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Operator’s Manual
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Listed
UL60950 Information Technology Equipment
C22.2 No. 950-M93
EN60950
For 230 Volt Operation (Europe): Use a cord set, marked “HAR,” consisting of
a min H05VV-F cord which has a minimum 0.75 square mm diameter
conductors, provided with an IEC 320 receptacle and a male plug for the
country of installation rated 6A, 250V
Für 230 Volt (Europa): Benützen Sie ein Kabel, das mit “HAR” markiert ist,
bestehend mindestens aus einem H05VV-F Kabel, das mindestens 0,75
Quadratmillimeter Drahtdurchmesser hat; sowie eine IEC320 Steckdose und
einen für das Land geeigneten Stecker, 6A, 250 Volt.
As an Energy Star Partner, the manufacturer has determined that this product
meets the Energy Star guidelines for energy efficiency.
The manufacturer declares under sole responsibility that this product conforms
to the following standards or other normative documents:
EMC: EN 55022 (1993) Class B
EN 50024 (1998)
EN61000-4-2 (1995), 4kV CD
EN61000-4-3 (1996), 3V (80%) AM
EN61000-4-4 (1995), 500V Signal Lines /1 kV AC Power Lines
EN61000-4-5 (1995), 1 kV
EN61000-4-6 (1996), 3V (80%) AM
EN61000-4-8 (1994), 1 A/M
EN61000-4-11 (1994)
EN61000-3-2 (1995)
EN61000-3-3 (1995)
Safety: This product complies with the requirements of IEC 60950.
Gost-R
GB4943-2001, GB9254-1998 and GB17635.1-2003
FCC: This device complies with FCC CFR 47 Part 15 Class A
 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 in this manual, it 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 expense.
Important Safety Instructions
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the
user to the presence of important operating and maintenance instructions in
the literature accompanying this unit.
This unit has been carefully designed to provide years of safe, reliable performance. As with
all electrical equipment, however, there are some basic precautions that you should follow
to avoid personal injury or printer damage:
•
Before using the printer, carefully read all the installation and operating instructions.
•
Observe all warning instruction labels on the printer.
•
Install the printer on a flat, firm surface.
•
Do not place the printer on or near a heat source.
•
To protect your printer from overheating, make sure no openings on the printer are
blocked.
•
Never insert anything into the ventilation slots and openings of the printer.
•
Do not use the printer near water or spill liquid into it.
•
Ensure that the AC power source matches the ratings listed for the printer. (If
unsure, check with your dealer or local utility provider.)
•
Do not walk on the AC power cord. If the AC power cord becomes damaged or
frayed, replace it immediately.
•
If the printer ever needs repair, consult only qualified, trained service personnel. No
user-serviceable parts are inside; do not remove the cover.
Contents
1 Overview................................................................................................. 1
1.1 About the Printer ............................................................................... 1
1.1.1 Standard Features .................................................................... 1
1.1.2 Optional Features ..................................................................... 2
2 Getting Started ....................................................................................... 7
2.1 Unpacking the Printer......................................................................... 7
2.1.1 Inspection ............................................................................... 8
2.1.2 Additional Requirements ............................................................ 8
3 Setting up the Printer.............................................................................. 9
3.1 Installation ....................................................................................... 9
3.1.1 Communications ..................................................................... 10
3.2 Media Loading................................................................................. 11
3.2.1 Loading Roll Media .................................................................. 12
3.2.2 Loading Fan-Fold Media ........................................................... 13
3.3 Media Sensor Adjustment ................................................................. 15
3.4 Ribbon Loading ............................................................................... 16
3.5 Quick Calibration ............................................................................. 17
4 Using the Control Panel......................................................................... 19
4.1 Operation ....................................................................................... 19
4.1.1 Display and Indicator Lights ..................................................... 19
4.1.2 Ready Mode: Normal Operation ................................................ 20
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4.1.3 Menu Mode: Configuration ....................................................... 20
4.1.4 Test Mode: Printing Test Labels ................................................ 21
4.2 The System Menu............................................................................ 22
4.2.1 Entrance and Exit Prompts ....................................................... 22
4.2.2 Media Settings ....................................................................... 23
4.2.3 Print Control .......................................................................... 26
4.2.4 Printer Options ....................................................................... 28
4.2.5 System Settings ..................................................................... 36
4.2.6 Communications ..................................................................... 44
4.2.7 Diagnostics ............................................................................ 53
4.2.8 MCL Options .......................................................................... 55
4.3 The Test Menu ................................................................................ 56
4.3.1 Print Quality Label .................................................................. 56
4.3.2 Configuration Label ................................................................. 56
4.3.3 Ribbon Test Label ................................................................... 57
4.3.4 Validation Label ...................................................................... 57
4.3.5 Print Last Label ...................................................................... 57
4.3.6 User Defined Label .................................................................. 57
5 Operating, Adjusting and Maintaining the Printer ................................. 59
5.1 Displayed Messages ......................................................................... 59
5.1.1 Prompts and Condition Messages .............................................. 59
5.2 Calibration...................................................................................... 61
5.2.1 Standard Calibration ............................................................... 61
5.2.2 Advanced Entry Calibration ...................................................... 65
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5.3 Reset Methods ................................................................................ 70
5.3.1 Soft Reset.............................................................................. 70
5.3.2 Level One Reset ..................................................................... 70
5.3.3 Level Two Reset ..................................................................... 70
5.4 Printhead Assembly Adjustments ....................................................... 71
5.4.1 Leveling Cam Adjustment ........................................................ 71
5.4.2 Burn Line Adjustment .............................................................. 72
5.5 Printhead Replacement..................................................................... 73
5.6 Maintenance ................................................................................... 75
5.6.1 Cleaning the Printhead ............................................................ 76
5.6.2 Cleaning the Platen Roller ........................................................ 78
5.6.3 Cleaning Interior and Exterior Surfaces ...................................... 79
5.7 Application Updates ......................................................................... 79
5.7.1 Updating from Ready Mode ...................................................... 79
5.7.2 Updating from Download Mode ................................................. 81
5.7.3 Possible Problems ................................................................... 82
5.8 Boot Loader Updates........................................................................ 83
6 Troubleshooting .................................................................................... 85
6.1 Problem Resolution .......................................................................... 85
6.1.1 General Resolutions ................................................................ 85
6.1.2 Warning and Fault Messages .................................................... 89
6.2 Hex Dump Mode.............................................................................. 96
7 Specifications........................................................................................ 97
7.1 General.......................................................................................... 97
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7.2
Approved Media and Ribbon ............................................................100
7.2.1 Controlling Print Quality ..........................................................100
7.2.2 Media and Ribbon Requirements ..............................................101
7.3 Serial Cable Requirements ...............................................................103
Appendix A.............................................................................................. 105
Module Assignments ..............................................................................105
Print Resolutions and Maximum Label Widths ............................................105
Available Speeds and Default Settings......................................................106
Appendix B.............................................................................................. 107
Custom Adjustment Ranges ....................................................................107
Column & Row Emulation Ranges ............................................................107
Appendix C.............................................................................................. 109
Menu Multi-Language Support .................................................................109
Appendix D ............................................................................................. 113
Configuration Files.................................................................................113
Appendix E .............................................................................................. 115
Printer Driver and Port Setup ..................................................................115
Glossary .................................................................................................. 119
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1
Overview
1.1 About the Printer
Congratulations on your purchase of an I-Class printer (hereafter referred to as “the
printer”). This manual provides information regarding printer setup, operation, and care.
To print label formats, refer to the instructions provided with your labeling software; or if
you wish to write custom programs, a copy of the Class Series 2 Programmer’s Manual can
be found on the Accessories CD and at our web site at http://www.datamax-oneil.com
As detailed below, each model offers many standard and optional features to meet all your
label generation needs.
1.1.1 Standard Features
The model number, located on the back of the unit, defines many of the printer’s standard
features:
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Standard Features
I-Class Model
Feature
4206
4208
4212
4308
4406
4604
Direct Thermal Printing
X
X
X
X
X
X
Fan-Fold Media Handling
X
X
X
X
X
X
1MB
1MB
2MB
2MB
2MB
2MB
Liquid Crystal Display
X
X
X
X
X
X
Media Tear Bar
X
X
X
X
X
X
Multi-Language Support
X
X
X
X
X
X
On-Demand and Batch Printing
X
X
X
X
X
X
203
203
203
300
406
600
X
X
X
X
X
X
8MB
8MB
16MB
16MB
16MB
16MB
Scalable Font Engine
X
X
X
X
X
X
Serial & Parallel Ports
X
X
X
X
X
X
Flash Memory
Resolution (Dots Per Inch)
Rotating Media Hub
SDRAM
1.1.2 Optional Features (available except as noted)
The following optional features are offered for the printer:
Cutter, Light Duty
A rotary mechanism that cuts material with a maximum thickness of .005 inches (.127 mm)
in lengths as small as 1.25 inches (31.8 mm). An adjustable collection tray (200 label
capacity) can also be added.
Cutter, Standard Duty
A rotary mechanism that cuts material with a maximum thickness of .010 inches (.254 mm)
in lengths as small as 1.25 inches (31.8 mm). An adjustable collection tray (200 label
capacity) can also be added.
DMXNetII and DMXrfNetII
An internal wired or wireless Network Interface Controller for Ethernet connectivity with
multiple operating system and protocol support, including trap functions.
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External Keyboard (specify voltage & country requirement when ordering)
A portable terminal for stand-alone printing.
External Media Rewinder (specify voltage requirement when ordering)
A feature-dependant bidirectional label rewinding device:
•
DMXREW1 – rewinds widths up to 4.5 inches (114 mm) into eight-inch (203 mm)
outer diameter rolls on one to four inch (25 to 101 mm) diameter cores at up to ten
inches per second.
•
DMXREW2 – rewinds widths up to 9.5 inches (241 mm) into twelve-inch (304 mm)
outer diameter rolls on a three-inch (76 mm) diameter core at up to thirty inches per
second.
GPI/O Multi-Expansion Card
A slide-in multi-feature circuit card:
•
Flash Memory Expansion – stores up to 8 MB of label formats, fonts, and graphics.
•
Real Time Clock – keeps the time and date for labeling functions.
•
GPIO Port – controls print functions via an external device (e.g., a label applicator).
•
ILPC Fonts (optional) – extends printing capabilities with CG-Times, Kanji Gothic B,
Simplified Chinese GB, Korean Hangul scalable fonts.
•
MCL Serial Port (optional) – allows use with MCL application programs and firmware.
Internal Rewinder
An internal device capable of rewinding six-inch (152 mm) outer diameter rolls of labels or
backing material.
Linear Scanner (unavailable for I-4206; cannot be used with a cutter option)
A CCD device that ensures the readability of bar codes.
Peel and Present Mechanism (requires the Internal Rewinder option)
A device that peels labels from the backing material for immediate application, regulated by
previous label removal [minimum label length is 1.5 inches (38 mm)].
Present Sensor
A device that regulates output to the removal of a previously printed label.
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RFID
An integrated Radio Frequency Identification tag encoding and reading device with data
capture capabilities, available for immediate or future use:
•
Factory Installed – complete, ready to use.
•
Ready – factory installed antenna, requiring installation of additional hardware.
RS-422 Serial Interface (unavailable for I-4206 and I-4208 models)
Single-drop interface hardware for greater printer to host serial communication distances
(at up to 38,400 baud).
Thermal Transfer (specify ribbon configuration at time of order)
A device that allows the use of ribbon to produce exceptional image clarity (as compared to
most direct thermal media).
Twinax/Coax Interface
A slide-in circuit card that provides connectivity to AS/400 and System/3X Twinax host
systems or 3270-type host systems (cabling included).
USB Port
A slide-in circuit card that provides a Universal Serial Bus (Version 1.1) interface for
Windows printing environments.
Option Installation
Experience levels for option installations are detailed below. (Contact your dealer or
Datamax-O’Neil Technical Support for more information.)
Option Installations
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Option
Recommended Installer
Cutters / Trays – Light or Standard Duty
Operator
DMXNetII or DMXrfNetII
DMX Certified Technician
External Keyboard
Operator
External Media Rewinder
Operator
GPI/O Multi-Expansion Card
DMX Certified Technician
Internal Rewinder
Operator
Linear Scanner
DMX Certified Technician
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Option Installations (continued)
I-Class
Option
Recommended Installer
Peel and Present Mechanism
Operator
Present Sensor
Operator
RFID-Ready
DMX Certified Technician
RS-422 Serial Interface
DMX Certified Technician
Thermal Transfer
Operator
Twinax/Coax Interface
DMX Certified Technician
USB Port
DMX Certified Technician
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Getting Started
2.1 Unpacking the Printer
The printer has been carefully packaged to prevent transit damage. (Inspect the container
for damage; if evident, notify the shipping company before acceptance.)
Complete the steps below to ready the printer for use:
A. With the arrow pointing upward, open the box.
B. Remove Accessories Box.
C. Tilt the box sideways and then slide out the printer.
D. Place the printer in an upright position and remove the
packing foam, bag, and tape.
 Note:
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Save the carton and packaging materials for future use.
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2.1.1 Inspection
After removing the packaging, check the contents of the shipment. The following items
should be included:
•
Printer
•
Power Cord
•
Accessories CD
•
Any special or additionally purchased items.
2.1.2 Additional Requirements
Other items can also be needed for operation:
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An interface cable; see Section 3.1.1.
•
Applicable media; see Section 7.3.
•
Applicable software; consult the Accessories CD-ROM and see Appendix E for details,
or refer to your dealer or Datamax-O’Neil for information.
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Setting up the Printer
3.1 Installation
Interface and connect power to the printer:
A. Place the printer on a firm, level surface.
B. Turn OFF the Host Computer then, depending upon your system, connect an appropriate
interface cable from the host to the printer; see Section 3.1.1.
C. Turn ON the Host Computer.
D. Ensure that the printer’s Power On/Off Switch is in the OFF position. Connect the AC
Power Cord to the AC Power Connector, and then plug the AC Power Cord into a properly
grounded AC Outlet.
 Note:
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When interfacing, ensure AC power has been turned OFF, and always apply
power to the Host before the Printer.
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3.1.1 Communications
Following power-up (or after a period of inactivity), interface port selection occurs
automatically upon detection of valid data. If the incoming (received) data flow stops and
the Host Timeout Value (see Section 4.2.6) is exceeded, partially received formats will be
ignored and the port detection process repeated.
 Notes:
1) To change an active port immediately, cycle the power OFF and ON.
2) For alternate data processing options, see SYSTEM SETTINGS / INPUT
MODE - Section 4.2.5.
DMXNetII Network Interface Card / DMXrfNetII Wireless Network Interface Card
The optional network interface has several menu-selectable modes; see Section 4.2.6 or
refer to the manual provided with the option.
Parallel Port
The parallel interface has two menu-selectable modes of operation:
•
Unidirectional mode is forward channel communication and requires a Centronics
cable with a 36 pin male connector.
•
Bidirectional mode is IEEE 1284 Compliant, using forward and reverse channel
communications and requires an IEEE 1284 cable with a Centronics 36 pin male
connector.
Serial Port
The serial interface supports RS-232C, and if equipped optional RS-422 communications.
The serial interface has menu-selectable settings that must match the host computer’s
settings; see Section 4.2.6. In addition to the port settings, serial cable wiring must
have specific pin connections for proper data flow; see Section 7.3.
USB Interface Card
The optional USB Port is plug and play interface, operating transparently and without menuselectable settings or modes.
WARNING
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The USB Port is a device-end only connection. Never connect a keyboard,
mouse, modem, etc. to this port; damage can result.
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3.2 Media Loading
Load media according to its type:
A. Raise the cover.
B. Rotate the Printhead Latch then raise the Printhead Assembly.
C. Slide the Media Guide outward and then rotate it downward.
D. If using roll media on a 1.5-inch (38mm) core, grasp then pull firmly outward to remove
the 3-Inch Media Hub; otherwise, go to Step E.
Printhead
Assembly
3 Inch
Media Hub
1.5 Inch
Media Hub
Printhead Latch
Media Guide
E. Proceed according to the media type:
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•
For Roll Media, see Section 3.2.1; or,
•
For Fan-Fold Media, see Section 3.2.2.
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3.2.1
Loading Roll Media
A. Slide the Roll Media onto the Media Hub until it reaches the Backstop.
Backstop
Roll Media
Media Hub
Media Guide
B. Route the Media under the Media Idler, through the Media Sensor, and then straight out
the front of printer.
Media Idler
Media
Media Sensor
Media Guide
C. Raise then slide the Media Guide over so that it rests lightly against the edge of the
media.
D. Position the Media Sensor; see Section 3.3.
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E. If using thermal transfer media, load ribbon (see Section 3.4); otherwise, go to Step F.
F. Lower the Printhead Assembly and rotate the Printhead Latch into the locked position.
Close the cover then turn ON the printer. After READY is displayed, press and hold the
FEED Key until at least one label gap (or mark) is advanced; see Section 3.5.
Printhead Assembly
Printhead Latch
 Note: Adjust the Leveling Cam if using narrow media; see Section 5.4.1.
3.2.2 Loading Fan-Fold Media
A. With the Fan Fold Media source aligned to the Bottom or the Rear Media Slot, insert the
media. (If using reflective media, be sure that the black mark is facedown.)
Rear
Media Slot
Bottom
Media Slot
Fan-Fold
Media
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B. Route the Media under the Media Idler (also, if equipped over the Internal Rewinder;
and, if through the Rear Media Slot, over the Media Hub).
Media Idler
Media
Media
Sensor
Media
Hub
Media
Guide
Internal Rewinder
(Optional Equipment)
C. Pass the media through the Media Sensor then straight out the front of the printer.
D. Raise then slide the Media Guide over so that it rests lightly against the edge of the
media.
E. Position the Media Sensor; see Section 3.3.
F. If using thermal transfer media, load ribbon (see Section 3.3); otherwise, go to Step G.
G. Lower the Printhead Assembly and rotate the Printhead Latch into the locked position.
Close the cover then turn ON the printer. After READY is displayed, press and hold the
FEED Key until at least one label gap (or mark) is advanced; see Section 3.5.
Printhead Assembly
Printhead Latch
 Note: Adjust the Leveling Cam if using narrow media; see Section 5.4.1.
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3.3 Media Sensor Adjustment
The Media Sensor detects media presence, and top-of-form (except when using continuous
stock). Adjust the Media Sensor as follows:
A. With media loaded and the Printhead Assembly raised for visual access, grasp the Slide
Tab of the Media Sensor.
B. According to your Media Type, use the Slide Tab to position the Sensor Eye Mark as
described in the table below. (Afterward, if necessary, return to the previous section to
complete the setup.)
Media Type
Sensor Eye Mark Position
Die-cut
Near the middle of the label
Notched
Centered over the notch
Reflective
Centered over the black mark
Continuous
Near the middle of the media
Printhead
Assembly
Media
Sensor
Sensor Eye
Mark
Slide
Tab
 Notes: (1) For SENSOR TYPE selection, see Section 4.2.2 (and if using CONTINUOUS
also set LABEL LENGTH).
(2) For SOP adjustments, see Section 4.2.3.
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3.4 Ribbon Loading
The Thermal Transfer Option type determines the applicable ribbon type [Coating Side In
(CSI) or Coating Side Out (CSO)]. Depending upon the option type, load ribbon as follows:
A. Unlock the Printhead Latch and raise the Printhead Assembly. Following the Directional
Arrows on the Thermal Transfer Option, orient the Ribbon Roll accordingly and then slide
it completely onto the Ribbon Supply Hub.
B. Route the ribbon under the Ribbon Idler and Printhead Assembly then up and around the
Ribbon Take-Up Hub. Wind the ribbon several times (in a clockwise direction) around the
Ribbon Take-Up Hub to secure it.
C. If loading media, return to the media loading instructions; otherwise, lower the
Printhead Assembly and rotate the Printhead Latch into the locked position.
CSI Thermal Transfer Option
Directional Arrows
Ribbon
Take-Up Hub
Printhead
Assembly
Ribbon Supply Hub
Ribbon Roll
Printhead
Latch
Ribbon Idler
CSO Thermal Transfer Option
Directional Arrows
Ribbon
Take-Up Hub
Printhead
Assembly
Ribbon Supply Hub
Ribbon Roll
Printhead
Latch
Ribbon Idler
 Note:
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Coating Side In and Coating Side Out ribbons are NOT interchangeable.
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Removing Used Ribbon
When the Ribbon Roll is depleted, pull the empty core from the Ribbon Supply Hub. Grasp
the used roll on Ribbon Take-Up Hub then pull and squeeze to remove the spent ribbon.
(To remove partially depleted rolls, cut the ribbon then remove the roll and discard any
used ribbon as described above.)
3.5 Quick Calibration
The printer is calibrated to sense a wide range of media. Calibration fine-tunes these
settings for your die-cut, notched, or reflective application. (Not required for continuous
media.)
Perform this calibration during initial setup or after changing your media type:
•
Ensure that media is loaded and that the Media Sensor is adjusted. Then, with the
printer idle, press and hold the FEED Key. Allow at least one complete label to advance
then release the key.
Upon successful completion, CALIBRATION COMPLETED and then READY will be
displayed.
 Notes:
•
If UNCALIBRATED is displayed, see Section 5.2.
•
If the printer displays CANNOT CALIBRATE or stops feeding mid-label, press and hold
the FEED Key until two (or more) labels are advanced before releasing the key. If this
method also fails, see Section 5.2.
•
WARNING LOW BACKING may appear if using notched media, or media with a
transparent liner; however, calibration was successful.
•
Media containing large gaps may require a change in the PAPER OUT DISTANCE; see
Section 4.2.2.
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Using the Control Panel
4.1 Operation
The Control Panel is composed of a display, indicators, and mode-dependant keys for easy
access to printer functions.
4.1.1 Display and Indicator Lights

Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
The LCD provides textual information:
•
•
•
•
•
Following initialization, the READY message;
The time and date;
Label counts during batch jobs;
When in Menu Mode, the System Menu; and,
Displayed Messages.

2
3
READY
STOP
4
ERROR
1
FWD
REV
ENT
ESC
The Ready Light provides operational state information:
•
•
•
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ON indicates Ready Mode;
SLOW FLASHING indicates Menu Mode; and,
FAST FLASHING indicates data reception.

The Stop Light indicates a paused condition.

The Error Light indicates the following conditions (see Section 6.1.2):
• SLOW FLASHING indicates a Warning; and,
• FAST FLASHING indicates a Fault.

The MENU Key, when pressed and held, adjusts the LCD Contrast.
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4.1.2 Ready Mode: Normal Operation (Ready Light ON)

The PAUSE Key temporarily suspends printing, and pressing it
again returns normal operation.

The FEED Key advances labels, and clears any corrected
faults. Pressing and holding it initiates calibration; see Section
3.5.

The CANCEL Key cancels the current print job and then pauses the printer. Pressing and
holding it four seconds initiates a soft reset; see Section 5.3.1.

The MENU Key toggles the Ready and Menu Modes (and while in Ready Mode, pressing and
holding it adjusts the LCD Contrast.)

The TEST Key enters and exits the Test Mode.
4.1.3 Menu Mode: Configuration (Ready Light “Flashing”)

The DOWN ARROW Key scrolls to a previous menu item, and
also decrements numerical values for most menu selections.

The UP ARROW Key scrolls to the next menu item, and also
increments numerical values in most menu selections.

The ENTER Key selects the function, item, or displayed value; also moves between
selections within multiple parameter fields.
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
The ESCAPE Key moves through previous menu levels to Ready Mode.

The TEST Key terminates printing then restores Menu Mode.
4.1.4 Test Mode: Printing Test Labels

The DOWN ARROW Key scrolls to the previous test function.

The UP ARROW Key scrolls to the next test function.

The ENTER Key changes the selected test label quantity
(except the Configuration Label, always one), and holding
down the key scrolls the quantities.

The ESCAPE Key exits the Test Mode.

The TEST Key prints the selected label at the selected quantity. During printing, this key
also cancels the test. Pressing and holding it for four seconds initiates printhead cleaning;
see Section 4.2.2.
 Note:
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Test Mode functions are disabled while processing data from communications
interfaces, and printing can be time delayed using the PRINT TEST RATE; see
Section 4.2.7.
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4.2 The System Menu
The MENU Key accesses seven system branches:
•
MEDIA SETTINGS
•
PRINT CONTROL
•
PRINTER OPTIONS
•
SYSTEM SETTINGS
•
COMMUNICATIONS
•
DIAGNOSTICS
•
MCL OPTIONS
 Notes:
(1) Entering the menu takes the printer offline and halts the processing of new
data.
(2) Selected Menu items are indicated with an asterisk (*) next to the displayed
setting, while items designated with a section symbol (§) require a reset to
become effective.
(3) Password protection can prevent accidental or unauthorized Menu System
changes; see Section 4.2.5.
(4) The commands from your host computer may, in some cases, override the
menu settings; see Section 4.2.6 for setting controls.
(5) Depending upon the installed firmware, some of the menu selections
represented below may not appear in your printer.
(6) Options or items not detected by the printer may indicate NOT INSTALLED
when accessed in the menu.
4.2.1 Entrance and Exit Prompts
Depending upon the security setting and printer configuration, the following Entrance and
Exit Prompts may appear when accessing or exiting the menu (see Section 5.1.1 for other
prompts).
STOP
READY
•
Press the
ERROR


Key to enter Menu Mode.
FWD
REV
ENT
ESC
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Displayed Message
MENU MODE
Details
The Menu Key has been pressed, where:
ENTER PASSWORD
0000
KEEP HOST CHANGES?
ENTER=YES
SAVE CHANGES?
ENTER = YES
Requires entry of the correct security password for
menu access.
Requires a decision regarding existing host commands
that have affected the configuration of the printer,
where pressing ENTER will save these changes or
pressing ESC will discard them.
Requires a decision regarding changes that have been
made to the printer’s settings, where pressing ENTER
will save these changes or pressing ESC will discard
them.
 Note: If required, a reset will automatically occur.
The following designations are used throughout the menu listings below:
Symbol

