220 221 Whatever it takes

20 Dec

Power is not really something to joke about.  But to start this post out without some humor would just not be right.


Commonly overlooked and often dismissed are the manufacturer’s installation specifications. The purpose of these are to make your new equipment run at its peak performance and to make it more serviceable for easy operation and access for repairs, which will save you time and money.

The equipment needs a certain amount of space to work efficiently along with specific power requirements unique to each model.

Power specifications are very important and most units require a dedicated line for best operation.  Basically there are two types of devices: 110VAC and 220VAC models.  The acceptable range for the 110 VAC units is 105 to 132 with the range for the 220 VAC units being 208 to 235 VAC.  Anything below or above is bad and could damage the machine or give you inconsistent printing results.

There a 4 types of devices that you can use to manage your incoming power to your piece of equipment.

1. Surge Protector: (Such as the ones you buy at a hardware store for $10-$20). This device will “trip” or “open up” in the event of a power surge, such as a lightning strike. This is all that it does and it may or may not open up fast enough to protect the equipment that is plugged into it. (You get what you pay for applies here).  This should be the minimum requirement, better than plugging directly into the wall outlet.

2. Line Filter; (ESP Power Filter).  This device cleans up the neutral side of the line and it takes it down to 0 volts.  It cleans up the “noise” on the neutral side of the incoming power.  It also offers surge protection in case of extreme power surge such as a lightning strike.  It will “open up” or sacrifice itself.

3. Buc Boost Transformer: This either steps up or down the voltage by either 12 or 24 volts, depending how you wire it up.  It will not compensate for a “brown out” but it will take a steady low voltage such as 195 VAC and ramp it up to 219.  It will also filter the neutral side of the line as well.

4. Line Conditioner/Voltage Regulator: This device maintains a “steady” output voltage if you have fluctuating line volt conditions such as 89 volts to 147 volts.  It also cleans up the neutral side of the line to stop “noise” and has surge protection.  It is not a backup power supply if power to the outlet is interrupted for several minutes or several seconds.   This device is not available for our 220 volt 16 amp machines.

The condition of the incoming power will affect the performance of the printer and should be the responsibility of the customer.  BPI can assist in determining which device is best suited for your power issues.  Some devices will need to be installed by a qualified electrician.

So now that you have a better understanding of the importance of the installation spec sheet and power requirements we hope that you follow the recommendations as this will bring value to your new equipment.


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