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Post time: 2013-4-26 08:12:12 |Show all posts
I always us matte black for printing (Photoshop). When I do a nozzle check the printer changes to gloss black wasting ink in the process. I also get an error message regarding the wrong size of paper. I use letter size for this and that's what is specified in the nozzle check procedure.
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Ursula
http://ursulafreer.com

Post time: 2013-4-29 23:08:07 |Show all posts
irvweiner wrote:
Bob, Joe, Brian, Andrew and other members of the 'round up the usual suspects group' notice how we end talking only  to each other? There is practically no one else entering, much less participating in these circular 'conversations'.
The only possible improvement Epson can introduce to the 3880 family is the use of 'dehydrated ink'!!! This upgrade will definitely prevent the likes of us from using our 3rd party hi quality inexpensive ink and thus be forced to revert to Epson's egregiously overpriced ink presently costing 2X+ that of human blood!!!
Hmm, would this new Epson ink qualify as 2nd party??  Or would my previously suggested 'frozen/microwaveable' ink qualify??
irv weiner
Just want to point out that, even though I don't yet have anything to contribute here, my new 3880 is on its way and I find this discussion very interesting.  There are probably many more who are just looking to learn who don't post.
I will point out that some, but not all, disagreements seem to be caused by the use of imprecise language.   I have found it useful to step back a minute and then review what I wrote before pressing the send key.
Thanks to all contributors.
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Radu
www.raduray.com

Post time: 2013-4-29 21:19:52 |Show all posts
irvweiner wrote:
Bob, Joe, Brian, Andrew and other members of the 'round up the usual suspects group' notice how we end talking only  to each other? There is practically no one else entering, much less participating in these circular 'conversations'.
I am not participating but I am listening to all you experienced fellows  
A few of the posts show that not everyone has been reading previous posts though.
Ursula
http://ursulafreer.com

Post time: 2013-4-29 19:45:28 |Show all posts
Bob, Joe, Brian, Andrew and other members of the 'round up the usual suspects group' notice how we end talking only  to each other? There is practically no one else entering, much less participating in these circular 'conversations'.
The only possible improvement Epson can introduce to the 3880 family is the use of 'dehydrated ink'!!! This upgrade will definitely prevent the likes of us from using our 3rd party hi quality inexpensive ink and thus be forced to revert to Epson's egregiously overpriced ink presently costing 2X+ that of human blood!!!
Hmm, would this new Epson ink qualify as 2nd party??  Or would my previously suggested 'frozen/microwaveable' ink qualify??
irv weiner

Post time: 2013-4-29 17:47:57 |Show all posts
JJ Winkel wrote:
jtoolman wrote:
By the way for anyone who wants to know. I printed 20 consecutive nozzle checks on the 3800 just for the hell of it. Use about 2ml TOTAL ( 9 carts )
Excellent, at least we can now calculate the size of the droplets used to nozzle check ....
One learns something new and useful everyday ..... 
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JJ.
per nozzle check pattern as I stated.  I think we now have proved that the nozzle check uses an extremely small amount of ink.  You need to know the number of droplets used in the pattern to calculate the droplet size.  We sure are going deep with this....
Bob P.

Post time: 2013-4-29 16:06:05 |Show all posts
jtoolman wrote:
By the way for anyone who wants to know. I printed 20 consecutive nozzle checks on the 3800 just for the hell of it. Use about 2ml TOTAL ( 9 carts )
Excellent, at least we can now calculate the size of the droplets used to nozzle check ....
One learns something new and useful everyday ..... 
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JJ.

Post time: 2013-4-29 14:27:14 |Show all posts
That was the intent of my reply, that a nozzle check by itself alone cannot use the amount of ink that someone above mentionned, it was most certainly the fact of a cleaning cycle, implied or not.
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JJ.

Post time: 2013-4-29 12:48:32 |Show all posts
Petruska wrote:
JJ Winkel wrote:
I wonder if everybody here is aware that 1 ml = 1 cm3 is a lot of ink even if .1 ml is only one tenth of it that still is 100 mm3
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JJ.
The print history with a 3880 showing the amount of ink used is generated for the last 10 prints. If a user prints 10 nozzle patterns, the ink usage number is measured to a 0.1mL resolution. Does that mean it was ready to go from 0.0 to 0.1 in the next applied ink dot? Or did it measure 0.06 and was rounded off to 0.1mL?
I really find this discussion rediculous and don't know how I got pulled into this. Either you do a nozzle check once a week if you don't print a lot to keep your printer working fairly well, or you don't.
I have 6 printers and today, Saturday, I print a nozzle check with all 6. 4 printers haven't been used all week and and the nozzle checks tell me my status. Jtoolman has 15 printers and he does the same thing. We both refill our carts, we blow hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year on printers, refillable cartridges, inks from various ink suppliers, various profiling equipment (I currently have 6 systems worth a few $K) and I'm going to worry about spending 10 cents per printer per week to run a nozzle pattern check.....oh, I use 3rd party ink so that's about 1.5 - 2 cents per nozzle check...OUCH!
Bob P.
Thank you Bob! You saved me from having to repeat basically the same thing.
By the way for anyone who wants to know. I printed 20 consecutive nozzle checks on the 3800 just for the hell of it. Use about 2ml TOTAL ( 9 carts )
This crazy nozzle check talk really is leading nowhere and just needs to end.
My OCP inks cost about 3 pennies per ML so I just blew 6 cents.

Post time: 2013-4-29 11:48:30 |Show all posts
Petruska wrote:
AusPic wrote:
That makes a whole lot more sense. I cant imagine 800 odd dots use up 39ml ink. So what that says a lot more clearly than I had hoped is that what we are dealing with here is a ROUTINE. We now come full circle to where I entered this dicsussion. I am not even going to go around again..I do not givea damn howmuch ink ends up on the paper, that is just so irrelevant its no longer funny.
Pinting a nozzle pattern is a routine and it uses a lot of ink, not a lot ends up on the paper.
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Andrew G
If one that doesn't print a lot, prints a nozzle check once a week just to keep the the 3880 cartridges agitated, and nozzles unblocked, that's about 10 cents worth of ink per week, $5 USD/AUD per year. That's peanuts.....
Auto/manual cleans take about 10mL of ink each clean! Borderless printing wastes more ink per print than one nozzle check.
I print a nozzle check before and after each printing session just to make sure that I don't have any blocked nozzles which will waste a 13x19 print.
I don't understand what you mean by the nozzle pattern ROUTINE is wasting a lot of ink?
Bob P.
The 3880 enables users to forget about routines, unlike other Epson models.  After the first year of nozzle checking, and never having a bad pattern, I got lazy.  3 years later with no clogs I don't bother with nozzle checks accept once every few months to make sure.  I 've gone months without printing, never agitate the carts (some of which are original) and the machine just keeps on churning out great prints.
Forum members keep asking if a 3880 replacement is coming in the near future.  I would be afraid Epson would put some of their "newer" technology into the 3880 replacement making me want to stock up on the current model.  
Sal

