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How to take care of the cutting plotter?

The cutting plotter is indispensable in art or design studios. It is also used in advertising agencies and companies, where for production purposes various elements are cut in different types of materials. The possibilities of this device are wide: from making patterns for thermal transfer, to creating details for sewing, sticking or acting as labels. In order for its operation to run smoothly, it is necessary to constantly take care of this equipment. What is the maintenance of a cutting plotter? Translated with DeepL.com (free version)

3/4/2024

The right environment for the plotter workplace

The precision of cutting plotters depends on a number of factors that can affect the accuracy of detail cutting. One of them is the conditions of the working environment. Devices of this type do not like pollution. Even small pollen or material scraps can negatively affect cutting results. Therefore, the place where the cutting plotter is installed should be clean and systematically vacuumed. Being a pet owner, it is worth restricting their access to the plotter to avoid mechanical damage and hair getting into the nooks and crannies of the device.

Cutting plotter - maintenance and operation of blades

Blades are the most sensitive parts that every cutting plotter is equipped with. Maintenance of these parts is very important. They should also be taken care of at the stage of use.

Despite being made of extremely hard material, the blade is fragile. Accidentally dropping or hitting its edge can damage it. Even microscopic chipping, invisible to the naked eye, will affect the quality of cutting. So, when thinking about how to take care of a cutting plotter, first of all you need to think about the blades. When replacing this accessory, pay attention to:

  • correct placement of the blade in the holder,

  • setting the correct pressure parameter.

You also need to take care of:

  • storing blades in a container lined with sponge, not loose,

  • using the blade only for the materials for which it is intended,

  • checking the Teflon strip, which protects the blade from damage when cutting without a mat.

Cutting plotter maintenance

Maintenance of the cutting plotter also requires periodic cleaning of sensitive components. Removal of dust and material scraps is necessary not only from all smooth surfaces, but also from sensors, rollers, the hole used to adjust the blade and other nooks and crannies. To remove dirt, it is best to use a soft microfiber cloth and a detergent that will remove glue residue and other dirt, such as Odif DK5. Dust can be blown off with compressed air.

It is especially important to keep the rollers clean. Dirty with glue, paper residue or dust, they will not properly guide the mat. It is also worth regularly vacuuming the hole that is used to adjust the blade. If it is dirty, the blade will not be able to freely adjust the settings to those made in the program.

If you use the cutting plotter intensively, maintenance should also include checking for wear and frequent replacement of blades, Teflon belt, rubber guide rings and other components according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

Service

Using a cutting plotter on a regular basis, even though the maintenance recommendations are followed, the device should be serviced to last as long as possible. To do this, it's best to contact Wycinarnia's service center via email or phone, where the equipment will be properly cleaned and worn out components will be replaced with new ones.

This is the best way to prevent all kinds of failures. Of course, the service is also there to help in difficult cases and make efforts to restore the efficiency of the damaged equipment. Nevertheless, following the principle that prevention is better, it is worth taking care of your cutting plotter so that it will not fail when you need it!

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