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This knowledge base article shows the Operational Conditions for our 9542 printers. We use these LED printers for our Pro Series because they make colour number plates of every size and shape. And when we say colour, we mean any colour including white even on yellow reflective.
If you follow the recommendations set out here, you’ll have less print issues with your plate production. And you’ll end up with better quality number plates too.
Each OKI 9542 printer we provide is modified with settings that require some basic environmental conditions be met. For the best printing results, only operate them in locations where the following temperature, humidity and dust levels are met. Diverting from our recommendations can effect the print quality and thus the legality of your finished number plates.
These settings are based on information from the printer manufacturer and results from our own internal testing.
- Temperature: 20 to 32°C
- Humidity: 20 to 80% humidity
- Dust: Dust particles can contaminate prints
- Fumes: Some fumes & aerosols can effect prints
- Assembly: 20°C and above
Laser or LED printers are much more complex than thermal machines, so they need be used in slighter warmer and cleaner locations. Dust, grease and some airborne fumes can present a risk to print quality by contaminating plate components or sticking to the LED heads, so run your production away from the workshop or garage.
Some components, especially those already coated with adhesive, may require room temperatures of just over 20°C when assembling. We acknowledge that conditions in some summer and autumn months may be more forgivable regarding temperatures and humidity levels.
Enough space should be provided all around the printer for good all round ventilation. And you will need clearance at the sides for loading the media tray with components and collecting your printed sheets.
Alongside your printer, we provide a cabinet to provide a stable base. Which also provides a comfortable operating height for you. And don’t forget you need room for your plate assembly too, especially when using a roller jig. Ideally, your production should be positioned in a heated, clean room away from dust and grease.
Store all your plate media components in a dry, warm place away from excessively bright light. To avoid contamination from dust leave them in their packaging until use, and then only take out what you need. For best results always wipe your reflective and film with a lint free cloth before using them. And we recommend you clean the printer regularly, while changing toners or before a production run.
For more help with your work area, try your account manager or the systems user guide. Or if you need assistance with your system contact our customer service team for help.