Brother | PT-1250 | User`s guide | Brother PT-1250 User`s guide

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS
TAPE CASSETTES
SPACE KEY
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A TZ tape cassette is supplied with this unit. The Brother TZ tapes used with this machine are
available in a variety of colours and three tape widths (6 mm, 9 mm and 12 mm).
1 Press in on the rough area at the top end of the machine and
fold open the back cover.
2 If a tape cassette is already installed, remove it by pulling it
straight up.
3 If the ink ribbon in the other tape cassette is loose, use your
finger to wind the toothed wheel in the direction of the arrow on
the cassette until there is no slack in the ribbon. Also, make sure
that the end of the tape feeds under the tape guides.
Note: If you are using a new tape cassette provided with a
stopper, be sure to remove the stopper.
4 Insert the tape cassette firmly into the compartment, making
sure that the entire back of the cassette contacts the bottom of
the compartment.
Note: When inserting a tape cassette, make sure that the inner
ribbon does not catch on the corner of the metal guide.
5 Securely close the back cover, making sure that it snaps into place.
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Use only Brother TZ tapes with this machine. Do not use tapes that do not have the
mark.
Tapes are available in three different widths: 6 mm, 9 mm and 12 mm.
Do not pull the tape since this may damage the tape cassettes.
Do not attempt to cut the tape while printing or feeding since this will damage the
tape.
Do not clean the machine with alcohol or other organic solvents. Use only a soft, dry
cloth.
Remove the batteries and disconnect the AC adapter if you do not intend to use the
machine for an extended period of time.
Note: If power is disconnected for more than three minutes, all text shown in the
display and any text files stored in the memory will be lost.
Do not put any foreign objects into or anything on the machine.
Do not expose the machine to high temperatures or high humidity. Never leave it on
the dashboard or in the back of your car.
Do not use the machine in dusty places, and keep it out of both direct sunlight and
rain.
Do not leave any rubber or vinyl on the machine for an extended period of time.
Doing so may cause staining.
and
After inserting a new tape cassette, advance the tape by holding down
pressing
once.
Do not touch the print head mechanism. If the head is touched, clean it immediately
with a soft wipe (e.g., a cotton swab) to avoid permanent damage.
To avoid injuries, do not touch the cutter’s edge.
Use only the AC adapter designed exclusively for this machine. Use of any
other adapter will void the warranty.
Please contact your Brother dealer for details.
POWER SUPPLY
Batteries
LA3333001
Printed in China
Since this machine is compact and portable, it can be used anywhere by installing six
AAA alkaline batteries (LR03). When changing the batteries, always replace all six at the
same time.
1 Press in on the rough area at the top end of the machine and
fold open the back cover.
2 If batteries are already installed, remove the tape cassette (if one is
installed) by pulling it straight out, and then remove the batteries.
3 Insert the batteries into the battery compartment with the
positive end of the bottom three batteries pointing toward the top
end of the machine, and the positive end of the top three
batteries pointing in the opposite direction.
Note: When replacing the batteries, insert the new ones within
three minutes of removing the old ones, otherwise all text
shown in the display and any text files stored in the
memory will be lost (unless the machine is plugged into
an outlet with the AC adapter).
4 Securely close the back cover, making sure that it snaps into place.
Issued by:
BIE Ltd.
European Development
and Technical Services
Division
Optional AC adapter
The AC adapter allows you to use this machine wherever an electrical outlet is available.
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and follows the provisions of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 89/336/EEC
(as amended by 91/263/EEC and 92/31/EEC). The optional AC adapter, as supplied
for this system, conforms with EN 60950 and follows the provisions of the Low
Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC.
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Insert the plug on the adapter cord into the adapter jack on the bottom end of the
machine.
Insert the plug into the nearest standard electrical outlet.
RETURN KEY
Press
second.
●
and pressing
Feed the tape by holding down
then push in the tape cutter lever to cut the tape.
●
To select an item from a list, press
You can add composite characters, which consist of a letter and a diacritical mark ( `, ´, ¨,
ˆ, and ˜).
Diacritical mark Letters which can be combined
STARTING
Press
. If batteries have been installed or the machine has been plugged in using the
optional AC adapter, the previous session’s information is displayed when the machine is
turned on. This feature allows you to stop work on a label and turn off the machine, then
return to it later without having to re-enter the text.
The machine automatically turns off if no key is pressed within five minutes. The current
session’s information is stored in the machine’s internal memory and displayed when the
machine is later turned on again.
once.