Post time: 2013-4-29 10:39:45 |Show all posts
JJ Winkel wrote:
I wonder if everybody here is aware that 1 ml = 1 cm3 is a lot of ink even if .1 ml is only one tenth of it that still is 100 mm3
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JJ.
The print history with a 3880 showing the amount of ink used is generated for the last 10 prints.  If a user prints 10 nozzle patterns, the ink usage number is measured to a 0.1mL resolution.  Does that mean it was ready to go from 0.0 to 0.1 in the next applied ink dot?  Or did it measure 0.06 and was rounded off to 0.1mL?
I really find this discussion rediculous and don't know how I got pulled into this.  Either you do a nozzle check once a week if you don't print a lot to keep your printer working fairly well, or you don't.
I have 6 printers and today, Saturday, I print a nozzle check with all 6.  4 printers haven't been used all week and and the nozzle checks tell me my status.  Jtoolman has 15 printers and he does the same thing.  We both refill our carts, we blow hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year on printers, refillable cartridges, inks from various ink suppliers, various profiling equipment (I currently have 6 systems worth a few $K) and I'm going to worry about spending 10 cents per printer per week to run a nozzle pattern check.....oh, I use 3rd party ink so that's about 1.5 - 2 cents per nozzle check...OUCH!
Bob P.

Post time: 2013-4-29 08:43:44 |Show all posts
AusPic wrote:
That makes a whole lot more sense. I cant imagine 800 odd dots use up 39ml ink. So what that says a lot more clearly than I had hoped is that what we are dealing with here is a ROUTINE. We now come full circle to where I entered this dicsussion. I am not even going to go around again..I do not givea damn howmuch ink ends up on the paper, that is just so irrelevant its no longer funny.
Pinting a nozzle pattern is a routine and it uses a lot of ink, not a lot ends up on the paper.
--
Andrew G
If one that doesn't print a lot, prints a nozzle check once a week just to keep the the 3880 cartridges agitated, and nozzles unblocked, that's about 10 cents worth of ink per week, $5 USD/AUD per year.  That's peanuts.....
Auto/manual cleans take about 10mL of ink each clean!  Borderless printing wastes more ink per print than one nozzle check.
I print a nozzle check before and after each printing session just to make sure that I don't have any blocked nozzles which will waste a 13x19 print.
I don't understand what you mean by the nozzle pattern ROUTINE is wasting a lot of ink?
Bob P.

Post time: 2013-4-29 07:18:24 |Show all posts
JJ Winkel wrote:
I wonder if everybody here is aware that 1 ml = 1 cm3 is a lot of ink even if .1 ml is only one tenth of it that still is 100 mm3
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JJ.
Sorry edit window was over ...
Considering that the 3880 can eject dots as small as 3.5 pl (picoliters) that is 10 to the -9 power of one ml, then with 0.35 ml of ink, the 3880 can fire 100 millions of those smaller dots .....
Question is how large are the dots used by a nozzle check ..... ?  
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JJ.

Post time: 2013-4-29 05:38:23 |Show all posts
I wonder if everybody here is aware that 1 ml = 1 cm3 is a lot of ink even if .1 ml is only one tenth of it that still is 100 mm3
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JJ.

Post time: 2013-4-29 03:42:33 |Show all posts
That makes a whole lot  more sense. I cant imagine 800 odd dots use up 39ml ink. So what that says a lot more clearly than I had hoped is that what we are dealing with here is a ROUTINE. We now come full circle to where I entered this  dicsussion. I am not  even going to go around again..I do not givea damn howmuch ink ends up on the paper, that is just so irrelevant its no longer funny.
Pinting a nozzle pattern is a routine and it uses a lot of ink, not a lot ends up on the paper.
--
Andrew G

