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[MOD-1 DTG] Change from 30% humidity to 60% humidity makes a HUGE difference

 
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Old April 12th, 2012 Apr 12, 2012 9:27:57 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Change from 30% humidity to 60% humidity makes a HUGE difference

I purchased a Mod 1 and started printing around Jan 15. While the machine printed well, I was getting banding after only about 6-8 prints. A quick cleaning cycle and I was good for another 6-8 prints.

The area that I set the machine was in the gental breeze of a HVAC system. The humidity was normally around 30 percent.

After reading the forums reguarding humidity levels, I decided to move the machine. I had a side room that was cylinder block with no HVAC. Lovingly called "THE HOLE" this room was always dark and damp. I set the machine up and WOW what a difference!
We recently did a 200 shirt order and did one head clean during the run. Now it is common to print daily orders without a head clean other than the start up proceedure.
The humidity in "the hole" now stays around 60%. When the summer temps require some cooling, I will run a small evaporative cooler in the room. I would never have believed that it could have made this much difference. Hope this helps someone.

Also, we just passed 1800 prints on the counter
 
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Glad to hear you are doing well Robert and everything is running great for you. As always, give us a call if you need anything.
 
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It's good that you posted this. It took me years to realize how important climate control can be with DTG printing.

I think alot of people don't take it as serious as they should.
 
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Also, we just passed 1800 prints on the counter
Already? Nice!
 
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Yea, we've done some large jobs, 100-200 shirts that I would normally send out to screenprint.

But I've for an un-employeed kid that I can work or pay not to work. So we print!
 
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Glad to hear about your success! I originally setup my printer in the back den of my house where I thought the conditions would be perfect. Little did I know, even the AC coming in the ceiling vent during the summer can kill your prints. I have since attached a magnetic cover to the metal vent cover and it's perfect. Keep crankin' out those shirts!
 






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