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AMT Datasouth Codewriter 4500 Series Operator`s manual
CodeWriter
4500 Series
Operator’s
Manual
Manual Part No. 108738
Rev. C
NOTICE
There are no user-servicable parts inside the side access panel on the
Codewriter 4500 Series products. Do not attempt to open the side
access panel without first turning off the power to the unit,
disconnecting the power cord from the unit, and disconnecting all
communication cables.
All service procedures should be performed by a qualified service
technician.
NOTICE
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.
NOTE
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital
device, 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
commercial environment. 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. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is
likely to cause harmful interference, in which case the user will be required to correct the
interference at his own expense.
NOTE
When connecting the printer to a host computer system, always use shielded interface
cables. The use of non-shielded interface cables is a violation of the FCC emissions limits for
a Class A computing device. Do not leave unterminated interface cables connected to the
printer.
NOTE
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class A limits for radio noise emissions
from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian
Department of Communications.
Cet appareil numérique n'émet pas de bruits radioélectriques dépassant les limites applicables aux
appareils numériques de la classe A prescrites dans le Règlement sur le Brouillage Radioélectrique
édicté par le Ministère des Communications canadien.
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WARNING
Any alteration or modification to this equipment may cause non-compliance to:
WARNUNG
Jede Abänderung oder Modifizierung dieses Geräts kann eine Zuwiderhandlung
gegen folgende Bestimmungen darstellen:
ADVERTENCIA
Cualquier alteración o modificación de este equipo podría resultar en la infracción
de:
ATTENTION
Tout changement ou modification apporté à cet équipement peut entraîner sa
non conformité au:
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UL safety standard 1950, Third Edition
CSA safety standard C22.2 No. 950
FCC regulations for Class A Computing Devices
EN50082
EN60950
EN55022, Class A
EN61000-3-2
EN61000-3-3
EN60825-1
Canadian ICES-003
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WARNING
The operator must disconnect the printer from the AC power supply before performing any corrective
action procedure that requires reaching into the printer.
Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance
could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
Connect 115V (230V) units to 115V (230V) outlets only!
The printhead gets hot during use. Wait until the printhead is cool before handling the printhead.
Connecting this equipment to an ungrounded power receptacle can result in the risk of electrical shock.
Make certain the printer is disconnected from the AC power supply before reaching into the printer to
perform any cleaning or maintenance task.
WARNUNG
Die Stromzufuhr zum Drucker muß unterbrochen werden, bevor irgendwelche korrektiven
Maßnahman im Inneren des Geräts vorgenommen werden.
Abänderungen oder Modifizierungen dieses Geräts dürfen nur mit ausdrücklicher Genehmigung der
für die Zulassung verantwortlichen Stelle vorgenommen werden. Verstöße dagegen könnten den
Widerruf der Zulassung des Geräts zur Folge haben.
115V (230V)-Geräte nur an 115V (230V)-Steckdosen anschließen!
Der Druckkopf erhitzt sich, während das Gerät in Betrieb ist. Bevor Arbeiten am Druckkopf
durchgeführt werden, warten, bis dieser abgekühlt ist.
Dieses Gerät darf keinesfalls an eine ungeerdete Steckdose angeschlossen werden. Es besteht
Elektroschockgefahr.
Die Stromversorgung des Druckers muß unterbrochen sein, ehe irgendwelche
Reinigungs-oder Wartungsarbeiten vorgenommen werden.
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ADVENTERCIA
El usuario debe desconectar la impresora de la corriente alterna AC antes de proceder con cualquier
arreglo que requiera meter la mano dentro de la impresora.
Los cambios o modificaciones llevados a cabo en esta unidad, no aprobados explicitamente por la parte
responsable de cumplir con el reglamento, podrían invalidar la autoridad del usuario para utilizar el
equipo.
¡Conecte unidades de 115V (230V) unicamente a tomas de 115V (230V)!
La cabeza impresora se recalienta con el uso. Esperar hasta que se enfríe antes de tocarla.
El enchufar este equipo a una toma de corriente no conectada a tierra podría resultar en riesgo de una
descarga eléctrica.
Asegúrese de que la impresora esta desconectada de la corriente alterna AC antes de introducir la mano
en su interior para cualquier labor de limpieza o mantenimiento.
ATTENTION
L'opérateur doit débrancher l'imprimante de la source d'alimentation C.A avant de réaliser toute
procédure de correction manuelle dans l'imprimante.
Les changements ou modifications apportés à cette unité non expressément approuvés par la partie
responsable de la conformité peuvent annuler l'autorité de l'utilisateur à operér l'équipement.
Brancher les unités 115V (230V) uniquement sur des prises 115V (230V)!
La tête d'impression chauffe pendant l'usage. Attendre que la tête d'impression soit froide avant de la
manipuler.
Brancher cet équipement à une prise non reliée à la terre peut provoquer une électrocution.
S'assurer que l'imprimante soit débranchée de la source d'alimentation C.A avant de réaliser des tâches
de nettoyage ou d'entretien manuelles.
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Datasouth CodeWriter 4500 Disclaimer of Warranties
Software
All software is licensed “as is” without warranty of any kind, either expressed
or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of
merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Datasouth Computer and
it’s authorized sales agent have no liability or responsibility to you or any
other person or entity with respect to any liability, loss, or damage caused, or
alleged to have been caused directly or indirectly by the software system
(hardware, software, manuals, and labels), nor for indirect, special, or
consequential damages. In no event will Datasouth Computer be liable to you
for any damages, including any lost profits, savings, or other incidental or
consequential damages arising out of the use or inability to use any program
produced by Datasouth Computer or any authorized dealer advised of the
possibility of such damages occurring. No person has the authority to modify
such limitations, unless obtained in writing and signed by a corporate officer
at Datasouth Computer. Acceptance of software is conditional on the
acceptance of this disclaimer.
Use of the hardware/software constitutes
acceptance of this disclaimer.
Extended Maintenance
Datasouth Computer provides telephone support and maintenance following
delivery of your printer. Contact Datasouth for details and current pricing on
extended maintenance.
Hardware Warranty
Hardware provided with your system is warranted to be free from defects in
workmanship. Refer to the warranty information included with the printer for
details. Call East Coast customer support at (800) 476-2450 or West Coast
Customer Support at ( 800) 962-7344 for return authorization.
Labels, Tags and Ribbons
Only previously authorized label and ribbon material may be used in this
printer. Due to variations in label and ribbon quality, use of unauthorized
material may damage the printer and may void the warranty. Check with your
Datasouth Dealer for a list of authorized materials.
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CodeWriter is a trademark of Datasouth Computer.
All other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective companies.
Datasouth
4216 Stuart Andrew Boulevard
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
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Phone:
Service:
Sales:
Internet:
704.523.8500
800.476.2450
800.476.2120
www.datasouth.com
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Contents
Table of Contents
Introduction .................................................................................1
CodeWriter 4500 Series Models .................................................................. 1
CodeWriter 4500 Series Features ............................................................... 3
Guide to the Operator’s Manual................................................................... 5
Quick Start Guide ........................................................................7
Unpacking and Power Up ............................................................................ 7
Media Loading ............................................................................................. 9
Operator Panel Media Settings.................................................................. 11
Printing Test Labels ................................................................................... 15
Quick Start CD ........................................................................................... 16
Data Communications ..............................................................17
Connecting to a Personal Computer .......................................................... 17
Serial Port Specifications ........................................................................... 20
Flow Control............................................................................................... 22
Operator Panel Settings for Data Communications ................................... 24
Media Settings...........................................................................27
Setting the Document Dimensions............................................................. 27
Setting the Printing Method........................................................................ 31
Setting the Print Parameters...................................................................... 32
Bar Code Quality........................................................................................ 36
Operator Panel Reference ........................................................39
Display and Panel Keys ............................................................................. 39
Off-line Menu Reference............................................................................ 40
Default Parameter Values.......................................................................... 45
Off-Line Menu Map .................................................................................... 46
Maintenance ..............................................................................47
Removing the Ribbon Take-up Roll ........................................................... 47
Printhead Cleaning .................................................................................... 48
Paper Path Cleaning.................................................................................. 48
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Troubleshooting Guide ............................................................ 49
Response to Display Messages .................................................................49
Print Quality Issues.....................................................................................53
Data Communications Issues.....................................................................55
Hex Dump Mode.........................................................................................56
Adjusting Sensor Sensitivity .......................................................................57
Verifying the Sensor Operation ..................................................................63
Applications Overview ............................................................. 65
Printer Application Language – PAL...........................................................65
Label Genesis.............................................................................................65
PAL Fonts and Bar Codes..........................................................................66
PAL Quick Start ..........................................................................................69
Specifications ........................................................................... 79
Environmental.............................................................................................79
Physical ......................................................................................................79
Power Input and Output..............................................................................79
Media..........................................................................................................80
Serial Communications...............................................................................80
Printing .......................................................................................................80
Processing..................................................................................................80
Advanced Features................................................................... 81
Flash Memory Management .......................................................................81
Print Darkness Control ...............................................................................83
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Table of Figures
Figure 1 – CodeWriter 4505 Front/Side View ................................................. 2
Figure 2 – CodeWriter 4505 Rear View .......................................................... 2
Figure 3 – Label Roll Feed Path ..................................................................... 9
Figure 4 – Thermal Transfer Ribbon Feed Path ........................................... 10
Figure 5 – CodeWriter 4500 Series Operator Panel ..................................... 11
Figure 6 – Identification of Label Dimensional Features ............................... 11
Figure 7 – 4500 Series Printer to DTE Host System Cable Diagram ............ 20
Figure 8 – 4500 Series Printer to DCE (Modem) Device Cable Diagram...... 21
Figure 9 – Three-Wire Printer to DTE Host Cable Diagram .......................... 23
Figure 10 – Die Cut Label Dimensions ......................................................... 27
Figure 11 – Black Bar Label Dimensions ...................................................... 28
Figure 12 – Notch or Hole Label Dimensions ............................................... 28
Figure 13 – Picket Fence and Ladder Bar Codes ......................................... 36
Figure 14 – Poor Quality Bar Code Samples ................................................ 37
Figure 15 – Off-Line Menu Map .................................................................... 46
Figure 16 – Print Line Location on Printhead................................................ 48
List of Tables
Table 1 – Diagram for PC to CodeWriter 4500 Cable ................................... 17
Table 2 - Windows 95/98/NT4.0 Port Settings .............................................. 18
Table 3 - CodeWriter 4500 Series RS-232 Signals....................................... 20
Table 4 - Hardware Flow Control Signal Functions....................................... 22
Table 5 - Suggested Initial Settings for Print Speed and Darkness .............. 33
Table 6 – Operator Panel Key Reference ..................................................... 39
Table 7 – PAL Font List and Samples........................................................... 66
Table 8 – PAL Bar Code List and Samples................................................... 68
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Introduction
Introduction
Welcome to the Datasouth customer family. For more than 20 years Datasouth
customers have enjoyed high-performance printer products, quality consumables, and
responsive service. We take pride in products that operate reliably year after year. We
encourage you to contact our service organization via phone or the Internet for any
assistance you may require during the set-up and operation of your Datasouth printer.
Take a moment now to become familiar with CodeWriter 4500 Series product
features and the assistance available in this manual.
CodeWriter 4500 Series Models
The CodeWriter 4500 Series product line consists of the following printer models and
options:
4505
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4.25 inch Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer Printer, 5 IPS Print Speed
4505+
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4505 features with extended frame for larger media rolls
4510
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4.25 inch Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer Printer, 10 IPS Print Speed
Extended frame for larger media rolls
Internal Network Print Server Option
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10/100 Ethernet Print Server Supporting Multiple Network Printing
Services Protocols
Internal TX/CX Option
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TX/CX (Twinax) Interface
Keyboard Option
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Interface to PS/2 Compatible Keyboard
Option documentation is included with units shipped with installed options. For
ordering information on CodeWriter 4500 Series Options contact your Datasouth
Reseller or Sales Representative.
