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Common Repairs of Latex, Solvent, and UV Grand Format Printers

| Large Format Printers | March 3, 2014

Repairs of Latex, Solvent, and UV Grand Format Printers

large format printer service_repairsWhen making the important decision about buying a large or grand format printer, you will need to consider not only what your customers are requesting now, but the new trending products your customers may request in the future.   Additionally, you should take the following into consideration; the initial cost of the printer, consumable costs (media and ink), maintenance and repair costs.  Many business people today are considering which type of printer is the best option; latex, solvent, and/or UV grand format printers.  Some of these options, however, can run into more problems than others. Here are some of the more common problems and questions people ask about their latex, solvent, and UV grand format printer repairs.

  • The ink smears with my UV printer.  Are you using poor quality inks? The chemistry of the ink used is very important and manufactures go to great lengths to get the viscosity just right. The ink needs to flow easily but dry quickly. If you are looking for a low cost solution to manufacturer inks, you must be careful and consider using the AGIS high quality third party inks.  We at AGIS offer quality third party inks that simply plug and play.  The inks we offer are the correct chemical make up for your particular printer and are of good quality. Another reason for inks it smear is that you may be using the wrong media for your printer.  Are you using UV inks on material that is not UV compatible? This will cause the UV ink to sit on top of the paper, or whatever material you are using, instead of being absorbed by the paper to dry.
  • Latex, solvent, water based wide format printer and copier repairMy paper curls up, is there something wrong with my solvent based grand format printer? No, this is simply the result of moisture evaporating from your paper. This causes the coating to harden, and then shrink. Try adding a small humidifier to your room or store your paper in a room with the same humidity levels as your production room. The easiest and cheapest solution to this problem is simply adding a few weighted clips to the edge of the paper when you begin printing.
  • My printer didn’t need repair, only recalibration, is calibration that important? Proper calibration allows your grand format printer to print the exact same colors today, tomorrow, even two months from now. The smallest things can affect the inks; from the humidity in the air to the age of the print heads. Calibration is something you can learn to do yourself as it is generally included in the printer’s firmware or the RIP software.
  • My latex printer dries prints immediately, is this normal?  One of the best things about the new latex inks is that they dry extremely fast after printing, no drying time is necessary nor is the use of an external dryer. You can laminate your prints immediately after printing, a big plus in the turnaround time of your product.

As you can see, many of the more common questions and problems have nothing to do with your latex, solvent, and UV grand format printer repair issues, but rather these are external matters or even normal operating systems. If none of the above seem to cover your exact problem then perhaps it’s time to call someone regarding your latex, solvent, and UV grand format printer repair technician.

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