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Operator Manual
For printer models:
CT4i Series
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(2) The contents of this document may be changed without prior notice.
(3) Great care has been taken in the preparation of this document. However, if, for any reason, problems,
mistakes, or omissions are found, please contact your SATO reseller or technical support center.
FCC statement
The printer complies with the requirements in Part 15 of FCC Rules for a Class B Computing Device.
Operating the printer in a residential area may cause unacceptable interference to radio and TV reception.
If the interference is unacceptable, you can reposition the equipment, which may improve reception.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION ...................................................................................1 - 1
About This Manual.................................................................................................... 1 - 2
General Description.................................................................................................. 1 - 3
TECHNICAL DATA................................................................................2 - 1
Interface Selection .................................................................................................... 2 - 6
RS232C High-Speed Serial Interface (25-Pin)................................................................... 2 - 6
IEEE1284 Parallel Interface ............................................................................................... 2 - 8
Universal Serial Bus (USB) ................................................................................................ 2 - 9
Local Area Network (LAN) Ethernet ................................................................................... 2 - 9
802.11G Wireless............................................................................................................. 2 - 10
All Interfaces .................................................................................................................... 2 - 13
ACK/NAK Protocol ........................................................................................................... 2 - 13
Status5 Return ................................................................................................................. 2 - 13
INSTALLATION ....................................................................................3 - 1
Overview .................................................................................................................... 3 - 2
Unpacking & Parts Identification............................................................................. 3 - 5
Printer Installation .................................................................................................... 3 - 6
Site Location ......................................................................................................................
Media Selection..................................................................................................................
Media Loading: Rolled Paper .............................................................................................
Ribbon Loading ..................................................................................................................
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Loading Fanfold Paper ............................................................................................. 3 - 8
Label Sensing............................................................................................................ 3 - 9
Operational Mode Selection................................................................................... 3 - 10
Continuous Mode .............................................................................................................
Tear-off Mode...................................................................................................................
Cutter Mode .....................................................................................................................
Dispense Mode ................................................................................................................
Linerless Mode .................................................................................................................
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PRINTER CONFIGURATION .................................................................4 - 1
Configuration Modes ................................................................................................ 4 - 2
4.1 Operating Panel ........................................................................................................... 4 - 2
4.2 The Rear Panel ............................................................................................................ 4 - 3
4.3 The Configuration Panel............................................................................................... 4 - 4
DIP Switch Settings............................................................................................................ 4 - 4
4.4 Operational Modes ....................................................................................................... 4 - 7
4.9 Offsets ........................................................................................................................ 4 - 14
4.10 Potentiometer Adjustments ...................................................................................... 4 - 15
4.12 Printing Test Labels.................................................................................................. 4 - 18
4.13 Printing Factory/Service Test Prints ......................................................................... 4 - 19
TROUBLESHOOTING ...........................................................................5 - 1
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Troubleshooting Guide ............................................................................................ 5 - 2
Interface Troubleshooting........................................................................................ 5 - 6
Test Print Troubleshooting ...................................................................................... 5 - 8
Hex Dump .......................................................................................................................... 5 - 8
Test Label Printing ............................................................................................................. 5 - 8
MAINTENANCE ....................................................................................6 - 1
Cleaning Procedures ................................................................................................ 6 - 2
Adjustment Procedures ......................................................................................................
Adjusting the Print Quality ..................................................................................................
Cleaning the Print Head, Platen and Rollers......................................................................
Releasing/Replacing the Print Head ..................................................................................
Cleaning the Sensor...........................................................................................................
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SATO group of Companies ...................................................................................... 7 - 1
SATO Group of Companies ............................................................................................... 7 - 2
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Unit 1: Introduction
INTRODUCTION
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About This Manual
General Description
Control Features
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Unit 1: Introduction
ABOUT THIS MANUAL
This manual is laid out consistent with the product discussed and provides all of the information required for printer
installation, configuration, operation, and light maintenance. Refer to this product’s Programming Reference
document for instructions on printer programming through a host system.
This manual also incorporates the use of special information boxes. Examples of these boxes and the type of
information provided in each, are below.
WARNING: PROVIDES INFORMATION THAT, IF UNHEEDED, MAY RESULT IN
PERSONAL INJURY.
CAUTION: PROVIDES INFORMATION THAT, IF UNHEEDED, MAY RESULT IN
EQUIPMENT DAMAGE.
ATTENTION: Provides information that is deemed of special importance but will not
result in personal injury or product damage if unheeded.
NOTE: Provides helpful hints to assist in performing the tasks at hand.
LCD DISPLAY: Provides the specific display that should be visible on the LCD at that
point.
A comprehensive Table Of Contents provided at the front of this manual facilitates rapid movement within. The
contents identify the different Units, Chapters, and some Sections. Each references the page number of their
commencement.
The pages of this manual have embedded headers and footers to assist the user in identifying his or her exact
position within the manual. The header provides the unit number followed by its name. The footer identifies the
product on the left, the page number in the center, and the manual’s part number to the right side of the page.
Page enumeration is two-part with each separated by a hyphen. The first character set references the Unit and the
second identifies the page number within that unit. Page numbers begin with the numeral one (1) at the beginning
of a new unit and ascend sequentially.
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GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The compact CT4xxi Series printers are designed for use in medium-volume labeling applications demanding a
low footprint, crisp print quality of up to 600dpi; hardware versatility, ease of use, and great reliability. Its
antibacterial chassis also positions it ideally for clinical environments. The printer’s main parts are described below.
Figure 1-1, Primary Parts (Direct Thermal model)
Top cover
Print Head
Label Holder
Label Sensor
Fanfold loading window
Platen Roller
Label Holder release
knob
Power/Error LEDs
ONLINE button
FEED button
Cover release
Front cover and
compartment for
optional cutter
Power switch
LED/DIP switches
and potentiometers
Support stand for lifting
ribbon mechanism
upward
Spring loaded holder
for ribbon mechanism
Label Holder
Ribbon Supply
spindle
Ribbon Take-up
spindle
Figure 1-2, Primary Parts (Thermal Transfer model)
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TECHNICAL DATA
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Physical Characteristics
Environmental Specs
Power Supply
Processing
Printer Language
Interface Modules
Print
Sensing
Media
Ribbon
Regulatory Approvals
Character Font Capabilities
Barcode Capabilities
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PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Width
7.8 in. (198 mm)
Height
8.8 in. (225 mm)
Depth
7.1 in. (180 mm)
Weight
5.5 lbs (2.5 Kg) excluding AC adaptor
ENVIRONMENTAL (EXCLUDING MEDIA)
Operating Temperature/Humidity
Storage Temperature/Humidity
5° to 35°C @ 30 to 80%RH
-5° to 60°C @ 30 ~ 90%RH, non-condensing (NA for media)
POWER SUPPLY
Input Voltage (AC)
100-240 Volts AC +/- 10%, 50/60 Hertz
Rated Input voltage: 25 V DC
Rated current: 1.5 A
Input Voltage (DC)
Rated voltage: 24.0 VDC - 25.25 VDC
Rated current: 2 A (Current peak: 13 A)
Power Consumption
90 Watts (when print ratio is 30%)
PROCESSING
CPU
32 Bit RISC
Flash ROM
4 Megabytes
SDRAM
16 MB
PRINTER LANGUAGE
Standard
SATO Barcode Printer Language (SBPL) 4.3
INTERFACES
Factory-installed only
Bluetooth
Standard configurations
Either 1) USB 2.0 with RS-232C or
2) USB 2.0 with LAN (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX Automatic Switching)
Optional Interface Board
(user installable)
IEEE1284, 802.11g Wireless Wi-Fi
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PRINT
Method
Maximum Speed (selectable)
Resolution
DT models: Direct Thermal only
TT models: Thermal Transfer and Direct Thermal (switchable)
2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Inches Per Second (CT408i)
2, 3, 4 Inches Per Second (CT412i)
2, 3 Inches Per Second (CT424i)
CT408i: 203 Dots Per Inch (8 dpmm)
CT412i: 305 Dots Per Inch (12 dpmm)
CT424i: 609 Dots Per Inch (24 dpmm)
Maximum Print Width
4 in. (104 mm)
Maximum Print Length
15.75 in. (400 mm)
SENSING
Gap
Sensitivity Adjustable
Reflective Eye-Mark
Sensitivity Adjustable
Head Open
Fixed
Media Out
Fixed (always enabled)
Ribbon Out
Fixed (always enabled)
MEDIA
Width
Media Width: 1.0 in. - 4.5 in. (25-115 mm)
With backing paper: 1.0 - 4.0 in. (28 - 118 mm)
Note: For Dispensing Mode, specifications may vary depending on the requirements
Length
0.5 -16.0 in. (15 - 397 mm)
1.0 - 15.7 in. (18 - 400 mm with Backing Paper)
Type
Configuration
Thickness
Direct Thermal / Thermal Transfer depending on print model (DT or TT)
Roll stock / Fan-fold
Roll stock: Max. outer diameter: 4.3 in. (110 mm)
Wound face-out, Inner diameter of roll: 1.5 in. (40 mm)
Fanfold: Max. stack height: 3.9 in. (100 mm) (external supply)
0.003 in.- 0.01 in. (0.08 - 0.19 mm)
Wind Direction
Face Out
RIBBON
Width
4.3 in. (111 mm)
Length
328.0 feet (100 M)
Wound
Face Out
Core Diameter
0.5 in. (12.7 mm)
Roll Diameter
1.5 in. (39 mm)
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REGULATORY
USA/Canada
UL60950-1(2001), CSA C22.2 No.60950-1-03
China
CCC (GB4943-2001)
EU
CE, Nemko (EN60950-1)
Singapore
SS337:2001
Korea
MIC, EK (only AC-Adapter applicable)
FCC Part 15, Subpart B, Class B (USA/Canada)
GB9254-1998, GB17625.1-2003 (China)
CE (EN55022, EN55024, EN61000-3-2/-3) (EU)
CISPR22, CISPR24 (reference standard, Singapore)
KN22, KN24 (Korea)
Radiation Noise
WLAN/RFID/Bluetooth
FCC15B / FCC15C (USA/Canada)
SRRC (China)
Wireless LAN/Bluetooth (2.45GHz)
R&TTE (EN300 328 V1.4: 2003-04, EN301 489 V1.4.1: 2002-08);
HF Band: RFID (13.56MHz) (EU)
R&TTE (EN300-330)
IDATS (Singapore)
MIC (Korea)
Antibacterial Finish
JISZ2801 (control panel and enclosure)
Chromium: below 0.1%
Lead: below 0.1%
Mercury: below 0.1%
Cadmium: below 0.01%
Polybrominated Bipheny (PBB): below 0.1%
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE): below 0.1%
Environmental (RoHS)
CHARACTER FONT CAPABILITIES
MATRIX FONTS
XU
5 dots W x 9 dots H (Helvetica)
XS
17 dots W x 17 dots H (Univers Condensed Bold)
XM
24 dots W x 24 dots H (Univers Condensed Bold)
OA Font (OCR-A)
CT408i: 15 dots W x 22 dots H
CT412i: 22 dots W x 33 dots H
CT424i: 44 dots W x 66 dots H
OB Font (OCR-B)
CT408i: 20 dots W x 24 dots H
CT412i: 30 dots W x 36 dots H
CT424i: 60 dots W × 72 dots H
AUTO SMOOTHING FONTS
XB
48 dots W x 48 dots H (Univers Condensed Bold)
XL
48 dots W x 48 dots H (Sans Serif)
DOWNLOADABLE FONTS
Up to 1600 characters of 64 bit x 64 bit sized font can be downloaded to Flash Memory
Expansion up to 12 x in either the X or Y coordinates.