Post time: 2013-4-29 02:20:32 |Show all posts
jtoolman wrote:
Petruska wrote:
AusPic wrote:
jtoolman wrote:
AusPic wrote:
jtoolman wrote:
Ursula Freer wrote:
Danny Michael wrote:
I think the big question is, why are you doing nozzle checks? Shouldn't need to do that unless you suspect a clogged nozzle, which is rare on this printer.
If you live in a desert area where the humidity can go down to 8% you need to pay attention and avoid clogged nozzles. On the other hand I have a friend in San Francisco who printed without having to deal with a nozzle check after storing the printer for five years!
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Ursula
http://ursulafreer.com
Sure. Miliage may vary when it comes to individual printers and humidity levels.
Printing without a previous nozzle check which use an almost unmeasurable amount of ink, so I don't understand why anyone would be against running one, specially when shoosing high quality will very likely not show you that you indeed have a few nozzles NOT firing. Only the Nozzle check will do that. Sometimes the missfiring nozzles will clear themselves out after several prints but they may not.
But if you do not want to run them, that is your choice, just I would not recommend doing so.
It is the same as not ever getting a medical check up just becuase you feel fine.
LAst night I did my 15 printers, reusing the same sheet of paper for each 4 nozzle checks. ALl were perfect except for one of my R1900s. Had I simply ran a print on $7 a sheet paper, I would have been out $7. I am using OCP inks on that printer and it is about 3 cents per ml so the cleaning cycle that I had to run to get everything back to normal must have cost me about 3 cents. Much better than $7.
Joe
Joe,
It PAINS me to argue with 'the man, Mr. Printer" BUT..
On advice from you and others, when new I had to put my 3880 in hibernation whilst I was doing renovations, That took from June 2012 to end January 2013. In that time I did the same routine EVERY time. Print nozzle check from the printer screen.....nothing else!
Printer was not connected to my computer so no option but to use the printer screen I did a nozzle check once a week. Each one on a different end on an A4 sheet of Laser jet paper I use ( dated and kept for the record just in casa!)
New carts installed at the shop I purchased from and they checked there at the shop( BEFORE I TOOK IT ALL THE WAY BACK TO MY FARM IN THE BUSH) that the machine was 100% operational, so the lines were loaded and they ran a nozzle check. Thus when unpacked (again) and powered up at home carts barely registered any usage, and Maint. tank 98%
From the day it arrived here in June till January the only operation the printer did was nozzle checks.
IF nozzle check 'routine' and it is a routine, uses miniscule amounts of ink, how did my waste tank go from 98% down to 52% and my colour carts all register around 25%. MK 20-25%
and PK about 85%..........in that time I had a single skip in 1 square, so I ran 4x nozzle check one after the other till it printed right.
If I get what you have just said, you purchased it and installed inks and then put it into hiatus till you once again set it up to print. The initial install of ink will use up about 30 or more % of the inks just to prime the lines and head dampers, it will dump a lot of ink into the M. Tank. This happens on ALL these printers with stationary ink carts. The problems is the the true initial usage of inks is NOT immediately reported or displayed by the LCD or the printer driver. EPSON's sneaky way, so we do not have a heart attack from the start. Later on as you print here and there, even nozzle checks, the true ink levels and MT usage is revealed. That's whe we are shocked at the drop. From now on you will be seeing true ink level readings.
Yes it is a dirty trick. Give you an example, Epson's biggest BOMB / LEMON of a printer, the 4900 will use almost a complete set of starter 110ml carts to prime and to print the few initial test prints and alignments needed to get the printer going. Almost immediately you will need to buy a brand new set at about $95 x 12 carts.
I just accepted the usage as 'normal' as I have nothing to benchmark against.
A chance remark by the Salesperson (a printmaker and a long time Epson user) lead to a lengthy debate, that sent me off enquiring of other Professionals using the 3880, ALL said the same thing. They used to do it but gave it away when they worked out that it used NEARLY as much as a regular clean.
All I can tell you is a nozzle check ONLY uses the ink that it needs to create the print we call the Nozzle check. I have no idea where ANY extra ink could or would possibly be used. The ONLY way waste is ever generated unless your carts are leaking into the system by gravity as in during transport, or the printer is tilted, is through printing lots of borderless and or runing cleaning cycles. Both processes do produce waste ink. Borderless from the overspray and cleaning cycles directly dumps ink in the pads through the heads.
Regular printing does not produce any waste ink from the direct printing process itself.
There is a some ink being wiped off the underside of the head surface by the wiper blade about every 6-8 passes but that's it.
I could run a thousand consecutive nozzle checks without my mantenance tank reading even budging.
I called Epson and like you they said it used very little but got really vague on just how much a very little is.This left me in no-mans land, who is right and who is wrong, I can SEE that I have used a goodly part of the carts and I know how and where it was, and was not used.
So here is where I leave this point I will not say anything again on this subject, I don't - not any more, If I get a block, it will show, $4+ on a sheet of very good paper is a lot cheaper than the volumes of OEM ink it was chewing through.
Well I am using OCP K3 inks at about 3 pennies per ML per color so if I need to run a cleaning cycle, it's not a problem. The 3800 is so good at not getting clogs that is not really even an issue.
Take care
Joe
With Respect,
Andrew
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Andrew G
Having thought a bit on the response above I felt a bit that your resopnse was a tad dismissive, glossing over the fact that a person could go out and purchase a printer and not get fooled by all the bright lights, and I am sure you also spoke from long experience here in this forum where there are a great variety of abilities in the folks asking for your help. So,
Inspired by one of your own refilling videos I sought to test the hypothesis , " a nozzle check only uses the ink required to make the printed nozzle check."
Test equipment - a set of scales measuring in grams, an OEM cart, and the carts installed in my printer
Method :
Turn on printer, remove carts and weigh each one, record weights....turn printer off.
Turn printer on, print nozzle check pattern....turn printer off.
Turn printer on and weigh carts again
The test routine was repeated three times, thus there were four weighings altogether, the first. To establish a baseline weight, and a further three looking for variances..
Usage was uniform for each cart through the three tests..........5g per test for 7 carts, with VLM using 4g
Thus each nozzle check used 39g of ink. Now I am not sure of the sg of these inks ( sg would enable me to calculate ml used) BUT given that a FULL OEM cart weighs 190g.......5g used per cart per nozzle check is not minuscule to me and explains EXACTLY why my printer used up ink doing nozzle checks only....it was NOT smoke and mirrors from the Epson printer ink monitor screen. It also clearly debunks the assertion that the ink is going elsewhere!!!
In addition there is NO value in printing a manual nozzle check, as it can give you a print out from the residual ink in the print head, does not mean the print head is functioning as required...Auto prints a better test pattern that puts some flow through the nozzles and gives a better indication of print heads actual health after a rest in drying conditions.
I am in hopes that this is of use to 3880 users who live in dry hot locations or have to live with central heating in Winter or, who may have fun trying this out themselves.
Cheers,
Andrew G
during a print. If you look at the number before and after a nozzle check I believe that the 3880 uses less than 0.1mL of ink per nozzle pattern.
Bob P.
Bob did you said 0.1ml per complete nozzle check print when you say " per nozzle pattern "?
A readier might think it is per color set or even per color line.
I think that it is .1 ml per nozzle check print so I I were to print 10 in a row I would use .1ml x 10 = 1 ml.
I should have stated that more clearly.  Yes a total of 0.1mL of ink each time you run a nozzle check.

