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This article will take you 8 minutes to go through. It will objectively analyze the things you should pay attention to before purchasing a UV printer and break down the pricing details on artisJet printers.

Before we start anything, let’s look at the purchasing journey as a consumer. And questions you may have regarding the price. Speaking of which, it’s very important to do researches on UV printers, to be clear of your business type and goals and finally, to purchase based on your goals.

Goals

  1. 1. Having a budget printer to prove a business concept as a trail

  2. 2. Having a quality printer for long term running.

  3. 3. Customization is an important part in your business.

If your goal is the first one, having an assembled printer might meet your needs. As a trial, you don’t use it for long or on daily bases and it lowers the initial investment. But it does require you to have quite some UV printer operation experience as you will have to execute heavy maintenance work alone the way.

If your goals are the second and third one, we suggest you to consider an industrially made UV printer. Find out what’s the difference between assembled printers and industrially made UV printers here with an easy to watch video, exploring UV printers with artisJet – things to consider before purchasing a UV printer.

Questions regarding prices.

1. Why UV printers’ prices vary so much?

Analyze - the main price gap is between assembled printers and industrially made printers. Industrially made UV printers are generally 2-7 times if it’s not more expensive than assembled ones with similar printing size.

2. If I decide to buy an industrially made printer, is it worth my investment?

Analyze - For this question you need to evaluate the ROI of your business based on the cost of the printer you are going to purchase. In this article, we will break down the ROI of consumers’ business taking into account the cost of an artisJet printer.

3. With the cost displayed on the website. Is that all I need to start the customization process of my business? Is there any Invisible consumption?

Analyze - Ask the manufacturer about the package you will receive. Find out what’s your warranty term. Find out what the fee after service contains. In this article, we will show you the price and the package of artisJet printers in very details.

4. I have other questions.

Ask away! Market research for price, quality, function and service comparison are very important before purchasing a UV printer. So you are off the right start researching price and more. Press the comment icon on the right corner and leave your questions.

Price positioning of artisJet printers

For many businesses considering a major investment, the natural inclination is to look for the best deal. But as with a vehicle purchase, the least costly option is not always the best investment. If you do a survey on price, not only artisJet printers are not cheap, they are on the highest price level comparing with other Asian manufacturers.

However we do encourage consumers to do research regarding function, size, warranty, price etc. among industrially made printer. And artisJet provides you a very competitive price here.

Here are some of the reasons why we can offer you a competitive price.

1. You are buying directly from the manufacturer. Except our headquarters and our direct authorized resellers around the world we don’t authorize any other forms of products selling.

2. As a 15 years old brand, we have always been dedicated to small to medium sized printing equipment. This is also one of the reasons making our products one of the best in its category and the most cost effective.

3. Investment directions. Instead of investing in large scale marketing activities and advertising, we have been only focused on the investment of service, technology research, Production, and team building to secure user experience.
We value those because these are the main factors that got us our Intellectual Property & Patents, as well as Industry international product certification, and a global client database. And without the marketing and advertising expenses, we are more capable of offering a competitive price.

Price structures

Price. Here is the price range of different artisJet UV printers.





With the price users pay on the lists, all artisJet printers come with the following packages:

A. artisJet UV printers
B. Advanced software with Two-years-update-guaranteed
C. Double assurance, OQC management + Two years of warranty.
D. Return or exchange on DOA.
E. Services based on SLA for 2 years.
F. Related accessories.

A. Industrially made artisJet UV printers.

There are assembled / modified UV printers (that mostly assembled based on office printers) and industrially produced ones in the market. And crucial differences between these 2 types: price is one of the differences. If you have experience working in UV industry, and understand the differences, no need to search anymore. If you don’t, please do a good study on this before making decisions based on prices and seller’s descriptions (check out the video objectively discussing about industrially made UV printer and assembled UV printer. Each have their own advantages. From here you will have a much better idea on whether your business needs an industrially made UV printer or an assembled one.

