JVH February 2016 Newsletter

the latest in large-format inkjet printers and media
We have not seen new model large-format printers for quite awhile. Then boom!
Epson has released a new line of
P-Series Photo printers, F-Series Dye Sublimation printers, S-Series Solvent printers, and now a most advanced technology P-20000 64" production printer. We're excited about all of 'em.
Contact us for orders, preorders, or more information.

New EPSON P20000 64" Aqueous Photo Printer
Epson Professional 64" Fine Art/Photographic Printer
Are you kidding! Step aside Rambo. Finally we have a replacement to the older 64" printer . . and the brand new technology Epson printer will curl your hair. This baby is hot! It ships March 23. Call us to get your name on the preorder list.
Check out all the specs at:
Remarkable productivity — new PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead utilizing
8000 nozzles, for print speeds more than twice as fast as the previous generation.

The art of performance — high-performance 9-color archival pigments for
high-volume fine art and photographic printing environments.

Outstanding print quality — Epson UltraChrome® PRO archival ink technology produces exceptional color prints that last up to 200 years, along with four levels of gray for accurate transitions with very low grain, even at fast print modes.

Low cost of operation — high-capacity lower-priced 700 ml ink cartridges, along with more efficient ink usage, allows for a very low cost per print.

Superior workflow features — standard gigabit Ethernet and Hi-Speed USB, along with an internal 320GB print server, allows for exceptional networking performance for multiple workstations, instant reprint capability, and built-in web page for job and file management plus job accounting.
New EPSON S-Series 64" Solvent Printers
Epson New 64-inch Solvent Printers
Epson has done it again! Epson has always lead the industry with its focus on stunning image quality. The new S40 S60 and S80 printers now embody features to make the printer easy to operate and easy to maintain. S40 and S60 models are shipping now. S80s are shipping in March Call us to get your name on the preorder list. Check out all the impressive specs at:

and here is a video overview: http://bcove.me/aj6r3mtq
Value — very affordable 64" roll-to-roll signage printer with bright, stunning image quality.

Advanced printhead technology — dual Epson® PrecisionCore® TFP printhead technology to meet the needs of high-demand production environments.

High-speed performance — outdoor production speeds up to 550 sq ft/hr and
indoor-quality production speeds up to 310 sq ft/hr.

UltraChrome® GS3 Ink — proven solvent-based ink system now, can be laminated
same day. Optional Silver and White inks can further enhance your output

Extreme value — affordable low initial investment with high productivity.

One solution for your printing needs — includes workflow software by ONYX, substrate support system, and 1-year on-site limited warranty.

Productivity — Epson Precision Dot technology allows for band-free printing at high speeds.

Easy media setup — set up new media in minutes.

Simple maintenance — fabric wiper/air filtration system to ensure continuous, reliable production.
New EPSON P-Series Photo Printers
Epson New 24-inch and 44 inch Photo Printers
These new P-Series printers are performing very well and users seem to be delighted with the performance, image quality, color gamut and ease of use. All models available now. For special prices and current rebates, contact JVH. Check out all the specs at:

P800 - 17" 8-color $1,295.msrp $1,195.street
P6000 - 24" 8-color $2,995.msrp $2,495.street P7000 - 24" 10-color $3,995.msrp $3,350.street
P8000 - 44" 8-color $4,995.msrp $4,175.street P9000 - 44" 10-color $5,995.msrp $4,995.street

In collaboration with the world's greatest artists, these unique papers were developed for those who intend to sell their prints to both art collectors and investors. Working with famous European paper makers, art galleries, and chemical engineers, Epson ensured the Legacy Paper line to be the finest papers available. As a result, Epson Legacy Papers produce outstanding black density and color fidelity – along with exceptional archival properties required for high-end photographic fine art printing.
This is the Art of Papermaking at its Finest.
New Line of Epson Fine Art Media
Legacy Platine: 100 percent cotton fibre paper with a bright OBA-free, smooth satin finish. With a unique feel of an artistic paper of centuries past, along with an outstanding color gamut, this paper is exceptional for both color and black and white printmaking.

Legacy Fibre: 100 percent cotton fibre paper with an exceptionally bright OBA-free, smooth matte finish. With an outstanding black density, this paper is ideal for all types of high-end printmaking.