Post time: 2013-4-29 00:38:50 |Show all posts
AusPic wrote:
Petruska wrote:
AusPic wrote:
jtoolman wrote:
AusPic wrote:
jtoolman wrote:
Ursula Freer wrote:
Danny Michael wrote:
I think the big question is, why are you doing nozzle checks? Shouldn't need to do that unless you suspect a clogged nozzle, which is rare on this printer.
If you live in a desert area where the humidity can go down to 8% you need to pay attention and avoid clogged nozzles. On the other hand I have a friend in San Francisco who printed without having to deal with a nozzle check after storing the printer for five years!
--
Ursula
http://ursulafreer.com
Sure. Miliage may vary when it comes to individual printers and humidity levels.
Printing without a previous nozzle check which use an almost unmeasurable amount of ink, so I don't understand why anyone would be against running one, specially when shoosing high quality will very likely not show you that you indeed have a few nozzles NOT firing. Only the Nozzle check will do that. Sometimes the missfiring nozzles will clear themselves out after several prints but they may not.
But if you do not want to run them, that is your choice, just I would not recommend doing so.
It is the same as not ever getting a medical check up just becuase you feel fine.
LAst night I did my 15 printers, reusing the same sheet of paper for each 4 nozzle checks. ALl were perfect except for one of my R1900s. Had I simply ran a print on $7 a sheet paper, I would have been out $7. I am using OCP inks on that printer and it is about 3 cents per ml so the cleaning cycle that I had to run to get everything back to normal must have cost me about 3 cents. Much better than $7.
Joe
Joe,
It PAINS me to argue with 'the man, Mr. Printer" BUT..
On advice from you and others, when new I had to put my 3880 in hibernation whilst I was doing renovations, That took from June 2012 to end January 2013. In that time I did the same routine EVERY time. Print nozzle check from the printer screen.....nothing else!
Printer was not connected to my computer so no option but to use the printer screen I did a nozzle check once a week. Each one on a different end on an A4 sheet of Laser jet paper I use ( dated and kept for the record just in casa!)
New carts installed at the shop I purchased from and they checked there at the shop( BEFORE I TOOK IT ALL THE WAY BACK TO MY FARM IN THE BUSH) that the machine was 100% operational, so the lines were loaded and they ran a nozzle check. Thus when unpacked (again) and powered up at home carts barely registered any usage, and Maint. tank 98%
From the day it arrived here in June till January the only operation the printer did was nozzle checks.
IF nozzle check 'routine' and it is a routine, uses miniscule amounts of ink, how did my waste tank go from 98% down to 52% and my colour carts all register around 25%. MK 20-25%
and PK about 85%..........in that time I had a single skip in 1 square, so I ran 4x nozzle check one after the other till it printed right.
If I get what you have just said, you purchased it and installed inks and then put it into hiatus till you once again set it up to print. The initial install of ink will use up about 30 or more % of the inks just to prime the lines and head dampers, it will dump a lot of ink into the M. Tank. This happens on ALL these printers with stationary ink carts. The problems is the the true initial usage of inks is NOT immediately reported or displayed by the LCD or the printer driver. EPSON's sneaky way, so we do not have a heart attack from the start. Later on as you print here and there, even nozzle checks, the true ink levels and MT usage is revealed. That's whe we are shocked at the drop. From now on you will be seeing true ink level readings.
Yes it is a dirty trick. Give you an example, Epson's biggest BOMB / LEMON of a printer, the 4900 will use almost a complete set of starter 110ml carts to prime and to print the few initial test prints and alignments needed to get the printer going. Almost immediately you will need to buy a brand new set at about $95 x 12 carts.
I just accepted the usage as 'normal' as I have nothing to benchmark against.
A chance remark by the Salesperson (a printmaker and a long time Epson user) lead to a lengthy debate, that sent me off enquiring of other Professionals using the 3880, ALL said the same thing. They used to do it but gave it away when they worked out that it used NEARLY as much as a regular clean.
All I can tell you is a nozzle check ONLY uses the ink that it needs to create the print we call the Nozzle check. I have no idea where ANY extra ink could or would possibly be used. The ONLY way waste is ever generated unless your carts are leaking into the system by gravity as in during transport, or the printer is tilted, is through printing lots of borderless and or runing cleaning cycles. Both processes do produce waste ink. Borderless from the overspray and cleaning cycles directly dumps ink in the pads through the heads.
Regular printing does not produce any waste ink from the direct printing process itself.
There is a some ink being wiped off the underside of the head surface by the wiper blade about every 6-8 passes but that's it.
I could run a thousand consecutive nozzle checks without my mantenance tank reading even budging.
I called Epson and like you they said it used very little but got really vague on just how much a very little is.This left me in no-mans land, who is right and who is wrong, I can SEE that I have used a goodly part of the carts and I know how and where it was, and was not used.
So here is where I leave this point I will not say anything again on this subject, I don't - not any more, If I get a block, it will show, $4+ on a sheet of very good paper is a lot cheaper than the volumes of OEM ink it was chewing through.
Well I am using OCP K3 inks at about 3 pennies per ML per color so if I need to run a cleaning cycle, it's not a problem. The 3800 is so good at not getting clogs that is not really even an issue.
Take care
Joe
With Respect,
Andrew
--
Andrew G
Having thought a bit on the response above I felt a bit that your resopnse was a tad dismissive, glossing over the fact that a person could go out and purchase a printer and not get fooled by all the bright lights, and I am sure you also spoke from long experience here in this forum where there are a great variety of abilities in the folks asking for your help. So,
Inspired by one of your own refilling videos I sought to test the hypothesis , " a nozzle check only uses the ink required to make the printed nozzle check."
Test equipment - a set of scales measuring in grams, an OEM cart, and the carts installed in my printer
Method :
Turn on printer, remove carts and weigh each one, record weights....turn printer off.
Turn printer on, print nozzle check pattern....turn printer off.
Turn printer on and weigh carts again
The test routine was repeated three times, thus there were four weighings altogether, the first. To establish a baseline weight, and a further three looking for variances..
Usage was uniform for each cart through the three tests..........5g per test for 7 carts, with VLM using 4g
Thus each nozzle check used 39g of ink. Now I am not sure of the sg of these inks ( sg would enable me to calculate ml used) BUT given that a FULL OEM cart weighs 190g.......5g used per cart per nozzle check is not minuscule to me and explains EXACTLY why my printer used up ink doing nozzle checks only....it was NOT smoke and mirrors from the Epson printer ink monitor screen. It also clearly debunks the assertion that the ink is going elsewhere!!!
In addition there is NO value in printing a manual nozzle check, as it can give you a print out from the residual ink in the print head, does not mean the print head is functioning as required...Auto prints a better test pattern that puts some flow through the nozzles and gives a better indication of print heads actual health after a rest in drying conditions.
I am in hopes that this is of use to 3880 users who live in dry hot locations or have to live with central heating in Winter or, who may have fun trying this out themselves.
Cheers,
Andrew G
during a print. If you look at the number before and after a nozzle check I believe that the 3880 uses less than 0.1mL of ink per nozzle pattern.
Bob P.
I have not looked at the job history yet Bob but sum 0.1ml per nozzle by the number of nozzles in the print head, that's not negligible, it's small and a fella would be brave indeed to suggest that the usage numbers I found were attributable to ink laid on the nozzle print out matrix.......that would be plain silly, and has a very small part in what I am driving at ( assuming 180 nozzles by 0.1 ml).....Printing a nozzle check (the entire routine, turn on, nozzle check, turn off again uses up a fair bit of ink for maintenance purposes in a dry climate. Thus what I am saying is that there is a better maintenance strategy for bi-day, or weekly MAINTENANCE! On advice, which my figuring says is good advice I make 8 small photo prints, one per corner on a piece of lase printer paper. That gives me four weeks of maint. printout per side and a .month per sheet. Now if a print looks off, I do a nozzle check too. But as 3880 users will know its not likely that they will find a blocked nozzle even in the dry we are getting here at the moment. My laser paper is less than .004 cents per page and I use Cone refill so my outlay for maint is zilch compared to those folks that stay on OEM ink and use photo paper to do their checking.
Joe did make a very good point about skewing the trialnumbers, so while I still have the weights from the last I will print a set of four without removing the carts between, that should give me a lessunbalanced usage number as it will have 4 straight nozzle checks with just the one start up. Every person that switches their machine off will have that start up usage, so, by averaging I should get a better indicator..........yes/ no?
Cheers,
Andrew G
not each nozzle.  To clarify that's 0.1mL total ink use when you run one nozzle check.
Bob P.