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Introduction
Operator
Panel
Media and
Printhead
Access Cover
Document Exit
and Tear Bar
Figure 1 – CodeWriter 4505 Front/Side View
Communications
Option
(not installed)
Keyboard Interface
(not installed)
External Media
Feed Slot
RS232
Communications
Port
Figure 2 – CodeWriter 4505 Rear View
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CodeWriter 4500 Series Features
The Datasouth CodeWriter 4500 Series printers are compact, rugged, direct
thermal/thermal transfer label printers designed for the bar code industry. The
printers’ high speed and high dot density offer the ability to create quality labels,
tickets, and tags containing text, graphics and bar codes.
CodeWriter Series printers are part of Datasouth's Adaptive Solutions Architecture
(ASAtm) family of products. Each ASA product supports Datasouth's Printer
Application Language (PALtm). In addition to supporting all traditional text, barcode,
and graphics print sequences common to other label printers, PAL serves a general
purpose programming language. PAL’s combination of sequence based printing
commands and programming constructs allows each ASA product to provide unique
solutions such as:
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PAL programs can intelligently read and interpret existing dot-matrix, line matrix,
and thermal printer data without host system programming changes. Add or
replace printers without changing the data streams. For example, this tremendous
flexibility permits changing a label format from dot matrix text to high quality
thermal with barcodes without changing the original data from the host.
Traditional label printing from all popular label design packages (Contact your
Datasouth Representative).
Print from any Windowstm applications. CodeWriter text and barcode fonts
included with the Windows driver allow your Windows-based applications to
generate labels with barcodes.
Combine PAL sequence based printing commands into your custom host
applications.
Store label formats and databases in the printer.
Store PAL programs in the printer to create powerful stand-alone applications that
don't require a host or PC connection.
Read data from an optional keyboard, scanner, scale, etc.
Perform math calculations and perform logical decisions within the printer
Datasouth or you distributor can develop PAL applications to provide solutions not
traditionally supported by other thermal printers. Contact your Datasouth
Representative today to learn how PAL can work for you.
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Introduction
Features
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Host or Standalone operation
Printer Application Language (PALtm) allowing ability to write powerful
programs residing on the printer.
Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer operation
High dot resolution (300 dpi)
Windowstm drivers with printer fonts and barcode fonts included allowing
any Windows application to print barcodes.
4 MB standard on-board RAM Memory expandable to 16 MB
Metal cabinet
Maximum Print speed: 4505 and 4505+, 5 IPS; 4510, 10 IPS
Operator Panel Keypad and 2 lines x 16 character LCD display
Media width up to 4.52 inches
Print width up to 4.25 inches
Programmable bar code ratios and heights
Easy label roll viewing through media access cover window
32 bit microprocessor
User Flash Memory (up to 1MB) for application storage
RS232 Serial Communications up to 57.6 Kbaud
Label Genesis Label Design Software for Windows-based PCs
Quick Start CD
Media Compatibility
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Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer
Roll-fed Labels, face in, paper or synthetic
Roll Outer Diameter: 4505 - 6 inches; 4505+ and 4510 - 8 inches
Black bar, gap or web sensing
Thickness: 0.0023 to 0.010 inches (label + liner)
Wax, Wax/Resin and Resin Ribbons
Contact Datasouth Sales for 4500 Series Labels and Ribbons
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Guide to the Operator’s Manual
The CodeWriter 4500 Series Operator’s Manual documents all printer features,
controls and specifications. The following suggestions will help guide you quickly to
the most useful manual section.
Note: Viewing this document electronically with Adobe Acrobattm allows the use of
links to move to the desired section. Click on the embedded bold section names in the
following section (and throughout the manual) to use this feature.
First Time Users
Turn to the next section, Quick Start Guide, to set up your printer, load the
media and print your first label.
Connecting to a host computer
The Data Communications section provides details on selecting the proper
cable and setting up the link using the Operator Panel.
Settings for Label and Ribbons
The Media Settings section has instructions for using the Operator Panel
interface to input the media dimensions and darkness control. Information for
producing quality bar codes is also available in this section.
Problems with the Printer
See the Troubleshooting Guide section to see if your printer problem has
a documented solution. Also consult the Maintenance section to be sure
your printer is properly maintained.
Getting the Most out of your 4500 Series Printer
The Applications Overview section outlines the documentation available
to access the full value of PAL for your application. This section also lists the
bar code symbologies and fonts available in each 4500 Series printer.
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Introduction
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Quick Start Guide
Quick Start Guide
Unpacking and Power Up
Upon receipt of your Datasouth printer, you should inspect for possible in-transit
damage. Check to see if there is any evidence of being dropped, crushed or
punctured. If there is evidence of damage, contact the carrier directly to advise them
of the extent and nature of the damage.
Datasouth printers are protected in shipment with custom packaging. The printer is
enclosed in a plastic bag to protect it from moisture during shipping. Once the printer
is removed from this plastic bag, remove all additional packaging material. Do not
throw away any of the packaging material, as the original box and packaging will be
needed if it becomes necessary to return the printer.
Equipment Checklist
In addition to this manual, the printer box will contain the items listed below.
ƒ Datasouth CodeWriter 4500 Series printer and Power Cord
ƒ Quick Start CD
ƒ Cleaning Pen
ƒ Warranty and Registration Return Envelope
Depending on your order, additional items may have been shipped separately
from the printer. See examples below.
ƒ Labels
ƒ Ribbons
ƒ Interface Cables
ƒ Communication Option Documentation
Please ensure that you have everything that you ordered. If you are missing or are
unsure about any items in your order, please call the Datasouth Service at 800-4762450.
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Quick Start Guide
Applying Power to the Printer
Connect the AC power cord to the printer.
Note: 230V units have a label near the Printer’s AC Input.
Plug the power cord into grounded AC outlet and turn the printer on. The
power switch is located on the printer’s left side. The printer will begin it’s
start-up routine. The printer will automatically advance through status items
during start-up.
When the printer has gone through all the start-up items, the LCD display will
show Interface Status - Online. (Units with preloaded applications will
display the application prompt)
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Quick Start Guide
Media Loading
Loading and Feeding Label Roll
Figure 3 outlines the media path for loading the label stock.
Printhead
Lock Lever
Label Roll
Shaft
Printhead
Bracket
Label Guide Bar
Label Guide
Blocks
Guide Block
Adjustment Knob
Figure 3 – Label Roll Feed Path
1. Lift the Media Access Cover using the tab in the bottom center side of the
cover. DO NOT lift from the front panel.
2. Find the “PRESS HERE” label affixed to the Printhead Bracket. Press down
on the Printhead Bracket where indicated and rotate the Printhead Lock Lever
back to unlock the bracket. Swing the Printhead Bracket up and back to expose
the document path.
3. Before mounting the roll of labels on the Label Roll Shaft, run the end of the
new label roll between the Label Guide Blocks, under the Printhead Bracket,
out beyond the front of the printer. The labels must be facing up when going
underneath the printhead. Refer to Figure 3 for the proper label path.
4. Using the Guide Block Adjustment Knob adjust the width of the Label Guide
Blocks. The label material should come close to touching the inner edge of the
guide block, yet move freely without bowing the label.
5. Return the Printhead Bracket to its original position and rotate the Printhead
Lock Lever to lock the bracket into place.
6. Place the roll on the Label Roll Shaft and center it on the shaft. The blades will
hold the label roll in place.
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Quick Start Guide
Loading and Feeding the Ribbon
Thermal transfer applications require a ribbon. Direct Thermal users go to the
next step. Figure 4 shows the feed path for the ribbon.
Ribbon Take-Up
Ribbon
Supply Roll
Ribbon
Guide Bar
Figure 4 – Thermal Transfer Ribbon Feed Path
NOTE: If installing a ribbon with width less than the maximum
ribbon width, both the ribbon supply and the take-up core must
be centered on the shafts.
1. Place the ribbon on the Ribbon Supply shaft so that the ribbon unwinds
from the bottom, as shown in Figure 4.
2. Place an empty core on the Ribbon Take-Up shaft.
3. Find the “PRESS HERE” label affixed to the Printhead Bracket. Press
down where indicated and rotate the Printhead Lock Lever back to
unlock the bracket. Swing the Printhead Bracket up and back to expose
the document path.
4. Thread the ribbon down from the Ribbon Supply shaft, beneath the
Printhead Bracket, and onto the empty core on the Ribbon Take-Up as
shown in Figure 4.
5. Use a piece of adhesive tape to attach the ribbon to the take-up core so that
the ribbon winds on the core in a clockwise direction when viewed from
the side.
6. Lower the Printhead Bracket into position and lock it in place by
swinging the Printhead Lock Lever down until it stops.
7. Lower the Media Access Cover into place.
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Quick Start Guide
Operator Panel Media Settings
During this step the label’s dimensional characteristics and darkness settings are
programmed into the printer via the Operator Panel (Figure 5).
ONLINE
MENU
PAUSE
ENTER
ITEM
PRINT
FEED
CANCEL
PO
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Figure 5 – CodeWriter 4500 Series Operator Panel
Label
Length
Printing a label requires that the printer understand the exact dimension of each
feature that makes up the label. Figure 6 diagrams a die cut label with a translucent
backing. The dimensions shown indicate values the printer will need prior to printing
a label. (This procedure also addresses black bar labels and continuous labels.)
Label Width
Label Gap
Figure 6 – Identification of Label Dimensional Features
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Quick Start Guide
Set Label Parameters
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. When Interface Status Off-Line is displayed, press the
will display the sub-menus.
key. This
MENU
key until the Label Parameters option is displayed.
3. Press the
ITEM
4. Press the FEED key. Media Type is the first parameter displayed. The two
options for this parameter are Direct Thermal and Thermal Trans. Press
the
or CANCEL key to change the option. If the printer has a ribbon
installed select Thermal Trans. Otherwise select Direct Thermal.
ENTER
Complete the selection process by pressing the PRINT key. An asterisk (*)
will appear in front of the selected option to indicate the value has been
set.
ITEM
5. Press the
FEED
Use the
key again. Label Width is the next parameter displayed.
or
CANCEL
keys to set the value to the label’s width.
NOTE: When changing values using the
or CANCEL keys, a
single key press will change the value by one unit. If the key is
pressed and held in, the value will change by 10 units.
ITEM
6. Press the
FEED
key again. Label Length is the next parameter. Use the
or CANCEL keys to set the value to the label’s length. This value does
not include the Label Gap (see Figure 6). For label length information for
other media types see this manual’s Media Settings section.
ITEM
7. Press the
FEED
key again. Label Gap is the next parameter. Use the
or CANCEL keys to set the value to the Label Gap length. If using black
bar labels, set Label Gap to 0.01. If using continuous labels set the value
to 0.00.
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ONLINE
8. Press the
PAUSE
key. If any parameters were changed, the display will read
ENTER
ENTER to save new defaults. Press the PRINT key to save these values.
The display will then read Interface Status Online. [The remaining
parameters under the Label Parameters menu will not require adjustment
at the this time.]
ONLINE
NOTE: In step 8, pressing the CANCEL key after pressing the PAUSE key
will avoid saving the settings. The display will read ENTER to exit
ENTER
without saving. Press the
saving the changes.
PRINT
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key to go back online without
Quick Start Guide
Set Print Parameters
The factory settings for the printer will include a setting for print darkness for
effective printing on media shipped with the printer. If the media you’ve
selected for the printer was not included with the printer, the following
procedure provides a print setting that will image most media. The manual’s
Media Settings section provides complete details for determining the best
setting for the media.
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. When Interface Status Off-Line is displayed, press the
will take you the to the Print Parameters menu.
key. This
ITEM
key. Print Speed is the first parameter displayed. The
3. Press the
Print Speed value represents a percentage of the printer’s full speed value.
FEED
Press the
or CANCEL key and change the value to match the Print
Speed value associated with printer model in the following table.
Printer Model
Print Speed
4505
4505+
4510
100%
100%
50%
ITEM
4. Press the
key again. Print Darkness is the next parameter
FEED
displayed. Use the
or
CANCEL
keys to set the value to 80%.
ONLINE
5. Press the
PAUSE
key. If any parameters were changed, the display will read
ENTER
ENTER to save new defaults. Press the
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PRINT
key to save these values.
