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Question Not using my VS540 for 6 months

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by tdebruin, Oct 19, 2018.

  1. tdebruin

    tdebruin New Member

    Jul 29, 2006
    I will be gone for 6 months and am worried about leaving my VS540 Roland. I have tried selling it with no luck. So I need to store it. If I leave it plugged in will the heads be ok in 6 months when I come back? Any advice or has anyone done this? Thanks
  2. 2B

    2B Very Active Member

    May 5, 2011
    for that amount of time, you will be best off to flush the lines and lock the head in place.
    Basically, you want to put the printer back into the configuration it was in when it arrived in the box

    you should contact VanderJVanderJ
    They will have all of the flushing fluids needed for placing the printer into storage
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2018
  3. Solventinkjet

    Solventinkjet DIY Printer Fixing Guide

    Aug 2, 2011
    Denver, CO
    6 moths is a rough amount of time for a printer to sit like that. You could risk it and just keep it plugged in but most likely will have a fight on your hands to get the head firing again when you get back. Also, if anything gets jammed or an error occurs, the machine could pause with the heads uncapped and then they will just completely clog. The proper way to do it would be to empty the machine of ink, flush with cleaning solution and re-fill when you get back.
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  4. Joe House

    Joe House Very Active Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    You're just asking for headaches and large repair bills if you're going to try and store it for that long without flushing it first. You'll want to do a head wash. I don't remember for sure, but I think that will require 8 cleaning cartridges, but you won't have to worry about how long it sits.
    If your goal is to sell eventually, you might want to print a nozzle test and sample file before you ink it down so you can show a buyer how it was printing without having to ink it up and you can let them know that it was stored per the manufacturer's guidelines. You might want to touch base with a local Roland dealer just so they can corroborate your story.
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  5. Cory Marcin

    Cory Marcin Member

    Oct 2, 2018
    I have the same printer and it's been sitting dormant, but plugged in for over 6 months.
    I pull it out from time to time to do nozzle checks and print something to ensure the heads are still good.
    By reading the other posts, this probably isn't the best practice, but for the sake of conversation I wanted to share my experience.
  6. player

    player Major Contributor

    Apr 24, 2006
    I am curious what the chances are the heads don't work properly after even if it is put away properly?
  7. Solventinkjet

    Solventinkjet DIY Printer Fixing Guide

    Aug 2, 2011
    Denver, CO
    If you are 100% sure all the ink was flushed out then you should be able to fill it back up without fail every time. Usually when it fails it's because people don't check the lines after to make sure the flushing process actually worked. Sometimes 1 line might just not flush properly and you have to manually finish it off. There is a very small chance that the heads get damaged during the manufacturer's flushing process but the chances are higher when you manually flush it with a syringe.
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  8. jriley

    jriley Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    It helps if you have new caps/dampers :)