Microcom 226 User`s guide

MODEL 226 / 426
DIRECT THERMAL PRINTER
USER’S GUIDE
PART NUMBER 880018-0110
Revised: December 13, 2004 CPC
© Copyright 2004 by Microcom Corporation, Lewis Center, Ohio – All rights reserved.
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Table of Contents
Introduction ................................................................................................. 1
Chapter 1: Printer Specifications .............................................................. 3
1.1
General Specifications......................................................................................... 3
1.2
Printing Specifications ......................................................................................... 3
1.3
Media Specifications............................................................................................ 4
Chapter 2: Features and Options .............................................................. 5
2.1
Fonts ................................................................................................................... 5
2.2
Graphics.............................................................................................................. 5
2.3
Bar codes ............................................................................................................ 5
2.4
Special Features ................................................................................................. 5
2.5
Options................................................................................................................ 6
Chapter 3: Getting Started ......................................................................... 7
3.1
Unpacking and Inspection ................................................................................... 7
3.2
Connecting the Printer......................................................................................... 8
3.2.1
Printer Power................................................................................................. 8
3.2.2
Communication Interfaces............................................................................. 8
3.3
Loading Media..................................................................................................... 9
3.4
Front Panel Button and Indicator Light .............................................................. 10
3.4.1
Front Panel Button....................................................................................... 11
3.4.2
Indicator Light.............................................................................................. 11
Chapter 4: Printer Modes ......................................................................... 13
4.1
Idle Mode........................................................................................................... 13
4.2
Halted Mode ...................................................................................................... 13
4.2.1
Enquiry Responses ..................................................................................... 13
4.2.2
Fatal Error Responses................................................................................. 16
4.2.3
Basic Status Responses.............................................................................. 20
4.3
Paused Mode .................................................................................................... 25
4.4
Diagnostic Mode................................................................................................ 25
4.4.1
Entering Diagnostic Mode ........................................................................... 26
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Status Label................................................................................................. 26
Chapter 5: Communications .................................................................... 29
5.1
RS-232 Serial .................................................................................................... 29
5.1.1
RS-232 Printer Cables.................................................................................30
5.2
10BASE-T Ethernet ...........................................................................................30
5.3
160P Stacker / Auxiliary Interface...................................................................... 30
Chapter 6: Maintenance and Adjustments............................................. 33
6.1
Maintenance Schedule ......................................................................................33
6.2
Thermal Printer Card .........................................................................................34
6.3
Internal Cleaning................................................................................................37
6.4
Print head Maintenance.....................................................................................38
6.5
Cleaning the Drive Roller...................................................................................39
6.6
Exterior Cleaning ...............................................................................................40
6.7
Gap Detector Adjustment ..................................................................................40
6.8
Auxiliary Button.................................................................................................. 41
6.9
Flash Memory Update .......................................................................................41
3.2
MCA Compressed File Recovery....................................................................... 43
Chapter 7: Troubleshooting..................................................................... 45
7.1
Troubleshooting Tips .........................................................................................45
Appendix A ................................................................................................ 47
Limited Warranty ........................................................................................................47
Appendix B ................................................................................................ 49
Return Material Authorization (RMA) Procedure ........................................................49
Glossary..................................................................................................... 51
Index ........................................................................................................... 55
User Notes ................................................................................................. 59
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List of Tables
Table 1
General Specifications...............................................................................3
Table 2
Printing Specifications ...............................................................................3
Table 3
Media Specifications..................................................................................4
Table 4
Front Panel Button Description................................................................11
Table 5
Indicator Light Description .......................................................................11
Table 6
Enquiry Responses .................................................................................16
Table 7
RS-232 Cable Configurations..................................................................29
Table 8
Recommended Maintenance Schedule...................................................33
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List of Figures
Figure 1
426 Front Angled View ............................................................................. vi
Figure 2
426 Rear Angled View.............................................................................. vi
Figure 3
Standard Printer Accessories ....................................................................7
Figure 4
Connecting the Printer...............................................................................8
Figure 5
Tag Bracket ...............................................................................................9
Figure 6
Loading Media...........................................................................................9
Figure 7
Front Panel Button and Indicator Light ....................................................10
Figure 8
^D960)1 or ^K Test Pattern .....................................................................26
Figure 9
^D323-List Enablements Example...........................................................26
Figure 10
^D326-List Settings Example................................................................27
Figure 11
^D325-List Selections Example ............................................................27
Figure 12
^D324-List Statistics Example ..............................................................28
Figure 12
426 Interface Connections....................................................................31
Figure 13
Ethernet Port - 10BASE-T ....................................................................31
Figure 14
Insertion of Thermal Cleaning Card......................................................35
Figure 15
Thermal Card Removal ........................................................................35
Figure 16
Removal of top cover............................................................................36
Figure 17
Unlatching of Print head .......................................................................36
Figure 18
Internal Cleaning ..................................................................................37
Figure 19
Print head Thermal Elements ...............................................................38
Figure 20
Gap Detector ........................................................................................40
Figure 21
Auxiliary Button.....................................................................................41
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Figure 1
426 Front Angled View
Figure 2
426 Rear Angled View
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Introduction
The Models 226 and 426 are high performance, Direct Thermal tag/label printers that are
economically priced to fit everyone’s budget. The extensive list of standard features
combined with an easy to operate and maintain design provides continuous and reliable
printing at true high volume throughput. The Model 226 printer is a smaller version of the
Model 426 with the only differences being the AC power plug orientation, the print head size
and the lack of the Auxiliary Port.
This manual provides the information needed to operate and maintain the printers on a daily
basis. The resident Label Design Software II (LDSII) is a powerful and easy-to-use control
language that allows the creation of custom label formats. The software is ASCII text based
and can be interfaced to PC’s, mini-computers, main frames, and other special purpose
machines. The LDSII language uses inches as the default unit of measure but may be set
to use millimeters. All commands and parameters, unless noted otherwise, should be
entered using the selected unit of measure. The conversion values for the printer, using the
standard 203 dpi print head, are 8 dots per millimeter, 203 dots per inch, or 0.0049” per dot.
Refer to the LDSII Programming Guide (part# 880019-xxxx) for additional information
regarding LDSII programming instructions where the –xxxx represents the latest version.
Among many other features, LDSII supports downloadable graphics and fonts, serial
numbering, flexible character spacing, reverse video, resident fonts and many of the most
popular bar code symbologies. Bitmapped fonts and bar codes may be multiplied in size in
the X and Y directions while being printed in 0, 90, 180, and 270 degree rotations. Graphic
images and custom designed label formats may also be stored in the printer’s flash memory
for high-speed access to achieve greater throughput performance.
The printers are capable of printing on most types of labels, pre-printed tickets, fax papers,
and tag stocks or varying thickness. The printers are also capable of detecting many
registration marks that enable it to print using media that contains die-cut, blow-hole, blackline sense marks and continuous media. The printers also provides three different cutter
types; full guillotine, full/partial guillotine and rotary cutter. These cutter options provide a
means of cutting media of varying thickness to handle even the most demanding
applications.
Many printer applications use the same label format, but change the data on every label.
This is not a problem for the 226/426 printers, data may be changed without downloading
the same fixed format or fixed data field. This, along with the available serial
communication speeds, increases data access time and productivity. Providing the user
with high performance desired for a low cost.
Contact Microcom Corporation about the availability of Windows® drivers and WYSIWYG
(What You See Is What You Get) software packages which allow quick and easy on-screen
label designing.
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Chapter 1: Printer Specifications
1.1
General Specifications
Width
Height
Depth
Weight
Electrical
Temperature
Humidity
SRAM Memory
Flash Memory
Agency Approvals
Interface Communications
RS-232 Serial
RS-232, 9 pin D-Sub connector (DCE)
Flow Control: XON, XOFF, and CTS
Parity: Odd, Even, and None
Data Bits: 7 or 8
Table 1
1.2
226 - 6.6” (167mm); 426 - 8.5” (216mm)
226 - 6.9” (175mm); 426 - 6.9” (175mm)
226 - 4.8” (122mm); 426 - 4.8” (122mm)
226 - 6 lbs (2.7kg); 426 - 7.8 lbs. (3.5kg)
Auto-sensing 120/230 VAC ; 50-60 Hz
4 Amps maximum
40° F – 77° F (5° C – 25° C) Operating
10% – 85%, non-condensing
16MB
4MB
CUL, CE, and complies with FCC Class A.
Network Connectivity
10BASE-T
Hosts: Windows® NT, 95, 98, and 2000
Protocols: TCP/IP
General Specifications
Printing Specifications
Print Type
Direct Thermal
203 DPI (8 dots/mm)
300 DPI (11.808 dots/mm) – option on 426 only.
6”/sec. (152mm/sec.)
4”/sec. (102mm/sec.) with optional 300 DPI
Print Resolution
Maximum Print Speed
Maximum Print Width
226 - 2.205 inches or 448 dots (56 mm)
426 - 4.1 inches or 832 dots (104mm)
426 - 4.26 inches or 1280 dots (108mm) with 300 DPI
Print Length
50” (1270mm) using standard memory
25” (635mm) with optional 300 DPI print head
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Printer Specifications
1.3
Chapter 1
Media Specifications
Continuous, die-cut, preprinted and tag stock either
rolled or fanfold.
.010” (.25mm) * see note below.
4.5” (114.3mm) ** see note below.
Media Types
Maximum Media Thickness
Maximum Media Width
Table 3
Media Specifications
The 426P printer is optimally configured with a fixed tag bracket to assist in the installation
of direct thermal rolled or fanfold tag stock. The printer may use many other types of media
with varying widths using the standard paper line guides.
*NOTE: The printer may print on thicker media types depending on the pliability of the
material, however this requires testing and evaluation. Contact your authorized Microcom
Corporation representative for additional information regarding testing and evaluation of
thicker media types.
**NOTE: The printer’s media path has a maximum width of 4.5” while the actual printable
width will vary depending on the print head installed.
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Chapter 2: Features and Options
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
Fonts

19 smooth bitmapped alphanumeric fonts from 6pt to 28pt including OCR-A
and OCR-B.