Compare with prices of the assembled / modified UV printers, artisJet printers might seem like a big investment at the beginning. However, your return on investment (and ongoing profitability) is based on more than just the initial cost. When looking at a UV printer, the quality of the printer, the quality of the output, the effect of the output, the levels of work you will produce for your business and customers, how long does your printer last after purchase, how much effort and labor you will need to put in maintenance and the rest of the factors we will discuss about in the rest of this report. All will factor into the decision about which printer to purchase.

Now we are not saying assembled / modified UV printers do not own its market. If you are a user with a printer hardware background or you have a lot of experience working with mechanical jobs, an assembled one could be a good way to lower initial investment. On the other hand, for industrially made printers, every part in artisJet printer is designed for a reliable UV production system. All the vital parts are metallic. And they are designed and produced fitting to its functionality; all the electronics are in one center and industrially planned.

Take some of the components for example. For Y axis, the price range of magnetic encoding strip is between 5USD/PC to 150USD/PC, the price range of the travelling tank is between 30USD/set to 200USD/set; the price range of the ink tube is from 0.5USD/Meter to 50USD/Meter. As you can see, the cost of components vary so much from each other. And that’s one of the many elements that causes the prices to vary so much between assembled printers and industrially made printers. And artisJet has been only selecting the most reliable and durable components for the printer production. The printer creates ZERO step errors while printing and needs very low maintenance in your production. It’s a bigger investment than assembled / modified UV printers at the beginning but saves you money, effort and time after purchase.

B. Advanced software with Two-years-update-guaranteed

A solid hardware is no longer enough in the market nowadays. If you have worked in related business, you know you will spend some time to deal with software. And how much software could slow down or speed up your working process.

Here are some of the features of artisJet software

1. Easy to use!

  • Clear functionality zones - Job manage, Output setting, Device Maintenance, Output connection, Efficiency manage, language selection.
  • Click to converse. Swift from flatbed printing to ROT360 printing at one click.
  • Print cost, print time estimation, print preview, UV lighting direction, printing effects, third party software integration, print condition check and maintenance are visible to perform.
  • Right click and print directly with pre-set jobs.
  • Load and ENTER to automatically measure the product height.

2. Help simplify printing process

  • Easy print resolution calibration. Both X and Y axis and UV lighting are adjustable on actual print production demand.
  • Task/order tracking, easy saving and re-production
  • Easy Customization service of Workflow.
  • Language localization.
  • Supporting internetization and cloudization via hot folder, virtual printer technology.

3. Productive to maximize.

  • Flexible Ink-channel-set is to maximize the printer head life.
  • Set up to 200 copies for mass-customization production.
  • Print cost estimation and time evaluation for a job quote.
  • LAN network supports one-to-group job manage.
  • Automatic Command System enables the integration with robotic.
  • Open resources SDK for oriented-application software alignment.

As mentioned, artisJet’s tech team has never stopped developing software related functions like application-orientation software, automation, internetization and cloudization matching the most advanced international standards. And we provide all our users with two years free software update service.

Learn more about how can artisJet printer’s software make your work that much simpler.

C. OQC management+Two years of warranty

artisJet provides users with before & after double assurance to guarantee the quality of your equipment.

  • Before printer arrival - OQC management.

For each printer, we have strict order tracking system based on printer serial number. Your printer has its own production owner, quality control owner and service owner. The printer will be in full operation/printing production for 3-5 days before its departure from factory.

  • After printer arrival - 365 days FREE OF CHARGE products warranty. And FREE OF CHARGE software update. That include any Non-human damage to all mechanical & electrical components, UV Curing System, Control System and Spare Parts Kits. And any update of workstation and App. So you will not spend any more money on the hardware and software than what’s on the price list in the next whole year.

D. Return or exchange on DOA.

artisJet guarantees exchange or return in the event that the artisJet printer you have purchased has DOA (dead on arrival). This grants you the right to receive a working replacement printer within 10 working day.

