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Wed Aug 24, 2005 10:40 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Engineer PC 60

Replies: 4

Views: 1786

I bought the part and a service manual and did it myself- if you are confident with a screwdriver and have a morning to spare then tis easy enough.

Rob

PS can't remember where we got our service manual from and I don't have it any more but definately a worthwhile investment if you can get one

Sat Aug 20, 2005 8:36 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vinyl Master Pro Plotter setup

Replies: 8

Views: 2494

We bought vinymaster pro- it seemed so good at the time (some decent clipart as well) and was quite cheap. But it doesn't even compare with FlexiSign and SignLab. We use Flexisign for all the vinyl cutting now because the wondrous 'production manager' allows me to cut from my PC over the LAN. just m...

Sat Jul 30, 2005 5:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Shame, isn't it?

Replies: 73

Views: 3578

I run my business firstly to make a profit to support my family. I cannot afford to be a tempermental "Artist" I need to make a living. (I've tried being an Artist but I'm not good enough :oops: ) I often cringe at the rubbish I am asked to produce and offer advice to try and make something better....

Sat Jul 30, 2005 5:13 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Shame, isn't it?

Replies: 73

Views: 3578

I run my business firstly to make a profit to support my family. I cannot afford to be a tempermental "Artist" I need to make a living. (I've tried being an Artist but I'm not good enough :oops: ) I often cringe at the rubbish I am asked to produce and offer advice to try and make something better....

Sat Jul 30, 2005 4:35 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Shame, isn't it?

Replies: 73

Views: 3578

It has been mentioned before on these boards- a piece of software called S-Spline which enlarges images very well and without the really nasty type of pixellation, when we first got the versaCAMM I used to spend ages (sometimes a full day) sorting artwork out so that it looked stunning but when the ...

Mon Jul 04, 2005 5:34 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Printing onto singled coloured vinyl with VERSACAMM?

Replies: 23

Views: 3765

dsi wrote:if you buy vinyl for digital print use, the manufacturer will guarrantee that it has not been touched by ungloved hands.


I didn't know that- and haven't noticed any of the manufacturers mentioning it either.

Thanks

Rob

Sun Jul 03, 2005 9:44 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Printing onto singled coloured vinyl with VERSACAMM?

Replies: 23

Views: 3765

yes they will print onto normal vinyl However I have learned not so long ago that mixing cutting and printing stock isn't such a great idea unless you handle your vinyl with cotton gloves and keep it fairly dust-free all the time Rob :D not sure i follow mate, no matter if its cast, calendar coated...

Sun Jul 03, 2005 9:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: what do you use ??

Replies: 53

Views: 2568

We keep a special Swann Morton scalpel at one side that is completely blunt to avoid damage to the backing paper plus a pair of fine tweezers- having said that we rarely do anything under 20mm.

I never thought to use a Stanley knife though! :o

Rob

Sun Jul 03, 2005 9:18 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Printing onto singled coloured vinyl with VERSACAMM?

Replies: 23

Views: 3765

Robert Lambie wrote:yes they will print onto normal vinyl


However I have learned not so long ago that mixing cutting and printing stock isn't such a great idea unless you handle your vinyl with cotton gloves and keep it fairly dust-free all the time

Rob :D

Sat Jul 02, 2005 9:27 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Printing onto singled coloured vinyl with VERSACAMM?

Replies: 23

Views: 3765

dsi wrote:the patchy bits are probably from where you handled it


:oops: hadn't thought of that one- we've been wondering why the first few inches come out ropey!

Thanks

Rob

Sat Jul 02, 2005 9:23 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: what do you think i should do with this layout?

Replies: 17

Views: 2848

Don't like it at all Chris sorry- photos are hard to get looking bright and interesting to begin with but digital print seems to dull them as well unfortunately. Do like the fonts- in fact I just seem to be copying Jill :lol: We've been struggling to find a good way to promote our digital print serv...

Fri Jul 01, 2005 5:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: VERSACAMM - TAKE UP ROLLER -on the cheap ideas??