Post time: 2013-4-28 23:13:54 |Show all posts
Petruska wrote:
AusPic wrote:
jtoolman wrote:
AusPic wrote:
jtoolman wrote:
Ursula Freer wrote:
Danny Michael wrote:
I think the big question is, why are you doing nozzle checks? Shouldn't need to do that unless you suspect a clogged nozzle, which is rare on this printer.
If you live in a desert area where the humidity can go down to 8% you need to pay attention and avoid clogged nozzles. On the other hand I have a friend in San Francisco who printed without having to deal with a nozzle check after storing the printer for five years!
--
Ursula
http://ursulafreer.com
Sure. Miliage may vary when it comes to individual printers and humidity levels.
Printing without a previous nozzle check which use an almost unmeasurable amount of ink, so I don't understand why anyone would be against running one, specially when shoosing high quality will very likely not show you that you indeed have a few nozzles NOT firing. Only the Nozzle check will do that. Sometimes the missfiring nozzles will clear themselves out after several prints but they may not.
But if you do not want to run them, that is your choice, just I would not recommend doing so.
It is the same as not ever getting a medical check up just becuase you feel fine.
LAst night I did my 15 printers, reusing the same sheet of paper for each 4 nozzle checks. ALl were perfect except for one of my R1900s. Had I simply ran a print on $7 a sheet paper, I would have been out $7. I am using OCP inks on that printer and it is about 3 cents per ml so the cleaning cycle that I had to run to get everything back to normal must have cost me about 3 cents. Much better than $7.
Joe
Joe,
It PAINS me to argue with 'the man, Mr. Printer" BUT..
On advice from you and others, when new I had to put my 3880 in hibernation whilst I was doing renovations, That took from June 2012 to end January 2013. In that time I did the same routine EVERY time. Print nozzle check from the printer screen.....nothing else!
Printer was not connected to my computer so no option but to use the printer screen I did a nozzle check once a week. Each one on a different end on an A4 sheet of Laser jet paper I use ( dated and kept for the record just in casa!)
New carts installed at the shop I purchased from and they checked there at the shop( BEFORE I TOOK IT ALL THE WAY BACK TO MY FARM IN THE BUSH) that the machine was 100% operational, so the lines were loaded and they ran a nozzle check. Thus when unpacked (again) and powered up at home carts barely registered any usage, and Maint. tank 98%
From the day it arrived here in June till January the only operation the printer did was nozzle checks.
IF nozzle check 'routine' and it is a routine, uses miniscule amounts of ink, how did my waste tank go from 98% down to 52% and my colour carts all register around 25%. MK 20-25%
and PK about 85%..........in that time I had a single skip in 1 square, so I ran 4x nozzle check one after the other till it printed right.
If I get what you have just said, you purchased it and installed inks and then put it into hiatus till you once again set it up to print. The initial install of ink will use up about 30 or more % of the inks just to prime the lines and head dampers, it will dump a lot of ink into the M. Tank. This happens on ALL these printers with stationary ink carts. The problems is the the true initial usage of inks is NOT immediately reported or displayed by the LCD or the printer driver. EPSON's sneaky way, so we do not have a heart attack from the start. Later on as you print here and there, even nozzle checks, the true ink levels and MT usage is revealed. That's whe we are shocked at the drop. From now on you will be seeing true ink level readings.
Yes it is a dirty trick. Give you an example, Epson's biggest BOMB / LEMON of a printer, the 4900 will use almost a complete set of starter 110ml carts to prime and to print the few initial test prints and alignments needed to get the printer going. Almost immediately you will need to buy a brand new set at about $95 x 12 carts.
I just accepted the usage as 'normal' as I have nothing to benchmark against.
A chance remark by the Salesperson (a printmaker and a long time Epson user) lead to a lengthy debate, that sent me off enquiring of other Professionals using the 3880, ALL said the same thing. They used to do it but gave it away when they worked out that it used NEARLY as much as a regular clean.
All I can tell you is a nozzle check ONLY uses the ink that it needs to create the print we call the Nozzle check. I have no idea where ANY extra ink could or would possibly be used. The ONLY way waste is ever generated unless your carts are leaking into the system by gravity as in during transport, or the printer is tilted, is through printing lots of borderless and or runing cleaning cycles. Both processes do produce waste ink. Borderless from the overspray and cleaning cycles directly dumps ink in the pads through the heads.
Regular printing does not produce any waste ink from the direct printing process itself.
There is a some ink being wiped off the underside of the head surface by the wiper blade about every 6-8 passes but that's it.
I could run a thousand consecutive nozzle checks without my mantenance tank reading even budging.
I called Epson and like you they said it used very little but got really vague on just how much a very little is.This left me in no-mans land, who is right and who is wrong, I can SEE that I have used a goodly part of the carts and I know how and where it was, and was not used.
So here is where I leave this point I will not say anything again on this subject, I don't - not any more, If I get a block, it will show, $4+ on a sheet of very good paper is a lot cheaper than the volumes of OEM ink it was chewing through.
Well I am using OCP K3 inks at about 3 pennies per ML per color so if I need to run a cleaning cycle, it's not a problem. The 3800 is so good at not getting clogs that is not really even an issue.
Take care
Joe
With Respect,
Andrew
--
Andrew G
Having thought a bit on the response above I felt a bit that your resopnse was a tad dismissive, glossing over the fact that a person could go out and purchase a printer and not get fooled by all the bright lights, and I am sure you also spoke from long experience here in this forum where there are a great variety of abilities in the folks asking for your help. So,
Inspired by one of your own refilling videos I sought to test the hypothesis , " a nozzle check only uses the ink required to make the printed nozzle check."
Test equipment - a set of scales measuring in grams, an OEM cart, and the carts installed in my printer
Method :
Turn on printer, remove carts and weigh each one, record weights....turn printer off.
Turn printer on, print nozzle check pattern....turn printer off.
Turn printer on and weigh carts again
The test routine was repeated three times, thus there were four weighings altogether, the first. To establish a baseline weight, and a further three looking for variances..
Usage was uniform for each cart through the three tests..........5g per test for 7 carts, with VLM using 4g
Thus each nozzle check used 39g of ink. Now I am not sure of the sg of these inks ( sg would enable me to calculate ml used) BUT given that a FULL OEM cart weighs 190g.......5g used per cart per nozzle check is not minuscule to me and explains EXACTLY why my printer used up ink doing nozzle checks only....it was NOT smoke and mirrors from the Epson printer ink monitor screen. It also clearly debunks the assertion that the ink is going elsewhere!!!
In addition there is NO value in printing a manual nozzle check, as it can give you a print out from the residual ink in the print head, does not mean the print head is functioning as required...Auto prints a better test pattern that puts some flow through the nozzles and gives a better indication of print heads actual health after a rest in drying conditions.
I am in hopes that this is of use to 3880 users who live in dry hot locations or have to live with central heating in Winter or, who may have fun trying this out themselves.
Cheers,
Andrew G
during a print. If you look at the number before and after a nozzle check I believe that the 3880 uses less than 0.1mL of ink per nozzle pattern.
Bob P.
Bob did you said 0.1ml  per complete nozzle check print when you say " per nozzle pattern "?
A readier might think it is per color set or even per color line.
I think that it is .1 ml per nozzle check print so I I were to print 10 in a row I would use .1ml x 10 = 1 ml.