Downloadable font support.

Bitmapped fonts expandable in height and width.

Reverse image printing.

Rotated: 0º, 90º, 180º, and 270º.
Graphics

Lines and boxes.

Direct Monochrome BMP image support.

Store fonts, scripts and/or graphics.

Rotated: 0º, 90º, 180º, and 270º.
Bar codes

One-dimensional: Code 39, Interleaved 2 of 5, Code 128 (A, B, C and Auto),
Code 93, Codabar, Modified Plessey, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN 8, EAN 13,
UCC/EAN 128, and Postnet.

Two-dimensional: PDF-417 and Data Matrix

Rotated: 0º, 90º, 180º, and 270º.
Special Features

Durable steel case that protects your investment, even in harsh environments.

Head lift lever for easy media loading.

Rotating head mechanism for easy print head cleaning.
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Features and Options
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
Adjustable media guides for easy label centering or fixed tag bracket.

Software controlled contrast adjustment.

Downloadable monochrome BMP image support.

Internal statistical counters for inches and labels printed.

Remote printer interrogation.

Ethernet capability.

Detects label gap, blackline, and blowhole using reflective and transmissive
sensors.

Field incrementing, decrementing and serialization.

Powerful Label Design Software (LDSII) that is easy to master.

Auto-sensing 100-240 VAC 50-60 Hz Internal power supplies.
Options

Full or partial cutter available in 3” (76.2 mm) or 4” (101.6 mm) versions.

4” (101.6 mm) Rotary cutter available for the 426.

Model 160P vertical media stacker for the 426.

Catch Tray for the 426.

Configurable sensor (Input 1) that may be customized for different
applications.

External media supply holder (8” (203mm) o.d. maximum).

300 DPI (11.8 dots/mm) resolution print head for the 426.

Pinch Roller for Peel-n-Dispense operation.

