Laser plotters can be indispensable to the types of companies that use them. They can also be quite costly to purchase. This is why proper plotter and printer maintenance is crucial. No CIO wants to be in the position of constantly calling for plotter service, let alone facing the need to replace a unit long before its normal life span has elapsed.
Every brand and model of plotter may be a little bit different, so we advise employees and managers to consult their equipment manual for details about what routine maintenance procedures are recommended. A good manual will also provide detailed directions guiding works to perform these tasks in an efficient, effective, and comprehensive manner.
That being said, here are some basic maintenance items you should address:
- Lightly clean the plotter on a DAILY basis. Many manuals will recommend that the plotter be wiped clean daily; some specify that workers use a damp rag that has been very lightly coated with an appropriate choice of oil. This practice will keep dust from building up on and around the working parts and will help to remove the residue that can build up when a plotter has been in use.
- Deep clean the plotter WEEKLY. Important parts such as the bail arms and sliding sprocket should be wiped down with a rag dampened this time with alcohol, as should the rear and front ways. Afterwards, these parts should be lubricated with a damp rag lightly coated in oil. Many manuals will recommend the use of a three-in-one oil, but again, this should be verified with the manufacturer’s instructions before proceeding.
- Cover the plotter when not in use. This definitely includes covering it at the close of business each day. This will help to prevent dust, dirt, and grit from getting into the delicate mechanisms of the plotter.
- Know when to bring a professional. It is important that a skilled and qualified plotter service firm be contacted without delay if the plotter ceases normal operation and the basic troubleshooting tips in the manual do not clear the problem up.
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