DisplayMaker 72UVR User Manual

DisplayMaker 72UVR User Manual
DisplayMaker® 72s
User Manual
for the DisplayMaker 72UVR
UV curable inkjet printer
Shoot-Out Winner
DIMA 2005
0706273 Rev B
© 2004, 2005 MacDermid ColorSpan, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in
the United States of America.
No part of this document may be reproduced, copied, adapted, or transmitted in any form or by any means without express written permission
from MacDermid ColorSpan, Inc.
MacDermid ColorSpan, Inc.
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respect to the contents of this manual. Further, it reserves the right to
revise or change this publication without obligation to notify any person
of such changes.
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Saver, and VideoNet are trademarks or registered trademarks of
MacDermid ColorSpan, Inc. All other products mentioned in this manual
are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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BY COLORSPAN
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Copyright
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.
Revision
Description
Revision B
Chapter 1: Unpacking & assembly procedure moved
from the User Manual to service provider documentation. One-piece service station cover documented.
Daily startup procedure revised. Use of voltage regulator documented.
Chapter 2: Documented changes to Purge and Sleep
Mode. Updated the menu tree to reflect version 1.32 of
the printer embedded software (firmware), and documented new menu items.
Chapter 3: Media alignment bar and new pinch roller
release block documented. Fine Text mode documented. Media Wizard settings updated.
Chapter 4: Added note about photodiode cooling
before color calibration. BiDi and Media Feed calibration checks added to Quality Check mode. Sample
Media Feed calibration pattern added.
Chapter 5: Revised procedure for recovering inkjets.
Added operating tips for the UV lamps, Swap Left/
Right Lamp Hours procedure.
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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 DisplayMaker
72UVR digital color printer.
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Chapter 1, Getting Started, shows you how to unpack and
assemble the printer, and introduces you to its main features.
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Chapter 2, Using the Control Panel, shows you how to use
the control panel to specify printer options.
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Chapter 3, Ink and Media, shows you how to install ink and
media.
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Chapter 4, Calibrating the Printer, shows you how to calibrate the printer for optimal print quality.
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Chapter 5, Maintaining the Printer, explains scheduled
maintenance, how to recover clogged printheads, how to
prepare the printer for extended power-down (such as for
shipping or storage), and more.
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Appendix A, Technical Specifications, lists the printer’s
technical specifications.
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Appendix B, Troubleshooting, shows you how to troubleshoot common printing problems and interpret Action and
Warning messages.
For further information, refer to the following ColorSpan
documentation:
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Quick Start Guide — START HERE to set up and install a brand
new ColorMark print server, and connect and configure
printers to it.
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Site Preparation Guide — explains how to prepare your site for
the printer’s arrival and installation.
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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.
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Print Server & Driver Setup Guide — explains how to configure
the ColorSpan print server or RIP for printing.
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Release Notes and Update Notes — late-breaking information,
update descriptions, and update instructions.
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ColorSpan web site — http://www.colorspan.com.
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
Moving Parts
Bewegliche Teile, Verletzungsgefahr.
High Intensity UV Light
UV Licht hoher Intensität. Bitte vermeiden Sie es, direkt in die
Lampen zu schauen.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Revision Log.............................................................................................iii
Regulatory Statements ............................................................................. iv
FCC-A ................................................................................................... iv
DOC (Canada)..................................................................................... iv
Telecommunications Network Statement.............................................v
About This Manual .................................................................................. vi
Conventions............................................................................................ vii
Getting Started
Operating Requirements ....................................................................... 1-2
Electrical............................................................................................. 1-2
Environmental.................................................................................... 1-3
Important Operating Notes ................................................................... 1-4
Safety Warnings ................................................................................. 1-6
Workflow Overview ............................................................................... 1-8
Daily Startup ...................................................................................... 1-8
Part 1.................................................................................................. 1-8
Part 2................................................................................................ 1-10
Printing ............................................................................................ 1-12
Daily Shutdown ............................................................................... 1-13
Parts Overview ..................................................................................... 1-14
Special Features ................................................................................... 1-17
Printheads ........................................................................................ 1-17
Ink System........................................................................................ 1-17
Calibration ....................................................................................... 1-17
Media Handling............................................................................... 1-17
Performance and Ease-of-Use .......................................................... 1-18
Using the Control Panel
Overview................................................................................................ 2-2
Ready Screen...................................................................................... 2-2
Front Page.......................................................................................... 2-2
Menu.................................................................................................. 2-2
User Assistance................................................................................... 2-3
Front Page.............................................................................................. 2-4
Navigation Keys ..................................................................................... 2-9
Menu.................................................................................................... 2-10
Calibrate Printer ............................................................................... 2-10
Printer Settings................................................................................. 2-11
Maintenance .................................................................................... 2-15
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Service Printer .................................................................................. 2-16
User Diagnostics .............................................................................. 2-17
Warnings & Actions ......................................................................... 2-17
Menu Tree............................................................................................ 2-18
Front Page ........................................................................................ 2-18
Menu................................................................................................ 2-19
Ink and Media
Ink System Overview.............................................................................. 3-2
UV Lamp Overview ................................................................................ 3-3
Selecting a Print Mode........................................................................... 3-5
Checking Jet Health ............................................................................... 3-7
Print Prime Bars.................................................................................. 3-7
Map Out Missing Jets ........................................................................ 3-7
Print Jet-Out Lines .............................................................................. 3-8
Loading Ink ............................................................................................ 3-9
When to Load Ink .............................................................................. 3-9
Unloading an Empty Ink Box ............................................................. 3-9
Loading a Full Ink Box ....................................................................... 3-9
Pause-Swapping Ink......................................................................... 3-11
Loading Roll-Fed Media....................................................................... 3-12
Loading 72-Inch Media ................................................................... 3-18
Unloading and Cutting Roll-Fed Media............................................... 3-19
Takeup Spool Pin Release ................................................................ 3-20
Respooling Media ................................................................................ 3-21
Printing Tips ......................................................................................... 3-23
Loading Rigid Media............................................................................ 3-24
Unloading and Reloading Rigid Media ............................................... 3-30
Edge-to-Edge Printing .......................................................................... 3-31
Document, Application, and RIP Settings........................................ 3-31
Media Properties.............................................................................. 3-32
Printer Setup .................................................................................... 3-32
Loading and Squaring the Media .................................................... 3-33
Example............................................................................................ 3-34
Document Design ........................................................................ 3-34
Media Properties.......................................................................... 3-34
Printer Setup ................................................................................ 3-35
Media Wizard....................................................................................... 3-37
Calibrating the Printer
When to Calibrate.................................................................................. 4-2
AutoJet ................................................................................................... 4-3
AutoTune................................................................................................ 4-4
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Quality Check .................................................................................... 4-4
Auto Calibrations ................................................................................... 4-6
Manual Calibrations .............................................................................. 4-8
Media Feed ........................................................................................ 4-9
Manual X Head Registration............................................................ 4-12
Manual BiDi Registration................................................................. 4-14
Manual Jet Mapping........................................................................ 4-16
Report Individual Bad Jets ........................................................... 4-18
Clear Individual Bad Jets ............................................................. 4-19
View Current Bad Jets .................................................................. 4-20
Clear All Bad Jets.......................................................................... 4-20
Jet Status Lines ................................................................................. 4-22
Default Registration Data ................................................................ 4-22
Calibration Summary ........................................................................... 4-23
Straightening the Media Path.............................................................. 4-24
Linearization ........................................................................................ 4-25
Maintaining the Printer
Maintenance Schedule .......................................................................... 5-2
Clean the Rail and Bearings................................................................... 5-4
Pinch Rollers....................................................................................... 5-4
Rail ..................................................................................................... 5-5
Carriage Bearings............................................................................... 5-5
Recover Missing Ink Jets ........................................................................ 5-7
Set the Printhead Height ..................................................................... 5-11
Calibrate the Wiping Position.............................................................. 5-14
Clean the Wiping Station..................................................................... 5-15
Replace Ink Filters ................................................................................ 5-16
UV Lamp Operation and Maintenance................................................ 5-18
Operating Tips ................................................................................. 5-19
Replacing UV Lamp Bulbs................................................................ 5-20
Swapping Left/Right Lamp Hours ................................................... 5-21
Clean the Quartz Windows ................................................................. 5-24
Printhead Procedures........................................................................... 5-26
Extended Power Down and Restart..................................................... 5-27
Power Down .................................................................................... 5-27
Restart .............................................................................................. 5-28
Technical Specifications
Specifications ......................................................................................... A-2
Supplies and Accessories ....................................................................... A-6
Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting Checklist ..................................................................... B-2
Warranty Claims..................................................................................... B-5
Diagnostics............................................................................................. B-7
MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services............................................. B-8
Help From Your Reseller .................................................................... B-8
Help From ColorSpan ........................................................................ B-8
If All Else Fails..................................................................................... B-8
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)
◆
Important Operating Notes (page 1-4)
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Workflow Overview (page 1-8)
◆
Parts Overview (page 1-14)
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Special Features (page 1-17)
1-1
Operating
Requirements
Choose a location for the printer before you unpack it. Keep the
following requirements in mind:
Electrical
◆
Use the supplied power cord. Plug it directly into a grounded
electrical outlet. Do not lengthen the power cord with an
extension cord; the resulting drop could damage the printer.
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Make sure the line voltage meets the requirements: 220 VAC
±10%, 20 Amps, with NEMA L6-20R locking wall receptacle
(North America and Japan), OR 220 VAC ±10%, 16 Amps,
single phase, with IEC 60309 wall receptacle (Europe). See
Appendix A, Technical Specifications, for details.
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The printer requires a stable power supply to ensure acceptable output and sufficient voltage to light the UV lamps. If
necessary, you can purchase and install a voltage regulator
to ensure acceptable printer performance. Refer to the Site
Preparation Guide, part number 0706274, for specifications.
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The UV lamp power supply is connected to the included
power line conditioner that provides steady and consistent
voltage for optimal performance.
Caution
◆
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1-2
Only equipment that is specified by MacDermid
ColorSpan should be connected to the line conditioner. Do not remove the safety plugs from the line
conditioner outlets.
To maintain vacuum to the printheads during printer powerdown, use the auxiliary 24 volt power supply (included in
the accessory kit with universal power adapters). Connect
the 24 VDC jack on the vacuum/pressure assembly to either
of two options:
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1. UPS — customer-supplied uninterruptable power supply, output 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, minimum of 15 watts
of power, provides battery backup to the vacuum system in the event of a power failure.
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2. Wall outlet — 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, provides temporary power to the vacuum system when it is necessary to power down the printer for service.See Appendix
A, Technical Specifications, for details.
Connect the print server or RIP to a separate electrical circuit
from the printer.
Operating Requirements
Environmental
Operating Requirements
◆
Make sure the room is well ventilated, with a temperature
and relative humidity within specifications (see “Specifications” on page A-2). Optimal printing and occurs within
these ranges.
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The high power UV light emitted by the curing lamps reacts
with oxygen and produces ozone. This formation tends to be
greatest during lamp start-up. The printer should be operated in a well-ventilated area to avoid minor effects such as
headaches, fatigue, and dryness of the upper respiratory
tract. Normal air movement will mix the ozone with fresh air,
causing it to revert back to oxygen.
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Store media and ink in an area with similar temperature and
humidity conditions as the printer.
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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 floor.
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Locate the printer where its normal operating noise will not
disturb quiet work areas.
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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.
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DO NOT expose the printer to flames or dust.
1-3
Important Operating
Notes
◆
inks used in wide format printing, UV cure ink
has a limited shelf life. Plan to rotate your ink
stock and use it promptly by the date printed on
the ink box.
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1-4
UV CURE INK IS PERISHABLE. Unlike other
DO NOT POWER DOWN THE PRINTER. Constant vacuum at
the printheads is required to prevent ink from flowing from
the printheads when not printing. If the printer must be
powered down for shipping see “Extended Power Down and
Restart” on page 5-27, or apply auxiliary 24 volt power.
Caution
Do not switch off the UV lamp power supply
unless the lamps have fully completed their controlled cool-down cycle (with fans and heat extraction). Removing power from hot lamps can result in
overheating and permanent damage. If sudden
removal of power occurs, contact ColorSpan Technical Services before starting the printer again.
Caution
Do not connect any equipment to the line conditioner for the UV power supply, except as specified
by MacDermid ColorSpan.
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To wipe the printheads, use only ColorSpan SolaChrome UV
Printhead Flush. (See “Recover Missing Ink Jets” on page 5-7
for instructions.) DO NOT USE ISOPROYPL ALCOHOL.
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The maximum diameter allowed on the takeup spool is 7.5
inches (190.5 mm) on a 3-inch core. When the takeup spool
has a diameter of 6.5-7.5 inches (165.0-190.5 mm), the control panel displays a warning about possible print quality
issues.
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The media supply may be wound either printed-side-out or
printed-side-in, but the takeup, if used, must be loaded
printed-side-in.
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The default head height set to 0.085 inches (2.2 mm) above
the media up to 0.25 inches (6.35 mm) thick. (The space
below the carriage will measure to 0.070 inches due to the
printhead protection frame around the outside of the carriage.)
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The Media Wizard stores a set of operational parameters for
predefined and user-defined media types. When you load a
new media type, select an existing Media Wizard set, or cre-
Important Operating Notes
ate a custom set. Media Wizard parameter sets can be
selected at any time from the control panel. (See “Edge-toEdge Printing” on page 3-31 for details.)
Important Operating Notes
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Enable AutoTune during long periods of unattended printing. AutoTune runs AutoJet at user-defined intervals to
ensure that all jets are either working or substituted with
working jets. (See “AutoTune” on page 4-4 for instructions.)
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Wear cotton gloves when loading media to prevent fingerprints that could show after printing.
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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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DO NOT clean the printhead surfaces with a dry cloth or
paper towel of any kind. Use only a lint-free (Class 100 cleanroom) cloth, such as those supplied with the printer, moistened with SolaChrome UV Printhead Flush.
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DO NOT reprint over any output that has not completely
cured. The rubber pinch rollers could be damaged by wet
ink. If ink does get onto the pinch rollers, clean them with
SolaChrome UV Printhead Flush and dry them thoroughly
before printing.
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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.
1-5
Safety Warnings
1-6
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 three persons are required to lift the printer.
WARNUNG
Der Drucker ist zu schwer für eine Person. Mindestens 3
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 MacDermid 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 MacDermid 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
Landes- oder Bundesgesetzen.
Important Operating Notes
Important Operating Notes
WARNING
UV light hazard. The UV parking station must be installed
during printing. Excess exposure to high-intensity UV light
can result in photokeratitis (also known as snowblindness
or welder’s flash). AVOID LOOKING DIRECTLY AT THE UV
LAMPS.
VORSICHT
UV Licht hoher Intensität. Bitte vermeiden Sie es, direkt in
die Lampen zu schauen.
WARNING
Moving parts. Keep fingers away from the carriage and
media path.
WARNUNG
Bewegliche Teile, Verletzungsgefahr.
1-7
Workflow Overview
Daily Startup
Part 1
To daily ensure the functioning or substitution of all inkjets,
and optimal output quality, follow this procedure:
1. Print the Prime Bars.
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If all jets (indicated by a printed line) are working, the
printer is ready to print.
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If there are any missing jets, print the Prime Bars again
three or four times until all jets are working.
2. If any missing jets are present after printing the Prime Bars,
print a Recover Jets Pattern (Menu > Maintenance > Print
Recover Jets Pattern).
This is a special pattern designed to recover missing inkjets.
After printing this pattern, the prime bars are printed again.
1-8
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If all jets (indicated by a printed line) are working, the
printer is ready to print.
◆
If there are any missing jets, print the Recover Jets Pattern one more time.
Workflow Overview
Workflow Overview
1-9
Part 2
3. If any missing jets are present after printing the Recover Jets
Pattern a second time, Purge the printheads.
From the Front Page, press the Purge key, and purge the colors with missing jets. The control panel prompts you to
remove the parking station so the carriage can be moved to
the left side of the printer for purging.
4. Dab the printheads you purged with a lint-free cloth moistened with SolaChrome UV Printhead Flush.
You may wish to wear gloves during this procedure to prevent staining your hands with ink. Do not use a paper towel
or non-lint free cloth, or use a wiping motion, which could
clog the inkjets.
5. Print the Prime Bars.
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If all jets (indicated by a printed line) are working, the
printer is ready to print.
6. If the Prime Bars show any missing jets, dab only the printheads that have missing jets:
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Remove the parking station from the end of the printer.
◆
From the Front Page, press the Access Heads key.
◆
Dab or blot the printheads with a lint-free cloth moistened with SolaChrome UV Printhead Flush.
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Press the Access Heads key again to return the carriage
to the wiping station.
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Reinstall the parking station and retaining pin.
7. Print the Prime Bars.
8. Print the Recover Jets Pattern for those printheads with missing jets.
After printing this pattern, the prime bars are printed again.
◆
If all jets (indicated by a printed line) are working, the
printer is ready to print.
◆
If there are any missing jets, repeat steps 6 through 8
two or three times until all jets are working.
9. If the Prime Bars show any missing jets, map them out using
the Manual Jet Mapping function (Menu > Calibrate Printer >
Manual Calibrations > Manual Jet Mapping).
Alternatively, you can attempt to recover the remaining
missing jets. See “Recover Missing Ink Jets” on page 5-7 for
instructions.
1-10
Workflow Overview
Workflow Overview
1-11
Printing
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.
1-12
Workflow Overview
Daily Shutdown
1. DO NOT POWER DOWN THE PRINTER.
The printer will automatically enter a Sleep mode when it has
been idle for a user-defined period of time (see page 2-7 for
details).
If the printer must be shipped or power removed for an
extended period, see “Extended Power Down and Restart” on
page 5-27 for instructions.
Workflow Overview
1-13
Parts Overview
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7
6
12
8
13
9
11
10
14 & 15
14 & 15
17 18
16
11a 11b
23
19
24
20
21
22
25
26
Fig. 1-1. Major parts of the printer
1-14
Parts Overview
Index Description
1
Encoder strip — allows precise positioning of the printhead carriage across the length of the platen.
2
Main carriage drive belt — moves the carriage across
the length of the platen.
3
Platen — supports the media under the printheads
during printing, warms the media in the print zone,
includes vacuum to hold the media against the platen.
4
Transport chain — supports the ink supply tubes that
carry ink from the ink boxes to the printheads, power,
and electrical signal cables.
5
Printhead carriage — carries the printheads, digital
imaging sensor, and photodiode across the length of
the platen.