COMPOSITE CHARACTERS
1
2
3
AEIOUaeiou
´
AEIOUaeiou
¨
AEIOUaeiouy
ˆ
AEIOUaeiou
˜
ANOano
and press the key of the diacritical mark that you want to enter.
Hold down
Press
if you want the accented character to be an uppercase letter.
Press the key of the letter that you wish to combine with the diacritical mark. The
letter and diacritical mark are added to the text.
ACCENTED CHARACTERS
You can also choose from a list of other accented characters that can be added to your
text.
CODE KEY
Letter
By holding down
and pressing a key with a function, character or accent written in
yellow above it, you can use the corresponding function or add the corresponding
character to your text.
CAPS KEY
By pressing
to enter Caps mode, you can add upper-case letters to your text by
simply pressing the character keys. When this mode is on, the Caps indicator in the topuntil the Caps
left corner of the display comes on. To exit Caps mode, press
indicator goes off.
1
2
3
NUM KEY
By pressing
to enter Num mode, you can add numbers to your text by simply
pressing the corresponding keys. When this mode is on, the Num indicator in the bottomuntil the Num indicator
left corner of the display comes on. To exit Num mode, press
goes off.
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DISPLAY
CURSOR MOVEMENT
Back cover
You can view and edit different parts of the text by moving the cursor backward and
forward.
●
To move the cursor to the beginning of the text, hold down
À
Â
C
Ç
E
Ë
É
È
I
Ï
Í
Ì
N
Ñ
O
Ö
Ó
Ò
Ô
U
Ü
Ú
Ù
Û
Ã
Letter
Å
Accented character
a
ä
c
ç
Ê
e
Î
i
n
ñ
o
u
y
ÿ
Õ
Æ
Ø
Œ
á
à
â
ë
é
è
ê
ï
í
ì
î
ö
ó
ò
ô
ü
ú
ù
û
ã
å
æ
õ
ø
œ
if you want the accented character to be an uppercase letter.
Press
Note: To quit the following procedure at any time without making any changes, press
.
Press
. The message “A-Y?” appears in the display.
Turn the Function dial until the cursor is positioned under the desired accented
character.
OR
Press the key for the letter in the accented character that you wish to add, and then
and
until the cursor is positioned under the desired accented
press
character.
) to add the selected character to your text.
Press the Function dial (or
Symbols
A
+
±
B
<
>
÷
×
&
=
\
[
]
·
?
¿
¡
#
§
C
:
;
”
D
ª
º
D
E
←
→
↑
↓
$
F
ij
°
%
★
✏
Delete key
or
Á
Group
Display
To move the cursor one character at a time, press
Ä
In addition to the letters, symbols, and numerals on and above the keys, there are 75
symbols available with the Symbol function. These symbols are divided into 10 groups,
corresponding to the letters A through J.
1234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345
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Accented character
A
SYMBOLS
Tape cutter lever
EMC:
EN 55022 1998 Class B
EN 55024 1998
EN 61000-3-2 1995
EN 61000-3-3 1995
Brother House
1, Tame Street
Audenshaw
Manchester M34 5JE
U.K.
declare that the Labelling System PT-1250 conforms with the
following normative documents:
We Brother International Europe Ltd.
Caps key
once. The return mark ( ) appears in the text to
To add a second line, press
indicate the end of the first line and the beginning of the second.
Note: Two lines of text can only be entered if 9- or 12-mm-wide tape is installed.
once, and
OVERVIEW
Function dial
when you wish to select a setting, or end the first line of text and start the
`
6
This machine’s LCD shows one row of 8 characters; however, the text that you enter can
be up to 55 characters in length. The 8-character display is like a window which moves
across the text.
Return key
to add a blank space to your text.
ß
µ
£
DM
Fr
G
.
H
and press
I
.
Declaration of Conformity
J
Num key
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On/off key
To move the cursor to the end of the text, hold down
and press
.
Print head
DELETE KEY
This key can be used to remove characters from your text, clear all of the text or cancel
functions.
Batteries
With your new PT-1250, 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.
You no longer have to worry about urgent tasks that require professional printing. In the office, the
factory, the lab or the home, the quality and performance of the PT-1250 make it an extremely practical
machine.
Although this machine is easy to use, we suggest that you read this manual carefully before starting and
keep the manual in a handy place for future reference.
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Tape cassette
●
Tape exit slot
2
To delete the character to the left of the cursor or to cancel a function (instead of
pressing
), press
Note:
• The use of certain symbols may be governed by local, national or European
regulation. Therefore, check that any symbol printed conforms to these regulations
before it is used.
.
• To quit the following procedure at any time without making any changes, press
1 Turn the Function dial until SYMBOL is displayed, and then press the Function dial
.
