Maintaining and Transporting the Printer
You may need to run the cleaning cycle several times to get a clean
nozzle check pattern. For effective cleaning, always run a test print or
nozzle check between cycles. If the lines on the pattern still appear
broken after several cleaning cycles, contact EPSON for assistance.
Aligning the Print Head
If banding appears on your prints, or vertical lines are not straight, you need
to align the print head. You can use the Print Head Alignment utility if you
have the EPSON printer driver and utilities installed. See page B-25
(Macintosh) or page C-27 (Windows) for instructions.
If you don’t have the utilities installed, you can use the control panel. Both
procedures align the head for all modes and resolutions. Print head
alignment involves two phases:
First you print a series of alignment or adjustment patterns.
Then you determine which numbered row of patterns (EPSON Stylus
Pro 9000) or numbered line or box (EPSON Stylus Pro 9500) has the
best vertical alignment (smallest gaps). You enter the information on the
control panel to change the print head alignment.
Printing the Alignment Patterns
For the EPSON Stylus Pro 9000, use 13
19-inch EPSON coated ink jet
paper (short edge first). You’ll need 4 sheets to complete the alignment
procedure, which includes 12 patterns of 7 rows each and takes about 15
For the EPSON Stylus Pro 9500, you can use EPSON roll paper. Six
patterns of 15 lines or boxes are printed, which takes about 10 minutes. The
patterns are repeated across the width of the paper.
Follow these steps to align the print head using the control panel:
1. Load paper in the printer.
2. Press the
HEAD ALIGNMENT MENU
3. Press the
appears on the display.