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  • Oce UV Flatbed printer, it has been asleep since covid 2020

    Posted by David Rowland on September 2, 2023 at 7:22 am

    So it’s typical, the OCE was put to sleep before covid.
    It has white ink and we never woke it up as it would require so much servicing.
    Now we have got a job to print onto a wood finish that could do with help.

    So, we are prepared to wake it up, Who in the industry has a good wood printer?
    whos who.. a lot has changed since I have come back.

    David Rowland replied 6 months, 2 weeks ago 4 Members · 9 Replies
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  • RobertLambie

    September 2, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Dave

    I am not sure I am following you correctly mate.
    Do you mean the machine is completely idle and not in use, so you are looking for a trade printer with a UV flatbed to print to wood?

    Do you mean your flatbed has been in hibernation since Covid and you need a technician to get it back up and running?

    If it is currently in hibernation, was it properly decommissioned or did you simply “turn it off”?

    • David Rowland

      September 2, 2023 at 5:56 pm

      Thats a lot of long words for a Scotsman…

      Its Hybernating since it was turned off (I suspect done properly but… who knows).

      Bruce thinks it will need a lot of work to get back on

      It’s been a while since it was turned off, the expired ink is still in the machine.

      The problem is, if you get it going, you got to buy new ink and the take a chance that the heads are working or give up. The White is likely to be well too difficult

  • David Hammond

    September 3, 2023 at 7:14 am

    Does the job definitely need white ink?

    I’ve had birch ply printed directly in the past but never used white ink on the jobs.

    • David Rowland

      September 11, 2023 at 11:43 am

      discussing it on Thurs, Bruce thinks no white but I don’t beleive that for one minute. White underbase pops images and i been catching up on things as I been out of the loop for a while.

  • RobertLambie

    September 3, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    It’s been a while since it was turned off, the expired ink is still in the machine.

    That being the case, I can’t see it being decommissioned properly, Dave.
    I don’t see it being as bad as leaving a solvent printer idle, but the reality is, it probably hasn’t been used in almost 3.5 years, so I would reckon the proper way to get it up and running again is to have it re-tubed, a full set of heads and Inks, at minimum.

    Otherwise, maybe creep up on it while it is not looking and put a bullet in its head. It would be quick and painless.🤣

  • RobertLambie

    September 3, 2023 at 6:34 pm

    Joking aside, would turning to a trade printer not be an option for you?
    Or speak to David McDonald at Poppy Signs, he has a Platinum Q3.

  • David Rowland

    September 11, 2023 at 11:42 am

    we still looking at it… now the laminator gone bad

  • David McDonald

    September 13, 2023 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Dave

    We print a lot of table tops, white backed CMYK. They come into us with a variety of pre-treatments, waxes and lacquers and the UV ink sticks to some aggressively and others a bit less so (the limed effect being the least bonded), when they are just plain raw wood it bonds extremely well. They all get heavily varnished to finish and the level of ink adhesion is 100% fine.

    BTW we design these with a distressed effect – the missing bits and corroded bits are intentional !!

    Rob – thanks for the mention.



    • David Rowland

      September 30, 2023 at 2:16 pm

      Nice, did try and message u about heads not long ago… no reply.. never mind.. things have moved on and we just purchased a new printer… if the site lets me, i am gonna post the old printers and other equipment for sale

      edit: is pink white on the chess board? presume so… a chess board can rotate 180 but not 90 (so black square bottom left). Love a game of chess

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