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Chuck -

First of all, the process does consume some ink. Not much mind you, but
eventually, I'll eventually go through a cartridge just printing test
patterns.

Next issue is the time. Stop what I'm doing, turn on the plotter, back out
the roll of paper, insert said 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, go back to the
computer, print a test page, reload the roll, turn off the plotter. I almost
forgot step "zero" and that is to remember to perform this operation on a
regular basis. However you put value on your time this process is not worth
it to me.

I prefer the options of remotely parking the cartridges until needed.

T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. (CA #2607)	
ALLEN DESIGNS	
Consulting Structural Engineers	
http://www.AllenDesigns.com	
V (949) 248-8588	 .	 F (949) 209-2509	

-----Original Message-----
From: chuck utzman [mailto:chuckuc(--nospam--at)pacbell.net] 
Sent: Monday, March 21, 2005 5:59 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: Extending the life of plotter cartridges ??

Cost? You stick in a piece of letter sized paper & push a (2?) button.
Chuck Utzman, P.E.

Bill Allen, S.E. wrote:

>Charley & Scott -
>
>Thanks for the info. I'll give both suggestions a try.
>
>Daryl -
>
>I'm not sure, but printing a test page every week or two might be less cost
>effective than buying a new cartridge, especially if I take into
>consideration the time involved.
>
>And, I must say, you sure have a high bar for the definition of "computer
>literate". I got stuck in writing the code to turn on the plotter :o(.
>
>Regards,
>
>T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. (CA #2607)	
>ALLEN DESIGNS	
>Consulting Structural Engineers	
>http://www.AllenDesigns.com	
>V (949) 248-8588	 .	 F (949) 209-2509
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Bill Allen, S.E. [mailto:T.W.Allen(--nospam--at)cox.net] 
>Sent: Friday, March 18, 2005 3:26 PM
>To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
>Subject: Extending the life of plotter cartridges ??
>
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>  seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org at 15:26:04 on 18 Mar 2005.
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>
>O.K., it's Friday afternoon and it's raining in my neck of the woods so I
>thought I would throw out something a little lighter than certification or
>9-11.
>
>I've got an inkjet plotter (HP DesignJet 600 E size if that matters) and
I'm
>pretty happy with it. Sure, I would like it to go faster and have a higher
>resolution, but I don't plot as much as I used to. In fact, more often than
>not, I don't plot much at all. Most of the time, I either e-mail plot files
>(to the client or to the printer) or pdfs.
>
>Anyway, when I do plot, the plotter has been inactive for so long the
>cartridge is clogged up and I have to replace it. It seems I'm having to
>replace a cartridge just about every time I plot some drawings.
>
>If anyone has encountered this problem and has found a good solution, I
>would appreciate hearing from you. I'm hoping there's a way to possibly
>remove and store the cartridges in a manner which prevents the nozzle from
>clogging up.
>
>Thanks,
>
>T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. (CA #2607)	
>ALLEN DESIGNS	
>Consulting Structural Engineers	
>http://www.AllenDesigns.com	
>V (949) 248-8588	 .	 F (949) 209-2509	
> 
>
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