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TT230SM THERMAL TRANSFER PRINTER
USER’S
MANUAL
Operations Overview
Unpacking and Inspection
This printer has been specially packaged to withstand damage during shipping.
Please carefully inspect the packaging and printer upon receiving the bar code printer.
Please retain the packaging materials in case you need to reship the printer.
Unpacking the printer, the following items are included in the carton.
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One printer unit
One Windows USB Key Drive for Drivers / Manuals.
One quick installation guide
One power cord
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One auto switching power supply
One USB interface cable
If any parts are missing, please contact HellermannTyton Support.
Printer Overview
Front View
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1. Ribbon access cover
2. Top cover open lever
3. Media view window
4. LED indicator
5. Feed button
6. SD card socket
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Interior view
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1. Ribbon rewind hub
2. Ribbon rewind gear
3. Gap sensor (receiver)
4. Media holder
5. Media holder lock switch
6. Gap sensor (transmitter)
7. Printhead
8. Ribbon supply hub
9. Top cover support
10. Media guide adjustment knob
11. Black mark sensor
12. Platen roller
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Rear View
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1. Ethernet interface
2. USB interface
3. Centronics interface
4. RS-232C interface
5. Power jack socket
6. Power switch
7. Fan-fold paper entrance chute
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Setup
Setting Up the Printer
1. Place the printer on a flat, secure surface.
2. Make sure the power switch is off.
3. Connect the printer to the computer with the provided USB cable.
4. Plug the power cord into the AC power cord socket at the rear of the printer, and
then plug the power cord into a properly grounded power outlet.
Ethernet RJ-45
interface
Plug
Power
Switch
USB interface
Centronics interface
RS-232C interface
Power Supply
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Open / Close the Top Cover
1. Open the printer top cover by pulling the tabs located on each side towards the front
of the printer, then lift the top cover to the maximum open angle.
2. A top cover support at the rear of the printer will engage with lower inner cover to
hold the printer top cover open.
3. Hold the top cover and press the top cover support to disengage the top cover
support with lower inner cover. Gently close the top cover.
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Loading the Ribbon
1. Open the printer’s top cover by pulling the top cover open levers located on each
side of the printer and lifting the top cover to the maximum open angle.
2. Open the ribbon access cover.
Note:
1. In normal printing mode, ribbon access cover can be opened while opens the top cover.
Ribbon access cover can be closed while top cover is open or close.
2. In peeler and cutter mode, please open the top cover then the ribbon access cover can be
opened or closed.
3. Insert the ribbon right side onto the supply hub. Align the notches on the left side
and mount onto the spokes.
4. Insert the paper core right side onto the rewind hub. Align the notches on the left
side and mount onto the spokes.
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5. Stick the ribbon onto the ribbon rewind paper core.
6. Turn the ribbon rewind gear until the ribbon plastic leader is thoroughly wound and
the black section of the ribbon covers the print head. Close the ribbon access cover
and the top cover.
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Loading Path for Ribbon
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Loading Labels
For optimal printing, please use the HellermannTyton
Caddy 5.0, article number 556-03022.
To load labels, open the TT230SM and separate the green hub guides and lock them into
place on the sides. Then feed the labels from the back of the printer through the black
media guides.
(using the green wheel to adjust).
Close the printer securely.
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Diagnostic Tool
The Diagnostic Utility is a toolbox that allows users to explore the printer's settings and
status; change printer settings; download graphics, fonts, and firmware; create printer
bitmap fonts; and to send additional commands to the printer. Using this convenient
tool, you can explore the printer status and settings and troubleshoot the printer.
Note: This utility works with printer firmware V6.00 and later versions.
Start the Diagnostic Tool
1. Double click on the Diagnostic tool icon
to start the software.
2. There are four features (Printer Configuration, File Manager, Bitmap Font Manager,
Command Tool) included in the Diagnostic utility.
Features tab
Interface
Printer functions
Printer setup
Printer Status
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Printer Function (Calibrate sensor, Ethernet setup, RTC setup………)
1. Select the PC interface connected with bar code printer.
2. Click the “Function” button to setting.
3. The detail functions in the Printer Function Group are listed as below.
Function
Description
Factory Default
Initialize the printer and restore the settings to
factory default.
Dump Text
To activate the printer dump mode.
Configuration Page
Print printer configuration.
RTC Setup
Synchronize printer Real Time Clock with PC.