E. Services based on SLA for 2 years.

artisJet has a strong professional tech team that are dedicated to your after service. Including but not limited to printer installation guidance, software installation & training, print training, maintenance practice guidance and common troubleshooting guidance.

This brings up one of the concerns of users without printer using background: what if I can’t operate UV printers well after purchase?

Combine the easy Operation of artisJet printers, and all in one software, users won’t have trouble to learn to use them. And if you do, no worries. You have free access to unlimited online training and service for 2 years. We have professional and focused tech team to assist business owners who wanted to make a change and bring new content or expand their businesses. Because after all, artisJet printers are not only designed for professionals who have UV printing background but also for regular users to have a focus on their own work, with printing happening easily and a serve to their business not something they serve for.

Check out the following link to see why is service more important than what you might think it is in an UV printing related business and what’s the service terms and team of artisJet: artisJet Service.

Besides the usual standard UV printer package like Nozzle check templates, Cleaning Solutions, Dampers etc. artisJet printer provide ink cartridges instead of ink bottles which will make your ink changing so easy and clean. Also customized templates for your very own products. Which simplifies your printing process to the max. Phone cases, golfs balls, toys, cosmetics and many other products, we customize templates for you no matter what it is. Learn more about how can templates make your printing process easier here.

Now there’s still a question left to explore: What’s the ROI of my business taking into account the money I put into artisJet printers?

And that brings up this step - Evaluate the current state of your business and your existing production platform / machine (if you already own one). Secondly, evaluate your new printer. Will it increase speed and productivity? Will it Improve efficiency? Will it give you more business opportunities? How profitable is your new UV printer?

Take a look at the table below for a realistic ROI analysis with phone case printing using artisJet Young printer for an example:



cost analysis table


And that was the cost you can see and calculate. Here are a few things you need to pay attention for implicit cost.

Take training periods for example. Think about the time it will take you and your employees to get a hang of the new business. Your business can’t operate until you and your staff are confident and comfortable. And if you have any problem you can’t fix by yourself during production. Every hour and day that you spend time fixing it, is time, sales, and labor costs that are lost. And it affects your customer retention. You might be able to wait for the problem to get fixed, but your retail customers won’t like the waiting and your bigger clients might take the bulk orders somewhere else. And don’t mention the cost you can see which is paying for professionals to fix it. So all of these also strongly affect your investment and return: printer quality, production steadiness, training service, after sell service.

Bottom line, artisJet encourages you to do extensive research before you make final decision. After all, no matter if is to start a new business, upgrade your current production, expand your business or adding new projects for your brand, a UV printer is a big fixed-asset investment. It’s always challenged to make a change and artisJet will be your solid assistant to you and your business, aim to get the outcome that deserve your effort.

In fact, artisJet has been a reliable partner to small and medium business owners in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. As well as an official vendor for many international consumer brands, cosmetics brands, mobile telecom operators, theme parks, and other corporations likes Estée Lauder, L’Oreal, T-mobile, Legoland, Procter & Gamble, etc. Find out more on business owners, clients and the brands that we have been working with. For business owners and clients: http://www.artisjet.com/index.php/en/en-stories .

Reach out to us today!

Follow the 4 steps here to better understanding how can artisJet assist you with your specific business needs:

1. Reach out and rise your printing demands;

2. artisJet provide you with printing solution and printer selection base on your business needs and printing demands;

3. artisJet provide printing sample base on your products;

4. Evaluate the printing solution. Evaluate artisJet printer and price. Evaluate samples effect and quality.



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YOUR PRODUCTS TO PRINT

Technology developed from users’ demand and experience over a decade.

Since 2005, artisJet has been focusing on smart sizes of direct to substrates printers serving different industries, environments, products, and printing demands. The customers’ demand has been driving us to be better along the way.

Being smart, being dedicated and being professional.

We have never broken the boundary of keeping the printer in smart size, easy to use, simple to maintain, and long way to run to secure your investment in our devices. By developing own core technology in printing engine, mechanical structure, software, accessories, jigs , attachments and more, you will have everything about your print demand.



