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SP-300 - adjusting height of heads for banner material?

Discussion in 'Roland' started by Sherry2006, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. Sherry2006

    Sherry2006 Member

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    This is my first go at printing on pre-grommeted banner material. I find it very difficult because while its printing the heads rub on the edges where the grommets are placed, leaving streaks and blotches throughout the image. Is there a way to raise the height of the heads?
    also, the machine will only feed the material through until it enocounters a grommet, then it seems to recognize it as the end of the material and stops feeding. so iv'e taped over the grommets and it seems to go through fine. Any way to correct this without tape? lol. as I said, it's my first time with banner material and any help is appreciated. Thanks! :smile:
     
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  2. lbumbaca

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    First AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH STOP when the the head hits THATS BAAAAAD head will not take too many hits before you will need a new one. Their is a way to lift the head small leaver above the knife looks like a tab on a 540 sp
     
  3. astro8

    astro8 Active Member

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    No way on earth I'd put pre-grommetted banner through my printer.
     
  4. Tony McD

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    Hi Sherry,

    I don't beleive there is any head height adjustment on the sp300.

    I would stop using this material until you figure out the solution.
    Head strikes are bad, and the heads are expensive.

    Sounds like the printer may be stopping when the rollers hit a grommet?
    If so, you may need to have the pinch rollers inside or outside of the grommets,
    so they're just riding on the banner material.

    Also, are you using the long clamps? Using them may keep the head from hitting, just
    make sure you don't use the sheet cut with them installed.
     
  5. Sherry2006

    Sherry2006 Member

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    yea as soon as i noticed it hitting I stopped and havent used it since. This material is "ready to print pre-grommeted digital print banner material". It was recommended by my supplier, obviously the person i was speaking with is not as educated on the sp300 as i assumed. I will not continue to print with this if I cant adjust the head or solve the issue. I currently dont have any longer clamps; something i should purchase soon.
     
  6. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    soo much easier/cheaper to post grommet than buy/install heads
     
  7. wes70

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    I believe the only sp540 printer that has the head height adjust... among the Roland sp series. I may be wrong, though.
     
  8. Pacific Coast Sign

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    RUN!!! SAVE YOURSELF!!! DO NOT USE THAT PRE-GROMMETTED BANNER MATERIAL!!! Heads are $895 each!!! ...which would buy a LOT of banner material.
    The SP540V is the only SP series with low/high head height.
     
  9. ProColorGraphics

    ProColorGraphics Very Active Member

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    I was gonna say, my SP-300V didn't have a head height adjustment
     
  10. Mike Paul

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    Print Head height adjustment is only on the 540 not the 300.
     
  11. Just Me

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    i also bought and tried some of this with the same results on my sp-300. I ended up just printing on vinyl and laying it on the banner material to finish up the roll, after one head strike it wasn't worth it to me.
     
  12. Sherry2006

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    alright the verdict is in; I checked out www.ready2print.ca, (which is the manufacturer of the material) and the only printers NOT recommended to use this material is the VP300 and SP300. Lucky me, lol. I'm going to take Outlaw Graphics tip and just print it on vinyl then apply it to the banner. thanks to everyone for your help and hopefully anyone with the VP300 or SP300 won't make the same mistake I did.
     
  13. Gene@mpls

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    If your supplier recommended it they should take it back.
     
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