Character Pitch Control
Line Space Control
Journal Print Facility
0, 90, 180, and 270-degree rotation
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BARCODE CAPABILITIES
Linear Bar Codes
UPC-A/E, EAN, CODABAR, CODE39, CODE93, CODE128, UCC/EAN128, Interleaved
2of5, Industrial 2of5, Matrix 2of5, MSI, BOOKLAND, POSTNET, EAN/UCC symbol
Two Dimensional
QR code (Ver8.1), PDF417 (Ver2.4), MAXI code (Ver3.0), Data Matrix (Ver1.3) *Only
ECC200 is supported
Ratios
Bar Height
1:2, 1:3, 2:5, User definable bar widths
4 to 999 dots, User programmable
Rotation
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INTERFACE SELECTION
This unit presents the printer interface types and their specifications. These specifications include detailed
information to assist in the selection of the most appropriate method for the printer to interface with the host. The
five acceptable interface methods are:
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RS232C High-Speed Serial
IEEE1284 Parallel
Universal Serial Bus (USB)
Bluetooth
Local Area network (LAN) Ethernet
802.11g Wireless
Following the selection of the desired interface, proceed to the next unit for instructions on how to configure the
printer for that interface type.
WARNING: NEVER CONNECT OR DISCONNECT INTERFACE CABLES (OR USE
A SWITCH BOX) WITH POWER APPLIED TO EITHER THE HOST OR THE
PRINTER. THIS MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE INTERFACE CIRCUITRY IN THE
PRINTER/HOST AND IS NOT COVERED BY WARRANTY.
RS232C HIGH-SPEED SERIAL INTERFACE (25-PIN)
INTERFACE SPECIFICATIONS
Asynchronous ASCII
Half-duplex communication
Bi-Directional Communication
Data Transmission Rate
600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600, 115200 bps
Transmission Form
Start, b1, b2, b3, b4, b5, b6, b7, b8, Stop (b8 will be omitted if using 7 bit oriented)
Data Length
7 or 8 bit (selectable)
Stop Bit
1 or 2 bit (selectable)
Parity Bit
ODD, EVEN, NONE (selectable)
Codes Used
ASC II Character Codes: 7 bits, Graphics: 8 bits
Control Codes
STX (02H), ETX (03H), ACK (06H), NAK (15H)
Connector (Printer Side)
DB-25 Male (equivalent)
Cable Connector
DB-25 Female (equivalent)
Cable Length
5 meters or less.
Signal Levels
High = +5V to +12V, Low = -5V to -12V
Protocol
Ready/Busy, X-On/X-Off, Protocol for Driver, Status2, Status3, Status4, Status5
Figure 3-5, Serial Connector Pin Assignments
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I/O SIGNALS
PIN#
SIGNAL
I/O
DESCRIPTION
1
FG
-
Framework Ground
2
SD
Output
Data transferred from Printer to Host
3
RD
Input
Data transferred from Host to Printer
4
RS
Output
Goes to the Low state when an error occurs in the printer
5
CS
Input
Maintained at the High state
6
DR
Input
Maintained at the High state
7
SG
-
Signal Ground
20
ER
Output
Goes to the High state when printer is ready to receive data
Goes Low when printer is OFFLINE or errors have occurred in the printer
LINE CONNECTION
1. DB25P
PRINTER
2.
HOST
DB9P
PRINTER
HOST
FG
1
1
FG
FG
1
SD
2
3
RD
SD
2
2
RD
RD
3
2
SD
RD
3
3
SD
RS
4
5
CS
RS
4
8
CS
CS
5
4
RS
CS
5
7
RS
DR
6
20
ER
DR
6
4
ER
SG
7
7
SG
SG
7
5
SG
ER
20
6
DR
ER
20
6
DR
3. DB25P
PRINTER
4.
HOST
DB9P
PRINTER
FG
1
1
FG
FG
HOST
1
SD
2
3
RD
SD
2
2
RD
RD
3
2
SD
RD
3
3
SD
RS
5
20
ER
RS
4
6
DR
CS
4
6
DR
CS
5
4
ER
DR
6
4
RS
DR
6
7
RS
SG
7
7
SG
SG
7
5
SG
ER
20
5
CS
ER
20
8
CS
Note: When executing Windows hardware control, 3. and 4. above work as the connection.
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IEEE1284 PARALLEL INTERFACE
The parallel interface is a plug-in module that can be installed by the user and conforms to IEEE1284
specifications. It automatically detects the IEEE1284 signals and operates in the high speed mode. If the
IEEE1284 signals are not detected, it will operate in the slower standard Centronics mode. For this reason, an
interface cable and host interface conforming to the IEEE1284 specification must be present to fully utilize the
speed capabilities. This interface also operates bi-directionally and can report the status of the printer back to the
host.
SPECIFICATIONS
Printer Connector
AMP 57-40360 DDK (or equivalent)
Cable Connector
AMP 57-30360 DDK (or equivalent)
Cable
4.9 ft. (1.5 meter) or less
Signal Level
High = +2.4V to +5.0V, Low = 0V to -0.4V
Data Stream
<ESC>A . . Job#1 . . <ESC>Z<ESC>A . . Job#n . . <ESC>Z
Figure 3-6, Parallel Connector Pin Assignments
PIN ASSIGNMENTS
PIN
SIGNAL
DIRECTION
PIN
SIGNAL
DIRECTION
1
Strobe
To Printer
19
Strobe Return
Reference
2
Data 1
To Printer
20
Data 1 Return
Reference
3
Data 2
To Printer
21
Data 2 Return
Reference
4
Data 3
To Printer
22
Data 3 Return
Reference
5
Data 4
To Printer
23
Data 4 Return
Reference
6
Data 5
To Printer
24
Data 5 Return
Reference
7
Data 6
To Printer
25
Data 6 Return
Reference
8
Data 7
To Printer
26
Data 7 Return
Reference
9
Data 8
To Printer
27
Data 8 Return
Reference
10
ACK
To Host
28
ACK Return
Reference
11
Busy
To Host
29
Busy Return
Reference
12
Ptr Error
To Host
30
PE Return
Reference
13
Select
To Host
31
INIT
From Host
14
AutoFD1
To Host
32
Fault
To Host
15
Not Used
33
Not Used
16
Logic Gnd
34
Not Used
17
FG
Frame Gnd
35
Not Used
18
+5V (z=24k ohm)
To Host
36
1 Signals required for IEEE 1284 mode.
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UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS (USB)
The Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface is a Plug-In Interface Module that can be installed by the user. It requires
a driver (shipped with each printer that has the interface installed) that must be loaded onto the PC and configured
to support USB peripherals using Windows 2000 or above. Details for loading the USB driver are contained in the
USB Interface Manual that is shipped with each printer with a USB Optional interface installed. Up to 127 devices
may be connected to a USB port using powered hubs.
ATTENTION: This Interface Type Is Not Compatible With Windows 98 Or Windows
Me.
SPECIFICATIONS
Printer Connector
USB Type B Plug
Cable
10 feet (3 m) maximum
Host
Windows 2000 or above with USB Port
Power Supply
BUS Power through cable
Power Consumption
+5 V at 80 ma
LOCAL AREA NETWORK (LAN) ETHERNET
A Local Area Network (LAN) interface is an optional Plug-In Interface Module that can be installed by the user. It
requires a driver shipped with each printer that has the interface installed. The driver that must be loaded onto the
host computer and configured to run one of the supported network protocols using a 10Base-T or 100Base-TX
LAN connection. Details for loading the LAN driver are contained in the LAN Interface Manual that is shipped with
each printer with a LAN Optional interface installed.
SOFTWARE SPECIFICATIONS
Corresponding Protocol
TCP/IP
Network Layer
ARP, RARP, IP, ICMP
Session Layer
TCP, UDP
Application Layer
LPD, FTP, TELNET, BOOTP, DHCP
NOTE: Print data can be sent by LPR and FTP of TCP/IP and dedicated socket protocol. Printer status is obtainable by
dedicated socket protocol.
NOTE: In the TCP/IP protocol environment, LPD and FTP are provided for printing; TELNET for variable setup; ARP, RARP,
and BOOTP/DHCP for address setup.
LPD protocol complies with RFC1179 and handles the list of logical printer name as queue name such as lp, sjis, euc. In
addition, a banner page can be printed by a proper setup.
When sending the job by LPR, the transmission order of data file/control file within the job will not affect print operation. In
addition, if the banner page is specified, it will be added to each data file. Job deletion by LPR is not available.
FTP protocol complies with RFC959 and handles the list of logical printer name as a transfer directory. File transfer to this
directory executes print operation. It is possible to specify ASCII(A), Binary(I) and TENEX(L8) as transfer mode - although the
mode difference is dependent on the client. A banner page may be printed with a proper setup.
TELNET Complies with RFC854. This operation consists of interactive menu form and enables change and reference of
internal setup, and to display status. To change the setup, enter “root” user and password at the time of login. Default of root
password is set as null (linefeed only).
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SPECIFICATIONS
Connector
RJ-45 Receptacle
Cable
10/100BaseT Category 5
Cable Length
328 ft. (100 meters) or less
Power Supply
Powered from printer
Protocol
Status3 return
Protocol for Driver (cyclic response mode)
Protocol for Driver (ENQ response mode)
Status5 return
IP Address
0.0.0.0 to 255.255.255.255
Subnet Mask
0.0.0.0 to 255.255.255.255
Gateway Address
0.0.0.0 to 255.255.255.255
802.11G WIRELESS
The wireless print server provides easy printer interface with 802.11g Wi-Fi compliant networks free of wired
connections. Each printer is shipped with an integrated driver and interface installed. The driver must be loaded
onto the host computer and configured to run one of the supported protocols.
SPECIFICATIONS
Variable Data Rates
54, 11, 5.5, 2 and 1 Mbps
Frequency Band
2.4 GHz ISM Band
Wired Equivalent Privacy
128 bit, 64 bit (compatible with 40bit), none (WPA)
Sensitivity
(typ, AAWGN, 8E-2 PER): -91dBm at 1Mbps, -88dBm at 2 Mdps, -87dBm at 5.5Mbps, 84dBm at 11Mbps.
