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Line spacing:
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1/6-inch, 1/8-inch, or programmable
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Paper feed speed:
Continuously Approx. 17 ms/line (10 inches per second)
Intermittently Approx. 26 ms/line
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Character tables: One italic and 8 graphics character tables
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Character sets:
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Quality
Width
Plain paper
101 to 406 mm (4 to 16 inches)
Bidirectional with logic seeking for text
printing (can also be switched to
unidirectional by using the proper
software command). Unidirectional for
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Number of copies
Front
6 sheets (1 original + 5 copies)
Rear
4 sheets (1 original + 3 copies)
Note: The number of copies are for
carbonless sheets.
Total thickness
Front
0.46 mm (0.018 inches) maximum
Rear
0.30 mm (0.012 inches) maximum
Weight
Single
45 to 70 kg (14 to 22 lb)
Multi-part 35 to 48 kg (11 to 15 lb) × n (n < 8) and
within the total thickness
Paper requirements:
General
❏ The sprocket holes must be a circle or
notched circle.
❏ The holes must be cleanly cut.
❏ The perforation between pages should
not extend all the way to the edges of
the paper.
❏ At the perforation between pages, the
horizontal and vertical perforation cuts
should not cross.
Labels:
Size
❏ The ratio of the cut/uncut length at the
63.5 mm W × 23.8 mm H
(21⁄2 inches W × 15/16 inches H)
101 mm W × 23.8 mm H
(4 inches W × 15/16 inches H)
101 mm W × 26.99 mm H
(4 inches W × 17/16 inches H)
perforation should be less than 5:1.
❏ Expansion at the perforation (when the
paper is kept flat) should be less than
1 mm (0.04 inches).
Multi-part forms
Backing sheet
Width
101 to 406 mm (4 to 16 inches)
Length
88.9 mm (3.5 inches) minimum
Total thickness 0.19 mm (0.0075 inches) maximum
The difference in thickness must be less than
0.12 mm (0.0047 inches).
Overlapping multi-part forms:
Quality
Plain paper
Paper path
Front only
Width
101 to 406 mm (4 to 16 inches)
Copy capability
Front
5 sheets ( 1 original + 4 copies) (excluding
backing sheet)
Overlap length 10 mm (0.394 inches) maximum
Total thickness
Print area 0.46 mm (0.018 inches) maximum
Overlap
0.71 mm (0.028 inches) maximum including
the backing sheet
Weight
Multi-part 35 to 48 kg (11 to 15 lb) within the total
thickness
Backing
45 to 70 kg (14 to 22 lb)
sheet
Multi-part forms with labels:
Quality
Plain paper
Paper path
Front only
Width
101 to 406 mm (4 to 16 inches)
Total thickness 0.46 mm (0.018 inches) maximum
Weight
Single
45 to 70 kg (14 to 22 lb)
Multi-part 35 to 48 kg (11 to 15 lb) × n (n < 8) and
within the total thickness
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❏ It is best to use pressure-sensitive
multi-part forms.
❏ The form sheets should be securely
joined together along the left and right
edges by crimping, spot-gluing, or tape
stitching. For the best printing quality,
use multi-part forms joined with
spot-gluing. Never use multi-part
forms joined with metal staples.
❏ Crimping should be pressed in from
the original sheet side and go
completely through all copy sheets.
Also, crimping should be double-sided;
using single-sided crimping may cause
the printer to jam.
❏ For multi-part forms joined with
spot-gluing, be sure the spots of glue
are spaced the same way on the left
and right edges of the paper.
❏ The binding area should be flat and
should not have creases.
❏ Overlapping multi-part forms should
be joined together at the top of the
pages and not along the sides of the
pages.
❏ The sprocket holes of all sheets in the
form should be aligned properly.
❏ The binding position should be outside
the printable area.
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Labels
Environmental
❏ Labels should be securely attached to
the backing sheet.
❏ The backing sheet should be covered
with the label material, both in the label
area and in the spaces between labels.
(The backing sheet should not be
exposed.)
❏ The corners of the labels should be
❏ The label surface should be flat.
Mechanical
Push tractor (front and rear)
Push-pull feed with optional pull tractor
Ribbon:
Cartridge ribbon, available in black only
(#8766). Do not use ribbons for 24-pin
printers. Life expectancy is 15 million
characters (at 14 dots/character).
Operation: 5°C to 35°C (41°F to 95°F)
Storage:
−30°C to 65°C (−22°F to 150°F)
Humidity:
Operation: 10% to 80% RH without
condensation
Storage:
5% to 85% RH without
condensation
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Paper feed
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The DFX-5000+ has a built-in parallel and serial interface.
The parallel interface is an 8-bit, TTL-compatible signal.
MCBF:
For all components excluding print head
and ribbon: 24,000,000 lines
The serial interface is an RS-232C asynchronous interface
with the following characteristics:
MTBF:
8000 power-on hours (25% duty)
Running the printer continuously for
extended periods of time is not
recommended. It can cause the printer to
wear out sooner than expected.
Data format:
1 start bit
Data word length: 8 bits
Odd, even, or no parity
1 or more stop bits
Signal level:
Print head life:
300 million characters at 14 dots per
character
Mark logical “1” (−3 V to −27 V)
Space logical “0” (+3 V to +27 V)
Handshaking:
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Weight:
Handshaking by DTR signal or
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Bit rate:
300, 1200, 9600, 19200 bps
Connector plug:
EIA 25-pin connector
369 mm (14.5 inches)
700 mm (27.6 inches)
382 mm (15.0 inches)
29 kg (approx. 64 lb)
Connector pin assignments for the serial interface and a
description of their respective interface signals are shown in
the table below.
