Brother PT-E550W Installation guide

Brother PT-E550W Installation guide
QUICK SETUP GUIDE PT-E550W
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LABELING
CTRONIC
SYSTEM
PT-E550W
Read this guide before you start using your P-touch labeling system.
Keep this guide in a handy place for future reference.
Please visit us at http://solutions.brother.com/ where you can get product support and answers
to frequently asked questions (FAQs).
INTRODUCTION
Thank you for purchasing the P-touch labeling system model PT-E550W.
Your new PT-E550W is an intuitive, easy to operate and feature rich labeler that produces
professional looking and high quality labels.
This manual contains various precautions and basic procedures for using the P-touch
labeling system. Read this manual carefully before using and keep in a handy place for
future reference.
Available Manuals
The following manuals are available for this P-touch labeling system. The latest manuals
can be downloaded from the Brother Solutions Center at http://solutions.brother.com/
Quick Setup Guide (this guide)
This guide provides information you should read before using the P-touch labeling system,
such as setting up the machine.
User's Guide (PDF manual on the included CD-ROM)
This guide provides basic information about using the P-touch labeling system along with
detailed troubleshooting tips.
Network User's Guide for E550W
This guide provides information about the network settings. This guide can be downloaded
from the Brother Solutions Center at http://solutions.brother.com/
Available Applications for Use with Computers
P-touch Editor
P-touch Transfer Manager
P-touch Update Software
Refer to "Using P-touch Software" on page 44 for details.
Available Applications for Use with Mobile Devices
Brother offers various applications for use with the P-touch labeling system, including
applications that allow you to print directly from your Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch or
Android™ smartphone, and applications that allow you to transfer data, such as templates,
symbols, and databases that were created using a computer, to the P-touch labeling system
wirelessly.
The Brother applications can be downloaded free-of-charge from the App Store or Google
Play.
Software Development Kits
A software development kit (SDK) is available. Visit the Brother Developer Center
(http://www.brother.com/product/dev/index.htm).
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CAUTION
RISK OF EXPLOSION IF BATTERY IS REPLACED BY AN INCORRECT TYPE.
DISPOSE OF USED BATTERIES ACCORDING TO THE INSTRUCTIONS.
ATTENTION
RISQUE D'EXPLOSION SI LA BATTERIE EST REMPLACÉE PAR UN MODÈLE
INADÉQUAT.
MISE AU REBUT DES BATTERIES USAGÉES CONFORMÉMENT AUX
INSTRUCTIONS.
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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Declaration of Conformity (For USA Only)
Responsible Party:
Brother Mobile Solutions, Inc.
100 Technology Drive Suite 250A
Broomfield, CO 80021 U.S.A.
Tel: (303) 460-1600
Product Name:
Model Number:
Brother P-touch Electronic Labeling System
PT-E550W
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC 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.
PT-E550W is equipped with FCC ID:B3Q8VA633.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates,
uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with
the instructions, 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, which can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by 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.
• This transmitter must not be co-located or operated in conjunction with any other antenna
or transmitter.
Important
• The enclosed interface cable should be used in order to ensure compliance with the limits
for a Class B digital device.
• Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Brother Industries, Ltd. could void
the user's authority to operate the equipment.
* In case WLAN Interface is in use.
CAUTION: To maintain compliance with FCC’s RF exposure guidelines, use only the supplied
antenna. Unauthorize antenna, modification, or attachments could damage the transmitter and
may violate FCC regulations.
ATTENTION: (For USA and Canada)
The Lithium Ion battery you have purchased is recyclable. At the end of its
useful life, under various state and local laws, it is illegal to dispose of this
battery into your municipal waste stream. Please call 1-800-8-BATTERY
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The available scientific evidence does not show that any health problems are associated
with using low power wireless devices. There is no proof, however, that these low power
wireless devices are absolutely safe. Low power Wireless devices emit low levels of radio
frequency energy (RF) in the microwave range while being used. Whereas high levels of RF
can produce health effects (by heating tissue), exposure of low-level RF that does not
produce heating effects causes no known adverse health effects. Many studies of low-level
RF exposures have not found any biological effects. Some studies have suggested that
some biological effects might occur, but such findings have not been confirmed by
additional research. PT-E550W has been tested and found to comply with FCC radiation
exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment and meets the FCC radio
frequency (RF) Exposure Guidelines.
Open Source Licensing Remarks
This product includes open-source software.
To see the open source licensing remarks, please go to the manual download selection on
your model's home page of Brother Solutions Center at http://solutions.brother.com/
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International ENERGY STAR® Compliance Statement
The purpose of the International ENERGY STAR® Program is to promote the development
and popularization of energy-efficient office equipment.As an ENERGY STAR® Partner,
Brother Industries, Ltd. has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR®
guidelines for energy efficiency.
Compilation and Publication Notice
Under the supervision of Brother Industries, Ltd., this manual has been compiled and
published covering the latest product’s descriptions and specifications.
The contents of this manual and the specifications of this product are subject to change
without notice.
If new versions of the PT-E550W operating system becomes available, this manual may not
reflect the updated features. Therefore, you may find that new operating system and the
contents in this manual may be different.
Any trade names and product names of companies appearing on Brother products, related
documents and any other materials are all trademarks or registered trademarks of those
respective companies.
Trademarks and Copyrights
Brother is a trademark of Brother Industries, Ltd.
P-TOUCH is a trademark or registered trademark of Brother Industries, Ltd.
© 2014 Brother Industries, Ltd. All rights reserved.
Microsoft, Windows Vista, Windows Server and Windows are either registered trademarks
or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
Apple, Macintosh, Mac OS, iPhone, iPad and iPod are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered
in the United States and other countries.
The names of other software or products used in this document are trademarks or
registered trademarks of the respective companies that developed them.
Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Alliance are registered trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Each company whose software title is mentioned in this manual has a Software License
Agreement specific to its proprietary programs.
Any trade names and product names of companies appearing on Brother products, related
documents and any other materials are all trademarks or registered trademarks of those
respective companies.
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Important Information
Should you have questions, or need information about your Brother Product, we have a
variety of support options for you to choose from:
Customer Service
1-800-255-0415
Customer Service
1-303-460-1628 (fax)
World Wide Web
For purchasing accessories and certain Brother products:
http://www.brothermobilesolutions.com
For product information
http://solutions.brother.com/
Supplies / Accessories
1-800-543-6144
Brother Mobile Solutions, Inc., 100 Technology Drive, #250A, Broomfield, CO 80021
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INTRODUCTION
Contents
GETTING STARTED ..................................................................................... 21
Unpacking Your P-touch Labeling System ......................................................................... 21
General Description ............................................................................................................ 22
LCD Display .................................................................................................................. 23
Key Names and Functions ............................................................................................ 25
Power Supply...................................................................................................................... 27
AC Adapter.................................................................................................................... 27
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery.......................................................................................... 27
Alkaline/Ni-MH Battery .................................................................................................. 30
Inserting a Tape Cassette................................................................................................... 31
Turning Power On/Off ......................................................................................................... 32
Auto Power-Off Time..................................................................................................... 32
Feeding Tape...................................................................................................................... 33
Feed & Cut .................................................................................................................... 33
Feed Only...................................................................................................................... 33
LCD Display ........................................................................................................................ 34
LCD Contrast ................................................................................................................ 34
Backlight........................................................................................................................ 34
Setting Language and Unit ................................................................................................. 35
Language ...................................................................................................................... 35
Unit................................................................................................................................ 35
EDITING A LABEL......................................................................................... 36
Selecting a Labeling Application Type ................................................................................ 36
GENERAL ..................................................................................................................... 36
FACEPLATE ................................................................................................................. 36
CABLE WRAP............................................................................................................... 36
CABLE FLAG ................................................................................................................ 37
PATCH PANEL ............................................................................................................. 37
PUNCH-DOWN BLOCK................................................................................................ 38
Heat Shrink Tube .......................................................................................................... 38
Creating a Bar Code Label ................................................................................................. 39
Setting Bar Code Parameters and Entering Bar Code Data ......................................... 39
Editing and Deleting a Bar Code................................................................................... 40
Entering a Serialize Label ................................................................................................... 40
Serialize ........................................................................................................................ 40
Advanced Serialize ....................................................................................................... 41
USING P-TOUCH SOFTWARE..................................................................... 44
Using P-touch Software ...................................................................................................... 44
Features ........................................................................................................................ 44
System Requirements................................................................................................... 44
Installing the Software and Printer Driver...................................................................... 45
Uninstalling the Printer Driver ....................................................................................... 47
Uninstalling the Software .............................................................................................. 48
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To prevent injury and damage, important notes are explained using various symbols.