Range
100m indoors, 300m outdoors (environmentally dependent)
Protocols
TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, Direct Mode IPX/IP, DLC/LLC, NetBEUI, NetBIOS/IP
Protocol
Status3 return
Protocol for Driver (cyclic response mode)
Protocol for Driver (ENQ response mode)
Status5 return
IP Address
0.0.0.0 to 255.255.255.255
Subnet Mask
0.0.0.0 to 255.255.255.255
Gateway Address
0.0.0.0 to 255.255.255.255
Communication Mode
802.11 Ad hoc, Ad hoc, Infrastructure
SSID
Optional alphanumeric character string (up to 32 characters)
Channels
01 to 11
LED INDICATOR STATUS
Network Port
Link LED (green)
Status LED (orange)
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Network Port
Front Panel
Off
Blinking
--Waiting for link
On
Linked
Off
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LED INDICATOR STATUS
Wireless LED (green)
Front Panel
Blinking
On
Ad-hoc mode
Infrastructure mode
WIRELESS LAN SIGNAL STRENGTH
Off
Network Port
Link LED
0 to 50% (weak)
Blinking
50 to 75% (medium)
On
75 to 100% (strong)
SOFTWARE SPECIFICATIONS
Corresponding Protocol
TCP/IP
Network Layer
ARP, RARP, IP, ICMP
Session Layer
TCP, UDP
Application Layer
LPD, FTP, TELNET, BOOTP, DHCP
NOTE: Print data can be sent by LPR and FTP of TCP/IP and dedicated socket protocol. Printer status is obtainable by
dedicated socket protocol.
NOTE: In the TCP/IP protocol environment, LPD and FTP are provided for printing; TELNET for variable setup; ARP, RARP,
and BOOTP/DHCP for address setup.
LPD protocol complies with RFC1179 and handles the list of logical printer name as queue name such as lp, sjis, euc. In
addition, a banner page can be printed by a proper setup.
When sending the job by LPR, the transmission order of data file/control file within the job will not affect print operation. In
addition, if the banner page is specified, it will be added to each data file. Job deletion by LPR is not available.
FTP protocol complies with RFC959 and handles the list of logical printer name as a transfer directory. File transfer to this
directory executes print operation. It is possible to specify ASCII(A), Binary(I) and TENEX(L8) as transfer mode - although the
mode difference is dependent on the client. A banner page may be printed with a proper setup.
TELNET Complies with RFC854. This operation consists of interactive menu form and enables change and reference of
internal setup, and to display status. To change the setup, enter “root” user and password at the time of login. Default of root
password is set as null (linefeed only).
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Figure 3-7, Socket Connection Diagram
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ALL INTERFACES
Receive Buffer
The data stream is received from the host to the printer one job at a time. This allows the software program to
maintain control of the job print queue so that it can move a high priority job in front of ones of lesser importance.
A multiple job buffer allows the printer to continuously receive print jobs while compiling and printing other jobs at
the same time. It acts much like a Print buffer to maximize the performance of the host and the printer.
The printer receives and prints one job at a time. If a print job exceeds the buffer size, transmission will be rejected
by the printer. Error conditions that occur during the Print Data transmission will cause the printer to return a NAK.
ACK/NAK Protocol
Bi-Directional ACK/NAK protocol is used for error control. In a normal transmission sequence when the
transmission is received, the printer will return an ACK (06H) signifying that it was received without a transmission
error. After the transmission command structure has been analyzed, a status byte is returned to the host. This
status byte informs the host of the validity of the command structure.
If the command structure is error free, the printer proceeds with the print operation. When the print operation is
completed, a Printer Status message is returned to the host. If an error was detected during the initial transmission
sequence, a NAK (15H) will be returned signalling to the host that the received transmission contained errors and
must be resent. If the returned Status byte indicates a command structure error, the error must then be corrected
before the print data is resent to the printer.
A valid transmission to the printer must be bounded by an STX/ETX pair, with the STX (02H) signifying the start of
the Print Data and ending with an ETX (03H) signifying the end.
Status5 Return
This communication protocol is designed for the purpose of monitoring and controlling print data status in the host
and featuring various functions.
INTERFACE SIGNALS
SIGNAL
SIGNAL DEFINITION
FGN
(Frame Ground)
SxD
(Send Data) - Data from the printer to the host.
RxD
(Receive Data) - Data from the host to the printer.
SGN
(Signal Ground)
Note: Depending on the host used, the CS and RS (maintaining at high) may need to be looped on the host side. Refer to host computer
documentation for details.
CABLE REQUIREMENTS
DB9
HOST
DIRECTION
DB9
PRINTER
2
Send Data
To Printer
2
Receive Data
3
Receive Data
To Host
3
Send Data
5
Frame Ground
Bi-Directional
5
Frame Ground
RECEIVE BUFFER CONTROL
Causes For Receive Buffer Near Full
Occurs when the remaining free space of the buffer drops to 0.95MB of 2.95MB
capacity or when the remaining free space is available for storing 50 of 500 items in
the history buffer.
Release Of Receive Buffer Near Full
Can be released when the remaining free space rises to 1.95MB or when the
remaining free space is available for storing 200 items in the history buffer.
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STATUS5 TIMING CHARTS
NORMAL PROCESS
(Figure 3-8a)
CANCEL PROCESS
(Figure 3-8b)
ERROR PROCESS
(Figure 3-8c)
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STATUS5 TIMING CHARTS
PRINT PROCESS
(Figure 3-8d)
COMMAND PROCESS
(Figure 3-8e)
BCC ERROR PROCESS
(Figure 3-8f)
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INSTALLATION
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Unpacking & Parts Identification
Printer Installation
Operational Mode Selection
Interface Selection
Accessories Installation
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OVERVIEW
This section assists you in unpacking the printer from the shipping container. You will also be guided
through a familiarization tour of the main parts and controls. The following information is provided herein:
• Safety Precautions
• Unpacking and Parts Identification
• Loading Media
• Adjusting the Sensor
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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Please read the following information carefully before installing and using the printer
THE CAUTION SYMBOL
Whenever the triangular Caution logo appears in this manual, pay special attention to the warning(s) cited
below it. Failure to abide by the warnings may result in injury or damage to property.
PRINTER PLACEMENT TIPS
• Place the printer on a solid, stable, horizontal surface that is not subject to strong vibrations from adjacent mechanical devices.
• Avoid shaky or slanting tables, or platforms that are
liable to collapse under a heavy weight. If the printer
is dropped or damaged, immediately turn off the
power, pull out the power plug and contact a service
center. In this case, continued use of the printer may
cause a fire or electric shocks.
• Avoid installing the printer in direct sunlight, or in
dusty, very hot or slippery areas. Also avoid placement in damp, unventilated or humid areas. If condensation forms, immediately turn off the power, and
do not use the printer until the condensation disappears. Otherwise the moisture may cause electric
shocks.
• Avoid placing the printer near large high-current
equipment, as such equipment can cause spikes or
under-voltages in the power supply.
• Do not leave containers of water or chemicals
around the printer. If any liquid is spilled onto
the printer, immediately turn off the power, pull
out the power cable from the AC outlet, and
contact a sales outlet, dealer, or service center.
In this case, continued use of the printer may
cause fires or electric shocks.
• Do not move the printer with any paper loaded.
The stack of paper may fall off, causing trips
and accidents.
• When laying the printer down, be careful not to
catch your foot or fingers under it.
• When moving the printer, be sure to pull out the
power cable from the AC outlet, and check that
any other external interface cables have been
disconnected. Otherwise, the connected cables
may be damaged, or may cause trips and falls,
in addition to or a fire or electric shocks.
ELECTRICAL PRECAUTIONS
• When using head cleaning liquid, note that it is flammable. Never heat it or throw it into a fire. Keep it out
of children’s reach to avoid accidental consumption.
Should this occur, consult a doctor immediately.
• When opening/closing the cover, beware of getting
your fingers caught. Also, hold the opening/closing
cover well so that it will not slip and fall onto the
hand.
• After printing, the print head remains hot. When
replacing paper or cleaning the printer immediately
after printing, be careful not to burn yourself.
• Touching even the edge of the printer head may
cause injuries. When replacing paper or cleaning the
printer, be careful not to hurt yourself.
• Do not disassemble or perform modifications to
the printer, as this renders the product unsafe.
For maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs,
consult a sales outlet, dealer, or service center
for help, instead of attempting to perform this
yourself. Renewable annual service contracts
are available.
• When maintaining or cleaning the printer,
always disconnect the power cable for safety.
• Do not insert your hand or other objects into the
cutter.
• When loading roll paper, be careful not to catch
your fingers between the paper and the feeder.
• If the printer will not be used for extended periods of
time, disconnect the power cable for safety.
• Be careful not to hurt yourself when detaching
the back cover of the fanfold through the hole
and attaching it.
• When releasing and locking down the printer head,
be careful not to catch any other foreign matter in it
except label paper.
• The simplified cutter (if applicable to the printer)
is structured as a blade. Be careful to avoid
injury when operating the printer.
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GENERAL PRECAUTIONS
• When using head cleaning liquid, note that it is flammable. Never heat it or throw it into a fire. Keep it out
of children’s reach to avoid accidental consumption.
Should this occur, consult a doctor immediately.
• When opening/closing the cover, beware of getting
your fingers caught. Also, hold the opening/closing
cover well so that it will not slip and fall onto the
hand.
• After printing, the print head remains hot. When
replacing paper or cleaning the printer immediately
after printing, be careful not to burn yourself.
• Touching even the edge of the printer head may
cause injuries. When replacing paper or cleaning the
printer, be careful not to hurt yourself.
• Do not disassemble or perform modifications to
the printer, as this renders the product unsafe.
For maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs,
consult a sales outlet, dealer, or service center
for help, instead of attempting to perform this
yourself. Renewable annual service contracts
are available.
• When maintaining or cleaning the printer,
always disconnect the power cable for safety.
• Do not insert your hand or other objects into the
cutter.
• When loading roll paper, be careful not to catch
your fingers between the paper and the feeder.
• If the printer will not be used for extended periods of
time, disconnect the power cable for safety.
• Be careful not to hurt yourself when detaching
the back cover of the fanfold through the hole
and attaching it.
• When releasing and locking down the printer head,
be careful not to catch any other foreign matter in it
except label paper.
• The simplified cutter (if applicable to the printer)
is structured as a blade. Be careful not to cut
yourself.
This is a piece of Class B information technology equipment based on the standards of the Voluntary Control
Council for Interference by Information Technology Equipment (VCCI). Although this equipment is for use in home
environment, if it is used close to a radio or television set, it may cause poor reception. Handle it properly in
accordance with the content from the instruction manual.
