Large plotters are critical to businesses such as civil engineering, scientific companies, city building departments, design firms and more. Today’s laser plotters are robust and reliable machines that provide businesses with the ability to produce their own large-scale documents such as banners, posters, blueprints and marketing materials in-house. Any businesss relying on a laser plotter should become familiar with some basic procedures that can help get a plotter back to normal – or can keep it that way to begin with.
- Toner Cartrdiges: Just as laser printers do best when furnished with the correct toner cartridges, laser plotters typically perform at peak levels only when they have the correct print cartridges installed. A laser plotter repair firm can help a business to understand exactly which supplies are needed to keep a printer plotter running smoothly, and can even arrange to make sure that supplies never run low.
- Proper Training for Toner Replacement: The correct toner or ink is only half the battle, however. Because some printer plotters only need replenishing on an infrequent basis, workers may have a difficult time mastering all the steps that need to be taken to replenish or replace the ink and toner needed to complete print jobs. It is, therefore, a good idea to train employees to always consult the written directions before dealing with a plotter’s print supplies.
- Clean the Machine Heads: Few mechanical devices can be said to be completely maintenance free. When it comes to laser printer plotters, it is important to regularly clean the machine heads. This not only keeps print jobs looking sharp, but is an important proactive step to take in case professional repair is needed. Technicians will be more able to quickly diagnose and deal with a problem if the print heads are clean and clear when they arrive on site.
- Contract for Plotter Repair – Always Be Prepared: Businesses with their own plotter printers should be prepared to face a challenging repair they may not be able to fix in house. Don’t let the research into an outside repair firm or fighting over rates delay you from being back up and running. Establish a contract with a plotter repair firm that will be happy to keep your machines ready to tackle the next print job. Having an established relationship with a reputable and experienced computer repair firm that specializes in plotter service is a good first step.
At Great Lakes Computer our IT service team visits you on-site to repair large plotters such as the HP DesignJet series and other large format plotters and printers. Click below to learn more.
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