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Printing starts ok, then usually about halfway through it makes a clattering noise [like gear wheels slipping making printer judder]this does not always affect the print but sometimes gives vertical banding . The printer is a Epson R2400 and I am using [succesfully up to now] the permajet inkflow system

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Hi Paul,
I have exactly the same problem and I also use Permajet (like you, successfully for a while). In fact I took the printer into a shop that does maintenance but it printed fine for them. As soon as I got it home the problem started inmediately! At random points in the print you get a crunching noise and the print has vertical marks on it. The engineer at the shop had no idea what this could be and I just wondered if you had solved it.
I've swapped cables, installed it on different machines but nothing works.
Kind regards

Posted on Sep 25, 2010

  • johnjenkins1 Sep 27, 2010

    After weeks of searching I've just got the answer to this weird problem!
    Central Heating!
    The tubes that run from the Permajet Eco Flow ink bottles to the print head expand in the heat and therefore need realigning at this time of year as people turn on their central heating. I phoned Permajet on a hunch and they described the problem to me even before to told them.
    It took me 2 minutes to correct.
    Here's the instructions how to fix it:

    1. Press the ink drop button on the printer panel so that the printer head moves in the ink change position.
    2. Unplug the power lead from the back of the printer.
    3. Now move the printer head to the far left as far as it will go, ensuring the head passes under the foam strip.
    4. Unclamp the grey tube clip on the right hand side of the printer; do not open fully as this will snap the clip.
    5. Hold the ribbon of tubes near the grey clip and pull the ribbon of tubes very gentle towards the bottle end, but please keep an eye on the printer head as soon as this moves towards the right stop pulling.
    6. Push the printer head back to the left hand side as this has moved slightly.
    7. Clamp the grey tube clip making sure the ribbon of tubes are positioned in-between the clip and close this firmly.
    8. Make sure that you pull about 1mm extra tubing towards the left to the printer head.
    9. Move the printer head manually to the far right hand side, pass the ink change position, when you have done that move the head to the far left as per 3 and back to the right hand side.
    10. Please perform and move the printer head from right to left a few times until you are satisfied that you have enough tubing to allow the printer head to move smoothly from right to left. You are now ready to plug and power the printer back on.
    Kind regards

  • josearle Dec 25, 2010

    Hi John,

    I know its Christmas Day but we are waiting for our Grandaughter to arrive so I thought I would scan the net to see if anyone had this problem. Lo and behold I found your entry the only difference is that we have a Fotospeed CIS.

    Before I go blundering in do you think this a similar problem the Fotospeed System.

    We had a problem with blocked jets which is now resolved but still experience the grinding noises you desccribe with some minor paper jams.

    Would appreciste your thoughts.

    Have a good Christmas.


    Joanne Searle

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