpacking & Assembly Diagram
◆ Declaration of Conformity
Inside of Box:
◆ Printer Module
◆ (1) Stand crossbar
◆ (2) Media spools with collets
◆ (1) Stand leg box
◆ (1) Ink tray box
◆ (1) Accessory box
Stand Leg Box
◆
(2) Stand legs
Ink Tray Box
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(2) Ink trays
Accessory Box
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◆
◆
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(18) Black Phillips head screws
(4) Silver Phillips head screws
(2) Red-headed bolts
(1) Service station
(1) Ink maintenance kit: manual priming
bulb, purge clip, drain bottle
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◆
◆
◆
◆
◆
◆
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1-6
(1) Fill system assembly
(2) Spare ink tubes
(11) Color Map print mode cards
(1) White point reference chip
(1) Screwdriver
(1) Hex wrench
(1) VideoNet or Ethernet cable
(3) U.S. domestic power cords
(2) European power cords
(3) International power plug adapters
Documentation, warranty, and software
license agreement
Unpacking and Assembly
Stand Assembly
1. Locate the stand legs Œ and , and the crossbar Ž.
2. Using the Phillips head screwdriver and eight of the screws
provided, assemble the stand.
Start by positioning the two stand legs upright, at approximately the width of the crossbar. Align the holes on the
crossbar with the holes in the stand legs, and secure them
with the screws.
Fig. 1-1. Stand assembly
Unpacking and Assembly
1-7
Final Assembly
1. Remove the two red-headed bolts from the right-hand shipping support.
Fig. 1-2. Remove the red-headed bolts
2. Locate the assembly supports ➍.
The assembly supports are mirror images of each other; the
foam pad should be positioned toward the ends of the
printer.
3. Align the assembly supports  with the shipping supports
, at the rear of the pallet as shown.




Fig. 1-3. Assembly supports , shipping supports 
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Unpacking and Assembly
4. Thread one of the red-headed bolts that you removed from
the shipping support  through the assembly support into
the pallet.
The pallet contains a threaded nut that will accept the bolt.
Tighten the bolt hand-tight.
5. Attach the other assembly support to the pallet with the
other red-headed bolt.
WARNING The printer is too heavy to be lifted safely by one
person. At least two persons are required to lift the
printer.
WARNUNG Der Drucker ist zu schwer für eine Person. Mindestens 2 Personen sind erforderlich um den Drucker
anzuheben.
6. With two to four persons, roll the printer onto its back, on the
assembly supports.
The printer is now resting entirely on the assembly supports. The right-hand shipping support is trapped with the
printer and will roll with it.
Fig. 1-4. Roll the printer onto its back
Unpacking and Assembly
1-9
7. Remove the right-hand shipping support from the printer,
and bolt it to the pallet as shown, using the two red-headed
bolts provided. Do not remove the bolts from the rear supports.
Note that the “tower” of the support is now at the front of
the pallet.
Fig. 1-5. Shipping supports reversed and bolted
8. Lift the left-hand shipping support from the pallet, reverse it,
and replace it into its guides on the pallet.
The “tower” of the support is now at the front of the pallet.
1-10
Unpacking and Assembly
9. Gently tip the assembled stand on its back, and set it down
on top of the shipping supports as shown in Fig. 1-6.
Fig. 1-6. Assemble the printer module and stand
10. Using the two silver Phillips head screws provided, attach the
stand to printer module.
The silver screws are required to establish an electrical
ground connection between the printer and stand.
11. Press the caster locks down to prevent the printer from
rolling.
12. With the aid of one or more persons, carefully rotate the
assembled printer upright.
Be ready for the printer’s center of gravity to shift, so you
can tip the printer to its upright position in a controlled
manner.
13. Unlock the casters and roll the printer to its final location.
Then lock down the casters.
14. Locate the printer on a flat, level floor, with all four wheels of
the stand resting stationary on the floor. The printer must
remain stationary and level for proper ink flow and best print
quality.
15. Locate and connect the profiler docking station cable on the
left end of the printer, and connect it from the left-hand ink
tray to the port on the printer.
Unpacking and Assembly
1-11
16. Locate and connect the profiler docking station cable from
the right-hand ink tray to the port on the printer.
17. Using ten of the screws provided, attach the ink trays ➌ and
➍.
The right and left trays are mirror images of each other. Position the trays so that the inks load from the front.
Insert and tighten the screws most of the way, insert and
drop the trays into place onto the screws, then tighten the
screws the rest of the way.
➍
➌
Fig. 1-7. Attach the ink trays,
connect docking station cable
18. Remove the shipping bands from the long black chain connected to the printhead carriage.
19. Remove the foam block that immobilizes the carriage for
shipping.
20. Place the white point reference chip into the circular cutout
on the platen, near the left end.
To reach the white point cutout, you will need to reach
inside the left endcap.
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Unpacking and Assembly
21. Install the service station by inserting it into the rectangular
cutout inside the right endcap (behind the control panel).
Position the service station so that the edge with the word
“FRONT” is closest to the front of the printer. Slide the service station fully to the left end of the cutout.
22. Join the connector on the twisted wires from the takeup
motor to the connector on the electronics assembly.
The connector on the electronics assembly is on the side of
the electronics enclosure, near the takeup spool bracket.
Connecting to Power
The printer has separate power inputs for the printer and dryer
heaters. Each cord will only fit into its corresponding inlet on
the printer. The printer can be operated with one or both inlets
connected to power. See Appendix A, Technical Specifications,
or refer to the Site Preparation Guide, for detailed power requirements.
Refer to Fig. 1-8 for the locations of the printer power inlets.
The print server may be connected to the same circuit as the
printer if the circuit’s amperage is sufficient for both devices.
Refer to the print server’s documentation for its amperage
requirement. Consult a qualified electrician if you have any
doubt as to how the circuits in your facility can accommodate
the printer and print server.
WARNING WITH THE POWER SWITCH IN THE OFF POSITION,
POWER MAY STILL BE SUPPLIED TO THE PRINTER
COMPONENTS. To completely cut power from the
printer, you must unplug the power cords from the
power outlets.
WARNUNG WENN DER NETZSCHALTER IN OFF POSITION
STEHT, WIRD DEN KOMPONENTEN TROTZDEM
STROM ZUGEFÜHRT. Um den Drucker komplett
stromfrei zu machen, müssen Sie den Netzstecker
ziehen.
Unpacking and Assembly
1-13
Connecting to the
Print Server
Connect the printer to the print server with the included
VideoNet (for ColorSpan print servers) or Ethernet cable (nonColorSpan RIPs). See Fig. 1-8.
Refer to the print server (RIP) documentation for further instructions on connecting the printer to the print server.
Fig. 1-8. Power and RIP connections
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Unpacking and Assembly
Power-Up Sequence
Turn on the power switch to observe the typical power-up
sequence:
1. The control panel backlight illuminates. Move the contrast
lever (located to the right of the control panel screen) up and
down until the control panel graphics and messages are easily
visible.
2. The printer runs a series of self-tests, and reports any errors it
finds.
3. The camera searches for the location of the installed media’s
home and far edges. If media is installed, this data tells the
printer the width of the installed media. If no media is installed,
the printer will prompt the user to load media when the next
print job is sent to the printer.
4. The control panel displays the status screen.
Fig. 1-9. Initial status screen after first power-up
What’s Next?
Unpacking and Assembly
◆
To familiarize yourself with the printer, refer to the remainder of this chapter.
◆
To proceed with installation, see Chapter 3, Installing Ink
and Media.
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For a complete description of using the control panel, see
Chapter 2, Using the Control Panel.
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Workflow Overview
When the printer is connected to a ColorMark Pro print server,
here is how a typical print job progresses from the client workstation to the printer. If you are using a non-ColorSpan RIP, refer
to the documentation that accompanies it for details.
1. The operator sends a file to be printed from a client
workstation.
2. The print job is received by the print server.
Once it reaches the print server, the print job may be reprioritized, combined with other jobs, re-routed, or otherwise
manipulated. Refer to the print server online help or manual
for instructions.
3. The print server RIPs the job.
The raster image processing (RIP) process translates the
PostScript language data that comprises the print job into
the data required by the printer.
4. The server sends the image to the printer for printing.
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Workflow Overview
Parts Overview
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7
8
9
10
11
16
16
1
1
12
2
13
14
15
17
3
3
21
18
19
20
Fig. 1-1. Major parts of the printer
Parts Overview
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Index Description
1
End cap (two places) — includes removable end covers
for maintenance access.
2
Stand — supports the printer.
3
Casters (four places) — enables easy location of the
printer, can be locked in place.
4
Encoder strip — allows precise positioning of the printhead carriage across the length of the platen.
5
Main carriage drive belt — moves the carriage across
the length of the platen.
Transport chain (not shown) — supports the ink supply tubes that carry ink from the ink reservoirs to the
printheads.
6
Top cover — protects the user from the rapid motion of
the printhead during printing. A safety interlock switch
stops printing and cancels the print if the cover is
raised.
7
Platen — supports the media under the printheads
during printing.
8
Printhead carriage — carries the printheads, digital
imaging sensor, and photodiode across the length of
the platen. (See also detail in Fig. 1-2. and Fig. 1-3. on
page 1-20.)
9
Media out sensor — detects whether media is loaded.
10
Service station (behind access door) — catches excess
ink from the printheads, wipes and caps the printheads
to prevent drying and clogging while not in use.
11
Prime access door — provides access to the carriage for
manually priming the printheads. A safety interlock
switch stops printing and cancels the print if the cover
is raised.
12
Control panel — displays messages and allows control
of certain printer operations. Includes a contrast adjustment lever and audio feedback.
13
Electronics module — contains the printer’s power
supply and control electronics. Includes a humidity
sensor to enable the printer to compensate for highhumidity conditions by slowing the speed of printing.
14
Pinch rollers (12 places) — grip the media during
loading and printing.
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Parts Overview
Index Description
Parts Overview
15
Dryer tube — carries air blown from the dryer fans to
the printed output.
16
Ink reservoir tray (two places) — holds ink reservoir
boxes.
17
Takeup gearbox — powers the takeup spool to automatically take up printed output.
18
VideoNet port — connects printer to print server.
19
Power inlets — connects printer and the dryer’s heater
to electrical power.
20
Standby power switch — places printer in standby
mode (to disconnect from power, disconnect power
cord).
21
Media advance switch — enables user to manually
advance media during loading.
22
Printhead carriage lock lever (two places) — locks
and unlocks the printhead assembly, for tilting it to the
upright position and returning it to the printing position.
23
Printhead cover (three places) — secures the printheads to the carriage.
24
Printhead cover latch (three places) — locks the printhead cover in place.
25
Printhead (replaceable, up to twelve places) —
delivers ink to the media.
26
Digital image sensor — detects the location of printed
pixels for precise alignment of the printheads.
27
Photodiode — enables the creation of color transforms
without an external spectrophotometer (requires print
server support), and the linearization of existing transforms.
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22
23
23
23
22
25
24
Fig. 1-2. Printhead carriage, printhead covers open
26
27
Fig. 1-3. Printhead carriage, tilted position for
cleaning and accessing ink tubes
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Parts Overview
Special Features
Performance Features
Ease-Of-Use Features
Special Features
The printer has many advanced features to help you produce the
best printed output with the least effort.
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AutoSet Calibration — uses a high-resolution digital imaging sensor to automatically align printheads in the x-y
directions and bidirectionally for precise positioning of ink jet
pixels, also compensates for lost or misfiring jets by using
substitute jets without slowing printing speed.
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AutoTune — can run AutoSet at user-defined intervals, for
highest quality during unattended printing. Optionally, if
print quality falls below a user-defined level, printing stops
until the problem is corrected.
◆
Onboard linearization — uses the onboard photodiode to
linearize output over the entire density range (with print
server or RIP support).
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Integrated heated dryer — dries output as it prints. Optionally, the dryer fan may be turned off to avoid streaking on
poly and film media.
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Humidity sensor — slows printing in high humidity conditions to ensure drying, and alerts the user when the ambient humidity is outside of optimal range.
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Modular ink delivery system — the ink system consists of
three components—ink reservoir, ink tube, printhead—each of
which can be replaced independently of the others as
needed.
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Tilt-up print-head carriage — printhead carriage tilts up for
easy access to the ink tubes, printheads, and image sensors.
◆
Manual priming system — recovers clogged ink jets without
removing the printhead from the printer.
◆
Manual air purging system — recovers printheads that are
disabled due to too much air being introduced.
◆
Integrated bidirectional takeup system — takes up printed
output onto a spool for extended unattended printing. Output may be wound image-side out or image-side in.
◆
Media width sensing — automatically detects the width and
position of the media loaded, for precise image placement.
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Simplified control panel interface — Front Page screen presents frequently-used functions, with recommended preset
configurations. A menu provides access to less-frequently
used functions and troubleshooting help.
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User assistance — control panel features online help, interactive procedures, and diagnostics to assist the user “on-thefly,” reducing training and troubleshooting time.
Special Features
CHAPTER 2
Using the Control Panel
This chapter describes the functions of the control panel.
Using the Control Panel
◆
Overview (page 2-2)
◆
Front Page (page 2-5)
◆
Navigation Keys (page 2-9)
◆
Menu (page 2-10)
◆
Menu Tree (page 2-19)
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Overview
The touch-screen control panel shows you the printer’s current
status, and enables you to interact with the printer when changing media and ink, respond to an error condition, or configure
options. There are three main control panel screens:
Ready Screen
◆
Ready (Status) Screen
◆
Front Page
◆
Menu
When you press the Online/Offline button from the Front Page
screen, the printer goes online and the Ready or Status screen
appears. The Ready screen displays the current status of the
printer and any currently printing job. It displays when the
printer is online (communicating with the print server) and
either ready to print or printing.
Fig. 2-1 Ready screen
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Front Page
When you press the Online/Offline button from the Ready
Screen, the printer goes offline and the Front Page screen
appears. This screen is the top level of the printer’s menu system. It provides access to the most frequently-used offline functions. For details, see “Front Page” on page 2-5.
Menu
When you press the Menu key on the Front Page screen, the
Menu appears. The Menu provides access to advanced configuration options. For details, see “Menu” on page 2-10.
Overview
User Assistance
The control panel provides various forms of online user
assistance:
The ? button provides an explanation of the current function,
with some guidance for what to do next.
The ATTN (Attention) key blinks on the control panel when the
printer detects an error condition, potential error condition, or
when you make a change that suggests recalibration or other
action to ensure best print quality. There are three types of
ATTN messages:
◆
Actions — the printer has detected an error condition that
stopped printing or will prevent printing from starting. You
must correct the error before the printer will be ready to
print. When the printer senses that the error condition has
been addressed, the Action will be deleted the next time the
ATTN key is pressed.
◆
Warnings — the printer has detected a condition that, if left
unaddressed, could result in substandard prints or a condition that will require an action before printing can continue.
Any action on your part is optional, printing is not interrupted for a Warning message.
◆
Changes — the printer has detected a change to the inks,
media, or printer that could affect print quality. Pressing the
ATTN key displays a message that suggests the actions to
perform for optimal print quality, such as recalibration. You
can dismiss the message with or without actually performing the suggested action, although ignoring the messages
could result in substandard output quality. Printing is not
interrupted for a Change message.
When the printer issues one of these messages, the ATTN key
will blink, and an alert beep will sound. Press the ATTN key to
display a list of message titles, and select a title to display a
detailed cause-and-recovery screen.
