Avery Dennison | ALX 92x | ALX 924, ALX 925 and ALX 926 Setup Manual

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Setup
Winding pattern ............................................. 2
Selecting the printing material ....................... 4
Thermal transfer / direct thermal printing .. 4
Label material ............................................ 4
Thermal transfer ribbon ............................. 5
Inserting label material .................................. 6
Removing spent backing paper ................. 6
Removing glue residue ............................. 6
Inserting a new label roll ........................... 7
Inserting ribbon ............................................11
Removing spent ribbon ............................11
Inserting a new ribbon roll ........................12
Settings .......................................................13
Ribbon tension .........................................13
Label sensor ............................................14
Adjustment button for printhead pressure 15
Dispensing edge ......................................16
Dispenser parameters .............................16
Material Parameters ................................17
Index ............................................................18
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Winding pattern
The winding diagram shows the winding direction of material and ribbon
through the ALX 92x.
« Follow this basic scheme when inserting/changing material and ribbon.
¯Only specially trained staff to insert and change the ribbons and material.
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Material and ribbon path in the ALX 92x (left version).
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Names of parts
No. Name
No. Name
1
Adjustment knob for printhead 13
pressure
Feed roller
2
Ribbon rewinding mandrel
14
Deflection roll
3
Ribbon unwinding mandrel
15
Material guide
4
Operation panel
16
Opener
5
Deflection roll
17
Brake roller
6
Material dancer arm
18
Adjustment wheel for label
sensor
7
Material unwinder
19
Print roller
8
Guiding rod
20
Dispensing edge
9
Backing paper rewinder
21
Printhead
10
Backing paper dancer arm
22
Ribbon deflection axle
11
Pressure roller
23
Ribbon deflection roller with
stress relief
12
Lever for pressure roller
24
Ribbon roller
[Tab. 1]
ALX 92x operating parts
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Selecting the printing material
Thermal transfer / direct thermal printing
The ALX 92x can print onto label material using the direct thermal mode or
thermal transfer mode.
Direct thermal
Direct thermal printing is done without ribbon. The direct thermal process
requires label material with a temperature-sensitive coating. The printout is
produced by applying precise bursts of heat to the material under the
printhead. This changes the colour of the coating.
Thermal
transfer
Thermal transfer printing is done with (thermal transfer) ribbon on “normal”
label material. The printout is produced by applying precise bursts of heat to
the thermal transfer ribbon under the printhead. This transfers the colour
particles to the label.
Label material
The ALX 92x was developed for printing on self-adhesive stock.
Pay attention to the following factors when selecting label material:
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•
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The roughness of the material surface
The printhead temperature required for the colour transfer
Size of the material roll. The following dimensions need to be checked:
Outside-/inside diameter of the material roll and the material width
Material
roughness
If the material is very rough, the printhead will be worn down more quickly
than when using a smooth material. This is an important aspect of thermal
printing. With thermal transfer printing, this doesn’t pose such a problem,
because you can – and indeed should – select a ribbon that is wider than the
material. This means that the printhead is protected over the entire width of
the material.
Printhead
temperature
High printhead temperatures can similarly cause problems. The material and
the ribbon take longer to cool. As a result, the print quality may degrade –
particularly at high print speeds. The printhead also wears down more
quickly.
¯The printing result is highly dependent on the right combination of label
material and thermal transfer ribbon. The surface of the label material
determines which thermal transfer ribbons produces the best adhesion.
Unsuitable ribbons can lead to poor printing results.
P Further information can be found in the topic section Technical data, section
“Label material”.
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Thermal transfer ribbon
The following is recommended for thermal transfer ribbons:
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The back of the ribbon should be coated so that it produces no static or
friction (Backcoating). If this isn’t the case, the printhead may be damaged by
static discharge coming off the ribbon surface.
The ribbons need to be designed for “corner edge” printheads.
Ribbons should be able to handle print speeds of up to 400 mm/s (16 ips).
Size of the ribbon roll: The following dimensions need to be checked: outside/
inside diameter of the ribbon roll, ribbon width.
