Epson Stylus Pro 9000 Print Engine Download Manual

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Printer Specifications
Printing
Engine Reliability
Electrical
Note:This product is also designed for IT power systems with phase to phase voltage 220 to 240 V. Check the label on the back of the printer for your printer’s voltage.roll paper spindlesroll paper covermounting bracketsink cartridge compartmentpaper hammockcontrol panellower coverpaper set leveroptional interface shield plate
Macintosh serial interface connector
AC inletink cartridge compartmentink cartridge compartmentink cartridge compartmentparallel interface connector
Printing method On-demand ink jet
Nozzle configuration
64 nozzles × 6 (black, cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan, light magenta)
Resolution Maximum 1440 dpi × 720 dpi
Maximum printable width
43.76 inches on 44-inch paper
Print direction Bidirectional or unidirectional
(user-selectable)
Control code ESC/P

Raster
Line spacing 1/6 inch (default), programmable in
1/360-inch increments
Paper feed speed 200 ± 10 milliseconds per 1/6-inch line
RAM 18MB
Total print volume
18,000 B1 images, 30% coverage
Print head life Two billion dots per nozzle
Periodic maintenance
Waste ink system requires replacement after approximately 12,000 sheets (parts and labor not covered under warranty)
Cutter blade life Approximately 2000 B1 sheets (EPSON media up to 4.33 mil thick)
Specification 120V Model 220-240V Model
Input voltage range 90 to 132V 208 to 264V
Rated frequency range 50 to 60 Hz
Input frequency range 49 to 61 Hz
Rated current 1.0A 0.5A
Power consumption Approx. 100W (ISO/IEC 10561 Letter Pattern)
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Paper
Cut sheet paper specifications
Roll paper specifications
Notes:? Poor quality paper may reduce print quality and cause paper jams and other problems. If you encounter problems, switch to a higher grade of paper.
? Do not use curled, folded, or deckle-edge paper.
? Depending on the media, feed and print quality are guaranteed on paper thicknesses of 3.15 to 4.33 mil (0.08 to 0.11 mm),
64 to 90 gsm.
? For best results, use paper under the following conditions:Temperature: 59 to 77 °F (15 to 25 °C)
Humidity: 40 to 60% RH
Ink Cartridges
Size Dimensions in inches Dimensions in millimeters Thickness
Super B0 44 × 62.2 1118 × 1580 3.15 to 19.7 mil
(0.08 to .5 mm)
B0 40.5 × 57.3 1030 × 1456
Super A0 36 × 50.9 914 × 1292
A0 33 × 46 841 × 1189
US E 34 × 44 864 × 1118
B1 28.7 × 40.5 728 × 1030 3.15 to 59 mil
(0.08 to 1.5 mm)
US D 22 × 34 559 × 864
A1 23.4 × 33 594 × 841
B2 20.25 × 28.7 515 × 728
A2 16.5 × 23.4 420 × 594
Super A3/B 13 × 19 329 × 483
US C 17 × 22 432 × 559
B3 14.3 × 20.25 364 × 515
US B (ledger) 11 × 17 279 × 432
A3 11.7 × 16.5 297 × 420
Maximum roll diameter Width Thickness
When using 2 rolls 5.90 in. (150 mm) 13 to 44.02 in.
330 to 1118 mm
3.15 to 19.7 mil
(0.08 to 0.5 mm)
When using 1 roll 4.05 in. (103 mm)
Print yield Approximately 28 pages/A0
(720 dpi, 40% duty)
Approximately 6400 pages/A4
(360 dpi, 5% duty); print yield may vary, depending on how often you run cleaning cycles and how much you use the printer; yield of the initial cartridge set is reduced because of ink charging
Cartridge life:Graphic arts ink
Archival ink
2 years from the production date
6 months after opening package, at 77 °F
(25 °C)
Temperature
Storage
(uninstalled)
Storage
(installed)
Transit
Freezing
–22 to 104 °F (–30 to 40 °C)
1 month at 104 °F (40 °C)
–4 to 104 °F (–20 to 40 °C)
1 month at 104 °F (40 °C)
–22 to 140 °F (–30 to 60 °C)
1 month at 104 °F (40 °C)
120 hours at 140 °F (60 °C)
14 °F (–10 °C) ink thaws and is usable after at least 3 hours at 77 °F (25 °C)
Dimensions Width: 0.99 inches (25.1 mm)
Depth: 10.24 inches (260 mm)
Height: 4.15 inches (105.3 mm)
Weight Approximately 0.82 to 0.85 lb
(370 to 385 g)
Capacity 7.4 oz (220 ml)EPSON Stylus Pro 9000 series
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Mechanical
Environmental
Safety Approvals
Interfaces
Parallel interface
The built-in parallel interface supports compatibility and ECP modes.
