BMP®41 LABEL PRINTER
USER’S MANUAL
Copyright
This manual is copyrighted with all rights reserved. No portion of this manual may be copied
or reproduced by any means without the prior written consent of BRADY Worldwide, Inc.
While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this document, BRADY assumes
no liability to any party for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions or by statements
resulting from negligence, accident, or any other cause. BRADY further assumes no liability
arising out of the application or use of any product or system described, herein; nor any
liability for incidental or consequential damages arising from the use of this document.
BRADY disclaims all warranties or merchantability of fitness for a particular purpose.
Trademarks
BMP®41 Label Printer is a trademark of BRADY Worldwide, Inc.
Microsoft and Windows are registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
BRADY reserves the right to make changes without further notice to any product or system
described herein to improve reliability, function, or design.
© 2013 BRADY Worldwide, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Printed April 2013
Software Version 2
Brady Worldwide Inc.
6555 West Good Hope Road
Milwaukee, WI 53223 U.S.A.
Telephone: 414-358-6600 USA Domestic
Facsimile: 414-438-6958
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UNITED STATES
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A
digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is
operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful
interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his
own expense.
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance
could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
INDUSTRY CANADA
This Class A digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing
Equipment Regulations.
Cet appareil numerique de la classe A respecte toutes les exigences du Reglement sur le
Materiel Brouilleur du Canada.
EUROPE
This is a Class A product. In a domestic environment, this product may cause radio
interference in which case the user may be required to take adequate measures.
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive
In accordance with the European WEEE Directive, this device
needs to be recycled in accordance with local regulations.
RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU
This statement clarifies Brady's product compliance with the European Union's Directive
2011/65/EU, Restriction of Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
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Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC
This product contains a lithium battery. The crossed-out wheeled bin shown
to the left is used to indicate 'separate collection' for all batteries and
accumulators in accordance with European Directive 2006/66/EC. Users
of batteries must not dispose of batteries as unsorted municipal waste. This
Directive determines the framework for the return and recycling of used
batteries and accumulators that are to be collected separately and recycled
at end of life. Please dispose of the battery according to your local
regulations.
Notice to Recyclers
To remove the lithium battery:
1. Disassemble printer and locate the lithium cell battery located on the main circuit board.
2. To remove, push down on the center tab of the battery retainer, remove the battery from
the board, and dispose of in accordance with local regulations.
To remove the NiMH battery:
1. Turn the printer over, open the battery compartment door, and remove the NiMH battery.
2. Release the battery from the printer and dispose of in accordance with local regulations.
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BRADY Warranty
Our products are sold with the understanding that the buyer will test them in actual use and
determine for him or herself their adaptability to his/her intended uses. BRADY warrants to
the buyer that its products are free from defects in material and workmanship, but limits its
obligation under this warranty to replacement of the product shown to BRADY’s satisfaction
to have been defective at the time BRADY sold it. This warranty does not extend to any
persons obtaining the product from the buyer.
THIS WARRANTY IS IN LIEU OF ANY OTHER WARRANTY, EPXRESSED OR
IMPLIED INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF
MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND OF ANY
OTHER OBLIGATIONS OR LIABILITY ON BRADY’S PART. UNDER NO
CIRCUMSTANCES WILL BRADY BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE, EXPENSE
OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH
THE USE, OR INABILITY TO USE, BRADY’S PRODUCTS.
YOU SHOULD CAREFULLY READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS & CONDITIONS OF
THIS LICENSE AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS &
CONDITIONS, PLEASE PROMPTLY RETURN THIS PACKAGE FOR A FULL REFUND.
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Technical Support
Technical Support Numbers/On-line Help
For repair or technical assistance, find your regional Brady Tech Support office by going to:
• In the Americas: www.bradyid.com
• In Europe: www.bradyeurope.com
• In Asia: www.bradycorp.com
Repair and Replacement Parts
Brady Corporation offers repair and replacement services. Contact Brady Technical Support
for repair and replacement information.
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Table of Contents
Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Unpack Your Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Save Your Packaging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Register Your Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
BMP®41 Label Printer System Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Physical and Environmental Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Firmware Upgrades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
External View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Power Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Loading the BMP41-BP NiMH Battery Pack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
AC Power Adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Brady AC Adapters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Attaching the Adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Connecting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Connecting to a PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Download Print Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Pause/Cut Preference. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Media Cartridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Load Cartridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Unload Cartridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Power On. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Display Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Status Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Keypad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Navigation and Editing Keys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Function Keys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Dialog Boxes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Drop Down Field Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Data Fields . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Spinner Boxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Radio Buttons and Option Boxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Accept Dialog Box Edits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Cancel a Menu or Dialog Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
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Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pause/Cut. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Config . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Time/Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Initial Language Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Font Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Entering Text. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Editing Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Inserting Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Deleting Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Clear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Error Messages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Default Settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Font Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printing a Label. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Formatting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Font . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Font Attributes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Expand/Condense. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Superscript/Subscript . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Multi-Characters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Remove a Symbol. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Date and Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Labels and Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fixed Length. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Add Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Go To An Area. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shortcut. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Delete Area. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Justification. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rotate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Frame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reverse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Vertical Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Barcode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Barcode Settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Add a Barcode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Edit Barcode Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Serialization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
How Serialization Works. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Examples of Serialization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Numbers in Sequences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Add Serialization. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Edit a Sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
File Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
File Naming Standards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Save . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Remove File from Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Open a File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Delete a File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Cancel a Print Job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Print Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Scrolling in Print Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Multi-Print . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Collate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Mirror Print . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Label Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Accessing a Label Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
General Label Type. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
WireMarker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Terminal Block, Patch Panel, 66 Block. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Flags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
110-Block, Bix Block Label Type. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
DesiStrip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Cleaning the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Display Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Internal Components. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Appendix A - Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
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Introduction
Introduction
The BMP®41 Label Printer is capable of printing on a variety of both die-cut and continuous
supplies, up to 1 inch (25.4 mm) wide. It includes the following features:
• Targeted applications to simplify the creation of specific label types
• Battery operation - printing 1000 or more standard Brady die cut labels on a fully charged
Brady battery pack.
Figure 1 • Die cut label strip
• Ability to use the printer while the BMP41-BP NiMH battery pack is charging
• Large display (240 x 160 pixels; 50.39 x 33.59 mm)
• Easy to use graphic user interface
• 300 dpi print resolution
• USB 2.0
• One step media installation
• Smart-cell technology that works intelligently with Brady consumables
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Unpack Your Printer
Unpack Your Printer
The following items are included in
the standard BMP®41 Label Printer
package:
• BMP®41 Label Printer
• BMP41-BP NiMH Battery Pack
(M41-BATT)
• MC1-1000-595-WT-BK
cartridge
• USB connection cable (M41USB)
• AC adapter (M41-AC)
• Product CD
• Brady Printer Drivers CD
• Quick Start Guide
The following items are accessories available for the BMP®41 Label Printer:
• Hard-sided carrying case (M41-HC)
• BMP41-BP NiMH Battery Pack (M41-BATT)
• Magnet (M41-MAGNET)
These items can be purchased separately or as a kit from your distributor.
Save Your Packaging
The packaging surrounding your BMP®41 Label Printer should be saved in the event you have
to ship the printer and accessories back to the supplier.
Never ship the BMP®41 Label Printer without first removing the BMP41-BP NiMH
battery pack from the printer.
If shipping both the printer and battery pack, remove the battery pack from the printer
and place the items in the original shipping material before transporting. Batteries must
be shipped according to state, federal, or municipal regulations. Consult your courier
before shipping NiMH battery packs.
Register Your Printer
Register your printer on-line at www.bradycorp.com/register and receive free product support
and updates!
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Introduction
Physical and Environmental Characteristics
BMP®41 Label Printer System Specifications
The BMP®41 Label Printer has the following specifications:
• Weight 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)
• Thermal Transfer Print Mechanism 300 dpi
• Optical Registration System for Precise Print Registration
• Softplast QWERTY Keypad Technology
• Custom True Type Fonts
• Print Width - 1 inch (25.4 mm) maximum label width
• Maximum print length for labels: 39” (990.6 mm)
• Prints up to 1000 1” x 2” labels per battery charge
Physical and Environmental Characteristics
The BMP®41 Label Printer has the following physical and environmental characteristics:
Physical
Metric Units
U.S. Units
Dimensions
292 x 91 x 152 mm
11.5 x 3.6 x 6 in.
Weight (with battery pack)
1.2 kg
2.6 lbs
Note: The table below refers to the BMP®41 Label Printer only. Consumable
performance may vary.
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Firmware Upgrades
Environmental
Operation
Storage
Temperature* (Printer)
4° to 43° C (40° to 110° F)
Be mindful, when using the
AC adapter with the printer,
that the AC adapter is rated
at a maximum temperature
of 30° C (86° F).
-18° to 43° C (0° to 110° F)
Relative Humidity
(Printer)
20% to 90% (noncondensing)
10% to 90% (noncondensing
*Exposing the BMP®41 Label Printer to direct sunlight is not recommended.
Avoid using the system near water, in direct sunlight, or near a heating device.
