Operator`s manual | Datamax I-4208 Printer User Manual

Operator’s Manual
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Firmware (Software) Agreement
The enclosed Firmware (Software) resident in the Printer is owned by Licensor or its
suppliers and is licensed for used only on a single printer in the user’s Trade or Business.
The User agrees not to, and not to authorize or permit any other person or party to
duplicate, or copy the Firmware or the information contained in the non-volatile or
programmable memory. The firmware (Software) is protected by applicable copyright
laws and Licensor retains all rights not expressly granted. In no event will Licensor or its
suppliers be liable for any damages or loss, including direct, incidental, economic,
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Part Number: 88-2241-01
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UL1950 Information Technology Equipment
C22.2 No. 950-M93
Listed
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)
Safety: This product complies with the requirements of
EN 60950/All:1997
Gost-R
Resolution S.I.C. & M., No. 799/99
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 own 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. However, as with all electrical equipment, there are some basic
precautions that you should follow to avoid personal injury or damage to the
printer:
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Before using the printer, carefully read all the installation and operating
instructions.
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Observe all warning instruction labels on the printer.
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Install the printer on a flat, firm surface.
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Do not place the printer on or near a heat source.
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To protect your printer from overheating, make sure no openings on the
printer are blocked.
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Never insert anything into the ventilation slots and openings of the printer.
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Do not use the printer near water or spill liquid into it.
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Ensure that the AC power source matches the ratings listed for the printer.
(If unsure, check with your dealer or local utility provider.)
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Do not place the AC power cord where it can be stepped on. If the AC
power cord becomes damaged or frayed, replace it immediately.
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If the printer ever needs repair, consult only qualified, trained service
personnel. No user-serviceable parts are inside; do not remove the cover.
Contents
Printer Overview
1.0
1.1
1.2
About the Printer..................................................................... 1
1.0.1 Standard Features................................................... 2
1.0.2 Optional Features ................................................... 2
Option Installation................................................................... 6
Hardware Components .......................................................... 7
Getting Started
2.0
2.1
Unpacking the Printer............................................................. 9
2.0.1 Inspection .............................................................. 10
2.0.2 Additional Requirements ....................................... 10
Media and Ribbon Selection ................................................ 11
2.1.1 Print Quality Controls ............................................ 11
Setting Up the Printer
3.0
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
Installation............................................................................. 13
3.0.1 Communications.................................................... 14
Loading Media ...................................................................... 17
3.1.1 Roll Media.............................................................. 18
3.1.2 Fan-Fold Media ..................................................... 19
Media Sensor Adjustment .................................................... 20
Loading Ribbon .................................................................... 21
Quick Media Calibration....................................................... 23
Outputting Labels ................................................................. 24
3.5.1 Rewinding.............................................................. 24
3.5.2 On-Demand Dispensing........................................ 26
3.5.3 Cutting ................................................................... 28
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Using the Front Panel
4.0
4.1
4.2
4.3
Operation.............................................................................. 29
4.0.1 Ready Mode: Normal Operation ........................... 29
4.0.2 Menu Mode: Configuration.................................... 30
4.0.3 Quick Test Mode: Print Test Labels...................... 31
4.0.4 Indicator Lights ...................................................... 32
4.0.5 LCD........................................................................ 32
4.0.6 Resetting the Printer.............................................. 33
4.0.6.1 Soft Reset............................................... 33
4.0.6.2 Level One Reset..................................... 33
4.0.6.3 Level Two Reset..................................... 33
The Menu System ................................................................ 34
4.1.1 Entrance and Exit Prompts ................................... 35
4.1.2 Media Settings....................................................... 36
4.1.3 Print Control........................................................... 37
4.1.4 Printer Options....................................................... 39
4.1.5 System Settings..................................................... 43
4.1.6 Communications.................................................... 53
4.1.7 Diagnostics ............................................................ 58
Display Messages ................................................................ 60
4.2.1 User Prompts and Condition Messages ............... 60
Quick Test Mode .................................................................. 62
4.3.1 Print Quality Label................................................. 62
4.3.2 Configuration Label ............................................... 63
4.3.3 Quick Ribbon Test Label....................................... 64
4.3.4 Dot Test Pattern Label .......................................... 65
4.3.5 Validation Label..................................................... 66
4.3.6 User Defined Label................................................ 66
Adjusting and Maintaining the Printer
5.0
5.1
Media Sensor Calibration..................................................... 67
5.0.1 Standard Calibration.............................................. 67
5.0.2 Advanced Entry Calibration................................... 71
Printhead Adjustments ......................................................... 77
5.1.1 Leveling Cam Adjustment ..................................... 77
5.1.2 Burn Line Adjustment ............................................ 78
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5.2
5.3
5.4
5.5
Printhead Replacement........................................................ 79
Maintenance Schedule......................................................... 80
5.3.1 Cleaning the Printhead.......................................... 81
5.3.2 Cleaning the Platen Roller .................................... 82
5.3.3 Cleaning Interior and Exterior Surfaces................ 83
Application Program Updates .............................................. 83
5.4.1 Updating from the Ready Mode............................ 84
5.4.2 Updating from the Download Mode ...................... 85
5.4.3 Possible Problems during an Update.................... 86
Boot Loader Program Updates ............................................ 87
Troubleshooting
6.0
6.1
6.2
Problem Resolution.............................................................. 89
Fault and Warning Messages .............................................. 93
Hex Dump Mode ................................................................ 101
Printer Specifications
7.0
7.1
General Specifications ....................................................... 103
Media and Ribbon Requirements ...................................... 105
Appendix A
ASCII Control Code Chart........................................................... 107
Appendix B
Available Fonts and Bar Codes .................................................. 109
Appendix C
Module Assignments ................................................................... 117
Print Resolutions and Maximum Label Widths ........................... 117
Available Speeds and Default Settings....................................... 118
Appendix D
GPIO Port Description................................................................. 119
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Appendix E
Menu System Multi-Language Support ...................................... 121
Advance File Handling Information............................................. 124
Appendix F
Saving a Configuration File ......................................................... 127
Warranty Information ...................................................... 129
Glossary ................................................................................. 133
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Printer Overview
1.0
About the Printer
Congratulations on your purchase of an I-Class printer. The I-Class family,
hereafter referred to as ‘the printer’, blends the rugged durability of die-cast
construction with state-of-the-art electronics and user-friendly features to
redefine the standard in industrial thermal printers.
This manual provides all the information necessary for everyday printer
operation. To begin printing labels, refer to the instructions provided with the
label-creation software you have chosen. If you wish to write custom label
programs, a copy of the I & W Class Programmer’s Manual is included on the
enclosed Datamax Accessories CD; otherwise, a copy may be downloaded from
our web site at http//www.datamaxcorp.com.
The printer’s model number is located on the Serial Tag on the back of the unit.
Each model offers many standard and optional features, as detailed in the
following subsections.
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1.0.1
Standard Features
This printer offers the following standard features:
I-Class Standard Features Listing
Feature
Printhead Density (Dots
Per Inch)
Direct Thermal Printing
On-Demand and Batch
Printing
Rotating Media Hub
Media Tear Bar
Fan-fold media capability
Flash memory
SDRAM
RS-232 interface port
IEEE 1284 Compliant
parallel interface port
Liquid Crystal Display
EFIGS (multi-language
display and configuration
label support)
AGFA Scalable font engine
1.0.2
Model
4212 4308
203
300
4206
203
4208
203
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
1MB
8MB
X
X
X
X
X
1MB
8MB
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
4406
406
4604
600
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
2MB 2MB 2MB 2MB
16MB 16MB 16MB 16MB
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Optional Features (available except as noted)
The printer offers the following optional features:
Cutter, Light-Duty (Backing-Only)
A rotary-type mechanism to automatically cut material with a maximum
thickness of .005” (.127 mm) into minimum lengths of 1.25 inches (31.8 mm).
An adjustable tray to collect up to 200 cut labels and tags is also available.
Cutter, Standard Duty
A rotary-type mechanism to automatically cut material with a maximum
thickness of .010” (.254 mm) into minimum lengths of 1.25 inches (31.8 mm).
An adjustable tray to collect up to 200 cut labels and tags is also available.
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DMXNet
The DMXNet Print Server Card is an internal Network Interface Controller
(NIC) that enables the printer to provide Ethernet connectivity. Features
include:
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Automatic selection of 10Base2 (Thinnet) or 100BaseT Fast Ethernet
connection.
Integral HTTP Server to allow monitoring and management from a standard
Web browser program.
Peer-to-Peer (serverless) discovery and printing from Windows
95/98/ME/XP or Windows NT/2000 workstations without a Novell file
server present.
FTP printing to allow printing directly from a Web browser or other FTP
client.
Dynamic Domain Name Service (DDNS).
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).
Novell “YES” certified.
Novell NetWare PSERVER on both bindery based and Novell Directory
Services (NDS).
LPR/LPD over TCP/IP for UNIX platforms and Microsoft’s Windows.
Raw sockets support over selectable TCP/IP port with filters for selected
UNIX environment.
IP and IPX SNMP support of MIB-2, proprietary NIC MIB and public and
proprietary (private) Printer MIB.
SNMP traps to alert administrators of printer errors (paper/ribbon out, head
up, etc).
E-mail notification of printer errors to specified addresses.
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP).
FTP download allows users to upgrade the interface’s Flash memory.
External Keyboard (specify voltage / country requirement when ordering)
A portable keyboard / display terminal, the DMX Passport™, for stand-alone
printing.
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External Media Rewinder (specify voltage requirement when ordering)
A precision-crafted, bi-directional rewinding mechanism with device-dependant
features:
¾ DMXREW1 – accommodates 1 to 4-inch (25 to 101 mm) diameter cores;
accepts a maximum label width of 4.5 inches (114 mm); and, rewinds to a
8-inch (203 mm) maximum outer diameter at 10 inches per second.
¾ DMXREW2 – accommodates 3-inch (76 mm) diameter cores; accepts a
maximum label width of 9.5 inches (241 mm); and, rewinds to a 12-inch
(304 mm) maximum outer diameter at 30 inches per second.
Font Expansion Card (cannot be used with the I/O Expansion card)
A slide-in circuit card assembly with 8MB Flash memory expansion for
International Language Printing Capability (ILPC) and/or additional fonts and
graphics. ILPC consists of one of the following:
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CG-Times (Western European) Scalable font
Kanji Gothic B Scalable font
Simplified Chinese GB Scalable font
Korean Hangul Scalable font
ILPC – CG Times
Firmware
The firmware can be upgraded to include the Datamax ILPC (International
Language Printing Capability) CG Times font. This supports the Datamax
Enhanced Language Code Pages.
Internal Rewinder
An internal mechanism to wind six-inch outer diameter rolls of printed labels, or
the label backing material for the Peel and Present option.
I/O Expansion Card (specify features at time of order)
The standard features* of this slide-in circuit card assembly include:
¾ General purpose (GPIO) interface for external printer and device control.
¾ Time and date calendar (Real Time Clock) function for label time-stamping.
An optional feature also offers:
¾ 8MB Flash memory expansion for graphics and/or additional fonts
including International Language Printing Capability (ILPC).
Linear Scanner
An integrated fixed-position CCD device featuring 32-bit microprocessor
technology for high-speed operation and superior accuracy to ensure the
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readability of printed bar codes. Minimum bar code “X” dimension is 10 mils;
maximum width is 4 inches (101 mm).
Peel and Present Mechanism (requires the Internal Rewind option)
An output control device that automatically separates printed labels from the
backing material and allows subsequent printing to occur only after the removal
of a previously printed label. Minimum label length is 1.5 inches (38 mm).
Present Sensor
An output control device that allows subsequent printing to occur only after the
removal of a previously printed label.
RS-422 Serial Interface**
Single-drop interface hardware to support greater distances from the host at
communication rates of up to 38,400 baud.
Thermal Transfer (specify configuration at time of order)
A printing method that uses ribbon to produce exceptional image clarity, as
compared to most direct thermal media types. This option must be specified for
use with either ‘coated side in’ ribbon or ‘coated side out’ ribbon.
Twinax/Coax Interface
A slide-in circuit card assembly that provides connectivity to AS/400 and
System/3X Twinax host system or 3270-type host system. Cable included.
USB Port
A slide-in circuit card that provides the printer with a Universal Serial Bus,
Version 1.1, for Windows printing environments only.
*Item unavailable for the I-4206.
**Item unavailable for the I-4206 and I-4208 models.
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1.1 Option Installation
The following table lists the available options and the recommended
qualification level of the installer. For detailed information concerning a specific
option, contact your dealer or Datamax Technical Support.
Experience Level for Options Installation
Option
Recomme nded Installer
Cutters and trays: Light / Standard Duty
Operator
DMXNet
DMX Certified Technician
External Keyboard
Operator
External Media Rewinder
Operator
Font Expansion Card
DMX Certified Technician
ILPC
DMX Certified Technician
Internal Rewinder
Operator
I/O Expansion Card
DMX Certified Technician
Linear Scanner
Factory only
Peel and Present Mechanism
Operator
Present Sensor
Operator
RS-422 Serial Interface
DMX Certified Technician
Thermal Transfer Assembly
Operator
Twinax/Coax Interface
DMX Certified Technician
USB Port
DMX Certified Technician
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1.2
Hardware Components
The following drawing highlights the user-assessable components of the printer.
Items denoted with an asterisk (*) are optional equipment.
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Getting Started
2.0
Unpacking the Printer
Inspect the shipping container(s) for damage; if evident, immediately notify the
shipping company to report the nature and extent of the damage.
The printer has been carefully packaged to avoid damage during transit. In order
to operate the printer, you will need to remove the tape and foam placed there
for shipment. Complete the following steps prior to connecting power or
attempting to load media.
n With the arrow on the box pointing up,
open the box.
o Remove Accessories Box.
p Tilt the printer on its side and slide the
printer out of its box.
q Place the printer in an upright position
and remove the packing foam, plastic
bag, and tape.
; Note: It is a good idea to save the carton and packaging materials in the
event that future shipment is required.
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2.0.1
Inspection
After removing the printer from the packaging material, check the contents of
the package. In addition to this manual, the following items should be included:
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Printer
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Power Cord
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Accessories CD
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Any special or additionally
purchased items.
2.0.2
Additional Requirements
The following items are necessary to produce labels. Contact your dealer or a
customer support representative for advice on which media and software may
best suit your needs.
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A serial or parallel interface cable; see Section 3.0.1
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Applicable media; see Section 2.1 for suggestions and Section 7.1 for
requirements.
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Applicable software
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2.1
Media and Ribbon Selection
The following is a limited overview of media characteristics. For complete
information and advice regarding your specific application needs, always
consult a qualified media specialist or a Datamax Media Representative.
Media Selection – Direct Thermal
Consider three important factors when selecting direct thermal stock:
The abrasive qualities of the material that covers the thermal reactive layer
of the paper.
The ability of that layer to control the chemical reaction that occurs when
the image is “burned”.
The amount of heat required to create an image on the paper.
Media Selection – Thermal Transfer
Consider three important factors when selecting thermal transfer media
combinations:
The label top coating and ribbon combinations affect image quality.
Ribbon backcoating is highly recommended. It provides protection for the
printhead, and may also provide an anti-static coating.
For additional printhead protection, use ribbon with a slightly greater width
than the overall width of the label and backing material.
2.1.1
Print Quality Controls
The printer provides flexibility with a comprehensive set of print controls. Of
these, the amount of heat applied by the printhead and the rate of media
movement will have the most effect on the printed images. Low cost direct
thermal stocks, for example, have raised reaction temperatures and therefore
require higher heat values and slower print speeds to make a clear image on the
media. In general, there are three standard methods to control print quality:
The first method is to select the ‘Media Type’ menu setting that matches the
media being used. For example, when printing with ribbon use the thermal
transfer setting.
The second method is to change the ‘Print Control / Heat’ menu setting
(also selectable as ‘Heat Setting’ in most labeling software programs).
Increasing this value causes more energy to be transferred to the media,
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resulting in a darker image. Conversely, if the image is too dark, reduce this
value.
The final method is to change the ‘Print Control / Print Speed’ menu setting
(also selectable as ‘Print Speed’ in most software programs). Changing the
print speed changes the amount of time the media is under the printhead.
Slower speeds allow more time and control for energy transfer, while faster
speeds will increase throughput, but may require higher heat settings.
; Note: Heat and Speed settings can be overridden by host software
commands.
You will find that printing barcodes and detailed images on less expensive direct
thermal and thermal transfer media at higher speeds can be tricky. At one heat
setting, the images will fade and at the next higher heat setting, the images will
bleed. This is because the reaction temperature of the media is so high that at
higher rates of speed, it cannot react fast enough. To print fine images at higher
speed, media with lower reaction or release temperatures are required. On the
slower end of the print rate settings, crisper images are possible because the
media is not being stretched beyond its limits.
The following table is intended for reference only (for specific application
information, consult your media specialist or a Datamax Media Representative).
Direct Thermal Media Type
Fasson 300 HD Direct Thermal Facesheet
Fasson 300 MD Direct Thermal Facesheet
Print Speed*
Print Energy
10-12**
Medium
Thermal Transfer
Media Type
Great Label TTL
Print
Speed*
10-12**
Coated Paper,
Uncoated Paper, Tag
Stock, Some Films,
Some Synthetics
Coated Paper, Glossy
Paper, Tag Stock,
Some Synthetics, Films
Synthetics, Films
Ribbon
Type
GPR Plus
MaxWax
IIMAK Versamark
Wax
Print
Image
Energy Durability
Medium Medium
2 - 10
Low
Low
Wax/Resin
2-8
Medium
High
Resin
4-6
High
High
*Values given in inches per second (IPS)
**Highly recommended for optimum print quality at speeds above 10 IPS.
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Setting Up the Printer
3.0
Installation
This section explains how to connect the printer, and load it with media and
ribbon.
