1430 carts missing many segments

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#1

My 1430 has been sitting with flush carts for a bit over two months. I covered the air inlet on my IJM carts, but not the outlet before storing them. I have given the carts a good shake as well as a 500KM car ride. I get a perfect nozzle check with the flush carts but not with the ink carts when I reinstall them in the 1430. After two head cleans, Y looks good but the other 5 are missing anything from 30 to 60% of the segments in a nozzle check.

I thought that I had done the right thing with storage but obviously nor. My two questions now are:

  1. How do I get the carts going again
  2. What else do I need to do to avoid this in the future?

#2

After many head cleans, and refilling the carts which had emptied while cleaning, I now am up and running after a fashion. I’m still missing a segment or two on three out of six carts. I’d still like to know if I did the right thing on storage and recovery.


#3

Jeff,

You may know this already, but when I was trying to revive a dead R2880, I had some segments that would come and go. Brian explained that if that was the case, it was an air lock. I managed to take care of the air lock fairly easily by doing a couple of ink charge cycles. I had a similar experience on my R3000 when one of my carts went empty. (When I removed a battery style chip cart to shake, it reset itself and I didn’t notice it.) It took a couple of ink charges to recover the channel.

I also heard that clean cycles fire the piezoelectric elements inside the heads. Too many of these in a short time can overheat and damage the electricals. Ink charges just use suction to pull ink through the head, and is better to do for stubborn clogs, but uses a lot more ink. I could be wrong though.

Larry


#4

Larry,

Thanks. I think my issue is with the IJM Easyfill carts not the head. I have just put the non-IJM flush carts back in, run a head clean, and got a perfect nozzle check. A good nozzle check seems like too big an ask for these carts.


#5

Hi Jeff~

Here is information for flushing a printer for long-term storage or when changing inks (which also includes a note on storing carts out of the printer): http://www.inkjetmall.com/tech/content.php?140-Flushing-Epson-Pro-and-desktop-model-printers-for-safe-long-term-storage-or-when-switching-inks

If your EasyFill capsules have dried ink in the air vent, exit channel and/or screen after being stored out of the printer, than could give you issues with ink flow, resulting in what looks like clogs. If this is the case, then I recommend getting a new set of empty capsules, and sealing for future storage to avoid drying.

Another thing that can cause missing nozzles is air, which can occur after refilling and/or reinstalling cartridges. To avoid this, tap cartridges exit valve down a few times after refilling (to force ink down and air up), then wait a few minutes after reinstalling them into your printer before doing cleaning cycles or printing nozzle checks.

I hope this helps~ Dana :slight_smile:


#6

Thanks Dana. I really don’t know what has happened. I have followed the instructions and left the1430 with flush carts and a good nozzle check. The Easyfills had blutac over the air holes and were stored in Ziploc bags. Two months later, when I came to restore it, I had a good nozzle check on the flush, and agitated the carts. It’s a long story but I started off with many missing segments. After umpteen head cleans and nozzle checks, I still had a couple of missing segments in a couple of the carts, and it just didn’t sort itself out by leaving it to stand or purge patterns etc. I swapped between flush and ink a couple of times. Each time I got a good check with flush and a bad one with ink

Today, I have driven 300 miles with the printer and inks. I put in the flush carts and got a good nozzle check. After the head cleans, I did another nozzle check with the ink installed and it was perfect, as was another that I have just done. I have no idea why it has now decided to work.

I hope that you can see some logic in this. It is escaping me.


#7

It sounds like possibly air in the ink capsules after shaking them, which has settled out and is now providing good ink flow.

Happy printing~ Dana


#8

Thanks Dana. Another lesson learned.