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Its fixed.

Discussion in 'Mimaki' started by tjsigns, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. tjsigns

    tjsigns Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    So i was having major issues with the printer Mimaki JV3 160SP. Banding, Ink Starvation the lot. So went through all the normal procedures.( I am now running third party inks,the problems started after about 100m of print)

    Cleaning Heads
    Nozzle Wash
    Checked Capping Station
    Cleaned Capping Station
    Checked Pumps
    Found Pump Leaking Ink
    Replaced Both Pumps
    Still same
    Replaced Capping Station
    Still Same
    Removed Dampers & Flushed Heads Manually
    Slightly Better but still bad
    Posted on Signs 101 for Help.
    Spent over 6 hours reading through all posts regarding similar problems.
    Drank lots of Coffee
    Checked head Rankings
    Still Same
    Decided to remove all dampers and reverse flush the lines and dampers into empty cartridges i had.
    Installed the Third Party Inks i was running
    Pulled Ink back into Dampers
    Pulled Ink through Heads from Lines Near Pumps
    Had a bit of a sigh as i realised id just lost approx 50mls ink on each cart.
    Started Printer up
    Done test print...100%
    Printed previous file i was having bad issues with
    Tried C M Y K test with colour correction off(which previously was horrible)

    I have put this list together to try and help others.I bought this printer 4 months ago and i didnt have a clue how they work. I was probably thrown in at the deep end as the Mimaki seems to be pretty high maintenance, but saying that...the print quality for a machine that cost me under $3000 is awsome. I hope this list helps others with some of the problems they are having with there printer.

    Ive included a couple of pics of the printer in action.




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  2. ddarlak

    ddarlak Trump Hater

    wait til tomorrow when it doesn't work again and you try the same steps and nothing works....

    love my latex.....
  3. tjsigns

    tjsigns Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    Wow, nice reply. I'm pretty confident this time its fixed. This is only the third time its **** it self. If I could afford a latex printer I would be running one. No need to be a P***k
  4. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

    Feb 3, 2010
    Racine, WI
    :goodpost: congrats on the fix!
    just make sure you keep-up on good cleaning/maintenance routine.
    especially helpful in the event of some other issue arises and you've got a solid grip on the who/what/when/why/how your printer should be working properly.

    p.s. love my latex
    p.s.s. STILL love my Jv3
  5. tjsigns

    tjsigns Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    Thanks Mike

    Hope the info helps others.
  6. phototec

    phototec Very Active Member

    May 23, 2008
    Hey TJsigns,

    kudos on your fix, good to hear you got it working, keep us posted on how it goes here on out.

    Also, a big THANKS to you, ever though I us ea Roland, many of these issues could help me in the future, it was great of you to show your steps and details on your process. I wish others would do that.

    :rock-n-roll: :U Rock:
  7. Suz

    Suz Very Active Member

    Apr 9, 2010
    The Great Northwest
    Hey George,
    Yay! Glad you got her going again! Nothing like making money with a machine, big investments they are!

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