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Marrutt Pro Continuous Ink Systems
for Epson and Canon Printers


Save money and improve print quality with a Marrutt Continuous Ink System!

Why not join thousands of professionals worldwide and start using a continuous ink system for your printer. Marrutt Pro Continuous Ink Systems enable savings of up to 80% on ink costs and are easy to install!

Why switch to a Continuous Ink System?

Save up to 80% on Ink costs.
No More Throw-Away cartridges.
Professional Color and Black & White prints.
Easy Installation.
Reliable and Durable Systems.


An Example of a Continuous Ink System (Epson SureColor SC-P600)

     

Marrutt Professional Photographic Ink bottles

Continuous Ink Systems: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why would I want to add a continuous ink system (CIS) to my printer?
A: Quite simply, to save money. If you print an 11 x 8.5 photo, you are using as much ink as 40 pages of text! - Using a CIS allows you to use a good quality photographic ink in bottles, which works out at around one fifth of the ink cost!
Q: How do you install a CIS - it looks complicated!
A: Don't worry, it comes completely assembled; the reservoirs are already connected to the tubes, and the tubes are already connected to the cartridges. Simply fill up the reservoirs with ink, take out a bung from each cartridge, pull the ink through using syringes provided, replace bungs and click the cartridges into the printer. Test for a perfect nozzle check, and Print!
Q: How does a Continuous Ink System work?
A: On a desktop printer, the print head pulls ink from the cartridge using a charge of vacuum generated by the printer. A CIS changes the cartridge from being a single ink chamber into a cartridge connected by a tube to a larger ink tank. In use, the print head pulls ink from the cartridge, which is pulling ink from the tube, which pulls ink from the larger reservoir/tank.
Q: How do I top up a CIS tank when its low on ink?
A: Take out the bung from this tank, insert a funnel that's provided, pour in your ink and re-insert the bung.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Epson SureColor SC-P600 Continuous Ink System Demonstration Video


Frequently asked questions about Continuous Ink Systems

Should i use a Continuous Ink System or a Refillable Cartridge System?

Is my printer compatible with your Continuous Ink System?

How do Continuous Ink Systems work?

How do you install a Continuous Ink System?

What height should the ink reservoirs be on my CIS?

When should I refill the Ink Reservoirs for my CIS?

My Ink reservoir/bottle has run out! What should I do?

How do I refill my Ink Reservoirs/Bottles?

Can I change to another ink for my Continuous Ink System?

Should I flush my printer prior to installing my Continuous Ink System?

How do I replace a CIS cartridge?

I have air in my lines, what should I do?

My printer is not recognizing my CIS cartridge?

Are there any special precautions i need to take?

What happens if I forget to top up my CIS reservoirs?


Should I use a Continuous Ink System or a Refillable Cartridge System ?


It's all about how much you print. If you print near enough everyday, you have to have a continuous ink system!

If you run a Canon desktop, or any brand wide-format printer, you will have to use refill cartridges, because these are the only proven reliable methods.  If you run Epson desktop printers, you have the option of using either refill cartridges; great for low weekly volume printing, below 6 photo prints per week, but once you exceed this volume, refilling every week can become a pain. 

With a CIS, you fill up your reservoirs when you first install, then top up every month, or whenever the levels fall below half-way.  Most modern Epson desktop printers are able to be fitted with a CIS. If you are unsure of what to choose please feel free to contact us.


Is my printer compatible with your Continuous Ink System?


We provide Continuous Ink Systems for the following printers:


How do Continuous Ink Systems work ?


On a desktop printer, the print head pulls ink from the cartridge using a charge of vacuum generated by the printer. A CIS changes the cartridge from being a single ink chamber into a cartridge connected by a tube to a larger ink tank. In use, the print head pulls ink from the cartridge, which is pulling ink from the tube, which pulls ink from the larger reservoir/tank.


How do you install a Continuous Ink System?


Epson R3000 Continuous Ink System installation Video

All of our Continuous Ink Systems come with full in depth illustrated step by step instructions.

4 point CIS installation instructions

1: Use the funnels provided, fill each reservoir/container with the correct ink.
2: Take each cartridge and using the syringe pull the ink through through the tubes for each channel.
3: Place cartridges into the print head in the same way as normal single-use cartridges.
4: Attach CIS arm support and fit the tubing around and onto this arm.


