iX4 Series Printer User Manual

iX4 Series Printer
User Manual
V1.0-11-12-2017
http://www.argox.com
service@argox.com
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Contents
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Introduction ........................................................................................................... 1
1.1 Features....................................................................................................... 1
1.2 Unpacking.................................................................................................... 2
1.3 Understand your printer ............................................................................. 3
1.3.1
Perspective view ............................................................................ 3
1.3.2
Back view ....................................................................................... 4
1.3.3
Interior view ................................................................................... 5
1.4 Printer control panel ................................................................................... 6
1.4.1
Status lights .................................................................................... 6
1.4.2
Buttons ........................................................................................... 8
Get started ............................................................................................................. 9
2.1 Attach the power cord ................................................................................ 9
2.2
Turn on/off your printer ............................................................................ 10
2.2.1
Turn on your printer ..................................................................... 10
2.2.2
Turn off your printer .................................................................... 11
2.3 Load media ................................................................................................ 12
2.3.1
Prepare media .............................................................................. 13
2.3.2
Placing media roll ......................................................................... 14
2.3.3
Media types ................................................................................. 25
2.4 Load Ribbon .............................................................................................. 27
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2.4.1
Placing Ribbon Roll ....................................................................... 28
Printer operation.................................................................................................. 31
3.1 Front Panel ................................................................................................ 31
3.1.1
LCD Function Setting Procedure .................................................. 32
3.2 Printing Media Calibration & Configuration ............................................. 39
3.3 Printing a Configuration Report ................................................................ 40
3.4 Resetting to Factory Default Settings ........................................................ 50
3.5 Media sensing ........................................................................................... 51
3.5.1
Transmissive sensor ..................................................................... 51
3.5.2
Reflective sensor .......................................................................... 52
3.5.3
Adjust Position of Label Sensor.................................................... 53
3.6 Communications ....................................................................................... 54
3.6.1
Interfaces and Requirements ....................................................... 54
3.7 Driver installation ...................................................................................... 56
3.7.1
Installing a Plug and Play printer driver (for USB only) ................ 57
3.7.2
Installing a Printer Driver (for other interfaces except USB)........ 63
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Maintenance ........................................................................................................ 69
4.1
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Cleaning ..................................................................................................... 70
4.1.1
Printhead...................................................................................... 70
4.1.2
Platen Roller ................................................................................. 71
4.2 RTC Battery Replacement.......................................................................... 72
Troubleshooting ................................................................................................... 73
5.1 Printer issues ............................................................................................. 73
5.2 Media issues .............................................................................................. 74
5.3 Ribbon issues............................................................................................. 75
5.4 Other issues............................................................................................... 76
Specifications ....................................................................................................... 77
6.1
6.2
6.3
Printer........................................................................................................ 77
Media & Ribbon ........................................................................................ 79
Electrical and operating environment....................................................... 80
6.4
6.5
6.6
Physical dimension .................................................................................... 80
Fonts, Barcodes, and Graphics Specification ............................................ 81
Interfaces................................................................................................... 84
6.6.1
USB ............................................................................................... 86
6.6.2
RS-232C ........................................................................................ 87
6.6.3
Centronics .................................................................................... 88
6.6.4
GPIO ............................................................................................. 89
6.6.5
Ethernet ....................................................................................... 90
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1 Introduction
Features
1 Introduction
Thank you for purchasing an Argox iX4 Series industrial barcode printer. This
manual provides information about how to set up and operate your printer,
load media, ribbon and solve common problems. Illustrations are provided
to help you quickly become familiar with the printer.
1.1 Features
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Fast Print Speed
Max. 8 IPS, fastest print speed in its class.
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Communication
Standard: Ethernet, dual USB hosts, USB device, and RS-232.
Option: Wi-Fi, GPIO, Parallel, and Buzzer
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Online management
Web management and SNMP v2 support
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Duel USB host function
Stand-alone mode of scanner/ keyboard multiple data entry devices
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New media calibration
Intelli mode & Auto-feed mode & Smart mode
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1 Introduction
Unpacking
1.2 Unpacking
Make sure all of the following items are included in your package.
Printer
Quick Installation
DVD
Guide
1” ID Core for Ribbon
USB Cable
AC Power Cord
When you receive the printer, open the package immediately and inspect for
shipping damage. If you discover any damage, contact the shipping company
and file a claim. Argox is not responsible for any damage incurred during
shipping. Save all package materials for the shipping company to inspect.
Note If any item is missing, please contact your local dealer.
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1 Introduction
Understand your printer
1.3 Understand your printer
1.3.1 Perspective view
Control
panel
Top Access Door
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1 Introduction
Understand your printer
1.3.2 Back view
Standard
Ethernet
USB Type A
USB Type B
RS232 Serial
Power switch
AC power connector
Optional
WIFI
Parallel port
GPIO
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1 Introduction
Understand your printer
1.3.3 Interior view
Internal Parts and Features
Ribbon Supply Spindle
Ribbon Pick-up Spindle
Media Supply Spindle
Feed Slot
Rotate Head Latch
Head latch
Thermal Print Head
Paper sensor
Paper Roller
Outside Media Guide
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1 Introduction
Printer control panel
1.4 Printer control panel
There are three lights on the front panel - READY, MEDIA and RIBBON. These
indicators display operation status of the printer. Three Buttons – FEED,
PAUSE, CANCEL can control printer simple function.
1.4.1 Status lights
Status lights help you check printer’s condition. The following tables show
the status lights and the conditions they indicate.
LCD Display
READY
MEDIA
RIBBON
READY
ON
ON
ON
PRINT HEAD
HEAT
ON
Blinking
ON
COMMAND
ERROR
ON
Blinking
Blinking
A command error was found while
checking the command sequence.
EEPROM
ON
Blinking
Blinking
An EEPROM for back-up cannot be
ERROR
MEMORY
ERROR
Description
In the ready mode
Print head needs to cool down.
read/written properly.
ON
Blinking
Blinking
∙ An error has occurred in writing
data into USB memory or flash
memory.
∙ An erase error has occurred in
formatting USB memory or flash
memory.
∙ Saving failed because of the
insufficient capacity of USB
memory or flash memory.
∙ Firmware update has error.
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1 Introduction
Printer control panel
LCD Display
READY
MEDIA
RIBBON
CANCEL ...
Blinking
ON
ON
CLEAR FLASH
Blinking
ON
ON
Description
Press CANCEL KEY to interrupt and
delete a print task
Clear flash memory.
CUTTER
FAILED
Blinking
ON
ON
MEMORY FULL Blinking
ON
ON
Cutter has failed, or there is paper
jam inside the cutter.
Printer buffer is full caused by the
loaded soft fonts, graphics or
forms.
MEMORY
Blinking
ON
ON
INITIALIZED
USB Memory is being initialized.
PAUSE
Blinking
ON
ON
PRINTHEAD
BROKEN
Blinking
ON
ON
PRINT HEAD
OPEN
Blinking
RESET
Blinking
ON
ON
Press CANCEL KEY + POWER ON to
reset NVR table.
SERIAL IO
ERROR
Blinking
ON
ON
The format or baud rate of the
RS232 communication is
inconsistent between the printer
and host.
SELF TEST ...
Blinking
ON
ON
Press FEED KEY + POWER ON to
print the self-test label.
UPGRADING
FW.
Blinking
ON
ON
RIBBON OUT
Blinking
ON
Blinking
Printer is in PAUSE status. Media
sensor cannot index label gaps
Head broken error
ON
ON
Head latch is not closed.
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Printer is receiving data
Ribbon is not installed or
end-of-ribbon occurred.
1 Introduction
Printer control panel
LCD Display
READY
MEDIA
RIBBON
Description
CALIBRATION .
..
Blinking
Blinking
ON
Press PAUSE KEY + POWER ON to
calibrate media.
MEDIA OUT
Blinking
Blinking
ON
Media is not installed or used up.
Printer fails to detect the media
gap. The media sensor is out of
range during calibration. The label
has run out. The last label has been
issued normally and the label has
run out.
PAPER JAM
Blinking
Blinking
ON
A paper jam occurred during paper
feed.
1.4.2 Buttons
There are three buttons, each with two basic functions.
Button
Function 1
Function 2
FEED
 Feed a label
PAUSE
 Pause printing
 Press again to resume printing
CANCEL
 Interrupt and delete a print task
 Force printer to continue after
an error is solved.
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2 Get started
Attach the power cord
2 Get started
This chapter describes how to set up your printer.
2.1 Attach the power cord
1. Make sure the power switch is set to the OFF position.
2. Place the printer within cable distance of the host and printer (USB or
Serial cable.)
3. Isolate the power cord from other electrical cables.
4. Plug the other end of the AC power cord into the wall socket.
Warning Do not plug the AC power cord with wet hands, or operate
the printer and the power supply in an area where they may get wet.
Serious injury may result from these actions!
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2 Get started
Turn on/off your printer
2.2 Turn on/off your printer
When your printer is connected to a host (a computer), it is good to turn on
the printer before turning on the host, and turn off the host before turning
off the printer.
2.2.1 Turn on your printer
1. To turn on your printer, turn on the Power Switch as below. The “I” is the
ON position.
2. READY、MEDIA and RIBBON LED are solid blue. Then READY LED turn off
few second while LCD screen shows firmware version. LCD screen will
show Ready to print and READY LED will back to solid blue.
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2 Get started
Turn on/off your printer
2.2.2 Turn off your printer
1. Make sure READY、MEDIA、RIBBON are solid blue before turning off the
printer.
2. To turn off your printer, turn off the Power Switch as below. The “O” is
the OFF position.
Caution Do not turn off your printer during data transmission.
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2 Get started
Load media
2.3 Load media
The iX4 Series printers offer three different loading modes: standard,
peel-off, or with a cutter.

