Zebra | 105SL Plus | User guide | Zebra 105SL Plus User guide

Zebra® 105SL™
Industrial/Commercial Printer
User Guide
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Contents
Proprietary Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v
Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Printer Software and Firmware License Agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi
Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xvii
Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xviii
Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xviii
Document Conventions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xix
Related Documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx
1 • Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Exterior View. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Operator Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Front Panel Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Front Panel Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Front Panel Lights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printer Interior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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2 • Printer Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Before You Begin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Unpack and Inspect the Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Report Damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Select a Site for the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Select a Surface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Provide Proper Operating Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Allow Proper Space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Provide a Data Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Connect the Printer to a Power Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Power Cord Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Select a Communication Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Cable Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Types of Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Selecting Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Non-Continuous Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Continuous Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Ribbon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
When to Use Ribbon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Ribbon Width . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Coated Side of Ribbon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
3 • Printer Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Roll Media Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tear-Off Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Peel-Off Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rewind Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cutter Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Peel-Only Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing the Label Liner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fanfold Media Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ribbon Loading. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ribbon Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Print a Configuration Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Print a Network Configuration Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Calibrate the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adjust and Calibrate Sensors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Media and Ribbon Sensor Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Positioning the Media (Transmissive) Sensors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Black Mark Sensor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Configuring the Software or Printer Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4 • Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Enter Setup Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Exit Setup Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Password-Protected Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Default Password Value . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Disable the Password Protection Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Basic Printer Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Configuration and Calibration LCD Displays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ZebraNet® Wired and Wireless Print Server LCD Displays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Serial Data Port. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
RS-232 Interface Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
RS-232 Interconnections Using a DB-25 Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
RS-422/RS-485 Interconnections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Parallel Data Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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6 • Memory Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
PCMCIA Memory Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
CompactFlash Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
7 • Routine Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Cleaning Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the Exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the Interior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fuse Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Toggle Positioning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printhead Pressure Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Media Sensor Position Adjustment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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LED Error Messages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Print Quality Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printer Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power-On Self Test. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Additional Printer Self Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Additional Printer Diagnostics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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A • Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ZPL Programming Language (ZPL II). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Bar Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
General Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printing Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ribbon Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Font Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Media Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Proprietary Statement
This manual contains proprietary information of Zebra Technologies Corporation and its
subsidiaries (“Zebra Technologies”). It is intended solely for the information and use of parties
operating and maintaining the equipment described herein. Such proprietary information may not
be used, reproduced, or disclosed to any other parties for any other purpose without the expressed
written permission of Zebra Technologies.
Product Improvements
Continuous improvement of products is a policy of Zebra Technologies. All specifications and
designs are subject to change without notice.
FCC Compliance Statement
This device complies with Part 15 rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and
2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for Class B Digital Devices,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a residential environment. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the product manuals, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, the user is encouraged
to do one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
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The user is cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved by Zebra
Technologies could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. To ensure compliance,
this printer must be used with Shielded Communication Cables.
Canadian DOC Compliance Statement
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
Liability Disclaimer
Zebra Technologies takes steps to ensure that its published Engineering specifications and
manuals are correct; however, errors do occur. Zebra Technologies reserves the right to correct
any such errors and disclaims liability resulting therefrom.
Limitation of Liability
In no event shall Zebra Technologies or anyone else involved in the creation, production, or
delivery of the accompanying product (including hardware and software) be liable for any
damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, consequential damages including loss of
business profits, business interruption, or loss of business information) arising out of the use
of, the results of use of, or inability to use such product, even if Zebra Technologies has been
advised of the possibility of such damages. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or
limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may
not apply to you.
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Warranty Information
Effective December 30, 2002
All new Zebra products are warranted by the manufacturer to be free from defect in material and
workmanship.
Printers and Related Hardware Products
Proof of purchase or shipment date is required to validate the warranty period. The warranty
becomes void if the equipment is modified, improperly installed or used, damaged by accident or
neglect, or if any parts are improperly installed or replaced by the user.
Products returned must be packaged in the original or comparable packing and shipping container.
In the event equipment is not so packaged, or if shipping damage is evident, it will not be accepted
for service under warranty. Surface transportation charges for return to customers in the continental
United States is paid by Zebra. Otherwise, Zebra pays CPT (carriage paid to) nearest airport;
customer pays customs, duties, taxes, and freight from airport to destination. If Zebra determines
that the product returned for warranty service or replacement is not defective as herein defined, the
customer will pay all handling and transportation costs.
Printers
All printers (excluding printheads) are warranted against defect in material or workmanship for
twelve (12) months from the purchase date.
Printheads
Since printhead wear is part of normal operation, the original printhead is covered by a limited
warranty as indicated below. Warranty period begins on purchase date.
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Warranty Period
Bar code label and receipt printer
printheads
6 months
Plastic card printer printheads
12 months
To qualify for this warranty, the printhead must be returned to the factory or to an authorized
service center. Customers are not required to purchase Genuine Zebra Supplies (media and/or
ribbons) for warranty qualification.
However, if it is determined that the use of inappropriate or inferior supplies has caused any
defect in the printhead for which a warranty claim is made, the user is responsible for Zebra’s
labor and material charges required to repair the defect. The warranty becomes void if the
printhead is physically worn or damaged; also if it is determined that failure to follow the
preventive maintenance schedule listed in the User Guide has caused defect in the thermal
printhead for which a warranty claim is made.
Related Hardware Items
Products are warranted to be free of defects in material and workmanship from the date of
purchase according to this chart:
Product
Warranty Period
Accessories
1 month
Batteries
3 months
Cables
1 month
Chargers/Power Supplies
1 year
Hardware Keys
1 year
Keyboard Display Units
6 months
Parts
3 months
Pocket
Eye®
1 year
Software
1 month
ZebraNet® Print Servers
3 years
Defective product must be returned to Zebra for evaluation. In the event of notification of
defect within the warranty period, Zebra will replace the defective item provided there had not
been damage resulting from user abuse, modification, improper installation or use, or damage
in shipping or by accident or neglect.
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Supplies Products
Supplies are warranted to be free from defect in material and workmanship for a period of
six (6) months for media and twelve (12) months for ribbon from the date of shipment by
Zebra. This is provided the user has complied with storage guidelines, handling, and usage of
the supplies in Zebra printers.
Zebra’s sole obligation under these warranties is to furnish parts and labor for the repair or
possible replacement of products found to be defective in material or workmanship during the
warranty period. Zebra may in its discretion issue a credit for any such defective products in
such amount as it deems reasonable.
Repair Services
Zebra repairs are warranted against defects in material and workmanship for 90 days from the
date of repair by Zebra. This excludes printheads, which are warranted separately. This
warranty does not cover normal wear and tear. This warranty becomes void if the item is
modified, improperly installed or used, or damaged by accident, neglect, or abuse.
Warranty Exclusions & Conditions Statement
The warranties given above are the only warranties given to you. No other warranties, express
or implied, are given. Zebra does not make any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness
for a particular purpose in connection with its sale of products or services. While Zebra’s
desire is to be responsive to your specific needs and questions, Zebra does not assume
responsibility for any specific application to which any Products are applied, including, but not
limited to, compatibility with other equipment. All statements, technical information, or
recommendations relating to Zebra Products are based on tests believed to be reliable, but do
not constitute a guaranty or warranty.
Zebra’s maximum liability for warranty claims is limited to the invoice price of the Product
claimed defective. Zebra does not assume responsibility for delays in replacement or repair of
products. Zebra shall not under any circumstances whatsoever be liable to you or any other
party for loss or profits, lost data, diminution of goodwill, or any other special or consequential
damages whatsoever with respect to any warranty claim made by you. Specifically for
software, Zebra is not liable for any incidental or consequential damages caused by abuse or
misapplication of the software or by its use in violation of the U.S. copyright law or
international treaty. No salesperson, representative, or agent of Zebra is authorized to make
any guaranty, warranty, or representation that contradicts the foregoing. Any waiver,
alteration, addition, or modification to the foregoing warranties must be in writing and signed
by an executive officer of Zebra to be valid.
Zebra Technologies
333 Corporate Woods Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL 60061-3109 U.S.A.
Phone +1 847.634.6700 or +1 800.423.0442
www.zebra.com
Fax + 1 847.913.8766
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YOU SHOULD CAREFULLY READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF
THIS ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES PRINTER SOFTWARE AND FIRMWARE LICENSE
AGREEMENT (PSFLA) BEFORE USING THE PRINTER WHICH IS ENCLOSED OR
OTHERWISE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH
THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, DO NOT OPERATE THE PRINTER AND PLEASE
PROMPTLY RETURN THE PRINTER, ENCLOSURES AND ALL PACKAGING FOR A FULL
REFUND.
Zebra Technologies (ZEBRA) hereby grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use
the SOFTWARE and FIRMWARE embedded in the printer and the accompanying documentation
according to the following terms:
1. The printer enclosed with or otherwise associated with this Agreement has or includes certain
SOFTWARE and FIRMWARE therein which is protected by copyright laws and international
copyright treaties, as well as other intellectual property laws and treaties. The SOFTWARE
and FIRMWARE is licensed, not sold. Such SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE may include,
but is not limited to, SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE that is licensed under one or more of
the following trademarks: ZPL (Zebra Programming Language), Zebralink, Web View, Web
Alert, ZBI (Zebra Basic Interpreter), BAR-ONE, ZTools, Utilities, ZebraNet View for IP,
ZebraNet Alert, PC Management Program, ZebraNet View for Networks and ZebraNet
Connect.
2. GRANT OF LICENSE. This License grants you the following rights:
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SOFTWARE and FIRMWARE. You may use, access, display, run, or otherwise interact
with (RUN) the SOFTWARE and FIRMWARE in connection with operating the printer
which is enclosed with or otherwise associated with this PSFLA (PRINTER). The primary
user of the PRINTER may make a second copy for his or her exclusive use on a portable
computer/printer.
Storage/Network Use. You may also store or install a copy of the SOFTWARE and
FIRMWARE on a storage device, such as a network server, used only to RUN the
SOFTWARE and FIRMWARE on your other PRINTERS over an internal network;
however, you must acquire and dedicate a license for each separate PRINTER on which
the SOFTWARE and FIRMWARE is RUN from the storage device. A license for the
SOFTWARE and FIRMWARE may not be shared or used concurrently on different
PRINTERS.
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Reservation of Rights. All rights not expressly granted are reserved by ZEBRA.
Accessing Services Using the SOFTWARE and FIRMWARE. Your use of any service
accessible using the SOFTWARE and FIRMWARE is not covered by this PSFLA and
may be governed by separate terms of use, conditions or notices.
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You must maintain all copyright notices on all copies of the SOFTWARE and
FIRMWARE.
Limitations on modification. You may not modify, adapt, translate, or create
derivative works based on this SOFTWARE OR FIRMWARE or the accompanying
documentation.
Limitations of Reverse Engineering, Decompilation and Disassembly. You may not
reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the SOFTWARE or the FIRMWARE,
except and only to the extent that such activity is permitted by applicable law
notwithstanding this limitation.
Rental. You may not rent or lease or lend the SOFTWARE or FIRMWARE.
Support Services. ZEBRA may provide you with support services related to the
SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE (SUPPORT SERVICES), in its discretion. Use of
SUPPORT SERVICES, if any, is governed by the ZEBRA policies and programs
described in the user guide, in online documentation, and/or other ZEBRA provided
materials. Any supplemental SOFTWARE or FIRMWARE code provided to you as a
part of SUPPORT SERVICES shall be considered part of the SOFTWARE and/or
FIRMWARE and is subject to the terms of this PSFLA. With respect to technical
information you provide to ZEBRA as part of the SUPPORT SERVICES, ZEBRA
may use such information for its business purposes, including for product support and
development. ZEBRA will not utilize such technical information in a form that
personally identifies you except to the extent necessary to provide you with support.
Replacement, Modification and Upgrade of the SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE.
ZEBRA reserves the right to replace, modify or upgrade the SOFTWARE and/or
FIRMWARE at any time by offering you a replacement or modified version of the
SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE or such upgrade and to charge for such
replacement, modification or upgrade. Any such replacement or modified
SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE code or upgrade to the SOFTWARE and/or
FIRMWARE offered to you by ZEBRA shall be considered part of the SOFTWARE
and/or FIRMWARE and subject to the terms of this PSFLA (unless this PSFLA is
superseded by a further PSFLA accompanying such replacement or modified version
of or upgrade to the SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE). In the event that ZEBRA
offers a replacement or modified version of or any upgrade to the SOFTWARE and/or
FIRMWARE, (a) your continued use of the SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE is
conditioned on your acceptance of such replacement or modified version of or
upgrade to the SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE and any accompanying superseding
PSFLA and (b) in the case of the replacement or modified SOFTWARE and/or
FIRMWARE, your use of all prior versions of the SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE
is terminated.
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4. TERMINATION. Without prejudice to any other rights, ZEBRA may terminate this
PSFLA if you fail to comply with the terms and conditions of this PSFLA. ZEBRA may
terminate this PSFLA by offering you a superseding PSFLA for the SOFTWARE and/or
FIRMWARE or any replacement or modified version of or upgrade to the SOFTWARE
and/or FIRMWARE and conditioning your continued use of the SOFTWARE and/or
FIRMWARE or such replacement, modified or upgraded version on your acceptance of
such superseding PSFLA. In addition, ZEBRA may terminate this PSFLA by notifying
you that your continued use of the SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE is prohibited. In the
event that ZEBRA terminates this PSFLA, you must immediately stop using the
SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE and destroy all copies of the SOFTWARE and/or
FIRMWARE and all of its component parts.
5. COPYRIGHT. All title and copyrights in and to the SOFTWARE and FIRMWARE, the
accompanying printed materials, and any copies of the SOFTWARE and FIRMWARE,
are owned by ZEBRA or its suppliers. All title and intellectual property rights in and to
the content which may be accessed through use of the SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE is
the property of the respective content owner and may be protected by applicable copyright
or other intellectual property laws and treaties. This PSFLA grants you no rights to use
such content. If this SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE contains documentation which is
provided only in electronic form, you may print one copy of such electronic
documentation. You may not copy the printed materials accompanying the SOFTWARE
and/or FIRMWARE.
6. U.S. GOVERNMENT RESTRICTED RIGHTS. All SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE
provided to the U.S. Government pursuant to solicitations issued on or after December 1,
1995 is provided with the commercial rights and restrictions described elsewhere herein.
All SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE provided to the U.S. Government pursuant to
solicitations issued prior to December 1, 1995 is provided with RESTRICTED RIGHTS
as provided for in FAR, 48 CFR 52.227-14 (JUNE 1987) or DFAR, 48 CFR 252.227-7013
(OCT 1988), as applicable.
7. EXPORT RESTRICTIONS. You agree that you will not export or re-export the
SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE, any part thereof, or any process or service that is the
direct product of the SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE (the foregoing collectively
referred to as the RESTRICTED COMPONENTS), to any country, person or entity
subject to U.S. export restrictions. You specifically agree not to export or re-export any of
the RESTRICTED COMPONENTS (i) to any country to which the U.S. has embargoed
or restricted the export of goods or services, which currently include, but are not
necessarily limited to Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria, or to any
national of any such country, wherever located, who intends to transmit or transport the
RESTRICTED COMPONENTS back to such country; (ii) to any person or entity who
you know or have reason to know will utilize the RESTRICTED COMPONENTS in the
design, development or production of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons; or (iii) to
any person or entity who has been prohibited from participating in U.S. export
transactions by any federal agency of the U.S. government. You warrant and represent that
neither the U.S. Commerce Department, Bureau of Export Administration nor any other
U.S. federal agency has suspended, revoked or denied your export privileges.
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8. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES. ZEBRA AND ITS SUPPLIERS PROVIDE THE
SOFTWARE AND/OR FIRMWARE “AS IS” AND WITH ALL FAULTS, AND
HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL OTHER WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS, EITHER
EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY
(IF ANY) IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, OF
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OF LACK OF VIRUSES, AND OF LACK
OF NEGLIGENCE OR LACK OF WORKMANLIKE EFFORT. ALSO, THERE IS NO
WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF TITLE, OF QUIET ENJOYMENT, OR OF
NONINFRINGEMENT. THE ENTIRE RISK ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR
PERFORMANCE OF THE SOFTWARE AND FIRMWARE IS WITH YOU. ZEBRA
DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE OPERATION OF THE SOFTWARE OR
FIRMWARE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE.