Digital image sensor (on carriage, not shown) —
detects the location of printed pixels for precise alignment of the printheads, enables the automatic replacement of poorly-printing inkjets with substitute jets.
Spectrophotometer (on carriage, not shown) —
enables the linearization (calibration) of color transforms without an external device.
Parts Overview
6
UV cure lamps — high-intensity lamps that cure the ink
with ultraviolet light.
7
Control panel — displays messages and allows control
of certain printer operations. Includes a contrast adjustment lever and audio feedback.
8
Wiping station cover — hinged at the front, remains
closed during printing. Operator opens the cover during a Performance Purge.
9
Drain valve — empties the wiping station of uncured
ink.
10
Electronics box — contains the printer’s power supply
and control electronics.
11
Pinch rollers (23 places) — grip the media during
loading and printing. The pinch roller adjustment
lever (11a) allows you to adjust the force or release the
pinch rollers to feed rigid cut-sheet media. A media
out sensor (11b) detects whether media is loaded.
12
UV parking station — shields the operator from excess
exposure to UV light. It must be installed during printing, but may be removed to access the printheads for
cleaning.
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Index Description
1-16
13
Stand — supports the printer.
14
Casters (four places) — enables easy relocation of the
printer, can be locked in place.
15
Leveling pads (four places) — allows the printer to be
stabilized and leveled for consistent media feeding.
16
Docking station — holds the profilers, one for each
box, that track ink and printhead flush usage, and identify ink characteristics for the RIP.
17
Ready-for-Refill LEDs — an LED illuminates when its
corresponding profiler indicates that the ink box
should be replaced with a full one.
18
Off-Head System (OHS) — electronics, vacuum (to
maintain negative head pressure), and pressure (for
purging the printheads) that provide ink and printhead
flush for cleaning the printheads.
19
Ink boxes — each box holds 3 liters of ink or printhead
flush. Flexible tubing connects to each box to deliver
the contents to the printheads.
20
Standby power switch — places printer in standby
mode (to disconnect from power, disconnect power
cord).
21
UV lamp power supply — provides the UV lamps with
power.
22
Vacuum/Pressure (VP) assembly — provides vacuum
and pressure to the OHS and printheads.
23
Media advance switch — a rocker switch that advances
the media forward or back.
24
Auxiliary 24 volt power jack to vacuum system —
accepts the supplied 24 volt DC power supply to the
vacuum system, which can be connected to a user-supplied UPS for temporary battery backup power in the
event of a power failure, or to a wall outlet for temporary power during maintenance that requires the rest of
the printer to be powered down. See Appendix A, Technical Specifications, for details.
25
Media supply and takeup system — drives and provides tension to the media supply and takeup spools.
26
Line conditioner — prevents voltage fluctuations, line
noise, and transient surges from reaching the UV power
supply.
Parts Overview
Special Features
Printheads
◆
Micro-QuadTM printheads — sixteen 600 dpi piezoelectric
printheads (four per color).
Ink System
◆
Off-Head System (OHS) — 3 liter bulk ink boxes with profilers supply the printheads. The printer displays an alert when
an ink box should be replaced.
◆
Onboard vacuum/pressure (VP) system — provides vacuum to maintain negative printhead pressure, and air pressure to purge the printheads or ink tubes without removing
them from the printer.
Calibration
Media Handling
Special Features
The printer has many advanced features to help you produce the
best printed output with the least effort.
The Advanced Automation Eye uses a high-resolution imaging
sensor, spectrophotometer, and embedded software to align the
printheads, detect and replace missing jets, linearize output, and
color profile media.
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AutoSetTM calibration — uses a high-resolution digital imaging sensor to automatically align printheads bidirectionally
for precise positioning of inkjet pixels, and runs AutoJet.
◆
AutoJetTM calibration— compensates for lost or misfiring jets
by locating them and using substitute jets without slowing
printing speed.
◆
AutoTuneTM scheduling — runs AutoJet at user-defined intervals, for highest quality during unattended printing. Optionally, if unsubstituted non-working jets are found, printing
stops until the problem is corrected.
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Automatic color calibration — uses an onboard spectrophotometer to linearize output over the entire density range
(with print server or RIP support).
◆
Color profiling — with print server or RIP support, the
onboard spectrophotometer can be used to create custom
ColorMark® and ICC color profiles for third-party media.
◆
Tensioned roll-to-roll media handler — tensioning is automatically maintained on the supply and takeup as the roll
diameters change during printing. Optionally, the supply or
takeup motors can be idled during printing. In roll-fed
mode, the supply must be loaded, but the media can optionally be left off the takeup.
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Performance and
Ease-of-Use
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◆
Steel media spools — the takeup supports up to 7.5 inch
(190 mm) diameter rolls of vinyl media on 3-inch cores. The
supply can also accept 2-inch cores with the supplied 2-inch
collets.
◆
Media width sensing — automatically detects the width and
position of the media loaded, for precise image placement.
◆
AutoEdge — automatically aids the loading of rigid sheets by
detecting the leading edge.
◆
Media Wizard — stores and recalls a set of operating parameters by media type and print mode, for optimal printing
performance. Includes a set of predefined settings for standard media; user may add settings for other media.
◆
Speed/quality print modes — three print modes provided to
meet job and business requirements of speed and quality.
◆
Edge-to-edge printing — margins on rigid media can be set
to zero for edge-to-edge printing, providing “full bleed”
prints without trimming.
◆
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.
◆
User assistance — control panel features online help, interactive procedures, and diagnostics to assist the user “on-thefly,” reducing training and troubleshooting time.
◆
Integrated Warning/Action system — the AT TN (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.
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)
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Front Page (page 2-4)
◆
Navigation Keys (page 2-9)
◆
Menu (page 2-10)
◆
Menu Tree (page 2-18)
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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
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Ready (Status) Screen
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Front Page
◆
Menu
When you press the Online/Offline button from the Front Page
screen, the printer goes online and the Ready 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 2-4.
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 AT TN (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 two 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.
When the printer issues one of these messages, the ATTN key
will blink, and an alert beep will sound (unless disabled, see
page 2-13). 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 condition and resume
printing, the ATTN key will remain displayed, but will not blink
until the printer issues a new Warning or Action message. The
messages can be dismissed by correcting the condition, or by
pressing the applicable key on the detail screen.
Tip
Overview
See page 2-13 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. See the table beginning on page B-9
for a list of errors and recovery procedures.
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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
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Printer Name — displays the name of the printer as defined
on the print server.
◆
Online/Offline — returns the printer to the Ready screen,
when it is online and ready to receive print jobs.
Front Page
◆
Media & Ink — displays a listing of the media and ink currently installed in the printer. Press the ) and , keys to
highlight “Media” or one of the inks, then press ! (Proceed) to display information about the selection. From this
screen, you can press the and keys to scroll between
screens. Press ! (Proceed) to return to the list, then (Menu Out) to display the Front Page screen.
Fig. 2-3. Media Info, Ink Info screens
Front Page
2-5
◆
Status — displays system parameters and the status of all
user-configurable options. Press the and keys to scroll
between pages. To change an option, go to the Printer Configuration section of the menu.
Fig. 2-4. Status page 1
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◆
Print Mode — sets print quality mode. See “Selecting a Print
Mode” on page 3-5 for instructions.
◆
Advance Media — press the ) key to advance the media forward. When you press and hold the ) key, the media moves
faster. Press the , key to reverse the media back onto the
supply spool. When you press and hold the , key, the media
moves faster. You can also press the Media Advance rocker
switch, located between the inks and the platen, to move
the media in either direction.
◆
Menu — displays the complete printer menu for access to
advanced configuration options (see “Menu” on page 2-10
for instructions).
◆
AutoJet — detects deflected and non-firing jets, and substitutes working jets for them (in Production and High Quality
modes, not available in Billboard mode.).
◆
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 (see “Print Prime
Bars” on page 3-7). You can also print a similar pattern
called Print Jet-Out Lines, which shows which jets have been
detected and replaced by AutoJet (see page 2-11 for details).
Front Page
◆
Purge — purges the printheads on the left side of the printer,
to help recover missing jets. Follow a purge with a manual
dab or blot of the printheads (do not wipe) with a lint-free
cloth.
◆
Lamps On/Off — allows you to manually power on or off the
lamps, instead of waiting for automatic operation.
◆
Sleep/Wake — Sleep detensions the takeup system (roll-fed
media), and powers down the UV lamps, printheads, carriage, and media drive motors, but maintains vacuum to the
printheads to prevent ink leakage. Wake tensions the takeup
system and powers up the printer components. The printer
goes into sleep mode automatically after 30 minutes, and
“wakes” automatically when a print job is received or a
printer operation is performed from the control panel.
In Sleep Mode, the carriage moves 0.25 inches (6 mm) once
per hour for three hours, then moves in the other direction
for three hours, and repeats this sequence until the printer is
restored from Sleep Mode. This prevents the formation of a
flat spot on the carriage bearings (wheels) when the printer
is in Sleep Mode for over 24 hours.
Caution
If printhead vacuum is lost during Sleep Mode, ink
will begin to seep from the printheads.
To prevent ink leakage during an unexpected power
outage, MacDermid ColorSpan strongly recommends using the vacuum/pressure system’s 24 volt
auxiliary power supply and connecting it to an uninterruptable power supply (UPS). Affordable and reliable UPS units are available with 100-240 VAC, 50/60
Hz, minimum of 15 watts. See Appendix A for details.
It is not necessary to connect the entire printer to a
UPS, only the vacuum/pressure system.
Front Page
◆
Access Heads — moves the printhead carriage out from the
service station to the opposite end of the printer. This is the
same functionality as the Access Printheads option on the
Maintenance menu. The UV parking station must be
removed first to avoid the possibility of the carriage striking
it.
◆
Media Wizard — provides direct access to the printing
parameters stored for the currently loaded media (see “Edgeto-Edge Printing” on page 3-31 for details).
◆
Load (visible when the supply and takeup are unloaded) —
enables you to load media on the supply and/or takeup, and
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properly tensions the system. See “Loading Roll-Fed Media”
on page 3-12 for instructions.
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◆
Unload (visible when the supply and takeup are loaded) —
detensions and enables you to unload the supply and takeup
system. See “Unloading and Cutting Roll-Fed Media” on
page 3-19 for instructions.
◆
Reload — enables you to load another roll or sheet of the
previously printed media with the same settings, without
stepping through the media load process.
◆
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
Display Menu — displays the printer menu.
Menu Up/Down — moves the menu highlight up and
,) down the menu.
Menu Top/Bottom — moves the menu highlight to the
+* top or bottom for the menu.
Menu Out — moves to the next higher menu in the
hierarchy.
Menu In — selects the highlighted menu option.
Back/Forward — moves between pages or screens, or
selects between other options.
!
Proceed — initiates the selected function.
Help — displays a summary description of the highlighted menu options.
Pause/Resume — pauses or resumes printing during a
calibration.
(
Cancel — cancels the current menu function or choice.
"(
Yes/No — indicates a Yes or No.
Continue (error screen) — proceeds to the next step in
a troubleshooting dialog.
Ignore (error screen) — specifies “ignore” in a troubleshooting dialog.
Retry (error screen) — specifies “retry” in a troubleshooting dialog.
Navigation Keys
'
Reboot Printer (error screen) — specifies “restart
printer” in a troubleshooting dialog.
Information (error screen) — displays further information about the error.
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Menu
The menu has these main sections:
◆
Calibrate Printer (see below)
◆
Printer Settings (page 2-11)
◆
Maintenance (page 2-15)
◆
Service Printer (page 2-16)
◆
User Diagnostics (page 2-17)
◆
Warnings & Actions (page 2-17), shown in Expert Messages
Mode only
This section explains each of the functions on the printer menu.
See “Menu Tree” on page 2-18 for a listing of all menu options.
Calibrate Printer
For details on these options, see Chapter 4, Calibrating the
Printer.
◆
Auto Calibrations — see “Auto Calibrations” on page 4-6 for
instructions.
◆
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◆
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Auto Bidi Calibration — ensures that every working jet
fires a pixel at precisely the same location, in both directions of travel
Auto H2H Calibration — aligns the printheads relative to
each other
AutoJet Calibration — locates and substitutes missing jets
for working jets
Full AutoSet — runs AutoJet and AutoBiDi in sequence
Menu
◆
Manual Calibrations — allows you to calibrate the printer
visually, without the printer’s digital imaging sensor. Inaccurate judgments by the operator during these tests could
result in substandard output. See “Manual Calibrations” on
page 4-8 for instructions.
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◆
◆
◆
◆
◆
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Printer Settings
Menu
Media Feed
Manual Bidi Registration
Manual X Head Registration
Manual Jet Mapping — the manual version of AutoJet
Jet Status Lines — prints the Manual Jet Mapping pattern without running the calibration
Print Jet-Out Lines — prints a version of the prime bars
(see page page 2-6), in which missing jets that are
replaced are marked with a black square.
Default Registration Data
◆
AutoTune (roll-fed media only) — schedules jet maintenance
to run automatically after a certain number of prints have
printed. See “AutoTune” on page 4-4 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 4-23 for details.
◆
Configure for Profile Creation (cut sheet printing only) —
causes all calibration prints to print on the same cut sheet,
rather than ejecting the sheet after each calibration print.
Automatically disabled after all calibration prints are finished, when a print job is received from the RIP, or when rollfed media is loaded. The user can specify a dry time delay
after which the linearization will begin.
Printer Settings enables you to set many options that control
how the printer operates. Settings saved by the Media Wizard are
indicated by MEDIA WIZARD in the margin.
MEDIA WIZARD
◆
Takeup Tension — adjusts the media takeup tension, which
is required for proper media feeding. Insufficient takeup tension could result in inaccurate media feed and media buckling.
MEDIA WIZARD
◆
Supply Tension — adjusts the media supply tension, which is
required for proper media feeding. The lowest (“idle”) tension is best for most media.
MEDIA WIZARD
◆
Platen Vacuum Control — turns on the vacuum fans, then
allows you to raise or lower the fan speed. Raise the speed if
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the media is rising off the platen, lower the speed if the
media is buckling or wrinkling. Turn off the vacuum for lightweight media such as paper or fabrics.
MEDIA WIZARD
◆
Printing Delay — slows throughput (media advance speed)
to allow the media to cool between passes, preventing curling of rigid media.
MEDIA WIZARD
◆
Media Out Sensor — enables you to disable the media out
sensor if it is malfunctioning, or enable it after it has been
replaced.
◆
Gutter Settings — determines the appearance of the top and
side gutters:
◆
◆
Top Gutters — allows you to turn On or Off the gutter
data at the top edge of the print, which shows the job
name, ink, media, date and time printed, print mode,
lamps setting, printer, embedded software version, plus
write-in blanks for other data.
◆ Side Gutters — sets the side gutter pattern to Narrow,
Medium, or Wide sizes, or turns them Off. Side gutter
patterns help keep the inkjets open by firing ink through
them in a pattern outside the printed image area.
Margin Settings
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Space Between Prints (roll-fed) — 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).
When you set the right and left margins to zero (edgeto-edge printing on cut-sheet media), the printer
prompts you for an Overprint value. This is the distance
beyond the edge of the media to print, to help avoid a
blank strip if the sheet is slightly skewed, not perfectly
rectangular, or other error is present. Apply tape to the
platen at the edge of the media to catch the overprinted
ink. For further information on edge-to-edge printing,
see “Printing Tips” on page 3-23.
Leading Margin — defines the margin on the leading
edge of cut-sheet media.
Trailing Margin — defines the margins on the trailing
edge of cut-sheet media.
Menu
Note
◆
If you load roll-fed media, the printer automatically
resets the margins to 0.25 inches (6 mm).
Media Measure Type — for cut-sheet media, you can choose
one of three levels of precision for finding the left, right, and
front edges of the media.
◆
Minimal — measures the width of the media once, and
finds the front right edge
◆ Standard — measures the width of the media once, and
finds the right and left front edges to estimate skew
◆ Maximal — measures the width of the media in two
places, and finds the right and left front edges to estimate skew
Choose Minimal for fastest throughput, Maximal for greatest
precision and skew detection when printing edge-to-edge.
MEDIA WIZARD
◆
Quality Check — determines how AutoTune errors are handled (see page 4-4).
◆
Print Position — when the printed image does not span the
entire width of the media, positions the printed image flush
right (nearest the control panel), flush left, or centered on
the media.
◆
Stiff Roll-Fed Media Handling — when enabled, detensions
then retensions the takeup system before every print job, for
more accurate feeding of adhesive-backed and other stiffer
roll-fed media types.
◆
Sleep Wait Time — sets the period of time to wait for a print
job before going into Sleep mode (see page 2-7).
◆
Expert/Novice Messages — Novice mode presents Warnings (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.
The default is Novice mode.
When in Expert mode, active Warnings 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 2-3 for further
information about Actions and Warnings. See “Warnings &
Actions” on page 2-17 for further information about this
menu option.
◆
Menu
Audible Alarm — enables and disables the audible alarm
beep that sounds with Warning and Action messages.
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Units — sets English or Metric units of measure for data displayed by the control panel.
◆
Head Height — moves the printhead carriage over the platen
so you can adjust the head height. See “Set the Printhead
Height” on page 5-11 for instructions.
◆
Wiping Position — allows you to center the carriage over the
service station for best wiping.
◆
Automatic Eject (cut sheet printing only) — when enabled,
the sheet is automatically ejected at the end of the print job.
When disabled, the next job(s) will print on the same sheet
until there is no more room to print.
◆
Low Ink Warning — defines the amount of ink remaining in
the ink box supply at which the printer will display a “low
ink” message on the control panel.
◆
UV Lamps Idle Time — sets the amount of time the lamps
will stay on after printing before they are automatically
turned off by the printer. The idle time can be set from 1 to
10 minutes. Increase the idle time if you are printing several
jobs and waiting for the lamps to warm up between prints,
decrease the idle time if printing single jobs.
◆
UV Lamps Warm-Up Time — if both UV lamps have not
warmed up completely when the first print begins printing,
printing anomolies are likely to occur due to insufficientlycured ink. This option allows you to extend the warm-up
period to ensure that both lamps have warmed up enough
to cure the ink completely. The current warm-up period is
displayed on the Front Page printer status pages.
◆
Printer Name — displays a keypad to change the printer
name displayed on the control panel and RIP or ColorSpan
Print Server.
◆
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 or manual calibrations.
Menu
Maintenance
◆
Access Printheads — moves the carriage to the left side of
the printer. Remove the UV light shield before selecting this
option, to avoid the possibility of the carriage striking it.
