Temperature and Humidity - How to handle ambient conditions November 11, 2022 12:06 Updated Same as any digital textile printer, the Coloreel need to operate within certain ambient conditions. Specifically, this means a relative humidity in the range of 30%–80% RH and a temperature below 28°C/82°F, see Technical data. In general, the best way to solve this is to operate within a room with some type of climate control. Use of portable humidifiers To solve the issue of dry air, several of our customers are using portable humidifiers to create a local microclimate with higher humidity. Sometimes a good solution is a humidifier in combination with various variants of plastic sheets or tent-like installations. In most cases, this works well, but we have a few cases where this has caused new problems due to excess water and condensation. Therefore we issue these recommendations for how to avoid problems when using a portable humidifier close to the Coloreel ITCU. If you are using an ultrasonic humidifier, do not use regular tap water. Use distilled water or deionized water. If you use regular water this can give rise to white mist, which consists of mineral particles that may cause short circuits in electronic equipment. Delimit the surrounding area If the ITCU is operated in large areas and/or areas with highly efficient ventilation, one idea is to create a more limited area (volume of controlled air) that will be easier and less expensive to control. The best solution would, of course, be to create a "room in the room", equipped with both temperature- and humidity control devices. The second best solution is to use a textile material, creating a "tent" surrounding the ITCU and delimiting the airflow, and adding a humidifier to keep the humidity within specifications. WARNING! Be careful if using plastic material. Mind the higher risk of condensation WARNING! Do not "wrap" the ITCU. There must be room for air circulation to prevent condensation. Condensing water might destroy electronic parts of the ITCU CAUTION! Make sure that no condensation occurs on, or inside, the unit. Condensation If you use plastic sheets or tent-like solutions, you need to make sure that condensation does not accumulate on or inside the unit. Make sure that air can circulate around the unit. The area on top of the unit, near the fan output, is extra sensitive. Only use the humidifier when needed and remove plastic sheets or similar during periods when they are not needed. Condensation getting inside the unit may cause corrosion and electronic failures. Good examples This photo is showing an 8-head installation at a customer, using textile curtains (also covering the top of the stand, like a ceiling). This method is a great help to keep the humidified air from the humidifiers surrounding the units and keeps them running within operation specifications. Bad examples This photo is showing how a customer "wrapped" the ITCU with a plastic sheet, and put a humidifier beneath it. Made the humidity high enough, for operation, but also created condensations within the unit, causing electronics to be destroyed. Not the information you are looking for? Try a new search using other words. Need more help? Our support team is here to help you. File a new support request using a link from the Coloreel Support Center at support.coloreel.com/hc and our support team will get back to you. Comments 0 comments Please sign in to leave a comment.