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keithcooper

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Ink tank agitation in the Canon PRO-2000/4000
« on: October 17, 2016, 06:10:47 AM »

I've a short note from Canon that answers a query I had about when the new large printers such as the PRO-2000 agitate their ink tanks. My old iPF8300 wakes up every so often to do this.

This isn't needed for the new printers. Canon UK kindly sent me this:

Agitation of PRO-Series (PRO-2000/PRO-4000)

In order to make the best of the performance of new LUCIA-PRO inks, the agitation of ink tank of PRO-Series has been improved compared to the previous imagePROGRAF series (iPF6400/iPF8400). As a result, PRO-Series can agitate the ink tank more effectively in a shorter period, and less frequency than before.

For the previous models, the agitation was required every so often even in sleep mode. On the other hand, PRO-Series has introduced the effective agitation technology, that enables “background agitation” during printing, or printer’s operation, so it requires far less agitation in the sleep mode than that of previous model

Even if the printer remains OFF for several months, there would be no issues on quality of the printer. In this case, when it turns ON, an automatic agitation might take place during start-up, depending on the status of the printer. However, the time needed for the agitation can be less than previous models thanks to the improvement of the agitation method introduced into PRO-Series.

The improved agitation enables PRO-Series to supply print the head with stable LUCIA-PRO inks maintaining an even density at all times, and this results in more reliable print quality

All the above are not officially announced by Canon, and they are not guaranteed under all customer environments. However, we believe that we have improved many technologies which have been introduced into PRO-Series, and the accumulation of these enables our new printers to be more stable & reliable suitable for professional customers. The new agitation technology is one of them.

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http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/printers/canon_news.html

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Re: Ink tank agitation in the Canon PRO-2000/4000
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2017, 10:03:48 AM »

Hi, Keith. Firstly, I have to thank you for your great article on this printer. I have a Canon Pro 2000 and I will travel overseas for 40 days. Do you believe it is safe to leave the printer turned off with the power cord plugged in? Or do you suggest some other measure? Thanks a lot and have a nice day!


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Re: Ink tank agitation in the Canon PRO-2000/4000
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2017, 10:28:15 AM »

In the past I've had a friend coming in to collect/check mail to fire up the printer and let it do a check - but that was with my old iPF8300

The PRO-2000 went back to Canon so I honestly don't know 'best practice', but this is the place to ask...

Anyone?

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Re: Ink tank agitation in the Canon PRO-2000/4000
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2017, 08:01:39 AM »

I have two Pro 4000's, and each has an exclusive no-break.
I never stayed more than 7 days away from them, but I always leave it on.
The power consumption is small and even with power drop, I believe this no-break is enough for another 24 hours without power.
But from what Keith writes, it looks like Canon, lets you turn off the printers for several months without a problem.
Ideally someone would contact Canon and officially give them a note on this subject.
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