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What would cause a distorted print?

Discussion in 'Mimaki' started by Tri State Signs, Jun 11, 2012.

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  1. Tri State Signs

    Tri State Signs New Member

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    I have a Mimaki JV3-160SP. What would cause a distorted print as seen in the attached file? The red is suppose to be a straight red bar.
     

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  2. thewood

    thewood Very Active Member

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    Dirty encoder strip?
     
  3. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    Looks like a lie detector machine on steroids.
     
  4. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    haha I was gonna say the OP accidentally hooked it up to an EKG or lie detector instead of his computer
     
  5. Richard G

    Richard G Member

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    Clear out old files makes a difference as well. Many resons for this type of thing
     
  6. P Wagner

    P Wagner Very Active Member

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    Dirty linear encoder. Clean with isopropyl alcohol.
     
  7. jayhawksigns

    jayhawksigns Very Active Member

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    I was thinking earthquake.
     
  8. fixtureman

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    What size image did you start with I looks like real bad pixelation
     
  9. Tri State Signs

    Tri State Signs New Member

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    we have cleaned the encoder strip. it looks clean but can the strip go bad over time from cleanings. to show how bad it is, the red strip is on a banner 3" wide.
     
  10. Tri State Signs

    Tri State Signs New Member

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    I have replaced the encoder strip and sensor and still prints distorted, any other ideas?
     
  11. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    Honestly, that looks as if something is changing your signal to the printer. I don't know the technical terms, but I'd start checking your connections for some sort of interruption.
     
  12. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    do you do your own alignments? maybe you have some extreme variables inputted that is throwing your machine into a mathematical hissy-fit?
     
  13. Tri State Signs

    Tri State Signs New Member

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    It was printing fine. Stopped to change material and then this all started.
     
  14. bojan

    bojan New Member

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    X motor problems ?
    U can do x motor test ?
     
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