Poor print quality on the DM50-DM60


Print quality issues have occurred:
  • Print is faded, blurry or streaky.
  • Print is not clear and hard to read, smudged or smeared.
  • A printing issue has occurred e.g Only partial print of the stamp.
  • Machine is not printing at all.


Several factors can contribute to deterioration in print quality:
  • Lack of use: When the meter is idle for a long time, dried ink from previous printings can clog the nozzles in the print head.
  • Overuse: Overuse increases wear and tear on the print head and can lead to issues.
  • Ink issues:  Low ink or no ink in the print cartridge can impair print quality and cause other problems with the meter.


UPDATED: 14 September 2018

Watch this video, or follow the instructions below, to to troubleshoot printing issues.

To learn how to purge the meter to clear the print nozzles and improve print quality, see How to clean printer nozzles on the DM50/DM55 and DM60.

If the Low Ink or Ink Out message is displayed:
  • If the meter displays the warning Low Ink, you can continue to print, but the ink supply is almost gone and the ink cartridge will need to be replaced soon.
  • If the meter displays the warning Ink Out, the ink supply is completely gone and the meter won't print until the cartridge is replaced. Install a new genuine Pitney Bowes ink cartridge immediately.
  • To order a genuine Pitney Bowes replacement ink cartridge, visit the Pitney Bowes UK Online Shop.

Environment Details

Products affected:
DM50™ /DM55™ (K721)
DM60™ (K722)


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