9. EXCLUSION OF ALL DAMAGES. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY
APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL ZEBRA OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE
LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT,
SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR OTHER DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING,
WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR ANY INJURY TO PERSON OR
PROPERTY, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION,
LOSS OF BUSINESS INFORMATION, FOR LOSS OF PRIVACY FOR FAILURE TO
MEET ANY DUTY INCLUDING OF GOOD FAITH OR OF REASONABLE CARE,
FOR NEGLIGENCE, AND FOR ANY PECUNIARY OR OTHER LOSS
WHATSOEVER) ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE USE OF
OR INABILITY TO USE THE SOFTWARE OR FIRMWARE, WHETHER BASED ON
CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF
ZEBRA OR ANY SUPPLIER HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF
SUCH DAMAGES. THIS EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES SHALL BE EFFECTIVE
EVEN IF ANY REMEDY FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
10. LIMITATIONS AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY.
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To the extent that the SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE covered by this PSFLA
includes emulation libraries, emulation libraries are offered “as is”. ZEBRA does not
provide any warranty associated with the emulation libraries.
The emulation library does not work 100% correctly or cover 100% of the
functionality of the printer language being emulated. Modifications may be required
for each target application. If such modification is necessary, prior to making any such
modification, you are required to contact ZEBRA to obtain express written consent to
make such modification.
If the emulation library is sold separately by an authorized party other than ZEBRA
(RESELLER—A party other than ZEBRA which is authorized by ZEBRA to
distribute the SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE with its application so long as the
SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE is used with a ZEBRA printer) or is sold bundled
with a printer to an end-user by a RESELLER, and if claims are made by the
RESELLER that the emulation library performs as a 100% emulation solution,
ZEBRA is not responsible if the emulation library does not work as advertised by the
RESELLER. Furthermore, ZEBRA is not liable for any damages directly or indirectly
relating to such emulation library which is sold separately by the RESELLER or
which is sold bundled with a printer to an end-user by the RESELLER.
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The SOFTWARE and FIRMWARE was provided to you at no additional charge and
ZEBRA has included in this PSFLA terms that disclaim all warranties and liability for
the SOFTWARE and FIRMWARE. To the full extent allowed by law, YOU HEREBY
RELEASE ZEBRA AND ITS SUPPLIERS FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY
ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO ALL CLAIMS CONCERNING THE
SOFTWARE AND/OR FIRMWARE OR ITS USE. If you do not wish to accept the
SOFTWARE OR FIRMWARE under the terms of this PSFLA, do not use the
PRINTER enclosed with or otherwise associated with this PSFLA.
11. GOVERNING LAW. If you acquired the SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE in the United
States of America, the laws of the State of Illinois, U.S.A. will apply to this contract. If
you acquired this SOFTWARE and/or FIRMWARE outside of the United States of
America, then local law may apply. If any provision of this PSFLA is held invalid, the
remainder of this PSFLA shall continue in full force and effect.
12. QUESTIONS. Should you have any questions, or if you desire to contact ZEBRA for any
reason, please contact the ZEBRA subsidiary serving your country, or write:
Zebra Technologies Corporation
333 Corporate Woods Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
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Preface
This section provides you with contact information, document structure and organization, and
additional reference documents.
Contents
Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xviii
Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xviii
Document Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xix
Related Documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx
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Contacts
Contacts
You can contact Zebra Technologies at any of the following:
Visit us at: http://www.zebra.com
Our Mailing Addresses:
Zebra Technologies Corporation
333 Corporate Woods Parkway
Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061.3109 U.S.A
Telephone: +1 847.634.6700
Fax: +1 847.913.8766
Zebra Technologies Europe Limited
Zebra House
The Valley Centre, Gordon Road
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire HP13 6EQ, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1494 472872
Fax: +44 (0)1494 450103
Support
You can contact Zebra support at:
Web Address: www.zebra.com/SS/service_support.htm
Important • The Web address is case-sensitive. The SS must be all caps.
US Phone Number +1 847.913.2259
UK/International Phone Number +44 (0) 1494 768289
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Document Conventions
Document Conventions
The following conventions are used throughout this document to convey certain information:
Alternate Color (online only) Cross-references contain hot links to other sections in this
guide. If you are viewing this guide online in .pdf format, you can click the cross-reference
(blue text) to jump directly to its location.
Command Line Examples All command line examples appear in Courier New font.
For example, you would type the following to get to the Post-Install scripts in the bin
directory:
Ztools
Files and Directories All file names and directories appear in Courier New font. For
example, the Zebra<version number>.tar file and the /root directory.
Cautions, Important, Note, and Example
Electrostatic Discharge Caution • Warns you of the potential for electrostatic discharge.
Electric Shock Caution • Warns you of a potential electric shock situation.
Caution • Warns you of a situation where excessive heat could cause a burn.
Caution • Advises you that failure to take or avoid a specific action could result in physical
harm to you.
Caution • Advises you that failure to take or avoid a specific action could result in physical
harm to the hardware.
Important • Advises you of information that is essential to complete a task.
Note • Indicates neutral or positive information that emphasizes or supplements important
points of the main text.
Example • Provides an example, often a scenario, to better clarify a section of text.
Tools • Tells you what tools you need to complete a given task.
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Related Documents
Illustration Callouts Callouts are used when an illustration contains information that needs
to be labeled and described. A table that contains the labels and descriptions follows the
graphic. Figure 1 provides an example.
Figure 1 • Sample Figure with Callouts
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SETUP/EXIT button
Related Documents
The following documents might be helpful references:
• ZPL II® Programming Guide Volume I (part number 45541L) and Volume II (part
number 45542L)
• ZebraNet® Wireless Print Server User Guide (part number 13422L)
• ZebraNet 10/100 Print Server User and Reference Guide (part number 47619L-001)
• ZebraNet PrintServer II™ Installation and User Guide (part number 45537L)
• Maintenance Manual (part number 32056L)
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Introduction
This chapter provides a high-level overview of the printer and its components.
Contents
Exterior View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Operator Controls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Front Panel Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Front Panel Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Front Panel Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printer Interior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Exterior View
Exterior View
The following illustrations show the exterior of the printer.
Figure 1 • Printer Exterior—Front View
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Front panel
Media door
Figure 2 • Printer Exterior—Rear View
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Electronics cover
Power switch
AC power cord connection
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Operator Controls
This section discusses the functions of the controls and indicators on the printer.
Become familiar with each of these functions before operating your 105SL printer.
Power Switch
The power switch, which is located at the back of the printer above the power cord,
should be turned off (O) before connecting or disconnecting any cables. External
influences, such as lightning storms or noise on the power or data cables, may cause
erratic printer behavior. Turning the printer’s power off and then back on may
reestablish proper printer operation.
Front Panel Display
The front panel display (Figure 3) communicates operational status and setup modes
and parameters.
Figure 3 • Front Panel
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Front Panel Keys
Table 1 • Front Panel Keys
Key
Function
Starts and stops the printing process.
• If the printer is not printing: no printing can occur.
• If the printer is printing: printing stops once the current label is complete.
Press to remove error messages from the LCD.
Note • Pause Mode can also be activated via ZPL II (~PP, ^PP).
Forces the printer to feed one blank label each time the key is pressed.
• Printer not printing: one blank label immediately feeds.
• Printing: one blank label feeds after the current batch of labels is
complete.
Note • Equivalent to the Slew to Home Position (~PH, ^PH) ZPL II
instruction.
When in Pause Mode, this key cancels print jobs.
• Print job in queue: press once for each print job to be deleted.
• Press and hold for several seconds to cancel all print jobs in the printer’s
memory. The DATA light turns off.
Note • The following keys are used when configuring the printer. Specific uses of these keys
are explained in Configuration on page 41.
• Scrolls back to the previous parameter.
• Press and hold to go backward quickly through parameter sets.
• Scrolls forward to the next parameter. (Saves any changes you have made
in the configuration and calibration sequence.)
• Press and hold to advance quickly through parameter sets.
Enters and exits Setup Mode.
The minus and plus keys change the parameter values. They are used in
different ways depending on the parameter displayed. Common uses are: to
increase/decrease a value; answer “yes” or “no;” indicate “on” or “off;”
scroll through several choices; input the password; or set up the printer for a
firmware download.
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Front Panel Lights
Note • If two operating conditions occur simultaneously (for example, one that causes a light
to be on constantly and one that causes the same light to flash), the light flashes.
Table 2: Front Panel Lights
Light
POWER
TAKE LABEL
ERROR
Status
Off
The printer is off or power is not applied.
On
The printer is on.
Off
Normal operation.
Flashing
(Peel-Off Mode only.) The label is available. Printing is
paused until the label is removed.
Off
Normal operation—no printer errors.
Flashing
A printer error exists. Check the LCD for more information.
CHECK RIBBON Off
PAPER OUT
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Normal operation—ribbon (if used) is properly loaded.
On
Printing is paused, the LCD displays a warning message, and
the PAUSE light is on.
• If the printer is in Direct Thermal Mode: ribbon is loaded.
• If the printer is in Thermal Transfer Mode: no ribbon is
loaded.
Off
Normal operation—media is properly loaded.
On
No media is under the media sensor. Printing is paused, the
LCD shows an error message, and the PAUSE light is on.
Off
Normal operation.
On
The printer has stopped all printing operations. Either PAUSE
was pressed, a pause command was included in the label
format, the online verifier detected an error, or a printer error
was detected. Refer to the LCD for more information.
Off
Normal operation. No data being received or processed.
On
Data processing or printing is taking place. No data is being
received.
Flashing
The printer is receiving data from or sending status
information to the host computer. Flashing slows when the
printer cannot accept more data, but returns to normal once
data is again being received.
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Printer Interior
Printer Interior
Figure 4 shows the basic interior components of your printer. Depending on the installed
options, your printer may look slightly different.
Figure 4 • Printer Components
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The chapter provides the tasks that you must complete and the issues that you must consider before
you load and configure your printer.
Contents
Before You Begin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Unpack and Inspect the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Report Damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Storage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Select a Site for the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Select a Surface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Provide Proper Operating Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Allow Proper Space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Provide a Data Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Connect the Printer to a Power Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Power Cord Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Select a Communication Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Types of Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Selecting Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Non-Continuous Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Continuous Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Ribbon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
When to Use Ribbon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Ribbon Width . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Coated Side of Ribbon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
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Before You Begin
Before You Begin
Review this checklist, and resolve any issues before you begin setting up your printer. When
you are ready, continue with Configuration on page 41.
‰ Unpack and Inspect Have you unpacked the printer and inspected it for damage? If
you have not, see Unpack and Inspect the Printer on page 9.
‰ Select a Site Have you selected an appropriate location for the printer? If you have not,
see Select a Site for the Printer on page 10.
‰ Attach Power Cord Do you have the correct power cord for your printer? If you are
unsure, see Power Cord Specifications on page 11. To attach the power cord and connect the
printer to a power source, see Connect the Printer to a Power Source on page 11.
‰ Connect to a Data Source Have you determined how the printer will be connected to
a data source (usually a computer)? For more information, see Select a Communication
Interface on page 13.
‰ Select Media Do you have the correct media for your application? If you are unsure,
see Types of Media on page 16.
‰ Select Ribbon Do you need to use ribbon, and is the appropriate ribbon available, if
needed? If you are unsure, see Ribbon on page 18.
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Unpack and Inspect the Printer
Unpack and Inspect the Printer
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Check all exterior surfaces.
Raise the media door, and inspect the media compartment.
Save the carton and all packing material in case the printer needs to be shipped. Contact
your authorized Zebra reseller for instructions.
Depending on how your printer was ordered, a power cord may or may not be included. If
one is not included, or if the one included is not suitable for your requirements, see
Connect the Printer to a Power Source on page 11.
Electric Shock Caution • For personnel and equipment safety, always use an approved
three-conductor power cord specific to the region or country intended for installation. This
cord must use an IEC 320 female connector and the appropriate region-specific, threeconductor grounded plug configuration.
Report Damage
If you discover shipping damage:
• Immediately notify the shipping company and file a damage report.
Important • Zebra Technologies Corporation is not responsible for any damage incurred
during the shipment of the equipment and will not repair this damage under warranty
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Keep the carton and all packing material for inspection.
Notify your local Zebra reseller.
Storage
If you are not placing the printer into operation immediately, repackage it using the original
packing materials. The printer may be stored under the following conditions:
• Temperature: –40°F to 140°F (–40°C to 60°C)
• Relative humidity: 5% to 85%, non-condensing
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Select a Site for the Printer
Select a Site for the Printer
Consider the following when selecting an appropriate location for your printer.
Select a Surface
Select a solid, level surface of sufficient size and strength to accommodate the printer and
other equipment (such as a computer), if necessary. The choices include a table, countertop,
desk, or cart.
Provide Proper Operating Conditions
Because the printer was designed and is fabricated as an industrial-type unit, it functions
satisfactorily in a location that conforms to specified environmental and electrical conditions,
including a warehouse or factory floor. For more information on the required conditions, see
General Specifications on page 93.
Table 3 shows the temperature and relative humidity requirements for the printer when it is
operating.
Table 3 • Operating Temperature and Humidity
Mode
Temperature
Relative Humidity
Thermal Transfer
41° to 104°F (5° to 40°C)
20 to 85% non-condensing
Direct Thermal
32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
20 to 85% non-condensing
Allow Proper Space
The printer should have enough space around it for you to be able to open the media door. To
allow for proper ventilation and cooling, leave open space on all sides of the printer.
Caution • Do not place any padding or cushioning material behind or under the printer
because this restricts air flow and could cause the printer to overheat.
Provide a Data Source
If the printer will be located away from the data source, the selected site must provide the
appropriate connections to that data source. For more information on the types of
communication interfaces, see Select a Communication Interface on page 13.
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Connect the Printer to a Power Source
Connect the Printer to a Power Source
Electric Shock Caution • For personnel and equipment safety, always use an approved
three-conductor power cord specific to the region or country intended for installation. This
cord must use an IEC 320 female connector and the appropriate region-specific threeconductor grounded plug configuration.
To connect the printer to a power source, complete these steps:
1. Turn the printer power switch (located on the rear of the printer) to the Off (O) position.
2. Plug the power cord into the mating connector on the rear of the printer.
3. Plug the other end of the power cord into the power source.
Power Cord Specifications
Depending on how your printer was ordered, a power cord may or may not be included. The
power cord used must meet your local electrical requirements. If a power cord is not included
or if the one included is not suitable for your requirements, refer to the following guidelines.
Your power cord must meed these standards:
• The overall length must be less than 9.8 ft. (3.0 m).
• It must be rated for at least 5A, 250 VAC.
• The chassis ground (earth) must be connected to ensure safety and reduce electromagnetic
interference. The ground connection is handled by the third wire (earth) in the power cord
as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5 • Power Cord Specifications
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1
2
3
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The AC power plug and IEC 320 connector must bear the certification mark of at least one
of the known international safety organizations shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6 • International Safety Organization Marks
+
R
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Select a Communication Interface
Select a Communication Interface
The way that you connect your printer to a data source depends on the communication options
installed in the printer.
Optional Print Servers:
• ZebraNet Wireless Print Server. This option is available for 105SL printers with serial
number greater than 6400356. For more information on this option, see the ZebraNet
Wireless Print Server User Guide (Zebra part number 13422L-001).
• ZebraNet 10/100 Print Server (10/100 PS). For more information on 10/100 PS, see the
ZebraNet 10/100 Print Server User and Reference Guide (Zebra part number
47619L-001).
• ZebraNet PrintServer II (PSII). For more information on PSII, see the PrintServer II User
and Reference Guide (Zebra part number 45537L).
Standard interfaces: the RS-232 DB-9 serial data port and the IEEE 1284 compliant
bidirectional parallel port. For further information, see Data Ports on page 59.
Serial Port Depending on the date of manufacture, your Zebra 105SL printer may be
equipped with either a DB-25 serial connector or a DB-9 serial connector.
Note • If you have the DB-9 serial interface connector, RS-422 and RS-485 serial data ports
are available through an adapter. Contact your Zebra distributor for details.