Compatibility mode
Forward channel
Reverse channel
ECP mode
You can use a USB conversion cable, such as the EPSON USB adapter (C-USB-PK4), to connect to the printer’s parallel port. Make sure the printer’s parallel interface is set to compatible (the default setting).
Paper feed method
Friction
Paper path Roll paper or cut sheets with manual insertion
Dimensions Width: 66.46 inches (1688 mm)
Depth: 27.52 inches (699 mm)
Height: 49.57 inches (1259 mm)
Weight 211.64 lb (96 kg) without ink cartridges
Temperature Operation: 50 to 95 °F (10 to 35 °C)
Storage: –4 to 104 °F (–20 to 40 °C)
1 month at 104 °F (40 °C)
Transit –4 to 140 °F (–20 to 60 °C),stored in shipping container
120 hours at 140 °F (60 °C)
Humidity
(without condensation)
Operation: 20 to 80% RH
Storage: 20 to 85% RH
Transit 5 to 85% RH (stored inshipping container)
Safety standards UL 1950, CSA C22.2 950
EMC FCC part 15 subpart B class B
CSA C108.8 class B
Data format 8-bit parallel, IEEE-1284 compatibility mode
Synchronization STROBE pulse
Handshake timing
BUSY and ACKNLG signals
Signal level TTL compatible
Connector 57-30360 Amphenol connector or equivalent
Transmission mode
IEEE-1284 Nibble mode
Adaptable connector
57-30360 Amphenol connector or equivalent
Synchronization Refer to the IEEE-1284 specification
Handshaking Refer to the IEEE-1284 specification
Signal level IEEE-1284 Level 1 device
Data transmission timing
Refer to the IEEE-1284 specification
Transmission mode
IEEE-1284 ECP mode
Adaptable connector
57-30360 Amphenol connector or equivalent
Synchronization Refer to the IEEE-1284 specification
Handshaking Refer to the IEEE-1284 specification
Signal level IEEE-1284 Level 1 device
Data transmission timing
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Serial interface
Supported Connections
* USB connection with optional EPSON USB adapter cable, C-USB-PK4.
** Supported on pre-installed operating systems, not upgraded from earlier versions of Windows.
Drivers
Macintosh

System 8.5.1 or later, Windows

95/Windows
98/Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0. Raster drivers are standard. For Adobe

PostScript

support, use the optional
EPSON RS-5100 Fiery

X2 Printing System or a third-party software solution.
Delivery and Installation
The product is delivered on a single pallet and requires a truck with a lift gate, a loading dock and hand truck, or a forklift.
Package size for delivery:width: 72.8 inchesdepth: 38 inchesheight: 47.8 inchesweight 211 lb
Make sure you allow adequate space for easy operation, maintenance, and ventilation, as shown in the following illustration:Consumables and Accessories
Ink Cartridges
Use these EPSON 220 ml ink cartridges before the expiration date on the package.