If you choose to not correct a Warning or Change condition and
resume printing, the ATTN key will remain displayed, but will
not blink until the printer issues a new Warning, Action, or
Change message. The messages can be dismissed by correcting
the condition, or by pressing the applicable key on the detail
screen.
Overview
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Tip
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See page 2-12 for instructions for choosing an
Expert or Novice mode for displaying these messages (Expert mode routes most messages to the
Actions & Warnings menu), and for disabling or
enabling the audible alarm.
Overview
Front Page
The Front Page provides access to the most frequently-used
printing and maintenance functions. For advanced configuration options, press the Menu key (see “Menu” on page 2-10 for
instructions).
Fig. 2-2. Front Page
Front Page
◆
Printer Name — displays the name of the printer as defined
on the print server.
◆
Online/Offline — returns the printer to the Ready screen.
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Media & Ink — displays a listing of the media and ink currently installed in the printer. Press the p and C keys to
highlight “Media” or one of the inks, then press B (Proceed) to display information about the selection. From this
screen, you can press the m and q keys to scroll between
screens. Press B (Proceed) to return to the list, then z
(Menu Out) to display the Front Page screen.
Fig. 2-3. Media info, ink info screens
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Front Page
◆
Status — displays the status of all user-configurable options.
Press { (Page) to scroll between pages. To change an
option, go to the Printer Configuration section of the menu.
Fig. 2-4. Status page 1
Front Page
◆
Advance Media — press the p key to advance the media forward. When you press and hold the p key, the media moves
faster. You can also press the Media Advance switch on the
rear of the printer, below the left profiler docking station, to
advance the media. Press the C key to advance the media
back onto the supply spool. When you press and hold the C
key, the media moves faster.
◆
Menu — displays the complete printer menu for access to
advanced configuration options (see “Menu” on page 2-10
for instructions).
◆
AutoSet — performs a “one touch” calibration of the printer:
bidirectional and head-to-head alignment of printheads, and
AutoJet substitution mapping of deflected or missing jets.
See “AutoSet” on page 4-2 for instructions.
◆
Prime Bars — fires all jets by drawing a set of lines called
prime bars. This is a good way to inspect and prepare the
jets for printing after they have been idle for more than a few
hours. Choose Quick Prime Bars for most primes, or
Detailed Prime Bars when you want to locate individual
missing jets that AutoSet may have missed, so you can map
them manually under Calibrate Printer - Manual Calibrations - Manual Jet Mapping (see “Manual Jet Mapping” on
page 4-13 for instructions).
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Print Mode — interactively assists you in installing printheads in the correct positions, and setting the number of
print passes. See “Selecting a Print Mode” on page 3-7 for
instructions.
◆
Carriage — moves the carriage out of the service station so
you can load or clean the printheads and ink tubes, clean the
image sensors, and remove the service station.
◆
Prime — moves the printhead carriage to the priming position, so that one or more printheads can be manually
primed (see “Manual Priming” on page 5-8 for instructions).
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Media Unload — when unloading media, prints the calculated amount of media remaining on the roll for reference
(on the lower right edge). If using the takeup, cut the media
from the takeup spool before pressing the Media Unload key
(see “Cutting and Unloading Media” on page 3-32). When
removing the partial roll from storage and re-loading on the
printer, the user can report this value to the printer during
the Media Load operation.
◆
Media Load — causes the printer to measure width of the
media installed in the printer, checks for proper media positioning on the platen (for good vacuum contact), asks the
user to enter the amount remaining on the supply roll, asks
the user to select a takeup option. See “Loading Media” on
page 3-24 for instructions.
◆
AT TN (Attention) — blinks on the control panel when the
printer detects an error condition, potential error condition,
or when you make a change that requires recalibration or
other action to ensure best print quality. See “User Assistance” on page 2-3 for further details.
Front Page
Navigation Keys
The following table shows you how to move through the menu
system and perform printer control functions.
Key
Description
v
Display Menu — displays the printer menu.
p down the menu.
x
w top or bottom for the menu.
z
m
Menu Top/Bottom — moves the menu highlight to the
E
Menu Out, Menu In — moves to the next higher menu
in the hierarchy, or selects the highlighted option.
Back/Forward — moves between pages or screens, or
q selects printheads to calibrate.
B
Proceed — initiates the selected function.
{
Page — switches between pages of a multi-page screen.
r
Help — displays a summary description of the highlighted menu options.
|
~
Pause/Resume — pauses or resumes printing during a
calibration.
n
Cancel — cancels the current menu function or choice.
o
Continue (error screen) — proceeds to the next step in
a troubleshooting dialog.
s
Ignore (error screen) — specifies “ignore” in a troubleshooting dialog.
A
Retry (error screen) — specifies “retry” in a troubleshooting dialog.
}
Reboot Printer (error screen) — specifies “restart
printer” in a troubleshooting dialog.
t
Information (error screen) — displays further information about the error.
D
Navigation Keys
Menu Up/Down — moves the menu highlight up and
C
Yes/No (error screen) — indicates a Yes or No in a trouy bleshooting dialog.
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Menu
The menu has three main sections:
◆
Calibrate Printer (see below)
◆
Printer Configuration (page 2-11)
◆
Service Printer (page 2-16)
◆
Warnings & Actions (page 2-18), shown in Expert Messages
Mode only
This section explains each of the functions on the printer menu.
Calibrate Printer
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For details on these options, see Chapter 4, Calibrating the
Printer.
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Manual Calibrations — allow you to calibrate the media
feed advance accuracy, and perform the various components of the automatic AutoSet calibration visually, without
the printer’s digital imaging sensor. Inaccurate judgments by
the operator during these tests could result in substandard
output. In most cases, use AutoSet instead. See “Manual Calibrations” on page 4-3 for instructions.
◆
Auto Calibrations — enables you to run a portion of the
AutoSet calibration, to save time. See “Auto Calibrations” on
page 4-19 for instructions.
◆
AutoTune — schedules AutoSet to run automatically after a
certain number of prints have printed. See “AutoTune” on
page 4-20 for instructions.
◆
Calibration Summary — prints summary information with
the AutoSet calibration test patterns, or transmits registration or jet data to a log file on the print server. “Calibration
Summary” on page 4-21 for details.
Menu
Printer Configuration
Printer Configuration enables you to set many options that control how the printer operates.
Print Settings
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Top Gutters — allows you to turn on or off the gutter pattern at the top edge of the print, which shows data about
the print such as date and time printed and print mode, plus
write-in blanks for other data.
Color set reported in the print job
Media name from the print server/RIP
Job name
Date and time printed
Ink type
Embedded software version
Print mode selected at control panel:
Heads per color, number of passes,
direction of printing, HQ mode,
ink color set
Printer
Fig. 2-5. Top gutter data
Menu
◆
Side Gutters — sets the side gutter pattern to narrow,
medium, or wide sizes, or disables them. Side gutter patterns help keep the ink jets open by firing ink through them
in a pattern outside the printed image area.
◆
Takeup Direction — sets the direction of the takeup motor
for Image Inside or Image Outside takeup.
◆
Takeup Control — enables and disables the takeup system.
◆
Platen Vacuum Control — turns on the vacuum fans, then
allows you to raise or lower the speed of the vacuum fans.
Raise the speed if the media is rising off the platen, lower the
speed if the media is buckling or wrinkling.
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Head Height — sets the height of the printhead to Normal
(0.050 inches/1.27 mm) or Custom. Use Normal unless the
media is curling or the printhead carriage is striking the
media. Lower settings reduce ink overspray, but increase the
chances of the printhead striking the media. When the head
height is 0.070 inches (1.78 mm) or higher, do not run
AutoSet, run the manual calibrations instead.
◆
Space Between Prints — sets the blank space between print
jobs, between 0 and 10 inches (25 cm).
◆
Right and Left Margin — sets the amount of blank space for
the right and left margins, between 0 and 5 inches (13 cm).
◆
Service Station — sets the printhead service station cycle:
every 30 seconds, spit-and-wipe (default); or every 30 seconds with spit only. The service station cycle helps keep the
ink jets open when not printing by expelling ink and
(optionally) wiping the jets.
◆
Drying Delay — select the printer’s preprogrammed algorithm for slowing the print speed when the ambient relative
humidity is excessive, or specify a custom drying delay in
seconds per print swath. A longer delay allows the output to
remain under the dryer longer, which ensures adequate drying under higher ambient relative humidity.
Printing automatically occurs at a speed that ensures that the
output will be dry before it reaches the takeup spool,
depending on the level of ambient relative humidity.
To increase the media advance speed, you can specify a manual drying delay. If you specify a manual drying delay interval that will be insufficient to dry the output, the printer will
display a warning message on the control panel. Be aware
that if you override this warning without increasing the drying delay, you should not use the takeup system, and take
care to remove output from the printer before it reaches the
floor, and store it flat until it dries. Using the takeup to collect
wet output, or allowing wet output to pile on the floor,
would likely result in ruined prints.
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Units — sets English or metric units of measure for data displayed by the control panel.
◆
Expert/Novice Messages — Novice mode presents Warnings & Changes (alerts that do not prohibit printing) and
Actions (conditions that require user intervention before
printing can proceed). Expert mode presents Actions only,
presents fewer “press Proceed” prompts after an Action has
been addressed, and does not require you to press Proceed
Menu
after manually winding back a service loop. The default is
Novice mode.
When in Expert mode, active Warnings, Changes, and
Actions can be displayed by selecting Warnings & Actions
from the menu, since Warnings will not cause the ATTN icon
will appear in Expert mode. See “User Assistance” on page 23 for further information about Actions and Warnings. See
“Warnings & Actions” on page 2-21 for further information
about this menu option.
◆
Audible Alarm — when enabled and one or more Actions are
pending, sounds a beep until the AT TN key is pressed.
◆
Service Station Spits — adjusts the number of times ink is
expelled (“spit”) during a single service station visit. The settings are 1 through 10. To reduce the number of missing or
misfiring jets, increase this setting.
◆
SS Overspray Delay — when enabled, this setting will pause
the printhead carriage in the service station area briefly
(approximately one second) before exiting, to eliminate fine
overspray on the right side of prints (nearest the service station).
Printer Options
Menu
◆
Dryer — turns the dryer fans on or off. Disable the dryer fan
to avoid streaking output on poly media and films.
◆
Print White Space — when enabled (on), the printhead carriage always travels the width of the media, even when there
is a white (blank) space in the image. When disabled (off),
the printhead remains in its home position and the media
advances past white spaces in the image.
◆
Quality Check — when enabled, the printer determines the
number of misfiring or not firing ink jets that are not being
replaced by other jets. If this number exceeds a maximum
value, an error occurs. This can give the operator a chance to
print anyway, or cancel printing so the problem can be
resolved.
◆
Attended Mode — user must press B (Proceed) to
acknowledge the error and print the job (if one is pending), or y (Cancel) to cancel printing.
◆
Unattended Mode — no user acknowledgment of errors
is required. When a quality check fails, print jobs are sent
to the ColorSpan print server’s Attention queue with a
disposition of “Uncalibrated Printer” (this feature may
not be supported on non-ColorSpan print servers).
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◆
Print Position — positions the print in the horizontal (x-axis)
direction, either in the center or flush right.
◆
Media Supply Loop — the supply loop is the slack portion of
the media between the platen and supply spool. When the
media is backed up to reduce the amount of blank
(unprinted) space between print jobs, the result is a supply
loop. A supply loop can cause printing anomalies if not
removed. The printer provides three options to handle the
supply loop:
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◆
Tip
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OFF — no quality check is performed, all jobs will print.
Prevent Supply Loop — use this mode to ensure optimal quality and speed (see Tip below). The media is not
backed up and no supply loop is created. Prints will
move completely through the dryer before the next print
begins.
Allow Supply Loop — use this mode for optimal printing speed or to manually remove the supply loop after
each print. Prints will move completely through the
dryer, then the media is backed up, and the user is
prompted to remove the supply loop by manually
rewinding the slack portion onto the supply spool. Printing resumes after the user presses the Proceed key, or
after 60 seconds, whichever occurs first.
Unattended Supply Loop — use this mode to remove
the supply loop as in Allow Supply Loop mode, or the
printer will do it and printing proceeds as in Prevent
Supply Loop mode. Printing proceeds as in Allow Supply
Loop, but if the user does not press Proceed after 60 seconds, the media is advanced to its location after drying
and printing proceeds.
Use the ColorSpan print server’s MediaSaver or N-Up
features to group separate print jobs into a single
job. This conserves media and speeds printing by
eliminating the blank space between jobs, without
creating a supply loop.
Menu
Reset All Defaults
Menu
◆
Restore All Defaults — restores all Printer Configuration settings to their factory default values, and zeroes all registration data. After running this option, all calibration values
must be reestablished by running AutoSet.
◆
Zero Platen Width — sets the platen width to zero, which
forces the printer to measure the platen on the next power
up.
◆
Measure Platen — measures the platen width.
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Service Printer
User Diagnostics
User Diagnostics presents an interactive troubleshooting program to diagnose problems before calling MacDermid
ColorSpan Technical Services. It walks you through a series of
tests and checks for certain printer functions. The printer asks
you to make observations or run simple tests to help it diagnose
problems and suggest corrective actions. It has the following
sections:
◆
VideoNet Status
◆
Head Statistics
◆
Carriage Motion
◆
VideoNet Connection
◆
Calibration
◆
Error History
◆
Actions and Warnings List — table of all actions and warnings with cause and recovery. This is an abbreviated version
of the table on page B-5.
◆
Log Error History
Service Tests
These tests are for factory, service, and technical support use.
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◆
Control Panel Test — tests the functionality of the control
panel display.
◆
Spit and Wipe Jets Test — tests the functionality of the service station by firing ink (spit) and drawing the printheads
over the service station wipers (wipe).
◆
Takeup Test — tests the functionality of the takeup system.
◆
Print Test — the user selects one of the twelve printheads to
test, then the printer begins firing that printhead continuously until canceled by the user. The test can help to identify an intermittently failing printhead.
◆
Profiler Test — identifies and verifies profilers in each position. The printer will report the profiler number, color, and
ink percentage remaining. Particularly useful when the
printer is connected to a non-ColorSpan RIP that cannot display profiler status.
◆
Vacuum Fan Test — runs the platen vacuum fans to test for
correct operation.
Menu
◆
Dryer Test — runs the dryer heater assembly to test for correct operation.
◆
Print Image on Image Sensor — the printer prints a small set
of lines which are scanned by the digital image sensor. Then
the printer prints an enlargement of the image as the sensor
captured it.
◆
Horizontal Dot Accuracy — for factory/service use only.
◆
Vertical Dot Accuracy — for factory/service use only.
◆
Isolation Print Test — for factory/service use only.
◆
Pod Test — for factory/service use only.
Calibrations
These calibrations are performed at the factory. If any of them
are detected as out-of-specification, a message is displayed on
the control panel, recommending that you perform the applicable calibration:
◆
Head Height — re-homes the head height to the known
highest reference point, or if New Carriage was previously
selected (see below), recalibrates the known highest reference point
◆
Media Sensor — locates the platen to establish the “media
out” head height
◆
White Point — reads the white point reference chip in the
platen to establish a white point for the photo diode.
Home Head
Recalibrates the home position of the printhead carriage. If the
printhead carriage will not return to the service station between
prints, select this option. Cycling the power off and on will also
run the Home Head function.
Measure Media Width
Measures the width of the media.
New Carriage
Reinitializes the head height so that it can be recalibrated (see
“Calibrations,” above.