The symbols and their meanings are as follows:
DANGER
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if the product is
handled without following the warnings and instructions, will result
in death or serious injuries.
WARNING
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injuries.
CAUTION
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
may result in minor or moderate injuries.
 INTRODUCTION
Safety Precautions
The symbols used in this manual are as follows:
Action NOT allowed
DO NOT disassemble the product.
DO NOT splash the product with or
immerse the product in water.
DO NOT touch a given portion of the
product.
Mandatory action
Unplugging is required
Indicates risk of fire under certain
circumstances.
Alerts to the possibility of electrical
shock
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DANGER
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Carefully observe the following precautions for the rechargeable Li-ion battery (hereafter
referred to as "rechargeable battery"). If these precautions are not followed, overheating,
leaking, or cracks in the battery may result in an electrical short, explosion, smoke, fire,
electric shock, injury to yourself or others, or damage to the product or other property.
Use the rechargeable battery only for its
intended purpose. The P-touch labeling
system and rechargeable battery are
designed to function exclusively with
each other. DO NOT insert the
rechargeable battery into a different Ptouch labeling system, or a different
rechargeable battery into your P-touch
labeling system, otherwise fire or
damage may result.
To charge the rechargeable battery,
insert it into the P-touch labeling
system, and then use the AC adapter
designed specifically for this P-touch
labeling system.
DO NOT charge the rechargeable
battery near a fire or in direct sunlight.
This could activate the protection
circuitry, which is designed to prevent
danger from high heat. Activation of the
protection circuitry could cause
charging to stop, charging to occur with
excessive current/voltage if the
protection circuitry fails, or an abnormal
chemical reaction within the battery.
When charging the rechargeable
battery, use only a battery charger
designed specifically for the
rechargeable battery.
DO NOT allow wires or other metal
objects to come into contact with the
terminals of the rechargeable battery.
DO NOT carry or store the rechargeable
battery with metal objects such as
necklaces or hairpins. This could cause
an electrical short, and lead metal
objects such as wires, necklaces, or
hairpins to overheat.
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DO NOT use or leave the rechargeable
battery near fire, heaters, or other high
temperature (above 176°F/80°C)
locations.
DO NOT allow the rechargeable battery
to come into contact with or to be
immersed in water.
DO NOT use the rechargeable battery
in corrosive environments, such as
areas where salty air, salt water, acids,
alkalis, corrosive gases, chemicals, or
any corrosive liquid are present.
DO NOT use the rechargeable battery if
it is damaged or leaking.
DO NOT directly solder any connections
to the rechargeable battery. This could
cause internal insulation to melt, gas to
be emitted, or safety mechanisms to fail.
DO NOT use the rechargeable battery
with the polarity (+) (-) reversed. Check
the orientation of the rechargeable
battery before inserting it, and do not try
to force the rechargeable battery into
the P-touch labeling system. Charging
the rechargeable battery with the
polarity reversed could cause an
abnormal chemical reaction within the
rechargeable battery or abnormal
current flow during discharge.
DO NOT directly connect the
rechargeable battery to a household
electrical supply.
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Liquid (electrolyte) leaking from the Ptouch labeling system or rechargeable
battery may indicate that the
rechargeable battery is damaged. If the
rechargeable battery leaks, immediately
stop using the P-touch labeling system,
unplug the AC adapter, and isolate the
P-touch labeling system by placing it in
a bag.
Do not touch the electrolyte. If
electrolyte gets in the eyes, do not rub
them. Immediately rinse liberally with
tap water or other clean water and seek
the advice of a medical professional. If
left alone, the electrolyte could cause
eye damage. If electrolyte contacts your
skin or clothing, immediately rinse them
with water.
DO NOT put the rechargeable battery,
or a P-touch labeling system with the
rechargeable battery installed, into a
microwave oven or a high pressure
container.
DO NOT leave a drained rechargeable
battery in the P-touch labeling system
for a long period of time. This could
shorten the life of the rechargeable
battery or lead to an electrical short.
If the P-touch labeling system can only
be used for a short period of time, even
though the rechargeable battery is fully
charged, the rechargeable battery may
have reached the end of its service life.
Replace the rechargeable battery with a
new one. When removing and replacing
the rechargeable battery, cover the
terminals of the old rechargeable
battery with tape to avoid creating a
short in the battery.
DO NOT disassemble, modify, or
attempt to repair the rechargeable
battery.
DO NOT dispose of the rechargeable
battery in fire or intentionally overheat.
This could cause the internal insulation
to melt, gas to be emitted, or safety
mechanisms to fail. Additionally, the
electrolyte solution could catch fire.
DO NOT puncture the rechargeable
battery with any objects, subject it to
severe shocks or throw it. Damage to
the rechargeable battery's protection
circuit could cause the rechargeable
battery to be recharged at an abnormal
current/voltage or cause an abnormal
chemical reaction within the
rechargeable battery.
DO NOT incinerate the rechargeable
battery or dispose of it with household
waste.
 INTRODUCTION
DANGER
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INTRODUCTION
WARNING
P-touch Labeling System
Follow these guidelines to avoid fire, electric shock, the risk of injury to yourself or others,
and/or damage to the P-touch labeling system or other property.
DO NOT allow the P-touch labeling
system to get wet or use the P-touch
labeling system in areas that may
become wet, such as bathrooms or near
sinks.
DO NOT touch any metal parts near the
print head. The print head becomes
very hot during use and remains very
hot immediately after use. Do not touch
it directly with your hands.
DO NOT disassemble the P-touch
labeling system.
For inspection, adjustment, and repair
of the P-touch labeling system, contact
Brother customer service.
Plastic bags are used in the packaging
of your P-touch labeling system. To
avoid danger of suffocation, keep these
bags away from babies and children.
If you notice heat, an abnormal odor,
discoloration of the P-touch labeling
system, deformation, or anything else
unusual while using or storing the Ptouch labeling system, immediately stop
using the P-touch labeling system,
disconnect the AC adapter, and remove
the batteries.
To prevent damage, do not drop or hit
the P-touch labeling system.
DO NOT use the P-touch labeling system with a foreign object in it. If water, a metallic
substance, or any other foreign object enters the P-touch labeling system, disconnect
the AC adapter and remove the batteries, and contact Brother customer service.
Do not use the P-touch labeling system in special environments, such as near medical
equipment. Electromagnetic waves may cause the medical equipment to malfunction.
Users with heart pacemakers should move away from the P-touch labeling system if
they sense any abnormalities. Then, immediately seek the advice of a medical
professional.
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Alkaline batteries/Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
Follow these guidelines to avoid liquid leakage, heat, rupture of the battery and cause
personal injury.
DO NOT throw into fire, heat up, shortcircuit, recharge, or disassemble the
battery.
DO NOT allow batteries to get wet, for
example, by handling them with wet
hands or spilling beverages onto them.
If fluid leaked from the batteries gets into
your eyes, immediately rinse your eyes
with a large amount of clean water, and
then seek medical attention. If leaked
fluid enters your eyes, loss of eyesight
or other damage to the eyes may result.
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WARNING
DO NOT allow a metal object to contact
both the plus and minus ends of a
battery.
DO NOT use sharp objects, such as
tweezers or a metallic pen, to remove or
replace the batteries.
DO NOT use a damaged, deformed, or
leaking battery, or a battery whose label
is damaged. Doing so may result in
generating excessive heat. Use of a
damaged or leaking battery may also
lead to battery fluid getting on your
hands. If leaked fluid gets onto your
hands and you rub your eyes, loss of
eyesight or other damage to the eyes
may result. Immediately rinse your
hands with a large amount of clean
water, and then seek medical attention.
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WARNING
AC Adapter
Follow these guidelines to avoid fire, damage, electric shock, failure or the risk of injury.
Make sure that the plug is fully inserted
into the power outlet. Do not use an
outlet that is loose.
Always use the specified AC adapter,
and always plug the AC adapter into an
electrical outlet with the specified
voltage (120V). Failure to do so may
result in injury to yourself or others, or
damage to the P-touch labeling system
or other property. Brother does not
assume any responsibility for any
accident or damage, resulting from not
using the specified AC adapter and
adapter cord.