Communicating using a serial data port (see Figure 7 for a DB-25 serial interface connector
and Figure 8 for a DB-9 serial interface connector) requires choosing the baud rate, number of
data bits, stop bits, parity, and handshake (default settings are 9600 baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit,
no parity, and XON/XOFF). Parity only applies to data transmitted by the printer since the
parity of received data is ignored. See Serial Data Port on page 60 to configure the
communication parameters. The values selected must be the same as those used by the host
equipment connected to the printer.
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Figure 7 • DB-25 Serial Interface
Figure 8 • DB-9 Serial Interface
Printer
9
Computer
Male
25
9
9
Null modem adaptor
(if using a standard
modem cable)
50 ft. (15.2 m) maximum
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Parallel Port Communicating using the parallel port (Figure 9) does not require special
settings. The serial settings do not affect the parallel port. Refer to Parallel Data Port
on page 64 for further information.
Figure 9 • Communicating Using a Parallel Port
Printer
36-pin
male
Computer
PC
25-pin
female
25-pin
male
10 ft. (3 mm) maximum
Cable Requirements
Data cables must be fully shielded and fitted with metal or metallized connector shells.
Shielded cables and connectors are required to prevent radiation and reception of electrical
noise.
To minimize electrical noise pickup in the cable:
• Keep data cables as short as possible.
• Do not bundle the data cables tightly with the power cords.
• Do not tie the data cables to power wire conduits.
Note • Zebra printers comply with FCC Rules and Regulations, Part 15 for Class B Equipment
using fully shielded, 6.5 ft (2 m) data cables. Use of unshielded cables may increase radiation
above the Class B limits.
Note • RS-422 and RS-485 applications should use twisted shielded pairs as recommended in
the TIA/EIA-485 Specification.
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Types of Media
Types of Media
Your printer is capable of using various forms of media. These include roll and fanfold media
(Figure 10) that may be labels or card stock and that may have optional perforations, black
marks, or registration holes. The following sections contain descriptions of the various types
of media approved for use in your printer.
Figure 10 • Roll and Fanfold Media
Roll Media
(non-continuous shown)
Fanfold Media
Selecting Media
We strongly recommend the use of Zebra-brand supplies for continuous high-quality printing.
A wide range of paper, polypropylene, polyester, and vinyl stock has been specifically
engineered to enhance the printing capabilities of the printer and to ensure against premature
printhead wear.
Important • Certain printing conditions may require that you adjust printing parameters, such
as print speed, darkness, or print mode. These conditions include (but are not limited to):
• printing at high speeds
• cutting or peeling the media
• the use of extremely thin, small, synthetic, or coated labels
Because print quality is affected by these and other factors, it is important that you run tests
to determine the best combination of printer settings and media for your application. A poor
match may limit print quality or print rate, or the printer may not function properly in the
desired print mode.
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Non-Continuous Media
Non-continuous web media refers to individual labels that are separated by a gap, notch, or
hole (Figure 11). When you look at the media, you can tell where one label ends and the next
one begins.
Figure 11 • Non-Continuous Web Media
1
1
2
3
2
3
Hole
Label Gap
Notch
Important • When using media that has holes or notches, position the sensor directly over a
hole or notch.
Non-continuous black mark media has black marks printed on the back, which indicate the
start and end of each label. Figure 12 shows a sample of non-continuous black mark media.
Figure 12 • Non-Continuous Black Mark Media
Continuous Media
Continuous media (Figure 13) is one uninterrupted roll of material without gaps, holes,
notches, or black marks. This allows the image to be printed anywhere on the label. The
individual labels can be cut apart or stored in a roll for later use.
Figure 13 • Continuous Media
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Ribbon
Ribbon
Ribbon is a thin film that is coated on one side with wax or wax resin, which is transferred to
the media during the thermal transfer process. The media determines whether you need to use
ribbon and how wide the ribbon must be.
When to Use Ribbon
Thermal transfer media requires ribbon for printing while direct thermal media does not.
To determine if ribbon must be used with a particular media, perform a media scratch test.
To perform a label scratch test, complete these steps:
1. Scratch the print surface of the media with your fingernail.
2. Did a black mark appear on the media?
If a black mark...
Then...
Does not appear on the media
The media is thermal transfer. A ribbon is
required with this type of media.
The media is direct thermal. No ribbon is required
for this type of media, though ribbon may be used
to help protect the printhead from abrasion with the
media.
Appears on the media
Ribbon Width
When ribbon is used, it must be as wide as or wider than the media being used. If the ribbon is
narrower than the media, areas of the printhead are unprotected and subject to premature wear.
Coated Side of Ribbon
Ribbon can be wound with the coated side on the inside or outside (see Figure 14). If you are
unsure which side of a particular roll of ribbon is coated, perform an adhesive test or a ribbon
scratch test to determine which side is coated.
Figure 14 • Ribbon Coated on Outside or Inside
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Adhesive Test
If you have labels available, perform the adhesive test to determine which side of a ribbon is
coated. This method works well for ribbon that is already installed.
To perform an adhesive test, complete these steps:
1. Peel a label from its backing.
2. Press a corner of the sticky side of the label to the outer surface of the roll of ribbon.
3. Peel the label off of the ribbon.
4. Observe the results. Did flakes or particles of ink from the ribbon adhere to the label?
If ink from the ribbon... Then...
Adhered to the label
Did not adhere to
the label
The ribbon is coated on the outer surface.
The ribbon is likely coated on the inner surface.
a. Press a corner of the sticky side of the label to the inner
surface of the roll of ribbon.
b. Peel the label off of the ribbon.
c. Observe the results again. The ink from the ribbon
should have adhered to the label. If the ink did not stick
either time, repeat the adhesive test with a stickier
adhesive, or perform the ribbon scratch test.
Ribbon Scratch Test
If you do not have labels available, perform the ribbon scratch test. This method works best if
the ribbon is not installed.
To perform a ribbon scratch test, complete these steps:
1. Unroll a short length of ribbon.
2. Place the unrolled section of ribbon on a piece of paper with the outer surface of the
ribbon in contact with the paper.
3. Scratch the inner surface of the unrolled ribbon with your fingernail.
4. Lift the ribbon from the paper.
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5. Observe the results. Did the ribbon leave a mark on the paper?
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If the ribbon...
Then...
Left a mark on the paper
Did not leave a mark on
the paper
The ribbon is coated on the outer surface.
The ribbon is likely coated on the inner surface.
a. Flip the ribbon over on the paper so the inner side of the
ribbon comes in contact with the paper.
b. Scratch the outer surface of the unrolled ribbon with
your fingernail.
c. Lift the ribbon from the paper.
d. Observe the results again. The ribbon should have left a
mark on the paper. If not, repeat the test, starting with
the first side again. You may need to scratch the surface
of the ribbon harder.
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Printer Operation
If you have completed the tasks and resolved the issues in the checklist in Before You Begin
on page 8, follow the instruction in this chapter to load and calibrate your printer and to print
configuration labels.
Contents
Roll Media Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tear-Off Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Peel-Off Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rewind Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cutter Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Peel-Only Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing the Label Liner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fanfold Media Loading. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ribbon Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ribbon Removal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Print a Configuration Label. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Print a Network Configuration Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Calibrate the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adjust and Calibrate Sensors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Media and Ribbon Sensor Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Positioning the Media (Transmissive) Sensors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Black Mark Sensor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Configuring the Software or Printer Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Roll Media Loading
The different print modes affect the way that media is loaded in the printer.
• Tear-Off mode: Labels are produced in strips.
• Peel-Off mode: Labels are dispensed and peeled from the liner as needed.
• Rewind mode: Labels are rewound internally.
• Cutter mode: Labels are printed and individually cut.
Note • A calibration must be performed with all loading modes during the following
circumstances if the printer is set to Feed or No Motion at power up or head close:
• When media and ribbon (if used) are first installed in the printer.
• When media or ribbon is changed to a different type.
Tear-Off Mode
Refer to Figure 15.
To load media in Tear-Off mode, complete these steps:
1. Open the printhead.
2. Slide the media guide and media supply guide as far from the printer frame as possible.
3. Load media as shown.
4. Slide in the media guide and media supply guide so they just touch, but do not restrict, the
edge of the roll.
5. Close the printhead.
Figure 15 • Tear-Off Mode Loading
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Peel-Off Mode
Refer to Figure 16. The following instructions pertain to printers with the Rewind option only.
To load media in Peel-Off mode, complete these steps:
1. Remove the rewind plate from the front of the printer (if installed). Store it upside-down
on the two mounting screws on the inside of the front panel.
2. Open the printhead.
3. Slide the media guide and media supply guide as far from the printer frame as possible.
4. Load media as shown.
5. When loading media, allow approximately 36 in. (915 mm) of media to extend past the
tear-off bar. Remove all labels from this portion to create a leader.
6. Remove the hook from the rewind spindle. If you are using a core, slide it onto the rewind
spindle until it is flush against the guide plate.
7. Wind the label liner around either the 3 in. (76.2 mm) core or the rewind spindle and
reinstall the hook.
8. Slide in the media guide and media supply guide so they just touch, but do not restrict, the
edge of the roll.
Note • Before closing the printhead, make sure that:
• the media is positioned against the inside guides.
• the media is taut and parallel with itself and the pathway when wound onto the rewind
spindle/core.
9. Close the printhead.
10. To remove the label liner from the rewind spindle, refer to Removing the Label Liner
on page 28.
Figure 16 • Peel-Off Mode Loading
Printhead Lever
Media
Supply
Guide
Open
Media
Label
Closed
Media
Guide
Tear-off
Bar
Label
Liner
Rewind
Spindle
Rewind
Plate
Hook
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Rewind Mode
Refer to Figure 17. The following instructions pertain to printers with the Rewind option only.
To load media in Rewind mode, complete these steps:
1. Remove the rewind plate from its storage location in front of the print mechanism inside
the media compartment.
2. Invert the rewind plate so that the lip on the attached hook plate points down.
3. Insert the hook plate lip a short distance (0.5 in. or 13 mm) into the lower opening in the
side plate.
4. Align the upper end of the rewind plate with the corresponding opening in the side plate.
Slide in the rewind plate so that it stops against the printer’s main frame.
5. Open the printhead.
6. Slide the media guide and media supply guide as far from the printer frame as possible.
7. Load media as shown.
8. When loading media, allow approximately 36 in. (915 mm) of media to extend past the
printhead. Remove all labels from this portion to create a leader.
9. Remove the hook from the rewind spindle. If you are using a core, slide it onto the rewind
spindle until it is flush against the guide plate.
10. Wind the label liner around either the 3 in. (76.2 mm) core or the rewind spindle and
reinstall the hook.
11. Slide in the media guide and media supply guide so they just touch, but do not restrict, the
edge of the roll.
12. Close the printhead.
Note • Before closing the printhead, make sure:
• The media is positioned against the inside guides.
• The media is taut and parallel with itself and the pathway when wound onto the rewind
spindle or core.
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Figure 17 • Rewind Mode Loading
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Cutter Mode
Refer to Figure 18. The following instructions pertain to printers with the cutter option only.
Caution • The cutter blade is sharp. Do not touch or rub the blade with your fingers.
To load media in Cutter mode, complete these steps:
1. Open the printhead.
2. Slide the media guide and media supply guide as far from the printer frame as possible.
3. Load media as shown.
4. Slide in the media guide and media supply guide so they just touch, but do not restrict, the
edge of the roll.
5. Close the printhead.
6. The printer automatically feeds out and cuts one label when the printer is turned on.
Figure 18 • Cutter Mode Loading
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Peel-Only Mode
Refer to Figure 19. The following instructions pertain to printers with the peel option only.
To load media in Peel-Only mode (with or without Rewind option), complete
these steps:
1. Press the printhead open lever. The printhead assembly springs up.
2. Slide out the media supply guide as far from the printer frame as possible.
3. Place the roll of media on the media supply hanger and orient the media properly.
4. Slide in the media supply guide so that it just touches, but does not restrict, the edge of the
roll.
5. Feed the media under the inner media guide in the print mechanism.
6. Pull approximately 36 in. (915 mm) of media through the front of the printer.
7. Ensure that the media is against the inner media guide. Slide in the outer media guide so
that it just touches, but does not restrict, the edge of the media.
8. Close the printhead assembly.
9. If your printer has a Peel with a Rewind option, remove the rewind plate and store it
upside-down on the mounting screw on the inside of the front panel.
10. Remove the hook from the peel spindle shaft.
11. Remove several labels from the media liner and then wind the liner once or twice around
the media take-up spindle.
12. Reinstall the hook on the peel spindle shaft.
Figure 19 • Peel-Only Mode Loading
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Removing the Label Liner
Removing the Label Liner
Because the rewind spindle holds the liner from a standard-size media roll, perform this
procedure whenever you change the media. You do not need to turn off the printer to perform
this procedure.
To remove the liner from the rewind spindle, follow these steps:
1. Unwind approximately 36 in. (915 mm) of liner from the rewind spindle. Cut it off at the
spindle.
2. Pull out the hook. Slide the liner off of the rewind spindle and discard.
3. Wind the media around the rewind spindle once or twice and reinstall the hook. Continue
winding to remove any slack in the media.
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Fanfold Media Loading
Fanfold Media Loading
Fanfold media feeds through the bottom (Figure 20) or the rear access slot (Figure 21) of the
printer.
Note • A calibration must be performed when media and ribbon (if used) are first installed in
the printer, or when a different type of media or ribbon is being used.
To load fanfold media, complete these steps:
1. Open the printhead.
2. Slide the media guide as far from the printer frame as possible.
3. Load media as shown. If the printer is in Cutter Mode, route the media through the cutter.
4. Slide in the media guide so it just touches, but does not restrict, the edge of the roll.
5. Close the printhead.
Figure 20 • Fanfold Media Loading—
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Ribbon Loading
Ribbon Loading
To load ribbon, follow the procedure below.
Note • Always use ribbon that is at least as wide as the media. The smooth liner of the ribbon
protects the printhead from wear and premature failure due to excessive abrasion. (For direct
thermal print mode, ribbon is not used and should not be loaded in the printer.)
To load ribbon, complete these steps:
1. Align the segments of the ribbon supply spindle (Figure 22).
Figure 22 • Ribbon Supply Spindle
2. Place the ribbon roll on the ribbon supply spindle.
Note • Make sure that the core is pushed up against the stop on the ribbon supply spindle
and that the ribbon is aligned squarely with its core. If this is not done, the ribbon may not
cover the printhead entirely on the inside, exposing print elements to potentially damaging
contact with the media
3. To make ribbon loading and unloading easier, make a leader for your ribbon roll if one is
not present.
4. Tear off a strip of media (labels and liner) about 6–12 in. (150–305 mm) long from the
roll. Peel off a label from this strip. Apply half of this label to the end of the strip and the
other half to the end of the ribbon. This acts as a ribbon leader (Figure 23).
Figure 23 • Ribbon Leader
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5. Open the printhead and thread the leader and attached ribbon through the print
mechanism, under the upper roller, and past the platen roller (Figure 24).
Figure 24 • Ribbon Loading
6. Before wrapping the ribbon around the ribbon take-up spindle, ensure the ribbon hook is
placed correctly. The ribbon hook fits snugly in the notch (Figure 25).
Figure 25 • Ribbon Hook Placement
7. Place the ribbon with leader around the ribbon take-up spindle and wind counterclockwise
for several turns (Figure 24).
8. Close the printhead.
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Ribbon Removal
Ribbon Removal
To remove used ribbon, complete these steps:
1. If the ribbon has not run out, cut or break it as close to the ribbon take-up spindle as
possible.
2. Refer to Figure 26. Push the hook either forward or backward with your thumb until it
slips out of the groove (1). Slide the hook to the side (2), then rotate it back and forth
several times to loosen it (3).
Figure 26 • Ribbon Removal
3. Remove the loosened hook from the spindle (4).
4. Lightly tap the top of the used ribbon to loosen it; grasp the used ribbon and remove it
from the ribbon take-up spindle.
5. Remove the core from the ribbon supply spindle.
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Print a Configuration Label
Print a Configuration Label
When you have loaded the media and ribbon (if necessary), print a printer configuration label
to use as a record of your printer settings. Keep the label for baseline information on your
printer when troubleshooting printing problems.
To print a configuration label, complete these steps:
1. Turn off the printer (O).
2. Press and hold CANCEL while turning on the printer.
A configuration label prints showing the printer’s currently stored parameters (similar to
the one shown in Figure 27).
