XF NEOPRENE ROLLS: Universal s XF Neoprene Ink Rolls are made from an extra firm density neoprene material. While not quite as durable as Microcell, the extremely fine cell structure of these rolls provides exceptionally good print quality, particularly when using small character printing dies. Due to their greater ability to compensate for slight die thickness variations, these rolls are also recommended to correct print quality problems when multiple lines of text are required.
Although these Hand Printers are not designed for production use with alcohol base marking inks, the XF Neoprene Ink Rolls are compatible with a variety of alcohol base inks. For limited use applications, slow drying alcohol base inks can be used on the XF Neoprene ink rolls for marking on Non-Porous surfaces such as metal, plastic, glass, etc. Please note that the alcohol in non-porous inks will evaporate rapidly leaving the rolls dry and hard in a relatively short period of time. After use with alcohol base inks, the rolls should be immediately removed from the coder and stored in an air tight container.
PRE-INKING THE XF NEOPRENE INK ROLL:
Warning: Non-Porous Inks contain flammable solvents. Do not smoke or handle these rolls in the presence of sparks or open flames. Inks will also stain clothing, furniture, carpeting and your hands. Rubber gloves should be worn during the following procedures.
A dry XF Neoprene ink roll has the same characteristics as a sponge with the capacity to absorb approximately 1 - 1.5 fluid ounces of ink. Please follow the guidelines below to properly pre-ink your roll
- Pour approximately 1-1/2 to 2 ounces of ink into a clean container.
- Carefully place the roll into the container of ink. (Hand gloves are highly recommend.) Using your finger tips, firmly press down on the side of the ink roll and then release the pressure. This will force the air out of the roll and the voids will be filled with ink. Turn the roll over, placing the un-inked side down in the container. Repeat the process above until the roller is fully saturated.
- Remove the Ink Roll from the container and place the roll on its side on a plastic bag or some other nonabsorbent surface. Push the Core into the center hole of the Ink Roll. (HP100 and HP100 push allen bolt through the center.)
- Using the Ink Roll Hub, push the Ink Roll fully onto the core. (Not used on the HP100 or HP200 models)
- After the initial inking, the Ink Roll will be excessively wet. To remove the excess ink, place a round shank screwdriver through the core and roll the ink roll across a clean piece of paper or cardboard to remove excess ink.
Installing an over-saturated ink roll on your coder will result in poor print quality and possible ink leakage problems.