Calibrate Sensor
Calibrate the sensor specified in the Printer Setup
group media sensor field.
Reset Printer
Reboot the printer.
Print Test Page
Print a test page.
Ignore AUTO.BAS
Ignore the downloaded AUTO.BAS program.
Ethernet Setup
Setup the IP address, subnet mask, gateway for
the on board Ethernet.
Note:
For more information about Diagnostic Tool, please refer to the diagnostic utility quick start
guide in the CD disk \ Utilities directory.
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LED and Button Functions
This printer has one button and one three-color LED indicator. By indicating the LED
with different color and pressing the button, printer can feed labels, pause the printing
job, select and calibrate the media sensor, print printer self-test report, reset printer to
defaults (initialization). Please refer to the button operation below for different functions.
LED indicator
LED Color
Description
Green/ Solid
This illuminates that the power is on and the device is ready to
use.
Green/ Flash
This illuminates that the system is downloading data from PC to
memory or the printer is paused.
Amber
This illuminates that the system is clearing data from printer.
Red / Solid
This illuminates printer head open, cutter error.
Red / Flash
This illuminates a printing error, such as head open, paper
empty, paper jam, ribbon empty, or memory error etc.
Regular button function
1. Feed labels
When the printer is ready, press the button to feed one label to the beginning of next
label.
2. Pause the printing job
When the printer is printing, press the button to pause a print job. When the printer is
paused the LED will blink green. Press the button again to continue the printing job.
Power on utilities
There are six power-on utilities to set up and test printer hardware. These utilities are
activated by pressing FEED button then turning on the printer power simultaneously
and release the button at different color of LED.
Please follow the steps below for different power-on utilities.
1. Turn off the power switch.
2. Hold on the button then turn on the power switch.
3. Release the button when LED indicates with different color for different functions.
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Power on utilities
The LED color will be changed as following pattern:
LED color
Amber
Red
Amber
Green
Functions
(5 blinks) (5 blinks) (5 blinks)
1. Ribbon Sensor Calibration and Gap /
Release
Green/Amber Red/Amber Solid green
(5 blinks)
(5 blinks)
black mark sensor calibration
2. Gap / black mark sensor calibration,
Release
Self-test and enter dump mode
3. Printer initialization
Release
4. Set black mark sensor as media
Release
sensor and calibrate the black mark
sensor
5. Set gap sensor as media sensor and
Release
calibrate the gap sensor
6. Skip AUTO.BAS
Release
Ribbon and Gap/Black Mark Sensor Calibration
Gap/black mark sensor sensitivity should be calibrated at the following conditions:
1. A brand new printer
2. Change label stock.
3. Printer initialization.
Please follow the steps below to calibrate the ribbon and gap/black mark sensor.
1. Turn off the power switch.
2. Hold on the button then turn on the power switch.
3 Release the button when LED becomes red and blinking. (Any red will do during the 5
blinks).
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It will calibrate the ribbon sensor and gap/black mark sensor sensitivity.
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The LED color will be changed as following order:
Amber Æ red (5 blinks) Æ amber (5 blinks) Æ green (5 blinks) Æ green/amber (5
blinks) Æ red/amber (5 blinks) Æ solid green
Note:
Please select gap or black mark sensor by sending GAP or BLINE command to printer prior to
calibrate the sensor.
For more information about GAP and BLINE command, please refer to TSPL2 programming
manual.
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Gap/Black Mark Calibration, Self-test and Dump Mode
While calibrate the gap/black mark sensor, printer will measure the label length, print
the internal configuration (self-test) on label and then enter the dump mode. To calibrate
gap or black mark sensor, depends on the sensor setting in the last print job.
Please follow the steps below to calibrate the sensor.
1.Turn off the power switch.
2. Hold on the button then turn on the power switch.
3. Release the button when LED becomes amber and blinking. (Any amber will do
during the 5 blinks)
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The LED color will be changed as following order.
Amber Æ red (5 blinks) Æ amber (5 blinks) Æ green (5 blinks) Æ green/amber (5
blinks) Æ red/amber (5 blinks) Æ solid green
4. It calibrates the sensor and measures the label length and prints internal settings
then enter the dump mode.
Note:
Please select gap or black mark sensor by Diagnostic Tool or by GAP or BLINE command prior to
calibrate the sensor.
For more information about GAP and BLINE command, please refer to TSPL2 programming
manual.