To clear all of the text that is currently entered, hold down
and press
.
3
). The message “A-J?” appears in the display.
(or
Turn the Function dial until the cursor is positioned under the desired symbol.
OR
Press the key for the letter of the group containing the symbol that you wish to add,
and
and then press
Press the Function dial (or
until the cursor is positioned under the desired symbol.
) to add the symbol to the text.
INTRODUCTION
SIZE
TAPE MARGIN
MEMORY
The characters in the text can be set to one of five different sizes in addition to AUTO,
which automatically adjusts the characters to the largest possible size according to the
width of the installed tape. The currently selected size setting is shown by the indicators at
the top of the display. In addition, all of the indicators light up when the AUTO setting is
selected.
SIZE3 (A: double height)
SIZE1 (A: standard size)
SIZE2 (A: double width)
This function can be used to leave equal margins of 4 mm (#), 12 mm (##) or 24 mm
(###) on both sides of the text. Using the – tape margin setting, multiple formats can be
printed, one after the other without feeding the tape, onto a single label.
You can use the memory to store your most frequently used text. The text file remains in
the memory, even after all characters are removed from the display by holding down
.
Note: To quit the following procedure at any time without making any changes, press
1 Turn the Function dial until TAPE is displayed, and then press the Function dial (or
). The current tape margin setting appears in the display.
2
SIZE4 (A: double width & double height)
SIZE5 (A: 4× width & double height)
3
Note:
• If there are two lines of text, they are printed with the SIZE1 setting applied,
regardless of the selected size setting.
1
Turn the Function dial (or press
3
displayed.
Press the Function dial (or
and
STORING TEXT
Note: To quit the following procedure at any time without making any changes, press
.
1 Turn the Function dial until MEMORY is displayed, and then press the Function dial
).
(or press
2
3
4
After you have entered the text and chosen the desired format settings, you are ready to
print the label.
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●
●
SHADOW
ITALIC
I+OUTL (italic + outline)
I+BOLD (italic + bold)
I+SHADOW (italic + shadow) VERTICAL
Note:
• If there are two lines of text, they are printed in the NORMAL style, regardless of
the selected style setting.
.
• To quit the following procedure at any time without making any changes, press
Turn the Function dial until STYLE is displayed, and then press the Function dial
). The current style setting appears in the display.
(or
2
Turn the Function dial (or press
3
displayed.
Press the Function dial (or
and
) until the desired style setting is
) to apply the selected style setting to the text.
Note: To quit the following procedure at any time without making any changes, press
.
1 Turn the Function dial until REPEAT is displayed, and then press the Function dial
). The message “1-9?” appears in the display.
(or
2
VINE
3
1
.
• To quit the following procedure at any time without making any changes, press
Turn the Function dial until UNDL/FRM is displayed, and then press the Function
). The current underline/frame setting appears in the display.
dial (or
2
Turn the Function dial (or press
3
setting is displayed.
Press the Function dial (or
text.
and
) until the desired underline/frame
) to apply the selected underline/frame setting to the
.
Note: To quit the following procedure at any time without making any changes, press
1 Position the cursor below the number that you wish to increase.
2 Turn the Function dial until NUMBER is displayed, and then press the Function dial
). The message “1-9?” appears in the display.
(or
Turn the Function dial (or press
3
and
) until the desired mirror printing
) to apply the selected mirror printing setting to the
4
Turn the Function dial (or press
and
) until the last number that you want
to print appears on the right side of the display.
OR
Press the key (1-9) corresponding to the last number that you want to print.
Note: The last number that will be printed must be larger than the number selected
in the text, otherwise the message “ERROR” will appear when you try to print.
Press the Function dial (or
or
Turn the Function dial (or press
and
• Check that the tape cassette has been
inserted correctly.
• If the tape cassette is empty, replace it.
• Check that the character size is
appropriate for the width of the tape that
is used.
3. The printed characters are not formed
properly.
• If the batteries are weak, replace them.
4. Striped tape appears.
• The tape cassette is empty. Replace it.
5. The memory has cleared on its own.
• The batteries may be weak. Replace
them.
6. A blank horizontal line appears through
the printed label.
• There may be some dust on the print
head. Remove the tape cassette and use
a dry cotton swab to gently wipe the print
head with an up-and-down motion. Try
printing again, and if dust still remains,
dip the cotton swab in isopropyl (rubbing)
alcohol and gently wipe the print head
again.
7. The machine has “locked up” (i.e., nothing
happens when a key is pressed, even
• Turn off the machine, and then while
) until the file number where you
want to store the text is displayed.
