pt90usersguide
Introduction
With your PT-90, you can create labels for any application.
Select from the many frames, character sizes and styles to
design beautiful custom labels. In addition, the variety of
tape cartridges available allows you to print labels with
different widths and exciting colours.
Read this manual carefully before starting and keep the
manual in a handy place for future reference.
The contents of this guide and the specifications of this
product are subject to change without notice.
Warning
English
• Depending on the location, material, and environmental conditions,
the label may unpeel or become irremovable, the colour of the label
may change or be transferred to other objects. Before applying the
label, check the environmental condition and the material.
• Do not use the P-touch in any way or for any purpose not described
in this guide. Doing so may result in accidents or damage to the
machine.
• Use only Brother M tapes with this machine. Do not use tapes that
do not have the
mark.
• Only use a soft, dry cloth to clean the machine; never use alcohol
or other organic solvents.
• Use a cotton swab to clean the print head; never touch the print
head.
• Do not put any foreign objects into the tape exit slot or AC adapter
connector, etc.
• Do not place the P-touch/battery/adapter in direct sunlight or rain,
near heaters or other hot appliances, in any location exposed to
extremely high or low temperatures (e.g. on the dashboard or in the
back of your car), high humidity, or dusty locations.
• Do not apply excessive pressure to the cutter lever.
• Do not try to print if the cassette is empty; it will damage the print
head.
• Do not pull the tape while printing or feeding; it will damage the tape
and machine.
• When power is disconnected for more than three minutes, all texts
settings and any text files stored in the memory will be cleared.
• Any data stored in memory will be lost due to failure or repair of the
P-touch, or if the battery expires and no adapter is connected.
• Always use the specified voltage and the suggested AC adapter
(AD-24ES) for this machine to prevent any damage or failure.
• Unplug the adapter cord immediately and stop using the P-touch
during an electrical storm.
• Do not use the machine/AC adapter in places of high humidity such
as bathrooms.
• Do not overload the adapter cord.
• Do not place heavy objects on, or damage the adapter cord or plug.
Do not forcibly bend or pull the adapter cord. When disconnecting
the adapter cord from the power outlet, always hold the plug.
• Make sure that the plug is fully inserted in the power outlet. Do not
use an outlet that is loose.
• Do not swallow the cutter stopper.
• Do not get the machine/AC adapter/adapter plug wet, such as by
handling them with wet hands or spilling liquids on to them.
• Do not disassemble or modify the P-touch/AC adapter/batteries.
• Do not use metallic objects, such as tweezers or a metallic pen,
when changing the batteries.
• Do not throw the batteries into fire or expose to heat.
• Disconnect the AC adapter, remove batteries immediately and stop
using the machine if you notice abnormal odour, heat,
discolouration, deformation or anything unusual while using or
storing it.
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User’s Guide
General Precautions
Follow these guidelines to avoid the risk of fire, burn,
injury, electric shock, damage, overheating, abnormal
odours or smoking.
Declaration of Conformity
(Europe/Turkey only)
90
• Do not drop or hit the P-touch/AC adapter.
• Do not press hard on the LCD display.
• Make sure you do not trap your fingers when closing the cassette
cover.
Safety Precautions
BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD
15-1, Naeshiro-cho, Mizuho-ku,
Nagoya, 467-8561, Japan
declare that this product is in compliance with the essential
requirements and other relevant provisions of Directives 2004/108/
EC and 2005/32/EC.
The Adapter AD-24ES is in compliance with the essential
requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 2006/95/EC.
The Declaration of Conformity (DoC) is on our Web site. Please go
to http://solutions.brother.com -> choose region (eg. Europe) ->
choose country -> choose your model -> choose “Manuals” ->
choose Declaration of Conformity (*Select Language when
required).
Caution
Follow these guidelines to avoid personal injury,
battery leakage, burn and heat.
• Do not touch the cutter blade near the print head.
• Remove the batteries and disconnect the AC adapter if you do not
intend to use the P-touch for an extended period of time.
• Do not use old and new batteries together or mix alkaline batteries
with other type batteries, or set the positive and negative end in the
wrong position.