Quick Start Guide
Printing Test Labels
The Operator Panel menus include features to print test labels. The following
procedures demonstrate how to print these labels.
Feature/Settings Label
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. When Interface Status Off-Line is displayed, press the
will take you the to the listing of sub-menus.
key. This
MENU
key until the System Params. option is displayed.
3. Press the
ITEM
4. Press the
FEED
key until Settings Label is displayed.
ENTER
5. Press the
PRINT
key to print the label.
ONLINE
6. Press the
PAUSE
key to bring the printer back online.
Print Test Label
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. With the Interface Status Off-Line displayed, press the
will take you the to the Print Parameters menu.
key. This
ITEM
3. Press the
CANCEL
FEED
key until Print Test Label is displayed. Press the
key to change the quantity [1 to 10] of test labels printed.
ENTER
4. Press the
PRINT
key to print the label(s).
ONLINE
5. Press the
PAUSE
key to bring the printer back online.
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Quick Start Guide
Quick Start CD
The Quick Start CD provides the following features to help connect the printer to the
host system application.
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Windows 95/98 drivers
Label Genesis Label Generation Program
PAL Programmer’s Manual
PAL Sample Labels
Connecting the Printer
NOTE: When installing interface cables the printer should be
powered OFF
Before installing the Quick Start CD, connect the printer to your computer
using a standard modem cable with a DB25 male connection to the printer and
either a DB9 (or DB25) female connection to your computer. For details on
establishing this connection (baud rate, word size, parity) turn to the Data
Communications section.
After installing the cable, turn on the printer. The display should read
Interface Status Online.
Running the Quick Start CD
Use the following instructions to access the Quick Start CD. Please make
certain no other applications are running.
Windows 95/98/NT4.0 or later
(If the CD Autorun feature has been enabled, the Quick Start CD will
start automatically)
1. Using the task bar click on START and select RUN.
2. At the dialog box type [CD Drive Letter]:\CDSTART.EXE.
3. After Quick Start window appears follow the instructions.
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Data Communications
Data Communications
The CodeWriter 4500 Series printer provides a RS232 serial port for communications
to host systems. The DB25 female connector is located on the rear of the unit (see
Figure 2). The Operator Panel provides access to the serial ports operating
parameters.
Connecting to a Personal Computer
This procedure defines establishing a connection between a CodeWriter 4500 Series
printer and a Personal Computer with an IBM AT 9-pin connector.
Cable
This connection requires a cable with a DB25 male connector for the printer
and a DB9 female for the Personal Computer. This cable is available from
Datasouth (Part # 108965). Table 1 details the cable’s wiring diagram.
Note: Proper operation only guaranteed for cables meeting
EIA/TIA-232-E electrical and mechanical specifications.
PC
Printer
Signal
DB9 Pin
DB25 Pin
Signal
RD
TD
DTR
GND
DSR
RTS
CTS
RI
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
3
2
20
7
6
4
5
22
TXD
RXD
DSR
GND
DTR
CTS
RTS
RI
Table 1 – Diagram for PC to CodeWriter 4500 Cable1
Connecting the Cable
1. Turn off the power on the printer.
2. Attach the DB25 Male cable end to the printer.
3. Attach the DB9 Female connector to the PC. Note the COM port [COM1
– COM4] used on the PC.
4. Turn on the power on the printer.
1
Refer to the Serial Port Specifications section for information on RS232 signal conventions
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Data Communications
Configuring the Personal Computer
This portion of the procedure will set up the Personal Computer based on the
CodeWriter 4500 Series factory default settings. (If changes have been made
in the printer’s default I/O Configuration parameters, please make the
corresponding changes in the following procedure)
Windows 95/98/NT4.0 Configuration
1. Bring up the Control Panel window using the Start Menu (Start
Settings
Control Panel).
2. Open the System icon in the Control Panel.
3. Click on the Device Manager Tab, open the Ports (COM & LPT) subtree and select the COM port connected to the printer.
4. Click on Properties. This will open the Properties window for the
selected COM port.
5. Click on the Port Settings Tab. Make any changes required according to
Table 2.
Port Settings
Value
Bits per second
Data bits
Parity
Stop bits
Flow control
9600
8
None
1
Hardware
Table 2 - Windows 95/98/NT4.0 Port Settings
6. Click OK in the Port Properties Window. Click OK in the System
Properties Window.
MS-DOS Configuration
1. Enter the following command at the prompt:
MODE COMx:9600,n,8,1
(where x = the COM port number)
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Data Communications
Sending Data to the Printer
After configuring the communications link between the Personal Computer
and the printer, a label application program will be used to send data to the
printer. This program may be Datasouth’s Label Genesis Label Generation
package included on the Quick Start CD. Installation of the Windows Driver
may also be required to successfully print with your label application
program.
The following method may be used to verify the communications link using
an MS-DOS window to send a PAL file to the printer.
Open an MS-DOS window (if using Windows).
1. Enter the following command at the prompt:
MODE COMx:9600,n,8,1
where x = the COM port number
2. Select a PAL label file.
3. Enter the following command at the prompt:
TYPE File.pal > COMx:
where File.pal is the selected PAL label file and x = the COM port
number.
4. If using Windows, close the MS-DOS window before attempting to use a
Windows-based application to access the printer.
If this procedure failed to print a label see the Troubleshooting Guide of
this manual to resolve the problem.
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Data Communications
Serial Port Specifications
Table 3 lists the RS-232 signals supported by the printer.
Pin #
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
20
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Signal Description
Shield
Received Data
Transmitted Data
Clear to Send
Request to Send
Data Terminal Ready
Signal Ground
Data Set Ready
Ring Indicator
Signal
Mnemonic
Direction
-RXD
TXD
CTS
RTS
DTR
GND
DSR
RI
-Input to the printer
Output from the printer
Input to the printer
Output from the printer
Output from the printer
-Input to the printer
Output from the printer
Table 3 - CodeWriter 4500 Series RS-232 Signals
Cable Examples
Connecting to DTE (Data Terminal Equipment) host systems with a DB25
connector requires a cable with pin-to-pin wiring and a male DB25 for the
printer (Figure 7). Connecting to a DCE (Data Circuit-terminating Equipment)
device, such as a modem, will require a “NULL-MODEM” style circuit with
appropriate connectors on each end (Figure 8).
4500 Series Printer
DB25 Connector
DTE Host
DB25 Connector
Shield 1
RXD 2
TXD 3
CTS 4
RTS 5
DTR 6
GND 7
DSR 20
RI 22
1 Shield
2 TXD
3 RXD
4 RTS
5 CTS
6 DSR
7 GND
20 DTR
22 RI
Figure 7 – 4500 Series Printer to DTE Host System Cable Diagram
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Data Communications
4500 Series Printer
DB25 Connector
DCE (Modem)
DB25 Connector
Shield 1
RXD 2
TXD 3
CTS 4
RTS 5
DTR 6
GND 7
DSR 20
1 Shield
2 TXD
3 RXD
4 RTS
5 CTS
6 DSR
7 GND
20 DTR
Figure 8 – 4500 Series Printer to DCE (Modem) Device Cable Diagram
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Data Communications
Flow Control
The CodeWriter 4500 Series printers provide two methods to control the flow of data
between the host system and the printer. Hardware or Xon/Xoff flow control is
selected from the Operator Panel.
Hardware Flow Control
The printer uses the CTS, RTS, DTR, and DSR signals during hardware flow
control. Table 4 lists how the printer uses each signal.
Signal
CTS
RTS
DTR
DSR
Function
Input: The printer monitors the CTS signal for requests
from the host system to send data. This signal must be
asserted ON (Spacing, Positive Voltage) for the printer to
receive data.
Output: The printer asserts this signal ON (Spacing,
Positive Voltage) whenever the printer is turned on. The
polarity of this signal may be changed from the Operator
Panel.
Output: The printer asserts this signal ON (Spacing,
Positive Voltage) whenever it is ready to receive data. This
signal controls the flow of data from the host system.
When the printer’s input buffers have reached an almost
full level, the printer de-asserts the signal OFF (Marking,
Negative). In this condition host system should suspend
sending data. The polarity of this signal may be changed
from the Operator Panel.
Input: The printer monitors the DSR signal to control
sending data to the host system. This signal must be
asserted ON (Spacing, Positive Voltage) for the printer to
send data. The CodeWriter 4500 Series printers depend
on data transmission to the host system for many
applications.
Table 4 - Hardware Flow Control Signal Functions
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Data Communications
Xon/Xoff Flow Control
Host systems that use a simple three-wire RS232 connection (TXD, RXD,
GND) accomplish flow control by using Xon/Xoff or Robust Xon/Xoff. The
printer supports these modes and may be selected from the Operator Panel.
When using a three-wire RS232 connection, the printer must still detect the
DSR signal as ON. This requirement is addressed by adding a jumper between
RTS (pin 5) and DSR (pin 20) on the DB25 male connector on the printer
(Figure 9).
4500 Series Printer
DB25 Connector
DTE Host
DB25 Connector
RXD 2
TXD 3
RTS 5
GND 7
DSR 20
2 TXD
3 RXD
7 GND
Figure 9 – Three-Wire Printer to DTE Host Cable Diagram
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Data Communications
Operator Panel Settings for Data Communications
The following procedure guides the operator through setting data communications
parameters on the printer.
Setting the Baud Rate
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. With the Interface Status Off-Line displayed, press the
will take you the to the listing of sub-menus.
key. This
MENU
key until the I/O Config. option is displayed.
3. Press the
ITEM
4. Press the
FEED
key. Baud Rate is displayed.
or CANCEL keys to set the Baud Rate value
5. Use the
[300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600].
ENTER
Complete the selection process by pressing the
will appear in front of the selected value.
PRINT
key. An asterisk (*)
Setting the Flow Control Method
ITEM
6. Press the
FEED
key. Flow Control is displayed.
7. Use the
or CANCEL keys to set the Flow Control method
[Hardware, Xon/Xoff Normal, Xon/Xoff Robust].
ENTER
Complete the selection process by pressing the
will appear in front of the selected option.
PRINT
key. An asterisk (*)
Setting RTS Polarity
ITEM
8. Press the
FEED
key. RTS Polarity is displayed.
9. Use the
or CANCEL keys to set the RTS Polarity
[Online = High, Online = Low].
ENTER
Complete the selection process by pressing the
will appear in front of the selected option.
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PRINT
key. An asterisk (*)
Data Communications
Setting the DTR Polarity
ITEM
10. Press the
FEED
key. DTR Polarity is displayed.
11. Use the
or CANCEL keys to set the DTR Polarity
[Ready = High, Ready = Low].
ENTER
Complete the selection process by pressing the
will appear in front of the selected option.
PRINT
key. An asterisk (*)
Setting the Parity
ITEM
12. Press the
FEED
key. Parity is displayed.
or CANCEL keys to set the Parity
13. Use the
[None, Even, Odd].
ENTER
Complete the selection process by pressing the
will appear in front of the selected option.
PRINT
key. An asterisk (*)
Setting the Data Bits
ITEM
14. Press the
FEED
15. Use the
[8 or 7].
key. Data Bits is displayed.
or
CANCEL
keys to set the Data Bits
ENTER
Complete the selection process by pressing the
will appear in front of the selected option.
PRINT
key. An asterisk (*)
Setting the Stop Bits
ITEM
16. Press the
FEED
17. Use the
[1 or 2].
key. Stop Bits is displayed.
or
CANCEL
keys to set the Data Bits
ENTER
Complete the selection process by pressing the
will appear in front of the selected option.
PRINT
key. An asterisk (*)
ONLINE
18. Press the
PAUSE
key. If any parameters were changed, the display will read
ENTER
ENTER to save new defaults. Press the PRINT key to save these values.
The display will then read Interface Status Online.
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Media Settings
Media Settings
This section examines the CodeWriter 4500 Series printer settings related to the
document (labels) and ribbon, and obtaining the desired print quality. Following these
instructions carefully will result in a trouble-free initial setup and repeatable results.
