Like any other kind of mechanical equipment, your vinyl plotter needs a bit of TLC to keep it in good working order. Maintenance helps to minimize wear and tear and ensure that your plotter will continue working at its optimum performance while extending its useful life. Here are a few tips to help you learn How to Maintain a Vinyl Plotter.
How to Maintain a Vinyl Plotter
Properly maintaining your vinyl plotter keeps it in good condition while protecting it from damage. When setting up your plotter, place it in an area where there is little to no dust, and don’t put it in direct sunlight. Make sure it’s stabilized on a level surface, and try to locate it in an area that is free of obstacles. These simple steps can drastically cut down on the amount of maintenance you need to perform.
If you’re using your plotter on a daily basis, there are certain maintenance tasks that need to be performed each day before you leave the shop. First, make sure the pinch rails are raised. Leaving them latched down can cause indentations on the wheels, resulting in poor tracking until the indentations work themselves out.
Wipe off dust using a soft cloth to avoid problematic dust buildup later, and clean the tooltip using compressed air. This removes vinyl and other debris that could restrict the blade’s swivel movement.
Keeping Your Vinyl Plotter Clean
Cleaning your plotter is one of the most important aspects of maintaining it. In addition to daily dust removal, you need to do a more thorough cleaning regularly. To clean your plotter, you’ll need a small wire brush, rubbing alcohol and paper towels.
Begin by cleaning the wheels. When they track over vinyl, they tend to pick up some adhesive. This adhesive can build up over time and eventual result in poor tracking. To correct or prevent this problem, clean the wheels using a paper towel that’s been drenched in alcohol. Latch the wheels down with paper or vinyl loaded. Press the drenched paper towel against the wheels, and while holding it in place, move the wheel forward until glue and other debris has been completely removed. If there’s a lot of accumulation, you may need to use a pair of tweezers to carefully peel the glue away.
In time, debris may also build up in the grit rollers. This debris can be removed using a small wire brush to gently scrub it away. Scrub in a circular motion, being careful not to scrape the paint.
By taking proper care of your vinyl plotter, you can rest assured knowing that it will provide you with years of efficient service. For maintenance requirements specific to your particular plotter, check out your manual or the manufacturer’s website.