Legacy Baryta: A baryta paper with a white, smooth satin finish, utilizing two barium sulfate coatings. Inspired by the F64 group, this paper takes the best of revered silver halide technology to new levels of quality.

Legacy Etching: 100 percent cotton fibre paper with a bright OBA-free, uniquely textured matte finish beloved by artists for centuries. This paper has the feel of traditional etching papers.

Available soon. JVH will be stocking them all.

Fine Art Panoramics for small format printers
Present your landscapes and cityscapes in a perfect way - with the new panoramic formats from Hahnemühle. The sheet sizes in 21 x 59,4 cm (8.27" x 23.386") enable you to print your panoramic images in a straightforward manner. Because the width of the paper is only 8.27" (21cm) most L TR size fine art printers will accommodate this format.
You can choose between two acclaimed fine art papers:
Photo Rag® 308 is a popular matte paper chosen by photographers to create high quality fine art prints. The fine smooth surface and feel make this paper very versatile and it is ideal for printing both black and white and color images as well as art reproductions with impressive pictorial depth.
Photo Rag® Baryta combines the virtues of a luxury cotton paper and a traditional baryta board. The very fine surface texture with the baryta gloss endows images with a particularly expressive character.

Available in February from JVH
Maintain your inkjet printer for even longer life
In seeing firsthand the new generation of Epson P-Series aqueous inkjet printers, we are very impressed. They are robust with better everything, including image quality/color gamut/black density, plus the latest technology paper conveyance and capping stations/cleaning routines. You well may not have to do anything to have these puppies run smoothly for a long time - - but knowing a little bit how printers function can only help you get more out of your printer. We like to enlighten our customers, without going so far as to rebuilding a Porsche carburetor, or rewiring a nuclear plant.
JVH has installed many large-format printers and the majority of them have worked well for many years. We are actually amazed at how many ten-year old Epson 7600 and 9600 printers are still routinely printing, day in and day out. That being said, we see some inkjet printers that develop nozzle clog issues after awhile, whether they be Epson, HP, or Canon. Canon and HP have thermal heads which need to replaced periodically because the heat eventually fatigues those heads. For older Epson
permanent piezo heads, it seems that most nozzle issues are analyzed as a problem with the writing head, when in fact the cause turns out to be 1) a marginal damper screen assembly feeding ink into the head, or 2) the pump cap/wiper assembly.
When the capping assembly rubber perimeter gasket gets accumulated waste ink on it as the printer gets older,
air can get to the head bottom which can dry out some nozzles over time. A second issue is that the rubber perimeter capping gasket can start to loses its seal integrity, so the capping station is not able to apply a vacuum to the bottom of the head ink channels. This can cause a large number of nozzles in affected channels to drop out, on any brand of inkjet printer.
One solution to this is to call Epson, HP or Canon and have them dispatch a technician to clean the printer on a maintenance call. In some cases, a pump cap motor assembly can simply get
tired and no amount of cleaning will get it working properly - a new pump cap assmebly simply needs to be replaced, installed and tested by a qualified technician and you're go to go.
Secondly, you can mess with the printer yourself - of course, at your own risk. On an older printer, a user can clean the capping station, including the rubber perimeter gasket(s) which keeps out air and ensures sufficient suction. The rubber wiper blade which cleans the bottom of the head can also be periodically cleaned. This is something a user can do with a bit of knowledge and a few of the right supplies. Some of our customers have asked us for cleaning supplies, so as a convenience, we have put together an Aqueous
Inkjet Piezo Cleaning Kit for such purpose which includes piezo pink head cleaner, foam paddle swabs, syringe with blunt nose tip, and latex rubber gloves. Price is $30.

For an information on how to clean a printer, there are a number of third party self-help videos online. Here are a few we came across:

3800/3880 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocoX1WJbJPM
7800/7880/9800/9880 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6Mmi0nvXC8
7890/7900/9890/9900 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8NkgKw7mDw