Definition
Denotes a firmware default setting or value.
Denotes a setting can only be changed via the menu.
4.2.2 Media Settings
The Media Settings menu contains label and ribbon settings, and printhead maintenance
selections.
Menu Item
MEDIA TYPE
Details
Selects the method used to print labels and should be
set according to the type of media being used, where:
THERMAL TRANSFER
Sets printing for media that requires a ribbon to
produce an image.
DIRECT THERMAL
Sets printing for media that is reactive to heat to
produce an image.
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Media Settings (continued)
Menu Item
SENSOR TYPE
Details
Selects the Top Of Form (TOF) sensing method used to
determine the leading edge of the label, where:
GAP
Senses the gaps or notches in the media.
CONTINUOUS
TOF sensing is not used; see LABEL LENGTH.
REFLECTIVE
Senses the reflective (black) marks on the underside of
the media.
LABEL LENGTH
04.00in
(0-99.99)
MAXIMUM LABEL LENGTH
16.00in
(0-99.99)
Determines the length of the label when the SENSOR
TYPE is set to CONTINUOUS, where:
Is the desired length of the format.
Sets the distance that the printer will feed GAP or
REFLECTIVE media before declaring a TOF fault, where:
Is the length of travel to detect a TOF gap or mark.
 Note: This distance should be 2.5 to 3 times the
length of the label.
PAPER OUT DISTANCE
00.25in
(0-99.99)
Sets the Out Of Stock fault (empty) distance, where:
Is the attempted length of feed before empty is
declared.
 Note: If using clear or translucent media, this
setting should be longer than the length of
the label.
LABEL WIDTH
Sets the maximum printable width. Objects extending
beyond this limit will NOT print, where:
(X-XX)
Is the maximum width; see Appendix A for the model
dependant default and range.
XX
RIBBON LOW OPTIONS
RIBBON LOW DIAMETER
1.40in (1.00 – 2.00)
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Defines the response when THERMAL TRANSFER is
selected and the ribbon supply diminishes, where:
Sets the threshold that will trigger a Low Ribbon
Warning prompt, where:
Is the outer diameter size of the ribbon roll.
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Media Settings (continued)
Menu Item
PAUSE ON RIBBON LOW
Details
Sets the printer to pause when the RIBBON LOW
DIAMETER setting is met, where:
ENABLED
Forces the user to press the PAUSE Key to proceed with
the print job.
DISABLED
Allows printing to continue until ribbon empty is
declared.
SENSOR CALIBRATION
Selects the method used to calibrate the media sensor
(see Section 5.2), where:
PERFORM CALIBRATION
Sets the values via printer calculations.
ADVANCED ENTRY
Sets the values via manual entry, where:
SENSOR LEVELS
Allows manual entry of paper, gap (or mark), and
empty threshold values.
SENSOR GAIN
Adjusts the sensor sensitivity.
PRINTHEAD CLEANING
CLEAN HEAD SCHEDULE
000 in. (* 1000)
Controls the automatic cleaning alert and function,
where:
Specifies the amount of media (times one thousand)
that can be used before a print head cleaning warning
will be issued (If exceeded three times, however, a
fault will be declared.)
 Note: Zero (000) disables this function.
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CLEAN HEAD COUNTER
Indicates the number of inches (or cm) since cleaning
was last initiated.
RESET COUNTER
Resets the Clean Head Counter to zero to restart the
Clean Head Schedule.
CLEAN HEAD NOW
Initiates the cleaning process then resets the Clean
Head Counter. Remove ribbon. Also see Section 5.6.1.
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4.2.3 Print Control
The Print Control menu contains print quality, throughput, formatting, and custom setup
functions:
Menu Item
HEAT
10
Details
Controls the burn-time of the printhead (selectable as
“Heat” in most labeling programs), where:
(0 - 30)
PRINT SPEED
Controls the rate of label movement during printing,
where:
(X - XX)
XXin/sec
Is the number based on duration, corresponding to
print darkness.
Is the speed setting; see Appendix A for the model
dependant default and range.
 Note: Detailed image printing may require slower
speeds; alternately, faster printing may
require an increased HEAT setting for
sufficient energy transfer.
FEED SPEED
Controls the rate of label movement between printing
areas, where:
(X - XX)
XXin/sec
REVERSE SPEED
(X - XX)
XXin/sec
SLEW SPEED
ROW OFFSET
00.00in
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Is the speed setting; see Appendix A for the default
and range.
Is the speed setting; see Appendix A for the default
and range.
Shifts the vertical SOP position on the label, where:
(0 - 99.99)
COLUMN OFFSET
00.00 in
Controls the rate of label movement during backup
positioning, where:
Controls the rate of label movement between printing
areas when using the GPIO option, where:
(X - XX)
XXin/sec
Is the speed setting; see Appendix A for the model
dependant default and range.
(0 - 99.99)
Is the offset distance; see Section 7.2.2 for label
details.
Shifts the horizontal, left-justified SOP position to the
right without shifting the Label Width termination point
to the right, where:
Is the offset distance; see Section 7.2.2 for label
details.
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Print Control (continued)
Menu Item
PRESENT DISTANCE
0.00in
(0 - 4.00)
MOTOR THROTTLING
Details
Sets the label stop position, where:
Is the label travel distance at output.
Controls the current to the stepper motor, where:
ENABLED
Counts labels versus time and, if needed, pauses
printing to maintain a cooler motor temperature.
DISABLED
Applies motor current normally.
TOF PRECEDENCE
Allows an override of label format data when the form
length is exceeded, where:
DISABLED
Prints labels formats without TOF truncating.
ENABLED
Ends the label at the next TOF, truncating any print
data that extends past this mark.
CUSTOM ADJUSTMENTS
These selections independently change the listed
parameters, allowing slight mechanical compensations
sometimes evident when multiple printers share label
formats or for special printer-specific formatting
adjustments, where:
DARKNESS
32 (1 - 64)
Controls the printhead strobe time (see HEAT, above) to
fine-tune the solid areas of the image.
CONTRAST
32 (1 – 64)
Fine-tunes the gray areas of an image.
ROW ADJUST
Shifts the vertical SOP position to fine-tune the ROW
000 DOTS (–XXX  XXXX) OFFSET setting; see Appendix B for range and Section
7.1 for dot size.
 Note: If shifting negative, modify PRESENT ADJUST
(see below) by the same amount.
COLUMN ADJUST
000 DOTS (–XXX  XXX)
Shifts both the horizontal SOP position and the LABEL
WIDTH termination point to the right to fine-tune the
COLUMN OFFSET setting; see Appendix B for range and
Section 7.1 for dot size.
PRESENT ADJUST
000 DOTS (–XXX  XXX)
Adjusts the label stopping position to fine-tune the
PRESENT DISTANCE setting; see Appendix B for range
and Section 7.1 for dot size.
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4.2.4 Printer Options
The Printer Options menu contains module, file-handling, and option functions:
Menu Item
Details
MODULES
Controls memory handling functions, where:
PRINT DIRECTORY
Prints a listing of available space, files, and types; see
Appendix A.
PRINT FILE
Prints from a list of available files.
FORMAT MODULE
Formats the selected module, erasing all data.
DELETE FILE
Removes selected files from the module directory.
 Note: Protected modules will not be displayed, and
space will not be recovered until packed.
PACK MODULE
Removes deleted files and defrags the module to
recover memory space.
PRESENT SENSOR
Controls the Present Sensor, and the Peel and Present
options, where:
MODE
Sets the detection method and response of the printer,
where:
AUTO
Checks for the presence of the sensor and if found, the
sensor is enabled; otherwise, the function is ignored.
ENABLED
Enables the sensor. If not detected, a fault is
generated.
DISABLED
Disables the sensor.
RETRACT DELAY
070 x 10mS
CUTTER
MODE
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Programs a time delay for retraction of the next label in
the print job, where:
(1 - 255)
Is the range, times 10 milliseconds.
Controls the Cutter option, where:
Sets the detection method and response of the printer,
where:
AUTO
Detects, enables, and sets the label stop location for
the cutter; if not detected, the option will be ignored.
ENABLED
Enables and sets the label stop location for the cutter;
if not detected, a fault will be generated.
DISABLED
Disables the option.
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Printer Options (continued)
Menu Item
CUT BEHIND
Details
Allows a number of small labels to queue before a cut is
performed, increasing throughput, where:
 Note: This mode can be used without a cutter to
allow the presentation of an extra label, with
retraction occurring upon the next job or feed
operation.
0 (0 – 2)
Is the queue number.
 Note: After a fault or unknown label position, the
leading edge will be cut to ensure no extra
material exists at the beginning of the first
label; otherwise, cutting will occur only as
specified.
SCANNER
MODE
Controls the Linear Scanner option, where:
Sets the detection method and response of the printer,
where:
AUTO
Checks for the presence of the scanner: If found, the
scanner is enabled; otherwise, it will be ignored.
ENABLED
Enables the scanner. If not detected, a fault will be
generated.
DISABLED
Disables the scanner.
BARCODES
Specifies the bar code type(s) for scanning, where:
 Note: Enabling only the bar code types that will be
checked can help maximize throughput.
CODE 39
IATA
CODABAR
INTERLEAVED 2 OF 5
INDUSTRIAL 2 OF 5
CODE 93
CODE 128
MSI/PLESSEY
EAN(13/8)
EAN(13/8)+2
EAN(13/8)+5
UPC(A/E)
UPC(A/E)+2
UPC(A/E)+5
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Is / are the bar code type(s) to be checked; see the
Class Series 2 Programmer’s Manual for symbology
details.
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Printer Options (continued)
Menu Item
Details
BARCODE COUNT
Specifies a number of bar codes per label and
generates a fault when the number present is incorrect,
where:
(0 - 99)
Sets the number of bar codes to count, where 00 (Auto
Mode) allows a variable number.
00
 Note: If bar codes are bitmaps, enter the minimum
number to be read on each label (check your
software application if questioning the bar
code generation method).
MIN READABLE HEIGHT
Ensures bar code integrity by setting a minimum
distance for identical decodes, where:
DISABLED
Uses REDUNDANCY LEVEL to ensure bar code integrity.
1/16 – ½ in
(1.5–12.5mm)
Sets a read distance requirement to pass the bar code
(e.g., ¼ requires .25 inches to be readable).
 Note: This distance should not exceed 50% of the
measured bar code height.
REDUNDANCY LEVEL
READ BARCODE 3X
Ensures bar code integrity by specifying a consecutive
number of identical decodes, where:
Sets a valid read count requirement (1X – 6X) to pass
the bar code (e.g., 3X must return three identical
decodes).
 Note: High redundancy rates and fast print speeds
may cause erroneous read failures when
scanning small or multiple bar codes.
AUTO
IGNORE NO DATA
Allows an override of data verification, where:
DISABLED
Checks for correct bar code data in the bar code(s).
ENABLED
Ignores the data present in the bar code(s).
SET DEFAULTS
SET FACTORY DEFAULT?
CANCEL KEY = YES
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Uses MIN READABLE HEIGHT to ensure bar code
integrity.
Restores the scanner settings to the default values,
where:
Restores the defaults, or press the ESC Key to keep the
current configuration.
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Printer Options (continued)
Menu Item
RFID
Controls the RFID operation, where:
RFID MODULE
Sets the mode of RFID operation, where:
DISABLED
Disables RFID.
HF
Selects the Securakey option.
UHF CLASS 1
Selects the Alien option.
UHF MULTI-PROTOCOL
Selects the UHF cross-platform option.
RFID POSITION
1.10in
(110 - 4.00)
HF SETTINGS
Is the inlay location, as referenced from the leading
edge of the tag moving in the direction of print.
Selects the tag type, where:
ISO 15693
TI
PHILIPS
ST LRI512
ST LRI64
AFI VALUE
00
Sets the RFID encoding position, where:
Sets the HF RFID encoding settings, where:
TAG TYPE
Is the type to be encoded.
Sets the Application Family Identifier value, where:
(HEX)
AFI LOCK
Is the value (00 - FF).
Locks the AFI value, where:
DISABLED
Is not protected.
ENABLED
Is write-protected.
DSFID VALUE
00
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Details
(HEX)
Sets the Data Storage Format Identifier value, where:
Is the value (00 - FF).
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Printer Options (continued)
Menu Item
DSFID LOCK
Locks the DSFID value, where:
DISABLED
Is not protected.
ENABLED
Is write-protected.
EAS VALUE
00
Selects the Electronic Article Surveillance value, where:
(HEX)
Is the value (00 - FF).
AUDIO INDICATOR
N/A
ERASE ON FAULT
Allows tag data erasure when errors are detected,
where:
DISABLED
Keeps data.
ENABLED
Erases bad data.
UHF SETTINGS
Sets the UHF RFID encoding settings, where:
TAG TYPE
Selects the tag type, where:
GEN 2
EPC 0
EPC 0+ MATRICS
EPC 0+ IMPINJ
EPC 1
UCODE EPC 1.19
EM 4022/4222
TAG DATA SIZE
Is the type to be encoded.
Sets the tag data size, where:
96-BIT
Selects 96 bits.
64-BIT
Selects 64 bits.
POWER ADJUST (dBMs)
000
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Details
(-04  004)
Adjusts the applied power, where:
Is the power level, in decibels.
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Printer Options (continued)
Menu Item
KILL CODE
Code to permanently deactivate the tag, where:
00 00 00 00
ACCESS CODE
00 00 00 00
GEN 2 LOCK ACTION
Is the code, in the form B3, B2, B1, B0.
Code to protect tag memory contents, where:
Is the code, in the form B3, B2, B1, B0.
Sets the lock for Gen 2 tags, where:
NONE
Does not lock the tag.
PERMALOCK
Locks data permanently.
PWD-READ/WRITE
Locks data with password-protection for writing data.
BOTH
Allows both Permalock and PWD-Lock to be used.
PAD/TRUNC. EPC DATA
Allows padding or truncating of data with nulls
(represented as “00”) in order to fit the selected EPC
Tag Data Size, where:
DISABLED
Does not pad or truncate data.
LEADING
Adds nulls to the front (left) of the data if less than the
size, or cuts the data if greater.
TRAILING
Adds nulls to the end (right) of the data if less than the
size, or cuts the data if greater.
LOCK CODE (ALIEN HW)
00
(HEX)
LOCK AFTER WRITE
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Details
Sets the lock code for Alien Gen 2 tags, where:
Is the code (00 - FF).
Locks the tag after programming, where:
DISABLED
No lock occurs.
ENABLED
Locks the tag.
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Printer Options (continued)
Menu Item
RETRY ATTEMPTS
3
(0 - 9)
Details
Sets the number of retry attempts, where:
Is the retry count before a fault is declared.
AUTO DETECT TAG
Allows the printer to establish the tag to transducer
distance setting. CALIBRATING RFID will appear as
media is scanned for the tag location. Upon completion,
the media will be retracted to the TOF position with the
positioning results (along with a brief SUCCESS or
FAILURE message).
SET DEFAULTS
Allows the RFID default values to be restored, where:
YES
Restores the default settings.
NO
Exits the menu item without changing the current
settings.
GPIO PORT
GPIO DEVICE
APPLICATOR
Controls the GPIO operation, where:
Sets the GPIO option to work with a specific device
type, where:
Enables parameters for related label applicator
functions:
• Completion upon last SOP, de-asserts Data Ready
(DRDY);
• FEED allowed at any time; and,
• DRDY upon PAUSE.
APPLICATOR2
Enables parameters for alternate label applicator
functions:
• Completion upon 1 msec. overlap of Data Ready
(DRDY) and End of Print (EOP);
• DRDY signal end inhibits FEED; and,
• De-asserts DRDY upon PAUSE or FAULT.
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BARCODE VERIFIER
Enables the GPIO Port to work with a bar code verifier.
DISABLED
Disables the option.
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Printer Options (continued)
Menu Item
START OF PRINT
Selects the type of input signal required to initiate
printing, where:
ACTIVE HIGH
Triggers printing with a high signal.
EDGE
Triggers printing with a signal edge transition.
LOW PULSE
Triggers printing with a low pulse.
HIGH PULSE
Triggers printing with a high pulse.
ACTIVE LOW
Triggers printing with a low signal.
END OF PRINT
Sets the type of output signal generated to indicate End
of Print (EOP), where:
LOW PULSE
Outputs a low pulse upon completion.
HIGH PULSE
Outputs a high pulse upon completion.
ACTIVE LOW
Outputs a logic low upon completion.
ACTIVE HIGH
Outputs a logic high upon completion.
RIBBON LOW
Sets the low ribbon signal (as determined by RIBBON
LOW OPTIONS; see Section 4.2.2), where:
ACTIVE LOW
Outputs a logic low when the roll reaches the setting.
ACTIVE HIGH
Outputs a logic high when the roll reaches the setting.
SLEW ENABLE
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Details
Selects the type of input signal required to initiate label
slew, where:
STANDARD
Triggers slew with a low signal.
LOW PULSE
Triggers slew with a low pulse.
HIGH PULSE
Triggers slew with a high pulse.
ACTIVE LOW
Triggers slew with a low signal.
ACTIVE HIGH
Triggers slew with a high signal.
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Printer Options (continued)
Menu Item
BACKUP LABEL
Details
Positions a presented label for printing (provided the
PRESENT DISTANCE setting is greater than zero),
where:
DISABLED
Disables backup positioning.
ACTIVE LOW
Positions the label when a logic low is received.
ACTIVE HIGH
Positions the label when a logic high is received.
ERR ON PAUSE (APP2)
Sets the output when a service required fault occurs,
where:
ENABLED
Enables the output signal.
DISABLED
Disables the output signal.
4.2.5 System Settings
The System Settings menu contains operating, control, and formatting functions:
Menu Item
CONFIGURATION FILE
Details
Controls the creation, storage, and recall of printer
configuration files (see Appendix D), where:
RESTORE AS CURRENT
Lists the files available, and then after selection
reconfigures the printer according to that file.
SAVE SETTING AS
Saves the effective configuration of the printer to a
named file of up to nineteen characters.
DELETE FILE
Lists the files available, and then after selection,
removes that file from memory.
 Note: A currently activated file cannot be deleted.
FACTORY SETTING FILE
NONE
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Lists the files available and then after selection that file
will be restored whenever a Level One reset is
performed; see Section 5.3.2.
Is the currently selected file.
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System Settings (continued)
Menu Item
INTERNAL MODULE D
1024 K (XXX - XXXX)
DEFAULT MODULE
D
SCALEABLE FONT CACHE
0312 K (100 - 5120)
SINGLE BYTE SYMBOLS
PC–850 MULTILINGUAL
DOUBLE BYTE SYMBOLS
Details
Allocates a number of 1KB memory blocks for internal
Memory Module D; where:
Is the memory allocation; see Appendix A for the
memory ranges, types, and availability.
Designates the memory module for storage when no
other location is specified; where:
Is the module; see Appendix A for availability.
Configures the number of 1KB memory blocks for the
scaleable font engine; where:
Is the memory allocation; see Appendix A for
availability.
Selects from the 66 available code pages used for
single byte fonts (unless otherwise specified in DPL);
where:
Is the selected code page; for details see the Class
Series 2 Programmer’s Manual.
Selects the code page (see the Class Series 2
Programmer’s Manual) used for the ILPC option (unless
otherwise specified), where:
UNICODE
Selects Unicode (including Korean).
GB
Selects Government Bureau Industry Standard,
Chinese (PRC).
BIG 5
Selects Taiwan encoded.
JIS
Selects Japanese Industry Standard.
SHIFT JIS
Selects Shift Japanese Industry Standard.
EUC
Selects Extended UNIX Code.
TIME AND DATE
SET HOUR
06:30AM 01JAN2000
Allows the user to set the time and date; where:
Enters the information for the time and date fields.
 Note: Time and date retention (after power
removal) requires the Real Time Clock
function; see GPI/O Multi-Expansion CCA,
Section 1.1.2.
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System Settings (continued)
Menu Item
MEDIA COUNTERS
Details
Provides a recorded count of inches printed and time;
where:
ABSOLUTE COUNTER
Shows the total number of inches printed and the set
date. (Non-resettable)
RESETTABLE COUNTER
Shows the number of inches printed and the last reset
date.
RESET COUNTER
Returns the RESETTABLE COUNTER to zero.
PRINT CONFIGURATION
Prints a Configuration Label of current database
information where items denoted with the section (§)
and bullet ( ) symbol indicate changes not yet saved.
CONFIGURATION LEVEL
Displays the hardware and software feature level of the
printer, where:
PRINTER KEY
Identifies the unique key number of the printer, in the
form
vvvv-wwxx-yyyyyy-zzz
Where:
vvvv
–
Represents the printer model number.
wwxx
–
Represents the hardware and software
levels, where:
ww – Represents the main logic card type:
PA = CCA 51-2178-XX; or
TB = CCA 51-2301-XX
xx – Represents the software feature
level:
10 = Standard DPL
11 = 4208
20 = Internal CG Times Font
yyyyyy
zzz
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– Is a manufacturing date code.
– Is a unique time stamp.
APPLICATION VERSION
Displays the level, version number, and date of the
application firmware.
BOOT LOADER
Displays the Boot Loader version level and date.
UPGRADE PRINTER CODE
000000
Upgrades the printer to the corresponding feature level.
(Authorization required.)
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System Settings (continued)
Menu Item
UNLOCK FEATURE
000000
SET FACTORY DEFAULTS
SET FACTORY DEFAULT?
CANCEL KEY = YES
Details
Unlocks a corresponding feature with the entry of the
correct code.
Returns the printer settings to the factory-programmed
values or the Factory Setting File values, where:
Overwrites the current configuration and restores the
default configuration (), or if selected the Factory
Setting File. Otherwise, press the ESC Key to keep the
current configuration.
 Note: A reset will occur and, if no Factory Setting
File is used, all settings returned except
CUSTOM ADJUSTMENTS and calibrations.
FORMAT ATTRIBUTES
Defines the way overlapping text, bar codes, and
graphics are printed, where:
XOR
Does not print intersecting areas, for
example:
OPAQUE
Overwrites intersecting areas with
those last formatted, for example:
TRANSPARENT
Prints intersecting areas, for
example:
LABEL ROTATION
Allows the label format to be rotated 180 degrees,
where:
DISABLED
Prints formats without rotation.
ENABLED
Prints flipped formats.
IMAGING MODE
MULTIPLE LABEL
Determines the process used to format labels, where:
Formats multiple images, as memory permits, to
achieve the fastest throughput.
 Note: Time stamps will indicate the moment of
imaging rather than printing.
SINGLE LABEL
PAUSE MODE
Formats an image only after a previous format has been
printed to achieve the most accurate time stamps.
Allows controlled interactive printing, where:
DISABLED
Prints labels without pausing.
ENABLED
Requires the user to press the PAUSE Key to print each
label.
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System Settings (continued)
Menu Item
PEEL MODE
Details
Allows the SOP signal to initiate (via GPIO option) the
feeding of the labels, where:
DISABLED
Feeds regardless of SOP.
ENABLED
Feeds only when SOP is received.
SECURITY
SELECT SECURITY
Allows menu password protection, where:
Enables or disables the security feature, where:
 Note: The default password must be changed to
activate.
DISABLED
Allows entry.
SECURE MENU
Sets a password requirement for menu entry.
MENU AND TEST
Sets a password requirement for menu and test
entries.
MODIFY PASSWORD
MODIFY PASSWORD?
CANCEL KEY = YES
Modifies the four-digit password required when security
is enabled, where:
Enters the password (after confirmation); otherwise,
press the ESC Key to keep the current password.
 Note: The default password is 0000.
UNITS OF MEASURE
Sets the measurement standard for the printer, where:
IMPERIAL
Uses inches.
METRIC
Uses millimeters and centimeters.
INPUT MODE
Defines the type of processing that occurs when data is
received, where:
DPL
Processes data for standard DPL printing; see the Class
Series 2 Programmer’s Manual.
LINE
Processes data for template (Line Mode) printing; see
the Class Series 2 Programmer’s Manual.
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Menu Item
AUTO
Details
Identifies then activates the appropriate emulation
parser for the data.
 Note: Correct identification can be dependant upon
the HOST SETTINGS / HOST TIMEOUT (see
Section 4.2.6). Also, extraneous characters
may, in some cases, render the data
unrecognizable, thus requiring manual
selection of the mode.
COLUMN EMULATION
XXX DOTS (XXX - XXX)
Allows the column dot count to be adjusted, where:
Selects the number of dots per inch (or mm) in which
to print the format, reducing it from right to left; see
Appendix B for range and Section 7.1 for dot size.
 Note: No adjustment occurs at the default setting.
ROW EMULATION
XXX DOTS
(XXX - XXX)
Allows the row dot count to be adjusted, where:
Selects the number of dots per inch (or mm) in which
to print the format, reducing or enlarging it from top to
bottom; see Appendix B for range and Section 7.1 for
dot size.
 Note: No adjustment occurs at the default setting.
SOP EMULATION
Allows SOP functions with backward compatibility when
printing legacy model label formats, where:
 Note: The printer may automatically feed labels to
setup the print position.
DISABLED
Uses the normal position.
110 (PRODPLUS)
Emulates the Prodigy Plus® position.
220 (ALLEGRO)
Emulates the Allegro® position.
250 (PRODIGY)
Emulates the Prodigy™ position.
BACK AFTER PRINT
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Determines label movement timing when a cutter,
present sensor, peel and present, or GPIO option is
enabled, where:
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System Settings (continued)
Menu Item
MODE
Details
Repositions media, where:
DISABLED
Moves media only when the next label is ready to print,
minimizing edge curling.
ENABLED
Moves media according to BACKUP DELAY timing after
a cut, cleared sensor, or SOP signal to allow fastest
throughput.
BACKUP DELAY
000
(1/50s)
(0 – 255)
FONT EMULATION
Determines repositioning timing, where:
Is the specified lapse (in fiftieths of a second) between
new format processing and label retraction.
Allows font substitution of internal fonts, where:
STANDARD FONTS
Prints using a standard (internal) font; see the Class
Series 2 Programmer’s Manual.
CGTIMES
Prints using the CG Times font.
USER ID S50
Prints using a downloaded font.
LABEL STORE
Determines the data content when retrieving stored
label formats, where:
STATE & FIELDS
Recalls the printer state (i.e., heat, speeds, etc.) and
the formatting commands for the stored label.
FIELDS ONLY
Recalls the formatting commands for the stored label.
MENU LANGUAGE
Selects the display language for the menu and
Configuration Label, where:
 Note: Only resident languages will be selectable;
see Appendix C.
