4 Tips to Get Your Printer in Top Shape for Holiday Production

Tips to ensure your printer is in good shape for the holiday production push

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The holiday season is upon us. Most of us in the product decorating industry are coming up with sales and marketing plans to sell, sell, sell during the next month. However, you should also get your printer up to the task of higher-than-usual production. Here are some tips to help ensure your printer is in good shape for the holiday production push:

  1. Check the use-by date on your ink: Inspect each individual ink cartridge to ensure the recommended use-by date has not passed. If it has, then replace those cartridges with new ones. Then follow the instructions to spool old ink out of the lines to complete the process.
  2. Run automatic maintenance: If your printer has not been powered on in a while, it may need go through a series of automatic maintenance routines. During this process, the printer will attempt to recover any blocked nozzles. Wait until the printer completes the maintenance (this may take several minutes) and enters the Ready state before printing.
  3. Perform a nozzle check: Print and evaluate the nozzle check pattern to ensure that there are no missing lines which can impact the quality of your prints.
  4. Make sure you have the latest version of your print software: Ensuring you have the right software is a critical step in getting the most efficiency out of your printer.

In addition to these tips, it’s always a good idea to keep your printer plugged in so that it can perform automatic maintenance cycles throughout the year. This will help ensure that when you need your printer in tip-top shape to fulfill customer orders, it will be ready to go.


Jimmy Lamb

Jimmy Lamb has 25+ years of product decoration business experience, as well as extensive knowledge in many facets of digital decorating and embellishing including business startup, applications, techniques, marketing, sales, mobile, production and management. Currently, he works with Sawgrass Technologies as the manager of communication and education, where he has been instrumental in developing its educational seminars and webinars.

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