Standard mode allows you to collect each label freely.

Peel-off mode peels backing material away from the label as it prints. After
the label is removed, the next label prints.

Cutter mode automatically cuts the label after it prints. There are rotate
cutter and guillotine cutter types to cut media.
Important The first time to use peel-off mode and cutter mode.
Make sure to enable the PEELER INSTALLED or CUTTER INSTALLED
setting in front panel. For more information about panel setting,
go to CH 3.1.1 LCD Function Setting Procedure.
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2 Get started
Load media
2.3.1 Prepare media
The inside wound and outside wound media roll can be loaded into the
printer the same way. In case the media roll is dirty during shipping,
handling or storage, remove the outside length of the media. It helps avoid
dragging adhesive and dirty media between the printhead and platen roller.
Inside Wound
Outside Wound
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2 Get started
Load media
2.3.2 Placing media roll
Load Media In Standard Mode
1
Lift the top cover to expose the media compartment.
Door
2
Insert the media roll into the media supply spindle and move the media guide to
the inside.
Media
Guide
Media Supply
Spindle
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Load media
3. Turn the head latch counter-clockwise and open the outside media guide
counter-clockwise for media insert.
Head Latch
Outside Media Guide
4. Label must face up when lead the media through the print head module. Media is
under “media guide” and through two rings before lock “Outside Media Guide”.
Then, under the paper sensor guide module and over the roller.
Print Head Module
Paper Sensor
Guide Module
Media Guide
Roller
Two Ring
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Load media
5. Return the outside media guide and hook the head latch.
Head Latch
Outside Media Guide
6. Close the top cover.
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2 Get started
Load media
7. Press the FEED button if the printer is already on.
Important
After the media is loaded, please perform media calibration to calibrate
the label sensor before printing.
Note
Make sure the die-cut media’s label length is at least 25mm or
longer, for direct thermal printing in tear-off mode with perforation.
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2 Get started
Load media
Load Media In Peel Off Mode
Steps 1 to 3 are the similar with “Standard Mode”.
1. Lift the top cover to expose the media compartment.
2. Insert the media roll into the media supply spindle and move the media guide to
the inside.
3. Turn the head latch counter-clockwise and open the outside media guide for
media insert.
4. From the leading end of the media roll remove enough labels to expose 6-inches
of backing paper.
5. Lead the media backing paper under the print head module. For more specific
leading media refer to standard mode step 4.
Print Head
Module
Media
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6.
Load media
Push down the peel-off mechanism release lever and lead the media backing
paper behind the peeler module.
Media
Peel Lever
7.
Close the peeler module using the peel-off mechanism release lever. Return the
outside media guide and hook the head latch.
Head latch
Outside media guide
Peeler lever
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8.
Load media
Close the top cover and turn on the printer or press the FEED button if the
printer is already on.
Important
After the media is loaded, please perform media calibration to calibrate
the label sensor before printing.
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2 Get started
Load media
Load Media In Rotary Cutter Mode
Steps 1 to 3 are the similar with “Standard Mode”.
1.
Lift the top cover to expose the media compartment.
2.
Insert the media roll into the media supply spindle and move the media guide to
the inside.
3.
Turn the head latch counter-clockwise and turn on the outside media guide.
4.
Insert the media under the print head module and under the paper sensor
guide over the roller. For more specific leading media refer to standard mode
step 4.
Print head
module
Roller
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5.
Load media
Return the outside media guide and hook the head latch.
Head Latch
Outside Media Guide
6.
Close the top cover and turn on the printer or press the FEED button if the
printer is already on. The printer will then feed the labels through the cutter
automatically.
Important
After the media is loaded, please perform media calibration to calibrate
the label sensor before printing.
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2 Get started
Load media
Load Media In Guillotine Cutter Mode
Steps 1 to 3 are the similar with “Standard Mode”.
1.
Lift the top cover to expose the media compartment.
2.
Insert the media roll into the media supply spindle and move the media guide to
the inside.
3.
Turn the head latch counter-clockwise and turn on the outside media guide.
4.
Insert the media into the print head module and under the paper sensor guide.
For more specific leading media refer to standard mode step 4. Unhook the
cutter module and pull down mechanism release lever from Guillotine Cutter
and lead media through Guillotine Cutter.
Print Head Module
Paper Sensor Guide
Release Lever
hook
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5.
Load media
Push back Guillotine Cutter and return the outside media guide and hook the
head latch.
Head Latch
Outside Media Guide
6.
Close the top cover and turn on the printer or press the FEED button if the
printer is already on. The printer will then feed the labels through the cutter
automatically.
Important
After the media is loaded, please perform media calibration to calibrate
the label sensor before printing.
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2 Get started
Load media
2.3.3 Media types
Your printer supports various media types, including non-continuous media,
continuous media, and fanfold media. The following table provides details
about them.
Media Type
Non-Continuous
Media
Looks Like
Description
Non-continuous media is the typical media for
bar code printing. Labels and tags are made of
various materials, such as paper, fabric or
cardstock, and are separated by gaps, holes,
notches or black marks. Many labels are
self-adhesive with liners, while some are
linerless.
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Media Type
Load media
Looks Like
Description
Continuous
Media
Continuous media does not have gaps, holes,
notches or black marks. It allows you to print
data anywhere on the media. A cutter may be
used for splitting labels. Mostly it is used for
direct thermal printing.
Fanfold Media
Fanfold media is in continuous form, but it can
be used as non-continuous media, because its
labels are separated by folds. Some fanfold
media also has black marks or liners.
Tag Media
Tag media is usually made from a heavy paper,
with center hole to index. It does not have
adhesive or a liner, and it is typically
perforated between tags. The media may also
have black marks or other separations.
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2 Get started
Load Ribbon
2.4 Load Ribbon
The following steps only apply to thermal transfer printing mode.
Direct thermal does not need ribbon to be installed.
iX4 Series printers apply to both Inside wound ribbon and Outside wound ribbon.
Printers can switch automatically.
Note
- Media and ribbon types should be matched to provide with
optimal print results.
-
Always use ribbon that is wider than the media to protect the print
head from wear.
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2.4.1
Load Ribbon
Placing Ribbon Roll
1. Lift the top cover to expose the media compartment.
2. Turn the head latch counter-clockwise.
Head latch
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Load Ribbon
3. Unwrap the ribbon and separate the ribbon roll from the bare core. Insert
the ribbon roll onto the ribbon supply spindle.
Ribbon Supply Spindle
4. Lead the ribbon through the print head module. Attach the edge of the
ribbon onto the bare core and wind it a bit onto the core. Make sure the
coating side of the ribbon is face down.
Print Head Module
Bare Core
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Load Ribbon
5. Insert the core onto the ribbon pick-up spindle. Turn the pick-up spindle to
ensure the ribbon is tightly wound.
Ribbon Pick-up spindle
6. Close the top cover and turn on the printer.
