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Cleaning Cartridges question

Discussion in 'Roland' started by Jim Hill, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. Jim Hill

    Jim Hill Active Member

    On a Roland SP-300 which slots do the two cleaning cartridges go into?

    I want to do a head cleaning.

  2. CS-SignSupply

    CS-SignSupply Very Active Member

    Do you mean you want to do a Head Wash? If so, be prepared to waste a good bit of ink. In USER Mode, select Head Wash and it will prompt you where to put the cartridges.

    Beware, once you start a Head Wash, you have to let the printer run its course. Make sure you have enough cleaning carts to complete the process as well as enough ink to refill the lines when prompted...

    BTW... why do you need to go to this extreme?
  3. Jim Hill

    Jim Hill Active Member


    Thanks for the heads up on the head wash.

    The test print is showing some drop out but the printing still looks great.

    Thanks Bobby for stopping me from maybe making a mistake.

  4. CS-SignSupply

    CS-SignSupply Very Active Member

    Dropout can many times be attributed to captops not sealing well... have you replaced them?
  5. CentralSigns

    CentralSigns Very Active Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Golden BC
    Use the cleaning cartridges for the fluid inside. You can syringe it out for manual cleaning fluid.
  6. Jim Hill

    Jim Hill Active Member

    I have not replaced the cap tops since I have owned the SP-300 which is just over a year now.

    I have been using a syringe to remove some of the cleaning fluid from the cartridges for cleaning purposes.

  7. sfr table hockey

    sfr table hockey Very Active Member

    Jan 24, 2009
    If you ever need to do a flush of the system (changing ink to another brand or getting rid of old ink or bad ink in the lines) you can use the cleaning carts. When you have two print heads you would be asked to load the two cleaning carts into one side of the one head ( ex. the black and cyan) would both have a cleaning cart installed. Then once the printer has flushed enough fluid through it will tell you to move the cleaning carts to the next two slots.

    As was said above.... don't do this unless you have to, as it just removes ink and re-fills the ink.

    You are better off doing a head soak a couple times and several regular cleanings. At worst you could inject some cleaning fluid into the heads by way of where the dampers connect. You have to take care as you can damage a head by injecting too quick. So unless you have heads that are no good anyway you may not want to do this.

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