If you own an industrial printer, chances are you invested quite a bit and want to make sure you get the most out of it. While a lot of internal issues need to be fixed by the manufacturer or another professional, there are a few key actions you can take to keep your printer running smoothly.
1. Replace Broken Parts
There are some parts of an industrial printer that must be replaced if they’re broken. Part of preventative care is replacing broken parts regularly, rather than waiting for them to break. Key components like the end seals, belts, and nozzles should be replaced or adjusted every few months or so. It may seem like overkill at first, but keeping track of important parts will save money over time.
2. Clean Regularly
Build up of dirt and debris can easily send your industrial printer on a downward spiral towards malfunction. Use a wet sponge or other gentle materials to wipe down the inside of the printer, particularly any touch screens, or vacuum out the printer bed with a small handheld vacuum. Don’t use any soaps on the interior, as they can cause damage to the material, and dry the areas after they’ve been thoroughly wiped down. This can be done every day, after each use of the printer if possible.
3. Update Software
Your industrial printer almost certainly runs on software that has to be updated regularly in order to operate correctly. You may end up with botched print jobs and error messages due to incompatibility if you’re behind on software updates. Make sure you’re checking in with the manufacturer regularly as issues that crop up from software incompatibility can be irreversible if left uncorrected for too long.
These three actions will help you to prevent issues before they occur and will keep your printer functioning for as long as you need it to.