A Digital Printing Network
you need to do a print cut adjustment - if you have the manual it gives detailed instructions
Daniel as Butch stated you need to do the print-cut adjustment which is under the the cut config - menu button. The manual will give you a detail explanation and I have explained it many times in previous posts. But if you are in a crunch here are the cliff notes. Before you take it on think about the process and what you are trying to do. If it is cutting to the left and leaving white areas on the right side - what is important to know is how it is set in the queue - because if it is so you can read in the queue and it prints - the print coming out upside down - and you weed - is the white on the right or the left. If it is now on the left then you have to adjust the cut to the right. So if I did not loose you yet. The fix - it is easier from the test because then you are dealing with just a square - with experience you can do it from the print itself - Test 2 will give you a scale that assists but here is the easy way. Once you determine from the print on the machine or the square on the machine - I state leave it on the machine so you are correcting in the right direction. Which ever side the white is on you need to go in the opposite direction. So Menu - Cut config - print-cut adjust - test print (evaluate cut) - settings (lets say black line on right side & top with thicker line on the right) - once in the settings do not get crazy with all the numbers in there and the +s or -s. Your line is on the top and the right - so use the keypad - push top arrow 2x and the right arrow 3x (thicker line on the right - the numbers move in increments of 5 and the numbers are abitrary - so if it is really out then you can increase or lower to suit. If it is just a hint out do not adjust - it is like chasing a shadow. You will have to hit the menu key to get out, since the arrow keys mean to change the values. Do another test print and evaluate whether you got it on the first try - if you are going in the wrong direction the lines will thicken and if the right direction they will be getting thinner. Evaluate your movements on two of the squares for never will all three look alike and seldom are the lines on all 4 sides equal.
Last note if you do cuts based on registration marks - understand that the crop cut adjustment will need also to be done for the cutting process is seperate from the x-y cutting. Hopes this helps.
Daniel - is your machine an older unit with a wire drive for the printhead or does it have a belt drive? If it is a wire drive, you may have a tension issue that needs to be adjusted.
I have an SP300v
Im not 100% sure but i think it may be a belt, but I dont really know.
I have an sp540v pretty sure the same controls. I tortured myself with this issue for weeks if you search for print cut in the forums you will see it was prob 3 pages long!
What I finally did was create a file with random shapes squares, circles, rectangles etc. approx 1 inch tall and varying widths a black fill and cut line.
I then load the media in my case 54 inch and set that file up to fit the media width, perform a env-match and then print and cut the file.
I then weed all my shapes and see how it is cutting
If it is off top or bottom (as you face the printer) then that is the feed setting
If it is off left to right then that is the scan setting
Now for the adjustment MENU, PRINT CUT ADJUST, FEED SETTING (for top or bottom)
MENU, PRINT CUT ADJUST , SCAN SETTING ( for left or right)
Once you are in these menus you can change the settings by using the up and down arrows the numbers as Irv says are irrelevant -I would suggest adjusting one at a time, do the feed setting first, increase it by one or two numbers then press ENTER, print, cut, weed your test file and see if it was the right direction your cut will either improve or get worse. If it improves keep adjusting until you are satisfied if it gets worse then you need to go the other way. Then move on to the scan setting and repeat the procedure.
I know it sounds like a lot of work but it only takes about 10 15 mins and your good to go and after a couple of times you will get it right the first time.
I also created a 1 inch by 8 inch test print with 4 blocks and fill them with 100% cyan magenta yellow and black. I always print this first to make sure my head is firing and clean and that there is no overlap in color
I perform both these tests before I print and cut anything each day it saves me from saying "it was fine yesterday" just before I throw 8 feet of vinyl in the trash