If you work in a business that relies heavily on printers — perhaps even a printing company — you know that it is essential that you maintain your equipment. Here are some simple things to do now to ensure that your printers are always in tip-top shape.
Clean Them Regularly
Printing presses can get dirty if they are subjected to constant use, so it is important to clean them more than you think you should. Use anilox cleaners to remove dried ink from your press for starters. Ensure that you are not just cleaning the inside, but also the outside, because dust that settles on the outside of the printer can easily get inside and cause inaccurate print jobs. Educate everyone who touches the printer on the important of keeping it clean so there are no mishaps.
Use the Right Tools
Know the differences between toner and ink and be sure you are using the correct product in your press. Using the incorrect product can damage your press and cost you unnecessary time and money in repairs. If your printer is compatible with a certain brand, don’t look for a lesser alternative to save money — the risks just aren’t worth it.
Update the Software
Typically, your printers contain some type of software that keeps them running. Software updates can be annoying and seemingly always want to run when it is least convenient, but it is important to stay up to date and allow them to run when needed. Updates not only provide new features, but they can also contain bug fixes or security patches that are needed to keep your printer running safely and efficiently.
Maintaining your printers is an essential — but very simple — task. Follow these tips and your company’s most important pieces of equipment will run well for a long time.