Line Matrix Printer Maintenance
10 Easy Maintenance Tips
How To Do Line Matrix Printer Maintenance
Paper residue from the printing operation can build up. If missing print or lines without print are appearing, wipe the paper ironer with a soft cloth. This can also clean lint and ink that may have built up.
When cleaning the hammer bank assembly, be careful not to over-bend or kink the ribbon mask. The hammer bank assembly is very fragile and if damaged will need to be serviced by a trained technician.
Be careful when pulling paper backwards through the paper path, especially when using label stock. If you are not careful, labels may detach and adhere to the printer within the paper path, where only a certified repair technician can remove them.
UNPLUG THE PRINTER BEFORE CLEANING! Many times we come out to fix a printer because it wasn’t unplugged before cleaning was done. Automatic parts may start to move during the cleaning process and catch you or the cleaning device. This can cause the part(s) to become misaligned or, even worse, break.
Do not use canned air to clean the hammer bank assembly. This can blow foreign materials into the line matrix printer and cause poor printing and possible damage. Instead, vacuum the hammer bank and surrounding areas. You should still be careful when vacuuming to not damage critical components.
It may sound silly, never operate the printer with the hood up. If by chance you decide to bypass the safety switch when the printer cover is up, be sure that a scarf or necktie isn’t dangling into the printer mechanism. This could lead to printer damage, or even worse, personal injury.
When replacing the ribbons, use only ribbons that are recommended for your line matrix printer. Check your user’s manual for the best ribbons. Be careful in choosing the right ribbons for your line matrix printers. Non-OEM ribbons may harm or even damage your line matrix printer.
A simple task like loading paper can also misalign or even damage your line matrix printer. On many line matrix printers you will need to “STOP” or set the printer to “NOT READY” state. Check your user’s manual for proper paper loading. It’s good practice to post the proper process for loading paper (as well as other printer functions) near the printer for a quick reminder, especially if many different people care for the printer.
Always pay attention to the error messages that your line matrix printer displays. Your user’s manual will have what each error message means. Keep the user’s manual readily available for easy access to reference an error message.
One of the best ways to protect your line matrix printer is with a printer service contract. Having a professional certified technician doing preventative maintenance and doing responsive repairs, can make a big difference.