Post time: 2013-4-28 21:48:04 |Show all posts
Petruska wrote:
AusPic wrote:
jtoolman wrote:
AusPic wrote:
jtoolman wrote:
Ursula Freer wrote:
Danny Michael wrote:
I think the big question is, why are you doing nozzle checks? Shouldn't need to do that unless you suspect a clogged nozzle, which is rare on this printer.
If you live in a desert area where the humidity can go down to 8% you need to pay attention and avoid clogged nozzles. On the other hand I have a friend in San Francisco who printed without having to deal with a nozzle check after storing the printer for five years!
--
Ursula
http://ursulafreer.com
Sure. Miliage may vary when it comes to individual printers and humidity levels.
Printing without a previous nozzle check which use an almost unmeasurable amount of ink, so I don't understand why anyone would be against running one, specially when shoosing high quality will very likely not show you that you indeed have a few nozzles NOT firing. Only the Nozzle check will do that. Sometimes the missfiring nozzles will clear themselves out after several prints but they may not.
But if you do not want to run them, that is your choice, just I would not recommend doing so.
It is the same as not ever getting a medical check up just becuase you feel fine.
LAst night I did my 15 printers, reusing the same sheet of paper for each 4 nozzle checks. ALl were perfect except for one of my R1900s. Had I simply ran a print on $7 a sheet paper, I would have been out $7. I am using OCP inks on that printer and it is about 3 cents per ml so the cleaning cycle that I had to run to get everything back to normal must have cost me about 3 cents. Much better than $7.
Joe
Joe,
It PAINS me to argue with 'the man, Mr. Printer" BUT..
On advice from you and others, when new I had to put my 3880 in hibernation whilst I was doing renovations, That took from June 2012 to end January 2013. In that time I did the same routine EVERY time. Print nozzle check from the printer screen.....nothing else!
Printer was not connected to my computer so no option but to use the printer screen I did a nozzle check once a week. Each one on a different end on an A4 sheet of Laser jet paper I use ( dated and kept for the record just in casa!)
New carts installed at the shop I purchased from and they checked there at the shop( BEFORE I TOOK IT ALL THE WAY BACK TO MY FARM IN THE BUSH) that the machine was 100% operational, so the lines were loaded and they ran a nozzle check. Thus when unpacked (again) and powered up at home carts barely registered any usage, and Maint. tank 98%
From the day it arrived here in June till January the only operation the printer did was nozzle checks.
IF nozzle check 'routine' and it is a routine, uses miniscule amounts of ink, how did my waste tank go from 98% down to 52% and my colour carts all register around 25%. MK 20-25%
and PK about 85%..........in that time I had a single skip in 1 square, so I ran 4x nozzle check one after the other till it printed right.
If I get what you have just said, you purchased it and installed inks and then put it into hiatus till you once again set it up to print. The initial install of ink will use up about 30 or more % of the inks just to prime the lines and head dampers, it will dump a lot of ink into the M. Tank. This happens on ALL these printers with stationary ink carts. The problems is the the true initial usage of inks is NOT immediately reported or displayed by the LCD or the printer driver. EPSON's sneaky way, so we do not have a heart attack from the start. Later on as you print here and there, even nozzle checks, the true ink levels and MT usage is revealed. That's whe we are shocked at the drop. From now on you will be seeing true ink level readings.
Yes it is a dirty trick. Give you an example, Epson's biggest BOMB / LEMON of a printer, the 4900 will use almost a complete set of starter 110ml carts to prime and to print the few initial test prints and alignments needed to get the printer going. Almost immediately you will need to buy a brand new set at about $95 x 12 carts.
I just accepted the usage as 'normal' as I have nothing to benchmark against.
A chance remark by the Salesperson (a printmaker and a long time Epson user) lead to a lengthy debate, that sent me off enquiring of other Professionals using the 3880, ALL said the same thing. They used to do it but gave it away when they worked out that it used NEARLY as much as a regular clean.
All I can tell you is a nozzle check ONLY uses the ink that it needs to create the print we call the Nozzle check. I have no idea where ANY extra ink could or would possibly be used. The ONLY way waste is ever generated unless your carts are leaking into the system by gravity as in during transport, or the printer is tilted, is through printing lots of borderless and or runing cleaning cycles. Both processes do produce waste ink. Borderless from the overspray and cleaning cycles directly dumps ink in the pads through the heads.
Regular printing does not produce any waste ink from the direct printing process itself.
There is a some ink being wiped off the underside of the head surface by the wiper blade about every 6-8 passes but that's it.
I could run a thousand consecutive nozzle checks without my mantenance tank reading even budging.
I called Epson and like you they said it used very little but got really vague on just how much a very little is.This left me in no-mans land, who is right and who is wrong, I can SEE that I have used a goodly part of the carts and I know how and where it was, and was not used.
So here is where I leave this point I will not say anything again on this subject, I don't - not any more, If I get a block, it will show, $4+ on a sheet of very good paper is a lot cheaper than the volumes of OEM ink it was chewing through.
Well I am using OCP K3 inks at about 3 pennies per ML per color so if I need to run a cleaning cycle, it's not a problem. The 3800 is so good at not getting clogs that is not really even an issue.
Take care
Joe
With Respect,
Andrew
--
Andrew G
Having thought a bit on the response above I felt a bit that your resopnse was a tad dismissive, glossing over the fact that a person could go out and purchase a printer and not get fooled by all the bright lights, and I am sure you also spoke from long experience here in this forum where there are a great variety of abilities in the folks asking for your help. So,
Inspired by one of your own refilling videos I sought to test the hypothesis , " a nozzle check only uses the ink required to make the printed nozzle check."
Test equipment - a set of scales measuring in grams, an OEM cart, and the carts installed in my printer
Method :
Turn on printer, remove carts and weigh each one, record weights....turn printer off.
Turn printer on, print nozzle check pattern....turn printer off.
Turn printer on and weigh carts again
The test routine was repeated three times, thus there were four weighings altogether, the first. To establish a baseline weight, and a further three looking for variances..
Usage was uniform for each cart through the three tests..........5g per test for 7 carts, with VLM using 4g
Thus each nozzle check used 39g of ink. Now I am not sure of the sg of these inks ( sg would enable me to calculate ml used) BUT given that a FULL OEM cart weighs 190g.......5g used per cart per nozzle check is not minuscule to me and explains EXACTLY why my printer used up ink doing nozzle checks only....it was NOT smoke and mirrors from the Epson printer ink monitor screen. It also clearly debunks the assertion that the ink is going elsewhere!!!
In addition there is NO value in printing a manual nozzle check, as it can give you a print out from the residual ink in the print head, does not mean the print head is functioning as required...Auto prints a better test pattern that puts some flow through the nozzles and gives a better indication of print heads actual health after a rest in drying conditions.
I am in hopes that this is of use to 3880 users who live in dry hot locations or have to live with central heating in Winter or, who may have fun trying this out themselves.
Cheers,
Andrew G
during a print. If you look at the number before and after a nozzle check I believe that the 3880 uses less than 0.1mL of ink per nozzle pattern.
Bob P.
I have not looked at the job history yet Bob but sum 0.1ml per nozzle by the number of nozzles in the print head, that's not negligible, it's small and a fella would be brave indeed to suggest that the usage numbers I found were attributable to ink laid on the nozzle print out matrix.......that would be plain silly, and has a very small part in what I am driving at ( assuming 180 nozzles by 0.1 ml).....Printing a nozzle check  (the entire routine, turn on, nozzle check, turn off again uses up a fair bit of ink for maintenance purposes in a dry climate. Thus what I am saying is that there is a better maintenance strategy for bi-day, or weekly MAINTENANCE!  On advice, which my figuring says is good advice  I make  8 small photo prints, one per corner on a piece of lase printer paper. That gives me four weeks of maint. printout per side and a .month per sheet. Now if a print looks off, I do a nozzle check too. But as 3880 users will know its not likely that they will find a blocked  nozzle even in the dry we are getting here at the moment. My laser paper is less than .004 cents per page and I use Cone refill so my outlay for maint is zilch compared to those folks that stay on OEM ink and use photo paper to do their checking.
Joe did make a very good point about skewing the trialnumbers, so while I still have the weights from the last I will print a set of four without removing the carts between, that should  give me a lessunbalanced usage number as it will have  4 straight  nozzle checks with just the one start up. Every person that switches their machine off will have that start up usage, so, by averaging I should get a better indicator..........yes/ no?
Cheers,
Andrew G