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UNPACKING & PARTS IDENTIFICATION
When unpacking the printer, take note of the following:
1 The box should stay right-side up.
Lift the printer out of the box carefully.
4 If the printer has been stored in the
cold, allow it to reach room
temperature before turning it on.
2 Remove the plastic covering from the
printer.
5 Set the printer on a solid, flat surface.
Inspect the shipping container and
printer for any sign of damage that
may have occurred during shipping.
3 Remove the accessory items from their
protective containers.
Note:
The following parts shown here are representative only. Due to regional requirements and our policy of continual
improvement, your printer may not be packed with the exact parts as shown here, but the unpacking steps are
similar.
CT4xxi Printer
User documentation and software
package (where applicable)
Figure 3-1, Unpacking & Parts Identification
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PRINTER INSTALLATION
This chapter provides guidance on how to station, connect, and load the printer once unpacked. Following printer
setup, proceed to the next chapter for information on interface selection.
SITE LOCATION
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Station the printer on a solid flat surface.
•
Station it away from hazardous materials or dusty environments.
•
Station it within operational distance of the host computer, within interface cable specifications
MEDIA SELECTION
The size and type of the labels or tags to be printed should have been taken into consideration before printer
purchase. Ideally, the media width will be equal to, or just narrower than, the print head. Using media that does not
cover the print head will allow the platen roller to tread on it and wear it out. The media edge will also wear a groove
in the platen roller affecting print quality.
MEDIA LOADING: ROLLED PAPER
There are two general label types that may be loaded and used; rolled and fan-folded. Each of those types may
again be defined by whether their print application is direct thermal or thermal transfer. Those factors determine
how the media is loaded and if ribbon stock is loaded at all.
Thermal transfer media requires the use of ribbon stock for print application. In such a scenario, it is the ribbon
stock (carbon paper) that contains the ink that will be transferred to the media. Direct thermal media has a coating
on the surface that is made visible through the application of heat from the print head. Rolled media of standard
diameter is loaded within the printer and suspended by the media holder.
1
Get the media ready.
4
Load the label roll. Its core should
rotate freely over the black rollers.
2
3
Press the label guide release
knob and pull the guides apart.
Push the left label guide’s tab
outward before loading labels.
6
5
Pull the paper under the label
sensor, out to front of the printer.
Figure 3-3a, Rolled Label Loading
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Close the cover. Direct thermal
printing is now possible.
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RIBBON LOADING
This chapter provides guidance on how to station, connect, and load the printer once unpacked. Following printer
setup, proceed to the next chapter for information on interface selection.
1
3
2
Ribbon
Supply
Spindle
Get the media ready. The label
roll is optional in this procedure.
Raise the ribbon loader
assembly as shown here.
Load the ribbon roll (shiny side up)
into the supply spindle from
underneath (see blue arrow).
Ribbon
Take-up
Spindle
Load the ribbon core into the take- Turn the the take-up spindle to
up spindle.
reduce any slack in the ribbon.
Ribbon loading is now complete.
The loading path is as depicted.
Figure 3-3b, Ribbon Loading
NOTES
1. For best printing results and minimal operational
problems, use only genuine SATO-approved
combinations of ribbon and labels.
2. Beware of injury when lifting or closing the printer covers.
3. Remove the label and ribbon media before transporting
the printer.
4. For ribbon widths of 76 mm/59 mm/45 mm, insert the
supplied Core Adapter into the core of the ribbon roll
before loading it into the printer.
5. The ribbon loading assembly can be stowed away inside the top cover and held in place by the black
plastic latching mechanism (see “general description” on page 1-3)
6. Do extended test prints of specific combinations of ribbon and label media before purchasing them for
volume usage.
7. If an optional cutter is installed, be sure to keep your hands away from the cutter blade when
attempting to load or adjust media.
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LOADING FANFOLD PAPER
Fan-folded media is fed inward from the rear, via the rear housing cover (highlighted in yellow below), but is
stacked as opposed to suspended. Ribbon can be wound in or wound out.
1. Place the fanfold media behind the printer with the printing
surface up.
2. Carefully pull up the Fanfold-label Loading Slot from the
back of the Top Cover.
3. Open the Top Cover by pressing on the cover release latch
located on the right-hand side of the printer. This releases
the cover and allows it to swing upward on the rearmounted hinges.
4. With the Top Cover in the upright position, press the Paper
Guide Release while adjusting the Paper Guides until they
allow the media to fit between them. A millimeter scale is
molded into the case to provide a guide when making the
adjustment. The Paper Guides are center-justified and
interact with each other so that each moves an equal distance apart from each other.
5. Route the label material through the Sensor Assembly and
over the Platen. See figure 3-4 for the label route.
Pull up
the
loading
slot
Pull
open
the Top
Cover
6. Close the Top Cover.
7. After loading the label media, it is
recommended that you run a Test Print to
make sure the labels are correctly loaded
and printed.
Overview of the fanfold-paper loading path
Figure 3-4, Fanfold paper loading
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LABEL SENSING
The SATO CT4xxi uses label Gap (see-thru) sensing. The Sensor Assembly is located on the left edge
of the media and is automatically positioned by the Paper Guides.
Printer Label Sensor Positioning
Inter-label gap:
Min: 0.12” (3 mm)
Max: 0.20” (5 mm)
Inside
edge of
Backing
Paper
Inside edge of Label
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Direction
of label
motion
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OPERATIONAL MODE SELECTION
There are two modes of printer operation; Dispense and Continuous. The difference between the two is the way
that the label and paper backing is ejected. Before printer configuration, one must determine which mode will be
used. This chapter identifies the functional differences between the two.
ATTENTION: Refer to the Printer Configuration unit of this manual to program the
printer’s internal memory to suit individual needs using the integrated menu options.
Refer to the Programming Reference document to remotely program the printer’s
features and functions through a host system.
CONTINUOUS MODE
With this mode of operation, the media remains in position for printing at all times. To do so, means that the
previous printed label is only available for removal when one to four additional labels have been printed (quantity is
depended on label size). This mode of operation is specifically suited for printing bulk quantities to be applied later.
TEAR-OFF MODE
With this method of operation, after printing, the printer feeds the first (outermost) label so that it is fully extended
out of the printer’s front for removal. Printing of the next label will not begin until the prior printed label has been
removed. This mode of operation is specifically suited for immediate application at the time of print.
Upon removal of the prior printed label, the printer retracts the media so that the next label in line may be printed,
then prints. This cycle, repeats for each consecutive label.
CUTTER MODE
With the cutter assembly installed and enabled, this mode of operation will cut individual printed labels or in
multiples. The media will be advanced to the cutter blade, the label cut will occur, and the unprinted media will
retract for positioning of the next print.
DISPENSE MODE
When the dispenser assembly is installed and enabled, this mode of operation will peel the paper backing from the
printed label as it is advanced to the printer’s front. Once the printed label has been removed from the printer for
application, the unprinted media will retract and position itself so the next label may be printed.
This operational mode is specifically applicable to print operations where the label is to be immediately adhered.
LINERLESS MODE
When the linerless option is installed and enabled, this mode of operation allows for the feeding and printing of
linerless media. In this mode, the printer’s functionality is the same as with the continuous or tear-off modes depending on configuration settings.
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CONTINUOUS MODE
TRANSMISSION SENSOR
REFLECTIVE SENSOR
Base Print Position
TEAR-OFF MODE
TRANSMISSION SENSOR
REFLECTIVE SENSOR
Base Print & TearOff Position
CUTTER MODE
REFLECTIVE SENSOR
Base Print Position
Base Print Position
Base Print & Cut
Position
DISPENSE MODE
REFLECTIVE SENSOR
TRANSMISSION SENSOR
Base Print Position
Base Dispense Position
Base Print &
Dispense Position
LINERLESS MODE
REFLECTIVE SENSOR
Base Print Position
Base Cut Position
Figure 3-4, Label Reference Position
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LABEL PRINT DIRECTION
TRANSMISSION SENSOR
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PRINTER CONFIGURATION
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Configuration Modes
Menu Definition Tables
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CONFIGURATION MODES
Before using the printer, read this manual thoroughly first. Otherwise, you may disturb default settings
upon which the instructional procedures in this manual are based. The printer may be configured via the
buttons and/or potentiometers located on the printer’s front panel. All of the printer’s buttons, switches, and
potentiometers are used either singularly, or in conjunction, to perform configuration activities.
4.1 OPERATING PANEL
The Operator Panel consists of three LED indicators and three switches.
POWER
The green LED lights up when the printer is ON.
ERROR
The red LED lights up when there is a system fault
such as an unlatched print head.
ON LINE
The green LED lights up when the printer is ON LINE
and ready to receive data. The ON LINE button
takes the printer ON LINE or OFF LINE.
ON LINE Button
If the ONLINE LED is lit, pressing it will take the printer
OFF LINE. Pressing the button again then takes the printer
back ON LINE. When ON LINE, the printer is ready to
receive data from the host. When OFF LINE, the printer
will not print or accept data from the host. While the
printer is printing, press this button to suspend the
printing. To resume printing, press this button again.
FEED BUTTON
Press this button to eject one label in OFF LINE mode.
Hold this button down while power is applied, to print a printer status
label.
POWER SWITCH
A two position switch for turning the printer ON (I) or OFF (0).
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4.2 THE REAR PANEL
All of the printer cable connectors are located on the Rear Panel, as follows.
Fanfold-label Loading Slot
Remove this panel to route fanfold paper into the printer
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4.3 THE CONFIGURATION PANEL
The Configuration Panel is accessible when you lift up the top cover.
The panel consists of an eight-position DIP switch, three adjustment potentiometers and a sevensegment LED Error Status display. Receptacles for connecting the optional Cutter (factory installed) are
also located on this panel.
DIP switch for
Configuration
VR1
potentiometer
Error
Status
LED
Paper handling
Reserved
Head Check
VR1 adjust
DATA Dump
Reserved
DIP SWITCH SETTINGS
This is an eight-position switch used for setting the operating conditions of the printer. Switches 1 to 3
act as control for both paper handling and the loading of programs or fonts into the printer.
Switches 1–3: Paper Handling settings
These three switches select the method used for
controlling paper handling:
DSW1 DSW2 DSW3
Continuous mode - (default mode) Does not use the
sensor for paper indexing. The paper movement will
stop after all the label data has been printed.
Tear Off mode - Paper is fed out to the cut/tear off
position after printing is complete. Before the next label
is printed, the paper is pulled back in to the first print
line position.
Mode
Off
Off
Off
Continuous
Off
Off
On
Linerless
On
Off
Off
Tear Off
Off
On
Off
Cutter
On
Off
On
Program
Download
Mode
Off
On
On
Load Font
Configuration Switch
Cutter mode - Enables the Cutter option if installed.