Do not attempt to use batteries other than those recommended in this manual.
Firmware Upgrades
Future upgrades to BMP®41 Label Printer firmware can be downloaded from Brady’s website.
Access www.bradyid.com/BMP41, click Support>Downloads, then select BMP®41 Label
Printer from the list of products.
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External View
Firmware Upgrades
External View
1
Power key
5
Navigation pad with ENTER key
2
Function keys
6
Thumb Drive-Port
3
Print key
7
AC Adaptor Port
4
Feed key
8
USB port
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Power Source
Firmware Upgrades
Power Source
Power is supplied to the BMP®41 Label Printer through a BMP41-BP NiMH battery pack, or
through an AC power adapter.
Do not expose batteries to temperatures above 60C (140F).
Do not disassemble or mistreat the battery pack.
Do not attempt to open, damage, or replace components in the battery pack.
The Battery Pack should only be used in the BMP®41 Label Printer.
Do not use any other rechargeable battery pack other than the BMP-UBP in the
BMP®41 Label Printer.
Do not allow metal or other conductive materials to touch the battery terminals.
Keep the battery pack away from sparks, flames, or other heat sources.
Keep the battery pack away from water.
Never lay objects on top of the battery pack.
Store your battery pack only in a cool, dry place.
Keep the battery pack out of the reach of children.
Special precautions should be taken when handling these cells during disposal to
prevent impact to the cells.
The battery pack must be recycled or disposed of properly according to federal, state,
and municipal regulations.
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Firmware Upgrades
Do not dismantle, open or shred secondary cells or batteries.
Do not expose cells or batteries to heat or fire. Avoid storage in direct sunlight.
Do not short-circuit a cell or a battery. Do not store cells or batteries haphazardly in a
box or drawer where they may short-circuit each other or be short-circuited by other
metal objects.
Do not remove a cell or battery from its original packaging until required for use.
Do not subject cells or batteries to mechanical shock.
In the event of a cell leaking, do not allow the liquid to come in contact with the skin or
eyes. If contact has been made, wash the affected area with copious amounts of water
and seek medical advice.
Do not use any charger other than that specifically provided for use with the equipment.
Observe the plus (+) and minus (-) marks on the cell, battery and equipment and ensure
correct use.
Do not use any cell or battery which is not designed for use with the equipment.
Do not mix cells of different manufacture, capacity, size or type within a device.
When using alkaline cells, always use fresh, new batteries and never mix used
batteries with new batteries.
Keep cells and batteries out of the reach of children.
Seek medical advice immediately if a cell or a battery has been swallowed.
Always purchase the correct cell or battery for the equipment.
Keep cells and batteries clean and dry.
Wipe the cell or battery terminals with a clean dry cloth if they become dirty.
Secondary cells and batteries need to be charged before use. Always use the correct
charger and refer to the manufacturer's instructions or equipment manual for proper
charging instructions.
Do not leave a battery on prolonged charge when not in use.
After extended periods of storage, it may be necessary to charge and discharge the cells
or batteries several times to obtain maximum performance.
Secondary cells and batteries give their best performance when they are operated at
normal room temperature (20 °C ± 5 °C).
Retain the original product literature for future reference.
Use only the cell or battery in the application for which it was intended.
When possible, remove the battery from the equipment when not in use.
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Power Source
Loading the BMP41-BP NiMH Battery Pack
Loading the BMP41-BP NiMH Battery Pack
If using a BMP41-BP NiMH battery pack, please consult the instructions enclosed with the
battery pack for charging and discharging the rechargeable battery.
1. On the backside of the
printer, pull the door
release latch downward,
then swing the battery
compartment door up and
out. (The door will come
off.)
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2. With the battery label
facing outward, insert the
battery pegs into the peg
slots at the top of the
compartment; then tip the
battery downward into
place.
3. Re-insert the battery door
hinges at the base of the
compartment and swing
the battery compartment
door closed, snapping it
into place.
Power Source
AC Power Adapter
AC Power Adapter
The printer can be powered through an AC/DC power adapter. If the battery pack is installed
when using the power adapter, the battery will charge.
Use only the 18 VDC, 3.3A, Brady AC/DC adapters, shown below, for supplying power
to the BMP®41 Label Printer.
Brady AC Adapters
Catalog Number
Region
M50-AC
North America,
Australia
M50-AC-INTL
Europe
M50-AC-AR
Argentina
M50-AC-BR
Brazil
Attaching the Adapter
The printer can be powered through a designated AC power adapter. When the adapter is
plugged in, it will also charge the BMP41-BP NiMH battery pack if one is inserted in the
battery compartment.
1. Insert the round end of the adapter cable
into the plug-in port on the back of the
printer.
2. Plug the other end of the cord into an
electrical outlet.
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Connecting
AC Power Adapter
Connecting
The BMP®41 Label Printer is equipped with a USB port, enabling you to connect via USB to
a PC. You can create labels in various applications (such as LabelMark™ Labeling Software)
and send the data to be printed on the BMP®41 Label Printer. You can also transfer files to be
printed to the BMP®41 Label Printer by placing the files on a thumb drive which can be
connected directly to the BMP®41 Label Printer.
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USB port
3
Thumb Drive-Port
Connecting
Connecting to a PC
Connecting to a PC
In order to send data from a Brady PC labeling program to the BMP®41 Label Printer, you
must install the BMP®41 Label Printer driver. The printer drivers can be found on the Brady
Printer Drivers CD enclosed with your BMP®41 Label Printer package.
To install the printer drivers:
1. Turn the printer on.
2. Insert the Brady Printer Drivers CD into the CD drive of your computer.
The printer drivers wizard is launched.
3. Follow the prompts on the screen for installation of a particular driver.
Note: If it appears that the printer has lost communication with the host computer
while still connected via the USB cable, turn the printer off, then restart it to restore
the connection.
Download Print Drivers
You can also download the print drivers from the Brady website at www.bradyid.com/bmp41.
On the website, choose Support>Printer Drivers, then follow the instructions on the screen.
Pause/Cut Preference
After the printer driver is installed, access the printer and set the Pause/Cut preference.
1. In Windows XP, click Start, then choose Settings>Printers and Faxes.
OR
In Windows 7, click Start, then choose Devices & Printers.
OR
In Windows 8, using the Search feature in the Charms bar, search for Devices and Printers.
2. In the list of available printers, right click BMP41 and choose Printing Preferences.
The Layout tab of Printing Preferences displays.
3. Click
button.
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Connecting
Connecting to a PC
4. On the Advanced Options screen, click Properties button for Custom Settings.
5. On the Custom Settings screen, click the down arrow in Cutter Option field and select if
you want to pause the printer for cutting at the end of each label or at the end of the job.
6. Click OK to accept the changes. (You may have to click OK a number of times as you
back out of the Printing Preferences screens.)
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Media Cartridge
Load Cartridge
Media Cartridge
The media and ribbon supplies for the BMP®41 Label Printer are combined in a plastic
cartridge for easy one-step loading. To load the cartridge:
Load Cartridge
1. To open the printer
cover, push or pull up
on the finger tab.
2. Holding the hinged fin, drop the cartridge into the
cartridge well, pushing gently until it snaps into place.
Slide the locking lever to the right to lock the cartridge
into place.
Close the cover by pushing down on it until it snaps into
place.
Although the printer can be operated with the cover open, it is recommended that the cover
remain closed during printing and standby operation.
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Media Cartridge
Unload Cartridge
Unload Cartridge
To remove the media cartridge:
1. To open the printer
cover, push or pull up
on the finger tab.
2. To unlock the
cartridge, slide the
locking lever to the
left.
3. On the back of the printer, push
the round eject button to pop the
cartridge up. Then, grasping the
hinged fin, pull the cartridge out
of the cartridge well.
If the cartridge is empty, recycle according to local regulations.
The media gauge at the bottom of the display screen indicates how much media remains. Store
the cartridge in a cool, dry place. Unused media will last up to six months before deterioration
sets in.
Please note that the cartridge bay contains parts and assemblies that may be
susceptible to damage by Electrostatic Discharge (ESD). When loading or unloading a
cartridge, care must be taken so that devices are not damaged.
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Power On
Unload Cartridge
Power On
To turn the system on or off:
1. Press Power
.
To preserve battery life, when the printer detects a time of inactivity, it automatically shuts
down. Any data on the screen at the time of auto shutdown is retained and available the next
time the [Power] key is pressed to restart the printer. (See page 29 for information on setting
the shut off delay time.)
The first time the printer is turned on, you may want to choose a language in which to display
screen items. Language selection is performed in the Setup function. (For more information,
see “Setup Language” on page 31.)
Whenever the printer is powered on, the system performs an initialization process. Part of this
process is recognizing the media installed. While it is possible to power on the printer without
installing media, if you choose not to install any, the printer reverts to the last media installed
in the printer.
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Display Screen
Display Screen
The display screen enables you to view font attributes and other formatting features directly on
the screen while you are entering and editing data.
The screen displays one label, or one area on a multi-area label, at a time. For labels with
multiple areas, use Print Preview (see page 81) to view all areas together.