; Note: When connecting the AC Power Cord or interface cables to the printer,
ensure the Power On/Off Switch is in the ‘Off’ position.
n Place the printer on a firm, level surface.
o Turn ‘Off’ the Host Computer and ensure that the Power Switch on the
Printer is in the ‘Off’ position.
p Depending upon your interfacing requirements, connect the appropriate
interface cable between Host Computer and Printer; see Section 3.0.1.
q Connect the AC Power Cord to the receptacle on the back of the Printer,
and then plug the AC Power Cord into a properly grounded outlet. (The
power supply automatically detects and then adjusts to the applied line
voltage; see Section 7.0 for the acceptable voltage ranges.)
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If connecting the printer to a network or USB port, refer to the additional
documentation supplied with that option.
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3.0.1
Communications
Using a data detection process, the interface selection occurs automatically in the
printer. At power-up, the printer begins monitoring the interface ports for
activity. When the host transmits data, the printer port detecting this data is set
‘active’ and remains active as long as data flow continues. Once the incoming
(received) data flow stops and the Host Timeout Value (see Section 4.1.6) is
exceeded, the detection process will be repeated. In addition, should the data
flow stop before a complete label format is received, the format will be ignored
and must be sent to the printer again.
; Note: To change an active port immediately, cycle the printer power ‘Off’
and ‘On’.
Parallel Port:
The parallel interface has two menu-selectable modes of operation: unidirectional or bi-directional. Uni-directional mode is forward channel
communication and requires a Centronics cable with a 36 pin male connector.
Bi-directional mode is IEEE 1284 Compliant, using forward and reverse channel
communications. In this mode, data can be sent to the host provided it is also
IEEE 1284 Compliant and has supporting software. This mode requires an IEEE
1284 cable with a Centronics 36 pin male connector.
Serial Port:
The serial interface supports RS-232C and, if equipped, RS-422
communications. The following list of serial port settings is menu-selectable and
must match the host computer’s serial port settings; see Section 4.1.6.
Baud Rate (serial communication speed)
Word Length
Word Parity
Number of Stop Bits
Handshaking Protocol
In addition to the port settings, the serial interface cable wiring must have
specific connections (pin-outs) for proper data exchange between the host
and printer. The different serial cable pin-outs, suggested applications, and part
numbers are in the following table (contact your reseller for ordering
information).
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Serial Interface Cable Listing (all models, except as noted)
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.
Diagram only provided for reference.
*
Not available for the I-4206 and I-4208.
NIC Adapter (optional):
The NIC Adapter has several menu-selectable
modes; see Section 4.1.6 for details. Refer to the
information provided with the option for
connection requirements and detailed operational
instructions. The Status Indicators, viewable from
the back of the printer, provide a quick operational
check.
Normal Operating Conditions:
Green LED – indicates the operating
condition. Upon power-up, the LED is ‘On’
indicating that the NIC Adapter is performing
self-tests. The LED may also be ‘On’ when
awaiting a print job.
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When finished with the self-tests, the LED blinks, and may blink again after
printer initialization is completed.
Amber LED – generally indicates job activity. When receiving print jobs
over the network, the amber LED blinks; it remains ‘Off’ during inactivity.
Error Conditions:
Combinations of blinking LEDs – 1 to 7 amber blinks followed by 1 to 12
green blinks – indicate various hardware failures. See the DMXNet
Resource Manual for more information.
; Note: Following power-up the printer may indicate ‘READY.’ However, the
NIC Adapter will NOT be able to receive data until its boot-up process
(as denoted by the message ‘DMXNET INITIALIZING’) is complete.
This process may take up to two minutes.
USB Port (optional):
The USB Interface is supported under Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP.
Depending upon the operating system of your host computer, installation may
differ slightly. Consult the additional documentation supplied with this option
for detailed information.
The USB Port is plug and play and operates transparently within the printer;
there are no menu-selectable settings or modes.
The USB Port is a device-end only printer connection. Never
connect a keyboard, mouse, modem, etc. into this port. Damage
WARNING can result.
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3.1
Loading Media
Begin loading as follows:
n Raise the Access Cover.
o Rotate the Printhead Latch forward and raise the Printhead Assembly.
p Slide the Media Guide out away from the frame and then lower it to the
down position.
q If using roll media, the Media Hub can accept 3.0-inch (76mm) and 1.5inch (38mm) cores. To use 1.5-inch cores, first slide off the 3 Inch Hub by
grasping and then pulling it firmly outward.
r Proceed according to the type of media you are using: go to Section 3.1.1
for Roll Media or go to Section 3.1.2 for Fan-Fold Media.
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3.1.1
Roll Media
This loading method is for roll type media applications. To load:
n Slide the Roll Media
onto the Media Hub
until it rests against the
Backstop.
o Route the media as
shown:
under
the
Media Idler, through
the Media Sensor, then
out the front of the
printer.
p Raise and slide the
Media Guide over until
it rests lightly against the edge of the media.
q Position the Media Sensor; see Section 3.2.
r If your application uses thermal transfer media, load ribbon (see Section
3.3); otherwise continue.
s Lower the Printhead Assembly and rotate the Printhead Latch completely
back into the locked position. Close the Access Cover.
t 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 3.4.
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If using less than full width media, adjust the Leveling Cam; see
Section 5.1.1.
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3.1.2
Fan-Fold Media
This loading method is for tag and fan-fold type media applications. To load:
n Bring the media in through the Bottom or the Rear Media Slot. (If using
reflective stock, ensure that the mark is facedown.)
o Depending upon the entry point, route the media as shown: if through the
Rear Media Slot, route the media over the Media Hub; or, if through the
Bottom Media Slot, route the media over the Media Rewind Hub.
p Continue routing the media under the Media Idler, through the Media
Sensor and out the front of the printer.
q Raise and slide the Media Guide over until it rests lightly against the edge
of the media.
r Position the Media Sensor; see Section 3.2.
s If your application uses thermal transfer media, load ribbon (see Section
3.3); otherwise continue.
t Lower the Printhead Assembly and rotate the Printhead Latch completely
back into the locked position. Close the Access Cover.
u 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 3.4.
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If using less than full width media, adjust the Leveling Cam; see
Section 5.1.1.
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3.2
Media Sensor Adjustment
The Media Sensor needs to be positioned so that the printer can detect the
presence of media and the top-of-form (except for continuous stock, where the
TOF is set through programming; see Label Length, Section 4.1.2). To adjust:
n With media loaded, as described in Section 3.1.1 or 3.1.2, grasp the Slide
Tab and move the Sensor Eye Mark into position over media according to
the table below.
o If loading media, return to the media loading instructions.
Media Type
Die-cut
Notched
Reflective
Continuous
*
Media Sensor Selection and Adjustme nt
Sensor Eye Mark Position
Sensing Required*
Near the middle of the label
Gap
Centered over the notch
Gap
Centered over the black mark
Reflective
Near the middle of the media
Continuous
See Section 4.1.2 for Sensor Type selection.
; Note: Changes to the start of print position can be made using the Print
Control/Row Adjust or Row Offset (see Section 4.1.3).
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3.3
Loading Ribbon
Ribbon is required with thermal transfer media. Depending upon the type of
Ribbon Supply Hub (see the next page for examples), the printer must use either
ribbons with the ‘coating side in’ or ribbons with the ‘coating side out’. To load:
; Note: Using a ribbon that is slightly wider than your media (and liner, if any)
will help protect against printhead wear.
n With the access cover raised and the printhead assembly up, position the
ribbon to be dispensed in the direction appropriate for the Ribbon Supply
Hub.
o Slide the ribbon onto the Ribbon Supply Hub until it rests against the hub’s
flange.
p Route the ribbon under the Ribbon Idler, out the front of the printer and
then up around to the Ribbon Take-Up Hub, winding it several times in a
clockwise direction to secure it in place.
q If loading media, return to the media loading instructions. Otherwise, lower
the Printhead Assembly and rotate the Printhead Latch completely back into
the locked position. Close the Access Cover.
Removal:
When the supply is exhausted, pull the empty core from the Ribbon Supply
Hub and discard it. To remove used ribbon: grasp the Ribbon Take-Up Hub,
pull outward, then squeeze to collapse the hub and take off the ribbon.
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; Note: Directional Arrows near the Ribbon Supply Hub indicate the correct
ribbon route. Ribbon types are available with the ink (coating) layer
wound ‘in’ or ‘out’. These types are NOT interchangeable for use with
the printer.
Ribbon Routing Diagrams
‘Coating Side In’ Ribbon Supply Hub
‘Coating Side Out’ Ribbon Supply Hub
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3.4
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Quick Media Calibration
When ‘Uncalibrated’ is displayed, follow the Media Sensor Calibration
procedure in Section 5.0.
At the factory, the printer is calibrated to sense a wide range of media types.
Quick Media Calibration fine-tunes the media sensor for your gap, notch or
reflective media application. Note that this is not required if you are using
continuous media. Perform this calibration during initial set-up or after changing
your media type. To calibrate:
n Ensure that media is loaded (see Section 3.1), that the Media Sensor is
adjusted (see Section 3.2), and that the printer is idle.
o Press and hold the FEED Key. The printer will begin advancing me dia;
allow at least one label gap (or mark) to advance under the sensor
during this process.
Upon successful completion, the ‘Calibration Completed’ message will flash;
the printer will feed to the next label TOF and ‘Ready’ will be displayed. (A
‘Warning Low Backing’ message may appear if using notched media or media
on a transparent liner; however, the calibration was successful).
; Note: Media containing large gaps may require a change in the ‘Paper Out
Distance’ setting; see Section 4.1.2.
Calibration Hints:
In certain cases, the printer may have trouble differentiating between the label
and liner. If the printer stops feeding in the middle of a label or if ‘Cannot
Calibrate’ is displayed, try calibrating over a longer distance:
Press and hold the FEED Key to allow two or more gaps (or marks) to
advance under the sensor.
If this method fails, see Media Sensor Calibration (Section 5.0).
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3.5
Outputting Labels
In addition to directly outputting labels from the printer, there are several
optional output configurations available.
3.5.1
Rewinding
With the Internal Media Rewinder option, the printer can wind the printed labels
and backing material. To rewind labels:
; Note: When winding labels, do not allow the outer diameter of the roll to
exceed 6 inches (154 mm) on the Media Rewind Hub.
n Remove the Front Fascia.
o Remove the Tear Plate by
first removing the
Thumbscrew.
p Position the Rewind Plate
on the printer and install and
tighten the Thumbscrew.
q If installed, remove the
Rewind Retainer and Media
Clip from the Media
Rewind Hub (see drawing
next page).
r Load media as described in Section 3.1, press the FEED Key and advance
approximately 20 inches (51 cm) of media.
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s Route the media back to the Media Rewind Hub, as shown below.
t Insert the leading edge into a Slot on the Media Rewind Hub then insert the
Media Clip into a Slot to secure it in place.
u Position the Rewind Retainer lightly against the edge of the media on the
Media Rewind Hub. Tighten the Thumbscrew to secure the retainer in
place.
v Manually rotate the Media Rewind Hub to remove any slack in the media.
Close the Access Cover.
Removal:
Remove the Rewind Retainer and Media Clip. Grasp the end of the hub. While
pulling outwardly, squeeze the hub together to collapse it and then slide off the
labels.
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3.5.2
On-Demand Dispensing
When equipped with the Peel and Present option, labels are dispensed then
separated automatically from the liner for immediate application.
n With the Peel and Present
Mechanism installed on the
printer, pull outward on the
Latch and allow the Roller
Bracket to swing forward.
o With media
loaded
as
described in Section 3.1, press
the FEED Key to advance
approximately 20 inches (51
cm) of media. Remove all of
the labels from the backing
material.
p Route the backing material through the Roller Bracket as shown (the
backing should go under the top black roller, then out).
q Raise the Roller Bracket up to its latched position.
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r If installed, remove the Media Clip and the Rewind Retainer from the
Media Rewind Hub. Route the Backing Material around the Media Rewind
Hub, as shown.
s Insert the leading edge into a Slot on the Media Rewind Hub then insert the
Media Clip into a Slot to secure it in place.
t Position the Rewind Retainer lightly against the edge of the backing on the
Media Rewind Hub. Tighten the Thumbscrew to secure the retainer in
place.
u Manually rotate the Media Rewind Hub to remove any slack in the media.
Close the Access Cover.
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For on-demand printing, ensure that the Present Sensor has been
enabled; see Section 4.1.4.
Removal:
Remove the Rewind Retainer and Media Clip. Grasp the hub. Pull the hub
outward then squeeze to collapse it and slide off the backing material.
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3.5.3
Cutting
When equipped with a Cutter, cut labels are dispensed automatically from the
printer. To load media on a cutter equipped printer
n
Ensure the leading edge of media is clean, straight and firmly attached to the
liner.
o Load media according to Section 3.1, except route the media out through the
Opening of the Cutter Assembly.
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For label cutting, ensure that the Cutter has been enabled; see Section
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Using the Front Panel
4.0
Operation
The front panel is comprised of three indicator lights, a Liquid Crystal Display
and five mode-dependant keys. The selectable modes (Ready, Menu and Quick
Test) and the related functions of the printer keys are detailed below.
4.0.1
Ready Mode: Normal Operation (Ready Light ‘On’)
n
The PAUSE Key temporarily suspends printing.
Pressing it again will return the printer to normal
operation.
o
The FEED Key advances one label, and clears any
corrected faults.
Pressing and holding causes the printer to perform
a Quick Media Calibration; see Section 3.4.
p
The CANCEL Key ‘pauses’ the printer and then
prompts you for confirmation. If yes, the current
job is cancelled. The printer remains paused.
Pressing and holding four seconds will reset the
printer and clear temporary host settings (soft
reset).
q
The MENU Key toggles between the Ready and
Menu Modes. In the Ready Mode, pressing and
holding four seconds will change the display
contrast.
r
The TEST Key enters (or exits) the Quick Test
Menu.
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4.0.2
Menu Mode: Configuration (Ready Light ‘Flashing’)
n
The DOWN ARROW Key scrolls to the previous
menu item on the same menu level. It also
decrements numerical values in most menu
selections.
o
The UP ARROW Key scrolls to the next menu
item. It also increments numerical values in most
menu selections.
p
The ENTER Key selects the function, item or
displayed value. It also moves between selections
within multiple parameter fields.
q
The ESCAPE Key moves to the previous menu
level, and finally back to the Ready Mode.
r
When a print job is in progress, pressing the TEST
Key will terminate the job. The printer will
prompt you for confirmation; if ‘Yes,’ the current
job is cancelled and then Menu Mode is restored.
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4.0.3
Quick Test Mode: Print Test Labels
; Note: The Quick Test Mode functions are disabled while processing data
from communications interfaces until the Host Timeout value expires.
n
The DOWN ARROW Key scrolls to the previous
test function.
o
The UP ARROW Key scrolls to the next test
function.
p
The ENTER Key will change the selected test
label quantity of 2, 100, 1000, or 9999 (except the
‘Configuration Label’, quantity of one). Holding
down the key scrolls quantities.
q
The ESCAPE Key will exit the Quick Test Mode
without printing.
r
The TEST Key will print the selected test label at
the selected quantity. During test label printing,
this key also functions as a cancel key (the printer
will prompt you for confirmation before
cancellation occurs).
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You can program a time delay between the printing of test labels using
the ‘Print Test Rate’ feature; see Section 4.1.7.
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4.0.4
Indicator Lights
n
‘On’ indicates that the printer is powered ‘On’
and, after initialization, it indicates the Ready
Mode.
‘Slow Flashing’ indicates Menu Mode.
‘Fast Flashing’ indicates data is being received
and processed.
o
‘On’ indicates a ‘Paused’ condition.
p
‘Slow Flashing’ indicates a Warning.
‘Fast Flashing’ indicates a Fault.
See Section 6.1 for a listing of associated
messages.
4.0.5
LCD
n Liquid Crystal Display
The display provides several types of information:
Following a brief power-up
(initialization), the ‘Ready’ message.
sequence
The time and date, if the printer has received it
from one of the following: the host, the front
panel setting, or the Time and Date option.
A label counter during a batch print job.
The Menu System when in Menu Mode.
Any prompt, condition, downloading, warning,
or fault message.
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4.0.6
Resetting the Printer
Depending upon the method used, there are three reset levels possible:
4.0.6.1
Soft Reset
To reset the printer and clear any temporary host settings:
With the printer ‘On’, press and hold the CANCEL Key for approximately four
seconds.
4.0.6.2
Level One Reset
To return the printer to the factory default settings or, if saved, to restore the
Factory Setting File:
n Turn ‘Off’ the printer.
o Press and hold the PAUSE and CANCEL Keys while turning ‘On’ the
printer; continue to depress the keys until the ‘SYSTEM RESET’ message
flashes.
; Note: This reset has the same effect as the System Settings / Set
Factory Defaults selection in the menu system. (See Section 4.1
for a listing of the factory default settings and Section 4.1.5 for
information about the Factory Setting File.)
