[rescue] Phaser ink
jorge234q at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 20 20:14:51 CDT 2008
--- On Wed, 8/20/08, Andrew Weiss <ajwdsp at cloud9.net> wrote:
> On Aug 20, 2008, at 2:27 PM, Curious George wrote:
> > Yes, obviously. :< I imagine the "dried" (congealed?) ink
> > clogs the nozzles and can't be completely "reliquified" -- at
> > least not *reliably* and consistently enough for "print
> > quality" so they just purge the nozzles comletely?
> > I've not looked into the technology. I imagine it is more
> > similar to ink jet than, for example, thermal dye transfer?
> Yes. It's half laser, half inkjet. The crayons are melted into the
> printhead which then sprays them on a rotating drum. The pre-heated
> paper moves by and then is pressed against the drum where the ink
> sticks to the paper.
Then, presumably, through the equivalent of a fuser (which is
probably *not* heated for the reasons that it *is* in a laser)?
> During a cleaning cycle a funky oval gasket
> presses against the print head and a vacuum is drawn by the vacuum
> pump to pull ink out. The gasket pops back and there is a squeegee
> inside that then wipes the printhead in an up-down motion.
Can I (easily) see these mechanisms -- without taking everything
> The cap-wipe is the biggest failure item on the older machines, not
Why the name "cap-wipe"?
> the printhead itself. If you can't quite clean properly,
> check the cap-wipe gasket for cracks or complete failure.
"clean properly" meaning if it takes several cleaning cycles?
Or, if it just *never* comes clean??
It seems cleaning is an issue when I first start up. Portions of the
page may be missing one particular "color" (?)
> I have almost all the Tektronix and Xerox service manuals
> up to a few years ago which include the 8200 as the last printer.
How does one convince you to part with these (or copies thereof)?? ;-)
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