Status Information
A status bar displays permanently at the top and bottom of the screen and contains the
following:
1
Label part number
6
Number of areas on current label
2
Label size
7
Media remaining
3
Font size, with Auto size indicator
8
Indicates CAPS Lock is on
4
Label type
9
Editor window
5
Degree of rotation
10
Battery charging/or charge
remaining
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Keypad
Navigation and Editing Keys
Keypad
Navigation and Editing Keys
Function
Navigation Keys
Key
Description
Navigation keys:
• In a line of text, move the cursor left
or right a character at a time, or up
and down a line at a time.
• In menus, move the selection left or
right in a primary menus; up or
down through a secondary, or submenu.
• In a dialog box, move up/down or
left/right through the fields. In a field
with a drop down list, after pressing
OK, moves the cursor up or down
through the list.
• In Print Preview, scrolls left or right
through multiple areas on a label.
ENTER Key
• Adds a new blank line to a label.
• Accepts menu items and attributes.
Alternate
Function Key
• Used in conjunction with the
alternate function (displayed in
gold) on some of the keys. Press
the FN key, then press the
alternate function key.
OR
Hold the FN key while
simultaneously pressing the key
that has the alternate function.
• Used to access special characters
on the alphabetical keys.
Backlight Key
Increases readability of screen in low
light conditions.
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Navigation and Editing Keys
Function
Backspace Key
Key
Description
• Removes characters one at a time,
moving to the left.
• Backs out of menu options and
functions, one screen at a time.
Note: Depending on how deep you are
into menus and functions, you may
have to press Backspace multiple
times.)
Caps Lock Key
Acts as a toggle to lock text into
uppercase as data is entered.
Clear Key
Clears data from the screen.
Superscript Key
• Places the next typed character in
superscript format, displaying
slightly above the line of text.
• Will place multiple characters in
superscript if the characters are
highlighted first. (Refer to page 42
for information on highlighting
characters.)
Subscript Key
• Places the next typed character in
subscript format, displaying slightly
below the line of text.
• Will place multiple characters in
subscript if the characters are
highlighted first. (Refer to page 42
for information on highlighting
characters.)
Move to Next
Area Key
On a multi-area label, moves to the next
area from the current area.
Move to Previous
Area Key
In a multi-area label, moves to the
previous area from the current area.
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Navigation and Editing Keys
Function
Key
Description
Highlight Text
Highlights (selects) text on the editing
screen, left or right a character at a
time, enabling you to add font attributes
(bold, italics, underline) to text already
entered. Hold the [SHIFT] key while
pressing the left or right navigation key.
Font Size
Increment
On the editing screen, increases or
decreases the font size, a point at a
time. Hold the [SHIFT] key while
pressing the up or down navigation key.
Decimal Point
Adds a decimal point or period.
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Function Keys
Function Keys
Function
Key
Description
Setup Key
Defines the printer’s default
parameters.
Print Preview
Key
Previews the label as it will look when
printed.
Serial Key
Sets the values for single, multiple, or
linked serialization.
Label Settings
Key
Provides formatting that affects the
entire label (e.g., centering data on the
label, framing the label, rotating data).
File Key
Saves, opens, or deletes a label.
Label Type Key
Accesses the different applications/
label types installed (i.e., wiremarker,
flags, terminal blocks, etc.).
Font Key
Provides font sizes and attributes (such
as bold and italics).
Print Key
Prints all labels in a label file.
Multi-Print Key
Brings up options to set various print
parameters (such as number of copies,
print range, and mirror print) before
printing.
Feed Key
Feeds the media through the printer.
Symbol Key
Accesses the various symbols
(graphics) available in the printer.
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Function Keys
Function
Key
Description
Barcode Key
Places a text string in Barcode format,
toggling the barcode on and off.
International Key
Accesses characters specific to some
international alphabets with diacritical
and accent marks incorporated into the
characters.
Insert Time Key
Inserts the current time, as set on the
printer.
Insert Date Key
Inserts the current date, as set on the
printer.
Area Key
Adds, removes, and formats areas on a
label.
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Menus
Function Keys
Menus
Menus display at the bottom of the screen and are activated by the function keys (the set of
keys to the left of the display). Use navigation keys to access the different menus items.
Continue to press the navigation keys to access the overflow menus. When you have reached
the last menu item displayed, the menus cycle back to the first menu item.
Figure 2 • Menus
To access the menus:
1. Press the Function key for the menu you want to access.
The menu choices for that particular function display.
2. Press the left/right navigation keys to access the main menu items.
As you navigate over a menu item, if a sub-menu is available, it immediately pops-up.
To access a sub-menu:
3. Press the up/down navigation keys.
An accessed menu displays as a depressed button with a darker shade of gray.
4. To activate the highlighted sub-menu, press Enter
.
A menu option remains in effect until a different menu option is activated.
The various functions and menus are discussed in further detail in the Formatting section of
this manual, starting on page 39.
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Dialog Boxes
Function Keys
Dialog Boxes
Some function keys display dialog boxes, rather than sub-menus.
Note: You will know that a dialog box is associated with a menu if a sub-menu
does not immediately pop up when highlighting the main menu option.
To access the dialog box, with the desired main menu selected:
1. Press Enter
.
A dialog box displays.
Figure 3 • Dialog box
2. Press the up/down and left/right navigation keys to move to the different fields.
An activated field displays in a darker shade of gray.
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Dialog Boxes
Drop Down Field Lists
Drop Down Field Lists
If a field has a drop down list associated with it, a downward facing arrow displays on the right
side of the field. To select an option from the drop down list:
1. Press Enter
to open the drop down list.
2. Use up/down navigation keys to highlight the desired option.
3. Press Enter
to select the option.
Figure 4 • Drop down fields
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Data Fields
Data Fields
In fields requiring user-supplied data:
1. Using navigation keys, navigate to the data field.
2. Enter data using the keyboard.
3. Use navigation keys to move off the field after entering data.
Figure 5 • Data input fields
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Dialog Boxes
Spinner Boxes
Spinner Boxes
A spinner box lets you toggle through a range of values in a field. To use a spinner box:
1. Navigate to the field containing the spinner box.
2. Press Enter
.
3. Use the up/down navigation keys to toggle through the range of values.
4. When the desired value is reached, press Enter
.
Figure 6 • Spinner boxes
Note: Some fields containing spinner boxes allow you to type numbers directly in
the field. The presence of a cursor in the field indicates you can directly enter
numbers.
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Cancel a Menu or Dialog Box
Radio Buttons and Option Boxes
To check or uncheck a radio button or option box:
1. Navigate to the desired option.
2. Press Enter
.
Figure 7 • Radio buttons, Option boxes and OK button
Accept Dialog Box Edits
To accept all edits in a dialog box:
1. Navigate to
2. Press Enter
at the bottom of the dialog box.
.
Cancel a Menu or Dialog Box
To cancel a menu or dialog box, without accepting changes:
1. Press Backspace
.
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Setup
Pause/Cut
Setup
Figure 8 • Setup menu options
The Setup function key is used to determine the default settings for the printer. To change
Setup functions:
1. Press Setup
.
2. Using navigation keys, choose the setup function to change.
3. Press Enter
.
If a dialog box is associated with the specific Setup function, it displays upon pressing OK.
Pause/Cut
The Pause/Cut function allows you to remove a label from the printer before another label
starts printing. If this feature is turned on, when printing a string of labels, cutting a label
initiates the next label to print. To turn on the Pause/Cut function:
1. Press Setup
.
The Pause/Cut menu, being first in the list of primary menus, is already selected.
2. Using navigation keys, choose Pause/Cut>On.
3. Press Enter
.
Note: Your Pause/Cut preferences, whether to pause the printer for cutting after
each label or at the end of the job, must be set in the printer’s properties. Refer to
page 11 of this document for information on setting these preferences.
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Config
Config
The following settings can be found under the Config menu in the Setup function.
Figure 9 • Printer configuration in Setup settings
The Shut Off Delay sets the auto-off time-out. This refers to the number of minutes of
inactivity after which the printer automatically shuts off.
When using the AC adapter, power is constant so there is no drain on the battery. In this case,
you can turn off the Shut Off Delay by choosing No Shut off (AC).
The Backlight time (sec.) sets the backlight auto-off time-out. This refers to the number of
seconds of inactivity after which the backlight automatically shuts off.
If you prefer to keep the backlight on at all times while using the AC adapter, choose Always
on.
The Brightness setting increases or decreases the brightness of the display screen.
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Setup
Units
Time/Date
The following settings can be found under the Time/Date menu in the Setup function. Set the
Time/Date options upon initial start-up of the printer.
Figure 10 • Time/Date settings in Setup function
Units
The Units setting is used to configure label parameter measurements for the printer. The units
are:
• Inches
• Millimeters
Once configured, you do not have to indicate “inches” or “millimeters” (or their globally
accepted abbreviations or marks) when entering numbers in data fields. Likewise, in any scale
or range of measurement field (using spinner boxes or in a drop down list), the range of
measurements will automatically configure to the units selected in the Setup function.
