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Print heater gone cold? VP540

Discussion in 'Roland' started by anotherdog, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. anotherdog

    anotherdog Very Active Member

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    I noticed today my print quality took a dive, banding and tiny pin holes in heavy coverage areas.

    I was poking around and felt the print heater seems to be much cooler to the touch than the 45 degrees it should be running at.

    Its still got warranty, but I can't have down time in this busy season.
    Is there a hidden set of fuses somewhere or would me monkeying around be a no no warranty wise?

    Is this tiny pin holes a symptom of cold print heater, or do I have ink termites?
     
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  2. Mike Paul

    Mike Paul Major Contributor

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    Are you sending the heat settings from the software or do you have "use printer settings" selected and the printer heat is off when you send the file...
     
  3. anotherdog

    anotherdog Very Active Member

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    tried both ways...nada.
     
  4. Mike Paul

    Mike Paul Major Contributor

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    No heat, make the call.
     
  5. anotherdog

    anotherdog Very Active Member

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    call made.
    Its amazing how well it still prints with no print heater.
     
  6. DRamm76

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    HAHAHA. Some materials will actually still print pretty decent with no heat. But def make the call to the dealer if it's under warranty. Hey these things happen! Good luck~
     
  7. kustom.printing

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    How much would a heater be out of warranty.
     
  8. Pacific Coast Sign

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    Is your heater turned "off" at the menu? Try here, if not the settings on computer then call your local dealer - May be a blown fuse (you can check) , thermostat, or thermistor.
     
  9. anotherdog

    anotherdog Very Active Member

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    got a service call in.
    It may be a faulty themostat. Its showing 44, but it's not hot.
     
  10. Gallant Reflex

    Gallant Reflex New Member

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    I just fixed a vp with similar issues. it was the thermistor.
     
  11. anotherdog

    anotherdog Very Active Member

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    Aha! this is why I read signs101!
     
  12. Pacific Coast Sign

    Pacific Coast Sign Active Member

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    A hint for the SP models - there are two red slide switches under the printer (middle front and back) that switch voltage - if it is set to 240v your heaters will not get hot.
     
  13. JesperN

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    Or - if you live en Denmark as I do - it will get very hot if you don't set it at 240 V :tongue:. (we run at 240 V here in DK - so setting the heaters to 110 V is not a good idea....)

    /Jesper
     
  14. Pacific Coast Sign

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    Yep...I stand corrected... for those in the 220V regions....DO NOT CHANGE TO 110v.
     
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