Printed in China
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Power Supply and Tape Cassette
1
2
Cassette
cover
3
Print head
4
Cutter
blade
Tape guide
2
1
AC adapter
socket
Tape cutter lever
Remove the cassette cover by pressing the
above indicated area.
If a tape cassette is already installed, remove it by
pulling it straight up. Also, if batteries are already
installed, remove them.
• Make sure that the power is turned off when
replacing batteries or tape cassettes.
Insert four new AAA alkaline batteries
(LR03), making sure that their poles point in
the correct directions.
• Always replace all four batteries at the same time
using brand new ones.
• For using optional AC adapter (AD-24ES), refer to
“Using Optional AC Adapter”.
End of tape
Tape
exit slot
Insert a tape cassette, making sure that it
snaps into place.
Insert the two hooks at the bottom of the
cassette cover into the slots on the machine
(1), and then close the cover securely until
it snaps into place (2).
• Make sure that the end of the tape feeds under the
tape guide.
• Use only Brother M tapes with this machine.
After you have installed the tape, feed the tape (see
“Feeding”) once and then push in the tape cutter lever
to cut the tape.
Changeable Faceplates
The PT-90 comes with a variety of different faceplates - enabling users to customize the machine. To change the faceplates, follow the steps below.
1
2
Cassette cover
3
Faceplates
4
2
Front cover
Hook
1
Slot
Remove the cassette cover by pressing the
above indicated area. Slide the front cover
back and lift up from machine.
• Make sure that the power is turned off when
replacing the faceplate.
Remove the inserted faceplate, and then
replace it with another one.
• Be sure to remove the protective film from the front
side of the faceplate before replacing.
• Do not insert more than one faceplate at a time. This
can damage the faceplates and cause the front
cover to fit incorrectly.
Insert the two hooks at the bottom of the
cassette cover into the slots on the machine
(1), and then close the cover securely until
it snaps into place (2).
Insert the hooks on the front cover into the
slots on the machine, and slide the cover
back into place.
LCD Display & Keyboard
Initial Settings
Width
Size
Bold
Outline
Shadow
Vertical
Italic
Frame
Underline
Label Length
Cursor
Num Lock
Caps
1
3
Start your machine.
Supply power by using four AAA alkaline batteries
.
(LR03) or the optional AC adapter, and then press
2
Print key
Set the language.
Backspace key
Enter key
Svenska/Dansk/Deutsch]
• You can also display [Language] by pressing
.
Shift key
Accent key
Space key
and
.
NOTE
Italiano/Nederlands/Norsk/Português/
Character key
[Unit]
• You can also display [Unit] by pressing
The default setting is [English].
[English/Español/Français/
Num Lock key
Shift key
Symbol key
Caps key
The default setting is [mm].
[mm/inch]
[Language]
Cursor key
Function key
Cursor key
Power key
DECO MODE key
Preview key
Set the unit of measurement.
and
• The machine automatically turns off if no keys are
pressed within five minutes.
• To cancel operations, press
.
• To initialize the P-touch back to factory settings, see
“Resetting the P-touch”.
NOTE
The LCD shows one row of 12 characters; however, you can enter up to 80 characters in length.
Troubleshooting
X Error messages
Message
Low Battery!
Full!
No Text!
Message
Cause/Remedy
The batteries are weak. Replace them with
new ones.
The maximum number of characters (80
characters for regular text, or 50 characters
for DECO MODE) have already been
entered.
• You tried to print a text file when there was
no data stored in the memory.
•
was pressed when no text was
entered.
•
was pressed when no text was
entered.
• You tried to select [Copies] when no text
was entered.
•
was pressed when no text was
entered in the text entry screen of DECO
MODE.
Line Limit!
Invalid!
Text Limit!
Cooling XXX
Cause/Remedy
• You tried to enter a 3rd line by pressing
(Maximum printable lines is 2).
Invalid number is selected for [Label Length].
• The text length exceeds the selected label
length.
• The text length exceeds 200mm when
[Label Length] is set to [Auto] in DECO
MODE.
• If the minimum label length (30mm) is
selected, some frame types (Leaf or Star)
will not allow you to enter additional text.
If the print head becomes too hot, your
machine will stop printing and automatically
start to cool down. The cool down time will
be displayed. Once the print head is cool,
printing will automatically continue. Do not
touch the P-touch while cooling.
