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Post Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:30 pm

Sometimes my ingenuity astounds even me!

Sometimes my ingenuity astonishes even me!

Today I ran out of Yellow ink and had a huge stack of safety signs to produce. Panic was setting in because I'm in Glasgow all day tomorrow and these need to be printed and sent off by tomorrow at the latest.

So what did I do? I placed a flush cartridge into the yellow port to fool the printer into thinking a yellow cartridge was installed and began printing using the yellow ink in the tubes to produce the necessary tints for the blue (mandatory) and red (Prohibition) signs...

.. But here's the really clever bit - When I came to do the yellow warning signs I used ordinary yellow vinyl and printed the black as 100% K.

Simples!
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Post Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:46 pm

Phill I do that quite a lot with flood coated signs that only require black its as you say simples :wink:

Is that in your book?

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Post Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:56 pm

Re: Sometimes my ingenuity astounds even me!

Phill wrote:Sometimes my ingenuity astonishes even me!

Today I ran out of Yellow ink and had a huge stack of safety signs to produce. Panic was setting in because I'm in Glasgow all day tomorrow and these need to be printed and sent off by tomorrow at the latest.

So what did I do? I placed a flush cartridge into the yellow port to fool the printer into thinking a yellow cartridge was installed and began printing using the yellow ink in the tubes to produce the necessary tints for the blue (mandatory) and red (Prohibition) signs...

.. But here's the really clever bit - When I came to do the yellow warning signs I used ordinary yellow vinyl and printed the black as 100% K.

Simples!
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that's not ingenious, just shows you are a tight rr's for not keeping spare ink in stock! :wink:

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Post Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:59 pm

STOCK = £
JOCK - £ =:no1:
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Post Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:30 pm

So, next time you print yellow, you've got to get rid of the flush fluid first?
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Post Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:42 pm

yep going to cost you a drain and fill of yellow and mag.

why not have cut 1mm of the tag. better to just keep a spare you only have 4 to keep.

how long have you had that printer and only just found out it prints on to other colours :wink:

we stock a yellow that matches 100% printed yellow for this stuff.

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Post Tue Sep 08, 2009 7:37 pm

Phill you are so ingenious you will meet yourself coming backwards one day :D

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Post Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:23 pm

Chris Wool wrote:how long have you had that printer and only just found out it prints on to other colours :wink:

Printing red and yellow chevrons onto white reflective is our favourite trick.
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Post Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:33 pm

Yeah it's an old trick I know (I even used to do it on my old colorcam). I was just in the mood to do a bit of boasting and you guys have to go and steal my thunder (puppy-eyes)
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Post Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:42 pm

Phill wrote:I was just in the mood to do a bit of boasting and you guys have to go and steal my thunder (puppy-eyes)

Show me a parade,

and I'll p1ss on it.

:D :D :D :D :D
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Post Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:15 pm

sorry phill
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Post Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:25 pm

I was laughing at you too Phill and I didn't even know what you where blathering about! :oops: :oops:
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Post Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:39 am

Phil,

you've just got to convince the next customer that 'flush' is in this Winter
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Post Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:57 am

John Childs wrote:
Chris Wool wrote:how long have you had that printer and only just found out it prints on to other colours :wink:

Printing red and yellow chevrons onto white reflective is our favourite trick.


Do you print the chevrons onto digital reflective John? and do you laminate? how does this affect the reflectivity?
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Post Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:24 am

You need to experiment George because not all reflectives will take ink.

Our favourite reflective, APS 5R series because of it's conformability, is hopeless, but the printable stuff from Metamark works a treat. We haven't tried any others.

Yes, we laminate, as we would with any print that goes onto a van.

The reflectivity is not affected at all. It seems just as bright as unprinted material.

Some time ago we put some test chevrons onto the back of Pete's training bike, and it won't get a much harder life than that, and they're still looking as good today.


Phill won't be able to do this though. He hasn't got any yellow in his printer. :D
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Post Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:47 am

Thanks John
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Post Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:08 am

oh my god.. now i read it all.

The flush 'could' cause some damage to the heads, I cant prove that but my mimaki dealer made me aware of it many moons ago.

So as stated, what do you do next? u got dampers full of flush.
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Post Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:32 am

George Elsmore wrote:
John Childs wrote:
Chris Wool wrote:how long have you had that printer and only just found out it prints on to other colours :wink:

Printing red and yellow chevrons onto white reflective is our favourite trick.


Do you print the chevrons onto digital reflective John? and do you laminate? how does this affect the reflectivity?


George, I print to 3M680cr.... excellent results, and I laminate it with a cast laminate.
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Post Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:37 pm

Dave Rowland wrote:oh my god.. now i read it all.

The flush 'could' cause some damage to the heads, I cant prove that but my mimaki dealer made me aware of it many moons ago.

So as stated, what do you do next? u got dampers full of flush.


Can't see why this would be a problem - the heads get flushed through when we close for holiday.

I'm just back from Glasgow and my ink cartridges have arrived so I have installed yellow and have started to print some blocks of 100% yellow until it goes clear then back to yellow again (the alternative was to perfom a few powerful head cleans but this would have wasted the other colours of ink as well) :-?
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