What height should my Ink reservoirs be for my CIS?


The base of your ink reservoirs must always be kept at the same level as the base of your printer!

If your ink reservoirs are too high you may experience ink pooling on the paper. If your ink reservoirs are below the height of the printer there will be a lack of pressure, which will result in a poor nozzle check.  Therefore we recommend having your printer on an area/desk with plenty of room for printer and ink reservoirs/bottles.


When should I refill the Reservoir/Ink bottles for my CIS?


Never let your ink reservoir/bottles run out! Always make sure your ink reservoirs are at least 1/3 full and we always recommend you keep a spare set of bottles, especially if embarking on a large print job!


My Ink reservoir/bottle has run out! What should I do?


If one of your bottles/containers is empty, you will first need to fill your container with the correct Marrutt Pro ink and then re-prime your cartridge. For step by step guide for how to re-prime your cartridge, please contact us


How do I refill my Ink Reservoirs/Bottles?


Please ensure you do this when the reservoirs/bottles are no less than one-third full. To refill a reservoir/bottle, simply take out the bung, top up the container using the funnel supplied with correct ink color and replace the bung.


Can I change to another ink for my Continuous Ink System?


We do not recommend this, as it is extremely difficult to completely clear the remainder of the previous ink. In this instance we recommend you purchase a new CIS system from us. Please contact us for further details.


Should I flush my printer prior to installing my Continuous Ink System?


In most cases no. As long as your printer is healthy (has a complete/perfect nozzle check) you can install your continuous ink system straight away.


How do I replace a CIS cartridge


Here is how to replace a CIS cartridge:
• First, take out the cartridge that is causing problems (to do this you will need to move the carriage to the cartridge change position, if you do not know how to do this, the procedure is explained in your original CIS instructions manual) and remove the tubing from the cartridge.
• Discard the old cartridge.
• Squeeze the tube onto the top nozzle of the new cartridge.
• Take a CIS syringe.
• Insert the CIS syringe into the nozzle of the cartridge that is causing problems.
• Pull out the syringe until approximately 5ml of ink is present inside the syringe (not just foam or air).
• Take the syringe out of the nozzle
• Clean any ink around the nozzle using tissue paper then place cartridge back in the printer.
• You can then syringe the ink back into the correct ink container.
• Perform a nozzle check.
• Please note: You may need to leave the printer for 1 - 2 hours to allow the ink to settle before you obtain a perfect nozzle check.
• If the nozzle check is not complete after no more than 2 head cleans please contact us.


I have air in my lines, what should I do?


If you have a perfect/complete nozzle check, just keep printing. The air will then disappear as it enters the cartridge. However, if you have not got a complete nozzle check, carry out up to 3 nozzle checks and head cleans. If your nozzle check is still not perfect, leave the printer for 2 hours for the ink to settle. If your nozzle check is still not perfect after 2 hours, you will need to re-prime your cartridge (the cartridge with the air in the line). For a step by step guide of how to do this please contact us.


My printer is not recognizing my CIS cartridge?


Although a rare problem, this is down to the cartridge chip (the green board with electronic markings situated on the back of a cartridge). Occasionally this chip may have dust on the surface which will cause the printer problems in recognizing the cartridge. - Take the offending cartridge out - Clean the chip using a cotton bud. - It is also necessary to ensure the metal contacts/prongs where the chip rests are in place and uniform.

If this is not the case there is a printer fault. - Place the cartridge back inside the printer head. Once the cartridge is placed back inside the print head, turn both the printer and your computer off for 10 minutes to reset the printer driver. It is also a good idea to take out the power lead. When you turn the printer and computer back on the printer should recognize the cartridge.


Are there any special precautions i need to take?


1.  Do not lift your CIS reservoirs above the table height that your printer is sitting on.
2.  Top up your CIS reservoirs so the levels never drop below half-height.
3.  Report any issue with your CIS to us immediately.


What happens if I forget to top up my CIS reservoirs?


You run out of ink! - But don't worry, if that happens, fill up your reservoir, re-prime your cartridge (by pulling ink through with a syringe) and check that your nozzle check print out is perfect, then carry on printing!