EASY AND SIMPLE

Being professional never means being complex with artisJet. While working with printing devices, you will need to be able to work with design software, RIP software and output software. All sounds complex and challengeable, right? With artisJet workstation, you do not have to be a talent in every software at all.



CLICK-TO-PLAY. artisJet workstation is a print manager with Microsoft digital certifications for your smooth operation. With a click to the INSTALL, the RIP software, workstation, virtual printer, and hot folder technology all are installed directly onto your computer.

workstation installation
rip software
artisJet workstation


CLICK-TO-MAINTAIN. Ink initialization and printer maintenance become simple. Get your very initial print done by “INK Charge for new printer install” and it will take you to print directly in 7 minutes and reactivate your printer after holiday by “Ink recycle”.

ink cartridges
ink maintenance
ink testing after nozzle check


CLICK-TO-MEASURE. Automatic measurement of products height will always clear your concerns for product height measurement.

auto position from control panel
height sensors
height adjustment


CLICK-TO-CONVERT. With a simple click, you will be empowered to move forward with the 360 print from flat surface printing with multiple options.

rotary print setting
small rotary printing
large rotary printing


COMPATIBLE

The compatibility for different languages for your easier understanding, different formats of designs and different products is important. Localize with your familiar language in English, Spanish, Germany, France, Russian, Chinese, and more are coming.



Set no limit on artwork formats. Empowered with artisJet Workstation, you will manage all of your artwork in jpg, PDF, tiff, PNG, Adobe, eps, psd, etc directly.



Unlock your imagination on what you can print with proper solution. DTSAT3 ink is strong for different hard or stretchable materials (such as balloon printing), but the color durability varies. With artisJet R&D, we have been developing different solutions for the best color performances with each single solution even for your specific demand, regardless the type of substrate (aluminum, metal, stretchable material, thin plastic sheets etc.).

ink color cartridges
cleaning and coating agents
balloon printing


Directly output from third party software. Supported by latest technology in print engine to work with CAD, PHOTOSHOP, COREL DRAW, etc., artisJet Workstation accelerates the printing process directly.



COMPATIBLE

Being preventative. With the 7 steps to initialize your printer every day, the printer itself will have its own self-condition check clarifying the condition of encoding system, position limit system in four directions, ink pumping system, and table movements. The error coding system will always locate the exact problem if any before you start your print day.



Being measurable. Keeping in mind that you always need to have a scientific and visible management of your business for the very best offer to your clients to maintain the better financial performance, artisJet develops the powerful tools measuring the printing time and inks to consume.

printing time estimates
printing job preview
ink cost analysis


Being productive. Printing multiple jobs up to 200 becomes easier by setting copies directly in the software by one click and the ACS function offer a wide possibilities range on your print demand to have the printer fully automated.



Being quality. With the professional integration between the digital magnetic encoding system built-in and software, artisJet printers will always deliver the best printing quality to your surprise in text vividness and color richness. Make your embossed and Braille printing at a click.

select type of print effect
braille printing effect
embossed printing effect


Being secured. Aligned with the company value and mission, all artisJet printers enjoy two years warranty and services. We care about your experience in the whole journey working with us from 0 to 1 and we keep commitment.



Reach out to us today for your own tailored custom print solution or instant personalization print solutions, for your brand, your event, your product and your store. Follow the 4 steps here to better understand how can artisJet assist you with your specific business needs: 1. Reach out and rise your printing demands / business demands; 2. artisJet provides you with printing solutions and printer selection based on your needs; 3. artisJet provides sample printing according to your products; 4. Evaluate the printing solution. Evaluate samples effect and quality. Evaluate artisJet printer and price. We are here for you via Live Chat, by e-mail, by phone and direct messaging.

Find out which printer is the best for your specific industry, printable products, environments, and business growth plan. To be empowered by artisJet printers to materialize your ideas, to enhance your production efficiency and add more value to your brands anywhere, anytime with more ease.



