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  • Magenta going where its not wanted.

    Posted by Simon Worrall on October 26, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    I have an old Roland SP540V, and Im trying to get a couple more years out of it.

    Up to now its been a workhorse, and has mostly treated me well.

    Yesterday it started to do this, half way through a print. The Magenta was not landing where it was supposed to.
    As shown in the pic, it landed to the left and the right of the target.

    I turned off the printer for a few minutes, and tried again, and this time it was perfect for the rest of the day.

    Its not missing any gaps, just seemed to be spraying everywhere.

    Is this indicative of the head going bad? Or is there something else – pumps, pipes, electronics, etc?

    Any help would be much appreciamacated.☺

    Phill Fenton replied 1 year, 7 months ago 3 Members · 8 Replies
  • 8 Replies
  • Kevin Mahoney

    October 27, 2022 at 6:11 am

    Hi Simon, have you cleaned the encoder strip?

  • Simon Worrall

    October 27, 2022 at 6:53 am

    Thats a good suggestion.

    I did do that three weeks ago, so I assumed its not that, but I am open to the possibility.
    Its not really the same kind of wandering effect you normally get with the encoder strip, where the whole design wanders side to side over the print – but I will clean it tomorrow when I get in to work – just in case you are correct.

  • Phill Fenton

    October 27, 2022 at 8:30 am

    I had similar issues with my SP300 and it turned out to be the encoder strip just as Kevin has suggested. Try turning it upside down and refitting it

    • Simon Worrall

      October 27, 2022 at 11:06 am

      Well thats a new one…they work upside down?

      • Phill Fenton

        October 27, 2022 at 2:08 pm

        Yes – the strip is symmetrical, half is in the guide and protected and half sticks out. If you turn it upside down the half that’s in the guide is like brand new. They’re not expensive but turning it over could be a quick fix.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    October 27, 2022 at 8:36 am

    If it’s never had a new drive cable fitted to the head carriage, that might be worth looking at, they may stretch over time & your heads will be all over the place. How old is your versacamm Simon?

    • Simon Worrall

      October 27, 2022 at 11:17 am

      I got it new in 05 or thereabouts.

      – I know what your thinking!

      but when its working it does everything I need, perfectly well.
      Ive never been that busy that I need something churning out meters per second, and Im not impressed by bells and whistles. Its a good basic printer.

      Its hardly ever had anything done to it at all.

      One new head, about ten years ago. Blew something on the board a while back. Thats it.

      Awesome service guy comes every 6 months – he loves these machines!

      Hes quite old. When he retires I guess the machine follows shortly after!

  • Kevin Mahoney

    October 27, 2022 at 11:21 am

    I’ve had 3 versacamms back in the day, agreed, a great machine to be fair, easy to tinker with & not huge on maintenance costs

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