DO NOT connect the AC adapter or
adapter cord to other products.
DO NOT touch the AC adapter and the
P-touch labeling system during a
thunderstorm. There may be a remote
risk of electric shock from lightning
when the P-touch labeling system is
used during a thunderstorm.
Tape Cutter
DO NOT touch the blade of the cutter
unit.
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DO NOT touch the AC adapter or power
plug with wet hands.
DO NOT use the AC adapter in places
with high humidity or moisture, such as
bathrooms.
DO NOT use a damaged adapter cord
or power plug.
DO NOT place heavy objects on,
damage, or modify the adapter cord or
plug. Do not forcibly bend or pull the
adapter cord.
DO NOT drop, hit, or otherwise damage
the AC adapter.
Alkaline batteries/Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
Follow these guidelines to avoid liquid leakage, overheating or rupture of the battery.
DO NOT use a battery other than the
one specified for use with your P-touch
labeling system. Do not use
combinations of old and new batteries
or combinations of different types,
different charging levels, different
manufacturers or different models. Do
not insert a battery with the polarity (+
and -) reversed.
If fluid leaked from the battery gets on
your skin or clothes, immediately rinse
them with clean water.
Remove the batteries if you do not
intend to use the P-touch labeling
system for an extended period of time.
Before using Ni-MH rechargeable
batteries, carefully read the instructions
for the batteries and battery charger,
and be sure to use them correctly.
When using Ni-MH rechargeable
batteries, charge the batteries before
using them with the appropriate,
specialised battery charger.
DO NOT disassemble or modify the
batteries.
DO NOT expose the batteries to heat or
dispose of the batteries in a fire.
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CAUTION
AC Adapter
If you do not intend on using the P-touch
labeling system for an extended period
of time, disconnect the AC adapter from
the power outlet.
When disconnecting the AC adapter
from the power outlet, always hold the
AC adapter.
DO NOT use the AC adapter in places
of high humidity such as bathrooms.
DO NOT overload an electrical circuit
with the AC adapter.
DO NOT disassemble or modify the AC
adapter.
DO NOT allow the AC adapter/power
plug to get wet, for example, by handling
them with wet hands or spilling
beverages on to them.
Tape Cutter
Follow these guidelines to avoid minor personal injury and damage to the P-touch labeling
system.
DO NOT open the tape compartment
cover when operating the cutter unit.
DO NOT apply excessive pressure to
the cutter unit.
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CAUTION
P-touch Labeling System
Follow these guidelines to avoid minor personal injury and damage to the P-touch labeling
system.
Store the P-touch labeling system on a
flat, stable surface such as a desk or in
a drawer.
DO NOT leave the P-touch labeling
system or any tape within the reach of
young children.
DO NOT place any heavy objects on top
of the P-touch labeling system.
Always use the suggested AC adapter
(AD-E001) for the P-touch labeling
system and plug it into an outlet with the
specified voltage. Failure to do so could
result in damage or failure of the Ptouch labeling system.
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DO NOT use the P-touch labeling
system in places with moisture or high
humidity, such as bathrooms.
DO NOT allow the P-touch labeling
system to get wet, for example, by
handling it with wet hands or spilling
beverages onto it.
DO NOT disassemble or modify the
P-touch labeling system.
If you notice heat, an abnormal odor,
discoloration of the P-touch labeling
system, deformation, or anything else
unusual while using or storing the
P-touch labeling system, immediately
discontinue the use of the P-touch
labeling system, disconnect the AC
adapter, and remove the batteries.
Rechargeable Li-ion battery
• At the time of purchase, the rechargeable Li-ion battery is slightly charged so that the
operation of the P-touch labeling system can be verified; however, the rechargeable Li-ion
battery should be fully charged with the AC adapter before the P-touch labeling system is
used.
• If the P-touch labeling system will not be used for a long period of time, remove the
rechargeable Li-ion battery from the P-touch labeling system, and then store it in a location
where it is not exposed to static electricity, high humidity, or high temperatures
(temperatures between 59°F/15°C and 77°F/25°C 40% to 60% humidity are
recommended). In order to maintain the efficiency and life of the Li-ion rechargeable
battery, charge it at least every six months.
• If you notice anything unusual about the rechargeable Li-ion battery the first time it is used,
for example overheating or rust, DO NOT continue to use the battery. Contact Brother
customer service.
P-touch Labeling System
• DO NOT install the P-touch labeling system near any device that will cause
electromagnetic interference. The P-touch labeling system may malfunction if left near a
television, radio, microwave oven, etc.
• DO NOT use the P-touch labeling system in any way or for any purpose not described in
this guide. Doing so may result in injury or damage to the P-touch labeling system.
• DO NOT put any foreign objects into the tape exit slot, AC adapter connector, or any other
part of the P-touch labeling system.
• DO NOT touch the print head (see page 12) with your fingers. Use the optional print head
cleaning cassette (TZe-CL4) or a soft wipe (e.g.a cotton swab) when cleaning the print
head (see the User’s Guide).
• DO NOT clean any part of the P-touch labeling system with alcohol or other organic
solvents. Only use a soft, dry cloth.
• DO NOT place the P-touch labeling system in direct sunlight, near heaters or other hot
appliances, or in any location exposed to extremely high or low temperatures, high
humidity, or dust. The standard operating temperature range of the P-touch labeling
system is 50°F/10°C to 95°F/35°C.
• DO NOT leave any rubber or vinyl, or products made of rubber or vinyl, on the P-touch
labeling system for an extended period of time, otherwise the P-touch labeling system may
become marked.
• Depending on the environmental conditions and the applied settings, some characters or
symbols may be difficult to read.
• Use only Brother TZe, HGe tapes or HSe tubes with the P-touch labeling system. Do not
use tapes that do not have the
/ /
mark.
• DO NOT pull or apply pressure to the tape in the cassette to avoid damaging the P-touch
labeling system.
• DO NOT try to print labels using an empty tape cassette or without a tape cassette in the
P-touch labeling system. Doing so will damage the print head.
• DO NOT attempt to cut the tape while printing or feeding since this will damage the tape.
• Depending on the location, material, and environmental conditions, the label may unpeel
or become irremovable, and the color of the label may change or be transferred to other
objects.
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General Precautions
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• DO NOT expose the tape cassettes to direct sunlight, high temperatures, high humidity, or
dust. Store tape cassettes in a cool, dark place. Use the tape cassettes soon after opening
the tape cassette package.
• Markings made with oil-based or water-based ink may be visible through a label affixed
over them. To hide the markings, use two labels layered on top of each other or use a darkcolored label.
• Any data stored in memory will be lost due to failure or repair of the P-touch labeling
system, or if the battery expires.
• When power is disconnected for more than two minutes, all text and format settings will be
cleared. Any text files stored in the memory will also be cleared.
• A protective clear plastic sticker is placed over the display during manufacturing and
shipping. This sticker should be removed prior to use.
• The length of the printed label may differ from the displayed label length.
• You can also use Heat Shrink Tube in this model.
Check the Brother website (http://www.brother.com/) for further information. You cannot
print frames, pre-set P-touch templates, or use certain font settings when using Heat
Shrink Tube. Printed characters may also be smaller than when using TZe tape.
• The P-touch labeling system is not equipped with a charging feature for Ni-MH
rechargeable batteries.
• The printed label may differ from the image that appears on the LCD.
• Note that Brother Industries, Ltd. does not assume responsibility for any damage or injury
arising from the failure to follow the precautions listed in this manual.
• We strongly recommend that you read this User's Guide carefully before using your
P-touch labeling system, and then keep it nearby for future reference.
CD-ROM
• DO NOT scratch the CD-ROM, expose it to extremely high or low temperatures, place
heavy objects on top of it, or bend it.
• The software on the CD-ROM is intended for use with the P-touch labeling system, and
may be installed on more than one computer.
Symbols Used in this Guide
The following symbols are used throughout this guide to indicate additional information.
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:
This symbol indicates information or directions that may result in damage or injury if
ignored, or operations that will result in errors.
:
This symbol indicates information or directions that may help you understand and use
the P-touch labeling system more efficiently.
 Create a label with the P-touch labeling system
1
GETTING STARTED
• Preparing the P-touch labeling system.
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 INTRODUCTION
How to Use the P-touch Labeling System
P. 21
CREATING A LABEL
• Selecting a labeling application type.
P. 36
• Entering and editing text.
