Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Jun 03, 2011 @ 06:24 AM

how to keep a canon printhead from drying out

One of the most frustrating problems you can experience with ink jet printing equipment is printhead failures. While printheads can fail for a variety of reasons, it is important to remember that they are “wear” items that will eventually fail. It is just the nature of the beast.

When talking with clients, I often use the analogy of a car’s brake pads. Eventually, they will wear out and have to be replaced.

But, printheads today are quite durable and capable of lasting for longer periods. For instance, when you purchase a new imagePROGRAF plotter, Canon will guarantee the printheads for 1-year or one trillion dots – whichever comes first.

Keep in mind, each printhead has thousands of microscopic nozzles that spray the ink droplets. If ink dries in these nozzles, there is a chance that the machine may not be able to recover them.

Knowing how to keep a Canon printhead from drying out is important. Here are the best pieces of advice:

  • Print often – Just like leaving a faucet drip when there is a freeze, printing regularly will keep the fluids moving and prevent ink from drying in the printhead.
  • Keep the machine powered on – yep, that’s all!

Canon iPF printers are intelligent machines that monitor themselves regularly. They will routinely run a “quick” printhead maintenance cycle. But, you do have the ability to run a full maintenance and nozzle check from the main interface panel, if you need to.

Here are the key takeaways.

  • Keep the plotter turned on.
  • Print regularly.
  • Run the system printhead maintenance at the first sign of a printhead issue.

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Kevin Vaughan

Written by Kevin Vaughan

Kevin Vaughan is the Manager of Sales and Marketing at TAVCO. His wide-format industry experience spans over fifteen years, benefiting a wide range of client industries including architectural, engineering, construction, GIS, and petroleum companies. You can often find Kevin locked into conversation about plotters, 3D printers, wide scanners, software, or whatever new trend is on the horizon. Look for Kevin to share the latest wide-format and 3D technology scoop on the TAVCO blog.