4.0.6.3
Level Two Reset
To return the printer to the factory default settings, and clear all the calibration
and adjustment parameters:
n Turn ‘Off’ the printer.
o Press and hold the PAUSE, FEED, and CANCEL Keys while turning ‘On’
the printer; continue to depress the keys until the ‘SYSTEM RESET’
message flashes.
; Note: After executing a Level 2 Reset, the media calibration must be
performed; see Section 5.0. A listing of the factory default
settings can be found in Section 4.1.
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4.1
The Menu System
Printer operation can be controlled through the user interface, allowing the
operator access to these six menu system branches:
Media Settings
Print Control
Printer Options
System Settings
Communications
Diagnostics
While in the menu system, the current selection will be indicated with an
asterisk (*) next to the displayed item on the LCD. Selections designated with a
section symbol (§) will require a printer reset before becoming effective. A reset
will be automatically invoked when exiting the menu system and answering
‘Yes’ to the ‘Save Changes’ prompt. Changes made will be saved. When power
is removed, the new settings will be restored upon power-up.
The same functional commands from your host computer may, in some cases,
override the printer’s menu settings. In addition, as a security feature for the
prevention of accidental or unauthorized changes, the menu system has a
password protection feature.
; Note: In the following subsections, the factory default settings are denoted
with the ‘—’ symbol. Selections denoted with a diamond ( ) can only
be changed through the menu system - all other selections can be
overridden by host software commands. Consult the I & W Class
Programmer’s Manual for specific information.
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4.1.1
Entrance and Exit Prompts
With ‘Ready’ displayed on the LCD, press the
Key to enter Menu Mode.
; Note: While in Menu Mode, the printer will stop processing new DPL (or
bitmapped) data.
MENU MODE
ENTER PASSWORD
0000
KEEP HOST CHANGES?
ENTER = YES
SAVE CHANGES?
ENTER = YES
Depending upon the configuration of the
printer, the following Entrance and Exit
Prompts may be displayed when accessing or
leaving the Menu System.
You are attempting to enter Menu Mode.
Security has been enabled and now the
correct user-definable password is required
before accessing the Menu Mode functions.
You are now entering Menu Mode. Existing
Host commands have affected the
configuration of the printer. Pressing ENTER
will save these changes; otherwise, the
printer will revert to previously saved
settings.
You are now exiting Menu Mode, but have
made changes to the printer’s settings.
Pressing ENTER will reconfigure your
printer according to these changes;
otherwise, the printer will revert to
previously saved settings.
; Note: If changes have been made that require a
reset, the printer will automatically invoke that
reset.
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4.1.2
Media Settings
MEDIA TYPE
Selects the printing method.
DIRECT THERMAL
For use with heat sensitive media.
—THERMAL TRANSFER
For use with media requiring a ribbon to
create an image.
SENSOR TYPE
—GAP
CONTINUOUS
REFLECTIVE
LABEL LENGTH
—04.00in (0-99.99)
Selects the top-of-form (TOF) sensing
method for the media.
The printer recognizes the TOF by sensing
gaps in the media.
No TOF sensing. The LABEL LENGTH
setting determines the length.
The printer recognizes the TOF by sensing
reflective (black) marks on the media.
When the Sensor Type is set to Continuous,
this value is used to determine the TOF.
MAXIMUM LABEL LENGTH Sets the maximum length between TOF
marks (gap or reflective). If this limit is
—16.00in (0-99.99)
exceeded, a top of form fault is declared.
PAPER OUT DISTANCE
—00.25in (0-99.99)
Sets the length of travel before an Out of
Stock condition is declared.
LABEL WIDTH
Sets the maximum limit for the printable
surface width. Objects extending beyond this
limit will NOT print; see Appendix C for the
default values.
SENSOR CALIBRATION
Adjusts the printer to sense your media.
PERFORM CALIBRATION
ADVANCED ENTRY
SENSOR LEVELS
SENSOR GAIN
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The user follows steps to allow the printer to
calculate the empty, gap (or mark), and paper
values to set the media sensor.
The user directly inputs the best values to
adjust the media sensor.
Sets threshold values for the media sensor
parameters. Manual entry for paper, gap (or
mark), and empty thresholds.
Observe A/D reading and set SENSOR
GAIN. Adjusts the sensitivity of the sensor
for custom label stock.
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Print Control
Refer to Section 2.1.1 for detailed information on print quality controls.
HEAT
—10 (0-30)
Controls the ‘burn-time’ of the printhead. This
is the equivalent of Heat Setting on most label
software programs.
PRINT SPEED
Controls the rate of label movement during
the printing process; see Appendix C.
FEED SPEED
Controls the rate of label movement between
printing areas; see Appendix C.
REVERSE SPEED
Controls the rate of label movement during
backup positioning for start of print, cutting or
present distance; see Appendix C.
ROW OFFSET
—00.00in (0-99.99)
Shifts the vertical start of print position. This
is the user setting for row adjustment.
COLUMN OFFSET
—00.00 in (0-99.99)
Shifts the horizontal, left-justified start of
print position to the right without shifting the
Label Width termination point to the right.
This is the user setting for Column Adjust.
PRESENT DISTANCE
—0.00 in (0-4.00)
Sets the label stop position past the start of
print. When the next label format is received,
the printer will automatically backfeed to the
start position. If a quantity of more than one
label is printed without a present sensor
enabled, or if the present distance is set to
zero, the printer will operate without
reversing.
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Print Control (continued)
CUSTOM ADJUSTMENTS
DARKNESS
XX
(1-64)
ROW ADJUST
XXX DOTS (-100 Æ 100)
COLUMN ADJUST
XXX DOTS (0-128)
PRESENT ADJUST
XXX DOTS (0-128)
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These factory adjustments independently
change the listed parameters to finely tune the
printer and compensate for slight mechanical
differences sometimes evident if multiple
printers share label formats. In addition, each
of the following adjustments has no factory
default setting and restoring factory defaults
will not affect these settings.
Controls the printhead strobe time to finetune the HEAT setting.
Shifts the vertical start of print position in
dots upward or downward to fine-tune the
ROW OFFSET setting; see Appendix C.
Shifts both the horizontal start of print
position and the LABEL WIDTH termination
point to the right in dots to fine-tune the
COLUMN OFFSET setting; see Appendix C.
Adjusts the label stopping position in dots to
fine-tune the PRESENT DISTANCE setting;
see Appendix C.
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4.1.4
Printer Options
MODULES
PRINT DIRECTORY
PRINT FILE
FORMAT MODULE
DELETE FILE
PACK MODULE
PRESENT SENSOR
Memory available for user storage of
graphics, fonts and label formats. (The
physical presence of the respective memory
module must be detected to show the
function selections in the menu system. See
Appendix C for a listing of all possible
modules.)
Prints a label directory of selected, or of all
available modules, the available space on
these modules, the files present, and the type
of module and files.
The user may select from a list of available
files for sample printing.
The user may select from a list of available
modules for formatting – all data will be
erased.
The user may select from a list of available
files for deleting (protected modules will not
appear). Bytes will not be retrieved until the
module that contained the deleted file is
packed.
Packing the module removes files marked as
deleted and defragments existing file
structures to recover space.
ENABLED
Used for on-demand label dispensing, where
a printed label blocking the sensor will
inhibit further printing until removed. (The
physical presence of the device must be
detected to show the ENABLE/DISABLE
selections.)
Enables the sensor for on-demand printing.
—DISABLED
Disables the sensor.
NOT INSTALLED
No Present Sensor is detected.
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Printer Options (continued)
CUTTER
ENABLED
Used to cut media into separate labels.
(The physical presence of a device must be
detected to show the ENABLE/DISABLE
selections.)
Enables cutting.
—DISABLED
Disables cutting.
NOT INSTALLED
No Cutter is detected.
SCANNER
NOT INSTALLED
MODE
—PICKET FENCE
DISABLED
BARCODES
Used to check the bar codes on the labels.
(The physical presence of a device must be
detected to show the menu selections.)
No Scanner is detected.
Enables bar codes to be read by the
Scanner.
Reads horizontal bar codes (individual
bars appear like the pickets in a fence) as
the label exits the printer.
Disables the scanner.
Enables the scanner to read the respective
bar code. Also see Appendix B.
; Note: To maximize throughput and decoding
integrity enable only those symbologies that will
be read.
—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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Printer Options (continued)
BARCODE COUNT
—00
(00-99)
REDUNDANCY LEVEL
Used to set the specific number of barcodes
to be read on the label. 00 selects AUTO
Mode, allowing a variable number of
barcodes to be read per label format.
AUTO Mode should not be used with
imaged (bitmapped) barcodes or with
certain bar code addendums as shown in
Appendix B.
Used to ensure the data integrity of the bar
code. The selected level determines the
number of consecutive, identical decodes
required before passing the bar code (i.e., if
set to three times, the barcode will not pass
until it has decoded the same values three
times in succession.)
; Note: Depending upon the print speed,
higher verification levels may cause erroneous
failures when scanning multiple bar codes or
bar codes that are small in height.
READ BARCODE (1X)
—READ BARCODE (2X)
One decode per barcode.
Two decodes per barcode.
READ BARCODE (3X)
Three decodes per barcode.
READ BARCODE (4X)
Four decodes per barcode.
READ BARCODE (5X)
Five decodes per barcode.
READ BARCODE (6X)
Six decodes per barcode.
BUZZER
Audible signal indicating a ‘good’ bar code.
; Note: Disable this function for higher label
throughput speeds.
ENABLED
Enables the buzzer.
—DISABLED
Disables the buzzer.
SET DEFAULTS
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Reset the current settings of the Scanner to
the default settings.
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Printer Options (continued)
GPIO PORT
—DISABLED
Model dependant option used to interface
the printer to an external controlling device
(see Appendix D).
Input control signal is required to print a
label.
Disables the GPIO.
APPLICATOR
Enables the GPIO for a Label Applicator.
BARCODE VERIFIER
Enables the GPIO for the Barcode Verifier.
GPIO DEVICE
—ACTIVE HIGH
Programmable signal input controlling the
Start of Print (SOP).
Signal must go high at SOP.
ACTIVE LOW
Signal must go low at SOP.
START OF PRINT
—LOW PULSE
Programmable signal output for End of Print
(EOP).
Low pulse generated at EOP.
HIGH PULSE
High pulse generated at EOP.
ACTIVE LOW
Signal goes low at EOP.
ACTIVE HIGH
Signal goes high at EOP.
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4.1.5
System Settings
CONFIGURATION FILE
RESTORE AS CURRENT
SAVE SETTING AS
DELETE FILE
Options for storage and recall of printer
configuration files. See Appendix F for
details.
Provides a list of available configuration
files. Selecting a file from the list causes a
printer reset; afterward, the printer is
configured according to the activated file.
Saves the entire effective configuration of
the printer to a file. Unique names with up
to nineteen characters are possible.
Provides a list of available configuration
files. Files selected are immediately
removed, freeing the module.
; Note: A currently activated file can not be
deleted.
FACTORY SETTING FILE
Provides a list of available configuration
files. The selected file will be restored
whenever a Level 1 reset is performed; see
Section 4.0.6.2.
INTERNAL MODULE
—1024 KB
Sets the number of 1K blocks allocated for
the internal RAM ‘D’ module. Available
memory dependent upon model; see
Appendix C.
DEFAULT MODULE
—D
Sets the default module used to store files
when no other module is specified; see
Appendix C.
SCALEABLE FONT CACHE
—312 KB
Sets the number of 1K blocks allocated for
the scaleable font engine. Available
memory dependent upon model; see
Appendix C.
SINGLE BYTE SYMBOLS
Selects the code page used to print single
byte fonts unless otherwise specified in
DPL.
61 selectable sets are standard; see the I &
W Class Programmer’s Manual for details.
—PC_850 MULTILINGUAL
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System Settings (continued)
DOUBLE BYTE SYMBOLS
—UNICODE
When equipped with the ILPC option, this
selects the code page used to print double
byte fonts unless otherwise specified in
DPL; see the I & W Class Programmer’s
Manual for details.
Unicode (including Korean)
BIG 5
Government Bureau Industry Standard;
Chinese (PRC)
Taiwan encoded
JIS
Japanese Industry Standard
SHIFT JIS
Shift Japanese Industry Standard
EUC
Extended UNIX Code
GB
TIME AND DATE
Allows the user to set Time and Date.
MEDIA COUNTERS
Internal record of inches printed and time
of use.
Shows the number of inches printed since
being set at the factory. Not resettable.
The number of inches printed since the last
reset. User may reset.
Resets the Resettable Counter to zero.
ABSOLUTE COUNTER
RESETTABLE COUNTER
RESET COUNTER
PRINT CONFIGURATION
Prints the effective configuration of the
system. In addition, if settings were
changed that require a reset to become
effective, this will be indicated with the ‘§’
symbol.
A bulleted item ( ) indicates that it was
changed via the host, but not saved in nonvolatile memory.
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System Settings (continued)
CONFIGURATION LEVEL
PRINTER KEY
To upgrade the application program
(resident software) version of the printer,
the hardware and software compatibility
levels must match for the update to be
accepted. This information is displayed
here; it is also printed on a configuration
label.
Each printer has a unique Key number in
the following form:
vvvv-wwxx-yyyyyy-zzz
Where:
vvvv – represents the model number of
the application loaded
wwxx – represents the hardware /
software feature level, where:
ww – represents the hardware
feature level of the main
board:
PA = PCB 51-2178-xx
TB = PCB 51-2301-xx
xx – represents the software
feature level:
10 = Standard DPL
11 = 4208
20 = Internal CG Times
Font
The printer will accept
software feature levels up to
the ‘xx’ value. (This feature
level requires Datamax
authorization to upgrade.)
yyyyyy – is a manufacturing date code
zzz – is a unique time stamp
UPGRADE PRINTER CODE This function is used to upgrade the
software feature level of the printer.
Datamax authorization is required.
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System Settings (continued)
SET FACTORY DEFAULTS
SET FACTORY DEFAULTS
Parameters in this menu listing with the
‘—’ symbol are the designated defaults.
Overwrite the current settings with the
factory default settings or, if selected, will
restore the Factory Setting File.
; Note: The reset will be automatic. If no Factory
Setting File is used, all menu settings will be
restored except CUSTOM ADJUSTMENTS, and
the media and ribbon sensor calibrations.
FORMAT ATTRIBUTES
TRANSPARENT
—XOR
OPAQUE
IMAGING MODE
Affects the manner in which overlapping
text and graphics are treated as the label is
printed. Consult the I & W Class
Programmer’s Manual for details.
Intersecting text strings, images, and bar
codes will not be printed. (An odd number
of overlapping objects will print.)
Intersecting text strings, images, and bar
codes print on top of one another.
Interacting text strings, images, and bar
codes are obliterated by those formatted
last. Each character cell is treated as
opaque.
Instructs the printer whether to pre-image
the label format.
; Note: This selection can affect the accuracy of
time-stamped labels and label throughput.
—MULTIPLE LABEL
SINGLE LABEL
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The printer images multiple labels as
memory permits, achieving the fastest
throughput; however, if time-stamping, the
time will reflect the moment the label is
imaged rather than when actually printed.
The printer images the next label only after
the previous label has been successfully
printed. Single processing provides timestamps that are more accurate, but it slows
label throughput time.
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System Settings (continued)
PAUSE MODE
ENABLED
—DISABLED
PEEL MODE
ENABLED
—DISABLED
When enabled, suspends printing between
each label until the PAUSE Key is pressed.
Requires an operator press the PAUSE Key
after each label.
The printer completes label batch without
pausing between labels.
Specifies that a Feed operation be
prevented when the label is presented and
not removed, or if the printer is to wait for
the GPIO start of print signal.
Feed is inhibited according to the above
criteria.
Feed is always enabled.
ENABLED
Provides the user with the ability to
password protect all printer settings made
through the front panel.
Enable or disable the menu system’s
security feature.
Password protected.
—DISABLED
No protection.
SECURITY
SELECT SECURITY
MODIFY PASSWORD
UNITS OF MEASURE
METRIC
—IMPERIAL
INPUT MODE
Modify the password required to access the
menu system when security is enabled.
Selects the measurement system in which
the system’s settings are represented in the
menu system and on configuration labels.
Metric standard: lengths given in
millimeters and counters in centimeters.
Inch standard: lengths and counters given
in inches.
Defines the type of printer language.
—DPL
Standard DPL processing.
LINE
Standard DPL processing with addition
Line mode Template processing enabled.
Line Mode exacts data terminated by a
carriage return to be inserted in a DPL
template and printed.
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System Settings (continued)
; Note: As indicated, the following menu selections will only appear
according to the model of your printer.
PLUS EMULATION
ENABLED
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I-4206, I-4208, & I-4212 Models
—DISABLED
This instructs the firmware to process
specific DPL data as would the
Prodigy Plus® printer without all of the
variations. The calculated Column
position based on 200 DPI using a 203
DPI printhead.
This list of exceptions will be updated
with new firmware releases:
Data Terminator – I 2 of 5 Barcodes
(IDs D, J, and L), the first nonnumeric character processed will
terminate the barcode data field.
Bar Size – I 2 of 5 Barcode (ID L),
when the bar size is specified
greater than P (25), the size is
automatically decreased to 10.
Human Readable Fonts – The EAN
and UPC barcodes (IDs B, C, F, G,
M, and N) print a fixed font size.
Lines and boxes: Rotations 2 and 4
are affected by the vertical multiplication factor defined in the DPL
Dxx command.
