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Ink Waste?

Discussion in 'Mutoh' started by customcreations, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. customcreations

    customcreations Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    meridian, ms
    I opened a cartridge after it said it was on the way out and wow that is alot of ink waste. I have checked a couple of them and all the same. The Mimaki's will print right up to the end but not to the point of emptying the lines. Mutoh needs to do the same thing with theirs. I have been told by techs if you keep on printing after disabling the alarm it will print until it empties the lines. Has anyone had any experiences with this this. --Phillip
  2. toddot

    toddot Member

    Sep 11, 2007
    ink waste

    We use a Falcon Outdoor 63"
    My low ink warning seems to warn me with about
    8' of printing left. I have run the machine until the
    machine tells me the cartridge is empty and stops printing right
    in the middle of the job. When I replace the empty with a new
    cartrideg, the machine picks up where it left off. There is sometimes
    a slight notice in the banding but not very often. I think it is worth the
    risk rather than throwing out a cartridge that still has (expensive) ink
    in it. That little bit of inl cango a long way sometimes
  3. Valentino

    Valentino Active Member

    Jan 16, 2007
    i actually haven't gone through a full cartridge as of yet....

    first set....did a head wash (stupid me)
    second set...needed a new printhead so we had to flush the lines
    third set... new maintaince station so we had to flush the lines
    fourth set...we had to install new dampers and had to flush the lines.

    FIFTH SET....we might actually get down to zero by printing!

    YAH! but i guess that's the trouble of owning a wide format printer.
  4. schurms

    schurms Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Why did you not finnish first set after head wash?
  5. Valentino

    Valentino Active Member

    Jan 16, 2007
    i did the head wash with about 20% so it took it all up.
  6. Compilla

    Compilla Active Member

    Jul 21, 2005
    No need to flush the lines for that
  7. Valentino

    Valentino Active Member

    Jan 16, 2007
    "flush the lines" is my way of saying we had to fill ink. so when we installed the printhead we ran 2 little charges, and then 4 strong cleanings. when I got a new maintaince station we ran 4 little charges because the head wasn't sitting on the cap. when i replaced the dampers same thing, ran littlecharges. so i've never printed from 100 to 0. so i've never gotten a real amount of left over ink when it comes to zero.
  8. custom sign center

    custom sign center Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    My ValueJet alarms at 5% but I have printed until it was empty then put another cartridge in. I don't know if it makes a difference if you run it clear to the end but I've heard that keeping a constant flow of ink in the lines is best.
  9. Derf

    Derf Very Active Member

    I have a VJ1204 and I have run the carts out of ink but 90% of the time I change it when the alarm goes off!

    I mean in the scope of things the extra few ml left are not going to affect the price of the job and if it did I'd be in trouble!

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