OR
Press the key (1-9) corresponding to the file number where you want to store the
text.
) to store the text. The text previously shown in the
Press the Function dial (or
display reappears.
Note:
• If the file number you selected already contains text, the message “ERROR”
), and then select a different file
appears. Press the Function dial (or
number.
• If nine text files are already stored, the message “ERROR” appears. Press the
), and then delete one of the stored text files before
Function dial (or
trying to store the current text.
• If 300 characters are already stored, the message “FULL” appears. Press the
), and then delete one of the stored text files before
Function dial (or
trying to store the current text.
holding down
though the machine is on).
Finally, release
• After printing with the – tape margin setting, hold down
and press
once to feed the tape before pushing in the tape cutter lever to cut it.
• After printing with the #, ## or ### tape margin setting, push in the tape cutter
lever to cut off the tape, and then use scissors to cut along the printed dots (:)
and separate the labels.
, press
and
.
Note: The text and formats in the
display and all text files stored in
the memory are erased.
An error occurred.
BATTERY
The batteries are weak.
B ATT E RY
The batteries are empty.
2
FULL
The maximum number of characters (55 characters) have already
Turn the Function dial (or press
then press the Function dial (or
and
) until RECALL is displayed, and
3
Turn the Function dial (or press
4
recall is displayed.
OR
Press the key (1-9) corresponding to the file number of the text that you want to
recall.
) to clear the display and recall the selected text.
Press the Function dial (or
and
) until the text file that you want to
DELETING A TEXT FILE
Note: To quit the following procedure at any time without making any changes, press
.
1 Turn the Function dial until MEMORY is displayed, and then press the Function dial
).
(or press
2
Turn the Function dial (or press
then press the Function dial (or
been entered or the memory is full.
). The message “1-9?” appears in the display.
and
SPECIFICATIONS
Keyboard:
41 keys and 1 dial
Print speed:
10 mm/sec.
Character size:
Standard size
Double width
Double height
Double width & double height
4× width & double height
Character font:
HELSINKI
Print tape:
Pressure-sensitive adhesive-based (TZ tape only)
8 meters long
Three widths available:
12 mm
9 mm
6 mm
LCD:
7 × 5 dots
Power supply:
Six AAA size alkaline batteries (LR03) or optional AC adapter
(7V, 1.2A)
Auto-power off
Dimensions:
154 mm (W) × 129 mm (D) × 64 mm (H)
Weight:
400 g (without batteries and tape cassette)
Buffer size:
55 characters
Memory size:
300 characters maximum, 9 text files
) until DELETE is displayed, and
). The message “1-9?” appears in the display.
3
Turn the Function dial (or press
4
delete is displayed.
OR
Press the key (1-9) corresponding to the file number of the text that you want to
delete.
) to delete the selected text file.
Press the Function dial (or
and
) until the text file that you want to
1 line × 8 characters
) to print the labels.
Note:
and
to turn the machine back on.
ERROR MESSAGE LIST
) to print the labels.
This function can be used to print many copies of the same text while increasing a
selected number by 1 after each label is printed, for example, when printing labels
containing a serial number (for example, 0123, 0124, and 0125).
2. The machine does not print, or the
printed characters are blurred.
ERROR
NUMBERING
MIRROR PRINTING
.
• To quit the following procedure at any time without making any changes, press
Turn the Function dial until MIRROR is displayed, and then press the Function dial
). The current mirror printing setting appears in the display.
(or
or
• After printing with the – tape margin setting, hold down
and press
once to feed the tape before pushing in the tape cutter lever to cut it.
• After printing with the #, ## or ### tape margin setting, push in the tape cutter
lever to cut off the tape, and then use scissors to cut along the printed dots (:)
and separate the labels.
3
This function prints your label so that the text can be read from the adhesive side of the
tape. If mirror-printed labels are attached to glass or some other transparent material,
they can be read correctly from the opposite side.
Note:
• With this function, the text must be printed on transparent tape.
Press the Function dial (or
Solution
• Check that the batteries are correctly
inserted.
• If the batteries are weak, replace them.
• Check that the adapter is correctly
connected.
Note: To quit the following procedure at any time without making any changes, press
.
1 Turn the Function dial until MEMORY is displayed, and then press the Function dial
).
(or press
) until the number of labels that you
Note:
UNDL (underline)
Note:
• The underline or frame is not printed if the VERTICAL style setting is used.
setting is displayed.
Press the Function dial (or
text.
and
Turn the Function dial (or press
) until STORE is displayed, and then
). The message “1-9?” appears in the display.