Column positions greater than the
printhead width are adjusted back to
the printable area and printed.
The above exceptions are disabled.
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System Settings (continued)
; Note: As indicted, the following menu selections will only appear according
to the model of your printer.
ALLEGRO EMULATION
—DISABLED
—DISABLED
203 DOTS PER INCH
DPI EMULATION
300 DOTS PER INCH
203 DOTS PER INCH
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For users who want to print DPL files
intended for a 203 or 300 DPI printer.
Label formats interpreted as intended
for 600 DPI.
Label formats interpreted as intended
for 300 DPI.
Label formats interpreted as intended
for 203 DPI.
I-4604 Model
—DISABLED
For users who want to print DPL files
intended for a 203 DPI printer.
Label formats interpreted as intended
for 406 DPI.
Label formats interpreted as intended
for 203 DPI.
I-4406 Model
DPI EMULATION
I-4206, I-4208, & I-4212 Models
ENABLED
This instructs the firmware to process
specific DPL data as would the
Allegro® printer without all of the
variations.
The row position is calculated based
on 194 DPI.
Lines and boxes: Rotations 2 and 4
are affected by the vertical multiplication factor defined in the DPL
Dxx command.
Column positions greater than the
printhead width are adjusted back to
the printable area and printed.
The above exception is disabled.
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System Settings (continued)
COLUMN EMULATION
—203 DOTS (180-203)
SOP EMULATION
110 (PRODPLUS)
Enables the <STX>O and <STX>f print
positioning commands to allow backward
compatibility with label formats designed
for other printers. (When changing these
values, the printer will automatically feed
two labels to setup the new print position.)
Emulates the Prodigy Plus® printer.
220 (ALLEGRO)
Emulates the Allegro® printer.
250 (PRODIGY)
Emulates the Prodigy™ printer.
—DISABLED
No emulation,
position.
BACK AFTER PRINT
ENABLED
—DISABLED
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Provides
compatibility with legacy
Datamax products. The Prodigy Plus and
Allegro calculated column positions using
200 DPI math but had 203 DPI printheads.
Also, decreasing the DPI compensates for
different printer models column “1”
positions.
Selects the desired DPI emulation.
natural
start of print
When the present distance is set with the
cutter, present sensor or GPIO option
enabled, this setting determines the timing
of the label back up.
Commands the printer to immediately back
up the label after the cut operation, the
GPIO start of print signal is received, or the
present sensor is clear. It provides the
advantage of faster throughput.
The printer will not initiate repositioning
until the next label is ready to print. May
help prevent the curling of the label edge.
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System Settings (continued)
—ENGLISH
Selects the language in which the menu
system messages and configuration label
are shown. Only languages that are resident
will be available.
English
FRANCAIS
French
ITALIANO
Italian
DEUTSCH
German
ESPANOL
Spanish
USER DEFINED
User defined, downloaded language(s).
MENU LANGUAGE
FAULT HANDLING
LEVEL
—1
2
When a faulted condition (ribbon or paper
out, failed bar code, etc.) has been detected,
this setting determines the action to be
taken by the operator and the printer.
Establishes the required corrective action
following a fault.
Stops and displays a fault message. The
FEED Key must be pressed to clear the
fault and continue after the problem is
corrected by the operator.
Displays a fault message after the printer
backs up and prints a VOID Message on
the defective label (no message will be
printed if there is insufficient space for the
VOID text height on the defective label or
if the fault occurred after the entire label
was completed).
; Note: The label is considered completed when
it reaches its present distance at or above the
TOF.
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System Settings (continued)
VOID DISTANCE
—0.25in (0-2.00)
RETRY COUNT
—1
(0-3)
The distance to backup on the defective
label and the font size in which to print the
VOID text.
Establishes the number of retries the printer
will attempt to reprint a defective label after
it has been voided. If the last label printed
has been voided, it will be reprinted after
correcting the problem. After the last retry,
the printer will stop and display a fault
message.
; Note: If the CANCEL Key is pressed when the
printer is faulted and the last printed label was
not completed, the operator has a choice to
cancel the reprint of the last label. Subsequent
pressing of the CANCEL Key will allow canceling
the entire label batch.
(Pressing the CANCEL Key while the printer is
stopped and faulted will indicate whether the last
label is waiting to be reprinted. The operator has
a choice to cancel the reprint by pressing the
ENTER Key or allowing the reprint to take place
by pressing the ESCAPE Key.)
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4.1.6
Communications
SERIAL PORT A
BAUD RATE
Controls the communications settings for
Serial Port A.
Determines the serial communication rate.
—BOTH
SOFTWARE
HARDWARE
NONE
PARITY
38400 bits per second
28800 bits per second
19200 bits per second
9600 bits per second
4800 bits per second
2400 bits per second
1200 bits per second
Sets the data flow control (handshaking)
method.
Uses both handshaking methods.
XON/XOFF
CTS/DTR
No flow control is used.
Sets Word parity
—NONE
ODD
EVEN
DATA BITS
No parity
Odd parity
Even parity
Sets Word length
7
—8
STOP BITS
Seven bit Word length
Eight bit Word length
Sets the number of stop bits
38400
28800
19200
—9600
4800
2400
1200
PROTOCOL
—1
2
SERIAL PORT B
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One stop bit
Two stop bits
Same as Serial Port A, for an optional
connection. If not present, this displays
‘NOT INSTALLED’ when accessed.
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Communications (continued)
PARALLEL PORT A
PORT DIRECTION
—UNI-DIRECTIONAL
BI-DIRECTIONAL
PARALLEL PORT B
Controls the communications settings for
Parallel Port A.
Determines if messages are sent from the
printer to the host via the parallel port.
One-way printer communication.
Enables
IEEE
operation.
1284
back-channel
Same as Parallel Port A, for an optional
Ethernet connection. If not present, this
displays ‘NOT INSTALLED’ when
accessed.
; Note: If the ‘LOCKED’ message appears when attempting to access the NIC
ADAPTER menu, the printer may have active print requests or multiple users may be
trying to access these parameters (for example, during simultaneous telenet sessions).
NIC ADAPTER
Network Interface Card Adapter (optional).
If not present, this displays ‘NOT
INSTALLED’ when accessed.
After making changes to these parameters,
save the changes, exit the menu system, and
cycle the printer’s power ‘Off’ and ‘On’ for
the changes to take effect.
; Note: The boot process (taking up to two
minutes) must be completed at power-up. During
this time, the NIC Adapter will not be accessible
or configurable; "DMXNET INACTIVE" will be
indicated when in the menu system or on a
Configuration Label. After this process, you will
be able to configure the options provided using
the menu system.
IP ADDRESS
SUBNET MASK
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The static IP address of the NIC Adapter.
This is in standard dotted-decimal format.
The static subnet assigned to the NIC
Adapter.
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Communications (continued)
Specifies the network gateway address the
NIC Adapter should use.
SNMPTRAP DESTINATION Selects the Network IP address where all
SNMP Traps will be sent. If zeroed, no
traps are sent.
PROTOCOL
The network protocols recognized by the
NIC Adapter.
NETWARE
Allow the printer to be driven from an NDS
Novell Print Queue.
—ENABLED
Netware is enabled by default.
GATEWAY
DISABLED
DISCOVERY
Ignore the Netware protocol. Select this
option if Netware is not needed.
This is the address discovery method used
by the NIC Adapter if a static address is
not utilized. If no server for any of the
discovery methods is found, the static
value specified above is used.
; Note: For faster NIC Adapter boot times,
disable any discovery methods not used.
DHCP
—ENABLED
Dynamic
Host
Control
Protocol.
Automatically assign IP address from a
DHCP Server.
DHCP is enabled by default.
WARNING! An IP Address assigned by a DHCP
has precedence over any static IP Address
stored in the NIC Adapter.
DISABLED
Disable DHCP.
; Note: Select this option to insure any static IP
stored is used by the NIC Adapter.
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Communications (continued)
HOST SETTINGS
Settings which affect all communications
with a host.
HOST TIMEOUT
The number of seconds a communications
—10 SEC
(1-60)
port must be idle before the printer may
process data from a different port. This
value is also used to “timeout” an image /
label format download.
CONTROL CODES
Allows the operator to change the prefix of
the software commands interpreted by the
printer.
—STANDARD CODES Hex 01 = SOH command; Hex 02 = STX
command; count-by = ^; Hex 1B = ESC;
Hex 0x0D = Carriage Return
ALTERNATE CODES
Hex 5E = SOH command; Hex 7E = STX
command; count-by = @; Hex 1B = ESC;
Hex 0x0D = Carriage Return
ALTERNATE CODES 2 Hex 5E = SOH command; Hex 7E = STX
command; count-by = @; Hex 1B = ESC;
Hex 0x7C = Carriage Return
ALTERNATE CODES 3 Hex 5E = SOH command; Hex 23 = STX
command; count-by = @; Hex 1B = ESC;
Hex 0x0D = Carriage Return
ENABLED
Returns a Hex 1E, [RS], after each label
successfully prints, and a Hex 1F, [US],
after each batch of labels is printed.
Feedback characters are sent to the host.
—DISABLED
No feedback characters are sent.
FEEDBACK CHARACTERS
ESC SEQUENCES
—ENABLED
DISABLED
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Allows data containing invalid ESC control
code sequences to be processed.
Normal printer operating mode.
ESC sequences are ignored and the data is
processed. Bitmapped font downloads are
disabled in this mode.
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Communications (continued)
HEAT COMMAND
—ENABLED
Allows the user to disable the DPL Heat
Command, providing compatibility with
other DATAMAX printers.
Normal printer operating mode.
DISABLED
DPL Heat Commands are ignored. The
heat value is controlled via the menu
setting; see Print Control, Section 4.1.3.
SPEED COMMANDS
Allows the user to disable the DPL speed
commands (Print, Feed, and Reverse).
Normal printer operating mode.
—ENABLED
DISABLED
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DPL speed commands are ignored. The
print, feed and reverse speeds are
controlled via the menu setting; see Print
Control, Section 4.1.3.
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4.1.7
Diagnostics
HEX DUMP MODE
ENABLE
—DISABLE
OPTIONS TESTING
TEST PRESENT SENSOR
TEST CUTTER
PERFORM TEST
1 TIME
Most commonly used for troubleshooting.
Prints data and instructions received from
the host rather than interpreting them as
label formats; see Section 6.2.
Prints raw ASCII data received from the
host rather than executing the commands.
Executes and prints label formats (normal
operating mode).
Tests currently installed options
Performs a functional test of the Present
Sensor circuitry.
Performs a functional test of the optional
cutter mechanism and circuitry.
The cutter will cycle 1, 10 or 100 times
(selectable). The results of each attempt
will be displayed.
MONITOR GPIO INPUT
TEST GPIO OUTPUT
TEST SCANNER
SCAN TEST
ALIGNMENT TEST
PRINT TEST RATE
(min)
—000
(0-120)
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Performs a functional test of the Scanner.
Enters “read once mode.” A bar code is
read and the decoded results are displayed.
Enters “constant read mode.” Bar codes
are read; decoded results are displayed;
and, a read-count is incremented.
The number of minutes to delay between
the printing of batches of labels in Quick
Test Mode.
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Diagnostics (continued)
SENSOR READINGS
THR TRAN RIBM 24V Æ
255 255 255 255
Å PS HD RANK
255 255 255
RIBBON SENSOR LIMITS
RIBBON ADC LOW HIGH
070 164
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Analog Sensor readings are displayed.
Live sensor values are displayed. View
can be toggled with the FORWARD and
REVERSE Keys. Maximum values are
shown in this example: thermistor sensor,
transmissive (gap) media sensor (TRAN is
replaced with REFL when the SENSOR
TYPE is set to ‘reflective’), ribbon sensor,
24 volt power supply sensor.
Present sensor, head down sensor,
printhead ranking resistor.
Displays ribbon sensor ADC low and high
values used for motion detection.
Approximate default values are shown
here (actual values will vary).
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4.2
Display Messages
The printer displays several different types of information (if not in the menu
system or Quick Test Mode):
¾
User Prompts and Condition Messages (also see Section 4.1.1 for a listing
of the Enter/Exit Prompts)
¾
Application and Boot Loader Updating Messages (see Section 5.4 and 5.5)
¾
Fault and Warning Messages (see Section 6.1)
4.2.1
User Prompts and Condition Messages
User Prompts alert the operator to a required action. Condition Messages are
used to indicate an operational state.
User Prompts and Condition Messages
Displayed Message
Description
Condition(s)
!
DMFBSJOH!GBVMUT
DBMJCSBUJOH
DBODFM!SFQSJOU@
FOUFS!LFZ!>!ZFT
DBODFM!CBUDI@
FOUFS!LFZ!>!ZFT
QBVTFE
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The printer is trying to Occurs when the FEED
clear a fault condition. Key is pressed after the
correction of a fault.
A media calibration is
being performed.
The FEED Key was pressed
and held.
The CANCEL or
TEST Key was pressed
during the fault
handling process.
The faulted label will be
cancelled if ENTER is
pressed, then the remaining
labels in the batch will be
printed.
The CANCEL or
The current print batch will
TEST Key was pressed be cancelled if ENTER is
during a batch job.
pressed; the remaining
labels will not be printed.
The printer is paused
or offline.
The printer is in a paused
condition.
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User Prompts and Condition Messages (continued)
Displayed Message
Description
Condition(s)
Ready Mode.
Normal operating mode.
The printer is ready to
receive and process label
formats.
A label is awaiting
removal.
The Present Sensor option
is enabled and a label
blocks the sensor. Remove
the label to continue
printing.
SFBEZ
SFNPWF!MBCFM
TZTUFN
JOJUJBMJ[JOH
TZTUFN!SFTFU!
JO!QSPHSFTT
Normal power-up and Follows the ‘SYSTEM
soft reset condition.
RESET IN PROGRESS’
message after a reset or
power-up.
Normal power-up and Occurs when the user
soft reset condition.
resets the printer via the
host or Front Panel.
VODBMJCSBUFE!
The media calibration Perform calibration; see
is not set.
Section 5.0.
YYYY!PG!YYYY
QSJOUJOH
The print job is being
processed.
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Batch status indication,
updated with each label
printed.
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4.3
Quick Test Mode
This section explains the functions of the resident Quick Tests, accessible by
pressing the
Key on the Front Panel.
; Notes: (1) With the exception of the Configuration Label, all Quick Test
labels require 4-inch (102mm) wide media to print the entire format. If
using narrower media, change the Label Width setting (Section
4.1.2) to match your media’s width to avoid printing on the platen.
(2) During any Quick Test, press the
Key to stop printing.
Key or the
(3) Using the ‘Print Test Rate’ feature (Section 4.1.7), a time delay
can be set for printing labels in Quick Test Mode.
4.3.1
Print Quality Label
The Print Quality Label provides an indication of overall print quality at a preselected heat and speed setting. This format consists of compliant bar codes in
fence and ladder orientations, assorted font sizes, and graphic fill patterns. These
can be used to ensure conformance, as well as aesthetics. To print a Print
Quality Label:
n Press the
Key.
o Use the
Key to
scroll to ‘Print Quality
Label’.
p Use the
Key to
select a quantity; see Section
4.0.3.
q Press the
start printing.
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Key to
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4.3.2
Configuration Label
The Configuration Label provides
printer valuable database information,
as detailed in Section 4.1.
To print a Configuration Label:
n Press the
Key.
o Use the
Key to scroll to
‘Print Configuration’.
p Press the
Key to print.
; Note: The contents of this label may
vary with the application version and
printer model and equipped options. To
capture all the information, use media
at least 2 inches wide (51mm) with the
Label Width setting matched
accordingly (see Section 4.1.2).
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4.3.3
Quick Ribbon Test Label
The Quick Ribbon Test Label features a compliant picket-fence bar code that
can be used to verify thermal transfer and print quality functions. To print a
Quick Ribbon Test Label:
n Press the
Key.
o Use the
Key to scroll to ‘Ribbon Test Label’.
p Use the
Key to select a quantity; see Section 4.0.3.
q Press the
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Key to start printing.
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4.3.4
Dot Test Pattern Label
The Dot Test Pattern Label features patterns that exercise the thermal elements
of the printhead to indicate its overall condition (see examples below). To print a
Dot Test Pattern Label:
n Press the
Key.
o Use the
Key to scroll to ‘Dot Test Pattern’.
p Use the
Key to select a quantity; see Section 4.0.3.
q Press the
Key to start printing.
Good Test Pattern Label:
Even pattern consistency
indicates correct printhead
operation.
Faulty Test Pattern Label:
Streaks indicate a dirty or
faulty
printhead.
See
Section 5.3.1 for cleaning
instructions.
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4.3.5
Validation Label
The Validation Label is another useful tool for evaluating overall print quality.
To generate a Validation Label:
n Press the
Key.
o Use the
Key to scroll to ‘Validation Label’.
p Use the
Key to select a quantity; see Section 4.0.3.
q Press the
4.3.6
Key to start printing.
User Defined Label
The User Defined Label reprints the last format printed. The format can be any
of the Quick Tests, a label from the host, or a label recalled from a memory
module.
; Note: If a job was cancelled prior to its completion, or if power has been
removed since the last print job and the request for this label, this
selection will not reprint the previous label.
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Adjusting and
Maintaining the Printer
5.0
Media Sensor Calibration
In addition to the Sensor Type selection, Media Sensor calibration ensures that
each label is detected correctly and reliably. Perform calibration when the
‘Uncalibrated’ message is displayed. Two different methods are available to
calibrate the printer: Standard and Advanced Entry.