Figure 27 • Configuration Label
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Print a Network Configuration Label
Print a Network Configuration Label
If you are using a print server, you can print a network configuration label after the printer is
hooked to the network. A network configuration label lists the settings for the ZebraNet wired
print server and the ZebraNet Wireless Print Server (if installed).
Important • To operate the Wireless Print Server, your 105SL printer must:
• have a serial number greater than 6400356
• have the wireless PCMCIA board installed
• be running firmware version V60.13.X or higher
To print a network configuration label, complete these steps:
1. From the front panel, press SETUP/EXIT.
2. Scroll through the parameters until you reach L I S T
NETWORK.
3. Confirm printing.
A network configuration label prints (Figure 28).
Figure 28 • Network Configuration Label
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Calibrate the Printer
Calibrate the Printer
There are five different ways that the printer can be calibrated. You may calibrate the printer as
needed.
• Auto-calibration occurs when the printer feeds media after the printhead is closed and
when the printer is first turned on (see MEDIA POWER UP on page 53 and HEAD
CLOSE on page 54 for options). The printer automatically sets the value it detects for the
spaces between labels. This type of calibration also happens as part of both the sensor
profile and media and ribbon sensor calibration procedures.
• Long Calibration, which you select by pressing PAUSE then CALIBRATE, calibrates
the printer for media length, media type (continuous or non-continuous), and print mode
(thermal or direct thermal transfer) and updates the sensor values. This calibration is the
same as what is performed when Calibration is selected for the M E D I A P O W E R U P and
H E A D C L O S E parameters. For more information, see MEDIA POWER UP on page 53 or
HEAD CLOSE on page 54.
• Short Calibration, which is a selection for the M E D I A P O W E R U P and HEAD C L O S E
parameters, uses current sensor values rather than detecting the spaces between labels and
resetting the sensors. This calibration sequence may use fewer labels than the long
calibration sequence, but it is less reliable because the values that are stored in the sensors
could be incorrect. For more information, see MEDIA POWER UP on page 53 or HEAD
CLOSE on page 54.
• Sensor Profile Calibration, which you select through the front panel, auto-calibrates the
printer and prints a media sensor profile. See SENSOR PROFILE on page 49 for
instructions.
• Media and Ribbon Sensor Sensitivity Calibration, which you select through the front
panel, resets the sensitivity of the sensors to detect correctly the media and ribbon that you
are using. See Media and Ribbon Sensor Calibration on page 36 for instructions. If you
change the type of ribbon and/or media, you might need to reset the sensitivity of the
media and ribbon sensors. When the sensors are at their new sensitivity, the printer
performs an auto-calibration.
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Adjust and Calibrate Sensors
Adjust and Calibrate Sensors
This section describes how to adjust and calibrate sensors.
Media and Ribbon Sensor Calibration
Media and ribbon sensor calibration is one of the most common adjustments to the printer
settings. This procedure is performed through the front panel.
Indications that the sensitivity may need to be reset are:
• The CHECK RIBBON light is on even though the ribbon is properly installed.
• Non-continuous labels are being treated as continuous labels.
Note • Before you begin the calibration procedure, make sure that the maximum length is set
to a value 1 in. (25.4 mm) greater than the length of the labels that you are using. If the
maximum length is set to a lower value, the calibration process assumes that continuous media
is in the printer.
Important • This procedure must be followed exactly as presented. All of the steps must be
performed even if only one of the sensors requires adjustment. You may press the left oval at
any step in this procedure to cancel the procedure.
To adjust the sensitivity of media and ribbon sensors, complete these steps:
1. Press SETUP/EXIT.
2. Press NEXT/SAVE until “MEDIA AND RIBBON CALIBRATE” displays.
3. Press the (+) key to start the calibration sequence. “LOAD BACKING CANCEL
CONTINUE” displays.
4. Open the printhead. Remove approximately 8 in. (200 mm) of labels from the media roll,
enough so that only the liner is threaded between the media sensors when the media is
loaded (Figure 29).
Figure 29 • Media and Ribbon Calibration
5. Press the (+) key. The LCD shows “REMOVE RIBBON CANCEL CONTINUE.”
6. Slide the ribbon as far from the printer frame as possible.
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7. Close the printhead, trapping the ribbon in this position.
8. Press the (+) key. The LCD shows “CALIBRATING PLEASE WAIT.”
9. When this part of the calibration process is completed, the LCD reads “RELOAD ALL
CONTINUE.”
10. Open the printhead. Pull the liner until a label is positioned between the media sensors.
11. Return the ribbon to its proper position.
12. Close the printhead. Press the (+) key to perform the next part of the calibration sequence.
“MEDIA AND RIBBON CALIBRATE” displays. The printer is calibrated when the
media stops feeding.
13. Press SETUP/EXIT to leave Setup Mode. Choose “permanent” when SAVE CHANGES
displays.
14. Press NEXT/SAVE to save the changes.
The printer does a calibration equivalent to pressing CALIBRATE; during this process,
the printer determines the label length. To see the new readings on the new scale, print a
sensor profile.
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Adjust and Calibrate Sensors
Positioning the Media (Transmissive) Sensors
The correct positioning of the media sensors is important—it can make the difference between
a perfect label and a call to Technical Support!
The web or gap sensor, also known as the “transmissive sensor,” detects the gap between
labels. The transmissive sensor actually consists of two sections: a light source (the lower
media sensor) and a light sensor (the upper media sensor). The media passes between the two.
The upper media sensor must be positioned:
• Directly over the hole or notch, or
• Anywhere along the width of the media if there is a gap between labels.
Note • If you are using continuous media, position the upper media sensor over the media
with the lower media sensor directly below it so that the printer can detect an out-of-paper
condition.
To adjust the upper and lower media sensors, complete these steps:
1. Remove the ribbon (if it is installed). Refer to page 32 for instructions.
2. Locate the upper media sensor (Figure 30). The upper media sensor “eye” is directly
below the adjustment screw head.
3. Slightly loosen the upper media sensor adjustment screw (use a Phillips-head
screwdriver).
4. Using the tip of the screwdriver, slide the upper sensor along the slot to the desired
position.
5. Tighten the upper media sensor adjustment screw.
Figure 30 • Upper Media Sensor Adjustment
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6. Position the lower media sensor (Figure 31) by sliding it in its slot until the lower media
sensor (light source) is positioned directly below the upper media sensor.
Figure 31 • Lower Media Sensor Adjustment
Black Mark Sensor
The optional black mark sensor is in a fixed position and enabled via the front panel (refer to
Configuration and Calibration LCD Displays on page 46 for details).
Configuring the Software or Printer Driver
Many printer settings may also be controlled by your printer’s driver or label preparation
software, which may override any settings you have made manually through the front panel.
Refer to the driver or software documentation for more information.
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Configuration
After you have installed the media and ribbon and the Power-On Self Test (POST) is complete, the
LCD shows PRINTER READY. (If the printer fails its POST, refer to Power-On Self Test
on page 85.) Using the front panel display and the keys directly below it, set the printer parameters
for your application.
Contents
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Enter Setup Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Exit Setup Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Password-Protected Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Default Password Value . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Disable the Password Protection Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Basic Printer Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Configuration and Calibration LCD Displays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ZebraNet® Wired and Wireless Print Server LCD Displays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Overview
Overview
After you have installed media and ribbon and printed a configuration label, you can change
the printer’s settings using the front panel controls. For an overview of the front panel,
including descriptions of the buttons and lights, see Operator Controls on page 3. If you need
to restore the printer to its factory default settings, see FEED and PAUSE Self Test on page 89.
Many printer settings may be controlled by your printer’s driver or label preparation software.
Refer to the driver or software documentation for more information.
Note • Printers that are operating on an IP network can be quickly configured in the following
ways:
• with the ZebraLink® WebView (ZebraNet® PrintServer II required). For information, see
the ZebraNet Networking: PrintServer II Installation and User Guide.
• with the SetWLAN configuration utility (ZebraNet Wireless Print Server required). For
information, see the ZebraNet Wireless Print Server User Guide.
Enter Setup Mode
To enter Setup Mode, press SETUP/EXIT. Press either NEXT/SAVE or PREVIOUS to
scroll to the parameter you wish to set.
Note • You may also press and hold NEXT/SAVE and PREVIOUS to advance quickly
through the configuration parameters.
Parameters in this section are shown in the order displayed when pressing NEXT/SAVE.
Throughout this process, press NEXT/SAVE to continue to the next parameter, or press
PREVIOUS to return to the previous parameter in the cycle.
An asterisk (*) in the upper left-hand corner of the LCD indicates that the value displayed is
different from the currently stored value.
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Exit Setup Mode
To leave Setup Mode, complete these steps:
1. Press SETUP/EXIT.
The LCD displays SAVE CHANGES .
2. Press the Plus (+) or Minus (–) to display the save options (Table 4).
Table 4 • Save Options When Leaving Setup Mode
LCD Display
Description
PERMANENT
Permanently saves the changes. Values are stored in the printer even when
power is turned off.
TEMPORARY
Saves the changes until you change them again or until power is turned off.
CANCEL
Cancels all changes from the time you pressed SETUP/EXIT except the
darkness and tear-off settings (if they were changed).
LOAD DEFAULTS
Sets all parameters other than the network settings back to the factory defaults.
Note • Loading factory defaults causes the printer to auto-calibrate.
LOAD LAST SAVE
Loads values from the last permanent save.
DEFAULT NET
Sets the wired and wireless network settings back to factory defaults.
3. Press NEXT/SAVE to select the displayed choice.
When the configuration and calibration sequence is done, P R I N T E R R E A D Y displays.
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Password-Protected Parameters
Password-Protected Parameters
Certain parameters are password-protected by factory default, including the communication
parameters.
Note • If the parameters are set incorrectly, the printer may function unpredictably.
The first attempt to change a password-protected parameter (pressing the plus (+) or minus (–)
key) requires you to enter a four-digit password at the ENTER PASSWORD display. The (–)
key changes the selected digit position; the (+) key increases the selected digit value. After
entering the password, press NEXT/SAVE. The parameter you wish to change is displayed.
If the password was entered correctly, you can now change the value.
The first time that you attempt to change a password-protected parameter, the printer displays
ENTER PASSWORD . Before you can change the parameter, you must enter the four-digit
password. After you have entered the password correctly, you do not have to enter it again
unless you leave Setup Mode by pressing SETUP/EXIT or by turning the printer Off (O).
To Enter a Password for a Password-Protected Parameter, complete
these steps:
1. At the password prompt, use the (–) key to change the selected digit position.
2. When you have selected the digit that you wish to change, use the (+) key to increase the
selected digit value. Repeat these two steps for each digit of the password.
3. After entering the password, press NEXT/SAVE.
The parameter you selected to change is displayed. If the password was entered correctly,
you can change the value.
Default Password Value
The default password value is 1234. The password can be changed using the ^KP (Define
Password) ZPL II instruction or through ZebraLink™ WebView (ZebraNet® PrintServer II or
Wireless Print Server required).
Disable the Password Protection Feature
You can disable the password protection feature so that it no longer prompts you for a
password by setting the password to 0000 via the ^KPØ ZPL/ZPL II command. To reenable
the password-protection feature, send the ZPL/ZPL II command ^KPx, where x can be any
number from 1 to 9999.
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Basic Printer Configuration
The configuration procedure in Table 5 shows the basic parameters that might need to be
altered to get your printer up and running. Refer to Configuration and Calibration LCD
Displays on page 46 for more information on these and the other front panel parameters.
• Enter Setup Mode by pressing SETUP/EXIT at the “PRINTER READY” display.
Note • You need to press NEXT/SAVE more than once to advance to or skip some of the
displays.
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To increase the value, answer “yes,” indicate “on,” or move to the next selection, use the
(+) key.
To decrease the value, answer “no,” indicate “off,” or return to the previous selection, use
the (–) key.
Note • When changing parameters, an asterisk (*) in the upper left-hand corner of the
LCD indicates that you have changed this setting from the one that is stored currently in
memory.
Table 5 • Basic Printer Configuration Sequence
Parameter
Action/Explanation
DARKNESS
Press the (+) or (–) keys to increase or decrease the print darkness setting. (You
may need to change this setting when you print your label.)
PRINT MODE
Press the (+) or (–) keys to select Tear-Off, Peel-Off, Cutter, or Rewind Mode.
MEDIA TYPE
Press the (+) or (–) keys to select continuous or non-continuous media type. (If
you choose continuous media, you must also include a label length instruction in
your label format.)
SENSOR TYPE
Press the (+) or (–) keys to select transmissive or black mark sensing mode.
Unless your media has black marks on the back, leave your printer at the default
setting (web).
PRINT METHOD
Press the (+) or (–) keys to select thermal transfer (if you are using ribbon) or
direct thermal (no ribbon).
MAXIMUM LENGTH
Press the (+) or (–) keys to set the value that is closest to, but not less than, the
length of the label you are using.
SAVE CHANGES
Press the (+) or (–) keys to select:
PERMANENT—keeps changes saved to memory after the power is turned off.
Press NEXT/SAVE to accept the selection.
PRINTER READY
You have exited Setup Mode and are ready to calibrate the printer.
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Configuration and Calibration LCD Displays
Use the LCD display on the front panel to adjust printer settings. Table 6 shows parameters in
the order in which they are displayed when you press NEXT/SAVE after entering setup
mode. Throughout this process, press NEXT/SAVE to continue to the next parameter, or
press PREVIOUS to return to the previous parameter in the cycle. Table 7 on page 57 shows
the additional parameters that appear when a wired or wireless print server is installed in the
printer.
Table 6 • Printer Parameters (Sheet 1 of 11)
Parameter
Action/Explanation
DARKNESS
Adjusting Print Darkness: Press the (+) key to increase darkness; press the (–) key to
decrease darkness.
Default: +10
Range: 0 to +30
Darkness settings are dependent on a variety of factors, including ribbon type, media,
and the condition of the printhead. You may adjust the darkness for consistent highquality printing.
If printing is too light, or if there are voids in printed areas, increase the darkness. If
printing is too dark, or if there is spreading or bleeding of printed areas, decrease the
darkness.
The FEED Self Test on page 88 can also be used to determine the best darkness setting.
Since the darkness setting takes effect immediately, you can see the results on labels
that are currently printing.
Darkness settings also may be changed by the driver or software settings.
Important • Set the darkness to the lowest setting that provides good print quality.
Darkness set too high may cause ink smearing and/or it may burn through the ribbon.
TEAR OFF
Adjusting the Tear-Off Position: Press the (+) key to increase the value; press the (–)
key to decrease the value. Each press of the key adjusts the tear-off position by four dot
rows.
Default: +0
Range: –120 to +120
This parameter establishes the position of the media over the tear-off bar after printing.
The label and liner can be torn off or cut between labels.
PRINT MODE
Selecting Print Mode: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: Tear-Off
Selections: Tear-Off, Peel-Off, Cutter, Rewind
Print Mode settings tell the printer the method of media delivery that you wish to use.
Select a Print Mode that your hardware configuration supports since some selections
displayed are for optional printer features.
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Table 6 • Printer Parameters (Sheet 2 of 11)
Parameter
Action/Explanation
MEDIA TYPE
Setting Media Type: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: Non-Continuous
Selections: Continuous, non-continuous
This parameter tells the printer the type of media you are using. Selecting continuous
media requires that you include a label length instruction in your label format
(^LLxxxx if you are using ZPL or ZPL II).
When non-continuous media is selected, the printer feeds media to calculate label
length (the distance between two detections of the inter-label gap, webbing, or
alignment notch or hole).
SENSOR TYPE
Setting the Sensor Type: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: Web
Selections: Web, mark
This parameter tells the printer whether you are using media with a web (gap/space
between labels, notch, or hole) to indicate the separations between labels or if you are
using media with a black mark printed on the back. If your media does not have black
marks on the back, leave your printer at the default (web).
PRINT METHOD
Selecting Print Method: Press the (+) key for the next value; press the (–) key for the
previous value.
Default: Thermal transfer
Selections: Thermal transfer, direct thermal
The print method parameter tells the printer the method of printing you wish to use:
direct thermal (no ribbon) or thermal transfer (using thermal transfer media and
ribbon).
Note • Selecting direct thermal when using thermal transfer media and ribbon creates a
warning condition, but printing continues.
