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Need Help UV printer how long can it sit

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by Thomas Fischetti, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. Thomas Fischetti

    Thomas Fischetti Member

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    How long can a mimaki JFX200 flatbed uv printer remain unplugged in a warehouse? I am looking at hone used locally that has been unplugged for 3 weeks. Is it a lost cause? It is only 3 years old, and was printing perfectly before being unplugged.
     
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  2. Marshallmax

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    If there is ink in the lines then you have a lot of expenses coming up. Possibly a new print head. . . Not a lost cause though!
     
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  3. Solventinkjet

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    I would have them plug it in and run a nozzle check for you. In my experience UV does much better than solvent when sitting around but it can still cause issues.
     
  4. Andy D

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    They would normally flush the ink out before storing, do you know if they did or not?
     
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  5. Solventinkjet

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    Yeah I jumped the gun on that. if it's flushed properly and then unplugged it should be good. If not, there could be issue.
     
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  6. Pricey

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    I have the same machine and for 3 years. I power off at the wall as I get random Motor x errors when it does it's auto cleans when powered off at the green button. Over Christmas breaks it sits off for three weeks, power up and the test print looks ordinary one normal clean on both head banks and 100% all ok but it is running Dual CMYK.
     
  7. Thomas Fischetti

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    Thank yo all for the feedback! Do any of you know how I would tell if the company did an ink flush before transporting it? I am not sure how to check for that. Would the ink bottles be filled with clear solution?
     
  8. Thomas Fischetti

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    Do you know how I would be able to tell?
     
  9. PaPrinter

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    We have the same machine, if UV light hasn't gotten to the heads, I doubt there will be a problem. There is a method to let the heads soak in the "Mimaki washing liquid" if there is a problem. I wouldn't worry if there is ink still in the lines as UV can't get to it. If they we're using white then this advice may not be accurate.
     
  10. BigfishDM

    BigfishDM Merchant Member

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    Buying a used flatbed is a horrible idea!!! You don't even know what to ask these people, you have wayyyyy more things you are not even considering yet. I guarantee this is going to turn into a nightmare.
     
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  11. PaPrinter

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    You have a very good point. Unless you can test it, you taking a risk. How do you know for sure it was printing "Perfectly"?
     
  12. rjssigns

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    My main concern is if the OP would need a tech. Used = no warranty and 100% out of pocket to get it fixed. But....if OP can get it for pennies on the dollar it may be worth a shot.
     
  13. Andy D

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    Do you know how I would be able to tell?

    I'm not savvy about Mimaki flatbeds. On a bulk ink system I would check the ink tanks, if they
    had been flushed there would be some solvent and no ink.
     
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  14. Greg Kelm

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    If the one in question is the eBay unit for $25k in Irvine, the person I spoke to through the messenger says that "It was not disassembled, and copier delivery guys delivered it as is. Ink bottles were removed before shipping" so I'm guessing the ink was not purged from the unit. I considered going to check it out since it's in my real close to me, but I'm guessing it's going to be a mess. Whole unit needs to be level and the carriage needs to be set properly (especially after transport).
     
  15. Solventinkjet

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    If the machine was properly uninstalled there is no reason to think it's bad idea. I had a JFX that started out as a trade show machine, was decommissioned, shipped across the country to us where we demoed it for a while, then decommissioned it ourselves and shipped it across the country, then installed it again for the customer. No issues because it was done correctly. I've been hired multiple times to do the same for customers selling their machine. Finding out if that was what was done will be the hard part. Have you asked them?
     
  16. Andy D

    Andy D Very Active Member

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    If they can't demo it and it's strictly sold "as is", but it looks to be in good shape,
    I offer a lowball price; best-case it works with little to no repair investment, worst
    case you recoup by selling off the parts.
     
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