Replies: 14

Views: 1606

never had any tracking problems with our SP300, just the same rules as with a cutter- keep the rollers and grit clean and take care when loading the media to get it dead straight

Rob

Fri Jul 01, 2005 5:27 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: eco solvents and printer maintenance ?

Replies: 9

Views: 1788

Roland VersaCamm's appear deal with this problem- leave them plugged in and in standby mode all the time- uses a little power and ink but it keeps all the essential stuff clear- we print maybe 2 or 3 times a week at most yet we have had no problem, however the guy we bought it off had had to replace...

Fri Jul 01, 2005 5:18 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland PC600 Virgin ;-P

Replies: 3

Views: 1358

You may find it easier to print to the PC600 using flexi-sign- it has integrated support for spot colours and works very well with the PC60 and PC600 in my experience. Failing that it MAY be possible to create a swatch in Corel that is a spot colour and labelled as the colour you want the machine to...

Fri Jul 01, 2005 5:13 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Printing onto singled coloured vinyl with VERSACAMM?

Replies: 23

Views: 3765

We have recently done a run of black text on yellow vinyl warning signs- the results were patchy on the first couple but the rest seemed fine

Rob

Thu Jun 30, 2005 4:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hey Everybody!

Replies: 4

Views: 581

Hi there! There is no such thing as a cheap and reliable plotter- there is a company near us who have a jaguar plotter - fast and very quiet and also cheap but it blows up on a regular basis so he rings us up because he knows that our slower and more expensive CAMM1 will still be working! pick up a ...

Thu Jun 30, 2005 4:50 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Print, Honest answer required.

Replies: 12

Views: 2233

We got our VersaCAMM after a lot of success with the ColorCAMM producing labels and short-run custom stuff that we couldn't get screen printed and wasn't suitable for vinyl. The VersaCAMM means that we now don't have to pay a £75 setup fee to the local big-boys every time we wanted a full colour gra...

Thu Jun 30, 2005 3:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help with sign installation?

Replies: 49

Views: 3526

Hows about using 2 bits of fishing wire through holes in the top of the sign and tied to the gutter of the building so it hangs down lol :D

Rob

PS I LOVE the Spinney the spider idea John :lol1:

Sat Jun 18, 2005 12:53 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: GOOD service

Replies: 0

Views: 298

GOOD service

Today I was fortunate enough to call a helpline that had a number of rare features: *The person was polite *They were helpful *They were efficient *They were in England!! The manufacturer of the product was actually Samsung- a CLP-500 that we have had a number of minor problems with but never got ro...

Mon May 30, 2005 8:44 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Lamination- hot or cold?

Replies: 5

Views: 1203

thanks Lynn, anyone got any recommendations on cold laminators (or even ones to avoid!) we won't be using it loads so it doesn't need to be anything fancy really

Rob :D

Mon May 30, 2005 8:21 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Lamination- hot or cold?

Replies: 5

Views: 1203

Lamination- hot or cold?

Hi all, I'm new to the wide-format inkjet scene (having used a PC60 for 2 years). I can use our VersaCamm SP300 quite well and have produced a few samples and even quite a large sign (for indoors). However although we are quite pleased with the durability of the ink up to a point, we do know that ma...

Sat May 28, 2005 6:49 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Am I charging enough!!!

Replies: 27

Views: 1614

we do a lot of work for the local market traders so we've had the works: cheese has to be one of the best though! :D

Rob

Sat May 28, 2005 6:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi I'm Phil

Replies: 25

Views: 1888

hi Phil,

Real scenario

A customer rang at 5:25 on friday and asked for two 15' banners with several colours and a lot of text and a logo, no problem I say, when do you want them. Monday :o

Don't think so

Rob :D

Fri May 27, 2005 6:50 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi All

Replies: 19

Views: 1548

watch those phone lines> for all those that don't understand that little inside joke: I installed a phone extension one weekend but inadvertantly swapped the phone and fax wires over so on monday we were kinda confused as to what was happening (ie fax tones on the voice phone and voice calls on the...

