F1500 Cleaning Schedule and Process

F1500 Two Sided ID Cleaning

Regularly scheduled cleaning of the scanner is recommended to ensure that the device feeds documents smoothly and delivers good quality images.

The following components require cleaning according to the specified maintenance schedule:

 

F1500 Cleaning Schedule Desktop Motorized ID Scanner
Cleaning Schedule from F1500 Reader

1.) Cleaning the Feed Rollers

Over time, the feed rollers in the scanner will accumulate dirt from the documents being scanned, necessitating that they be cleaned regularly, see below. When dirty, the feed rollers have a greater tendency to slip, misfeed, or jam, resulting in poor quality images.

To clean the feed rollers, alcohol or water-based solution should be used. “Card Reader Cleaning Cards, CR80,” notebook screen cleaning wipes, or alcohol prep wipes/swabs are recommended, as long as they are water or alcohol-based.

Note: Do NOT use an ammonia-based cleaner.

There are a series of DIP switches on the rear of the scanner. By default, all F1500 scanners are shipped with their service DIP switches set to the OFF (UP) position. DIP switch #3 will put the rollers into a repetitive back and forth spin mode that is useful for cleaning the rollers.

To clean the feed rollers, follow the steps below:

  • Power off the scanner.
  • Lift the cover to expose the feed rollers.
  • Carefully modify DIP switch #3, moving it to the ON position (to the DOWN position).
  • Power on the scanner. The rollers should begin moving back and forth.
  • Using a cleaning wipe or alcohol prep, hold it against the roller, cleaning them as they spin. Discard the prep/wipe when done (do not use it to clean another component).
  • Power off the scanner.
  • Carefully restore DIP switch #3 to its default setting of OFF (UP).
  • Close the cover.
DIP Switch 3 on F1500 ID Scanner
F1500 Dip Switch – Switch 3
F1500 Roller Feed Cleaning with Alcohol Wipe
F1500 Roller Feed Cleaning

2.) Cleaning the CMOS Image Sensor (CIS)

If irregular stripe patterns or artifacts appear in the scanned images, the CIS (CMOS image sensor) may be dirty. In this case, the CIS should be cleaned to ensure the scanned images are of good quality. The CIS can be accessed by opening the scanner. To clean the CIS, alcohol and/or water-based solution should be used. “Card Reader Cleaning Cards, CR80,” notebook screen cleaning wipes, or alcohol prep wipes/swabs are recommended, as long as they are water or alcohol-based.

  • Power off the scanner.
  • Lift the cover to expose the feed rollers.
  • Using a cleaning wipe or alcohol prep, clean the CIS (scan head) bars then discard the wipe when done. There are two CIS bars on the F1500.
  • Close the cover.

Note: Do NOT use an ammonia-based cleaner.

F1500 CIS Cleaning
CMOS Sensor Cleaning with Alcohol Wipe F1500

3.) Cleaning the Magnetic Stripe Reader

Over time, the magnetic stripe reader will require cleaning to remove buildup and to ensure proper operation and accurate reads of magnetic stripes.

To clean the magnetic stripe reader, follow these steps:

  • Power off the scanner.
  • Lift the cover to expose the magnetic stripe reader.
  • Using a cleaning wipe or alcohol prep, clean the magnetic stripe reader.
  • Discard the wipe when done.
  • Close the cover.
Magnetic Head Cleaning with Alcohol Swab or Wipe F1500

4.) Cleaning the Document Sensors

The document sensors are utilized to detect the presence of a document in the feed path. They are visible when the scanner is opened as small holes before and after the first roller on both the top and bottom surfaces. There are two pairs of sensors, the first pair (top/bottom) is before the first feed roller, and the second pair (top/bottom) is immediately after the first feed roller. Documents are detected by breaking the light path between the two sensors.

Dust or dirt may collect in these holes over time resulting in the scanner not properly detecting when a document is present. To avoid issues, these sensors should be cleaned to ensure the sensor path is free of dirt.

To clean the document sensors, follow these steps:

  • Power off the scanner.
  • Lift the cover to expose the document sensors.
  • Using compressed air or an air gun, blow air into the document sensor holes to remove any dust or dirt buildup. When using a compressed air can, ensure that it remains upright to avoid getting any residue on the CIS.
  • Close the cover.

End of Cleaning Procedure for F1500

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