As solid label manufacturers and printer suppliers, we know a thing or two about getting the most out of your Transfer Label Printer. We’ve listed 7 tips to ensure the best performance for your thermal transfer printer. At CILS International, our technical support team is in regular contact. With customers to solve printer problems that often can be prevented with proper maintenance.
7 Tips of Transfer Label Printer
Be Sure to Calibrate
Transfer Label Printer after installing a new tape or media roll If you don’t calibrate your printer, you risk wasting labels by printing in the wrong area (this usually happens with smaller labels) or making mistakes (this usually happens with larger labels). It should be noted that some thermal transfer printers self-calibrate when the print head is closed, so it is advised to know this before loading. The label and attempting to print.
Vacuum the Inside of The Transfer Label Printer Regularly
This will remove any accumulated fibers/dust. Static electricity from the ribbon’s friction against the Transfer Label Printer head attracts particles to the ribbon, and when these particles pass under the print head, they cause white “spots” in black prints.
Keep The Print Head Clean
If the Transfer Label Printer head is not cleaned regularly with a dedicated print head cleaner (isopropyl alcohol pen) or cleaning cloth, the tape rubbing against the print head during printing can cause black residue to build up over time. This is evident in the vertical and horizontal lines visible in the black print. It is possible to set up a print head cleaning routine each time the tape or media roll is changed. If you don’t have a dedicated printhead cleaning pen, a printhead cleaning heat cloth or a cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol (IPA) will work just fine.
Use The Correct Heat And Speed Settings
When printing durable labels, print at the slowest speed, lowest temperature setting, and lowest printhead pressure to maximize printhead life. It will be easy to see the minimum of these three items as you will not get a high-quality Transfer Label Printer. Increase the temperature while printing at the slowest speed to get good print quality and durability.
Avoid Tape Wrinkles
Make sure the cardboard core where the tape is assembled is completely aligned and smooth. Remove the waste bar regularly. Diagonal wrinkles can also occur if the print head temperature (density) is set too high. It temporarily blocks the heat and pressure of the print head. Reduce the speed and print head temperature to the lowest possible settings that still provide the print quality and durability you need.
Tear or Roll The Transfer Label Printer
Do not use a scalpel or knife, as this can damage the drive roller, resulting in voids in theTransfer Label Printer.
Use Tape a Little Wider
If you have a large label and try to use a narrower width tape, just enough for the print area you need. You run the risk of uneven wear on the print head and drive roller. Note that print heads wear out over time and are easily replaced. If you’ve followed the suggestions above or talked to us and you’re still seeing vertical white lines in your black prints, the print head is most likely scratched or worn. If you’re looking to upgrade an existing Transfer Label Printer, have questions about setting up your existing printer, or need help selecting the right label for your application.
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