◆
Perform An Air Purge — purges the printheads with air. This
is helpful when recovering stubborn jet-outs.
◆
Print Recover Jets Pattern — prints a special pattern
designed to recover missing inkjets. After printing this pattern, the prime bars are printed.
◆
Print Jet-Out Lines — prints a version of the prime bars (see
page 2-6), in which missing jets that are replaced are
marked with a black square.
◆
Print Media Skew Lines — prints a swath of parallel lines
across the width of the media, in alternating directions, continuously until you stop the print. If the swaths are not parallel to each other, the media is skewed (not feeding straight).
If there is a noticeable space between swaths, or if they overlap, the media advance should be calibrated.
◆
Reset Reservoir Filters — after you replace the filters, select
this option to reset the ink counts to zero. See “Replace Ink
Filters” on page 5-16 for instructions.
◆
Reset UV Lamp — resets the lamp’s elapsed operating time
clock to zero. The printer displays a warning message when
the UV lamps have been in service for a certain period. They
need not be replaced until they are no longer curing the ink.
To view the total operating time for each lamp, press the Status key on the Front Page, and advance to the page where
this is listed.
◆
Swap Left/Right Lamp Hours — shows the current left/right
lamp hours and allows you to swap the elapsed service
hours in the printer’s software after physically swapping the
lamps with each other.
◆
Respool Media — respools media from the supply directly to
the takeup (in either direction) without passing over the
platen.
◆
Clean Grit Rollers — advances the grit rollers continuously so
they can be cleaned (with no media loaded).
◆
Printheads Procedures — see “Printhead Procedures” on
page 5-26, for instructions on using the following options:
◆
◆
◆
Menu
Load Ink in All Heads — fills empty printheads with ink.
Fill Heads with Ink — fills the printheads with ink.
Empty Heads (Fill With Air) — fills the printheads with
air.
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Service Printer
2-16
These tests are for factory, service, and technical support use.
Menu
User Diagnostics
Warnings & Actions
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:
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Printhead Jet Statistics
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VideoNet Status
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VideoNet Connection
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Carriage Motion
◆
Calibration
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Vacuum Pressure
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Warnings and Actions List — table of all actions and warnings with cause and recovery. This is an abbreviated version
of the table “Action and Warning Messages” on page B-9.
◆
Error History
◆
Log Error History
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, and the table beginning on page B-9 for a
list of recovery procedures. See page 2-13 for a description of the
Expert/Novice Messages mode.
Menu
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Menu Tree
Front Page
Media & Ink
Status
Printer
Status
Select
Print Mode
Online/Offline
Show
Menu
Advance
Media
Print
Prime Bars
Purge
Printheads
AutoJet
Lamps On/Off
Attention
Sleep/Wake
Access Heads
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Media
Wizard
Load/
Unload/
Reload
Menu Tree
Menu
This menu tree reflects version 1.33 of the embedded printer software.
Refer to the Release Notes for more recent versions. Options shown in
italics are dynamically hidden depending on the printer mode.
Calibrate Printer
Auto Calibrations
AutoBidi Calibration
AutoH2H Calibration
AutoJet Calibration
Full AutoSet
Manual Calibrations
Media Feed
Manual Bidi Registration
Manual X Head Registration
Manual Jet Mapping
Jet Status Lines
Print Jet-Out Lines
Default Registration Data
AutoTune (Roll-Fed media only)
Calibration Summary
AutoSet Summary
Log Head Registration Data
Log Jet Data
Configure for Profile Creation
(Cut-Sheet media only)
Printer Settings
Takeup Tension
Supply Tension
Platen Vacuum Control
Printing Delay
Media Out Sensor
Gutter Settings
Top Gutters
Side Gutters
Margin Settings
Space Between Prints
Right and Left Margin
Leading Margin
Trailing Margin
Media Measure Type
Quality Check
Print Position
Stiff Roll-Fed Media Handling
Sleep Wait Time
Expert/Novice Messages
Audible Alarm
Units
Head Height
Wiping Position
Automatic Eject
Low Ink Warning
UV Lamps Idle Time
UV Lamps Warm-Up Time
Printer Name
Restore All Defaults
Menu Tree
Maintenance
Access Printheads
Perform An Air Purge
Print Recover Jets Pattern
Print Jet-Out Lines
Print Media Skew Lines
Reset Resevoir Filters
Reset UV Lamp Hours
Swap Left/Right Lamp Hours
Respool Media
Clean Grit Rollers
Printheads Procedures
Load Ink In All Heads
Fill Heads with Ink
Empty Heads (Fill with Air)
Service Printer
Device Tests
Print Tests
Ink System Tests
Home Head
Measure Media Width
Tension Supply & Takeup
Printhead Y Calibration
Image Sensor Calibration
Replace Printhead
Fill Replaced Printhead
Configure Warning Attns
Drip-Through Service Cover
Carriage Control
User Diagnostics
Printhead Jet Statistics
VideoNet Status
VideoNet Connection
Carriage Motion
Calibration
Vacuum Pressure
Warnings and Actions List
Error History
Log Error History
Warnings & Actions (Expert Mode only)
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2-20
Menu Tree
CHAPTER 3
Ink and Media
This chapter describes:
Ink and Media
◆
Ink System Overview (page 3-2)
◆
UV Lamp Overview (page 3-3)
◆
Selecting a Print Mode (page 3-5)
◆
Checking Jet Health (page 3-7)
◆
Loading Ink (page 3-9)
◆
Loading Roll-Fed Media (page 3-12)
◆
Unloading and Cutting Roll-Fed Media (page 3-19)
◆
Respooling Media (page 3-21)
◆
Printing Tips (page 3-23)
◆
Loading Rigid Media (page 3-24)
◆
Unloading and Reloading Rigid Media (page 3-30)
◆
Edge-to-Edge Printing (page 3-31)
3-1
Ink System Overview
The printer’s ink system consists of the following components:
◆
Ink boxes — 3- or 1-liter supply of UV cure ink, suitable for
both flexible and rigid media applications.
Note
◆
SolaChrome UV Printhead Flush — used to moisten the lintfree cloth or wiper tool for cleaning the printheads, also in
automated flushing of the printheads. It has no properties
that work against the ink to soften or reliquify cured ink, or
any other similar cleaning properties. It does not react with
the ink, making it suitable for use as a lubricating agent for
cleaning.
Caution
3-2
Unlike other inks used in wide format printing, UV
cure ink has a limited shelf life. Plan to rotate your
ink stock and use it promptly by the date printed on
the ink box.
Use only genuine SolaChrome UV inks and Printhead
Flush in the printer. Use of any other inks or cleaning
fluids COULD DAMAGE THE PRINTER AND WILL
VOID THE WARRANT Y.
◆
Profilers — provided with each ink box, they contain information about the ink and must be installed together with
their corresponding box. Profiler data are used to track ink
levels, and to help ensure optimal output quality and compatibility with printer components.
◆
LEDs — the LED next to each profiler illuminates when the
box is almost empty, to alert the operator to exchange the
box for a full one. The LED above a box will also blink when
there is an Attention message associated with that color.
◆
Ink tubes — carry ink to the printheads, they are opaque to
prevent ink curing before printing.
◆
Printheads — permanent piezo-based printheads.
◆
Vacuum/Pressure (VP) System — provides vacuum to maintain negative pressure at the printheads, and pressure to
purge the ink tubes and printheads.
◆
UV lamps — provide the high-intensity ultraviolet light
required to cure the ink.
Ink System Overview
UV Lamp Overview
The printer’s two UV lamps (on the left and right sides of the
printhead carriage) emit the high-intensity ultraviolet light that
is necessary to cure the UV ink.
The lamps require a separate power supply from the printer, to
light the lamps and ensure adequate curing. They have a limited
life, during which the amount of UV light emitted slowly
decreases, eventually reaching a level that will no longer cure
the ink. There are measures you can take to extend the service
life of the lamps, but they will eventually have to be replaced.
You should be aware of the following characteristics of these
lamps when operating the printer:
WARNING UV light hazard. The UV parking station must be
installed during printing. Excess exposure to highintensity UV light can result in photokeratitis (also
known as snowblindness or welder’s flash). AVOID
LOOKING DIRECTLY AT THE UV LAMPS.
VORSICHT UV Licht hoher Intensität. Bitte vermeiden Sie es,
direkt in die Lampen zu schauen.
◆
UV light exposure — the printer is designed with shields,
louvers, and other features to protect the operator from
exposing the eyes and skin to high levels of UV radiation. The
printer must be operated with the UV parking station
installed. Do not look directly at the UV light.
◆
High/low lamp operation — the UV lamps are operated at
high intensity only when curing the ink. When the carriage is
not directly over the media, the lamps are switched to a
lower intensity.
◆
Warm-up/cool down cycle — the UV lamps take about one
minute to warm up to operating temperature, and about
three minutes to cool down fully. After printing, the lamps
must fully complete their controlled cool-down cycle before
warming up again for the next print job (for a total elapsed
time of about four minutes).
To save time, you can manually switch on or off the lamps
on the Front Page screen of the control panel (see “Front
Page” on page 2-4).
UV Lamp Overview
3-3
Caution
◆
3-4
Do not switch off the UV lamp power supply
unless the lamps have fully completed their controlled cool-down cycle (with fans and heat extraction). Removing power from hot lamps can result in
overheating and permanent damage. If sudden
removal of power occurs, contact ColorSpan Technical Services before starting the printer again.
Lamp replacement — the UV lamps will gradually lose their
intensity and therefore their ability to cure the ink. See
“Replacing UV Lamp Bulbs” on page 5-20 or the instructions included with replacement parts for details.
UV Lamp Overview
Selecting a Print Mode
The bidirectional print modes (printing occurs in both directions) enable you to select the combination of print speed and
quality required. Speed or throughput depends on the mode
selected, and by other factors such as the width of the image.
Unidirectional printing eliminates the bidirectional misalignment that occurs when printing on media that is not perfectly
flat.
1. On the Front Page screen of the control panel, press the Print
Mode key.
The print mode menu appears, with these options:
Mode
Jet Replacement Maximum Speed
Billboard Quality
None
400 ft2/hour
Production Quality
Standard
200 ft2/hour
High Quality
Maximum
100 ft2/hour
Billboard Quality Unidirectional
None
200 ft2/hour
Production Quality Unidirectional
Standard
100 ft2/hour
High Quality Unidirectional
Maximum
50 ft2/hour
Jet replacement refers to the printer’s ability to locate and
replace inkjets that are clogged or misfiring. High Quality
mode has the best jet replacement, Billboard Quality mode
has the highest speed.
2. Press the , and ) and keys to highlight a print mode.
3. Press the " (Set) key to select the print mode.
In Production or High Quality modes, you can select Normal or Fine Text mode. Fine Text mode prints at half the
normal head speed to improve the output quality of fine
text and line art. Fine Text mode is available for jobs sent
from the RIP, but not for printer calibration patterns.
The UV lamps settings appear.
4. Select a UV lamps setting.
When you select a bidirectional print mode, select one of
the following settings:
Selecting a Print Mode
3-5
Setting
Leading Lamp Trailing Lamp
High
High
High
Medium
High
Low
Low
Low
Low
Off
Off
Off
When you select a unidirectional mode, select one of the
following settings:
3-6
Setting
Leading Lamp Trailing Lamp
High
High
High
Medium
High
Low
Low
Low
Low
Leading High
High
Off
Leading Low
Low
Off
Trailing High
Off
High
Trailing Low
Off
Low
Off
Off
Off
◆
For standard media listed in the Media Wizard, leave the
lamp settings at their default values, at least at first.
◆
Faster print modes require higher lamp settings to
ensure sufficient curing.
◆
If the ink is not curing, increase the setting. The lamps
will gradually lose curing effectiveness, so increasing the
setting may eventually become necessary. (For infomation about UV lamp life, see “Replacing UV Lamp Bulbs”
on page 5-20.)
◆
If the media is wrinkling or warping from the heat of the
lamps, lower the setting.
◆
Use caution when turning off one of the lamps in the
unidirectional modes. If the difference in total operating
time for the lamps becomes significant, visible print anomolies may result.
◆
Do not select the Off setting unless necessary for troubleshooting or maintenance. The ink will not cure if at
least one of the lamps is not on during printing.
Selecting a Print Mode
Checking Jet Health
When AutoJet detects a missing jet, it attempts to replace it with
a working jet on the same or another printhead (in Production
and High Quality modes). In this way, printing occurs with all
jets for maximum quality.
When you notice a decrease in print quality, one or more inkjets
may be clogged. To recover clogged jets:
1. Print a Prime Bars pattern to determine whether there are
any missing jets (see below).
2. Run AutoJet (page 4-3) or Manual Jet Mapping (page 4-16).
3. If there are any missing jets, Print Jet-Out Lines (see below).
Repeat this process until all jets are working or substituted for
another jet.
Print Prime Bars
1. From the control panel Front Page screen, press the Prime
Bars key.
The control panel displays a prompt asking you to enter the
total width of the prime bar pattern you wish to print.
2. Enter a width for the prime bar pattern by pressing the )
and , keys.
3. Press the ! (Proceed) key to continue.
The printer prints the prime bar pattern. The prime bars will
show correctly working jets with a solid line, and missing
jets with no line.
Map Out Missing Jets
Checking Jet Health
If the Prime Bars (above) reveal a blank lines, the corresponding
jets should be mapped out. For instructions, see “AutoJet” on
page 4-3 or “Manual Jet Mapping” on page 4-16. When all missing jets have been substituted, printed output will appear as if
all jets are working.
3-7
Print Jet-Out Lines
1. From the control panel Front Page screen, press the (Menu) key.
2. Press the ) key to highlight Maintenance.
3. Press the (Menu In) key.
4. Press )to highlight Print Jet-Out Lines.
5. Press the (Menu In) key.
The Jet-Out Lines pattern prints. Substituted jets are marked
with a black square.
3-8
Checking Jet Health
Loading Ink
When to Load Ink
Unloading an Empty Ink
Box
The amount of ink in the ink box is tracked by the printer software and recorded on its corresponding profiler. When the ink
box is almost empty, the LED above the corresponding profiler
will blink. You should replace the ink box with a full ink box of
the same color ink as soon as possible. The status of each ink
box and profiler is indicated by the LEDs as follows:
◆
Off — OK
◆
Slow Blink — profiler is being verified after insertion
◆
Fast Blink — low ink warning (300 ml remaining, amount
can be changed by the user)
◆
On — ink system action (ink empty, ink pump failure, profiler error, or other), see control panel
1. Remove the profiler.
2. Lift the box out of its holder and turn the box upside down so
the ink tube is pointing up.
3. Push the button at the end of the ink tube connector and disengage the tube from the ink box.
4. Remove and dispose of the ink box (refer to the MSDS for
proper disposal procedures).
Loading a Full Ink Box
1. Open the new ink box and locate the supply connector.
Fig. 3-1. Ink box with supply connector
Loading Ink
3-9
2. Connect the ink supply tube to the ink box.
Grasp and squeeze the ink tube connector as shown, engage
the connector to the ink box, and release the connector.
Ensure that the connectors are firmly engaged before proceeding.
Fig. 3-2. Connecting the ink tube to the ink box
3. Invert and install the ink box into position in the holder.
The position for each ink color is shown on a label below
the ink box holder (on the pump cover) and on the profiler
docking station.
4. Install the profiler in the corresponding docking station slot.
3-10
Loading Ink
Pause-Swapping Ink
You can replace one or more ink boxes during a print by pausing
the printer:
1. On the printer control panel, press the (Pause) key.
2. Remove the old profiler.
This signals to the printer that the ink box is being replaced.
3. Disconnect and remove the old ink box.
4. Install and connect the new ink box.
5. Install the profiler that was included with the new ink box.
The LED above the profiler blinks slowly while the printer
reads and verifies the profiler. The LED goes out after the
profiler has been verified as a valid profiler with ink remaining.
6. Repeat steps 2 through 5 for any other ink boxes you want to
replace.
7. On the printer control panel, press the (Resume) key.
Loading Ink
3-11
Loading Roll-Fed
Media
The printer includes a tensioned supply and takeup system
designed to handle vinyl and other heavier media on three-inch
cores. The media handling system automatically detects the size
of the supply and takeup rolls and provides consistent tension as
the rolls change size during printing.
With the corresponding collets, media on 2-inch cores can be
loaded onto the supply, but only 3-inch collets can be used on
the takeup.
Tip
Wear cotton gloves when loading media, or handle
the media only by its very outside edges. This will
prevent skin oils from being deposited on the media,
which could be visible on printed output.
Locking pin (allen head)
3-inch moveable collet
3-inch fixed collet
Locking pin (allen head)
2-inch moveable collet
(supply only)
2-inch fixed collet
(supply only)
Fig. 3-3. 3-inch and 2-inch collets
3-12
Loading Roll-Fed Media
1. Ensure that the fixed collet is properly located with the screw
tightened into the inner hole on the supply spool (using the
outer hole would prevent the spool from being installed).
The side of the spool with the fixed collet is the “home”
side, closest to the printer’s electronics box.
2. Remove the moveable collet from the spool.
Note
The 3-inch collets have left-handed threads that selftighten during printing. Turn the locking ring clockwise to loosen, and counterclockwise to tighten.
3. Load the media roll onto the spool.
4. Load and secure the moveable collet against the end of the
media roll.
The moveable collet does not have a metal pin. Push the collet into the media core, and (on 3-inch collets) turn the
locking ring counterclockwise to secure 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).
You can load the supply spool so that the media either
unspools from the bottom or the top of the roll (see Fig. 3-4
below). This enables you to print on either side of the
media.
Supply
Supply
n
Takeup
Takeup
o
Fig. 3-4. Media path options
Loading Roll-Fed Media
3-13
6. Ensure that the media is rolled onto the supply spool evenly,
without “telescoping” to one side.
7. 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 3-18 for loading tips.
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.
8. With one hand, press the Media Advance button to advance
media a few inches (several centimeters), until the media is
approximately halfway between the pinch rollers and the
front of the platen.
The Media Advance button is located on the rear of the
printer next to the OHS.
9. While holding the left collet stationary, repeatedly press and
release the Media Advance button several times, until the
supply-side media web is tight with no wrinkles.
This causes the grit rollers to grip the underside of the
media, eliminating tension variations across the width of
the media.
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.
If the media is telescoping, reverse the media out of the
pinch rollers and repeat steps 8 and 9.
Note
3-14
These checks ensure that the tension is uniform
across the width of the media. This is critical to
trouble-free printing.
Loading Roll-Fed Media
10. On the Front Page screen of the control panel, press the Load
Media key.
