C650 Print Issues

OKI C650 Print Issues

This knowledge base article shows you common C650 Print Issues when making number plates using our film sheets, with simple and easy fixes. The exaggerated images below are meant to represent print problems clearly to help illustrate each issue. And are only relevant to printing number plates.

Faded

Number plate print issues faded

Light or Faded Areas

Faded issues are when your print has faded edges or the printed areas lighten progressively. This problem may be more prevalent towards the end of longer media components.

  • LED Head Dirty: Wipe LED heads clean with a dry cloth.
  • Low Toner: Check your toner levels, replace if low.
  • Poor Toner: Use genuine cartridges and check cartridge seating.
  • Damp Media: Wipe your components before use and transfer stock to a dry location.
  • Cold Location: Heat, dehumidify or re-locate your plate production area.

Smeared

Number plate print issues smeared

Blurred or Smeared Prints

Smeared prints are when your number plates have smudged edges or nicks. Printed areas can be smudged or appear blurred and out of focus.

  • LED Head Dirty: Wipe printer heads clean with dry cloth.
  • Poor Quality Toner: Use genuine cartridges and check their seating.
  • Damp Media: Wipe components before use and transfer stock to a dry location.
  • Approved Component: Check your clear film, settings require Tennants media only.
  • Cold Location: Heat, dehumidify or re-locate your production area.
  • Drum Seating: Check image drums are installed securely.

Spotted

Number plate print issues spotted

Dirt & Dust Cause Dots

Spotted number plate prints occur because of dusty or damp components, this can result in speckled or dotted areas.

  • Media Contaminated: Wipe components before use and transfer production to a clean location.
  • LED Head Dirty: Wipe printer LED heads clean with a dry cloth.
  • Feed Rollers Dirty: Wipe media feed and belt rollers clean.
  • Damaged Drum: Replace any scratched or faulty drums.

Banded

Print Issues - banded-plates

A Print with Banding

Banding on your prints usually occurs because of media or printer contamination from dirt, grease or excess toner.

  • Media Contaminated: Wipe components before use and transfer operation to a clean location.
  • Damp Media: Wipe components before use and transfer stock to a dry location.
  • LED Head Dirty: Wipe printer heads clean with dry cloth.
  • Feed Rollers Dirty: Wipe media feed and belt rollers clean.

Dirty

Number plate print issues dirty

Loose Toner can Cause Dirty Prints

Printed plate components may appear dirty or streaked because they have toner on the edges or smeared across the surface.

  • Feed Rollers Dirty: Wipe media feed and belt rollers clean.
  • Media Contaminated: Wipe components before use and transfer operation to a clean location.
  • Wrong Component: Check media in use, settings require Tennants media only
  • Cold Location: Heat, dehumidify or re-locate production area.

Poor Colours

Number plate print issues poor colours

Poor & Faded Colouring

Incorrect, faded or washed out colours can occur when toner levels are low. Or when compatibles are being used instead of genuine manufacturer cartridges. Colour saturation can also happen if the printer settings have been altered.

  • Low Toner: Check printers toner levels, replace cartridge if low.
  • Poor Quality Toner: Only use genuine OKI cartridges and check seating.
  • Colour Calibration: Check printer preference options and reset your colour settings.

Need Help?

This knowledge base section articles with details on replacing C650 printer tonersdrums and clearing simple media jams. Not to mention how to use our plate media and approved printer settings.

For more detailed instructions, try your printers onscreen help or our user guide. Or if you need assistance with your number plate prints contact our customer service team for help.