We need to cover a few basics, please answer the following:
How old is this printer?
How well have you maintained the cleanliness of the capping station?
And how long did it sit with pigment inks installed without use before switching over to Cone carts?
Have you tried cleaning the capping station as Jon recommended?[/QUOTE]
printer is probably around 3 years old. I have done no maintenance on the capping station, but I have had no problems with it and it was in use and working properly at the point I switched three of the carts over to Cone inks. I just read Jon’s recommendations today, as for some reason even though I signed up for instant emails to notify me of posts to my thread, I received none, so I finally just went on this site to find the replies. I will follow the instructions on cleaning the capping station. Even though the 2880 printer is not mentioned in the linked article, I’m assuming it applies.
[QUOTE=KellyC;8890]You can test the channel on the head by using your OEM cartridge if there is any ink left in it to determine if it is in fact a head failure issue or a cartridge failure. [/QUOTE]
I have neither a head failure or a cartridge failure, I am able to print without issue once I realized that the cartridge, which showed ink, actually had none. It’s not really clear if the ink from that cartridge bled out or not. I understand now the point that the chips don’t monitor the contents of the cartridge, but only estimate what is used. From what, exactly? What kind of algorithm is used to estimate ink usage? How are the Cone cartridge chips different from the OEM cartridges, which seem to do a pretty consistent job of monitoring the ink, in my experience?
[QUOTE=KellyC;8890]If the cartridge drained out into the capping station, it could have been because your capping station is dirty and created a continuous suction of ink through the head, essentially draining the cart into the waste pad. In this case, the printer wouldn’t have monitored this ink loose because it’s not part of any normal function, such as head cleans or start ups. The chip read sensor automatically detects ink levels based on programming that is determined by how much ink each normal operation function uses in these printers. The ink levels are not monitored manually within the cartridge, so if the cartridges drains out in a short period of time, due to a bad/leaky cartridge OR a capping station being dirty and creating a suction of ink continuously into the waste pad, then the chip read sensor has no way of determining this.[/QUOTE]