The control panel presents a list of media types. You can
select from the list or select Custom (at the end of the list) to
specify a new media. The printer’s Media Wizard feature
stores a set of parameters for each media type, which can be
recalled and applied whenever you change media types. (See
“Edge-to-Edge Printing” on page 3-31 for details.)
11. Select the media type you are loading, or create a new media
type.
The control panel displays the current settings for the media
type you chose.
Fig. 3-5. Media settings (roll-fed)
12. Press one of the change keys to change any of the settings,
print mode, or media type, or press the ! key to continue.
◆
Loading Roll-Fed Media
If you press one of the change keys, a screen appears to
allow you to change any of the settings. Then press the
! key to continue. See “Edge-to-Edge Printing” on page
3-31 for information about these settings.
3-15
◆
If you press !, the control panel displays a numeric keypad:
Fig. 3-6. 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 without entering a value.
The control panel displays the prompt:
Attach media to takeup.
Press Proceed when media is ready to be loaded.
14. Press the Adv. to Takeup key to advance the media to the
takeup spool. You can press Stop if necessary to stop the
media advance at any time.
15. Grasp the middle of the media web, pull straight back, route
the media underneath the takeup core, and tape it to the
takeup core as shown in Fig. 3-4 on page 3-13.
If necessary, you can use the arrow keys on the control panel
screen to move the media forward or backward.
3-16
Loading Roll-Fed Media
Note
With the fixed collets securely pinned to the supply
and takeup spools (see Fig. 3-3), position the media
on the takeup core in the same relative position as it
is wound on the supply core. For example, if the
media is positioned 0.125 inches (3 mm) from the
left end of the supply core, it should be positioned
the same distance from the left end of the takeup
core. If necessary, the 3-inch collets on the takeup
spool can be loosened so that the core can be moved
to the right or left.
16. Press the ! key to continue.
The printer tensions the supply and takeup system, turns on
the platen vacuum fans, and measures the width of the
media by locating the right and left edges with the digital
image sensor (camera) on the printhead carriage.
The printer displays the following message:
Media loaded successfully.
Current Media Feed Number:
17. Accept the Media Feed Number, enter a new Media Feed
Number, or press the Calibrate Media Feed key to perform a
media feed calibration.
Record the media feed number and the media type you
loaded for future reference. See “Media Feed” on page 4-9
for further information.
You are now ready to begin printing.
Loading Roll-Fed Media
3-17
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.
Tip
Wear cotton gloves when loading media, or handle
the media only by its very outside edges. This will
prevent skin oils from being deposited on the media,
which could be visible on printed output.
1. With one hand, grasp the media at the center of its leading
edge, and pull it forward into the center grit 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 grit 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 grit rollers.
6. With both hands, feed the media web evenly into all grit
rollers.
7. With your right hand, hold the media spool at the collet to
prevent the spool from moving.
8. With your left hand, press the Media Advance button for 2-3
seconds. The grit rollers will spin beneath the stationary
media, thus equalizing the tension on the roll.
9. Press the Media Advance button to finish loading the media.
10. Verify that the media web is even and unwrinkled across its
width.
11. When loading the media onto the takeup spool, ensure that
the media is tightly wound onto the spool across its width.
12. Return to step 10 on page 3-15 to finish loading the media.
3-18
Loading Roll-Fed Media
Unloading and
Cutting Roll-Fed
Media
1. Press the ) key on the Front Page screen to advance the
printed portion of the media past the platen.
2. On the Front Page screen of the control panel, press the
Unload key.
3. The control panel prompts you to press ! to unload media,
or ( to cancel.
4. Press ! to continue.
This detensions the supply and takeup spools.
5. Cut through the media with a utility knife below the platen.
As you cut the media from the printer, hold it to prevent it
from falling to the floor and possibly damaging it.
Note
If you scratch the platen while cutting media, be sure
to buff them out with a fine grade of sandpaper.
Scratches in the platen can cause media feed inconsistencies, which can lead to head strikes and artifacts in printed output.
6. Take the single print or the entire takeup spool with printed
output to your finishing area, and re-load the takeup system.
◆
Unloading and Cutting Roll-Fed Media
To re-load the takeup, from the menu, press the Load
key on the control panel.
3-19
Takeup Spool Pin Release
To quickly unspool a large amount of media from the takeup
without damaging the takeup tension spring, you must first disengage the spool from the takeup system.
The spool is normally engaged to the takeup motor with a tab at
the end of the spool. To disengage this tab, press the Unload key
to detension the supply & takeup system, then insert the takeup
spool pin release tool (supplied, part number 0504334) between
the spool and the bracket that holds the spool. This allows the
spool to spin independently from the takeup as you pull media
from it. When you are ready to begin printing, remove the pin
release tool and press the Load key on the control panel.
Fig. 3-7. Takeup spool pin release tool
3-20
Unloading and Cutting Roll-Fed Media
Respooling Media
The printer can respool media from one cardboard core to
another. You may want to do this if:
◆
The media was not taped to its core by the media vendor,
which makes tensioning impossible.
◆
You want to change the direction that the media unwinds
from the core (printed side out vs. printed side in).
Supply
Supply
Takeup
n
Takeup
o
Fig. 3-8. Respooling load options
1. Load media on the supply.
2. Load an empty cardboard core on the takeup.
3. Slowly pull media from the supply spool to the takeup.
Do not pull the media faster than the supply motor releases
it. Route the media directly to the takeup. Do not route it
over the platen and heaters.
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.
4. Tape the end of the media to the takeup core.
5. Press the (Menu) key from the Front Page screen on the
control panel to display the menus.
6. From the control panel menu, press the ) key to highlight
Maintenance.
7. Press the (Menu In) key.
8. From the Maintenance menu, press the ) key to highlight
Respool Media.
9. Press the (Menu In) key.
Respooling Media
3-21
10. Press the ! (Proceed) key to respool the media.
The media is pulled from the supply spool onto the takeup
spool. When the printer detects the end of the media, the
respool function stops automatically.
3-22
Respooling Media
Printing Tips
Printing Tips
◆
Printing without the takeup — cured output is dry to the
touch immediately, so roll-fed output can be allowed to collect on the floor (for example, during unattended printing)
without using the takeup system, with no damage to the
output. Printing without the takeup also eliminates the possibility of banding in output due to takeup tension effects.
◆
Curing continues for 24-48 hours — the UV ink will continue to cure for a day or two after printing. Maximum durability is achieved after the ink is fully cured.
◆
Pausing printing — to pause printing, press the (Pause)
key. While printing is paused, you can:
◆
Perform a Standard Purge of one or more colors, to
restore missing inkjets.
◆
Change media settings (vacuum, print delay).
◆
Pause-swap inks (see “Pause-Swapping Ink” on page 311).
3-23
Loading Rigid Media
Printing on rigid media only applies to printer models with rigid
media software and media handling features. Printers so configured have two media load states:
◆
Unloaded — the printer is ready to accept either roll-fed or
rigid cut-sheet media
◆
Loaded — the Media Wizard has stored parameters for the
currently-loaded cut-sheet media, allowing you to reload
multiple cut sheets without reentering the Media Wizard
Caution
Rigid synthetic media commonly used for inkjet
printing can build up a static charge as each sheet is
taken from a stack, especially in environments with
low relative humidity. This charge can pose an electrostatic discharge (ESD) hazard to persons, the
printer, and other equipment. It can be safely discharged by draping a grounded chain or tinsel over
the top of the stack.
1. On the Front Page screen of the control panel, press the Load
Media key.
The control panel presents a list of media types. You can
select a ColorSpan media from the list, or select Custom (at
the end of the list) to specify a new media. The printer’s
Media Wizard feature stores a set of parameters for each
media type, which can be recalled and applied whenever
you change media types. (See “Edge-to-Edge Printing” on
page 3-31 for details.)
2. Select the media type you are loading, or create a new media
type.
The control panel displays the current settings for the media
type you choose.
If you are creating a new media type, you are prompted to
enter a Media Name and Thickness.
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Loading Rigid Media
Fig. 3-9. Media settings
3. Press one of the change keys to change any of the settings,
print mode, or media type, or press the ! key to continue.
◆
If you press one of the change keys, a screen appears to
allow you to change any of the settings. Then press the
! key to continue. See “Edge-to-Edge Printing” on page
3-31 for information about these settings.
4. Enter the length of the media, then press the ! key to
continue.
The control panel displays the prompt:
Load a sheet of media onto the printer.
5. Release the pinch rollers.
6. Slide a sheet of media onto the platen and into the pinch
rollers.
Loading Rigid Media
3-25
7. Install the media alignment bar onto the platen.
The pins on the media alignment bar engage corresponding
vacuum holes in the platen.
Fig. 3-10. Media alignment bar, installed
8. Slide the media forward until it is flush with the media alignment bar.
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Loading Rigid Media
9. Set the pinch roller tension as specified in the Media Wizard.
If a right or left edge of the media is partially under a pinch
roller, the media may become damaged. You can insert a
pinch roller release block (part number 0506093) between
the pinch roller and the rail to temporarily disable (raise) a
pinch roller. One of the block’s two indents should rest on
the pinch roller’s pivot.
◆
To engage the back of the rail and raise the pinch roller,
push the block back so the second indent rests in the
pivot.
◆
To disengage the back of the rail and lower the pinch
roller, pull the block forward so that its first indent rests
in the pivot.
Rail
Media edge partially under roller
Block
Pinch roller
Fig. 3-11. Using the pinch roller release block
10. Remove the media alignment bar.
11. Press the Platen Vacuum Setting key if you want to change
the platen vacuum setting.
12. Press the ! key to continue.
The control panel asks whether you want to adjust the head
height.
◆
If you press Yes, the control panel enters the head
height, service station height, and bidi calibration procedures. (See Chapters 4 and 5 for instructions.)
◆
If you press No, the media load procedure continues.
The printhead carriage moves out of the service station and
uses the onboard digital imaging sensor (“camera”) to locate
the right, front, and left edges of the media, and to deter-
Loading Rigid Media
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mine whether the sheet was loaded squarely into the printer.
For instructions on changing the way the printer measures
the media, see Measure Media Type on page 2-13.
13. If the media is skewed, the control panel asks whether you
want to adjust it.
◆
If you press Yes, you can release the pinch rollers, adjust
the media, lower the pinch rollers, and press the Proceed key to continue.
◆
If you press No, the media load procedure continues.
The control panel briefly displays the measured width of the
media, then displays a numeric keypad so you can enter the
length of the media.
14. Press the ! key to continue.
The control panel displays a screen that shows the following
information:
◆
Media size
◆
Print area
◆
Right & left margins
◆
Leading margin
◆
Trailing margin
◆
Print position
15. To change the margin settings, press the Margin Settings
key; otherwise, press the ! key to continue.
The printer moves the media to the proper position for
printing and displays this message:
Media loaded successfully.
Current Media Feed Number:
16. Accept the Media Feed Number, enter a new Media Feed
Number, or press the Calibrate Media Feed key to perform a
media feed calibration.
Record the media feed number and the media type you
loaded for future reference. See “Media Feed” on page 4-9
for further information.
17. Press the Online key to receive a print job from the print
server or RIP.
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Loading Rigid Media
After a print job has finished printing, the media is automatically advanced (ejected) from the pinch rollers.
Note
Loading Rigid Media
Before a print job is received, you can unload the
media at any time by pressing the Unload key on the
Front Page screen of the control panel.
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Unloading and
Reloading Rigid Media
After printing onto a sheet of rigid media, the Front Page screen
displays a special Load/Reload key.
Fig. 3-12. Load/Reload key
◆
Load New Media — press this key to re-enter the Media Wizard and select a new media to load (either roll-fed or rigid
cut-sheet)
◆
Reload Media — press this key to re-load the same media
type, for example to print multiple copies of the same image
You can also press the Unload key to return the printer to an
unloaded state. In this case, the Front Panel screen displays the
standard Load and Unload keys.
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Unloading and Reloading Rigid Media
Edge-to-Edge Printing
The printer can print up to or past the edges of rigid media. This
provides the look of a “full-bleed” print without trimming the
media. For best results, follow these guidelines.
Tip
Document, Application,
and RIP Settings
MacDermid ColorSpan has developed an extensive
set of tips and techniques for printing on rigid
media, including edge-to-edge and double-sided
printing. See the MacDermid ColorSpan web site, or
Contact Technical Services at (800) 925-0563 or
(952) 944-4040, and ask for Tech Note #2730,
“Straight-Through Paper Path: A Handbook for
Users.”
◆
To ensure that the printer will print past the edges of the
media, design or enlarge the job slightly larger than the
media. For example, if the media is 32 inches wide, set an
Overprint distance of 0.125 inches (see Menu > Printer Settings > Margin Settings) and size the document to 32.25
inches wide.
◆
For images with a special detail at the edge of the page,
such as a border, make the border line thicker than usual to
extend past the edges of the page.
Media edge
Fig. 3-13. Laying out a full-bleed document
(shown with bleeds off three sides)
Edge-to-Edge Printing
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Media Properties
◆
Follow the guidelines in this chapter for printing on rigid
media.
◆
The media should have parallel opposite edges with 90degree corners. Media that is not exactly square with itself
can be used, but will require extra attention when loading
(see “Loading and Squaring the Media,” below).
◆
To print to the trailing edge, attach a 6.5 inch (16.5 cm) or
longer trailer of the same media to the trailing edge, so the
pinch rollers can feed the media all the way past the print
zone.
Direction of media feed
Fig. 3-14. Attaching a trailer
Printer Setup
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◆
Tape the platen under the left and right edges of the media
to catch any oversprayed ink. Use a colored tape to allow the
printer to find the media edges. A piece of media printed
with a solid color also works for this purpose. Do not use
white tape or media; the printer uses the contrast between
the media and the platen to find the media edges.
◆
Use the supplied head height gauge to set the printhead
height over the media.
◆
From Menu > Printer Settings > Margin Settings, set the
Right and Left Margin, and Leading Margin to 0 as desired.
Set the Trailing Margin to 6.5 inches (which is the minimum).
◆
Optionally, you can set an Overprint distance between 0 and
0.5 inches to print past the left and right edges (0.125 inches
to 0.25 inches is usually sufficient if the media is reasonably
square and unskewed).
◆
From Menu > Printer Settings > Print Position, center the
image on the media.
◆
When loading the media, report the length as the total
length of the media plus trailer.
Edge-to-Edge Printing
Loading and Squaring the
Media
◆
Under Menu > Printer Settings > Media Measure Type,
choose Maximal for greatest precision and skew detection
when printing edge-to-edge. It measures the width of the
media in two places, and finds the front edge in two places
to estimate skew and detect non-rectangular sheets. The
printer will report if the media appears to be skewed and
therefore will not feed straight through the print zone. If the
media is not actually skewed, one or more of its edges may
not be parallel to each other.
◆
Load the media as described in “Loading Rigid Media,”
earlier in this chapter.
◆
If the printer discovers that the media is skewed, you can
reposition most media without releasing the pinch rollers by
nudging the trailing edge right or left to correct the skew.
Fig. 3-15. Skewed (left) and non-square (right) sheets
Edge-to-Edge Printing
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◆
If the printer reports that the media is skewed, but you cannot correct the skew, the sheet may not be perfectly square
(90-degree corners with parallel sides). In this case, ensure
that the right edge of the media (closest to the control
panel) is parallel to the direction of media feed. (You can use
the fence on the input (rear) table as a guide after squaring
it to the platen.) Then use the procedures described previously to ensure enough overprinting to account for the
shape of the sheet. If insufficient overprinting occurs, the
sheet may need to be trimmed for a bleed effect.
Fig. 3-16. Feeding a non-square sheet
Example
Document Design
◆
Media size: 48x96 inches (4x8 feet)
◆
Bleeds: Full bleed
◆
Document size in application software: 48.5 inches x 96.0
inches, to include an overprint of 0.25 inches on the left and
right edges (the printer will not overprint the leading edge,
to avoid feeding the media over wet ink on the platen)
Media Properties
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◆
The operator selects a flat sheet of 4x8-foot media with
opposite sides parallel and all four corners at 90 degree
angles.
◆
The operator attaches a trailer that is 6.5 inches (16.5 cm)
long and 48 inches wide to the trailing edge of the media,
applying the adhesive tape to the back side.
Edge-to-Edge Printing
Printer Setup
◆
The operator applies colored masking tape to the platen
where the right and left edges of the media will feed, to prevent overprinting onto the platen.
◆
The operator sets the head height over the media.
◆
The operator configures the following options on the printer
control panel:
◆
Menu > Printer Settings > Margin Settings > Left &
Right Margin: 0 inches, Overprint Distance: 0.25 inches
◆
Menu > Printer Settings > Margin Settings > Leading
Margin: 0 inches
◆
Menu > Printer Settings > Margin Settings > Trailing
Margin: 6.5 inches
◆
Menu > Printer Settings > Print Position: Center
◆
Menu > Printer Settings > Media Measure Type:
Maximal
◆
Media length (entered during Load Media): 102.5
inches = 96.0 inch media length + 6.5 inch trailer
Trailing edge
Trailer
Right overprint
Nominal print area
Left overprint
Media feed direction
Leading edge
Fig. 3-17. Edge-to-edge printing terminology
Edge-to-Edge Printing
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◆
During Load Media, the printer locates two points on
each of the leading, left, and right edges of the media.
The printer uses these data points, and assumes 90degree corners and parallel sides, to determine the skew
of the media. If the media is skewed enough that an
unprinted left or right edge may result, even with a margin of 0 and the amount of overprinting specified, the
control panel displays a message with the skew amount:
Fig. 3-18. Skew message
Correct the skew by nudging the trailing edge of the
media by the distance left or right as reported by the
control panel, without releasing the pinch rollers. Allow
the printer to measure the media again. Repeat until the
skew is within tolerance.
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Note
LEFT and RIGHT are defined as if facing the front of
the printer: RIGHT is toward the control panel, LEFT
is toward the opposite end.
Tip
If you set the overprint distance to a smaller number,
there will be less skew tolerance before the printer
reports too much skew. If you set a larger overprint
distance, the printer will permit a greater amount of
media skew before displaying the error message.
Edge-to-Edge Printing
Media Wizard
The Media Wizard software feature stores a set of printing
parameters by media type, enabling you to instantly optimize
the printer whenever you change media. The Media Wizard
includes standard sets of parameters for popular media types,
and allows you to define new settings for media types you
define.
The Media Wizard can store a different set of settings for each of
the print modes (Billboard, Production, High, Billboard Unidirectional, Production Unidirectional, High Unidirectional), or
use the same settings for all modes.