EPSON Stylus Pro 9000 graphic arts (dye-based) ink
EPSON Stylus Pro 9500 Archival (pigment) ink
Standard Based on RS-423
Synchronization Synchronous
Bit rate Approximately 1.8 Mbps
Handshaking X-ON/X-OFF, DTR protocol
Word format Data bit: 8 bits
Parity bit: None
Start bit: 1 bit
Stop bit: 1 bit
Connector 8-pin mini-circular connector
Recommended cable
ImageWriter

II cable (preferably Belkin brand)
Connection
Win
95
Win
98
Win
NT
Win
2000 Mac
Standard/ optional
Parallel X X X X standard
Serial X standard
USB X* ** X* X* optional
Ethernet X X X X X otional
FireWire X X optional
Cartridge Part number
Black ink cartridge T407011
Cyan ink cartridge T410011
Light cyan ink cartridge T412011
Magenta ink cartridge T409011
Light magenta ink cartridge T411011
Yellow ink cartridge T408011
Cartridge Part number
Black ink cartridge T474011
Cyan ink cartridge T477011
Light cyan ink cartridge T479011
Magenta ink cartridge T476011
Light magenta ink cartridge T478011
Yellow ink cartridge T475011
50 in.
61 in.
27.5 in.
44.1 in.
19.7 in.
66.5 in.
5.9 in.
5.9 in.
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EPSON Paper and Other Media
EPSON Stylus Pro 9000 media
* Not available at time of publication. Check the EPSON web site
(http://prographics. epson.com) for product codes and availability.
Some media may not be available in your area.
EPSON Stylus Pro 9500 media
* Not available at time of publication. Check the EPSON web site
(http://prographics. epson.com) for product codes and availability.
Some media may not be available in your area.
Note: Both Smooth and Textured Fine Art Paper require the 3-inch high tension spindle (C811052). Both Synthetic Paper and Adhesive
Synthetic Paper requre the 2-inch high tension spindle (C811042).
Paper type
44-inch roll
36-inch roll
24-inch roll Sheet sizes
Presentation Matte
Paper
S041220 S041221 S041295 —
Glossy Paper
Heavyweight
S041226 S041227 S041291 —
Semigloss Paper
Heavyweight
S041228 S041229 S041292 —
Photo Glossy
Paper
SP91002 SP91001 SP91021 —
Photo Semigloss
Paper
SP91004 SP91003 SP91022 —
Backlight Film SP91008 SP91007 SP91023 —
Posterboard
Semigloss
———20.25 × 28.75"
S041237
28 × 40"
S041236
DuPont/EPSON
Publication
Proofing Paper
— S041249 S041320 13 × 19" (A3+)
S041207,
S041205
DuPont/EPSON
Commercial
Proofing Paper
— S041251 S041296 13 × 19" (A3+)
S041160
DuPont/EPSON
Commercial Matte
Proofing Paper
— S041247 S041319 13 × 19" (A3+)
S041201,
S041203
Premium Luster
Photo Paper
***—
Paper type
44-inch roll
36-inch roll
24-inch roll Sheet sizes
Doubleweight
Matte Paper
S041387 S041386 S041385 —
Glossy Paper
Photo Weight
S041389 — S041388
(22" roll)

Premium
Semigloss Photo
Paper
———13 × 19" (A3+)
S041327
Smooth Fine Art
Paper
S041433 S041432 S041431 24 × 30"
S041434
36 × 44"
S041435
Backlight Film for
Archival Ink
***—
Synthetic Paper S041401 S041400 S041399 —
Adhesive Synthetic
Paper
S041404 S041403 S041402 —
Photo Glossy
Paper
SP91002 SP91001 SP91021 —
Photo Semigloss
Paper
SP91004 SP91003 SP91022 —
Adhesive Vinyl S041438 S041437 S041436 —
C a n v a s***—
Premium Luster
Photo Paper
***—
Semimatte Paper
Photo Weight
***—
Posterboard for
Archival Ink
* * * 20.25 × 28.75"
28 × 40"
Textured Fine Art
Paper
S041449 S041448 S041447 24 × 30"
S041450
36 × 44"
S041451
Translight * * * —
Tyvek ***—
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Options
Control Panel
Control Panel Buttons and Functions
Control Panel Lights and Messages
Normal printer operation
Option Product Code
EPSON RS-5100 Fiery X2 Printing System:EPSON Stylus Pro 9000
EPSON Stylus Pro 9500
C850122
C850152
Automatic take-up reel system C815082
Replacement 44” take-up reel core C815121
Roll paper spindle—2 inch C811041
Roll paper spindle—3 inch C811051
High tension spindle—2 inch C811042
High tension spindle—3 inch C811052
Replacement cutter blade C815131
EpsonNet Internal Print Server
(multiprotocol 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet Card)
C823632A
EPSON FireWire

Interface Card C823722
Printer only service plan—1 year EPP90B1
Printer only service plan—2 years EPP90B2
Printer and EPSON RS-5100 service plan—1 year EPP90S1
Printer and EPSON RS-5100 service plan—2 years EPP90S2
Power
Operate
Sheet
Paper Out
Roll
Cutter Off
Roll
Auto Cut
Cleaning
3 sec.