Post time: 2013-4-28 20:18:13 |Show all posts
AusPic wrote:
jtoolman wrote:
AusPic wrote:
jtoolman wrote:
AusPic wrote:
jtoolman wrote:
Ursula Freer wrote:
Danny Michael wrote:
I think the big question is, why are you doing nozzle checks? Shouldn't need to do that unless you suspect a clogged nozzle, which is rare on this printer.
If you live in a desert area where the humidity can go down to 8% you need to pay attention and avoid clogged nozzles. On the other hand I have a friend in San Francisco who printed without having to deal with a nozzle check after storing the printer for five years!
--
Ursula
http://ursulafreer.com
Sure. Miliage may vary when it comes to individual printers and humidity levels.
Printing without a previous nozzle check which use an almost unmeasurable amount of ink, so I don't understand why anyone would be against running one, specially when shoosing high quality will very likely not show you that you indeed have a few nozzles NOT firing. Only the Nozzle check will do that. Sometimes the missfiring nozzles will clear themselves out after several prints but they may not.
But if you do not want to run them, that is your choice, just I would not recommend doing so.
It is the same as not ever getting a medical check up just becuase you feel fine.
LAst night I did my 15 printers, reusing the same sheet of paper for each 4 nozzle checks. ALl were perfect except for one of my R1900s. Had I simply ran a print on $7 a sheet paper, I would have been out $7. I am using OCP inks on that printer and it is about 3 cents per ml so the cleaning cycle that I had to run to get everything back to normal must have cost me about 3 cents. Much better than $7.
Joe
Joe,
It PAINS me to argue with 'the man, Mr. Printer" BUT..
On advice from you and others, when new I had to put my 3880 in hibernation whilst I was doing renovations, That took from June 2012 to end January 2013. In that time I did the same routine EVERY time. Print nozzle check from the printer screen.....nothing else!
Printer was not connected to my computer so no option but to use the printer screen I did a nozzle check once a week. Each one on a different end on an A4 sheet of Laser jet paper I use ( dated and kept for the record just in casa!)
New carts installed at the shop I purchased from and they checked there at the shop( BEFORE I TOOK IT ALL THE WAY BACK TO MY FARM IN THE BUSH) that the machine was 100% operational, so the lines were loaded and they ran a nozzle check. Thus when unpacked (again) and powered up at home carts barely registered any usage, and Maint. tank 98%
From the day it arrived here in June till January the only operation the printer did was nozzle checks.
IF nozzle check 'routine' and it is a routine, uses miniscule amounts of ink, how did my waste tank go from 98% down to 52% and my colour carts all register around 25%. MK 20-25%
and PK about 85%..........in that time I had a single skip in 1 square, so I ran 4x nozzle check one after the other till it printed right.
If I get what you have just said, you purchased it and installed inks and then put it into hiatus till you once again set it up to print. The initial install of ink will use up about 30 or more % of the inks just to prime the lines and head dampers, it will dump a lot of ink into the M. Tank. This happens on ALL these printers with stationary ink carts. The problems is the the true initial usage of inks is NOT immediately reported or displayed by the LCD or the printer driver. EPSON's sneaky way, so we do not have a heart attack from the start. Later on as you print here and there, even nozzle checks, the true ink levels and MT usage is revealed. That's whe we are shocked at the drop. From now on you will be seeing true ink level readings.
Yes it is a dirty trick. Give you an example, Epson's biggest BOMB / LEMON of a printer, the 4900 will use almost a complete set of starter 110ml carts to prime and to print the few initial test prints and alignments needed to get the printer going. Almost immediately you will need to buy a brand new set at about $95 x 12 carts.
I just accepted the usage as 'normal' as I have nothing to benchmark against.
A chance remark by the Salesperson (a printmaker and a long time Epson user) lead to a lengthy debate, that sent me off enquiring of other Professionals using the 3880, ALL said the same thing. They used to do it but gave it away when they worked out that it used NEARLY as much as a regular clean.
All I can tell you is a nozzle check ONLY uses the ink that it needs to create the print we call the Nozzle check. I have no idea where ANY extra ink could or would possibly be used. The ONLY way waste is ever generated unless your carts are leaking into the system by gravity as in during transport, or the printer is tilted, is through printing lots of borderless and or runing cleaning cycles. Both processes do produce waste ink. Borderless from the overspray and cleaning cycles directly dumps ink in the pads through the heads.
Regular printing does not produce any waste ink from the direct printing process itself.
There is a some ink being wiped off the underside of the head surface by the wiper blade about every 6-8 passes but that's it.
I could run a thousand consecutive nozzle checks without my mantenance tank reading even budging.
I called Epson and like you they said it used very little but got really vague on just how much a very little is.This left me in no-mans land, who is right and who is wrong, I can SEE that I have used a goodly part of the carts and I know how and where it was, and was not used.
So here is where I leave this point I will not say anything again on this subject, I don't - not any more, If I get a block, it will show, $4+ on a sheet of very good paper is a lot cheaper than the volumes of OEM ink it was chewing through.