The Media Wizard is accessible during the media load process
(see “Loading Roll-Fed Media” on page 3-12) and from the Front
Page screen (as follows).
Tip
To use the Media Wizard most efficiently, start by
using one of the standard media types. If you are not
using a standard media type, select the standard
media type that most closely matches the media you
are using. Then only if necessary, create a new media
type using the standard type you selected as a starting point, and adjust it as needed.
1. From the Front Page screen, press the Media Wizard key.
The Media Wizard menu appears. It contains the following
options:
◆
Media Settings — displays the settings currently stored
in the Media Wizard
◆
Create Media Type — creates a new media type using
settings you specify
◆
Delete Media Type — deletes a user-created media type
◆
View Media Types — allows you to view each of the
media types stored in the Media Wizard
2. When you select Media Settings, the control panel displays
the current settings.
Media Wizard
◆
To change the current settings, press the Media Settings key.
◆
To return to the Media Wizard menu, press the !
(Proceed) key.
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For each media type, the Media Wizard stores the following
settings (as indicated, some settings apply to either roll-fed
or cut sheet media only):
◆
Media Name — for user-defined media, use the alphabetic keyboard displayed on the control panel to enter
the media name. (Standard media names cannot be
changed.)
◆
Media Thickness — for user-defined media, use the
numeric keyboard displayed on the control panel to
enter the media thickness (caliper). (Standard media
thickness cannot be changed.) Thickness is used for reference only, so this can be left blank for custom media.
◆
Feed Method — Roll or Cut Sheet.
◆
Stiff Media Handling (roll fed) — when enabled, detensions then retensions the takeup system before every
print job, for more accurate feeding of adhesive-backed
and other stiffer roll-fed media types.
◆
Measure Width — choose whether the media width
should be measured automatically by the printer, or
manually by the user.
◆
Print Mode — you can store different Media Wizard settings for each print mode (see “Selecting a Print Mode”
on page 3-5).
◆
UV Lamps — see “Selecting a Print Mode” on page 3-5
for the possible UV lamp settings.
◆
Takeup Tension (roll fed) — select a tension setting from
1 (low) to 10 (high), or select 0 for idle (no tension).
Takeup tension is used to ensure that the media web
feeds straight from supply and takeup, and lies flat on
the platen. Use the lowest tension settings that allow correct media feed.
When the takeup tension is set to idle, printed output is
not automatically wound onto the takeup spool. In this
mode, however, a key appears on the control panel that
enables you to wind the takeup spool manually. If the
end of the media is taped to the takeup core, you can
use this key to control how tightly the media is wound
onto the core.
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◆
Supply Tension (roll fed) — select a tension setting from
1 (low) to 5 (high), or select 0 for idle tension.
◆
Pinch Roller Slot (cut sheet) — adjustable pinch roller
setting, from 1 (highest force) to 12 (lowest force).
Media Wizard
Select the lowest pressure that results in good media
advance without leaving pinch roller marks on the
media.
◆
Media Out Sensor (cut sheet) — detects when rigid cut
sheet media is out. Normally enabled; disable only if the
sensor is malfunctioning.
◆
Platen Vacuum — this option turns on the vacuum fans,
and displays , and ) keys on the control panel. Press ,
and ) to raise or lower the fan speed, and observe the
media as the fan speed changes. If the media is lifting
off the platen, increase the fan speed. If the media is
sticking to the platen, decrease the fan speed.
◆
Printing Delay — press the , and ) keys on the control
panel to increase or decrease the delay (seconds per
print swath). To increase throughput, decrease the delay.
◆
Set Sort Method — enables you to sort the list of media
names
3. When you select Create Media Type, the Media Wizard displays a series of screens that enable you to enter each of the
Media Wizard settings.
The current settings as shown on the Media Settings screen
are used as default values. Change the defaults to suit the
new media for each print mode.
4. When you select Delete Media Type, the Media Wizard
shows a list of currently defined media. You can delete any
user-defined media type.
5. When you select View Media Types, the Media Wizard
allows you to browse through the settings for each of the
media types and print modes.
Media Wizard
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Media Wizard
CHAPTER 4
Calibrating the Printer
This chapter explains how to calibrate the printer for the best possible
output:
Calibrating the Printer
◆
When to Calibrate (page 4-2)
◆
AutoJet (page 4-3)
◆
AutoTune (page 4-4)
◆
Auto Calibrations (page 4-6) — AutoBiDi Calibration, AutoH2H
(Head-to-Head) Calibration, AutoJet Calibration, Full AutoSet
◆
Manual Calibrations (page 4-8) — Media Feed, Manual BiDi Registration, Manual X Head Registration, Manual Jet Mapping, Jet Status
Lines, Default Registration Data
◆
Calibration Summary (page 4-23)
◆
Straightening the Media Path (page 4-24)
4-1
When to Calibrate
When to run
The printer features several types of calibrations. Some should
be run routinely, others only when necessary:
Calibration
Function
When printing a large group of print AutoTune (page 4-4)
jobs
Automatic jet maintenance during
extended printing periods
When loading a new media (but not Media Feed or media feed adjustwhen loading a new roll of the same ment during printing (page 4-9)
media); after changing the head
height
Media advance accuracy
Auto Bidirectional (page 4-6) or
Manual Bidirectional (page 4-14)
When loading a new media (but not Color calibration (System Control
when loading a new roll of the same User Guide or third-party RIP manmedia)
ual)
4-2
Head calibration, run Manual when
calibrating transparent or other
media that the onboard digital
image sensor cannot calibrate
Linearization of colors
Note: For maximum accuracy, the
photodiode must be cooled by its
fan before reading color patches. If
the left UV curing lamp has been on
for longer than 10 minutes, the photodiode cooling fan runs for 12 minutes before taking readings;
otherwise the fan runs for 7.5 minutes. The control panel displays a
countdown timer while the photodiode is cooling.
When to Calibrate
AutoJet
AutoJet detects individual inkjets 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.
You can also identify and map missing jets manually from the
Manual Calibrations menu (see “Manual Jet Mapping” on page
4-16). You may want to manually map weak or misdirected jets
that AutoJet does not detect and substitute.
To run AutoJet:
◆
Press the AutoJet button on the control panel Front Page
screen (see page 2-10), or
◆
Select AutoJet Calibration from the Auto Calibrations menu
(see “Auto Calibrations” on page 4-6), or
◆
Run AutoJet automatically with the AutoTune scheduler (see
“Calibration Summary” on page 4-23)
Note
AutoJet does not work with transparent media, nor
with many translucent media. In this case, run Manual Jet Mapping.
1. Press the AutoJet button from the Front Page screen or select
AutoJet from the Auto Calibrations menu.
The printer asks whether you want the service station to perform a Purge operation. By recovering clogged printheads,
you reduce the number of jet substitutions required.
◆
Press ! to initiate a Purge. The printheads are purged,
then wiped.
◆
Press ( to skip the Purge.
2. The printer prints the AutoJet test pattern.
3. The printer reads the AutoJet test pattern and maps any missing jets to available working jets.
The control panel shows the progress of this operation as
the percentage completed.
4. The printer prints an AutoJet report.
AutoJet
4-3
AutoTune
AutoTune runs AutoJet maintenance automatically at intervals
you specify. You can use the Quality Check Mode feature to
handle AutoJet errors (with or without user intervention). AutoTune is available for roll-fed media only.
1. On the Front Page screen, press the (Menu) key to enter
the menu system.
2. Press the (Menu In) key display the Calibrate Printer
menu.
3. Press the ) key to highlight AutoTune.
4. Press the (Menu In) key.
The control panel displays the AutoTune status (off or current interval).
5. Press , or ) to set the AutoTune interval.
6. Press ! (Proceed).
The control panel displays a confirmation message:
Setting completed.
7. Press the (Menu Out) key repeatedly until the Front Page
screen is displayed. Press the Online/Offline button to return
the printer to the Ready state.
Note
Quality Check
When AutoTune is enabled, it will be executed as
scheduled regardless of whether you initiate it manually from the control panel.
When you run AutoJet manually, the software notifies you if
there are any jet or alignment problems so that they can be
addressed. When AutoTune runs AutoJet at scheduled intervals,
you can use the Quality Check feature to handle AutoJet errors.
When Quality Check is enabled, if any missing jets are found
that are not substituted by a working jet, or if the BiDi and
Media Feed calibrations have not been performed, the operator
can be alerted by the control panel or the job can be routed to
the Attention queue on the ColorSpan print server.
1. On the Front Page screen, press the (Menu) key to enter
the menu system.
4-4
AutoTune
2. Press the ) key repeatedly to highlight Printer Settings.
3. Press the (Menu In) key display the Printer Settings
menu.
4. Press the ) key repeatedly to highlight Quality Check.
5. Press ! (Proceed).
The control panel displays the Quality Check options.
◆
Attended Mode — user must press ! (Proceed) to
acknowledge the error and print the job (if one is pending), or (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 by non-ColorSpan RIPs).
◆
OFF — no quality check is performed, all jobs will print.
6. Select a Quality Check option.
7. Press the (Menu Out) key repeatedly until the Front Page
screen is displayed. Press the Online/Offline button to return
the printer to the Ready state.
AutoTune
4-5
Auto Calibrations
The printer’s piezo printheads are aligned at the factory and
should only occasionally require you to run an automatic bidirectional or head-to-head calibration.
1. On the Front Page screen, press the (Menu) key to enter
the menu system.
2. Press the (Menu In) key display the Calibrate Printer
menu.
3. Highlight Auto Calibrations and press the (Menu In) key.
4. Select one of the Auto Calibrations.
◆
AutoBiDi (bidirectional) Calibration — ensures that
every working jet fires a pixel at precisely the same location (regardless of the carriage direction of travel).
◆
AutoH2H (head-to-head) Calibration — ensures that
the printheads are in alignment relative to each other.
◆
AutoJet Calibration — locates and substitutes missing
jets for working jets. This is the same calibration performed as when you press the AutoJet button on the
Front Page screen (see “AutoJet” on page 4-3).
◆
Full AutoSet — runs all three calibrations in sequence.
The printer prints a test pattern then reads it and makes the
necessary adjustments or jet substitutions.
After completing the calibration(s), a report is printed that
shows:
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◆
Calibration results — a summary such as SUCCESSFUL
CALIBRATION or an error message
◆
Header showing the date and time, software version,
and printer type
◆
Calibration detail — the calibration data for each head.
The AutoJet detail reports how many jets were mapped
out by AutoJet, how many are permanently mapped out
by the operator, and whether the head is usable (from a
jetout standpoint) in the various print modes. The higher
quality modes (Production and High Quality) use jet
replacement, so they can print successfully with a
greater number of jets out than can Billboard mode.
Auto Calibrations
Fig. 4-1. Auto calibration patterns and reports
Auto Calibrations
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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.
Note
The manual BiDi and X head calibrations are timeconsuming and can be error-prone, but is necessary
when calibrating transparent media or other media
that the printer’s digital image sensor cannot calibrate.
Before calibrating the printer, first clean the printhead jets. See
“Loading Roll-Fed Media” on page 3-12 for tips on detecting and
recovering missing jets.
1. Press the (Menu) key from the Front Page screen on the
control panel to display the menus.
2. Press the (Menu In) key display the Calibrate Printer
menu.
3. Press the ) key to highlight Manual Calibrations.
4. Press the (Menu In) key.
The Manual Calibration menu consists of these options:
◆
Media Feed (page 4-9) — eliminates banding between
print swaths (“stitch banding”) by calibrating media
advance.
◆
Manual BiDi Registration (page 4-14) — the manual version of AutoBiDi Calibration.
◆
Manual X Head Registration (page 4-12) — the manual
version of AutoH2H Calibration.
◆
Manual Jet Mapping (page 4-16) — the manual version
of AutoJet.
◆
Jet Status Lines (page 4-22) — prints a quick test pattern that shows which jets are out.
◆
Default Registration Data (page 4-22) — 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).
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Manual Calibrations
Media Feed
This calibration allows you to calibrate the accuracy of the
media advance. Inaccurate media advance can result in blank
spaces between print swaths (too much advance) or overlapping
swaths (too little advance). The Media Wizard stores this value
by media type, and displays a media feed number (MFN), which
you can record for subsequent entry.
The media feed number enables you to quickly specify a known
good media feed setting without recalibration. For example, you
could keep a list of media feed numbers by media type, or by
media type and full, half, and nearly empty supply rolls.
Tip
You can also adjust the media advance while a print
job is printing. Repeatedly press the increase
advance or decrease advance button shown on the
control panel to eliminate blank spaces or overlap
between print swaths. When you do this, the media
feed number displayed on the control panel
changes accordingly.
1. On the Manual Calibrations menu, highlight Media Feed
(which is highlighted by default).
2. Press the (Menu In) key to select the option.
◆
Stitch pattern — First, allow the printer to print the following number of swaths, depending on the mode you
want to calibrate:
◆
16 swaths in Quality mode, or
◆
8 swaths in Production mode, or
◆
4 swaths in Billboard mode
Next, press the , key to increase the advance until you
see blank spaces between swaths.
Finally, press the ) key to decrease the advance until the
blank spaces are eliminated, but avoid dark lines
between swaths (which indicate overlap). This method
allows for the tendency of the media advance to gradually decrease as the size of the supply roll decreases.
You can pause and resume the printing of the stitch
pattern.
Manual Calibrations
4-9
◆
34-inch calibration — prints a 34-inch test pattern so
you can verify its length with an accurate metal ruler.
Cut the pattern from the media web, then measure and
adjust the media advance as needed until the pattern is
exactly 34 inches long.
◆
10-inch calibration — prints a 10-inch test pattern so you
can verify its length with an accurate metal ruler. This is
not as precise as the 34-inch calibration, but it uses less
media. Measure and adjust the media advance as
needed until the pattern is exactly 10 inches long.
Tip
To avoid cutting the 10-inch pattern from the media
web, copy the marks from the 10-inch calibration to
the long edge of a letter-size (or A4) sheet of paper.
Then measure the transferred marks and adjust the
media advance as needed until the marks are exactly
10 inches apart.
Tip
Run the 34-inch or 10-inch calibration first, then run
the stitch pattern version to fine-tune the media
advance accuracy.
Fig. 4-2. Measure between the calibration marks
4-10
Manual Calibrations
◆
Manual Calibrations
Input MFN — enter the Media Feed Number that was
displayed after a previous media feed calibration, to
return to that setting without performing the calibration
again.
4-11
Manual X Head
Registration
Precise positioning of each drop of ink is essential for optimal
print quality. This is possible only if you register all printheads
in the printhead assembly to each other in the X (along the
length of the platen) direction.
This is a two-part process:
◆
Print a registration pattern.
◆
Enter the X registration data for each head.
Note
This is the manual version of AutoH2H Calibration
(see “Auto Calibrations” on page 4-6 for details).
1. On the Manual Calibrations menu, press the ) key repeatedly to highlight Manual X Head Registration.
2. Press the (Menu In) key to select the option.
The control panel asks whether you want to print a manual
head-to-head calibration page.
◆
If you have a calibration pattern from a recent print, you
can use it to calibrate the heads. Press ( (Cancel) and
go to the next step.
◆
If you need to print a new calibration pattern, press !
(Proceed). The printer prints a calibration page.
When the calibration page has printed, the control panel
displays this prompt:
Take readings from left side of pattern.
3. Press the ! key.
The control panel displays this message:
X Direction Registration
Head 2: +0
4. 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.
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Use a printer’s loupe or magnifying glass if the patterns are
difficult to see.
Fig. 4-3. Sample head calibration patterns
5. Press the , or ) control panel keys repeatedly until the number next to the pattern that is closest to aligned perfectly is
displayed.
For example, if pattern -1 is the closest aligned, press the )
key to change the display to:
X Direction Registration
Head 2: -1
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 up or down by one black bar. Alternatively, you can repeatedly perform the X calibration,
which will move the head in smaller increments, until the
head is aligned.
6. Press ! (Proceed).
The control panel message increments the head number by
one.
7. Repeat steps 4 through 6 for each of the heads.
When you have entered registration values for all of the patterns, the control panel displays this message:
Registration successful.
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Manual BiDi 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 printhead 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.
Note
AutoBiDi Calibration is the automatic version of this
calibration. Try AutoBiDi first before running this
manual calibration (see “Auto Calibrations” on
page 4-6 for details).
1. On the Manual Calibrations menu, press the ) key repeatedly to highlight Manual BiDi Registration.
2. Press the (Menu In) key to select the option.
3. Press ! (Proceed).
The control panel displays this prompt:
Print a manual bidi registration page?
4. Press ! (Proceed).
The printer prints the calibration pattern you selected.
5. When the calibration page has printed, the control panel displays this prompt:
Bidi registration
Head 1: 0
6. Examine the BiDi Registration pattern for the current head,
and determine which pattern is the closest to perfectly
aligned.
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Use a printer’s loupe to select the pattern, since the lines in
the patterns may be difficult to see.
Fig. 4-4. BiDi Registration pattern
7. Press the , or ) 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
, key to change the display to:
Bidi registration
Head 1: +2
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.
8. Press ! (Proceed).
The control panel message increments the head number by
one.
9. Repeat steps 6 through 8 for each of the twelve heads.
When you have entered registration values for all heads, the
control panel displays this message:
Registration Successful
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Manual Jet Mapping
Jets that are missing or misfiring are usually detected by the
AutoJet calibration. Alternatively, you can map out jets manually
using the Manual Jet Mapping function. You may want to manually map weak or misdirected jets that AutoJet does not substitute.
Tip
AutoJet is the automatic version of this calibration
(see “AutoJet” on page 4-3 for details).
Tip
For best results, print the prime bars and purge the
printheads as necessary to ensure the maximum
number of working jets. See “Checking Jet Health”
on page 3-7 for instructions.
1. On the Manual Calibrations menu, press the ) key repeatedly to highlight Manual Jet Mapping.
2. Press the (Menu In) key to select the option.
The control panel displays this message:
Print Jet Map?
If you have a calibration pattern from a recent print, you
can use it to calibrate the heads. Press ( (Cancel) and go to
the next step. Otherwise, press !.
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Manual Calibrations
The printer prints a jet map test pattern.
Fig. 4-5. Sample jet mapping pattern (Head 1 of 16)
◆
If a line segment is missing or broken, the jet number
shown next to it is out.
◆
If a line segment is marked with a code letter:
R — no replacement
S — user disqualified “soft” jetout
H — user disqualified “hard” jetout
D — disqualified (and replaced) by AutoJet
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3. When the calibration pattern has printed, the control panel
displays a menu with the following options:
◆
Report individual soft bad jets — enables you to report
a “soft” bad jet, which can be automatically reenabled if
AutoJet finds it working.