Enter
Cut /Eject
_
Paper Feed
+
Item
Paper Source
SelecType
Reset
3 sec.
Pause
Ink Out
KC L C ML M Ydisplay
Button Function
Power Turns the printer on and off.
Cleaning Runs print head cleaning when pressed for
3 seconds.
Pause (Reset 3 Sec.) Stops printing temporarily. Press a second time to resume printing.
Clears print data in the printer memory if pressed and held for three seconds.
Returns the printer to READY status, when pressed in SelecType mode.
SelecType Causes the printer to enter SelecType mode when pressed in READY status.
In SelecType mode, this button can be used to select a desired menu.
Paper Source (Item) Selects the paper source: Roll Auto Cut, Roll
Cutter Off, or Sheet. If you press this button during the ink drying process, you will need to press Enter to make your setting.
In SelecType mode, this button can be used to select an item in a menu.
Paper Feed (+) Feeds paper in reverse.
In SelecType mode, a desired parameter can be selected for the item (forward order).
Paper Feed (–) Feeds paper forward.
In SelecType mode, a desired parameter can be selected for the item (reverse order).
Cut/Eject (Enter) Ejects the cut sheet when the Sheet light is on.
Feeds the roll paper before cutting it when the
Roll Auto Cut light is on.
Feeds the roll paper a small amount when the
Roll Cutter Off light is on.
Feeds the roll paper and then prints a page line below the document when the Roll Cutter
Off light and Print Page Line option are on.
In SelecType mode, sets the selected parameter for an item as the default value.
Message/Light Explanation
READY/ Operate light on Printer is ready to print.
PRINTING/ Operate light flashing
Printer is receiving data.
INK DRY MIN/ Pause light flashing
Printer is paused to let ink dry. Wait for the number of minutes shown.
RESET/ all lights flash briefly Printer is resetting.
PRESS PAUSE BUTTON/ Pause light on
Press the Pause button to continue.
WAIT/ Pause light on or flashing
Printer is warming up, performing maintenance, or charging ink.
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Error conditions
Message/Light Explanation Response
COVER OPEN/
Pause light on
Lower cover is open. Close the lower cover.
INK COMPART.
OPEN/ Pause light on
You are replacing the ink cartridge(s) and the ink compartment cover is open.
Close the ink compartment cover when you are finished replacing the ink cartridge(s).
INK LOW/ Ink
Out light(s) flashing
Ink cartridge(s) are nearly empty (printing continues).
Replace ink cartridge(s) indicated by Ink Out light(s). See page 9.
INK OUT/ Ink Out light(s) on
Ink cartridge(s) are empty (printing stops).
Replace ink cartridge(s) indicated by Ink Out light(s). See page 9.
LOAD PAPER/
Paper Out light on
Paper set lever is up while loading paper.
Pull the paper set lever down after you load the paper.
LOAD ROLL
PAPER
LOAD SHEET
PAPER/ Paper
Out light on
Paper source setting in print options is different from control panel.
Make sure the right paper is loaded and the paper source setting is the same on the control panel and print options.
MAINTENANCE
REQ.
A printer part will need to be replaced soon.
Note the error number and contact EPSON.
MAINTENANCE
REQ 0100
The waste ink system is almost full.
Contact EPSON to schedule service.
NO INK
CARTRIDGE/ Ink
Out light(s) on
Ink cartridge(s) not installed.
Install ink cartridges as indicated by the lights.