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Font Settings
Language
The following languages can be found under the Language menu in the Setup function.
English
Norwegian
French
Finnish
Spanish
Swedish
German
Italian
Portuguese
Danish
Dutch
Initial Language Setup
When turning the printer on for the first time, immediately go to the Setup function and choose
the language in which you want all printer menus, functions, and data displayed.
1. Press Setup
.
2. Using navigation keys, choose Language>desired language.
3. Press Enter
to accept the choice.
Font Settings
Use Font Settings to set the default font and to indicate font size measurement (points or
millimeters). You can also set default font attributes.
Figure 11 • Font settings in Setup function
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Editing Text
Getting Started
This section describes the process of creating a text label with minimal formatting, using basic
editing techniques, and printing the label.
Entering Text
Before entering label text, be sure the media cartridge is loaded and the power is ON.
The vertical bar on the display screen is the cursor and is the starting point for every label you
create using the BMP®41 Label Printer. Begin entering text at the position of the cursor. The
cursor moves across the screen as you enter data. If you want another line of text, press
[ENTER]
.
Editing Text
If you have entered some text in error or want to change the content or format of your label,
edit the information before printing.
Inserting Text
To insert additional text within a line of text:
1. Using navigation keys, position the cursor at the point where text should be inserted.
2. Enter the text.
Existing data positioned to the right of the cursor moves progressively to the right to make
room for the inserted text. If a fixed font size is selected, when the end of the line is reached,
no more data can be inserted. To add more data, press [ENTER]
to start another line or
decrease the size of the font.
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Editing Text
Deleting Text
To remove characters, one at a time, from the position of the cursor TO THE LEFT
(backwards):
1. Press Backspace
.
Clear
[CLEAR] is used to clear data from the screen or cancel a function.
Clear Data
To Clear data:
1. Press Clear
.
You are presented with two options:
• Clear Text
• Clear All
Clear Text removes all data on the label, but leaves the formatting in place (e.g., font size,
number of areas, etc.)
Clear All removes all data and formatting from the label.
2. Choose the desired option.
3. Press Enter
.
If using Clear All, a message displays asking confirmation.
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4. Press Enter
to confirm the deletion.
If you do not want to delete the labels:
5. Press Backspace
to cancel the Clear All function.
You are returned to the screen with all labels and data intact.
Cancel Functions
Backspace
is also used to cancel functions, a menu, or dialog box. When
pressing Backspace in the middle of a function, you are walked out of the function a
screen at a time. You may have to press Backspace several times to completely exit the
function.
Error Messages
If a function does not operate under current conditions, an error or information message
displays indicating the problem and/or offers situational advice. Read the message carefully
and follow the instructions.
Default Settings
Default settings are determined by the printer for the installed media. When the label supply
and/or application label type is reloaded, it will return to these settings.
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Editing Text
Font Size
Font size is applied on a line-by-line basis. If the size is changed before the data is entered, all
the data in the current and subsequent lines, takes on the new font size until font size is
changed again.
Changing the font size on pre-entered data changes the size on the entire line, regardless of
where the cursor is in the line. However, the font size will not change on subsequent lines of
pre-entered data. You must change the font size on each individual line of pre-entered data.
Autosize
Autosize starts with the largest font size that fits on the label. When a line of text reaches the
edge of a label it scales downward until you press [ENTER] or the minimum font size is
reached. When working with autosize and multiple lines of text, all lines on a label maintain
the same size.
By default, autosize is turned on for all labels and is displayed as an ‘A’ in the upper left corner
of the Status Bar.
Figure 12 • Text entered with Autosize turned on
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Printing a Label
To turn autosize on (if not already on):
1. Press Font
.
2. Choose Size>Auto.
3. Press Enter
.
Autosize remains on for the entire area or label, until a different font size is selected. However,
after being turned off, any previous text entered using autosize retains the size generated by
autosize.
Printing a Label
To print a label:
1. Press Print
.
When the cut label message displays:
2. Push the cutter lever down as far as it will
go.
The message will not disappear if you have not
fully cut through the label.
Note: If you manually clear the cut label message and continue to print, the
partially cut label will cause a jam. Make sure the label is completely cut through
before attempting to print again.
The label exit chute contains rubber grips that hold the label in place after cutting so it will not
fall off.
3. Gently pull the label away from the label exit chute.
Printing from the BMP®41 Label Printer occurs in the background, meaning you can continue
to edit or create new labels while a label is printing.
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Font
Formatting
Formatting refers to the layout, structure, and appearance of a label. Different formatting
features can be found under the Font, Label and Area functions.
Font
Figure 13 • Font menu options
Character/line formats are called attributes that change the appearance of the fonts, such as
size, weight (bold), and angle (italics).
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Font
Size
Font size applies to an entire line of data at a time and is measured in point size or millimeters,
as determined in the Setup function. To change the size of the chosen font:
1. Press Font
.
A sub-menu displays the available font sizes for the media installed.
2. Choose Size>font size desired.
3. Press Enter
.
Custom Size
If the desired size is not displayed, you can manually enter a font size within the valid size
range. This option is available under “Custom” of the Size menu.
To manually enter a font size:
1. Choose Custom and enter the font size.
2. Press Enter
.
When entering a custom font size, a minimum/maximum range is presented to accommodate
the label size loaded in the printer. The minimum size reflects readability and the maximum
size accommodates proper fit on a label. If you enter a size smaller than the minimum or larger
than the maximum, an error message displays indicating the entered size exceeds lower or
upper limits.
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Font
Shortcut
You can increase or decrease the size of the font, one point at a time using the navigation keys:
1. Hold the [Shift] key and press the Up/Down navigation keys enough times to reach the
desired font size.
Font Attributes
Font attributes (bold, italics, underline) can be applied to individual characters in a line of text.
To turn an attribute on:
1. Position the cursor where the attribute should take affect.
2. Press Font
.
3. Choose the desired attribute, then choose ON.
4. Press Enter
.
5. Enter the text to be affected by the attribute.
The attribute stays on until it is turned off, or until you move to a new area.
To turn the attribute off:
1. Press Font
.
2. Choose the attribute, then choose OFF.
3. Press Enter
.
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Font
Pre-Existing Data
To apply an attribute to previously entered text:
1. Hold Shift
while pressing the left/right navigation keys to move the cursor across
the characters on which the attribute will take affect.
This highlights the data.
Note: Highlighting works on a line-by-line basis. You cannot highlight more than
one line at a time.
2. Press Font
.
3. Choose the attribute, then choose ON.
4. Press Enter
.
All highlighted text displays the attribute.
Note: To remove the highlighting from the characters, press any navigation key.
To remove an attribute that was previously applied to some text:
1. Hold Shift
while pressing the left/right navigation keys to move the cursor across
the characters from which the attribute will be removed.
2. Press Font
.
3. Choose the attribute, then choose OFF.
4. Press Enter
.
The attribute is removed from the text.
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Font
Expand/Condense
Expanding and condensing data affects character width and the spacing between characters in
a word. Data can be expanded or condensed according to predefined percentages.
Figure 14 • Expanded and condensed text
To Expand or Condense data, as it is entered:
1. Position the cursor where Expand or Condense should take affect.
2. Press Font
.
3. Choose Exp/Cond>percentage desired.
4. Press Enter
.
While entering data, the expand or condense attribute stays on until it is returned to 100%, or
until you move to a new area.
To expand or condense pre-existing data:
1. Hold Shift
while moving the cursor across the characters that are to be expanded or
condensed.
This highlights the data.
2. Press Font
.
3. Choose Exp/Cond>percentage desired.
4. Press Enter
.
All highlighted text takes on the attribute.
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Superscript/Subscript
Superscript/Subscript
Superscript places a character slightly above the line of type and subscript places a character
slightly below. The super- or subscript character also displays slightly smaller than the normal
line of type. Superscript and subscript functions are on the numeric keypad. Pressing either the
superscript or subscript key applies that format to the next character typed. It immediately
turns off after the character is entered and you are returned to the normal line of type.
To apply Superscript or Subscript:
1. Position the cursor in the line of text where the superscript or subscript character will
display.
2. Press Super
or Sub
.
3. Type the character to be displayed in superscript or subscript.
Only the character typed directly after pressing the superscript or subscript key is displayed in
super- or subscript.
Multi-Characters
To place a number of characters in Super- or Subscript:
1. Enter the text that should display in super- or subscript.
2. Hold Shift
while moving the cursor across the characters that will display in super-
or subscript.
This highlights the characters.
3. Press Super
or Sub
.
All the highlighted characters display in super- or subscript.
4. To remove the highlighting, press any navigation key.
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Symbols
Symbols
Figure 15 • Symbol categories
The BMP®41 Label Printer contains hundreds of symbols (graphics) that can be used for a
variety of applications. To add a symbol to the label:
1. Position the cursor at the point where you want the symbol to display.
2. Press Symbol
.
3. Navigate to the desired symbol category.
Note: When adding symbols, the printer will always return to the last symbol
category used.
4. Press Enter
to pick the symbol category.
