I feel the need to clarify my statement and thoughts behind it, because it seems you are offended by my response, and that was certainly not my intention.
Yes, I help lots of people with all sorts of printer issues, including clogging, poor flow, mis-firing nozzles, cartridge troubles, alignment issues, mechanical problems, etc… I am absolutely not saying there are no problems, and feel I have a very realistic perspective (though, thanks for saying I’m overly optimistic- I wish that was true). From my experience of working in our professional studio, our R+D area (which doesn’t have the same conditions as our studio- essentially simulating an average “home studio”), and working with thousands of customers over the years- I have learned many ways to 1. help prevent issues, and 2. help resolve issues when they do occur. I have worked with many Epson printers over the years, including the 1160/860, 1200, 1280/1290, 2000P, 3000, 1500, R800/R1800, R2400, R1900, R2000, 2200, R3000, 1400, 1430, Artisan 50, Workforce 1100, WP-4020, B510-DN, NX625, 3800, 3880, 4000, 7000/9000, 7600/9600, 7800/9800, 7880/9880, 7900/9900, 4900- so have learned a lot that I enjoy using to help others.
Everyone’s conditions, workflow, equipment, etc… are different (as are personalities, preferences, and life in general). I have learned that maintaining proper humidity levels, and in-suspension inks, keeping the equipment clean/maintained, and regularly exercised will give the best and most consistent results, and extend the life of the printer. We publish what we learn, and our recommended practices to help others- obviously it’s up to individuals to decide if they care to follow our recommendations, or learn for themselves. The majority of printer issues I help troubleshoot are related to very dry climates, old ink/carts, old printer parts, or infrequent use of the printer- which are avoidable problems, so we want to help people avoid these frustrating experiences whenever possible.
There is not only one “right” way to print or care for your printer, and the more you learn about different printer models, the more you can fine tune your own workflow. For example desktop vs. pro model printers: they have many similarities, but also many differences. We tend to generalize our printer maintenance info, because adding every little detail would make it VERY long and hard for many to read/follow. Obviously, it’s easier to flush a desktop printer that doesn’t have ink lines and dampers- so, it’s worth installing flush carts when the printer won’t be used for a while for safe storage. With a pro model that has ink lines and dampers, it’s wasteful and can be hard on the printer to flush too frequently, so we feel it’s best to use the machine regularly, and maintain proper humidity levels to keep the printer in good working condition, instead of flushing then reinstalling inks. We only flush our pro model printers if we know they won’t be used for several months- otherwise, I keep track of when each printer was last used, and check them by doing a nozzle check and print every week or two.
I am well aware of your history, and know you have experience using Piezography with the R2400 and R3000 printers, we have worked together many times over the years, and as I said before- I/we DO appreciate your input. I know many people have set up some sort of automatic print workflow to help keep ink flowing to prevent drying/clogging while they are away, or not able to print regularly. I think this is a great idea, and like that people share what they’re doing with this support community. Although I don’t think it’s necessary to do daily- this is your workflow, and I hope it gives you the desired results. I replied to your post after you were surprised that nobody had any comments, by thanking you for your input and suggesting maybe nobody had commented because your workflow doesn’t fit their needs, and pointed out other great ways to have good results with your professional pigment ink setup. I’m sorry if you were somehow offended by my post, and hope clarifying my extended thoughts makes more sense.
Best regards and happy printing!