See page 9.
OPTION I/F
ERROR
Wrong interface card installed.
Turn off the printer and remove the card.
PAPER JAM/
Paper Out light flashing
Paper has jammed in the printer.
Remove the jammed paper.
PAPER NOT CUT/
Paper Out light flashing
Roll paper was not cut completely.
Cut the paper manually, then remove the cut paper from the printer.
Reload paper.
Cut paper did not fall off. Remove the cut paper from the printer. Reload paper.
PAPER NOT
STRAIGHT/
Paper Out light flashing
Paper slipped and fed into the printer at an angle.
Reload paper, making sure the edges are straight and aligned with both rows of holes.
PAPER OUT/
Paper Out light on
No paper is loaded. Load paper.
Paper ran out. Remove any printouts or paper remaining in the printer and load more paper.
If the message appears during a print job, reset the printer by pressing the Pause button for 3 seconds. Then load paper and resend the job.
PUSH LEVER
DOWN/ Paper
Out light on
Paper set lever was released during the printing process or another operation.
Push the paper set lever down. Start printing again from the beginning for best results.
RELOAD PAPER/
Paper Out light on
Paper could not be reversed into the printing position.
Remove the paper.
Reload it so that the right and bottom edges are straight and aligned with both rows of holes.
Image is too wide for the paper loaded in the printer.
Resize your image or load wider paper.
Paper is not fully ejected.
Cut the paper at the paper insertion slot, then reload paper.
PAPER NOT CUT error was cleared.
Reload paper.
REMOVE PAPER/
Paper Out light on
Paper is too thick for print head cleaning.
Push the paper set lever down to remove the paper. Print head cleaning automatically starts. After cleaning, reload paper.
SERVICE REQ.
/
All lights flashing
An error has occured. Note the error number, and turn the printer off and then on. If the message remains, contact EPSON.
SERVICE REQ.
00000100/
All lights flashing
The waste ink system is full.
Contact EPSON for service.
TURN PWR OFF
AND ON
This message appears after you clear a paper jam.
Turn the printer off and then on again.
UNABLE TO
PRINT
You tried to print a test pattern while an error condition was present or the ink compartment cover was open.
After 3 seconds, the message disappears.
Press the Pause button to exit SelecType mode.
If the message appears again, clear the error before you print.
WRONG
CARTRIDGE/ Ink
Out light(s) on
Wrong ink cartridge installed.
Install the correct ink cartridge(s).
Message/Light Explanation ResponseEPSON Stylus Pro 9000 series
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SelecType Menu Map
The following illustration shows the SelecType

menus, along with the settings available for each one.
Printing a Status Check
The status check shows the current default settings, amount of ink remaining in each cartridge, page count, and the status of various printer parts.
Follow these steps to print the status check:1. Load a sheet of paper in the printer. (You can print test pages on roll paper, but you will waste paper.)
2. Press the SelecType button on the control panel. Press it repeatedly until you see TEST PRINT MENU on the display.
3. Press the Item button until you see STATUS
CHECK=PRINT on the display.
4. Press the Enter button. The status check prints. The amount of ink left or component life is indicated as follows:E*****F = full (or full life remaining)
E**** F = 3/4 full (or 3/4 life remaining)
E*** F = 1/2 full (or 1/2 life remaining)
E** F = 1/4 full (or 1/4 life remaining)
E* F = nearly empty (or sevice life near end)
EF = empty (or service life ended)
5. Press the SelecType button to exit the Test Print menu.
Checking Ink Levels and
Component Life
You can view printer status information on the control panel display without printing a status check. Follow these steps:1. Press the SelecType button on the control panel. Press it several times until you see PRINTER STATUS MENU on the display.
2. Press the Item button. You see VERSION on the display. This indicates the firmware version installed in your printer.
3. Continue pressing the Item button to display the amount remaining for each of the 6 inks or life remaining for a number of printer parts. The indicators read as follows:E*****F = full (or full life remaining)
E**** F = 3/4 full (or 3/4 life remaining)
E*** F = 1/2 full (or 1/2 life remaining)
E** F = 1/4 full (or 1/4 life remaining)
E* F = nearly empty (or service life near end)
% F = less than 10% of ink or service life remaining
Following is a list of the items displayed. Note that all parts on the list (except the ink cartridges and paper cutter) need to be replaced by an authorized EPSON service center.
