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My Roland was uncapped for as much as five days

Discussion in 'Roland' started by Jack Knight1979, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. Jack Knight1979

    Jack Knight1979 Very Active Member

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    The family and I took a vacation to Disney. I did a thorough manual cleaning and put it to sleep.

    I get back last night around midnight. Stop into the shop and hear a beeping noise from the printer. I don't know when it happened but the printer went for an automated cleaning over the last week and faulted. I took the cover off and the worst possible scenario has happened. The caps were down, the carriage was past the wipers and uncapped for as much as a week.

    Welcome back from vacation! That will be six thousand dollars please.

    I pulled all the dampers and took a syringe full of flush through all the heads and got full recovery. I then did three medium cleanings and everything is fine. The Roland is running like nothing happened. I felt like I was kicked in the stomach when I saw the heads uncapped after a week long vacation. Thankfully all is well.

    Moral of the story: Clean your printers then fully power them down. It's better to have them totally off and capped then to be beeping and uncapped for days on end.
     
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  2. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

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    Wow. Should run out and buy a lottery ticket.
     
  3. TheSnowman

    TheSnowman Major Contributor

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    That's nuts...sometimes stuff can take more abuse than you realize though. Sadly, you don't find that out till you are on the other side of it.
     
  4. g&eprinting

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    Nice save...
     
  5. sfr table hockey

    sfr table hockey Very Active Member

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    I like the ending to that horror story. But... not sure if you will ever get those 5 years you lost off your life, back....
     
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    im leaving for 10-12 days next friday and ive been thinking about this for weeks now...doy ou think the best thing to do is power it off completly ?
     
  7. Jack Knight1979

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    Before this happened I would have said no. You have to leave it on for cleaning cycles, but now, I say shut it off.

    Unless you have someone there to check on it daily for faults, clean it very well and power it down. When you get back do a head soak a couple normal cleanings and you'll be fine.

    I about died when I saw those heads exposed like that, just sitting there. The caps were all died up too. It was a horror show. It's a miracle that I was able to get them working again with little effort. I thought I was sunk.
     
  8. gabagoo

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    the printer was pissed off that you didn't take him with to meet Mickey~~
     
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