5. Using navigation keys, select the desired symbol.
6. Press Enter
.
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Symbols
The symbol displays with the same font size that is currently in use.
Figure 16 • Selecting a symbol
Remove a Symbol
The symbol is the same as any other character. To remove a symbol:
1. Position the cursor to the right of the symbol.
2. Press Backspace
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Date and Time
Date and Time
To have the current date and/or time inserted on each label:
1. Position the cursor at the point on the label where you want the date and/or time to be
inserted.
2. To insert the date, press Insert Date
3. To insert the time, press Insert Time
.
.
The BMP41 printer inserts the current Date or Time data using the current system clock value
at the time of printing and the date/time format defined in the Setup function. (For more
information, see “Time/Date”settings on page 30.)
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Date and Time
Labels and Areas
Figure 17 • Label Settings menu options
Label settings, with few exceptions, apply to the entire label, not individual data.
Figure 18 • Area menu options
Areas are used to apply different formatting (such as justification, rotation, and frames) to
different parts of a single label. Areas can only be added to continuous media set to auto length
mode. However, area formatting can be applied to die cut labels that have pre-defined areas.
Only the current area displays on the editing screen. Use Print Preview (see page 80) to view
the label with all its areas.
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Fixed Length
Fixed Length
If using continuous media, the label length will be as long as necessary to accommodate the
font size and attributes applied to the label. However, you can set the length of the media to a
fixed length. To set a fixed length for continuous media:
1. Press Label Settings
.
2. Navigate to Length>Fixed.
3. Enter the desired fixed length in the pop-up field.
4. Press Enter
.
Figure 19 • Adding a fixed length
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Go To An Area
Add Areas
To add an area to a label:
1. Press Area
.
2. Choose Add.
3. Press Enter
.
A new area is added at the end of existing areas and is reflected on the upper right side of the
display screen. The font size used on the first line of the previous area carries over to the new
area.
Go To An Area
To move to another area on a multi-area label:
1. Press Area
.
2. Choose GoTo, then enter the number of the label or area to go to.
3. Press Enter
.
Shortcut
To go to the next area on a multi-area label:
1. Press Next Area
.
To go to the previous area on a multi-area label:
2. Press Previous Area
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Delete Area
Delete Area
To delete an area:
1. Navigate to the area you want to delete.
2. Press Area
.
3. Choose Delete.
A delete confirmation message displays.
To delete the area:
4. Press Enter
.
To cancel the delete function, thereby not removing the specific area from the label:
5. Press Backspace
.
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Justification
Justification
Justification refers to the alignment of data between boundaries on a label or in an area. There
are two types of justification: horizontal and vertical. Horizontal justification (H. Justify)
aligns data between the left and right boundaries of a label or area, while Vertical justification
(V. Justify) aligns data between the top and bottom boundaries of a label or area. Justification
is applied to an area or a label. It cannot be applied line-by-line.
To apply justification:
1. Navigate to the label or area where justification is to be applied.
2. To apply justification to a label, press Label Settings
.
OR
To apply justification to an area, press Area
.
3. Choose H. Justify or V. Justify.
4. Choose the horizontal or vertical justification desired.
5. Press Enter
.
Every line of data on the label or in an area is justified according to the option selected.
Different justification can be applied to different areas on one label.
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Rotate
Rotate
Rotation flips the data on a label, counter-clockwise, at 90° increments. Rotation affects all
data on a label.
Figure 20 • Degrees of rotation on printed label
Note: If rotation is applied individually to areas, you cannot apply rotation to the
entire label.
Data cannot be rotated on a line-by-line basis. When adding a new area, the rotation is the
same as the previous area.
To rotate data:
1. Navigate to the label or area where rotation will take affect.
2. To set rotation for the label, press Label Settings
.
OR
To set rotation for an area, press Area
.
3. Choose Rotate>degree of rotation.
4. Press Enter
.
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Rotate
Note: If the auto font size is selected, rotated data is autosized to accommodate the
height vs. the width of the label. However, if using a fixed font size, the rotated data
may not fit on the label. If this occurs, an error message displays indicating rotated
text will not fit. The Rotate function is canceled and data is not rotated.
To clear the error message:
1. Press Backspace
The Rotate function is canceled and data is not rotated.
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Frame
Frame
A frame (border) can be added to an area or a label, but not to a line of text. You can have a
different frame, or no frame, on individual areas in a multi-area label. You can also place a
frame on a label that contains area frames.
Figure 21 • Available frame options
1. To add a frame to a label, press Label Settings
.
OR
To add a frame to an area, press Area
.
2. Choose Frame>frame type.
3. Press Enter
.
Frames do not display on the editing screen. Use Print Preview (see page 80) to view the label
or area frames.
To remove the Frame:
1. Navigate to the label or area that contains the Frame.
2. Press Label Settings
.
OR
Press Area
.
3. Chooses Frame>None.
4. Press Enter
.
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Reverse
Reverse
The Reverse function switches the foreground and background colors of data on a label, based
on the media installed.
Figure 22 • Reverse text
For instance, black lettering on a yellow background, if reversed, would print yellow lettering
on a black background.
You can apply Reverse formatting to areas or labels. Reverse cannot be applied to an
individual line of text or to a barcode.
To apply Reverse formatting to a label or area:
1. Press Label Settings
.
OR
Press Area
.
2. Choose Reverse>ON.
3. Press Enter
.
The system formats the edge-to-edge data so that the foreground and background colors are
switched.
To remove the Reverse function:
1. Navigate to the label or area displayed in Reverse.
2. Press Label Settings
OR
Press Area
.
3. Choose Reverse>OFF.
4. Press Enter
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Vertical Text
Vertical Text
In Vertical text, each character drops down a line below the preceding character.
The word “WIRE” as vertical text displays as such:
Example:
W
I
R
E
Vertical text can only be applied to an area or a label. It cannot be applied line-by-line.
To format text vertically:
1. Navigate to the label or area where you want to display text vertically.
2. Press Label Settings
.
OR
Press Area
.
3. Choose Vertical>On.
4. Press Enter
.
The word(s) display vertically on the label or in the area.
If more than one line of text is present, the second and subsequent lines of text display
vertically to the right of the first line of text.
Multiple lines, before applying Vertical text
(autosized)
Multiple lines, after applying Vertical text
(autosized)
Figure 23 • Multi-line vertical alignment
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Vertical Text
If a barcode is in the line of text to be placed vertically, or if the height of the label cannot
accommodate the vertical placement of text, an error message displays.
Figure 24 • Error messages when applying Vertical text
After removing the error message, the text is displayed in its original format, without applying
the vertical text option.
1. Navigate to the label or area displaying data as Vertical Text.
2. Press Label Settings
.
OR
Press Area
.
3. Choose Vertical>OFF.
4. Press Enter
.
The text realigns according to predefined formats.
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Barcode
Barcode
Barcode data can be displayed in the same line as other data (text or symbols). It is not
necessary to have a separate area for the barcode. Barcode data on the same line as text will
not overwrite the text already on the line but will be placed next to it.
Barcode Settings
Field
To Use
Barcode Symbology
The BMP®41 Label Printer supports Code 128 and Code 39
barcode symbology.
Ratio
The ratios available are 2:1 and 3:1.
Height
The height of the bars in a barcode can vary, with a
minimum of 0.1 inch (2.54 mm) and a maximum of 1.2
inches (30.48 mm).
Width
The width of the narrow bar of a barcode is 1, 2, or 3 dots.
Human Readable
Human Readable text can be placed above or below the barcode, or
you can choose not to display it.
Check Digit
A check digit is used for error detection when using a Code 39
barcode. You can turn the check digit function on or off.
To change any of the barcode settings:
1. Press Label Settings
.
2. Navigate to Barcode main menu.
3. Press Enter
.
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A dialog box displays.
4. Use navigation keys to access the various fields that you want to change. (See page 23 for
more information on working with dialog boxes.)
When finished, to accept all changes:
5. Navigate to
and press
6. Press Backspace
.
to exit out of the Label Settings menus.
Add a Barcode
The barcode key acts as a toggle between a barcode and text. Press once to turn it on, press
again to turn it off.
To add a barcode:
1. Position the cursor where you want to add the barcode.
2. Press Barcode
.
The barcode displays start and stop characters following the barcode parameters determined in
the Barcode main menu under Label Settings function.
3. Enter the barcode data.
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The barcode displays on the screen as the data is being entered. If the Human Readable option
has been turned off (i.e., “None” is selected), a data entry box displays directly over the
barcode, enabling you to view and edit the barcode data as you enter it. The data in this entry
box does not print out. If you want the actual data that the barcode represents to print out,
select Below or Above in the Human Readable field of the Barcode main menu.
Figure 25 • Barcode non-printable text box when HR option turned off
When finished with the barcode entry, if you want to enter more data on the same line of text
as the barcode:
4. Press Barcode
again.
This turns the Barcode mode off and returns to text mode.
OR
When finished with the barcode entry, if you want to start a new line of text BELOW the
barcode entry:
5. Press Enter
.
Pressing OK moves the cursor to the next line, automatically turning off the Barcode function.