We don't vouch for anything these videos are saying, so take the various videos with a grain of salt, use your own good judgment, and be cautious. The videos seem informative, yet do have some omissions and errors. One big flag we noticed is that you always want to get rid of any latent chemical cleaning fluid on the printer components after your cleaning is done. Be sure to carefully rinse, in the same cleaning fashion, with distilled water wherever you applied the piezo pink cleaning solution - including the head and capping station parts.
Some of the videos are also showing someone yanking out the power cord to stop the head in the middle of the carriage so they have access to the head - this is not a good idea. Often the head can be moved over for access by using other techniques including front panel key strokes, a head release lever, cover opening, etc. (For instance in the 9900 video, to power off the printer, all you need to do is push the front Power Button when in the Service Man Menu, versus a cold-turkey, yank-the-cord stop.) Under all circumstances, power needs to be
Off when working on a printer.
We always recommend you have a
qualified technician work on your printer. We also recommend the manufacturers' Extended Service Plans, especially in production environments. An example of this is the Two-Year Extended Service with whole unit exchange on the great new Epson P800 17" printer at only $319. - we think this is a good deal where, with the original one year warranty, you are covered for three full years.
We also recommend you move up to a new printer if your printer is real old and you are just spending too much of your valuable time mothering it, as well as wasting ink. Overall these printers are relatively inexpensive, considering the substantial amount of income they produce for professionals.
There are several things you can do to keep your printer healthy, including running a weekly
nozzle test to push a smidgen of ink through the head channels. (Some of the new printers can be programmed to automatically do this) An occasional very small print representing all the colors also works well. To go over these kinds of protocols, certainly contact us any time. We also tell our new customers to not worry too much about everything. The latest printers are very well built and often a reasonable strategy is to do nothing and see how the printer performs, then go from there.
If you are interested and up to it, especially on older models from any manufacturer, doing just a little bit of occasional preventative maintenance on your inkjet printer can be effective and may well extend its service life.
Festival Print Contest Winners
We had some great printed images this year at the October JVH Digital Festival. Check out all the cool prints and back stories at:

Epson Cartridge Recycling
if you want to get rid of depleted cartridges, you can make it happen here:

February Printer Rebates
SureColor Aqueous Photo Printers
SureColor low Solvent Printers
SureColor Technical/Poster Plotters

SureColor Dye Sublimation Printers

We will help you install, set up, calibrate and provide training on your new printer,
plus provide free sample media.
- and if you forget what you learned,
we will come back and help you again.

Epson 13" P400 - $100.
Epson 13" P600 - $200.
Epson 17" P800 - $200.
Epson 17" 4900 Standard Ed - $200

Epson 17" 4900 Designer Ed - $300
mail-in rebate - Feb 1 to Mar 31

Epson 24" P6000 - $350.
Epson 24" P7000 - $750.
Epson 44" P8000 - $750.
Epson 44" P9000 - $1,000.

Epson 64" 11880 - 3,000.
instant rebate - Feb 1 to Feb 29
February Printer Rebates
Epson 24" T3270 - $500.
Epson 36" T5270 - $750.
Epson 36" T5270D - $1,000.
Epson 44" T7270 - $1,000.

Epson 44" T7270 - $1,200.

instant rebate - Feb 1 to Feb 29

Epson 64" S40600. - $2,000.
Epson 64" S60600. - $2,000.
Epson 64" S80600. - shipping March

instant rebate - Feb 1 to Feb 29

Epson 44" F6200 - $1,000. trade-in
mail-in rebate - Feb 1 to Feb 29
Good Rebates on Epson Media
Buy any three rolls of any size
Epson Exhibition Canvas and get
the cost back of one 1 FREE by mail

mail-in rebate - Jan 1 to Mar 31
The latest EPSON large-format inkjet printers
T-Series Technical Plotters
Extreme speed and plotting accuracy 24", 36", & 44"-wide Permanent piezo heads Easy front loading Low ink cost Durable prints Stunning photo prints in addition to precision drawings and renderings
F-Series Dye Sub Printers
100% Epson solution - chassis, heads, inks, and support. 44"/64"-wide All new Epson inks Stunning photo quality transfers on cloth & hard goods
Highly reliable Multiple burgeoning applications
S-Series Solvent Printers
Excellent photo quality High print speeds Low power
3 models, 64"-wide Environmentally responsible - no nickel compound inks Versus aqueous, inks are 1/2 the cost, and media are 1/4 the cost Very reliable
P-Series Aqueous Photo Printers
Industry benchmark for print quality and superior ink technology. 17", 24", 44", 64"-wide High-end photo, fine art, proofing, as well as general printing High reliability and performance over a decade
Contact info: JVH Technical, 4334 130th PL SE, Bellevue, WA 98006
tel 425.643.7323 email johnjvhtech@gmail.com