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ValueJet 1304 / head strikes over and over again

Discussion in 'Mutoh' started by GrantX01, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. GrantX01

    GrantX01 Member

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    Has anyone got a solution to why I am getting some many head strikes with my Valuejet 1304. The material is buckling in the back. I think it has something to do with my take up system but have not figured it out yet. Please help
     
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  2. Stealth Ryder

    Stealth Ryder Very Active Member

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    Platen Heater too high most likely. What kind of media?
     
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    jiarby Major Contributor

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    I am with Randy... loaded crooked.
     
  5. GrantX01

    GrantX01 Member

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    Media is 3M - v3 but I don't think it is a heater issue I think it is a take up and load issue
     
  6. randya

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    Load your media
    Put a piece of masking tape on the heater platen, under the media so that the tape sticks out, put a mark on the tape at the edge of your media.

    Use the control panel to feed out about 5 feet of media.

    Your media should not skew from your mark.

    If it does:

    Load your media and drag out a couple of extra feet.

    Put a glove on and apply a little tension on the media on the front heater.
    Reach over the machine and roll the media back on the roll from the media holder hub or bar, this should straighten the media out.



    If it only happens on long runs AND only when you use the take up:

    Cut the corner off each side of your media, put your tape on the point and tape to the take up reel. This is your best change of getting it centered and to pull evenly.

    There is an adjustment on the take up if the take up is pulling the media one side or the other.
     
  7. GrantX01

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    Randy,

    I will give some of this stuff a try. most of my job are long runs and the lifting of the corners from side to side has been my big issue. I have played with the adjustment and I have had hit and miss luck. I have been taping in the center but not on the sides like you recommended but I will give that a shot.

    Thonks
     
  8. randya

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    Lifting on one side or the other, as you describe sounds like take up.

    You could either be loading it crooked or it needs adjusting.

    ftp://ftp.mutoh.com/Videos/VJ 1604 Instal Video/

    Take a look at the file:

    VJ1604 Install with TakeUp.wmv


    And check the alignment of your take up system.
     
  9. jiarby

    jiarby Major Contributor

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    Maybe the take-up is not installed parallel?? Is that what you mean?? Or that the material is taped down kinda skewered?
     
  10. randya

    randya Very Active Member

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    Could be either, or both.

    There is a thumbscrew on the take up to adjust to parallel.

    jiarby, you seemed to have lost your Avatar...
     
  11. 907customs

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    head height low or high? Set it to high, turn the heat down, that's solved my problems with my 1304.
     
  12. Stealth Ryder

    Stealth Ryder Very Active Member

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    I agree
     
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