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  • Eco Solvent in an unheated garage?

  • Marc Andrew

    Member
    November 4, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Hi all,

    I have a fairly new Roland BN20 that is being used in a spare room in our house. In the very near future we will be moving to a new property and I will have full use of a large garage to use for work purposes.

    The Roland BN20 is to be housed here but the problem is this – the garage in not heated or insulated. Should I sell on my BN20 now to save on future aggravation and disappointment with poor print results? In the manual it states a temp and humidity requirement. I’m assuming these should be abided by as it will affect the ink and possibly damage the machine. Or am i worrying too much? Has anyone got any experience with temp fluctuations? I’m assuming the answers would be similar if i put a dye sub printer in there instead?

    Fully heating or insulating the garage is not on the radar yet so is not really an option.

    Thank you.

  • Marc Andrew

    Member
    November 5, 2020 at 9:23 am

    I guess no one has used one in a garage then.

    • Jamie Wood

      Member
      November 5, 2020 at 9:51 am

      No, but solvent machines usually have an operating temperature range. Some machines simply will not work if the ambient temperature is too low or too high, and will give an error message or warning. I guess the only way to find out is to test it, or try and get some kind of heating in there.

  • Martyn Heath

    Member
    November 5, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Im pretty sure your asking for trouble. If your running out of this type of building everything incl vinyl will be a bitch to work with. Ive got the tshirt. If its longterm then get the garage insulated and heating sorted out. Just ticking over atleast around 12c when not using to stop issues

  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    November 5, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    I worked from a timber workshop for about 8 years, it doesn’t cost that much to insulate and plasterboard (or ply) a garage, and use a simple convector heater or stick an extra radiator in there.

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    November 5, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    If the garage is large, why not just build a small plasterboard office room to work in with the printer? it would be very simple to do and cheap to insulate when making it and also heat with a small oil radiator or storage heater.

    it is good that you are conscious of the requirements of running machines in the wrong environment. I have probably every “mistake t-shirt” in the book, and it’s not fun learning the hard way, but it does install the knowledge in you, and you never forget!

    there is no point trying to expand your business in one direction, only to create problems and slow down operations in the other direction. a couple of hundred pounds spent on housing your machine properly will pay for its self-time and time again. it will also make your print room environment much cleaner, warmer and comfortable to work in.

  • Marc Andrew

    Member
    November 6, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Hello everyone.

    I thank you all for your input and your suggestions. Very much appreciated.

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