Troubleshooting:-Inkjet

Why should I choose model-wise ink for refilling my ink cartridge when universal inks are also available?

Firstly, different inkjet printers have different specifications (like DPI, resolution, speed, usage, etc.) and inkjet cartridge and inks are designed keeping in view printer specifications. This leads to change in ink specifications (like pH, viscosity, surface tension, etc.) as per printer/cartridge.

Secondly, in order to discourage refilling OEMs also formulate ink/toner of different specifications for different cartridges, design cartridges in a manner which are difficult to refill as refilling greatly effects OEM cartridge business world-wide.

 So, aftermarket (compatible) industry has no choice except to formulate different inks for different cartridges, keeping in view OEM ink/cartridge specifications. 

Apart from good quality inks which other factors contribute for overall quality in refilling?

Apart from good quality inks refilling procedure, condition of cartridge, condition of printer, quality of media (paper, banner, etc.), environmental and usage conditions like dust, dirt, temperature etc. play an important role in print quality obtained from refilled cartridges.

How to get best refilling results in inkjet cartridges?

Apart from factors discussed in above question following factors contribute for best results in inkjet cartridge refilling:

-       prompt refilling

-       clean water (de-ionized or distilled or at least RO)

-       clean and dust free refilling area

-       clean refilling tools

-       proper cleaning of cartridge (inside and outside both)

-       inside cleaning by cleaning solution

-       carefully closing refill holes keeping in view air-vents of ink cartridge

-       safe & careful handling, storage and packing of ink cartridges (protecting print-head)

-       testing facility 

I have color printer (inkjet) and color cartridge, both, but certain colors are not printed.

Check 1 color from total 4 colors (CMYK) of your ink cartridge might be out of ink. As all the colors printed from a color cartridge are generated by mixing these 4 colors only e.g. Green is printed by mixing Cyan and Yellow, so if yellow is  exhausted then whenever we’ll print green we’ll get only cyan (blue). 

Replaced a new/refilled inkjet cartridge in my printer but printer is not .

recognizing the cartridge (red light indicator).

There can be 3 possible reasons to this problem:

a)     Installed cartridge is not compatible with printer.

b)     Seal or print head protectors are not removed.

c)     Cartridge is not installed properly.

d)     Contacts on printer or the ink cartridge are dirty.

e)     Cartridge is short circuit or dead.

Replaced a new/refilled ink cartridge but still getting a ‘low ink’ message.

Normally ‘low ink’ message is displayed by the inkjet printer when remaining ink inside the cartridge is less than 30% or so. This is done by the ink-drop-counter of the inkjet printer. Now, even on replacing a new/refilled cartridge in the printer this ‘low ink’ message can be seen on following situations:

a)     If ink cartridge is replaced in power-off mode, so always install ink cartridge when printer is with power turned on.

b)    Replaced cartridge is either refilled or remanufactured as OEMs do not track ink level of refilled/remanufactured cartridges.

Ink Warning disable procedure:

Disabling this warning involves a short and simple process.

a.     Look for a message that reads “Don’t Show this Again” on the “Low ink” warning message. If such a message shows up, click on the check box to disable the warning.

b.    Click on the “Start” button on your computer. Select “Printers and Faxes”. Right click on your printer and select “Properties”.

c.     Click on the “Ports” tab in the properties window and click on the check mark in the box that says “Enable Bi-directional Support”. Click on “Apply” then “OK”.

NOTE: Disabling Bi-directional communications support may cause many of the non-printing functions to stop working (i.e. scanning, faxing, etc.). This is not a suggested solution.

Print head of my ink cartridge requires inside cleaning by applying ‘–ve air pressure’.

For this you need a PHCS (Print Head Cleaning Station), a syringe (20 ml) and a tissue paper.

1)     Fit cartridge in PHCS

2)     Insert syringe in PHCS rubber pad

3)     Pulling syringe with pressure would cause ink bleeding into the syringe, for more pressure may use a 50 ml syringe.

4)     This would remove clogging of print-head (nozzles).

5)     Before taking any prints better confirm first that clogging is removed (manually, as explained above) and if problem persists you need to clean print-head by using ‘hot water’ (explained below).

 

For more Information about Head Cleaning Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChhoJ9CMDxn4ua0lpmTOtoQ

Print head of my ink cartridge requires inside cleaning with ‘hot water’.

Take some clean hot water (DI or distilled or at least RO) in a coffee mug (one forth) and in this dip print-head of the ink-cartridge for 15-20 minutes. This would open the clogged print-head (nozzles). Before taking any prints better confirm that clogging is removed (manually, as explained above) and if problem persists you need to clean print-head by using ‘steam’ (explained below).

Print head of my ink cartridge requires inside cleaning with ‘steam’.

Give some hot steams to print-head of the ink-cartridge using a domestic steamer used for giving steams, for about 15-20 minutes. This would open the clogged print-head (nozzles). Before taking any prints better confirm that clogging is removed (manually, as explained above) and if problem persists you need to clean print-head by using ‘cleaning solution (internal)’ (explained below).

Print head of my ink cartridge requires inside cleaning with ‘cleaning solution (internal)’.

Take out all the ink inside the ink cartridge using PHCS and syringe (as explained in print-head cleaning applying –‘ve pressure). Fill the cartridge with head-cleaning solution (internal, as external print-head cleaning solutions are also available). Place it keeping print-head down position on a tissue pad (creating by folding it 3-4 times) for some 2-4 hours, may install cartridge in the printer and take some test prints. This would open the clogged print-head (nozzles). Use PHCS to take all the head-cleaning solution out of your cartridge. Fill ink and before taking any prints better confirm first that clogging is removed (manually, as explained above) and if problem persists you need to take cartridge to a technical expert or discard the cartridge.

 

For More Information about head cleaning visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChhoJ9CMDxn4ua0lpmTOtoQ

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