Customer has the material Self adhesive textile and wants to produce panels. At this moment he gets panel length difference 0,5 cm per panel. Can anyone tell me what is the tolerance of printing panels?
I've looked in the user guide and this is what I've found in the page 83:
During the printing process, some substrates may shrink, while others may expand. If this happens, the
dimensions of the print will not be correct.
As a general rule, you can expect the following percentages of shrinkage:
● Banner: less than 2%
● Self-adhesive vinyl: less than 0.5%
● Backlit: less than 0.5%
● Paper: less than 0.5%
● PP & PE synthetics: less than 1%
The framing problem may be solved by printing a sample and adjusting the size of the image in the RIP. You
may reuse this value for all your future prints with the same substrate, although special care must be taken
when using banners, as the shrinkage may vary up to 1% depending on the amount of ink used in the print.
You can expect the following variations from one print to another:
● Banner: less than 0.3%
● Self-adhesive vinyl: less than 0.1%
● Backlit: less than 0.05%
● Paper: less than 0.1%
● PP & PE synthetics: less than 0.4%
To solve the tiling problem and improve the repeatability of the printed size (with the 360 printer only), you
are recommended to ensure that the substrate-advance sensor is enabled in the RIP's substrate preset, as
this will improve the stability of the prints over time. You are also recommended to tile together areas with
similar amounts of ink. If this is not possible, print the areas with different amounts of ink as different jobs
and modify the length of the job with less ink in the RIP to match its size with the job with high ink content.
Some RIPs may provide a scaling option that allows you to compensate easily for substrate shrinkage or
expansion; see your RIP documentation.
I hope this information will be useful.
Did the information help you? Does your customer have any other question?
What about if the lenght size shifts in every other panel. We're experience leght size shifting in about 0.25'' per panel and is not consistent. I have never seen this issue even in older versions of latex printers such as the 25500 series.
We've uploaded a document on how to print tiles with the hp Latex 300:
Wallcovering Printing tips and tricks
It has a chapter about "Printer calibrations and settings" that might be helpful. Can have a look and tell me if it helps you?
I've read this and have done everything but I still get length inconsistencies. When printing a multiple panel mural I have differences between each panel. For example, the first panel could be an inch off and the second and third could be 3/8th" off.
I've talked to 3 different HP reps and they all say the same thing. "Check Long Runs" "Clean your OMAS" "Lower the pass or heat." But nothing works and it's completely inconsistence. Any other ideas? Keep in mind it's happening to textile materials such as 'HP PVC FREE - suede' and 'Vescom - Sand'
I'm thinking the Latex 360 my company bought is a lemon.
I am sorry to hear that you haven´t been able to find a workaround. As a suggestion, you can have a look at the User Guide (page 83) on the chapter "how to apply RIP compensation". Please bear in mind that the parameter will change are tottaly customized. because each printer and tile/job is different.
Question, what RIP are you running? For the sake of this issue, I will assume it's Onyx and you will need go in this order:
I worked with my customer 2 weeks ago on this very same issue - panels were over by x and under by x - and once we completed all the steps, every panel nailed the width and was consistently the same length - .25" under actual. Caution - if your expecting NASA specs, then you will be disapointed. No single wall is the same wheter it be opposing walls or one wall from left to right.
If you're running something other than Onyx, contact your RIP support and they'll point you in the right direction.
Also, before you begin printing, make sure you select LRCM within the media setting at the printer.
Your 360 is not a lemon.
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