CAUTION! - Thermal transfer ribbons without these properties can degrade
the performance of the printer and the print quality as well as damage the
printhead!
Armor APR 600 (Avery part no. 2240-600-xxx) is a recommended ribbon
type.
¯The thermal transfer ribbon should only be slightly wider than the label
material.
•
•
If an overly narrow ribbon is used, the border of the label material interferes
with the printhead – which wears it down more quickly.
If an overly wide ribbon is used, creasing may occur in the ribbon. This can
led to poor printing results.
P For more details on the permissible dimensions of ribbon rolls, refer to
Technical data, “Thermal Transfer Ribbon”.
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Inserting label material
WARNING!
Rotating parts can trap items and
draw them in!
« When working on the device, do
not wear loose jewellery, long
sleeves, long hair, and similar.
« Close the devices cover before
printing.
•
•
During operation, the printhead
can become hot.
« Be careful when touching the
printhead!
A
[1]
Rewound backing paper on the ALX 92x (A).
Removing spent backing paper
The backing paper rewinder can exactly
rewind the amount of backing paper remaining from a material roll with 300 mm diameter [2A].
B
CAUTION! - A backing paper roll
exceeding the diameter limit can
stall and damage the machine!
« Always remove the backing paper
from the rewinder if you insert a
new material roll!
A
[2]
Assuming backing paper has gathered on
the rewinder:
1. Pull out the release button [2B].
The tensioning mechanism of the rewinder
is slackened.
2. Remove the rewound backing paper.
Removing glue residue
« If necessary, clean the following components:
• Printhead
• Dispensing plate
• Deflection rollers
• Drive roller
• Pressure rollers
P Follow the directions provided in topic sec-
tion Maintenance and Cleaning.
Removing rewound backing paper.
A Backing paper roll
B Release button
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Inserting a new label roll
B
1. Turn thumb screw [3A] loose and swivel
guide rod [3B] aside.
2. Push the material roll onto the unwinder
[3C] with the appropriate adapter rings.
The material roll should turn in an anticlockwise direction when unwinding.
C
A
3. Swivel guide rod to the unwinder axle as
illustrated [3] and shift it close to the material roll. Tighten the thumb screw again.
[3]
4. Lay the material around deflection rollers
[4A] and dancer arm [4B].
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ALX 92x with half used up label roll.
A
A
[4]
B
Threading the label material around deflection rollers (A)
and dancer arm (B).
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5. Open the front cover.
6. Set the material guide to the width of the
label material. To do this loosen the thumb
screw [5A] at the front material guide, shift
the material guide [5B] crossways to the
feed direction and tighten thumb screw
again.
A
¯ The label material should slide easily
between the material guides.
B
[5]
Adjusting the material guide (B).
7. Press the opener [6A] to raise the contact
rollers [6B]. Push the beginning of the
label material through underneath the contact rollers and the print head.
B
A
[6]
Inserting the label material at the print module.
[7]
Positioning the contact rollers.
8. Position the contact rollers while pressing
down the opener [7].
¯ Both contact rollers should press down
the material symmetrically.
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9. Peel labels off the backing paper for a
stretch of appr. 50 cm [8].
[8]
Peeling some labels off .
10. Open the pressure roller lever [9A] by
pressing it downwards.
11. Pull the backing paper backwards underneath the printing module and insert it as
illustrated [9].
A
[9]
12. ALX 925/926: Loosen the two thumb
screws [10B] at the spring-suspended
blocks. Position the spring-suspended
blocks [10A] in a way that the contact rolls
press symmetrically on the backing paper.
Retighten the thumb screws.
ALX 924: Loosen the thumb screw [10B].
Position the spring-suspended block [10A]
in a way that the contact roll presses in the
middle on the backing paper. Retighten the
thumb screw.
Threading the backing paper underneath the printing
module.
B
A
[10] Spring-suspended block (A) at a ALX 924.
13. Tighten the backing paper backwards and
close the lever [11].
[11] Closing the pessure roller lever.