FACTORS THAT MATTER TO YOUR SELECTION



YOUR PRODUCTS TO PRINT

What is the exact product or objects you want to print? Are they printable? How about the printing quality?

1. The product size and printable size you will print MOST.

You will have specific products to print, probably several different products to print in your mind. But their sizes of the products matter a lot. While measuring the size of your products you will need to keep in mind to measure:

Product Height: the highest point to the lowest point;

Product Length and width: From Edge to edge;

Curved print: The highest and lowest point distance should be within 5mm on the surface to print. Otherwise, you might need attachment example, like the case of 360 degrees rotary printing on cylindrical objects - check video here.

product height
product width and length
product curved print surface


You can find A4, B3, B2, B5 application-oriented printers.

2. How your product buyers will use the printed product?

The consideration of how the product will perform and how the expectation of your customers is are important to secure your business success. The products will be used as EDC (Essential Daily Carry-On) or it will be displayed as a part of the decoration or outdoor signs? Because you will need different solutions for different conditions for color sharpness performances, color durability performances, and printing effects.



SCENARIOS AND ENVIRONMENTS

Where you will work with your printer for production? Where will you use it mostly: in your production house, pop-up store, mall kiosk, production center or at home? You will need to consider about:

1. Your space size and the cost.

Your home room might be not big enough for printer with a size more than 90CM in body size as your door does not allow or even the elevator does not allow the entrance. The cost of same size space in Macy’s and a factory is completely different.

elevator door size for printer transportation
transporting printer in the back of the car
business door size for printer


2. Safety and security essentials in your environment.

Malls have strict safety regulations for their consumers/shoppers in terms of physical hurt, smell pollution, and operator’s safety. While at home room or office room, you will also care about the smell and being clean. However if in factory or production house, you might have the whole ventilation system installed already which enables you not have to worry about the smell.



3. The mobility and flexibility.

Will you run the business in different locations or movable devices? Then you will have to take the printer foot print size into the consideration.



WHAT LEVEL OF HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE YOU NEED

Are you looking for a printer for short time run or for long time operation? To which level of maintenance work you can understand and accept to execute? There some budget printers needing more care with technical background and they are printers designed with simplicity in mind with less work yet for long run. Are you looking for a printer with a set of software that needs different steps of operation in order to print the task? Or you must have the software integrated with the software you are working with currently or the workflow you are having? Watch the video and learn what to look for when searching for the right printer!



THE PRINTER OPERATOR AND HIS / HER BACKGROUND AND SKILLS

You are investing in a device for success and a printer will need to have an owner to work with. So the qualification of your operator is an important factor determining the degree of your success. Is the operator you are appointing to the printer with computer background, photo editing skills, and printing experience? Do you need him or her be equipped with the above quality?



MATERIALS, PRODUCT COLORS AND PRINTING EFFECTS

Is the product in dark color or light colors? You will need to print a white layer onto the materials in dark colors as background. artisJet ECO-DYE solvent system does not provide white ink and the UV printers will be your choice if you need white. Do you want embossed or varnish printing effects? Embossed is technically printed from multiple-layering white ink printing.

embossed art printing
embossed printing on make-up palette
embossed printing on wood


Which printers are good for embossed? artis 3000U pro, artis 5000U, and artisJet Young with CMYKWWWW printing channels. Varnish is famous for its color enhancement with shinning results or unique application for special materials. artis 3000U Pro and artis 5000U LED UV printers support varnish.





Reach out to us today for your own tailored custom print solution or instant personalization print solutions, for your brand, your event, your product and your store. Follow the 4 steps here to better understand how can artisJet assist you with your specific business needs: 1. Reach out and rise your printing demands / business demands; 2. artisJet provides you with printing solutions and printer selection based on your needs; 3. artisJet provides sample printing according to your products; 4. Evaluate the printing solution. Evaluate samples effect and quality. Evaluate artisJet printer and price. We are here for you via Live Chat, by e-mail, by phone and direct messaging.

WHAT IS ARTISJET ROTARY ATTACHMENT?