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ENGLISH
Enables English.
FRANCAIS
Enables French.
ITALIANO
Enables Italian.
DEUTSCH
Enables German.
ESPANOL
Enables Spanish.
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Menu Item
FAULT HANDLING
LEVEL
Details
Determines the label disposition and user action if a
fault occurs, where:
Sets the printer response upon declaration of a fault,
where:
STANDARD
Stops printing and declares a fault. Then, following
correction of the problem, the FEED Key must be
pressed to clear the fault and reprint the label in
process.
VOID AND RETRY
Actions depend upon the RETRY COUNT:
• If the count has not been exceeded, VOID is printed
on the failed label and reprinting automatically
occurs;
• If the count has been exceeded, printing stops and a
fault message is displayed. Then, following correction
of the problem, the FEED Key must be pressed to
clear the fault and reprint the label in process; or,
• If the CANCEL Key is pressed, reprinting is optional:
press NO to reprint; or, press YES to cancel the
reprint (and press YES again to cancel the batch.)
 Note: Linear Scanner or RFID required.
DELAYED SCAN FAULT
Increases throughput when bar codes reside near the
trailing edge of the label (in the direction of FEED).
 Notes: (1) Linear Scanner or RFID required.
(2) If unreadable, the fault will occur after
the next label prints;
(3) The label immediately following a
faulted label is not scanned for errors; and,
(4) VOID AND RETRY and REPRINT are
automatically disabled; the job can only be
cancelled.
VOID RETRY & CONT.
VOID is printed on a faulted label, with reprint
attempts occurring automatically, until the RETRY
COUNT has been exceeded and then that label will be
skipped (discarded) and printing will continue to the
next label in queue.
 Note: Linear Scanner or RFID required.
NO REPRINT
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Printing stops and a fault message is displayed.
Following correction of the problem, the FEED Key
must be pressed to clear the fault.
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System Settings (continued)
Menu Item
VOID DISTANCE
0.50in
(10 – 2.00)
Details
Sets the distance to print VOID on a faulted label,
where:
Is the distance, measured from the trailing edge, which
establishes the text size.
 Note: VOID will not be printed if insufficient text
space exists or if the fault occurred after
printing completed. Also, the text can be
customized; see the Class Series 2
Programmer’s Manual.
RETRY COUNT
1
(0 - 3)
Sets the number of printing attempts before declaring a
fault, where:
Is the count.
 Note: Greater than 1 (one) counts are valid only
when Linear Scanner or RFID equipped.
BACKFEED ON CLEAR
DISABLED
Determines positioning after a fault is cleared, where:
No label positioning occurs, as the location is assumed
correct.
 Note: If reloading, the user must place media at the
SOP position.
ENABLED
SCL FONT BOLD FACTOR
01
(1 – 36)
Automatically positions the label.
Sets a scalable font boldfacing amount, where:
Is the setting, based on an incrementing scale where
one (01) is minimum.
4.2.6 Communications
The Communications menu contains interface port and host control functions:
Menu Item
SERIAL PORT A
BAUD RATE
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Details
Controls the RS-232 communications settings for Serial
Port A, where:
Sets the serial communication rate, where:
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Communications (continued)
Menu Item
9600 BPS
19200 BPS
28800 BPS
38400 BPS
57600 BPS
115000 BPS
1200 BPS
2400 BPS
4800 BPS
PROTOCOL
Details
Is the speed in Bits Per Second.
Sets the data flow control (handshaking) method.
BOTH
Uses XON/XOFF and CTS/DTR flow control.
SOFTWARE
XON/XOFF
HARDWARE
CTS/DTR
NONE
Flow control is not used.
PARITY
Sets word parity, where:
NONE
Uses parity.
ODD
Uses odd parity.
EVEN
Uses even parity.
DATA BITS
8 (7 - 8)
STOP BITS
1 (1 - 2)
SERIAL PORT B
Sets Word length, where:
Is the number of bits in the word.
Sets the number of stop bits, where:
Is the stop bit count.
Controls the RS-232 communications settings for
optional Serial Port B; see SERIAL PORT A.
 Note: The maximum baud is 38.4K BPS.
SERIAL PORT C
Controls the RS-232 communications settings for
optional Serial Port C; see SERIAL PORT A.
 Note: The maximum baud is 38.4K BPS.
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Communications (continued)
Menu Item
SERIAL PORT D
Details
Controls the RS-232 communications settings for
optional Serial Port D; see SERIAL PORT A.
 Note: The maximum baud is 38.4K BPS.
PARALLEL PORT A
PORT DIRECTION
Controls the communications settings for Parallel Port
A, where:
Allows data return from the printer, where:
UNIDIRECTIONAL
Returns no data; communication is one-way.
BIDIRECTIONAL
Returns data (compliant back-channel operation).
PARALLEL PORT B
Controls the communications settings for optional
Parallel Port B; see PARALLEL PORT A.
 Note: The default setting is BIDIRECTIONAL.
NIC ADAPTER
QUICK SETUP
Controls the communications settings for the network
interface, where:
 Note: Only when equipped with DMXNetII or
DMXrfNetII.
Selects settings to configure basic Wired or WiFi
operations, where:
WIRED DHCP
WIRED DHCP?
CANCEL KEY = YES
WLAN UNSECURED
WLAN UNSECURED?
CANCEL KEY = YES
WLAN ADHOC
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Selects Wired operation, where:
Returns the NIC Adapter to defaults then sets Wired
Discovery to “Enable” and Wireless to “Disable.”
Selects WiFi operation, where:
Returns the NIC Adapter default values then sets
Discovery to “Enable,” SSID to “Any,” and WLAN
network type to “Infrastructure.”
Selects the DMXrfNetII default parameters, where:
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Communications (continued)
Menu Item
WLAN ADHOC?
CANCEL KEY = YES
Details
Restores the WiFi defaults and initiates infrastructure
mode with an SSID of “Any.” All existing access point
associations will be deleted then established with the
closest available. (Useful when moving the printer to a
geographically distant location.)
 Note: Press the ESC Key to exit the menu item
without changing the current settings.
SET FACTORY DEFAULTS
SET DEFAULTS?
CANCEL KEY = YES
Returns the factory-programmed values, where:
Restores the default settings.
 Note: Press the ESC Key to exit the menu item
without changing the current settings.
WLAN
Controls the communications settings for the optional
DMXrfNetII Card, where:
MODE
Selects between Wired or WiFi operation, where:
ENABLED
Enables the WiFi interface.
DISABLED
Enables the Wired interface.
BSS ADDRESS
Specifies the WiFi bridge module’s static IP address.
 Note: If DHCP is ENABLED, this parameter will be
ignored.
 192.168.010.001
SIGNAL READINGS
IP ADDRESS
192.168.010.026
SUBNET MASK
255.255.255.000
GATEWAY
192.168.010.026
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Is the address in standard octet format.
Displays the signal and noise ratios for the WLAN.
Specifies the static IP Address; where:
Is the address in standard octet format.
Specifies the static Subnet Mask Address, where:
Is the address in standard octet format.
Specifies the network Gateway Address, where:
Is the address in standard octet format.
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Communications (continued)
Menu Item
SNMPTRAP DESTINATION
000.000.000.000
Details
Specifies the SNMP Trap Address, where:
Is the address in standard octet format where SNMP
traps will be sent when SNMP service is installed on
your receiver.
 Note: When zeroed, no traps are sent.
IP DISCOVERY
ENABLED
Controls IP Address discovery, where:
Broadcasts over the network at startup to receive
addresses from the responsible server. Manual
modifications to IP Address, Subnet Mask, or Gateway
are not allowed; and, if no server is found, the
specified static value will be used.
WARNING
DISABLED
SNMP
Uses the stored static IP, Subnet Mask, and / or
Gateway Address.
Allows management protocols, where:
ENABLED
Sends messages to SNMP-compliant devices.
DISABLED
Sends no messages.
ADVANCED
TELNET
Sets advanced networking functions and parameters,
where:
Sets Telnet protocol to transfer data, where:
ENABLED
Allows Telnet.
DISABLED
Disables Telnet.
FTP
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A server assigned IP address takes
precedence over any static address stored
in the interface.
Sets File Transfer Protocol to transfer data, where:
ENABLED
Allows FTP.
DISABLED
Disables FTP.
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Menu Item
MTU
01500
(512 - 65515)
GRATUITOUS ARP
0000 (0 - 2048)
PORT NUMBER
09100 (1 - 65535)
DUPLEX CAPABILITY
Details
Sets the Maximum Transmission Unit packet size,
where:
Is the packet size, in bytes.
Sets the Address Resolution Protocol notification rate,
where:
Is the time, in minutes.
Sets the network communications port, where:
Is the Port Number.
Sets the communication capability for the Wired
network, where:
AUTO-NEGOTIATE
Automatically selects the best type.
100BASET HALF
Selects 100 Mb half duplex (in both directions, one way
at a time) operation.
100BASET FULL
Selects 100 Mb full duplex (in both directions,
simultaneously) operation.
10BASET HALF
Selects 10 Mb half duplex (in both directions, one way
at a time) operation.
10BASET FULL
Selects 10 Mb full duplex (in both directions,
simultaneously) operation.
ADVERTISE CAPABILITY
Transmits the printer’s communication capability for
the Wired network, where:
AUTOMATIC
Advertises the DUPLEX CAPABILITY set value.
ALL CAPABILITIES
Advertises all possible values for DUPLEX CAPABILITY.
NETWORK REPORT
Prints a network status report (see example below):
NETWORK REPORT
CURRENT PRINTER INFO
MACO: 00:0D:70:0B:8B:B9
IP ADDRESS: 192.168.10.26
SUBNET MASK: 255.255.255.0
GATEWAY: 192.168.10.26
DHCP: ENABLED
SNMP: ENABLED
PORT NUMBER: 9100
NETBIOS NAME: DMX_000000
WLAN MODULE
MODULE FW VERSION: 4.3.0.24
RADIO FW VERSION: 1.1.1.111.8.4.0.145
PORT STATUS: CONNECTED: ADHOC
SSID: any
MACR: 00:90:C9:01:D0:64
BSS ADDRESS: PROVIDED BY DHCP
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Communications (continued)
Menu Item
Details
SET FACTORY DEFAULTS
Returns the NIC to factory-programmed values, where:
SET FACTORY DEFAULTS? Restores the default settings.
CANCEL KEY = YES
 Note: Press the ESC Key to exit the menu item
without changing the current settings.
HOST SETTINGS
Sets host communication parameters; where:
HOST TIMEOUT
10 SEC
Sets the period that an interface port can be idle before
timeout occurs, where:
(1 - 60)
CONTROL CODES
STANDARD CODES
ALTERNATE CODES
ALTERNATE CODES 2
CUSTOM CODES
SOH STX CR CNTBY
5E 7E 0D 40
FEEDBACK CHARACTERS
Is the time (in seconds) when downloads timeout, and
that must elapse before alternate port or alternate
parser processing can occur.
Allows changes to the software command interpretation
controls, where:
Sets the following command interpretation codes: Hex
01 = SOH command; Hex 02 = STX command; countby = ^; Hex 1B = ESC; Hex 0x0D = Carriage Return
Sets the following command interpretation codes: Hex
5E = SOH command; Hex 7E = STX command; countby = @; Hex 1B = ESC; Hex 0x0D = Carriage Return
Sets the following command interpretation codes: Hex
5E = SOH command; Hex 7E = STX command; countby = @; Hex 1B = ESC; Hex 0x7C = Carriage Return
Sets the command interpretation codes as needed,
where:
Are the codes according to your definitions.
Allows the return of printer codes, where:
DISABLED
Does not send feedback characters.
ENABLED
Sends the host a Hex 1E (RS) after each label and a
Hex 1F (US) after each label batch successfully prints.
ESC SEQUENCES
Allows data containing invalid ESC control code
sequences to be processed, where:
ENABLED
Processes commands normally.
DISABLED
Ignores ESC sequences during processing (since some
systems send a “banner” to the printer).
 Note: Bitmapped font downloads are disabled.
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Communications (continued)
Menu Item
HEAT COMMAND
Determines how a host software Heat command is
handled, where:
ENABLED
Processes commands normally.
DISABLED
Ignores commands; instead, Heat is controlled via the
menu setting; see Section 4.2.3.
SPEED COMMANDS
Determines how host software Print, Feed, Reverse,
and Slew commands are handled, where:
ENABLED
Processes commands normally.
DISABLED
Ignores commands; instead, the speeds are controlled
via the menu setting; see Section 4.2.3.
TOF SENSING COMMANDS
Determines how host software Gap, Continuous, and
Reflective commands are handled, where:
ENABLED
Processes commands normally.
DISABLED
Ignores commands; instead, Sensor Type is controlled
via the menu setting; see Section 4.2.3.
SYMBOL SET COMMAND
Determines how host Single and Double Symbol Set
commands are handled, where:
ENABLED
Processes commands normally.
DISABLED
Ignores commands; instead, the Symbol Set selection
is controlled via the menu setting; see Section 4.2.5.
CNTRL-CODES (DATA)
Determines how host software Control Codes are
handled, where:
ENABLED
Processes commands normally.
DISABLED
Controls the setting via the menu; see CONTROL
CODES, above.
STX-V SW SETTINGS
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Details
Determines how a host software option enable
command is handled, where:
ENABLED
Processes commands normally.
DISABLED
Controls the settings via the menu; see Section 4.2.4.
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Communications (continued)
Menu Item
MAX LENGTH COMMAND
Details
Determines how a host software Maximum Label
Length (<STX>M) command is handled, where:
ENABLED
Processes commands normally.
DISABLED
Controls the setting via the menu; see Section 4.2.2.
OPTION FEEDBACK
Allows feedback characters from an optional device to
be returned to the host device, in the format of
<A;B;C;D;E;F>[CR], where:
A - Is the device type: R = RFID; and, S = Linear Scanner
B - Is the status: C = entire label complete; F = faulted
(failed) label; and, U = unknown
C - Is the number of expected reads, given in two
characters.
D - Is the number of good reads, given in two characters.
E - Is the internal Job and Sub Job Identifier, given in four
characters each.
F - Is the data read, delimited with semicolons (;) if multiple
reads.
DISABLED
Reports no data.
SCANNER
Reports Linear Scanner data.
RFID HEX
Reports RFID data in hexadecimal format.
RFID ASCII
Reports RFID data in an ASCII format.
PROCESS SOH (DATA)
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Determines the response to an Immediate Command
(e.g., Get Status, Module Storage, etc.), where:
DISABLED
Processes commands normally.
ENABLED
Interrupts operations upon SOH receipt to process the
command.
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4.2.7 Diagnostics
The Diagnostics menu contains testing functions:
Menu Item
Details
HEX DUMP MODE
Allows raw code received from the host to print, where:
DISABLED
Executes commands and prints label formats normally.
ENABLED
Prints received data without processing; see Section
6.2.
OPTIONS TESTING
TEST PRESENT SENSOR
PERFORM TEST
1 TIME
TEST CUTTER
PERFORM TEST
1 TIME
TEST GPIO
MONITOR GPIO INPUT
Allows testing of printer options, where:
Tests the Present Sensor (and Peel & Present
Mechanism) on demand function, where:
Selects the number of LABEL PRESENTED tests (1, 10,
or 100) to perform, and then displays the results.
Tests the Cutter, where:
Selects the number of cuts (1, 10, or 100) to perform,
and then displays the results.
Tests the General Purpose Input Output interface,
where:
Displays the logic values for Start of Print (SOP), Feed,
Pause, and Reprint (REPRT) signal inputs. (The values
given below are examples only.)
SOP
0
FEED
0
PAUSE
0
REPRT
0
 Note: Unconnected lines may assume a zero or one.
MONITOR GPIO OUTPUT
Allows toggling and displays the logic values for End of
Print (EP), Ribbon Low (RL), Service Required (SR),
Media Out (MO), Ribbon Out (RO), Data Ready (DR),
and Output Fault (OF) signal outputs. (The values given
below are examples only.)
EP
1
RL
1
SR
0
MO
1
RO
1
DR
0
OF
0
 Note: To change an output signal, cursor over the
displayed state to select and then toggle it,
except Data Ready which cannot be toggled.
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Diagnostics (continued)
Menu Item
Details
LOOPBACK
Not Supported
PRINT SIGNAL INFO
Prints signal names, pin assignments, settings, and
current states for reference.
GPIO SIGNAL INFO
WED 11:04AM 24MAR2003
CARD ID#1
OUTPUT SIGNALS
INPUT SIGNALS
END OF PRINT
PIN# 6
LOW PULSE
CURRENT LEVEL 1
START OF PRINT
PIN# 8
ACTIVE HIGH
CURRENT LEVEL 0
RIBBON LOW
PIN# 5
ACTIVE LOW
CURRENT LEVEL 1
BACKUP LABEL
PIN# 7
DISABLED
CURRENT LEVEL 0
SERVICE REQUIRED
PIN# 4
ACTIVE LOW
CURRENT LEVEL 0
MEDIA OUT
PIN# 3
ACTIVE LOW
CURRENT LEVEL 1
RIBBON OUT
PIN# 2
ACTIVE LOW
CURRENT LEVEL 1
TEST SCANNER
ALIGNMENT TEST
Reads a bar code then displays the decoded data, the
code type and scan count, repeating.
SCAN TEST
Reads a bar code then displays the decoded data, the
code type and scan count, non-repeating.
TEST RFID
Tests RFID, where:
TAG DATA
Reads the data encoded on the RFID chip.
DEVICE VERSION
Displays the type and version of the encoding device.
TAG ID – HF ONLY
Reads and displays the High Frequency Tag ID number.
PRINT TEST RATE (min)
000 (0 - 120)
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Tests the Linear Scanner, where:
Allows a label-to-label delay (0 - 120 minutes) when
printing test label batches, where:
Is the selected delay interval, in minutes.
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Diagnostics (continued)
Menu Item
SENSOR READINGS
THR TRAN RIBM 24V 
127 159 093 175
Details
Displays A-D sensor values (0 – 255), where:
Are the sensor readings, where:
• THR = Printhead thermistor sensor;
• TRAN = Media sensor when set to Gap or Continuous, or
REFL when to Reflective;
 PS
HD
000 254
RANK
000
•
•
•
•
•
RIBM = Ribbon sensor;
24V = 24 VDC sensor;
PS = Present sensor;
HD = Printhead position sensor; and,
RANK = Printhead ranking resistor.
 Note: Readings provided here are examples only.
RIBBON SENSOR LIMITS
RIBBON ADC LOW HIGH
070 104
Displays the values from the ribbon sensor (when
equipped with the thermal transfer option), where:
Are the sensor readings (actual values will vary).
4.2.8 MCL Options
The MCL Options menu contains alternate operating selections:
Menu Item
MCL OPTIONS
MCL AT POWER-UP
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Allows the optional MCL (Macro Command Language)
tool suite to accept peripheral input data, where:
Allows MCL operation to begin when the printer is
turned ON, where:
DISABLED
No MCL operation.
MCL LINK MODE
Starts MCL in Link Mode.
MCL PROGRAM MODE
Starts MCL in Program Mode.
START MCL
 Note:
Details
Starts MCL after exiting the menu.
Consult your MCL provider for details regarding operation and support.
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4.3 The Test Menu
The TEST Key accesses six resident format selections that are printed at selected heat and
speed settings (see Section 4.1.4 for printing details).
 Notes: (1) With the exception of the Configuration Label, all test labels require full
width media to capture the entire format.
(2) During a test, press the
Key or the
Key to stop printing.
(3) Use PRINT TEST RATE (Section 4.2.7) to delay printing.
4.3.1 Print Quality Label
The Print Quality Label can be used to ensure conformance
and visual aesthetics.
4.3.2 Configuration Label
CONFIGURATION
TUE 09:09 AM 29JUL2008
PRINTER KEY:
The Configuration Label provides database information, as
detailed in Section 4.2.
4308-TB10-020312-001
MCL Version: 1.20.02-126
BOOT LOADER:
PARITY:
83-2269-11A 11.01 10/02/2007
UNLOCKED:
*
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9600 BPS
PROTOCOL:
83-2284-11E4 11.054 07/07/2008
*NONE
(1) Label contents vary with application
version, model, and options.
SERIAL PORT A:
BAUD RATE:
APPLICATION VERSION:
FPGA:
 Notes:
COMMUNICATIONS
MACO:
NOT SET
MACR:
00-90-c9-01-d0-84
SYSTEM INFORMATION
(2) Use at least 2 inch (51mm) wide media and
set the Label Width accordingly (see
Section 4.2.2).
PRINT BUFFER SIZE:
(3) Bulleted items indicate host changes not
yet saved.
CONFI
100 in.
FLASH SIZE:
2 MB
RAM TEST:
PASS
OPTIONAL LANGUAGES:
FRANCIAS.DLN
ITALIANO.DLN
DEUTSCH.DLN
ESPANOL.DLN
BOTH
NONE
DATA BITS:
8
STOP BITS:
1
SERIAL PORT B:
NOT INSTALLED
SERIAL PORT C:
NOT INSTALLED
SERIAL PORT D:
NOT INSTALLED
USB PORT:
NOT INSTALLED
PARALLEL PORT A:
PORT DIRECTION:
UNI-DIRECTIONAL
PARALLEL PORT A:
NOT INSTALLED:
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4.3.3 Ribbon Test Label
The Quick Ribbon Test Label can be used to verify thermal
transfer functions.
4.3.4 Validation Label
The Validation Label can be used to verify print quality.
4.3.5 Print Last Label
The Print Last Label function reprints the most recent test label, format received from the
host, or format recalled from a memory module.
 Note:
If a job was cancelled or if power was removed since the last job and the
request for this label, no reprint will occur.
4.3.6 User Defined Label
The User-Defined Label allows a template to be populated by variable data (via the printer's
control panel or a USB QWERTY keyboard). The template is a stored label format, where
fields delimited by the "&" become variable. The printer will prompt the user to enter these
variable field data. (For example, the stored label format could contain the data
19131423443&ENTER NAME. Afterward, when recalled from memory, the printer's display
will indicate the variable field: ENTER NAME.)
 Notes:
(1) Variable data can be any part of the DPL format - font ID, rotation, etc.
(2) No error checking will be performed.
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Operating, Adjusting and
Maintaining the Printer
5.1 Displayed Messages
During operation the printer (when not in Menu or Test Mode) displays several types of
information:
•
Prompts and Condition Messages (see Section 5.1.1); and,
•
Fault and Warning Messages (see Section 6.1.2).
5.1.1 Prompts and Condition Messages
Prompts are alerts to required actions, while Condition Messages are indicators of an
operational state.
Prompts and Condition Messages
Displayed Message
Description
Action
ACCESS DENIED
The password used to access the
secured menu was incorrect.
Enter the correct
password.
CALIBRATION COMPLETE
The FEED Key was pressed and
held.
Allow the calibration to
complete.
CANCEL BATCH
ENTER KEY = YES
Press ENTER to cancel
The CANCEL or TEST Key was
all remaining labels in
pressed during a multiple label job.
the job.
CANCEL REPRINT?
ENTER KEY = YES
The CANCEL or TEST Key was
pressed during a fault. (See FAULT
HANDLING / VOID AND RETRY,
Section 4.2.5.)
Press ENTER to cancel
the reprint.
CLEARING FAULTS
The FEED Key was pressed
following a fault and now the
printer is attempting to clear the
condition.
No action is required.
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Prompts and Condition Messages (continued)
Displayed Message
Action
The MENU Key is being pressed
and held, and now the LCD
contrast is being adjusted.
Release the MENU Key
when the desired
contrast is achieved.
The network card is initializing, a
normal condition following powerup or a reset.
No action is required.
Depending upon the
settings, it may take a
few minutes.
The selected option or feature
cannot be found.
Verify that the option or
feature is correctly
installed. If so, call for
service.
The PAUSE Key was pressed (or
PAUSE MODE is enabled, see
Section 4.2.5) and now the printer
is in a paused condition.
Press PAUSE.
PRINTHEAD CLEANING
The TEST Key was pressed and
held, or CLEAN HEAD NOW was
selected, and now printhead
cleaning is in progress.
No action is required.
READY
The printer is waiting to receive
label formats, downloads, etc.
Send a label format,
download, etc.
DISPLAY CONTRAST
DMXNET INITIALIZING
NOT INSTALLED
PAUSED
REMOVE LABEL
The Present Sensor (or Peel and
Present Mechanism) is enabled and Remove the label.
a label awaits removal.
REMOVE RIBBON
PRESS ANY KEY
The TEST Key was pressed and
held, or CLEAN HEAD NOW was
selected, but ribbon is installed.
Remove ribbon and
press any key to
proceed.
The selected operation was
successfully completed.
Press any key to
continue.
SUCCESSFUL
PRESS ANY KEY
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Prompts and Condition Messages (continued)
Displayed Message
Description
Action
SYSTEM INITIALIZING
The power switch has been turned
ON or a reset has occurred.
No action is required.
Wait briefly while the
process completes.
SYSTEM RESET
IN PROGRESS
A reset has occurred.
No action is required.
Wait briefly while the
process completes.
UNCALIBRATED
The Media Sensor is not calibrated.
Perform calibration; see
Section 5.2.
WAITING FOR DATA
The SOP signal has been received,
but the printer awaits label data.
Send data from the
host.
WAITING FOR SIGNAL
The printer awaits a SOP signal.
Send the SOP signal
from the applicator to
the GPIO port.
XXXX OF XXXX
PRINTING
A print job is in process, as
indicated by the batch total and
remaining label count.
No action is required.
5.2 Calibration
Calibration ensures label detection. Perform calibration when the UNCALIBRATED is
displayed. Two different methods, Standard and Advanced Entry, are available to calibrate
the printer.
5.2.1 Standard Calibration
Standard Calibration, appropriate for most media types, is a method that allows visual
access to the media sensor for positioning. Displayed sensor readings can also be used to
indicate the best position over the media – helpful when using small, position-critical TOF
notches or marks.
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Three samples are required:
•
Empty: Nothing in the sensor.
•
Gap (or Mark): The media liner, notch, or reflective mark in the sensor.
•
Paper: The label (and liner, if any) in the sensor.
With the correct SENSOR TYPE selected (see Section 4.2.2), perform a Standard Calibration
as follows:
Step
1
2
Action
Displayed Message
Turn ON the printer.
Key, and
Press the
then raise the printhead
assembly.
Key.
3
Press the
4
Key then
Press the
scroll to SENSOR
CALIBRATION.
5
Press the
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Key.
Key, and
Press the
then press any key.
Comment
UNCALIBRATED
Wait briefly, about six
seconds, for the printer
to initialize.
MENU MODE
MEDIA SETTINGS
You are in MENU MODE.
MEDIA SETTINGS
MEDIA TYPE
You are in MEDIA
SETTINGS.
MEDIA SETTINGS
SENSOR CALIBRATION
Key to
Press the
cancel this procedure.
SENSOR CALIBRATION
PERFORM CALIBRATION
You are beginning the
procedure.
REMOVE LABEL STOCK
PRESS ANY KEY <yyy>
No media should be in
the sensor. This sets the
Empty value, where
“yyy” is the current
sensor reading.
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Standard Calibration (continued)
Step
Action
Displayed Message
Comment
Proceed according to your
media:
Die-cut – remove a label
from the backing
material then place the
backing in the sensor.
Adjust the Sensor Eye
Mark over the center of
the backing.
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Notched – load media in
the printer then adjust
the Sensor Eye Mark
over the center of the
notch.
Reflective – load media
in the printer (black
mark facedown) then
adjust the Sensor Eye
Mark over the center of
the black mark.
See Section 3.3 for
sensor positioning
details.
SCAN BACKING
PRESS ANY KEY <yyy>