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3 Printer operation
Front Panel
3 Printer operation
This chapter provides more specific information about printer operation.
3.1 Front Panel
Change settings via buttons on panel:
Buttons
PAUSE+CANCEL
Function
Press to enter setting mode.
Press again to exit setting mode and return to normal mode.
FEED
Press to show next parameter.
PAUSE
Press to show next setting item.
CANCEL
Selects and saves a parameter to permanent FLASH memory.
Unless changed via panel or command the parameter is saved
even if you restart the printer.
Warning
Do not change settings during printing or sending printing data.
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3 Printer operation
Front Panel
3.1.1 LCD Function Setting Procedure
The following procedure is an example of setting procedure to direct thermal
printing mode:
READY (203, AUTO)
Press both PAUSE + CANCEL buttons.
Then release the buttons to enter settings.
PRINT MODE
Function which has “*”
THERM. TRANSFER*
sign is current setting.
Keep press FEED button until LCD
prompts the function setting needed.
PRINT MODE
DIRECT THERMAL
Press CANCEL button
to store the setting.
PRINT MODE
DIRECT THERMAL*
Press PAUSE button to
continue the other settings.
Note
Press both PAUSE + CANCEL
buttons anytime in the panel setting and
then release them to exit from settings.
Now printer is in
READY (203, AUTO)
normal printing
mode.
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3 Printer operation
Front Panel
Press PAUSE + CANCEL over 5 seconds to set different languages.
Item
LANGUAGE
Range
Factory Default
ENGLISH,
ENGLISH
FRENCH,
GERMAN,
ITALIAN,
SPANISH,
PORTUGUESE,
Press PAUSE + CANCEL less then 1 second to set printer function.
NO.
Item
Factory
Default
Range
THERM.
1
PRINT MODE
THERM.
TRANSFER DIRECT
THERMAL
Remarks
(Restart printer after change setting)
TRANSFER
INTELLI PRINT : Just install labels, latch
print module, press FEED button once,
and then the printer will feed 1-2 labels
to detect next gap / black mark before
INTELLI PRINT
2
CALIBRATION
MODE
printing.
INTELLI PRINT
SMART PRINT
SMART PRINT : Print from the first label
immediately according to label length
setting. Make sure to carefully align label
bottom edge at the tear-off position
before printing.
(Restart printer after change setting)
STANDARD
CONTROL
3
ALTERNATIVE
CODE SET
4
CUT
OFFSET
Available only in PPLA printer language.
1 STANDARD
ALTERNATIVE 2
PEEL
-015 ~ 015 mm
000 mm
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(Restart printer after change setting)
To adjust cut and peel positions.
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Front Panel
TPH VER OFFSET -009~009 mm
RECOVER
ENABLE,
6
7
8
9
000 mm
ENABLE
PRINT
DISABLE
CUTTER
NO
INSTALLED
YES
PEELER
NO
INSTALLED
YES
STANDLONE
NO
FORM FONT
YES
NO
To adjust offset of vertical print position.
Will not reprint after recovering from
media-out or ribbon-out errors.
(Restart printer after change setting)
NO
Available only in PPLB printer language.
NO
10
WIN. CON. LEN. 0 ~ 254 mm
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SPEED
(Restart printer after change setting)
000 mm
Available only in Windows with bundled
printer driver and for continuous media.
2 ~ 8 IPS(iX4-250) 6 IPS(iX4-250)
2 ~ 6 IPS(iX4-350) 5 IPS(iX4-350)
DOWN
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COUNTING
DOWN
UP
To select for different media types.
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MEDIASENSER
SEE-THROUGH
SEE-
After changing sensor setting, make sure
TYPE
REFLECTIVE
THROUGH
to calibrate before printing.
(Restart printer after change setting)
Available only in PPLA and PPLB printer
DISABLE
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BACK FEED
languages.
ENABLE
ENABLE
Once “ENABLE” is selected, printer
enters BACK DISTANCE setting.
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BACK DISTANCE 10~40 mm
22 mm
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BASE DARKNESS -28~28
0
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DARKNESS
16
0~30
Available only when BACK FEED is
enabled.
To select darkness.
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Front Panel
2400/
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BAUD RATE
4800
/
9600 / 19200 /
38400 / 57600 /
Should be as same as setting of host.
9600
(Restart printer after change setting)
115200
NONE
Should be as same as setting of host.
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PARITY (RS232) ODD
NONE
(Restart printer after change setting)
EVEN
8 DATA BITS
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LENGTH (RS232)
Should be as same as setting of host.
8 DATA BITS
7 DATA BITS
(Restart printer after change setting)
When “YES” is selected, all the label
NO
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CLEAR FLASH
forms, soft fonts, and graphics stored will
NO
be deleted.
YES
(Restart printer after change setting)
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SETTING
COMMAND/
PRIORITY
LCD PANEL
Choosing priority of LCD settings. It
COMMAND
decides which setting method - by
command or by LCD panel, is prior.
AUTO
PPLA
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EMULATION
AUTO
PPLB
PPLZ
DISABLE
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BUZZER
ENABLE
ENABLE
DISABLE
1 MINUTE
2 MINUTES
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STANDBY
5 MINUTES
DISABLE
10 MINUTES
20 MINUTES
30 MINUTES
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(Restart printer after change setting)
3 Printer operation
Front Panel
LAST SAVED:
NO.1~15, NO.17, NO.22, NO.24~25 and
language will be loaded.
LAST SAVED
FACTORY:
LAST SAVED
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LOAD DEFAULTS FACTORY
NO.1, NO6, NO9, NO11, NO14~15,
NO17, NO.27~30 will be loaded.
NETWORK
NETWORK:
NO.27~30 will be loaded.
(Restart printer after change setting)
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3 Printer operation
Front Panel
Ethernet settings and parameters
NO.
Item
DHCP
Range
DISABLE
ENABLE
Factory Default
Remarks
If printer has been connected to a router, IP address will
be assigned automatically by DHCP server after power on.
If printer is not connected to a router, with DHCP disabled,
settings of IP ADDRESS, SUBNET MASK, and DEFAULT
GATEWAY settings will be available on LCD.
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Every time when DISABLE is changed to be ENABLE, LCD
will prompt “ETHERNET CARD UPDATE FINISH…”
Then please reboot the printer.
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IP ADDRESS xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
SUBNET
xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
MASK
DEFAULT
xxx range:0~255
When DHCP is disabled, default IP address is
192.168.1.100.
xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
If “_” sign appears, that means that DHCP setting is
GATEWAY
disabled. On the contrary, DHCP setting is enabled.
1. FEED/CONFIG. :
change contents.
(ex. from 000.000.000.000 to 255.255.255.255)
2. PAUSE/CALIBR. :
shift “_”sign position.
(ex. from 255.255.255.255 to 255.255.255.255)
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MAC
ADDRESS
Read only
3. CANCEL/RESET.:
Select next function setting. (“_” sign must at the third
digit of each parameter, for example, xxx).
4. To change IP ADDRESS or
SUBNET MASK, enter DEFAULT GATEWAY setting, press
CANCEL button once; LCD will prompt “ETHERNET CARD
UPDATE FINISH…”
Then reboot the printer.
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Front Panel
To have more information on Ethernet settings, please
refer to Ethernet User’s Guide.
WiFi module (Option)
Item
Range
WIFI SSID
Read only
WIFI IP
ADDRESS
Read only
WIFI
SUBNET
MASK
Read only
WIFI
GATEWAY
Read only
WIFI MAC
ADDRESS
Read only
Remarks
WIFI module is an option for iX4 Series. Connect printer to
PC and use print tool to set WIFI module. To have more
information, please refer to Print Tool user guide.
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Printing Media Calibration & Configuration
3.2 Printing Media Calibration &
Configuration
Before calibration, be sure media and ribbon (for thermal transfer printing) have
been loaded correctly. The label sensor needs to locate properly to index labels’
gaps/ notches/ holes. After the media is loaded, please perform media calibration to
calibrate the label sensor in advance. For printer without LCD, please see indicators.
1. Turn off the printer
2. Press and hold the PAUSE button and turn on the power.