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Edit Barcode Data
To edit barcode data:
1. Position the cursor in the barcode text.
The barcode mode automatically turns on.
2. Edit the barcode text.
The barcode mode automatically turns off when you move past the last character of the
barcode.
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How Serialization Works
Serialization
Serialization (or sequencing) automatically adds a series of sequential numbers or letters to the
printed labels. The Serial function consecutively places the next number or letter in the defined
sequence on individual labels. The number of labels created is defined by the sequence values
you enter. You can view the serialized labels before they print through the Print Preview
function. (See “Print Preview” on page 80 for more information.)
Serialization can be combined with other data on a label. Any data displayed on a label that
includes serialization will be repeated on every label along with the serial data.
How Serialization Works
Serialization is alphanumeric, with numbers from 0 to 9, and letters A-Z. Serialization can be
simple or linked, with a maximum of two sequences per label.
Note: You can incorporate serialized data into a barcode.
Serialization consists of a Start Value, End Value, and Increment. The Start Value is the
number, letter, or combination of numbers and letters that begin the serialization sequence.
The End Value is the termination point of the sequence.
The Increment is the value that is added to the previous number in the sequence to produce the
next sequence number. (You cannot have an increment value of 0.) For instance, a start value
of 1, an end value of 25, and an increment of 4 would produce 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25.
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Examples of Serialization
In a simple serialization, a sequence runs through its full range of numbers and/or letters (i.e.,
0 to 9, or A to Z), one number/letter for each label.
Example:
Simple serialization:
Sequence #1
Start Value:
End Value:
Increment:
Produces:
1
10
1
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
You can combine letters and numbers in a single serialization. When the right-most character
in the Start Value reaches its maximum value (9, Z), the character immediately to the left is
incremented, and the right character cycles back to its minimum value (0, A)
Example:
Combined, single serialization:
Sequence #1
Start Value:
End Value:
Increment:
Produces:
A1
D4
1
A1…A9, B0...B9, C0...C9, D0...D4
In a multi-sequence serialization, where the second set of values is NOT dependent on the first
set (i.e., Linked box NOT checked), the two sequences increment sequentially, independent of
each other.
Example:
Multiple serializations (where the second set of values is NOT
dependent on the first set of values):
Sequence #1
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Start Value:
1
Start Value:
A
End Value:
10
End Value:
C
Increment:
1
Increment:
1
Produces:
1A, 2B, 3C, 4A, 5B, 6C, 7A, 8B, 9C, 10A
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Examples of Serialization
In a multi-sequence “linked” serialization (i.e., Linked box checked), the second set of values
is dependent on the first set. The second sequence holds its initial value until the first sequence
completes, after which it moves to the next value.
Multiple linked serialization:
Sequence #1
Sequence #2
Start Value: 1
Start Value:
A
End Value:
10
End Value:
C
Increment:
1
Increment:
1
Produces:
1A..10A, 1B..10B, 1C..10C
Numbers in Sequences
Single digit numbers are “padded” with zeros (0), which you can display if desired. To display
zeros, enter a zero before single-digit numbers (e.g., 01, 02, 03…). If the 0 is not entered, it
becomes a virtual 0 acting as a placeholder, allowing for better alignment of numbers/letters.
Figure 26 • Displayed vs. virtual zeros in sequences
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Add Serialization
To add serialization to labels:
1. Position the cursor on the label where you want the serialization to display.
2. Press Serial
.
A dialog box displays where you can enter the start value of the serialization, the end value,
and the increment value.
For simple serialization:
3. With the cursor immediately displayed in the Start Value field of Sequence #1, enter the
start value of the sequence.
If the start value is larger than the end value, the series will decrement automatically.
4. In the End Value field, enter the end value of the sequence.
5. In the Increment field, enter the increment value.
The default increment is 1. If that is the desired increment, skip this entry field.
6. Navigate to
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.
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Add Serialization
For multiple serialization:
7. Complete Steps 1 through 6 above.
8. On the Editing screen, navigate to the next sequence location (cursor position) on the
label.
Note: If creating a compound serialization to display at the same cursor position
on the label, complete Steps 1-5 above, then proceed immediately to Step 10 below.
9. Press Serial
.
The previous serialization values display in the dialog box presented.
10. Navigate to the Add Seq 2 option box and press Enter
.
A second set of sequence value fields is presented.
11. In the Sequence #2 Start Value field, enter the start value for that sequence.
12. In the Sequence #2 End Value field, enter the end value for that sequence.
13. In the Sequence #2 Increment field, enter the increment for that sequence.
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Edit a Sequence
For Linked serialization:
Note: Linked serializations do not have to display at the same position on the
label. They can be in separate locations within the label.
14. Navigate to the Linked option box and press Enter
15. When finished, navigate to
and press Enter
.
.
Edit a Sequence
You can change the serialization values after a sequence has been determined. To edit the
sequence values:
1. Press Serial
.
The Serial dialog box displays with the current values listed.
2. Navigate to the value fields to change and enter the new value.
3. Navigate to
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File Management
Save
File Management
Figure 27 • File menu options
A label can be saved as a file, to be opened and reused at a later date.
File Naming Standards
To create a file on the BMP®41 Label Printer, the file must be given a name. Names can be up
to 20 characters long and can consist of letters, numbers, and spaces.
When creating files, remember this rule: You cannot have two files with the same name. If you
do, the most recent file with the name will overwrite the previous file with that name. A onecharacter difference in the name creates a different file and will not overwrite a previous file.
Save
You can save a file internally on the BMP®41 Label Printer or on some external device (such
as a thumb drive). The saved file retains the label data, data attributes, and alignment
parameters. This file is available for reuse whenever needed.
To save labels as a file:
1. Press File
2. Choose Save, then press Enter
.
.
To save internally (on the BMP®41 Label Printer), proceed to Step 9.
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Save
If storing externally, ensure the thumb drive is plugged into the appropriate port. The presence
of the external drive will bring up the following screen.
To save externally (on a thumb drive):
3. Navigate to the External option box.
4. Press Enter
.
To save your file, proceed to Step 9.
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To create a directory system for ease of locating files, place the files into folders. To create a
folder:
5. Navigate to <New Folder> and press Enter
.
6. Enter a name for the folder in the field provided, and press Enter
.
The folder is automatically opened. To save a file in this open folder, proceed to Step 9. To
save the label file in a different folder from the one that is open:
7. Navigate to
and press Enter
8. Navigate to the desired folder and press Enter
.
.
9. In the <New File> entry box, enter a name for the label file and press Enter
.
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If the name already exists, a message displays asking if you want to overwrite the previous file
with that name.
10. To overwrite, press Enter
.
OR, to remove the message from the screen and return to the file name entry box:
Press Backspace
.
11. To enter a different file name repeat Step 9.
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Remove File from Screen
When the file is saved, you are returned to the Editing screen with the saved file still displayed.
To remove the saved file from the screen:
1. Press Clear
2. Choose
.
and press Enter
.
A message displays confirming the removal of all labels from the display.
3. Press Enter
to delete the label from the display.
OR, to remove the error message and cancel the Clear All function:
Press Backspace
.
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Open a File
Open a File
To open (recall) a saved file:
1. Press File
.
2. Choose Open and press Enter
.
3. Indicate if the file to open is stored internally on the BMP®41 Label Printer, or externally
on a thumb drive.
Note: If the file to be opened is stored externally, in order to get the desired list of
files, be sure to plug the thumb drive into the appropriate port.
4. Press Enter
.
A list of previously saved files and folders displays. If the file is stored in a folder:
5. Navigate to the desired folder to open and press Enter
6. Then, navigate to the desired file to open and press Enter
.
.
Only one file can be displayed on the screen at a time. When opening a saved file, if the
Editing screen contains other data, you are prompted to save the data before the screen is
cleared. If you decide to save the displayed data, the Save function is invoked and you are
allowed to give the data a file name before the requested file to open is displayed in the Editor.
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When opening a file, if the stored data does not fit on the installed media, an error message
displays.
You must use label media that can accommodate the data in the file being opened. You cannot
place data saved with die-cut media on continuous media, and vice versa.
7. Press Enter
to remove the error message and install the correct media to
accommodate the data.
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Delete a File
The display screen does not have to be cleared before deleting a file. A file can be deleted with
other data still on the screen.
To delete a previously saved file:
1. Press File
.
2. Choose Delete and press Enter
.
3. In the dialog box presented, use navigation keys to move to the option box indicating if
the file to be deleted is stored internally on the BMP®41 Label Printer, or externally on a
thumb drive, PC, etc.
Note: If the file to be deleted is stored externally, be sure to connect to the external
source in order to get the desired list of files.
4. Press Enter
.
A list of previously saved files displays.
5. Using navigation keys, choose the file to delete.
6. Press Enter
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A delete confirmation message displays.
7. Press Enter
to accept the deletion.
OR, to cancel the delete function:
Press Backspace
.
When a file is deleted, it is removed from the system and is no longer available for use.
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Cancel a Print Job
Printing
The Print function prints the current file.