PRINT WIDTH
Setting Print Width: Press the (+) key to increase the value, press the (–) key to toggle
to a different digit. To change the unit of measurement, press the (–) key until the unit
of measurement is active, then press the (+) key to toggle to a different unit of measure
(inches, mm, or dots).
Default; Range:The default and range of acceptable values vary depending on which
printer you have. Refer to Printing Specifications on page 94 for further information
about the ranges available for your model.
Print width determines the printable area across the width of the label.
M A X I M U M L E N G T H Setting Maximum Length: Press the (–) key to decrease the value, press the (+) key to
increase the value.
Default; Range:The default and range of acceptable values vary depending on your
printer’s configuration. Values are adjustable in 1 in. (25.4 mm) increments.
Maximum length is used in conjunction with the calibration procedure. The value of
this setting determines the maximum label length used during the media portion of the
calibration process. Only a few labels are needed to set media sensors. Always set the
value that is closest to, but not lower than, the length of the label you are using. For
example, if the length of the label is 14.5 in. (368 mm), set the parameter for 15.0 in.
(381 mm).
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Table 6 • Printer Parameters (Sheet 3 of 11)
Parameter
Action/Explanation
LIST FONTS
List Fonts: Press the (+) key to print a label listing all available fonts.
This selection is used to print a label listing all fonts available in the printer, including
standard printer fonts plus any optional fonts. Fonts may be stored in RAM, Flash
memory, font EPROMs, or font cards.
LIST BAR CODES List Bar Codes: Press the (+) key to print a label listing all available bar codes.
This selection is used to print a label listing all bar codes available in the printer.
LIST IMAGES
List Images: Press the (+) key to print a label listing all available images.
This selection is used to print a label listing all images stored in the printer’s RAM,
Flash memory, optional EPROM, or optional memory card.
LIST FORMATS
List Formats: Press the (+) key to print a label listing all available formats.
This selection is used to print a label listing all formats stored in the printer’s RAM,
Flash memory, optional EPROM, or optional memory card.
LIST SETUP
List Setup: Press the (+) key to print a label listing the current printer configuration.
This selection is used to print a label that lists the current printer configuration
information. (Same as CANCEL Key Self Test.)
LIST NETWORK
List Network Settings: Press the (+) key to print a label that lists the current network
configuration. (Same label as shown in CANCEL Self Test on page 86.)
This selection is used to print a network configuration label, which lists the settings for
the wired ZebraNet PrintServer II (PSII) and the ZebraNet Wireless Print Server (if
installed).
LIST ALL
List All: Press the (+) key to print a label listing all available fonts, bar codes, images,
formats, and the current printer and network configurations.
This selection is used to print a label that lists the five previous selections, as described.
FORMAT CARD
A
B
Initialize Memory Card
Caution • Perform this operation only when it is necessary to erase all previously
stored information from the optional memory card.
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2.
3.
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Press SELECT to select the parameter.
If your printer is set to require a password, you are prompted to enter the password.
Enter the password, then press SELECT.
Press the PLUS (+) to select B memory (PCMCIA card) or press MINUS (–) to
select the A memory (internal compact flash).
The front panel LCD asks ARE YOU SURE? .
Press MINUS (–) to select N o and cancel the request.
The INITIALIZE CARD prompt is displayed.
OR
Press PLUS (+) to select Y E S and begin initialization.
F O R M A T T I N G C A R D displays. Depending on the amount of memory in the
memory card, initialization may take up to three minutes to complete. When
formatting is complete, F O R M A T C A R D displays.
Press SELECT to continue with the next prompt.
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Table 6 • Printer Parameters (Sheet 4 of 11)
Parameter
Action/Explanation
I N I T F L A S H M E M Initialize Flash Memory
Caution • Perform this operation only when it is necessary to erase all previously
stored information from the FLASH memory. Press PLUS (+) to bypass this
function.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Press SELECT to select the parameter.
If your printer is set to require a password, you are prompted to enter the password.
Enter the password, then press SELECT.
Press PLUS (+) to select YES.
The display asks INITIALIZE FLASH? .
Press PLUS (+) to select Y E S .
The front panel LCD asks ARE YOU SURE? .
Press MINUS (–) to select N O and cancel the request. The INITIALIZE FLASH
prompt is displayed.
or
Press PLUS (+) to select Y E S and begin initialization. Depending on the amount
of free FLASH memory, initialization may take up to one minute to complete.
Press SETUP/EXIT followed by SELECT. If initialization is still in process,
the front panel display flashes back and forth between the phrases
C H E C K I N G E : M E M O R Y and PRINTER IDLE .
When initialization is complete, the printer automatically exits the configuration
mode and the front panel displays P R I N T E R R E A D Y.
Press SELECT to continue with the next prompt.
S E N S O R P R O F I L E Sensor Profile: Press the (+) key to initiate this standard calibration procedure and
print a media sensor profile.
See Figure 32. The media sensor profile may be used to troubleshoot registration
problems that may be caused when the media sensor detects preprinted areas on the
media or experiences difficulty in determining web location. If the sensitivity of the
media and/or ribbon sensors must be adjusted, see Calibrate Media and Ribbon Sensors
on page 50 to adjust the media and ribbon sensor sensitivity.
Figure 32 • Media Sensor Profile
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Table 6 • Printer Parameters (Sheet 5 of 11)
Parameter
Action/Explanation
MEDIA AND
RIBBON
CALIBRATE
Calibrate Media and Ribbon Sensors
Use this procedure to adjust sensitivity of media and ribbon sensors.
Note • Before you begin this procedure, make sure that the maximum length is set to a
value equal to or greater than the length of the labels you are using. If the maximum
length is set to a lower value, the calibration process assumes that continuous media is
in the printer. See MAXIMUM LENGTH on page 45 for more information.
Important • This procedure must be followed exactly as presented. All of the steps
must be performed even if only one of the sensors requires adjustment. You may press
the minus key at any step in this procedure to cancel the procedure.
1. Press the plus key to start the calibration procedure.
The L O A D B A C K I N G prompt displays.
2. Open the printhead.
3. Remove approximately 8 in. (203 mm) of labels from the backing, and pull the
media into the printer so that only the backing is between the media sensors.
4. Leave the printhead open.
5. Press the plus key to continue.
The R E M O V E R I B B O N prompt displays.
6. Remove the ribbon.
7. Close the printhead.
8. Press the plus key to continue.
The message CALIBRATING PLEASE WAIT displays.
The printer adjusts the scale (gain) of the signals that it receives from the media and
ribbon sensors. On the sensor profile, this essentially corresponds to moving the
peak of the graph up or down to optimize the readings for your application.
When calibration is complete, RELOAD ALL displays.
9. Open the printhead and pull the media forward until a label is positioned under the
media sensor.
10. Reload the ribbon.
11. Close the printhead.
12. Press the plus key to continue.
The printer does a calibration equivalent to pressing CALIBRATE; during this
process, the printer determines the label length. To see the new readings on the new
scale, print a sensor profile.
P A R A L L E L C O M M Setting Parallel Communications: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: BIDIRECTIONAL
Selections: BIDIRECTIONAL, TWINAX/COAX, UNIDIRECTIONAL
Select the communications port that matches the one being used by the host computer.
Note • Unidirectional will not support ZebraNet two-way communications.
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Table 6 • Printer Parameters (Sheet 6 of 11)
Parameter
Action/Explanation
SERIAL COMM
Setting Serial Communications: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: RS-232
Selections: RS-232, RS-422/485, RS-485 multidrop
Select the communications port that matches the one being used by the host computer.
BAUD
Setting Baud: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: 9600
Selections:110, 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, 14400, 19200, 28800, 38400,
57600, 115200
The baud setting of the printer must match the baud setting of the host computer for
accurate communications to take place. Select the value that matches the one being
used by the host computer.
DATA BITS
Setting Data Bits: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: 7bits
Selections: 7bits, 8 bits
The data bits of the printer must match the data bits of the host computer for accurate
communications to take place. Set the data bits to match the setting being used by the
host computer.
Note • This setting must be set to 8 data bits to use Code Page 850.
PARITY
Setting Parity: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: Even
Selections: Even, odd, none
The parity of the printer must match the parity of the host computer for accurate
communications to take place. Select the parity that matches the one being used by the
host computer.
STOP BITS
Note • Depending on the model you have, this menu item may not be available.
Setting Stop Bits: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: 1 stop bit
Selections: 1 stop bit, 2 stop bits
The stop bits of the printer must match the stop bits of the host computer for accurate
communications to take place. Select the stop bits that match the one being used by the
host computer.
HOST
HANDSHAKE
Setting Host Handshake: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: XON/XOFF
Selections: XON/XOFF, DTR/DSR, RTS/CTS
The handshake protocol of the printer must match the handshake protocol of the host
computer for communications to take place. Select the handshake protocol that matches
the one being used by the host computer.
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Table 6 • Printer Parameters (Sheet 7 of 11)
Parameter
Action/Explanation
PROTOCOL
Setting Protocol: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: None
Selections: None, Zebra, ACK/NACK
Protocol is a type of error-checking system. Depending on the selection, an indicator
may be sent from the printer to the host computer signifying that data has been
received. Select the protocol that is requested by the host computer. Further details on
protocol can be found in the ZPL II Programming Guide Volume I.
Note • Zebra is the same as ACK/NACK, except that Zebra response messages are in
packets.
If Zebra is selected, the printer must use either DTR/DSR or RTS/CTS host handshake
protocol. Protocol error works in Serial Mode only.
NETWORK ID
Setting Network ID: Press the (–) key to move to the next digit position; press the (+)
key to increase the value of the digit.
Default: 000
Range: 000–999
Network ID is used to assign a unique number to a printer used in an RS-422/RS-485
network. This gives the host computer the means to address a specific printer. If the
printer is used in a network, you must select a network ID number. This does not affect
TCP/IP or IPX networks.
COMMUNICATIONS
Setting Communications Mode: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: Normal mode
Selections: Normal mode, diagnostics
The Communication Diagnostics Mode is a troubleshooting tool for checking the
interconnection between the printer and the host computer. When “diagnostics” is
selected, all data sent from the host computer to the printer is printed as straight ASCII
hex characters. The printer prints all characters received, including control codes, such
as CR (carriage return). A sample printout is shown in FEED and PAUSE Self Test
on page 89.
NOTES on diagnostic printouts:
• FE indicates a framing error.
• OE indicates an overrun error.
• PE indicates a parity error.
• NE indicates noise.
For any errors, check that your communication parameters are correct. Set the print
width equal to or less than the label width used for the test. See PRINT WIDTH
on page 47 for more information.
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Table 6 • Printer Parameters (Sheet 8 of 11)
Parameter
Action/Explanation
C O N T R O L P R E F I X Control Prefix Character: Press the (–) key to move to the next digit position; press
the (+) key to increase the value of the digit.
Note • Do not use the same hex value for the control, format, and delimiter character.
The printer must see different characters to work properly.
Default: 7E (tilde—displayed as a black square)
Range: 00–FF
The printer looks for this 2-digit hex character to indicate the start of a ZPL/ZPL II
control instruction.
FORMAT PREFIX
Format Prefix Character: Press the (–) key to move to the next digit position; press
the (+) key to increase the value of the digit.
Note • Do not use the same hex value for the control, format, and delimiter character.
The printer must see different characters to work properly.
Default: 5E (caret)
Range: 00–FF
The printer looks for this 2-digit hex character to indicate the start of a ZPL/ZPL II
format instruction.
D E L I M I T E R C H A R Delimiter Character: Press the (–) key to move to the next digit position; press the (+)
key to increase the value of the digit.
Note • Do not use the same hex value for the control, format, and delimiter character.
The printer must see different characters to work properly.
Default: 2C (comma)
Range: 00–FF
The delimiter character is a 2-digit hex value used as a parameter place marker in
ZPL/ZPL II format instructions. Refer to the ZPL II Programming Guide Volume I for
more information.
ZPL MODE
Selecting ZPL Mode: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: ZPL II
Selections: ZPL II, ZPL
The printer remains in the selected mode until it is changed by this front panel
instruction or by using a ZPL/ZPL II command. The printer accepts label formats
written in either ZPL or ZPL II. This eliminates the need to rewrite any ZPL formats
you already have. Refer to the ZPL II Programming Guide Volume II for more
information on the differences between ZPL and ZPL II.
M E D I A P O W E R U P Media Power-Up: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: Calibration
Selections: Feed, calibration, length, and no motion
This parameter establishes the action of the media when the printer is turned on.
• Calibration: Recalibrates the media sensors.
• Feed: Feeds the label to the first web.
• Length: Determines the length of the label.
• No Motion: Media does not move.
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Table 6 • Printer Parameters (Sheet 9 of 11)
Parameter
Action/Explanation
HEAD CLOSE
Head Close: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: Calibration
Selections: Feed, calibration, length, no motion
Determines the action of the media after the printhead has been opened and then closed.
• Calibration: Recalibrates the media sensors.
• Feed: Feeds the label to the first web.
• Length: Determines the length of the label.
• No Motion: Media does not move.
BACKFEED
Backfeed Sequence: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: Default (90%)
Selections:Default, after, before, 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%,
60%, 70%, 80%, off
This parameter establishes when and how much label backfeed occurs after a label is
removed or cut in Peel-Off, Cutter, and Applicator modes. It has no effect in Rewind or
Tear-Off modes. This parameter setting can be superseded by the ~JS instruction when
received as part of a label format (refer to the ZPL II Programming Guide Volume I).
Note • The difference between the value entered and 100% establishes how much
backfeed occurs before the next label is printed. For example, a value of 40 means that
40% of the backfeed takes place after the label is removed or cut. The remaining 60%
takes place before the next label is printed. A value of “before” means that all backfeed
takes place before the next label is printed.
LABEL TOP
Adjusting Label Top Position: Press the (+) key to increase the value; press the (–)
key to decrease the value. The displayed value represents dots.
Default: +0
Range: –120 to +120 dot rows
The label top position adjusts the print position vertically on the label. Positive numbers
adjust the label top position further down the label (away from the printhead), negative
numbers adjust the position up the label (toward the printhead).
LEFT POSITION
Adjusting Left Position
This parameter establishes how far from the left edge of a label the format begins to
print by adjusting horizontal positioning on the label. Positive numbers adjust the
printing to the left by the number of dots selected; negative numbers shift printing to
the right.
Default: 0000
Range: –9999 to +9999
1. Press SELECT to select the parameter.
2. Press MINUS (–) to move to the next position.
3. Press PLUS (+) to change between +/– or to increase the value of the digit. The
displayed value represents dots. For a negative value, enter the value before
changing to the minus sign.
4. Press SELECT to accept any changes and deselect the parameter.
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Table 6 • Printer Parameters (Sheet 10 of 11)
Parameter
Action/Explanation
HEAD RESISTOR
Note • Depending on the printer model you have, this menu item may not be available.
For printers with model numbers 10500-2XXX-XXXX and 10500-3XXX-XXXX, the
head resistor value is set automatically.
Setting the Head Resistor Value: This value has been preset at the factory to match
the resistance value of the printhead. It does not need to be changed unless the
printhead is replaced.
Caution • This parameter should be changed only by a qualified service technician.
1.
Before replacing the printhead, look for the label that shows the resistance value
(ohm value) of the new printhead and note it for the setting (Figure 33).
Figure 33 • Head Resistance Value
From the front panel, access the HEAD RESISTOR parameter.
3. Press the (–) key to move to the next digit position; press the (+) key to increase the
value of the digit.
2.
Caution • Do not set the value higher than that shown on the printhead. Setting a
higher value may damage the printhead.
Initial Value: Factory-set to match the printhead shipped with your printer.
Default Value: 0500
Range: 0500 to 1175
WEB S.
MEDIA S.
RIBBON S.
Press NEXT/SAVE repeatedly to skip these parameters.
MARK S.
Caution • These parameters are automatically set during the calibration procedure.
They should be changed only by a qualified service technician. Refer to the
maintenance manual for more information on these parameters.
MARK MED S.
RIBBON LED
MARK LED
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Table 6 • Printer Parameters (Sheet 11 of 11)
Parameter
Action/Explanation
LCD ADJUST
LCD Display Adjustment: Press the (–) key to decrease the value (reduce brightness);
press the (+) key to increase the value (increase brightness).
