Canon TS705 Edible Printer – How to Clean Feed Rollers

TS705 Edible Printer Kit
How to Clean Feed Rollers on Canon Printer TS705

If the paper feed roller is dirty or paper powder is attached to it, paper may not be fed properly.

In this case, clean the paper feed roller. Cleaning will wear out the paper feed roller, so perform this only when necessary.

s without Paper:

  • Check that printer is turned on.
  • Remove any paper from paper source to clean rollers.
    • If a message appears on the screen, check it and then press the OK button.
  • Press the Setup button (top right next to LCD screen) , use the left right button to select Maintenance, and press the OK button.
  • Use left right button to select Roller Cleaning and press OK button.
  • Use left right button to select paper source (Rear tray) to clean rollers and press OK button.

    The paper feed roller will rotate as it is cleaned without paper.

Cleaning the Feed Rollers with Paper:

  • Make sure paper feed rollers have stopped rotating, and then load three sheets of A4 or Letter-sized plain paper in paper source selected in step 4
    • Press the OK button.

      The printer starts cleaning. The cleaning will be complete when the paper is ejected.

 

How to Print A Nozzle Check Pattern on Canon TS705 Printer

If you’re having problems with the quality of your printing, a good place to start is by carrying out a nozzle check. When printers are unused for long periods of time (especially if you’re edible printing) this can cause problems with your printhead. Running a nozzle check will help to establish whether any of the nozzles are blocked.

Printing the Nozzle Check Pattern

Please note: If the remaining ink level is low in any of your cartridges, the nozzle check pattern will not be printed correctly. Replace/ fill the ink cartridge whose ink is low.

  1. Make sure that the power on your Canon TS705 printer is turned on.
  2. Load a sheet of A4 plain paper in the rear tray (if you’re edible printing don’t waste your icing sheets, using normal copier paper is fine for this task and won’t cause any damage).
  3. Press the Setup button on the LCD display panel, use the arrow buttons to select maintenance and press OK
  4. Use the arrow button to select nozzle check and press OK
  5. The nozzle check will then be printed

Do not perform any other tasks until the printer completes the printing of the nozzle check pattern

What Should the Nozzle Check Pattern Look Like?

Examine the nozzle check pattern, and clean the print head if necessary.

Check if there are missing lines in the pattern (A) or horizontal white streaks in the pattern (B).

  • (C) Number of sheets printed so far 

Cleaning the print head is required if:

  1. There are missing lines in the pattern (A), see example below:

(D) Good        (E) Bad (lines are missing)

2. There are horizontal white streaks in the pattern (B)

3. If any colours are missing altogether

We’ve found the best way to clean the printhead is to remove it from the printer and run it under hot water (as hot as you can stand it).

 

How To Print the Nozzle Check Pattern on Canon IX6850 Printer

If you’re having problems with the quality of your printing, a good place to start is by carrying out a nozzle check. When printers are unused for long periods of time (especially if you’re edible printing) this can cause problems with your printhead. Running a nozzle check will help to establish whether any of the nozzles are blocked.

Printing the Nozzle Check Pattern

Please note: If the remaining ink level is low in any of your cartridges, the nozzle check pattern will not be printed correctly. Replace/ fill the ink cartridge whose ink is low.

  1. Make sure that the power on your IX6850 printer is turned on.
  2. Load a sheet of A4 plain paper in the rear tray (if you’re edible printing don’t waste your icing sheets, using normal copier paper is fine for this task and won’t cause any damage).
  3. Open the front cover gently, then pull out the paper output tray.
  4. Hold down the RESUME/CANCEL button until the POWER lamp flashes white twice, then release it immediately. This is the lower orange button on the RHS of the printer

    The nozzle check pattern will be printed.

    Do not perform any other operations until the printer completes the printing of the nozzle check pattern.

What Should the Nozzle Check Pattern Look Like?

Examine the nozzle check pattern, and clean the print head if necessary.

  1. Check if there are missing lines in the pattern (A) or horizontal white streaks in the pattern (B).
    • (C) Number of sheets printed so far

Cleaning the print head is required if:

  1. If there are missing lines in the pattern (A):
  • (D) Good
  • (E) Bad (lines are missing)

2. If there are horizontal white streaks in the pattern (B):

  • (F) Good
  • (G) Bad (horizontal white streaks are present)

3. If there are colours missing altogether

We’ve found the best way to clean the printhead is to remove it from the printer and run it under hot water (as hot as you can stand it).

 

Cleaning and Maintaining your Edible Printer

It’s important to adopt regular cleaning and maintenance practices from the start to get the best results from your edible printer and prolong it’s life.