5.0.1
Standard Calibration
Standard Calibration is appropriate for most media types. During the process,
the printhead assembly can be raised for visual access to the media and media
sensor. In addition, displayed sensor readings can be used to indicate the best
position over the media, which is helpful when using small, position-critical
TOF notches or marks. Three readings are required:
Empty:
No media in the sensor.
Gap (or Mark): Only the backing, notch, or reflective mark in the sensor.
Paper:
The label (with the liner attached) in the sensor.
To perform a Standard Calibration:
Step
Operator Action
1
(Media should be loaded
and the appropriate
Sensor Type selected.)
Displayed Message
!
VODBMJCSBUFE
Turn ‘On’ the printer.
2
Press the
Key.
Raise the printhead
assembly.
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NFOV!NPEF
NFEJB!TFUUJOHT
Comme nt
Wait until the
printer initializes
(about six
seconds).
You are entering
Menu Mode.
!
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Standard Calibration (continued)
Step
3
4
Operator Action
Press the
Key
to enter the Media
Settings menu.
Press the
Key
and scroll to ‘Sensor
Calibration’.
5
Press the
Key.
6
Press the
Key.
Displayed Message
NFEJB!TFUUJOHT
NFEJB!UZQF
Comme nt
See Section 4.1.2
for menu layout.
!
NFEJB!TFUUJOHT
TFOTPS!DBMJCSBUJPO
!
TFOTPS!DBMJCSBUJPO
QFSGPSN!DBMJCSBUJPO
Press the
Key to abort this
procedure.
You are beginning
the standard
calibration
procedure.
!
Remove the media from
the Media Sensor then
press any key.
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SFNPWF!MBCFM!TUPDL
QSFTT!BOZ!LFZ!=zzz?
This sets the
parameter for the
‘empty’ value.
Where ‘yyy’ is a
numerical value
representing the
current sensor
reading.
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Standard Calibration (continued)
Step
7
Operator Action
Proceed according to
your media type:
Displayed Message
TDBO!CBDLJOH
QSFTT!BOZ!LFZ!!!=zzz?
Die-cut stock: strip the
Or, for reflective media:
media from the backing
and then reinsert it into
TDBO!NBSL
the sensor; adjust the
QSFTT!BOZ!LFZ!!!=zzz?
Sensor Eye Mark over
the center of the backing.
Notched stock: adjust
the Sensor Eye Mark
over the center of the
notch.
Reflective stock: Adjust
the Sensor Eye Mark
over the center of the
facedown black mark.
Continuous stock: go to
Step 8.
Comme nt
This sets the
parameter for the
‘gap’ or ‘mark’
value.
Where ‘yyy’ is a
numerical value
representing the
current sensor
reading: useful in
locating the best
sensor position.
; Note: Never
position the
sensor over a
perforation when
recording a
sensor reading.
Press any key to
continue.
; Note: Do NOT move the position of the Media Sensor after it has been
adjusted.
8
Position the label (and
backing, if any) under
the Sensor Eye Mark.
; Note: If using
preprinted media,
ensure the label area
under the sensor is
free of preprinted text,
graphics or borders.
TDBO!QBQFS
QSFTT!BOZ!LFZ!!=zzz?
This sets the
parameter for the
‘paper’ value.
Where ‘yyy’ is a
numerical value
representing the
current sensor
reading.
Press any key to
continue.
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Standard Calibration (continued)
Step
9
Operator Action
Observe the display.
Displayed Message
HBQ!NPEF
DBMJCSBUJPO!DPNQMFUF
Or, for reflective media:
SFGMFDUJWF!NPEF!
DBMJCSBUJPO!DPNQMFUF
Comme nt
The calibration
was successful.
See note below if
another message
was displayed.
Or, for continuous media:
!
DPOUJOVPVT!NPEF!
DBMJCSBUJPO!DPNQMFUF
10 Exit upon successful
calibration: Back out of
the menu tree by
repeatedly pressing the
Key.
If using gap or reflective
media, press and hold
the FEED Key. The
printer will begin
advancing media; allow
at least one label gap (or
mark) to advance under
the sensor.
!
SFBEZ
The printer is now
ready to begin
printing.
If this calibration
was unsuccessful,
go to Section 5.0.2.
; Note: A ‘Warning Low Backing’ message indicates that the calibration was
successful with notched media or media on a transparent liner; see
Section 6.1 for details on this and other possible messages.
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5.0.2
Advanced Entry Calibration
Advanced Entry Calibration is the alternate method for special-case media
types. The procedure has two parts:
1) You must list the sensor readings for the label and TOF values using
different algorithms.
2) From your list the best algorithm is chosen, new readings taken and those
values entered.
☞
Advanced Entry Calibration will override all previous calibration
settings; this method should be used only when Standard Calibration
has failed.
To perform an Advanced Entry Calibration:
Step
Operator Action
1
(Media should be loaded
and the appropriate
Sensor Type selected.)
Displayed Message
!
VODBMJCSBUFE
Turn ‘On’ the printer.
2
Press the
Key.
Raise the printhead
assembly.
3
4
5
NFOV!NPEF
NFEJB!TFUUJOHT
NFEJB!TFUUJOHT
NFEJB!UZQF
Press the
Key
and scroll to ‘Sensor
Calibration’.
NFEJB!TFUUJOHT
TFOTPS!DBMJCSBUJPO
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Key.
Wait until the
printer initializes
(about six
seconds).
You are entering
Menu Mode.
!
Press the
Key
to enter the Media
Settings menu.
Press the
Comme nt
See Section 4.1.2
for menu layout.
!
!
TFOTPS!DBMJCSBUJPO
QFSGPSN!DBMJCSBUJPO
Press the
Key to abort this
procedure.
You are entering
the calibration
submenu.
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Advanced Entry Calibration (continued)
Step
Operator Action
6
Press the
Key
to scroll to ‘Advanced
Entry’.
7
Press the
Key.
Displayed Message
TFOTPS!DBMJCSBUJPO
BEWBODFE!FOUSZ
BEWBODFE!FOUSZ
TFOTPS!MFWFMT
!
8
Press the
Key.
BEWBODFE!FOUSZ
TFOTPS!HBJO
!
9
Press the
Key.
Place the label under the
Sensor Eye Mark and
lower the printhead
assembly.
10 Press the
Key
to select the setting
(denoted by an ‘*’) and
then record the sensor
reading (the ‘yyy’ value)
in a table similar to the
one shown after Step 12,
as a Label Value.
Next, press the
Key to increment the
Gain Number.
Repeat this step for each
of the Gain Numbers
(00-32).
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HBJO!USBO!!!!!=zzz?
+11!!!!!!!!=1!.!42?
-ORHBJO!SFGM!!!!!=zzz?
+11!!!!!!!!)1!.!42*
HBJO!USBO!!!!!=zzz?
+11!!!!!!!!=1!.!42?
-ORHBJO!SFGM!!!!!=zzz?
+11!!!!!!!!)1!.!42*
Comme nt
You are entering
Advanced Entry
Calibration.
Press the
Key to abort this
procedure.
You are beginning
the Advanced
Entry Calibration.
If using preprinted
media, ensure the
label area under
the sensor is free
of preprinted text,
graphics or
borders.
Where ‘yyy’ is a
numerical value
representing the
current sensor
reading: useful in
locating the best
sensor position.
; Note: Never
position the
sensor over a
perforation when
recording a
sensor reading.
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Advanced Entry Calibration (continued)
Step
Operator Action
11 Proceed according to
your media type:
Die-cut stock: strip the
media from the backing
and then reinsert it into
the sensor; adjust the
Sensor Eye Mark over
the center of the backing.
Notched stock: adjust
the Sensor Eye Mark
over the center of the
notch.
Reflective stock: Adjust
the Sensor Eye Mark
over the center of the
facedown black mark.
Displayed Message
HBJO!USBO!!!!!=zzz?
+11!!!!!!!!)1!.!42*
Or, for reflective media:
HBJO!SFGM!!!!!=zzz?
+11!!!!!!!!)1!.!42*
Comme nt
Where ‘yyy’ is a
numerical value
representing the
current sensor
reading: useful in
locating the best
sensor position.
; Note: Never
position the
sensor over a
perforation when
recording a
sensor reading.
Press the
Key
to select the setting and
then record the sensor
reading in a table similar
to the one shown after
Step 12, as a TOF
Value.
Next, press the
Key to increment the
Gain Number.
Repeat for each of the
Gain Numbers (00-32).
; Note: Do NOT move the position of the Media Sensor after it has been
adjusted.
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Advanced Entry Calibration (continued)
Step
Operator Action
Displayed Message
12 From the data collected in
Steps 10 and 11, where
both the sensor readings are
above 20, subtract each
Label Value from the
corresponding TOF Value.
These are the Difference
Values.
HBJO!USBO!!!!!!=zzz?
+11!!!!!!!!!)1!.!42*
Or, for reflective media:
Comme nt
Both sensor
readings must
be above 20.
HBJO!SFGM!!!!!!=zzz?
+11!!!!!!!!!)1!.!42*
From the resulting list, find
the largest Difference
Value (see example below).
Its associated Gain Number
will provide the best
algorithm for your media.
For example, if your
compiled data had the
values shown in this
table, Gain Number 8
would be chosen
because it has the
highest Difference
Value (146) where
both the Label Value
and the TOF Value
are above 20.
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Gain
Number
Label
Value
TOF
Value
Difference
Value
00
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
…
31
32
255
251
241
231
219
212
200
189
178
167
156
146
136
…
116
112
254
240
213
182
150
119
88
58
32
19
17
16
15
…
14
14
1
11
28
49
69
93
112
131
146
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
…
N/A
N/A
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Advanced Entry Calibration (continued)
Step
Operator Action
13 Using the
Key,
select the Gain Number
determined in Step 12.
Press the
Key to
select the setting.
Displayed Message
Comme nt
HBJO!USBO!!!!!!=zzz?
+19!!!!!!!!!)1!.!42*
Selection is
denoted with an
‘*’.
Or, for reflective media:
HBJO!SFGM!!!!!!=zzz?
+19!!!!!!!!!)1!.!42*
14 n Place the media in the
Media Sensor. Record
the sensor reading and
label it ‘P’ (paper).
o Place the backing, mark,
or notch in the Media
Sensor. Record the
sensor reading and label
it ‘G’ or ‘M’ (Gap or
Mark).
HBJO!USBO!!!!!!=zzz?
+19!!!!!!!!!)1!.!42*
Or, for reflective media:
HBJO!SFGM!!!!!!=zzz?
+19!!!!!!!!!)1!.!42*
Where ‘yyy’ is
a numerical
value
representing the
current sensor
reading.
p Remove all media.
Record the sensor
reading and label it ‘E’
(Empty).
15 Press the
Then press the
Key.
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Key.
BEWBODFE!FOUSZ
TFOTPS!MFWFMT
The sensor
readings must
be manually
entered into the
printer now.
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Advanced Entry Calibration (continued)
Step
Operator Action
16 Press the
Key.
Using the
or the
Key, set the
‘Paper’ level to the value
determined in the previous
step. Press the
Key
to set the entry (indicated
by the ‘*’) and advance the
menu.
Repeat for the ‘Gap’ (or
‘Mark’) and ‘Empty’ levels.
Displayed Message
QBQFS!TFOTPS!MFWFM
Q+2:9!H+195!F+125
È
HBQ!TFOTPS!MFWFM
Q+2:9!H+195!F+125
È
FNQUZ!TFOTPS!MFWFM
Q+2:9!H+195!F+125
Comme nt
The selection
will flash and
the display
heading will
change to
indicate the
item for entry.
Or, for reflective media:
QBQFS!TFOTPS!MFWFM
Q+126!N+292!F+324
È
NBSL!TFOTPS!MFWFM
Q+126!N+292!F+324
È
FNQUZ!TFOTPS!MFWFM
Q+126!N+292!F+324
17 After all entries have been
made, press the
Key to back out of the
menu and then press the
Key to save the
settings and return to the
Ready Mode.
TBWF!DIBOHFT@
FOUFS!LFZ!>!ZFT
From ‘Ready’,
press the FEED
Key to advance
to the next label
TOF.
; Note: If the Advanced Entry Calibration fails, try the following procedure.
Re-enter Media Settings / Calibration / Advanced Entry / Sensor Gain
and lower the selected Gain Setting number by one (to make the
sensor less sensitive). Select the new Gain Setting, save the changes,
exit the menu, and then test your media. Repeat the procedure until a
usable media setting is obtained.
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5.1
Printhead Adjustments
To ensure consistent print quality over a wide range of media types and
dimensions, the printer is equipped with a Leveling Cam adjustment and a Burn
Line adjustment.
5.1.1
Leveling Cam Adjustment
When printing on less than full width
media, use the Leveling Cam to adjust the
right side of the Printhead Assembly for
even pressure distribution. To adjust the
Leveling Cam:
n With media loaded in the printer,
download your label format (or use a Quick Test format) and begin batch
printing.
o While observing the printed labels, rotate the Leveling Cam counterclockwise to an over-adjusted position (see Example 1, below).
p Next, rotate the Leveling Cam clockwise, one click at a time, until the
printed labels contain a complete, even image (see Example 2).
☞
When changing to a different width of label, readjust the Leveling Cam.
Example 1 – Over adjustment:
Too much adjustment produces an image that
fades across the label. To correct this,
decrease the setting of the Printhead Leveling
Cam.
Example 2 – Correct adjustment:
The proper adjustment produces a complete
image with even print contrast across the
label (see note below).
; Note: Under-adjustment of the Leveling Cam: Problems can include ribbon
wrinkling, label tracking, and platen roller and printhead wear.
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5.1.2
Burn Line Adjustment
The Burn Line has been adjusted at the factory for strict compliance using 6.5mil (.0065 inch) media, ensuring print quality across a majority of media types.
In extreme cases, however, if media of a different thickness or rigidity is used
(for example, heavy tag stock), print quality can change. Try the suggestions in
Section 2.1.1 and 5.3.1. If print quality remains unacceptable, an adjustment
may be required. Typically, thicker media requires a slight forward adjustment,
while thinner media requires a slight backward adjustment.
☞
If you have questions, contact a qualified technician or Datamax
Technical Support before proceeding.
To adjust the Burn Line:
n Load the printer with your
media (and ribbon, if
required),
lower
the
printhead assembly and
rotate the printhead latch
back into the locked
position.
o Loosen the two Locking Screws approximately ¼ turn counter-clockwise.
p Turn the Adjustment Screws counter-clockwise until the burn line is past
the platen roller vertex. Print a Validation Label from the Quick Test menu;
see Section 4.3.5. The label should look light and uneven.
q Tighten the Locking Screws just until they are ‘snug’ (tight enough to
remove any play in the printhead assembly, yet loose enough to allow the
Adjustment Screws to move the printhead).
r Turn each Adjustment Screw clockwise about a ¼ turn (or an 1/8 turn for
finer adjustments, see note below). Print another Validation Label and
examine the print quality. Repeat this step until the labels are produced with
even print contrast and acceptable print quality are produced.
; Note: When the Locking Screws are ‘snug’, turning the Adjustment Screws
counter-clockwise will NOT move the printhead outward; if you have
adjusted the printhead too far inward, restart the entire procedure.
s Tighten the Locking Screws. Print a final Quick Test label to verify the
adjustment.
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5.2
Printhead Replacement
; Note: Printheads are fragile; use extreme care when handling and never use
a sharp object on the surface. If you have questions, contact a
qualified technician or Datamax Technical Support before proceeding.
To replace the printhead:
n Touch a bare metal part of the printer’s frame to discharge any static
electricity that may be present on your body.
o Turn ‘Off’ and unplug the printer.
Open the access cover; if ribbon is
installed, remove it.
p With the printhead locked in the
down position, loosen the
Printhead Mounting Screw (it will
remain in the assembly).
q Rotate the printhead latch forward. While holding the Printhead, raise the
assembly. Disconnect the two Cables and then remove the old Printhead.
r While carefully holding
the new Printhead,
connect both Cables.
s Position the Printhead
onto the Locating Pins in
the Printhead Assembly
and secure in place with
the Printhead Mounting
Screw (do not overtighten). Please note that
a printhead alignment is
normally not required.
t Clean the Printhead; see Section 5.3.1.
u Reload ribbon (if removed), lower the printhead assembly, and rotate the
printhead latch back, into the locked position. Plug in and turn ‘On’ the
printer. Print a Validation Label (Section 4.3.5) and if necessary, adjust the
Print Control/Custom Adjustments/Darkness setting (Section 4.1.3) so that
the print contrast produced by the new printhead matches the previous one.
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5.3
Maintenance Schedule
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
CAUTION
Area
Printhead
For your safety and to avoid damaging the printer, turn ‘Off’ and
unplug the printer before cleaning; and take proper precautions
when using isopropyl alcohol, a flammable liquid.
Recomme nded Cleaning Schedule
Method
Interval
Using a cotton swab dampened with Clean after each roll
isopropyl alcohol, clean the printhead or box of labels, or
from end to end, removing all build-up. after each roll of
See Section 5.3.1.
ribbon.
Platen
Roller
Using a cotton swab dampened with Clean after each roll
isopropyl alcohol, rotate the platen and or box of labels, or
remove all build-up. See Section 5.3.2.
after each roll of
ribbon.
