Sign & Digital Graphics

February '18

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DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS A lthough wide-format inkjet printers have become increas- ingly more powerful and complex in terms of what they are capable of, shop owners still need to keep their investment well-maintained, especially when it comes to the ink system. And, as wide-format inkjet printing technologies continue to develop, ink formulations have followed suit, becoming more sophisticated and complex. Ink types —including solvent, eco- solvent, metallic, UV-curable and Latex—vary greatly in their chemistry and characteristics. Shops working with wide- and grand-format printers need to know how to deal with each of these ink types and maintain their systems in order to get the optimal performance out of their equipment. To assist us with better understanding printer maintenance issues, we spoke with a few printer experts and compiled some tips and things you need to look at in order to maintain printer C A R I N G F O R T H E I N K S Y S T E M Wide-Format Ink Maintenance Tips and tricks for keeping your printer's ink system flowing freely from job to job 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 industry for 30 years and has reported on many evolving digital imaging technologies including wide-format printing and newer electronic digital signage. He was the editor for a number of imaging publica- tions and websites. He can be reached at S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • February 2018 • 33 Kevin Currier from Novus Imaging says that daily maintenance is really the same as daily startup procedures. "In our case, a quick wipe with head cleaner, followed by a purge and one more rip to remove stray ink," he says. (Image courtesy of Novus Imaging) 101

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