ON
OFF
1
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4.3 DIP SWITCH SETTINGS (CONT’D)
Switches 1–3: Font/Graphic loading settings
Enables the loading of fonts and/or graphics into printer
memory for faster retrieval.
DSW1 DSW2 DSW3
Off
On
Mode
On
Load Font
Configuration Switch
ON
OFF
1
Switch 4: DT/TT Mode
Switches the printer between Direct Thermal (DT) or
Thermal Transfer (TT).
2
3
4
5
DSW4
Mode
Off
DT
On
TT
6
7
8
7
8
7
8
Configuration Switch
ON
OFF
1
Switch 5: Head Check
Enables or Disables the printer function that checks the
print head for open circuits automatically. On detecting a
head error along any part of the print head, the ERROR
LED will be lit continuously. The printer will not allow any
further operation unless the following buttons are press, or
certain actions are taken.
1) Press the ONLINE and FEED buttons for five seconds.
The ONLINE LED lights for a brief moment, and then the
printer is taken OFFLINE. Restart the printer to continue
printing as per normal.
2
3
4
5
6
DSW5
Mode
Off
Disabled
On
Enabled
Configuration Switch
ON
OFF
1
2
3
4
5
6
2) The printer can be set to another type of head checking, whereby the printer analyzes the print data
for the location of barcodes, and only checks the print head areas involved in printing those barcodes.
To switch to this mode, at the detection of head error, press the FEED button for five seconds. The new
head check mode takes effect. This limited-type of head check for barcode printing integrity only applies
to barcodes printed via the ESC+B, ESC+D, ESC_BD commands. The head check is not effective in
cases where barcodes are created as graphics.
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Switch 6: VR1 Potentiometer Adjustment mode
Selects the function adjusted by VR1. If DSW6 is Off, VR1
adjusts the pitch offset value over a range of +/- 3.75 mm.
When DSW6 is On, VR1 adjusts the print darkness range.
DSW6
Mode
Off
Pitch Offset
On
Print Darkness
Configuration Switch
ON
OFF
1
Switch 7: DATA Dump
When ON, the printer will print out the hex value for each
character received. When OFF, the printer will accept and
process the data stream in a normal fashion.
2
3
4
5
6
DSW7
Mode
Off
DISABLED
On
ENABLED
7
8
7
8
Configuration Switch
ON
OFF
1
Switch 8: Interface Board selection
This switch lets you choose whether to use the factory
installed interface board connectors, or the user-installable
Extended Interface board.
If not extended interface board is detected, switching
DSW8 to Off will not affect the use of the built-in interface.
2
3
4
5
6
DSW8
Mode
Off
Use extended
interface
On
Use internal
interface
Configuration Switch
ON
OFF
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4.4 OPERATIONAL MODES
The CT4xxi operates in 10 different modes, where each mode can by invoked via combinations of
pressing the front panel buttons in a certain sequence together with DIP switch settings and print head
status. The table below lists all the modes and how they can be invoked.
Table 1: Power ON sequence for various Operational Modes
Mode #
ONLINE
BUTTON
FEED
BUTTON
PRINT HEAD
STATUS
DSW
SETTING
1
Operational Mode
Normal Operational Mode
2
Press
User Test Print Mode
Default Setting Mode
3
Press
Press
4
Press
Press
Head Open
Factory Clear Mode
5
DSW7=ON
HEX Dump Mode
6
DSW1=On
Program Download Mode
DSW2=Off
DSW3=On
7
DSW1=Off
Font Download Mode
DSW2=On
DSW3=On
8
Press
Press
9
Press
Press
Head Open
10
DSW7=On
Head Check Mode
DSW1~8=On
Boot Download Mode
DSW1=On
Partial Cut Compatibility Mode
DSW2=On
DSW3=On
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4.4 OPERATIONAL MODES (CONT’D)
Following are the standard operational functions and procedures available for selected modes. Modes
not covered here are covered in the Service Manual.
4.4.1 Normal Mode
The printer normally starts up in this mode. It automatically goes ONLINE and is ready for printing jobs.
The following operations are possible:
• Pressing the ONLINE button repeated takes the printer to ONLINE or OFFLINE mode alternately.
• During a print job, pressing the ONLINE button will pause the job. Press the ONLINE button again to resume the job.
• Pressing the FEED button in OFFLINE mode will advance a blank label if the label sensor is enabled.
• Pressing the FEED button in OFFLINE mode if the label sensor is disabled, results in the paper size not being verified and
the paper is fed in as long as the FEED button is held down. The feed procedure is stopped as soon as the FEED button is
released. Also, for concurrent cutter/liner-less operation, the paper cutting is executed as soon as the feed is halted (the
feed button is released). A back-feed may be performed after the cut has been executed.
• Taking the printer OFFLINE and pressing the ONLINE and FEED buttons will disable response to any JOB-CANCEL
command from the host computer. Then press the FEED button to return to OFFLINE mode. The LED shows
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• Taking the printer OFFLINE and pressing the ONLINE and FEED buttons will disable response to any JOB-CANCEL
command from the host computer. To enable the JOB-CANCEL command, press the ONLINE button followed by the FEED
button. The printer will return to OFFLINE mode. The LED shows
Y
Table 2: LED and Buzzer status during Normal Mode operation
ONLINE
LED
ERROR
LED
BUZZER
Normal printing operation
ON
OFF
1 beep
Online
ON
OFF
-
Offline
OFF
OFF
-
Job-cancel command switch-over to
select Disable
OFF
OFF
1 beep
Sets Job-cancel command to Disable
OFF
OFF
-
Sets Job-cancel command to Enable
OFF
OFF
-
Switch-over from Job-cancel command
(Sets to Enable or Disable) to offline state
OFF
OFF
1 beep
Switch-over from enabled Job-cancel
command to preferred interface selection
OFF
OFF
1 beep
USB interface preferred
OFF
OFF
-
Other interfaces preferred
OFF
OFF
-
Switch-over to offline after having
selected preferred interface
OFF
OFF
1 beep
Function
• After a print job is cancelled, the printer will switch to a preferred interface, granting priority to the USB interface, but
otherwise switching to the next available interface. The automatically selected interface will be indicated on the LED. Press
the ONLINE button to choose another available interface instead. Or press the FEED button to confirm the automatically
selected interface. The LED shows
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4.4.2 User Test Print Mode (FEED + POWER ON)
This mode produces test labels for diagnostic purposes. Upon entering this mode on startup, release the
FEED button. A beep is then produced, and the ERROR LED will light up.
When labels have been loaded properly, press the ONLINE or FEED button to start printing. Pressing
the FEED button produces small test label data, while the ONLINE button produces a big test print.
The ERROR LED goes off during the test printing. Pressing the FEED button at any time during the test
print operation will pause or resume the print job.
Note: To end the test print, make sure to press the FEED button to pause the printing, then turn the
printer OFF.
The following data will be produced on the test print:
Table 3: Data found on Test Prints
No.
Data Printed
1
Base reference point offset (Vertical, horizontal)
2
Pitch offset
3
Cut position offset
4
Dispensing position offset
5
Tear off position offset
6
Label size (Pitch, width)
7
Print speed
8
Print darkness
9
Sensor type
10
Kanji character code
11
Paper end detection method
12
Zero slash
13
Proportional pitch
14
Buzzer
15
Initial feed
16
Interface settings
Type, buffer control, protocol, communication settings
17
Dip switch input/output function
18
Protocol code setting value
19
Euro-code (CT Series)
For a picture of the print sample, refer to “test label printing” on page 5-8.
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4.4.3 Default Settings Mode (ONLINE + FEED + POWER ON)
Turning the printer ON in this mode simply resets major settings to their default values. (See table). After
the default values have been restored, the printer emits three beeps. The ERROR LED also lights up
during the reset operation, but goes off after the settings have been activated.
Parameter
Reference position
Default Setting
Vertical: 0dot, Horizontal: 0dot
Pitch offset
0 dot
Cut position offset
0 dot
Dispensing position offset
0 dot
Tear off position offset
0 dot
Label size (Pitch, width)
Pitch=3200 dot x width 832dot [8dots/mm]
Pitch=4800 dot x width 1248dot [12dots/mm]
Pitch=9600 dot x width 2496dot [23.6 dots/mm]
Print speed
100 mm/s [8dots/mm] [12dots/mm]
50 mm/s [23.6dots/mm]
Print darkness
3A [Direct thermal]
3B [Thermal transfer]
Sensor type
Gap
Kanji character code
JIS
Paper end detection means
Zero slash
Proportional pitch
Roll type
Enable
Enable [CT Series]
Buzzer
Enable
Initial feed
Disable
Auto-feed
Disable
Gap size
24dots [8dots/mm]
36dots [12dots/mm]
72dots [23.6dots/mm]
Optional operation modes
VR (Potentiometer)
Interface settings
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Option stop position offset =0, print darkness=0
IEEE1284: Multi buffer, ACK width =500ns
RS-232C: Baud rate=19200bps, Data-bit=8bit, Parity=off, Stop bit=1bit, Control=READY/BUSY control (multi- buffer)
LAN/Wireless LAN: Driver exclusive protocol (Status 4) cycle response mode (2port connection using Port 1024 and Port 1025, or 1 port connection using Port
9100.)
USB: (no default settings)
Bluetooth: Bluetooth mode = Status 4, PIN code = 0000000000000000, Authentication mode = Authentication Level 1, ISI=0800, ISW=0012, PSI=0800, PSW=0012,
Device name = SATO ONLINE PRINTER, CRC Check = Disable
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4.4.4 HEX Dump Mode (POWER ON with DSW7=ON)
When turned ON in this mode, the printer will print a dump of its buffer contents received for the host.
The printer awaits data feeds and when data arrives, it prints out the HEX data continuously.
To terminate the HEX Dump, set DSW7 to OFF and restart the printer.
4.4.5 Factory Clear Mode (Print head left open + ONLINE + FEED + POWER ON)
When turned ON in this mode, the printer clears various counters and settings, then generates printouts
for the user’s reference.
Three DIP Switches (DSW5, DSW6, DSW8) can be set in various configurations to determine which
settings are reset.
DSW5
DSW6
DSW8
Settings Affected
OFF
OFF
-
No reset
OFF
ON
-
Cutter counter reset
ON
OFF
-
Head counter reset
ON
ON
-
ON
ON
OFF
All-clear (Cutter, head, factory counter, printer settings)
*applicable to CT408iDT / CT412iDT / CT424iDT only
ON
ON
ON
All-clear (Cutter, head, factory counter, printer settings)
*applicable to CT408iTT / CT412iTT / CT424iTT only]
The following operations are possible:
• Once the printer has been started in this mode, latch the print head to clear all affected counters.
• Next, select the test print size by pressing ONLINE (big size) or FEED (small size).