Cleaning kit.
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3.1
Unpacking and Inspection
The printer has been packaged to help reduce the damage that may occur during the
shipment of product.
Inspect the shipping container(s) for signs of damage. If damage is evident, contact the
shipping company immediately to file a damage claim.
After the printer is removed from the container(s), verify that all the parts are present and in
good condition (see Figure 3).
The foam and shipping container(s) should be kept and used if the printer is to be shipped.
Additional shipping materials may be ordered by contacting the Microcom Corporation
Service Department in the event the printer needs to be shipped at a later date and the
original packaging materials were not saved.
Figure 3
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3.2
Chapter 3
Connecting the Printer
Refer to Figure 4 below for proper connections.
3.2.1
Printer Power
The printers use a universal auto-sensing internal power supply that operates in the 100240 VAC; 50-60 Hertz range. The three-prong female end of the power cord plugs into the
mating connector located on the back of the printer. The Model 226 printer’s AC power
connection is the same internally but rotated 90 ° counter clockwise externally.
Note: Verify that the printer’s ON/OFF switch is switched to OFF before plugging the power
cord into an electrical outlet.
3.2.2
Communication Interfaces
The printers may be interfaced to PC’s, mini-computers, main frames, and special purpose
machines. This printer offers standard serial RS-232 and 10BASE-T Ethernet.
RS-232 Serial Port
10BASE-T Ethernet
Auxiliary Port - only available
on the Model 426
Figure 4
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AC Power Connection
Connecting the Printer
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Getting Started
Loading Media
The 426P printer has been designed to make loading fanfold or continuous media a simple
process. With the fixed Tag bracket installed, no adjustments are needed when installing
media, thus reducing down time. Follow the instructions below to properly load the media.
Media Path
Line Guide Idler
Figure 5
Tag Bracket
Note: The Tag bracket has a fixed opening of 3.37” (85.73mm).
1. Feed the media below the Line Guide Idler (see Figure 5.), located on the back of the
printer, until you feel resistance.
2. Push down on the Head Lift Lever and continue feeding the media until it passes
through to the front of the printer (see Figure 6.).
Head Lift Lever
Line Guide Idler
Media
Figure 6
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3.4
Chapter 3
Front Panel Button and Indicator Light
The front panel button and the indicator light (see Figure 7) are used to identify and perform
many functions. This section provides a brief description of the standard configuration to
familiarize you with the basic function of the button and light. Refer to Chapter 4: Printer
Modes for more detailed information. The font panel button is configurable by using the
“^D541)” command, so this section only discusses the standard configuration. Refer to the
LDSII Programming Guide for additional information regarding the button use.
Front Panel Button and indicator
Light
Figure 7
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Getting Started
Front Panel Button
Operation
Printing a
label.
Description
A button press while the printer is idle or paused will reprint the
last label or after a cold start, a power up label will print.
Note: If a power up label has not been enabled or if one does not
exist, the printer will print a blank label.
Printer Pause.
A brief-button press while printing will cause the printer to pause.
Note: Press the button again to continue printing.
Feeding
Labels.
Hold the button down while the printer is idle to feed labels. The
printer will continue feeding labels until the button is released.
Table 4
3.4.2
Front Panel Button Description
Indicator Light
Light Color
Description
Solid Green.
Indicates that the power is on, the printer is in a ready state, and
is either in LOCKOUT or BASIC access levels.
Solid Amber.
Indicates that the printer is busy or is in a tag/tear mode other
than Advance When Idle (3).
Solid Red.
Indicates that the printer is either in SERVICE, FACTORY, or
DEVELOPER access levels.
Flashing
Amber.
Indicates that the printer is paused.
Flashing
Red.
Indicates an error has occurred. The printer will remain in this
state until the condition is removed.
Note: Refer to Chapter 7: Troubleshooting for helpful hints.
Alternating
Green/Amber.
Indicates that the printer is Initializing the RAM memory.
Alternating
Amber/Red.
Indicates that the printer is updating or loading a new code
revision to Flash memory.
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Chapter 4: Printer Modes
4.1
Idle Mode
Idle Mode is when the printer is not printing and has no pending activity. The indicator light
is green, which indicates that the printer is ready to receive label scripts and/or commands.
The front panel button has a couple of different functions while in the Idle Mode. Pressing
the button will reprint the last label or the power-up label if the printer was recently turned on
and no formats were sent to the printer. If no power up label exists, or if powers up labels
are not enabled, then the printer prints a blank label. Pressing and holding the button in,
causes the printer to feed labels until the button is released.
4.2
Halted Mode
Halted Mode is when the printer has stopped due to an error condition that needs
immediate attention. The indicator light flashes red when the printer enters the Halted
Mode. The printer remains in this mode until the error is corrected. The error is cleared by
pressing the front panel button after the condition causing the error is removed. If it is not
possible for the printer to execute the previous information, the printer will enter the Paused
Mode (see Paused Mode below for additional information). Refer to Chapter 7:
Troubleshooting for information on how to correct error conditions.
4.2.1
Enquiry Responses
Enquiry responses provide a method of determining the current status of the printer as well
as identifying different error conditions. This is possible by sending either the “Ctrl+E”
combination, issuing the “^D327)” command, or by enabling any of the auto-reporting
commands; Refer to the ^D72x series commands. Fatal error responses are triggered from
the printer to the host when they occur and halt the printers operation until resolved. Status
responses do not halt the printers operation but are simply a status of the printer’s current
state.
Refer to the table below and the following sections for more information about the various
types of responses.
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Printer Modes
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Byte Mode
Responses
(ASCII Hex)
Text and Verbose Mode Responses
Definition
0x01
>STOCK OUT<
Out of Media
0x02
>STOCK OVERADVANCED<
Excess media past LPD
preventing a TOF operation.
0x03
>STOCK JAMMED<
Media is jammed.
0x04
>INCORRECT STOCK<
Problem encountered trying to
realign media.
0x06
>OK<
ACK message used with the
^D726)1 command.
0x10
>CUTTER JAMMED<
The cutter has jammed.
0x11
>CUTTER INOPERATIVE<
The cutter is not detected
0x12
>CUTTER WATCHDOG STOPPED
CUTTER<
The software shut the cutter off
for safety issues.
0x13
>CUTTER WATCHDOG
WON’T RESET<
The software cannot reset the
cutter after a stopped condition.
0x15
>OPERATION FAILED<
The operation failed to execute
properly.
0x1C
>MISSING LABEL<
Generated if more than one diecut label has been detected.
0x1D
>INCOMPLETE FORM<
A complete script did not print on
a >STOCK OUT< condition.
0x20
>CATCH TRAY FULL<
The PMH has reached its
capacity.
0x21
>INPUT 1<
The Input 1 sensor has been
actuated.
0x22
>INPUT 2<
The Input 2 sensor has been
actuated.
0x30
>SCRIPT ERROR<
An error with the script has been
detected.
0x31
>INVALID PARAMETER<
The printer has detected an
invalid parameter.
0x32
>PARSER ERROR<
An error with the printer’s parser
has occurred.
0x40
>COMM ERROR<
A Communication error has
been detected.
0x51
>FLASH ERROR<
The flash memory has
encountered an error.
0x80
>RESTARTED<
The printer has been powered
on or the power has been reset.
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Byte Mode
Responses
(ASCII Hex)
Text and Verbose Mode Responses
Definition
0x81
>READY<
The printer is in ready to receive
data.
0x82
>BUSY<
The printer is currently busy.
0x83
>PAUSED<
The printer has been paused.
0x84
>PRINTING<
The printer is currently printing.
0x85
>FEEDING<
The printer is currently feeding
media.
0x86
>LABEL/TAG PRESENT<
Media has been presented in a
dispense mode.
0x87
>STOCK ADVANCED<
The media has been advanced.
0x8A
>FLASH DEFRAGMENTING<
Flash file system is optimizing
memory.
0x8F
>STOCK NOT LOADED<
The printer was powered up with
out media installed.
0x90
>RETRACTION DELAY<
The retraction has been
delayed.
0x91
>PRINT DELAY<
The printing has been delayed.
0xB0
>FLASH MEMORY LOW<
The Flash memory file space is
95% full.
0xC0
>BUTTON 1 TAPPED<
The print button has been
pressed.
0xC1
>BUTTON 1 HELD<
The print button has been held.
0xD0
>TEMPERATURE OUT OF RANGE<
The print head temperature is
out of operating range.
0xD1
>NONEXISTENT COMMAND<
The received command does not
exist.
0xD2
>INCOMPLETE COMMAND<
The received command is not
complete.
0xD3
>ZIP FILE ERROR<
The received Zipped file has an
error.
0xD4
>FILE CONVERSION ERROR<
The file was not converted
properly.
0xD5
>UNSUPPORTED FILE TYPE<
The received file is not
recognized.
0xD6
>FILE NOT FOUND<
The requested file does not exist
or cannot be found.
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Byte Mode
Responses
(ASCII Hex)
Text and Verbose Mode Responses
Definition
0xD7
>INADEQUATE ACCESS MODE<
Incorrect password to a higher
access level.
0xD9
>FILE IS READ ONLY<
File is read only and cannot be
deleted.
0xDA
>INADEQUATE FLASH SPACE<
Cannot save an item to the flash
memory due to lack of space.
0xDB
>I/O FAILURE<
The Input/Output circuitry has
failed.
0xDC
>FONT/GRAPHIC NOT FOUND<
The requested file does not exist
or cannot be found.
0xE1
>SWITCH 0 ACTUATED<
Switch 0 has been actuated.
0xE2
>SWITCH 1 ACTUATED<
Switch 1 has been actuated.
0xE3
>SWITCH 2 ACTUATED>
Switch 2 has been actuated.
0xE4
>TOF SWITCH ACTUATED<
0xF0
>FIELD OFF IMAGE<
0xF1
>COMPOSITION ERROR<
0xF2
>GRAPHIC TOO LARGE<
The sent graphic exceeds the
available memory.
0xFF
>POWERED DOWN<
The printer’s power has been
removed.
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4.2.2
The TOF switch has been
actuated.
An image placement
coordinates exceed the print
head or form size.
A script cannot be printed onto a
label due to incorrect size.
Enquiry Responses
Fatal Error Responses
Fatal error responses are enquiry responses that halt the printer’s current operation and
cause the indicator light or LED to flash RED in color. A fatal error condition persists until
the condition causing the error is removed and the error is cleared. These enquiry
responses are sent from the printer to the host, when the appropriate condition occurs, by
issuing the “Ctrl+E” (^E) combination or by issuing the queued “^D327)1” command. The
printer may be configured to automatically reports errors and status messages by using the
^D72x series commands. The following sections provide further explanations of the various
fatal error responses. Refer to the ^D550) command regarding the types of enquiry
response sets.
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NOTE: The following section titles are the responses that the printer will generate once the
associating condition occurs and the printer processes an enquiry command. The first
response (between and including the “>” and “<” characters) is generated if text and
verbose responses have been enabled using the ^D550) command. The ASCII hex value
listed between the parenthesis characters, indicate the enquiry response if byte mode has
been enabled.
4.2.2.1
>STOCK OUT< (01)
The “>STOCK OUT<” error response is generated when the printer runs out of stock or
media while in text and verbose modes. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the
code ASCII 0x01 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.2.2
>STOCK OVERADVANCED< (02)
This error response is typically generated when the printer has an excess amount of media
fed out of the printer and a Top-of-Form operation is executed. If the printer is configured
for byte responses, the code ASCII 0x02 will be issued from the printer in response to an
enquiry command.
4.2.2.3
>STOCK JAMMED< (03)
The “>STOCK JAMMED<” error response indicates that media is jammed and requires
correction before the printer can continue printing while in text and verbose modes. A stock
jam condition may be detected by two separate methods depending if the printer is
configured with a Label Present Detector or LPD. If the printer is configured for byte
responses, the code ASCII 0x03 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry
command.
When the printer is configured with an LPD and selected by the “^D509)” command, a stock
jam is detected by the LPD when the leading edge of the media did not arrive after the
motor stepped through the Print head to LPD distance (“^D643) command”) plus 0.2 inches.
This detection method does not work if media is not detected at the LPD once printing starts
and is used in conjunction with the “^D311)” TOF command.
When the printer is configured without an LPD, not selected by the “^D509)” command, or if
media is blocking a configured LPD once printing commences, a stock jam condition is
detected using the registration mark detectors. The stock jam condition is reported when a
