The relevance of preventive maintenance (PM)

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Periodically we change the oil in our automobiles, rotate and balance tires, etc… because we want reliability and confidence. When we turn the ignition we expect performance and assurance we will get from “point A to point B” without having to stop and perform timely procedures that could be prevented with scheduled maintenance.

Here at Conde, we think about our sublimation printers with the same perception. We offer our experienced knowledge and practices to help our clients maintain exceptional upkeep on their sublimation systems. We have some preventive maintenance exercises that will keep your system running lean and provide efficiency at minimum cost.

One of the procedures we often address on incoming support calls is cleaning the capping station. What is the capping station? The capping station is the located just under the print head on both the Epson and Ricoh printers. Its primary function is to pull ink through the print head by means of a vacuum. The vacuum is created by a pump which is located beneath the capping station. The path in which the ink takes is considered the capping station. It consists of a sponge-like padding in a pan. The pan drains through a tube and into your maintenance tank. We have provided detailed documentation and audio videos for how to correctly clean the capping stations for both the Epson and the Ricoh sublimation systems. They can be located on our web page under the support link to PartnerNet login.

How to Perform Epson 4000 Series Printer Maintenance Tips for cleaning capping station on Ricoh sublimation printers


Nozzle checks are another way we provide preventive maintenance to our sublimations printers. A nozzle check is an excellent way to verify we have a healthy printer, exercise the print heads and move ink, which will help reduce any clogging. Artainium and gel inks are thicker vs. the original inks which are water based, therefore, much thinner and less clogging with the originals. Harvey Head Cleaner and Print Jockey are both inexpensive software programs that can help with timely nozzle checks even if you are not at the printer or don’t use the printer often. Your account manager can provide information for these products that are offered here at Conde Systems.

[caption id="attachment_649" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Printer/Preventive Maintenance (PM)"]Harvey Head Cleaner[/caption] How to do a Nozzle Check:
  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Printers and Faxes or Devices
  • Right click on the printer icon; left click on “Printing Preferences”
  • Left click on “Maintenance” or “Utilities”; then left click on “Nozzle Check”
  • If you have the E4000 series printers be sure to left click “Print” not “Auto” when given the option.

In addition, you will find other awesome videos for sublimation and heat transfer by the support team at Conde by visiting Conde TV, Conde Facebook Page and Conde Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Conde DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Thanks, Conde Systems Inc. Senior Support Technician, 1-800-826-6332 Vicky Waldrop