Installing PiezoTone or Neutral K6 inks in Epson Stylus Pro 7000, 7500, 9000 and 9500 printers

Summary

This page contains information on installing Piezography K6 inks for the first time, in the above printers, including ink positioning.

Test your printer:

Verify that your printer functions perfectly with Epson inks. In addition to printing a perfect nozzle check, make test prints to be certain your printer does not have unfixable banding problems. Take the time to scrutinize your printer’s performance before moving to the next step. It is not possible to diagnose many printing problems on a printer that has not first been tested with Epson inks. It is important to test your printer in this way, whether it is old or new.

Have the correct ink cartridges on-hand:

Refer to the tables, below, for the list of ink cartridges needed, and their positions in the printer, for various ink sets and printing systems. In addition to the ink cartridges listed below, you will also need a full set of flush cartridges.

Table 1: Piezography Neutral K6 ink cartridges used when printing through either Studioprint RIP or QuadToneRIP

Printer Color Slot: Cartridge:
Black Shade #1
Cyan Shade #2
Magenta Shade #5
Yellow Shade #4
Light Cyan Shade #3
Light Magenta Shade #6

 

Note about Neutral K6 cartridges: Your cartridge label may or may not explicitly note the shade or color position of these cartridges. If there is a label on the end of your cartridge that tells you the color slot, use that information, and you will see that the color slot and shade number will match the information in the table above. If your cartridge does not have this label on the end, then look at the “SKU” number on the cartridge, which consists of a series of letters and numbers. The shade number is the last number of the SKU number. Use that shade number and the table above, to know where to place your cartridge. Do not confuse the number with the printer’s slot number.

Ink Change Procedures

Note: Two complete flush cycles are used to install first the flush fluid, and then the ink, in your printer. These cycles will put a large volume of ink and flush fluid into your printer’s waste pads. Keep in mind that you may need to have these waste pads replaced. If your waste pads are nearly full, they may become completely full during these cycles. If you have new, or fairly empty waste pads, you will probably not need to replace them during the ink installation process.

Procedure for Epson Stylus Pro 7000 and 7500 printers

  1. Test the printer with Epson inks, as described above.
  2. While the printer is on, remove all six cartridges, starting with black.
  3. Turn off the printer. It will automatically empty the ink tubes of ink (this is called a “transport dump”).
  4. After the printer has finished with this cycle, turn it back on and insert the set of flush cartridges, starting with the black cartridge slot, and installing them from left to right. After you have installed the sixth cartridge, the printer will automatically begin to fill with flush fluid.
  5. After the printer has finished filling, turn the printer off. Leave it off for several hours, or if possible, overnight or longer. This allows the flush fluid to help dissolve any dried ink in the printer.
  6. When you are ready to install the set of PiezoTone or Neutral K6 inks, turn the printer on and remove the flush cartridges starting with the black position cartridge, and moving to the right.
  7. After removing the sixth flush cartridge turn the printer off. This will initiate another transport dump cycle, emptying the printer of the flush fluid.
  8. Turn the printer on, and install the six ink cartridges, from left (black position) to right. The printer will begin to charge with ink after the sixth cartridge has been inserted.
  9. After the printer fills with the new ink set, print two copies of the “flush image” on typing paper, to ensure that the printer is completely flushed of flush fluid and old ink. You will find a copy of the flush image here.
  10. Print a nozzle check pattern. Once you verify it is perfect, you may print with your new ink set.

Procedure for Epson stylus Pro 9000 and 9500 printers

  1. Test the printer with Epson inks, as described above.
  2. Turn off the printer, remove the old ink cartridges and install the flush cartridges.
  3. Turn on the printer while holding the following three buttons:

“Paper feed -”
“Cut/Eject”
“Cleaning”

The printer is starting up in the “service menu.” The LCD panel will display “LCD = Check: Test.”

  1. Press the “Paper Source” button to toggle through the cleaning menu until the LCD displays “Check: Cleaning”. Press the “Enter” Button. The LCD will display “Cleaning: Std.KK0”
  2. Press the “Paper Source” Button to toggle though the menu until the LCD displays “Cleaning: Init. Fill”. Press the “Enter” Button.
  3. The printer will perform an “initial fill” cycle, which will push out the old ink set, and replace it with flush fluid in your printer.
  4. Once the printer completes the initial fill cycle, turn the printer off. Leave it off for several hours, or if possible, overnight or longer. This will allow the flush fluid to help dissolve any dried ink in the printer.
  5. While the printer is still turned off remove the flush cartridges and install the new ink cartridges. Turn the printer back on.
  6. Pull out the first cartridge and reinsert it. Repeat this for the other cartridges, one at a time. The purpose of this is to reset the cartridge ink level readings to full.
  7. Turn the printer off.
  8. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5.  The printer will perform another initial fill cycle; this time with the new inks.
  9. After the initial fill completes, turn the printer off and back on to exit the service menu.
  10. Print two copies of the “flush image” on typing paper, to ensure that the printer is completely flushed of flush fluid and old ink. You will find a copy of the flush image here.
  11. Print a nozzle check pattern. Once you verify it is perfect, you may print with your new ink set.

There are NO Pre-made media curves provided by Piezography for this printer model. All Curves provided for these models have been developed by Roy Harrington of QTR.

 

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