Range: 00 to 19
This parameter allows you to adjust the brightness of your LCD if it is difficult to read.
FORMAT
CONVERT
Format Convert: Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: None
Selections:None, 150 → 300, 150 → 600, 200 → 600, 300 → 600
Selects the bitmap scaling factor. The first number is the original dots per inch (dpi)
value; the second, the dpi to which you would like to scale.
LANGUAGE
Selecting the Display Language
This parameter allows you to change the language used on the front panel display.
Default: English
Selections: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese,
Swedish, Danish, Spanish2, Dutch, Finnish, Japan
1. Press SELECT to select the parameter.
2. Press PLUS (+) or MINUS (–) to display other choices.
3. Press SELECT to accept any changes and deselect the parameter.
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ZebraNet® Wired and Wireless Print Server LCD Displays
The menu options shown in Table 7 display only if you have the ZebraNet PrintServer II,
10/100 PrintServer, or Wireless Print Server installed.
Important • The Wireless Print Server is not available for 105SL printers with serial numbers
less than 6400357.
Table 7 • Print Server LCD Displays
LCD
Explanation
IP PROTOCOL1
IP Protocol
Allows either the user (permanent) or the server (dynamic) to select the IP address. If
a dynamic option is chosen, this selection determines the method(s) by which the
print server (wired or wireless) receives the IP address from the server. For more
information, see the ZebraNet Networking: PrintServer II Installation and Users
Guide.
• Press the (+) or (–) key to display other choices.
Default: ALL
Selections: ALL, GLEANING ONLY, RARP, BOOTP, DHCP, DHCP AND
BOOTP, PERMANENT
IP ADDRESS1
IP Address
This parameter allows you to select the IP address if PERMANENT was chosen in
IP PROTOCOL. (If a dynamic option was chosen, the user cannot select the address.)
1. Press the (–) key to move to the next digit position.
2. Press the (+) key to increase the value of the digit.
SUBNET MASK1
Subnet Mask
This parameter selects the part of the IP address that is considered to be part of the
local network. It can be reached without going through the default gateway.
1. Press the (–) key to move to the next digit position.
2. Press the (+) key to increase the value of the digit.
DEFAULT
GATEWAY1
Default Gateway
This parameter allows you to select the IP address that the network traffic is routed
through if the destination address is not part of the local network.
1. Press the (–) key to move to the next digit position.
2. Press the (+) key to increase the value of the digit.
MAC ADDRESS2
MAC Address
This parameter cannot be changed through the front panel.
1 These parameters appear after the system recognizes the existence of a ZebraNet print server (wired or wireless). After the
print server is recognized, all zeroes (000.000.000.000) will display until the printer obtains an IP address or defaults to
address 192.168.254.254.
2 Appears only when the ZebraNet Wireless Print Server is installed.
3 This parameter appears 1) when no wireless card is inserted or 2) when the wireless card is associated to the WLAN and the
card supports LEAP.
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Table 7 • Print Server LCD Displays (Continued)
LCD
Explanation
ESSID2
ESSID
This parameter cannot be changed through the front panel.
AUTH. TYPE2
Authentication Type
Default: OPEN
Selections: OPEN, SHARED
LEAP MODE3
An encryption method that is available with some wireless cards. Set the LEAP user
name and password through the printer web pages.
Accepted Values: ON, OFF
Default Value: OFF
ENCRYPTION
MODE2
Encryption Mode
Default: OFF
Selections: OFF, 40-BIT, 128-BIT
ENCRYPTION
INDEX2
Encryption Index
Default: 1
Selections: 1, 2, 3, 4
R E S E T N E T W O R K 1 Reset Network
This option resets the wireless card and the print server when the wireless option is
running. Selecting this option has no effect when the wireless option is not running,
when there is no card inserted, or when the wireless password is anything other than
the default (zero).
1. Press the (+) key to select Y E S .
The LCD prompts ARE YOU SURE? .
• Press the (–) key to select N O to cancel the request.
• Press the (+) key to select Y E S and reset the network.
1 These parameters appear after the system recognizes the existence of a ZebraNet print server (wired or wireless). After the
print server is recognized, all zeroes (000.000.000.000) will display until the printer obtains an IP address or defaults to
address 192.168.254.254.
2 Appears only when the ZebraNet Wireless Print Server is installed.
3 This parameter appears 1) when no wireless card is inserted or 2) when the wireless card is associated to the WLAN and the
card supports LEAP.
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Data Ports
This chapter describes the standard communication ports on the printer.
Contents
Serial Data Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
RS-232 Interface Connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
RS-232 Interconnections Using a DB-25 Cable. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
RS-422/RS-485 Interconnections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Parallel Data Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Serial Data Port
Serial Data Port
The connection for this standard interface is made through the female DB-9 connector on the
rear panel. A DB-9 to DB-25 interface module is required for all RS-232 connections through
a DB-25 cable (see page 62 for details).
For all RS-232 input and output signals, the printer follows both the Electronics Industries
Association’s (EIA) RS-232 specifications and the Consultative Committee for International
Telegraph and Telephone (CCITT) V.24 standard signal level specifications.
Table 8 shows the pin configuration and function of the rear panel serial data connector on the
printer.
Table 8 • Serial Port Pin Configuration
.
Pin No.
Name
Description
1
—
Not connected
2
RXD
Receive data—data input to printer
3
TXD
Transmit data—data output from printer
4
DTR
Data terminal ready—output from printer
5
SG
6
DSR
Data set ready—input to printer
7
RTS
Request to send—output from printer
8
CTS
Clear to send—input to printer
9
+5 V DC
Signal ground
+5 VDC at 750 mA
The maximum current draw may be limited by option
configuration.
Note • An interface module is required for RS-422/RS-485 interface support (see page 63).
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RS-232 Interface Connections
The printer is configured as Data Terminal Equipment (DTE).
Figure 34 illustrates the internal connections of the printer’s RS-232 connector.
Figure 34 • RS-232 Connections
RS-232 Connector (DTE)
Rear Panel Female DB-9
+5 VDC
2
RXD (receive data) input
3
TXD (transmit data) output
4
DTR (data terminal ready) output
5
SG (signal ground)
6
DSR (data set ready) input
7
RTS (request to send) output
8
CTS (clear to send) input
9
+5 VDC signal source
R1
1K
NOTE: Pin 1 is unused and unterminated.
Note • The cable used to connect the printer to a computer must be a null modem (crossover)
cable. If you want to connect the printer to any other DTE devices, a null modem cable must
also be used.
When the printer is connected via its RS-232 interface to Data Communication Equipment
(DCE) such as a modem, use a standard RS-232 (straight-through) interface cable. Figure 35
illustrates the connections required for this cable.
Figure 35 • RS-232 Cable Connections
DTE
DCE
(Printer)
(Modem, etc.)
2
3
4
5
RXD (receive data)
TXD (transmit data)
DTR (data terminal ready)
SG (signal ground)
2
3
4
5
6
DSR (data set ready)
6
7
RTS (request to send)
7
8
9
CTS (clear to send)
+5 VDC signal source
8
9
NOTE: Pin 1 is unused and unterminated at the printer.
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RS-232 Interconnections Using a DB-25 Cable
To connect the printer’s RS-232 DB-9 interface to a DB-25 connector, an interface adapter is
required (part number 3138). A generic DB-25 adapter may also be used, however, the +5
VDC signal source would not be passed through. Figure 36 illustrates the connections required
for the DB-9 to DB-25 interface.
Note • The cable used to connect the printer to a computer must be a null modem (crossover)
cable. If you want to connect the printer to any other DTE devices, you must also use a null
modem cable.
Figure 36 • DB-9 to DB-25 Connections
Male DB-9 Adapter
Connector
(plugs into printer)
Female DB-25 Adapter
Connector
(plugs into cable)
2
RXD
FG
1
3
TXD
TXD
2
4
DTR
RXD
3
5
SG
RTS
4
6
DSR
CTS
5
6
7
RTS
DSR
SG
CTS
7
8
9
+5 VDC
SIGNAL
+5 VDC
SIGNAL
DTR
9
20
NOTE: Pin 1 of DB-9 connector is unused and unterminated.
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RS-422/RS-485 Interconnections
Note • A jumper on the computer’s main logic board needs to be installed on JP1, Pins 2 and
3, for the RS-422/RS-485 interface adapter to function properly.
To connect the printer’s RS-232 DB-9 interface to a host computer through an RS-422 or an
RS-485 interface, an interface adapter is required (part number 33130). Figure 37 illustrates
the required cable wiring for interconnecting to the interface adapter’s DB-25 female
connector.
Figure 37 • DB-25 Adapter Connections
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Parallel Data Port
A standard 36-pin parallel connector is available at the rear of the printer for connection to the
data source. Under normal circumstances, data sent from the printer to the host computer in
response to a “Printer Status Request” command is sent through the RS-232 serial port.
However, if the host computer has a properly configured IEEE-1284 parallel port that is
recognized by the printer, status information is returned through the parallel port. Port
selection for status information is determined each time the printer is turned on.
Table 9 shows the pin configuration and function of a standard computer-to-printer parallel
cable.
Table 9 • Parallel Port Pin Configuration
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36-pin Connector
Description
1
nStrobe/HostClk
2–9
Data Bits 1–8
10
nACK/PtrClk
11
Busy/PtrBusy
12
PError/ACKDataReq
13
Select/Xflag
14
nAutoFd/HostBusy
15
Not used
16 & 17
Ground
18
+5 V @ 750 mA
19–30
Ground
31
ninit
32
nFault/NDataAvail
33 & 34
Not used
35
+5 V through a 1.8K Ω Resistor
36
NSelectin/1284 active
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Memory Cards
This chapter describes the optional cards that can be used with the printer and gives instructions for
installation.
Contents
PCMCIA Memory Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
CompactFlash Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
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PCMCIA Memory Card
PCMCIA Memory Card
A Type 1- or Type II-compliant PCMCIA memory card holds extra memory or font options for
the printer. The card is hot-swappable (it can be installed while the printer is on).
Electrostatic Discharge Caution • Observe proper electrostatic safety precautions when
handling any static-sensitive components such as circuit boards and printheads.
To install the PCMCIA card, complete these steps:
1. Remove the PCMCIA card shield from the rear of the printer (Figure 38).
Figure 38 • PCMCIA Card Installation
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PCMCIA card
Notch
Card-eject button
2. Insert the PCMCIA card, with the notch up, into the card slot as shown. Insert it far
enough to make the eject button pop out.
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3. Reinstall the PCMCIA card shield over the PCMCIA card and card slot.
Note • The PCMCIA card may take a few minutes to initialize. The PAUSE light
flashes while the card initializes. If the card is already initialized, the PAUSE light
flashes only once or twice after the card is installed.
The printer is ready to operate with the additional memory or font option. To be sure that
the card has successfully initialized, print a configuration label as instructed in Print a
Configuration Label on page 33 and review it to see whether the new memory card
information is listed.
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CompactFlash Card
CompactFlash Card
A CompactFlash card is a nonvolatile memory card that stores data even when the power to
the printer is turned off. A Type I-compliant CompactFlash card holds extra memory or
optional fonts for your printer.
Caution • This procedure should only be performed by qualified service technicians.
Electrostatic Discharge Caution • Observe proper electrostatic safety precautions when
handling any static-sensitive components such as circuit boards and printheads.
To install a CompactFlash card, complete these steps:
1. Turn the AC power Off (O).
2. Disconnect the AC power cord from the printer.
3. Remove the two screws near the bottom of the electronics cover (Figure 39).
Figure 39 • Printer Exterior
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Screws
Channel
Lip of cover
4. Lift the electronics cover at the rear top corner. Pull the corner forward and up, then lift the
cover up and away from the printer.
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5. Insert the CompactFlash card into the card slot on the upper portion of the option board.
Insert the card with the back (unlabeled) side of the card facing out. The card can be
inserted only one way and should snap into place.
Figure 40 shows where to insert the CompactFlash card.
Figure 40 • Compact Flash Card Insertion
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Card slot
Compact flash card
6. Reinstall the electronics cover by lowering the cover so the lip of the cover goes into the
channel on the top of the printer.
7. Secure the cover by reinstalling the two screws near the bottom of the cover.
8. Reconnect the printer AC power cord.
9. Press and hold CANCEL while turning the printer On (I).
The printer prints a configuration label.
10. Check for the presence of additional memory or optional fonts by looking at the
information on the configuration label.
Note • The CompactFlash card may take a few minutes to initialize. If the process is not
successfully completed within 10 minutes, contact Technical Support at
http://www.zebra.com/SS/service_support.htm for assistance.
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Routine Maintenance
Cleaning your printer regularly maintains print quality and may extend the life of the printer. This
section provides routine cleaning and maintenance procedures.
Contents
Cleaning Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the Exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the Interior. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fuse Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Toggle Positioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printhead Pressure Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Media Sensor Position Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Cleaning Schedule
The recommended cleaning schedule is shown in Table 10. Specific cleaning procedures are
provided on the following pages.
Table 10 • Recommended Printer Cleaning Schedule
Area
Method
Printhead
Solvent*†
Platen roller
Solvent*
Transmissive sensor
Air blow
Black mark sensor
Air blow
Media path
Solvent*
Ribbon sensor
Air blow
Label available
sensors
Air blow
Tear-off bar
Solvent*
Snap plate
Solvent*
Cutter
Solvent*
Interval
Direct Thermal Print Mode:
After every roll of media (500 ft. or 50 m of
media).
Thermal Transfer Print Mode: After every
roll (1500 ft. or 450m) of ribbon.
Monthly
As needed
* Use Zebra’s Preventative Maintenance kit, part number 47362, or a solution of
90% isopropyl alcohol and 10% deionized water.
† You may also use Zebra’s Save-a-Printhead cleaning film. This specially coated material
removes contamination buildup without damaging the printhead. Call your authorized Zebra
reseller or distributor for more information.
Caution • Use only the cleaning agents indicated. Zebra Technologies is not responsible
for any other fluids used on this printer.
Cleaning the Exterior
The exterior surfaces of the printer may be cleaned with a lint-free cloth. Do not use harsh or
abrasive cleaning agents or solvents. If necessary, a mild detergent solution or desktop cleaner
may be used sparingly.
Caution • Do not use harsh or abrasive cleaning agents or solvents.
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Cleaning the Interior
Inspect this area after every four rolls of media. Remove any dirt and lint from the interior of
the printer using a soft bristle brush and/or vacuum cleaner.
Printhead and Platen Roller
Inconsistent print quality, such as voids in the bar code or graphics, may indicate a dirty
printhead. For best results, perform the following cleaning procedure after every roll of ribbon.
Note • You do not need to turn off the printer before cleaning the printhead. If power is turned
off, all label formats and images, as well as any temporarily saved parameter settings stored in
the printer’s internal memory, are lost. When power is turned back on, you need to reload these
items.
If print quality does not improve after you perform this procedure, clean the printhead with
Save-a-Printhead cleaning film. This specially coated material removes contamination
buildup without damaging the printhead. Call your authorized Zebra reseller or distributor for
more information.
Caution • The printhead is hot and can cause severe burns. Allow the printhead to cool.
Electrostatic Discharge Caution • Observe proper electrostatic safety precautions when
handling any static-sensitive components such as circuit boards and printheads.
To clean the printhead and platen roller, complete these steps:
1. Refer to Figure 41. Open the printhead.
Figure 41 • Printhead and Platen Roller Cleaning
2. Remove the media and ribbon (if loaded).
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3. Moisten an applicator tip with a solvent containing 90% isopropyl alcohol, and wipe along
the print elements from end to end. (The print elements are on the brown strip just behind
the chrome strip on the printhead.) Allow a few seconds for the solvent to evaporate.
4. Rotate the platen roller and clean thoroughly with solvent and an applicator.
5. Brush/vacuum any accumulated paper lint and dust away from the rollers.
6. Reload the media and the ribbon (if required).
7. Close the printhead.
Sensors
The media, ribbon, and label available sensors should be cleaned on a regular basis to ensure
proper operation of the printer. Brush or vacuum any accumulated paper lint and dust off of
these sensors.
Snap Plate
Clean the snap plate to remove label adhesive or a label that has adhered to the underside of
the snap plate.