registration mark does not arrive after the entire script repeat distance plus 0.2 inches.
4.2.2.4
>INCORRECT STOCK< (04)
This error response is generated when the printer detects a registration mark that is too high
or too short or if the registration mark is detected too soon or too late. The >INCORRECT
STOCK< message is generated once this condition exists when the printer is configured for
text and verbose response sets. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code
ASCII 0x04 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
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4.2.2.5
>CUTTER JAMMED< (10)
The “>CUTTER JAMMED<” error response is generated when the cutter is in a jammed
condition and cannot complete a full cycle while in text and verbose modes. If the printer is
configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0x10 will be issued from the printer in
response to an enquiry command.
4.2.2.6
>CUTTER INOPERATIVE< (11)
This error response is typically generated if the cutter is not detected by the printer while in
text and verbose modes. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII
0x11 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.2.7
>CUTTER WATCHDOG STOPPED CUTTER< (12)
This error response is generated when the cutter cannot complete a full rotation and has
typically jammed while in text and verbose modes. The cutter watchdog timer will disable
the power to the cutter to prevent damage from occurring. The printer power should to be
cycled to properly clear this error after the jam has been cleared from the cutter blades. If
the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0x12 will be issued from the
printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.2.8
>CUTTER WATCHDOG WON”T RESET< (13)
This error response is generated when the cutter watchdog timer cannot be reset and the
printer power is required to be cycled to clear this error while in text and verbose modes.
The cutter watchdog timer will disable the power to the cutter to prevent damage from
occurring. The printer power should to be cycled to properly clear this error after the jam
has been cleared from the cutter blades. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the
code ASCII 0x13 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.2.9
>OPERATION FAILED< (15)
The “>OPERATION FAILED<” response is generated when the current operation could not
be completed while in text or verbose response modes. If the printer is configured for byte
responses, the code ASCII 0x15 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry
command.
4.2.2.10
>MISSING LABEL< (1C)
The “>MISSING LABEL<” response indicates that the printer has detected only the backing
material when using die-cut media indicating a missing label while in text or verbose
response modes. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0x1C is
issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.2.11
>INCOMPLETE FORM< (1D)
The “>INCOMPLETE FORM<” response indicates that the printer did not complete the
current script while in text or verbose response modes. If the printer is configured for byte
responses, the code ASCII 0x1D is issued from the printer in response to an enquiry
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command. This response appears in conjunction with the >STOCK OUT< error and a
printer configured with the “^D581)2” Finish Label command.
4.2.2.12
>CATCH TRAY FULL< (20)
The “>CATCH TRAY FULL<” response is generated when the optional Catch Tray has
reached its capacity while in text or verbose response modes. If the printer is configured for
byte responses, the code ASCII 0x20 is issued from the printer in response to an enquiry
command.
4.2.2.13
>SCRIPT ERROR< (30)
The “>SCRIPT ERROR<” response is generated when a script contains an error and cannot
be processed while in text and verbose response sets. If the printer is configured for byte
responses, the code ASCII 0x30 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry
command.
4.2.2.14
>INVALID PARAMETER< (31)
This error response indicates that a received command contains an invalid parameter or
illegal structure while in text and verbose response sets. If the printer is configured for byte
responses, the code ASCII 0x31 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry
command.
4.2.2.15
>PARSER ERROR< (32)
The “>PARSER ERROR<” indicates that the printer has detected an internal error with the
parser while in text and verbose response sets. If the printer is configured for byte
responses, the code ASCII 0x32 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry
command.
4.2.2.16
>COMM ERROR< (40)
The “>COMM ERROR<” indicates that the printer has detected a communication error while
in text or verbose response modes. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code
ASCII 0x40 is issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command. This error
response is generated if the serial communication timeout period of 10 seconds plus 100
times the transfer has occurred.
4.2.2.17
>FLASH ERROR< (51)
The “>FLASH ERROR<” indicates that an error has occurred with the flash memory while in
text and verbose response sets. The printer power should be cycled in the event that this
error message has been received. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code
ASCII 0x51 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
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4.2.3
Chapter 4
Basic Status Responses
Basic status responses are enquiry responses that are not immediate. These enquiry
responses are sent from the printer to the host, when the appropriate condition occurs, by
issuing the “Ctrl+E” (^E) combination or by issuing the “^D327)” command. The following
sections provide further explanations of the non-immediate basic status responses. Refer to
the ^D550) command regarding the types of enquiry response sets.
NOTE: The following section titles are the responses that the printer will generate once the
associating condition occurs. The first response (between and including the “>” and “<”
characters) is generated if text and verbose responses have been enabled using the ^D550)
command. The ASCII hex value listed between the parenthesis characters, indicate the
enquiry response if byte mode has been enabled.
4.2.3.1
>OK< (06)
The “>OK<” response is generated in conjunction with the “^D726)1” command and
indicates that a command completed successfully while in text or verbose response modes.
If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0x06 is issued from the printer
in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.2
>INPUT 1< (21)
The “>INPUT 1<” response indicates that the INPUT 1 sensor option is tripped while in text
or verbose response modes. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII
0x21 is issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command. This sensor and
response is intended to provide the user with the flexibility for custom configurations.
4.2.3.3
>INPUT 2< (22)
The “>INPUT 2<” response indicates that the INPUT 2 sensor option is tripped while in text
or verbose response modes. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII
0x22 is issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command. This sensor and
response is intended to provide the user with the flexibility for custom configurations.
4.2.3.4
>RESTARTED< (80)
The “>RESTARTED<” response is issued the first time the printer’s status is queried after a
power up or reset condition while in verbose and/or semi byte responses. If the printer is
configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0x80 will be issued from the printer in
response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.5
>READY< (81)
The “>READY<” response indicates that the printer is in the normal operating state and that
it is ready to accept data while in text and verbose response sets. If the printer is configured
for byte responses, the code ASCII 0x81 will be issued from the printer in response to an
enquiry command.
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4.2.3.6
>BUSY< (82)
The “>BUSY<” response indicates that the printer is performing an operation that prevents
the printer from accepting data while in text and verbose response sets. If the printer is
configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0x82 will be issued from the printer in
response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.7
>PAUSED< (83)
The “>PAUSED<” response indicates that the printer’s printing capabilities have been
paused while in text and verbose response sets.. The printer will continue to receive data
while in the >PAUSED< state. The printer may be put into the paused condition by either
issuing the “Ctrl+X” combination or by pressing the print button while the printer is printing.
Issuing the “Ctrl+X” combination or pressing the print button a second time will cause the
printer to resume. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the ASCII code 0x83 will
be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.8
>PRINTING< (84)
The “>PRINTING<” response indicates that the printer is currently printing while in text and
verbose response sets. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0x84
will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.9
>FEEDING< (85)
The “>FEEDING<” response indicates that the printer is currently feeding media while in text
and verbose response sets. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII
0x85 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.10
>LABEL/TAG PRESENT< (86)
This response indicates that media is blocking the Label Present Sensor (LPS) and
protruding out the front of the printer. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the
code ASCII 0x86 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.11
>STOCK ADVANCED< (87)
The “>STOCK ADVANCED<” response indicates that the media has been advanced after
printing when a Dispense Mode (^D597) command) is being used while in text and verbose
response sets. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0x87 will be
issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.12
>FLASH DEFRAGMENTING< (8A)
The “>FLASH DEFRAGMENTING<” response indicates that the printer is optimizing the
flash memory and is not currently available while in text and verbose response sets. If the
printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0x8A will be issued from the printer
in response to an enquiry command.
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4.2.3.13
>STOCK NOT LOADED< (8F)
The “>STOCK NOT LOADED<” response indicates that media is not being detected in the
printer on power up while in text and verbose response sets. If the printer is configured for
byte responses, the code ASCII 0x8F is issued from the printer in response to an enquiry
command. This message persists until media is detected at the registration mark sensors
but does not prevent commands from being processed.
4.2.3.14
>RETRACTION DELAY< (90)
The “>RETRACTION DELAY<” response indicates that the printer has been configured
with a delay before retracting, refer to the ^D641) command, while in text and verbose
response sets. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0x90 will be
issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.15
>PRINT DELAY< (91)
The “>PRINT DELAY<” response indicates that the printer has been configured with a delay
between labels, refer to the ^D640) command, while in text and verbose response sets. If
the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0x91 will be issued from the
printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.16
>FLASH MEMORY LOW< (B0)
The “>FLASH MEMORY LOW<” response indicates that the user storage area of the flash
memory is 95% full while in text and verbose response sets. This message will continue to
be received until files are removed from flash memory or until the printer performs garbage
collecting and defragmenting. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII
0xB0 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.17
>BUTTON 1 TAPPED< (C0)
The “>BUTTON 1 TAPPED<” response occurs when the ^D541) command is configured for
the “tapped” response while in text and verbose response sets. This may be used for
custom configuration and definition of the print button press or tapped condition. If the
printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0xC0 will be issued from the printer
in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.18
>BUTTON 1 HELD< (C1)
The “>BUTTON 1 HELD<” response occurs when the ^D541) command is configured for
the “held” response while in text and verbose response sets. This may be used for custom
configuration and definition of the print button held condition. If the printer is configured for
byte responses, the code ASCII 0xC1 will be issued from the printer in response to an
enquiry command.
4.2.3.19
>TEMPERATURE OUT OF RANGE< (D0)
The “>TEMPERATURE OUT OF RANGE<” response indicates that the printer’s print head
is not within the proper operating range while in text and verbose response sets. This
response will not allow the printer to print until the print head returns to the proper operating
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range. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0xD0 will be issued
from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.20
>NONEXISTENT COMMAND< (D1)
The “>NONEXISTENT COMMAND<” response indicates that the printer has received data
that is in the LDSII command structure that does not exist or has not yet been implemented
