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Why are my inks tanks going down faster than "I expect" them to?
Inkjets use ink for everything:
Many people ask why their ink levels are lower than "they expect them to be", well its hard to know what someone expects, so we'll just stick to the facts for now.
Ink is a consumable, therefore the surface area of each art file will effect the time frame of ink consumption and/or the number of films. If your ink is not running off the film or the maintenance tank is not filling with ink (waste) then the user is likel using the right settings and the ink is simply being used for film production. Big, solid squares consume more ink than small, halftone areas.
The chosen resolution and droplet weight a user selects in AccuRIP will effect ink consumption. The higher a resolution then the more times the head passes over the film - more consumption of ink. The greater the droplet weight, the greater the ink consumption. It is best to find the lowest resolution and droplet weight combination. The Droplet Weight Test Print Feature and 15 Droplet Weights are designed to help the user control the use of ink for maximum benefit.
The settings within AccuRIP are located under the FILE MENU.
Inkjets must keep their nozzles clear in order to operate at peak performance. The best way to ensure this is through frequent use. The more it prints the better it is. If the printer senses idle time (wide format printers) it will perform a nozzle check or a cleaning routine. Also, each time a printer (wide format or desktop) is powered off and on it will perform a quick head cleaning in order to clear the nozzles for printing. That is an inkjet's way of maintaining the technology.
Now, you can turn off these "auto nozzle check and head cleaning" functions to save some ink, but be careful, if you don't use your printer enough it will clog and that requires more ink and time to clear the blockage.
Users of the AccuRIP ALL BLACK Ink System (ABS) (also BlackMax) have the greatest chance to save ink and keep their printers as healthy as possible. When printing "color" inks there is no guarantee that each color will be used with each print and in this way these cleaning functions and safe guards exist. However, we are screen printers and we only use black ink "all the time". This uses the inkjet technology better than any other method, all jets in use all the time. You can now appreciate how beneficial this is.
Keeping your printer ON helps reduce the amount of ink used each time its powered on and off. Printers use very little power when idle and the larger printers also have power saver modes.
(Wide Format Printers) Adjusting the Auto Nozzle Check and Auto Head Cleaning cycles" on larger printers:
Click the Menu button "once" to display "Printer Setup."
Click the up or down arrow until you see "Auto Nozzle Check" or "Auto Head Cleaning" and CLICK the Menu button to enter into this section.
Using the up or down arrow change this setting to OFF.
Click the Menu or Enter button to lock in the setting. A star or (asterisk) will appear.
Click the Pause button to return to the Ready mode.
Now your printer will display a request each time when it thinks it's time to do a nozzle check or head cleaning and you can accept or decline that request.
(Desktop Printers) These printers have far less features than wide format printers making them easier to maintain. The basic truth here is to use them often in order to keep the nozzles clear and ready to print. Since there are no front panel displays or control buttons they clean themselves when turned on and off.
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