Fri May 27, 2005 8:13 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: MAC TO PC SOFTWARE

Replies: 8

Views: 1667

Hi,

We use a program called TransMac that will convert PC to Mac, Mac to PC and anything in-between

http://www.asy.com/

Hope that helps

Rob

Thu May 26, 2005 7:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi All

Replies: 19

Views: 1548

Hi Andy from all at Chorley Signs! Good to see you on the boards

Rob :D

Mon May 23, 2005 3:51 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: VersaCAMM ink problems

Replies: 2

Views: 1085

yeah I have had a look in the bottom but there doesn't seem to be any leakage- the thing had its pump replaced not so long back according to the previous owner (and a reciept from granthams for £210!) so it shouldn't have any pump problems however now you have suggested it I will have a look at the ...

Mon May 23, 2005 3:10 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: VersaCAMM ink problems

Replies: 2

Views: 1085

VersaCAMM ink problems

Hi hope someone can help me on this one. We recently got a VersaCAMM (SP-300) but it seems to magically run out of ink even though we haven't printed anything more than a colour chart- when we got the machine the carts were all showing about half full but the magenta went and now the cyan is empty a...

Sun May 22, 2005 8:28 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: New to printing - pc60 few questions

Replies: 33

Views: 5274

like I said we have sold our PC60 now and take no responsibility for the death of any PC60s in the morning- I will try to find out the exact one for you in the next week

Rob

Sun May 22, 2005 5:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: cheating girlfriend - life changing decision

Replies: 19

Views: 2288

Dougie wrote:when your single your pockets will jingle


lol I totally agree Dougie!

That rust sounds bad nathan, I'd rub it down to the metal, fill it and get it sprayed by a pro, remember though that the rust usually comes through from the back so try some underbody sealent under your wheelarch

:) Rob

Sat May 21, 2005 10:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi all

Replies: 11

Views: 1024

yeah he probably did join around then- he mentioned it but I never really looked and he isn't into the 'forum' thing really but the other day he mentioned about the vector-artwork swapping service and told me the login info so I thought I'd have a look

Rob :)

Sat May 21, 2005 10:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi all

Replies: 11

Views: 1024

yep only 16 Carrie, talk about signmaking in the blood- granddad did it as well! Marek- we work well together and he rarely shouts- I dont know whether it's 'coz I make less mistakes or 'coz I'm bigger than him now! :D I've never known such an active forum in all my life (and I'm a member on quite a...

Sat May 21, 2005 10:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi all

Replies: 11

Views: 1024

Hi all

Hi, I'm Rob, it's just me and Dad (Steve, who will very occasionally post on here but is most often seen swapping files!- much busier than me!). I've been in the business for 5 years (since I was 11!); started off weeding and then cutting and then doing some design work...and the next thing I knew w...

Sat May 21, 2005 9:37 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: New to printing - pc60 few questions

Replies: 33

Views: 5274

I suppose it is one of the mysteries of Roland as to why they have never told users about this function- there isn't even much mention of it made in the service manual and the switch is actually unmarked on the machine! Considering the money that can be saved using this function I'm surprised more p...

Sat May 21, 2005 9:02 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: New to printing - pc60 few questions

Replies: 33

Views: 5274

a bit of a sensation!

Wow I thought that it was fairly common knowledge- I have a copy of the official Roland service notes for the PC60 and its mentioned in there. I would check out the details but we sold our PC60 yesterday- there should be a DIP switch which is marked as being unused on the little legend sticker next ...

Sat May 21, 2005 7:32 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: New to printing - pc60 few questions

Replies: 33

Views: 5274

Ribbon saver.....

Hi all has no ribbon saver feature so even if you print a red dot one side of a graphic and another on the other , the ribbon advances as the head travels and NOT only when it prints , thus you waste an incredible amount of unprinted ribbon. Actually there is a ribbon saver feature- roland don't wan...

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