while in text and verbose response sets. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the
code ASCII 0xD1 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.21
>INCOMPLETE COMMAND< (D2)
The “>INCOMPLETE COMMAND<” response indicates that the printer has received a
command that does not contain all of the required parameters for proper operation while in
text and verbose response sets. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code
ASCII 0xD2 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.22
>ZIP FILE ERROR< (D3)
The “>ZIP FILE ERROR<” response indicates that the printer has received a zip file that is
either not complete or that the file contains errors while in text and verbose response sets.
If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0xD3 will be issued from the
printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.23
>FILE CONVERSION ERROR< (D4)
This enquiry response indicates that the printer encountered an error while performing an
internal conversion of the received file while in text and verbose modes. If the printer is
configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0xD4 will be issued from the printer in
response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.24
>UNSUPPORTED FILE TYPE< (D5)
This enquiry response indicates that the printer does not recognize the type of the received
file while in text and verbose modes. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the
code ASCII 0xD5 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.25
>FILE NOT FOUND< (D6)
The “>FILE NOT FOUND<” response typically indicates that the printer is being instructed to
recall and process a file that does not exist in the printer’s memory while in text and verbose
response sets. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0xD6 will be
issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.26
>INADEQUATE ACCESS MODE< (D7)
This enquiry response is typically issued when the user is attempting to issue a persistent
command that is not allowed by the current access mode level or is attempting to enter an
access mode that has a higher security level. If the printer is configured for byte responses,
the code ASCII 0xD7 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
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4.2.3.27
>FILE IS READ ONLY< (D9)
This enquiry response typically indicates that a save or delete command is being issued to
the printer and that the file is a protected file stored in the printer. If the printer is configured
for byte responses, the code ASCII 0xD9 will be issued from the printer in response to an
enquiry command.
4.2.3.28
>INADEQUATE FLASH SPACE< (DA)
This enquiry response indicates that the available flash memory is less than the total size of
a file being saved to flash memory. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code
ASCII 0xDA will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.29
>I/O FAILURE< (DB)
This enquiry response indicates that the printer has a failure with either the I/O hardware or
with the I/O firmware. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0xDB
will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.30
>FONT/GRAPHIC NOT FOUND< (DC)
This enquiry response typically indicates that a font being specified a script file does not
exist in flash memory. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0xDC
will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.31
>SWITCH 0 ACTUATED< (E1)
This enquiry response typically indicates that switch 0 is actuated while in text or verbose
response sets. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0xE1 is
issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.32
>SWITCH 1 ACTUATED< (E2)
This enquiry response typically indicates that switch 1 is actuated while in text or verbose
response sets. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0xE2 is
issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.33
>SWITCH 2 ACTUATED< (E3)
This enquiry response typically indicates that switch 2 is actuated while in text or verbose
response sets. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0xE3 is
issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.34
>TOF SWITCH ACTUATED< (E4)
This enquiry response typically indicates that the Top-Of-Form (TOF) switch is actuated
while in text or verbose response sets. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the
code ASCII 0xE4 is issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
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4.2.3.35
>FIELD OFF IMAGE< (F0)
The “>FIELD OFF IMAGE<” response indicates that a fields size and placement coordinates
will not allow the field to fit on the print image or script layout while in text and verbose
modes. The given field that is being placed off the image will not be printed on to the
media. If the printer is configured for byte responses, the code ASCII 0xF0 will be issued
from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.36
>COMPOSITION ERROR< (F1)
This enquiry response is typically issued when the printer detects that the installed media is
not the proper size for the given script file. If the printer is configured for byte responses,
the code ASCII 0xF1 will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
4.2.3.37
>GRAPHIC TOO LARGE< (F2)
This enquiry response indicates that the graphic sent to the printer is larger than the
available memory while in text or verbose response sets. If the printer is configured for byte
responses, the code ASCII 0xF2 is issued from the printer in response to an enquiry
command.
4.2.3.38
>POWERED DOWN< (FF)
The “>POWERED DOWN<” response indicates that the printer’s power has been
interrupted while in text and verbose modes. If the printer is configured for byte responses,
the code ASCII 0xFF will be issued from the printer in response to an enquiry command.
This message also indicates that the printer was successful writing pending updates to flash
on a power loss situation.
4.3
Paused Mode
Paused Mode is when the printer has pending activity and has stopped, but is not in an
error condition. The indicator light is flashing amber in color when the printer is in Paused
Mode. The printer enters the Paused Mode by issuing the ^X command or by pressing the
front panel button while the printer is printing. The printer will remain paused until the ^X is
reissued, the button is pressed again, or the printer power is cycled. Additional examples of
the printers Paused Mode includes a label script that does not include a print command, or
after the printer fails to execute the pending data after an error condition.
4.4
Diagnostic Mode
Diagnostic Mode temporarily powers the printer using factory default parameters while
printing out the printer’s current configuration on what is called the Status Label. This
information is used to help diagnose and troubleshoot printer configuration issues. The
default baud rate is set to 9600 and is used when entering the diagnostic mode. The printer
continues using the factory default parameters until printer power is cycled. The printer will
then return to the previous configuration in use before entering the diagnostic mode.
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4.4.1
Chapter 4
Entering Diagnostic Mode
To enter the diagnostic mode, press and hold the print button in while turning on the printer.
Release the button after the status light indicator starts to blink and the printer will power up
into diagnostic mode.
4.1.2
Status Label
The printer will print the Status label after the printer performs a powered up and enters the
diagnostic mode. The status label prints out the reports that are generated by the ^D323),
^D326), ^D325), and ^D324) commands.
Figure 8
^D960)1 or ^K Test Pattern
Enablements (D323 or <Ctrl> Y)
User Interface
Software flow control:
Hardware flow control:
Format
Operational
Auto power-up label:
Auto top-of-form alignment:
Auto media sizing:
Auto alignment after error:
Cutter:
PMH:
Figure 9
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(D770) enabled
(D771) disabled
(D720)
(D722)
(D723)
(D724)
(D740)
(D741)
disabled
disabled
disabled
disabled
disabled
disabled
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Settings (D326 or <Ctrl> V)
Operational
Print Speed:
(D635)
Detector mode:
(D636)
Slew Speed:
(D645)
Darkness:
(D690)
Retraction delay:
(D641)
Print delay:
(D640)
Labels printed:
(D655)
Distances
Label width (LSX):
(D631)
Label height (LSY):
(D632)
Reg. mark height (GAP):
(D633)
To reg’n mark (DRM):
(D634)
X offset (OFX):
(D637)
Y offset (OFY):
(D638)
Dist. Past Gap (DPG):
(Auto)
Activate Gap Det (AGD)
(Auto)
Advance/retract:
(D642)
Serial port settings
(D670)
Ethernet
MAC:
Printer IP:
(D675)
Server/Host IP:
(D675)
Gateway IP:
(D675)
Broadcast Mask:
(D675)
Net Mask:
(D675)
USB port settings
Thresholds
Gap:
Black line:
Stock:
High head temperature:
Low head temperature:
PWM periods
Gap:
Black line:
Label Present:
Stacker:
NOTE: Some items may not be correct until
label is printed or Auto-size (D310) is run.
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3.34 inches
1.5.12 inches
0.148 inches
0.0 inches
0.0 inches
0.0 inches
1.225 inches
0.0 inches
0.512 inches
9600,N,8,1
Active at 10/100
0x000257795634
192.168.200.3
192.168.200.1
192.168.200.1
192.168.200.255
255.255.255.0
Not installed
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98
110
147
24
64
41
64
64
after a scripted
^D326-List Settings Example
Selections (D325 or <Ctrl> U)
Operational
Dispense mode:
Emulation:
Cutter Type:
PMH Type:
Button Mode:
Response Mode:
Automatic responses:
Power-up label:
Detector mode:
General
Measurement units:
Speed units:
Temperature units:
Figure 11
6.0 ips
0 (none)
6.0 ips
75 (Dark)
0.5 sec.
0.0 sec.
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(D597)
(D501)
(D506)
(D507)
(D541)
(D550)
(D580)
(D586)
(D636)
3
Microcom 426
NONE
NONE
1
verbose
Errors
1
0 (none)
(D564) 1 (inches)
(D565) 1 (ips)
(565)
1 (Fahrenheit)
^D325-List Selections Example
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Statistics (D324 or <Ctrl> W)
Identity
Model number:
(D501) Microcom 426
Language:
(Auto) LDS2
Serial number:
01234567890
Accumulated operation
Labels printed:
(D655) 44
Inches printed:
97 inches (246 cm)
Total inches run:
109 inches (276 cm)
Power on time:
2 hours
Printhead
Width:
(D910) 4.094 inches
Resolution:
(D910) 203.2 dpi
Temperature:
80 Fahrenheit
Cutter
Detected at power-up:
false
Type installed:
(D506) NONE
Operation enabled: (D740) false
Total cycle count:
0
PMH
Type installed:
(D507) NONE
Operation enabled: (D741) false
Flash
Installed:
4 MB
Available in file area:
964 KB
RAM:
Installed:
16.0 MB
Available:
5.39 MB
Code:
Revision:
1.02.030521b
Part number:
950000-0102
Size:
1851552
Checksum:
0x88c1777
CRC32:
0x70c6cc74
Bootloader revision:
1.04.030519b
Analog PIC revision:
4.5
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5.1
RS-232 Serial
The printers provide a 9 pin female D-Sub connector, on the rear panel, for RS-232 serial
communication. The printer is configured as DCE (Data Circuit-terminating Equipment) so a
NULL modem cable is not necessary. A serial data cable is required to use serial
communications, refer to Table 7 below for correct cable configurations.
The factory settings, unless otherwise requested, are set at 9600 baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop
bit, and no parity with both hardware and software handshaking. The baud rate is user
selectable from 1200 to 115,200 and uses software XON/XOFF flow control and/or
hardware CTS handshaking.
9 to 9 Pin Cable
9 to 25 Pin Cable
State
DE-9
Pin#
HI
1
DCD
DCD
PC
DB-25
Pin#
8
State
DE-9
Pin#
XX
1
DCD
DCD
PC
DE-9
Pin#
1
XX
2
TXD
RXD
2
XX
2
TXD
RXD
3
XX
3
RXD
TXD
3
XX
3
RXD
TXD
2
HI
4
DTR
DSR
4
HI
4
DTR
DSR
20
LO
HI
5
6
GND
DSR
GND
DTR
5
6
LO
HI
5
6
GND
DSR
GND
DTR
7
6
DC
7
RTS
CTS
7
DC
7
RTS
CTS
4
XX
8
CTS
RTS
8
XX
8
CTS
RTS
5
HI
9
+5V
+5V
9
HI
9
+5V
Signals /
Directions
DC = DO NOT CARE
Table 7
Signals / Directions
-
XX = INDETERMINATE
RS-232 Cable Configurations
If XON/XOFF handshaking is used, only signals RXD, TXD, and GND are required for
proper operation. If the hardware handshaking is used the CTS and RTS signals are
required. The other signals are offered in the event that the host computer requires them.
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Chapter 5
RS-232 Printer Cables
The printers use standard cables that may be purchased through Microcom Corporation or a
local computer supply company. A NULL-modem cable is not required because the printer
is configured as DCE.
For a 25-pin serial communication port – Use a 25-pin female to 9-pin male cable.
For a 9-pin serial communication port – Use a 9-pin female to 9-pin male cable.
CAUTION: Connection of a serial port to a parallel port may
result in damage to the printer and / or computer.
5.2
10BASE-T Ethernet
Refer to Figure 13.
The printers provide an auto-sensing, auto switching 10BASE-T Fast Ethernet port with full
duplex operation capability.
(A) = RJ45 connector for Ethernet port connection.
(B) = Solid green light indicates that a connection is present.
(C) = Flashing yellow light indicates that the port has activity.
5.3
160P Stacker / Auxiliary Interface
The 426 printer provides an 8 pin Mini-din connector on the rear panel for auxiliary
interfaces. This port can be used to power and operate the 160P stacker as well as other
auxiliary functions. For more information about the 160P, please consult the 160P Stacker
User Guide part number 880021-0100.
NOTE: The Auxiliary Interface or Port is not available on the Model 226 printer.
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RS-232 Serial Port
10BASE-T Ethernet Port
Figure 12
Auxiliary Port