The artisJet rotary attachment was already introduced in a previous article. artisJet’s cylindrical device is a custom designed attachment for artis BR U1800 A3+ LED UV system, due to the printer’s maximum height adjustment up to 170 mm. The rotary device effectively fits the working area and is attached to the printer’s flatbed. The cylindrical device ensures printing on a multitude of bottle substrate materials and sizes: aluminum, plastic, metal, glass, opaque, transparent, small bottles or wine bottles, any type of bottle that you need to customize by digital LED UV direct printing.

From a technical point of view, the rotary attachment has a simple design, which makes it easy to handle and user-friendly. What makes the bottle media rotate on the device? The artisJet rotary attachment is made of 3 major parts: silicone rollers (1), distance bars (2), and installation ports (3).

Preparation before printing: print principle and key points.
Print on cylindrical products directly with the rotary attachment by rotating the bottles through fixing the rotary jig on the working table. The print area should be regular subjects and the printing area should be the highest point of the bottle. Install the rotary jig correctly as instructed by artisJet user menu.

HOW TO INSTALL THE ROTARY ATTACHMENT?

There are 4 silicone rollers on the rotary attachment. These silicone rollers are the ones that drive the substrates to be printed through the friction force.

The four silicone rollers are fixed through the screw holes (4). It can be easily adjusted for different positions (5), depending on the bottle diameter. All four silicone rollers shall evenly reach the flatbed and rotate smoothly as the flatbed moves (6).

Custom LED UV rotary printing with artis BR U1800 accommodates cylindrical objects with a maximum print bottle diameter of 8 cm (3.15 inches) and a maximum printable bottle length of 32 cm (12.6 inches). Therefore, the distance bar it is for different sizes of bottles and it can be adjusted based on each bottle length for printing on demand: small (7), medium (8) or big (9), up to 32 cm in length.

The installation port is applied for the right installation of the rotary attachment. The first step is to adjust the position of the rotary attachment by fixing the four rollers through different screw holes (5). Second step implies moving the printer’s flatbed back and forth after fixing the rotary attachment in order to ensure that all four rollers rotate smoothly. If not, the rotary attachment shall be adjusted to ensure this (6).

How to be sure the rotation will be smooth? Put the media on the rollers and ensure the line at the highest point of the media shall be distanced about 5 mm away from the back center line of the ink pump (11). This is necessary to follow in order to avoid ink spray from the print head when printing on the arc of the bottles (10).

The artisJet rotary attachment is installed. The only thing that needs to be done is to set the software for the design of choice and start the print job of the first bottle with artisJet digital LED UV direct printing solutions.

Watch this video for 360 degree full cylinder printing on small plastic bottle, using the artisJet rotary attachment custom made for artis BR U18700 A3+ LED UV printer.

ARTISJET PHONECASE SOLUTIONS FOR EMBOSSED PRINTING

You may be a designer looking to start a new brand or an online retailer looking to boost your catalog of products, artisJet has the solution. There is no minimum order with artisJet LED UV printers as everything can be printed on demand.

The specialty about printing phone cases and phone covers with artisJet platforms is that the prints can be embossed. You can feel the texture on the phone case. With artisRIP software is easy to know how to emboss the part that you want to be printed with raised colors in the design. Basically, you control what should be embossed and textured.

Custom raised printing can be achieved with multiple layers for inkjet height, delivering varnish and glossy print capability and durable 3D characters printing, with a letter thickness up to 10 mm.

With features as high color brightness, clearness and resolution, the embossed and textured effect gives the possibility to print graphics offering the potential to enhance the results on the substrates by adding vivid colors.

With instant UV curing, artisJet systems ensure printing layered texture or raised printing effect, providing a dimensional print on protective cases and covers for electronics, regardless the type of the material.

UV LED printing offers high quality of the printed image, graphic, artwork, logo or text with durable adhesion of the inks onto metal, various types of plastic, TPU, acrylic and so many rigid an flexible substrates. The UV LED ink is durable and scratch resistant even when printed in multiple layers to achieve the raised effect. The ink adheres perfectly to the substrate.