Media
Path / Tear
Plate
Compressed air / soft-bristle brush and As needed, based on
isopropyl alcohol. Remove all build-up a weekly visual
along the path that the ribbon and paper inspection.
follow through the printer.
Media
Sensor
Interior
Exterior
Compressed air. If needed, a swab Monthly or as
dampened with isopropyl alcohol. needed.
Remove all build-up.
Soft-brush or compressed air. Remove As needed.
all build-up. See Section 5.3.3.
Mild detergent. Remove all build-up. See As needed.
Section 5.3.3.
Refer to the documentation supplied with the option.
Scanner
Refer to the documentation supplied with the option.
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5.3.1
Cleaning the Printhead
If print quality declines (symptoms include non-compliant bar codes, print
dropouts, streaks; see Section 4.3.4), the typical cause is debris build-up on the
printhead. Furthermore, when the build-up is not removed it may lead to element
failure, greatly reducing the life of the printhead. To clean the printhead:
n Turn ‘Off’ and unplug the printer.
o Open the access cover. Unlock the Printhead Latch and raise the Printhead
Assembly. Allow the printhead to cool before proceeding.
p Move media and ribbon away from the printhead as necessary.
q Using a cotton swab moistened, not soaked, with isopropyl alcohol gently
wipe away any build-up on the Printhead surface, paying close attention to
the Burn Line. Allow the printhead to dry.
r Replace the ribbon and media. Lower the Printhead Assembly and rotate the
Printhead Latch completely back, to the locked position.
s Close the cover. Plug in and turn ‘On’ the printer. Feed several labels to
normalize tracking.
NEVER use a sharp object to clean the Printhead.
CAUTION
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5.3.2
Cleaning the Platen Roller
A platen roller contaminated with grit, label adhesive, or ink can cause a decline
in print quality and, in extreme cases, cause labels to stick and wrap around the
roller. To clean the platen roller:
n Turn ‘Off’ and unplug the printer.
o Open the access cover. Unlock the Printhead Latch and raise the Printhead
Assembly. Remove media and ribbon.
p Using a Cotton Swab dampened with isopropyl alcohol, clean the Platen
Roller; manually rotate the roller and repeat, cleaning the entire surface.
Allow the Platen Roller to dry.
q Replace ribbon and media.
r Lower the Printhead Assembly and rotate the Printhead Latch completely
back, to the locked position.
s Close the access cover. Plug in and turn ‘On’ the printer. Feed several labels
to normalize tracking.
NEVER use a sharp object to clean the Platen Roller.
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5.3.3
Cleaning Interior and Exterior Surfaces
Interior Surfaces: During operation, dust particles from the media build-up
inside the printer. Then, as the media is pulled through the printer, the particles
can become attached and cause voids on the printed labels. To prevent this, turn
‘Off’ and unplug the printer. Remove all media. Using a soft bristle brush or
compressed air, clean out the interior of the printer.
Exterior Surfaces: The outer surfaces of the printer should be cleaned using a
general-purpose cleanser. Never use abrasive cleansers or solvents. To clean,
turn ‘Off’ and unplug the printer. Using a soft cloth or sponge dampened with
the cleanser, wipe the exterior surfaces until clean.
5.4
Application Program Updates
The printer stores its application program in Flash memory on the Main PCB. A
feature is included that allows updates to this program version through any
printer interface port. Updates can be found at ftp://ftp.datamaxcorp.com.
There are two modes in which the firmware of the printer can be updated: (1)
the Ready Mode, or (2) the Download Mode. Before beginning an update,
identify the current version of the printer’s application program by printing a
Configuration Label (see Section 4.3.2). Compare that version string to those
filenames available from our FTP site and then download the desired file onto
your computer’s hard drive.
Proceed with the printer update accordingly:
y
If the current application version is 2.091 or greater, refer to Section 5.4.1
or Section 5.4.2.
y
If the current application version is 2.08 or earlier, refer to Section 5.4.2.
Should an error occur during the download (see Section 5.4.3),
the update is aborted. If this process did not reach ‘Erasing Flash’
or ‘Updating Software’, the previous program is left intact;
WARNING otherwise, a successful download must be completed before the
printer is operable.
; Note: Users desiring a foreign language menu: After updating from 2.xx to
3.xx firmware for the first time, you must also download the EFIGS
menu language file. Go to the EFIGS ftp directory and copy
832296.01C (or most current version) to lpt1: /b (the DOS Copy
command requires the /b parameter because this file contains binary
code).
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5.4.1
Updating from the Ready Mode
Update Procedure for Application Version 2.091 or greater
Step Displayed Message
1
!
SFBEZ
Operator Action
Comme nt(s)
Using the DOS
copy command
(where ‘filename’
is the program to be
loaded and ‘lpt1’ is
the selected
interface port),
enter the following:
As an example, this would be
entered as:
copy 4212tb~1.zs lpt1
(Where ‘lpt1’ is the host
computer’s port; however,
this selection can differ to
include a serial or other port,
as the printer is equipped.)
copy filename lpt1: The Ready Indicator will
flash as data is received.
2
VQHSBEJOH!
TPGUXBSF
3
5323!
4/15!1803703111
4
!
SFBEZ
No action required. The new application program
is being stored and verified.
No action required. The printer has reset
automatically and is now
displaying the new firmware
version.
No action required.
The new application is now
running.
; Note: If ‘Uncalibrated’ is
displayed, the printer must
be calibrated (see Section
5.0).
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5.4.2
Updating from the Download Mode
Required Update Procedure for Application Version 2.08 or earlier*
Step
Displayed Message
1
CPPU.QB21
13/19!3022011
2
VQEBUF!TPGUXBSF
TFOE!TPGUXBSF
3
VQEBUF!TPGUXBSF
SFBEJOH!JNBHF
4
FSBTJOH!GMBTI
TPGUXBSF!JNBHF
5
XSJUJOH!GMBTI
TPGUXBSF!JNBHF
Operator Action
Comme nt(s)
Press and hold the The Boot Loader version
PAUSE and TEST is displayed.
Keys while turning ; Note: This information
‘On’ the printer to
will vary with the printer
enter the Download model and Boot Loader
version.
Mode.
Using the DOS
copy command,
copy the filename
to the printer (for
an example see
‘Comment’ Step 1
in Section 5.4.1).
The printer is ready to
accept the new application
version.
; Note: The parallel port
(LPT1) must be used to
write to the printer.
No action required. The printer is receiving
the new image (program).
No action required. The program has been
received and verified;
now memory is being
cleared of the previous
application.
No action required. The new program is being
written into Flash
memory. Upon
completion, the printer
will automatically reset
and start the new
application.
; Note: If ‘Uncalibrated’
is displayed, the printer
must be calibrated (see
Section 5.0).
*This can also be used as an alternate download method for all other version levels.
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5.4.3
Possible Problems during an Update
The following is list of possible error messages when downloading:
; Note: If experiencing trouble when attempting to download the file to the
printer, try the following alternate methods:
1) Use the Download Mode (see Section 5.4.2).
2) Windows users – try restarting the computer in MS-DOS mode.
3) Use the Datamax Driver by Seagull Scientific™ – Device Setting /
Send File to Printer function.
Application Update Error Messages
Displayed Message
Descriptions / Causes / Solutions
EFDPNQSFTTJPO!FSSPS
!
FSSPS!FSBTJOH!GMBTI
!
FSSPS!XSJUJOH!GMBTI
IBSEXBSF!NJTNBUDI!
EBUB!SFKFDUFE
JOWBMJE!TPGUXBSF
EBUB!SFKFDUFE
TPGUXBSF!NJTNBUDI!
EBUB!SFKFDUFE
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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.
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.
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.
Application Firmware downloaded was not
compatible with the printer’s Main PCB. The
firmware used was for a different class model and
not supported by this boot loader version. See
Configuration Level, Section 4.1.5.
The printer detected an error in the download. The
possible causes include:
An invalid or corrupted file was downloading.
Try saving the file to the host and then
download again.
A communications error. Recheck cabling and
port setting.
Software level not authorized for this printer (See
Section 4.1.5, Configuration Level/Printer Key.)
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5.5
Boot Loader Program Updates
The printer stores the Boot Loader Program in Flash memory on the Main PCB.
A feature allows updates to this program via the printer’s interface port. Updates
can be found at ftp://ftp.datamaxcorp.com.
WARNING
If power is lost while ‘Upgrading Software’ is displayed, the
printer will become non-functional and must be returned to the
factory for programming or the main logic board must be
replaced.
; Note: Only printers with an Application Version of 2.09 or greater can
update the Boot Loader Program.
Before beginning the Boot Loader update, identify the printer’s current version.
Print a Configuration Label (see Section 4.3.2) and compare that version string
to those available from our FTP site. Download the desired version onto your
computer’s hard drive. To update the Boot Loader Program:
Boot Loader Update Procedure
Step Displayed Message Operator Action
Comme nt(s)
1
!
SFBEZ
Using the DOS
copy command
(where ‘filename’
is the program to
be loaded and
‘lpt1’ is the
selected interface
port), enter the
following:
As an example, this would be
entered as:
copy boottb~1.bs lpt1
(Where ‘lpt1’ is the host
computer’s output port;
however, your selection can
differ to include a serial or
other port, as the printer is
equipped.)
copy filename lpt1: The Ready Indicator will flash
as data is received.
2
VQHSBEJOH!
TPGUXBSF
No action required. The new program is being
stored and verified.
3
5323!
4/15!1803703111
No action required. The printer has reset
automatically.
4
!
SFBEZ
No action required.
The new application is now
running.
; Note: If ‘Uncalibrated’ is
displayed, the printer must
be calibrated (see Section
5.0).
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Troubleshooting
6.0
Problem Resolution
Should a problem arise, the information in this section will help you resolve it.
The following table lists problems that will not necessarily generate an error
message. (For information on displayed messages, see Section 6.1.)
☞
If you have questions, or if problems persist, contact a qualified
technician or Datamax Technical Support.
If experiencing this proble m…
Try this solution…
Can not communicate through
the parallel port:
Observe the Ready Indicator as the format is
sent to the printer. If it does not flash, check
the parallel cable type. Also check the
protocol and port settings of the printer and
host.
Can not load media through
the optional cutter:
WARNING! Use extreme care. Turn ‘Off’
and unplug the printer before proceeding.
Ensure that the cutter and cutter cable are
properly installed. Plug in and turn ‘On’ the
printer. You should hear the cutter blade
rotate and position itself properly. However,
if the problem continues call for service.
The LCD is blank, but the
Ready Indicator is ‘On’:
The display contrast may set too low. Press
and hold the MENU Key for 10 seconds or
until the display reappears.
Erratic feeding:
The printer may require a Quick Media
Calibration; see Section 3.4.
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If experiencing this proble m…
Erratic printing (instead of the
label format, strange characters
are printed):
Intellifont will not print:
Try this solution…
The printer may be in Hex Dump Mode;
see Section 6.2.
If using the serial port for communicating,
check both the host and printer port
settings; the printer may be set to eight
data bits while the host is set to 7 (or vice
versa).
Intellifont format is Little/Big Endian
specific. The printer uses Big Endian. Refer
to your font supplier for information.
Light print on the right side
(facing the printer) of the
label:
The Printhead Leveling Cam may be
incorrectly adjusted; see Section 5.1.1.
Missing information in the
printed label:
Check the label format for character
placement outside the dimensions of the
label; all row/column values must allow
enough space for the height/length of the
characters and bar codes to be printed
within the format size.
The Platen Roller may be dirty or worn;
see Section 5.3.2.
The available memory may have been
exceeded by the memory requirement of
the label format. Try reducing the memory
allocated to either the internal module or
scaleable font caches; see System Settings
/ Memory Settings, Section 4.1.5.
If using serial communications, ensure that
the interface cable meets the requirements
found in Section 3.0.1.
Missing print on left or right
side of the label:
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Information may be formatted outside the
label dimensions. Check your software
program label size or check the values in the
menu for Print Control / Column Offset and
Print Control / Custom Adjustments /
Column Offset; see Section 4.1.3.
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If experiencing this proble m…
No power (all indicator lights
are ‘Off”):
Try this solution…
Verify that the AC power cord connection
has been made at both the outlet and the
printer; also, ensure the power switch is
‘On’.
Verify that the AC outlet is functioning, or
try moving the printer to another AC
circuit.
The AC cord may be damaged; replace it.
The line fuse may be blown; call for
service.
Nothing is printing (labels
advance normally, but no
image is printed):
Examine the used ribbon for an image:
If there is an image on the used ribbon:
y Verify that the ribbon was properly loaded
per Section 3.3.
y If properly loaded, the wrong coating
configuration was used. (To verify the
inked side, press the adhesive backing of a
label against the ribbon surface. Ink will
only lift from the coated side of the
ribbon.) Clean the printhead (see Section
5.3.1); then replace the ribbon with the
correct type for the printer, Section 3.3.
If there is no image on the used ribbon:
Run any Quick 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 Front Panel. (The same
functional commands from the host
computer may override the menu settings;
see Section 4.1.6.)
The media/ribbon combination may be
incorrect. Contact a Media Representative.
The printhead or printhead cable(s) may be
loose; power ‘Off’ the printer then
reconnect; see Section 5.2 for locations.
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If experiencing this proble m…
Nothing happens when trying
to print using a software
program:
Try this solution…
Ensure that the printer is at READY.
Observe the Front Panel, if the READY
light does not flash as you send the format
check the protocol and port settings
between the printer and host.
Ensure the interface cable meets the
requirements found in Section 3.0.1.
Poor print quality:
The printhead may need cleaning; see
Section 5.3.1.
Adjust the Heat and Print Speed settings
through the Front Panel or by host
commands; see Section 4.1.3. (The same
functional commands from the host
computer may override the menu settings;
see Section 4.1.6.)
The media/ribbon combination may not be
compatible; see Section 2.1.
The Printhead Leveling Cam may be
incorrectly adjusted; see Section 5.1.1.
The Platen Roller may be dirty or worn;
see Section 5.3.2.
The Printhead Burn Line
adjusting; see Section 5.1.2.
Skips labels when printing:
may need
Quick Media Calibration may be needed;
see Section 3.4.
The Media Sensor may be out of position;
readjust the position; see Section 3.2.
The format may be within 1/8 inch of the
label’s edge. Try reducing or moving the
format slightly.
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 I & W Class Programmer’s Manual for
details.
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6.1
Fault and Warning Messages
All printer functions are internally monitored. If a problem (Fault) or a potential
problem (Warning) is detected, the Error Indicator (see Section 4.0.4) will be
illuminated. A corresponding message will be displayed (if not within a branch
of the menu system or in Quick Test Mode). These messages, along with
possible solutions, are described below.
Fault Messages:
Fault Messages receive the highest display priority. If more than one fault is
detected the display will cycle between messages.
; Note: To return to normal operation after the printer enters a fault condition,
the fault must be corrected and then the FEED Key must be pressed to
clear the condition.
Displayed Message
35W!PVU!PG!UPMFSBODF
BED!GBVMU
DVUUFS!GBVMU
Printer Fault Messages
Description
Possible Solution(s)
The printer has
detected a drop in
the 24-volt power
supply.
Try cycling the printer power
‘Off’ and ‘On’. If the fault
does not clear, call for
service.
The printer has
detected an analog
to digital circuit
converter failure.
Try cycling the printer power
‘Off’ and ‘On’. If the fault
does not clear, call for
service.
The printer has
detected a cutter
mechanism fault.
WARNING! Use extreme
care. Turn ‘Off’ and unplug
the printer before proceeding.
Examine the cutter for
obstructions and ensure that
the cutter cable is properly
installed.
Plug in and turn ‘On’ the
printer. Press the FEED Key.
If the fault does not clear, call
for service.
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Printer Fault Messages (continued)
Displayed Message
Description
Possible Solution(s)
ENB!GBVMU
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.
HBQ!NPEF
DBOOPU!DBMJCSBUF
Consistently low
sensor readings
were detected.
Press any key to continue.
Ensure that media was
inserted in the media sensor
during the appropriate
calibration step; also ensure
that the sensor is free of
debris. Retry the calibration.
If the problem persists, try the
‘Advanced Entry
Calibration’; see Section
5.0.2.
HBQ!NPEF
GBVMUZ!TFOTPS
Consistently high
sensor readings
were detected.
Press any key to continue.
Ensure that media was
removed from the media
sensor during the appropriate
calibration steps; also ensure
that no labels are stuck in the
media sensor. Retry the
calibration. If the problem
persists, call for service.
PVU!PG!TUPDL
The printer can not
detect media.
Try the following:
1) Load media.
2) Ensure that the labels are
passing through the Media
Sensor.
3) Readjust the Media Sensor
over the TOF mark; see
Section 3.2.
4) If using media with large
gaps, adjust the Paper Out
Distance; see Section 4.1.2.
5) Calibrate the printer; see
Section 5.0.
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Printer Fault Messages (continued)
Displayed Message
Description
Possible Solution(s)
QPTJUJPO!GBVMU
Two possible
causes:
(1) The printer was
powered-off or
reset during a
ribbon, out of stock
or TOF fault; or (2)
the printer was
unable to complete
the Media
Calibration.
Depending upon the cause:
(1) Press the FEED Key in an
attempt to identify and then
clear the related fault
condition; or (2) if necessary,
calibrate the printer; see
Section 5.1.
The printer has
detected a problem
within the print
logic.
Try cycling the printer power
‘Off’ and ‘On’. If the fault
does not clear, call for
service.