• Entering symbols.
• Entering accented characters.
• Setting cut options.
In addition to entering text, the P-touch
labeling system has a large range of
formatting options.
Create labels like these:
"Editing a Label" in the User's Guide
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LABEL PRINTING
• Printing a label.
"Label Printing" in the User's Guide
Before printing, you can check the
layout of your label using the preview
function.
Create labels like these:
• Remove the labels soon after they are cut so that they do not remain in the tape exit slot.
• Do not position the P-touch labeling system vertically when using it. Otherwise, the cut labels
could fall into the machine and cause a malfunction.
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 Create a label by connecting your P-touch labeling system to a computer
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GETTING STARTED
Your P-touch labeling system can be used as a stand alone handheld labeler, or it can be
connected to a PC or Mac and used with the included P-touch Editor software to create
more elaborate labels.
To use your P-touch labeling system connected to a computer, attach your P-touch
labeling system to a computer via the included USB cable and install the P-touch Editor
software and drivers.
• Prepare the P-touch labeling system.
• Prepare the PC.
P. 44
CREATING A LABEL
• Launch the P-touch Editor Software.
Enter the label text using P-touch Editor.
"Editing a Label" in the User's Guide
Software Help
3
Create labels like these:
1A-B01
1A-B01
1A-B01
1A-B01
2
1A-B01 1A-B02 1A-B03 1A-B04
LABEL PRINTING
• Print the label
"Label Printing" in the User's Guide
Software Help
• Remove the labels soon after they are cut so that they do not remain in the tape exit slot.
• Do not position the P-touch labeling system vertically when using it. Otherwise, the cut labels
could fall into the P-touch labeling system and cause a malfunction.
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GETTING STARTED
Check that the package contains the following before using your P-touch labeling system:
 PT-E550W
P-touch labeling system
Tape Cassette
AC adapter
USB cable
The plug may differ by
country.
Li-ion Battery
Strap
CD-ROM
Quick Setup Guide
Unpacking Your P-touch Labeling System
 GETTING STARTED
Unpacking Your P-touch Labeling System
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GETTING STARTED
General Description
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1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
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6.
7.
8.
9.
Cover latch
Tape exit slot
LCD display
Mini-USB port
Keyboard
Tape cutter
Tape cassette compartment
Release lever
Print head
When shipped from the factory, the LCD display is covered with a protective sheet to prevent
damage. Remove this sheet before using the P-touch labeling system.
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2
3
1. Tape viewer
2. Rear cover
3. AC adapter connector
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General Description
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4
4. LED lamp
5. Battery compartment
 GETTING STARTED
LCD Display
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14 15 16 17
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1
4
7
3
5
2
6
8
1. Line number
Indicates line number within the label
layout.
2. Shift Mode
Indicates shift mode is on.
3. Start Line / 4. End Line
The area between the start and end line
will be printed.
The short lines extending from the start/
end lines show the end of the label
layout.
5. Block Separator Line
Indicates the end of a block.
6. Cursor
Indicates the current data input position.
Characters are entered to the left of the
cursor.
7. Labeling Application Type
Indicates current labeling application
type.
8. Tape size
Indicates the tape size as follows for the
text entered:
Tape width x Label length
If the label length has been specified,
also appears on the right side of the tape
size.
9. Enter/Return symbol
Indicates the end of a line of text.
10. Battery Level
Indicates remaining battery level. It
displays only when using Li-ion battery.
-Full
-Half
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11. Caps mode
Indicates that the Caps mode is on.
12.-16. Style guidance
Indicates the current font (12), character
size (13), character style (14), frame (15)
and alignment (16) settings.
The alignment guidance may not be
displayed depending on the selected
labeling application type.
17. Layout guidance
Indicates the orientation, layout,
separator, reverse, and repeated text
settings. The displayed items vary
according to the selected labeling
application type.
18. Wireless connection
Indicates the current state of the wireless
connection.
Connected in WLAN mode
Disconnected in WLAN mode
Connected/Disconnected in
Direct mode
Establishing connection by setup
wizard
(blinking) Establishing connection by Adhoc mode
(off)
Wireless connection OFF
-Low
-Empty
General Description
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GETTING STARTED
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20 21
22
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19. Cursor selection
Use the
and
keys to select menu
items and the and keys to change
the settings.
20. Specified line mark
Indicates that separate settings are
made for each line.
21. Lock mark
Indicates that some items cannot be
changed.
22. Counter
Indicates currently selected number/
selectable number.
23. Block Number
Indicates the block number.
Refer to "LCD Display" on page 34 for
details on changing the contrast and backlight
settings of the LCD.
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General Description
 GETTING STARTED
Key Names and Functions
The default language is "English".
1. Power
Turns the P-touch labeling system on
and off.
2. Style
Sets character and label attributes.
3. Preview
Displays a preview of the label.
4. Feed & Cut
Feeds 0.96" (24.5mm) of blank tape then
cuts the tape.
5. Print
• Prints the current label design onto the
tape.
• Prints multiple copies with the Shift
key.
6. General
Creates general purpose labels.
7. Faceplate
Creates labels for faceplates,
nameplates and single port applications.
8. Cable Wrap
Creates labels that wrap around a cable,
fiber or wire.
9. Cable Flag
Creates cable flag labels.
10. Patch Panel
Creates single and multiple line labels for
a group of ports on a patch panel.
11. Punch Block
Creates labels up to 3 lines for punchdown blocks.
12. Menu
Sets the P-touch labeling system
operating preferences (Language,
Adjustment, etc.).
13. Esc (Escape)
Cancels the current command and
returns the display to the data entry
screen or the previous step.
14. Clear
Clears all text entered, or all text and
current label settings.
15. OK
Selects the displayed option.
16. Cursor (
)
Moves the cursor in the direction of the
arrow.
General Description
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GETTING STARTED
17. Letter
• Use these keys to type letters or
numbers.
• Uppercase letters and symbols can be
entered using these keys in
combination with the Caps or Shift key.
18. BS (backspace)
Deletes the character to the left of the
cursor.
19. Shift
Use this key in combination with the letter
and number keys to type uppercase
letters or the symbols indicated on the
number keys.
20. Caps
Turns Caps mode on and off.
21. Enter
• Enters a new line when entering text.
• For only the "GENERAL" label
application type, enters a new block
when used in combination with the
Shift key.
22. Accent
Use this to select and enter an accented
character.
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General Description
23. Space
• Enters a blank space.
• Returns a setting to the default value.
24. File
Enables frequently used labels in the file
memory to be printed, opened, saved, or
deleted.
25. Symbol
Use this to select and enter a symbol
from a list of available symbols.
26. Bar Code
Opens Bar Code Setup screen.
27. Serialize
• Prints serialized labels.
• Serializes and prints any 2 numbers on a
label simultaneously when used in
combination with the Shift key.
28. Database
Uses the selected range of records in the
downloaded database to create a label.
29. WiFi
Starts WLAN/ Wireless Direct
communication.
AC Adapter
Use the AD-E001 (AC adapter) for this P-touch labeling system. Connect the AC adapter
directly to the P-touch labeling system.
 GETTING STARTED
Power Supply
The AD-18 or AD-24ES cannot be used.
1 Insert the plug on the AC adapter cord into the connector marked DC IN 12V on the
P-touch labeling system.
2 Insert the AC adapter plug into a standard electrical outlet.
• Turn the P-touch labeling system off before disconnecting the AC adapter.
• Do not pull or bend the AC adapter cord.
• When disconnected from the power and battery for more than two minutes, all text and format
settings will be cleared.
• Downloaded symbols, templates and databases will be saved, even with no power available.
• After the AC adapter plug is inserted into the electrical outlet, it may take a few seconds until
the (Power) button is enabled.
To safeguard and backup the P-touch labeling system's memory, when the AC adapter is
unplugged it is recommended to have rechargeable Li-ion batteries (BA-E001), AA-size alkaline
batteries (LR6) or Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (HR6) installed in the P-touch labeling system.
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
 Installing the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
1 Open the rear cover by pressing the cover latch.
1. Rear cover
2. Cover latch
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GETTING STARTED
2 Insert the rechargeable Li-ion battery into the battery
compartment.
3 Confirm that the hooks on the edge of the rear cover are inserted correctly, and then
reattach the cover.
If you cannot attach the rear cover, check to ensure the white lever is in the up position. If not, lift
the lever, and then attach the cover.