1. Refer to Figure 42. Insert a small-blade screwdriver or similar tool into the loop on the left
side of the snap plate. Lift the snap plate.
Caution • Do not bend, twist, or otherwise deform the loops. If the snap plate is
damaged in any way, a new plate may be required for proper ribbon sensing.
Figure 42 • Snap Plate Removal and Cleaning
2. Repeat step 1 on the right side of the snap plate.
3. Remove the snap plate from the printer.
4. Clean the snap plate with cleaning solvent and a soft cloth.
5. Refer to Figure 43. To reinstall the snap plate, insert the two tabs on the bottom of the snap
plate into the two slots of the media pathway.
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Figure 43 • Snap Plate Reinstallation
6. Slide the snap plate toward you.
7. Press down on the loops to lock the snap plate into place.
Cutter Module
(For printers equipped with the optional cutter.)
If labels are not being cut properly or if the cutter jams with labels, turn off the printer power
(O) and unplug the printer. Then, clean the stationary cutter blade with cleaning solvent. This
removes label adhesive and/or paper debris. If further cutter cleaning is necessary, or if the
cutter continues to perform unsatisfactorily, contact an authorized service technician.
Note • Turning off the printer results in the loss of label formats, images, and any temporarily
saved parameter settings stored in the printer’s internal memory. Perform this procedure after
your printing job is complete.
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Lubrication
Lubrication
Caution • No lubricating agents other than Zebra-supplied, silicon-only lubricants should
be used on the spindle felt clutches of this printer. Other commercially available lubricants
damage the finish and mechanical parts.
Fuse Replacement
The printer uses a metric-style fuse (5 × 20 mm IEC) rated at F5A, 250V. The end caps of the
fuse must bear the certification mark of a known international safety organization (see
Figure 6 on page 12).
Depending on the model you have, the fuse may not be user-replaceable (see Figure 44) and
may need to be replaced by a qualified service technician. Refer to the Maintenance Manual
(part number 32056L) for details.
Figure 44 • Fuse Replacement
Note • Models with a user-replaceable fuse have a warning label next to the fuse for easy
identification.
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Adjustments
Toggle Positioning
See Figure 45. The toggle should be positioned so that it provides even pressure on the media.
Position the toggle by sliding it to the desired location.
Figure 45 • Toggle Adjustment
Printhead Pressure Adjustment
This adjustment may be necessary if printing is too light on one side or if thick media is used.
Refer to Figure 45.
1. Perform the toggle positioning procedure. If the problem is solved, you may stop here;
otherwise, continue with the rest of this procedure.
2. Print some labels at speed A by running the PAUSE Key Self Test (see page 87).
3. While printing labels, lower the darkness setting until you see a gray level of printing.
4. Loosen the knurled (upper) locking nuts at the top of the toggle assembly/assemblies.
5. Increase or decrease spring pressure using the knurled (lower) adjusting nuts on the shafts
of the toggle until the left and right edges of the printed area are equally dark.
Note • Printhead life can be maximized by using the lowest pressure that produces the
desired print quality.
6. Increase darkness setting to the optimum level for the media being used.
7. Re-tighten locking nuts.
Media Sensor Position Adjustment
See Positioning the Media (Transmissive) Sensors on page 38.
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Troubleshooting
This chapter provides you with information about LCD, print quality, communications, and other
errors that you might need to troubleshoot.
Contents
LED Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Print Quality Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printer Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power-On Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Additional Printer Self Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Additional Printer Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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LED Error Messages
LED Error Messages
The LCD displays messages when there is an error. See Table 11 for LCD errors, the possible
causes, and the recommended solutions.
Table 11 • LCD Error Messages
LCD
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
E r r o r C o n d i t i o n — In Thermal Transfer Mode, the
ribbon is not loaded or loaded
Ribbon Out
Load the ribbon correctly. See Ribbon Loading
on page 30.
incorrectly.
In Thermal Transfer Mode, the
ribbon sensor is not sensing
correctly loaded ribbon.
Perform the media and ribbon sensor calibration
(see Media and Ribbon Sensor Calibration
on page 36).
In Direct Thermal Mode, when
ribbon is not used:
Put the printer in Direct Thermal Mode via the front
panel and remove ribbon (if loaded).
Ensure that the printer driver or software settings
are correctly set (if applicable).
E r r o r C o n d i t i o n — The media is not loaded or
loaded incorrectly.
Paper Out
Reload the media. Refer to Roll Media Loading
on page 22.
The media sensor is not adjusted Check the position of the upper and lower media
properly.
sensors. See Positioning the Media (Transmissive)
Sensors on page 38.
The printer is set for noncontinuous media, but
continuous media is loaded.
Either load the correct media or set the printer for
the correct media type via the front panel.
Ensure that the printer driver or software settings
are correctly set (if applicable).
Calibrate the printer (see Calibrate the Printer
on page 35).
The incorrect media sensor is
being used.
Via the front panel, check that the correct sensor
is selected for the media loaded. See SENSOR
TYPE on page 45.
2. Calibrate the printer (see Calibrate the Printer
on page 35).
1.
The maximum label length is set Via the front panel, set the label length to a value
shorter than the label length
that is slightly longer than the length of the label
being used.
being used.
E r r o r C o n d i t i o n — The printhead is not fully closed. Close the printhead.
Head Open
Warning—
Ribbon In
The ribbon is loaded.
Remove the ribbon and set the printer to Direct
Thermal Mode.
Ensure that the printer driver and/or software
settings are correctly set (if applicable).
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Table 11 • LCD Error Messages (Continued)
LCD
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
Warning—
Head Too Hot
The printhead is over
temperature.
Allow the printer to cool. Printing automatically
resumes when the printhead elements cool to an
acceptable operating temperature.
Warning—
Head Cold
The printhead is under
temperature.
Continue printing while the printhead reaches the
correct operating temperature. If the error remains,
the environment may be too cold for proper
printing. Relocate the printer to a warmer area.
Printhead data cable is not
properly connected.
The printhead can be very hot and can cause severe
burns. Allow the printhead to cool.
Disconnect and reconnect data cable to the
printhead. Ensure that the cable connector is fully
inserted into the printhead connector.
Warning—
Cutter Jammed
Cutter blade is in the media path. Turn off the printer power and unplug the printer.
Inspect the cutter module for debris and clean as
needed following the cleaning instructions on
page 75.
Out of Memory
There is not enough memory to
perform the function shown on
the second line of the error
message.
Insufficient memory for the label length,
downloaded fonts/graphics, and images.
Ensure that the device, such as Flash memory or
PCMCIA card, is installed and not write-protected
or full.
Ensure that the data is not directed to a device that is
not installed or available.
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Print Quality Problems
Print Quality Problems
Table 12 identifies problems with print quality, the possible causes, and the recommended
solutions.
Table 12 • Print Quality Problems
Problem
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
General Print
Quality Issues
You are using an incorrect media Consult your authorized Zebra reseller/distributor
and ribbon combination for your for information and advice.
application.
The printer is set at the incorrect For optimal print quality, set the print speed to the
print speed.
lowest possible setting via ZPL II, the driver, or the
software.
The printer is set at the incorrect For optimal print quality, set the darkness to the
darkness level.
lowest possible setting via the front panel, the
driver, or the software.
The printhead is dirty.
Clean the printhead according to the instructions in
Printhead and Platen Roller on page 73
Caution • The printhead is hot and can
cause severe burns. Allow the printhead
to cool.
Electrostatic Discharge Caution •
Observe proper electrostatic safety
precautions when handling any staticsensitive components such as circuit
boards and printheads.
There is light printing (or no
The toggle pressure needs to be adjusted. Follow the
printing) on the left or right side printhead pressure adjustment instructions on
of the label or the printed image page 77.
is not sharp.
Gray lines on blank
labels with no
consistent pattern
The printhead is dirty.
Clean the printhead according to the instructions in
Printhead and Platen Roller on page 73
Caution • The printhead is hot and can
cause severe burns. Allow the printhead
to cool.
Electrostatic Discharge Caution •
Observe proper electrostatic safety
precautions when handling any staticsensitive components such as circuit
boards and printheads.
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Table 12 • Print Quality Problems (Continued)
Problem
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
Light, consistent
The printhead or platen roller is
vertical lines running dirty.
through all of the
labels
Clean the printhead according to the instructions in
Printhead and Platen Roller on page 73
Caution • The printhead is hot and can
cause severe burns. Allow the printhead
to cool.
Electrostatic Discharge Caution •
Observe proper electrostatic safety
precautions when handling any staticsensitive components such as circuit
boards and printheads.
Intermittent creases
on the left and right
edges of the labels
There is too much toggle
pressure on the printhead.
Reduce the toggle pressure. See Printhead Pressure
Adjustment on page 77.
Wrinkled Ribbon
The ribbon is not loaded
correctly.
Load the ribbon correctly. See Ribbon Loading
on page 30.
The darkness setting is incorrect. Set the darkness to the lowest possible setting for
good print quality. See DARKNESS on page 46.
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balance.
Set the pressure to the minimum required for good
print quality. See Printhead Pressure Adjustment
on page 77.
The media is not feeding
correctly. It is “walking” from
side to side.
Make sure that the media guide and media supply
guide touch the edge of the media.
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Communications
Communications
Table 13 identifies problems with communications, the possible causes, and the recommended
solutions.
Table 13 • Communications Problems
Problem
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
A label format was
sent to the printer but
not recognized. The
DATA light does not
flash.
The communication parameters
are incorrect.
Check the printer driver or software
communications settings (if applicable).
Check the printer host port setting via the front
panel (see page 44). Select the port that matches the
one being used by the host computer.
Ensure you are using the correct communication
cable. See Cable Requirements on page 15.
Via the front panel, check the protocol setting. It
should be set to NONE. See PROTOCOL
on page 52.
Ensure that the correct driver is being used, if
applicable.
A label format was
sent to the printer.
Several labels print,
then the printer skips,
misplaces, misses, or
distorts the image on
the label.
The host computer is set to EPP Change the settings on the host computer to
parallel communications.
standard parallel communications.
A label format was
sent to the printer but
not recognized. The
DATA light flashes but
no printing occurs.
The prefix and delimiter
characters set in the printer do
not match the ones in the label
format.
The serial communication
settings are incorrect.
Ensure that the flow control settings match.
Check the communication cable length. See Cable
Requirements on page 15.
Check the printer driver or software
communications settings (if applicable).
Verify the prefix and delimiter characters. See
FORMAT PREFIX on page 53 and DELIMITER
CHAR on page 53.
Incorrect data is being sent to the Ensure that ZPL is being used.
printer.
Check the communication settings on the host
computer. Ensure that they match the printer
settings.
The printer fails to
The printer was not calibrated for Perform the calibration procedure in Media and
calibrate or detect the the label being used.
Ribbon Sensor Calibration on page 36.
top of the label.
The printer is configured for
Set the media type to non-continuous media.
continuous media.
The driver or software
As driver or software settings produce ZPL
configuration is not set correctly. commands that can overwrite the printer
configuration, check the driver or software mediarelated setting.
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Printer Diagnostics
Self tests give information about the condition of the printer. The most commonly used are the
Power-On and the CANCEL self tests.
Caution • Be sure that the print width is set to match the label width you are using before
running any self tests. If the labels are not wide enough, the test may print on the platen
roller and damage it.
Power-On Self Test
A full Power-On Self Test (POST) is performed automatically each time the printer is turned
on (additional self tests can be performed by pressing CANCEL when you turn the printer on).
During either test sequence, the front panel lights and LCD monitor the progress of the POST.
If the printer fails any of these tests, the word FAILED shows on the LCD. If this occurs,
notify an authorized Zebra reseller.
Additional Printer Self Tests
These self tests produce sample printouts and provide specific information that help determine
the operating conditions for the printer.
Each self test is enabled by pressing a specific front panel key or combination of keys while
turning the POWER on (l). Keep the key(s) depressed until the DATA light turns off. When the
POST is complete, the selected self test starts automatically.
Note • When performing self tests, do not send a label format to the printer. For remote hosts,
disconnect all data interface cables from the printer. For printers in Peel-Off Mode, remove the
labels as they come out of the printer.
When cancelling a self test prior to its actual completion, always turn the printer power off and
then back on to reset the printer.
If your media is not wide enough or long enough, unexpected or undesired results may occur.
Make sure that your print width is set correctly for the media you are using before you run any
self tests, otherwise the test may print out on the platen roller. See PRINT WIDTH on page 47
for information on setting the print width.
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CANCEL Self Test
The CANCEL self test prints a configuration label, which tells you the current settings for the
printer.
The configuration may be changed either temporarily (for specific label formats or ribbon and
label stock) or permanently (by saving the new parameters in memory). Saving new
parameters occurs whenever a calibration procedure is performed. Refer to Basic Printer
Configuration on page 45 for further information about the configuration procedure.
Additional Power-Up Self Tests are also performed during the POST for this test.
To perform the CANCEL Self Test, complete these steps:
1. Turn Off (O) the printer.
2. Press and hold CANCEL while turning the power On (I). Hold CANCEL until the DATA
light turns off.
A printer configuration label prints (Figure 46).
Figure 46 • Configuration Label
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PAUSE Self Test
This self test can be used to provide the test labels required when making adjustments to the
printer’s mechanical assemblies. See the sample printout below.
To perform a PAUSE self test, complete these steps:
1. Turn Off (O) the printer.
2. Press and hold PAUSE while turning the power On (I). Hold PAUSE until the DATA light
turns off.
• The initial self test prints 15 labels at 2.4 in. (61 mm) per second (1 in. or 25.4 mm per
second for the 96XiIIIPlus), then automatically pauses the printer. When PAUSE is
pressed, an additional 15 labels print. Figure 47 shows a sample of the labels.
Figure 47 • PAUSE Test Label
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While the printer is paused, pressing CANCEL alters the self test. When PAUSE is
pressed, 15 labels print at 6 in. or 152 mm per second (4 in. or 102 mm per second
for the 96XiIIIPlus).
While the printer is paused, pressing CANCEL again alters the self test a second time.
When PAUSE is pressed, 50 labels print at 2.4 in. (61 mm per second). For the
96XiIIIPlus, printing occurs at 1 in. (25.4 mm) per second.
While the printer is paused, pressing CANCEL again alters the self test a third time.
When PAUSE is pressed, 50 labels print at 6 in. (152 mm) per second. For the
96XiIIIPlus, printing occurs at 4 in. (102 mm) per second.
While the printer is paused, pressing CANCEL again alters the self test a fourth time.
When PAUSE is pressed, 15 labels print at the printer’s maximum speed.
To exit this self test at any time, press and hold CANCEL.
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FEED Self Test
This test helps you choose the best darkness setting for your printer.
To perform a FEED self test, complete these steps:
1. Turn Off (O) the printer.
2. Press and hold FEED while turning the power On (I). Hold FEED until the DATA light
turns off.
The printer prints a series of labels (Figure 48) at various darkness settings higher and
lower than the darkness value shown on the configuration label.
Figure 48 • FEED Test Label
3. Inspect the labels and determine which one has the best darkness setting for your
application. This value can be entered into the printer by setting the darkness during the
configuration procedure.
The value printed on that label is added to (plus) or subtracted from (minus) the darkness
value specified on the configuration label. The resulting numeric value (0 to 30) is the best
darkness value for that specific label/ribbon combination.
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FEED and PAUSE Self Test
Performing this self test temporarily resets the printer configuration to the factory default
values. These values are active only until power is turned off unless you save them
permanently in memory.
To perform a FEED and PAUSE self test, complete these steps:
1. Turn Off (O) the printer.
2. Press and hold FEED and PAUSE while turning the power On (I). Hold FEED and
PAUSE until the DATA light turns off.
No labels print at the end of this test.
This test is controlled from the front panel display (see COMMUNICATIONS on page 52).
Figure 49 shows a typical printout from this test. Turn off the power to exit this self test and
return to normal operation.
Note • The communications test label prints upside-down.
Figure 49 • Communications Diagnostics Test Label
Additional Printer Diagnostics
Additional diagnostic tests are available for this printer. See the Maintenance Manual for
information about these additional tests.
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Specifications
This appendix provides the features of and specifications for the 105SL printers.
Note • Printer specifications are subject to change without notice.
