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HP 3600 Latex printer

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by Greek, Aug 3, 2020.

  1. Greek

    Greek New Member

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    Does anyone have a HP 3600 Printer in here? We have just received one about a month ago, and are having nothing but issues with it. So if anyone has one of these, please let me know I have a few questions about this machine.
     
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  2. eahicks

    eahicks Magna Cum Laude - School of Hard Knocks

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    Do you mean Latex 360? Only 3600 I see is a desktop Laser printer.

    EDIT: Sorry, I now see there is a 3600 Latex....that's the big boy printer. Can't help ya there! If you've had it only a month I would assume your dealer rep would provide help or service info.
     
  3. Greek

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    I've had a tech out every week, for atleast 1day. Last week. 4 days. Still no resolution
     
  4. greysquirrel

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    What are the issues. Is this a reseller tech or dealer tech?
     
  5. Greek

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    HP direct tech's. When printing, the material tends to walk left and right on the take up,tthen the head ends up crashing cause of it. We use the guide rulers on the front and back to line up the take up. We're around: .2-.4mm skew. A d it still does it. Sometimes it prints fine for hours , then all of a sudden walks
     

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    He's another
     

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  7. karst41

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    Are you using the Tension Bar?

    I always make sure both ends of the media are flush and even on the RH Side.
    Then 2 or 3 strips of tape to the take up core and then drop the tension bar to the media.

    If I am using psa vinyl then I use a 1" piece of tape that will be long enough to
    stay attached to the take up core when I lower the tension bar into position.

    The youtube videos call the tension bar "(the dancer bar)
    The HP tech support personnel call it the dancer bar too.

    When the media has wrapped the take up core twice, and the edge guards on the platen do not need any final adjustment, I can then let the printer run and I can then work on something else

    Hope this helps
     
  8. Greek

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    We have used the bar, and we have not used the bar. Less "dancing" with out the bar, but still issues...
     
  9. eahicks

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    Oh that's a non-issue. That's something HP builds in to ALL their printers, an added bonus feature, shall we say, to their current line of Latex printers. I deal with this on our little old 560.
     
  10. Flint Sign & Neon

    Flint Sign & Neon New Member

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    3600 doesn't have the dancing bar
     
  11. Greek

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    It sure does have the dancing tension bar
     
  12. Greek

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    I have a 360, and a 570! i have issues depending on the media with the 360, but no issues on the 570
     
  13. greysquirrel

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    Is material centered? How many pieces of tape on tur? Use one in middle. manually wind 1 full rotation before engaging tur.

    did the tech have to install the tur or did it come installed? It may need to be Re-aligned
     
  14. jasonx

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    What do you mean by the dancer bar? You mean the free-fall option?

    I have a 3200 they are fairly similar.

    Have you tried adjusting your tension settings on the takeup? Does it happen on all stocks? Is this single roll or dual roll?
     
  15. jasonx

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    I also noticed in one picture you're using the slitters. Does it occur without the slitters?
     
  16. flyplainsdrifta

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    came here to ask this same question
     
  17. Greek

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    yes material is centered. I put a piece of tape in the center and both ends, sometimes i run full length double sided tape to the paper and core. i've done a few different amounts of windings. The whole machine came in pieced and was assembled on site. ive had techs come out and drop the machine to the floor and do a full releveling, and laser aligning. they also replaced the center support piece for the dual roll.
     
  18. Greek

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    Yes, i have adjusted them, i also created to icc profiles for each material. Ive used the generics, and created ones specific for it. I have used our PVC material, non-woven paper, SAV. they all do it. the techs came out and had HP SAV material sent here to do testing and again same issues. single and dual, doesnt make a difference still does it.
     
  19. Greek

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    Sure does! The issue when using slitters, the trim underlaps the print after a bit, then causes the edges to build up higher and really shift the media. So being that i have to trim all of my prints (thats why we bought this machine cause of the slitters) i created a vac system to suck out all the trim and dispose of it to prevent this from happening. but the media still dances back and fourth. It then causes head crashes cause theres less tension on one side Vs. the other.
     
  20. jasonx

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    Silly question. Was the machine bent or anything like that? My machine tracks fairly well nothing like you're describing. If its happening across a range of medias it has to be something on the machine.

    Have you done a test to load a roll. Just send it forward like 10-20m then send it back and see if it tracks straight not during print but just moving the media?
     
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