 Removing the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Remove the battery cover and the rechargeable Li-ion battery, and then reattach the battery
cover.
 Charging the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
The rechargeable Li-ion battery can be charged while it is inserted in the P-touch labeling
system. Perform the following procedure to charge the rechargeable Li-ion battery.
• Before using the rechargeable Li-ion battery, use the following procedure to charge it.
• Up to 6 hours may be needed to fully charge the rechargeable Li-ion battery.
1 Make sure that the P-touch labeling system is turned off. If the P-touch labeling system
is turned on, press and hold the
(Power) button to turn it off.
2 Make sure that the rechargeable Li-ion battery is installed in the P-touch labeling
system.
3 Use the AC adapter to connect the P-touch labeling system to
an AC power outlet.
The LED next to the adapter connector turns on during
charging, it goes off when the rechargeable Li-ion battery is
fully charged. The battery level indicator on the display will fill
three bars
.
 Stopping Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Charging
To stop the rechargeable Li-ion battery from charging, disconnect the AC adapter.
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 GETTING STARTED
Tips on Using the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
• Charge the rechargeable Li-ion battery before use. Do not use it before it is charged.
• The rechargeable Li-ion battery charging can take place in 41°F/5°C to 95°F/35°C
environments. Charge the rechargeable Li-ion battery in an environment in this temperature
range. If the surrounding temperature is out of this range, the rechargeable Li-ion battery will
not be charged, and the battery indicator will remain lit.
• If the P-touch labeling system is used when both the rechargeable Li-ion battery is installed and
the AC adapter is connected, the battery indicator may turn off and charging may stop even if
the rechargeable Li-ion battery has not been fully charged.
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Characteristics
Understanding the properties of the rechargeable Li-ion battery will allow you to optimize its
usage.
• Using or storing the rechargeable Li-ion battery in a location exposed to high or low
temperatures may accelerate its deterioration. In particular, using a rechargeable Li-ion battery
with a high charge (90% or more) in a location exposed to high temperatures will considerably
accelerate battery deterioration.
• Using the P-touch labeling system while the rechargeable Li-ion battery is installed and
charging may accelerate the battery's deterioration. If using the P-touch labeling system when
the rechargeable Li-ion battery is installed, disconnect the AC adapter.
• If the P-touch labeling system will not be used for longer than one month, remove the
rechargeable Li-ion battery from the P-touch labeling system, and then store the battery in a cool
place away from direct sunlight.
• If the rechargeable Li-ion battery will not be used for a long period of time, we recommend
charging it every 6 months.
• If you touch a part of the P-touch labeling system while the Li-ion battery is charging, that part
of the P-touch labeling system may feel warm. This is normal, and the P-touch labeling system
may be used safely. If the P-touch labeling system becomes extremely hot, discontinue use.
Specifications
• Charging time: Approximately 6 hours when charged by an AC adapter (AD-E001).
• Nominal Voltage: DC 7.2 V
• Nominal Capacity: 1850 mAh
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Surroundings temperature range
Charge
104°F/40°C
Standard discharge current 1.9 A
140°F/60°C
Maximum discharge current 2.5 A
140°F/60°C
Less than 1 month
-4°F - 122°F/-20°C - 50°C
Supplied battery
Less than 3 month
-4°F - 104°F/-20°C - 40°C
Less than 1 year
-4°F - 68°F/-20°C - 20°C
Charging Parameters
Maximum charging voltage
Maximum charging current
8.2 Vdc
1330 mA
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GETTING STARTED
P-touch Labeling System
• Charging current: 800 mA
• Charging voltage: up to 8.2 V (Maximum)
Alkaline/Ni-MH Battery
1 After making sure that the power is off, remove the rear cover
on the back of the P-touch labeling system. If the batteries
are already in the P-touch labeling system, remove them.
Make sure that the power is turned off when replacing
batteries.
2 Insert six new AA-size alkaline batteries (LR6), or fully
charged Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (HR6). Make sure
that the positive (+) and negative (-) ends of the batteries
match the positive (+) and negative (-) marks inside the
battery compartment.
Users of alkaline batteries
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Always replace all six batteries at the same time using brand
new ones.
Users of Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
Always replace all six batteries at the same time with fully
charged ones.
Visit us at http://solutions.brother.com/ for the latest
information about recommended batteries.
3 Attach the rear cover by inserting the three hooks at the
bottom into the slots on the P-touch labeling system, then
pushing down firmly until it snaps into place.
• Remove the batteries if you do not intend to use the P-touch labeling system for an extended
period of time.
• Dispose of the battery at an appropriate collection point, not in the general waste stream. In
addition, be sure to observe all applicable regulations.
• When storing or discarding the battery, wrap it (for example with
2
cellophane tape), to prevent it from short-circuiting.
(Battery insulation example)
1. Cellophane tape
1
2. Alkaline or Ni-MH battery
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Power Supply
Tape cassettes of 0.13", 0.23", 0.35", 0.47", 0.70" or 0.94" (3.5mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm,
18mm or 24mm) width, and Tube cassettes of 0.23", 0.34", 0.46", 0.69" or 0.93" (5.8mm,
8.8mm, 11.7mm, 17.7mm or 23.6mm) width can be used in your P-touch labeling system.
Use only Brother tape cassettes with the
/ /
mark.
If the new tape cassette has a cardboard stopper, be sure to remove the stopper
before inserting the cassette.
1 Check that the end of the tape is not bent and that it passes
 GETTING STARTED
Inserting a Tape Cassette
1
through the tape guide. If the tape is not passed through, pass it
through the tape guide as shown in the illustration.
1. End of tape
2. Tape guide
2
2 After making sure that the power is off, place the P-touch
labeling system on a flat surface as shown in the illustration,
and then open the rear cover. If there is already a tape
cassette in the P-touch labeling system, remove it by pulling
it straight up.
3 Insert the tape cassette into the tape compartment, with
the end of the tape facing the P-touch labeling system's
tape exit slot, and press firmly until you hear a click.
1. Tape exit slot
1
• When inserting the tape cassette, make sure that the tape and ink ribbon do not catch on
the print head.
• Make sure that there is no slack in the tape, and then
carefully insert the tape cassette. If there is slack in the
tape, the tape will catch on the protrusion (2) when the
cassette is inserted and become bent or wrinkled, causing
the tape to jam.
2
To fix the slack in the tape, refer to the illustration in step
1 and pull the tape outside of the tape guide.
• When removing the tape cassette, make sure that the tape does not catch on the protrusion
(2).
Inserting a Tape Cassette
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GETTING STARTED
4 Close the rear cover.
• Place the P-touch labeling system on a flat surface as shown
in the illustration, and then attach the rear cover.
• If you cannot attach the rear cover, check to ensure the white
lever (1) is in the up position. If not, lift the lever, and then
attach the cover.
1
• Do not pull the label coming out of the tape exit slot. Doing so will cause the ink ribbon to
be discharged with the tape. The tape may no longer be functional after the ink ribbon
discharges.
• Store tape cassettes in a cool dark location, away from direct sunlight and high temperature, high
humidity, or dusty locations. Use the tape cassette as quickly as possible after opening the sealed
package.
Extra Strength Adhesive Tape:
• For rough and textured surfaces, we recommend using Extra Strength Adhesive Tape.
• Although the instruction sheet included with the Extra Strength Adhesive Tape cassette
recommends cutting the tape with scissors, the tape cutter that this P-touch labeling
system is equipped with is able to cut Extra Strength Adhesive Tape.
Turning Power On/Off
Press the
(Power) button to turn the P-touch labeling system on.
Press and hold the
(Power) button again to turn the P-touch labeling system off.
• Your P-touch labeling system has a power saving function that automatically turns itself off if
no key is pressed within a certain time, under certain operating conditions. Refer to the "Auto
Power-Off Time" for details.
Auto Power-Off Time
If you use the AC adapter or Li-ion battery, you can change the setting of the auto power-off
time.
When you use alkaline batteries or Ni-MH batteries, the auto power-off time cannot be changed.
(The time is fixed to 20 minutes.)
1 Press the Menu key, select "Auto Power Off" using the
OK or Enter key.
2 Select the battery shown on the LCD display by using the
using the or key.
"AC Adapter" or "Li-ion Battery" can be selected.
3 Press the OK or Enter key.
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Turning Power On/Off
or
key, and then press the
or
key and set the value
Setting
AC Adapter
Value
Off
10min.
20min.