4. Press the SelecType button to exit the Printer Status menu.
PRINTER SETTING
MENU:PAPER CONFIG.
MENU:TEST PRINT MENU:
NOZZLE CHECK
STATUS CHECK
PRINTER STATUS
MENU: VERSION
INK LEFT -K
INK LEFT -C
INK LEFT -M
INK LEFT -LC
INK LEFT -LM
INK LEFT -Y
CUTTER LIFE
TOTAL PRINTS
WASTE INK
CR MOTOR
PF MOTOR
HEAD UNIT
CLEANER
HEAD ALIGNMENT
MENU:PAPER THICK.
ADJUST . PATT .
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
#10
#11
#12
CUTTER REPLACE
MENU:CUT . REPLACE
OPEN LOWER COVER
REPLACE CUTTER
CLOSE LOWER COVER
READY
PLATEN GAP
PAGE LINE
INTERFACE
PARA. I/F
CODE PAGE
ROLL MARG
PAPER SIZE CHK
PAPER ALIGN CHK
INIT . PANEL
PAPER NUMBER
THICK. PAT .
PAPER THICK. NO.
DRYING TIME
SUCTION
INK LEFT-K (black) TOTAL PRINTS
INK LEFT-C (cyan) WASTE INK
(waste ink system)
INK LEFT-M (magenta) CR MOTOR
(carriage motor)
INK LEFT-LC (light cyan) PF MOTOR
(paper feed motor)
INK LEFT-LM
(light magenta)
HEAD UNIT (print head)
INK LEFT-Y (yellow) CLEANER (cleaning unit)
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Replacing an Ink Cartridge
When one of the Ink Out lights is flashing (and INK LOW is displayed on the control panel), the corresponding cartridge is almost out of ink. Make sure you have a replacement cartridge. When the light stays on and INK OUT is displayed, the cartridge is empty. You must replace the cartridge before you can continue printing.
Caution:For best results, use genuine EPSON cartridges and do not refill them. Damage to your printer attributable to the use of other consumables is not covered by EPSON’s warranty. Color accuracy may vary considerably if you use non-EPSON inks.
Use only the following EPSON ink cartridges:EPSON Stylus Pro 9000 graphic arts (dye-based) ink
EPSON Stylus Pro 9500 Archival (pigment) ink
Before you start, make sure the printer is turned on. Then follow these steps to replace an ink cartridge:1. Note the color of the Ink Out light that is on or flashing.
This is the cartridge that you need to replace.
2. Open the roll paper cover and locate the ink cartridge that needs replacing.
3. Push the lever down and let it “bounce” back up to open the ink compartment cover. INK COMPART. OPEN appears on the display.
4. Locate the slot containing the empty ink cartridge
(corresponding to the Ink Out light). Pull the clamp forward.
5. Carefully pull the empty cartridge straight out of the printer.
6. Make sure the replacement cartridge is the correct color, and remove it from its package.
If you’re using pigment ink, shake the cartridge gently before installing it.
7. Hold the ink cartridge with the arrow mark face-up and pointing to the rear of the printer. Then insert the ink cartridge into the slot. Don’t force the cartridge.
8. Push the cartridge clamp back. Make sure the corresponding Ink Out light goes off.
9. Close the ink compartment cover by pushing the lever down until it clicks into place.
? Black: T407011 ? Magenta: T409011
? Cyan: T410011 ? Light Magenta: T411011
? Light Cyan: T412011 ? Yellow: T408011
? Black: T474011 ? Magenta: T476011
? Cyan: T477011 ? Light Magenta: T478011
? Light Cyan: T479011 ? Yellow: T475011EPSON Stylus Pro 9000 series
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Running a Nozzle Check
The nozzle check prints a pattern of dots that lets you see if any print head nozzles are clogged. If any dots are missing, you can run a cleaning cycle to clear the nozzles.