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14. Thread the backing paper around dancer
arm [12A] and deflection roller as illustrated [12].
15. Pull out the release button [12B].
B
A
[12] Threading the backing paper around the tensioning arm
(A).
16. Insert the end of the backing paper into the
rewinder as illustrated [13].
17. Push in the locking knob.
[13] Threading the backing paper around the rewinder.
18. Turn the rewinder manually anti-clockwise
until the backing paper is tightened [14].
[14] Tightening the backing paper.
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Inserting ribbon
WARNING!
• Rotating parts can trap items and draw them in!
« When working on the printer, do not wear loose jewellery, long sleeves,
long hair, and similar.
« Close the devices cover before printing.
• During operation, the printhead can become hot.
« Be careful when touching the printhead!
¯
Skip this section if you intend to print
directly onto thermal material.
P For information on choosing a suitable
thermal transfer ribbon, refer to section
Selecting the printing material on page 4.
Removing spent ribbon
CAUTION! - If the diameter of the
ribbon wound on the take-up roll
becomes too great, the machine’s
operation will be impaired.
« Always remove a used ribbon before
inserting a new ribbon roll.
Assuming spent ribbon has gathered on
the rewinding mandrel:
1. Remove the roll of used ribbon from the
rewinding mandrel.
2. Pull the empty ribbon core off the unwinding mandrel and put it on the rewinding
mandrel.
3. Put the ribbon roll on the unwinding
mandrel.
4. Insert the ribbon as described in the following.
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Inserting a new ribbon roll
1. Open the hood.
2. Put the ribbon roll on the lower right ribbon
mandrel [15C]. Put an empty take-up roll
on the upper left ribbon mandrel.
B
¯ The ribbon must unwind anti-clockwise.
(Only valid for ribbon rolls which have the
coloured side facing inwards)
3. Guide the ribbon end under the ribbon
deflection [15B] and thread through to the
side of the printhead [15A].
A
C
[15] Inserting the ribbon roll onto the ribbon unwinding mandrel
(C).
4. Pull the ribbon under the printhead from
the side, then, unwinding some ribbon,
smoothen it out [16].
[16] Smoothening out the ribbon.
5. Draw ribbon upwards and guide it around
the ribbon roller [17A], the ribbon deflection roller [17B] and the strain relief [17C] .
A
6. Attach the ribbon end to the empty take-up
roll.
Winding direction: clockwise [18A].
B
C
A
[18] Winding direction of ribbon rewinding mandrel (A)
[17] A Ribbon roller
B Ribbon deflection roll
C Strain relief
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Settings
Ribbon tension
To achieve an optimal print result, the
ribbon has to run without creases. This is
achieved by correctly setting the torque for
the rewinding mandrel and the braking
torque for the unwinding mandrel.
The factory settings cover a wide range of
different ribbon widths. Nevertheless,
adjustment can be necessary if very
narrow or very wide ribbons are being
used.
The braking torque of the ribbon mandrels
can be set by adjusting the red hexagonal
plastic nuts [19A] on the ribbon mandrels.
Turn clockwise to increase the torque.
Caps [19B] protect the nuts against being
adjusted by accident.
The ribbon must run evenly and free of
creases between the mandrels while being
fed through. The following indications can
help you correct the settings:
•
The ribbon is slack or in folds or winds on
to the rewinding mandrel too loosely.
« Increase torque / braking torque (turn red
hex nut clockwise).
•
The ribbon clearly stretches or it tears
during printing. The ribbon is not being
transported adequately.
« Decrease torque / braking torque (turn red
hex nut anti-clockwise).
A
B
[19] Ribbon mandrels on a ALX 92x.
A Ribbon rewinding mandrel (without cap)
B Ribbon unwinding mandrel (without cap)
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Label sensor
The ALX 92x is equipped with a light transmission sensor for punch recognition:
Setting the label sensor
Turning the red adjustment wheel [20B]
moves the sensor up to 80 mm (4“/5“
modules) or 100 mm (6“ modules) across
the material. A dial [20A] displays the
value.