X What to do when...
Problem
The display stays
blank after you have
turned on the
machine.
The machine does
not print, or the
printed characters are
not formed properly.
Solution
• Check that the batteries are correctly
inserted.
• If the batteries are weak, replace them.
• Check that the tape cassette has been
inserted correctly.
• If the tape cassette is empty, replace it.
• Check the cassette cover is properly closed.
• The batteries may be weak. Replace them.
The settings and texts • When power is disconnected for more
three minutes, all texts, settings and
have cleared on their than
any text files stored in the memory will be
own.
cleared. Language and Unit settings will
also be cleared.
A blank horizontal line There maybe some dust on the print head.
Remove the tape cassette and use a dry
appears through the cotton swab to gently wipe the print head
printed label.
with an up-and-down motion.
Problem
The machine has
“locked up” (i.e., nothing
happens when a key is
pressed, even though
the machine is on.)
The power turns off
when you try to print.
The tape does not
feed properly or the
tape gets stuck inside
the machine.
All text and format
settings need to be
cleared to create a
new label.
To change language
setting
Solution
Refer to “Resetting the P-touch”.
• The batteries may be weak. Replace them.
• Check that the batteries are correctly inserted.
• Check that the end of the tape feeds under
the tape guides.
• The cutter lever is used while printing. Do
not touch the cutter lever during printing.
Press
while holding down
into Function mode and select
Refer to “Initial Settings”.
, or go
.
Entering Text and Symbols
X Switching Upper Case/Lower Case
Printing Labels
X Entering Accented Characters
Saving Label Files
X Text Preview
X Memory (
You can preview the text before printing.
Upper case (
ON)
Lower case (
OFF)
Accented Characters
X Entering Numbers
Num Lock ON
Num Lock OFF
X Making a Two Line Label
1. Enter the text for the first line and press .
2. Enter the text for the second line and press
.
• Do not press
after the second line; otherwise the “Line
Limit!” error message will appear.
• Use either 9mm or 12mm wide tape for two line text.
Display
Label image
Accented Characters
A
a
C
c
D
d
E
e
G
g
I
i
K
k
L
l
N
n
O
o
R
r
S
s
T
t
U
u
Y
y
Z
z
• The LCD shows the whole text and the label length (mm/
inch), then returns to the original text.
• Only the text can be previewed, not the style, size,
underline/frame or any additional features.
X Feeding (Tape Feed)
By pressing
X Entering Symbols
+
• To prevent damage to the tape, do not touch the cutter
lever while the message “Printing…” or “Feeding…” is
displayed.
• To cut off the label, push in the tape cutter lever on the
upper-left corner of the machine.
• Peel the printed label from backing and apply the label.
Display
X Making Copies (
+
)
You can print up to 9 copies of each label.
+
• You can also select the number of copies by entering with
the Number Keys
~
.
To delete text only :
[Text Only]
to select a function under column [A], and then press
can also be selected with the shortcut keys listed under column [C]. (
to select a setting listed under column [B], and then press
[A]
[B]
. (The function
+
to
))
.
[C]
Label image
Large*1
Size
Size
+
You can reset the P-touch when you want to initialize the
settings, or in the event that the P-touch is not working
properly.
1
2
3
Press
to turn off the power.
×2
+
×1/2
Normal*1
Bold
While holding down
turn on the power.
Release
and
, and then release
, press
to
and
.
The internal memory is reset, and all text, settings and
stored files are cleared.
Italic
+
Italic Bold
This function allows you to create unique labels by using
some built-in templates. You can choose from 8 types of
templates.
Design
Label Image
Cooling
β
γ
δ
µ Ω
0
1
2
7
4
8
5
9
6
3
0
4
1
5
2
7
8
9
05
11
!
÷
]
"
_
'
\
/
*
± =
< > §
  
6
3
12
13
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
A
B
C
D
H
I
J
L
6
9
7
9
8
9
• To display the next group, press
.
• To cancel operations, press
.
• Symbols surrounded by a box in the Basic table are
available in DECO MODE.
• The rows of symbols (A to L) in the Pictograph table can
be selected by pressing the corresponding character.