◆
Report individual hard bad jets — enables you to report
a “hard” bad jet, which will not be checked or reenabled by AutoJet.
◆
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.
◆
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.
4. Press , and ) to select a head number, then press !
(Proceed).
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The control panel displays a numeric keyboard that you can
use to enter the number of the bad jet.
Fig. 4-6. Numeric entry screen
5. Enter the jet number, then press the Enter key.
6. When you are finished entering jet numbers, press the Esc
key.
The control panel displays the head selection message again.
7. Press , and ) to select the next head number, then press !
(Proceed).
8. Repeat steps 5 through 7 for each head containing bad jets
you want to report.
9. When you are finished reporting bad jets, press (.
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.
10. Press , and ) to select a head number, then press !
(Proceed).
The control panel displays a numeric keyboard that you can
use to enter the number of the bad jet.
11. Enter the jet number, then press the Enter key.
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12. When you are finished entering jet numbers, press the Esc
key.
The control panel displays the head selection message again.
13. Press , and ) to select the next head number, then press !
(Proceed).
14. Repeat steps 11 through 13 for each head containing bad jets
you want to clear.
15. When you are finished clearing bad jets, press (.
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.
16. Press , and ) to select a head number, then press !
(Proceed).
The control panel displays a message that lists the bad jets by
number.
17. Press ! to return to the head selection screen.
18. Repeat steps 16 and 17 for each head you want to check for
bad jets.
19. When you are finished clearing bad jets, press (.
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 ( to cancel this function, or
◆
Press ! (Proceed). The control panel displays this
message:
Do you want to clear the hard bad jets?
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◆
Press No to clear the soft bad jets only.
◆
Press Yes to clear both the hard and soft jets.
Manual Calibrations
The control panel displays this message:
All reported bad jets have been cleared.
20. Press !.
When you have finished mapping jets, the following summary appears on the control panel:
x soft jets currently reported bad.
x hard jets currently reported bad.
x new soft bad jets reported.
x new hard bad jets reported.
x previous soft bad jets cleared.
x previous hard bad jets cleared.
where x is the number of jets.
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Jet Status Lines
Default Registration Data
4-22
This option prints the Manual Jet Mapping test pattern (see Fig.
4-5 on page 4-17) that shows which jets are working, and which
jets are out, but does not run the Manual Jet Mapping calibration (see “Manual Jet Mapping” on page 4-16 for information).
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.
Manual Calibrations
Calibration Summary
Calibration Summary
These options allow you to print a summary of the Full 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 Full AutoSet calibration is printed after the AutoSet test
patterns. When you enable the AutoSet Summary, you can
show or hide the detailed calibration data.
◆
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.
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Straightening the
Media Path
For optimal print quality, the media must feed in as straight a
line as possible from the supply to the takeup. This can be
accomplished by aligning the sides of the media as straight as
possible from supply to takeup, and by smoothing the media
web as much as possible before attaching it to the takeup. See
“Loading Roll-Fed Media” on page 3-12 instructions.
Printer assembly also affects the media path. If the printer is not
assembled to the stand precisely, according to the instructions in
Chapter 1, they could be misaligned. This could lead to the
media “steering” to the right and left as it is wound onto the
takeup spool.
Leveling and stabilizing the stand also helps to straighten the
media path:
◆
Locate the printer on a flat, level surface
◆
Ensure that all four leveling feet contact the floor and adjust
them as necessary to level the printer (or align the printer in
a single plane)
◆
Securely tighten the two silver screws that attach the printer
to the stand
For rigid cut-sheet media, the input and output tables must be
leveled with the printer platen.
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Straightening the Media Path
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 color calibration when:
◆
You notice a shift (change) in color output
◆
Changing media types
◆
Changing print mode (only if the most precise color matching is required)
Color calibration is a feature of the print server or RIP connected to the printer. Refer to the documentation that accompanies the RIP for further information.
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Linearization
CHAPTER 5
Maintaining the Printer
This chapter describes how to maintain the printer:
Maintaining the Printer
◆
Maintenance Schedule (page 5-2)
◆
Clean the Rail and Bearings (page 5-4)
◆
Recover Missing Ink Jets (page 5-7)
◆
Set the Printhead Height (page 5-11)
◆
Calibrate the Wiping Position (page 5-14)
◆
Clean the Wiping Station (page 5-15)
◆
Replace Ink Filters (page 5-16)
◆
UV Lamp Operation and Maintenance (page 5-18)
◆
Clean the Quartz Windows (page 5-24)
◆
Printhead Procedures (page 5-26)
◆
Extended Power Down and Restart (page 5-27)
5-1
Maintenance Schedule
Task
Description
Interval: Daily
Daily Startup Procedure
See “Daily Startup” on page 1-8.
Interval: Weekly or as needed
Clean pinch rollers
Gently dry wipe or blow away dust buildup.
Do not use any fluids to clean the pinch and
grit rollers. Deposits of these fluids could
form on the print media, causing streaks in
printed output.
Clean carriage rail and bearings (page 5-4)
Inspect for dust buildup, clean if necessary (see
“Clean the Rail and Bearings” on page 5-4).
Clean the encoder strip
Inspect for dust buildup, wipe if necessary with
SolaChrome UV Printhead Flush, follow with
isopropyl alcohol. Encoder must be fully dry
before printing.
Cured ink buildup on the encoder strip cannot be removed without damaging the
encoder strip. Clean ink spills immediately. If
cured ink buildup on the encoder strip
causes printing errors, contact your Authorized Service Provider or MacDermid
ColorSpan Technical Support for a replacement.
Clean platen area
Carefully scrape cured ink from the platen
using a scraper or razor blade, especially near
the right and left edges when printing edge-toedge.
Interval: As needed
Clean printheads
See “Checking Jet Health” on page 3-7.
To recover jets with a purge and wipe, see
“Recover Missing Ink Jets” on page 5-7.
Clean quartz windows
See “Clean the Quartz Windows” on page
5-24.
Calibrate the wiping position (page 5-14)
“Calibrate the Wiping Position” on page 5-14.
Interval: At control panel warning
Replace ink filters (page 5-16)
5-2
Replace all four filters as a set, to prevent ink
pump failure. The control panel will display a
Warning message when 20 liters of ink have
passed through the set of filters. You may continue printing past this point, but printhead fill
errors may occur.
Maintenance Schedule
Task
Description
Replace UV lamp bulbs
The control panel warns you when either of the
UV lamp bulbs have been illuminated for 500
hours, but they may be useable for many more
hours beyond that point. Bulb life will vary. The
bulbs must be replaced when they no longer
cure the UV ink sufficiently. See “Replacing UV
Lamp Bulbs” on page 5-20.
Maintenance Schedule
5-3
Clean the Rail and
Bearings
Rail
Pinch rollers
Bearings (back of carriage)
Fig. 5-1. Location of rollers, bearings, and rail
The carriage rail carries the printhead carriage across the width
of the platen. As dust and ink accumulates on the rail, the material could accumulate on the carriage bearings (wheels) and
cause banding in printed output or noisy (“click-click-click”)
carriage motion.
Pinch Rollers
1. Wipe the pinch rollers with a lint-free cloth or wipe moistened with isopropyl alcohol.
Caution
5-4
DO NOT ALLOW ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL TO TOUCH
THE PRINTHEADS, especially the inkjet orifice plates.
Contact with the ink could cause the ink to coagulate, rendering the printhead unusable and requiring
it to be replaced. Be sure that cleaned surfaces have
dried before printing.
Clean the Rail and Bearings
Rail
2. Wipe the entire length of the rail with a lint-free cloth or wipe
moistened with isopropyl alcohol.
The rail surfaces that must be clean are the surfaces that
touch the carriage bearings. These are the top surface,
including the front and back of the front lip, and the side
surface, behind the belt. Move the carriage manually or
press the Carriage key on the control panel Front Page so
you can access and clean the entire rail.
Top of the rail
Side of the rail
(behind the belt)
Fig. 5-2. Cleaning the rail
Carriage Bearings
3. From the control panel Front Page screen, press the Access
Heads key.
The carriage moves out of the wiping station to the access
carriage position. The bearings are on the back of the carriage.
There are four bearings that should be kept clean, one pair
on each end of the carriage. Each pair of bearings rolls along
the front and back of the lip on the top of the rail. If any
buildup occurs on one of these bearings, banding or other
artifacts could appear in printed output. This buildup can
range from a fine dust to visible particles.
The fifth bearing rolls along the lower edge of the rail,
behind the belt. Cleaning this bearing is not necessary, since
it usually does not get dirty.
Clean the Rail and Bearings
5-5
Outside bearing
Rail
Inside bearing
Cleaning window
Fig. 5-3. Carriage bearings, left pair shown
4. Clean the left and right outside bearings.
Moisten a cotton swab with isopropyl alcohol or water, place
it against the left side of the bearing, and manually push the
carriage to the left. Then place the swab against the right side
of the bearing, and manually push the carriage to the right.
Repeat once or twice. Remove any large dust particles you
see.
5. Clean the left and right inside bearings.
Insert a moistened cotton swab into the bearing cleaning
window, and clean the bearing by manually pushing the carriage to the left and right. Repeat once or twice. Remove any
large dust particles you see.
6. Press the ! (Proceed) key to return the carriage to the home
position.
5-6
Clean the Rail and Bearings
Recover Missing
Ink Jets
The printer is designed to operate with a certain number of
missing (clogged or misfiring) inkjets that are substituted by
other working jets, without affecting print speed. If your daily
startup process (as described in “Daily Startup” on page 1-8)
fails to revive all missing jets, you can try the following
advanced jet recovery measures.
Fig. 5-4. Printhead wiper
1. Select Perform an Air Purge from the menu (Menu > Maintenance > Perform an Air Purge).
2. From the control panel, select a color (or all colors) to purge.
3. Select Performance Purge.
4. The carriage moves out of the wiping station.
5. Open the wiping station cover.
Tip
You may wish to wear gloves during this procedure
to prevent staining your hands with ink.
6. Press the ! (Proceed) key.
The carriage returns to the wiping station and purges the
color(s) that you selected.
7. Wipe the printheads by inserting the printhead wiper carefully into the wiping station channel under the printheads
you purged, lift up on the handle slightly, and pull it out
straight and level side-to-side (see o in Fig. 5-5 below).
Recover Missing Ink Jets
5-7
Note
Do not wipe the printheads repeatedly; this could
result in lost jets.
Wiper
Fig. 5-5. Wiping the printheads
Caution
Purged printheads must be wiped before printing or
moving the carriage across the platen. Moving the
carriage with wet printheads will cause uncured
(wet) ink to drop onto the platen and louvers. The
ink will smoke if it contacts heated louvers.
Tip
If the printheads are not centered above the wiper,
perform a Wiping Position calibration (see “Calibrate
the Wiping Position” on page 5-14).
8. Repeat the previous step in positions n, o, p, and q as
needed (see Fig. 5-5 on page 5-8).
9. Clean the wiper with a lint-free cloth, moistened with
SolaChrome UV Printhead Flush.
Do not use a paper towel, which could shed fibers that could
clog the inkjets.
10. The carriage moves out of the wiping station.
11. Close the wiping station cover.
12. The carraige moves back into the wiping station.
13. Print the Prime Bars.
◆
5-8
If all jets (indicated by a printed line) are working, the
printer is ready to print.
Recover Missing Ink Jets
14. If the Prime Bars show any missing jets, dab only the printheads that have missing jets with a lint-free cloth moistened
with SolaChrome UV Printhead Flush:
◆
Remove the parking station from the end of the printer.
◆
From the Front Page, press the Access Heads key.
◆
Gently dab the printhead with a blotting motion. Do not
wipe the printheads.
◆
Press the Access Heads key again to return the carraige
to the wiping station.
◆
Reinstall the parking station and retaining pin.
15. Print the Recover Jets Pattern for those printheads with missing jets.
After printing this pattern, the prime bars are printed again.
◆
If all jets (indicated by a printed line) are working, the
printer is ready to print.
◆
If there are any missing jets, repeat steps 1 through 15
two or three times until all jets are working.
16. Print the Prime Bars.
Recover Missing Ink Jets
◆
If all jets (indicated by a printed line) are working, the
printer is ready to print.
◆
If the Prime Bars still show missing jets, map them out
(see “Manual Jet Mapping” on page 4-16) or contact
MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services for further
instructions.
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Recover Missing Ink Jets
Set the Printhead
Height
The height of the printheads above the platen is set at the factory.
The default setting will accommodate most roll-fed media and
produce acceptable print quality, while minimizing printhead
strikes on the media. Lowering the head height may produce better image quality, but will increase the chance that the printheads will strike the media. Raising the head height too far will
increase the amount of ink overspray.
The following procedure shows how to use the supplied gauge to
set the head height above the media loaded on the printer. The
gauge sets the printheads 0.085 inches above the loaded media
(0.070 inches between the protective frame on the carriage and
the media).
Fig. 5-6. Head Height Gauge
1. Load the media you want to calibrate.
For instructions, see “Loading Roll-Fed Media” on page 3-12
or “Loading Rigid Media” on page 3-24.
2. On the Front Page screen, press the (Menu) key to enter
the menu system.
3. From the control panel menu, press the ) key to highlight
Printer Settings.
4. Press the (Menu In) key.
5. From the Settings menu, press the ) key repeatedly until
Head Height is highlighted.
6. Press the (Menu In) key.
The carriage moves out over the platen.
7. Place the gauge next to the carriage.
You may insert the gauge from the sides or the front of the
carriage. Note that you will be measuring to the bottom of
Set the Printhead Height
5-11
the printheads, not to the bottom of the UV lamp assemblies (see Fig. 5-7 below).
Lamp
Lamp
A
B
Fig. 5-7. Head height measurement points A and B
8. Use the supplied hex wrench to turn one of the head height
adjustment screws counterclockwise until the end of the
gauge will not fit under the carriage.
The head height adjustment screws can be accessed from the
top of the carriage. The access holes are labeled with a white
circular label.
Caution
Do not allow any part of the gauge to touch the
printheads, and do not leave the gauge on the
platen after setting the head height. If the gauge is
allowed to touch or strike the printheads, the printheads could be damaged permanently and require
replacement. The printer has a protective frame
around the printheads to reduce the chance of anything striking them.
9. Turn the head height adjustment screw clockwise, just until
the end of the gauge slides under the carriage.
10. Remove the gauge and repeat steps 7 through 9 at the other
side of the carriage.
11. Verify the heights at both sides of the carriage and adjust if
necessary.
12. Press ! to return the carriage to the wiping station.
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Set the Printhead Height
The control panel displays a message asking whether you
want to perform a bidirectional (bidi) calibration.
13. Press " to perform a bidi calibration, or ( to continue.
Note
Set the Printhead Height
To lower or raise the printheads without measuring
with the gauge, use two hex wrenches to turn the
head height adjustment screws (at the top of the carriage) simultaneously and by the same number of
turns (or fractions of a turn).
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Calibrate the Wiping
Position
Wiping position calibration enables you to properly align the
printheads to the wiper. When properly aligned, the printheads
should be centered over the wiper when it is inserted into each
wiping station channel.
1. On the Front Page screen, press the (Menu) key to enter
the menu system.
2. Press the ) key repeatedly to highlight Settings.
3. Press the (Menu In) key display the Settings menu.
4. Press the ) key repeatedly to highlight Wiping Position.
5. Press the (Menu In) key.
The control panel prompts you to confirm that you want to
calibrate the wiping station wiping position.
6. Press ! (Proceed).
The control panel displays right and left arrow buttons.
When you press these buttons, the carriage moves in the
corresponding direction. You may want to use a flashlight
and insert the wiper to help you to center the four printheads with the wiper (see o in Fig. 5-8 below).
Fig. 5-8. Wiping station alignment
7. When the carriage is properly positioned, press the " key to
save the calibration.
8. The control panel confirms that the new position has been
saved.
9. Press the ! (Proceed) key.
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Calibrate the Wiping Position
Clean the Wiping
Station
1. Open the wiping station door, remove the wiping station
cover, and scrape the cured ink with the scraper supplied
with the printer (or a putty knife) into a trash receptacle.
Cured ink is not hazardous waste. If uncured ink is present
on the cover, allow further printing to occur with the cover
in place to cure the ink.
2. Print with the wiping station cover removed to cure ink in the
wiping station.
3. Scrape cured ink out of the station (the wiping station cover
makes a good tray) and into a trash receptacle.
Do not scrape cured ink into the waste ink drain area.
4. Replace the wiping station cover.
5. Open the drain valve to drain uncured waste ink from the
bottom of the wiping station into an open container, and
allow it to cure before disposal.
6. Close the drain valve.
Clean the Wiping Station
5-15
Replace Ink Filters
The control panel displays a Warning message on the control
panel when 20 liters of ink has passed through the filters.
Replace all four the filters as a set is recommended. Failure to
replace the filters will eventually cause the filters to clog and
prevent ink from reaching the printheads.
Have a paper towel ready to catch the small amount of ink that
will spill out of some of the tubes and the filter itself as you disconnect them. The drip shelf is designed to catch these spills for
easier cleanup. You may also want to wear protective gloves during this procedure.
1. Disconnect the tube from the ink box.
2. Remove the ink box from the shelf.
3. Use a Phillips screwdriver to loosen the filter clamp.
See Fig. 5-9 for location.
Connector
Filter
Clamp
Connector
Fig. 5-9. Filter connections
4. Unscrew the hose connectors from filter.
See Fig. 5-9 for location.
5. Remove the old filter.
6. Install the new filter into the filter clamp.
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Replace Ink Filters
The filter’s label has an arrow that indicates the direction of
flow. Install the filter with the arrow pointing up.
7. Tighten the filter clamp.
The filter should be secure, but do not overtighten the
screw.
8. Connect the hoses to the top and bottom of the filter, and
tighten the connectors.
9. Reconnect the ink tube to the ink box.
See “Loading Ink” on page 3-9 for instructions.
10. Replace the ink box.
11. On the Front Page screen, press the (Menu) key to enter
the menu system.
12. Press the ) key repeatedly to highlight Maintenance.
13. Press the (Menu In) key display the Maintenance menu.
14. Press the ) key repeatedly to highlight Reset Reservoir
Filters.
If you are not replacing the entire set of filters, you can reset
the count for an an individual filter.
15. Press the (Menu In) key.
Replace Ink Filters
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UV Lamp Operation
and Maintenance
For an overview of the UV lamp system, see “UV Lamp Overview” on page 3-3.