We’re often asked how often should I clean my printer? This depends how often it’s being used. If it’s used frequently then carrying out weekly maintenance is good practice.

If the printer is used infrequently we strongly suggest you remove the cartridges from the printer, insert them back into the orange cradles supplied with your refillable cartridges and undertake a full printhead clean (see point 3 below). So next time you come to use your printer, all you need to do is re-insert your cartridges and away you go. Failure to do this and leaving the printer unused can cause the printhead to block. Edible ink is made from sugar which tends to crystallise on the printhead if left unused for too long.

For your weekly maintenance routine please find below screenshots and instructions for :

  1. ROLLER CLEANING (PART 1)
  2. ROLLER / PLATE CLEANING (PART 2) ( eliminating teeth / ‘tram’ lines)
  3. (Removal of) AND CLEANING THE PRINT HEAD- incl. links to videos
  4. TEST PRINT PAGE AND PRINT HEAD ALIGNMENT

These instructions (incl screenshots) have been created using an (Apple) Mac computer.
Instructions will be similar for Windows PC / Laptops.

Settings (Control Panel on a Windows PC)

Find your printer:

Click on Utility / open printer utility:

1 – ROLLER CLEANING

The Cleaning (drop down menu) should be the default menu showing 4 options :

Click on Roller Plate Cleaning (4th option / last option)

We then advise to click on the 3rd option where you insert A4 standard paper to clean rollers (see next step):

2 – ROLLER / PLATE CLEANING ( eliminating teeth / ‘tram’ lines)

After option 4, choose option 3 to clean the bottom plate.

Follow the instructions and fold a piece of standard A4 paper (not wafer paper or icing sheet) into a concertina pattern.

TIP – smear a small amount of sanitising gel across the peaks of the folds on both sides.

This helps to attract / clean dirt from the roller teeth (especially good if you have been getting ‘tram lines’ on your prints after printing dark colours

WARNING ! – DO NOT put too much sanitising gel on the folds else the paper may tear and get stuck inside the printer ! Use a smallish quantity and repeat many times . It is amazing how much ink comes off the roller teeth !

3 – (removal of) AND CLEANING PRINT HEAD :

Please see the following link to Youtube videos showing how to remove the print head for cleaning for ip7250 / MG5750-51 / TS5050-51 Printers : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPciNQLUjHtyclZcOIa7Afg

AFTER REMOVING/ RE-INSERTING A PRINT HEAD OR IF YOU HAVE BLOCKAGES IN THE PRINT HEAD, CHOOSE OPTION 2 FROM THE CLEANING MENU TO DEEP CLEAN THE PRINT HEAD:

4 – TEST PRINT PAGE AND PRINT HEAD ALIGNMENT

To print a test page, scroll down the menu on the printer utility to Test Print and follow the instructions

Choose Nozzle Check.

Sometimes, if the printer is not playing ball, or if you have removed and replaced the print head after cleaning, you may need to re-align the print head.

If you have never gone through this process before, you may be wondering, “What is a printhead alignment?” In a nutshell, a printhead alignment synchronizes the paper feed with the movement of the printhead, ensuring you get the best print quality possible.

Remember adopting best practices from the beginning will save you time, money and stress in the long run!

Good luck.

How to Set Up an Edible Printer

If you’re new to edible printing, we’ve compiled a list of handy hints which you may find useful: 

  • When setting up your printer ensure your paper type is set to envelope – this is the highest paper setting and allows for the easy feeding of icing sheets and wafer paper through your printer.  
  • If your printer includes our refillable cartridges, filling your ink cartridges is easy.  Simply remove the coloured plug from the top of the cartridge and syringe in the relevant edible ink. It’s important you fill the cartridge whilst in its orange holder do not attempt to fill the cartridge whilst it’s in the printer otherwise the ink will leak.  
  • Please ensure you fill the cartridges so both sides are full of ink (the sponge side and the cavity). This will ensure there is enough pressure for the cartridges to register on your printer and make the ink flow effectively. Also remember to remove the label marked PULL. 
  • Keep the orange holders for filling the ink next time. You must insert the cartridges into the holders before starting to fill them or the ink will leak. 
  • We have templates available for the pre-cut icing sheets – if you’ve purchased any of these please contact us and we can email the templates to you.  
  • When using icing sheets we recommend you feed them with the plastic strip first.  
  • Ensure both wafer paper and icing sheets should be stored flat, sealed at temperatures between +15 degrees C and +25 degrees C 
  • Remember an edible ink printer must ONLY be used with edible ink. Using standard ink and then switching to edible ink can be harmful to health as residual ink may still be within the printer 
  • Full instructions on filling the cartridges and for additional hints and tips on printing please see our blog (located at the bottom of our home page www.edibleprintsupplies.co.uk) 

