This week Epson technician Ron Ardito joins us to answer listener-submitted questions on printing with missing or clogged colors, bypassing the page width sensor, maximizing Epson print length, and more! Tune in for your weekly troubleshooting fix.
- Epson print length – can you print long lengths without using a RIP?
- How to bypass the page width sensor to print onto already used papers.
- What options do you have when a single color is clogged?
- Printing with canvas using the rear feed of a desktop printer.
Listen in to learn about epson print length, PW sensors, printing with missing colors, and more!
- For more from Ron, visit him at Arditos.com.
- For our how-to blog article on printing to canvas on your desktop printer, check out How to Load Canvas Sheets in a Desktop Printer.
- Listeners featured in this episode include Tim, Ken from Carmel Fine Art Printing and Reproduction, Pedro, and Marlene.
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Announcer: You are listening to the #AskBC podcast. Your printmaking questions, answered by the experts!
In this episode, we talk about printer limitations on print length, the Epson’s PW sensor, and how to print with missing or clogged colors.
Justin: What’s up everybody? It’s your host Justin and this is episode 12 of the AskBC podcast. Today we’re joined by special guest Ron Ardito from Arditos.com. Ron is a longtime independent Epson technician who helps us dig up the true answers to your printmaking questions.
Announcer 2: Tim asks, “Is it possible to print banners longer than 36 inches with the Epson 7900 without a RIP software?” [00:43]
Ron: I would think so. I wouldn’t use banner mode, I would just tell it you want it to print, you know, 42 inches – whatever it is. You don’t have to use banner mode.
Ron: You just set your page length correctly.
Justin: Yeah I know there is a max output on the driver, but it’s way larger than 36 inches. Maybe 10 feet.
Ron: Big time.
Justin: Something like that.
Ron: Yeah, yeah it’s huge. It’s huge. You don’t have to use banner mode. Well, maybe you should use banner mode and that would probably give you the ability to go ten feet. I don’t see that too often out there, so I really can’t give you an intelligent answer on that one, but I know they go way bigger than 36 [inches].
Justin: Yeah I know one of the common reasons people get a Rip is to bypass that driver limitation, but I think they have some confusion on the driver’s settings if I had to guess. [01:23]
Announcer 2: Ken with Carmel Fine Art Printing and Reproduction asks, “Is there a way to bypass the PW sensor on the 9890 and 9900 printers? I’m trying to print over a print a second time, but the printer keeps stopping halfway through because it senses that the paper has been printed on before.”
Ron: You can. What you can do is you can turn off the paper size check that’s in the control panel on the machine. What that does is it overrides the page width that you’ve chosen and now it really does not look, the machine will not size the paper left to right.
Justin: So maybe that’s what he’s referring to when he says “PW sensor,” – Page width?
Ron: Yeah, paper width. [02:00] Yeah, that’s what it is. So when you turn that off, you’re turning off the page width sensor.
Justin: Yeah, well that seems simple enough fix there isn’t it?
Announcer 2: Pedro asks, “I have an Epson 9900 and I did not use it for about three months. I try to use it this weekend, and the green channel is blotched. I perform many cleaning methods, even an SSCL and it is still clogged. Do you think it is okay to print without the green channel?” [02:27]
Ron: Absolutely. Yeah, sure. You know some RIPs will allow you to pick the channels you want to use or not use, depending on the inks you’re using .If you can eliminate that, fine, it’s not going to have an effect on the output.
You know, when people ask questions like this they seem rather simplistic in that – don’t they know by looking at what they’re printing whether they’re getting banding or they’re missing lines? And I guess what he’s asking is, is the mixing of the colors, is it going to make a difference? I don’t know.
Justin: Right, okay. From a hardware side, if you see a problem, then you need to fix it. If not, you’re good to keep printing. [02:57]
Ron: Yeah, yeah. If he’s lost his green and he’s unhappy with the output without the green, its time to change the print head.
Justin: I mean I think green and orange both are used to sparingly that he probably wouldn’t run into an issue. Just my thoughts on it initially. And if there’s a problem with color, maybe just reprofile it without that green channel in the profile might make up for it or something.
Ron: Oh, yes you can do that, sure, without a doubt. [03:16]
Announcer 2: Marlene asks, “Is there a simple method to get canvas to always feed well using the rear feed on the Epson 3880?”
Ron: [laughs] Yeah, sure.
Justin: [laughs] I was waiting for you to laugh on that one. [laughs] What’s the magic fix Ron?
Ron: The magic fix is for your company [Breathing Color] to make a canvas with a slight backing so it feeds like regular paper.
Justin: [laughs] Okay, got it. Got it. Other than that, we wait for Epson to make a roll-fed 3880.
Ron: Not gonna happen.
Justin: Not gonna happen?
Ron: No, never. They are coming out with a replacement for the 49-. And they’re going to address some of the issues, I’m sure they will.
Justin: Is that what it is? I heard that they had a printer underneath a cloak at WPPI – the WPPI trade show. And nobody knew what it was, but it was printing pretty amazingly. And they say it was pretty small, looked like the size of a 3880 but they wouldn’t unveil it. So.
Ron: Well when you say “amazingly,” are you talking fast?
Justin: Great quality as compared to like the 4900.
Ron: Oh the 4900 quality is phenomenal; the problem with the 4900 is durability. They just break down too often. You know, the output is phenomenal. [04:19]
Every Epson printer, regardless of if it’s a $100 machine or a $10,000 machine, the output is phenomenal. What differentiates one from another is the ability to feed different types of media.
Ron: Different sizes, larger, smaller, you know, that’s the big difference.
Justin: Gotcha. Yeah I don’t know what it is, but it’ll be exciting to find out I guess once they take the veil off so to speak.
Justin (recorded later): I did want to go ahead and point out for you guys that we do have a blog article that talks about loading canvas sheets into a smaller format printer like an Epson 3880 or an Epson 3800. I’ll link up to that blog article in the show notes, so be sure to stick around until the end of the episode for that link to those show notes. [04:54]
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