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  • How are we to lay printers up should we lock down ?

  • glen walker

    Member
    March 23, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Hi , Guys,

    I am in belief that by week end we will be on lock down and entry to our work premises will not be permitted. With all the other concerns what are people planning on doing with their machines?

    Do we just leave them sleeping and waking? I am not sure I trust a head soak but that would be good economy ?
    Personally I run a mimaki, interested in people’s thoughts as we could be looking at 12 weeks.

    Sorry to sound doom and gloom but we don’t want to return hopefully in summer to dried out heads etc.

    Many thanks for your input on this
    Glen

  • Pane Talev

    Member
    March 23, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Hi Glen. I don’t think you will have that kind of lockdown. After you do your shopping round, go to your office and do clean heads if you are unable to do this remotely.

  • Gil Johnson

    Member
    March 23, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    I asked my tech guy the other day – Custody wash, disway wash then just leave on tickover. (Mimaki), he didn’t recommend leaving on nozzle wash with power off.

  • David Stevenson

    Member
    March 24, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Hi, Here’s some advice directly from Roland with regards to inkjet printer downtime. They have an area on the American website dedicated to this.

    https://www.rolanddga.com/support/produ … of-Non-Use

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    March 24, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    I think 3 weeks is a bit too long to long to leave your machine completely idle, that’s dependant on your machine and ink type of course.
    I think at a bare minimum, I would go to your printer manufacturers website and look for the best practice scenario for this situation.

    obviously you could do a complete flush of the systems as if you were decommissioning the machine, but you are dumping a pile of ink and then having to bleed it all back into the lines when things return to normal.

  • Ryan Fairweather

    Member
    March 24, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    The easy answer would be to follow the manufacturers guidelines but as Robert quite rightly stated, flushing the system can cause more problems than it solves for when you return.

    We have a lot of large format flat bed as well as digital and we have divided the week into 2 visits. Myself and the production manager are taking a day each where we will pop in, perform a head test, purge some ink and fill the back up tanks.
    Almost guaranteed no problems long term that way and we will have zero contact with anyone on the way in or whilst here.

    Should only take 30 minutes for us.

  • Jamie Palmer

    Member
    March 25, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    I have some cheap vinyl on the machine, the computer is set to restart if power cut and auto logs into Team Viewer. With my computer at home I can then access the computer running the printer. This also has a web camera attached pointing at the machine. I have pre loaded a few different files to print max density in CMYK and the file is set to cut off once printed. Under the printer is my skid bin which will catch the printed vinyl. I am leaving this setup each time i leave, however I do believe we will get a window of time from proposed lock downs to organise and like others have said swinging by when grocery shopping seems a good option. I also have an "Edi-plug" which I can remotely turn the machine on and off at the plug should something obstruct the head or if power fails. Its not completely fool proof but its the best I will be able to do. I have recently just had two new heads fitted!! Stay safe Vinyl Warriors!

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