• The printer issues a label feed, and then starts printing once the factory settings have been applied. The ONLINE LED turns
OFF while the printer is waiting to print. The ERROR LED turns ON once, during the start of the factory clear mode, but is
otherwise OFF.
• Pressing the FEED button each time will pause or resume the printing.
• To terminate the test printing, pause the printing and turn the printer OFF.
• The setting of DSW7 can affect the print head check result.
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4.4.6 Program Download Mode (DSW1=ON, DSW2=OFF, DSW3=ON + POWER ON)
In this mode, the printer is set to receive an application program from the host computer to download into
its memory. Remember to set the printer to the correct active interface to be used for the data transfer.
The status of various indicators in this mode is summarized below:
Function
ONLINE
ERROR
BUZZER
LED
Display
During download mode
ON
OFF
1 beep
1
Wait to receive data
ON
OFF
-
1
During data transfer
ON
OFF
1 beep
2
Data editing
ON
OFF
-
3
Flash ROM clear
ON
OFF
-
4
Writing to Flash ROM
ON
OFF
-
5
Download completed
ON
OFF
3 long beeps
1
Download error
Blinking
Blinking
1 long beep
F
(start of data transfer)
• To exit this mode, make sure the printer is waiting to receive data (ONLINE LED=ON, ERROR
LED=OFF, LED Displays “1”, No Buzzer beep) and not performing any data transfer.
• Restart the printer after completion of the download, and perform a factory test print.
4.4.7 Font Download Mode (DSW1=OFF, DSW2=ON, DSW3=ON + POWER ON)
In this mode, the printer is set to download fronts from the host computer. Remember to set the printer to
the correct active interface to be used for the data transfer. The status of various indicators in this mode
is summarized below:
Function
ONLINE
ERROR
BUZZER
LED
Display
During download mode
ON
OFF
1 beep
1
Wait to receive data
ON
OFF
-
1
During data transfer
ON
OFF
1 beep
2
Writing font data
ON
OFF
-
3
Writing font information
ON
OFF
-
4
Download completed
ON
OFF
1 beep
5
Download error
ON
ON
3 beeps
F
(start of data transfer)
• To exit this mode, make sure the printer is waiting to receive data (ONLINE LED=ON, ERROR
LED=OFF, LED Displays “1”, No Buzzer beep) and not performing any data transfer.
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4.4.8 Errors during Font and Program Download Modes
• Possible causes of errors could be that the data transfer is not correct between the printer and host,
due to interface setting incompatibilities or faults in the cable.
The flash ROM may be in a state that does not permit data being written to it. The following error
diagnostics are useful to help you troubleshoot the actual cause(s):
Cause
ONLINE
ERROR
BUZZER
LED
Display
Flash ROM Error
OFF
ON
1 long beep
O
Error during data download
OFF
OFF
1 long beep
F
Error during font download
ON
ON
3 short beeps
F
CAUTION
• Make sure that you do NOT turn the printer OFF when data is transferring to the flash ROM in
Program or Boot Download mode, as it may corrupt the firmware and prevent the printer from starting
up correctly.
• Ensure that the printer is running on a stable power supply during such flash ROM writing operations.
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4.9 OFFSETS
There are two offset settings stored in the printer; one for the Cut mode and one for the Tear-Off mode.
These two offsets can be set independently and will remain in the printer until a new command is
received changing the setting or until power is turned off.
The default settings can be determined by printing a User Test Label.
The following should be used as starting points for establishing the three Offset values:
Mode
Length of Offset (mm) Length of Offset (in) Print head resolution
CUTTER
17.9
0.70
143/215
TEAR-OFF
29.2
1.15
234/350
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4.10 POTENTIOMETER ADJUSTMENTS
PITCH OFFSET
This can be done using the VR1 potentiometer on the Configuration Panel. This potentiometer is set at
the factory so that it has a range of +/- 0.15” (3.75 mm). The midpoint setting should have no effect on
the label pitch. Turning the potentiometer all the way clockwise should move the print position 0.15”
(3.75 mm) upward toward the leading edge of the label. Turning the it all the way counterclockwise
should move the print position down 0.15” (3.75 mm) away from the leading edge of the label.
1.
Place DSW6 on the Configuration Switch in the OFF
position.
Must be moved with Minus (-)
Offset to print on leading edge of
label
2. Turn the power OFF.
3. While pressing the FEED button on the Operator
Panel, turn the power ON.
ABCDEFG
4. When you hear one beep from the printer, release
the FEED button.
6. Adjust potentiometer VR1 until the first print position is at the desired location on the label.
7. Press the FEED button to stop printing.
Note:
Adjusting the Label Pitch with VR1 will affect the
stop position of the label and the cut/tear-off positions.
ABCDEFG
label movement direction
5. Press the LINE button to begin printing large Test
Labels (press the FEED button if you are using
labels smaller than 4.1" (104 mm) in width).
Original First Line
Print Position
ABCDEFG
Moved with
Positive (+) Offset
to print on trailing
edge of label
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Label as detected
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4.10 POTENTIOMETER ADJUSTMENTS (CONT’D)
Print Darkness
A fine adjustment for PRINT DARKNESS can be made using potentiometer VR1 on the Front Operator
Panel. It provides a continuous range of adjustment, allowing you to make precise changes. Turning
VR1 clockwise will make the print darker, and counterclockwise will make it lighter.
1. Place DSW6 on the Configuration Switch in the ON position.
2. Turn the Power Switch OFF.
3. While pressing the FEED button on the Operator Panel, turn the Power Switch ON.
4. When you hear one beep from the printer, release the FEED button.
5. Press the LINE button to begin printing large Test Labels (press the FEED button if you are using
labels smaller than 4.1" (104 mm) in width).
6. Adjust potentiometer VR1 until the desired print darkness is obtained.
7. Press the FEED button to stop the printing.
Adjustment of the Print Darkness using VR1 will affect the darkness range adjustable using the PCL
command @PJL SET SPEED= [2 - 4]. That is, if the print darkness is adjusted with VR1 for lighter print,
the darkness will be lighter in all the Print Darkness ranges selected by the @PJL SET SPEED
command.
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Unit 4: Printer Configuration
4.11 DATA DUMP DIAGNOSTIC LABEL
The contents of the printer buffer can be examined using the DATA Dump mode. This printout labels
each line of the received data in the left hand column, the data in the middle column followed by the
same data in ASCII format in the right-hand column.
1. Turn the printer OFF.
2. Place DSW7 on the configuration Switch in the ON position.
3. Turn the printer ON.
4. Transmit data to the printer.
5. The data received is printed on the label.
6. Place DSW7 in the OFF position.
7. Turn the printer OFF and then back ON to place it back in the normal print mode.
Note:
Depending on the version of your printer’s onboard software, the appearance of your test
printout may be different from that shown here.
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4.12 PRINTING TEST LABELS
1. The User Test Label prints the current default settings of the printer.
2. Press the FEED button while turning the power ON.
3. When the printer beeps, release the FEED button.
4. To print a large (4" wide) test label, press the ON LINE button. To print a small (2" wide) test label,
press the FEED button.
5. The printer will continuously print the USER TEST LABEL until the FEED button is pressed. If the
FEED button is pressed another time, printing will resume.
6. To remove the printer from the Test Label mode, power the printer OFF.
Note:
Depending on the version of your printer’s onboard software, the appearance of your test
printout may be different from that shown here.
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4.13 PRINTING FACTORY/SERVICE TEST PRINTS
The Factory/Service Test Label prints the internal operating parameters of the printer.
1. Release the print head. (see “Releasing/Replacing the Print Head“” on page 3).
2. Press the LINE and FEED buttons while turning the printer ON.
3. When the printer beeps, release the LINE and FEED buttons. The printer will then beep 3 times indicating it is in the Factory/Service Print Test mode.
4. Re-latch the Print Head.
5. Press the LINE button to print a large (4" wide") Factory/Service Test Label. Press the FEED button
to print a small (2" wide) Factory/Service Test Label.
6. The printer will begin printing a series of test labels, the first containing the operational parameters of
the printer followed by one containing the internal printer settings. These two label formats will alternate until the FEED button is pressed, suspending the print operation. If the FEED button is pressed
again, the printing will resume.
To remove the printer from the Factory/Service Print Test mode, remove power by placing the POWER
switch in the OFF position.
Note:
Depending on the version of your printer’s onboard software, the appearance of your test
printout may be different from that shown here.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
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Troubleshooting Guide
Interface Troubleshooting
Test Print Troubleshooting
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Unit 5: Troubleshooting
TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
Display
ON
ERROR
BUZZER
0
ON
1 Beep
1
ERROR CONDITION
Flash Memory error
CORRECTIVE ACTION
Consult your SATO dealer
Not Assigned
2
ON
1 Beep
Machine Error
Consult your SATO dealer
3
ON
1 Beep
EEPROM Error
Replace EEPROM
4
ON
1 Beep
Electrical Head error
Replace Print Head or consult
your SATO dealer
5
Blink
3 Beeps
Head Not Latched
Latch Print Head securely and
make sure the Top Cover is
closed properly
6
Blink
3 Beeps
Out of Paper
1) Replenish paper supply
2) Route paper through sensor
correctly
7
Blink
3 Beeps
Sensor error
1) Adjust sensor level
8
Blink
3 Beeps
Cutter error
Connect cutter (optional item)
properly or consult your SATO
dealer
8.
