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5 Maintenance Tips for Sublimation Printers

Tips for taking care of your sublimation equipment.

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Here are some suggestions for taking care of your sublimation printer:

  1. Keep your printer’s firmware updated; however, don’t update it until an expert says it’s worth it. Updating can sometimes fix one problem and then create another.
  2. Clean your electrostatic belt about twice a year. This shiny black belt is the transport mechanism for the paper and can accumulate ink, causing printer errors and print quality issues.
  3. Clean the capping station twice a year. The capping station primes the print head by applying a mild vacuum to it. If the capping station’s plumbing is contaminated with ink plaque, then it has to work harder.
  4. Perform a print alignment once a year.
  5. Keep the printer turned on except for extended non-use of three weeks or more. Turning the printer off and on every day will only waste ink.

-David Gross, Condé Systems

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David Gross

David Gross is president of Condé Systems Inc., of Mobile, Ala. For the past 24 years, he has devoted his work to advancing sublimation technology.

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