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Self-test
Printer will print the printer configuration after gap/black mark sensor calibration.
Self-test printout can be used to check if there is any dot damage on the heater element,
printer configurations and available memory space.
Print head test pattern
Printer model name & Main board firmware version
Printed mileage
Main board firmware checksum
Serial port setting
Code page
Country code
Print speed
Print darkness
Label size (width, height)
Gap size (vertical gap, offset)
Sensor sensitivity
File management information
„ Dump mode
Printer will enter dump mode after printing printer configuration. In the dump mode, all
characters will be printed in 2 columns as following. The left side characters are
received from your system and right side data are the corresponding hexadecimal value
of the characters. It allows users or engineers to verify and debug the program.
Hex decimal data related to
left column of ASCII data
ASCII Data
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Note:
1. Dump mode requires 4” wide paper width.
2. Turn off / on the power to resume printer for normal printing.
3. Press FEED button to back to the previous menu.
Printer Initialization
Printer initialization is used to clear DRAM and restore printer settings to defaults. The
only one exception is ribbon sensitivity, which will note be restored to default.
Printer initialization is activated by the following procedures.
1. Turn off the power switch.
2. Hold on the button then turn on the power switch.
3. Release the button when LED turns green after 5 amber blinks. (Any green will do
during the 5 blinks).
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The LED color will be changed as following:
Amber Æ red (5 blinks) Æ amber (5 blinks) Æ green (5 blinks) Æ green/amber (5
blinks) Æ red/amber (5 blinks) Æ solid green
Printer configuration will be restore to defaults as below after initialization.
Parameter
Speed
Default setting
127 mm/sec (5 ips) (203DPI)
76 mm/sec (3 ips) (300DPI)
Density
8
Label Width
4” (101.5 mm)
Label Height
4” (101.5 mm)
Sensor Type
Gap sensor
Gap Setting
0.12” (3.0 mm)
Print Direction
0
Reference Point
0,0 (upper left corner)
Offset
0
Tear Mode
On
Peel off Mode
Off
Cutter Mode
Off
Serial Port Settings
9600 bps, none parity, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit
Code Page
850
Country Code
001
Clear Flash Memory
No
IP Address
DHCP
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Set Black Mark Sensor as Media Sensor and Calibrate the Black Mark Sensor
Please follow the steps as below.
1. Turn off the power switch.
2. Hold on the button then turn on the power switch.
3. Release the button when LED turns green/amber after 5 green blinks. (Any
green/amber will do during the 5 blinks).
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The LED color will be changed as following:
Amber Æ red (5 blinks) Æ amber (5 blinks) Æ green (5 blinks) Æ green/amber (5
blinks) Æ red/amber (5 blinks) Æ solid green
Set Gap Sensor as Media Sensor and Calibrate the Gap Sensor
Please follow the steps as below.
1. Turn off the power switch.
2. Hold on the button then turn on the power switch.
3. Release the button when LED turns red/amber after 5 green/amber blinks. (Any
red/amber will do during the 5 blinks).
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The LED color will be changed as following:
Amber Æ red (5 blinks) Æ amber (5 blinks) Æ green (5 blinks) Æ green/amber (5
blinks) Æ red/amber (5 blinks) Æ solid green
Skip AUTO.BAS
TSPL2 programming language allows user to download an auto execution file to flash
memory. Printer will run the AUTO.BAS program immediately when turning on printer
power. The AUTO.BAS program can be interrupted without running the program by the
power-on utility.
Please follow the procedures below to skip an AUTO.BAS program.
1. Turn off printer power.
2. Press the FEED button and then turn on power.
3. Release the FEED button when LED becomes solid green.
„ The LED color will be changed as following:
Amber Æ red (5 blinks) Æ amber (5 blinks) Æ green (5 blinks) Æ green/amber (5
blinks) Æ red/amber (5 blinks) Æ solid green
4. Printer will be interrupted to run the AUTO.BAS program.
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Troubleshooting
The following guide lists the most common problems that may be encountered when
operating this bar code printer. If the printer still does not function after all suggested
solutions have been invoked, please contact the Customer Service Department of your
purchased reseller or distributor for assistance.
LED Status
This section lists the common problems that according to the LED status and other
problems you may encounter when operating the printer. Also, it provides solutions.