Setting the Document Dimensions
The 4500 Series printers are compatible with the following type of documents:
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
Die-cut labels with Translucent Backing/Liner
Black Bar
Notch or Hole
Continuous Forms (no size marking)
Each label type requires Operator Panel settings to accurately reflect the label
dimensions.
Die-Cut Labels
Label
Length
Figure 10 provides an example of a die-cut label and the dimensions required
for setting up the printer.
Label Width
Label Gap
Figure 10 – Die Cut Label Dimensions
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Media Settings
Black Bar Labels
Label
Length
Figure 11 show the front view of a black bar label with the dimensions
required for setting up the printer.
Label Width
Label Gap = Black Bar
Figure 11 – Black Bar Label Dimensions
Notch or Hole Label
Label
Length
Figure 12 shows a label with a hole as the mark between labels (Contact
Datasouth for Notch or Hole Location Specifications)
Label Width
Label Gap
Figure 12 – Notch or Hole Label Dimensions
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Media Settings
Programming the Label Dimensions
The following procedure guides the operator through programming the label
dimensions into the printer via the Operator Panel.
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. When Interface Status Off-Line is displayed, press the
will take you the to the listing of sub-menus.
key. This
MENU
key until the Label Parameters option is displayed.
3. Press the
ITEM
4. Press the
or
FEED
CANCEL
key until the Label Width parameter is displayed. Use the
keys to set the value to the label’s width.
NOTE: When changing values using the
or CANCEL keys, a
single key press will change the value by one unit. If the key is
pressed and held in, the value will change by 10 units.
ITEM
5. Press the
FEED
key again. Label Length is the next parameter. Use the
or CANCEL keys to set the value to the label’s length. Refer to the
Figure corresponding to the label type for the correct Label Length. For
Continuous media, enter the desired length.
ITEM
6. Press the
FEED
key again. Label Gap is the next parameter. Use the
or CANCEL keys to set the value to the Label Gap length. If using black
bar labels, set Label Gap to 0.01. If using continuous labels set the value
to 0.00.
ONLINE
7. Press the
PAUSE
key. If any parameters were changed, the display will read
ENTER
ENTER to save new defaults. Press the PRINT key to save these values.
The display will then read Interface Status Online.
ONLINE
8. To verify the settings are correct, press the
PAUSE
key. With the Interface
ITEM
Status Off-Line displayed, press the FEED key a couple times. This will
cause the labels to feed out of the printer. If the labels feed correctly,
stopping at the same point each time, put the printer back on-line by
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Media Settings
ONLINE
pressing the
settings.
PAUSE
key. If problems occurred return to step 2 to verify the
If after verifying the settings the labels are not feeding correctly, turn to the
Troubleshooting Guide section in this manual for information on
adjusting the media sensor sensitivity.
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Media Settings
Setting the Printing Method
The CodeWriter 4500 Series Printers offer Thermal Transfer and Direct Thermal
print methods. Thermal Transfer printers use a ribbon which transfers ink to the label
during the printing process. Direct Thermal printers use specially treated labels that
darken in the heated areas while printing.
Printer models with thermal transfer capability will print using thermal transfer or
direct thermal media. Direct thermal printer models will only print using direct
thermal media.
Programming the Print Method
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. When Interface Status Off-Line is displayed, press the
will take you the to the listing of sub-menus.
key. This
MENU
key until the Label Parameters option is displayed.
3. Press the
ITEM
4. Press the FEED key. Media Type is the first parameter displayed. The two
options for this parameter are Direct Thermal and Thermal Trans. Press
the
or
CANCEL
key to change the option. Complete the selection
ENTER
process by pressing the PRINT key. An asterisk (*) will appear in front of
the selected option to indicate the value has been set.
ONLINE
5. Press the
PAUSE
key. If the Media Type parameter was changed, the
ENTER
display will read ENTER to save new defaults. Press the PRINT key to
save these values. The display will then read Interface Status Online.
ONLINE
6. To verify the settings are correct, press the
PAUSE
key. With the Interface
ITEM
Status Off-Line displayed, press the
FEED
key. If the label feeds
ONLINE
correctly put the printer back On-line by pressing the PAUSE key. If while
feeding a label error messages related to the ribbon are displayed, turn to
this manual’s Troubleshooting Guide for information on adjusting the
ribbon sensor sensitivity.
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Media Settings
Setting the Print Parameters
The Print Parameters control the print speed, darkness, image position, and
presentation distance during printing. These features are programmed via the
Operator Panel.
Print Speed and Darkness
The Print Speed and Darkness parameters control the quality of a printed
label. The CodeWriter 4500 Series printers will print effectively with many
different types of ribbons and label stocks when these parameters are
programmed correctly.
Balancing Speed and Darkness
Thermal Media products possess unique characteristics representing a blend
of print speed performance, print durability, print quality, and economy. The
media selected for your printer will tend to address the requirements of the
printing application using the most economical means possible.
The Thermal Media vendor will provide general guidelines for the media’s
operating range for Print Speed and Darkness. Ribbons will be defined in
terms of Print Speed, which may vary based on the material used in the target
label. Direct Thermal labels will be rated in terms of sensitivity to heat and
how long the image will be retained on the label.
Table 5 provides initial values to use when attempting to determine an
appropriate setting for your media. The table assumes the operator knows the
ribbon’s composition or the label’s sensitivity to heat. After printing a label
using the initial value, the operator should adjust the settings as follows:
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
Label printed with excellent quality – If additional speed is required for
the application, the operator may raise the speed 10% to see if the quality
is retained. If the current speed is acceptable, then the operator should
lower the darkness setting by 10%. Lowering the energy applied will tend
to extend thermal printhead life.
Label printed with poor quality – If the darkness setting is below 100%,
the operator may raise the setting an additional 10%. If the darkness
setting is at 100%, the operator should lower the speed 10% until a label
with acceptable quality has printed.
Ribbon Wrinkling causes poor quality – With the printer Off-Line, the
ITEM
operator should press the
key a few times to see if the ribbon
wrinkles will disappear. If the wrinkles do not disappear, after verifying
correct ribbon installation, see the information on Ribbon Wrinkling in the
Troubleshooting Guide.
Ribbon melts and breaks – Lower the darkness setting 20% or more until
obtaining a good quality label.
FEED
ƒ
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Media Settings
Note that accurately assessing bar code label quality will require bar code
validation equipment to determine a bar code’s ANSI grading. See the Bar
Code Quality in this section for more information.
4505/4505+
Speed
Darkness
Printing Method
Thermal Transfer
Wax Ribbon
Wax/Resin Ribbon
Resin Ribbon
Direct Thermal
Standard Sensitivity
High Sensitivity
4510
Speed
Darkness
100%
100%
90%
80%
75%
85%
70%
70%
45%
100%
95%
85%
100%
100%
85%
70%
60%
80%
90%
90%
Table 5 - Suggested Initial Settings for Print Speed and Darkness
Setting Print Speed and Darkness
The following procedure guides the user through setting the Print Speed and
Darkness values.
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. When Interface Status Off-Line is displayed, press the
will take you the to the Print Parameters menu.
key. This
ITEM
Press the
the
FEED
or
key. Print Speed is the first parameter displayed. Press
CANCEL
key to change the Print Speed value.
NOTE: When changing values using the
or CANCEL keys, a
single key press will change the value by one unit. If the key is
pressed and held in, the value will change by 10 units.
ITEM
3. Press the
FEED
key again. Print Darkness is the next parameter
displayed. Use the
or
CANCEL
keys to change the value.
ONLINE
4. Press the
PAUSE
key. If any parameters were changed, the display will read
ENTER
ENTER to save new defaults. Press the
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PRINT
key to save these values.
Media Settings
Adjusting Print Position
The Operator Panel menu includes a feature for adjusting the print position in
the X (label width) and Y (along the feed direction) directions. Use the
following procedure when the label requires a minor adjustment (+ or - 1.0
inch) to improve the position of the printed image.
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. When Interface Status Off-Line is displayed, press the
will take you the to the listing of sub-menus.
key. This
MENU
key until the Label Parameters option is displayed.
3. Press the
ITEM
4. Press the
or
FEED
CANCEL
key until the X Offset parameter is displayed. Use the
keys to set the X offset value.
ITEM
5. Press the
FEED
Use the
key again. The Y Offset parameter is displayed.
or
CANCEL
keys to set the Y offset value.
ONLINE
6. Press the
PAUSE
key. If any parameters were changed, the display will read
ENTER
ENTER to save new defaults. Press the
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PRINT
key to save these values.
Media Settings
Presentation Distance
After printing each label, the printer advances the label a preset presentation
distance. This allows the label to be presented at a convenient distance for the
application. The following procedure demonstrates how to change this value
from the Operator Panel.
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. With the Interface Status Off-Line displayed, press the
will take you the to the Print Parameters menu.
key. This
ITEM
3. Press the
FEED
4. Press the
key until Pres. Dist. is displayed.
or
CANCEL
key to change the presentation distance value.
ONLINE
5. Press the
PAUSE
key. If the presentation distance was changed, the display
ENTER
will read ENTER to save new defaults. Press the
new value.
PRINT
key to save the
Forward Distance
Prior to printing a label, the printer may recall the current label from the
presentation position or advance to the beginning of the next label. The
Operator Panel menu provides control of this feature. Enabling the forward
distance feature addresses issues with small height die-cut labels that may
separate from the backing during the label recall event.
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. With the Interface Status Off-Line displayed, press the
will take you the to the Print Parameters menu.
key. This
ITEM
3. Press the
FEED
key until Fwd Dist. is displayed.
4. Press the
or CANCEL key to change the forward distance value. Setting
the value to 0.00 will enable the label recall feature. To enable this feature,
set the value to the additional distance, beyond the presentation distance,
required to advance the media to the beginning of the next label.
ONLINE
5. Press the
PAUSE
key. If the forward distance was changed, the display will
ENTER
read ENTER to save new defaults. Press the
value.
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PRINT
key to save the new
Media Settings
Bar Code Quality
Printing bar codes represents one of the primary applications of the CodeWriter 4500
Series printers. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) provides a
standard2 by which bar code image quality is measured. This section provides
assistance toward obtaining ANSI ‘A’ Grade bar codes by identifying favorable bar
code printing settings.
Bar Code Orientation
Bar codes printed on a label may be oriented vertically along the label feed
direction (ladder) or horizontally (picket fence) across the label’s width (see
Figure 13). On thermal printers the print orientation has a significant impact
upon the ANSI Grade obtained.
When printing bar codes in a picket fence fashion, the individual bars align
with the printhead heating elements such that an element is either on or off
while printing the bar code. This results in very controlled geometric qualities
of the bars and spaces and the best quality bar codes.
Bar codes printed in a ladder orientation require the modulation of the heating
elements to control the widths of the bars and spaces. Controlling the heating
and cooling of printhead heating elements to establish geometric relationships
is inherently less precise than relying on the fixed positions of the heating
elements across the printhead width. This results in slightly lower bar code
read quality (possibly reduced by one ANSI Grade Level).
Picket Fence
(Horizontal)
Bar Code
Ladder (Vertical) Bar Code
Figure 13 – Picket Fence and Ladder Bar Codes
2
American National Standard for Information Systems – Bar Code Print Quality – Guideline, ANSI
X3.182-1990, American National Standards Institute, Inc.
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Media Settings
Increasing the ladder bar code’s narrow width feature size will reduce the
heating modulation’s geometric impact. The 4500 Series printers will generate
ANSI Grade ‘A’ and ‘B’ ladder bar codes when using a narrow feature size of
3 dots (3/300 inches, 0.0099 inches)3. The bar codes shown in Figure 13 were
printed with the 3-dot narrow feature width.
Bar Code Print Settings
Print settings for labels containing bar codes will not differ from the optimal
settings for other label types. Bar code labels receiving high ANSI grades (‘A’
and ‘B’) will contain very legible text and graphics.
Printing with factory approved media and print settings will produce labels
with the highest quality bar codes. The sample labels shown in Figure 14
demonstrate labels printed with poor quality for bar codes. For comparison the
same bar codes were printed in Figure 13 with favorable settings.
