if you are letting the machine for 2 weeks at a time you may want to consider leaving the machine on and filled with flushing solution while you are gone, let it do it's regular cleaning cycles with flushing solution (full stength) and be certain your waste bottle is empty before you leave.
Hope this helps!
It's good, or bad I guess to see others having the same issues we have. Yes, we are very proactive about cleaning our machine and head properly. We are now on our 7th head in a little over a year. Excessive, I think so but I also know it is not all our fault either. It may be a combination of poor machine design, bad ink formulas or maintenance.
For the last issue I can only speak for what I know and that is we keep our machine very clean and let it run its cleaning cycles as suggested.
The ink formulas seem to change every few months as a new HM-1 ink is being sold now. It is supposed to help with jettability and overall wear and tear to the print heads. Does this mean the previous inks caused print head problems? Hmmmmm.
Poor machine design, well we have all read the posts about the new continuous inking systems coming out soon. I can only speculate that the older machines were having so many issues that a change in design was needed. It is supposed to eliminate many of the clogging issues many have now. Hmmmmm.
What does this all mean? You be the judge by what is taking place. I'm not the only person that has had issues with bad print heads from what I have seen posted on this forum. These machines were not cheap to purchase. To see all these changes being made to eliminate a problem really makes me feel like I'm left holding the bag? Anyone else feel this way or is it just me?
I've had my machine going on close to 8 months now (second hand) and its only starting to get some decent usage from word of mouth.WOW, I feel your pain... I agree with you 100% and then you get told by the service department that is it your fault.. I do the same as you with the cleaning. I am actually more careful with cleaning then anything.. I frustrated as well and for the money that we have spent to always be put to blame for a problem they do not want to admit to is hard to swallow. I wonder what our solution is? My machine is just over a year old as well..
Frustrated in NC!
You are making the printhead fire more ink than it would in paper mode for sure. And the ratings that these printheads have are based on printing paper (usually letter size with minimal coverage - like text on a page). It is safe to assume that the average DTG graphic uses between 10 and 100 times as much ink as a page of text would - maybe even more. So, the wear and tear is greater than you might expect. That being said, clogs come from ink or either drying in the nozzles, the screen filter above the nipples getting blocked or damage to the surface of the printhead. Proper maintenance and operation will prevent or at least retard these things from happening. Unfortunately, the less you use a machine, the more issues you will have with ink delivery systems.Could the extra ink being forced through the ink heads from the software be a cause for increased wear and tear?
OK here is what I am finding out, I have had my machine for almost 2 years now. I have had to replace the print head, the lines, the mother board, the wiper station and more dampers than I know what to do with at 20.00 a piece... I have learned that when I do my normal maintenance and then I also flush the machine, run a gallon of distilled water in it. Clean and purge the dampers before I fill the machine with half solution and half water while I am out of town that. When I get back the dampers are all clogged. Now, I have spoke in DEPTH with the tech support people at SWF and then continue to tell me that I am the problem not the machine, But yet I do an followed that EXACT instructions on how to clean and flush this machine. At what point are they going to take the blame for there machine having problems... Now, it is costing me way more to maintain this machine then it is the run it and make money with it.... I find that until they find a better way with ink and a better way to stop dampers from being clogged which in turn clogs the print head cause once the dampers are clogged nothing is going to get to the print head to keep it clean and damp!!! UGHHHHHH what a NIGHTMARE this has been...After reading this I dont really think I will be going this way until They improve on the way these things work. If I am going to spend 17grand to only have it work a couple of days and then have to buy another head for 500. I think the best think for me, is just to farm out my work to a screen printer. Wow... Hope the next gen works a lot better.
I think you are in the wrong thread or have a big misunderstanding... this thread is about a printer that has been seriously modified to print garment inks... A C88 with dye sub inks is a completely different situation. DTG and dye sub are totally different...After reading all these posts, I'm having second thoughts about getting into any heat transfer system. I'm considering the Epson c88 with dye sub inks. Can I look forward to clogged nozzles on a regular basis?
Sorry, my bad. I didn't realize what DTG stood for.I think you are in the wrong thread or have a big misunderstanding... this thread is about a printer that has been seriously modified to print garment inks... A C88 with dye sub inks is a completely different situation. DTG and dye sub are totally different...
Man I can feel your pain. I’ve had my machine for six months. So far I have had to replace the print head, 2 sets of dampers and have what seems like a gallon of wasted ink. I have wasted almost as much money as I have made. Between emailing and phoning I have gotten to know most of the techs at SWF East. I don’t want to say anything bad about SWF East because they have helped me numerous times but sometimes the techs do seem to want to say well what did you do this time. I changed to the new v.02 inks which does seem to help or maybe I just getting better at this. My machine has been sitting idle for almost a week now (business is slow) and I have replaced all the inks with water but when I restart it I’m sure it will be a pia again. I’ve read a lot of good things about the bulk ink system that Equipment Zone sells but SWF says No, No, No. Maybe it’s the way to go???