426 Interface Connections
(A)
(C)
(B)
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Chapter 6: Maintenance and Adjustments
6.1
Maintenance Schedule
It is important to note that optimum print quality and print head life is achieved by
maintaining a clean printer and print head. A Microcom Corporation approved cleaning kit
(part # 040005-0000) is available. Contact your sales representative for purchasing
information.
AREA
Print head
Drive Roller
Peel Edge
Interior Cleaning
Exterior Cleaning
Table 8
METHOD
Foam tipped swab, cotton
tipped swab, or thermal
printer cleaning card
dampened with Isopropyl
Alcohol.
See section 6.4
Foam tipped swab, cotton
tipped swab, thermal
printer cleaning card, or
lint-free cloth dampened
with Isopropyl Alcohol
See Section 6.5
Foam tipped swab, cotton
tipped swab, thermal
printer cleaning card, or
lint-free cloth dampened
with Isopropyl Alcohol
See section 6.3
Compressed air, softbristle brush, and/or lintfree cloth dampened with
Isopropyl Alcohol.
See section 6.3
Lint-free cloth dampened
with a mild, non-abrasive
general purpose cleaner.
See section 6.6
INTERVAL
After every roll of media
or every 512 feet of tag
stock or fanfold media.
After every roll of media
or every 512 feet of tag
stock or fanfold media.
As Needed.
As Needed.
As Needed.
Recommended Maintenance Schedule
CAUTION: Microcom Corporation will not be held responsible for
damage caused by any non-approved solvent, cleaning material
and/or method and the use of such non-approved materials and/or
methods may void appropriate expressed or implied warranties.
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Chapter 6
Thermal Printer Card
Decline in print quality, voids, or drop out areas in bar codes and/or graphics may indicate
that the print head is dirty and needs to be cleaned. The necessary cleaning materials can
be purchased through Microcom Corporation by contacting your sales representative and
ordering the Cleaning Kit, part # 040005-0000. The print head should be cleaned after every
roll of media or after every 512 feet (a typical stack of tag or fanfold media is about 3200
tags).
A thermal printer card is the quickest and easiest way to clean the print head, drive roller,
and peel edge all at the same time. Follow the steps below for the proper cleaning
procedure.
1. Remove any installed media.
2. Dampen both sides of one end of the cleaning card with isopropyl alcohol.
3. While pushing down on the Head Lift Lever, insert the card into the front of the printer
between the print head and the peel edge (See Figure 14).
4. Continue inserting the card until you feel resistance, now release the Head Lift Lever.
5. Using both hands, slowly pull the card out of the printer at a 45º down angle (See
Figure 15).
6. Repeat as necessary
7. Reinstall media.
Thermal cleaning cards should not be used more than three times each and extremely dirty
cards should be disposed of immediately.
CAUTION: Never touch or clean the print head with any abrasive
solvents and/or with any metal or sharp object.
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Figure 14
Insertion of Thermal Cleaning Card
Figure 15
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(A)
(A)
Figure 16
Removal of top cover
CAUTION: Unplug the power cord before removing the printer
covers to avoid possible personal injury or damage to the printer.
Figure 17
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Internal Cleaning
The overall internal cleaning of the printer is important to help reduce the dust and other
contaminates residing in the printer. Contaminates may attach to the print head or drive
roller and affect the printer’s performance. Refer to Figure 18 for common areas needing
cleaned.
1. Remove any installed media.
2. Turn the printer power OFF.
3. Unplug and remove the power cord.
4. Loosen captive screw (A on Figure 16) and remove the top cover from the printer.
5. Using the two Head Release Levers (See Figure 17), unlatch and raise the print
head.
6. Basic internal cleaning can be done using a combination of compressed air, softbristle brushes, foam/cotton tipped swabs, and/or lint-free cloths dampened in
alcohol. Using any combination of these materials, remove dust or other
contaminants from the printer. See section 6.4 for the proper print head maintenance
procedure.
7. When finished, latch the print head completely and reinstall the top cover and media.
8. Reattach the power cord and turn the printer power ON.
Print head
Elements
Driver
Roller
Media Path
Peel Edge
Figure 18
Internal Cleaning
CAUTION: Unplug the power cord before removing the printer
covers to avoid possible personal injury or damage to the printer.
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Chapter 6
Print head Maintenance
If print quality has not improved after cleaning using a thermal cleaning card or if one is not
available, foam or cotton tipped swabs dampened in isopropyl alcohol may be used. Refer
to Figure 19 and follow the steps below for the proper cleaning procedure.
1. Remove any installed media.
2. Turn the power to the printer OFF.
3. Unplug and remove the power cord.
4. Loosen captive screw (A on Figure 16) and remove the top cover from the printer.
5. Using the two Head Release Levers (Figure 17), unlatch and raise the print head.
6. With a foam or cotton tipped swab dampened in isopropyl alcohol, clean the thermal
elements by gently rubbing the swab down the length of the print head. Allow for the
alcohol to evaporate then repeat if necessary.
7. The Drive Roller, Peel Edge, and other basic internal cleaning may also be
performed at this time. See the appropriate sections for more information.
8. Latch the print head completely and reinstall the top cover and media.
9. Reattach the power cord and turn the printer power ON.
Thermal elements
are located in the
black area running
the entire width of
the print head.
Figure 19
Print head Thermal Elements
CAUTION: When performing maintenance inside the printer,
always make sure that the print head is latched completely before
installing the top cover. Failure to do so may result in damage to
the print head.
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Maintenance and Adjustments
Cleaning the Drive Roller
Maintaining a clean drive roller not only helps to extend the life of the roller but also helps to
reduce print quality issues and media slips that may occur due to dust, label adhesive and
other forms of contamination. The drive roller should be cleaned after every roll of media or
after every 512 feet (a typical stack of tag or fanfold media is about 3200 tags). See the
previous section Thermal Printer Card for a quick and easy way to clean the drive roller or
follow the steps below.
1. Remove any installed media.
2. Turn the printer power OFF.
3. Unplug and remove the power cord.
4. Loosen captive screw (A on Figure 16) and remove the top cover from the printer.
5. Using the two Head Release Levers (Figure 17), unlatch and raise the print head.
6. With a lint-free cloth dampened in alcohol, clean the drive roller. Manually rotate the
drive roller by the drive gear located to the left (from the front of the printer) or by
manually rotating the drive roller itself to clean the entire drive roller surface.
7. Print head, Peel Edge, and Internal cleaning may also be performed at this time, see
the appropriate sections for more information.
8. Latch the print head completely and reinstall the top cover and media.
9. Reattach the power cord and turn the printer power ON.
CAUTION: Isopropyl Alcohol should be used to clean the drive
roller. The use of other cleaning solvents or materials is not
recommended and may degrade the performance of the drive roller.
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Chapter 6
Exterior Cleaning
Although cleaning the exterior surfaces does not affect the printer’s performance, it will help
the overall appearance of the printer. The use of any mild, non-abrasive general purpose
cleaner with a lint-free cloth may be used to clean the exterior surfaces. This cleaning
should be performed on an as needed basis.
6.7
Gap Detector Adjustment
Refer to Figure 20. The gap detector assembly is centered in the media path at the factory
and should work for almost every type of media. For applications (for example - media that
has a Blowhole gap, which is offset) the gap detector can be adjusted as needed. To adjust
the gap detector, simply move the assembly to the desired location. Care should be taken
to assure that the top and bottom sensors are aligned with each other. If the sensors are
not aligned properly, the gap detector may not work properly.
Gap Detectors
Figure 20
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Auxiliary Button
The auxiliary button is used for factory adjustments and updating the flash memory.
Press and hold the
Auxiliary Button in while
powering up the printer.
Figure 21
6.9
Auxiliary Button
Flash Memory Update
This method is used to update the firmware stored in flash memory. To update the printer’s
firmware the following are required: a compressed MCB or MCA (ZIP file), a host computer
equipped with a RS-232 serial port, and a Terminal Emulation Program (i.e., HyperAccess,
HyperTerminal, Procomm Plus, Tera Term Pro...). The printer is configured at the factory
with serial parameters of 9600,n, 8,1 and the terminal emulation program will need the serial
parameters set to 9600,n, 8, 1.
It is a good idea to completely read through the procedure before an update attempt is
made. Do not send any unnecessary characters or remove the printer’s power during the
update or the printer may become inoperable. Refer to section 3.2 in the event the printer
does not function properly after an update and the printer has become inoperable.
1. Make sure the RS-232 serial connection is made between the host and the printer
including the proper Baud rate.
2. It is recommended to use the fastest Baud rate up to 115200 to reduce transfer time.
Refer to the “^D670)” command regarding the printer’s serial port parameters. If the
printer does not update properly, use a slower Baud rate to transfer the update.
3. Contact the Microcom Corporation support department and/or visit the following web
address www.microcomcorp.com to acquire the desired MCA file.
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4. Issue the “^D945)?” command and retain the resulting listing for comparison after
flash update.
5. The printer’s power should be cycled or a “^D390)” reset command issued to assure
that the printer has completed any necessary memory management tasks before
updating the code.
6. Send the MCA file to the printer in compressed form (ZIP).
7. After the printer has identified the MCA file, the following dialog will be reported to the
host: “File received. Unzipping. Please Wait…” This dialog is only reported if the printer is
set to use the VERBOSE response set. Refer to the “^D550)” command for
additional information regarding the printer response sets.
8. After the file has been unzipped and the checksum verified, the following dialog is
reported to the host: “Unzipped. CRC Okay: 0x36410D55” (The checksum shown is for
demonstration purposes only. The checksum will reflect the MCA files internal
checksum and report any differences automatically.) This dialog is only reported if
the printer is set to use the VERBOSE response set. Refer to the “^D550)” command
for additional information regarding the printer response sets.
9. Sample MCA update dialog is reported to the host and is listed below. If the MCB
code is being updated, the same dialog format would be reported with the word
“application” being changed to “bootloader” as the only difference.
Application file recognized.
Erasing old application...............................
Saving new application........................................ (The periods are status indicators)
Booting application now . . .
(The periods are status indicators)
10. If problems are experienced during the update and the printer has lost the previous
application, refer to the following section regarding the recovery file update.
11. After the code has been successfully updated, the “^D391)1”, “^D392)1”, and
“^D390)1” commands must be sent to complete the update process. The “^D391)1”
and “^D392)1” commands force setting to factory defaults while the “^D390)1” resets
the printer and automatically issues an enquiry command on reboot.
12. Once the printer reboots, any custom configuration file and/or commands must be
sent to the printer to verify that all commands are set to the desired values before
using with the intended application.
13. The “^D945)?” command may now be issued to compare against the previous listing
to assist in determining what commands were changed in the update process.
CAUTION: Do not send any unnecessary characters or turn the printer
off during the flash memory update. Failure to observe this precaution
may result in the printer becoming inoperable.
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MCA Compressed File Recovery
The printer’s firmware can typically be recovered using this method in the event that during
the MCA update the printer has become unstable. Using this method is only intended to
provide a recovery method and is not intended to update the software stored in the printer’s
flash memory. This method requires the use of a compressed MCA code file, a host
computer equipped with a RS-232 serial port, and a Terminal Emulation Program (i.e.,
HyperAccess, HyperTerminal, Procomm Plus, Tera Term Pro...).
It is a good idea to completely read through the procedure before an update attempt is
made. Do not send any unnecessary characters or remove the printer’s power during the