How to Remove Print Head for Cleaning on Canon TS5050 & TS5051 Printers

This simple video shows how to remove the print head for cleaning on the Canon Pixma TS5050 and TS5051 printers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccDUI6cjoOU

Tips –

  • Once the print head is in position, turn off the power cable to stop the print head returning to the hidden right position.
  • To clean the print head, run it under  hot water for 3-4 minutes, rotating it so that the water runs into the top downwards and also back through the bottom with the water running back through the other way.
  • YES, the print head DOES have electronic parts, but it is perfectly safe to get these wet also, just DO NOT SUBMERGE the print head in water, or leave it in water for a long period.
  • Dry the print head with kitchen paper as much as possible prior to replacing.
  • It will take 3 or 4 new print outs to get the ink flowing again, so we advise you print a test page or nozzle check first thing after replacing the print head. This will show you that the head is fully clean again per the print pattern.

 

 

How to Prevent Icing Sheets Looking Wet When Added to a Cake

We’re often asked why icing sheets bubble or look wet when they’ve been applied to a cake. Here are a few tips from regular cake makers and users of the EPS Icing Sheets on how to avoid this happening:
The best way to avoid the wet look is to ensure the printed icing sheets / cake toppers are applied to a cake at room temperature NOT a cake straight out of the fridge. Another major cause is keeping your cake in an air tight container which can result in your cake sweating and moisture developing on top of the icing sheet / cake topper.
You should avoid putting icing sheets directly onto cakes that have come out of the fridge or the moisture comes up through the icing sheet and leaves like a “morning dew” on them!  This also applies to fresh cream – the moisture / cold comes up and has like a “grass in the morning” effect!
The icing sheets should be applied onto room temperature cakes, so no matter what the cake is covered in; buttercream, fondant, chocolate, ganache etc…  it needs to be room temperature or you will get the dew effect.
If you haven’t got any fresh cream or fresh ingredients in a cake it doesn’t need to be kept in a fridge anyway – and if you’re storing the cake in an airtight container, there must be no moisture in the container, and in a room temperature type environment. Do not leave your cake sat in the sun where it will sweat and again create moisture.
Another tip from a professional cake maker and regular user of our icing sheets is to use buttercream over the back of the icing sheets to attach them to your cake. “If you wet the fondant icing, I find if you don’t get it positioned right the first time its pretty hard to peel off, so buttercream across the back is perfect as you can slide it into place without damaging the cake topper, and also if too much water is on the cake and you get it on your hands etc,, the ink just comes off and you end up with marks on your nicely iced cake!!”
“I did a test one day on various different scenarios!  So I put the icing sheet onto a cupcake with fresh cream and put it in the fridge. As a comparison I took a cupcake out of the fridge with fresh cream on and put the icing sheet on, and the result was the same – the cold moisture just rose through the icing and formed the “dew” You can clearly see the harry potter icing ones have the dew over them and the animal rice paper toppers have just wilted!  

Here’s a photo of the printed wafer paper before it was applied and after it absorbed the moisture:

Here’s a few examples of cupcake toppers that have been applied correctly:

How to Wash a Clogged Print Head for Canon ip7250 ix6850 MG5750 MG5751 TS5050 Printers

How to wash or rinse the print head for a Canon 5750/5751/5752/5753 and ip7250 ix6850 Pixma and the latest edible food printer, the Canon TS5050 rear feed printer.

Following the previously posted video to remove the print head on Canon printers, this video shows how to safely wash or rinse the print head in the event of a clogged print head.

Edible Print Supplies advises that users of Edible Food Printers regularly remove and wash the print heads, even if they are not clogged. This preventative maintenance will save time, effort and cost in the long run – most importantly saving time when you need to urgently print but unfortunately suffer a clogged print head !

Please call EPS on 01254 825786 if you require any printer advice for printing on Edible Icing sheets, wafer paper including coloured and flavoured wafer paper and meringue and chocolate cocoa transfer sheets.

Or contact sales@edibleprintsupplies.co.uk

We take pride in supporting all customers with technical issues

Thank you and Enjoy Edible Printing !

How to Remove Print Head for Cleaning on Canon ip7250 & ix6850 Printers

 

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How to remove the print head for cleaning on a Canon ip7250 / 7200 series / ix6850 Pixma series printers.
Video shows removal of Cartridges and then removal and replacement of print head.
Please call EPS on 01254 825786 if you require any printer advice for printing on Edible Icing sheets, wafer paper and meringue and chocolate cocoa transfer sheets.
Or contact sales@edibleprintsupplies.co.uk
We take pride in supporting all customers with technical issues
Thank you and Enjoy Edible Printing !