Or, for reflective media:


SCAN MARK
PRESS ANY KEY <yyy>
This sets the backing,
gap, or mark value where
“yyy” is the current
sensor reading.
 Note: Never position
the sensor over a
perforation when
sampling.
Continuous – go to Step
8.
Press any key to continue.
 Note: Do not move the Media Sensor after it has been positioned.
Step
8
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Position the media (and
backing, if any) under the
sensor then press any key
to continue.
Displayed Message
Comment
This sets the paper value,
where “yyy” is the
current sensor reading.
SCAN PAPER
PRESS ANY KEY <yyy>
 Note: If using

preprinted media, ensure
the label area under the
Sensor Eye Mark is free
of text, graphics, or
borders.
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Standard Calibration (continued)
Step
9
Action
Observe the LCD.
Displayed Message
GAP MODE
CALIBRATION COMPLETE

Or, for reflective media:

REFLECTIVE MODE
CALIBRATION COMPLETE

Or, for continuous media:

CONTINUOUS MODE
CALIBRATION COMPLETE
Comment
The calibration was
successful if
CALIBRATION COMPLETE
appears.
(If, however, another
message was displayed
see Note 1, below.)

The printer is ready.
If this calibration was
unsuccessful, go to
Section 5.2.2.
Press the
Key three
times to exit the menu.
 Notes:
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Users of circular or
irregularly shaped die-cut
media see Note 2 before
proceeding.
If using gap, notch or
reflective media, press and
hold the FEED Key. Allow
at least one label to
advance from the printer
before releasing the key.
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READY

(1) WARNING LOW
BACKING is a normal
message when
calibrating notched media
or media with
transparent backing; see
Section 6.1.2 for other
possible messages.
(2) If using circular or
irregularly shaped die-cut
labels, reposition the
Sensor Eye Mark over the
widest part of a label.
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5.2.2 Advanced Entry Calibration
Advanced Entry is the alternate calibration method for special-case media types. In the
procedure, sensor readings for the label and TOF values are taken using different sampling
algorithms. From this compiled list of values the best algorithm is selected and then used to
generate new readings for manual entry into memory.
 Note: Use this method only when Standard Calibration has proven unsuccessful.
With the correct SENSOR TYPE selected (see Section 4.2.2), perform an Advanced Entry
Calibration as follows:
Step
1
2
Action
Turn ON the printer.
Key, and
Press the
then raise the printhead
assembly.
Key.
Displayed Message
Comment
UNCALIBRATED
Wait briefly, about six
seconds, for the printer
to initialize.
MENU MODE
MEDIA SETTINGS
You are in MENU MODE.
MEDIA SETTINGS
MEDIA TYPE
You are in MEDIA
SETTINGS.
3
Press the
4
Key then
Press the
scroll to SENSOR
CALIBRATION.
MEDIA SETTINGS
SENSOR CALIBRATION
Key to
Press the
cancel this procedure.
5
Press the
then the
SENSOR CALIBRATION
ADVANCED ENTRY
Press the
Key to
cancel this procedure.
6
Press the
then the
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Key.
Key, and
Key.
ADVANCED ENTRY
SENSOR GAIN
You are beginning the
procedure.
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Advanced Entry Calibration (continued)
Step
Action
Press the
7
Displayed Message
Key.
Place the label under the
Sensor Eye Mark, and then
lower the printhead
assembly.
Use the
Key to scroll
to the 00 GAIN setting and
Key.
then press the
8
Record the sensor reading
as a Label Value in a table
similar to the one shown
below.
GAIN TRAN
*00
<yyy>
<0 - 31>


Or, for reflective media:

GAIN REFL
<yyy>
*00
<0 - 31>
GAIN TRAN
*00
<yyy>
<0 - 31>


Or, for reflective media:
Comment
See Section 3.3 for
sensor positioning
details.
If using preprinted
media, ensure the label
area under the Sensor
Eye Mark is free of text,
graphics, or borders.
Selection is denoted by
an asterisk (*).
The sensor reading
equals the “yyy” value.
 Note: Never position
the sensor over a
<yyy>
perforation when
<0 - 31> sampling.
GAIN REFL
*00
Sampling Table
Gain
Number
Label
Value
00
01
02
…
31
255
Step
Action
9
Key to
Press the
increment the Gain Number
Key
then press the
and record the resulting
Label Value.
Repeat this step for each of
the remaining Gain
Numbers (01-31).
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TOF
Value
Difference
Value
Displayed Message
GAIN TRAN
*31
Comment
<yyy>
<0 - 31>


Or, for reflective media:
GAIN REFL
*31
<yyy>
<0 - 31>
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Step
Action
Displayed Message
Comment
Proceed according to your
media type:
Die-cut – remove a label
from the backing material
then place the backing
into the sensor. Adjust
the Sensor Eye Mark over
the center of the backing.
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Notched – adjust the
Sensor Eye Mark over the
center of the notch.
Reflective – adjust the
Sensor Eye Mark over the
center of the facedown
black mark.
GAIN TRAN
*00
<yyy>
<0 - 31>


Or, for reflective media:
GAIN REFL
*00
 Note: Never position
the sensor over a
perforation when
sampling.
<yyy>
<0 - 31>
Key to scroll
Use the
to the 00 GAIN setting and
Key.
then press the
Record the sensor reading
as a TOF Value.
 Note: Do NOT move the Media Sensor after it has been positioned.
Sampling Table
Gain
Number
00
01
02
…
31
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Value
255
251
241
…
112
TOF
Value
254
Difference
Value
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Advanced Entry Calibration (continued)
Step
Action
GAIN TRAN
*31
11
Press the
Key to
increment the Gain Number
Key
then press the
and record the resulting
TOF Value.
Repeat this step for each of
the remaining Gain
Numbers (01-31).
GAIN REFL
*31
12
Displayed Message
From the collected data,
where both the values are
above 20, subtract the
Label Value from the
corresponding TOF Value to
find the Difference Value.
Note the Gain Number of
the largest Difference
Value.
Comment
<yyy>
<0 - 31>


Or, for reflective media:
<yyy>
<0 - 31>
GAIN TRAN
*31
<yyy>
For example in the table
<0 - 31> below, Gain Number 08 is

chosen because it has the

highest Difference Value
Or, for reflective media:
(146) where both the
GAIN REFL
<yyy> Label and the TOF Values
are above 20.
*31
<0 - 31>
Sampling Table
Step
13
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Gain
Number
Label
Value
TOF
Value
Difference
Value
00
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
…
31
255
251
241
231
219
212
200
189
178
167
156
…
116
254
240
213
182
150
119
88
58
32
19
17
…
14
1
11
28
49
69
93
112
131
146
N/A
N/A
…
N/A
Action
Using the
Key, scroll
to the Gain Number
determined in Step 12, and
then press the
Key.
Displayed Message
GAIN TRAN
*08
Comment
<yyy>
<0 - 31>


Or, for reflective media:
GAIN REFL
*08
<yyy>
<0 - 31>
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Advanced Entry Calibration (continued)
Step
Action
a) Place the media in the
sensor. Record the
reading and label it “P”
(paper).
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b) Place the backing, notch,
or mark in the sensor.
Record the reading and
label it “G” or “M” (Gap or
Mark).
c) Remove media. Record
the reading and label it
“E” (Empty).
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Press the
then press the
Key, and
Key.
Displayed Message
GAIN TRAN
*08
Comment
<yyy>
<0 - 31>


Or, for reflective media:
GAIN REFL
*08
The samplings using the
selected Gain Number
are taken.
<yyy>
<0 - 31>
ADVANCED ENTRY
SENSOR LEVELS
The sensor readings
must be entered into the
printer.
PAPER SENSOR LEVEL
P*198 G*084 E*014

Press the
16
Key.
Using the
Key or the
Key, set the Paper
Sensor Level to the value
determined in the previous
step.
Key to
Press the
select the entry and
advance the menu.
Repeat for the Gap Sensor
Level (or Mark Sensor Level)
and the Empty Sensor Level
entries.
GAP SENSOR LEVEL
P*198 G*084 E*014

EMPTY SENSOR LEVEL
P*198 G*084 E*014
Selection is denoted by
an asterisk (*).
Or, for reflective media:
The displayed message
will change and the
selection will flash to
indicate the next entry.
PAPER SENSOR LEVEL
P*015 M*181 E*213


MARK SENSOR LEVEL
P*015 M*181 E*213


EMPTY SENSOR LEVEL
P*015 M*181 E*213
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Advanced Entry Calibration (continued)
Step
Action
Displayed Message
17
After all entries have been
Key
made, press the
to back out of the menu and
Key
then press the
to save the settings and
return to the Ready Mode.
SAVE CHANGES?
ENTER KEY = YES