30min.
40min.
50min.
1hr.
2hr.
4hr.
8hr.
12hr.
Setting
Li-ion Battery
Value
Off
10min.
20min.
30min.
40min.
50min.
1hr.
 GETTING STARTED
Auto Power-Off Time
• If you connect the AC adapter to the P-touch labeling system after you specified "Auto Power
Off", the setting for "AC Adapter" becomes valid.
• The default value is "1hr." for the AC Adapter and "30min." for the Li-ion battery.
Feeding Tape
• Be sure to feed tape to remove any slack in the tape and ink ribbon after inserting the tape
cassette.
• Do not pull the label coming out of the tape exit slot. Doing so will cause the ink ribbon to
be discharged with the tape. The tape may no longer be functional after the ink ribbon
discharges.
• Do not block the tape exit slot during printing or when feeding tape. Doing so will cause the tape
to jam.
Feed & Cut
The Feed & Cut function feeds 0.96" (24.5mm) of blank tape, and then cuts the tape.
1 Press the Feed & Cut key.
"Feed & Cut?" will appear on the LCD display.
2 Using the
or
key to select the "Feed & Cut" and then press either OK or Enter.
The message "Feeding Tape... Please Wait" appears while the tape is fed, and then the
tape is cut.
To exit or cancel this function press Esc.
Feed Only
This function will advance the tape approximately 0.96" (24.5mm), resulting in a blank label
sticking out of the tape cassette. This action is recommended when using Fabric tapes, which
should be cut using scissors.
Feeding Tape
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GETTING STARTED
1 Press the Feed & Cut key.
"Feed & Cut?" will appear on the LCD display.
2 Using the
or key to select the "Feed Only", and then press either OK or Enter key.
The message "Feeding Tape... Please Wait" appears while the tape is fed.
To exit or cancel this function press Esc.
LCD Display
LCD Contrast
You can change the contrast setting of the LCD display to one of five levels (+2, +1, 0, -1,
-2) to make the screen easier to read. The default setting is "0".
1 Press the Menu key, select "Adjustment" using the
or Enter key.
2 Select "LCD Contrast" using the
or
key.
or
key, and then press the OK
key, and then set the value using the
or
3 Press the OK or Enter key.
• Press the Esc key to return to the previous step.
• Pressing the Space key on the contrast setting screen sets the contrast to the default value "0".
Backlight
You can change the backlight setting either to on or off.
The display is easier to see with the backlight on. The default setting is on.
1 Press the Menu key, and then select "Advanced" using the
Enter key.
2 Select "Backlight" using the
3 Select "On" or "Off" using the
or
or
or
key. Press OK or
key, and press the OK or Enter key.
key, and press the OK or Enter key.
• Power can be saved when the backlight is turned off.
• The backlight will automatically turn off, press any key to re-enable it. During printing, the
backlight is disabled. The backlight turns on during data transmissions.
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LCD Display
Language
1 Press the Menu key, select " Language" using the
OK or Enter key.
or
key, and then press the
2 Select a language for menu commands and messages shown on the LCD display by
 GETTING STARTED
Setting Language and Unit
using the
or
key.
The language can be selected from "Čeština", "Dansk", "Deutsch", "English", "Español",
"Français", "Hrvatski", "Italiano", "Magyar", "Nederlands", "Norsk", "Polski",
"Português", "Português (Brasil)", "Română", "Slovenski", "Slovenský", "Suomi",
"Svenska" or "Türkçe".
3 Press the OK or Enter key.
Press the Esc key to return to the previous step.
Unit
1 Press the Menu key, select "Unit" using the
key.
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter
2 Select a unit for dimensions shown on the LCD display by using the
Either "inch" or "mm" can be selected.
or
key.
3 Press the OK or Enter key.
The default setting is "inch".
Press the Esc key to return to the previous step.
Setting Language and Unit
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EDITING A LABEL
Selecting a Labeling Application Type
You can select six different types of labeling applications.
GENERAL
Labels printed with this mode can be used for general purposes. In this
mode you can specify the following items.
• Label Length: Auto, 0.4" (10 mm) - 39.0" (999 mm)
• Orientation:
(Horizontal),
(Vertical)
Horizontal
Vertical
When the GENERAL mode is selected, you can press the Shift key and
then press the Enter key to add a new block.
FACEPLATE
Labels printed with this mode can be used to identify various faceplates.
Block of text is evenly spaced on a single label. In this mode, and you
can specify the following items.
• Label Length: 2.0" (50 mm), 0.4" (10 mm) - 39.0" (999 mm)
• # of Blocks: 1, 1 - 5
• Orientation:
(Horizontal),
(Vertical)
1 block
2 blocks
CABLE WRAP
Labels printed with this mode can be wrapped around a cable or wire.
In the CABLE WRAP mode, the text is rotated 90° counterclockwise and
printed, you can also specify the following items.
• UOM: Dia(Ø) (Custom Diameter), Length (Custom Length), CAT5/6,
CAT6A, COAX, AWG
• Value: Depending on UOM
• Repeat: On, Off
Text: Type in single or multiple lines of data
When using Flexible ID Tape:
• We recommend using Flexible ID Tape for Cable Wrap and Cable Flag labels.
• Labels made with Flexible ID Tape are not designed for use as electrical insulation.
• When wrapping labels around cylindrical
2
objects, the diameter (1) of the object should be
1
at least 0.12" (3 mm).
• The overlapping (2) ends of the label or the label
flag should be at least 0.2" (5 mm).
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Selecting a Labeling Application Type
Labels printed with this mode can be wrapped around a cable
or wire, and both ends of the label stick together to form a flag.
The text on flag labels is printed on both ends of the label,
leaving a blank space in the middle that wraps around the
cable. In this mode, you can specify the following items.
• Layout:
block.),
1
1. Flag at least 0.2" (5 mm)
(The same text is printed on each
 EDITING A LABEL
CABLE FLAG
(Two different texts are printed on each block.)
• Flag Length: 1.2" (30 mm), 0.4" (10 mm) - 8.0" (200 mm)
• Cable Diameter: 0.25" (6 mm), 0.12" (3 mm) - 3.50" (90 mm)
• Orientation:
(Horizontal),
(Vertical)
Horizontal
Vertical
Flag
Cable Flag
length circum- length
ference
Flag Cable Flag
length circum- length
ference
• You can enter up to two bar codes when
is selected in flag layout.
• We recommend using Flexible ID Tape for Cable Flag labels.
• Labels made with Flexible ID Tape are not designed for use as electrical insulation.
PATCH PANEL
Labels printed with this mode can be used to identify various
types of panels. In this mode, you can specify the following
items.
• Block Length: 0.60" (15.0 mm), 0.20" (5.0 mm) - 12.00"
(300.0 mm)
• # of Blocks: 4, 1 - 99
• Separator:
(Tic),
(Dash),
(Line),
(Bold),
(Frame),
(None)
• Orientation:
(Horizontal),
(Vertical)
• Reverse: Off, On
• Advanced: Off, On
Adjust block length independently when "Advanced" is set to "On".
1A-B01 1A-B02 1A-B03
Block length Block length Block length
• No Margins: Off, On
Set the left and right label margins to zero.
"Advanced" and "No Margins" cannot be set to "On" at the same time.
Selecting a Labeling Application Type
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EDITING A LABEL
PUNCH-DOWN BLOCK
Labels printed with this mode can be used to identify a type of electrical connection often
used in telephony. There are up to three lines for each block on a single label and you can
enter three lines for each block. In this mode, you can specify the following items.
• Module Width: 8.0" (200 mm), 2.0" (50 mm) - 12.0" (300 mm)
• Block Type: 4 Pairs, 2 Pairs, 3 Pairs, 5 Pairs, Blank
• Sequence Type:
(None),
(Horizontal),
(Backbone)
• Start Value: ---, 1 - 99999
• When "Blank" is selected in "Block Type", "Sequence Type" is set to None.
• When None is selected in "Sequence Type", "Start Value" shows "---" and you cannot set
a value. Selecting Horizontal or Backbone however, allows you to set the "Start Value"
from 1 to 99999.
Heat Shrink Tube
When using Heat Shrink Tube, the HEAT-SHRINK TUBE setting screen
will be displayed when any of the labeling application type keys is
pressed.
• Label length: Auto, 1.0" (25 mm) - 39.0" (999 mm)
However, the maximum printing length is 19.6" (500 mm) when using Heat Shrink Tube
with a width of 0.23" (5.8 mm) or 0.34" (8.8 mm).