Well I am using OCP K3 inks at about 3 pennies per ML per color so if I need to run a cleaning cycle, it's not a problem. The 3800 is so good at not getting clogs that is not really even an issue.
Take care
Joe
With Respect,
Andrew
--
Andrew G
Having thought a bit on the response above I felt a bit that your resopnse was a tad dismissive, glossing over the fact that a person could go out and purchase a printer and not get fooled by all the bright lights, and I am sure you also spoke from long experience here in this forum where there are a great variety of abilities in the folks asking for your help. So,
Inspired by one of your own refilling videos I sought to test the hypothesis , " a nozzle check only uses the ink required to make the printed nozzle check."
Test equipment - a set of scales measuring in grams, an OEM cart, and the carts installed in my printer
Method :
Turn on printer, remove carts and weigh each one, record weights....turn printer off.
Turn printer on, print nozzle check pattern....turn printer off.
Turn printer on and weigh carts again
The test routine was repeated three times, thus there were four weighings altogether, the first. To establish a baseline weight, and a further three looking for variances..
Usage was uniform for each cart through the three tests..........5g per test for 7 carts, with VLM using 4g
If you remove a single cart to weigh and reinsert it, except on printers with non movable carts like the 3800 3880 R3000, the printer will run a purge cycle which does use up several ml of ink every time you do so. On a nozzle check you will not use that amount of ink. What you measured was the ink lost via purging.
Thus each nozzle check used 39g of ink. Now I am not sure of the sg of these inks ( sg would enable me to calculate ml used) BUT given that a FULL OEM cart weighs 190g.......5g used per cart per nozzle check is not minuscule to me and explains EXACTLY why my printer used up ink doing nozzle checks only....it was NOT smoke and mirrors from the Epson printer ink monitor screen. It also clearly debunks the assertion that the ink is going elsewhere!!!
Even when you print a full 8.5 x 11 image then total usage of ink is about 1-2ml total.
You cannot remove and weigh the carts to establish a base line weight because the second you re insert and press the ink button, it will purge several mls of ink.
On the 3800 I can remove and reinsert without any such thing occurring. But I will test that on mine tonight and see what happens.
In addition there is NO value in printing a manual nozzle check, as it can give you a print out from the residual ink in the print head, does not mean the print head is functioning as required...Auto prints a better test pattern that puts some flow through the nozzles and gives a better indication of print heads actual health after a rest in drying conditions.
You do have a point there and as far as the 3800 3880 series, goes, the head coating is so good that you don't really need to do this sort of weekly practice. On others you may have to.
I am in hopes that this is of use to 3880 users who live in dry hot locations or have to live with central heating in Winter or, who may have fun trying this out themselves.
Cheers,
Andrew G
Joe you have me confused, reading your comments you say that non movable carts like the 3880 the machine we are talking about does not do a purge, then you say it does then you say it does not again? Something here I am not connecting with...
Your 3880 and any other printer with carts that are stationary do not run a purge cycle ( Not a cleaning cycle ) when a cart is removed and reinserted. Printers with carts that reside on the print head carrier will run a purge cycle when the are removed and reinserted as well as when you remove a cart and insert a new one ( as with OEM )  Just the total amount of ink that your 3880 used during the time it was only being used for only nozzle checks just does not make sense. I am not saying it did not happen. If you say it did , then it did. It's just that I have never seen that happen on any of my printers.
Brian I fell that going to three decimal places to test If a print nozzle check routine is using ink is just being a bit silly. At the end of the day I just don't care if you, or anyone else can accept that anyone outside of yourself can have an OPINION on ANYTHING - ok, FACT is : based on the numbers, forgive me for rounding but I thought transcribing the two decimal places I weighed to to be pedantic and meaningless, however in the seven months I conducted nozzle checks, did not print a single image etc. Oh, AND did not remove the carts!! used within a REASONABLE volume , a sound enough comparison with the test numbers........as I am not in a laboratory, all I require is guidance in making personal choices and develop beliefs based on my own findings.
On what FACTS do you assert that I or anyone else for that matter HAS to weigh to three decimal places to have any meaning. At the end of the day this is not an Academic forum where Research papers are debated adnausium it is a resource for ALL levels of photographers wanting a better experience from their printing.
Just so there is NO confusion........I used up approximately the same volume of ink in six months of nozzle checks as the volume indicated by the trials I just conducted folks can take from that what they will.....
Cheers--
Andrew G

Post time: 2013-4-28 18:50:37 |Show all posts
Thank you for your erudite, considered, and well thought out response. I look forward to further analysis from your data.
Brian A
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