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Printer Cleaning Solutions

All Thermal printers work by heating up very small "pins" which either turn the chemical coating (Direct Thermal) on the label black, or melting the ink off a Thermal Ribbon, onto plain paper (Thermal Transfer). On a 203dpi printer (standard) there are 203 pins per inch. These pins need to be in direct contact with either the paper or ribbon to ensure that the selected heat is fully transferred. If they can't transfer the heat, because of adhesive or other paper waste adhering to the print head, then you will get a poor quality print, as the ribbon is only partially melted, or worse the pin is effectively insulated from the paper, and over-heats. The poor print quality is un-necessary, BUT an overheated pin will eventually fail, causing a fine line of no-print running down your labels, that can only be repaired by replacing the print head.

Keeping the print head and platen roller (The roller under the print head) clean will keep the print quality "as new" and extend the life of your print head. You should clean the roller and head as follows:

- Direct Thermal Printing- After EVERY roll of labels
- Thermal Transfer Printing - After EVERY roll of ribbon

 All Prices exclude Courier Charges and GST.

Part Number Description Supplied Our Price
IPA-PEN IPA Soaked Felt Tip Pens - For cleaning all print heads where the head is easily accessible. Box of 12 Pens $ 23.40
IPA-WIPE IPA Soaked Synthetic Cloth - 130 x 155mm - For cleaning all print heads, Platen rollers and any area that is contaminated with adhesive or ribbon residue. Individually wrapped. Box of 25 Wipes $ 16.30
IPA-SWAB IPA Foam Cleaning Swab sealed in a bag - 110mm/5" handle - For cleaning Thermal Print Heads and sensors. Box of 25 Swabs $ 21.10
IPA-CARD-4x6 IPA Soaked Synthetic Cards - 100 x 160mm - For cleaning all older Thermal Print Heads where the head is not easily accessible, and cheque scanners. Box of 25 Cards $ 21.10

As always, we have good stocks of all the above items. Please e-Mail ( with your order.

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