X Printing the Pictograph List
[Print List]
Label image
[Design 8]
[Auto/
30-200mm]
Off*1
ABC
[Print]
Underline
NOTE
Round
Leaf
Tile
+
Star
Heart
Square
Bubble
Auto*1/30mm - 300mm*2
α
09
04
2
Vertical
Label Length
08
03
K
Italic Shadow
Label length
;
~
1
Example: Design 8
Italic Outline
Undl/Frame
, :
- &
% ?
− ×
) [
02
F
5
Underline/Frame
.
@
#
+
(
01
G
4
Shadow
Style
Basic
E
3
Outline
Style
The following symbols are available.
Pictograph
DECO MODE
Normal*1
Width
NOTE
10
Small
Width
[Open]
07
Designing Labels
Design
To Open:
06
Resetting the P-touch
2 Use
[Print]
Symbols
• Pictographs are displayed on the LCD display with the
corresponding alphabet and number of the Pictograph
table. For the Pictograph table and Pictograph List, refer
to “Symbols”.
, use
To Print:
[Copies]
This machine is equipped with a peeler that allows you to
easily remove the backing from labels.
1. Insert the label, with the printed surface facing down,
as far as possible into the built-in peeler.
2. Fold back the label to the right and quickly pull out the
label. The end of the backing is separated from the
label.
[Txt&Format]
+
1 Press
[Save]
)
, the letters will be deleted one by one.
To delete all text and settings :
Label image
To Save:
If you try to store a label when there is already a label
stored to that number, a message “Overwrite?” will appear.
Press
to save your new label. Press
to cancel.
X Removing the Label Backing
[A7]
[File]
X Printing
Example: Entering
[Pictograph]
)
+
The machine will feed 25mm of tape, which may be needed
when installing a new tape cassette.
• To cancel operations, press
.
• The order of accented characters differs by the selected
LCD language.
X To Clear (
+
You can save your original labels on to your machine. Up to
three labels can be saved and recalled for printing at a later
time. You can also edit and overwrite the stored label.
/
The label is printed with the specified length.
*1 Default setting. To return to the default setting, press
.
*2 You can select the length by entering the length with the Number Keys
~
. To return to [Auto], press
+
.
• Some Deco Mode formats may require cooling (indicated
on the above table). If the print head becomes too hot,
your machine will stop printing and automatically start to
cool down. The cool down time will be displayed. Once
the print head is cool, printing will automatically continue.
Do not touch the P-touch while cooling.
• Only one line of text can be entered in DECO MODE.
• Depending on the selected format, the entire text entered
may not be printed.
• The formats of the DECO MODE templates cannot be
changed.
• Symbols surrounded by a box in the Basic table are
available in DECO MODE. For the Basic table, refer to
“Symbols”.
• To clear all the entered text, press
and
.
“Clear?” is displayed. Press
to clear the text, or
to
cancel this operation.
• When you access DECO MODE, your most recently
printed DECO MODE text and label length will be recalled.
• Press
to return to the previous step.
• To exit DECO MODE, press
until the display returns
to the text entry screen. You can also exit this mode by
pressing
when [Print] is displayed, and selecting
[Quit].
• 12mm wide tape cassettes are recommended when
using the DECO MODE feature.
• The maximum label length is 200mm for DECO MODE.
• When [Auto] is selected for [Label Length], the label will
automatically adjust to the correct length for printing the
text one time.
• Press
to return to [Auto] for [Label Length] mode.
Using Optional AC Adapter
1
2
Insert the small plug on the adapter cord into
the AC adapter socket on the top end of the
machine.
Insert the power plug into the nearest
standard electrical outlet.
NOTE
For memory back up, we recommend using AAA alkaline
batteries (LR03) together when using the AC adapter.
Specifications
Dimensions:
(W × D × H)
Approx. 156 × 111 × 56.5mm
Weight:
Approx. 255 g
(without batteries and tape cassette)
Power supply:
Four AAA alkaline batteries (LR03)
Optional AC adapter (AD-24ES)
Tape cassette:
Brother M tape (width) :
9mm, 12mm
Contact Information
Contact may differ by country.
See the website http://www.brother.eu/
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