Electrical
Rated voltage
AC 120 V
Input voltage
range
AC 103.5 to 132 V
Rated
frequency range
50 to 60 Hz
Input frequency
range
49.5 to 60.5 Hz
Rated current
5.0 A
Power
consumption
Approx. 115 W (during self-test printing in
draft mode at 10 cpi)
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The control panel gives you access to several powerful
features. The panel consists of indicator lights and buttons.
POWER
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PAPER OUT
On when the printer is out of paper.
Flashes when the paper jams.
PAUSE
On when printing is paused.
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Indicates the selected pitch (10, 12, 17).
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FRONT
On when the front tractor is selected. The
light is green when paper is loaded (even
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and red when the tractor is out of paper.
You can use the built-in self-test to make sure the printer is
working correctly. The self-test checks the following:
PAPER SELECT
REAR
❏ Control circuit
❏ Printer mechanism
❏ Print quality
On when the rear tractor is selected. The
light is green when paper is loaded (even
if the paper is in the standby position),
and red when the tractor is out of paper.
Before performing the self-test, you need to load paper.
Loading paper onto the front tractor
1. Open the printer’s front cover by lifting the middle of its
bottom edge up until it locks in place.
Buttons
PAUSE
Stops or starts printing, if print data is
currently in the input buffer.
LF/FF/LOAD
LF advances paper one line at a time. To
feed paper one line, press this button once.
2. Release the sprocket lock levers on both the right and left
sprocket units by pulling each lever down.
FF advances the paper to the top of the
next page. To use this feature, press and
hold the button for about one second.
LOAD loads paper on the push tractor of
the selected paper path when no paper is
currently loaded.
TEAR OFF
Feeds the paper to the printer’s tear-off
edge and puts the printer in tear-off mode.
If the perforation of your paper does not
align exactly with the printer’s tear-off
edge, use the MICRO FEED buttons to
adjust the tear-off position.
MICRO FEED
Adjusts the paper position including the
top-of-form and tear-off positions. The
forward MICRO FEED button (^)
advances the paper in 1/216-inch
increments and the backward MICRO
FEED button (v) feeds the paper backward
in 1/216-inch increments.
TOP OF FORM
Enables the top-of-form mode, so that the
top-of-form position can be adjusted using
the MICRO FEED buttons. This button
functions only when the paper is loaded
into the printer using the LF/FF LOAD
button and the printer is in pause mode.
PITCH
Selects a character pitch of 10, 12, or 17 cpi.
PAPER SELECT
FRONT/REAR
Selects the front or rear tractor. If you have
been using paper loaded on one tractor,
first remove the printed output before
pressing this button to switch the tractor.
When you switch between tractors, the
paper already loaded in the printer is fed
backward to the standby position and the
paper on the newly selected tractor is
loaded.
3. Slide the left sprocket unit all the way to the left. Lock it
into place by pushing the sprocket lever up.
4. Slide the right sprocket unit to approximately match the
width of the paper. (Do not lock it into place yet.)
5. Slide the two paper supports so that they are spaced evenly
between the sprocket units.
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2. The self-test continues until the paper runs out or until you
press the PAUSE button. (To resume the test, press the
PAUSE button again.)
6. Open both sprocket covers.
3. To end the self-test, press the PAUSE button to stop printing
and then hold down the LF/FF button to advance the
paper.
4. Open the paper separator cover and tear off the paper at
the perforation.
5. Turn off the printer.
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7. Be sure the paper has a clean, straight edge, and then fit the
first five holes in the paper over the pins of the sprocket
units as shown below. The side of the paper that you want
to print should be facing you. Now close the sprocket
covers.
8. Slide the right sprocket unit so that the paper is straight
and has no wrinkles. Lock the sprocket unit in place by
pushing the sprocket lock lever up.
The DFX-5000+ printer is very easy to set up, but because it is
a very high-speed machine, take special care to ensure that a
proper paper path is established. EPSON printer stand model
8502 is specially designed to accommodate the printer, and
its use is recommended but not required. This stand provides
a catch bin and a paper supply shelf large enough to hold
paper for both the front and rear tractors, as well as detents,
which hold the printer securely in place.
If this stand is not used, make sure that the paper supply to
both tractors is properly aligned (no skewing to either side)
and that the paper exiting does not interfere with the rear
paper supply. Also ensure that the power and interface
cables are routed away from both incoming and exiting
paper.
The following illustration shows three ways to position the
printer and paper supply: with the front tractor loaded, with
the rear tractor loaded, and with both tractors loaded.
9. Pull out slightly on the printer’s front cover and lower it
until it is closed.
10.Turn on the printer.
11.Press the LF/FF/LOAD button. If the paper does not load,
the front tractor may not be selected. Press the
FRONT/REAR button to select the front tractor.
Running the self-test
Before running the self-test, turn off the printer if it is on.
Wait 10 seconds before starting the self-test.
The self-test can be run in either draft or near letter quality
(NLQ) mode.
1. While holding down the LF/FF button (for draft mode) or
the TEAR OFF button (for NLQ mode), turn on the printer.
After printing starts, release the button.
The printer prints a series of characters.
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The DFX-5000+ is code-compatible with the EPSON FX
printer series, and therefore it will perform properly with
virtually all popular software. The drivers that can be used
with the DFX-5000+ printer are listed in order of preference:
Engineering Change Notices
None.
Technical Information Bulletins
DFX-5000+
DFX-8000
DFX-5000
FX-870/1170
FX series
LX series
RX series
MX series
EPSON
None.
Product Support Bulletins
None.
Related Documentation
Note:
To use 15 or 20 characters per inch on your printer, you need a
DFX-5000+ printer driver. If your software program does not list
this printer, contact the software manufacturer to see if an update is
available.
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