Prime Bars
Prints a wide-swath version of the prime bars.
Menu
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Disable Media Sensor
If the media sensor is malfunctioning, disable it to continue
printing. Note that with the media sensor disabled, the printer
will not be able to detect when there is no media in the printer.
Warnings & Actions
When in Expert mode, active Warnings, Changes, and Actions
can be displayed by selecting Warnings & Actions from the
menu, since Warnings will not cause the ATTN icon will appear
in Expert mode. This option does not appear in Novice mode.
See “User Assistance” on page 2-3 for further information about
Actions and Warnings. See page 2-12 for a description of the
Expert/Novice Messages mode.
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Menu
Menu Tree
Front Page
Online/Offline
Media & Ink
Status
Advance Media
Menu
AutoSet
Prime Bars
Print Mode
Carriage
Prime
Media Unload
Media Load
Calibrate Printer
Manual Calibrations
Media Feed
Manual Bidi Registration
Manual Head Registration
Manual Jet Mapping
Jet Status Lines
Default Registration Data
Auto Calibrations
AutoBidi Calibration
AutoH2H Calibration
Auto Bidi & H2H Calibration
AutoJet Calibration
AutoTune
Calibration Summary
AutoSet Summary
Log Head Registration Data
Log Jet Data
Menu Tree
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Configure Printer
Printer Settings
Top Gutters
Side Gutters
Takeup Direction
Takeup Control
Platen Vacuum Control
Head Height
Space Between Prints
Right and Left Margin
Service Station
Drying Delay
Units
Expert/Novice Messages
Audible Alarm
Select Pen Temperature
Service Station Spits
SS Overspray Delay
Printer Options
Dryer
Print White Space
Quality Check
Print Position
Media Supply Loop
Reset All Defaults
Restore All Defaults
Zero Platen Width
Measure Platen
Service Printer
User Diagnostics
VideoNet Status
Head Statistics
Carriage Motion
VideoNet Connection
Calibration
Error History
Warnings and Actions List
2-20
Menu Tree
Log Error History
Service Tests
Control Panel Test
Spit and Wipe Jets
Takeup Test
Print Test
Profiler Test
Vacuum Fan Test
Dryer Test
Print Image on Image Sensor
Horizontal Dot Accuracy
Vertical Dot Accuracy
Isolation Print Test
Pod Test
Calibrations
Head Height
Media Sensor
White Point
Home Head
Measure Media Width
New Carriage
Prime Bars
Disable Media Sensor
Warnings & Actions
Menu Tree
(Shown in Expert mode only)
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Menu Tree
CHAPTER 3
Installing Ink and Media
This chapter describes:
Installing Ink and Media
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Variable Mode Printing (page 3-2)
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Ink System Overview (page 3-4)
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Selecting a Print Mode (page 3-7)
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Installing Ink for the First Time in a New Printer (page 3-12)
◆
Replacing Ink System Components (page 3-17)
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Loading Media (page 3-24)
◆
Cutting and Unloading Media (page 3-32)
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Variable Mode
Printing
The printer uses these techniques to vary the quality of a print
and speed of printing:
◆
Direction — for fastest print speed, the printheads fire ink
bidirectionally, when the carriage travels in both directions.
To reduce certain banding effects, the printheads can be set
to fire only when the carriage is moving to the left.
◆
High quality (HQ) — when enabled, reduces certain banding effects.
◆
Color Set — ink sets may contain one each of a different
color, two each of a different color, varying densities of certain colors, or combinations. Using two sets of colors speeds
printing, while using multidensity inks creates smoother
transitions between light tones, and increases the perceived
resolution of the print.
◆
Jet Replacement — jets on the printhead that are misfiring or
not firing at all can be replaced with alternate jets. Ideally,
every pixel called for in a print is printed. In reality, some
pixels are not printed because the ink jets tend to become
partially or completely clogged with ink, which reduces print
quality. AutoJet mapping substitutes an otherwise unused jet
for a missing or deflected jet.
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Passes — number of times the printhead passes over a given
area of the image. A greater number of passes makes a
greater number of substitute jets available, but slows printing speed.
Print quality (apparent resolution and smooth gradients) is
improved by:
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Increasing the number of passes (see “Selecting a Print
Mode” on page 3-7)
◆
Increasing the number of different ink colors (and/or
densities); see “Selecting a Print Mode” on page 3-7
◆
Printing in HQ mode (see “Selecting a Print Mode” on page
3-7)
◆
Printing unidirectionally (left only); see “Selecting a Print
Mode” on page 3-7
◆
Selecting “Do not print white space” under Configure
Printer - Printer Options - Print White Space (see “Printer
Options” on page 2-13)
◆
Using MediaSaver (ColorSpan Print Server feature) to group
jobs together, eliminating the drying delay between jobs
Variable Mode Printing
Print speed is increased by:
Variable Mode Printing
◆
Reducing the number of passes (see “Selecting a Print
Mode” on page 3-7)
◆
Reducing the number of different colors or using smaller ink
sets (four or six colors instead of eight or more)
◆
Printing with two heads per color (see “Selecting a Print
Mode” on page 3-7)
◆
Printing bidirectionally (in both directions); see “Selecting a
Print Mode” on page 3-7
◆
Printing in non-HQ mode (see “Selecting a Print Mode” on
page 3-7)
◆
Printing in low relative humidity to avoid drying delays
◆
Disabling the service station overspray delay under Configure Printer - Printer Settings - SS Overspray Delay (see
page 2-13)
3-3
Ink System Overview
The printer’s ink system consists of three main components:
◆
Ink reservoir — a plastic box containing the ink supply and
an electronic profiler, which specifies the ink type, color, and
amount remaining. The profiler plugs into a connector on
the ink tray, allowing it to communicate with the printer and
print server. The reservoir is self-contained and seals automatically for easy handing.
◆
Ink tube — carries the ink from the reservoir to the printhead, self-sealing on both ends for ease of handling.
◆
Printhead — delivers the ink to the media.
Each of these components can be replaced independently of the
others. This enables you to consume the ink from two or more
reservoirs before replacing the printhead when an excessive
number of clogged jets cannot be recovered with priming or
cleaning. The ink tubes need not be replaced unless you switch
ink types (for example, from a dye ink to a pigmented ink, or to
a different set of colors), or if a tube becomes damaged.
Fig. 3-1. Ink system components
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Ink System Overview
The ink system also includes a labeling system to help keep the
components of each ink color together:
◆
Color Map Cards — lists all of the supported ink sets, fits in
plastic sleeve inside the printer’s top cover for easy reference
during installation and printing.
Fig. 3-2. Color Map card
◆
Ink Type Label — used to identify the ink type used in each
ink tube.
◆
Ink Tube Number Label — used to label each end of each ink
tube (ink reservoir end and printhead end) from 1 to 12; corresponds to the factory-labeled ink tray positions 1 to 12.
Fig. 3-3. Ink type and ink number labels
Ink System Overview
3-5
Spare Ink and Printheads
For maximum productivity and minimum down time,
ColorSpan recommends stocking extra ink reservoirs and printheads. When the ink supply runs low, or a printhead needs to be
replaced, having spares will ensure that printing can resume as
quickly as possible.
Since ink and printhead usage will vary depending on the
amount and types of printing you do, experience will help you
determine how to stock an efficient spare inventory. For example, in a “2x6” configuration (two six-color sets of ink),
ColorSpan recommends stocking two six-color sets of ink reservoirs, plus six printheads (one for each color). Both ink reservoirs in a pair tend to run out of ink at the same time, so two
spares per color would allow you to continue printing with a
minimum of delay. The printheads tend to need replacement
one at a time, so one spare per color would be sufficient most of
the time.
Tip
To clean a printhead with jet-outs, see “Cleaning Ink
Jets” on page 5-3.
Printhead Handling Tips
3-6
◆
DO hold the printhead by the plastic body only.
◆
DO clean the printheads with a clean lint-free cloth moistened
with plain water.
◆
DO NOT touch the ink jet nozzles on the bottom of the printhead.
◆
DO NOT touch the electrodes on the back of the printhead. The
printhead is fired by an electrical signal. The electrodes that carry
this signal are easily contaminated.
◆
DO NOT set the printhead down anywhere before you install it.
◆
DO NOT wipe the printhead with any fiber-cellulose material,
such as a paper tissue.
◆
NEVER APPLY ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL ON THE PRINTHEAD OR
SERVICE STATION. USE PLAIN WATER. Alcohol reacts with pigmented inks, rendering the printhead unusable. To clean ink clogs,
see “Cleaning Ink Jets” on page 5-3.
Ink System Overview
Selecting a Print Mode
Before installing ink, report to the printer how you will use the
ink you will install (the “print mode”). This is necessary because
although the printer can detect which inks are installed, a given
ink set may be usable in several different modes.
For example, consider an installation of two six-color (C2M2YK)
sets of ink. By changing the color map selected at the control
panel, and without moving or removing any of the ink reservoirs or printheads, these twelve inks may be used as:
◆
2 six-color ink sets
◆
1 six-color ink set
◆
2 four-color ink sets
◆
1 four-color ink set
See “Switching Between Ink Sets” on page 3-10 for further
details.
To configure the print mode:
1. From the Front Page screen on the control panel, press the
Print Mode key.
The control panel displays the Current Selection screen. This
shows the current settings for the options you are about to
specify.
2. Press the B (Proceed) key.
The control panel displays the Print Direction menu.
3. Press the C and p keys to select the BiDi or Left Only print
direction, then press the D key.
The control panel displays the Select Heads Per Color menu.
For both options, you can also specify a High Quality (HQ)
mode.
4. Press the C and p keys to select the number of printheads
per color you plan to use, then press the D key.
The Select Ink Type menu appears.
5. Press the C and p keys to select the ink type, then press the
D key.
Selecting a Print Mode
3-7
The control panel displays the Select Color Map screen. At
the top of this screen are the color sets that are valid for the
number of heads per color you selected. At the bottom of
the screen is a schematic diagram showing the placement of
the printheads in the printhead carriage.
Fig. 3-4. Select Color Map screen
Printhead Positions
1
5
2
9
6
3
10
11
7
4
8
12
Ink Colors
C
mC
lC
M
mM
lM
Y
K
xxx
Cyan
Medium Cyan
Light Cyan
Magenta
Medium Magenta
Light Magenta
Yellow
Black
Ignored/Not used
Ink Type (Suf fix)
e
p
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Endura•Chrome
Perma•Chrome
Selecting a Print Mode
6. Press the C and p keys to select the color map you will use.
The color map diagram changes with your selection.
7. Press D to continue.
The control panel displays the Select Passes menu.
8. Press the C and p keys to select the number of print passes
you want to use.
A higher number of passes produces the best print quality,
but a lower number of passes will increase print speed. The
default is 8 passes.
9. Press D to continue.
The Front Page screen appears. The print mode is now
selected. If you changed the number of passes by more than
one pass, you should run a Media Feed Calibration (see
“Media Feed Calibration” on page 4-4) and Head-to-Head
registration (“Auto Calibrations” on page 4-19) before printing.
10. Install the Color Map card that corresponds to the mode you
selected into the plastic sleeve on the printer’s top cover.
Refer to the Color Map card to help you load inks into the
correct locations. See the figure on page 3-5 for an illustration of a Color Map card.
Selecting a Print Mode
3-9
Switching Between Ink
Sets
The inks are located in specific numbered locations on the
printer for optimal print and color quality. The software ignores
ink positions that are not needed for a print mode, so any ink
(or no ink) can be present in these positions. This provides flexibility while minimizing the need to swap or reposition inks. For
example, by loading a 2x6 C2M2YK ink set, you can switch
between 2x6, 1x6, 2x4, and 1x4 print modes at the control
panel without moving or changing any inks (see below).
1x6
2x6
2x4
1x4
C = Cyan, mC = Medium Cyan
M = Magenta, mM = Medium Magenta
Y = Yellow
K = Black
Fig. 3-5. Possible modes with a 2x6 ink set
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Switching Between Ink Sets
Switching between eight-color and six-color modes, however,
does require switching ink(s):
1x6
1x8
2x6
C = Cyan, mC = Medium Cyan, lC = Light Cyan
M = Magenta, mM = Medium Magenta, lM = Light Magenta
Y = Yellow
K = Black
CX = Change Ink
Fig. 3-6. Possible modes with a 1x8 ink set
Caution
When changing ink colors, if you change the printhead and reservoir without changing the existing ink
tube, ink from the reservoir will mix with the different ink in the ink tube, producing a third color. When
you change ink colors, you must replace the existing
printhead, tube, and reservoir with the printhead,
tube, and reservoir containing the new ink color.
The printer will display an error if you install a printhead and/or reservoir in the wrong position for the
selected ink set, but it cannot detect whether the ink
tube does not match the other components.
Since inks of different dilutions are very difficult to
visually discern in the ink tubes, be sure to label all
components and replace them one color at a time, as
described in “Replacing Ink System Components” on
page 3-17.
Switching Between Ink Sets
3-11
Installing Ink for the
First Time in a New
Printer
When you receive a new printer, numbered empty ink tubes are
preinstalled at the factory. This prepares the printer to accept ink
reservoirs and printheads with any ink type or color set. It also
avoids introducing air into the ink, which would occur gradually
if ink tubes filled with ink were installed and stored unpressurized (without an ink reservoir connected).
During the ink installation process, you will displace the air
inside the ink tube with ink before you connect the tube to the
printhead.
Caution
Always fill an empty ink tube with ink before connecting it to a printhead. Connecting an empty ink
tube to a printhead will result in enough air to be
introduced to cause the printhead to fail. This condition may be recoverable by purging the cartridge of
air (see “Purging the Printheads” on page 5-11 for
instructions), and then priming them (see “Manual
Priming” on page 5-8).
1. On the printer’s Ready screen, press the Online/Offline key.
The Front Page screen appears.
2. On the control panel Front Page screen, press the Carriage
key.
The printhead carriage moves to the center area of the platen
so you can load the printheads.
3. Open the printer’s top cover.
4. If desired, label the ink tubes at the reservoir end.
Referring to the Color Map card, affix the labels showing the
ink color and ink type onto the ink tubes at the reservoir
end. This will identify the ink used in each tube, and help
reconnect any tubes that are removed and stored to the correct ink reservoir and printhead.
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Installing Ink for the First Time in a New Printer
5. If not pre-assembled, insert the drain tube into the connection on top of the drain bottle.
Fig. 3-7. Assembling the drain tube to the top
of the drain bottle.
6. Place the drain bottle on the floor and tape the drain tube to
the dryer tube, providing a descent from carriage-level to the
drain bottle.
Fig. 3-8. Placing the drain bottle
Installing Ink for the First Time in a New Printer
3-13
7. Referring to the Color Map card, place an ink reservoir into its
numbered position (1 through 12) in the ink tray.
Be sure to insert the profiler into its port in the ink tray.
Work with the ink reservoir, tube, and printhead that correspond to one position at a time. This will help prevent crossconnecting components.
8. Referring to the Color Map card, affix the labels showing the
ink color and ink type onto the connectors of the ink supply
tube (see Fig. 3-3 on page 3-5).
9. Open one of the carriage covers to expose the printhead
slots.
Release the cover by pressing its latch at the front of the
carriage.
10. Insert the needle end of the drain tube into the nozzle end of
the supply tube that is located in the printhead slot in the
carriage assembly (see Fig. 3-9).
This will allow air to escape from the supply tube.
