Take a break! Your Roland is in safe hands with these tips

You and your team deserve a break! But what will happen to your equipment if the business shuts down for a few days or weeks over the holidays? Some simple maintenance and planning will ensure that your Roland devices will be up and running when you return, as refreshed as you are.

The biggest fear of many printer operators is that components will clog if left idle for a long period, leading to lengthy cleaning processes and potential damage to the system. Heads and cap tops can foul, potentially causing the nozzle heads to clog or deflect, or ink accumulating in the head can get messy droplets of ink on your print material. To avoid these issues, make sure you manually clean your Roland equipment – inside and out – at regular intervals, and particularly ahead of a shutdown.

Each Roland system has different elements; Roland True Vis series users should check and replace wiper fluid if it is really dirty, while Roland VS series machines have a wiper and a wiper felt that should be maintained. Replace cleaning wipers when they are worn out or have reached the end of their service life, following instructions included in your device's user manual, to make sure they do their job right.

Problems with clogged or deflected nozzles – which may cause banding and blurry text or lines – can be spotted early by carrying out regular test prints, so make this a priority both before a break and when you get back in the print room. Keep your Roland cleaning kits well stocked with items like swabs so you can tackle issues as soon as possible – they're specifically designed for Roland machines so really make life easier.

A culprit of inefficient cutting in a print/cutter system is often the pad cutter; this strip of Teflon fitted just below the cutting blade does get worn and shredded, causing spotty or erratic cutting. Make a quick check of the pad cutter before a holiday shutdown and replace it if necessary – your equipment deserves a new vacation outfit too and they're easily obtainable from your local Roland Technical Service Centre.

Luckily, a lot of your pre-break to-do list is covered by the clever automatic cleaning systems fitted in Roland printing and plotting equipment, which work when you don't. Before you head out for long weekend (or even just overnight) remember to turn the machine off at the front panel, but leave the primary power source switch on at the back. This will enable the automatic maintenance system to do its stuff, keeping the device spick and span for when you get back to the print room.

You can also make sure your Roland systems are working at their maximum efficiency level by booking regular services from our expert technicians. In fact, book an appointment and put it in your diary now – your post-holiday self will thank you for being so organised. The engineers are from Roland's official Technical Service Centres and know the equipment back to front, so really are the best people to do things like carry out inspections of control points to prevent unexpected breakdowns, replace all the consumable parts that are in contact with the printing system and keep an eye on the estimated service lives of components like the cap top – this needs to be replaced every six months. Our technicians always use official Roland parts and consumables too, so everything will work seamlessly.

Finally, chill out and enjoy your time off. With Roland you know you're in safe hands, whether you're in the print room or on the sofa sleeping off the festive turkey.