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JV3-160 SP Ink Change

Discussion in 'Mimaki' started by Gaktog, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. Gaktog

    Gaktog New Member

    Jan 6, 2013
    Does anyone have a guide to swap ink systems?

    We have been running into color matching problems as well as chip reading errors using a third party ink system and are looking to swap inks. I'm looking for a guide to flush out the current ink system and installing the new ink system.

    Thank You
  2. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

    Feb 27, 2007
    Welcome to Signs 101
  3. WB

    WB Active Member

    Feb 9, 2006
    You can buy Solvent cartridges that you use to flush your lines out. I've only ever flushed line like that when I was storing a machine for long term. Any good 3rd party ink should be plug and play,, or should provide you with new profiles if you can't build your own.
  4. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

    Feb 3, 2010
    Racine, WI
    1. buy a full set of solvent cleaning cartridges along with your full set of ink cartridges
    2. run a Head Wash (Function>Maintenance>Station>Head Wash)
    3. insert the cleaning cartridges when the printer prompts you to, after it has drained the ink lines
    4. insert the new ink cartridges when the printer prompts you to, after it has cycled cleaning solution/shaken the carriage vigorously/drained the cleaning solution
    5. run the FillUpInk (Function>Maintenance>FillUpInk

    and you're set!
    and welcome to s101 :)

    also noted, that, you're gonna get color issues not matter what inks you run. personally, I believe that 3rd party inks are dead-on color matches to OEM. if color issues are your main concern, it may be worth some tech time to pay someone to come out and get you setup right.
  5. artbot

    artbot Very Active Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Houston TX
    my favorite way to to make home brew cleaning solution (cheap and better). unhook your pumps, do the ink change at the firmware/menu (unavoidable). let the printer squawk and clack away, attempting to throw away hundreds of dollars of ink. when it's done, thank it for all it's hard work at the menu. then pull and push the solvent up and down the lines (load a syringe and blast backwards toward empty refillable carts). the fill carts with the new ink (or use pre-filled carts) and pull the ink to the carriage with they syringe (damper on). the problem with using the firmware is that if you have one line or cap that isn't pulling as hard it may cause you to go through the entire "fill" again. plus you are a better judge of how clean and filled your lines are, not some firmware preset. then just hook back the pump lines to the caps and your good to go.

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