To print:
1. Press Print
.
The data is printed.
After printing, to cut the label:
2. Push the cutter lever down as far as it will go.
Rollers on the label exit chute hold the label in place after it has been cut to avoid dropping. To
remove the label:
3. Gently pull the label from the rollers.
Printing from the BMP®41 Label Printer occurs in the background, meaning you can continue
to edit or create new labels while the file is printing.
Cancel a Print Job
If a print job is interrupted, for instance when media runs out, or you intentionally open the
cover, the system automatically stops the print job and displays a message. While the message
remains on the screen, follow the instructions on the display to resume printing.
To intentionally cancel a print job:
1. Press Shift+FN+Print
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Print Preview
Print Preview
The Print Preview function of the BMP®41 Label Printer enables you to view your label file
prior to printing.
To preview the label:
1. Press Print Preview
.
The label contents display as they will print out.
To exit Print Preview and return to the editing screen:
1. Press Backspace
You are returned to the editing screen.
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Print Preview
Scrolling in Print Preview
If a label file is particularly long it may not be completely visible on one screen in print
preview. The Print Preview screen displays a scroll bar indicating there is more data to view.
To scroll through a preview of a long label:
1. Press Left/Right navigation keys, as applicable.
Scrolling in Multi-Area Preview
When using serialization, multiple areas are created. To scroll through the different labels in
print preview:
1. Press Up/Down navigation keys, as applicable.
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Multi-Print
Multi-Print
Pressing the Multi-Print key brings up a dialog box displaying the following options:
Multi-print lets you print a number of copies of a label or a range of labels in a multi-label
(series) file. If printing a number of copies, you can also determine if you want the copies
collated or not.
Note: Depending on the media and label type in use, the Multi-print dialog box
may display the option to define a separator (tic or line). See Figure 35 on page 91
for a description of tic and line separators.
Collate
Collating refers to the way a series of labels print out, if more than one copy or set of labels is
requested.
Collated – All sequential numbers print once, then the entire sequence prints again.
Figure 28 • Three copies of five labels, collated
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Non-collated – Prints all first numbers in a sequence, then all second numbers, etc.
Figure 29 • Three copies of five labels, non-collated
To print a number of copies:
1. Press Multi-Print
.
2. With the cursor in the No. of Copies field, enter the number of copies desired.
Determine if the copies should be collated. The default is to print collated. If you do not want
to collate the copies:
3. Navigate to the Collate option box and press Enter
to remove the checkmark.
When printing (or re-printing) a single label in a series, or a range of labels in a series, use the
Print Range feature.
4. Navigate to the From field, under Print Range, and enter the number of the first label to be
printed.
5. Navigate to the To field, under Print Range, and enter the number of the last label to be
printed.
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Multi-Print
Mirror Print
Mirrored print takes all data on a label and flips it to provide a mirror image. Mirroring
displays on the printed label only.
Figure 30 • Mirror image
Mirrored print is label-based, meaning all data on the label is mirrored. You cannot mirror data
in an individual area.
To provide a mirror image of label contents, in the Multi-Print dialog box:
1. Navigate to the Mirrored Print option box and press Enter
to place a checkmark in
the field.
2. When finished with desired options, navigate to
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Label Types
Accessing a Label Type
Label Types
Figure 31 • Label Type menu options
The general editing mode of the BMP®41 Label Printer contains standard functions and
formats used for most generic labels. Label types, however, provide templates that guide and
control the layout for specific label formats.
Accessing a Label Type
To work with a label type:
1. Press Label Type
.
2. Choose the desired Label Type.
3. Press Enter
.
For most label types, a dialog box displays to collect information for automatically formatting
the specific label type.
4. Enter data requested in the dialog box.
5. When finished, navigate to
and press Enter
.
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Accessing a Label Type
The label type’s template is launched. The name of the specific type being used is displayed on
the left side of the Status bar, below the font size.
Figure 32 • Display of label type in status bar
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General Label Type
When you are using a specific label type, clearing the data removes the data you entered but
the specific label type parameters remain. To exit out of the specific label type and return to the
general editing mode of the BMP®41 Label Printer, select the General label type:
1. Press Label Type
.
2. Choose General.
3. Press Enter
.
The previous label type in use is removed from the screen and you are returned to the general
editing mode.
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WireMarker
Accessing a Label Type
WireMarker
The WireMarker label type is designed to repeat entered text down the length of the label. The
data will repeat as many times as possible, considering the font size and the number of text
lines available on the label.
Figure 33 • Repeated data on a WireMarker label
Die-cut, self-laminating, or continuous media can be used for WireMarker labels.
To use the WireMarker label type:
1. Press Label Type
.
2. For continuous media, choose WireMarker>wiremarker size.
OR
For die cut media, choose WireMarker
3. Press Enter
.
4. Enter the wiremarker data.
As you enter data, the data is repeated down the label. The font size is set to Auto, but can be
changed as desired. (See page 40 for information on changing font size.)
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If you press [Enter] to start a new line of text, a space opens below each line of repeated data
and begins to repeat the next line of text as you enter it.
Figure 34 • WireMarker label with multiple lines
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Terminal Block, Patch Panel, 66 Block
Accessing a Label Type
Terminal Block, Patch Panel, 66 Block
Terminal Block, Patch Panel, and 66 Block label types are designed to be used with continuous
media. If continuous media is not installed, these label types do not display in the menu.
To use Terminal Block, Patch Panel, or 66 Block label type:
1. Press Label Type
.
2. Navigate to the desired label type and press Enter
.
A dialog box displays requesting additional information. (For a review of dialog box
navigation, see page 23.)
If you DO NOT intend to serialize terminal block labels, proceed to Step 4.
3. Navigate to the Serialize option box and press Enter
the Serialize option upon entering the dialog box.)
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4. Navigate to the Separator field and, from the drop down list, select the separator to use.
5. Navigate to the Orientation field and, from the drop down list, select the desired layout.
Line Separator, Vertical Orientation
Tic Separator, Horizontal Orientation
Figure 35 • Separators and Orientation
6. Navigate to the Terminal Repeat field and indicate the size of the gap between each
terminal (with a minimum of 0.2 inches).
If you are serializing the Terminal Block label type, you do not need to enter the Number of
Terminals. The serialization values determine how many labels to create. Proceed to Step 8.
7. In the Number of Terminals field, enter the number of terminals on the block for which the
label is intended.
8. When finished, navigate to
and press Enter
.
If the Serialize option box is checked, the Serial dialog box displays.
9. Complete the Serialization values. (See “Add Serialization” on page 66 for more
information.)
10. When finished, navigate to
and press Enter
.
The number of terminal blocks are created as areas on one label, with the serialization
characters displayed in each area. If serialization was not used, on the Editing screen, enter
unique data for each label, using Next Area or Prev Area to move to the different areas.
Use Print Preview to view the multi-area label before printing. (See page 80 for information
on navigating multi-area labels in Print Preview.)
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Flags
Accessing a Label Type
Flags
A Flag label wraps around a wire or cable, with the ends joined together to form a flag. The
Flag label type is designed to work with continuous media or specific multi-area die cut labels.
To use a Flag label type:
1. Press Label Type
2. Choose Flags and press Enter
.
.
A dialog box displays the different Flag layouts, preceded by a radio button.
To select a layout:
3. Navigate to the radio button of the desired layout and press Enter
.
4. If continuous media is installed, navigate to the Flag Length field and enter the length of
the flag (the part that contains the text).
5. Navigate to the Cable Diameter field and enter the diameter of the wire/cable to which the
flag will be applied.
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The range for the cable diameter is 0.25 inches to 8 inches. By entering the diameter of the
wire or cable, the system automatically calculates an additional length of label to allow
complete wrap of the wire/cable with additional label material left for the flag.
Note: If using pre-defined die-cut media, the Flag Length and Cable Diameter
fields will be grayed out and not available for input.
6. When finished, navigate to
and press Enter
.
Rotation is embedded in the template design, based on the flag design you pick. Justification is
defaulted to center, middle, and autosize is automatically turned on.
If the design chosen indicates only one text element, the printer automatically duplicates the
entered text for the other area, rotating according to the predefined layout.
In a 2-text element flag layout, you enter text in two separate areas. Use the [Alt + Next Area/
Prev Area] keys to move to the different areas. The status bar indicates which area you are in.
Figure 36 • Number of areas based on Flag configuration
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110-Block, Bix Block Label Type
Accessing a Label Type
110-Block, Bix Block Label Type
The 110-Block and Bix Block use only the following dedicated label parts.
• 110-Block: MC-475-412 or MC-412-422
• Bix Block: MC-625-412 or MC-625-422
The 110-Block label type is based on user-selected pair configurations, with the length of the
label determined by the pair type selected. The label height uses a dedicated 110-Block part
height of 0.475 inch. The length of a 110-Block label is 7.5 inches, with a total strip length of
7.9 inches. The number and formatting of areas is based on pair configuration and serialization
selected.
Bix Block template information is similar to the 110-block, with some variations on height and
length of strip. The label height uses a dedicated Bix Block part height of 0.625 inch. The
length of a Bix Block label is 6.2 inches with a total strip length of 6.6 inches.