update or the printer may become inoperable.
1. Make sure the RS-232 serial connection is made between the host and the printer
including the proper Baud rate.
2. Contact Microcom Corporation support department and/or visit
www.microcomcorp.com to acquire the desired MCA code file.
3. Start the terminal emulation program and set the serial parameters to 115200,n,8,1.
4. While pressing the Auxiliary button (see Figure 21) turn the printer power switch on.
Note: To press the Auxiliary button, use a ballpoint pen and gently press and hold the
switch in.
5. Immediately after applying printer power, observe the terminal window and follow the
sample dialog below. The bold italics text denotes informational comments or
instructions and is not part of the printer’s update dialog.
Found rear button pressed. Load an application, now? (y/n) [n]:
Enter “y” to load new code  
Request received
Okay. You may send a zipped application file now (e.g.,
MCA_version.zip).
Start of transfer recognized................................
File received
Unzipping. Please stand by (approx. 54 seconds) . . .
Unzipped. CRC32 okay: 0x3fd1bf94
Application file recognized.
Erasing old application....................................
Saving new application...................................................................
Now booting to the new firmware
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Note: The printer takes approximately 5 minutes to read the read and copy the new
code. If a power loss occurs during this time the printer will revert back to the
previous code and the update process will have to be restarted.
6. The flash memory has been recovered and the firmware may be upgraded using the
procedure outlined in section 3.1.
Note: The emulation program used to transfer the MCA file via the serial port must be
capable of sending Binary data, (i.e., Tera Term Pro) for proper transfer to occur. If
the transfer was not successful the emulation program used, may not have the ability
to transfer Binary data.
CAUTION: Do not send any unnecessary characters or turn the printer
off during the flash memory update. Failure to observe this precaution
may result in the printer becoming inoperable.
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7.1
Troubleshooting Tips
The printer fails to turn “ON” and the indicator light located on the front panel fails to
light:
 Verify that the power cord is connected to the printer as well as the AC outlet.
 Verify that the printer power switch is in the “ON” position.
 Verify that the AC outlet is functioning properly.
 Contact your Service Representative.
The printer has no serial communication:
 Verify that the serial cable is properly connected to the printer and an available
serial port on the host computer.
 Verify that the host serial port is functioning properly.
 Verify that the printer and the host serial port parameters are set exactly the
same.
 Contact your Service Representative.
Vertical blank or light lines appear on printed areas:
 Clean the print head.
 Print head may need replaced.
 Contact your Service Representative.
The front panel indicator light is solid amber in color:
 Indicates that the printer is paused or a tag/tear mode is being used.
 Press the front panel button, light should turn green and resume printing if the
printer is paused.
 Remove the tag, the light should turn green if a tag/tear mode is enabled
 Contact your Service Representative.
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The front panel light is flashing red in color:
 The printer has an error and requires service before printing will continue.
 Verify that media is loaded in the printer properly.
 Press the front panel button to attempt to clear the error.
 Refer to the LDSII Programming Guide for information on the Enquiry
Command to help identify the error condition.
 Cycle power to reset the printer.
The front panel indicator light is solid red in color:
 Generally due to a power fail error.
 Verify that the AC line-voltage is present at the AC outlet.
 The printer may be in Administration Mode, refer to the LDSII Programming
Guide for additional information.
 Cycle power.
During download the indicator light flashes red in color:
 The script file or format contains an illegal operation / command.
 Refer to the LDSII Programming Guide and check script file.
 Verify that the printer is properly configured for the type of download being
sent.
The printer has a cutter but it does not cycle:
 Refer to the LDSII Programming Guide.
 Verify that the cutter has been selected (^D506) and is enabled (^D740).
 Verify that the printer is properly configured to use a dispense method
(^D597).
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Appendix A
Limited Warranty
Microcom Corporation printers, excluding thermal print heads, which are warranted
separately below, are warranted against defects in material and workmanship for twelve
(12) months from the date of original shipment by Microcom Corporation. This warranty
does not cover normal wear and tear and shall be null and void if the printer is modified,
improperly installed or used, damaged by accident or neglect, or in the event any parts are
improperly installed or replaced by the user.
The thermal print head is covered by a limited warranty of three (3) months or 500,000
linear inches to be free from defects in material and workmanship. The length of media run
through the printer may be verified using the printer’s internal statistical counter. Although
the user is not required to purchase Microcom Corporation brand supplies, to the extent it is
determined that the use of other supplies (such as non-approved label stock, ribbons, and
cleaning solutions) shall have caused any defects in the thermal print head for which the
warranty claim is made, the user shall be responsible for Microcom Corporation’s customary
charges for labor and materials to repair such defects.
MICROCOM CORPORATION’S SOLE OBLIGATION UNDER THIS WARRANTY SHALL
BE TO FURNISH PARTS AND LABOR FOR THE REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF
PRODUCTS FOUND TO BE DEFECTIVE IN MATERIAL OR WORKMANSHIP DURING
THE WARRANTY PERIOD.
Except for the express warranties stated, Microcom Corporation disclaims all warranties on
products, including all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular
purpose. The stated warranties and remedies are in lieu of all other warranties, obligations
or liabilities on the part of Microcom Corporation for any damages, including, but not limited
to, special, indirect, or consequential damages arising out of or in conjunction with the sale,
use, or performance of these products.
MICROCOM CORPORATION SHALL NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES
WHATSOEVER, BE LIABLE TO THE BUYER OR ANY OTHER PARTY FOR LOST
PROFITS, DIMINUTION OF GOODWILL OR ANY OTHER SPECIAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER WITH RESPECT TO ANY CLAIM
HEREUNDER. IN ADDITION, MICROCOM CORPORATION’S LIABILITY FOR
WARRANTY CLAIMS SHALL OT, IN ANY EVENT, EXCEED THE INVOICE PRICE OF
THE PRODUCT CLAIMED TO BE DEFECTIVE, NOR SHALL MICROCOM
COPRORATION BE LIABLE FOR DELAYS IN THE REPLACEMENT OR REPAIR OF
PRODUCTS.
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Appendix B
Return Material Authorization (RMA) Procedure
A Return Material Authorization (RMA) number must be obtained prior to the return of
printer’s and/or materials to the Microcom Corporation Service Department. The purpose of
the RMA number is to provide effective tracking and control of returned printers and/or
materials. Microcom Corporation is not responsible or accountable for printers and/or
materials returned without proper authorization.
Shipping Charges:
The return of printers and/or materials to Microcom Corporation for repair should be
returned freight and insurance prepaid. Microcom Corporation will pay the return shipping
charges (standard ground service) on all warranty repairs; an Expedited service is paid at
the customer’s expense. The return of non-warranty repairs to printers and/or materials is
shipped by the customer’s choice of shipping carrier and delivery service.
Receiving a Return Material Authorization (RMA) number:
1.
To receive an RMA number, either complete the online RMA request form located on
the World Wide Web (www.microcomcorp.com) or contact the Microcom Corporation
Service Department and provide the representative with the following information.
- Company name.
- Contact name and phone number.
- Model number.
- Printer serial number.
- A detailed description of the problem.
- Service option requested (1 Day, 3 Day, 5 Day, or Standard turnaround).
- Purchase Order Number.
2.
The shipping label should contain the following information:
Microcom Corporation
Attn: Service Dept. RMA# <place RMA number here>
8220 Green Meadows Dr. N.
Lewis Center, Oh 43035 USA
3.
Return the defective item(s) for repair to the address listed above, freight and
insurance prepaid.
4.
Upon receipt of an RMA number, the customer contact is notified by a Microcom
Corporation representative regarding repair charges, at which time the ship method is
determined. Items returned for repair with inadequate packaging material are
returned to the customer in Microcom Corporation approved packaging at the
customer’s expense.
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Glossary
Alphanumeric - A term used to identify characters consisting of letters, numbers, and other
symbols such as punctuation marks and mathematical symbols.
Bar code - Alphanumeric characters that are represented using a system of printed lines,
which can be read by a computer.
Black-line - A registration mark, typically a black line on the underside of certain media that
is used to identify the starting position of a label.
Blow-hole - A registration mark, typically a notch or cutout in certain media that is used to
identify the starting position of a label.
Continuous media - Media that contains no gap and continues as one piece of media.
CTS (Clear to Send) - A handshaking signal used to provide information when a DCE or
modem is ready to receive data in an RS-232 communication link. Used in conjunction with
RTS.
Cutter - An optional device, mounted on the printer, used to cut media into custom sized
labels after printing
DCE (Data-Circuit-terminating Equipment - The modem or printer end of an RS-232
serial communication link. Modem serial ports and other peripherals are typically configured
as DCE.
Die-cut media - Media that is cut using a die to form individual labels that have a start and
stop point. Typically, the excess material surrounding the label is removed from the backing
material.
Direct thermal - Method of printing with a special heat-sensitive media that directly contacts
heat elements of a thermal print head. (See Thermal print head)
DPI (Dots Per Inch) - A unit of measure term that identifies the print resolution capability.
Drive roller - Platen roller located below the print head that is used to drive media through
the printer.
DSR (Data Set Ready) - A handshaking signal used to provide information about the status
of an RS-232 serial communication link. Used in conjunction with DTR.
DTE (Data Terminal Equipment) - The terminal or computer end of an RS-232 serial
communication link. Serial ports on computers are typically configured as DTE.
DTR (Data Terminal Ready) - A handshaking signal used to provide information about the
status of the communication line connected to the DCE end of an RS-232 link. Used in
conjunction with DSR.
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Ethernet - A fast and capable serial interface used by many networks for connecting host
computers to various peripherals.
Fanfold media - Die-cut or tag media that is folded into stacks.
Flash memory - Memory that is used to store font, graphics and label formats. This is a
non-volatile type of memory; information stored is saved even when the printer power is
turned off.
GND (Signal Ground) - The ground terminal of a power supply’s output, and all points that
connect to it. This is an essential signal in an RS-232 serial communication link that is used
to reduce noise spikes, which can cause a receiver to misread logic levels. Also known as
SG and SGND.
Guillotine Cutter – A cutter that has a blade that cuts perpendicular to the media path.
Kiosk – A small structure or stand used to dispense items..
LDSII (Label Design Software II) - This is the resident control software language that is
used to develop label formats and controls the full function of the printer.
LPS (Label Present Sensor) - This sensor, when enabled, detects when media is present.
Also referred to as LTS (Label Taken Sensor).
Platen - Roller that is located below the print head, which the media rests upon. (See Drive
roller)
Rolled media - Media that is rolled onto a core, which is typically cardboard in nature.
Rotary Cutter – A cutter that has multiple angled blades mounted to a shaft that cut media
by rotating the shaft.
RS-232 - A popular and inexpensive asynchronous serial interface used for connecting host
computers to various peripherals.
RTS (Request To Send) - A handshaking signal used to provide information when a DTE or
terminal has data to send in an RS-232 communication link. Used in conjunction with CTS.
RXD (Receive Data) - An essential signal that carries data from the DCE to the DTE for 2way RS-232 serial communication. Also known as RX and RD.
SRAM (Synchronous Random Access Memory) - Memory used to store formats while
printing. This is volatile memory; information stored in this memory is not saved when the
printer power is turned off.
Tag stock - Media that typically has no adhesive backing, thicker in nature, and generally is