Figure 14-A shows a ladder bar code with bars wider than optimal and very
narrow spaces. Fixing this problem will require either 1) reducing the Print
Darkness Setting, 2) reducing the Print Speed Setting, or 3) a combination of
reducing Print Darkness and Print Speed. Notice also that the same picket
fence bar code in Figure 14-A does not suffer as much from the poor settings.
Figure 14-B shows bar codes with drop-outs and light print in the bars. Fixing
this problem will require either 1) raising the Print Darkness Setting, 2)
reducing the Print Speed Setting, or 3) a combination of raising Print
Darkness and reducing Print Speed.
(B)
(A)
Figure 14 – Poor Quality Bar Code Samples
3
These results obtained using Datasouth Media and Datasouth recommended print settings.
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Operator Panel Reference
Operator Panel Reference
This section serves as a reference for all Operator Panel features. Each panel key
function and the underlying menus will be detailed in this section.
ONLINE
MENU
PAUSE
ENTER
ITEM
PRINT
FEED
CANCEL
PO
W
ER
Display and Panel Keys
Panel Feature
ONLINE
PAUSE
MENU
ITEM
FEED
CANCEL
ENTER
PRINT
POWER LED
Function
Toggles the printer’s On-line status.
Pauses active print jobs.
Online: No Function
Offline: Selects menu system parameter groups
Online: No Function
Offline: Feeds one Label
Offline Menu: Selects parameters within group
Online: No Function
Offline: Raises or changes parameter value
Online: Cancel parameter value changes
Offline: Lowers or changes parameter value
Error Condition: Cancels current print job
Online: Confirms changes made to parameters
Offline: Selects changed parameter value
Error Condition: Resumes current print job
Lighted whenever power applied
Table 6 – Operator Panel Key Reference
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Operator Panel Reference
Off-line Menu Reference
ONLINE
The operator may access the off-line menu by pressing the
PAUSE
key and pressing the
MENU
MENU
key. The first menu item is Print Parameters. Continue pressing the
to access Label Parameters, I/O Config., and System Params. menu items.
key
The Operator may avoid saving changes made to parameter values prior to going
back online by pressing the
CANCEL
key. The display will read ENTER to exit without
ENTER
saving. Press
PRINT
to go online without saving parameter changes.
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Operator Panel Reference
Print Parameters
Parameter
Print Speed (%)
Values
4505/4505+
80% – 100%
4510
40% – 100%
Print Darkness (%) 0% – 100%
Gap Sense (%)
0% – 100%
Bar Sense (%)
0% – 100%
Ribbon Sense (%)
0% – 100%
Pres. Dist. (in)
0 – 0.99 inches
Fwd. Dist (in)
0 – 7.99 inches
Print Test Label
1 – 10 labels
SCM Protected
Yes or No
Expert Settings
N/A
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Description
Printing Speed as a
percentage of the printer’s
maximum speed.
4505/4505+: 5 IPS
4510: 10 IPS
Printing Darkness (energy) as
a percentage of the maximum
allowable darkness for the
selected Print Speed
Gap Sensor sensitivity as a
percentage of the maximum
sensitivity
Bar Sensor sensitivity as a
percentage of the maximum
sensitivity
Ribbon Sensor sensitivity as
a percentage of the maximum
sensitivity
Presentation Distance for
printed label
0.00: Label recall enabled
> 0.01: Feed label forward
distance to print next label
Prints selected count of Test
Labels
Yes: Blocks changes to print
parameters embedded in PAL
files
No: Allows PAL file parameter
values to override internal
values
See Print Darkness Control
in the Advanced Features
section for information on
accessing this parameter
Operator Panel Reference
Label Parameters
Parameter
Media Type
Label Width (in)
Label Len. (in)
Label Gap (in)
X Offset
Y Offset
Values
Direct Thermal
or
Thermal
Transfer
0.25 – 4.25
inches
0.25 – 99
inches
0.00
(Continuous)
0.01
(Black Bar)
0.02 – 4.99
inches (Gap)
-1.00 – 1.00
inches
-1.00 – 1.00
inches
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Description
Selects printing mode
Selects printed width of label
Selects the printed length of
the label
Selects the label gap sensing
mode (Continuous, Black Bar,
Gap). For Gap mode select
length of gap.
Adjusts the print placement
across the label width by the
selected amount
Adjusts the print placement
along the label length by the
selected amount
Operator Panel Reference
I/O Config.
Parameter
Baud Rate
Values
Data Bits
300, 600, 1200,
2400, 4800,
9600, 19200,
38400, or
57600
Hardware,
Xon/Xoff
Normal, or
Xon/Xoff
Robust
Online = High
or
Online = Low
Ready = High
or
Ready = Low
None, Even or
Odd
8 or 7
Stop Bits
1 or 2
Communications
Option Setup
-
Flow Control
RTS Polarity
DTR Polarity
Parity
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Description
Selects the serial port baud
rate
Selects the flow control
interaction with the host
computer
Selects the RTS signal level
for its asserted state
Selects the DTR signal level
for its asserted state
Selects the parity for serial
communications
Selects the data word size for
serial communications
Selects the number of stop
bits for the data word
(Documentation included with
Communications Option
equipment)
Operator Panel Reference
System Params.
Parameter
Units
Media Alignment
Values
Inches or
Millimeters
Automatic or
Manual
ENTER to recall
defaults
-
ENTER to Select
Diagnostics
-
Firmware Part No.
XXXXXXYY
Hex Dump Mode
-
Settings Label
Press Enter Key
-
Description
Selects the units for
parameter values
Automatic: Printer will align
the label prior to printing first
label
Manual: Operator is
responsible for aligning label
start position
ENTER
Pressing the PRINT key will
cause parameter values to
reset to default values
ENTER
Pressing the PRINT key will
bring the printer into the
sensor diagnostic mode. (see
Verifying the Sensor
Operation in the
Troubleshooting Guide)
The firmware part number
and revision are displayed
ON or OFF
Printer will enter into Hex
Dump mode after the next
Power Cycle. (see Hex Dump
Mode in the
Troubleshooting Guide)
ENTER
Pressing the PRINT key will
print the current parameter
value settings.
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Operator Panel Reference
Default Parameter Values
This section lists the default parameter values. The Operator may restore these values
using the ENTER to recall defaults feature in the System Parameters menu.
Print Parameters
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
Print Speed: 4505/4505+ – 100%, 4510 – 60%
Print Darkness: 4505/4505+ – 80%, 4510 – 90%
Gap Sense: 50%
Bar Sense: 50%
Ribbon Sense: 50%
Presentation Distance: 0.45 inches
Feed Forward Distance: 0.00 inches
Print Test Label: 1
SCM Protected: Yes
Label Parameters
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
Media Type: Thermal Transfer
Label Width: 4.0 inches
Label Length: 4.0 inches
Label Gap: 0.11 inches
X Offset: 0.00 inches
Y Offset: 0.00 inches
I/O Configuration
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
Baud Rate: 9600
Flow Control: Hardware
RTS Polarity: Online = High
DTR Polarity: Ready = High
Parity: None
Data Bits: 8
Stop Bits: 1
System Parameters
ƒ
ƒ
ƒ
Units: Inches
Media Alignment: Automatic
Hex Dump Mode: OFF
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Operator Panel Reference
Off-Line Menu Map
Figure 15 provides a map to assist in locating features in the menu system.
Print Parameters
↓
Print Speed (%)
↓
Print Darkness (%)
↓
Gap Sense (%)
↓
Bar Sense (%)
↓
Ribbon Sense (%)
↓
Pres. Dist. (in)
↓
Fwd Dist. (in)
↓
Print Test Label
↓
SCM Protected
↓
ENTER to Select
*Expert Settings
→
Label Parameters
↓
Media Type
↓
Label Width (in)
↓
Label Len. (in)
↓
Label Gap (in)
↓
X Offset (in)
↓
Y Offset (in)
→
Print Cont. (%)
↓
Pre-Heat (%)
→
I/O Config.
↓
Baud Rate
↓
Flow Control
↓
RTS Polarity
↓
DTR Polarity
↓
Parity
↓
Data Bits
↓
Stop Bits
Figure 15 – Off-Line Menu Map
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→
System Params.
↓
Units
↓
Media Alignment
↓
ENTER to recall
* defaults
↓
ENTER to Select
* Diagnostics
↓
Hex Dump Mode
↓
Settings Label
*Press Enter Key
Maintenance
Maintenance
The CodeWriter 4500 Series printers require very little operator maintenance. The
routine tasks involve keeping the media paths clear of paper dust and debris.
NOTE: Turn off power while performing maintenance tasks.
Removing the Ribbon Take-up Roll
Use the following procedure to remove the ribbon take up roll:
1. Lift the Media Access Cover using the tab in the bottom center side of the
cover. DO NOT lift from the front panel.
2. Find the “PRESS HERE” label affixed to the Printhead Bracket. Press down on
the Printhead Bracket where indicated and rotate the Printhead Lock Lever back
to unlock the bracket. Swing the Printhead Bracket up and back to expose the
document path.
3. Remove any remaining ribbon trailer material from the supply core.
4. Grab the inside edge of the take-up roll with one hand and brace the printer with
the other. Pull firmly to remove take-up roll.
5. If a take-up core is required for the next ribbon, move the supply core to the takeup shaft.
6. Continue with the following maintenance tasks.
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Maintenance
Printhead Cleaning
Clean the printhead with every ribbon change or after every 10,000 linear inches of
direct thermal label media. Use the cleaning pen supplied with the printer or a Q-tip
soaked in alcohol. Three to four swipes along the heater line should be sufficient to
remove any collected material (Figure 16)
!
WARNING: The printhead may be extremely HOT. Make sure the printer
is off. Using inappropriate cleaning materials will damage the printhead.
To expose the printhead, find the “PRESS HERE” label affixed to the Printhead
Bracket. Press down where indicated and rotate the Printhead Lock Lever back to
unlock the bracket. Swing the Printhead Bracket up and back to expose the paper
path. Leave the Printhead Bracket in the up position for cleaning the paper path.
Heater
Line
Location
Figure 16 – Print Line Location on Printhead
Paper Path Cleaning
Using a lint-free cloth or compressed air, remove any dust and debris from the paper
path beneath the printhead. Return the printhead to the original position.
Remove the label roll and clean the exposed surfaces. Clear all dust and debris from
the paper guides paying close attention to the inside sensor block.
NOTE: Printers operating with high duty cycles or caustic environments
should be examined daily for dust and debris build-up.
Reinstall media, apply power and return printer to operating status.
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Troubleshooting Guide
This section serves to guide the operator through successfully resolving issues that
might occur during normal printer operation. If the printer issue is not resolved using
the information in this guide, please contact Datasouth Service for additional
assistance.
Response to Display Messages
The printer will detect situations requiring assistance from the operator. The
responses for these messages are as follows:
Head Not Latched
PRINT or CANCEL?
Verify the Printhead is down against the platen and the Printhead Lock Lever
ENTER
is completely rotated into the lock position. Press the PRINT key. If the
message reappears contact qualified service personnel for head latch sensor
replacement or adjustment.
Media Out
PRINT or CANCEL?
The printer cannot detect media in the label guide block. If the printer appears
to have media properly installed, one of the following conditions has produced
the message.
1. Media Out of the Guide Block: Closely inspect the media’s passage
through the inside label guide block. The media must travel between the
sensors embedded in the guide block. After adjusting the media press the
ENTER
key to print the label.
2. The sensor’s sensitivity is incorrectly adjusted: See Adjusting Sensor
Sensitivity in this section.
3. If printing new or modified PAL label file, the /_MediaSenseLevel
setpagedevice command may have an incorrect sensor sensitivity level.
4. The media sensor system requires repair or replacement. Contact qualified
service personnel.
PRINT
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Remove Ribbon
PRINT or CANCEL?
The ribbon sensor indicates a thermal transfer ribbon is present while in direct
thermal mode. If direct thermal mode is desired and the ribbon is removed,
then one of the following conditions has occurred. (This procedure only
applies to Thermal Transfer printers operating in Direct Thermal mode.
Should this message occur on a Direct Thermal printer, contact qualified
service personnel.)