Fig. 3-9. Connecting the drain bottle tube to the supply tube
11. Connect the ink supply tube into its corresponding fitting on
the ink reservoir.
The ink will begin to flow from the reservoir toward the ink
bottle. The ink will displace the air in the tube, filling it
with ink. To ensure that the drain tube needle does not slip
out of the ink tube, hold the drain tube needle in place during the fill process.
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Installing Ink for the First Time in a New Printer
12. As soon as you see ink flowing into the drain tube, pinch the
drain tube and remove it from the nozzle end of the ink tube.
By pinching the drain tube, a vacuum is formed between the
pinched tube and the end of the needle, keeping any residual ink from draining from the needle as it is removed.
Fig. 3-10. Removing the drain tube
13. Wipe clean the needle end of the drain tube, and set it aside,
keeping the ink inside from spilling out.
14. Remove the packaging from a printhead that contains the
same ink as the ink reservoir.
Remove the tape covering the electronic contacts, and
remove the plug from the ink inlet. Do not touch any of the
metallic electronic contacts.
15. Install the printhead into the carriage.
Install the printhead into the correct position. You can use
the built-in handle to help position the printhead.
16. Repeat steps 7 through 15 for each ink tube you want to fill.
17. Close and latch the carriage cover(s).
18. Close the printer’s top cover.
On the control panel Front Page screen, press the B (Proceed) key to park the printhead carriage into the service station.
See “Loading Media” on page 3-24 for media loading
instructions.
Installing Ink for the First Time in a New Printer
3-15
After installing one or more printheads, always run AutoSet. See
“Front Page” on page 2-5 for instructions on running AutoSet
from the Front Page screen.
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Installing Ink for the First Time in a New Printer
Replacing Ink System
Components
Replacing an Ink Reservoir
in an Idle Printer
This section shows you how to replace the individual components in the ink system:
◆
Replacing an ink reservoir in an idle printer
◆
Replacing an ink reservoir during printing (“hot swapping”)
◆
Replacing a printhead
◆
Replacing an ink tube
Replace an ink reservoir when there is insufficient ink to print,
or when you want to use a different color or type of ink. If you
replace an ink reservoir with the same color and type of ink,
there is no need to replace the printhead and ink tube.
Caution
When switching to a new ink color or ink type,
replace the ink reservoir, printhead, and ink tube as a
matched set. Failure to do so will contaminate the
ink system and compromise performance or output
quality.
When installing ink tubes, avoid placing excessive tension on
the tube end connected to the printhead. Excessive tension may
cause kinking and blockage of the ink flow, and could cause the
tube to separate from its connector, resulting in an unrestricted
flow of ink from the tube.
1. Remove the ink reservoir from the ink tray. Do not disconnect
the ink tube at this time.
This disconnects the profiler, which is built into the ink reservoir, from its port on the back of the tray. The printer
detects that the profiler has been disconnected, but will not
report an error condition unless you try printing.
2. Install the new ink reservoir into place in the ink tray. Carefully connect the profiler into its port at the back of the tray.
If you install ink of a different color or type than was originally installed, the printer will report this as an error message on the printer control panel.
3. Disconnect the ink tube from the old ink reservoir, and connect it to the new ink reservoir.
Replacing Ink System Components
3-17
Replacing an Ink Reservoir
During Printing (“Hot
Swapping”)
You can replace an ink reservoir during printing (“hot swap”)
only with an ink reservoir of the same color and ink type.
Caution
When switching to a different ink color or ink type,
wait for printing to finish, then replace the ink reservoir, printhead, and ink tube as a matched set. Failure to do so will contaminate the ink system and
compromise performance or output quality.
1. Place the new ink reservoir near the reservoir to be replaced.
2. Remove the ink reservoir from the ink tray. Do not disconnect
the ink tube at this time.
This disconnects the profiler, which is built into the ink reservoir, from its port on the back of the tray. The printer
detects that the profiler has been disconnected, but will not
report an error condition unless you fail to connect the new
ink reservoir to the profiler docking station within ten
seconds.
3. Install the new ink reservoir into place in the ink tray. Carefully connect the profiler into its port at the back of the tray.
Do this promptly. Since the printer keeps track of ink used,
the longer it takes for you to replace the ink reservoir, the
less accurate this “count” will be. If you install ink of a different color or type than was originally installed, the printer
will report this as an error message on the printer control
panel, and printing will stop.
4. Disconnect the ink tube from the old ink reservoir, and connect it to the new ink reservoir.
Connect the new ink reservoir within five seconds, or the
printhead may deprime, which will damage printed output.
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Replacing Ink System Components
Replacing a Printhead
Replace a printhead when the printer:
◆
When the printer can no longer compensate for missing or
deflected jets by increasing the number of print passes, and
you cannot recover these jets (see “Cleaning Ink Jets” on
page 5-3 for instructions).
◆
When the number of passes required increases print times to
unacceptable levels.
◆
When switching ink color or type.
To replace a printhead:
1. Wait for the printer to stop printing.
2. From the ready screen, press the Online/Offline button.
The Front Page screen appears.
3. Press the Carriage button.
The printhead carriage moves out of the service station.
4. Open the top cover.
5. Open the carriage cover of the printhead that you want to
replace.
Press the cover’s latch at the front of the carriage.
6. Remove the printhead from the carriage by lifting the printhead straight up.
Use the printhead handle to help you lift it up.
7. Install the new printhead into the carriage.
Remove the tape covering the electronic contacts, and
remove the plug from the ink inlet.
8. Close and latch the carriage cover.
9. Close the top cover.
10. On the control panel, press the B (Proceed) key to park the
printhead carriage into the service station.
11. Run an AutoSet calibration.
Replacing Ink System Components
3-19
Replacing An Ink Tube
To ink trays
From printheads
Fig. 3-11. Ink tube routing
Replace an ink tube when switching ink colors or types, or if the
ink tube leaks. You need not replace an ink tube when you
change an ink reservoir and/or printhead without changing ink
color or type, if the tube is functioning normally.
Each of the ink tubes is routed to a specific ink tray position, to
enable the replacement of individual tubes without crossing or
tangling with other tubes.
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Caution
Always remove and replace ink tubes one at a time,
to ensure correct routing of the tube. Although the
printer can detect the proper placement of the ink
reservoirs and printheads, it cannot detect whether
the ink tubes are routed correctly. Incorrectly routed
ink tubes would likely mix inks in the printhead, and
cause printing problems.
Tip
Wear protective gloves during this procedure to protect your hands from ink stains.
Replacing Ink System Components
1. Wait for the printer to stop printing.
2. From the ready screen, press the Online/Offline button.
The Front Page screen appears.
3. Press the Carriage button.
The printhead carriage moves out of the service station.
4. Open the printer top cover.
5. Disconnect the ink tube you are replacing at the carriage end.
Some slack is necessary to avoid kinking the ink tube when
you disconnect it from the printhead in step 9.
6. Depress the lock levers to unlock the printhead assembly, and
swing the carriage up to expose the printheads.
7. Disconnect the ink tube from the ink reservoir.
The tube automatically seals when you disconnect it. This
prevents ink from spilling out.
8. Carefully remove the ink tube from its clips, beginning at the
ink tray end.
9. Disconnect the ink tube from the printhead.
Unless the tube is damaged, you can store the tube, with the
ink inside, for future use. Be sure that it is properly labelled
with position number and ink type.
10. Install the new tube into its guides, beginning from the printhead end, but do not connect the empty tube to the printhead yet.
Beginning at the printhead end ensures that the slack portion of the tube is at the ink tray end. Be sure to route the
Replacing Ink System Components
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tubes through the guide behind the carriage top cover for
printheads 1, 2, and 3.
Ink tray
Tube guides inside the tube chain
Tube guides along rear of printer
Fig. 3-12. Location of tube guides
Caution
Ensure that the ink tubes will not be pinched or severed when the top cover is closed.
11. Connect the new ink tube to the ink reservoir.
Fig. 3-13. Connecting the ink tube to the reservoir
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Replacing Ink System Components
Caution
Always fill an empty ink tube with ink before connecting it to a printhead. Attempting to print with an
empty ink tube connected to a printhead will result
in enough air to be introduced to cause the printhead to fail. This condition may be recoverable by
purging the cartridge of air (see “Purging the Printheads” on page 5-11 for instructions).
12. Connect the other end of the tube to the drain bottle, and
place the bottle on the printer platen or floor.
As ink begins to move through the ink tube from the ink
reservoir, the air in the tube is displaced with ink. The
greater the distance between the drain bottle and the ink
reservoir, the faster the ink will flow.
Tip
If the ink does not begin flowing, try disconnecting
and reconnecting the ink tube to the ink reservoir,
and reposition the drain tube needle within the ink
tube nozzle.
13. When ink has reached the end of the ink tube and begins
dripping into the drain bottle, remove the supply tube from
the drain bottle.
The ink tube automatically seals in the ink.
14. Label the new ink tube with the ink color on the connector to
the ink reservoir, and with the tube number (1 through 12)
on the connector at both ends.
Proper labeling will help ensure that the tubes are always
connected to the right ink reservoirs and printheads. This
will help reduce the possibility of reconnecting tubes to the
wrong printheads.
15. Connect the new ink tube to the printhead.
16. Swing the printhead assembly down into the printing position, and push the printhead assembly down into position
until it engages the lock levers with a click.
17. Close the printer top cover.
18. On the control panel Front Page screen, press the B (Proceed)
key to park the printhead carriage into the service station.
Replacing Ink System Components
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Loading Media
Wear cotton gloves during this procedure, or handle the media
only by its very outside edges. This will prevent skin oils from
being deposited on the media, which could render output quality unacceptable.
Tip
For best results, use genuine ColorSpan media.
Caution
Do not store or rest a media roll on either end before
loading it onto a spool. This could result in an indentation on the edge of the media, which can be struck
by the printhead carriage during printing.
Far side
Home side (toward control panel)
Fig. 3-14. Installing media roll and collets onto the spool
1. Ensure that the fixed collet (with the metal pin) is in the
proper location on the supply spool.
The collet is designed to accommodate 2-inch and 3-inch
cores.
◆
If you are loading media with a 2-inch core, set the collet into the outside (closest to the home side) hole of the
spool. This is how the collet is installed at the factory.
◆
If you are loading media with a 3-inch core, set the collet into the inside hole (closest to the far side) of the
spool.
2. Tighten the pin with the hex wrench included with the
printer.
3. Load the media roll onto the spool.
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Loading Media
4. Load and secure the other collet against end of media roll.
The far-side collet does not have a metal pin. Push the collet
into the core, and friction will hold it in place.
5. From the rear of the printer, load the media and spool into
the printer’s supply spool holder.
Press the home side of the supply spool into the home side
holder (on the left from the rear of the printer), then swing
the far side of the supply spool into the far side holder (on
the right).
6. With your right hand, feed the leading edge of the media
into the printer’s pinch rollers and hold it in place until the
following step.
If loading 72 inch media, see “Loading 72-Inch Media” on
page 3-29.
Note
The printer automatically locates the right and left
edges of the media, so it is not necessary to align
the media edges to a reference mark on the platen.
7. With your left hand, press the Media Advance button to
advance media a few inches (several centimeters).
The Media Advance button is located to the left of the
installed supply spool, on the rear of the printer next to the
Big Ink pack tray and electronics enclosure.
8. While holding the left collet stationary, press the Media
Advance button a few seconds, until the media web is tight
with no wrinkles.
Ensure that the right and left edges of the media web are
perpendicular to the sides of the printer, that the tension
appears uniform across the media web, and that the media is
not unrolling unevenly (“telescoping”) from the supply
spool.
Note
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These checks ensure that the tension is uniform
across the width of the media. This is critical to
trouble-free printing.
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9. On the Front Page screen of the control panel, press the Load
Media key.
The control panel prompts you to press the B key to load
media, or n to cancel.
10. Press the B key to proceed.
The control panel prompts you to advance the media.
11. Press the p key to advance the media past the front edge of
the platen.
12. Press the B key to proceed.
This causes the printer to measure the width of the media.
The control panel displays a numeric keypad.
Fig. 3-15. Numeric entry screen
13. Enter the length of the media roll (if it is a new roll) or the
length remaining (if it is a partially used roll), and press the
Enter key to continue.
To skip this step, press Esc or Enter without entering a value.
The printer will not track the amount of media remaining
on the roll, and it will be unable to display a warning when
the amount of media runs low. The media length will display as “undefined.”
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Loading Media
14. The control panel asks whether you want to use the takeup
system.
See “Takeup Options” on page 3-30 for details on using the
takeup system.
◆
If you will be printing without using the takeup system,
or if you will be performing a Media Feed Calibration,
press the n key to skip loading the takeup. See “Media
Feed Calibration” on page 4-4 for instructions.
◆
To use the takeup system, press the B key.
15. Press and hold the p key until the end of the media reaches
past the takeup spool.
16. Load an empty media core onto the takeup spool, and load
the core and spool into the printer’s takeup spool holder.
See steps 3 through 5 for detailed instructions.
17. Grasping the middle of the media web, pull straight back and
tape the middle of the web to the takeup core.
Note
Be sure that the direction you wrap the media
around the takeup spool is consistent with the direction specified in the Takeup Control option of the
menu (see “Takeup Options” on page 3-30 for
details). The default direction is Image Outside
(printed image facing out).
18. Add a small amount of slack (a “supply loop”) to the media,
to prevent the takeup from pulling the takeup spool out of
the printer.
19. Press the B key to continue.
The control panel displays an informational message suggesting that you perform a Media Feed calibration.
20. Press the B key to perform a Media Feed calibration, or n to
skip the calibration.
See “Media Feed Calibration” on page 4-4 for instructions.
You are now ready to begin printing. The printer will verify
that the media is wide enough for each print job it receives.
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Tip
The media should be consistently tensioned across its
width when attached to the takeup spool. Ensure
that the web is straight and smooth from side to side.
If necessary, a cardboard core from a roll of masking
or other graphic arts tape can be slipped over the
spool holder to hold it in place.
Loading the media onto a takeup spool that already
has some media on it will change the weight of the
spool and make it more difficult to inadvertently pull
off the media during printing.
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Loading Media
Loading 72-Inch Media
The width of the 72-inch media makes it impossible for most
persons to load it by grasping its left and right edges at the same
time. Follow this procedure to more easily load 72-inch wide
media.
Wear cotton gloves during this procedure, or handle the media
only by its very outside edges. This will prevent skin oils from
being deposited on the media, which could render output quality unacceptable.
1. With your right hand, grasp the media at the center of its
leading edge, and pull it forward into the center grip rollers.
2. While continuing to hold the center of the leading edge of
the media in place, grasp the left edge of the media with
your left hand.
3. Pull the left edge of the media into the leftmost grip rollers.
4. Hold the media in place with your left hand.
5. Grasp the right edge of the media with your right hand, and
pull it into the rightmost grip rollers.
6. With both hands, feed the media web evenly into all grip rollers.
7. Press the Media Advance button to finish loading the media.
8. Verify that the media web is even and unwrinkled across its
width.
9. When loading the media onto the takeup spool, ensure that
the media is tightly wound onto the spool across its width.
Uneven or excessive tension may cause the spool to pull out
of the left spool holder.
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Takeup Options
You can enable and disable the takeup system at the control
panel. See Takeup Control under “Print Settings” on page 2-11
for details.
◆
When enabled, before each print job the takeup system
automatically detects whether any media is attached to the
takeup spool and operates the takeup motor as needed.
◆
When disabled, the takeup motor will not operate, and will
not attempt to detect whether media is attached to the
takeup spool.
