The most common problem with friction-fed plotters is tracking. How do you make sure that when you load your vinyl for a 20 foot banner or custom pinstriping job, your vinyl won’t walk sideways halfway through? More advanced friction fed plotters, including the Vinyl Express Qe60+ and Q Series, have media-handling systems and features designed to enhance tracking. Some of these features, like the grit rollers, are engineered into the product and require no user input. Others must be activated and can be adjusted according the length of the job being cut.
Press the F4 button to access the Function 2 menu
The third function on this menu page is the “Auto Pre-feed” option. Press the F3 button to access the Auto Pre-Feed menu.
You will see Auto Pre-feed at the top of the LCD screen with two options, “Enabled”, and “Disabled”. One will be marked with an asterisk. If “Disabled” is marked with an asterisk, you have Auto Pre-Feed turned off. Shame on you. Go stand in the corner. Better yet, press the F3 button to Enable the Auto Pre-Feed. We’re almost done.
In the Auto Pre-Feed menu, you will now see “Feed Length =”, and a measurement in feet. Use the lovely lavender up or down arrows on the Q control panel to increase or decrease the feed length.
Press the Enter button just below the arrows to save your settings, and press the Menu button to exit the menu and go back to Ready mode. You are now ready to cut up long graphics with maximum tracking precision.