SBN!GBVMU
The system has
detected a RAM
failure.
Try cycling the printer power
‘Off’ and ‘On’. If the fault
does not clear, call for
service.
SFGMFDUJWF!NPEF
DBOOPU!DBMJCSBUF
Consistently low
sensor readings
were detected.
Press any key to continue.
Ensure that the reflective
mark was inserted facedown
in the media sensor during
the appropriate calibration
step; 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 an ‘Advanced
Entry Calibration’; see
Section 5.0.2.
QSJOU!FOHJOF!GBVMU
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Printer Fault Messages (continued)
Displayed Message
Description
Possible Solution(s)
SFGMFDUJWF!NPEF
GBVMUZ!TFOTPS
SJCCPO!GBVMU
Consistently high
sensor readings
were detected.
Press any key to continue.
Ensure that media was
removed from the media
sensor during the appropriate
calibration steps; also ensure
that no labels are stuck in the
media sensor. Retry the
calibration. If the problem
persists, call for service.
The ribbon sensor
values have
changed, or the
printer detects no
or only sporadic
ribbon supply hub
movement.
Try the following:
1) Ensure that ribbon is
correctly loaded and that
the printhead assembly is
latched.
2) Check the ribbon supply
and ribbon take up hubs for
obstructions that may be
stopping movement.
3) Ensure that the ribbon core
fits snugly on the ribbon
supply hub.
4) Ensure that the media and
paper combination is not
slipping (usually caused by
an incorrect match).
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Printer Fault Messages (continued)
Displayed Message
Description
Possible Solution(s)
TDBOOFS!GBVMU
The Scanner could
not successfully
pass a bar code.
; Note: This is a
normal condition
when a bar code is
not readable.
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 list in
Appendix B.
2) Increase the Heat value.
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 scanners, possible
misalignment; consult the
Linear Scanner Operation
Instructions, or call for
service.
UFNQFSBUVSF!GBVMU
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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 due to an excessive
printhead temperature.
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Printer Fault Messages (continued)
Displayed Message
Description
Possible Solution(s)
UPQ!PG!GPSN!GBVMU
The printer could
not find the TOF
mark within the
maximum label
length setting or it
found a TOF in an
unexpected place.
; Note: When the
printer is set for
reflective media,
this fault is given
for an out of stock
condition.
If media is moving:
1) Press the FEED Key. It
may be necessary to recalibrate the printer; see
Section 5.0.
2) The Media Sensor may be
out of position. Readjust it;
see Section 3.2.
3) The media may not be
properly loaded. Reload
media, also ensure that the
Media Guide is positioned
properly; see Section 3.1.
4) The Leveling Cam may be
improperly adjusted; see
Section 5.1.1.
5) The label may be longer
than the default value for
maximum length. Check
the Media Settings /
Maximum Label Length;
see Section 4.1.2.
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 latched; close and lock
it.
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Printer Fault Messages (continued)
Displayed Message
Description
Possible Solution(s)
WFSJGJFS!GBVMU
The Verifier could
not successfully
pass a bar code.
; Note: This is a
normal condition
when a bar code is
not verifiable.
Simultaneously press the
ENTER and F1 Keys on the
Verifier to clear. If the fault
continues consult the DMX
2970 Operators Manual.
Warning Messages:
Warning Messages are displayed for a period of five seconds. If multiple
warnings are detected, the display will reflect the highest priority message.
Displayed Message
EPU!GBJMVSF
HBQ!NPEF
XBSOJOH!MPX!CBDLJOH
HPPECZF
IPTU!DIBOHFT!QFOEJOH
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Printer Warning Messages
Description
Action(s)
The printer has
Replace the printhead if the
detected defective
print quality becomes
printhead elements.
unacceptable.
The printer measured
only a small
difference between
the ‘empty’ and ‘gap’
sensor readings.
Transparent backing or
notched media typically
gives this indication. In this
case, there may be a slight
delay in the ‘Out of Stock’
indication, after the media
supply is emptied; no
action is required.
Power has been
removed and
shutdown is in
progress.
The printer power switch
was turned ‘Off’, the line
fuse has blown, or AC line
voltage has been lost.
The host has pending
configuration
changes that will not
take effect until a
‘host reset command’
is issued.
To save changes, send a host
reset command (in DPL), or
to discard changes perform a
soft reset; see Section
4.0.6.1.
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Displayed Message
MPX!WPMUBHF
Printer Warning Messages
Description
The printer has
detected a low
operating voltage.
Action(s)
Possible low or fluctuating
line voltage level. Try
moving the printer to
another outlet. When more
than 50% black is being
printed, try reducing the
Heat Value or the size of the
black image. If the condition
persists, call for service.
SUD!SBN!GBJMVSF
The printer was
Possible faulty Main PCB.
unable to save
If the condition persists, call
settings in permanent for service.
memory.
UFNQFSBUVSF!QBVTF
A high printhead
No action required. Printing
temperature has been will resume after the
detected.
printhead cools.
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6.2
Hex Dump Mode
The 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 I & W Class Programmer’s Manual is an essential reference. This output can
be used for debugging the label format. In addition, by repeatedly sending a
format, this mode can uncover handshaking problems (if they exist).
Handshaking problems are identified by sections of missing data in the character
string.
To begin, go to the Diagnostics menu and enable Hex Dump Mode; see Section
4.1.7. Exit the menu and save the changes. Now, ‘HEX DUMP MODE’ will be
indicated by the display and all data sent to the printer will now be output in
hexadecimal code, along with the printable ASCII equivalents.
The figure below is a sample Hex Dump Label. After sending a label format to
the printer, the hex code output will be immediate. As a final note, many
software programs use bit mapping to construct the label, making diagnosis
difficult. Contact Datamax Technical Support with any questions.
; Note: To return to Ready Mode, re-enter the Diagnostics Menu and disable
the Hex Dump Mode, exit the menu, then save the changes.
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Printer Specifications
7.0
General Specifications
Bar Codes
(See the I &W Class Programmer’s Manual for details. See Appendix B for
samples.)
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.
Fonts
9 Bit-Mapped Fonts, rotatable 0, 90, 180, 270 degrees
CG Triumvirate Scalable Font
CG Triumvirate Condensed Bold Scalable Font
Communications
Interfaces:
EIA RS-232/DB-25 Serial, and
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, autoranging.
Power Consumption:
Typical Operating: 90 Watts / Standby: 10 Watts
Grounding:
Unit must be connected to a properly grounded
receptacle.
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Environmental Requirements
Operating Temperature:
32 F – 100 F (0 C to 38 C)
Storage Temperature:
0° F 140° F (-17° C to 60° C)
Humidity:
10%
Dust:
Non-conducting, non-corrosive
95% non-condensing
Electromagnetic Radiation: Moderate RF fields can be tolerated
Mechanical
Height:
12.70” (322.6 mm)
Width:
12.62” (320.6 mm)
Depth:
18.60” (472.5 mm)
Weight:
45 lbs. (20.5 kg)
Printing Specifications
Printing Type:
Direct Thermal or optional Thermal Transfer
Print Speed:
2 – 6 IPS (51 – 152 mmps) I-4206
2 – 8 IPS (51 – 203 mmps) I-4208
2 – 12 IPS (51 – 305 mmps) I-4212
2 – 8 IPS (51 – 203 mmps) I–4308
2 – 6 IPS (51 – 152 mmps) I–4406
2 – 4 IPS (51 – 102 mmps) I–4604
Printhead Resolution:
203 DPI (8.0 dots/mm) I-4206, I-4208, I-4212
300 DPI (11.8 dots/mm) I–4308
406 DPI (16.0 dots/mm) I-4406
600 DPI (23.6 dots/mm) I-4604
Nominal Dot Size:
.0043” X .0052” (.11 mm x .13 mm) I-4206,
I-4208, I-4212
.0027” X .0043” (.07 mm X .11 mm) I–4308
.0013” X .0018” (.05 mm X .07 mm) I–4406
.0008” X .0015” (.03 mm X .06 mm) I–4604
Printhead Protection Type: Thermistor Sensor. Temporarily pauses printing
if a high temperature is detected; after cool-down,
printing resumes automatically.
Maximum Print Width:
104
4.10” (104.0 mm) I-4206, I-4208, I-4212
4.16” (105.7 mm) I–4308
4.10” (104.0 mm) I–4406
4.16” (105.7 mm) I–4604
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Printing Specifications (continued)
Print Length Range:
.25” – 99” (6.4 mm – 2514.6 mm) I-4206, I-4208,
I-4212, I–4308
.25” – 84” (6.4 mm – 2133.6 mm) I-4406
.25” – 55” (6.4 mm – 1397 mm) I-4604
with an optional cutter: 1.25” – 99” (31.8 mm – 2514.6 mm) I-4206,
I-4208, I-4212, I–4308
1.25” – 84” (31.8 mm – 2133.6 mm) I-4406
1.25” – 55” (31.8 mm – 1397 mm) I-4604
with an optional peel &
present mechanism: 1.50” – 99” (38 mm – 2514.6 mm) I-4206,
I-4208, I-4212, I–4308
1.50” – 84” (38 mm – 2133.6 mm) I-4406
1.50” – 55” (38 mm – 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
7.1
Media and Ribbon Requirements
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
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**:
**
Ribbon Length :
*
1.0” – 4.5” (25.4 mm – 114.3 mm)
1968’ (600 meters) maximum
Wound out labels only.
Coated side ‘in’ or ‘out’ are NOT interchangeable, but dependent upon the Ribbon
Supply Hub type. Also, the ribbon width should slightly exceed label width (including
the backing material) to protect the printhead.
**
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Media and Ribbon Requirements (continued)
G
F
I
H
J
D
E
A
B
Designator
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
C
Media Dime nsions
Description
Maximum [1] Minimum[1]
label width
4.65
1.00
liner width
4.65
1.00
gap (or notch) between labels[4]
–
.100
label length[4]
–
.250
media thickness[2]
.0100
.0025
notch opening width
.500
.200
distance from the media’s edge to the
2.250
.200
media sensor aperture (left justified)
reflective (black) mark width[3]
4.65
.500
distance between reflective marks[4]
–
.500
reflective mark length[4]
–
.100
[1]
Units of measure given in inches.
If the optional Light-Duty Cutter is attached, it must be aligned to only cut liner, where
the thickness can be no greater than .005” (.127mm).
[3]
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.
[4]
The maximum allowable length of the combined label and gap (or mark) measurement
can not exceed 99.99 inches.
[2]
Approved Media
To achieve optimum print quality and maximum printhead life, DATAMAX
brand media and ribbons are recommended. These supplies are specially
formulated for use in this printer. The use of non-Datamax supplies may affect
the print quality, performance, and life of the printer or its components (see the
Warranty Statement). Consult Section 2.1 for an overview of the different media
and ribbon types. For a current list of approved media and ribbons, contact a
Media Representative at (407) 523-5650.
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Appendix A
ASCII Control Code Chart
Ctrl @
Ctrl A
Ctrl B
Ctrl C
Ctrl D
Ctrl E
Ctrl F
Ctrl G
Ctrl H
Ctrl I
Ctrl J
Ctrl K
Ctrl L
Ctrl M
Ctrl N
Ctrl O
Ctrl P
Ctrl Q
Ctrl R
Ctrl S
Ctrl T
Ctrl U
Ctrl V
Ctrl W
Ctrl X
Ctrl Y
Ctrl Z
Ctrl [
Ctrl \
Ctrl ]
Ctrl ^
Ctrl _
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Char
NUL
SOH
STX
EXT
EOT
ENQ
ACK
BEL
BS
HT
LF
VT
FF
CR
SO
SI
DLE
DC1
DC2
DC3
DC4
NAK
SYN
ETB
CAN
EM
SUB
Esc
FS
GS
RS
US
Dec
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1
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13
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Hex
00
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
0A
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0C
0D
0E
0F
10
11
12
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17
18
19
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47
48
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57
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59
60
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20
21
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26
27
28
29
2A
2B
2C
2D
2E
2F
30
31
32
33
34
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36
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3A
3B
3C
3D
3E
3F
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@
A
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C
D
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G
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I
J
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M
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92
93
94
95
Hex
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
4A
4B
4C
4D
4E
4F
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
5A
5B
5C
5D
5E
5F
Char
`
a
b
c
d
e
f
g
h
i
j
k
l
m
n
o
p
q
r
s
t
u
v
w
x
y
z
{
|
}
~
Dec
96
97
98
99
100
101
102
103
104
105
106
107
108
109
110
111
112
113
114
115
116
117
118
119
120
121
122
123
124
125
126
127
Hex
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
6A
6B
6C
6D
6E
6F
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
7A
7B
7C
7D
7E
7F
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ASCII Control Code Chart (continued)
Char
Ç
ü
é
â
ä
à
å
ç
ê
è
è
ï
î
ì
Ä
Å
É
Æ
Æ
ô
ö
ò
û
ù
ÿ
Ö
Ü
Ø
£
Ø
x
ƒ
108
Dec
128
129
130
131
132
133
134
135
136
137
138
139
140
141
142
143
144
145
146
147
148
149
150
151
152
153
154
155
156
157
158
159
Hex
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
8A
8B
8C
8D
8E
8F
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
98
99
9A
9B
9C
9D
9E
9F
Char
á
í
ó
ú
ñ
Ñ
a
°
¿
®
1/2
1/4
¡
–
2
3
´
Á
Â
À
©
1
»
¢
¥
Dec
160
161
162
163
164
165
166
167
168
169
170
171
172
173
174
175
176
177
178
179
180
181
182
183
184
185
186
187
188
189
190
191
Hex
A0
A1
A2
A3
A4
A5
A6
A7
A8
A9
AA
AB
AC
AD
AE
AF
B0
B1
B2
B3
B4
B5
B6
B7
B8
B9
BA
BB
BC
BD
BE
BF
Char
ã
Ã
Ò
D
Ê
Ë
È
Í
Î
Ï
Ì
Dec
192
193
194
195
196
197
198
199
200
201
202
203
204
205
206
207
208
209
210
211
212
213
214
215
216
217
218
219
220
221
222
223
Hex
C0
C1
C2
C3
C4
C5
C6
C7
C8
C9
CA
CB
CC
CD
CE
CF
D0
D1
D2
D3
D4
D5
D6
D7
D8
D9
DA
DB
DC
DD
DE
DF
Char
Ó
ß
Ô
Ò
õ
Õ
µ
p
p
Ú
Û
Ù
´y
´Y
±
3/4
÷
¸
°
¨
·
Dec
224
225
226
227
228
229
230
231
232
233
234
235
236
237
238
239
240
241
242
243
244
245
246
247
248
249
250
251
252
253
254
255
Hex
E0
E1
E2
E3
E4
E5
E6
E7
E8
E9
EA
EB
EC
ED
EE
EF
F0
F1
F2
F3
F4
F5
F6
F7
F8
F9
FA
FB
FC
FD
FE
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Appendix B
Available Fonts and Bar Codes
All character fonts and bar codes available with the printer are described in this
section. Each font and bar code has a name associated with it for use in
programming. Human-readable fonts have numeric names, while bar code fonts
have alpha names. Consult the I & W Class Programmer's Manual for detailed
information.
Fonts
Fonts 0 through 8 use the slash zero (Ø) convention for distinguishing between
the number zero and the letter O. The slash can be removed with the ‘Z’ labelformatting command. These fonts are non-proportional (monospaced): each
character takes the same amount of space for printing.
The Triumvirate font number 9 is a proportional font: each character will take
up a different amount of space when printed.
Font
Valid ASCII Characters
0
1
2
3
32-127
32-168, 171, 172, 225
32-168, 171, 172, 225
32, 35-38, 40-58, 65-90, 128, 142-144, 146, 153, 154,
156, 157, 165, 168, 225
32, 35-38, 40-58, 65-90, 128, 142-144, 146, 153, 154,
156, 157, 165, 168, 225
32, 35-38, 40-58, 65-90, 128, 142-144, 146, 153, 154,
156, 157, 165, 168, 225
32, 35-38, 40-58, 65-90, 128, 142-144, 146, 153, 154,
156, 157, 165, 168, 225
32-126
32, 48-57, 60, 62, 67, 69, 78, 83, 84, 88, 90
32-126, 128-169, 171-173, 181-184, 189, 190, 198, 199, 208-216, 222, 224 237, 241, 243, 246-250
4
5
6
7
8
9
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The table below lists the font sizes; the numbers indicate the number of dots.
Font
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Height
7
13
18
27
36
52
64
32
28
Width
5
7
10
14
18
18
32
15
15
Spacing
1
2
2
2
3
3
4
5
5
Font 0: 96-character alphanumeric,
upper and lower case.
Font 1: 145-character upper and
lower case alphanumeric
with descenders and
ascenders.
Font 2: 138-character alphanumeric,
upper and lower case.
Font 3: 62-character alphanumeric,
uppercase.
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Font 4: 62-character alphanumeric,
uppercase.
Font 5: 62-character alphanumeric,
uppercase.
Font 6: 62-character alphanumeric, uppercase.
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Font 7: OCR-A, size I.
Font 8: OCR-B, size III.
Font 9: Internal Triumvirate font. The number in the bar code height field
sets the point sizes. Larger point sizes can be obtained by increasing
the height and width multipliers.
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Bar Code Summary Data
Bar Code fonts have alpha names (Bar Code ID): Lowercase names only print
barcodes; uppercase names print barcodes with human-readable interpretations.