Reading the value:
Value = punch position – 2 mm
A
… whereby the following applies:
•
Punch position:
Distance of the punch from the (inner) edge
of the material [21A].
•
Value:
Value on dial, set by rotating the red wheel.
B
[20] Setting the label sensor
A Dial
B Adjustment wheel
Example: Punch centre = 11 mm from the
left edge; subtracting 2 mm gives a value of
9 mm.
« To make the setting, turn the wheel [20B]
until the desired value is aligned with the
mark [20A].
¯ Round labels: To ensure in those
cases, that the label start is correctly
identified, a punch offset can be preset.
This may be done by manually setting the
printer (Parameter PRINT PARAMETERS >
X - print offset) or by the appropriate control
command.
A
[21] Measuring the punch position (A).
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Adjustment button for
printhead pressure
The material width and / or material
thickness influence the pressure applied by
the thermal transfer printhead on the print
roller.
There are three possible settings for
pressure [23]:
I
Setting for thin / narrow material
II Setting for material of medium width /
thickness
III Setting for thick / broad material
Setting
The red adjustment knob [22A] [23] is
located above the ribbon roller in the front
plate and can be adjusted with a coin or
large screwdriver.
A
« To set medium pressure, turn the arrow
[23A] to position „II“ until it slots gently into
place.
« To set a higher pressure, turn the arrow to
position „III“ until it slots gently into place.
CAUTION! - Failure to set for the
correct pressure causes the printhead
to wear down more quickly and leads
thus to a shorter service life.
« Always select the lightest possible
pressure necessary to produce an
acceptable print result.
[22] A Adjustment knob for the printhead pressure
A
« Excessive pressure can lead to the
premature wearout of the printhead.
Factory settings
Setting „I“, for thin / narrow material
[23] A Adjustment knob for the printhead pressure
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Dispensing edge
By inclining the dispensing edge, the
dispensing position can be fine adjusted
without having to change the machine
position:
1. Undo the screws [24B] on both of the side
mounting plates. Access the screws from
beneath.
Tool: 2.5 mm Allen key
2. Turn the dispensing edge [24A] to the
desired position.
3. Tighten the screws.
A
B
[24] Long dispensing edge (option) (feed roller disassembled
for better viewing).
Dispenser parameters
Set the following parameters prior to first
operating the machine.
•
PRINT PARAMETERS > Dispense Mode
Determines sequence of the printerdispenser process (normal 1:1 mode,
batch mode or true 1:1 mode)
PRINT PARAMETERS > Dispenseposition
Setting the adhesive edge, with which the
label after dispensing adheres to the
backing paper[25].
•
SYSTEM PARAMETER > Start source
Setting the trigger signal source for the
printer-dispenser process (foot switch,
sensor or USI)
P For details on how to set parameters, refer
to Information on printouts and parameters
in the “Using the Parameter Menu” section.
Dispensed label
Dispense position
Dispensing edge
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[25] Dispensing position (=home position) shown schematically.
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Material Parameters
Using the following parameters, you can
tell the device which kind of labelling
material is supposed to be processed:
•
PRINT PARAMETERS > Material type
Sets material type (punched or endless).
•
PRINT PARAMETERS > Material length
Sets material length (measured from label
start to label start, that is label length plus
one gap length). Setting not relevant for
endless material.
•
PRINT PARAMETERS > Material width
Sets material width.
P For details on how to set parameters, refer
to Information on printouts and parameters
in the “Using the Parameter Menu” section.
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Index
B
R
Backcoating 5
Braking torque, ribbon 13
Ribbon mandrels 13
Ribbon slack 13
Ribbon tears 13
Ribbon tension 13
D
Direct thermal printing 4
S
H
Setting material parameters 17
Setting the dispenser parameters 16
Setting the label sensor 14
Setting the printhead pressure 15
Hexagonal plastic bolt, red 13
I
Inserting ribbon 11
L
Label material 4
Label sensor, setting 14
T
Thermal transfer printing 4
Torque, ribbon 13
W
Wheel for setting label sensor 14
Winding diagram 2
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