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Epson 5000- Banding problem when printing on film positives

Postby CSRC » Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:24 am

Hello,

I am using the Epson Pro 5000 to print silk screens. However, there is a banding problem with the ink on the inkjet film positive. The characters noticeably are lined, like a bar code.Is there a way to fix this problem?

Also, who makes the best inkjet film positives for this printer? Thanks!
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Postby d fleming » Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:01 pm

Have you done any cleaning or nozzle checks?
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Postby yaleteamsandtees » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:35 am

Are you using a RIP??
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Postby make_edit » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:45 am

Or an alignment
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Postby CSRC » Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:22 am

We are using an RIP, do you think that is causing the ink to band?
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Postby d fleming » Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:13 pm

No I don't. Banding in prints is usually something physical to do with printheads, not software.
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Postby CSRC » Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:34 pm

Well, I've run a cleaning cycle and that hasn't done anything. Any other suggestions?
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Postby ROADSIDE » Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:48 am

try printing something in full color on paper and then clean the heads again.

My Epson bands if I dont use if for a couple weeks. Then I usually print something on paper and clean the heads 2 or 3 times and its good.
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Postby d fleming » Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:46 am

I agree with roadside. I have an epson 9500 and a seiko solvent printer. I run cleans daily on the seiko because of the isolvent ink to keep it flowing but have never had to worry about the epson. It still runs quite a bit but if it were to stay dormant for a few weeks I wold imagine it would take several full cleaning cycles and quite a bit of paper printed to clean up and fly right. If that doesn't work, have the heads checked for damage. A nozzle check is the quickest way to see exactly what each head is doing or not doing. Thats the first thing a tech would do on a repair call.
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