9 Essential Tips for Keeping Your RICOH Ri 1000 in Top Shape

As part of our commitment to your success, we want to make sure that you are getting optimal performance from your RICOH Ri 1000 while also minimizing any issues that easily can be prevented by following a few simple tips:

1. Always leave your printer on to allow the machine’s automated maintenance sequences to run. This is necessary to keep the printer in optimal condition and avoid potential damage that can be prevented easily. If it is necessary to power down the machine for over 12 hours, be sure to fill your printer with cleaning fluid.

2. Always shake new white ink cartridges thoroughly before installing them in your printer. Adequately shaking your new white ink cartridges helps ensure that your prints will come out bright and vibrant.

3. Make sure your ink is at 5% or above when you are done printing for the day or plan on leaving your printer idle for a few hours. While you can continue to print using cartridges with less than 5% remaining, the machine’s vital automated maintenance sequences require at least 5% or above in order to complete. If you do not have replacement ink available, you can fill your printer with cleaning fluid.

4. Clean encoder strip weekly or every 30 prints to help avoid blurry prints, double prints, and error codes.

5. Make sure the obstacle sensor is on. If the sensor is off, head strikes may occur and cause damage to the carriage. To check if your obstacle sensor is enabled, navigate to the OPTIONS panel. The sensor is on when the blue light is illuminated on the OBSTACLE SENSOR button.

6. Set the table height correctly – just below the obstruction sensor. If the table is too low, the extra space may cause misting and printer damage. If the garment is dressed on the platen, the number on the table height adjuster should be between 0-2. If not dressing the garment, the number value should be no more than 4.

7. Perform a nozzle check daily, so you can spot and quickly address potential issues with the printer.

8. Check the downloads page to ensure you are on the most up to date firmware and AnaRIP.

9. Exercise care when adjusting table height or changing platens. While ruggedly constructed, the RICOH Ri 1000 is a precision tool and care should be taken when making adjustments to the machine. Do NOT over-tighten the table-height-adjustment knob past “0” and carefully install platen without banging it against the print table.

Print Tab

  1. Displays the printer status.
  2. Status Bar- TAP/Drag down to open status screen menu (shown below)
  3. Displays printer temperature, amount of ink in ink cartridges and waste bottle capacity level.
  4. Stored Job folder- Check the recent images used for printing. Print directly from the stored folder
    or from jobs sent via network cable
  5. Choose print job from USB device
  6. SET/EJECT- will move the table into the print ready position (table to the rear of the printer) or
  7. EJECT the table to allow the media to be place onto the table.
  8. STOP- will stop any current movement of the table and allows to cancel print job
  9. Function Tabs

Status Panel

  1. Displays the printer status in detail, providing print readiness.
  2. Displays current ink levels in each installed cartridge
  3. Displays the status of waste ink bottle.
  4. Reset counts of waste ink bottle. Press the icon to initialize the waste ink bottle once waste ink
    tank is manually drained/emptied

Maintenance

  1. Prints a nozzle check pattern result – recommended that this is performed daily to monitor printer
  2. Performs head cleaning automatically using systems components
  3. Allows carriage to be released, cover can be opened to manually clean the printheads (during maintenance or troubleshooting) and the maintenance station

Alignment

  1. Prints an adjustment pattern for the print head alignment so that print heads can be aligned to each other
  2. Prints an adjustment pattern to table to check and tune table indexing
  3. Prints an adjustment pattern to determine print start position

Service Part Status

Displays the current usage or status (Green, Yellow, Red), You can check the part replacement history by pressing the “REPLACE LIST” button.

Settings

  1. Perform controls of ink path. From this menu, you can flush the printer – refer to section 8.5
  2. Options page 1 – IP address (set print IP address), Drying time (set time between white layer printing and CMYK printing), factory reset (Set Head. Table and print alignment to original settings), temperature (C/F) (Can display temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit) High speed mode on/off (Can set white layer to high speed mode – not recommended though because of the ink mist) Obstacle sensor on/off (always leave on), Page 2 – white clean frequency see section 6.5. Language select the display language, stored jobs options (if selected, jobs in internal memory will be deleted after a selected # of days, the default is this is tuned off so jobs are not deleted)
  3. Display printer general information. Serial #, Control panel firmware ver. Engine (CTL) firmware version, Sub control board firmware version.

Printing Setup, Software – AnaRIP

File Format Supported (Recommend)

Recommended file types for LIGHT shirt

Recommended file types for LIGHT & DARK shirt printing

LIGHT shirt setup

1.

DARK shirt setup

1.Using the View option, you can monitor how your adjustments to the Underbase will affect your printing results by selecting the Underbase and TrueView option (The Underbase and TrueView images should now be visible in the preview screen. There are five ways to adjust your white Underbase, Color Contrast, Opacity Contrast, Choke, Individual Color Adjustments and Pure White. Note that some of the functions are disabled when Content Based is not checked.

4.When you enable white ink three things will happen. First the background will switch to black, unless you have a different Preview Color selected. Select the Underbase layer in the view section where True View is displayed by default. Quality Modes available are Draft – just used to see the placement of the graphic on the garment and Fine – for printing finished product. The only dot size available is Extra Wide.

5.Content based checkbox will be checked will only use white ink where required in the image (grayscale effect)
 Content Based Unchecked
This feature will use print an underbase for all colors being used in the color pass.
o Note: when using the content based unchecked, it is highly recommended to also add a color layer wait time/dry time in between the white underbase and the color layer

6.  White Highlight allows for a second layer of pure white to be printer during the color layer, allowing for a brighter white. If using white highlight, make sure there is dead pixel space between any large amounts of pure white and any CMYK color as it may cause white ink to mix the color at the edge. If there is no dead pixel space, the high light slider can be adjusted down from 100 to accommodate. Note: The enable highlight box can be selected even if the white under base is not enabled which allows prints with CMYK and white sections to be printed in one pass (no under base under the CMYK parts) In this case the garment will still need to be pretreated and wash results on the CMYK portion will vary based on fabrics and pretreats. (In some cases the garments will no wash that well)

7. Combats the phenomena that when printing the White ink Underbase onto a garment the garment will expand and swell. This is the same for any type of garment printing including screen printing. The Choke setting slightly reduces the outside dimensions of the Underbase so that white ink does not appear outside the prints edges of the final color pass. Under the Choke setting use the default value of 2 on a full size print, you will lower this if your image is small. If you see any white around the edges of your final print you will want to increase the choke value.

8. Individual Color Adjustments By selecting a color from this drop-down menu you are able to increase or decrease the amount of white ink Underbase that will print under that color. This will help you bump up or bring down certain colors in your final print. You can multiple different colors using this setting.

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