ON
Program Error
Resend data to the printer
9
ON
3 Beeps
Ribbon End
Check ribbon loading and/or
load a new ribbon roll (TT model
only)
A
ON
1 Beep
Receive Buffer Overflow
1) Restart the printer and retry
b
ON
1 Beep
Parity error
(Serial I/F only)
Correct the Parity Settings or
consult your SATO dealer
e
ON
1 Beep
Framing Error
(Serial I/F only)
Check and correct the data bit
setting and retry
8
ON
1 Beep
Overrun Error
(Serial I/F only)
Check and correct the flow control settings and retry
E
ON
1 Beep
LAN Time Out Error
Check the Interface Card and all
associated connections to/from
it. Replace if necessary
3 Beeps
Font/graphic Data
Error (Serial I/F only)
Recheck and correct the data
stream and retry
RFID Error
Check the RFID equipment and
media
Error in Kanji Character ROM
Consult your SATO dealer
F
2
H
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2) Modify host SW
3) Select correct communication
protocol settings
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Display
ON
ERROR
BUZZER
L
blinks
No beep
steady
long beep
ERROR CONDITION
Low Battery level
Critically Low Battery
level
CORRECTIVE ACTION
Check the battery level and
recharge or replace the battery
as necessary
Replace or recharge the battery
y
USB interface
selected
NA
l
Other interface
selected
NA
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TROUBLESHOOTING TABLE
IMAGE VOIDS
Dirty print head
Clean print head
Damaged print head
Replace print head
Damaged electronics
Replace circuit board
Damaged or worn roller
Replace rollers
Poor label quality
Use higher quality media
Ribbon stock and media are mismatched
Consult with media supplier. Use only SATO-certified media
RIBBON WRINKLING
Poor head alignment
Adjust head balance and alignment
Excessive temperature setting
Adjust temperature
Poor ribbon tension
Adjust tension as required
Worn roller
Replace as necessary
Foreign material on print head and/or rollers
Clean as required
Foreign material on labels
Use higher quality media
Damaged print head
Replace print head as required
LIGHT PRINT IMAGES
Low print head energy/darkness
Adjust darkness level
Low print head pressure
Adjust head pressure and/or balance
Foreign material on print head
Clean print head and rollers
Improper head alignment
Align print head as required
Excessive print speed
Reduce print speed setting
UNEVEN PRINT DARKNESS
Unbalanced print head
Adjust head balance
Worn rollers
Replace rollers as required
Dirty print head
Clean print head
MEANDERING MEDIA
Incorrectly loaded media
Ensure correct loading
Improperly adjusted media guides
Adjust as required
Unbalanced print head
Adjust as required
Worn rollers
Replace as required
NO LABEL MOVEMENT
Loose or broken timing belt
Replace or adjust as required
Incorrect label sensor selected
Check printer configuration for proper sensor selection
No voltage output
Replace fuse. Test power supply and replace as required
Drive motor not operating
Ensure wiring harness connection. Replace as necessary
LED FIELD ILLUMINATED BUT NO DISPLAY AT ALL
Power supply issues
Ensure cable properly connected. Check/replace power supply
Incorrectly positioned display potentiometer.
Adjust as required
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NO PRINTED IMAGE
Print head is disconnected.
Ensure print head wiring harness is connected on each end.
No voltage output
Replace fuse. Test power supply and replace as required
Defective print head
Replace print head and reset counter
Damaged electronics
Replace circuit board
Interface problems
Troubleshoot interface - refer to the next chapter
Data input error
Ensure correct data stream
PRINTER CREATES A BLANK LABEL
Data input error
Ensure correct data stream
Incorrect label sensor selection
Ensure correct printer configuration
Disconnected print head
Power off the printer and ensure a proper connection
Defective print head
Replace print head as required
Defective main circuit board
Replace main board as required
INCORRECT LABEL POSITIONING
Incorrect label sensor selection
Ensure correct printer configuration
Improper sensor adjustment
Adjust sensor sensitivity as required
Data input error
Ensure correct data stream
Incorrect offset settings
Adjust settings as required
SMEARED PRINT IMAGES
Poor media quality
Use higher quality media
Foreign material on print head and platen roller
Clean print head and rollers
Foreign material on labels
Use higher quality media
Excessive print head energy
Adjust darkness setting
Excessive print speed
Adjust print speed as required
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INTERFACE TROUBLESHOOTING
This chapter provides a checklist for the various interface types. Locate the checklist relative to the interface used
and perform each of the troubleshooting tasks until the problem has been isolated.
PARALLEL INTERFACE
CHK
TROUBLESHOOTING STEP
Ensure the interfaces or interface card are correctly installed. Run self-test to verify.
Ensure the printer cable is connected to the appropriate LPT port on the host computer. If using a Windows printer
driver, ensure the correct port is selected.
Ensure a IEEE1284 printer cable is being used.
Ensure the host’s peripheral settings are set to ECP for faster throughput. Refer to the computer manufacturer’s
documentation for details.
Ensure the printer is receiving information from the computer using the Receive Buffer Hex Dump mode. Refer to that
procedure within this manual for instructions. The command stream should be continuous and possess 0Dhex and/or
0Ahex (carriage return and line feed) characters throughout. However, there should not be either located between the
start (<ESC>A and the stop (<ESC>Z) commands.
Try another port to isolate the problem.
Replace the main circuit board if determined to be the problem.
RS232 SERIAL INTERFACE
CHK
TROUBLESHOOTING STEP
Ensure the correct interface module is correctly installed. Run self-test to verify.
Ensure the serial cable (Null Modem) meets specifications and is correctly connected at each end.
Ensure the serial cable is not defective.
Ensure the communication parameters for the baud rate, parity, data bits and stop bits are consistent with those being
sent from the host computer.
Ensure the printer is receiving information from the computer using the Receive Buffer Hex Dump mode. Refer to that
procedure within this manual for instructions. The command stream should be continuous and possess 0Dhex and/or
0Ahex (carriage return and line feed) characters throughout. However, there should not be either located between the
start (<ESC>A and the stop (<ESC>Z) commands.
Try another port to isolate the problem.
Replace the main circuit board if determined to be the problem.
UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS (USB) INTERFACE
If nothing prints during a test print, verify the device drivers have been successively installed by performing the following:
CHK
TROUBLESHOOTING STEP
Click on Start, Settings, and then Control Panel.
Click on System within the new window.
Click on the Device Manager tab.
Ensure that the View Device By Type is checked.
Scroll to SATO-USB Device and ensure that errors do not exist. Reinstall as required.
Reboot the PC and the printer.
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LAN ETHERNET INTERFACE
CHK
TROUBLESHOOTING STEP
Ensure the interface has been correctly configured. Wait two minutes and run self-test to verify. If a test label does not
print, there may be a hardware problem.
Ensure the cable and its ports are not defective.
Ensure that a faulty print server or other protocol related scenarios are not creating a queue setup issue.
Systematically perform checks and tests to isolate the cause.
If using TCP/IP, ensure a valid IP address is specified and that all parameters are correct (subnet mask, gateway,
etc.). Attempt to PING the IP address assigned to the network interface.
If using a repeater or hub, ensure the SQE is turned off. Also ensure the repeater port is not defective by trying the
print server on another port.
Install the IPX/SPX protocol on a workstation to determine if the network device can be discovered via the MAC
address. If able, configure the appropriate protocols and retest connectivity.
Use a crossover cable to isolate the printer from the network by connecting from the interface and workstation. Verify
that the parameters match on each. Test connectivity.
802.11G WIRELESS INTERFACE
CHK
TROUBLESHOOTING STEP
Ensure the antenna is properly and completely installed.
Ensure the wireless card is properly installed.
Ensure the green connection lights on the back of the interface board are illuminated.
If not obtaining an IP address, check the SSID or encryption and ensure those were properly entered.
To determine the IP address obtained through the DHCP wireless device, power off the printer, place switch 3 in the
upward position on the wireless card and reinsert it into the printer, and power the printer on. Wait approximately 30
seconds for a print out of configurations.
CENTRONICS INTERFACE
CHK
TROUBLESHOOTING STEP
Ensure the interface module is correctly installed. Run self-test to verify.
Ensure the printer cable is connected to the appropriate LPT port on the host computer. If using a Windows printer
driver, ensure the correct port is selected.
Ensure the host’s peripheral settings are set for Centronics output for faster throughput. Refer to the computer
manufacturer’s documentation for details.
Ensure the printer is receiving information from the computer using the Receive Buffer Hex Dump mode. Refer to that
procedure within this manual for instructions. The command stream should be continuous and possess 0D Hex and/
or 0A Hex (carriage return and line feed) characters throughout. However, there should not be either located between
the start (<ESC>A and the stop (<ESC>Z) commands.
Replace the main circuit board with another to isolate the problem.
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TEST PRINT TROUBLESHOOTING
Chapter provides instruction on special printing to identify and resolve specific print problems.
HEX DUMP
Allows the operator to determine if there were problems in the downloading of data. The contents of the print buffer
can be examined using the Hex Dump Mode. In the left column, each line of data received is numbered. The center
column provides the data in hexadecimal format. And in the right column, same data is provided in the ASC ll
format. Follow the flow chart provided below to perform this activity.
TEST LABEL PRINTING
Allows the operator to identify specific problems regarding mechanical performance and setup. The test label is
designed to assist in the identification of print problems. Follow the flow chart provided below to perform this
activity.
Check resolution
and label path
here
List of
Operational and
Media Settings
List of DIPSW
Current Settings
Check print
quality and
print head
status here
Figure 6-2, Sample Test Label
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Unit 6: Maintenance
MAINTENANCE
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Cleaning Procedures
Replacement Procedures
Adjustment Procedures
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Unit 6: Maintenance
CLEANING PROCEDURES
Cleaning of the printer is a necessary maintenance activity to ensure print quality and longer printer life. There are
two basic types of cleaning involved; the removal of loose debris and the removal of residue.
Use a soft cloth and/or a pneumatic blower to remove debris from the printer. This process should be performed
prior to the removal of residue. To remove residue, apply SATO Solvent (available separately) or isopropryl alcohol
to a clean cotton swab and gently wipe the entire surface of the print head and platen roller clean.
Of particular importance is the care and maintenance of Print Heads. Efforts should be made to educate
printer operators and their supervisors to refer to this Operator's Manual or other relevant documentation
when cleaning the print head, platen and rollers. Regular cleaning regimes should be enforced to make
sure that he printer and the immediate production area are cleaned regularly to minimize dust buildup.
Properly adjustment of the print head balance should be done periodically, and the use of certified SATO
consumables will maximize output quality and minimize print head replacement. For pre-printed labels,
ensure that ad-hoc testing is conducted so that the materials are print-head safe.
Finally, efforts should be made to ensure that operators and their supervisors do not compensate for
print quality problems by adjusting print darkness/print speed settings unnecessarily. When print heads
show signs of problems, do not allow them to continue being used. To this end, SATO Service Contracts
are highly recommended, to help businesses to reduce downtime while maximizing the durability and
usable life of the printer.
WARNING: DISCONNECT POWER TO THE PRINTER AND ALLOW THE LATTER
TO COOL TO ROOM TEMPERATURE PRIOR TO CLEANING. EXCERSIZE CARE
WHEN CLEANING TO PREVENT PERSONAL INJURY.
CAUTION: IF USING A PNEUMATIC BLOWER TO REMOVE DEBRIS FROM THE
PRINTER, EXCERSIZE CARE TO PREVENT PRINT HEAD DAMAGE.
Figure 6-1, Print Head Replacement
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Unit 6: Maintenance
ADJUSTMENT PROCEDURES
This section provides information on user maintenance for the SATO Ct4xxi printer. This section
contains the following information.
• Adjusting the Print Quality
• Cleaning the Print Head, Platen and Rollers
• Replacing the Print Head
ADJUSTING THE PRINT QUALITY
The SATO CT4xxi printer is equipped with two different methods of adjusting the quality of the print—
print darkness and print speed.
When adjusting the printer for optimum print quality, a barcode verifier system is highly recommended
for evaluating the printouts. The human eye is a poor judge of the relative widths of the bars in a symbol,
a characteristic that is extremely important for good bar code quality.
