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HP Designjet Z6100 Printer Series - Paper advance calibration

The printer is calibrated to advance correctly when printing all the papers that appear on the front panel. When you select the type of loaded paper, the printer adjusts the rate at which it advances the paper while printing. However, to fine-tune the image quality of your print, you might need to calibrate the rate at which the paper advances.
Accurate paper advance controls proper placement of dots on the paper. If the paper is not advanced correctly, light or dark bands appear in the printed image and the grain in the image might increase.
To check the paper advance calibration status of the paper, select the Paper icon, and then select View loaded paper, View paper details. The status appears:
  • DEFAULT: this status appears when an HP paper is loaded. Unless you experience image-quality problems in your printed image, such as banding or graininess, HP recommends that you do not calibrate the paper advance.
  • RECOMMENDED: this status appears when you create a new paper. The paper advance values for this paper are inherited from the family type. HP recommends that you perform a paper advance calibration to optimize the values.
  • OK: this status indicates that the loaded paper has been calibrated previously. However, you might need to repeat the calibration if you experience image-quality problems, such as banding or graininess in your printed image.
      note:
    Whenever you update the printer firmware, the paper-advance calibration values are reset to the factory default.
      note:
    Colored papers, glossy canvas, and transparent materials such as translucent bond, clear film, natural tracing paper, and vellum are not suitable for paper-advance calibration.
Overview of the paper advance procedure
  1. On the front panel, select the Ink system icon, and then select Image quality maintenance, Paper advance calibration, Calibrate paper advance. The printer automatically calibrates the paper-advance and prints a paper advance calibration image.
  2. Wait until the front panel shows the status screen, and then reprint your image.
      note:
    The calibration procedure takes approximately six minutes. The front-panel display shows any errors in the process.
    If you are satisfied with your image, continue using this calibration for your paper type. If you see improvement in your image, continue with step 3. If you are dissatisfied with the calibration, return to the default calibration. See section below.
  3. To fine-tune the calibration, select the Ink system icon, and then select Image quality maintenance, Paper advance calibration, Adjust paper advance.
  4. Select the percentage of change from -100% to 100%. To correct light banding, decrease the percentage. To correct dark banding, increase the percentage.
  5. Press the OK button on the front panel to save the value.
  6. Wait until the front panel shows the status screen, and then reprint your image.
Return to the default calibration
Returning to the default calibration sets all the paper-advance calibration to zero. To return to the default paper advance-calibration value, you must reset the calibration.
  1. On the front panel, select the Ink system icon, and then select Image quality maintenance, Paper advance calibration, Reset paper advance.
  2. Wait until the front panel shows that the operation has been successfully completed before you press the Back button to return to the Ready screen.

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