Contents
Options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ZPL Programming Language (ZPL II) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Bar Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
General Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printing Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ribbon Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Font Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Media Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Options
Options
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Printhead 300 dpi (12 dots/mm)
Cutter and catch tray*
Rewind
Label peel and liner rewind
Internal fanfold media supply bin*
Font cards
• PCMCIA Card Slot
• BAR-ONE Windows™-based
WYSIWYG on-screen label design and
print application software
• ZebraNet PrintServer II, including
Ethernet interface (10Base-T), ZebraNet
WebView graphical setup and printer
control, and ZebraNet Alert unsolicited
error notification
• ZebraNet Wireless Card Socket, and
integrated wireless 802.11b Ethernet
option that supports multiple third party
LAN radio cards
• IBM twinax or coax interface
* Not compatible with rewind and peel options.
ZPL Programming Language (ZPL II)
• Downloadable graphics, scalable and
bitmap fonts, and label formats
• Object copying between memory areas
(RAM, memory card, and internal Flash)
• Code Page 850 character set
• Adjustable print cache
• Data compression
• Automatic virtual input buffer
management
• Format inversion
• Mirror image printing
• Four-position field rotation (0°, 90°, 180°,
270°)
• Slew command
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• Status message to host upon request
• Programmable quantity with print, pause,
and cut control
• Communicates in printable ASCII
characters
• Error-checking protocol
• Controlled via mainframe, mini-computer,
PC, portable data terminal
• Serialized fields
• In-spec OCR-A and OCR-B
• UPC/EAN
• User-programmable password
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Bar Codes
Bar Codes
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Bar code ratios (2:1 up to 3:1)
Code 11
Code 39 (supports ratios of 2:1 up to 3:1)
Code 93
Code 128 (with subsets A, B, and C and
UCC case codes)
ISBT-128
UPC-A, UPC-E, UPC extensions
EAN-8, EAN-13, EAN extensions
Plessey
Postnet
Standard 2 of 5
Check digit calculation where applicable
• Industrial 2 of 5 (supports ratios of 2:1 up
to 3:1, Modulus 10 Check Digit)
• Interleaved 2 of 5
• LOGMARS
• MSI
• Codabar
• Codablock (2-dimensional bar code)
• PDF-417 (2-dimensional bar code)
• Code 49 (2-dimensional bar code)
• DataMatrix (2-dimensional bar code)
• Maxi Code (2-dimensional bar code)
• QR Code (2-dimensional bar code)
General Specifications
General Specifications
105SL
Height
Width
Depth
Weight (without options)
Electrical
General (auto-adjusting)
Power
Printing PAUSE test label at slowest
Consumption
speed
Printer idle
Compliance
Temperature
Relative
Humidity
Operating
environment
Thermal transfer
Direct thermal
Storage
Operating environment
Storage
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15.5 in.
394 mm
11.2 in.
284 mm
18.9 in.
480 mm
55 lb
25 kg
90–264 VAC; 48–62 Hz
180 W
19 W
Complies with FCC class “B” and
Canadian Doc. class “A” rules.
Carries the CE mark of
compliance.
40° to 104° F
5° to 40° C
40° to 104° F
5° to 40° C
–40° to 140° F
–40° to 60° C
20% to 85% non-condensing
5% to 85% non-condensing
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Printing Specifications
Printing Specifications
105SL
Resolution
203 dots/inch (8 dots/mm)/
300 dots/inch (12 dots/mm)
0.0049 in. × 0.0049 in. (0.125 mm × 0.125 mm)/
0.0033 in. × 0.0039 in. (0.084 mm × 0.10 mm)
0.10 in. ± 0.035 in. (2.5 mm ± 0.89 mm)
4.49 in. (114 mm)
90 in. (2286 mm)
41 in. (1041 mm)
= ≤ ±0.050 in. (1.3 mm)
= ≤ ±0.050 in. (1.3 mm)
2.4 in. (61 mm) through 8.0 in. (203 mm)
per second in 1 in. (25.4 mm) increments
2.4 in. (61 mm) through 8.0 in. (203 mm)
per second in 1 in. (25.4 mm) increments
4.9 mil to 49 mil
3.9 mil to 39 mil
4.9 mil to 49 mil
3.3 mil to 33 mil
Dot size (width × length)
First dot location measured from inside media edge
Maximum print width
Print Length
Continuous printing
203 dpi
(maximum)
300 dpi
Vertical
Media registration toleration*
(non-continuous media)
Horizontal
Programmable print speeds
203 dpi
300 dpi
Bar code
modulus (“X”)
dimension
Ladder (rotated)
orientation
203 dpi
300 dpi
203 dpi
300 dpi
Picket fence
(nonrotated)
orientation
Thin film printhead with Element Energy Equalizer (E3)® Yes
* Media registration and minimum label length are affected by media type and width, ribbon type, and print
speed. Performance improves as these factors are optimized. Zebra recommends always qualifying any
application with thorough testing.
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Ribbon Specifications
Ribbon Specifications
Ribbon Specifications
105SL
Ribbon must be wound with the coated side out.
Ribbon width (Zebra recommends using
Minimum
ribbon at least as wide as the media to
Maximum
protect the printhead from wear.)
Standard lengths
2:1 media to ribbon roll ratio
3:1 media to ribbon roll ratio
Ribbon core inside diameter
Maximum ribbon roll outside diameter
0.79 in. (20 mm)
4.49 in. (114 mm)
984 ft. (300 m)
1476 ft. (450 m)
1.0 in. (25.4 mm)
3.2 in. (81.3 mm)
Font Specifications
Note • Bitmap fonts A through H and GS symbols are expandable up to 10 times, height and
width independent.
Smooth scalable font ∅ (CG Triumvirate™ Bold Condensed) is expandable dot-by-dot, height
and width independent.
IBM® Code Page 850 International Characters.
203 dpi (8 dots/mm)
Fonts
Matrix (in dots)
(H × W)
Type*
A
9×5
U-L-D
B
11 × 7
U
C,D
18 × 10
U-L-D
E
28 × 15
OCR-B
F
26 × 13
U-L-D
G
60 × 40
U-L-D
H
21 × 13
OCR-A
GS
24 × 24
SYMBOL
∅
variable
U-L-D
* U = Uppercase; L = Lowercase; D = Descenders
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Minimum Char. Size
(H × W)
Maximum
C.P.I.
0.044 in. × 0.029 in.
0.054 in. × 0.044 in.
0.088 in. × 0.059 in.
0.138 in. × 0.098 in.
0.128 in. × 0.079 in.
0.295 in. × 0.236 in.
0.103 in. × 0.093 in.
0.118 in. × 0.118 in.
variable
33.9
22.6
16.9
10.1
12.7
4.2
10.7
8.4
N/A
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300 dpi (12 dots/mm)
Fonts
Matrix (in dots)
(H × W)
Type*
A
9×5
U-L-D
B
11 × 7
U
C,D
18 × 10
U-L-D
E
41 × 20
OCR-B
F
26 × 13
U-L-D
G
60 × 40
U-L-D
H
30 × 19
OCR-A
GS
24 × 24
SYMBOL
∅
variable
U-L-D
* U = Uppercase; L = Lowercase; D = Descenders
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(H × W)
Maximum
C.P.I.
0.030 in. × 0.020 in.
0.037 in. × 0.030 in.
0.060 in. × 0.040 in.
0.137 in. × 0.087 in.
0.087 in. × 0.052 in.
0.200 in. × 0.160 in.
0.100 in. × 0.093 in.
0.080 in. × 0.080 in.
variable
50.0
33.3
25.0
11.5
18.8
6.3
10.7
12.5
N/A
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Media Specifications
Media Specifications
Media Specifications
Minimum label length*
Total media width (label + liner, if any)
Total thickness (includes liner, if any)
Cutter maximum full-width media thickness
Roll media core inside diameter
Maximum roll diameter
Inter-label gap
105SL
Tear-Off
Peel-Off
Cutter
Rewind
Minimum
Maximum
Minimum
Maximum
Minimum
Preferred
Maximum
Maximum internal fanfold media pack size (label + liner)
L×W×H
Ticket/tag sensing notch L × W
Ticket/tag sensing hole diameter
Additional
Mark length
Minimum
specifications for
(measuring parallel to Maximum
black mark sensing label/tag edge)
Mark width (measuring Minimum
to perpendicular
Maximum
label/tag edge)
Mark location
0.7 in. (18 mm)
0.5 in. (13 mm)
1.5 in. (38 mm)
0.25 in. (6 mm)
0.79 in. (20 mm)
4.52 in. (115 mm)
0.003 in. (0.076 mm)
0.012 in. (0.305 mm)
0.009 in. (0.229 mm)
3 in. (76 mm)
8.0 in. (203 mm)
0.079 in. (2 mm)
0.118 in. (3 mm)
Maximum inter-label gap =
2 × (label length for which you have calibrated
the printer) + 1 in. (25.4 mm)
8.0 in. × 4.5 in. × 4.5 in.
(203 mm × 114 mm × 114 mm)
0.12 in. × 0.25 in. (3 mm × 6 mm)
0.125 in. (3 mm)
0.12 in. (3 mm)
0.43 in. (11 mm)
≥ 0.43 in. (≥ 11 mm)
Full media width
Marks must be located within 0.040 in. (1 mm)
of the inside media edge.
>1.0 Optical Density Unit (ODU)
0.5 ODU
Mark density
Maximum density of back of media
on which black mark is printed
* Media registration and minimum label length are affected by media type and width, ribbon type, print speed,
and printer mode of operation. Performance improves as these factors are optimized. Zebra recommends
always qualifying any application with thorough testing.
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Index
A
AC power cord specifications, 11
adhesive test for ribbon coating, 19
adjustments
black mark sensor, 39
label left position, 54
media sensors, 38
printhead pressure, 77
sensors, 36
toggle positioning, 77
authentication type, 58
auto-calibration, 35
B
backfeed setting, 54
bar codes specifications, 93
basic printer configuration, 45
baud setting, 51
before you begin setup, 8
black mark media, 17
black mark sensor, 39
Brady support, xviii
C
cabling requirements, 15
calibration
media and ribbon sensor, 36, 50
methods, 35
Canadian DOC compliance, vi
CANCEL self test, 86
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C H E C K R I B B O N light on, 36
checklist for printer setup, 8
cleaning
cutter, 75
exterior, 72
interior, 73
printhead and platen roller, 73
recommended schedule, 72
sensors, 74
snap plate, 74
communication interfaces, 13
communications
setting, 52
CompactFlash card
installation, 68
configuration
basic, 45
calibration sequence, 46
enter setup mode, 42
exit setup mode, 43
software or printer driver, 39
configuration label
print during CANCEL self test, 86
printing after loading printer, 33
connect printer to data source, 13
contact information, xviii
continuous media, 17
control prefix setting, 53
customer support, xviii
cutter jammed warning, 81
cutter mode loading, 26
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H
darkness setting, 46
data bits setting, 51
data cable requirements, 15
data ports
parallel, 64
serial, 60
data source connections, 10
default gateway, 57
default password, 44
delimiter character setting, 53
direct thermal mode
media scratch test, 18
disable password protection, 44
display language
parameter description, 56
head close setting, 54
head cold warning, 81
head open error, 80
head resistor setting, 55
head too hot warning, 81
host handshaking setting, 51
humidity requirements, 10
E
encryption settings, 58
enter setup mode, 42
ESSID setting, 58
exit setup mode, 43
F
fanfold media loading, 29
FCC compliance, v
FEED and PAUSE self test, 89
FEED self test, 88
flash memory initialization, 49
font specifications, 95
fonts
using CompactFlash card, 68
using PCMCIA memory card, 66
format convert setting, 56
format prefix setting, 53
front panel
display, 3
enter setup mode, 42
exit setup mode, 43
keys, 4
lights, 5
fuse replacement, 76
G
general specifications, 93
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I
initialize flash memory, 49
initialize memory card, 48
inspect printer, 9
interconnections
RS-232, 61
RS-422, 63
RS-485, 63
interfaces
system connections, 13
international safety organization marks, 12
IP settings
default gateway, 57
IP address, 57
protocol, 57
subnet mask, 57
L
label left position adjustment, 54
label liner removal, 28
label top setting, 54
language displayed
parameter description, 56
LCD adjustment setting, 56
left edge of label adjustment, 54
liability, vi
list settings
all, 48
bar codes, 48
fonts, 48
formats, 48
images, 48
setup, 48
loading
fanfold media, 29
ribbon, 30
roll media, 22
long calibration, 35
lubrication, 76
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MAC address, 57
maximum length setting, 47
media
black mark media, 17
non-continuous media, 17
types of media, 16
media and ribbon sensor calibration
procedure, 36, 50
when to perform, 36
media loading
cutter mode, 26
peel-off mode, 23
peel-only mode, 27
rewind mode, 24
tear-off mode, 22
media power-up setting, 53
media scratch test, 18
media sensor
print media sensor profile, 49
sensor sensitivity calibration, 35
media specifications, 97
media types
continuous media, 17
setting, 47
memory card
initialize through front panel, 48
memory card installation
CompactFlash card, 68
PCMCIA memory card, 66
N
network configuration label
printing, 34
network ID setting, 52
O
operating conditions, 10
operator controls, 3
options, 92
out of memory error, 81
P
paper out error, 80
parallel communication setting, 50
parallel data port, 64
parity setting, 51
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default, 44
disable, 44
entering, 44
PAUSE self test, 87
PCMCIA card
installing memory card, 66
peel-off mode loading, 23
peel-only mode loading, 27
power cord specifications, 11
POWER switch, 3
power-on self test, 85
print configuration label
CANCEL self test, 86
print configuration label, 33
print method setting, 47
print mode
setting, 46
print network configuration label, 34
print server settings
default gateway, 57
IP address, 57
IP protocol, 57
subnet mask, 57
print width setting, 47
printer
diagnostics, 85
printer configuration, 45
printer settings
IP settings, 57
network configuration label as baseline, 34
passwords, 44
print server settings, 57
saving, 43
setting through front panel, 42
printer setup checklist, 8
printer storage requirements, 9
printhead pressure adjustment, 77
printing specifications, 94
product improvements, v
proprietary statement, v
protocol setting, 52
R
related documents, xx
relative humidity requirements, 10
reporting shipping damage, 9
reset network option, 58
rewind mode loading, 24
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ribbon
adhesive test, 19
C H E C K R I B B O N light on, 36
determining coated side, 18
error (ribbon out), 80
loading, 30
removal, 32
scratch test, 19
specifications, 95
warning (ribbon in), 80
when to use, 18
ribbon out error, 80
ribbon sensor
calibration procedure, 50
sensitivity calibration, 35
S
schedule for cleaning, 72
scratch test
media type, 18
ribbon coated side, 19
select a printer site, 10
self tests
additional printer self tests, 85
CANCEL, 86
CANCEL key, 86
FEED, 88
FEED and PAUSE, 89
PAUSE, 87
power-on, 85
sensor adjustment, 38
Sensor Profile calibration
description, 35
procedure, 49
sensor type setting, 47
sensors
adjusting, 36
media and ribbon sensor calibration, 36
serial communication setting, 51
serial data port, 60
setup checklist, 8
setup mode
enter setup mode, 42
exit setup mode, 43
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shipping damage, 9
short calibration, 35
site requirements, 10
spacing requirements, 10
specifications
AC power cord, 11
bar codes, 93
font, 95
general, 93
media, 97
options, 92
printing, 94
ribbon, 95
ZPL, 92
stop bits setting, 51
storage requirements, 9
subnet mask, 57
support, xviii
surface for the printer, 10
system interfaces, 13
T
tear-off mode loading, 22
tear-off setting, 46
temperature requirements, 10
thermal transfer mode
media scratch test, 18
toggle positioning, 77
troubleshooting
C H E C K R I B B O N light on, 36
communications, 84
LED error conditions and warnings, 80
non-continuous labels treated as continuous, 36
print quality problems, 82
wrinkled ribbon, 83
types of media
black mark media, 17
continuous media, 17
non-continuous media, 17
U
unpack printer, 9
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Z
web media, 17
Wireless Print Server settings
authentication type, 58
default gateway, 57
encryption, 58
ESSID, 58
IP address, 57
IP protocol, 57
MAC address, 57
reset network, 58
subnet mask, 57
Zebra support, xviii
ZPL mode setting, 53
ZPL specifications, 92
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