Create raised texture phone cases on a multitude of brand phone cases: IPhone, Samsung, Huawei, Sony, HTC etc. that will stand out in the market.

Simple printing process for touchable designs. You can print all types of case with any color in 3D raised effect. Just place the case you need to print onto the working table, edit the artwork you need to print from artisJet case RIP, adjust the software settings and output from artisRIP directly and enjoy the customized phone case final product.

UV LED curing system is ideal to print directly on any case with immediate dry. The ease of printing can also be achieved by multiple printing which is done just by one click on control panel. The white ink capability ensures that all the colors of cases can be printed directly, including white case, black case and transparent case. Due to the anti – static printing system, you can get clear prints even on transparent materials.

LED UV printing options for your phone case business enhancement.

artis 2100U A4 LED UV printer is an ergonomic desktop printer suitable for desktop home based businesses. It is designed to print on multiple small items such as phone covers. It can print 4 Iphone 6 cases at one time pass, due to the special jig for phone cases.

artis 3000U A3+ LED UV desktop printer is great for medium business runners, offering best color performances. It is instantly drying the inks directly on any kind of phone case material such as electroplated phone case printing, TPU phone case printing, acrylic phone case printing, leather phone cover printing, white substrate printing, customized transparent phone cases printing and other phone cases types you can think of for printing.

artisJet A4 and A3+ LED UV systems allow you to print high resolution, photo quality images, logos and detailed text with raised graphics on mobile phone cases and tablet covers.

artisjet gives you all the equipment and materials as well as the training to create a powerful business making beautifully designed, durable custom phone cases with time saving and cost effective printing production.

Interested in artisJet’s printing solution for your business? Discover more by sending your inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or easily use the contact form on artisJet website.

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All the printers will encounter problems from time to time when printing day in and day out. In order to achieve durable printing life span and highest quality your printer can produce, consistency is the main key. It is important to keep the print head in top condition and the easiest way of doing this is by simply running a test print or a nozzle check every time before printing. This way you can follow the state of your print head and find out if a cleaning is needed.

Clogged nozzles can cause many printing issues. By doing a nozzle check on a daily basis insures that you are always aware of the current state of your printer’s performance.

What to do if the printer head is clogged? In a previous article, we presented some of the reasons the printer head can clog. The printer head is always the most cost part in a printer and it is a big headache for all the LED UV printer users if they are facing the problem. Before we think about how to clean the clogged head, we have to know if the printer head is really clogged.

But how to judge if the printer head is clogged becomes an essential question.
If you find that the printed image is unexpectedly faint or dots in the printed image are missing, you may be able to identify the problem by checking the print head nozzles. You can check the print head nozzle from your computer using the Nozzle Check utility in the printer software or from the printer itself.

Sometimes, even with a perfect nozzle check, the problem cannot be solved and this can be for several reasons.
Problem: When doing a nozzle check, the color stripes are supposed to be fully printed, with no interruption in the lines, but sometimes there are some gaps in the nozzle check (as in the image below) even after several software Head Cleaning and Automatic Cleaning were done already.

When your nozzle check is the same as the one in the picture, DO NOT go directly to treat it as the printer head is clogged!

Follow the right steps to solve the nozzle check problem.
Step 1 – ink level check. Check if there is enough ink in the ink bottles by opening the ink tanks. Refill ink if the ink tube port is already above the ink level. After this, proceed by doing the PRINTER HEAD CLEANING from the software or printer driver.

If the problem persists, try the second step.
Step 2 – Cap Top situation diagnose. Take the ink maintenance syringe and suction from the waste ink tank tube. By doing this, you can encounter several states of the problem.

Firstly, the cap top is in good situation if you can take the inks out easily with some pressure and feel the vacuum well. Then you do not have to practice the following steps but make nozzle check directly again.

