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  • camm-1, on the blink

    Posted by eddie cotter on September 18, 2002 at 10:25 pm

    i am in a spot of bother!!!! my trusty old camm-1, cm24 is not to well,
    yeasterday i was doing a menu board for the local fish & chippie,
    after cutting a load of small lettering, about half inch high text,
    i noticed that on the round letters like o, s, u ect, the nife had cut a realy bad jagged edge & weeding was impossible, now i got the machine second hand, i think its about four or five yrs old, i have fitted a new pro-strip & new blade, only days ago so what else can it be,
    any help greatly welcome ,,,,,,,,,, eddie (?)

    Fat Bob replied 21 years, 4 months ago 9 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Phill Fenton

    September 18, 2002 at 10:31 pm

    Is it a friction fed plotter Eddie?

    Check for free play in the friction rollers. A few years ago my plotter started producing elongated “0”s and distorted lettering – with cut lines that didn’t quite meet. It turned out the grub screw that locks the friction rollers to the drive motor was loose – allowing the rollers to “free play” when they shouldn’t have. It took a while to realise this was the problem – and the cure was a simple tightening of the grub screw. Sounds to me like the problem may be something similarly mechanical as this. I don’t think the problem is likey to be software related. 😀

  • Joe McNamara

    September 18, 2002 at 10:40 pm

    hiya eddie
    I think you may have a similar problem to me…I’ve spoken to roland about it and if yours produces what looks like a perforated cut, then you need a new blade holder. If this sounds like your problem you can give roland uk a call and ask to be put thru to technical – they’re very helpful.
    Hope this helps, a chara!

  • eddie cotter

    September 18, 2002 at 10:47 pm

    thanks phill, no thats not the problem, the letters are joining up perfect, its a perforated cut like jo says…….jo. i had a close look at the blade holder & ther is a small ball race inside. mabe it is nackerd, its fine on big letters, i gess its not under any pressure on slow bends, but when i gets small stuff to do do like sharp bends, the nife may be caching on the dodgy ball race,,,,,does that make any sense to you,,,,eddie (?)

  • Steve Broughton

    September 19, 2002 at 7:47 am

    Eddie, give roland a ring on this, if they say its the blade holder then ring Edward Mathias & Co. and speak to them about blades cos they are the best and a lot cheaper than Roland, ask about their RSU blades which is a holder and blade in one, you buy 2 or 3 then when its blunt you send the whole thing back for replacemt and as its an exchange you only pay a few quid. I’ve only ever bought one original Roland blade in 6 years cos they are too damn expensive, I only buy blades from Edward Mathias and never had a problem AND SAVED MONEY TOO! Sorry if I sound like a salesman for them but when you are starting out this is the kind of info you need.

    Edward Mathias & Co. 0151 728 7221

  • steve

    September 19, 2002 at 11:21 am

    Eddie i cant agree more with Steve Harry Mattihias is a STAR he knows all there is to know about plotters and blades i have used him for years now he has developed all sorts of innovations he made a blade system for us we use to cut through card in one pass on our graftec 610 he also sells plotters and inkjet systems a lot cheaper than you can get elswhere do call him if i can help you by outputting any text today just e mail me with your requirements i could nip over to ireland with them as you may know i do play irish music sessions and adore the emerald isle i visit very regularly
    regards Steve Signagraphic

  • eddie cotter

    September 19, 2002 at 8:02 pm

    thank a bunch lads, & thanks steve & steve will call them tomorrow,

  • Robert Lambie

    September 20, 2002 at 11:27 pm

    hi eddie…
    i have had that happen a few times before… it was simply the holder being dry, dusty, clogged etc…
    take the blade out. put a pin in a see if you can clean it a little then, let a little oil run down the inside of the barrel. stick the blade back in and give it a few testers…

    if this doesnt work then mathias is the best to blade supplier to use.. oh and please remember to tell them where you heard about them mate.. 😉

  • Deleted User

    Deleted User
    February 6, 2003 at 3:28 pm

    When it happen to me it was as Robert said….simply needed a good cleaning, but I’d still yell at the Roland rep.

  • TonyDwyer

    February 6, 2003 at 5:01 pm

    me too. our cx300 was doing exactly the same with menu boards and small text. we tried three new blades before i thought of running a drop of oil down the knife shaft. we used oil from hair clippers. worked a treat!!!!
    it now cuts hair as well 😀

  • Fat Bob

    February 6, 2003 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Guys
    Is so long since I run a roland One of 2 things the one most people have mentioned (the most obvious) the second if the corners are not square or circles are a fraction out there is a thing called blade offset I now how to do it on mine but you would have to have a manual for a roland.

    What it is , is the diference from the centre axis of the blade to the cutting point of the blade.

    Another way of putting it is your blade does not cut in the middle it cuts to one side(the pointy bit) the distance from that point to the actual centre of the blade is called the offset which is usually shown as a percetage
    and is usually close to 5%

    Hope this helps someone one day…………FB

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