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August '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • August 2018 • 33 DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS P R I N T E R M A I N T E N A N C E B Y B I L L S C H I F F N E R Bill Schiffner is a freelance writer/editor based in Holbrook, New York. He has covered the imaging indus- try for 29 years and has reported on many evolving digital imaging technolo- gies including wide-format printing. He was the editor for a number of imaging publications and websites. He can be reached at bschiffner@optonline.net. The Well-Groomed PRINTER Some timely advice to help keep your shop's printers finely tuned and running problem free I t's true that any piece of equipment that's used every day in a high-volume environ- ment, the better it is maintained the better it will perform and the longer it will last. This is especially true for wide-format printers. It is crucial to keep your wide-format units prop- erly maintained to ensure the high-quality output a continuing daily basis. Here some experts in the field take a look at the impor- tance of proper maintenance and offer some sound advice on how to keep your printers running at full capacity. Read the Manual "Keeping your printer well maintained and following the recommended cleaning and maintenance schedules outlined in the owner's manual for your specific machine is crucial," says Juan Molina, Roland care manager at Roland DGA, Irvine, California. "It's not only crucial for optimum performance and output, but also when it comes to extending the life of your printer." He notes that each Roland printer user manual—specific to each model— provides all the information you need to per- form proper maintenance on your device." Hard copies of these manuals and digital ver- sions are available at the Roland Care section of the Roland DGA website. "Additionally, Roland-certified dealers are thoroughly trained to assist end users when it comes to establishing and maintaining a regu- Experts stress the importance of keeping the printer clean. Here a tech carefully cleans around the printheads. (Image courtesy of Regional Supply) If an eco-solvent printer is loaded with white and/or silver inks—such as with Mimaki's CJV/JV 300—the user may be required to do a daily maintenance. (Image courtesy of Mimaki USA)

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