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Roland Versacamm Sp 300 printing problems Need help!!

Discussion in 'Roland' started by rydods, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. rydods

    rydods Member

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    Hi everyone, I tried to do a search on this topic but couldn't find anything in the time crunch I'm in. I'm in dire need of help.

    This morning when I turned my printer on it displayed all of the inks were out which in reality isn't the case so. I re-seated the cartriges and everything was fine but as the day has worn on the print quality has become very blurry whether I use versacamm or flexi the prints are bad. Color is ok. I did a test print and it turned out fine. Can anyone help!!! Please!!!!
     
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  2. noregrets

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    you got pictures of whats happening?
     
  3. rydods

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    Here is a pic with a graphtec crop mark next to the image. I should also mention that my cut lines are off when I try to contour cut. I cleaned the clear strip that the print head reads and it helped at first but now it's bad again.
     

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  4. scuba_steve2699

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    clean your encoder strip - that should fix it
     
  5. rydods

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    Thanks Scuba,
    I had cleaned it with Isopropyl alcohol but apparently not enough. I used a new microfiber cloth and it took several wipe overs until there was no or little dirt residue left on the cloth. Seems to be printing better not. Do you think I should have an encoder strip on hand? I've heard they need to be replaced from time to time.
     
  6. Bly

    Bly Very Active Member

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    Try cleaning it with your ink cleaning solution.
    Iso may not get enough ink off.
     
  7. jacesigns

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    Same thing happend to me a while back, I just removed the strip completly and then ran it through a microfiber cloth soaked in 90% isopropanol( it's the only stuff that will work) or higher your local pharmacy should have it.
     
  8. Advise

    1. DO NOT clean your linear scale/strip with cleaning solution. It's a sure way to destroy it and the reader. DO Isopropyl 70% only.

    2. If the problem temporarily goes away, but quickly comes back then you should look at the linear encoder sensor too. It could be dirty, or may be "riding" the strip as opposed to straddling it. Removing it for cleaning and adjusting its position may help. It is possible that it may need to be replaced.

    3. Finally, remove the scale to properly inspect and clean it. If the scale is too dirty to clean or is damaged, you may be able to flip it to use the half that sits in the track. It is possible that it may need to be replaced.

    Consult your trusted dealer or local technician for assistance with these issues if you are not comfortable or knowledgeable about digging deeper into the printer. It's very easy to damage the printer if you are not experienced in these types of repairs.

    ~E
     
  9. sardocs

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    Also check the pinchrollers. They sometimes get worn and the "tire" part begins to slip sideways on the "wheel" part. I've had my sp300 for about 12 years and twice my cutlines shifted out of position. Both times the pinchrollers were the issue.
     
  10. truckgraphics

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    Had the same problem today. My suggestion: After you clean the encoder strip with Isopropyl 70% and a lint free cloth as described here, run an initialize limit procedure. The instructions are on YouTube.

    With luck, that will have you up and running.
     
  11. splizaat

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    Same problem today with our SP300V....we printed ALL DAY LONG with perfect results. I turned the printer off, turned it back on twenty minutes later and now we're getting this blurry print. We just did the latest versaworks update but it ran fine all day with it and now it wants to print like crap.

    It test prints perfect. Anything sent through versaworks blurry...we even tried reprinting art that was printing fine this morning and it's now blurry. We've had this problem ONE time in the past and unplugging the power cable from the printer solved it. This time we're EFFED!!!!
     

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  12. splizaat

    splizaat Very Active Member

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    Can someone point me to removing/cleaning the linear encoder sensor and removing the strip?
     
  13. Robert M

    Robert M Very Active Member

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    shoot me your email and I will send you the tech manual
    we have 3.2m generic encoders if you need one.
     
  14. splizaat

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    it WAS indeed linear encoder strip. Cleaned and now she's back up and running :)
     
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  15. truckgraphics

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    One more tip about cleaning the encoder strip...It is easily reached by lifting up the clear cover and you can clean it by simply lifting the cover. However, you can clean it much better by removing the clear cover and the metal cover at the top of the machine. No need to remove the encoder strip, but removing the covers allows you to see it better, locate ink splatter and get a good careful wipe without twisting (damaging) this very fragile part. The five minutes extra work removing the covers can make all the difference!
     
  16. D&D Graphx

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    Has anyone found a great place to get the encoder strip mine is the Roland sp300v
     
  17. phototec

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    Good thread - I make a PDF of threads like this and save them in a special folder (also print out the PDFs and have them in a binder), for quick reference if I encounter any problems with my SP 540V.


    How often should you wipe (clean) the encoder strip, so that you don't have the problems mentioned in the treads above?


    Is it a good idea to have a spare encoder strip (how many of you have a spare), and where is a good source to purchase one?


    :thankyou::signs101:
     
  18. FrankW

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    because the linear encoder can be turned its no need to put one on stock until you have done that.
     
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