Text: Type in single or multiple lines of data
When using Heat Shrink Tube:
• You cannot print frames.
• Portions of some decorative characters may be cut off when a line is broken.
• The printed characters may be smaller than when using TZe tape.
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Selecting a Labeling Application Type
Using the Bar Code function you can create labels with one dimensional bar codes for use
with asset control tags, serial number labels, and even POS and stock control systems.
Selectable "Bar Codes" are listed in the User’s Guide.
• The P-touch labeling system is not designed exclusively for creating bar code labels. Always
check that bar code labels can be read by the bar code reader.
• For best results, print bar code labels in black ink on white tape. Some bar code readers may not
be able to read bar code labels created using colored tape or ink.
• Use the "Large" setting for "Width" whenever possible. Some bar code readers may not be able
to read bar code labels created using the "Small" setting.
• Continuously printing a large number of labels with bar codes can overheat the print head, which
may affect printing quality.
 EDITING A LABEL
Creating a Bar Code Label
Setting Bar Code Parameters and Entering Bar Code Data
1 Press the Bar Code key.
The Bar Code Setup screen is displayed.
Up to five bar codes can be entered on a label.
2 Select an attribute using the
or
key, and then set a value for that attribute using
the or key.
- Protocol: CODE39, CODE128, EAN-8, EAN-13, GS1-128 (UCC/EAN-128), UPC-A,
UPC-E, I-2/5 (ITF), CODABAR
- Width: Small, Large
- Under#: On, Off
- C.Digit: Off, On
Check digit only available for Code39, I-2/5 and Codabar protocols.
Characters may not appear below the bar code even when "On" is selected for "Under#",
depending on the tape width being used, the number of lines entered, or the current character
style settings.
3 Press the OK or Enter key to apply the settings.
New settings are NOT applied if you do not press the OK or Enter key.
4 Type in the bar code data.
Special characters can be entered in the bar code when using the
CODE39, CODE128, CODABAR or GS1-128 protocols. When
not using special characters, go to step 7.
5 Press the Symbol key.
A list of characters available for the current protocol is displayed.
6 Select a character using the
or
key, then press the OK or
Enter key to insert the character in the bar code data.
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7 Press the OK or Enter key to insert the bar code in the label.
The bar code is displayed on the text entry screen.
To print labels refer to the User’s Guide.
• Press the Esc key to return to the previous step.
• Press the Space key to set the selected attribute to the default value.
Editing and Deleting a Bar Code
• To edit bar code parameters and bar code data, position the cursor beneath the bar code
mark on the data entry screen and then open the Bar Code Setup screen. Refer to "Setting
Bar Code Parameters and Entering Bar Code Data" on page 39.
• To delete a bar code from a label, position the cursor to the right of the bar code mark on
the data entry screen and press the BS (backspace) key.
Entering a Serialize Label
Numerically serialized labels can be created. You can set the increment and count for the
series. In serialize mode, you can create a series of labels by incrementing one numeric
character in the pattern. In advanced serialize mode, you can choose simultaneous or
advanced. Simultaneous mode creates a series of labels by incrementing two different
numbers at the same time. Advanced mode creates a series of labels by allowing you to
select two sequences in the pattern and increment them consecutively.
Serialize
1 Enter text.
Example: Create labels 1A-A01, 1A-A02, 1A-A03, 1A-A04 from
1A-A01 by using this function.
2 Press the Serialize key and the screen to specify the range is
3
displayed.
3 Use the
, , or keys to position the cursor under the first
character, and then press OK or Enter key. Then position the
cursor under the last character to be incremented. Press OK or
Enter key.
Example: Select 1 of A01.
4 Select "Count" and "Incremented by" by using the
set the value by using the
or
key.
or
key and
Example: When you want to increase the number by one four
times, set "Count": 4, "Incremented by": 1.
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Example:
• When you press the Serialize key, you can do the setting again. After redoing the setting,
the message "OK to Overwrite the Data after This Position?" is shown. If it's ok to
overwrite, press OK key.
• You can select All/Current/Range when printing as there are multiple pages of labels.
• To print labels refer to the User's Guide.
 EDITING A LABEL
5 Press the OK or Enter key to display the screen that you set.
Advanced Serialize
 Simultaneous
1 Enter text.
Example: Create labels 1A-A01, 1A-B02, 1A-C03, 1A-D04
from 1A-A01 by using this function.
2 Press the Shift and Serialize keys and select "Simultaneous" by
using the
or
key and press the OK or Enter key.
3 Specify the first range of characters that you want to increase.
• To specify one character, use the , , or key to position
the cursor under the character and press the OK or Enter key
twice.
• To specify a range of characters, use the , , or key to
position the cursor under the first character in the range and
press the OK or Enter key. Then, position the cursor under the
last character in the range and press the OK or Enter key.
Example: Select 1 of A01.
4 Repeat step 3 to specify the second range of characters that you
want to increase.
Example: Select A of A01.
You cannot select the first character(s) because it is grayed out.
5 Select "Count" and "Incremented by" by using the
set the value by using the
or
key.
or
key and
Example: When you want to increase the number by one four
times, set "Count": 4, "Incremented by": 1.
Entering a Serialize Label
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EDITING A LABEL
6 Press the OK or Enter key to display the screen that you set.
Example:
• When you press the Shift and Serialize keys, you can do the setting again. After redoing
the setting, the message "OK to Overwrite the Data after This Position?" is shown. If it's
ok to overwrite, press OK key.
• You can select All/Current/Range when printing as there are multiple pages of labels.
• To print labels refer to the User's Guide.
 Advanced
1 Enter text.
Example: Create labels 1A-A01, 1A-A02, 1A-A03, 1A-A04 and
1A-B01, 1A-B02, 1A-B03, 1A-B04 from 1A-A01 by using this
function.
2 Press the Shift and Serialize keys and select "Advanced" by
using the
or
key and press the OK key.
3 Specify the first range of characters that you want to increase.
• To specify one character, use the , , or key to position
the cursor under the character and press the OK or Enter key
twice.
• To specify a range of characters, use the , , or key to
position the cursor under the first character in the range and
press the OK or Enter key. Then, position the cursor under the
last character in the range and press the OK or Enter key.
Example: Select 1 of A01.
4 Select "Count" and "Incremented by" by using the
set the value by using the
or
key.
or
key and
Example: When you want to increase the number by one four
times, set "Count": 04, "Incremented by": 1.
5 Repeat steps 3 and 4 to specify the second range of characters
that you want to increase, the increment value, and the count
value.
Example: Select A of A01. When you want to increase the
number by one twice, set "Count": 02, "Incremented by": 1.
You cannot select the first character(s) because it is grayed out.
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Example:
• When you press the Shift and Serialize keys, you can do the setting again. After redoing
the setting, the message "OK to Overwrite the Data after This Position?" is shown. If it's
ok to overwrite, press OK key.
• You can select All/Current/Range when printing as there are multiple pages of labels.
• To print labels refer to the User's Guide.
 EDITING A LABEL
6 Press the OK or Enter key to display the screen that you set.
• Press the Esc key to return to the previous step.
• Serialize mode can be also applied to bar codes. A bar code is counted as a character.
• Any symbols or other non-alphanumeric characters in the auto-numbering sequence are ignored.
• Serialize mode sequence can only contain a maximum of five characters.
• The "Count" value can be set to a maximum sequence number of 99.
• The "Incremented by" value can be set in increments of one to nine.
• Letters and numbers increase as shown below:
0  1
...9  0  ...
A  B
...Z  A  ...
 b
...z  a  ...
a
A0  A1 ...A9  B0  ...
Spaces (shown as underscores "_" in the example below) can be used to adjust the spacing
between characters or to control the number of digits that are printed.
_9  10 ...99  00  ...
_Z  AA ...ZZ  AA  ...
1_9  2_0 ...9_9 0_0  ...
Entering a Serialize Label
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USING P-TOUCH SOFTWARE
Using P-touch Software
This P-touch labeling system is equipped with a USB port, allowing you to connect it to a
computer. You will need to install P-touch Editor and the printer driver to use your P-touch
labeling system with your computer. If you use Windows®, install P-touch Editor, the printer
driver, P-touch Update Software, P-touch Transfer Manager and the Printer Setting Tool from
the enclosed CD-ROM.
