Plotter & Feeder Maintenance
Maintenance Procedures for J-Teck Sublimation Ink
To ensure proper performance of J-Teck Sublimation ink and the printing equipment the environment must be set up and maintained in a specific manner. The equipment should be located in an enclosed room with proper temperature and humidity control. It is not recommended to have the equipment in an open warehouse as it is too tough to control conditions this way.
The recommended temperature for the environment is 68F to 76F.
The recommended humidity for the environment is 45% to 55%.
These conditions need to be monitored constantly and kept consistent to ensure a proper printing environment.
Below is the recommended maintenance to be carried out weekly. Some items may need to be carried out more often depending on the amount of printing.
- Use a mild detergent soap or diluted Simple Green with a lint free cloth to wipe down printer covers, platen, paper edge guides, bulk ink system, rubber strip on platen where paper detection takes place, and paper sensors in both the platen and on the head carriage.
- Use J-Teck cleaning solution and lint free foam swabs to clean wiper(s), wiper station, rubber on the top of caps, and capping station.
- Use J-Teck cleaning solution and lint free foam swabs to clean the underside of the head carriage and around the edges of the print heads. Never touch the bottom surface of the print head because the nozzles are easily damaged and not recoverable once it happens.
- Perform a Pump Tube wash or Disway wash with J-Teck cleaning solution to keep the lines between the capping station and pumps clean and unclogged.
- If the printer is a Mimaki JV5, remove the F-Box cover to clean and inspect the amount of ink build up in the F-Box. F-Box cover should be cleaned with running water and Simple Green.
Below is the recommended maintenance to be carried out monthly. Some items may need to be carried out more often depending on the amount of printing.
- Remove head carriage cover and use a lint free cloth with J-Teck cleaning solution to clean ink buildup from ink lines, dampers, and top of print heads.
- Remove waste ink tank and wash with running water.
- If the printer is a Mimaki JV5, remove the entire Flushing Box (F-Box) assembly to clean dried ink inside. It should be cleaned with Simple Green and running water. This is a critical part that needs to be cleaned or the printer will start to overspray and can cause many problems.
Below is additional maintenance that should be carried out at specified times to ensure long term reliability of the equipment.
- Dampers should be replaced every 6 to 12 months, depending on the amount of ink flowing through them.
- Caps should be replaced as needed when the rubber has become damaged, but typically between 12 to 18 months.
- Wipers should be replaced when the stains don’t come off the wiper while cleaning or the rubber becomes damaged, typically between 3 to 9 months.
- Pumps have multiple reasons why they would need to be changed, but they typically last between 12 to 24 months.
- Every 18 to 24 months, the entire ink system should be completely flushed and cleaned. This includes cleaning of all ink tanks/cups, ink lines, dampers, heads, caps, and pumps. This is necessary to remove any possibility of bacterial growth in the system that can lead to clogging.