Welcome To Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals

Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals is the LARGEST online community & discussion forum for professional sign-makers and graphic designers.


  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Encoder Strip, When to replace?

Discussion in 'Roland' started by txsurfer, May 29, 2007.

  1. txsurfer

    txsurfer Member

    Oct 29, 2005
    I have been having some Alignment Issues with my SP 540V. I would wipe the Srip down with Alcohol, or Restart and that would seem to Fix the issue. This time I had to pull the strip out of the Machine, wipe it real well, pull the Sensor out, and clean it, I am now back up and running. My machine is 18 months old, is this a part I need to replace? I have seen a few post that seem to mention 18 months?
    Last edited: May 29, 2007
  2. Checkers

    Checkers Very Active Member

    Jul 24, 2003
    What type of "alignment issues" are you having?
    I really doubt an encoder strip goes bad unless you're cleaning it the wrong way and damaging it, or something else really goes wrong with the printer that would damage it too.
    I've worked on printers that were nearly 10 years old and never had to replace one, which would lead me to believe that it could be the sensor or something else going wrong.

  3. threeputt

    threeputt Very Active Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    washington state
    Checker's experience is different than mine. My strip went out at 16 months. We also wiped it down a couple of times, but it's not the cure-all you think. Be sure to use Isopropyl alcohol and not de-natured alcohol you find commonly at hardware stores. (use the drug store)

    They're about $225.00. You can install yourself and avoid the service call, but at 18 months you probably need to have the main carriage cable tensioned and a few other things, as well.

    Good luck with it.

Share This Page