Secondly, if you cannot feel the vacuum at all and there is air leaking sound when suction the ink, it means that you are dealing with a cap top malfunction and this requires replacement. The reason? As time goes by, the sponge in the cap top will be melted gradually by the solvents in the ink.

Another reason is that the cap top may be clogged if you cannot drag the syringe and you feel strong vacuum. What to do? Pour the cleaning solution onto the cap top sponge and wait for 10 minutes and suction again until the cap top is in the good situation as mentioned above.

Continue and make nozzle check again. If the nozzle check is good it means the problem is solved. But, if the nozzle check still is not good, then proceed on the following steps.

Step 3 – Damper situation diagnose. Take out the damper, the one for the color which nozzle line is not good from the carriage. If the damper is normal, then you can suction the ink into the syringe.
The damper will need replacement if you cannot get the ink out or it gets out too little but with big pressure as the damper is clogged itself.

Finally, if the imperfect nozzle check still exists, then the problem will be from the printer head!
How to unclog the printer head? One mean is by manual cleaning with cleaning liquid. If the manual cleaning still cannot solve the problem, clean the head by ultrasonic device.

The UV LED printer head becomes one of the main problems for all the printer users while enjoying the benefits from the UV LED printing technology.

Why the UV LED printer head is more easily to be clogged or blocked? Start from the inside of the printer head itself (take Epson DX5 as an example). The golden surface has 8 chambers and each one contains 180 nozzles with about 1.5 nm diameter (1).

Clogging possibility No.1. The printer head has 8 ink damper holders, one holder for each color (2, 3). The damper is an important part to filter the inks from the ink tubes to the ink heads. The damper holder/filter can cause the clogging in the situation of:
1. Expired ink - when the ink inside the holder is bad quality or there is chemical change;
2. Long time without printing - the ink inside of the head is dry.

Solution:
Do not take the printer head out when the printer will not be used for less than 10 days, but use self-automated maintenance module from the control system.
Do not use the printer where the light is strong, especially direct sun light.

Clogging possibility No.2. Once the electronic part of the printer head is put aside (4), the manifold or adaptor will be exposed (5). Backside of the electronic print part, there is a channel for each color (6). Removing the rubber fixer as seen in the previous image, there are better displayed the eight holes where the ink will follow into the ink chambers are displayed better (7).

The next step is taking away the gold mirror panel from the back side of the electronic part which will allow seeing that the ink is staying in the plastic rubber container and then it is fired and shot out via the piezo vibration. There are 180 nozzles on each black column (8).
Notice: Even though the nozzles in the column are very small, the ink is hardly clogged here from drying or sedimentation if the ink is of good quality within shelf life.

The main reason for clogging is the Mirror Gold Metal Film! This gold mirror film (9) is the last point before the ink is printed out.

Due to the UV LED ink characteristics, the ink hardly dries or decants from inside. It is mainly clogged right at the surface of the mirror gold metal film. Why? One of the reasons is that during printing, the printer will create some powder due to the UV ink features and it will make the mirror side dirty. Another reason is represented by the printer head which is not wet enough and the ink inside will get dry to some degree.

To summarize, the printer head clogging happens for two main reasons:
1. Ink sedimentation which happens when the ink that is used has no quality or is expired and also when the printer is not in printing module, but it lacks on maintenance.
2. Ink drying which happens because of the improper maintenance that doesn’t follow the user manual request and also because of the long exposure of the printer in strong sun light environment.

The head clogging happens mainly because of the Mirror Golden Metal Film from outside to inside gradually. 85% of the printer head clogging is from this part and not any other part.

How to avoid the printer head clogging?
The ink sediments can be avoided by selecting quality inks and store them in the right environments. Also, activate the self-automated maintenance module if you are not going to use the printer. Moreover, change the consumables often (every 2 – 3 months) from ink bottles, ink dampers and wipers and cap top as well.

The ink drying can be avoided by operating the proper daily maintenance and cleaning the powder created from the printing to the Mirror Gold Metal Film. Avoid printer exposure under direct strong sun light environment and UV lighting resources as well.