When printing one print at a time, you may choose to not use
the takeup system at all. In this case, advance the media, cut the
finished print from the roll, then back up the media for the next
print. (To advance and back up the media using the control
panel, see “Front Page” on page 2-5).
Caution
If you do not use the takeup system, the software
assumes that you are cutting individual prints as
they are printed. If you send a large number of jobs
to the printer without the takeup system loaded,
and allow printing to continue unattended, the
prints will pile onto the floor.
You can also configure the takeup system so it winds the image
facing to the inside or outside of the spool. This is useful if your
laminator or other finishing equipment has a certain requirement for its supply spools. See Takeup Control under “Print Settings” on page 2-11 for instructions.
Linearization
When changing media types, you should perform a color calibration or linearization (if supported by the RIP). This compensates for the differences between medias that affect color
accuracy. For further information, see “Linearization” on page 423.
When replenishing the media supply with the same type of
media, relinearization is unnecessary unless print color quality
has changed noticeably.
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Dryer Operation
As the printed output advances past the dryer outlets, the dryer
blows air over the output to dry it. The print will continue to
advance until the trailing edge of the print has passed under the
dryer. The print remains stationary for twenty seconds, then will
reverse or advance according to the supply loop option selected
(see page 2-14). To cancel the twenty-second delay, press the n
(Cancel) key.
The printer’s relative humidity sensor enables the printer to
adjust the media advance speed to ensure adequate drying.
Higher relative humidity will result in slower printing. You can
customize this feature from the control panel; for instructions,
see page 2-12.
Relative
Humidity
0–29%
Low humidity warning displayed, jets may drop out
and media may lift from the platen
30–59%
Optimal, no warning or drying delay
60–79%
High humidity warning displayed, media advance is
delayed automatically as humidity increases
> 80%
Action displayed, printing stops. User must specify a
manual drying delay to proceed with printing (see
Drying Delay under “Print Settings” on page 2-11)
Caution
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Printer Action
Output on polyester films can be streaked by the
dryer air flow. To avoid this, you can disable the
dryer fan from the control panel. For instructions,
see “Printer Options” on page 2-13.
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Cutting and
Unloading Media
1. Press the p key on the Front Page screen to advance the
printed portion of the media past the cutter anvil (on the
front edge of the platen).
2. From the front of the printer, place a utility knife blade in the
cutter channel and draw the cutter across the media.
Support the trailing edge of the media as you cut it from the
supply spool.
3. On the Front Page screen of the control panel, press the
Unload Media key.
4. The control panel prompts you to press B to unload media,
or n to cancel.
5. Press B to continue.
The control panel asks if you want to print the calculated
length of media remaining on the supply spool onto the
media for reference. When reloading the media later, the
control panel will prompt you to enter this value so it can
continue to track the amount of media remaining.
6. Press B to print the length remaining, or n to skip printing.
7. As desired, take the single print or takeup spool with printed
output to your finishing area, and re-load the takeup system.
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Cutting and Unloading Media
CHAPTER 4
Calibrating the Printer
This chapter explains how to calibrate the printer for the best possible
output:
Calibrating the Printer
◆
AutoSet (page 4-2)
◆
Manual Calibrations (page 4-3) — Media Feed, Manual BiDi Registration, Manual Head Registration, Manual Jet Mapping, Jet Status
Lines, Default Registration Data
◆
Auto Calibrations (page 4-19) — AutoBiDi Calibration, AutoH2H
(Head-to-Head) Calibration, AutoBiDi & H2H Calibration, AutoJet
Calibration
◆
AutoTune (page 4-20)
◆
Calibration Summary (page 4-21)
◆
Linearization (page 4-23)
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AutoSet
AutoSet is an advanced printer calibration feature that uses an
onboard digital imaging sensor and sophisticated software to
detect and compensate for variations in ink jet printing. It can
be initiated by the user or run automatically at specified intervals (AutoTune). AutoSet is designed to be a “one-button” calibration, the only calibration you need to run in most cases for
superior quality output.
When you press the AutoSet key on the Front Page control panel
screen, these functions are performed automatically:
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◆
Bidirectional Registration — ensures that every working jet
fires a pixel at precisely the same location, regardless of the
carriage’s direction of travel.
◆
Head-to-Head Registration — ensures that the printheads
are in alignment relative to each other.
◆
AutoJet substitution mapping — detects and disables individual ink jets that are misfiring or not firing at all. During
subsequent printing, the printer compensates for these jets
by using other jets in their place, ensuring maximum print
quality without reducing print speed.
Note
Clean printheads produce the best printed output
and accurate calibration patterns.
Note
AutoSet does not work with transparent media. In
this case, you should run AutoSet on a white media
that is similar in thickness to the clear media, then
switch to the transparent media; or manually run
the calibrations under the Calibrate Printer menu
using the transparent media.
Tip
If the printhead carriage head height is set to 0.070
inches (1.78 mm) or higher, do not run AutoSet. For
best accuracy, run the manual calibrations instead.
For instructions on running the manual calibrations,
see “Manual Calibrations” on page 4-5.
AutoSet
Manual Calibrations
When you run the calibrations from this menu, you evaluate the
calibration test patterns visually and enter the calibration values
via the control panel. In most cases, AutoSet is more accurate
and should be used instead (see “AutoSet” on page 4-2).
Note
Manually performing the component calibrations of
AutoSet is time-consuming and can be error-prone,
but is necessary when the head height is 0.070
inches (1.78 mm) or greater, or when calibrating
transparent media. (There is no automatic media
feed calibration, so you must always perform it
manually.)
If you decide to manually calibrate the printer, first clean the
printhead jets as described in “Cleaning Ink Jets” on page 5-3.
The Manual Calibration menu consists of these options:
◆
Media Feed (page 4-4) — enables you to calibrate the
printer’s media advance accuracy by printing and visually
inspecting your choice of test patterns.
◆
Manual BiDi Registration (page 4-7) — prints bidirectional
registration patterns and allows you to report which pattern
is the most precise.
◆
Manual Head Registration (page 4-10) — precisely aligns
the printheads relative to each other, for accurate colors and
precise registration of images.
◆
Manual Jet Mapping (page 4-13) — enables you to detect
and report nonfiring or misfiring ink jet nozzles, which
enables the printer to “fill in” for them.
◆
Jet Status Lines — prints a quick test pattern that shows
which jets are out.
◆
Default Registration Data — sets all registration data to
zero.
After calibration and jet mapping, perform a linearization, or
color calibration (as supported by your print server or RIP). For
further information, see “Linearization” on page 4-23.
Manual Calibrations
4-3
Media Feed Calibration
This calibration allows you to calibrate the accuracy of the
media feed process. You perform this calibration when loading
media, or later if prints requiring very accurate length (for example, output that will be tiled) are found to be the wrong length.
To perform this procedure, it is helpful to have a magnifying
glass or printer’s loupe to examine the test patterns.
◆
Before performing a Media Feed calibration, print the Prime
Bars and clean the ink jets to get the maximum number of
jets working.
◆
After performing a Media Feed calibration, run AutoSet.
1. If you will be performing this calibration with a new roll of
media, advance the media to the floor, back it up to the
platen, and remove the supply loop (see page 2-13).
This will remove the advance error that would be introduced
by the tighter winding at the beginning of a new roll of
media.
2. Press the v (Menu) key from the Front Page screen on the
control panel to display the menus.
3. Press the E (Menu In) key display the Calibrate Printer menu.
4. Press the p key to highlight Manual Calibration.
5. Press the E (Menu In) key.
6. Press the E (Menu In) key to select the Media Feed option.
The following prompt appears:
Press Proceed to print pattern
Press Cancel to adjust without printing
7. Press the Proceed key to print a test pattern, or Cancel to skip
printing.
If you press Cancel, to go step 13.
When you press Proceed, you can choose between the following calibrations:
4-4
◆
34-Inch (900 mm) Calibration — prints two reference
marks along the direction of media feed; measure the
distance between the marks to determine advance
accuracy.
◆
12-Inch (305 mm) Calibration — same as previous calibration, uses less media but may be less accurate.
Manual Calibrations
◆
Double Lines — alternate method for use when a reference measuring stick is not available
8. Select one of the options and press the E (Menu In) key to
continue.
9. Follow the applicable procedure below.
34-Inch/12-inch Calibration
10. Press the B key to continue.
The printer asks whether you want to print the media feed
calibration.
11. Press the B key to continue.
The printer prints the calibration marks, and prompts you to
adjust the advance.
Fig. 4-16. Media Feed Calibration pattern
12. With a metal yardstick, measure the distance between the
marks.
A measuring stick with 1/64 inch markings works best.
13. Adjust the media feed advance using the control panel.
You can increase the advance by pressing the C key, or
decrease it by pressing the p key.
14. Press B (Proceed) to save the advance value you entered.
15. Press B (Proceed) to return to the menu.
Manual Calibrations
4-5
Double Lines Calibration
Use this calibration if an accurate measuring stick is not available.
The panel prompts you to select a printhead to calibrate.
16. Scroll through the printhead numbers to the printhead you
want to calibrate, then press the B key.
A menu appears listing the pattern versions plus a cancel
option:
◆
Fine
◆
Medium
◆
Coarse
◆
Cancel Calibration
Begin with the Coarse pattern, and repeat this procedure
with the Medium and Fine versions for the best results.
17. Select a pattern and press the B key to proceed.
If prompted, remove the supply loop (see page 2-13). The
pattern you selected prints.
18. Examine the patterns with a high-power mangifier.
Fig. 4-17. Good advance and bad advance in media advance calibration patterns
19. Select the pattern with the straightest line of pixels, and enter
the pattern number.
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Manual Calibrations
Manual Bidirectional
Registration
Bidirectional registration is a method to align each of the printheads so that dot placement is accurate in both directions along
the X axis (along the direction of print head travel).
The bidirectional registration pattern consists of a series of vertical lines. Half the pixels in this pattern are printed in one direction, half of them in the other direction. When the pixels are
accurately aligned, the pattern is clear. When the dots are not
aligned, the pattern appears fuzzy and ill-defined.
Tip
AutoSet incorporates an automatic version of this
calibration. Try AutoSet first before running this
manual calibration (see “AutoSet” on page 4-2 for
details).
There are three bidi patterns from which to choose:
◆
Fine — allows 0.25 pixel adjustments
◆
Medium — allows 0.5 pixel adjustments
◆
Coarse — allows 1 pixel adjustments
For the most precise image reproduction, perform these calibrations one after the other, starting with Coarse, then Medium,
then Fine.
1. Press the v (Menu) key from the Front Page screen on the
control panel to display the menus.
2. Press the E (Menu In) key display the Calibrate Printer
menu.
3. Press the p key to highlight Manual Calibrations.
4. Press the E (Menu In) key.
5. Press the p key to highlight Manual BiDi Registration.
6. Press the E (Menu In) key to select the option.
7. Press B (Proceed).
The control panel displays this prompt:
Print a manual bidi registration page?
8. Press B (Proceed).
9. Press the p key repeatedly to highlight the Fine, Medium, or
Coarse option.
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10. Press B (Proceed).
The printer prints the calibration pattern you selected.
11. When the calibration page has printed, the control panel displays this prompt:
Bidi registration
Head 1: 0
12. Examine the BiDi Registration pattern for the current head,
and determine which pattern is the closest to perfectly
aligned.
Use a printer’s loupe to select the pattern, since the lines in
the patterns may be difficult to discern.
+6
+4
+2
0
-2
Fig. 4-18. BiDi Registration pattern.
13. Press the C or p control panel keys repeatedly until the
number next to the pattern that is closest to aligned perfectly
is displayed.
For example, if pattern +2.0 is the closest aligned, press the
C key to change the display to:
HEAD-1
+2.0
If a printhead is extremely out of alignment, there may be
no pattern in alignment. Since the black vertical bars are
nominally five pixels apart, you can add +5 or -5 to a pattern
number to shift the colored bars right or left by one black
bar. Alternatively, you can perform the BiDi Registration
repeatedly, which will move the head in smaller increments,
until the head is aligned.
14. Press B (Proceed).
The control panel message increments the head number by
one.
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Manual Calibrations
15. Repeat steps 12 through 14 for each of the twelve heads.
When you have entered registration values for all heads, the
control panel displays this message:
Registration Successful
Manual Calibrations
4-9
Manual Head Registration
The printer creates images by firing dots of ink onto a sheet of
media. Precise positioning of each dot is essential for optimal
print quality. This is possible only if you register all printheads
in the printhead assembly to each other in both the X (along the
length of the platen) and Y (along the length of the media) directions.
This is a two-part process:
◆
Print a registration pattern.
◆
Enter the X and Y registration data for each head.
Tip
AutoSet incorporates an automatic version of this
calibration. Try AutoSet first before running this
manual calibration (see “AutoSet” on page 4-2 for
details).
1. Press the v (Menu) key from the Front Page screen on the
control panel to display the menus.
2. Press the E (Menu In) key display the Calibrate Printer
menu.
3. Press the p key to highlight Manual Calibration.
4. Press the E (Menu In) key.
5. Press the p key to highlight Manual Head Registration.
6. Press the E (Menu In) key to select the option.
The control panel asks whether you want to print a manual
head-to-head calibration page.
7. Press the B key.
The control panel displays a menu to allow you to select a
Fine, Medium, or Coarse registration pattern.
8. Press the p and C keys to select a pattern, then press the B
key.
If you have a calibration pattern from a recent print, you
can use it to calibrate the heads. Press n (Cancel) and go to
step .
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Manual Calibrations
If you need to print a new calibration pattern, press B (Proceed). The printer prints a calibration page.
X-direction patterns
Y-direction patterns
Fig. 4-19. Head-to-Head Registration patterns
When the calibration page has printed, the control panel
displays this prompt:
Take readings from left side of pattern.
9. Press the B key.
The control panel displays this message:
X Direction Registration
Head 2: +0
10. Examine the X direction pattern (in the left-hand group of
patterns) for the current head, and determine which pattern
of colored and black lines are the closest to perfectly aligned.
Use a printer’s loupe to select the pattern, since the lines in
the patterns may be difficult to discern otherwise.
+0
+1
+2
Fig. 4-20. Sample head calibration patterns.
In this example, pattern “+1” is aligned the closest,
so “+1” would be entered.
11. Press the C or p control panel keys repeatedly until the
number next to the pattern that is closest to aligned perfectly
is displayed.
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For example, if pattern +2 is the closest aligned, press the C
key to change the display to:
X REG
HEAD-1
+2
If a printhead is extremely out of alignment, there may be
no pattern in alignment. Since the black vertical bars are
five pixels apart, you can add +5 or -5 to a pattern number
to shift the colored bars right or left by one black bar. Alternatively, you can repeatedly perform an X calibration, which
will move the head in smaller increments, until the head is
aligned.
12. Press B (Proceed).
The control panel message increments the head number by
one.
13. Repeat steps 10 through 12 for each of the heads.
When you have entered registration values for all the heads,
the control panel displays this message:
Take readings from right side of pattern.
14. Press the B key.
Y Direction Registration
Head 2: 0
X registration is complete. You are now ready to begin Y registration.
15. Examine the Y registration pattern (in the right-hand group
of patterns) for the current head, and determine which pattern of colored and black lines are the closest to perfectly
aligned.
16. Press the C or p control panel keys repeatedly until the
number next to the pattern that is closest to aligned perfectly
is displayed.
17. Press B (Proceed).
The control panel message increments the head number by
one.
