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Bottle printing – how to install artisJet rotary attachment

WHAT IS ARTISJET ROTARY ATTACHMENT?

The artisJet rotary attachment was already introduced in a previous article. artisJet’s cylindrical device is a custom designed attachment for artis BR U1800 A3+ LED UV system, due to the printer’s maximum height adjustment up to 170 mm. The rotary device effectively fits the working area and is attached to the printer’s flatbed. The cylindrical device ensures printing on a multitude of bottle substrate materials and sizes: aluminum, plastic, metal, glass, opaque, transparent, small bottles or wine bottles, any type of bottle that you need to customize by digital LED UV direct printing.

From a technical point of view, the rotary attachment has a simple design, which makes it easy to handle and user-friendly. What makes the bottle media rotate on the device? The artisJet rotary attachment is made of 3 major parts: silicone rollers (1), distance bars (2), and installation ports (3).

Preparation before printing: print principle and key points.
Print on cylindrical products directly with the rotary attachment by rotating the bottles through fixing the rotary jig on the working table. The print area should be regular subjects and the printing area should be the highest point of the bottle. Install the rotary jig correctly as instructed by artisJet user menu.

HOW TO INSTALL THE ROTARY ATTACHMENT?

There are 4 silicone rollers on the rotary attachment. These silicone rollers are the ones that drive the substrates to be printed through the friction force.

The four silicone rollers are fixed through the screw holes (4). It can be easily adjusted for different positions (5), depending on the bottle diameter. All four silicone rollers shall evenly reach the flatbed and rotate smoothly as the flatbed moves (6).

Custom LED UV rotary printing with artis BR U1800 accommodates cylindrical objects with a maximum print bottle diameter of 8 cm (3.15 inches) and a maximum printable bottle length of 32 cm (12.6 inches). Therefore, the distance bar it is for different sizes of bottles and it can be adjusted based on each bottle length for printing on demand: small (7), medium (8) or big (9), up to 32 cm in length.

The installation port is applied for the right installation of the rotary attachment. The first step is to adjust the position of the rotary attachment by fixing the four rollers through different screw holes (5). Second step implies moving the printer’s flatbed back and forth after fixing the rotary attachment in order to ensure that all four rollers rotate smoothly. If not, the rotary attachment shall be adjusted to ensure this (6).

How to be sure the rotation will be smooth? Put the media on the rollers and ensure the line at the highest point of the media shall be distanced about 5 mm away from the back center line of the ink pump (11). This is necessary to follow in order to avoid ink spray from the print head when printing on the arc of the bottles (10).

The artisJet rotary attachment is installed. The only thing that needs to be done is to set the software for the design of choice and start the print job of the first bottle with artisJet digital LED UV direct printing solutions.

Watch this video for 360 degree full cylinder printing on small plastic bottle, using the artisJet rotary attachment custom made for artis BR U18700 A3+ LED UV printer.

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How to print embossed effect on phone cases

ARTISJET PHONECASE SOLUTIONS FOR EMBOSSED PRINTING

You may be a designer looking to start a new brand or an online retailer looking to boost your catalog of products, artisJet has the solution. There is no minimum order with artisJet LED UV printers as everything can be printed on demand.

The specialty about printing phone cases and phone covers with artisJet platforms is that the prints can be embossed. You can feel the texture on the phone case. With artisRIP software is easy to know how to emboss the part that you want to be printed with raised colors in the design. Basically, you control what should be embossed and textured.

Custom raised printing can be achieved with multiple layers for inkjet height, delivering varnish and glossy print capability and durable 3D characters printing, with a letter thickness up to 10 mm.

With features as high color brightness, clearness and resolution, the embossed and textured effect gives the possibility to print graphics offering the potential to enhance the results on the substrates by adding vivid colors.

With instant UV curing, artisJet systems ensure printing layered texture or raised printing effect, providing a dimensional print on protective cases and covers for electronics, regardless the type of the material.

