Poor print quality on the DM50-DM60

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


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: 28 October 2019
Watch this video, or follow the instructions below, to to troubleshoot printing issues.

  1. Select Options.
  2. Press the Review down key to Use ink functions.
  3. Press the Review down key to Clean printer nozzles.
  4. Insert an envelope or tape sheet when prompted.
  5. Select Enter/yes if the print issue is resolved click on below link for the next steps
  6. Select No to repeat a purge if the print issue is unresolved. You can repeat this process three times if necessary.
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, click here  ​​​​​​​Order Ink button