This section covers the following topics:
◆ Operating Tips
◆ Replacing UV Lamp Bulbs
◆ Swapping Left/Right Lamp Hours
WARNING UV light hazard. Excess exposure to high-intensity UV
light can result in photokeratitis (also known as
snowblindness or welder’s flash). AVOID LOOKING
DIRECTLY AT THE UV LIGHT.
VORSICHT UV Licht hoher Intensität. Bitte vermeiden Sie es,
direkt in die Lampen zu schauen.
Caution
5-18
Failure to allow the lamps to cool down properly will
damage the lamps. If you disconnect the power
cable from the back of the printer or disconnect the
green power cable from the lamp assembly before
the cool down sequence has finished, you will damage the lamps.
UV Lamp Operation and Maintenance
Operating Tips
You can extend the life of the UV lamp bulbs as follows:
◆
If the head height is significantly above the standard height
over the media, the curing effectiveness of the lamps will be
reduced. Use the supplied head height gauge to set the head
height for the media you are using.
◆
When the lamps do not cure output sufficiently in Billboard
Quality Mode, switch to Production Quality Mode. When the
lamps do not cure the output in Production Mode, switch to
High Quality Mode (Front Page > Print Mode).
◆
If the lamps are not curing the ink with the lamps set to Low,
increase the setting to Medium or High (Front Page > Media
Wizard).
◆
Check the quartz windows and clean them if necessary (see
“Clean the Quartz Windows” on page 5-24 for instructions).
If the lamps are still not curing printed output after taking these
steps, contact MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services for
assistance in diagnosing the problem. The technician may be
able to suggest further steps to extend the service life of the
bulbs.
If directed by Technical Services, expose and return a UV intensity label, supplied with the printer. The label changes color as it
is exposed to the UV light from the lamps. By analyzing the
label, Technical Services can determine whether the printer's
lamps are operating within specifications.
UV Lamp Operation and Maintenance
5-19
Replacing UV Lamp Bulbs
The UV lamp bulbs will gradually lose their intensity and therefore their ability to cure the ink. The control panel will display a
warning message when one or both of the bulbs have been operated for 500 hours, but the bulbs may continue to cure printed
output for up to 1000 hours. To view the number of hours that
each lamp has operated, advance to the Status page where this
listed (Front Page > Status > Forward).
Replacing the bulbs as a pair is recommended. If the total operating time for the right and left bulbs is significantly different,
printing artifacts may be visible due to uneven ink curing.
When you replace the bulbs, be sure to reset the operating time
counter (Menu > Maintenance > Reset UV Lamp Hours).
Refer to the instructions that accompany the replacement bulbs
for a detailed procedure for replacing the lamps.
Note
5-20
The UV lamps contain heavy metals and other elements that should be disposed of as hazardous
waste. They should be taken by any hazardous waste
service or facility that accepts mercury lamps. For
further information consult this web site:
rontacts
UV Lamp Operation and Maintenance
Swapping Left/Right
Lamp Hours
If you do an extensive amount of unidirectional printing, or
otherwise print with only one lamp, the lamps’ different hours
of service will eventually cause the lamps to cure ink differently
and reach end-of-life at different times. This would result in ink
curing anomolies. Use the Swap Left/Right Lamp Hours option
to check the lamps’ service hour counts, and swap the lamp cassettes if there is a significant difference between the two.
The printer software will display a Warning message if the difference between the right and left lamps’ service hours exceeds
300, but you can check or swap the lamp hour counts at any
time.
1. From the Menu, select Maintenance > Swap Left/Right
Lamp Hours.
The printer displays the service hour counts for each lamp.
◆
If the difference in hours between the left and right
lamps is less than 300, you may swap the lamps or not
as desired.
◆
If the difference in hours is greater than 300, you should
swap the lamps.
2. Press the ( (Cancel) key.
3. Swap the lamps.
a.
Turn off the lamps and wait for them to cool down.
On the Front Page screen, press the Lamps Off button.
When the word “Cooling” no longer appears on the control
panel, you may proceed to the next step.
Caution
Failure to allow the lamps to cool down properly will
damage the lamps. If you disconnect the power
cable from the back of the printer or disconnect the
green power cable from the lamp assembly before
the cool down sequence has finished, you will damage the lamps.
b. Remove the left lamp cassette.
Unscrew the two connectors that secure the green power
cable to the left lamp assembly, and remove the power cable
from the lamp assembly. Then remove the four Phillips-head
screws that secure the left lamp assembly to the carriage
UV Lamp Operation and Maintenance
5-21
(two screws on each side), and remove the lamp assembly
from the printer.
Fig. 5-10. Lamp assembly screws
c.
Remove the right fan chimney and lamp cassette.
Unscrew the two connectors that secure the green power
cable to the right lamp assembly, and remove the power
cable. Using a 7 mm wrench, remove the nuts that secure
the right-side fan chimney to the carriage, and remove the
right-side fan chimney.
Fig. 5-11. Chimney screws
Remove the four screws that secure the right-side lamp
assembly to the carriage, and remove the lamp cassette from
the printer.
d. Install the left cassette into the right position.
Secure the lamp cassette to the carriage assembly using the
original four screws. Attach the green power cable, securing
it in place by turning the two attachment thumb screws
until tight.
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UV Lamp Operation and Maintenance
Reinstall the fan chimney using the original two nuts and a
7 mm wrench.
e.
Install the right cassette into the left position.
Secure the lamp cassette to the carriage assembly using the
original four screws. Attach the green power cable, securing
it in place by turning the two attachment thumb screws
until tight.
6. From the Menu, select Maintenance > Swap Left/Right
Lamp Hours.
7. Press the ! (Proceed) key to swap the service hour counts.
UV Lamp Operation and Maintenance
5-23
Clean the Quartz
Windows
The quartz windows protect the UV lamp cartridges from ink,
media, and environmental dust. They should be checked periodically for dust buildup, which reduces the curing efficiency of
the UV lamps.
WARNING UV light hazard. Excess exposure to high-intensity UV
light can result in photokeratitis (also known as
snowblindness or welder’s flash). AVOID LOOKING
DIRECTLY AT THE UV LIGHT.
VORSICHT UV Licht hoher Intensität. Bitte vermeiden Sie es,
direkt in die Lampen zu schauen.
Caution
Avoid depositing skin oils onto the quartz windows.
Skin oils left on the quartz windows could cause the
windows to shatter when heated.
Note
If the quartz window is becoming opaque (devitrification) or is chipped, cracked, or cannot be cleaned,
then it should be replaced to ensure that the ink can
be cured.
To perform this procedure, you will need
◆
Lint-free (cleanroom) cloths
◆
SolaChrome UV Printhead Flush in small squirt bottle
◆
Protective gloves and safety glasses
1. ALLOW THE LAMPS TO COOL COMPLETELY BY FINISHING
ALL PRINTING, AND WAITING FOR AUTOMATIC SHUTOFF
OR PRESSING THE “LAMPS OFF” BUT TON ON THE CONTROL PANEL.
Do not perform this procedure when the lamps are on or
have not cooled completely.
2. Remove the UV parking station from the printer.
3. Remove the right-hand louvers from the left end of the
printer.
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Clean the Quartz Windows
4. From the Front Page screen of the control panel, press the
Access Heads key.
The printhead carriage moves to the access position at the
left end of the printer. You will now be able to access the left
and right quartz windows from below the carriage.
5. Moisten a lint-free cloth with SolaChrome UV Printhead Flush,
and wipe the quartz plates to moisten and soften the cured
ink and dust.
Any ink and dust present will be very hard cured, so you
may need to allow the buildup to soak, or scrub with a nonmetallic scouring pad (to avoid scratching the window).
6. After all of the ink and dust has been removed, wipe the
quartz windows clean with a lint-free cloth moistened with
SolaChrome UV Printhead Flush.
7. With a new lint-free cloth, dry-polish the quartz windows to
ensure that no smearing or residue remains.
8. From the Front Page screen of the control panel, press the
Access Heads key.
The printhead carriage moves back to the wiping station.
9. Reinstall the louvers.
10. Reinstall the UV parking station.
Clean the Quartz Windows
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Printhead Procedures
The printer uses air pressure to both fill and evacuate ink and
printhead flush from the printheads. The following functions
are available from the menu at Maintenance > Printhead
Procedures:
◆
Load Ink In All Heads — when installing ink for the first
time, or when restarting the printer after an extended power
down period, this function fills the empty printheads with
ink.
◆
Fill Heads with Ink — fills the printheads with ink, one color
at a time. Should only be done with empty printheads.
◆
Empty Heads (Fill With Air) — empties all printheads by
using air pressure.
The wiping station has a waste tray that drains to a valve at the
front of the printer. As you perform Printhead Procedures from
the menu, monitor the ink and solvent level in the waste tray.
Drain the ink into a container occasionally to prevent overflows.
Since this mixture of ink and printhead flush will not cure, dispose of it according to the instructions in the Material Safety
Data Sheets for the ink and printhead flush.
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Printhead Procedures
Extended Power Down
and Restart
UNDER NORMAL OPERATION, DO NOT POWER DOWN THE
PRINTER. Constant vacuum at the printheads is required to prevent ink from running out of the printheads. Also, power must
not be removed suddenly from the UV lamp system; permanent
damage to the lamps could occur if hot lamps are not cooled
according to specifications.
If the power must be removed for a brief period of time, you can
leave the carriage over the wiping station to allow the ink, which
will no longer be held inside the printheads by the vacuum/pressure system, to drain onto the wiping station cover plate.
Optionally, you can maintain power to the vacuum system by
using the auxiliary 24 volt power supply. This will prevent ink
from running out of the printheads. If the printer will be powered down for an extended period, follow the procedure below.
Power Down
If it is necessary to power down the printer for an extended
period, for example in order to store or ship it, follow this procedure:
1. Unload media, if any is loaded (see “Unloading and Cutting
Roll-Fed Media” on page 3-19).
2. On the Front Page screen, press the (Menu) key to enter
the menu system.
3. Press the ) key repeatedly to highlight Maintenance.
4. Press the (Menu In) key display the Maintenance menu.
5. Press the ) key repeatedly to highlight Prep for Storage/
Shipping.
6. Press the (Menu In) key.
7. Follow the prompts on the control panel to finish this procedure.
Extended Power Down and Restart
5-27
Restart
To restart the printer, follow the procedure below.
1. Switch the power switch to the on position.
2. On the Front Page screen, press the (Menu) key to enter
the menu system.
3. Press the ) key repeatedly to highlight Maintenance.
4. Press the (Menu In) key display the Maintenance menu.
5. Press the ) key repeatedly to highlight Load Ink in All
Heads.
6. Press the (Menu In) key.
7. Load media.
See “Loading Roll-Fed Media” on page 3-12 for instructions.
8. Recover missing jets.
See “Checking Jet Health” on page 3-7 for instructions.
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Extended Power Down and Restart
APPENDIX A
Technical Specifications
This chapter lists the printer’s specifications and information about
ordering supplies.
Technical Specifications
A-1
Specifications
A-2
General
Dimensions
(Assembled)
Height: 53.0 inches (134.6 cm)
Depth without tables: 32.0 inches (81.3 cm)
Depth with tables: 90.7 inches (230.4 cm)
Width: 136.6 inches (347.0 cm)
Weight
(Assembled)
Without tables: 375 pounds (170 kg)
With tables: 500 pounds (227 kg)
Operating
Conditions
68–95° F (20–35° C)
20–80%, non-condensing
Approvals
Safety: CE
Emissions: FCC-A, CE, VCCI-1
Immunity: CE
Specifications
Electrical Power
Power used: 200-240VAC, 50/60 Hz, 16 Amps
maximum
Required electrical circuit:
220 VAC, 20 Amps, with NEMA L6-20R locking
wall receptacle (North America and Japan), OR
220 VAC, 16 Amps, single phase, with IEC 60309
wall receptacle (Europe)
NEMA L6-20R
locking wall receptacle
(North America/Japan)
IEC 60309
wall receptacle
(Europe)
North America: If your building receives power
from a standard three-phase supply, note that
the printer will use only two of the three
phases. This means that your building’s threephase power transformer may have an unbalanced load. Check with your electrician to verify
that your building has sufficient capacity for
this unbalanced load.
Optional auxiliary power for vacuum system:
Supplied 24 volt DC power supply with universal adapters, connected from the 24 VDC jack
on the vacuum/pressure assembly to either of
two options:
1. UPS — customer-supplied uninterruptible
power supply, output 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz,
minimum of 15 watts of power, provides battery backup to the vacuum system in the event
of a power failure.
2. Wall outlet — 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, provides temporary power to the vacuum system
when it is necessary to power down the printer
for service.
Specifications
A-3
Power cord
Required power cord (supplied with printer):
North American (UL/CSA approved), length 8.2
feet (2.5 m), OR
European (Harmonized), length 8.2 feet (2.5 m)
Performance
Printing Technology
16 piezo-electric inkjet printheads utilizing
Micro-Quad™ Jet Technology.
Resolution
600 x 600 dpi
Print Speeds
400 ft2 (37.17 m2)/ hour, Billboard Mode
200 ft2 (18.59 m2)/ hour, Production Mode
100 ft2 (9.29 m2)/ hour, Quality Mode
Unidirectional modes in are approximately half the
speed of the corresponding bidirectional modes.
Ink
SolaChrome™ 4-color (CMYK) flexible UV cure inks,
supplied in 3 liter modules, off-head ink system.
Vacuum/Pressure System
Maintains negative relative pressure at the printheads and provides air pressure for purging.
Nominal relative vacuum: 5.0 inches H2O
Since relative pressure is maintained, the printer can
be operated at various altitudes above or below sea
level without adjustments to the system.
Maximum Media Thickness Optional rigid cut-sheet handling hardware and software can accommodate media up to 0.25 inch (6.35
mm) thick, with 0.10 inch (2.54 mm) head height.
Supported Media Widths Minimum: 24 inches (61 cm)
Maximum: 73 inches (185 cm)
Media Handler
Supply and takeup for roll-to-roll handling; use of
takeup is optional. Supply accepts 3-inch or 2-inch
cores, takeup accepts 3-inch cores only. The media
supply roll can be loaded and unspooled in either
orientation for printing on either side.
Rigid media: front and rear roller tables support rigid
materials up to 60 inches (152 cm) long. A second set
of tables can be added to support rigid materials up
to 120 inches (305 cm) long.
Curing System
A-4
Dual carriage-mounted 500-watt UV lamps.
Specifications
Software Features
Specifications
Touch screen LCD with graphical interface.
Automatic calibration and detection/substitution of
missing jets.
Media Wizard stores operational parameter sets by
media type for subsequent recall.
A-5
Supplies and
Accessories
Consult MacDermid ColorSpan or your MacDermid ColorSpan
representative for an updated listing of supported ink and
media.
Use only genuine ColorSpan SolaChrome inks and printhead
flush in the printer. Use of any other inks or cleaning fluids
could damage the printer and will void the warranty.
Supplies and accessories are available from MacDermid
ColorSpan by calling:
MacDermid ColorSpan Supplies Sales
A-6
◆
North America: (800) 723-3002 or (952) 943-3636
◆
Europe: +31 23.5622000
◆
Asia: (952) 943-3300
◆
Latin America: (800) 664-7242 or (952) 943-3600
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
◆
Troubleshooting Checklist (page B-2)
◆
Warranty Claims (page B-5)
◆
Diagnostics (page B-7)
◆
MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services (page B-8)
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
◆
Banding or general poor image quality — the printheads may need to be calibrated (see Chapter 4, Calibrating the Printer). One or more inkjets may be clogged
or not firing (see “Loading Roll-Fed Media” on page 312). The media advance may need to be recalibrated
(see “Media Feed” on page 4-9). Verify that the printhead carriage is at the proper height (see “Set the Printhead Height” on page 5-11). Verify that the service
station is calibrated (see page 5-14).
◆
Inaccurate color or under- or over-saturated output —
the wrong color profile may be selected at the print
server or RIP. Refer to the documentation that accompanies the print server or RIP.
◆
Inaccurate color or lack of detail — one or more inkjets
may be clogged or not firing (see “Loading Roll-Fed
Media” on page 3-12).
◆
Media buckling or media feed problems — the wrong
media could be selected in the Media Wizard (see
“Edge-to-Edge Printing” on page 3-31). The printer may
not have been installed squarely or securely on the stand
(see “Workflow Overview” on page 1-8). The media
may not have been loaded squarely (see “Loading RollFed Media” on page 3-12).
B-3
◆
B-4
Head strike — if the printhead 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
Roll-Fed Media” on page 3-12 for instructions. Also
check the Media Wizard to see whether the correct
media is selected (see “Edge-to-Edge Printing” on page
3-31). Head strikes may indicate that the printhead
height is too low; see “Set the Printhead Height” on
page 5-11 for instructions. If head strikes become a recur
frequently, contact MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services for an edge retainer that can be attached to the
printer.
Troubleshooting Checklist
Warranty Claims
The printer is covered by a manufacturer’s limited warranty
(part number 0706278), which includes the printheads. The
piezo printheads are designed to remain in service for the life of
the printer.
The printer incorporates many automatic and manual features
for preventing clogs from occurring, and for recovering inkjets
that do become clogged (see “Recover Missing Ink Jets” on page
5-7). The warranty terms require that the maintenance procedures contained in this User Manual are followed prior to classifying a printhead anomaly as a “printhead failure.”
A printhead failure is defined as any printhead that develops one
or more individual jets that do not fire and that cannot be recovered or replaced (“mapped out”) by the AutoJet or Manual Jet
Mapping software when printing in Production Mode. If the
jet(s) can be mapped out by the software in Production Mode,
the printhead is deemed to be working satisfactorily and is not
considered to have a failure.
In the event of a printhead failure as defined above, the cause
and/or circumstances that lead to the failure must be identified.
The following is a list of causes and/or circumstances that may
lead to printhead failure. This list is not considered comprehensive, and any causes and/or circumstances that are not identified
in this list will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
All printheads submitted for warranty claims will be subjected
to failure analysis to confirm the cause of failure. The final
determination of warranty applicability will be provided by this
analysis.
For more information about warranty claims, contact ColorSpan
Technical Services (see page ii for contact information).
