A Warning about Not Using Your System
- Inherent with ink jet printing technology is its tendency to clog after periods of non-use. The microscopic openings in the print head can quickly become blocked by dried ink if the system is not used often. Sometimes, the blockages can be so severe, that the nozzles cannot be cleared through normal troubleshooting methods, and the printer will either need to be repaired or replaced. For this reason, we recommend that a sublimation or cotton decorating system be used at least several times a week.
- If there are no production jobs to output on a system every other day, we recommend at a bare minimum, that a nozzle check be performed. This could keep the ink flowing for a period of time, but eventually this minimal amount of ink being pushed through the print head will not be enough to completely avoid the damage.
- The same is true for one-time use ink cartridges and bulk ink systems. If either of these ink delivery systems are left idle, they too may exhibit the inability to deliver ink as they should.
- Also, we recommend Ricoh printers remain powered on at all times. These units employ self maintenance routines that are designed to keep the ink flowing.
- In addition, both sides of a hybrid system that utilize both SubliJet and ChromaBlast inks should be used equally to prevent one of the sides from suffering clogged nozzles due to non-use.