If you use a Macintosh, you can download the driver, software and manuals by visiting the
Brother Solutions Center at http://solutions.brother.com/
Please visit the Brother Solutions Center (http://solutions.brother.com/) for the latest
compatible OS.
Features
P-touch Editor
Makes it easy for anyone to create a wide variety of custom labels in
complex layouts by using fonts, templates, and clip art.
Printer Driver
Lets you print labels from the connected P-touch labeling system
when using P-touch Editor on your computer.
P-touch Update
Software
The software can be upgraded to the latest version.
P-touch Transfer
Manager
Allows you to transfer templates and other data to the printer and
save backups of your data on the computer.
(Windows® only)
System Requirements
Before installation, check that your system configuration meets the following requirements.
OS
Hard disk
Memory
Monitor
Windows®
Windows Vista®/Windows® 7/ Windows® 8/ Windows® 8.1
Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008/2008 R2/2012/2012 R2
Macintosh
OS X v10.7.5/10.8.x/10.9.x
Windows®
Disk space : 70 MB or more
Macintosh
Disk space : 500 MB or more
Windows®
Windows Vista®/Windows Server® 2008/2008 R2/2012/2012 R2:
512 MB or more :
Windows® 7 : 1 GB or more (32-bit) or 2 GB or more (64-bit)
Windows® 8/Windows® 8.1 :
1 GB or more (32-bit) or 2 GB or more (64-bit)
Macintosh
OS X v10.7.5 : 2 GB or more
OS X v10.8.x : 2 GB or more
OS X v10.9.x : 2 GB or more
Windows®
SVGA, high color or higher graphics card
Macintosh
256 colors or more
Others
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CD-ROM drive
The procedure for installing the software varies depending on the OS of the computer. The
installation procedure is subject to change without notice.
The P-touch labeling system names in the following screens may differ from your purchased
P-touch labeling system name.
DO NOT connect the P-touch labeling system to the computer until directed to do so.
 For Windows®
• The installation procedure may change depending on the Operating System on your PC.
Windows® 7 is shown here as an example.
• If you are using Windows® 8/Windows® 8.1, use Adobe® Reader® to open the PDF manuals
on the CD-ROM.
If Adobe® Reader® is installed but cannot open the files, change the ".pdf" file association to
"Adobe® Reader®" from the control panel before using the CD-ROM.
 USING P-TOUCH SOFTWARE
Installing the Software and Printer Driver
1 Insert the installer CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive.
If the language screen appears, choose your language.
• For Windows Vista®/Windows® 7/Windows Server® 2008/2008 R2:
If the installer screen does not automatically appear, display the contents of the CD-ROM
drive folder, and then double-click [start.exe].
• For Windows® 8/Windows® 8.1/Windows Server® 2012/2012 R2:
If the installer screen does not automatically appear, click [Run start.exe] in the [Start]
screen, or display the contents of the CD-ROM drive folder from the desktop, and then
double-click [start.exe].
2 Click [Standard Installation].
1
2
3
4
5
1. Standard Installation
Installs P-touch Editor, the printer driver, P-touch Update Software, the Printer Setting
Tool and the User's Guides. (P-touch Transfer Manager is installed together with P-touch
Editor.)
2. User’s Guides
Displays or installs the User's Guides.
3. Custom Installation
Allows P-touch Editor, the printer driver, P-touch Update Software and the Printer Setting
Tool to be individually selected for installation. (P-touch Transfer Manager is installed
together with P-touch Editor.)
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USING P-TOUCH SOFTWARE
4. Advanced Applications
Installs the BRAdmin Light utility or displays the Brother Developer Center.
5. Brother Support
Displays the support website (Brother Solutions Center).
3 Follow the on-screen instructions to complete setup.
4 The P-touch Update Software can be used to check for updates. If [OK to use P-touch
Update Software to update the software to the newest version? (An Internet connection
is required to update.)] appears, click [Yes] or [No].
To check for new versions of the software and to update them, click [Yes], and then go
to step 5.
To not check for new software versions or update them, click [No], and then go to step 6.
If you click [No] here, you can run the P-touch Update Software at a more convenient time
to check for new software versions and update them. Double-click the P-touch Update
Software icon on the desktop. (Your computer must be connected to the Internet.)
5 The P-touch Update Software starts up.
If an application appears under [File list], there is a new
version of the application. If the check box is selected
and [Install] is clicked, that application can be installed.
Wait until a message appears indicating that the
installation has finished.
If no application appears under [File list], the application
currently installed on the computer is the newest
version. There is no need to update. Click [Close].
6 When the screen for the online user registration appears, click [OK] or [Cancel].
If you clicked [OK], you will go to the online user registration page before finishing the
installation (recommended).
If you clicked [Cancel], installation continues.
7 Click [Finish].
The installation is now complete.
When you are asked to restart the computer, click [Restart].
 For Macintosh
1 Start your Macintosh, and download the driver, software and manuals from the Brother
Solutions Center (http://solutions.brother.com).
Macintosh users can access this URL directly by clicking the
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icon found on the CD-ROM.
 For Windows Vista®/Windows Server® 2008
1 If the P-touch labeling system is connected to the computer and is turned on, press and
hold the
2 Click
(Power) button to turn it off.
- [Control Panel] - [Hardware and Sound] - [Printers].
3 Select [Brother xx-xxxx] and click [Delete this printer], or right-click the icon and click
[Delete].
4 Right-click the [Printers] window, and then click [Run as administrator] - [Server
 USING P-TOUCH SOFTWARE
Uninstalling the Printer Driver
Properties...].
If the authorization confirmation window appears, click [Continue].
If the [User Account Control] window appears, type in the password, and then click [OK].
The [Print Server Properties] window appears.
5 Click the [Drivers] tab, select [Brother xx-xxxx], and then click [Remove...].
6 Select [Remove driver and driver package], and then click [OK].
7 Close the [Print Server Properties] window.
The printer driver has been uninstalled.
 For Windows® 7/Windows Server® 2008 R2
1 If the P-touch labeling system is connected to the computer and is turned on, press and
hold the
2 Click
(Power) button to turn it off.
- [Devices and Printers].
3 Select [Brother xx-xxxx] and click [Remove device], or right-click the icon and click
[Remove device].
If a User Account Control message appears, type in the password, and then click [Yes].
4 Select [Fax] or [Microsoft XPS Document Writer] in the [Devices and Printers] window,
and then click [Print server properties], which appears on the menu bar.
5 Click the [Drivers] tab, and then click [Change Driver Settings].
If a User Account Control message appears, type in the password, and then click [Yes].
Select [Brother xx-xxxx], and then click [Remove...].
6 Select [Remove driver and driver package], and then click [OK].
Follow the on-screen instructions.
7 Close the [Print Server Properties] window.
The printer driver has been uninstalled.
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 For Windows® 8/Windows® 8.1/Windows Server® 2012/2012 R2
1 If the P-touch labeling system is connected to the computer and is turned on, press and
hold the
(Power) button to turn it off.
2 Click [Control Panel] in [Apps] screen - [Hardware and Sound] - [Devices and Printers].
3 Select [Brother xx-xxxx] and click [Remove device], or right-click the icon and click
[Remove device].
If a User Account Control message appears, type in the password, and then click [Yes].
4 Select [Fax] or [Microsoft XPS Document Writer] in the [Devices and Printers] window,
and then click [Print server properties], which appeared in the menu bar.
5 Click the [Drivers] tab, and then click [Change Driver Settings].
If a User Account Control message appears, type in the password, and then click [Yes].
Select [Brother xx-xxxx], and then click [Remove...].
6 Select [Remove driver and driver package], and then click [OK].
Follow the on-screen instructions.
7 Close the [Print Server Properties] window.
The printer driver has been uninstalled.
 For OS X v10.7.5 - OS X v10.9.x
1 Turn off the P-touch labeling system.
2 Click Apple menu and [System Preferences], and click [Print & Scan] (OS X v10.7.5 /
OS X v10.8.x)/[Printers & Scanners] (OS X v10.9.x).
3 Choose [Brother xx-xxxx], and click [-].
4 Close the [Print & Scan] (OS X v10.7.5 / OS X v10.8.x)/[Printers & Scanners] (OS X
v10.9.x) window.
The printer driver has been uninstalled.
Uninstalling the Software
Perform this procedure only if the software is no longer necessary or when reinstalling the
software.
For details on how to uninstall the software, please refer to the Help for your OS.
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