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A Clean Printhead Prevents Costly Problems

Did you know that your thermal transfer printer OEM recommends regular preventative maintenance as a way to protect against premature printhead failure and poor print quality? Unfortunately, less than 20% of printer owners actually follow this advice – even though the printhead is their most expensive consumable and causes the most print-related problems.

Why Clean Start®?

  • Built right into your thermal transfer ribbons
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Fast and easy to use
  • Maintains excellent print quality
  • Prolongs printhead life
  • Minimizes costly downtime

Avoid Downtime & Save Money 

When you use Clean Start®, you can also avoid unnecessary downtime and disruptions caused by premature printhead failures. The result is less money spent replacing costly printheads.

Testing Proves the Advantages of Clean Start® Ribbons

What happens when you don’t clean your printhead? We conducted an extreme test to find out. We printed a typical, heavy-use application utilizing a new printhead. Then, we cleaned half of the printhead with Clean Start® every time a new ribbon was loaded and left the other half uncleaned. The results after only one million linear inches were dramatic. Take a look at the actual results.

Dirty Printhead

Over time, debris hardens and actually bakes onto the printhead elements. This blocks heat transfer which compromises print quality and head life. Notice how the test label print quality has degraded over time.

Clean Start® Printhead

Clean printhead elements require less heat to transfer images and ensure consistent print quality. As a result, test label image quality remained crisp throughout the print run.
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