1. The sensor’s sensitivity is incorrectly adjusted. See Adjusting Sensor
Sensitivity in this section.
2. The ribbon sensor system requires repair or replacement. Contact qualified
service personnel.
If thermal transfer mode is desired, press the CANCEL key and see this manual’s
Media Settings section to correctly set the Printing Mode.
Ribbon Out
PRINT or CANCEL?
The ribbon sensor does not detect a thermal transfer ribbon while in thermal
transfer mode. If the ribbon is properly installed and thermal transfer mode is
desired, then one of the following conditions has occurred.
1. The sensor’s sensitivity is incorrectly adjusted. See Adjusting Sensor
Sensitivity in this section.
2. The ribbon sensor system requires repair or replacement. Contact qualified
service personnel.
If direct thermal mode is desired, press the CANCEL key and see this manual’s
Media Settings section to correctly set the Printing Mode.
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Media Feed Fault
PRINT or CANCEL?
The printer cannot resolve the relationship between the detected media size
(the space between gaps) and the programmed size. One of the following
conditions has occurred to cause this message.
1. If the label is behind the contact point between the platen and the
printhead, the label will not feed. Raise the printhead bracket and
reposition the label so that it extends beyond the front of the printer. Press
ENTER
the PRINT key to print the label.
2. Inspect the inside label guide block to verify an obstruction or dust is not
interfering with sensor operation.
3. The Label Length specified via the Operator Panel off-line menu may not
correspond to the length the printer detected. Press the CANCEL key and enter
the off-line menu to verify this parameter value (see the Media Settings
section for assistance).
4. The Label Gap specified via the Operator Panel off-line menu may not
correspond to the gap the printer detected. Press the CANCEL key and enter
the off-line menu to verify this parameter value (see the Media Settings
section for assistance).
5. The incorrect label media for the application has been loaded into the
printer. Press the CANCEL key and verify the correct media is loaded.
5. The media sensor’s sensitivity is incorrectly adjusted. See Adjusting
Sensor Sensitivity in this section.
6. If printing a new or modified PAL label file, the /PageSize
setpagedevice command may have an incorrect setting or the
/_InterPage setpagedevice command may have an incorrect setting.
7. The media sensor system requires repair or replacement. Contact qualified
service personnel.
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Head Overheat...
PRINT or CANCEL?
The printer has detected an abnormally high temperature on the printhead. The
following conditions have caused this problem.
1. If the printer has been printing labels continuously, allow the printer to
ENTER
cool for a few minutes and press the PRINT key to continue printing. If the
error reoccurs regularly improve the ventilation around the printer or
reduce the temperature around the printer.
2. The printhead is defective. Contact qualified service personnel.
!
WARNING: The printhead bracket and printhead will be very HOT
when the printhead has overheated.
HALT...
Cycle the power and try operating the printer again. If the message reoccurs,
contact qualified service personnel.
CW1 BIOS TRAP!
System Halted!
Cycle the power and try operating the printer again. If the message reoccurs,
contact qualified service personnel
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Print Quality Issues
The problems and solutions listed here presume the printer was setup properly using
the procedure in this manual’s Media Settings section. If the printer is displaying
any messages, see Response to Display Messages in this section before
proceeding.
First Part of Label Content is Missing
If only a small portion of the label content is missing and the printing begins
immediately after the label gap see Adjusting Print Position in the Media
Settings section to adjust the Y direction print position.
Sides or Top of Label Content is Missing
Verify the Label Length and Label Width parameter values set from the
Operator Panel off-line menu (see Media Settings section, Setting the
Document Dimensions). If the label content appears to be skew to one
side see Adjusting Print Position in the Media Settings section to adjust
the X direction print position.
If printing a new or modified PAL label file, the /PageSize setpagedevice
command may have an incorrect setting.
Depending on the label size and the number of objects printed, the printer may
require additional memory. Contact your Datasouth representative more
information on obtaining a memory upgrade.
Ribbon Wrinkling Causing Poor Print
Wrinkles may be caused by the Ribbon Supply roll not being aligned with the
Take-Up roll. Use the alignment marks on the shafts to verify the alignment.
A newly installed ribbon will require feeding a few labels to work out any
ONLINE
ITEM
wrinkles. Press the
key to take the printer Off-Line and press the
key five or more times prior to work out ribbon any wrinkles.
PAUSE
FEED
The ribbon tensioning screws may require adjustment for the ribbon selected.
Contact qualified service personnel for assistance in performing this
adjustment.
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Missing Dots in Label
See Printhead Cleaning in the Maintenance section to see if this
procedure will solve the problem.
Thermal Printheads reaching the end of their operational life will exhibit this
symptom. Although you may continue printing without damaging the printer,
make arrangements to obtain a new printhead.
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Data Communications Issues
The following information presumes the serial communications link has been set up
using the procedures in Data Communications section. Resolving wiring or
hardware handshaking issues usually requires a RS232 Breakout Box or RS232
Signal Mini-Tester.
PC Reports “Write Fault Error Writing to Device COMx”
When sending a file using commands in a DOS window, the PC will expect
the proper assertion of the hardware control signals DSR and CTS. Verify the
cable correctly connects these signals or jumper these signals to asserted
levels at the PC side. Set the printer’s Flow Control to Xon/Xoff if electing to
jumper control signals on either end of the cable.
Host System Does Not Report Errors, But Nothing Prints
Verify the printer is Online. If the printer was Off-line while sending the file,
send the file again.
Send the file using a terminal emulation program (e.g. Hyperterm). This will
allow viewing of messages returned from the printer. If strange characters
appear, the printer is not using the same baud rate as the host system. Resolve
the baud rate problem and send the file again. If the printer returns legible
error messages, note the errors and correct the PAL label file. Send a simple
known good PAL file to the printer to verify the link.
Use the recommended RS232 test equipment to verify the state of the RS232
control signals and the Receive Data Signal. The Receive Data Signal (RXD)
tester light should noticeably flash during data transfers.
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Hex Dump Mode
The Hex Dump Mode assists in verifying the Data Communications function by
providing a printed record of all data received by the printer. The Hex Dump mode
presents the data in hexadecimal format, explicitly displaying the serial port data as
received.
Controlling Hex Dump Mode
The Hex Dump Mode feature is controlled via the Operator Panel.
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. When Interface Status Off-Line is displayed, press the
System Params. is displayed.
key until
ITEM
3. Press the
FEED
Press the
key until the Hex Dump Mode option is displayed.
or
CANCEL
key to select ON. Complete the selection process
ENTER
by pressing the PRINT key. An asterisk (*) will appear in front of the
selected option to indicate the value has been set.
ONLINE
4. Press the
PAUSE
key. The display will read ENTER to save new defaults.
ENTER
Press the PRINT key to save Hex Dump Mode parameter value.
5. Cycle the printer power. The printer will return to service in Hex Dump
Mode.
In Hex Dump mode all data sent to the printer will be printed based on the
selected Label Parameters. If the number of received hexadecimal characters
is less than required to build a complete label, the label will be printed after a
short delay.
To exit from Hex Dump Mode repeat the procedure above with the exception
of selecting OFF in step 3. After the power cycle the printer will return to its
normal operational mode.
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Adjusting Sensor Sensitivity
The Operator Panel off-line menu includes a feature to adjust the sensor sensitivity.
The default sensor sensitivity settings will detect the majority of media types. This
procedure is only applicable to situations where the printer is unable to properly
detect a ribbon or label stock. The following information is grouped according to the
sensor system being used, Gap, Black Bar, and Ribbon.
Adjusting the Gap Sensor Sensitivity
The printer uses the Gap Sensor system to detect the gap between die-cut
labels. Setting the Label Gap parameter to a value to greater than or equal to
0.02 inches causes the printer to use this method. Verify that the Label Gap is
set to this value prior to continuing with this procedure (see Media Settings
section, Programming the Label Dimensions). Follow the procedure
based on the type of problem reported by the printer.
Printer is Displaying “Media Out” Message
The printer displays this message when the Gap Sensor sensitivity level is
greater than required. The Gap Sensor is receiving light passing through the
label stock, indicating a label with some translucent qualities. Resolving this
issue involves lowering the Gap Sensor Sensitivity to a level that will allow
the sensor to only detect the gaps between labels.
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. When Interface Status Off-Line is displayed, press the
will take you the to the Print Parameters menu.
key. This
ITEM
Press the
3. Press the
FEED
CANCEL
key until the Gap Sense parameter displayed.
key to lower the value by 10%.
ONLINE
4. Press the
PAUSE
key. The display will read ENTER to save new defaults.
ENTER
Press the
PRINT
key to save these values.
ONLINE
5. Press the
PAUSE
key. This will take the printer off-line.
ITEM
6. Press the FEED key. If the label feeds correctly repeat the procedure one
additional time to lower the value by an additional 10%. If however, the
Media Out message still occurs, press the
procedure again.
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CANCEL
key and repeat the
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If this procedure fails to produce a working sensor sensitivity that stops the
Media Out messages contact qualified service personnel.
Printer is Displaying “Media Feed Fault” Message
The printer displays this message when the Gap Sensor sensitivity level is less
than required. The Gap Sensor is not receiving light passing through the label
gap, indicating a label gap with less favorable translucent qualities. Resolving
this issue involves raising the Gap Sensor Sensitivity to a level that will allow
the sensor to detect the gaps between labels.
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. When Interface Status Off-Line is displayed, press the
will take you the to the Print Parameters menu.
key. This
ITEM
Press the
FEED
3. Press the
key until the Gap Sense parameter displayed.
key to raise the value by 10%.
ONLINE
4. Press the
PAUSE
key. The display will read ENTER to save new defaults.
ENTER
Press the
PRINT
key to save these values.
ONLINE
5. Press the
PAUSE
key. This will take the printer off-line.
ITEM
6. Press the
key. If the label feeds correctly repeat the procedure one
additional time to raise the value by an additional 10%. If however, the
FEED
Media Feed Fault message still occurs, press the
the procedure again.
CANCEL
key and repeat
If this procedure fails to produce a working sensor sensitivity that stops the
Media Feed Fault messages contact qualified service personnel.
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Adjusting the Black Bar Sensor Sensitivity
The printer uses the Black Bar Sensor system to detect black bar on the back
of label stock. Setting the Label Gap parameter value to Black Bar (0.01
inches) causes the printer to use this method. Verify that the Label Gap is set
to this value prior to continuing with this procedure (see Media Settings
section, Programming the Label Dimensions). Follow the procedure
based on the type of problem reported by the printer.
Printer is Displaying “Media Out” Message
The printer displays this message when the Black Bar Sensor sensitivity level
is less than required. The Black Bar Sensor is not receiving light reflecting
from the back of the label stock, indicating a label with inferior reflective
qualities. Resolving this issue involves raising the Black Bar Sensor
Sensitivity to a level that will allow the sensor to detect back of the label
stock.
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. When Interface Status Off-Line is displayed, press the
will take you the to the Print Parameters menu.
key. This
ITEM
Press the
FEED
3. Press the
key until the Bar Sense parameter displayed.
key to raise the value by 10%.
ONLINE
4. Press the
PAUSE
key. The display will read ENTER to save new defaults.
ENTER
Press the
PRINT
key to save these values.
ONLINE
5. Press the
PAUSE
key. This will take the printer off-line.
ITEM
6. Press the FEED key. If the label feeds correctly repeat the procedure one
additional time to raise the value by an additional 10%. If however, the
Media Out message still occurs, press the CANCEL key and repeat the
procedure again.
If this procedure fails to produce a working sensor sensitivity that stops the
Media Out messages contact qualified service personnel.
Printer is Displaying “Media Feed Fault” Message
The printer displays this message when the Black Bar Sensor sensitivity level
is greater than required. The Black Bar Sensor is receiving light reflecting
from the black bar, indicating a black bar with reflective qualities. Resolving
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this issue involves lowering the Black Bar Sensor Sensitivity to a level that
will allow the sensor to detect the black bars between labels.
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. When Interface Status Off-Line is displayed, press the
will take you the to the Print Parameters menu.
key. This
ITEM
Press the
3. Press the
FEED
CANCEL
key until the Bar Sense parameter displayed.
key to lower the value by 10%.