To use the 110- or Bix Block application:
1. Press Label Type
.
2. Navigate to 110-Block or Bix block and press Enter
.
A dialog box displays requesting further information. (For a review of dialog box navigation,
see page 23.)
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Accessing a Label Type
In the 110- and Bix Block applications, the number of areas created is based on the pair
configuration selected.
• 2 pair = 24 areas
• 3 pair = 16 areas
• 4 pair = 12 areas
• 5 pair = 10 areas
• Blank = 2 areas
Vertical and horizontal separator lines are automatically added.
The following example displays the areas based on the Block Type selected (i.e., 2-pair, 3-pair,
4-pair, 5-pair, or blank). The “Blank” strip is formatted as two areas covering the full printable
length of the strip.
Figure 37 • Sample pair configurations
3. In the Block Type field, from the drop down list, choose the pair configuration to use.
Sequence Type is used to determine how, and if, you want to serialize data. If None is selected,
the areas are blank and you can independently enter data in each area of the strip. Horizontal
increments one number per area, based on the start value.
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Accessing a Label Type
In Backbone serialization, the left-most area on each strip prints with two numbers. The first
number is left-justified; the second number is right justified. All other areas print with one
right-justified number.
Figure 38 • Sample sequence types
4. In the Sequence Type field, from the drop down list, select the Sequence Type to use.
5. In the Start Value field (except when “None” is selected in the Sequence Type field), enter
the first number of the sequence.
6. In the # of Strips field, enter the number of strips (labels) to be created in the block
configuration chosen.
Note: If serializing the data, additional strips will continue the serialization from
the last number of the previous strip. For instance, when requesting two strips of a
4-pair configuration, the first strip will contain values 1-12, the second strip will
contain numbers 13-24.
7. When finished, navigate to
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DesiStrip
Accessing a Label Type
DesiStrip
To create a DesiStrip:
1. Press Label Type
.
2. Navigate to DesiStrip and press Enter
.
The default length is 1.5 in. To enter a different length:
3. In the Length field, press Backspace
to clear the default length.
4. Enter the new length of the individual strip.
5. Navigate to
and press Enter
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
Use the following table to troubleshoot and diagnose possible performance problems with
your BMP®41 Label Printer. If the corrective action suggested does not work, contact Brady’s
Technical Support Group at www.bradyid.com.
Problem
Cause
Corrective Action
Hardware
Head over temp
Print Head too hot
Print head has reached maximum
operating temperature. Let print
head cool down for approximately
10 minutes, then re-initiate print
job.
Keyboard works intermittently or
not at all.
One or more keys is stuck in
depressed state.
Identify any keys stuck in down
position. Repress key to un-stick.
Error - “Locking lever not closed
Close lever.”
Locking lever not in locked
position.
Slide the locking lever to the right
(locked position). Then push down
firmly on the cover until you hear it
latch.
Cutter does not cut
Label slivers in cutter assembly
Use a small tool such as tweezers
or needle-nose pliers to carefully
remove the media slivers from the
cutter assembly. Use caution not to
damage any of the components in
the cutter assembly while removing
media slivers. If you have concerns,
please contact technical support for
further assistance.
Never attempt to remove slivers
with your fingers. The cutter
assembly includes very sharp
components that can cause injury.
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Problem
Cause
Corrective Action
Hardware (continued)
Printer jammed, cannot feed labels Label exit chute is blocked causing To clear the jam inside the printer:
label material to back up inside
1. Open the printer cover.
printer
2. Slide the locking lever to the
unlock position.
Note: Unlocking retracts the platen
so the cartridge can be removed. If
there is a large jam, you may have
to force the locking lever to the
unlock position.)
3. Remove the cartridge.
4. Use tweezers or a needle-nose
pliers to clear label jam.
The print head is susceptible to
damage. Using metal objects to
remove jams can scratch, dent, or
crack the print head. Use every
precaution when clearing a jam.
Power ON/OFF - Printer not working
Printer does not power up when
turned on.
Battery pack is not charged.
Screen freezes
User interface error.
Attach the AC Adapter to the
printer and plug into an electrical
outlet. This will supply immediate
power while charging the battery at
the same time.
1. Press Power button to turn the
printer off.
If Power button does not shut down
printer:
2. Remove the AC adapter (if
using one).
3. Remove the battery pack, then
immediately re-insert.
4. Power ON the printer.
Printer frequently powers OFF.
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Battery is low.
Attach the AC Adapter to the
printer and plug into an electrical
outlet. This will supply immediate
power while charging the battery at
the same time.
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Problem
Cause
Corrective Action
Power ON/OFF - Printer not working (continued)
Printer frequently powers OFF.
Auto shutoff timing.
Adjust the Shut Off Delay timing in
the Setup>Config menu. (See
page 29.)
Printer not responding
Battery is dead.
Attach the AC adapter to provide
power to the printer and charge the
battery.
OR
Install a new battery.
Error - “Cut while printing”
Operating cutter while labels are
still printing.
1. Cut through the material
completely.
2. Press Clear
key to clear error.
3. Reprint the label(s).
Print Quality
Poor print quality
Battery pack may be worn out and
not properly holding a charge.
Battery life is approximately one to
three years, depending on its use
and care. Order a replacement
battery pack.
Poor print quality.
Dust or adhesives accumulated on
the print head.
Clean the print head. (Refer to
page 104 for instructions on
cleaning the printer.)
Poor print quality
Media not usable.
Try another media cartridge.
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Problem
Cause
Corrective Action
Print Quality (continued)
Void areas or lines appear on
printed text.
Ribbon wrinkling.
1. Remove the cartridge from the
printer and advance the ribbon
by rotating the take-up spool
clockwise until the wrinkled/
damaged ribbon is no longer
visible (typically about one or
two full turns).
2. Reinstall the cartridge and
continue printing normally.
OR, try a new cartridge.
Labels
Printer will not feed labels.
The leading edge of the label roll is Use a pair of scissors to cut a
uneven or torn (not a straight edge). straight leading edge on the label
roll.
Compressed print, poor registration Dirty platen roller
Make sure the last cut label has
been removed from the label tray.
Clean the platen roller. (See
page 104 for cleaning information.)
Poor registration on die cut labels
Use a pair of scissors to cut a
straight leading edge on the label
roll.
Use proper care when handling
cartridges to avoid damaging label
material.
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Problem
Cause
Corrective Action
Label/media memory device has
counted down to zero. Circuit
board on the roll holder core of
label/media contains a memory
device that tells the printer how
much unused material remains on
the label/media supply. Reuse of
the roll holder with memory device
will eventually count down to zero
and give error
1. Replace label/media or label/
Damaged circuit board on label/
media roll.
1. Replace label/media roll.
Labels (continued)
Error - "Out of Media"
Error - "No media installed"
media roll holder.
2. Press [CLEAR/ESC] key to
clear error.
2. Press [CLEAR/ESC] key to
clear error
Error - "No media installed"
Damaged contacts in receiver slot
of lower printer base.
Error - "Top of form"
Label/media or ribbon has caused
jam
Contact Technical Support.
1. Clear any jams by opening the
printer cover and removing an
excess labels in the feed roller
or exit chute areas.
2. Press [CLEAR/ESC] key to
clear error.
Program
File incompatible with installed
media
A saved file (or power off file) was Install correct media.
designed for media not currently
installed.
Incompatible Media for chosen
application
The labels installed cannot
Install correct media.
accommodate the application
requirements. (E.g., attempting to
run a 110-Block application on die
cut media.)
Invalid terminal repeat value
entered.
The value entered is out of the
range.
The acceptable range is between
the minimum of 0.2 inch to the
maximum of 40 inches.
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Cleaning the Printer
Cleaning the Printer
Cleaning the printer will improve print quality and legibility. It also increases output, machine
life, printer reliability and performance.
Display Screen
To clean the display screen:
1. Lightly moisten a soft (non-scratching) cloth with isopropyl alcohol.
OR
Use pre-moistened static-free cloths available with the Brady PCK-6 Cleaning Kit.
2. Gently wipe the display screen until clean.
Internal Components
The only internal components that may require cleaning are the print head and platen roller.
To clean the internal components:
1. Turn the printer off.
2. Open the printer cover and remove any cartridge currently in the printer.
Note: Make sure the locking lever is in the UNLOCK position. If not, you will not
be able to access the print head.
3. Using a lint-free swab moistened with isopropyl alcohol (or a swab from the Brady PCK-
6 Cleaning Kit), gently swab the print head.
4. With the same moistened swab, gently brush the platen roller.
Figure 39 • Print head and platen roller in cartridge bay
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Appendix A - Symbols
Symbols for all enabled applications are available for use on any label, regardless of the
application/label type in use. See page 45 for information on how to apply symbols to your
labels.
Arrows
DataComm
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Electrical
Exit
Fire
First Aid
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CLP/GHS
HSID
Greek
International
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Mandatory
Misc
Packaging
PPE
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Prohibition
Public Info
Safety
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Warning
WHMIS
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