Reduce White Ink Waste on the Brother GT3 Printer

customerMarch 17, 2019

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<Note>
Confirm that the waste tube is not submerged in the waste ink tank before executing any maintenance.

 

 White Agitation to save on waste (Firmware ver. 3.00 or higher)

You can save the waste of the White Ink by moving the Carriage with [White Agitation] menu. You can keep the whiteness with this function when the machine is left idle for approx. 18 hours of your last print with white ink, from the previous night to the next morning. In this case you do not have to replace the White Ink with "Daily Cleaning White". This function will allow you to minimize the tink waste overhead up to 66% compared to the original instructed maintenance procedure. See the chart below if you can use this menu or just execute Daily Cleaning White to flush the White Ink from the tubes. Confirm the whitness before your production.

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* This menu option is to agitate the Ink inside the Tubes by moving the Carriage for 5 minutes.

(1) Pull out the White Ink Cartridges one at a time and hold the cartridge with both hands and manually agitate (shake) for 45-60 seconds to keep the whiteness. Hold the cartridge upside down from the mounted position. Shake by moving back and forth to mix up the pigment from the bottom and shake it horizontally from 30 seconds to 1 minute. (Refer to section 6-1-1 "Replacing the Ink Cartridge" in the manual.)

(2) Select [White Agitation] from the menu and press the OK Button. The Carriage will move back and forth for approximately 5 minutes, which is a little longer than a print 12000dpi 14x16 Color-Only Print data.

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If you have exceeded more than 18 hours the printer will prompt you to do a Daily Cleaning White instead.

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(3) A progression bar will appear on the printer display. After this menu is finished, print Nozzle Check Pattern for both Color and White, including Auto Cleaning, to confirm the print quality. Also print a Whiteness pattern on a pretreated material so taht you can see the whiteness.

     <Note>
     The whiteness may depend on the volume of the print job. Execute the Daily Cleaning White if you feel the print is not white enough.

Daily Cleaning White for replacing dull White Ink
*Execute when your printer is idled for more than 18 hours from your last white print.

(1) Pull out the White Ink Cartridges one at a time and hold the cartridge with both hands and manually agitate (shake) for 45-60 seconds to keep the whiteness. Hold the cartridge upside down from the mounted position. Shake by moving back and forth to mix up the pigment form the bottom and shake it horizontally from 30 seconds to 1 minutes. (Refer to section 6-1-1 "Replacing the Ink Cartridge" in the manual.)

(2) Select [ Daily Cleaning White ] from the menu and press the OK Button. Select "All White" to clean all the Print Heads at the same time or select each Print Head one by one. Press OK button to continue.

(3) After replacing the White Ink, print a Nozzle Check Pattern from [Test Print] menu to check the print quality. Also print Whiteness pattern on the pretreated material so that you can see the whiteness.

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