Machine filling of the genuine Epson MkII cartridge makes the process a lot easier and much faster to process batches of cartridges.
The Professor has tested several machines using both vacuum and non-vacuum filling methods.
As with all things, each type of filling method has differences which can influence the right choice of machine for you. The non vacuum machines can produce the cartridges faster but uses more ink, although the excess ink can be recovered for subsequent re-use. The vacuum machines use less ink in the filling process, and those using universal vacuum chambers like the Promax VA System & Trio, and the R-JetTek SelectJet & SabreJet have the advantage of almost instantaneous ink changes, and the ability to refill a whole colour set in one operation.
Throughout this lecture, the only colour being filled is yellow. Simply as this is the colour that shows the most detail when photographed.
Note that the cartridges shown in this lecture are partially stripped down so that you can see what is happening inside. As they say, “Please do not do this at home”.
Vacuum machine filling
Although the vacuum filling machine featured in this lecture is the Promax Imaging Ltd VA System, the instructions are the same for all machines that use a universal remote filling cradle.
Machines that use cartridge specific cradles like the Promax Imaging TRIO or the R-JetTek Fill & Prime 2i, require the addition of a universal remote cradle to utilise the vacuum facility.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT THE MACHINE AND FILLING CRADLE ARE LEVEL.