3. When “CALIBRATION …” is displayed on the LCD, and both READY and MEDIA
indicators blink, release the PAUSE button.
4. The printer feeds 1 or 2 blank labels.
5. When “READY” is displayed, the READY and MEDIA indicators stop blinking
but remain illuminated.
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3.3 Printing a Configuration Report
To perform a self-test and print a configuration report, helping to check printer’s
print quality and internal settings. Steps as below:
1. Turn off the printer.
2. Load media and ribbon.
3. Press and hold the FEED button while turning on the power.
4. When “SELF-TEST …” is displayed on the LCD, release the FEED button.
5. The printer now prints out a configuration report. (as the sample in next page)
All characters will be printed in 2 columns: the right shows characters
received from your system, and the left are the corresponding hexadecimal
values of the characters. It allows users or engineers to verify and debug the
program.
For printer without LCD, please see indicators.
Sample of Configuration Report
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1. Version Information
The firmware version and its build date.
2. Standard RAM
Total SDRAM size.
3. Available RAM
RAM is able to be used.
4. Flash Type
The flash memory type and size.
5. Available Flash
Flash is able to be used.
6. No of DL soft fonts (FLASH)
The number of fonts is downloaded in Flash.
7. No of DL soft fonts (RAM)
The number of fonts is downloaded in RAM.
8. No of DL soft fonts (HOST)
The number of fonts is downloaded in USB HOST.
9. H. Position Adjust
Move the print position horizontally.
10. Sensor Type
The media sensor type such as reflective sensor.
11. Label-less Calibration Value
Check if a label-less calibration has been performed on the printer. If not,
the value is 0000.
12. RTC Time
The date and time of the real-time clock (RTC). The default format is
month/day/year (hour:minute:second). If your printer has a built-in RTC, the
RTC time shows here.
13. Max Label Height
The max label length you can print at a time. For 200 dpi models, it is 100
inches; for 300 dpi models, it is 50 inches.
14. Print Width
The print width in dots.
15. Lab Len (Top to Top)
For non-continues media, it is the length between the tops of two labels.
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16. Speed
The speed of printing. The unit is inch per second (ips).
17. Darkness
The current darkness.
18. Print Method
It is either thermal transfer (TT) or direct thermal (DT) printing. TT requires
ribbons and DT doesn't.
19. Print Length
The total print length.
20. Cut Count
It counts the times the cutter cuts.
21. RS232 Protocol
It lists RS-232C settings in the following order: baud rate, data length, parity
check, stop bit and flow control.
22. Code page
The character set table.
23. Media
The media type in use.
24. Calibration mode
There are intelli mode or smart mode.
Intelli mode: Just install labels, latch print module, press FEED button once,
and then the printer will feed 1-2 labels to detect next gap / black mark
before printing. The printer will feed 1-2 labels automatically before printing,
if FEED button is not pressed.
Smart mode: Print from the first label immediately according to label length
setting. Make sure to carefully align label bottom edge at the tear-off
position before printing.
25. Backfeed Enabled/Disabled
Enable or disable backfeed during the printing process. When it is enabled,
the printer moves the paper forward in a predefined length 1 second after
printing, and pulls the paper back in a predefined length once the printing
begins again. When it is disabled, the printer won’t move the paper at all.
26. Cutter Enabled/Disabled
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Enable or disable the cutter during the printing process.
27. Dispenser Enabled/Disabled
Enable or disable the dispenser during the printing process.
28. Cutter/Dispenser Offset
Move the cutting line or the peeling position forward or backward. The
value in the angle brackets is the offset unit.
29. IP Address
The static IP address of the printer. The default value is “192.168.1.1”.
30. Subnet Mask
The manually specified subnet mask of the printer. The default value is
“255.255.255.0.”
31. Gateway
The manually specified gateway of the printer. The default value is “0.0.0.0.”
32. MAC Address
The unique address assigned to the printer that connects to the internet.
33. DHCP
When DHCP is enabled, it assigns an IP address to the printer automatically.
34. DHCP Client ID
It is an arbitrary value sent to the DHCP server to reserve an IP address for
the printer.
35. DHCP Host Name
The name of a DHCP client.
36. SNMP
When it is enabled, the host gets or sets parameters registered as SNMP
entities.
37. Socket Communication
When it is enabled, the host communicates with the printer via the socket.
38. Socket Port
The socket number of the printer.
39. IPv6 Mode
It determines how you get the IPv6 address of your printer. There are three
modes: MANUAL, DHCPv6 or AUTO.
40. IPv6 Type
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It is the IPv6 address type of your printer. There are four types: NONE,
NORMAL, EUI and ANY.
41. IPv6 Address
The static IPv6 address of your printer.
42. Link Local
The IPv6 address that used in a network segment. It is allocated
automatically.
43. Product SN
The serial number of product.
44. USB SN
The Serial number of USB host.
45. CG Enable
Printer is able to use True Type font.
46. TPH and Cutter Offset
For developers to debug.
47. Reflective Sensor Gap Calibration
For developers to debug.
48. See-Through Sensor Gap Calibration
For developers to debug.
49. Reflective Sensor Profile
For developers to debug.
50. See-Through Sensor Profile
For developers to debug.
51. Ribbon Sensor Profile
For developers to debug.
52. Reflective Sensor Offset
For developers to debug.
53. See-Through Sensor Offset
For developers to debug.
53-57. Font Image
You can use them as the reference to check your label font.
58-63. TPH Test Pattern
You can use them to check broken pins on the printhead.
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If your printer has a Wi-Fi module, your PPLB configuration label will contain
the following entries:
1. FW Version
WLAN board firmware version.
2. Date
WLAN board firmware version date.
3. IP Address
The IP address of your printer. When DHCP is enabled, it shows the
automatically assigned IP address; when DHCP is disabled, it shows the
manually specified IP address.
4. Subnet mask
The netmask of your printer. When DHCP is enabled, it shows the
automatically assigned netmask; when DHCP is disabled, it shows the
manually specified netmask.
5. Gateway
The gateway of your printer. When DHCP is enabled, it shows the
automatically assigned gateway; when DHCP is disabled, it shows the
manually specified gateway.
6. Mac address
The unique address assigned to your printer that connects to the internet.
7. DHCP
When DHCP is enabled, it assigns an IP address to your printer
automatically.
8. DHCP Hostname
The name of a DHCP client.
9. Socket Port
The socket number of the printer.
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10. SSID
Short for service set identifier. It is the name of a wireless local area
network.
11. Mode
There are ad-hoc and infrastructure mode. Refer to Print Tool Network type
description from Technical manual.
12. Country Code
The country or region.
13. Channel
The Wi-Fi channel.
14. Network Authentication
There are six mode. Refer to Printer Tool Network authentication description
from Technical manual.
15. WEP
Refer to Printer Tool Wep description from Technical manual.
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PPLA
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PPLZ
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Resetting to Factory Default Settings
3.4 Resetting to Factory Default
Settings
Be cautioned that this will reset all printer settings back to defaults; if possible, print
the configuration label in advance before reset. All settings stored in FLASH memory
are retained even after turning off the printer. Printer mode without LCD can see
indicators.
To reset the printer to factory default settings:
1. Turn off the printer.
2. Press and hold the CANCEL button and turn on the printer.
3. When “RESET …” is displayed on the LCD and the READY indicator blinks,
release the CANCEL button.
4. When “READY” is displayed on the LCD, the READY indicator stops blinking
but remains illuminated.
5. The following information is now back to defaults:

Label parameters

Heat (Darkness)

Speed

Others for specific emulation
For more detail information, refer to CH 3.1.1 NO.26 Load default
Note:
Print length meter which indicates label length already printed cannot
be reset.
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Media sensing
3.5 Media sensing
Printer offer two types of media sensor: transmissive and reflective. They
are used for detecting specific media types. Both sensor types are installed
together as a movable module.
3.5.1 Transmissive sensor
The transmissive sensor is used for detecting gaps across the entire width of
the label.
Single Column
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3.5.2 Reflective sensor
The reflective sensor detects gaps, notches and black marks.
Multi Columns
Notch
Black Mark
Flip the media so the black-mark side is facing down to align with the sensor.
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3.5.3 Adjust Position of Label Sensor
Function of the label sensor is to detect the gap, notch, or holes of labels, to help
the printer for accurate print positions and label length. For labels with gaps,
label sensor can be positioned wherever media locates. If labels with notches or
holes are in use, pull in or out Paper Sensor Position Lever, to horizontally adjust
position of label sensor
Paper Sensor Position Lever
-
Make sure the Media sensor position mark locates right on notch or hole of
labels. Check below.
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Communications
3.6 Communications
3.6.1 Interfaces and Requirements
This printer comes with USB type A and type B interface, a nine-pin Electronics
Industries Association (EIA) RS-232 serial data interface, a standard Centronics
parallel interface(Option), GPIO interface(Option), .
 USB Interface Requirements
The Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface is compatible with your existing PC hardware.
The USB’s “plug and play” design makes installation easy. Multiple printers can share
a single USB port/hub. The different usage of type A and B as below.
USB type A
USB Flash drive, USB keyboard or USB Scanner.
USB type B
PC to set printer.
 Serial (RS-232) Port
The required cable must have a nine-pin "D" type male connector on one end, which
is plugged into serial port located on the back of the printer. The other end of the
cable connects to a serial port on the host computer. For technical and pin-out
information, please refer to RS-232C in this manual.
 Centronics Parallel Port(Option)
You can connect the printer to the host computer’s parallel port using any standard
Centronics cable. The required cable must have a standard 36-pin parallel connector
on one end, which is plugged into the parallel port located on the back of the printer.
The other end of the parallel interface cable connects to the printer connector at the
host computer. For pin-out information, please refer to Centronics in this manual.
Note
Centronics allows a much higher communication speed than serial.
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 General-purpose input/output (GPIO)
Pins depend on usage and the signal is user selectable. The function is diversity. For
general-purpose, I/O signals programmed as inputs can cause CPU interrupted. For
more information, contact local dealer.
 Ethernet Module Status Indicators
The indicators with two different colors help users understand status of Ethernet:
LED
Description
Status
Both Off No Ethernet link detected.
Blinking
Green
The printer waits for printer ready.
It will take about few seconds to be ready.
On: 100 Mbps link
Speed LED
Off: 10 Mbps link
On: link up
Amber
Off: link down
Link/Activity LED
Blinking: activity
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Driver installation
3.7 Driver installation
The bundled printer driver can be applied to all applications under Windows
XP/ Vista/ Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10, supporting 32-bit/ 64-bit
operation systems. With this driver you can operate any popular Windows
software applications including Argox Bartender UL label editing software or
MS Word, etc., to print to this printer.
Drivers can be downloaded from Argox website
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Driver installation
3.7.1 Installing a Plug and Play printer driver
(for USB only)
Note:
We strongly recommend that you use the Seagull Driver Wizard
instead of the Microsoft Windows Add Printer Wizard when
installing and updating your Drivers by Seagull.
(Even though the "Add Printer Wizard" is from Microsoft, it too
easily performs a number of tasks incorrectly when updating
existing drivers. It also badly handles the situation where a printer
driver is already in use by a Windows application.)
1. Turn off the printer. Plug the power cable into the power socket on the wall, and
then connect the other end of the cable to printer's power socket. Connect the USB
cable to the USB port on the printer and on the PC.
2. Turn on the printer. If the printer supports Plug-and-Play, and you have successfully
connected it using a USB cable, then the Windows Add Hardware Wizard will
automatically detect the printer and display a dialog that allows you to install a
driver. Click Cancel and do not install the driver using this wizard.
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3. Run the driver from Argox website. On the prompt, Windows Printer Driver, select “I
accept…” and click "Next".
4. Assign the directory to keep Seagull driver, (for example: C:\Seagull) and click "Next".
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5. Click "Finish".
6. Select Install printer drivers and Click "Next"
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7. On the Seagull Driver Wizard prompt, select the first radio button to “Install a driver
for a Plug and Play printer” Then click “Next.”
8. Enter Printer name (i.e. Argox iX4-250 PPLB) and select "do not share this printer”,
and click "Next"
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9. Check all the data on the showing screen, if it is correct, click "Finish".
10. After the related files have been copied to your system, click "Finish".
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11. After driver installation is complete, click "Close". The driver should now be
installed.
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Driver installation
3.7.2 Installing a Printer Driver (for other
interfaces except USB)
1. Turn off the printer. Plug the power cable into the power socket on the wall, and
then connect the other end of the cable to printer's power socket. Connect the
Parallel cable, Serial cable, or Ethernet cable to the proper port on the printer and
on your computer.
2. Run the driver from Argox website. On the prompt, Windows Printer Driver, select
“I accept…”and click "Next".
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3. Assign the directory to keep Seagull driver, (for example: C:\Seagull) and click
"Next".
4. Click "Finish".
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5. Select Install printer drivers and Click "Next"
6. Make sure printer is connected to PC, select “Other” and click “Next”:
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7. Select model & emulation - the following examples are based on model iX4-250
PPLB:
8. Select the port of the printer and click "Next".
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9. Enter Printer name (i.e. Argox iX4-250 PPLB) and select "do not share this printer”,
and click "Next".
10. Check all the data on the showing screen, if it is correct, click "Finish".
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11. After the related files have been copied to your system, click "Finish".
12. After driver installation is complete, click "Close". The driver should now be
installed.
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Driver installation
4 Maintenance
Vertical streaks in the printout usually indicate a dirty or faulty print head. (Refer to
the following examples.) Clean the print head. If the problem persists, replace the
print head.
For unstable ribbon roll rotation, check the label path and make sure the head latch
is securely closed.
Poor printout quality:

The ribbon may not match the media in use.

Adjust the Darkness (heat temperature).

Slow down the print speed.

Refer to the following and clean the related spare parts.
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Cleaning
4.1 Cleaning
To maintain print quality and prolong the printer’s life, you need to perform some
routine maintenance. Daily maintenance should be done for high volume printing,
and weekly for low volume printing.
Warning
Always turn off the printer before cleaning.
4.1.1 Printhead
It is essential to keep printhead clean if you want the best print quality. We strongly
recommend that you clean the printhead when you load a new media roll. If the
printer is operated in critical environment, or the print quality declines, you need to
clean the printhead more frequently.
Keep in mind these things before you clean:

Keep the water away in case of corrosion on heating elements.

If you just finish printing, wait until the printhead cools down.

Do not touch the printhead with bare hands or hard objects.
Cleaning steps:
1. Moisten a soft cloth or a cotton swab with ethyl alcohol.
2. Gently wipe the printhead in one direction. That is, wipe it only from left to right
or vice versa. Do not wipe back-and-forth, in case dust or dirt attaches to the
printhead again.
Note Printhead warranty becomes void if printhead’s serial number is
removed, altered, defected, or made illegible, under every circumstance.
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Cleaning
4.1.2 Platen Roller
The platen roller is also important for print quality. Dirty platen roller may damage
the printhead. Clean the platen roller right away if the adhesive, dirt or dust
accumulates on it.
1. Moisten a soft cloth with absolute ethyl alcohol.
2. Gently wipe the platen roller to remove the dust and adhesive.
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4 Maintenance
RTC Battery Replacement
4.2 RTC Battery Replacement
RTC stands for real-time clock. It is a battery powered clock that keep track of the
current date and time. If your printer has a built-in RTC, you’ll find the RTC battery on
the main board. The RTC battery keeps the RTC running even if the printer is turned
off. If the battery is low or out, you need to replace it with a new one.
To replace a RTC battery:
1.
Open the left cover of printer. Turn off the printer.
2.
Locate the battery on the main board.
3.
Remove the old coin battery and install a new one.
4.
Turn on the printer.
CAUTION:
Risk of explosion if battery is replaced by an incorrect type. Dispose of used batteries
according to the instructions.
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5 Troubleshooting
Printer issues
5 Troubleshooting
This chapter provides the information about printer problems and solutions.
5.1 Printer issues
The printer won’t turn on
■
Did you attach the AC power cord?
■
Check the power connection from the wall socket to the printer. Test
the power cord and the socket with other electrical devices.
■
Disconnect the printer from the wall socket, and connect it again.
The printer turns itself off
■
Turn on the printer again.
■
If the printer keeps turning itself off, check the socket and make sure it
has enough power for the printer.
The printer does not feed the media out
■
The media is not loaded correctly. See Section 2.3, “Loading Media” to
reload the media.
■
If there is a paper jam, clear it.
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Media issues
5.2 Media issues
The media is out
■
Load a new media roll.
The paper is jammed
■
Open the printer and clear the jammed paper.
■
Make sure the paper is held properly by the Media Guides.
The printing position is not correct
■
Did you use the correct media type for printing?
■
The media is not loaded correctly. See Section 2.3, “Loading Media” to
reload the media.
■
The media sensor needs to be calibrated. See Section 3.2, “Printing
Media Calibration & Configuration” to calibrate the sensor.
■
The media sensor is dirty. Clean the media sensor.
Nothing is printed
■
The media is not loaded correctly. See Section 2.3, “Loading Media” to
reload the media.
■
The print data might not be sent successfully. Make sure the interface is
set correctly in the printer driver, and send the print data again.
■
Make sure the media and ribbon are both matched.
The print quality is poor
■
The printhead is dirty. Clean the printhead.
■
The platen roller is dirty. Clean the platen roller.
■
Adjust the print darkness, or lower the print speed.
■
The media is incompatible for the printer. Use appropriate media roll
instead.
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Ribbon issues
5.3 Ribbon issues
The ribbon is out
■
Load a new ribbon roll.
The ribbon is broken
■
Check the print darkness and adjust it if it is too high, and take the
following steps to fix the broken ribbon:
1.
Unload the ribbon supply roll and take-up roll from the printer.
2.
Pull the ribbon from the supply roll so it overlaps the broken end
of the take-up roll.
3.
Tape the overlapped parts together.
4.
Reload both rolls into the printer.
The ribbon is “printed out” with the media
■
The ribbon is not loaded correctly. See Section 2.4, “Loading Ribbon” to
reload the ribbon.
■
The printhead temperature is too high. Reload the ribbon and print a
configuration label to check the settings (See Section 3.2, “Printing
Media Calibration & Configuration”). If the print darkness is very high,
adjust it in printer preference, or reset your printer (see Section 3.3,
“Resetting to Factory Default Setting”).
The ribbon is wrinkled
1. Make sure the ribbon is loaded correctly.
Rotate Thumb Wheel of Ribbon spindles to straighten the ribbon.
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Other issues
5.4 Other issues
There are broken lines in the printed label
■
The printhead is dirty. Clean the printhead.
