==== ====A review of Datamax Label Printers:http://www.datamaxprinter.org/ ==== ====How to Properly Clean and Maintain Your Datamax Label PrinterThe Datamax-O'Neil label printer line includes stationary printers and portable printers. Thestationary printers include: ticket printers, RFID printers/encoders, industrial bar code printers andcompact desktop printers. The portable label printers from Datamax include forklift printers,thermal receipt printers, and ultra-rugged receipt printers. Each of these printers has a distinctivefunction. Without proper cleaning and maintenance these printers will fail, resulting in frustration,poorly printed labels and ultimately higher maintenance costs.For this article we will concentrate on the cleaning of the stationary printers although many of thetechniques described below can be used on the portable thermal label printers as well. Cleaningany standard desktop printer will require a set of cleaning supplies. Keep a kit filled with isopropylalcohol, cotton swabs, lint-free cloths, and compressed air. These should be the only supplies thatyou will need.Before you begin cleaning you will need to identify the different parts of your printer. The importantparts are the print-head, platen roller, and media sensor. The media sensor is the mechanism thatdetects if the label and ribbon is in place as they roll at the same time through the printer. Theprint-head, via heat exchange, prints the image directly on the media or ribbon which transfers inkto the media. The platen roller advances the media as it prints. Be sure to review your manual tohelp you identify each of these parts.Before you clean anything on your printer, be sure to turn the power off and unplug the printer.You should never clean a printer that is hot to the touch. Also never use a sharp object, such as aknife or toothpick, to clean the print-head, media sensor, or platen roller so that you dont causedamage.As a rule of thumb, you should clean the print-head and platen roller after 3 rolls of labels or oneroll of ribbon has been consumed. To clean the print-head, dip a cotton swab into alcohol. Be sureto shake away any excess liquid. Wipe the cotton swab across the print-head to remove any build-up from the ribbon. For the platen roller, moisten a lint-free cloth with alcohol. Swipe the cloth backand forth across the length of the platen roller, rotating the roller as you wipe. Allow the print-headand platen roller to dry completely before replacing the media.In order to clean the media sensor use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to wipe it clean. Thisshould be done at least once a month, or if you see visible buildup of residue. Each time youreplace a roll of labels or ribbons, inspect the interior space to ensure there are no scraps of paperor pieces of ribbon that are loose in the printer. Clean the interior of the label printer usingcompressed air to remove label and ribbon debris, as well as dust, at least once a month or asneeded. For the exterior of the printer, wipe it down using a moist cloth.