Comment
From READY, press the
FEED Key to advance to
the next label TOF.
 Note: If the Advanced Entry Calibration fails, enter MEDIA SETTINGS / CALIBRATION /
ADVANCED ENTRY / SENSOR GAIN and lower the selected Gain Number by one.
Select the new Gain Number then save the changes and exit the menu. Retest
your media. If unsuccessful, repeat the procedure until a usable gain is
obtained.
5.3 Reset Methods
There are three reset methods, each with a different affectivity. Proceed according to the
desired result:
5.3.1 Soft Reset
To clear any temporary host settings, press and hold the CANCEL Key for approximately
four seconds.
5.3.2 Level One Reset
To return the factory default settings or (if saved) a Factory Setting File, turn OFF the
printer. Press and hold the PAUSE and CANCEL Keys while turning ON the printer and until
the SYSTEM RESET message flashes.
 Note:
The same as selecting SET FACTORY DEFAULTS; see Section 4.2.5.
5.3.3 Level Two Reset
To return the firmware default settings and clear all parameters, turn OFF the printer. Press
and hold the PAUSE, FEED, and CANCEL Keys while turning ON the printer and until the
SYSTEM RESET message flashes.
 Note:
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Calibration is required; see Section 5.2.
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5.4 Printhead Assembly Adjustments
Mechanical adjustments ensure consistent print quality across a wide range of media types
and sizes.
5.4.1 Leveling Cam Adjustment
Adjust the Leveling Cam for even pressure distribution when using less than full width
media [4 inches (102mm)]; in addition, perform the adjustment when changing to a
different width of media:
A. With media loaded, download a batch of labels (or use a test format) and begin printing.
B. While observing the printed labels, rotate the Leveling Cam counter-clockwise to an
over-adjusted position (see Example 1).
C. Rotate the Leveling Cam clockwise, one click at a time, until the printed labels contain a
complete, even image (see Example 2).
Example 1 –
Too much adjustment produces an image that fades across the
label.
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Example 2 –
Correct adjustment produces a complete image, with even
print contrast across the label.
 Note: Under-adjustment can cause ribbon wrinkling,
lateral label movement, and excessive wear on
printer components.
5.4.2 Burn Line Adjustment
Adjust the Burn Line only after trying the print quality improvement suggestions in Section
5.4.1 and 7.2.1. If print quality remains unacceptable, a Burn Line Adjustment may be
necessary:
 Note: If you have questions regarding this procedure, contact a qualified technician or
Datamax-O’Neil Technical Support for answers.
A. Load the printer with your media (and ribbon, if required) then lower the printhead
assembly and rotate the printhead latch into the locked position.
B. Loosen the two Locking Screws approximately ¼ turn counter-clockwise.
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C.
Equally turn each Adjustment Screw counter-clockwise until the burn line is positioned
past the platen roller apex. Print a Validation Label; see Section 4.3.4. (The print on the
label should have a light, uneven appearance.)
D. Tighten the Locking Screws just enough to remove any play in the printhead assembly,
while leaving them loose enough to allow for adjustment.
E. Equally turn each Adjustment Screw clockwise about ¼ turn (or 1/8 turn for finer
adjustments as print quality becomes maximized – see note below) then print a
Validation Label and examine the print quality for improvement. Repeat this step until
the labels are produced with even print contrast and acceptable print quality.
 Note:
Turning the Adjustment Screws counter-clockwise will NOT move the
printhead outward; if the printhead was adjusted too far inward, restart the
entire procedure.
F. Tighten the Locking Screws. Print a final test label to verify the adjustment.
5.5 Printhead Replacement
CAUTION
•
Use extreme care when handling the printhead and follow standard
ESD prevention procedures.
•
Never use sharp objects on the printhead surface.
•
If 24V OUT OF TOLERANCE is displayed (see Section 6.1.2), or if you
have any questions regarding this procedure, contact a qualified
technician or Datamax-O’Neil Technical Support for answers.
Follow the procedure below to replace the printhead:
A. Touch a bare metal area of the printer’s frame to discharge any static electricity present
on your body.
B. Turn OFF and unplug the printer. Open the access cover. If ribbon is installed, remove it.
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C. With the printhead locked in the down position, loosen the Printhead Mounting Screw (it
will remain in the assembly).
D. Rotate the printhead latch forward and, while supporting the Printhead, raise the
Printhead Assembly. Disconnect the Cables and then remove the Printhead.
E. Install the Printhead by securely connecting both Cables.
F. Position the Printhead onto the Locating Pins in the Printhead Assembly and secure it
with the Printhead Mounting Screw. (Do not over-tighten the screw.)
 Note:
Printhead alignment is normally not required.
G. Clean the Printhead; see Section 5.6.1.
H. If removed, load ribbon. Lower the printhead assembly, and rotate the printhead latch
into the locked position. Plug in and turn ON the printer. Print a Validation Label (see
Section 4.3.4). If necessary, adjust the PRINT CONTROL / CUSTOM ADJUSTMENTS /
DARKNESS setting (see Section 4.2.3) so that the print contrast matches previous
levels.
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5.6 Maintenance
The following list and table detail the recommended items, techniques, and schedules to
help you safely and effectively maintain the printer:
Isopropyl alcohol
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Cotton swabs
A clean, lint-free cloth
Soft-bristle brush
Soapy water/mild detergent
Compressed air
Printhead Cleaning Cards or Printhead Cleaning Film
CAUTION
For your safety and to avoid damage, always turn OFF and unplug the
printer before cleaning. Also, take proper precautions when using isopropyl
alcohol – a flammable liquid.
Recommended Cleaning Schedule*
Area / Item(s)
Printhead
Interval**
Thermal transfer media – after each
roll of ribbon; and,
Direct thermal media – after each
roll of media, or as needed.
Method / Supplies
Isopropyl alcohol; and, if
necessary, Printhead Cleaning
Cards or Printhead Cleaning
Film (see Section 5.6.1).
After each roll of labels, after each
roll of ribbon, or as needed.
Cotton swab dampened with
isopropyl alcohol (see Section
5.6.2).
As needed, based on a weekly visual
inspection.
Compressed air or a soft
brush. Isopropyl alcohol, as
needed.
Exterior Surfaces
As needed.
Mild detergent (see Section
5.6.3).
Interior Surfaces
As needed.
Soft-brush or compressed air.
Remove all buildup. See
Section 5.6.3.
Rollers
Media Path &
Media Sensor
*For optional equipment, refer to the documentation that accompanied the item(s).
**Whichever interval comes first.
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5.6.1 Cleaning the Printhead
NEVER use a sharp, hard or abrasive object on the printhead.
CAUTION
If print quality declines the typical cause can be traced to debris buildup on the printhead;
left unattended, the printhead service life can be reduced. The printer can be programmed
to remind you to perform cleaning (see Section 4.2.2.) Depending upon the media and
printing parameters used, different cleaning methods are recommended.
 Note: Streaks can indicate a dirty or faulty printhead.
Proper cleaning is critical. To maintain peak
performance of the printer, Datamax O’Neil offers a
complete line of cleaning products including pens,
cards, films and swabs. Visit our website at
www.datamax-oneil.com to learn more. Certified
Datamax-O’Neil – The worry free choice for
optimal printer performance.
Cotton Swab Procedure (for users of direct thermal media, or thermal transfer media with
wax ribbon):
A. Turn OFF and unplug the printer. Open the cover. Raise the Printhead Assembly. Allow
the printhead to cool before proceeding.
Burn
Line
Cotton
Swab
Debris
Buildup
Printhead
Assembly
Printhead
Printhead
Latch
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B. Move media (and ribbon, if present) away from the printhead, as necessary. Using a
cotton swab moistened (not soaked) with isopropyl alcohol, gently wipe away buildup on
the Printhead while paying special attention to cleaning the Burn Line. Allow the
printhead to dry.
C. Reposition media (and ribbon, if present). Lower and lock the Printhead Assembly.
D. Plug in and turn ON the printer. Close the cover then run a few sample labels and
examine them. If streaking is still present, use the Cleaning Card Procedure, below;
otherwise, this completes cleaning. If the CLEAN HEAD SCHEDULE has been set, enter
the menu and select RESET COUNTER; see Section 4.2.2.
Cleaning Card Procedure (for users of direct thermal media, or thermal transfer media
with wax/resin ribbon combinations; also for unsuccessful Cotton Swab cleaning attempts):
A. Open the cover. Unlock the Printhead Latch and raise the Printhead Assembly. Allow
the printhead to cool before proceeding.
B. Remove media (and ribbon, if present) then place a Cleaning Card (part number 702013-01) under the printhead.
C. Lower and lock the Printhead Assembly. Disengage the Leveling Cam.
D. Close the cover then enter the menu and select CLEAN HEAD NOW; see Section 4.2.2.
E. After the cleaning card has been run through the printer, reinstall media (and ribbon, if
needed). Run a few sample labels and examine them. If streaking is still present, use
the Cleaning Film Procedure, below; otherwise, this completes cleaning.
Cleaning Film Procedure (for users of thermal transfer media and resin ribbon, when
printing with a Heat Value of 22 or higher, or when other methods prove unsuccessful):
A. Open the cover. Unlock the Printhead Latch and raise the Printhead Assembly. Allow
the printhead to cool before proceeding.
B. Remove media (and ribbon, if present) then place a sheet of Cleaning Film (part number
70-2087-01) under the printhead.
C. Lower and lock the Printhead Assembly. Disengage the Leveling Cam.
D. Close the cover then enter the menu and select CLEAN HEAD NOW; see Section 4.2.2.
E. After the cleaning film has been run through the printer, turn OFF and unplug the
printer. Open the cover then raise the Printhead Assembly and wait briefly for the
printhead to cool. Using a cotton swab moistened (not soaked) with isopropyl alcohol,
clean the printhead then allow it to dry.
F. Reinstall media (and ribbon, if needed). Plug in and turn ON the printer. Run a few
sample labels and examine them. If streaking is still present the printhead may need to
be replaced.
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5.6.2 Cleaning the Platen Roller
NEVER use a sharp object to clean the Platen.
CAUTION
Grit, adhesive, and ink buildup can cause a decline in print quality and, in extreme cases,
cause labels to stick and wrap around the roller. Clean the platen roller as follows:
A. Turn OFF and unplug the printer.
B. Open the access cover. Unlock the Printhead Latch and raise the Printhead Assembly.
Remove media and ribbon.
C. Using a Cotton Swab dampened with isopropyl alcohol clean the accessible portion of the
roller, and then manually rotate the roller to clean the remaining area. Allow the roller to
dry.
D. Replace ribbon and media.
E. Lower the Printhead Assembly and rotate the Printhead Latch completely back, to the
locked position.
F. Close the access cover. Plug in and turn ON the printer. Feed several labels to normalize
tracking.
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5.6.3 Cleaning Interior and Exterior Surfaces
Interior Surfaces – Turn OFF and unplug the printer. Remove all media. Then, using a soft
bristle brush or compressed air, remove all dust particle buildup inside the printer.
Exterior Surfaces – Turn OFF and unplug the printer. Remove all media. Then, using a
soft cloth or sponge dampened with general-purpose cleanser (never abrasive cleansers or
solvents) wipe the exterior surfaces until clean.
5.7 Application Updates
As available, application program (firmware) updates can be found on our web site at
http://www.datamax-oneil.com and then installed in the printer.
The update can be performed in Ready Mode or in Download Mode. Before updating, identify
the current program version by printing a Configuration Label (see Section 4.2.2). Compare
that version string to those available from our web site then download the desired file onto
your computer’s hard drive. Proceed according to the currently installed version:
•
If 2.091 or greater, see Section 5.7.1 or 5.7.2.
•
If 2.08 or less, see Section 5.7.2.
 Notes:
If updating to version 11.021 or greater, the Boot Loader must be updated
before proceeding; see Section 5.8.
Also, those desiring an alternate menu language must also download the
EFIGS menu language file. Go to the EFIGS directory and copy 832296.01C
(or most current version) to lpt1: /b (where the DOS Copy command
requires the /b parameter because this file contains binary code).
If an error occurs during downloading, the update will be terminated. If the
process did not reach ERASING FLASH or UPDATING SOFTWARE, the
previous program will remain intact; otherwise, a successful download must
WARNING be completed to make the printer operable.
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5.7.1 Updating from Ready Mode
Application Version 2.091 (or greater) Update Procedure
Step
1
Displayed Message
READY
Action
Using the DOS copy
command (where
“filename” is the program
to be loaded and “lpt1” is
the selected interface
port), enter the
following:
copy filename lpt1:
Comment(s)
As an example, this would
be entered as:
copy i4212_1105.zg lpt1
(Where “lpt1” can differ to
include another port, as
equipped.)
The Ready Indicator will
flash as data is received.
2
UPGRADING SOFTWARE
No action required.
The new application is being
stored and verified.
3
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No action required.
The printer has reset and is
displaying the new firmware
version.
The new application is
running.
4
READY
No action required.
 Note: If UNCALIBRATED
is displayed, see Section 5.2.
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5.7.2 Updating from Download Mode
Application Version 2.08 (or less) Update Procedure*
Step Displayed Message
Action
Turn OFF the printer.
1
BOOT–PA10
02.08 2/11/00
Press and hold the PAUSE
Key and TEST Key while
turning ON the printer.
Comment(s)
The Boot Loader version is
displayed.
 Note: This information will
vary with the printer model and
Boot Loader version.
The printer is ready to accept
the new application version.
UPDATE SOFTWARE
SEND SOFTWARE
Using the DOS copy
command, copy the
filename to the printer
(see Section 5.7.1 for an
example).
3
UPDATE SOFTWARE
READING IMAGE
No action required.
The printer is receiving the new
program.
4
ERASING FLASH
SOFTWARE IMAGE
No action required.
Received and verified, memory
is now being cleared of the
previous program.
2
5
WRITING FLASH
SOFTWARE IMAGE
No action required.
 Note: The parallel port
(LPT1) must be used to write
to the printer.
The new program is being
written into Flash memory.
Upon completion and after a
printer invoked reset, the new
application will run.
 Note: If UNCALIBRATED is
displayed, see Section 5.2.
*This can also be used as an alternate method to download all other versions.
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5.7.3 Possible Problems
The following is list of possible error messages when downloading updates:
Application Update Error Messages
Displayed Message
Descriptions / Causes / Solutions
DECOMPRESSION ERROR
The printer detected an error during the decompression and
transfer of file data from cache storage into the Flash
memory. Confirm the version and retry in Download Mode;
however, if the problem continues call for service.
ERROR ERASING FLASH
The printer could not successfully erase Flash memory. The
possible cause is defective Flash memory. Try the download
again; however, if the problem continues call for service.
ERROR WRITING FLASH
The printer could not successfully write the program into
Flash memory. A possible cause is defective Flash memory.
Try the download again; however, if the problem continues
call for service.
HARDWARE MISMATCH
DATA REJECTED
Application downloaded was not compatible with the main
logic card. The firmware used was for a different class model
and not supported by this Boot Loader version (see
CONFIGURATION LEVEL / PRINTER KEY, Section 4.2.5).
The printer detected an error. The possible causes include:
INVALID SOFTWARE
DATA REJECTED
SOFTWARE MISMATCH
DATA REJECTED
 Notes:
•
An invalid or corrupted file was downloading – try saving
the file to the host and then download again.
•
A communications error occurred – recheck cabling and
port setting.
Software level not authorized for this printer (see
CONFIGURATION LEVEL / PRINTER KEY, Section 4.2.5).
If experiencing trouble when attempting to download the file to the printer, try
the following alternate methods:
1) Use the Download Mode (see Section 5.7.2).
2) Windows users – try restarting the computer in MS-DOS mode.
3) Use the Datamax-O’Neil Driver by Seagull Scientific™ – Device Setting /
Send File to Printer function.
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5.8 Boot Loader Updates
The printer stores its Boot Loader program in Flash memory on the main logic card. As
available, updates can be found on our web site at ftp://ftp.datamax-oneil.com and then
installed in the printer.
If power is lost while UPGRADING SOFTWARE is displayed, the printer will
become non-functional and will require factory programming or a main logic
WARNING card.
Before updating, identify the current program version by printing a Configuration Label (see
Section 4.3.2). Compare that version string to those available from our web site then
download the desired file onto your computer’s hard drive. Follow the steps below to update
the version:
Boot Loader Update Procedure
Step
1
Displayed Message
READY
Action
Using the DOS copy
command (where
“filename” is the
program to be loaded
and “lpt1” is the
selected interface
port), enter the
following:
Comment(s)
As an example, this would be
entered as:
copy boottb99_1101.bs lpt1
(Where “lpt1” can differ to
include another port, as
equipped.)
copy filename lpt1:
The Ready Indicator will flash
as data is received.
2
UPGRADING SOFTWARE
No action required.
The new program is being
stored and verified.
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No action required.
The printer has reset
automatically.
The new application is now
running.
4
READY
No action required.
 Note: If UNCALIBRATED is
displayed, see Section 5.2.
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If the update failed, press and hold the PAUSE and TEST Keys (see Section 4.1)
while turning ON the printer. After SEND SOFTWARE is displayed, release the
keys then re-send the file as described above.
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Troubleshooting
6.1 Problem Resolution
When a problem is encountered, the information in this section will help resolve it. Locate
the description of the problem to find an appropriate solution. For problems that are
accompanied by a displayed message, see Section 6.1.2.
 Note: If you have questions, or if problems persist, contact a qualified technician or
Datamax-O’Neil Technical Support.
6.1.1 General Resolutions
The following table lists problems that may not be accompanied by a displayed message:
If experiencing this
problem…
Cannot communicate
through the parallel
port:
Cannot load media
through the cutter:
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Try this solution…
Send a format to the printer then observe the Ready Indicator
– If the indicator does not flash, check the parallel cable type;
also check the protocol and port settings of the printer and
host.
WARNING! Use extreme care. Turn OFF and unplug the
printer before proceeding.
Ensure the cutter and its cable are properly installed and
connected to the printer – Plug in and turn ON the printer. You
should hear the blade cycle; otherwise, call for service.
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General Resolutions (continued)
If experiencing this
problem…
Erratic media
movement:
Erratic printing (instead
of the label format,
strange characters are
printed):
Intellifont will not
print:
Light print on the right
side of the label (as it
exits the printer):
Missing printed
information:
Missing print on left or
right side of the label:
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Try this solution…
The printer may require a calibration – See Section 3.5.
•
The printer may be in Hex Dump Mode – See Section 6.2.
•
If using the serial communication the port settings may be
incorrect – Check both the host and printer port data bit
settings.
You may be using an incorrect type – Intellifont format is
Little/Big Endian specific and the printer uses Big Endian; refer
to your font supplier for information.
•
The Leveling Cam may be incorrectly adjusted – See
Section 5.4.1 for adjustment details.
•
The platen may be dirty (or worn) – See Section 5.6.2 for
cleaning details, and check wear by visual inspection.
•
Check the label format for character placement outside the
dimensions of the label – All row / column values must
allow enough space for the height and length of the
information to be printed.
•
The available memory may have been exceeded by the
format size – Try reducing the memory allocated to either
the internal module or scaleable font cache; see Section
4.2.5.
•
If using serial communication, ensure that the interface
cable meets the pin out requirements – See Section 7.3.
Information may be formatted outside the label dimensions –
Check your software program label size or check the values in
PRINT CONTROL / COLUMN OFFSET and / CUSTOM
ADJUSTMENTS / COLUMN ADJUST; Section 4.2.3.
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General Resolutions (continued)
If experiencing this
problem…
The LCD is off, but
indicator lights are
illuminated:
The LCD is off and no
indicator lights are
illuminated:
Try this solution…
The Display Contrast may set too low – Press and hold the
MENU Key; see Section 4.1.1.
•
Verify that the AC power cord is connected to the outlet and
the printer, and that the power switch is ON.
•
Verify that the AC outlet is functioning, or try moving the
printer to another location with a different AC circuit.
•
The AC cord may be damaged, if so replace it.
•
The line fuse may be blown, if so call for service.
Examine the used ribbon for an image –
If an image is present, then:
No print (labels advance
normally but are
blank):
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Verify that the ribbon was properly loaded per Section 3.4.
•
If properly loaded – then the wrong coating configuration is
being used. (To verify the inked (coated) side of a ribbon,
press the sticky side of a label against the surface – ink will
only lift from the coated side.) Clean the printhead (see
Section 5.6.1) and replace the ribbon with a correct type;
see Section 3.4.
If no image is present, then:
•
Print any test label (see Section 4.3) – If an image printed
then check the protocol and port settings for both the
printer and host; these must match.
•
The heat setting may be too low. Make an adjustment in
the software program or through the menu. (Same function
commands from the host computer can override the menu
settings; see Section 4.2.6.)
•
The media/ribbon combination may be incorrect – See
Section 7.2.2.
•
The printhead or printhead cable(s) may be loose – Power
OFF the printer before reconnection – see Section 5.5
for locations.
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General Resolutions (continued)
If experiencing this
problem…
Nothing happens when
printing from your
software program:
Try this solution…
•
Ensure that the printer is at READY.
•
Send the job again while observing the Ready Indicator
(see Section 4.1.1.) – If the indicator does not flash, check
the printer and host for protocol and port settings.
•
Ensure the interface cable meets the requirements found in
Section 3.1.1.
•
The printhead may need cleaning – See Section 5.6.1.
•
Adjust the Heat and Print Speed settings via the menu or by
host commands – See Section 4.2.3.
•
The media/ribbon combination may not be compatible –
See Section 7.2.2.
•
The Leveling Cam may be incorrectly adjusted – See
Section 5.4.1.
•
The Platen may be dirty or worn – See Section 5.6.2.
•
The Printhead Burn Line may need adjusting – See Section
5.4.2.
•
Calibration may be needed – See Section 3.5.
•
The Media Sensor may be out of position – Readjust the
position; see Section 3.3.
•
The format may be within 1/8 inch (3 mm) of the label’s
edge – Try reducing or moving the format slightly.
Poor print quality:
Skips labels when
printing:
Unable to print rotated
text:
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The characters may be formatted outside the label dimensions
– Ensure the row/column values provide enough room for the
height of the characters or bar code to be printed. See the
Class Series 2 Programmer’s Manual.
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6.1.2 Warning and Fault Messages
The printer displays messages when the possibility of a problem or an actual fault occurs.
Depending upon the displayed message, find the possible action or solution in the tables
below.
 Note:
Warning and Fault Messages do not appear in Menu or Test Mode.
Warning Messages:
Displayed for about three seconds, Warning Messages assume a low priority and indicate a
pending change in printer configuration, or an operating condition that could lead to a fault.
Warning Messages
Displayed Message
Description
Action(s)
DOT FAILURE
The printer has detected
defective printhead
elements.
Replace the printhead if the print
quality becomes unacceptable.
GAP MODE
WARNING LOW BACKING
The printer measured
only a small difference
between the “empty” and
“gap” sensor readings.
Transparent backing or notched
media typically gives this
indication, and a slight delay may
occur for the “Out of Stock”
indication; no action is required.
GOODBYE
Power has been removed
and shutdown is in
progress.
The power switch was turned
OFF; a line fuse was blown; or,
the line voltage was lost.
HEAD NEEDS CLEANING
The scheduled printhead
cleaning distance has
been reached.
Press and hold the TEST Key or
select CLEAN HEAD NOW; see
Section 5.6.1.
HOST CHANGES PENDING
The host has pending
configuration changes
that require a “host reset
command.”
To save the changes send a host
reset command (in DPL), or
discard changes by performing a
soft reset; see Section 5.3.1.