The printhead temperature is extremely high
■
The printhead temperature is controlled by the printer. If it is extremely
high, the printer will stop printing automatically, until the printhead is
cool down. After that, the printer will resume printing automatically, if
there is any unfinished print job.
The printhead is broken
■
Contact your local dealer for assistance.
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6 Specifications
Printer
6 Specifications
This chapter provides specifications for the printer.
6.1 Printer
Model
Print method
Resolution
Operation Mode
iX4-240
iX4-250
iX4-350
Direct Thermal & Thermal Transfer
300 dpi (12
203 dpi (8 dots/mm)
dots/mm)
Standard: Continuous mode, Tear-off mode
Optional: Cutter mode, Peeler mode
Media Reflective sensor x 1 (movable) &
Sensor
Media Transmissive sensor x 1 (movable) /
Head open switch / Ribbon end sensor
Operation interface
LED indicator x 3,
LED indicator x 3, Button x 3, RTC
Button x 3
battery, LCD display
Battery for RTC
Print Speed
Type: CR2032, +3V, 225mAh
2-6 ips
2-8 ips
2-6 ips
(51~152 mm/s)
(51~203 mm/s)
(51~152 mm/s)
Print Length
Max 100”(2540 mm)
Min 0.2”(5mm)
Print Width
4.25” (108 mm)
50”(1270mm)
0.2”(5mm)
4.16” (105.7 mm)
Communication
Interface
Standard: Ethernet, dual USB hosts, USB device, RS-232
Option: Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n), GPIO, Parallel, Buzzer
Programming Language
Standard: PPLA+PPLB+PPLZ
Accessories
Guillotine: Full Cutter, Partial Cutter,
Rotary Cutter, Peeler
32 MB SDRAM (3.6 MB User Available)
Onboard Memory
16MBFlash ROM (8.4 MB User Available)
USB storage up to 32 GB (FAT32 format only)
CPU Type
32 bit RISC microprocessor
Software---Label editing
Windows Driver (Windows XP/Vista/ Win 7/ Win 8/
Win 10), BarTender® from Seagull Scientific
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Model
Printer
iX4-240
iX4-250
iX4-350
Software--- Utility
Printer Tool
Agency Listing
CE, FCC, CB/LVD, cULus, ICES, Energy Star
Note Print quality and speed is based on 15% print coverage.
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Media & Ribbon
6.2 Media & Ribbon
Properties
Media Size
Description
Max. width:4.4” (112mm).
Min. width: 1” (25.4 mm).
Thickness:0.0025”~0.01” (0.0635mm~0.254mm)
8.26”(210mm) OD on a 3”(76mm) ID core.
7”(177.8mm) OD on a 1.5”(38mm) ID core.
Min. width 2.3” (58mm)for partial cutter options.
Min. length 1”(25.4mm)for cutter options.
Media Type
Roll-feed, die-cut, continuous, fan-fold, tags, ticket or plain
paper or label.
Ribbon Size
Width:1”~4”(25.4 mm~101.6 mm)
Length: max 450m Wax, 450m Semi-Resin.
Max OD 3.2” (81.3 mm).
Core size ID 1”(25.4 mm).
Ribbon Type
Wax, Wax/Resin, Resin (Ribbon wound ink-side out or
ink-side in)
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Electrical and operating environment
6.3 Electrical and operating environment
Properties
Power Supply
Description
Voltage: AC 100 V ~ 240 V ± 10 % (full range)
Frequency: 50 Hz - 60 Hz ± 5 %
Temperature
Operating: 40F~100F (4C~38C)
Storage: -4F~122F (-20C~50C)
Humidity
Operating: 25 %RH ~ 85 %RH (non-condensing)
Storage: 10 %RH ~ 90 %RH (non-condensing)
6.4 Physical dimension
Dimension
Size
Size and Weight
W 250mm x H 263mm x D 418 mm
Weight
11 kg(24lbs)
Note The specifications may be changed at any time without prior
notice. For more information about the new specifications, visit Argox
website or contact your dealer.
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Fonts, Barcodes, and Graphics Specification
6.5 Fonts, Barcodes, and Graphics
Specification
The specifications of fonts, bar codes and graphics depends on the printer emulation. The
emulations PPLA, PPLB, and PPLZ are printer programming languages, through which the
host can communicate with your printer.
Printer Programming Language PPLA
Programming Language
PPLA
9 fonts with different point size
Internal fonts
6 fonts with ASD smooth font.
Courier font with different symbol sets.
Symbol sets
(Code pages)
Courier font symbol set: Roman-8, ECMA-94, PC, PC-A,
PC-B, Legal, and PC437 (Greek), Russian.
Soft fonts
Downloadable soft fonts by Print Tool
Font size
1x1 to 24x24 times
Character rotation
Graphics
0, 90, 180, 270 degree, 4 direction rotation
PCX, BMP, IMG, GDI and HEX format files
Code 39、UPC-A、UPC-E、Code 128 subset A/B/C、
EAN-13、EAN-8、HBIC、Codabar、Plessey、UPC2、
UPC5、Code 93、Postnet、UCC/EAN-128、,
1D Barcodes
UCC/EAN-128 K-MART、UCC/EAN-128 Random weight、
Telepen、FIM、Interleaved 2 of 5 (Standard/with
modulo 10 checksum/ with human readable check
digit/ with modulo 10 checksum & shipping bearer
bars) 、GS1 Data bar (RSS)
2D Barcodes
MaxiCode、PDF417、Data Matrix (ECC 200 only) 、QR
code、Composite Codes、Aztec
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Fonts, Barcodes, and Graphics Specification
Printer Programming Language PPLB
Programming Language
PPLB
5 fonts with different point size
Internal fonts
8 bits code page : 437, 850, 852, 860, 863, 865, 857, 861,
862, 855, 866, 737, 851, 869, 1252, 1250,
Symbol sets
(Code pages)
1251, 1253, 1254, 1255
7 bits code page: USA, BRITISH, GERMAN,
FRENCH, DANISH, ITALIAN,
SPANISH, SWEDISH and
SWISS
Soft fonts
Downloadable soft fonts by Print Tool
Font size
1x1 to 24x24 times
Character rotation
Graphics
0, 90, 180, 270 degree, 4 direction rotation
PCX , Binary Raster, BMP and GDI
Code 39、UPC-A、UPC-E、Matrix 2 of 5、UPC-Interleaved 2 of
5、
Code 39 with check sum digit 、Code 93、EAN-13、EAN-8
(Standard, 2 /5digit add-on) 、Codabar、Postnet、Code128
subset A/B/C、
1D Barcodes
Code 128 UCC (shipping container code) 、
Code 128 auto、UCC/EAN code 128 (GS1-128) 、Interleave 2
of 5、Interleaved 2 of 5 with check sum、Interleaved 2 of 5
with human readable check digit、German Postcode、Matrix
2 of 5、UPC Interleaved 2 of 5、EAN-13 2/5 digit add-on、UPCA
2/5 digit add-on、UPCE 2/5 digit add-on、
GS1 Data bar (RSS)
2D Barcodes
MaxiCode、PDF417、Data Matrix (ECC 200 only) 、QR code、
Composite Codes、Aztec