UV LED printing offers high quality of the printed image, graphic, artwork, logo or text with durable adhesion of the inks onto metal, various types of plastic, TPU, acrylic and so many rigid an flexible substrates. The UV LED ink is durable and scratch resistant even when printed in multiple layers to achieve the raised effect. The ink adheres perfectly to the substrate.

Create raised texture phone cases on a multitude of brand phone cases: IPhone, Samsung, Huawei, Sony, HTC etc. that will stand out in the market.

Simple printing process for touchable designs. You can print all types of case with any color in 3D raised effect. Just place the case you need to print onto the working table, edit the artwork you need to print from artisJet case RIP, adjust the software settings and output from artisRIP directly and enjoy the customized phone case final product.

UV LED curing system is ideal to print directly on any case with immediate dry. The ease of printing can also be achieved by multiple printing which is done just by one click on control panel. The white ink capability ensures that all the colors of cases can be printed directly, including white case, black case and transparent case. Due to the anti – static printing system, you can get clear prints even on transparent materials.

LED UV printing options for your phone case business enhancement.

artis 2100U A4 LED UV printer is an ergonomic desktop printer suitable for desktop home based businesses. It is designed to print on multiple small items such as phone covers. It can print 4 Iphone 6 cases at one time pass, due to the special jig for phone cases.

artis 3000U A3+ LED UV desktop printer is great for medium business runners, offering best color performances. It is instantly drying the inks directly on any kind of phone case material such as electroplated phone case printing, TPU phone case printing, acrylic phone case printing, leather phone cover printing, white substrate printing, customized transparent phone cases printing and other phone cases types you can think of for printing.

artisJet A4 and A3+ LED UV systems allow you to print high resolution, photo quality images, logos and detailed text with raised graphics on mobile phone cases and tablet covers.

artisjet gives you all the equipment and materials as well as the training to create a powerful business making beautifully designed, durable custom phone cases with time saving and cost effective printing production.

Interested in artisJet’s printing solution for your business? Discover more by sending your inquiries to info@artisjet.com or easily use the contact form on artisJet website.

You have a favorite printed application sample? Request a sample!

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artisJet Direct Printing Solution for variable data printing

How to take the personalization printing to the next level.
The solution is to bring to the light the uniqueness of variable data printing. Through variable data printing, you can engage more customers into more personalization printing solutions of your business.

How’s that? The overview of Variable Data Printing is that a printer uses technology to drive the printing process. Together with a software specialized not only in VDP but for multiple printing on demand jobs, such as artisRIP V.9.1, a printed item can contain variable information without limiting the content and even graphics. This is what makes digital VDP a truly economical solution for your business.

At the same time, VDP ensures individualized production pieces at a high quality automated workflow. Variable Data Printing is a solution that sells itself, solely by the increased ROI in the market place, adding true value and engaging customers in a variety of industries.

What is artisJet VDP (Variable Data Printing) solution?
A solution empowered by artisJet printers and artisRIP V.9.1 software allowing a continuous production for variable data printing onto all the substrates in bigger quantity on demand.

In terms of production, it is about a direct printing technology on any materials including on demand printing, in which elements such as text, graphics, barcodes and images may be changed from one printed piece to the next, without stopping or slowing down the printing process and using information from a database of external file.

DELIVERING PERSONALIZED VARIABLE DATA ON ALL SUBSTRATES VIA DIGITAL DIRECT PRINTING

Unique features of artisJet VDP printing.
First of all, Variable Data Printing applications can help you expand and add benefits to your business by developing new market products. This is an effective way to attract more customers, a solution that is directly proportional with an increased investment level and a minimum effort for an overall productivity workflow.
Moreover, Variable Data Printing can be used for all products, covering a wide range of materials and products for you to print directly at a fast yet quantity production.

With professionalism in mind, artisJet aims to offer comprehensive VDP printing solution with the capability of total ease of access and functionality. This translates into providing not only printing platforms, but software solutions as well in order to operate the printing applications, with a minimized learning process as a benefit.