LED Status
/ Color
OFF
Printer
Status
No response
Possible Cause
No power
Recovery Procedure
* Turn on the power switch.
* Check if the green LED is lit on power supply. If
it is not lit on, power supply is broken.
* Check both power connections from the power
cord to the power supply and from the power
supply to the printer power jack if they are
connected securely.
Solid Green
ON
The printer is ready to * No action necessary.
use
Green with
Pause
The printer is paused * Press the FEED button to resume for printing.
blinking
Red with
blinking
Error
The out of label or
1. Out of label or ribbon
ribbon or the printer
* Load a roll of label and follow the instructions in
setting is not correct
loading the media then press the FEED button to
resume for printing.
* Load a roll of ribbon and follow the instructions
in loading the ribbon then press the FEED button
to resume for printing.
2. Printer setting is not correct
* Initialize the printer by instructions in “Power on
Utility” or “Diagnostic Tool”.
Note:
Printer status can be easily shown on the Diagnostic Tool. For more information about the
Diagnostic Tool, please refer to the instruction in the software CD disk.
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Print Quality
Problem
Possible Cause
Check if interface cable is well
Recovery Procedure
Re-connect cable to interface.
connected to the interface connector.
The serial port cable pin configuration is Please replace the cable with pin to pin
Not Printing
not pin to pin connected.
connected.
The serial port setting is not consistent
Please reset the serial port setting.
between host and printer.
The port specified in the Windows driver Select the correct printer port in the
is not correct.
driver.
The Ethernet IP, subnet mask, gateway Configure the IP, subnet mask and
is not configured properly.
Label or ribbon loaded not correctly.
No print on the label
Ribbon run out.
Continuous feeding
labels
gateway.
Follow the instructions in loading the
media or loading the ribbon.
Loading the ribbon.
The printer setting may go wrong.
Please do the initialization and
gap/black mark calibration.
Gap/black mark sensor sensitivity is not Calibrate the gap/black mark sensor.
set properly (sensor sensitivity is not
enough)
Paper Jam
Make sure label size is set properly.
Set label size exactly as installed paper
in the labeling software or program.
Labels may be stuck inside the printer
Remove the stuck label.
mechanism near the sensor area.
Poor Print Quality Top cover is not closed properly.
Close the top cover completely and
make sure the right side and left side
levers are latched properly
Check if supply is loaded correctly.
Reload the supply.
Ribbon and media are incompatible.
Change the ribbon or label
combination.
Clean the print head.
Check if dust or adhesives are
accumulated on the print head.
Check if print density is set properly.
Check print head test pattern if head
element is damaged.
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Adjust the print density and print
speed.
Run printer self-test and check the print
head test pattern if there is dot missing
in the pattern.
Maintenance
This session presents the clean tools and methods to maintain your printer.
1. Please use one of following material to clean the printer.
„ Cotton swab (Head cleaner pen)
„ Lint-free cloth
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Vacuum / Blower brush
100% ethanol
2. The cleaning process is described as following:
Printer Part
Method
Interval
1. Always turn off the printer before cleaning Clean the print head when changing a
new label roll
the print head.
2. Allow the print head to cool for a minimum
of one minute.
3. Use a cotton swab and 100% ethanol to
clean the print head surface.
Print Head
Platen Roller
1. Turn the power off.
Clean the platen roller when changing
2. Rotate the platen roller and wipe it
a new label roll
thoroughly with 100% ethanol and a
cotton swab, or lint-free cloth.
Tear Bar/Peel Bar
Use the lint-free cloth with 100% ethanol to As needed
wipe it.
Sensor
Compressed air or vacuum
Monthly
Exterior
Wipe it with water-dampened cloth
As needed
Interior
Brush or vacuum
As needed
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Do not touch printer head by hand. If you touch it careless, please use ethanol to clean it.
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Please use 100% Ethenol. DO NOT use medical alcohol, which may damage the printer head.
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Regularly clean the print head and supply sensors once change a new ribbon to keep printer
performance and extend printer life.
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Continuous printing will cause printer motor overheat. Printer will stop printing
automatically about 10~15 minutes until motor is cooling down. Please don't turn off power
when printer pauses or the data transfered to printer buffer will be lost.
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The maximum printing ratio per dot line is 15% for this printer. To print the full web black line,
the maximum black line height is limited to 40 dots, which is 5mm for 203 DPI resolution
printer and 3.3mm for 300 DPI resolution printer.
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