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Warning Messages (continued)
Warning Messages
Displayed Message
Description
Action(s)
• Possible low or fluctuating line
LOW VOLTAGE
The printer has detected
a low operating voltage.
voltage level – Try moving
the printer to another AC
outlet; if the condition
persists, call for service.
• If printing black over more
than 50% of the total label
area, try reducing the HEAT
setting or the size of the
black area.
RTC RAM FAILURE
The printer was unable to
save settings in
permanent memory.
TEMPERATURE PAUSE
A high printhead
temperature has been
detected.
Possible faulty main logic card. If
the condition persists, call for
service.
No action required. Printing will
resume after the printhead
cools.
Fault Messages:
Fault Messages indicate a problem and appear on the LCD with the highest priority. If more
than one fault is detected, messages cycle. (Alternate messages may occur when
downloading font, firmware, or Boot Loader files.)
 Note:
To return operation after a fault occurs, the fault must be corrected and the
FEED Key pressed.
Fault Messages
Displayed Message
Description
Action(s)
24V OUT OF TOLERANCE
The printer has detected
a drop in the 24-volt
power supply.
ADC FAULT
The printer has detected
Try cycling the printer power OFF
an analog to digital circuit and ON. If the fault does not
converter failure.
clear, call for service.
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Try cycling the printer power OFF
and ON. If the fault does not
clear, call for service.
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Fault Messages (continued)
Fault Messages
Displayed Message
Description
Action(s)
WARNING! Use extreme
care. Turn OFF and unplug the
printer before proceeding.
CUTTER FAULT
The printer has detected
a cutter mechanism
fault.
Examine the cutter for
obstructions and ensure its cable
is properly connected.
Plug in and turn ON the printer.
Press the FEED Key. If the fault
does not clear, call for service.
DMA FAULT
The printer has detected
a Direct Memory Access
failure.
Try cycling the printer power
OFF and ON. If the fault does
not clear, call for service.
Press any key to continue.
GAP MODE
CANNOT CALIBRATE
Consistently low sensor
readings were detected.
Ensure that media was inserted
in the sensor during the
appropriate calibration step; also
ensure that the sensor is clean.
Retry the calibration. If the
problem persists, try Advanced
Entry Calibration; see Section
5.2.2.
Press any key to continue.
GAP MODE
FAULTY SENSOR
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Consistently high sensor
readings were detected.
Ensure that media was removed
from the sensor during the
appropriate calibration step; also
ensure that the sensor is clean.
Retry the calibration. If the
problem persists, call for service.
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Fault Messages (continued)
Fault Messages
Displayed Message
Description
Action(s)
Try the following procedures:
• Load media. Ensure that the
OUT OF STOCK
The printer cannot detect
media.
labels are passing through the
Media Sensor and, if
necessary, readjust the Media
Sensor over the TOF mark;
see Section 3.3. Also, if using
media with large gaps, adjust
the PAPER OUT DISTANCE
(see Section 4.2.2); or,
• Calibrate the printer; see
Section 5.2.
One of the following has
occurred:
POSITION FAULT
•
An update was made
to the application
version;
•
The printer was
powered-off or reset
during a ribbon, out of
stock or TOF fault; or,
•
The printer was unable
to complete the
calibration.
Try one of the following
procedures:
• Press the FEED Key then clear
any related fault condition; or,
• Calibrate the printer; see
Section 5.2.
PRESENT SENSOR FAULT
The printer cannot detect
the Present Sensor.
Ensure that the option is
installed properly. Try cycling the
power OFF and ON. If the fault
does not clear, call for service.
PRINT ENGINE FAULT
The printer has detected a
problem within the print
logic.
Try cycling the power OFF and
ON. If the fault does not clear,
call for service.
RAM FAULT
The system has detected a
memory failure.
Try cycling the power OFF and
ON. If the fault does not clear,
call for service.
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Fault Messages (continued)
Fault Messages
Displayed Message
Description
Action(s)
Press any key to continue.
REFLECTIVE MODE
CANNOT CALIBRATE
Consistently low sensor
readings were detected.
Ensure that the reflective mark is
inserted facedown in the media
sensor during calibration; also,
ensure that the reflective mark is
made of carbon based ink; and,
that the sensor is free of debris.
Retry calibration. If the problem
persists, try Advanced Entry
Calibration; see Section 5.2.2.
Press any key to continue.
REFLECTIVE MODE
FAULTY SENSOR
Consistently high sensor
readings were detected.
Ensure that media was removed
from the media sensor during the
appropriate calibration step; also
ensure that no labels are stuck in
the media sensor. Retry the
calibration. If the problem
persists, call for service.
Try the following procedures:
• Ensure that ribbon is correctly
One of the following has
occurred:
•
The ribbon sensor
values have changed;
or,
•
No ribbon supply hub
rotation or only
intermittent movement
has been detected.
RIBBON FAULT
loaded and that the printhead
assembly is locked;
• Remove any obstruction that
may inhibit ribbon hub
movement;
• Ensure that the ribbon core
fits snugly on the ribbon
supply hub; and,
• Ensure that the ribbon and
label combination is not
slipping; see Section 7.2.2 for
recommended combinations.
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Fault Messages (continued)
Fault Messages
Displayed Message
Description
Action(s)
Press the FEED Key to clear. If
the bar code is free from
anomalies (e.g., voids,
insufficient quiet zones, etc.) yet
the fault continues, try the
following:
1) Ensure that the bar code is
capable of being read by the
scanner; see the option’s
documentation or the Class
Series 2 Programmer’s
Manual.
2) Adjust the Heat value.
The Scanner could not pass
a bar code.
SCANNER FAULT
 Note: This is normal
when a bar code is
unreadable.
3) Enable only those bar codes
to be decoded.
4) Decrease the Print Speed or
increase the height of the bar
code.
5) Decrease the Verification
Level.
6) Ensure the ribbon used
contains carbon-based inks.
7) Ensure that the label stock
has a matte finish.
If the fault does not clear, and
the bar code is readable on other
equipment, the scanner may
need alignment; consult the
option’s instructions, or call for
service.
TEMPERATURE FAULT
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The printer has shutdown
to allow the printhead
temperature to cool.
Turn OFF the printer until cool to
prevent permanent damage. See
Section 7.1 for environmental
specifications.
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Fault Messages (continued)
Fault Messages
Displayed Message
Description
Action(s)
If media is moving:
1) Press the FEED Key. It may be
necessary to re-calibrate the
printer; see Section 5.2.
2) The Media Sensor may be out
of position. Readjust it; see
Section 3.3.
The printer could not find
the TOF within the
maximum label length
setting, or TOF occurred in
an unexpected place.
TOP OF FORM FAULT
 Note: When using
reflective media, this fault
is given for an Out of Stock
condition.
3) The media may not be
properly loaded. Reload
media, ensuring that the
Media Guide is properly
positioned; see Section 3.2.
4) The Leveling Cam may be
improperly adjusted; see
Section 5.4.1.
5) The label may be longer than
the value entered. Check the
Media Settings / Maximum
Label Length; see Section
4.2.2.
6) The Media Sensor may be
obstructed. Check and
carefully remove any
obstruction (labels, paper
dust, adhesive, etc).
If media is not moving:
The printhead assembly may not
be locked.
The Verifier could not pass
a bar code.
VERIFIER FAULT
 Note: This is normal
when a bar code is
unreadable.
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Simultaneously press the ENTER
and F1 Keys on the Verifier to
clear the fault. If the fault
persists, consult the option’s
instructions.
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6.2 Hex Dump Mode
Hex Dump Mode is a useful tool for diagnosing problems, including communication and
DPL syntax errors, allowing a comparison of input strings (sent by host) to output data
(received by printer). To decode this information, the Class Series 2 Programmer’s Manual is
an essential reference.
To begin, go to DIAGNOSTICS and enable HEX DUMP MODE; see Section 4.2.7. Exit the
menu and save your changes. Afterward, HEX DUMP MODE will be indicated by the LCD and
all data sent to the printer will be output in hexadecimal code along with the ASCII
equivalents.
After sending a label format to the printer, the output will be immediate (see sample
below). As a final note, many software programs use bit mapping to construct the format,
making diagnosis difficult. Contact Datamax-O’Neil Technical Support with any questions.
 Note:
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To return to Ready Mode, re-enter the DIAGNOSTICS and disable HEX DUMP
MODE. Exit the menu and save the changes.
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Specifications
7.1 General
Bar Codes
Code 39, Interleaved 2 of 5, Code 128 (subsets A, B and C), Codabar, LOGMARS, UPC-A,
UPC-E, UPC 2 & 5 digit addendums, EAN-8, EAN-13, EAN 2 & 5 digit addendums, UPC
Random Weight, Code 93, Plessey, Universal Shipping Container Symbology, Code 128 MOD
43, Postnet, USS/EAN-128 Random Weight, Telepen, USD-8 (Code 11), UPS MaxiCode
(modes 2 & 3), PDF417, Data Matrix, QR Code, Aztec, and MicroPDF417. (See the Class
Series 2 Programmer’s Manual for details.)
Fonts
9 Bit-Mapped Fonts; CG Triumvirate Scalable Font; and, CG Triumvirate
Scalable Font. (See the Class Series 2 Programmer’s Manual for details.)
Condensed Bold
Communications
Interfaces:
EIA RS-232/DB-25 Serial & IEEE 1284 Compliant Parallel
Serial Data Rates:
1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, 19.2K, and 38.4K baud.
Handshaking:
Xon / Xoff & CTS / DTR
Parity:
Even, Odd, or None
Stop Bits:
1 or 2
Data Bits:
7 or 8
Electrical
Input Voltage:
90 – 132 or 180 – 264 VAC @ 47–63 Hz, auto-ranging.
Power Consumption:
Typical Operating: 90 Watts; Standby: 10 Watts
Grounding:
Unit must connect to a properly grounded receptacle.
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Environmental
Operating Temperature:
32 F – 100 F (0 C to 38 C)
Storage Temperature:
0° F – 140° F (-17° C to 60° C)
Humidity:
10% – 95% non-condensing
Dust:
Non-conducting, non-corrosive
Electromagnetic Radiation:
Moderate RF fields can be tolerated
Mechanical
Height:
12.70 inches (322.6 mm)
Width:
12.62 inches (320.6 mm)
Depth:
18.60 inches (472.5 mm)
Weight:
45 pounds (20.5 kg)
Printing
Type:
Direct Thermal or optional Thermal Transfer
Speed:
2
2
2
2
2
2
Printhead Resolution:
203
300
406
600
Nominal Dot Size:
.0043”
.0027”
.0013”
.0008”
Printhead Protection:
Thermistor pauses operation upon over-temperature
detection then resumes printing after cool-down.
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–
–
–
–
–
–
6 IPS (51 – 152 MMPS): I-4206
8 IPS (51 – 203 MMPS): I-4208
12 IPS (51 – 305 MMPS): I-4212
8 IPS (51 – 203 MMPS): I-4308
6 IPS (51 – 152 MMPS): I-4406
4 IPS (51 – 102 MMPS): I-4604
DPI
DPI
DPI
DPI
(8.0 dots/mm): I-4206, I-4208, I-4212
(11.8 dots/mm): I-4308
(16.0 dots/mm): I-4406
(23.6 dots/mm): I-4604
X
X
X
X
.0052”
.0043”
.0018”
.0015”
(.11
(.07
(.05
(.03
mm
mm
mm
mm
X
X
X
X
.13
.11
.07
.06
mm):
mm):
mm):
mm):
I-4206, I-4208, I-4212
I-4308
I-4406
I-4604
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Maximum Print Width:
4.10”
4.16”
4.10”
4.16”
(104.0
(105.7
(104.0
(105.7
mm):
mm):
mm):
mm):
I-4206, I-4208, I-4212
I-4308
I-4406
I-4604
Print Length Range:
.25”- 99” (6.4 - 2514.6 mm): I-4206, I-4208, I-4212, I-4308
.25”- 84” (6.4 - 2133.6 mm): I-4406
.25”- 55” (6.4 - 1397 mm): I-4604
with cutter:
1.25”- 99” (31.8 - 2514.6 mm): I-4206,I-4208, I-4212, I-4308
1.25” - 84” (31.8 - 2133.6 mm): I-4406
1.25” - 55” (31.8 - 1397 mm): I-4604
with peel & present:
1.50” - 99” (38 – 2514.6 mm): I-4206, I-4208, I-4212, I-4308
1.50” - 84” (38 – 2133.6 mm): I-4406
1.50” - 55” (38 – 1397 mm): I-4604
Print Justification:
Left
Flash Memory:
1 MB: I-4206, I-4208
2 MB: I-4212, I-4308, I-4406, I-4604
SDRAM Memory:
8 MB: I-4206, I-4208
16 MB: I-4212, I-4308, I-4406, I-4604
Media Types:
Roll-Fed, Die-Cut, Continuous, and Fan-Fold. Flat on the
printable side with no more than .0007” (.018 mm) protrusions
on the opposite side.
Media Roll Capacity:
8” (203 mm) outer diameter, wound out labels only
Media Core:
1.5” or 3.0” (38 mm or 76.2 mm) inner diameter
Ribbon Core:
1.010” .006” (25.6 mm .2 mm) inner diameter. Core not to
protrude beyond ribbon edge.
Ribbon Width Range:
1.0” – 4.5” (25.4 mm – 114.3 mm), where Coated Side In and
Coated Side Out ribbon is NOT interchangeable and is specified
by the Thermal Transfer option type; also, width should
slightly exceed that of the media and backing, if any, to
protect the printhead.
Ribbon Length:
1968 feet (600 meters) maximum
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7.2 Approved Media and Ribbon
To achieve optimum print quality and maximum printhead life, DATAMAX-O’NEIL brand
media and ribbons must be used. These supplies are specially formulated for use in this
printer. The use of non-Datamax-O’Neil supplies may affect the print quality, performance,
and life of the printer or its components (see the Warranty Statement). For a current list of
approved media and ribbons, contact a Media Representative at (407) 523-5650.
Media selection is an important determinant in the throughput, quality, and performance of
the printed product. General factors to consider are listed below:
Direct Thermal –
•
The abrasiveness of the material covering the reactive layer of the media.
•
The amount of heat required to start the chemical reaction.
•
The ability of the media to control the chemical reaction.
Thermal Transfer –
•
The combination of top coatings and ribbons may affect image quality.
•
The ribbon back coating can provide printhead protection and, depending upon the
formula, help reduce static buildup.
•
The ribbon width, when slightly wider than the media, can also guard against
abrasion.
7.2.1 Controlling Print Quality
The printer provides flexible print controls. Of these, the amount of heat applied and the
rate of media movement will have the most effect on the printed output. Four settings are
available via PRINT CONTROL (see Section 4.2.3):
•
HEAT sets the printing energy level, where lower amounts lighten the image and
higher amounts darken it;
•
PRINT SPEED adjusts throughput, where slow speeds allow more time for energy
transfer and fast speeds may require more HEAT to achieve the desired contrast;
•
CONTRAST fine-tunes the gray (shaded) areas of the image; and,
•
DARKNESS fine-tunes the black areas of the image.
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Depending on HOST SETTINGS, some print quality settings can be overridden by
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7.2.2 Media and Ribbon Requirements
Suggested applications are listed in the following table (and for specific information consult
a Datamax-O’Neil Media Representative or other qualified specialist):
Media and Ribbon Overview
Thermal Transfer
Ribbon
Type
Print
Speed*
Print
Energy
Image
Durability
Great Label TTL
GPR Plus
10 – 12**
Medium
Medium
Coated and Uncoated
Paper, Tag Stock, Some
Films, Some Synthetics
Wax
GPRPlus
2 – 10
Low
Low
Coated and Glossy Paper,
Tag Stock,
Some Synthetics, Films
Wax/Resin
PGR+
2–8
Medium
High
Synthetics, Films
Resin SDR
4–6
High
High
Direct Thermal
Ribbon
Type
Print
Speed*
Print
Energy
Image
Durability
Datamax-O’Neil DTL-HSM
Thermal Paper
N/A
10 – 12**
Medium
Low
Datamax-O’Neil DTL-HSH
Thermal Paper
N/A
10 – 12**
Medium
Low
* Given in inches per second.
** Highly recommended for optimum quality at speeds above 10 IPS.
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Dimensional Requirements are listed in the following table:
Side View
Top View
G
F
I
H
J
D
K
E
A
B
C
Media Dimensional Requirements
Designator
Description
Minimum [1]
Maximum [1]
A
Label width
1.00
4.65
B
Liner width
1.00
4.65
C
Gap (or notch) between labels[3]
.10
–
D
Label length[3]
.25
–
E
Media thickness
.0025
.010
F
Notch opening width
.20
.500
G
Media edge to sensor aperture distance
.20
2.25
H
Reflective (black) mark width[2]
.50
4.65
I
Distance between reflective marks[3]
.50
–
J
Reflective mark length[3]
.10
–
K
Label repeat distance[3]
.35
–
[1]
Units of measure are given in inches and referenced by the direction of label feed.
The reflective (black) mark must be carbon based, placed on the backside of the stock, and the
reflectance shall be less than 10% at wavelengths of 950 and 640 nm.
[3]
The maximum allowable length of the combined label and gap (or mark) measurement cannot
exceed 99.99 inches.
[2]
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7.3 Serial Cable Requirements
Wiring diagrams, suggested applications, and part numbers for serial interface cables are
given in the table below. (Contact a reseller for ordering information.)
Applicable Serial Interface Cables
Null Modem (MXM)
“PC” (DB9P) to Printer
Part Number 556000
Part Number 556001
For connection to other DCE equipment.
Flow control is only Xon/Xoff.
For connection to a PC compatible with
DB9P communication ports. Flow control can
be either Xon/Xoff or CTS/DTR.
“PC” (DB25P) to Printer
RS-422 Connection
Part Number 556002
Part Number N/A
For connection to a PC compatible with
DB25 communication ports, flow control can
be either Xon/Xoff or CTS/DTR.
Optional equipment, diagram only provided
for reference.
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Appendix A
Module Assignments
Memory Module
Designator
Module Size
Volatile*
Location / Use
D
1024 KB
(default size)
Yes
Main logic card SDRAM – for graphics, fonts, and
formats
F
4 MB
No
Optional GPI/O Multi-Expansion Card – for
graphics, fonts, and formats
G
256 KB
No
Main logic card Flash – for graphics, fonts, and
formats (all models except I-4206 and I-4208).
Y
64 KB
No
Main logic card Flash – reserved for EFIGS
Z
4 MB
No
Optional GPI/O Multi-Expansion Card – reserved
for ILPC
*When power is removed, stored data will be lost.
Print Resolutions and Maximum Label Widths
Resolutions and Widths
Model
Printhead
Resolution
I-4206, I-4208,
& I-4212
Maximum Print Width
Inches
Millimeters
Default
Setting
203 dots/inch
(8 dots/mm)
4.10
104.0
4.10
I-4308
300 dots/inch
(11.8 dots/mm)
4.16
105.7
4.16
I-4406
406 dots/inch
(16 dots/mm)
4.10
104.0
4.10
I-4604
600 dots/inch
(23.6 dots/mm)
4.16
105.7
4.16
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Available Speeds and Default Settings
Printer Speed Ranges and Defaults*
Model
Function
I-4206
Print
Feed
Reverse
Slew
I-4208
I-4212
I-4308
I-4406
I-4604
Speed Range
IPS
2
2
2
2
–
–
–
–
6
8
4
6
Default Setting
MMPS
51
51
51
51
–
–
–
–
IPS
MMPS
152
203
102
152
6.0
6.0
4.0
6.0
152
152
102
152
Print
2–8
51 – 203
8.0
203
Feed
Reverse
2–8
2–4
51 – 203
51 – 102
8.0
4.0
203
102
Slew
2–8
2 – 12
2 – 12
2–4
2 – 12
2–8
2–8
2–4
2–8
2–6
2–6
2–4
2–6
2–4
2–4
2–4
2–4
51 – 203
8.0
203
51
51
51
51
51
51
51
51
51
51
51
51
51
51
51
51
8.0
8.0
4.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
4.0
5.0
3.0
3.0
4.0
3.0
203
203
102
203
152
152
102
152
127
127
102
127
76
76
102
76
Print
Feed
Reverse
Slew
Print
Feed
Reverse
Slew
Print
Feed
Reverse
Slew
Print
Feed
Reverse
Slew
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
305
305
102
305
203
203
102
203
152
152
102
152
102
102
102
102
*Consult the Class Series 2 Programmer's Manual.
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Appendix B
Custom Adjustment Ranges
Row, Column, and Present Adjust Ranges (in dots)
Model
Row Adjust
Column Adjust,
and Present Adjust
I-4206, I-4208, & I-4212
-100 – 2030
-100 – 100
I-4308
-150 – 3000
-150 – 150
I-4406
-200 – 4060
-200 – 200
I-4604
-300 – 6000
-300 – 300
Default
Setting
000
Column & Row Emulation Ranges
Emulation Range (in dots)
Model
Column
Row
Default Setting
I-4206, I-4208, & I-4212
153 – 203
103 – 303
203
I-4308
250 – 300
200 – 400
300
I-4406
356 – 406
306 – 506
406
I-4604
550 – 600
500 – 700
600
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Appendix C
Menu Multi-Language Support
The printer allows new menu languages and / or replacement of the Datamax-O’Neil
provided translations. A Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet defines the menu dictionary and a
new language column is added or an existing column modified. Then, by clicking on the
“Generate DPL file(s)” radio button, the generated DPL file(s) is sent to the printer.
Here are the highlights and restrictions of the feature:
•
The printer can register up to 10 different display languages, including EFIGS.
•
The EFIGS languages and any additional languages are stored on Module Y: a 64KB
Flash Module located on the main logic card.
•
It is okay to download menu files generated for a lesser firmware revision to new
firmware – any messages that are not defined are displayed in English.
•
For the procedures below, the printer will accept the menu downloads from any
available port.
•
The language creation programs support Windows
NT, and Windows 2000.
Required Software
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or greater[1]
Microsoft
Excel 97
Img2dl.exe[1] [2]
Gemmsgxls.xls[1] [2]
[1]
[2]
95, Windows
98, Windows
Comment
Must reside in the target printer. (See Section 5.7)
Must be purchased by user.
Program used during the process to create DPL file.
Menu Dictionary
Provided software files and programs at ftp.datamax-oneil.com
Recommend that the Img2dl.exe and Gemmsgxls.xls files reside in the same directory.
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Creating a Menu Language:
 Invoke Excel and open the gemmsglst.xls file. Excel opens the file and the following
screen appears.
 Click the “Enable Macro” box and the following appears:
Click On Column J and enter your new language, or modify an existing one.
Tips:
A) Message Size – When entering new messages, reference the “MAX” column: this is
the maximum number of characters allowed for this field. Warnings are displayed
when the number of characters is exceeded or when trying to modify the MAX value.
Beware that “cutting” and “pasting” fields could defeat this warning system.
B) Two Line Messages – Some of the message are displayed as two lines. These are
indicated in the comment fields.
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C) Comments – This field can be modified with no effect.
 When editing has been completed, highlight all of the columns you desire to create
(more than one language may be selected) by pressing the letter above the column.
 Press the Generate DPL File(s) radio button. A file will be generated for each of the
selected columns and Excel will provide confirmation. (Example: small.ls)
 Download the generated files to the printer – one method is the DOS copy command:
copy small.ls lpt1: /b
 Reset the printer by pressing and holding the CANCEL Key for approximately four
seconds.
 Verify the operation by printing a Configuration Label (see Section 4.3.2). The new font
selection will be printed on the label under SYSTEM INFORMATION / OPTIONAL
LANGUAGES or select the new language in the SYSTEM SETTINGS / MENU LANGUAGE in
the printer’s menu.
This is the only method to determine whether the download was successful. If the menu
displays the new language selection, but all messages remain in English an error has
occurred. Re-check the process.
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Contact Datamax-O’Neil Technical Support if problems continue (be prepared to provide
the Gemmsglst.xls and the DPL download file that you have created). Other possible
error messages are as follows:
Menu Language Error Message
Description
Please select the entire column(s) or the
desired language(s), by clicking on the
column letter(s)
After pressing the Generate DPL File(s)
radio button, the languages to convert
were not correctly selected.
Message text may not exceed MAX = xx
designated characters for this MID
The entered message exceeds the
number of characters specified in column
C. You may not modify this number.
Advanced File Handling Information
•
EFIGS is standard, loaded into Module Y. Module Y is LOCKED and will only accept
additional Language Downloads.
•
After downloading a language update, Module Y is left UNLOCKED until the printer is
reset or power is cycled. In this state, Module Y will accept font, image and label
format downloads. The module will also honor the Clear Module request. Therefore,
following an update it is recommended that a reset be performed to lock the module;
otherwise, a software package may “Clear All Modules” thus destroying the new
menu language(s).
•
Module Y can be UNLOCKED by sending this DPL string:
•
To restore the factory generated EFIGS image, download the file *832296.01A to the
printer. This file is located on the Datamax-O’Neil FTP site. The letter at the end of
the file name (e.g., A) specifies the revision. The latest revision will be available on
the FTP site.
•
Downloading the same language twice will automatically delete the first occurrence,
but will not free the memory space. Use the Pack Module feature (see Section 4.2.4)
or reload the EFIGS file to free the space.
•
Deletion of the selected language will set the printer to English.
•
The total number of languages that the printer can now accept is limited to 10, but
this number is dependent upon the size of each language translation. The translation
size will vary with the number of messages that are translated for that particular
language. Current complete language files are about 7,000 bytes each but with
product growth, the total number of languages is expected to drop to seven.
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Appendix D
Configuration Files
With application version 5.01 and above, the printer can save and restore complete printer
settings, including media calibration parameters, in internal Configuration Files. Here are the
highlights and restrictions of the feature:
•
Eliminates the need to repeat the manual steps of a special printer setup, making
future changeovers faster and easier.
•
Can be setup, saved, and restored either from the host or via the menu as “C-type”
files on Module Y under unique filenames of up to nineteen characters in length.
•
Enables the host, via special DPL commands, to control parameters previously
accessible only from the Control Panel.
 Note:
If file sharing among printers, do not include unique parameters (such as
calibrations and adjustments).
When using the Control Panel to save a configuration file (see Section 4.2.5), the keypad
functions are as follows:

The DOWN ARROW Key scrolls down through the
alphanumeric, underscore, and delete character.

The UP ARROW Key scrolls up through the alphanumeric and
underscore characters, and the delete function.

The ENTER Key accepts the displayed character and
advances the cursor.

The ESCAPE Key saves the displayed file.
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Follow the steps below to save a manually entered setup as a configuration file:
Step
Displayed Message
Action
Comment
You are entering MENU
MODE.
1
READY
2
MENU MODE
SYSTEM SETTINGS
Key to
Use the
scroll to SYSTEM
SETTINGS then press it
once again to select it.
Key can also
The
be used. You are entering
SYSTEM SETTINGS.
3
SYSTEM SETTINGS
CONFIGURATION FILE
Key to
Press the
select CONFIGURATION
FILE.
You are entering the
CONFIGURATION FILE
submenu.
4
CONFIGURATION FILE
RESTORE AS CURRENT
Key to
Press the
scroll to SAVE SETTING
AS.
The
be used.
5
CONFIGURATION FILE
SAVE SETTING AS
Press the
6
SAVE SETTING AS
:
Press the
Key.
Key.
Enter a file name using the
Key to scroll
through the characters.
Key can also
Press the
Key to
exit this selection.
The
be used.
Key can also
 Note: To change an accepted character, select the
delete function (solid flashing block) then
press the ENTER Key.
Use the
Key to
accept the character.
7
SAVE SETTING AS
SPECIAL :
Continue entering the file
name in this manner
(“SPECIAL STOCK” has
been used as an
example).
 Note: To abort the Save function, delete all entered
characters in the file name then press the
ESCAPE Key.
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SPECIAL STOCK
SUCCESSFUL
Key
Press the
repeatedly to save the file
name and return to Ready.
Save complete. (To
restore a saved file, see
Section 4.2.5.)
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Appendix E
Printer Driver and Port Setup
Install the Printer Driver and Port software according to the host’s operating system. The example below highlights the driver
installation for Windows XP; other installations will be similar.
Windows XP Driver and Port Installation
1
Start the Windows
“Add Printer
Wizard.” The
following screen
should appear.
Click Next>.
2
Ensure that Local
Printer is selected
and then click Next.
3
Select on Create a
new port: and then
select Standard
TCP/IP Port from
the drop down
menu. Click Next.
4
Click Next.
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Windows XP Driver and Port Installation (continued)
5
In the Printer Name
or IP Address field
enter the IP
address of your
printer. The Port
Name field does not
need to be
changed. When
finished click
“Next”.
6
Ensure Standard is
selected and then
click Next.
7
Confirm your
settings and then
click Finish.
8
Click on Have Disk.
9
Insert the
Accessories CDROM and click
Browse.
10
Browse to the
“\DRIVERS\Seagull”
folder on the CDROM, ensure the
file “for 95, 98, ME,
2000, and xp.inf” is
selected and click
OK.
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Windows XP Driver and Port Installation (continued)
11
Click OK.
12
Select your printer
from the list and
then click Next.
13
Name your printer
in the Printer
name: field. Next
select whether or
not to set this
printer as your
default printer.
Then Click Next.
14
Select whether or
not to share this
printer on your
network. Then Click
Next.
15
Select No then Click
Next.
16
Confirm your
settings and then
click Finish.
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Windows XP Driver and Port Installation (continued)
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If prompted with
the "Digital
Signature Not
Found" window,
click “Continue
Anyway” to
continue
installation.
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Your computer will
now copy the
necessary files from
the CD-ROM.
The driver and port
installation is now
complete. The
printer can be
selected through
any Window’s
application.
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Glossary
alphanumeric Consisting of alphabetic, numeric, punctuation and other symbols.
backing material The silicon-coated paper carrier material to which labels with adhesive
backing are affixed (also referred to as “liner”).
bar code A representation of alphanumeric information in a pattern of machine-readable
marks. The basic categories are divided into one-dimensional (UPC, Code 39, Postnet,
etc.) and two-dimensional bar codes (Data Matrix, MaxiCode, PDF417, etc.).
boot loader The resident program that loads the application from Flash memory,
decompresses it into the SRAM, and starts operations.
burn line The row of thermal elements in the printhead that create the images on the
media.
calibration The process through which sensor readings are entered into the printer for
correct sensor function (for example, detection of a given media type) and TOF
positioning.
character set The entire complement of alphanumeric symbols contained in a given font.
checksum An alphanumeric error detection method used in many bar code symbologies for
informational security.
continuous media An uninterrupted roll or box of label or tag stock media that contains no
gap, notch, or mark to separate individual labels or tags.
core diameter The inside diameter measurement of the cardboard core at the center of a
ribbon or media roll.
cutter A mechanical device with a rotary or guillotine type blade used to cut labels or tags
following printing.
defaults The functional setting values returned following a factory reset of the printer.
diagnostics Programs used to locate and diagnose hardware problems.
die-cut media Media that has been cut into a pattern using a press, where the excess
paper is removed leaving individual labels, with gaps between them, attached to a
backing material.
direct thermal The printing method that uses a heat sensitive media and only the heat of
the thermal printhead to create an image on the label.
direct thermal media Media coated with special chemicals that react and darken with the
application of heat.
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DPI (dots per inch) A measurement of print resolution, rated in the number of thermal
elements contained in one inch of the printhead (also referred to as “resolution”).
DPL (Datamax-O’Neil Programming Language) programming commands used
specifically for control of and label production in Datamax-O’Neil printers. A complete
listing of commands can be found in the Class Series 2 Programmer’s Manual.
EFIGS English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and other multi-language support as
programmed for the menu and configuration label.
fan-fold Media that is folded and stacked.
feed speed The speed at which the media moves under the printhead in non-printed areas
and between labels.
Flash memory Non-volatile memory (does not require printer power to maintain data) that
can be erased and reprogrammed, used to hold the operating program.
font A set of alphanumeric characters that share a particular typeface.
gap A space between die-cut or notched labels used to sense the top-of-form.
IPS (inches per second) Imperial measurement of printer speeds.
label A paper or synthetic printing material, typically with adhesive backing.
label length The distance from the top of the label to the bottom of the label as it exits the
printer.
label repeat The distance from the top of one label to the top of the next label.
label tracking Excessive lateral (side to side) movement of the media as it travels under
the printhead.
label width The left to right measurement of the label as it exits the printer.
mark Generalized term for the carbon-based black line on the underside of reflective media
used to indicate the top-of-form.
media Generalized term for all types of printing stocks, including: roll fed, continuous, diecut, reflective, and fanfold.
media hub Device in the printer used to support roll media.
media sensor A photo-sensor device that detects media, and the top-of-form when using
die-cut, notched or reflective media.
MMPS (millimeters per second) Metric measurement of printer speeds.
notched stock Media, typically tag stock, with holes or notches in the material that is used
to signal the top-of-form. The printer must be set to “gap” to use this media type.
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on demand An output regulator (i.e., the Present Sensor) that inhibits printing when a
label is already present.
preprinted media Label stock that contains borders, text, or graphics, floodcoating, etc.
perforation Small cuts extending through the backing and/or label material to facilitate
their separation (also referred to as “perf”).
print speed The speed at which the media moves under the printhead during the printing
process.
reflective media Media imprinted with carbon-based black marks on the underside of the
material, which is used to signal the top-of-form when the “reflective” sensor is
enabled.
registration Repeatable top to bottom alignment of printed labels.
reverse speed The backward rate of media motion into the printer during tear-off, peel
and present and cutting operations for positioning the label at the start of print
position.
ribbon An extruded polyester tape with several layers of material, one of which is ink-like,
used to produce an image on the label (also referred to as “foil”).
ribbon wrinkle An undesirable overlapping of the ribbon during the printing process that
leads to voids on the printed label, typically caused by an improper leveling cam
adjustment.
roll media A form of media that is wound upon a core.
start of print (SOP) The position on the label where printing begins; also, the signal that
initiates GPIO-controlled printing.
tag stock A heavy paper or synthetic printing material, typically featuring a notch or black
mark for TOF and no adhesive backing.
thermal transfer The printing method that creates an image by transferring ink from a
ribbon onto the media using the heat from the thermal printhead.
TOF (top-of-form) The start of a new label as indicated by a label gap, notch, mark or
programming.
void An undesirable blank space in a printed image.
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