a fanfold type media.
Thermal print head - A print head that uses thermal technology, to heat individual elements
or dots to produce images. Also referred to as print head in this manual.
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TXD (Transmit Data) - An essential signal that carries data from the DTE to the DCE for 2way RS-232 serial communication. Also known as TX and TD.
USB (Universal Serial Bus) - A high-speed asynchronous serial interface, typically
transfers up to 12M bits/second, used for connecting host computers to various peripherals.
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Index
A
Agency Approvals............................................................................................................................................................................. 3
Auxiliary Interface .......................................................................................................................................................................... 30
B
Bar codes .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 5
C
Cleaning Kit................................................................................................................................................................................ 6, 34
Communication
RS-232 Serial.............................................................................................................................................................................. 29
Connections
Communication Interfaces............................................................................................................................................................. 8
Printer Power ................................................................................................................................................................................ 8
D
Data Bits........................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Depth................................................................................................................................................................................................ 3
Drive Roller .........................................................................................................................................................................33, 38, 39
E
Electrical........................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Enquiry........................................................................................................................................................................................... 13
Ethernet............................................................................................................................................................................3, 8, 30, 52
F
Features ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 5
Flash Memory................................................................................................................................................................................. 41
Flow Control............................................................................................................................................................................... 3, 29
Fonts................................................................................................................................................................................................. 5
Front Panel Button.....................................................................................................................................................10, 11, 13, 25, 45
G
Gap Detector................................................................................................................................................................................... 40
Glossary.......................................................................................................................................................................................... 51
Graphics........................................................................................................................................................................................ 1, 5
H
Head Lift Lever........................................................................................................................................................................... 9, 34
Head Release Levers ............................................................................................................................................................37, 38, 39
Height............................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Hosts................................................................................................................................................................................................. 3
I
Indicator Light .................................................................................................................................................... 10, 11, 13, 25, 45, 46
Inspection ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Interface Communications
Network Connectivity ................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Serial ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 3
Isopropyl Alcohol...................................................................................................................................................................... 34, 38
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L
Label Design Software II ................................................................................................................................................................... 1
Limited Warranty ............................................................................................................................................................................ 47
Line Guide Idler ................................................................................................................................................................................ 9
M
Maintenance
Auxiliary Button ......................................................................................................................................................................... 41
Drive Roller ................................................................................................................................................................................ 39
Exterior....................................................................................................................................................................................... 40
Gap Adjustment .......................................................................................................................................................................... 40
Interior........................................................................................................................................................................................ 37
Printhead .................................................................................................................................................................................... 38
Schedule ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 33
Thermal Card.............................................................................................................................................................................. 34
Media
Loading ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 9
Maximum Thickness ..................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Maximum Width........................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Types............................................................................................................................................................................................ 4
Memory
Flash............................................................................................................................................................................................. 3
SDRAM........................................................................................................................................................................................ 3
O
Operation
Front Panel Button ...................................................................................................................................................................... 11
Halted Mode ............................................................................................................................................................................... 13
Idle Mode ................................................................................................................................................................................... 13
Indicator Light ............................................................................................................................................................................ 11
Paused Mode............................................................................................................................................................................... 25
Options ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 6
P
Packaging ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Parity ................................................................................................................................................................................................ 3
Peel Edge.............................................................................................................................................................................33, 38, 39
Print Length ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Print Resolution................................................................................................................................................................................. 3
Print Speed........................................................................................................................................................................................ 3
Print Type ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Print Width ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Printer Modes
Halted......................................................................................................................................................................................... 13
Idle ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 13
Paused ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 25
Printhead.....................................................................................................................................5, 6, 33, 34, 37, 38, 39, 45, 47, 51, 52
Protocols........................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
R
Repairs............................................................................................................................................................................................ 49
Return Material Authorization ......................................................................................................................................................... 49
RS-232 Cable............................................................................................................................................................................ 29, 30
S
Serial ...................................................................................................................................................................................41, 43, 44
Service............................................................................................................................................................................................ 49
Shipping Damage .............................................................................................................................................................................. 7
Specifications
General......................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Media ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Printing......................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
T
Tag bracket ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 9
Temperature...................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Thermal Printer Card....................................................................................................................................................................... 34
Troubleshooting .............................................................................................................................................................................. 45
U
Unpacking......................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
W
Warranty......................................................................................................................................................................................... 47
Weight .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 3
Width................................................................................................................................................................................................ 3
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User Notes
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