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Fonts, Barcodes, and Graphics Specification
Printer Programming Language PPLZ
Programming Language
PPLZ
8 (A~H) fonts with different point size.
Internal fonts
8 AGFA fonts: 7 (P~V) fonts with fixed different
point size (not scalable).
1 (0) font with scaling point size.
USA1, USA2, UK, HOLLAND,
DENMARK/NORWAY, SWEDEN/FINLAND,
Symbol sets
(Code pages)
GERMAN, FRANCE1, FRANCE2, ITALY,
SPAIN, MISC, JAPAN, IBM850, Multibyte Asian Encodings,
UTF-8, UTF-16 Big-Endian, UTF-16 Little-Endian, Code page
1250, 1251, ,1252, 1253, 1254
Soft fonts
Downloadable soft fonts by Print Tool
Font size
1x1 to 10x10
Character rotation
Graphics
0, 90, 180, 270 degree, 4 direction rotation
GRF, Hex and GDI
Code39、UPC-A、UPC-E、Postnet、Code128 subset A/B/C、
Interleave 2 of 5、
Interleaved 2 of 5 with check sum、
1D Barcodes
Interleaved 2 of 5 with human readable check digit、Code
93、Code 39 with check sum digit、
MSI、EAN-8、Codabar、Code 11、EAN-13、Plessey、GS1
Data bar (RSS) 、Industrial 2 of 5、Standard 2 of 5、Logmars
MaxiCode、PDF417、Data Matrix (ECC 200 only) 、QR code、
2D Barcodes
Composite Codes、Aztec
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Wireless LAN (Option)
6.6 Wireless LAN (Option)
Hardware
Properties
Protocol
Wireless LAN I/F
IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Enabled Device
WIRELESS PRINTER
Operating
Temperature
-20°C ~ +85°C
Destination
USA
Europe
Frequency
(Center Channel)
2412 ~ 2462 MHz
2412 ~ 2472 MHz
Channel
1 ~ 11 ch
1 ~ 13 ch
Spacing
Transmission Speed/
Modulation
5 MHz
IEEE
802.11b
IEEE
802.11g
Transmission
Method
Conforming to IEEE
802.11b DSSS method
Channel
Depending on the country
Data Transmission
Speed/Modulation
11/5.5 Mbps: CCK
2 Mbps: DQPSK
1 Mbps: DBPSK
Transmission
Method
Conforming to IEEE
802.11g OFDM method
DSSS method
IEEE
802.11n
Channel
Depending on the country
Data Transmission
Speed/Modulation
54/48 Mbps: 64 QAM
36/24 Mbps: 16 QAM
18/12 Mbps: QPSK
9/6 Mbps: BPSK
Transmission
Method
Conforming to
IEEE802.11n OFDM
method
Channel
(US)1-11ch
(JP/DE)1-13ch
Data Transmission
Speed/Modulation
20MHz : 6.5M / 7.2M /
13M / 14.4M / 19.5M /
21.7M / 26M /28.9M /
39M / 43.3M / 52M /
57.8M / 58.5M / 65M /
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Wireless LAN (Option)
Properties
Wireless LAN I/F
72.2M(Auto-sensing)
Software
Antenna
External antenna
Aerial power
802.11b
Max +15 dBm
802.11g
Max +17 dBm
802.11n
Max +17 dBm
Connection mode
Infrastructure, Adhoc
Default IP Address
192.168.1.1
Default Subnet Mask
255.255.0.0
Default ESSID
WIRELESS PRINTER
Security
IEEE 802.11i
Cryptograp
hy
WEP 128 bit, TKIP (WPA), AES (WPA2)
Authorizati
on
Open Key (for WEP), PSK
Protocol (*)
TCP/IP, Socket, DHCP
Wireless LAN
Parameter Setting and
Status Monitor
Parameter Setting: Command (PC Setting Tool)
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Interfaces
6.7 Interfaces
This section provides information about IO port specifications for the
printer.
6.7.1 USB
There are two common USB connectors. Typically, type A is found on hosts and hubs;
type B is found on devices. The figure below shows their pinouts.
Type A
Type B
Pin
1
Signal
VBUS
Description
+5V
2
D-
Differential data signaling pair -
3
D+
Differential data signaling pair +
4
Ground
Ground
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Interfaces
6.7.2 RS-232C
The RS-232C on the printer is DB9 female. It transmits data bit by bit in asynchronous
start-stop mode. The figure below shows its pinout.
5 4 3 2 1
9 8 7 6
Pin
1
Signal
NA
Description
No Function
2
TxD
Transmit
3
RxD
Receive
4
NA
No Function
5
GND
Ground
6
NA
No Function
7
CTS
Clear to Send
8
RTS
Request to Send
9
Signal
CD
RxD
TxD
DTR
GND
DSR
RTS
CTS
CI
NC
Host (DB9)
Description
Carrier Detect
Receive
Transmit
Data Terminal Ready
Ground
Data Set Ready
Request to Send
Clear to Send
No Connection
Pin
1
2
3
4
5
Pin
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
6
7
8
9
87
Printer (DB9)
Description
No Function
Transmit
Receive
No Function
Ground
No Function
Clear to Send
Request to Send
No Function
Signal
NC
RxD
TxD
NC
GND
NC
RTS
CTS
NC
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Interfaces
6.7.3 Centronics
The 36-pin Centronics on the printer uses parallel communication, and complies with
IEEE 1284 compatibility mode (also called SPP, Standard Parallel Port). The figure
below shows its pinout.
18
1
36
19
Pin
Signal
Direction
Signal
Pin
Signal
Direction
1
To Printer
/STROBE
19
S-GND
Signal-GND
2
To Printer
Data 1
20
S-GND
Signal-GND
3
To Printer
Data 2
21
S-GND
Signal-GND
4
To Printer
Data 3
22
S-GND
Signal-GND
5
To Printer
Data 4
23
S-GND
Signal-GND
6
To Printer
Data 5
24
S-GND
Signal-GND
7
To Printer
Data 6
25
S-GND
Signal-GND
8
To Printer
Data 7
26
S-GND
Signal-GND
9
To Printer
Data 8
27
S-GND
Signal-GND
10
From Printer
/ACK
28
S-GND
Signal-GND
11
From Printer
BUSY
29
S-GND
Signal-GND
12
From Printer
PE
30
S-GND
Signal-GND
13
From Printer
SELECT
31
To-Printer
LPTINIT
14
To Printer
AUTO
32
From Printer
/FAULT
15
NC
33
NC
16
S-GND
Signal-GND
34
NC
17
P-GND
Power-GND
35
NC
18
Power
5V
36
To Printer
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Interfaces
6.7.4 GPIO
The input and output definition is below.
Initialize:
(1) During initialize process, please set all of output port to high for status clear, it
mean all of outputs are active low.
(2) The active level maybe customize needed to modify.
(3) The input normal state (idle) is high level, so the all of inputs are also active low.
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6.7.5 Ethernet
The Ethernet uses RJ-45 cable, which is 8P8C (8-Position 8-Contact). The figure below
shows its pinout.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
90
Pin
1
Signal
Transmit+
2
Transmit-
3
Receive+
4
Reserved
5
Reserved
6
Receive-
7
Reserved
8
Reserved
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