RECALLING TEXT
This function allows you to print up to nine copies of the same label.
want to print appears on the right side of the display.
OR
Press the key (1-9) corresponding to the number of labels that you want to print.
This option allows you to emphasize or decorate your entire text by framing or underlining
it. If any setting other than OFF is selected, the ABC / ABC indicator at the bottom of the
display lights up.
OFF (no underline or frame)
ROUND
BANNER
2
and press
once. The message “FEED” is displayed while
setting), hold down
the tape is fed out.
To cut off the label, push in the tape cutter lever in the top-right corner of the
machine.
Note:
• In order to prevent damage to the tape, do not try to cut it while the messages
“PRINT” or “FEED” are displayed.
• After printing with the # or ## tape margin setting, push in the tape cutter lever
to cut off the label, and then use scissors to cut along the printed dots (:) and
centre the text within the label.
REPEAT PRINTING
UNDERLINE/FRAME
WOODEN
. The message “PRINT” is displayed while the label is
To print the label, press
being printed, and the label comes out of the tape exit slot at the top end of the
machine.
To feed out 25 mm of tape (for example, after printing using the – tape margin
and
Turn the Function dial (or press
press the Function dial (or
PRINTING & CUTTING
) to apply the selected size setting to the text.
You can also use one of nine different print styles for the characters in your label. If a
setting other than NORMAL is selected, the Style indicator at the bottom of the display
lights up.
NORMAL
OUTLINE
BOLD
1
) to apply the selected tape margin setting to the
. Later, the text can easily be reused by recalling it from the memory.
Problem
1. The display stays blank after you have
turned on the machine.
The machine’s memory can store up to 300 characters, which can be divided into as
many as nine text files. The maximum capacity for a single text file is 55 characters.
) until the desired size setting is
STYLE
1
is displayed.
Press the Function dial (or
text.
Note:
) until the desired tape margin setting
and press
• After printing with the – tape margin setting, hold down
once to feed the tape before pushing in the tape cutter lever to cut it,
otherwise some of the printed characters may be cut off.
• After printing with the # or ## tape margin setting, push in the tape cutter lever
to cut off the label, and then use scissors to cut along the printed dots (:) and
centre the text within the label.
.
• To quit the following procedure at any time without making any changes, press
Turn the Function dial until SIZE is displayed, and then press the Function dial (or
). The current size setting appears in the display.
2
and
Turn the Function dial (or press
and pressing
TROUBLESHOOTING
Function Flow Chart
Turn the Function dial to select a function. / Note: To quit any of the following procedures at any time without making any changes, press
SYMBOL
SIZE
STYLE
UNDL/FRM
Press the Function dial (or press
See symbols
listed in
the User's
Guide.
AUTO
SIZE1
SIZE2
SIZE3
SIZE4
SIZE5
NORMAL
OUTLINE
BOLD
SHADOW
ITALIC
I+OUTL
I+BOLD
I+SHADOW
VERTICAL
MIRROR
TAPE
), and then turn the dial (or pressor
OFF
ROUND
BANNER
WOODEN
VINE
UNDL
OFF
ON
or
###
#
##
REPEAT
NUMBER
.
MEMORY
) to select the desired setting.
1-9
1-9
STORE
RECALL
DELETE
Press the
Function dial
(or press
),
and then turn
the dial (or
press
or
to select
the desired
setting.
1-9
Press the Function dial (or press
).
LA3742001
TAPE CUTTER
With use, the cutter stopper may wear or the cutter blade may become blunt, making it impossible to cut the
tape cleanly. If this occurs, the stopper or the cutter unit may need to be replaced. A new cutter stopper and
cutter unit (stock no. TC-5) can be obtained from an authorized Brother dealer.
1
Fold open the back cover, and then remove the tape cassette.
2
Replace the cutter stopper by pulling it straight out, then sliding a new one over the metal bar as shown
in figure 1.
3
Install the tape cassette, close the back cover, and then check if the tape can be cut cleanly.
4
If the tape still cannot be cut cleanly, fold open the back cover, and remove the tape cassette. Next,
replace the cutter unit by grabbing it at the top and pulling it straight out, then grabbing the top of the
new cutter unit and sliding it over the metal pin as shown in figure 2. Finally, install the tape cassette,
close the back cover, and then check that the tape is cut cleanly.
Cutter stopper
Figure 1
Cutter unit
CAUTION
•
When changing the cutter unit, be careful not to touch the cutter blade.
•
Keep the cutter unit in a safe place that is out of the reach of small children.
Figure 2
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