Follow these steps to print the nozzle check:1. Load a sheet of paper in the printer. (You can print the nozzle check on roll paper, but you will use more paper.)
2. Press the SelecType button on the control panel repeatedly until you see TEST PRINT MENU on the display.
3. Press the Item button. You see NOZZLE CHECK=PRINT on the display.
4. Press the Enter button. The nozzle check prints as shown below.
If all the lines on the check pattern are complete, with no gaps in the dot pattern, the print head doesn’t need cleaning:If dots are missing from the pattern, as shown below, you need to run a cleaning cycle. See the following section for instructions.
Running a Cleaning Cycle
If your printed image is unexpectedly light or faint or dots are missing from the image, you may need to run a cleaning cycle.
This unclogs the print head nozzles so they can deliver ink properly.
The cleaning process uses ink, so you should run it only if print quality declines. Always run a nozzle check first to confirm that the print head needs cleaning; the nozzle check uses only a small amount of ink.
If you have installed the EPSON printer driver and utilities, you can run the Head Cleaning utility.
Follow these steps to run the cleaning cycle from the printer’s control panel:1. Make sure none of the Ink Out lights is on or flashing. (If so, you need to replace the indicated ink cartridge before you can run a cleaning cycle.)
2. Press the Cleaning button and hold it for three seconds.
The Pause light flashes as the printer cleans its print head.
The cleaning cycle takes about three minutes, and does not use any paper.
Caution:To avoid damaging the printer, don’t turn it off until the cleaning cycle is finished and the Pause light has stopped flashing.
3. When the Pause light goes off, print a document or run a nozzle check to confirm that the print head is clean.
You may need to run the cleaning cycle several times to get a clean nozzle check pattern. If the lines on the pattern still appear broken after several cleaning cycles, contact EPSON for assistance.
Always run a test print or nozzle check between cleaning cycles. Otherwise, cleaning will not be effective.
Aligning the Print Head
If banding appears on your printouts, or vertical lines are not straight, you need to align the print head. You can use the
Print Head Alignment utility if you have the EPSON printer driver installed. If not, you can align the print head using the control panel. Both procedures align the head for all modes and resolutions.
Print head alignment is a two-part procedure:? First you print a series of alignment or adjustment patterns.
? Then you determine which numbered row of patterns
(EPSON Stylus Pro 9000) or numbered line or box
(EPSON Stylus Pro 9500) is best aligned (has the smallest gaps). You enter the information on the control panel to align the print head.
Printing the Alignment Patterns
For the EPSON Stylus Pro 9000, use 13 × 19-inch EPSON coated ink jet paper (short edge first). You’ll need 4 sheets to complete the alignment procedure, which includes 12 patterns of 7 rows each and takes about 15 minutes.
For the EPSON Stylus Pro 9500, you can use EPSON roll paper. Six patterns of 15 lines or boxes are printed, which takes about 10 minutes. The patterns are repeated across the width of the paper.
Follow these steps to align the print head using the control panel:1. Load paper in the printer.
2. Press the SelecType button until HEAD ALIGNMENT
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3. Press the Item button. PAPER THICK=STD appears on the display.
If you’re using EPSON paper, leave this setting on STD.
If you’re using other media, enter the thickness value of the paper in 0.1 mm increments by pressing the + or - button.
4. Press the Enter button to save the setting.
ADJUST.PATT.=ALL appears on the display.
5. Press the Enter button to print the full series of alignment patterns.
If you want to print a single alignment pattern, press the + or - button until the pattern number appears. Then press the Enter button.
? For the EPSON Stylus Pro 9500, skip to the next section, “Completing the Alignment Procedure.”
? For the EPSON Stylus Pro 9000, patterns 1 through 3 are printed on the first sheet of paper. After this sheet is printed, PAPER OUT appears on the display and the red PAPER OUT light comes on.
6. Raise the paper set lever and remove the printed sheet.
7. Load another sheet of paper. The next three patterns are printed.
8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 twice, until all 12 patterns have been printed.