To support this idea, artisJet VDP production is empowered by artisRIP V.9.1 software.

How artisJet direct to substrates printers work with the VDP?
Benefiting from the unique feature of direct printing on any substrates with embossed and glossy results in sharp color detailing, artisJet printers have been widely used for products with high additional value in the personalization industry.

Which are the steps we need to follow in order to realize the VDP direct printing?

Let’s take the variable data card printing as an example.

When we print the cards in the same background layout, but with different contents (e.g. business cards, credit cards), the data of the card such as names, photos or coding are different. If you want to complete the output printing of cards with different data by one pass instead of importing it every single time, we need to use the artisJet V.9.1 variable data printing software. This can be done in few simple steps.

A first step is creating an Excel file which will contain all the information required for the VDP cards.

Secondly, benefiting from the artisJet Software, a card template must be created. The card template is determined by each customer’s requirements in terms of size, contents, graphics and design. As for the style layout, the customer could design his own VDP card using the various tools in the artisJet V.9.1 software.

After the template was finished, the next step is to correlate the design with the variable data from the Excel file, software setups and proceed to the printing and other settings.

For detailed printing steps and software setups regarding Variable Data Printing, check artisJet’s VDP card printing solution on tutorial page.

With artisJet VDP printing you can get an attractive solution suitable for direct marketing and branding and a personalized option as well, which is coherent with your customer’s interests, increasing the responsiveness towards the business.

Interested in artisJet’s printing solution for your business? Discover more by sending your inquiries to info@artisjet.com or easily use the contact form on artisJet website.

You have a favorite printed application sample? Request a sample!

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How to unclog and clean the LED UV printer head

All the printers will encounter problems from time to time when printing day in and day out. In order to achieve durable printing life span and highest quality your printer can produce, consistency is the main key. It is important to keep the print head in top condition and the easiest way of doing this is by simply running a test print or a nozzle check every time before printing. This way you can follow the state of your print head and find out if a cleaning is needed.

Clogged nozzles can cause many printing issues. By doing a nozzle check on a daily basis insures that you are always aware of the current state of your printer’s performance.

What to do if the printer head is clogged? In a previous article, we presented some of the reasons the printer head can clog. The printer head is always the most cost part in a printer and it is a big headache for all the LED UV printer users if they are facing the problem. Before we think about how to clean the clogged head, we have to know if the printer head is really clogged.

But how to judge if the printer head is clogged becomes an essential question.
If you find that the printed image is unexpectedly faint or dots in the printed image are missing, you may be able to identify the problem by checking the print head nozzles. You can check the print head nozzle from your computer using the Nozzle Check utility in the printer software or from the printer itself.

Sometimes, even with a perfect nozzle check, the problem cannot be solved and this can be for several reasons.
Problem: When doing a nozzle check, the color stripes are supposed to be fully printed, with no interruption in the lines, but sometimes there are some gaps in the nozzle check (as in the image below) even after several software Head Cleaning and Automatic Cleaning were done already.

When your nozzle check is the same as the one in the picture, DO NOT go directly to treat it as the printer head is clogged!

Follow the right steps to solve the nozzle check problem.
Step 1 – ink level check. Check if there is enough ink in the ink bottles by opening the ink tanks. Refill ink if the ink tube port is already above the ink level. After this, proceed by doing the PRINTER HEAD CLEANING from the software or printer driver.

If the problem persists, try the second step.
Step 2 – Cap Top situation diagnose. Take the ink maintenance syringe and suction from the waste ink tank tube. By doing this, you can encounter several states of the problem.

Firstly, the cap top is in good situation if you can take the inks out easily with some pressure and feel the vacuum well. Then you do not have to practice the following steps but make nozzle check directly again.

Secondly, if you cannot feel the vacuum at all and there is air leaking sound when suction the ink, it means that you are dealing with a cap top malfunction and this requires replacement. The reason? As time goes by, the sponge in the cap top will be melted gradually by the solvents in the ink.