ONLINE
4. Press the
PAUSE
key. The display will read ENTER to save new defaults.
ENTER
Press the
PRINT
key to save these values.
ONLINE
5. Press the
PAUSE
key. This will take the printer off-line.
ITEM
6. Press the FEED key. If the label feeds correctly repeat the procedure one
additional time to lower the value by an additional 10%. If however, the
Media Feed Fault message still occurs, press the
the procedure again.
CANCEL
key and repeat
If this procedure fails to produce a working sensor sensitivity that stops the
Media Feed Fault messages contact qualified service personnel.
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Adjusting the Ribbon Sensor Sensitivity
The Ribbon Sensor system detects the presence of a ribbon in the system. The
Media Type parameter value determines how the printer uses the sensor (see
Media Settings section, Setting the Printing Method). In Direct
Thermal mode, the printer uses the sensor to verify a ribbon is not installed. In
Thermal Transfer mode the printer uses the sensor to detect the ribbon
installation and the trailer when the ribbon supply is empty. Follow the
procedure based on the type of problem reported by the printer.
Printer Displays “Remove Ribbon” Message in Direct Thermal Mode
The printer displays this message when Ribbon Sensor sensitivity level is less
than required. The Ribbon Sensor is not receiving light reflecting from the
back of the printhead bracket. Resolving this issue involves raising Ribbon
Sensor Sensitivity to a level that will allow the sensor to detect the reflective
material on the back of the printhead bracket. (Note: If current sensitivity
value accommodated a ribbon in Thermal Transfer mode, note the Ribbon
Sense parameter before the adjustment. This value will be required if using
the printer in Thermal Transfer mode at a later time.)
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. When Interface Status Off-Line is displayed, press the
will take you the to the Print Parameters menu.
key. This
ITEM
Press the
FEED
3. Press the
key until the Ribbon Sense parameter displayed.
key to raise the value by 10%.
ONLINE
4. Press the
PAUSE
key. The display will read ENTER to save new defaults.
ENTER
Press the
PRINT
key to save these values.
ONLINE
5. Press the
PAUSE
key. This will take the printer off-line.
ITEM
6. Press the FEED key. If the label feeds correctly repeat the procedure one
additional time to raise the value by an additional 10%. If however, the
Remove Ribbon message still occurs, press the
procedure again.
CANCEL
key and repeat the
If this procedure fails to produce a working sensor sensitivity that stops the
Remove Ribbon messages contact qualified service personnel.
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Printer Displays “Ribbon Out” Message in Thermal Transfer Mode
The printer displays this message when Ribbon Sensor sensitivity level is
greater than required. The Ribbon Sensor is receiving light reflecting from the
back of the ribbon, or through the ribbon from the back of the printhead
bracket. Resolving this issue involves lowering Ribbon Sensor Sensitivity to a
level that will allow the sensor to detect the ribbon properly.
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. When Interface Status Off-Line is displayed, press the
will take you the to the Print Parameters menu.
key. This
ITEM
Press the
3. Press the
FEED
CANCEL
key until the Ribbon Sense parameter displayed.
key to lower the value by 10%.
ONLINE
4. Press the
PAUSE
key. The display will read ENTER to save new defaults.
ENTER
Press the
PRINT
key to save these values.
ONLINE
5. Press the
PAUSE
key. This will take the printer off-line.
ITEM
6. Press the FEED key. If the label feeds correctly repeat the procedure one
additional time to lower the value by an additional 10%. If however, the
Ribbon Out message still occurs, press the
procedure again.
CANCEL
key and repeat the
If this procedure fails to produce a working sensor sensitivity that stops the
Ribbon Out messages contact qualified service personnel.
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Verifying the Sensor Operation
The Operator Panel off-line menu provides a diagnostic tool to verify the operation
Gap Sensor operation.
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. When Interface Status Off-Line is displayed, press the
System Params. is displayed.
key until
ITEM
3. Press the
FEED
key until the ENTER to Select Diagnostics is displayed.
ENTER
4. Pressing the
PRINT
key will cause the display to read as follows:
Med Rib
00X 00X
Correctly configured sensor sensitivity levels will display the following
information:
ƒ Gap Sensor Mode for Media Sensor (material in guide block sensor)
Gap (or Backing): Med = 001
Label Stock: Med = 000
ƒ Black Bar Mode for Media Sensor (material in guide block sensor)
Black Bar: Med = 000
Label Stock: Med = 001
ƒ Ribbon Sensor
Ribbon Present: Rib = 000
Ribbon Out or Trailer: Rib = 001
ONLINE
ENTER
5. Return to Online status by pressing the
key.
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PRINT
key, followed by the
PAUSE
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Applications Overview
Applications Overview
This section identifies the applications development resources available, the printer’s
fonts and bar code symbologies, and a Quick Start Guide to PAL (Printer Architecture
Language)
Printer Application Language – PAL
PAL distinguishes Datasouth’s CodeWriter printers from other thermal printers in the
marketplace. PAL uniquely supports both traditional applications, which rely on printer
command sequences downloaded from a host system, and standalone applications
accepting variable data from local user input or from a host system.
Datasouth provides the following PAL Documentation on the Quick Start CD, Internet
Web Site (www.datasouth.com), and from your Datasouth representative:
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PAL Sample Labels – Quickly develop your label by starting with a similar
PAL label file. The Sample label directory provides common labels and the
PAL sequences to generate the label.
PAL Programmer’s Manual – The complete language reference. Details on
each command and construct. Important information for generating labels
with bar codes and standalone applications.
Label Genesis
The Label Genesis Label Generation Program, included with each CodeWriter printer,
provides a graphical Windows-based environment for defining and printing labels. The
Quick Start CD includes complete instructions and systems requirements.
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PAL Fonts and Bar Codes
CodeWriter 4500 Series printers include following fonts and bar codes for application
development.
Fonts
Font
Point
Size
PAL
Identifier
Sans Serif
6
Sans6.00pt
Sans Serif
8
Sans8.00pt
Sans Serif
10
Sans10.00pt
Sans Serif
12
Sans12.00pt
Sans Serif
14
Sans14.00pt
Sans Serif
18
Sans18.00pt
Sans Serif
24
Sans24.00pt
Sans Serif
36
Sans36.00pt
OCRB
6
OCRB6.00pt
OCRB
8
OCRB8.00pt
OCRB
10
OCRB10.00pt
OCRB
12
OCRB12.00pt
OCRB
14
OCRB14.00pt
Sample
Table 7 – PAL Font List and Samples
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Bar Codes
Bar Code
PAL
Identifier
Code 39
/Code39
Code 93
/Code93
Code 128
A, B and C
/Code128
Interleave
2 of 5
/I2of5
UPC-A
/UPCA
UPC-E
/UPCE
EAN-8
/EAN8
EAN-13
/EAN13
Codabar
/Codabar
Postnet
/Postnet
Maxicode
/Maxicode
Sample
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MSI Plessy
/MSI
PDF-417
/PDF417
Table 8 – PAL Bar Code List and Samples
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PAL Quick Start
This section contains instructions for establishing communication with the printer to
setup a PAL development environment for label applications. The development
environment makes use of a terminal emulator program such as HyperTerminal. A text
editor, such as Notepad, may also be used for typing and editing sample programs to be
sent to the printer. The descriptions below assume an interactive environment, however
the examples may be created using a text editor and saved for subsequent transmission to
the printer using the send file command that is implemented in most terminal emulators.
After establishing the printer communications, the Label Tutorial provides instructional
steps guiding the reader through a series of labels. Each label introduces a basic concept
and builds on the preceding label. Upon completion of the tutorial, the reader will have
constructed a label consisting of text in two orientations, a line, a box and a bar code.
For a deeper understanding of the concepts behind the sample label, please refer to
subsequent sections of this manual as well as the PAL Programmer's Reference Manual.
Establishing the Development Environment
Before a label can be created and printed, it is necessary to establish
communications with the printer and a means of sending command sequences to
it. The following instructions describe how to establish communications:
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The first step is to establish a reliable communication channel with the printer.
Connect the printer to the host computer using a serial communication cable.
For details, see the Data Communications section.
Power up the Codewriter Printer and wait for the "Online" message to appear.
ONLINE
Press the
Line".
PAUSE
key to take the printer off-line. The display will indicate "OffMENU
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ITEM
Repeatedly press the
key until "I/O Config" is displayed. Press the
key to set the Baud Rate, Flow Control, etc.
FEED
ONLINE
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Press the PAUSE key to place the printer back on line.
Start a terminal emulation program such as HyperTerminal (Windows
95/98/NT) and set its communication settings to correspond to the printer's.
Test the communication channel by entering an undefined sequence to elicit
an error response:
S[ENTER]
The printer should respond with
!undefined!
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If it does, then the communication channel has been setup correctly. If it doesn't,
check the cables, the printer I/O Settings and the terminal emulator settings.
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incorporates a prompt and provides an echo of characters typed. Basic
command line editing is incorporated to allow backspacing etc.
The command line editing keystrokes are:
Function
Keystroke
Backspace
Line Feed
Backspace
or [Ctrl/H]
[Ctrl/J]
Carriage
Return
Retype
[Enter] or
[Ctrl/M]
[Ctrl/R]
Undo
[Ctrl/U]
Hex
Value
08
ASCII
Action
BS
Deletes last character on line
0A
LF
0D
CR
Indicates completion of the
current line causing PAL to
process the line.
Same as LF
12
DC2
15
NAK
PAL will display the line as it
has been typed so far.
PAL will discard the current line
so that the programmer can
type the line again.
To enter the executive mode type the following:
executive[ENTER]
The printer will respond with a sign-on message and prompt:
PAL – Printer Application Language
Release 02.95 (1998.08.19.08.20.49).
Platform Implementation CW1.S3A@1998.08.19.08.20.25.
Copyright 2000, Datasouth Computer Corporation, All Rights Reserved
PAL>
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Label Tutorial
This section guides the reader through a examples designed to teach the reader
how to create basic labels. The tutorial starts with a simple label with a plain text
string. The tutorial builds on this example by introducing a single concept in each
subsequent example. By the end of the tutorial, the label will contain text, lines,
boxes, and a bar code. Each step also provides background on the PAL operators,
helping the reader understand the example code.
NOTE:
For the PAL code segments presented, it is assumed that the command lines will
be entered via some form of terminal emulation package or as a transmitted
string from the host. The lines are to be terminated by pressing the [ENTER] key
if using a terminal emulator or by sending a Carriage Return [CR] character. A
Line Feed [LF] following the carriage return is also acceptable. The sample code
will not explicitly show the end of line terminations. If the printer is in executive
mode, there will be a PAL> prompt issued at the completion of each command.
The PAL command interpreter is case sensitive!!! All commands must be
entered using the same case as in the examples and in the Programmer’s
Reference Manual.
Each step of the tutorial is presented on a single page with a diagram of the label
output, the commands used to produce the label and descriptions of the PAL
commands. Shading is used to call attention to code that has been added to the
previous example to introduce a new concept. The detailed descriptions of the
commands only cover the commands in the shaded area since the rest of the
commands have already been
covered
in
previous
examples.
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Printing Text on a Label
Label Output
PAL Command Sequence
/Sans12.00pt findfont
12 scalefont
setfont
72 72 moveto
(Hello World!) show
1 _showpages
Hello World!
1"
1"
Purpose: Demonstrate how to print simple text on a label.
findfont - Establish the font to use
The fontname is preceded by a “/”. In this example, a Sans Serif 12 point font was
chosen. See Table 7 for supported fonts.
scalefont – Scale the selected font’s size in points
It is typical to use the value indicated in the selected font. In this example, since
Sans12.00pt was the selected font, the scaling was set to 12. Optionally, the command
may be used to scale the font to a different size (e.g. 13 or 11)
setfont - Set the current font to the scaled font defined by the scalefont operator
This font will be used for all subsequent text unless another font is chosen.
moveto - Position the drawing cursor at the desired location
Moves the cursor position 1 inch to the right and 1 inch from the bottom (see box on next
page for description of coordinate system).
show – Place the text on the label
The text to be printed is enclosed by parentheses. The lower left-hand corner of the text is
placed at the current cursor position. In this example the cursor position is established
with the moveto command as described above.