9. Raise the paper set lever and remove the last printed sheet.
Then lower the lever and continue the alignment procedure in the next section.
Completing the Alignment Procedure
After all the patterns have printed, continue with these steps.
1. Do one of the following:? For the EPSON Stylus Pro 9000, examine pattern #1 and determine which row number has the smallest gaps.
In the first example below, the lines in row 4 have the smallest gaps. In the second example, row 6 has the smallest gaps.
? For the EPSON Stylus Pro 9500, examine row #1 and determine which line or box number has the smallest gaps. In the example below, line 8 has the smallest gaps in row 1.
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2. Check the control panel display. Use the + or – button to select the best aligned row or line for pattern #1. Then press the Enter button to register the setting.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each pattern.
If you can’t make a consistent choice as you look across the width of the paper, choose the average or most frequent number, then print the pattern again. Press Enter to cycle through the patterns until you reach the one you want to repeat.
4. After you have registered all the patterns, press the Pause button to exit head alignment mode and return to normal printer operation.
Transporting the Printer
When you need to ship your printer, you should repack it using the original box and packing materials. Follow these steps:1. First turn off the printer and make sure the print head is in the home (far right) position. If not, turn the printer back on, wait until the print head moves to the home position, then turn off the printer.
2. Remove the following parts:? Ink cartridges
? Power cord
? Interface cable
? Paper hammock
? Roll paper spindles
? All paper or other media
? Optional auto take-up reel (if installed)
After you remove the ink cartridges, store them in separate, resealable bags.
Caution:If for any reason the printer will not be level during shipping, a service technician must drain all ink from the printer before it is shipped.
3. Make sure the ink cartridge clamps are in the upright position (closed). Leave the ink compartment cover open.
Use tape to hold the cover and the cartridge clamps in place.
This automatically closes the ink valves.
4. Install the carriage shipping restraint (packaging material).
5. Close the ink valve locks on each side of the printer.
6. Remove the left and right side joint cover plates by spreading the ends and pulling outward. Keep the cover plates in a safe place.
7. While holding the printer unit, remove the screws from the left and right sides. Keep the screws in a safe place.
8. Have four people lift printer unit off of the leg assembly, using the hand grips. Lift the back of the printer first, tilt it slightly to the front, then slide it back to remove it.
Warning:The printer unit weighs approximately 212 lb (96 kg). Always have four people lift it, using the hand grip areas.
9. Keep the printer level while you move it.
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Setting Up the Printer After
Transporting It
Setting up the printer after transporting it is almost identical to setting it up for the first time. Whenever you set up the printer, see the Assembly and Setup Instructions, and note the following points:? Don’t forget to open the side ink valve locks. The printer can’t print while they are closed.
? Don’t forget to remove any protective material (such as tape from the ink cartridge clamps).
? The first time you start printing after moving the printer, the print head nozzles may be clogged. You may need to run a cleaning cycle (see page 10) and realign the print head (see page 10) to ensure good print quality.
? If you reinstall the cartridges you removed, make sure the printer is turned off. Otherwise, the printer may not be able to determine the correct level of remaining ink and the Ink
Out lights may not flash to warn you when a cartridge is almost empty.
? If the ink lines were drained, EPSON recommends installing new cartridges. Because of the ink charging process, you will not be able to save ink by reinstalling used cartridges.
Moving the Printer on the Stand
When you want to transport the printer a short distance, such as within the same building or facility, you can roll the printer on its casters. Follow these steps:Caution:Do not roll the printer on angled or uneven surfaces.
1. Make sure that the power cord, interface cable, roll paper spindles and sheet media are removed, and the roll paper cover and lower cover are closed.
2. Release the front casters and retract the stabilizer knobs.
3. Carefully roll the printer to its new location. Relock the casters and extend the stabilizer knobs after moving.
Related Documentation
CPD 10847 EPSON Stylus Pro 9000 series Printer
Guide
CPD 10848 EPSON Stylus Pro 9000 series Quick
Reference Guide
4009903 EPSON Stylus Pro 9000 Assembly and
Setup Instructions
4012670 EPSON Stylus Pro 9500 Assembly and
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