1. What is a Plotter
The plotter machine is easy to operate, works stably and gives high cost performance. It has the most advanced paper-feeding and-retracting function, and is very suitable for large-format engineering line maps, material layout maps, petroleum well-logs, geological survey maps, land-planning maps, etc. Plotter Machine is the favorite of the professionals and will enable you to enjoy high-quality plots. INKJET provides efficient output for low manpower and production cost and therefore enhances your competitiveness.
2. Specification of Vinyl Plotter :
|Specifications Name||Specifications Value|
|Product Name||Vinyl plotter / Vinyl cutter plotter|
|Product Model||Inkjet 183|
|Origin||Made in China|
|Agent in Bangladesh||No/Yes|
|Power||AC220V（50hz-60hz）, 135 W|
|Max. feed width||188 cm|
|Effective print width||183 cm|
|No. of nozzles||2（HP51645A）|
|Max. plotting speed||65 ㎡/h|
|Max. paper-winding weight||50 kg|
|Max. paper-collecting length||45 M|
|Max. plotting area||1200 ㎡（one ink cartridge. Area will be recalculated after adding ink）|
|Suitable paper||35g – 65g|
|Description||Find the oblong packing box for the vinyl plotter head, unpack the box and lift out the head stably by two people together at least|
3. Plotter Machine Installation:
Put the head on a stable table or level ground for assembly. Unpack the box for bracket accessories which contains screws and installation tools. You will know how to use the tools very soon.
Note that there will be two truckles on each support leg. Connect the two support legs with the black tie rod.There are two M5 thread holes at each end of the black tie rod. Align the M5 inner hexagon screws with the threads and use the M5 inner hexagon wrench provided inside the box to tighten the screws.
After installing the base of plotter machine, lift the plotter head stably by at least two people together to put on the bracket horizontally. Lift the left side of the head up to align and insert the 8-core cable underneath.
There will be eight M6 inner hexagon screws in the box for fixing the plotter machine head. Align the thread holes in the head and bracket, insert the inner hexagon screws and tighten them with the inner hexagon wrench.
1—balance bar guide rail slot
2—support leg foot
3—support leg of plotter machine
4—place to connect to the support leg
4.Plotter Components / Printer Parts:
The main plotter components include the plotter head, left support-leg with truckles, right support-leg with truckles, black foot tie rod, balance rod,paper-collecting
The parts of a plotter is given below with diagram.
5. Function of the Paper Feed Roller:
During plotting, the feed roller supplies rolled paper continuously for print. It supports, lets out and takes in paper.
5.1. Installation Of The Feed Roller:
The paper feed roller is a smooth ￠38mm aluminum alloy round rod. The rod end with a shaped hole should be put to the side with the motor. The rod end with a shaped hole should be put to the other side. Two black plastic plate-like collar clamps will be provided to be used for fixing paper rolls.
The right black plastic collar clamp should be put on the aluminum alloy roller with its outside edge about 5.5 cm to the roller end with a ⊙ tapered hole and firmly fixed with a M5 inner hexagon screw.
The left black plastic collar clamp should be put onto a position depending on the width of the paper roll. After putting on the paper roll in the paper-feeding direction as shown in Figure 11, push it fast to the right side before fixing it with a M5 inner hexagon screw. Please see Figure 9 for fixing the left-hand side.
6. Paper Roller:
The paper-collecting roller has a movable stay bar inlaid internally for manual adjustment to change the diameter.
6.1. Installation of the Paper Roller:
Align the end with a tapered hole with the tapered pushing core on the left-hand side of the plotter head and push the roller hard to the left to press the core spring. Then, put the end with a opening into the terminator at the right side of the plotter head. When turning the handwheel on the roller hard inwards, the stay bar will go up to enlarge the diameter. When turning the handwheel on the roller hard outwards, the stay bar will be pulled back.
7. Steps to Load Paper:
When loading paper, operators should face the plotter, lift up the feed roller with the paper roll on it jointly to align it with the U-shaped slot on the right support leg and push it hard to the right into the place. Then, put the left end of the roller into the U-shaped slot on the left leg.
When loading the paper-collecting roller onto the U-shaped slot on the plotter head, the roller end with a shape should be toward the right side of the plotter head and the roller end with a taper should be toward the left side of the plotter head. First push it hard to the left into place and then put the right side of the roller onto the U-shaped slot on the right leg.
Unpack the paper roll on the feed roller and lift the hold-down wheel. Push paper gently from the back of the plotter to the front. Pull tight and align the paper with the collecting roller. Cut the paper with a paper knife along the slot on the collecting roller. Tape the center of the paper first with adhesive tape and then tape several positions on both sides depending on the paper width. Turn the handwheel to lift the stay bar. Put down the hold-down wheel.
A 3-core power cable and a print signal cable (25 wires) will be delivered with the plotter. Plug the power cable into a power socket and connect the print signal cable (25 wires) to the parallel port (LPT) of the computer. Now, the plotter is ready to start.
Before starting the plotter, check to make sure the above-mentioned steps have been correctly followed. Turn on the power to the plotter. In a short moment, the LCD will display normal initialization. Now, you can print the required plots through the computer.
When taking off the roll of printed plot, first turn the handwheel to close the stay bar tightly and then turn clockwise to unload the plot paper.
8. Guidelines for Paper Used:
Don’t use damp, damaged, curled, wrinkled paper. Don’t use paper with cutouts, perforations, a bent edge or embossments. Use 35-65g flat plot paper. The weight of a roll of paper should be ≤50kg.
9. Ink Cartridges of Cad Plotter :
INKJET cad plotter use model HP51645a ink cartridges which can be purchased from dealers or special HP consumables shops. There are a lot of fakes on the market. Make sure to purchase the real certified cartridges, otherwise it will affect the print quality and lower the plotter life.The ink inside the cartridge will be consumed continuously during plotting. When the ink is low, the ink-empty indicator on the cartridge will change from green to black gradually until totally black indicating the ink is exhausted and the cartridge should be replaced.
9.1. Cad Plotter Ink Cartridge Installation:
When replacing the cartridge, the best way is to turn off the power first.
Before printing a long plot, it’s better to check the ink level in the cartridge of cad plotter to avoid replacing the cartridge midway. Install or replace the cartridge following the steps in the order shown in above figure.Engr. Kh. Mashiur Rahman, Garments Auto Machine Technologist, Web: www.autogarment.com, Email: [email protected], Cell: +88 017 92 52 53 54