18. Repeat steps 15 through 17 for each of the Y patterns.
When you have entered registration values for all of the patterns, the control panel displays this message:
Registration successful.
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Manual Calibrations
Manual Jet Mapping
Each of the printheads used by the printer has 512 ink jet nozzles
(jets). If any one of these jets is clogged or has a bad electrical
connection, print quality may be affected. A certain number of
non-firing jets is within the performance specifications of most
printers that use this technology.
Using a patent-pending technique, the printer “fills in” the pixels that were not printed by the non-firing jets, without reducing
print speed. The end result is that every print is made with no
missing pixels.
The printer automatically maps out missing jets that are not firing for electrical reasons. Jets that are missing or misfiring for
other reasons are usually detected during the AutoSet or AutoJet
calibrations. You may also map jets manually using the following procedure.
Tip
AutoSet incorporates an automatic version of this
calibration. Try AutoSet first before running this
manual calibration (see “AutoSet” on page 4-2 for
details).
Tip
For best results, before performing this procedure,
clean the printhead jets as described in “Cleaning
Ink Jets” on page 5-3. Autodetected missing jets
sometimes can be recovered by carefully wiping the
electrical contacts on the printhead and their corresponding contacts on the printhead carriage with a
lint-free wipe moistened with plain water.
1. Press the v (Menu) key from the Front Page screen on the
control panel to display the menus.
2. Press the E (Menu In) key display the Calibrate Printer
menu.
3. Press the p key to highlight Manual Calibration.
4. Press the E (Menu In) key.
5. Press the p key to highlight Manual Jet Mapping.
6. Press the E (Menu In) key to select the option.
The control panel displays this message:
Print Jet Map
Page 1 of 2 now?
Manual Calibrations
4-13
If you have a calibration pattern from a recent print, you
can use it to calibrate the heads. Press n (Cancel) and go to
the next step. Otherwise, press B.
The printer prints a jet map test pattern for printheads 1-6.
➋
➌
➋
➌
➊
Fig. 4-21. Sample jet mapping pattern
➊ Head number
➋ Test pattern and codes
➌ Jet number
◆
If a line segment is missing or broken, the jet listed in
the same column is out. In Fig. 4-21, jets 263 and 265 are
out.
◆
If a line segment is marked with a code letter, it has
already been detected by the software, so no further
action by you is required. This data, however, may be
requested by MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services
(phone: 800-925-0563) to help diagnose printing
problems.
Note
If this test auto-detects (marks with an E) that more
than twelve jets are missing on any one printhead,
the printhead may be improperly seated. Try reseating the printhead, and print another Jet Coverage
pattern.
7. When the calibration pattern has printed, the control panel
displays a menu with the following options:
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◆
Report individual bad jets — enables you to report a
bad jet.
◆
Clear individual bad jets — enables you to clear (mark
as good) a jet.
◆
View current bad jets — lists the bad jets on a given
printhead.
Manual Calibrations
◆
Clear all bad jets — clears (marks as good) all jets currently marked as unusable.
Select an option and follow the corresponding procedure
below.
Report Individual Bad Jets
When you select Report Individual Bad Jets, the control
panel displays the following prompt:
Head 1:
Press Proceed to report a bad jet.
8. Press C and p to select a head number, then press B
(Proceed).
The control panel displays a numeric keyboard that you can
use to enter the number of the bad jet.
Fig. 4-22. Numeric entry screen
9. Enter the jet number, then press the Enter key.
10. When you are finished entering jet numbers, press the Esc
key.
The control panel displays the head selection message again.
11. Press C and p to select the next head number, then press B
(Proceed).
12. Repeat steps 9 through 11 for each head containing bad jets
you want to report.
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13. When you are finished reporting bad jets, press n.
The control panel displays the previous menu.
Clear Individual Bad Jets
When you select Clear Individual Bad Jets, the control panel
displays the following prompt:
Head 1:
Press Proceed to clear a bad jet.
14. Press C and p to select a head number, then press B
(Proceed).
The control panel displays a numeric keyboard that you can
use to enter the number of the bad jet.
15. Enter the jet number, then press the Enter key.
16. When you are finished entering jet numbers, press the Esc
key.
The control panel displays the head selection message again.
17. Press C and p to select the next head number, then press B
(Proceed).
18. Repeat steps 15 through 17 for each head containing bad jets
you want to clear.
19. When you are finished clearing bad jets, press n.
The control panel displays the previous menu.
View Current Bad Jets
When you select View Current Bad Jets, the control panel
displays the following prompt:
Head 1:
Press Proceed to view bad jets.
20. Press C and p to select a head number, then press B
(Proceed).
The control panel displays a message that lists the bad jets by
number.
21. Press B to return to the head selection screen.
22. Repeat steps 20 and 21 for each head you want to check for
bad jets.
23. When you are finished clearing bad jets, press n.
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Manual Calibrations
The control panel displays the previous menu.
Clear All Bad Jets
When you select Clear All Bad Jets, the control panel displays the following prompt:
Are you sure you want to clear
ALL reported bad jets?
◆
Press n to cancel this function, or
◆
Press B (Proceed). The control panel displays this
message:
All reported bad jets have been cleared.
24. Press B.
The following prompt appears:
Print Jet Map
Page 2 of 2 now?
25. Press B.
26. Repeat steps 7 through 24.
When you have finished mapping jets, the following summary appears on the control panel:
x jets currently reported bad.
x new bad jets reported.
x previous bad jets cleared.
where x is the number of jets.
Manual Calibrations
4-17
Jet Status Lines
This option prints a test pattern that shows which jets are working, and which jets are out.
Zero Registration Data
This option resets all registration data. Since there is no registration data after running this option, all calibration values must
be reestablished by running the calibrations.
4-18
Manual Calibrations
Auto Calibrations
AutoSet is a convenient “one button” action to automatically
run three different calibrations, but you can also run each one
individually, from the Auto Calibrations menu.
To evaluate the calibration test patterns visually and enter the
calibration values via the control panel, run the Manual Calibrations. For instructions, see “Manual Calibrations” on page 4-3.
1. On the Front Page screen, press the v (Menu) key to enter
the menu system.
2. Press the E (Menu In) key display the Calibrate Printer
menu.
3. Highlight Auto Calibrations and press the E (Menu In) key.
4. Select one of the Auto Calibrations.
Auto Calibrations
◆
AutoBiDi Calibration
◆
AutoH2H (Head-to-Head) Calibration
◆
AutoBiDi & H2H Calibration
◆
AutoJet Calibration
4-19
AutoTune
AutoTune runs AutoSet automatically at intervals you specify.
When you use the AutoTune scheduler to run AutoSet, AutoSet
always performs its three calibrations without prompting the
user or canceling due to too many bad jets. You can use the
Quality Check Mode feature to handle AutoSet errors, with or
without user intervention.
To run AutoSet at specified intervals (AutoTune):
1. On the Front Page screen, press the v (Menu) key to enter
the menu system.
2. Press the E (Menu In) key display the Calibrate Printer
menu.
3. Press the p key to highlight AutoTune.
4. Press the E (Menu In) key.
The control panel prompts you to specify an AutoTune
interval.
5. Press B (Proceed).
The control panel displays this message:
Run AutoSet every 0 prints.
6. Press the C key repeatedly to increment the AutoTune interval to the number of prints you desire.
7. Press B (Proceed).
8. Press the z (Menu Out) key repeatedly until the Front Page
screen is displayed. Press the Online/Offline button to return
the printer to the Ready state.
Quality Check Mode
4-20
When you run AutoSet manually, the software notifies you if
there are any jet or alignment problems so that they can be
addressed. When AutoTune runs AutoSet at scheduled intervals,
you can use the Quality Check Mode feature to handle AutoSet
errors. For instructions on setting the Quality Check Mode, see
page 2-13.
AutoTune
Calibration Summary
These options allow you to print a summary of the AutoSet calibration, or transmit calibration data to a log file on the print
server.
◆
AutoSet Summary — when enabled, a table of the results of
the AutoSet calibration is printed after the AutoSet test
patterns:
◆
Log Head Registration Data — sends head registration data
to a log file on the print server.
◆
Log Jet Data — sends jet data to a log file on the print server.
The AutoSet Summary contains the following data:
Ink Sample
Sample color block, for identification only
(not a print quality test).
Head
Printhead position for the printhead.
Profiler/Pen Present
The ink color of the profiler, which is integral to the ink reservoir.
Cartridge OK
Printhead passed all calibrations (Y), or
failed one or more calibrations (N).
Total Bad Jets
The number of missing and deflected jets
on the printhead. Use this number and
the Jets Disqualified, Jets Out, and Jets
Unfixed numbers to evaluate cartridge
performance.
Sabre Angle
Troubleshooting data for MacDermid
ColorSpan Technical Support.
Head-to-Head Registration
“OK” indicates that the printhead was
successfully registered. Any other code
indicates an error.
Bidirectional Registration
“OK” indicates that the printhead was
successfully registered. Any other code
indicates an error.
AutoJet Registration
“OK” indicates that the printhead was
successfully registered. Any other code
indicates an error.
Jets Disqualified by AutoJet
Indicates the total number of jets disqualified.
Jets Out for X Offset
Jets Out for Y Offset
Calibration Summary
4-21
4-22
Jets Unfixed
For each print pass mode, shows the
number of unfixed jets on each printhead. This number should be zero for all
printheads.
CP Codes
Carriage and Pen Check Codes, for troubleshooting by MacDermid ColorSpan
Technical Support.
Calibration Summary
Linearization
As the density of an image varies from highlights to shadows, or
from lighter tints to darker tints, the printer should accurately
reproduce these areas in a predictable, or linear, fashion. The
process of linearization (or color calibration) involves printing
and reading color test patches, and calibrating the printer to
ensure that the expected and printed densities will match. This
in turn will ensure optimal color matching.
You should perform a linearization when:
◆
You notice a shift (change) in color output
◆
Changing ink types or sets
◆
Changing media types
◆
Changing print mode (only if the most precise color matching is required)
Linearization is a feature of the print server or RIP connected to
the printer. Refer to the documentation that accompanies the
print server for further information.
Tip
Linearization
For best results, be sure that the linearization
patches are dry before taking readings. Use the
printer’s dryer with heat to ensure complete drying.
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4-24
Linearization
CHAPTER 5
Maintaining the Printer
This chapter describes how to maintain the printer:
Maintaining the Printer
◆
Maintenance Schedule (page 5-2)
◆
Cleaning Ink Jets (page 5-3)
◆
Cleaning the Service Station (page 5-5)
◆
Printing Prime Bars (page 5-7)
◆
Manual Priming (page 5-8)
◆
Cleaning the Top Cover (page 5-10)
◆
Purging the Printheads (page 5-11)
◆
Cleaning the Encoder (page 5-13)
◆
Cleaning the Carriage Rail (page 5-14)
5-1
Maintenance Schedule
The following types of maintenance are recommended:
◆
Daily and “as needed” maintenance
◆
Printing interval warning — the printer maintains a periodic
maintenance clock that tracks the total amount of time the
printer has spent printing. After the periodic maintenance
interval has been reached, the AT TN key will appear on the
control panel, and the user will be advised to perform the
periodic maintenance items described in this chapter. When
you dismiss the warning message, the maintenance clock is
reset. The printer does not verify that the periodic maintenance is actually performed.
◆
2000 ml printhead purge
See the following table and the remainder of this chapter for
details and instructions.
Item
Action
Interval: Daily
Printhead jets
Clean (see page 5-3)
Service station
Clean (see page 5-5)
Ink tubes
Inspect for kinks, potential snags or tangles
Pinch rollers
Inspect for ink, dust buildup
Carriage rail
Inspect for ink, dust buildup
Interval: As needed
Print prime bars
See page 5-7
Manual priming
See page 5-8
Top cover cleaning
See page 5-10
All printheads in use
Purge air or replace printheads
(see page 5-11)
Interval: When printing interval warning appears
5-2
Encoder strip
Clean (see page 5-13)
Carriage rail
Clean (see page 5-14)
Service station
Clean (see page 5-5)
Spools and collets
Inspect for slippage, reposition and tighten collet screws if necessary
Maintenance Schedule
Cleaning Ink Jets
Maintenance interval: daily.
Before running AutoSet, which compensates for missing and
misfiring ink jets, you should clean the jets as described in the
following paragraphs to help keep them clear of accumulated
ink.
The effectiveness of the high-resolution printing process used
by the printer can be impaired by printheads that are improperly maintained. Partially clogged nozzles may cause the jets to
misfire intermittently, or deflect ink slightly in the wrong direction.
Cleaning the ink jets daily should be sufficient in most cases.
Cleaning will likely be required more often if the printer sits idle
for extended periods.
1. From the Front Page screen of the control panel, press the
Carriage key.
The carriage moves out from the service station and stops.
2. Open the printer’s top cover.
3. Depress the lock levers to unlock the printhead assembly, and
swing up the carriage to expose the ink jets.
4. Gently wick the ink jet nozzles with a nonfibrous, lint-free
swab moistened with water. DO NOT USE ALCOHOL, use
plain water.
If you find excessive buildup on the bottom of the printhead, clean off the excess using a moistened pad, and then
wipe the bottom of the printhead with the swab.
Caution
Do not to touch the contacts or orifice plate (jet nozzles) with your bare fingers. Also, take care not to
use excessive force when wiping the printheads with
the swabs or pads.
5. Close the printer’s top cover.
6. Swing the printhead assembly down into the printing position, and push the printhead assembly down into position
until it engages the lock levers with a click.
Cleaning Ink Jets
5-3
7. Clean the service station as described in “Cleaning the Service Station” on page 5-5.
8. On the control panel Front Page screen, press the B (Proceed)
key to park the printhead carriage into the service station.
Evaluating Printhead
Performance After
Cleaning
The Jet Status Lines test provides a quick method of determining
the effectiveness of (or the need for) cleaning. This test prints a
pattern of lines, each segment of which corresponds a single jet.
If there are any missing segments in the lines, then a cleaning is
recommended. If, however, the lines appear solid and consistent,
then cleaning is most likely not required at this time.
The Jet Status Lines function is on the Calibrate Printer - Manual
Calibrations menu.
Cleaning Jet Outs
If output, prime bars, or calibrations indicate excessive missing
jets (jet outs), try recovering these jets as follows:
1. Fill a small ultrasonic jewelry cleaner with hot tap water.
2. Place the printhead in ultrasonic cleaner, until just the jet orifice plate is submerged, for five minutes.
3. Purge 5-10 ml of ink from the printhead.
Call MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services for further information and the latest proven cleaning techniques.
5-4
Cleaning Ink Jets
Cleaning the
Service Station
Maintenance interval: daily, and when switching between dye
and pigment inks.
Cleaning the service station helps to prevent dried ink from
clogging the ink jets. Keep a replacement set of boots and wipers
on hand to replace damaged or worn boots and wipers. Order a
replacement kit, ColorSpan part number 0900782, which
includes twelve boots and twelve wipers.
Boots
Wipers
Fig. 5-1. Service station parts
Caution
To avoid contaminating the ink, keep water away
from the boots and boot holders during this procedure.
1. From the Front Page screen on the control panel, press the
Carriage key.
This moves the printhead carriage out to the center of the
platen.
2. Open the service station access door.
3. Reach inside the right endcap (behind the control panel) and
lift the service station out of the printer.
Hold the service station level to avoid spilling any ink that
may be present.
4. Hold the service station with the wipers under a stream of
water.
Rinse as much ink as possible from the wipers.