Print Darkness
This adjustment allows the user to control (within a specified range) the amount of power that is used to
activate the print head heating elements. It is important to find a proper print darkness level based on
your particular label. The printed images should not be too light nor should the edges of text or graphics
be smudged. Instead, the edges of each image should be crisp and well defined.
Once the range has been selected, the PRINT Potentiometer (VR1) on the front panel can be used to
make finer adjustments. It provides a continuous range of adjustment, allowing you to make precise
changes. Use a small cross-point screwdriver, turning clockwise for darker print and counterclockwise
for lighter print. See page 3-3 for instructions on performing potentiometer adjustments
Print Speed
The other method of controlling print quality is by controlling the speed at which the label is printed. It is
especially critical when printing "ladder" bar codes (bar codes printed with the bars parallel to the print
line). When printing a "ladder" bar code, it is important to allow the head to cool sufficiently before
stepping to the next position. If it does not have sufficient time to cool, the bar will be "smeared" on the
trailing edge. The adjustment can be made via standard SBPL commands. For more information refer to
the SBPL Programming Reference.
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Unit 6: Maintenance
CLEANING THE PRINT HEAD, PLATEN AND ROLLERS
Cleaning the Print Head
1. Before starting, get ready an approved cleaning kit from your
SATO dealer or the kit supplied with the printer. Make sure the
printer is OFF, and remove the power cable.
2. Lift up the Top Cover and locate the Print Head Assembly which
is mounted under the cover.
3. Apply Thermal Print Head Cleaner to a cotton swab.
4. The Print Head faces downward along the front edge of the
assembly. Pass the end of the dampened swab along the entire Figure 6-1, Cleaning the print head
width of the Print Head.
5. Check for any black coloring or adhesive on the swab after cleaning.
6. Repeat if necessary until the swab is clean after it is passed over the head.
7. The head should be cleaned at least every time the label roll is changed, and more often in harsh
environments.
Clearning Stubborn Debris on the Print Head
1. If certain stains on the print head cannot be removed easily with
cotton swabs dabbed in cleaning solution, obtain cleaning
sheets designed for cleaning print heads (for such supplies,
contact your SATO dealer).
2. Load the cleaning sheet with the rough side facing the print
head. Follow any other instructions or precautions printed on
any leaflet that may accompany the cleaning sheet.
3. With the printer turned OFF, and the Top Cover closed, slowly
pull the cleaning sheet outwards. Repeat the process until the
print head is clean.
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Figure 6-2, Using the Cleaning Sheet
Unit 6: Maintenance
CLEANING THE PRINT HEAD, PLATEN AND ROLLERS (CONT’D)
Cleaning the Platen and Paper Roller
1. Before starting, get ready an approved cleaning kit from your
SATO dealer or the kit supplied with the printer. Make sure the
printer is OFF, and remove the power cable.
2. Lift up the Top Cover.
3. The platen roller is the black rubber roller near the front panel.
The print rollers are located at the print head assembly, near the
fanfold-label loading window.
4. Wet some cotton swabs with cleaning solution. While rotating
the platen roller with your fingers, clean the entire length of the
roller using one or more cotton
swabs. The roller should be cleaned of any label or
adhesive residue.
5. Repeat the whole cleaning process if necessary. The platen
and rollers should be cleaned whenever foreign matter such as
dust or adhesive is present.
Figure 6-4, Cleaning the platen
Paper
Roller
Figure 6-4, Cleaning the rollers
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Unit 6: Maintenance
RELEASING/REPLACING THE PRINT HEAD
The print head on the printer is a user-replaceable item. If it becomes damaged for any reason, it can be
easily removed and replaced. Contact your local SATO representative for information on obtaining a
new print head. You will also need a No. 2 Phillips screwdriver (a magnetic tip is helpful) for the
replacement procedure.
1. Make sure the printer is OFF, and remove the power cable.
2. Lift up the Top Cover.
3. Locate the small center tab (see red arrow) above the print head.
Press and hold down this tab. At the same time, pull the whole print
head below it, downwards if it does not drop downwards automatically.
The cable connector (circled red here) at the rear of the print head is now
exposed. Pull the print head downwards, then gently disconnect the print
head from the cable.
4. Carefully attach a replacement print head to the cable connector.
The connectors are keyed so that they can only be inserted in the
correct orientation.
Note:
While handling the print head, be careful not to scratch the printing
surface of the print head. Scratching the surface will cause permanent and irreparable damage that is not covered by the warranty!
5. Reinsert the print head into the printer, making sure that the metal
slots at the two sides of the print head fit back over the round purple pivots on the printer (see circled area here).
6. Press and hold down the center tab (see red arrow) which was previously used to release the print head. Push the print head
upwards so that it snaps into place.
7. Release the center tab and close the Top Cover. Proceed to perform a test print to ensure that the print head is connected properly.
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Unit 6: Maintenance
CLEANING THE SENSOR
The gap sensor is used to control the positioning of the label. It is a transmissive see-thru sensor that
detects the edge of the label by sensing through the backing paper which is translucent and detecting
the presence of the opaque label.
So when dust, dirt or other foreign matter interferes with the light path of the sensor, erratic label
positioning occurs. The sensor should thus be cleaned regularly, after every two rolls of labels.
1. Turn the printer OFF and remove the power cable.
2. Open the Top Cover.
3. Locate the sensor located next to the yellow screwdriver, near
the left-hand side label guide so that it moves whenever the
Label Guide are adjusted for different media widths.
4. Apply Thermal Print Head Cleaner to a cotton swab.
5. Use the cotton swab to clean any foreign matter from the
exposed surface of the sensor by inserting the cotton tip in the
paper slot and briskly cleaning it with a back and forth motion.
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Unit 6: Maintenance
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Section 7: SATO Group of Companies
SATO GROUP OF COMPANIES
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SATO GROUP OF COMPANIES
Asia Pacific & Oceania Region
SATO ASIA PACIFIC PTE. LTD.
438B Alexandra Road #09-01/02,
Alexandra Technopark, Singapore 119968
Tel: +65-6271-5300
Fax: +65-6273-6011
Email: technical@satoasiapacific.com
www.satoasiapacific.com
SATO AUTO-ID MALAYSIA SDN. BHD.
SATO ASIA PACIFIC PTE. LTD.
in Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam Representative Office
Level 6, Room 615.6, Me Linh Point Tower
2 Ngo Duc Ke Street, District 1,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +84-8-3520-3008
Fax: +84-8-3520-2800
Email: technical@satoasiapacific.com
www.satoasiapacific.com
No.25, Jalan Pemberita U1/49,
Temasya Industrial Park, Section U1,
40150 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia
Tel: +60-3-7620-8901
Fax: +60-3-5569-4977
Email: service@satosms.com.my
www.satoasiapacific.com
SATO AUSTRALIA PTY LTD.
SATO AUTO-ID (THAILAND) CO., LTD.
30 Apollo Drive, Mairangi Bay
Auckland, New Zealand
Tel: +64 9-477-2222
Fax: +64-9-477-2228
Email:
global.warranty@satonewzealand.com
www.satonewzealand.com
292/1 Moo 1 Theparak Road,
Tumbol Theparak, Amphur Muang,
Samutprakarn 10270, Thailand
Tel: +66-2-736-4460
Fax: +66-2-736-4461
Email: technical@satothailand.com
www.satothailand.co.th
SATO SHANGHAI CO., LTD.
307 Haining Road, ACE Bldg,
10th Floor, Hongkou Area,
Shanghai 200080, China
Tel: +86-21-6306-8899
Fax: +86-21-6309-1318
Email: tech@satochina.com
www.satochina.com
SATO ASIA PACIFIC PTE. LTD.
Korea Representative Office
6F, Korea Housing Center,
Yeouido-dong 45-11, Yeongdeungpo-gu,
Seoul 150-736, Korea
Tel: +82-2-761-5072
Fax: +82-2-761-5073
Email: technical@satoasiapacific.com
www.satokorea.com
SATO ASIA PACIFIC PTE. LTD.
India Representative Office
Regus Level 2, Connaught Place,
Bund Garden Road, Pune. 411001, India
Tel: +91-20-4014-7747
Fax: +91-20-4014-7576
Email: technical@satoasiapacific.com
www.satoasiapacific.com
1/1 Nursery Avenue, Clayton Business
Park, Clayton, VIC 3168, Australia
Tel: +61-3-8814-5330
Fax: +61-3-8814-5335
Email: enquiries@satoaustralia.com
www.satoaustralia.com
SATO NEW ZEALAND LTD.
European Region
SATO LABELLING SOLUTIONS
EUROPE GmbH (GERMANY)
Ersheimer Straße 71,
69434 Hirschhorn, Germany
Tel: +49-6272-9201-0
Fax: +49-6272-9201-399
Email: service@de.satoeurope.com
www.satoeurope.com
SATO BENELUX B.V. (NETHERLANDS)
Techniekweg 1b, 3481 MK Harmelen,
Netherlands
Tel.: +31-348-444437
Fax: +31-348-446403
Email: info@nl.satoeurope.com
www.satoeurope.com
SATO LABELLING SOLUTIONS
EUROPE GmbH (ITALY)
Viale Europa 39/1,
20090 Cusago, Milano, Italy
Tel.: +39-02-903-944-64
Fax: +39-02-903-940-35
Email: info@it.satoeurope.com
www.satoeurope.com
• Latest contact information of worldwide SATO operations can be
found on the Internet at www.satoworldwide.com
SATO POLSKA SP. Z O.O.
ul. Wrocławska 123, Radwanice,
55-015 Św. Katarzyna, Poland
Tel: +48-71-381-03-60
Fax: +48-71-381-03-68
Email: info@sato.pl
www.sato.pl
SATO IBERIA S.A.U.
Dels Corrals Nous, 35-39
Pol. Can Roqueta, 08202 - Sabadell
Barcelona, Spain
Tel: +34-902-333-341
Fax: +34-902-333-349
Email: info@es.satoeurope.com
www.satoeurope.com
SATO FRANCE S.A.S.
Parc d'Activités, Rue Jacques Messager,
59 175 Templemars, France
Tel: +33-3-20-62-96-40
Fax: +33-3-20-62-96-55
Email: info@fr.satoeurope.com
www.satoeurope.com
SATO UK LTD.
Valley Road, Harwich,
Essex CO12 4RR, United Kingdom
Tel: +44-1255-240000
Fax: +44-1255-240111
Email: enquiries@satouk.com
www.satouk.com
American Region
SATO AMERICA, INC.
10350-A Nations Ford Road, Charlotte,
NC 28273, U.S.A.
Tel: +1-704-644-1650
Fax: +1-704-644-1662
www.satoamerica.com
SATO LABELING SOLUTIONS
AMERICA, INC.
1140 Windham Parkway, Romeoville,
Illinois 60446, U.S.A.
Tel: +1-630-771-4200
Fax: +1-630-771-4210
www.satolabeling.com
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