Causes that are covered by the manufacturer’s warranty:
◆
Manufacturing defect — when a flaw in materials or workmanship causes a printhead to fail, the failure will be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
Causes and/or circumstances that are not covered by the
manufacturer’s warranty:
Warranty Claims
◆
Third party hardware or software
◆
Damage caused by accident, abuse, misuse (including damage resulting from head strikes or use of non-approved supplies), misapplication, relocation of product without
B-5
approved procedures, failure to perform user maintenance as
defined in the User Manual or contamination of the ink supply due to improper handling of the ink or ink system
B-6
◆
Printheads which have not been properly maintained as
defined in the User Manual, and printheads with jet-outs that
AutoJet is able to substitute in Production print mode
◆
Service (including upgrades and expansions) performed by
anyone who is not a ColorSpan Authorized Service Provider
◆
Modification of the product without the written permission
of ColorSpan
◆
Product on which the ColorSpan serial number has been
removed or defaced or for which you cannot provide proof
of purchase and payment
◆
Software (whether embedded in ROMs or other hardware or
contained on diskettes or other media), including related
manuals and documentation, its quality, performance, merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose
Warranty Claims
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.
See Table B-1. on page B-9 for a description of the Action and
Warning messages in detail. The page numbers are cross-references to this manual.
Diagnostics
B-7
MacDermid ColorSpan
Technical Services
You can obtain help using your MacDermid ColorSpan product
from a variety of sources. This section shows you where to seek
help, and introduces you to the support available to registered
MacDermid ColorSpan customers.
Help From Your Reseller
The ColorSpan authorized reseller from whom you obtained this
product can provide you with local support, consumables, and
spare parts.
Help From ColorSpan
The printer control panel includes a Help button () that when
pressed displays information about the current function.
Context-sensitive Online Help is available in ColorSpan print
server products. Just click the Help button, select Help from the
closest menu or press the F1 key.
The ColorSpan user manuals are your most immediate and complete source of information for using your ColorSpan product.
The manuals are also located on the Print Server Software CDROM in Adobe Acrobat format. (And let us know what you think
of the documentation by sending us e-mail at [email protected])
ColorSpan also offers a variety of technical support options via
the World Wide Web and e-mail:
If All Else Fails
B-8
World Wide Web
http://www.colorspan.com/
E-mail
[email protected]
Call MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services directly. Be ready
to supply the technician with details about your system’s configuration and details about the problem, including the exact wording of any error messages that appear. The Technical Services
telephone numbers appear on page ii (the copyright page) of this
manual.
MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services
Table B-1. Action and Warning Messages
Description
Cause
What to do
The printhead warmer indicated is
disconnected or not functional.
With the printer power off, ensure
that the head warmer is connected
and restart the printer. If the problem continues, contact your ColorSpan Authorized Service Provider
or ColorSpan Technical Support.
A-IS-[n] [color] Out Of Ink
The off-head ink reservoir indicated is out of ink.
Refill off-head ink reservoir.
A-IS-[nn] [color] Missing Ink Profiler
The ink profiler indicated is not
detected.
Ensure that the ink profiler is
installed.
A-IS-30 Profiler Setup Error
Ink profilers in wrong positions or
incorrect ink profiler inserted.
Change profilers to match ink
order or insert correct profiler for
ink type.
A-IS-[nn] Incorrect [color] Profiler
The profiler indicated is the wrong
color or the wrong ink type.
Replace the profiler with appropriate profiler.
A-IS-[nn] Invalid [color] Profiler
The profiler indicated is not valid.
Replace the profiler with appropriate profiler.
A-IS-[nn] [color] Air Sensor Failed
On-Head Air Sensor Failure.
Air sensor may be shorted or nonfunctioning. Replace or reposition
sensor.
A-IS-[nn] [color] Ink Sensor Failed
On-Head Ink Sensor Failure.
Ink sensor may be shorted or nonfunctioning. Replace or reposition
sensor.
A-IS-[nn] [color] Printheads Out Of
Ink
Unable to fill printheads indicatd
with ink.
Check the ink reservoir for a low
ink level, check attention items for
a failed ink thermister, make sure
that the ink filter is not full, and
check the tubing and pump functionality.
A-IS-75 Ink System Disabled
Error in ink system was detected.
Check pump connections, as well
as data cables to OHS board. Fix
the error and restart the printer.
(HW) Head Warmer
A-HW-[n] Printhead [n] Warmer
Disconnected
(IS) Ink Sensing
MacDermid ColorSpan Technical Services
B-9
Table B-1. Action and Warning Messages
Description
Cause
What to do
A-IS-76 Ink System Disabled
Black: Room temp is out of range
for operation.
Room temp is too warm or too
cool. Correct room temp, or, if too
cool, load media and allow platen
heaters to provide heat.
A-IS-77 Ink System Disabled
Cyan: Room temp is out of range
for operation.
Room temp is too warm or too
cool. Correct room temp, or, if too
cool, load media and allow platen
heaters to provide heat.
A-IS-78 Ink System Disabled
Magenta: Room temp is out of
range for operation.
Room temp is too warm or too
cool. Correct room temp, or, if too
cool, load media and allow platen
heaters to provide heat.
A-IS-79 Ink System Disabled
Yellow: Room temp is out of range
for operation.
Room temp is too warm or too
cool. Correct room temp, or, if too
cool, load media and allow platen
heaters to provide heat.
A-IS-[nn] [color] Heads Not
Loaded With Ink
The printheads indicated do not
have ink loaded.
Run the ink load procedure.
A-IS-[nn] [color] Ink Sensor Disconnected
On-Head Ink Sensor indicated is
disconnected.
Reconnect Ink Sensor.
A-IS-[nn] [color] Air Sensor Disconnected
On-Head Air Sensor indicated is
disconnected.
Reconnect Air Sensor.
A-IS-[nn] [color] Pump Disconnected
Ink pump indicated was disconnected.
Reconnect pump and restart
printer.
A-IS-[nnn] Ink Counting Not Working
Ink Counting Mechanism indicated has failed.
Replace ink counting mechanism.
A-IS-120 OHS Read/Write Failure
Failed to communicate with OHS
board.
Reseat the profilers and ensure
they are inserted correctly. Check
OHS board cable connections. If
the problem continues after resetting this error, contact your ColorSpan Authorized Service Provider
or ColorSpan Technical Support.
W-IS-[n] [color] Low Ink
Ink reservoir indicated is low on
ink.
Refill the ink reservoir soon.
W-IS-8 Replace Reservoir Filters
The ink reservoir filters need
replacing.
Replace the ink reservoir filters.
B-10
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Table B-1. Action and Warning Messages
Description
Cause
What to do
The left end assembly has been
removed.
Replace the left end assembly.
W-LS-1 Image Sensor Is Not Operating
The image sensor shutter cable is
disconnected.
Connect the image sensor shutter
cable and restart the printer.
W-LS-2 Image Sensor Is Not Operating
The image sensor cable is disconnected.
Connect the image sensor cable
and restart the printer.
The media drive motor has stalled.
Check supply spool for binding,
motor for failure.
A-MS-3 Media Too Far Left/Right
The media loaded is too far to the
left or to the right.
Reloaded a media; align right edge
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.
W-MS-1 Media Low
Less than 10 feet (3 meters) of
media remains.
Load media.
W-MS-1 Media Low
Less than 1 foot (30 cm) of media
remains.
Load media.
W-MS-4 Media Advance Switch
Detected
Media Advance Switch on back of
printer was depressed.
Use the Load or Unload button to
finish operation.
W-MS-6 Media Too Wide
Media is too wide for printing.
Use narrower media. See manual
for specifications.
The pinch rollers are up, in the
media release position.
Lower the pinch rollers and lock
them into the appropriate slot.
Refer to the current media settings
for determining the correct slot. If
media is out, run the media load
procedure.
(LE) Left End
A-LE-1 Replace Left End Assembly
(LS) Light Sensor
(MD) Media Drive
A-MD-1 Media Advance Stalled
(MS) Media Sensing
(PR) Pinch Rollers
A-PR-1 Pinch Rollers Up
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B-11
Table B-1. Action and Warning Messages
Description
Cause
What to do
W-PC-2 Media Replaced - Recalibrate
Media advance accuracy may need
to be recalibrated.
Calibrate media feed if media type
was changed.
W-PC-3 Head Height Changed Recalibrate
Change in head height has invalidated calibration.
Run Autoset.
W-PC-4 Jets Not Replaced
Not all missing jets could replaced.
Prime/clean cartriges, or increase
the print mode quality.
W-PC-6 Uncalibrated Pass Mode
Print mode selected has media
advance rate different from the calibrated advance rate, which may
cause banding.
Calibrate media feed.
W-PC-7 Platen Width Not Known
Measurement was reset or not performed.
Restart printer to measure platen
width.
A-SM-1 Printer Not Personalized
Defective electronics assembly.
Call service provider for replacement electronics.
A-SM-2 Invalid Software In Flash
Defective software.
Call service provider for updated
software.
W-SM-1 Printer Not Reset For Shipping
Defective electronics assembly.
Call service provider for replacement electronics.
W-SM-2 Head Voltages Not Set
More than 8 heads have default
voltages.
Run procedure to set head voltages.
A-SP-1 Supply Too Small
The supply spool is too small.
Change the supply to idle
A-SP-2 Supply Too Large
The supply spool is too large.
Reload the supply with a smaller
spool.
W-SP-1 Supply Media Out Detection Off
Media-out detection using the supply roll is disabled.
Re-enable Supply Media Out
Detection. Be careful to watch for
media-out condition.
The media takeup spool is full.
Unload the takeup spool and
reload takeup or reload media.
(PC) Printer Calibration
(SM) System
(SP) Supply
(TU) Takeup
A-TU-1 Takeup Full
B-12
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Table B-1. Action and Warning Messages
Description
Cause
What to do
A-TU-2 Takeup Stall
The takeup motor has stalled.
See manual for recovery procedure.
A-TU-4 Takeup Too Small
The media takeup spool is too
small.
Unload the takeup spool and
reload takeup with a larger spool
W-TU-1 Takeup Too Large
The media takeup spool is larger
than recommended.
Unload the takeup spool and
reload takeup or reload media.
A-UV-1 Right UV Lamp Disabled
The right UV lamp has been disconnected or has overheated.
If the lamp is disconnected, power
down the printer and reconnect
the cable. If the lamp has not
been disconnected, allow the lamp
fan to run and wait for the lamp to
cool.
A-UV-2 Left UV Lamp Disabled
The left UV lamp has been disconnected or has overheated.
If the lamp is disconnected, power
down the printer and reconnect
the cable. If the lamp has not
been disconnected, allow the lamp
fan to run and wait for the lamp to
cool.
A-UV-3 UV Control Error
The printer is unable to communicate with the UV lamps' control
board.
Check cable connections and
restart the printer. If the problem
continues, contact your ColorSpan
Authorized Service Provider or
ColorSpan Technical Support.
A-UV-4 UV Control Error
The UV lamps' control board revision is unsupported.
Contact your Authorized Service
Provider or Technical Support to
have it upgraded.
A-UV-6 UV Control Error
The printer is unable to communicate with the UV power supply.
Ensure the power to the UV power
supply is turned on and that the
data cable is connected. If the
problem continues, contact your
Authorized Service Provider or
Technical Support.
A-UV-7 UV Control Error
The UV lamps' power supply revision is unsupported.
Contact your Authorized Service
Provider or Technical Support to
have it upgraded.
W-UV-1 Right UV Lamp Needs
Replacing
The right UV lamp is nearing its life
expectancy.
The right UV lamp should be
replaced to ensure optimal curing
performance.
(UV) UV Lamps
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B-13
Table B-1. Action and Warning Messages
Description
Cause
What to do
W-UV-2 Left UV Lamp Needs
Replacing
The left UV lamp is nearing its life
expectancy.
The left UV lamp should be
replaced to ensure optimal curing
performance.
W-UV-3 UV Lamps Not Synchronized
There is over a 300 hour difference
in the amount of time that the
right and left UV lamps have used.
To ensure optimal curing performance, it is recommended that the
lamps are replaced.
The printer cannot detect a print
server.
Connect cable, turn on server, add
printer to server.
W-VS-1 Vacuum Pressure Too Low
The vacuum pressure of the heads
is too low.
Manually adjust the vacuum pressure using the dial on the vacuum/
pressure assembly in the back of
the printer. The nominal pressure
should be 7.25 "H20 to 8.25 "H20.
Also, check for the vacuum/pressure system for leaks.
W-VS-2 Vacuum Pressure Too High
The vacuum pressure of the heads
is too high.
Manually adjust the vacuum pressure using the dial on the vacuum/
pressure assembly in the back of
the printer. The nominal pressure
should be 7.25 "H20 to 8.25 "H20.
W-VS-3 Vacuum Pressure Not
Recovering
The vacuum pressure of the heads
is not recovering after an air purge.
Check vacuum pressure system to
ensure it is working properly and
check vacuum tubing for leaks.
(VN) VideoNet
W-VN-1 VideoNet Connection Not
Detected
(VS) Vacuum System
B-14
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Index
Index-1
A
Access Heads 2-7
Access Printheads 2-15
Actions and warnings B-7
Adjustable pinch rollers 1-15
Advance Media 2-6
ATTN key 1-18, 2-8
Auto Calibrations 2-10, 4-6
AutoBiDi Calibration 4-6
AutoH2H Calibration 4-6
AutoJet Calibration 2-6, 4-3, 4-6
Automatic Eject 2-14
AutoSet 4-6
AutoSet summary 4-23
AutoTune scheduling 1-17, 2-11, 4-4
quality check mode 4-4
Auxiliary power
specifications A-3
Control panel
actions 2-3
ATTN key 1-18, 2-3
Calibrate Printer 2-10
Front Page screen 2-2, 2-4
Maintenance 2-15
menu 2-2
menu tree 2-18
navigation keys 2-9
Printer Settings 2-11
Ready screen 2-2
Service Printer 2-16
user assistance 2-3
User Diagnostics 2-17
warnings 2-3
Warnings and Actions 2-17
Cutting media 3-19
D
C
Default Registration Data 4-22
Diagnostics B-7
Calibration 2-10, 4-1
Auto BiDi 4-6
Auto Calibrations 4-6
Auto H2H 4-6
AutoJet 2-6, 4-3, 4-6
AutoSet 4-6
AutoTune scheduling 1-17, 2-11, 4-4
bidirectional 4-14
color 1-17
color calibration 4-25
Manual Jet Mapping 4-16
Manual X Head Registration 4-12
Media Feed 4-9
quality check mode 4-4
when to calibrate 4-2
Wiping Position 2-14, 5-14
Calibration Summary 2-11, 4-23
Carriage 1-15
Color calibration 1-17, 4-25
E
Index-2
Edge-to-edge printing 3-23, 3-31
Electrical requirements 1-2
Empty Heads 2-15
Environmental requirements 1-3
Error messages B-7
F
L
Fill Heads With Flush 2-15
Fill Heads With Ink 2-15
Filters 5-16
Fine Text mode 3-5
Front Page screen 2-2, 2-4
Full AutoSet 4-6
Leading Margin 2-13
Linearization 1-17, 4-25
Load Ink In All Heads 2-15
Load media 2-7
roll-fed 3-12
Load rigid media 3-24
Log Head Registration Data 4-23
Log Jet Data 4-23
Low Ink Warning 2-14
G
Gutter Settings 2-12
H
Head Height 2-14, 5-11, 5-14
I
Ink filters 5-16
Ink system overview 3-2
Inkjet health 3-7
Installation
printer 1-8
rigid media 3-24
roll-fed media 3-12
J
Jet health 3-7
Jet Status Lines 4-22
M
Maintenance
carriage rail and bearings 5-4
cleaning clogged ink jets 5-7
Prep for Storage/Shipping 5-27
replace ink filters 5-16
wiping station 5-14
Manual BiDi Registration 4-14
Manual Calibrations 2-11, 4-8
Manual Jet Mapping 4-16
Manual X Head Registration 4-12
Margins 2-12
edge-to-edge printing 2-12
Media Measure Type 2-13
overprint setting 2-12
Media
cutting 3-19
loading 2-7
loading roll-fed 3-12
reloading 2-8
unloading 2-8, 3-19
Media & ink status 2-5
Media Feed 4-9
Media feed number 3-17, 3-28, 4-9, 4-11
Media Measure Type 2-13
Media out sensor 1-15
Media Skew Lines 2-15
Media spool 3-12
Index-3
Media width 1-18
Media Wizard 2-7, 3-37
Menu 2-2, 2-6
Menu tree 2-18
MFN 3-17, 3-28, 4-9, 4-11
O
Off-head system (OHS) 1-17
Online/offline button 2-4
Ordering supplies A-6
Ozone 1-3
P
Parts overview 1-14
Pausing printing 3-23
Periodic maintenance 5-2
Pinch roller release block 3-27
Pinch rollers 1-15
Platen Vacuum Control 2-11
Power down and restart 5-27
Prep for Storage/Shipping 2-15, 5-27
Prime bars 2-6, 3-7
Priming 3-7
Print Jet-Out Lines 2-15
Print Media Skew Lines 2-15
Print Mode 2-6, 3-5
Print Position 2-13
Printhead height 5-11
Printheads
setting height 5-11
Printheads Procedures 2-15
Printing
paused 3-23
Printing Delay 2-12
Purging the printheads 2-7
Index-4
Q
Quality Check 2-13, 4-4
Quartz windows
cleaning 5-24
R
Ready screen 2-2
Recover Jets Pattern 1-8
Reload media 2-8
Replace Printhead 2-17
Reset Reservoir Filters 2-15
Respool Media 2-15, 3-21
Restore All Defaults 2-14
Rigid media
loading 3-24
unloading and reloading 3-30
S
Safety warnings 1-6
Sleep 2-7
Space Between Prints 2-12
Specifications A-1
Standby Wait 2-13
Status
media & ink 2-5
Status screen 2-6
Stiff Roll-Fed Media Handling 2-13, 3-38
Supplies and accessories A-6
Supply Tension 2-11, 3-38
T
W
Takeup spool pin release 3-20
Takeup Tension 2-11, 3-38
Troubleshooting B-1
Wake 2-7
Warnings 1-6
Warnings & Actions 2-17
Warranty claims B-5
Wiping Position 2-14, 5-14
Wiping station 5-7
calibration 5-14
cleaning 5-15
Workflow overview 1-8
U
Units 2-14
Unload media 2-8, 3-19
Unloading media
rigid 3-30
roll-fed 3-19
Unpacking and assembly 1-8
UV lamps
extending service life 5-20
overview 3-3
quartz windows, cleaning 5-24
replacing 5-20
reset counter 2-15
safety warnings 3-3
setting level 3-5
Swapping Left/Right Lamp Hours 5-21
switching on and off 2-7
V
Vacuum/pressure system 1-4
auxiliary power A-3
specifications A-4
Index-5
Index-6
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