Cleaning the Service Station
5-5
5. Blot any remaining water from the service station with a
clean, lint-free cloth.
To avoid contaminating the ink, be sure to dry all water
from the boots and boot holders.
6. Replace the service station into the printer.
7. Close the service station access door.
8. On the Front Page screen, press the Carriage key.
The printhead carriage returns to the service station.
5-6
Cleaning the Service Station
Printing Prime Bars
Maintenance interval: as needed.
To keep the printhead jets firing properly, you can print solid
blocks of ink from each printhead. By inspecting these prime
bars for blank bands, you can also do a quick check for nonfiring and deflected jets. Based on this quick test, you may want to
proceed to more detailed jet tests (see Chapter 4, Calibrating the
Printer, for instructions).
1. From the control panel Front Page screen, press the Prime
Bars key.
2. Choose Quick Prime Bars or Detailed Prime Bars.
Choose Quick Prime Bars for most primes, or Detailed Prime
Bars when you want to locate individual missing jets that
AutoSet may have missed, so you can map them manually
under Calibrate Printer - Manual Calibrations - Manual Jet
Mapping (see “Manual Jet Mapping” on page 4-16 for
instructions).
The control panel displays a prompt asking you to enter the
total width of the prime bar pattern you wish to print.
3. Enter a width for the prime bar pattern by pressing the p
and C keys.
4. Press the B (Proceed) key to continue.
The printer prints the prime bar pattern.
Printing Prime Bars
5-7
Manual Priming
Maintenance interval: as needed.
If you discover that an excessive number of jets are out on a
printhead (after cleaning or printing the prime bars or other
test), you can attempt to recover jets by performing a manual
prime.
This procedure requires a special priming bulb, included with
the printer. Each prime will expel approximately 1 ml of ink. To
keep ink counting as accurate as possible. you will report the
number of primes to the printer via the control panel.
Fig. 5-2. Manual prime bulb
1. From the control panel Front Page screen, press the Prime
key.
2. Open the service station access door.
3. Insert the priming bulb into one of the priming access holes
in the top cover of the carriage.
Fig. 5-3. Inserting the priming bulb
5-8
Manual Priming
4. Depress and release the priming bulb to prime the printhead.
5. On the control panel, report how many primes you performed.
6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for any other printheads needing manual priming.
7. Close the service station access door.
8. Press the B key to return the carriage to the home position.
Manual Priming
5-9
Cleaning the Top
Cover
Maintenance interval: as needed.
The printer’s top cover is designed to protect you from the
printhead when it is moving (it moves very fast during printing)
and reduce noise, while providing an unobstructed view of the
print area.
Careful cleaning when needed, according to the following
guidelines, will preserve the cover’s appearance:
5-10
◆
Do not use cleaners that contain ammonia (such as glass
cleaner) or alcohol.
◆
Do not use paper towels or abrasive cloths or pads.
◆
Use only 100% cotton cloths and mild detergents (such as
dishwashing liquid) and water, or cleaners and polishes
developed for plastics (such as NOVUS Plastic Polishes, see
your ColorSpan reseller for details). Blot dry; wiping could
scratch the surface and create an electrostatic charge.
Cleaning the Top Cover
Purging the
Printheads
Maintenance Interval: as needed.
Since removing, purging, replacing, and recalibrating a printhead is a time-consuming process, purge all printheads currently
installed in the carriage in a single session.
To perform this process, you will need the purge clip, included
with the printer, and paper toweling to blot the ink that will
come out of the printhead during purging. You may also want to
wear gloves to avoid staining them with ink.
1. Return to the Front Page screen.
2. From the control panel Front Page screen, press the Carriage
key.
The printhead carriage moves to the access position.
Begin with the printhead in position 1.
3. Open the printer’s top cover.
4. Open the carriage cover.
5. Remove the printhead from the carriage.
6. Depress the lock levers to unlock the printhead assembly, and
swing it up to expose the bottom of the carriage.
7. Disconnect the ink tube from its attachment clips on the
carriage.
8. Insert the printhead as shown into the purge clip.
Hold the printhead so its jet orifice plate points up.
Fig. 5-4. Printhead installed in the purge clip
9. Connect the ink tube to the ink inlet on the printhead.
Purging the Printheads
5-11
10. Gently press and hold the purge bulb until ink emerges from
the jet orifice plate with no air bubbles.
Be sure that the hole on the end of the purge bulb is sealed
with your finger as you press. Blot the ink with a paper
towel, but do not wipe (wiping could clog the ink jets).
11. Disconnect the ink tube from the printhead.
12. Reconnect the ink tube its clips and connector on the printhead carriage.
Match the number label on each ink tube to the number
molded into the plastic holder assembly. The positions are
numbered 1-12, from left to right.
13. Swing the printhead assembly down into the printing position, and push the printhead assembly down into position
until it engages the lock levers with a click.
14. Replace the printhead into its position in the carriage.
15. Snap the carriage cover closed.
16. Repeat steps 5 through 15 for each printhead.
17. Close the printer’s top cover.
18. From the control panel Front Page screen, press the Carriage
key.
The printhead carriage returns to the home position.
19. From the Front Page screen, press the AutoSet key to perform
an AutoSet calibration.
5-12
Purging the Printheads
Cleaning the Encoder
Maintenance interval: at Maintenance Clock Alarm.
The encoder strip allows the printer to precisely locate the printhead carriage across the width of the platen. If the encoder
becomes dirty with paper dust or ink, the printer cannot print
accurately, and print quality will suffer.
The encoder strip ➊ is a clear plastic strip, imprinted with a precision encoding pattern, and mounted horizontally along the
rail ➋. To clean the encoder strip, use a can of compressed air,
sold at camera or graphic supply stores, to blow dust and other
particles from it.
➊
➋
Fig. 5-5. Encoder and rail
Cleaning the Encoder
5-13
Cleaning the
Carriage Rail
Maintenance interval: at Maintenance Clock Alarm.
The carriage rail carries the printhead carriage across the width
of the platen. If dust or other particles accumulate on the rail,
the material could accumulate on the carriage wheels (bearings)
and cause banding in printed output or noisy carriage motion.
To clean the rail, wipe it with a water-moistened cloth or paper
towel. Be sure to remove any excess water from the rail before
resuming printing.
5-14
Cleaning the Carriage Rail
APPENDIX A
Technical Specifications
This chapter lists the printer’s specifications and information about
ordering supplies.
Technical Specifications
A-1
Specifications
General
Dimensions
(Assembled)
Depth: 31 inches (78.7 cm)
Height: 57.3 inches (145.5 cm)
Width: 132 inches (335.3 cm), 72-inch model
120 inches (304.8 cm), 60-inch model
102 inches (259.1 cm), 42-inch model
Weight
(Assembled)
72-inch model: 335 lbs (152 kg)
60-inch model: 310 lbs (140.9 kg)
42-inch model: 280 lbs (127.3 kg)
Electrical Power
Three printer components have power requirements: printer, primary dryer, and secondary
dryer.
Printer
◆ Power used: 100-120 VAC, 4.0 Amps (nomi-
nal, ±10%), 50-60 Hz, OR 200-240 VAC, 2.0
Amps (nominal, ±10%), 50-60 Hz
◆ Required circuit: 100-120 VAC OR 200-240
VAC, 15 Amps, with NEMA 5-15R wall receptacle (U.S./Japan) or CEE 7/7 (Europe) receptacle, or Hong Kong or China standard
receptacle with included adapter plug.
The printer power inlet may be connected to
either of the listed circuits, using the supplied
power cord and (if necessary) country adapter
plug. The printer’s power supply automatically
senses and switches to accept the voltage range
being supplied.
A-2
Specifications
Electrical Power
(continued)
Primary Dryer (optional)
◆ Power used: 200-240 VAC, 16 Amps maximum when operating, 50-60 Hz
◆ Required circuit: 200-240 VAC, 20 Amps,
with NEMA L6-20R (United States and
Japan) or CEE 7/7 (Europe) receptacle
If your building receives power from a standard
U.S. 208 VAC/60 Hz/three-phase supply, note
that the heater will use only one of the three
phases. This means that your building’s threephase power transformer will have an unbalanced load. Check with your electrician to verify
that your building has sufficient capacity for
this unbalanced load.
If the supplied power cord is connected, the
heater operates during printing, and may be
turned on or off at the printer control panel. If
not connected, this heater will not operate, but
the dryer fans will still operate when activated.
Secondary Dryer (optional)
◆ Power used: 200-240 VAC, 12.0 Amps maximum when operating, 50-60 Hz
◆ Required circuit: 200-240 VAC, 15 Amps, with
NEMA 6-15R (United States and Japan) or
CEE 7/7 (Europe) receptacle
If the supplied power cord is connected, this
heater operates during printing, and may be
turned on or off at the printer control panel. If
not connected, this heater will not operate, but
the dryer fans will still operate when activated.
Specifications
Temperature
Storage: 0–120° F (-17–49° C)
Operating: 60–90° F (16–32° C)
Relative
Humidity
Storage: 10–80%, non-condensing
Operating: 10–80%, non-condensing,
30–60% optimum
Built-in humidity sensing automatically adjusts
printing speed to ensure adequate drying for
the combination of media and ink selected
Approvals
Safety: UL, c-UL, CE
Emissions: FCC-A, CE, VCCI-1
Immunity: CE
A-3
Performance
Humidity
Compensation
Slows printing in high-humidity environments
(within specifications) to ensure complete drying.
Maximum Print
Width
72 inches (182.0 cm), 71.5 inches (181.6 cm)
image width
60 inches (181.6 cm), 59.5 inches (151.1 cm)
image width
42 inches (106.7 cm), 41.5 inches (105.4 cm)
image width
Print Modes
Supported Ink and Media
A-4
Mode
Color Set
Print Speed
Resolution
Economy
1 x CMYK
50-200 ft2/hr.
600 dpi
2
Economy
2 x CMYK
100-400 ft /hr. 600 dpi
HiRes
1 x C2M2YK
50-200 ft2/hr.
HiRes
2 x C2M2YK
100-400 ft2/hr. 1200 dpi
apparent
Film Quality
1 x C3M3YK
50-200 ft2/hr.
1200 dpi
apparent
1800 dpi
apparent
Consult MacDermid ColorSpan or your MacDermid ColorSpan
representative for an updated listing of supported ink and
media.
Specifications
Supplies and Accessories
A-5
A-6
Supplies and Accessories
APPENDIX B
Troubleshooting
This appendix explains how to prevent and diagnose printing problems
and provides information about getting help from ColorSpan.
For other software-specific troubleshooting procedures, refer to your
application software documentation or the other ColorSpan documentation listed on page vi of this manual.
If your printer is connected to a non-ColorSpan RIP or print server, refer
to the accompanying third-party documentation.
Troubleshooting
B-1
Troubleshooting
Checklist
Before you troubleshoot your printer, make sure that it is properly installed as described in Chapter 1, Getting Started.
Follow the steps in this checklist to isolate and resolve printing
problems.
1. Does the printer’s power come ON?
YES: Go to question 2.
NO: The following could be the problem:
◆
The power cable may not be plugged into an electrical
outlet.
◆
If the printer is plugged into a surge protector, the surge
protector may not be connected to power, or it may be
switched off.
2. Did the start-up sequence of the control panel end by displaying a Ready (status) screen similar to the one shown in
Fig. 2-1 on page 2-2?
YES: Go to question 3.
NO: The following could be the problem:
◆
There may be a hardware problem with the printer’s
internal components. Follow the diagnostic routine on
the control panel to determine the problem. Call
MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services as directed by
the control panel.
3. Can you send a file from the print server to the printer?
YES: Go to question 4.
NO: The following could be the problem:
◆
The cable may not be securely connected between the
print server and the printer. Refer to the server’s documentation for more information.
◆
The cable may be connected to the wrong port on the
print server. Refer to the server’s documentation for
more information.
4. Can you send (print or download) a document from a client
computer to the server?
YES: Go to question 5.
NO: The following could be the problem:
◆
B-2
The connection from the client to the local area network
may not be configured correctly. See your system administrator for assistance.
Troubleshooting Checklist
◆
The cable between your computer or network and the
print server may not be securely connected at both ends.
Refer to the print server manual for more information.
◆
Your computer may not be working properly. Run an
application that you know works correctly and print to
be sure.
◆
The computer’s port may not be working properly. Print
to another output device that you know works correctly
(and is not connected to the print server) to check this.
◆
There may be another error condition reported by the
print server.
5. Is the print quality good?
YES: Then the problem is not covered in this checklist.
Contact MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services.
NO: The following could be the problem:
Troubleshooting Checklist
◆
The printer may need to be calibrated. See Chapter 4,
Calibrating the Printer, for instructions.
◆
One or more ink jets may be clogged or not firing. See
“Cleaning Ink Jets” on page 5-3 for instructions.
◆
If the print head is striking the media, check how the
media is tracking from the supply spool to the takeup
spool. The sides of the media should be parallel to the
sides of the printer, with no wrinkling or buckling. If necessary, reload the media. See “Loading Media” on page
3-24 for instructions.
◆
Verify that the print head carriage is at the proper
height. See “Print Settings” on page 2-11 for instructions.
B-3
Diagnostics
The printer includes a series of self-diagnostic tests designed to
help MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services solve printer
hardware problems. If one of the tests encounters an error, and
error message appears, which includes:
◆
Error code - always write down this code for future reference
by MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services.
◆
Brief description of the error
◆
A series of buttons that allow you to respond to the error. In
some cases, you can ignore the error or enter a further diagnostic routine. In other cases, you must restart the printer.
During the course of operating the printer, another class of error
messages may appear on the control panel. The ATTN (Attention) key blinks on the Ready or Front Page screen when the
printer detects an error condition, or potential error condition.
When you press this button, the panel displays one or more
messages of the following types:
◆
Warnings — the printer has detected a condition that, if left
unaddressed, could result in substandard prints or a condition that will require an action before printing can continue.
Any action on your part is optional.
◆
Actions — the printer has detected an error condition that
stopped printing or will prevent printing from starting. You
must correct the error before the printer will be ready to
print.
The following table describes the Actions and Warnings in
detail. The cross-referenced page numbers refer to this manual.
B-4
Diagnostics
Table B-1. Actions and Warnings
Code, Message
Cause
Recovery
Carriage is not locked into printing
position.
Rotate the carriage down into locked
position.
Ink reservoir n is out of ink.
Replace ink reservoir.
(CA) Carriage
A-CA-1 - Carriage Rotation Sensor
(IS) Ink Sensing
A-IS-1through A-IS-12 Module Out of Ink, Slot # n
A-IS-13through A-IS-24 Color/type in printhead and module Ensure that color & type match in
Printhead/Module Mismatch, Slot #n n do not match.
printhead & module.
A-IS-25 through A-IS-36 Missing Module/Printhead, Slot #n
Either module or printhead n is not
detected.
Ensure that module and printhead
are installed.
A-IS-37 - No Print Mode Selected
Print mode incomplete or not specified.
Press Print Mode key on control
panel (page 3-7).
W-IS-1 through W-IS-12 Low Ink, Slot #n
Ink reservoir n has about 50 ml of ink Replace the ink reservoir soon.
remaining.
(MC) Maintenance Clock
W-MC-1 - Preventive Maint. Clock
Alarm
Encoder strip and service station
need cleaning.
Clean encoder strip and service
station.
A-MD-1 - Media Advance Stalled
The media drive motor has stalled.
Check supply spool for binding,
motor for failure.