_showpages - Print the created label
The “1” in the example indicates that one label is to be printed. If printing 10 labels, the
command would be 10 _showpages.
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The default coordinate system used by PAL is a traditional Cartesian coordinate system with the origin at the
lower left-hand corner of the drawing surface:
y
(0,0)
x
PAL Coordinate System
An internal “cursor” is maintained by PAL that keeps track of where to put the next print object, i.e. text or
lines, etc. At power up this internal cursor is set to the origin or (0,0).
The default unit used for measuring distance in this coordinate system is the point. A point is a common
typographical unit equivalent to 1/72”. There are 72 points to an inch. The example sets the “cursor” to 72,72
to place text at a point 1 inch to right of the origin and 1 inch above.
Some printing commands such as show will change the location of the cursor. This happens for example after a
text string is put on the label. After the text has been written to the label, the cursor is updated to point to the
end of the text in preparation for the next string.
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Label Output
Hello World!
1"
Printing a Line
PAL Command Sequence
/Sans12.00pt findfont
12 scalefont
setfont
72 72 moveto
(Hello World!) show
72 68 moveto
144 68 lineto
stroke
1 _showpages
1"
Purpose: Demonstrate drawing lines on a label. This example underlines the “Hello
World!” text from the previous example.
moveto - Position the drawing cursor at the desired location
The line will be positioned near the same location as the text, a bit lower in the y
direction to allow for a small space between the bottom of the text and the line. This
example uses the value 68, 4 points below the text (4/72 inches).
lineto – Set the dimensions for the line
The line will be drawn from the current position (72,68) to the position set by the lineto
(144,68). The vertical position did not change resulting in a horizontal line stretching
between the x locations of 72 and 144.
stroke – Draw the line
Actually draws the line specified by the lineto command.
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Printing a Box
Label Output
PAL Command Sequence
/Sans12.00pt findfont
12 scalefont
setfont
72 72 moveto
(Hello World!) show
72 68 moveto
144 68 lineto
30 30 moveto
258 30 lineto
258 258 lineto
30 258 lineto
closepath
2 setlinewidth
stroke
1 _showpages
Hello World!
1"
1"
Purpose: Demonstrate the drawing of a rectangular box. This example builds on the
previous example by drawing a frame around the label. A 4” x 4” (288 points x 288
points) label is used in this example. The frame will be placed within 30 points of the
edge of the label.
moveto - Position the drawing cursor at the desired location
This example assumes a 4” x 4” label (288 points x 288 points). A frame is drawn by
moving to the starting point with the moveto operator.
lineto - Set the dimensions for the line
Forms three sides of the box with three separate lineto operators.
closepath - Close the shape
A box is drawn by drawing 3 sides of the box with the lineto operator followed by
closepath, which closes the box by drawing the last line. It is important to use this
operator to close a shape since the imaging algorithms may or may not actually close the
shape due to rounding errors in the algorithm.
setlinewidth - Set the width of the lines
The width is set in points. In this example, the line width is set to 2 points. The this line
width value will remain the effective value for all lines until changed.
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Hello World!
Label Output
Hello World!
1"
1"
Rotate a Text Object
PAL Command Sequence
/Sans12.00pt findfont
12 scalefont
setfont
72 72 moveto
(Hello World!) show
72 68 moveto
144 68 lineto
30 30 moveto
258 30 lineto
258 258 lineto
30 258 lineto
closepath
stroke
72 90 moveto
90 rotate
(Hello World!) show
-90 rotate
1 _showpages
Purpose: Demonstrate how to rotate text. This example builds on the previous example
by placing another instance of “Hello World!” rotated 90 degrees.
moveto - Position the drawing cursor at the desired location
The text will be located at the same x position and slightly higher in the y direction
relative to the previous text.
rotate - Rotate the coordinate system
In this example the coordinate system is rotated 90 degrees. Since the entire drawing
surface is being rotated, it is important to reset the rotation by the same amount in the
opposite direction (-90 degrees) after text has been placed.
show - Place the text on the label
The text to be printed is enclosed by parentheses. The lower left-hand corner of the text is
placed at the current cursor position.
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Hello World!
Label Output
*BARCODE123*
Hello World!
1"
1"
Printing a Bar Code
PAL Command Sequence
/Sans12.00pt findfont
12 scalefont
setfont
72 72 moveto
(Hello World!) show
72 68 moveto
144 68 lineto
30 30 moveto
258 30 lineto
258 258 lineto
30 258 lineto
closepath
stroke
72 90 moveto
90 rotate
(Hello World!) show
-90 rotate
100 100 moveto
(BARCODE123)
/Code39 _barcode
1 _showpages
Purpose: Demonstrate how to print a bar code. This example builds on the previous
example by placing a bar code near the center of the label.
Moveto - Position the drawing cursor at the desired location
Position cursor at desired location for bar code.
(BARCODE123) – String object defining the barcode content.
The parentheses delimit the text string and are not part of the barcode. The actual bar
code value in this case is BARCODE123, i.e. parentheses not included.
_barcode – Place the specified bar code on the label
The type of bar code is referenced by a ‘/’ followed by the name of the bar code type. For
a list of supported bar codes, see Table 8.
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Specifications
Specifications
Environmental
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Operating Temperature: 32 to 104 degrees F (0 to 40 degrees C)
Storage Temperature: 0 to 140 degrees F (-17 to 60 degrees C)
Relative Humidity: 8 to 80 percent
Maximum wet bulb temperature: 84 degrees F (29 degrees C)
Physical
4505
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Width: 9.1 inches
Depth: 10.8 inches
Height: 11 inches
Weight: 18.9 pounds
4505+ and 4510
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Width: 9.1 inches
Depth: 14.6 inches
Height: 11 inches
Weight: 21.4 pounds
Power Input and Output
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Input: Universal 110/230 VAC 60/50 Hz, 2/1 A
Output: +5 VDC, +24 VDC
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Specifications
Media
Ribbon
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Length: 984 feet (300 meters) Maximum
Width: 4.375 inches Maximum
Ribbon Leader: 12 inches (300 mm)
Ribbon Trailer: 6 inches (150 mm) Reflective or Clear
Ink Side: Outside
Core ID: 1.0 inches
Roll OD: 2.68 inches Maximum
Document (Label Stock)
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Roll OD: 4505 – 6 inches, 4505+/4510 – 8 inches
Core ID: 4505 – 1.5 inches, 4505+/4510 – 3 inches
Width: 4.52 inches
Print Width: 4.25 inches
Thickness: 0.0023 to 0.010 inches
Label Facing: In
Serial Communications
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RS232 Interface
Connector: DB25 Female
Baud Rate: 300 – 57600 bps
Flow Control: Hardware, Xon/Xoff, Xon/Xoff Robust
Printing
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Resolution: 300 DPI (11.8 dots/mm)
Print Width: 4.25 inches
Print Speed: 4505/4505+ - 5 IPS, 4510 – 10 IPS
Method: Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer
Maximum Label Size: 60 inches (4MB DRAM)
Processing
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Intel i960 32-bit Processor
Flash: 1Mbyte (User Flash 32Kbyte), Expansion Option: 1Mbyte
DRAM: 4Mbyte, Expansion Option: 16 Mbyte
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Advanced Features
Flash Memory Management
The CodeWriter 4500 Series printer provides the user with a dedicated 32k area of
flash memory to store applications or label formats. To use this area the user must
understand how to access the area and copy the application to the printer. The
following information is provided to assist the user in understanding the function of
the flash memory on this printer and how they can interact with it.
The firmware contains several front panel button press combinations that can
influence the power-up initialization of the printer.
High Speed Firmware Update Download Mode
ONLINE
Hold down the PAUSE and
buttons while turning on power. Do not
release until the printer displays the “>> Flash Boot <<” message.
This places the printer into the high speed firmware update download mode.
In this mode, the printer will accept firmware downloads at strictly 115,200
baud. Firmware downloads require a special application on the host computer
which Datasouth provides along with firmware updates. Firmware downloads
cannot be performed by operators using terminal emulation or other generic
host applications.
Although very unlikely, the potential exists for operators to corrupt any
existing firmware within the printer by accessing the firmware update
communications mode using improper host software. If this occurs, the printer
will require a new firmware download to correct the problem.
Auto-Baud Firmware Update Download Mode
ONLINE
ITEM
Hold down the
and FEED buttons while turning on power. Do not
release until the firmware displays the “>> Flash Boot <<” message.
Exactly the same as the High Speed Firmware Download Mode, except the
firmware will perform an autobaud operation when initially establishing
communication with the download application on the host computer. This
mode will only autobaud to between 2,400 and 57,600 baud. In order to
perform a high speed 115,200 baud download, the operator must select the
high speed download mode.
PAUSE
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PAL Application Bootstrap Bypass
Hold down the CANCEL button while turning on power. Do not release until the
printer displays the Interface Status Online message.
The printer supports the downloading of standalone or other user PAL
applications into a reserved portion of the internal flash ROM. Given the
proper identifier at the start of such an application, the PAL interpreter will
automatically start executing any such application once the firmware has
completed initialization.
This presents a problem when recording certain types of PAL applications
into the printer. Many types of PAL applications are designed to assume
control of the printer’s RS-232 interface at power-on in order to accept nonPAL commands and/or data from the host system. With a PAL application in
control of the RS-232 interface, the host system is unable to communicate
directly with the PAL interpreter. As a result, the operator cannot send the
PAL commands necessary to erase and/or replace the PAL application
program contained in the flash ROM.
The PAL application bootstrap bypass feature allows the operator to stop the
PAL interpreter from automatically executing any PAL application contained
in the flash ROM. Thereby instructing the interpreter to enter normal PAL
interpretation mode and allowing the operator to send the necessary
commands to erase and/or replace any PAL application program contained in
the flash.
To clear ROM memory area send the following command to the printer after
performing the above “Bootstrap”:
(A:) () _deviceformat
Turn the printer off and then on. It should come up in the On-Line mode. You
are now ready to load the new application.
Release Identification Message Pause
ONLINE
Press and release the PAUSE button while the firmware is displaying any release
identification message (“RelID”). The firmware will pause and leave the
ENTER
message on the display until the
PRINT
button is pressed.
As explained above, this feature provides the operator with sufficient time to
record the release identifiers in order to report them to technical service
personnel.
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Print Darkness Control
CodeWriter 4500 Series Printers shipped with this manual4 will contain a new Print
Darkness control method. This method replaces the print settings method that
involved a Contrast and Preheat setting. The Operator Panel includes access to these
former methods to service current customers obtaining satisfactory print quality with
those settings. Customers desiring to use this previous method may use the following
procedure.
New Customers not obtaining satisfactory results with the Print Darkness method
should contact their Datasouth representative for additional assistance.
Setting Contrast and Preheat
Use the following procedure the program the printer’s Contrast and Preheat
parameter values:
ONLINE
1. Press the
PAUSE
key. This takes you to the off-line menu.
MENU
2. When Interface Status Off-Line is displayed, press the
will take you the to the Print Parameters menu.
key. This
ITEM
3. Press the
key until ENTER to Select Expert Settings is displayed.
FEED
ENTER
4. Press the
key.
PRINT
5. Print Cont. is the first parameter displayed. Press the
to change the Contrast value.
or
CANCEL
key
NOTE: When changing values using the
or CANCEL keys, a
single key press will change the value by one unit. If the key is
pressed and held in, the value will change by 10 units.
ITEM
6. Press the
or
key. Pre-Heat is the next parameter displayed. Press the
FEED
key to change the Preheat value.
CANCEL
ONLINE
7. Press the
PAUSE
ONLINE
key, followed by the
PAUSE
key. The display will read
ENTER
ENTER to save new defaults. Press the
PRINT
key to save these values.
MENU
Or Press the
4
key to return to the Print Parameters menu.
Firmware Revision - 4505/4505+: 109225 Revision A or later, 4510: 109063 Revision D or later.
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