Another reason is that the cap top may be clogged if you cannot drag the syringe and you feel strong vacuum. What to do? Pour the cleaning solution onto the cap top sponge and wait for 10 minutes and suction again until the cap top is in the good situation as mentioned above.

Continue and make nozzle check again. If the nozzle check is good it means the problem is solved. But, if the nozzle check still is not good, then proceed on the following steps.

Step 3 – Damper situation diagnose. Take out the damper, the one for the color which nozzle line is not good from the carriage. If the damper is normal, then you can suction the ink into the syringe.
The damper will need replacement if you cannot get the ink out or it gets out too little but with big pressure as the damper is clogged itself.

Finally, if the imperfect nozzle check still exists, then the problem will be from the printer head!
How to unclog the printer head? One mean is by manual cleaning with cleaning liquid. If the manual cleaning still cannot solve the problem, clean the head by ultrasonic device.

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How to avoid the LED UV printer head clogging

The UV LED printer head becomes one of the main problems for all the printer users while enjoying the benefits from the UV LED printing technology.

Why the UV LED printer head is more easily to be clogged or blocked? Start from the inside of the printer head itself (take Epson DX5 as an example). The golden surface has 8 chambers and each one contains 180 nozzles with about 1.5 nm diameter (1).

Clogging possibility No.1. The printer head has 8 ink damper holders, one holder for each color (2, 3). The damper is an important part to filter the inks from the ink tubes to the ink heads. The damper holder/filter can cause the clogging in the situation of:
1. Expired ink - when the ink inside the holder is bad quality or there is chemical change;
2. Long time without printing - the ink inside of the head is dry.

Solution:
Do not take the printer head out when the printer will not be used for less than 10 days, but use self-automated maintenance module from the control system.
Do not use the printer where the light is strong, especially direct sun light.

Clogging possibility No.2. Once the electronic part of the printer head is put aside (4), the manifold or adaptor will be exposed (5). Backside of the electronic print part, there is a channel for each color (6). Removing the rubber fixer as seen in the previous image, there are better displayed the eight holes where the ink will follow into the ink chambers are displayed better (7).

The next step is taking away the gold mirror panel from the back side of the electronic part which will allow seeing that the ink is staying in the plastic rubber container and then it is fired and shot out via the piezo vibration. There are 180 nozzles on each black column (8).
Notice: Even though the nozzles in the column are very small, the ink is hardly clogged here from drying or sedimentation if the ink is of good quality within shelf life.

The main reason for clogging is the Mirror Gold Metal Film! This gold mirror film (9) is the last point before the ink is printed out.

Due to the UV LED ink characteristics, the ink hardly dries or decants from inside. It is mainly clogged right at the surface of the mirror gold metal film. Why? One of the reasons is that during printing, the printer will create some powder due to the UV ink features and it will make the mirror side dirty. Another reason is represented by the printer head which is not wet enough and the ink inside will get dry to some degree.

To summarize, the printer head clogging happens for two main reasons:
1. Ink sedimentation which happens when the ink that is used has no quality or is expired and also when the printer is not in printing module, but it lacks on maintenance.
2. Ink drying which happens because of the improper maintenance that doesn’t follow the user manual request and also because of the long exposure of the printer in strong sun light environment.

The head clogging happens mainly because of the Mirror Golden Metal Film from outside to inside gradually. 85% of the printer head clogging is from this part and not any other part.

How to avoid the printer head clogging?
The ink sediments can be avoided by selecting quality inks and store them in the right environments. Also, activate the self-automated maintenance module if you are not going to use the printer. Moreover, change the consumables often (every 2 – 3 months) from ink bottles, ink dampers and wipers and cap top as well.

The ink drying can be avoided by operating the proper daily maintenance and cleaning the powder created from the printing to the Mirror Gold Metal Film. Avoid printer exposure under direct strong sun light environment and UV lighting resources as well.

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