W-MD-1 - Index Sensor Not Detecting Index
Media drive cannot detect index
pulse.
Clean or replace media drive sensor.
W-MD-2 - Media Advance Turnaround Time Exceed
Media is taking too long to advance. Check supply spool for binding.
W-MD-3 - Media Advance Data
Warning
Media advance needs calibration.
(MD) Media Drive
Diagnostics
Run Media Advance Calibration (service menu).
B-5
Table B-1. Actions and Warnings
W-MD-4 Media Advance/Drive Too Media advance motor is too slow.
Slow
Determine the cause of the drag on
the media advance servo motor. Listen for unusual noises coming from
the grit roll shaft which might indicate sticking or binding. Advance the
media with a supply loop in the
media supply to eliminate media
supply spool tension problems. As a
last resort, disengage the motor from
the grit roll shaft gear and attempt a
media advance. The motor encoder
will still report that the media is
moving, and with no load the motor
should easily reach the desired
speed.
(MS) Media Sensing
A-MS-1 - Media Too Thick at Load
The media you loaded is too thick.
Reload with a media less than 0.125
inches thick.
A-MS-2 - Media Thickness Increased
The media being printed is too thick. Reload with a media less than 0.125
inches thick.
A-MS-3 - Media Too Far Left/Right
Media is loaded too far to the left or Reload the media; align right edge
right.
to reference mark.
A-MS-4 - Media Out
There is no media loaded.
Load media.
A-MS-5 - Media Too Narrow
Media is not wide enough for printing.
Load media that is at least 24 inches
wide.
A-MS-6 - Media Too Wide
Media is too wide for printing.
Use narrower media (page A-4).
W-MS-1 - Media Low
Less than 10 feet (3 meters) of media Load media or adjust Media Remainremains.
ing value at panel (page 3-24).
W-MS-2 - Non-Standard Media
Width
Media loaded may cause head strike. Continue printing or replace media.
W-MS-3 - Media End Not Detected
During Unload
The Unload function cannot find end Cut media prior to Unload, or do not
of media.
use Unload.
(PC) Printing Calibrations
A-PC-1 - Too Many Jets Mapped Out Too many missing jets could be
replaced.
Prime/clean printheads (page 5-10),
or increase number of passes (page
3-7).
W-PC-1 - Printhead Removed Recalibrate
A printhead was repositioned.
Run AutoSet (page 2-7).
W-PC-2 - Media Replaced Recalibrate
Media caliper may need to be
remeasured.
Run AutoSet if media type was
changed (page 2-7).
B-6
Diagnostics
Table B-1. Actions and Warnings
W-PC-3 - Head Height Changed Recalibrate
Change in head height has invalidated calibration.
Run AutoSet (page 2-7).
W-PC-4 - AutoJet - Jets Not Mapped
Out
Not all missing jets could be
replaced.
Prime/clean printheads (page 5-3),
or increase number of passes (page
3-7).
The primer door is open.
Close the primer door.
The printheads should be purged.
Purge all printheads (page 5-11).
Calibration was reset or not performed.
Calibrate media advance (page 4-4).
(PD) Primer Door
A-PD-1 - Door Opened, Prime Not
Selected
(PG) Purge
W-PG-1 - Pens Require Purge
(SC) System Calibrations
W-SC-1 - Media Adv. Run Out Not
Calibrated
W-SC-2 - White Point Not Calibrated Calibration was reset or not performed.
Calibrate white point (page 2-17).
W-SC-3 - Media Thickness Sensor
Not Calibrated
Calibration was reset or not performed.
Calibrate media sensor (page 2-17).
W-SC-4 - Head Height Not Calibrated
Calibration was reset or not performed.
Calibrate head height (page 2-17).
W-SC-5 - Printer Length Not Known
Calibration was reset or not performed.
Calibrate printer length by restarting
printer.
A-SM-1 - Printer Not Imprinted
Defective electronics assembly.
Call service provider for replacement
electronics.
A-SM-2 - Release S/W Found Debug
S/W
Defective software.
Call service provider for updated
software.
(SM) System
(SS) Service Station
W-SS-1 Service Station Tray Not
Present
The service station is not installed, or Install service station properly, or
it is installed too far to the right.
defeat service station sensor (page
1-13).
(TC) Top Cover
A-TC-1 - Cover Open
The top cover is open.
Close the top cover.
The media takeup spool is full.
Unload the takeup spool and reload
media (page 3-24).
(TU) Take Up
A-TU-1 - Takeup Full
Diagnostics
B-7
Table B-1. Actions and Warnings
A-TU-2 - Takeup Stall
The takeup motor has stalled.
Check for mechanical interference or
binding, overloaded spool, out of
balance spool, or failure in electronics or motor.
W-TU-1 - Takeup Nearly Full
The media takeup spool is almost
full.
Unload the takeup spool and reload
media (page 3-24).
W-TU-2 - Takeup Connected - Slipping
The media takeup core is slipping.
Reload the media (page 3-24).
W-TU-3 - Takeup not Loaded
Takeup Mode ON, but takeup spool
is not loaded.
Load takeup (page 3-24) or turn
Takeup Mode OFF (page 2-11).
The printer cannot detect a print
server.
Connect cable, turn on server, add
printer to server.
(VN) VideoNet
W-VN-1 - VideoNet not Connected
(WP) White Point
A-WP-1 - White Point Drift Too Large Image sensor white point is invalid.
Clean LEDs and white point chip.
W-WP-1 - White Point Drift Detected Image sensor white point is varying. Clean LEDs and white point chip.
W-WP-2 - White Point Chip Missing
B-8
The image sensor white point chip
cannot be seen.
Install/clean white point chip, or call
Tech Support.
Diagnostics
Banding
This is an explanation of the varieties of banding that may occur
in output from the DisplayMaker Mach 12.The names applied to
the banding here are also an attempt to generate a common language for describing and discussing types of banding.
Stitch Banding
“Stitch banding” results from inaccurate media advance and/or
inaccurate head-to-head Y-axis registration. It can be described
as regularly appearing bands, equally spaced according to the
width of the print swath. Bands will be darker than the surrounding area if there is too little advance, or lighter than the
surrounding area if there is too much advance.
To eliminate or reduce stitch banding:
1. Run an automatic or manual head-to-head calibration to correct any Y-offsets, especially if printing in 2x6 or 2x4 print
modes.
2. Run a Media Advance Calibration to correct the media
advance rate.
3. Re-run an automatic or manual head-to-head calibration to
compensate for any Y-offset changes created by adjusting the
media advance. Do this for both 1x and 2x print modes.
4. Run a test print to verify that banding has been eliminated.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 if banding persists.
Edge Banding
Edge banding (or “spears”) results from either the service station
configured for “Spit Only 30 seconds,” broken mechanical parts
in the service station or carriage, or a missing service station.
Without regular wiping, ink builds up on the printhead orifice
plates during printing. As the liquid component of the ink evaporates, solids are left behind. New ink is jetted through the dried
particles, which are picked up and deposited on the media, creating a dark band. If the build-up on the printhead is sufficiently
heavy it will inhibit jetting and lead to light bands.
Prints will generally look good at the beginning, but will deteriorate as their printed length increases. Bands will be equally
spaced down the length of the print. Banding will be most
apparent at the outside left and right edges of the print and will
taper off and possibly disappear altogether toward the center.
To reduce or eliminate edge banding:
1. Clean the printheads.
2. Confirm that the service station is installed.
Banding
B-9
3. Confirm that the service station algorithm under Menu Configure Printer - Printer Settings - Service Station is set
to 30 Second Spit & Wipe.
Supply-Loop Banding
Supply-loop banding results from calibrating the printer with no
supply loop present, but printing actual jobs with a supply loop.
The tension on the media supply and the force necessary to pull
media from the supply are factors in the media advance calibration. If calibration has been adjusted to compensate for a certain
level of resistance from the supply, but printing takes place with
a different resistance, then the output will show bands. The
bands will be stitch bands, but they will disappear as soon as the
supply loop has been taken up. A common description of the
problem would be “The print looks fine except for the first 6
inches or so.”
It is also possible to have calibrated the advance with a supply
loop; in this case, if the job begins with the loop also, then the
job will be band-free initially but will start banding as soon as
the loop is taken up. This situation is less likely to occur. If the
calibration was performed with a loop, but printing begins with
no loop, then the appearance will be stitch banding throughout
the print.
To eliminate or reduce supply-loop banding:
1. Confirm that the printer was properly calibrated. Verify that
the media advance calibration is performed with no supply
loop, and that the calibration is accurate.
2. Ensure that there is no supply loop present at the start of the
print job.
3. Reprint the same job with no supply loop present and confirm that the banding is eliminated.
4. Recommended: set Configure Printer - Printer Options Supply Loop to Prevent Supply Loop. This will prevent
media from reversing and creating a loop in the first place.
B-10
Banding
Texture Banding
Texture banding results from either unexpected changes in head
height during printing, or failure to recalibrate after an intentional head height change. An accurately calibrated engine will
produce random, equally distributed concentrations of dots,
regardless of the intensity of coverage. A change to the head
height without corresponding recalibration of bidirectional
accuracy results in overall graininess and banding patterns.
To eliminate or reduce texture banding:
1. Reset the head height through Menu - Service Printer - Calibrations - Head Height. This returns the head to a known
height in the event that it has moved unexpectedly.
2. Confirm the desired head height setting through Menu Configure Printer - Printer Settings- Head Height.
3. Run AutoBidi and Auto Head-to-Head Calibration, or run
AutoSet.
Swath Edge Banding
Swath edge banding occurs at the edges of print swaths, which
are the strips of printed output created as the carriage moves
across the page.
To eliminate or reduce swath edge banding:
1. Print in HQ mode. See “Selecting a Print Mode” on page 3-7.
2. If you are printing with two printheads per color, determine
which color is causing the banding, and switch the printhead
positions in the carriage.
Call MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services at one of the
numbers listed at the front of this manual.
Banding
B-11
Index
Index-1
A
Actions B-5
Actions and warnings 2-16, B-5
Advance Media 2-7
ATTN (Attention) 2-8
Audible alarm 2-13
Auto Calibrations 2-10
AutoJet calibration 4-2
AutoSet calibration 1-21, 2-7, 4-2
quality check mode 4-20
AutoSet summary 4-21
AutoTune scheduling 1-21, 2-10, 4-3
quality check mode 4-20
B
Bidirectional registration 4-2, 4-7
C
Calibrating the printer 4-1
Calibration 2-10, 2-17, 4-1
AutoJet 4-2
AutoSet 1-21, 4-2
AutoTune Scheduling 1-21
bidirectional 4-2, 4-7
color 4-23
head-to-head 4-2, 4-10
manual jet mapping 4-13
quality check mode 4-20
Calibration summary 2-10, 4-21
Carriage 1-18
Carriage access function 2-8
Carriage rail
cleaning 5-14
Cleaning
carriage rail 5-14
encoder strip 5-13
Index-2
printheads 5-10
service station 5-5
Color calibration 4-23
Color map 3-5
Color set
defined 3-2
Control panel
actions 2-3
actions and warnings 2-16
ATTN key 2-3
audible alarm 2-13
Auto Calibration 2-10
AutoTune 2-10
calibration summary 2-10, 4-21
changes 2-3
dryer 2-13
drying delay 2-12
error history 2-16
Front Page screen 2-2, 2-5
gutters 2-11
head height 2-12
home head 2-17
jet status lines 4-18
log error history 2-16
log head registration data 4-21
log jet data 4-21
manual calibration 2-10
margins 2-12
measure platen 2-15
media supply loop 2-14
menu 2-2
navigation keys 2-9
print mode 3-7
print position 2-14
print settings 2-11
print white space 2-13
printer configuration 2-11
printer options 2-13
quality check mode 2-13
Ready screen 2-2
reset all defaults 2-15
restore all defaults 2-15
service printer 2-16
service station 2-12
service station spits 2-13
service tests 2-16
space between prints 2-12
SS overspray delay 2-13
takeup direction 2-11
units 2-12
user assistance 2-3
user diagnostics 2-16
vacuum control 2-11
warnings 2-3
zero platen width 2-15
zero registration data 4-18
Cutting media 3-32
D
Diagnostics B-4
Dryer 1-21, 2-13, 3-31
Drying delay 2-12
E
Electrical requirements 1-2
Encoder strip
cleaning 5-13
Environmental requirements 1-2
Error history 2-16
Error messages
actions and warnings B-5
F
FCC statement v
Front Page screen 2-2, 2-5
G
Gutters 2-11
H
Head height 2-12
Head-to-head registration 4-2, 4-10
High quality (HQ) mode 3-2
Home head 2-17
Hot swapping 3-18
HQ mode
defined 3-2
Humidity sensor 1-21
I
Ink
color map 3-5
color set defined 3-2
hot swapping 3-18
ink tube number label 3-5
ink type label 3-5
installation 3-12
replacing 3-17, 3-18
spares 3-6
Ink dryer 3-31
Ink module 3-4
replacing 3-17, 3-18
Ink tube 3-4
replacing 3-20
Ink tube number label 3-5
Ink type label 3-5
Installation
ink 3-12
media 3-24
printer 1-5
Index-3
J
O
Jet replacement 3-2
Jet status lines 4-18, 5-4
Ordering supplies A-5
L
Linearization 1-21, 4-23
Loading media 2-8, 3-24
Log error history 2-16
Log head registration data 4-21
Log jet data 4-21
M
Manual calibration 2-10
Manual jet mapping 4-13
Margins 2-12
Measure platen 2-15
Media
cutting 3-32
loading 2-8, 3-24
unloading 2-8, 3-32
Media dryer 3-31
Media Feed calibration 4-4
Media sensor 1-18
disable 2-18
Media spool 3-24
Media supply loop 2-14
Media width 1-21
Menu 2-2
Menu tree 2-19
Modular ink delivery system 1-21
P
Parts list 1-6
Parts overview 1-17
Passes 3-2
defined 3-2
Periodic maintenance 5-2
Prime access door 1-18
Prime bars 2-7, 5-7
Priming 1-21, 2-8, 5-7
manual 5-8
Print mode 3-2, 3-7
Print passes
defined 3-2
Print position 2-14
Print settings 2-11
Print white space 2-13
Printer configuration 2-11
Printer options 2-13
Printheads 3-4
cleaning 5-10
replacing 3-19
Printing
jet replacement 3-2
passes 3-2
Purging 1-21, 5-11
Q
Quality check mode 2-13, 4-20
Index-4
R
Ready screen 2-2
Regulatory statements v
Related manuals vii
Relative humidity sensor 1-21
Reset All Defaults 2-15
Restore all defaults 2-15
S
Safety warnings 1-4, 1-5, 1-9, 1-13
Service printer 2-16
Service station 2-12
cleaning 5-5
Service station spits 2-13
Service tests 2-16
Space between prints 2-12
Spare ink 3-6
Specifications A-1
SS Overspray Delay 2-13
Supplies and accessories A-5
Supply loop 2-14, B-10
Unloading media 2-8, 3-32
Unpacking and assembly 1-5
User diagnostics 2-16
V
Vacuum control 2-11
Variable Mode Printing 3-2
W
Warnings 1-4, 1-5, 1-9, 1-13, B-5
Workflow overview 1-16
Z
Zero platen width 2-15
Zero registration data 4-18
T
Takeup direction 2-11
Takeup system 1-21
options 3-30
Technical Support B-12
Top cover 1-18
Troubleshooting B-1
U
Units 2-12
Index-5
Index-6
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