how easy are the colorspan 72 uvr & uvx printers to work on?
replacement part costs?
we are looking at a used one & want to know if we will be able to service it ourselves since i have seen some people having issues with them.
You could get a used one for way cheap but you won't be able to service it yourself and keep in mind there are 16 very expensive heads on that printer. And I would recommend that you get operator training from either a dealer or a current operator.
ohh this Topic again... UV Printers are great! Whether they are UVX or UVR They are completely based on Opinion now. If its in your budget and it fits your need then It will prob do everything you put into it. Everyone can Love this and Love that. But the bottom line is you need to care for your machines and if they break down, fix em you wouldn't let a cherry red Ferrari sit broke down. but anyway... I would just be thankful to even have the chance to afford a new addition to the shop. Good Luck! I hope the best for ya!
If you worry about the spare parts, you can go to find what kind of spart parts it used and brand name, also can check with the agents for the price like motor, print heads, UV ink, UV lamp,etc. Good luck.
We've been running ours for just over a year now. We bought it used and I had really good heads on it. We had a tech install and train us, during training the tech told us if the machine needs new heads just throw it away because they are worth more money to replace than the machine is worth. Needless to say we take very good care of the heads. Other than that we have had really good results with ink adhesion (we print mostly coro and banner) I have personally changed the Linear encoder strip and both lamps on the machine. HP parts are really easy to install and actually come with step by step directions! For what we paid for this thing we are really happy with it so far.
i read on a message board that there was independent company dedicated to refurbing these and providing tech support etc. i think it was in california. sorry i can't refer you, but figure if you search long and hard enough, the name will come up. that said, there's a uvx out here in the houston area for $6200. or was a week or so ago.
The more I look at older posts on these it looks like a lot of them got parted out. Last I talked to the owner of this one he said they would not be able to hook it up in order to do a test print or anything. I'm thinking to treat it as a parts machine at best if I cant even see it run.
it will be pretty obvious. pull the gantry over and get a look at the bottom the heads, look at the capping station, does it look like washed out ink or thick dried up ink, the ink tanks should be empty, etc. if the printer was decommissioned than there should only be signs of washed out residual ink, not dark/bright ink stains etc. that said, uv printers don't sit that well, also you can always just fill it with flush and then print flush onto a sheet of aluminum to get a test print. just shine it in the light. if the heads performed a test print correctly, you will be able to see it on the aluminum.