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XC-540 Take up reel tracking

Discussion in 'Roland' started by IvanDD, Sep 5, 2018.

  1. IvanDD

    IvanDD Member

    Jul 22, 2013
    Jacksonville FL
    Okay, so this XC-540 was our backup, but is now the primary so its seeing a lot of action. I was never a fan of the take up reel, but now it doesnt matter and I HAVE to use it.

    So i use the rollers you stick into the side of the vinyl. I lock it in place. It tracks fine out of the front of the machine (have a piece of tape to see if it tracks left or right and it doesnt). But something about the take up reel is making it move back and forth pretty dramatically. It will scoot to one side head strike on the opposite side, and then move back over and do the same. I have used this machine plenty in the past and I've never had this issue. Does anyone have any ideas? I can no longer trust this machine to run over night or even an hour unsupervised for that matter.

  2. Joe House

    Joe House Active Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Make sure that the roll holders are not worn or cracked and generally in good shape. Also, check the dancer bar and make sure that the screws are tight. You might also loosen all screws and make sure that both ends are at the bottom of the screw holes to make sure that it is aligned. Finally, make sure that the whole assembly is clamped firmly to the feet and up tight against the legs.

    Good Luck,
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  3. VanderJ

    VanderJ Merchant Member - Printer Parts and Sevice

    Aug 2, 2011
    Denver, CO
    You also want to make sure the roll is parallel with the platen. If one side is higher than the other it will cause it to pull in that direction. You can see if yours is parallel by using a strip of banner material and looping it around the take up roll. Then feed the banner material through the pinch roller and pull it tight onto the platen but not enough for it to stretch. Just enough for it to lay flat on the platen. Mark the banner material where it lines up with the edge of the platen. Then do this again on the other side of the machine. Adjust the take up until each side lines up.
  4. IvanDD

    IvanDD Member

    Jul 22, 2013
    Jacksonville FL
    Thank you guys. I did the strip of banner thing and went from the platen to around the take up roll. It all seems level. I measured from the ground to the take up reel, to the tensioner, everything seems good. I changed the outside rollers and its still doing it. I have no idea whats going on.
  5. White Haus

    White Haus Formally known as RJPW..........

    Apr 6, 2018
    I've had the same experience with our XC-540 and XR-640 since we've gotten them.

    Can't trust them to track for more than an hour.

    Wish I had some suggestions for you but I've yet to find something that works.

    BALLPARK Member

    Dec 5, 2008
    Radford, VA
    We have an XC-540 that we use for cutting. The XC-540 was a workhorse during it's time with printing wraps for us. The tracking was never great on long runs and we had to adjust throughout the roll. It's not fun and requires attention. But you can try to dial it in as suggested above and you will find a somewhat consistent amount of time that will pass before it will need attention.

    We try only to cut items up to 48" to 60" long as it would track off slightly enough to cause a smh moment.

    Like all printers... they have their strong points and weak points.

    I'm not sure you will find a way to get excellent tracking. But maybe also change all the grit rollers at once and go through the steps mentioned above again. It's a good printer and Roland was on top of the world when that printer was in it's prime. I feel like they lost of lot of super loyal customers form the XR series forward.

    Good luck and I hope you find a solution that will cause you less issues.
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  7. JaySea20

    JaySea20 Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Bossier City, LA
    We have the same issue. We just do our best to limit prints to 16' or less. I know that doesn't help with the overnight issue,

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