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SP540v image warping - fuzzy printing

Discussion in 'Roland' started by SRS, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. SRS

    SRS New Member

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    My sp540v is printing a map but is warping the edges of a rectangular image to look pin-cushion effect and text surrounding the map frame becomes fuzzy. Thought initially it may be Versaworks as it updated when I opened it, but found FlexiSign also printed the image with fuzzy warp effect. Any help appreciated, I'm curious to learn if it is some form of hardware failure? Cheers!
     
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  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    picture would be helpful...
     
  3. Ragnabrok

    Ragnabrok Member

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    Without a picture it sounds like the encoder strip is dirty. encoder strip is the ~1/2 inch tall strip of clearish plastic behind the steel cable that pulls the carriage back and forth. Clean both sides gently with a soft, non linting cloth like a blue shopcloth and isopropyl alcohol.
     
  4. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    +1 to this... DON'T use anything else, as printer solution will burn it and windex leaves residue. Some ink spots may take a little extra love, but be gentle.

    o and post pix, helps a ton.
     
  5. SRS

    SRS New Member

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    Yes, you guys nailed it! Funny little thing. I was also lucky to hear back from a very busy tech guy who also told me it can be flipped upside down and end to end because the part is supposedly worth $400. My encoder strip was wore clear in some areas along the top. The initial cleaning gave me consistant registers of 0.00mm 3x which appears fine, but it still printed warped. After flipping the encoder strip I got a consistant 0.42mm and looks good to go. Hopes it lasts long enough to retire on LOL!
     
  6. ChiknNutz

    ChiknNutz Major Contributor

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    Good to hear that's what it was. The encoder strip is what I would have recommended as well. We had about 4 yrs on my printer before we did have to replace it. YMMV.
     
  7. GSGservice

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    Only use 70% 90% is to hot and yes you can flip the encoder strip.
     
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