The table is followed by visual samples.
Bar
Code
Symbology
ID
A Code 39
Length Checksum
Varies
No
11
Yes
B
UPC-A
C
D
E
UPC-E
6
Interleaved 2 of 5 (I2 of 5) Varies
Code 128
Varies
F
EAN-13
12
Yes
No
M103
Yes
G
H
EAN-8
HBIC
7
Varies
Yes
M-43
I
J
Codabar
Interleaved 2 of 5 with a
modulo 10 checksum
Plessey
Varies
Varies
No
M-10
Up to
14
M-10
K
L
Valid ASCII Characters,
Linear
decimal value
Scanner
representation
Supported
9
32, 36, 37, 42, 43, 45-57, 6590
9
48-57 Numeric only.
Option V used in the 6th &
7th position
48-57 Numeric only
9
48-57 Numeric only
9
32-127
9
48-57 Numeric only. Option
V used in 7th & 8th position
48-57 Numeric only
32, 36-39, 42, 43, 45-57, 6590
36, 43, 45-58, 65-68
48-57 Numeric only
48-57 Numeric only. Option
+ is last character for second
M-11 chksum
48-57 Numeric only
Interleaved 2 of 5 with
13
M-10
modulo 10 checksum &
bearer bars
M 2 digit UPC addendum
2
Yes 48-57 Numeric only
N 5 digit UPC addendum
5
Yes 48-57 Numeric only
O Code 93
Varies
No
35-38, 42-58, 65-90, 97-122
p
Postnet
Varies
Yes 48-57 Numeric only
Q UCC/EAN 128
19
Yes 48-57 Numeric only
R UCC/EAN 128 K-Mart
18
Yes 48-57 Numeric only
non-EDI
S UCC/EAN 128 Random
34 +
Yes 48-57 Numeric only
Weight
T Telepen
Varies
Yes Alphanumeric
U UPS MaxiCode
84
Yes Alphanumeric
v FIM
1
No
A, B, C, D
z PDF-417
Varies
Yes All
WG USD-8 (Code 11)
Varies
Yes 45, 48-57
W1c DataMatrix
Varies
Yes All 8-bit values
W1d QR Code – Auto format
Varies
Yes Alphanumeric
W1D QR Code – Manual Varies
Yes Single byte or Kanji double
format
byte
W1f Aztec
Varies
Yes All
W1z MicroPDF417
Varies
Yes All
[1]
Readable only when generated as an imaged bar code using ‘Barcode Count.’
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9
9
9
9
9
9
[1]
[1]
9
9
9
9
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Bar Code A: Code 39
Bar Code B: UPC-A
Bar Code C: UPC-E
Bar Code D: Interleaved 2 of 5
Bar Code E: Code 128
Bar Code F: EAN-13
Bar Code G: EAN-8
Bar Code I: Codabar
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Bar Code H: Health Industry Bar
Code (HBIC)
Bar Code J: Interleaved 2 of 5
w/modulo 10 checksum
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Bar Code K: Plessey
Bar Code L: Interleaved 2 of 5
w/modulo 10 checksum and
shipping bearer bars
Bar Code M: 2 Digit UPC addendum
Bar Code O: Code 93
Bar Code Q: UCC/EAN Code 128
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Bar Code N: 5 Digit UPC addendum
Bar Code p: Postnet
Bar Code R: UCC/EAN Code 128
KMART NON EDI
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Bar Code S: UCC/EAN Code 128
Random Weight
Bar Code T: Telepen
Bar Code v: FIM
Bar Code u: UPS MaxiCode
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Bar Code z: PDF-417
Bar Code WG: USD-8
Bar Code W1c: DataMatrix
Bar Code W1d: QR Code
Bar Code W1f: Aztec
Bar Code W1z: MicroPDF417
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Appendix C
Module Assignments
Memory Module
Designator Module Size Volatile*
A
B
N/A
N/A
Yes
F
Future Option
Future Option
1024 KB
(default size)
4 MB
G
256 KB
No
Y
Z
64 KB
4 MB
No
No
D
No
Location / Use
N/A
N/A
Main PCB SDRAM – user addressable
for graphics, fonts, and label formats
Optional Flash Card – user addressable
for graphics, fonts, and label formats
Main PCB Flash – user addressable for
graphics, fonts, and label formats
(unavailable on the I-4206 and I-4208
models).
Main PCB Flash – reserved for EFIGS
Optional Flash Card – reserved for
ILPC
*When power is removed from the printer, stored data will be lost.
Print Resolutions and Maximum Label Widths
Resolutions and Widths
Model
Printhead
Resolution
I-4206, I-4208, &
I-4212
I-4308
203 dots/inch
(8 dots/mm)
300 dots/inch
(11.8 dots/mm)
406 dots/inch
(16 dots/mm)
600 dots/inch
(23.6 dots/mm)
I-4406
I-4604
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Maximum Print
Width
Inches Millimeters
4.10
104
Factory Default
Setting
4.10
4.16
105.7
4.16
4.10
111.8
4.10
4.16
108.2
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Available Speeds and Default Settings
Model
I-4206: Print
Feed
Reverse
I-4208: Print
Feed
Reverse
I-4212: Print
Feed
Reverse
I-4308: Print
Feed
Reverse
I-4406: Print
Feed
Reverse
I-4604: Print
Feed
Reverse
Printer Speed Ranges and Defaults*
Speed Range
Default Setting
IPS
MMPS
IPS
MMPS
2-6
51 – 152
6.0
152
2-8
51 – 203
6.0
152
2-5
51 – 102
4.0
102
2-8
51 – 203
8.0
203
2-8
51 – 203
8.0
203
2-5
51 – 127
4.0
102
2-12
51 – 305
8.0
203
2-12
51 – 305
8.0
203
2-5
51 – 102
4.0
102
2-8
51 – 203
6.0
152
2-10
51 – 254
6.0
152
2-5
51 – 102
4.0
102
2-6
51 – 152
5.0
127
2-6
51 – 152
6.0
152
2-5
51 – 102
4.0
102
2-4
51 – 102
3.0
76
2-4
51 – 102
4.0
102
2-5
51 – 102
4.0
102
*Consult the I & W Class Programmer's Manual for detailed information.
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Appendix D
GPIO Port Description
With the optional GPIO PCB, the printer can easily be programmed to interface
with most applicator devices. The GPIO functions are enabled and configured
using the menu system of the printer (see Section 4.1.4). These parameters are
stored in non-volatile memory and saved for subsequent power-ups.
When the GPIO is enabled, the printer will not print a label unless the Start of
Print signal is active. When a label is ready to print and the printer is waiting for
the Start of Print signal the printer will display “WAITING FOR SIGNAL”.
GPIO Port Connections
The GPIO Port interface connector (see next page) is a 9-pin Mini-DIN female
type (e.g., Kycon KMDG-9S-BS) requiring a 9-pin Mini-DIN plug (e.g., Kycon
KMDA-9P). Each GPIO pin function is detailed in the table below:
Pin
#
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
GPIO Pin Functions
Signal
Signal
Signal
Description
Name
State
Direction*
Vcc
+5 VDC
Output
Printer +5 VDC
Ribbon
Low
Output Goes low when the printer
Fault
detects a ribbon fault.
Paper
Low
Output Goes low when the printer
Fault
detects a label movement fault.
Printer
Low
Output Goes low when any printer fault
Fault
is detected.
Spare
Reserved
Output
N/A
End of Print Programmable Output
Programmable
Spare
Reserved
Input
N/A
Start of
Low
Input
When ready to print a label, the
Print Signal
Applicator should set this signal
low for at least 50ms or until the
End of Print signal goes not
active.
Signal
Ground
N/A
N/A
Ground
*Signal direction is given relative to the printer.
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GPIO Pin Configuration
(as viewed from the rear of the printer)
External Start of Print Control
Connections for an external Start
of Print control can be made (1)
directly to Pin 8 using a TTLlevel input or (2) with an
interface circuit similar to the
one shown right. For additional
interfacing requirements, see the
table below.
Vin max
VIH
VIL
IOH
IOL
VOH
VOL
GPIO Port Specifications*
5.5 VDC maximum input into any pin
3.8 VDC minimum (high level input voltage)
1.65 VDC maximum (low level input voltage)
-8 mA typical, - 25 mA maximum (high level output current)
8 mA typical 25 mA maximum (low level output current)
IOH = -8 mA, minimum 3.8 VDC
IOL = 8 mA, maximum .44 VDC
*See the SN74AHC244 data sheet for more information.
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Appendix E
Menu System Multi-Language Support
This printer provides the user with the ability to download new menu system
languages and/or replace the Datamax provided translations. A Microsoft
Excel Spreadsheet defines the menu dictionary – the user adds a new language
column or modifies an existing column in the spreadsheet, clicks on the
‘Generate DPL file(s)’ radio button and sends the generated DPL file(s) 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 PCB.
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
Windows NT, and Windows 2000.
Required Software
I-Class Application Version 3.0 or
greater*
Microsoft Excel 97
Img2dl.exe**
95, Windows
98,
Comme nt
Must reside in the target printer. (See
Section 5.4 for details.)
Must be purchased by user.
Program used during the process to
create DPL file.
Menu Dictionary
Gemmsgxls.xls**
*Datamax provides these software files and programs. They are available on the
Datamax FTP site – ftp:\\ftp.datamaxcorp.com
**Datamax recommends that the Img2dl.exe and Gemmsgxls.xls files reside in the same
directory.
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Creating a Menu Language:
n Invoke Excel and open the gemmsglst.xls file. Excel opens the file and the
following screen appears.
o Click the “Enable Macro” box and the following appears:
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p 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.
C) Comments – This field can be modified with no effect.
q 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.
r 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)
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s Download the generated files to the printer – one method is the DOS copy
command:
copy small.ls lpt1: /b
t Reset the printer by pressing and holding the CANCEL Key for
approximately four seconds.
u 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 system displays the new language selection, but all displayed
messages remain in English an error has occurred. Re-check the process.
Contact Datamax 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) After pressing the Generate DPL
or the desired language(s), by File(s) radio button, the languages
clicking on the column letter(s)
to convert were not correctly
selected.
Message text may not exceed The entered message exceeds the
MAX = xx designated characters number of characters specified in
for this MID
column C. You may not modify
this number.
Advance File Handling Information
y
The Standard Datamax Printer leaves the factory with EFIGS loaded into
module Y. At this point, Module Y is LOCKED and will only accept
additional Language Downloads.
y
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).
y
Module Y can be UNLOCKED by sending this DPL string: <STX>KpY0.
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y
To restore the factory generated EFIGS image, download the file
*832296.01A to the printer. This file is located on the Datamax 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.
y
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 4.1.4) or reload the FIGS file to free the space.
y
Deletion of the selected language will set the printer to English.
y
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 F
Saving a Configuration File
With application version 5.01 and above, the printer can save and restore
complete printer settings, including media calibration parameters, as internal
Configuration Files. Here are the highlights and restrictions of this feature:
Configuration files eliminate the need to repeat the manual steps of a
special printer setup, making future changeovers faster and easier.
Configuration files can be setup, saved, and restored either from the host or
via the front panel as ‘C-type’ files on Module Y under unique filenames
that can be up to nineteen characters in length.
Configuration files enable the host, via special DPL commands, to control
parameters previously accessible only from the front panel (consult the I &
W Programmers Manual for details).
Regular host settings can not be saved using the front panel menu.
; Note: Configuration files will typically correspond to a particular printer and
media application. If a file will be shared among printers, do NOT
include unique parameters (such as calibrations and adjustments)
because those settings will vary from one unit to another.
When using the front panel to save a configuration file (see Section 4.1.5), the
keypad functions within the ‘Save Setting As’ submenu are as follows:
n
The DOWN ARROW Key scrolls down through the
alphanumeric, underscore, and delete character.
o
The UP ARROW Key scrolls up through the
alphanumeric and underscore characters, and the delete
function.
p
The ENTER Key accepts the displayed character and
advances the cursor.
q
Saves the displayed file.
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To save a manually entered setup (for example, an application that required an
Advanced Entry Calibration before beginning) as a configuration file using the
front panel:
Step
1
Displayed Message
Operator Action
Comme nt(s)
You are entering
‘Menu Mode’.
!
SFBEZ
Press the
2
NFOV!NPEF!
NFEJB!TFUUJOH
Use the
Key
to scroll to ‘System
Settings’.
The
Key can
also be used.
3
NFOV!NPEF
TZTUFN!TFUUJOHT
Press the
Key to select ‘System
Settings’.
You are entering the
‘System Settings’
menu.
4
TZTUFN!TFUUJOHT!
DPOGJHVSBUJPO!GJMF
Press the
Key to select
‘Configuration File’.
You are entering the
‘Configuration File’
submenu.
5
DPOGJHVSBUJPO!GJMF
SFTUPSF!BT!DVSSFOU
Press the
Key to scroll to ‘Save
Setting As’.
The
Key can
also be used.
6
DPOGJHVSBUJPO!GJMF
TBWF!TFUUJOH!BT
Press the
Key.
Press the
Key to exit this
selection.
7
TBWF!TFUUJOH!BT
}
Key.
Enter a file name using The
Key can
the
Key to
also be used.
scroll through the
characters.
; Note: To change an accepted character,
select the delete function (solid flashing block)
and press the ENTER Key.
8
TBWF!TFUUJOH!BT!
TQFDJBM!}
Use the
Key Continue entering the
to accept the character. file name in this
manner (“SPECIAL
STOCK” has been
used as an example).
; Note: To abort the “save setting” function,
delete all entered characters in the file name
and press the ESCAPE Key.
9
128
TQFDJBM!TUPDL
TVDDFTTGVM
Press the
Key
repeatedly to save the
file name and return to
‘Ready’.
Save complete. (To
restore a saved file
using the front panel
see Section 4.1.5.)
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Warranty Information
Datamax Barcode Products
Limited Warranty Statement
I-Class
Printers
Printer
Datamax warrants* to Purchaser that under normal use and service, the I-Class
Printers, (with the exception of the thermal printhead, platen roller, and belts)
purchased hereunder shall be free from defects in material and workmanship for
a period of three years, (1095 days), or three million (3,000,000) linear inches of
use, whichever comes first, from the date of shipment by Datamax.
Expendable and/or consumable items or parts such as lamps, fuses, labels and
ribbons are not covered under this warranty. This warranty does not cover
equipment or parts that have been misused, altered, neglected, handled
carelessly, or used for purposes other than those for which they were
manufactured. This warranty also does not cover loss, damages resulting from
accident, or damages resulting from unauthorized service.
*When returned to the factory for service.
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Thermal Printhead, Platen Roller, and Belts
This warranty* is limited to a period of one year, (365 days), or one million
(1,000,000) linear inches of use, whichever comes first, for the I-Class thermal
printhead, platen roller, and belts. This one year (365 days) warranty is valid
only if a Datamax - approved thermal label media is used, as defined in the then
current Datamax list of approved thermal/thermal transfer media, a copy of
which is available from Datamax. Failure to use Datamax-approved media is
justification for invalidation of this warranty. This warranty does not cover
printheads or platen rollers which have been misused, altered, neglected,
handled carelessly, or damaged due to improper cleaning or unauthorized
repairs.
*When returned to the factory for service
Warranty Service Procedures
If a defect should occur during the warranty period, the defective unit shall be
returned, freight and insurance prepaid, in the original shipping containers, to
one of the following locations:
Datamax Corporate Headquarters
Datamax International
4501 Parkway Commerce Boulevard Herbert House, Elizabeth Way, Pinnacles
Orlando, Florida 32808
Harlow, Essex CM19 5FE
USA
United Kingdom
A Return Material Authorization (RMA) number must be issued before the
product can be returned. To open an RMA, please call the Datamax Technical
Support Department at (407) 523-5540. Include your RMA number on the
outside of the box and on the shipping document. Include a contact name, action
desired, a detailed description of the problem(s), and media examples when
possible with the defective unit. Datamax shall not be responsible for any loss or
damages incurred in shipping. Any warranty work to be performed by Datamax
shall be subject to Datamax’s confirmation that such product meets Datamax
warranty. In the event of a defect covered by its warranty, Datamax will return
the repaired or replaced product to the Purchaser at Datamax’s cost.
With respect to a defect in hardware covered by the warranty, the warranty shall
continue in effect until the end of the original warranty period, or for ninety (90)
days after the repair or replacement, whichever is later.
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General Warranty Provisions
Datamax makes no warranty as to the design, capability, capacity or suitability
of any of its hardware, supplies, or software.
Software is licensed on an “as is” basis without warranty. Except and to the
extent expressly provided in this warranty and in lieu of all other warranties,
there are no warranties, expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, any
warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Purchaser shall be solely responsible for the selection, use, efficiency and
suitability of Datamax’s products.
Limitation of Liability
In no event shall Datamax be liable to the purchaser for any indirect, special or
consequential damages or lost profits arising out of or relating to Datamax’s
products, or the performance or a breach thereof, even if Datamax has been
advised of the possibility thereof. Datamax’s liability, if any, to the purchaser or
to the customer of the purchaser hereunder shall in no event exceed the total
amounts paid to Datamax hereunder by the purchaser for a defective product.
In no event shall Datamax be liable to the purchaser for any damages resulting
from or related to any failure or delay of Datamax in the delivery or installation
of the computer hardware, supplies or software or in the performance of any
services.
Some states do not permit the exclusion of incidental or consequential damages,
and in those states the foregoing limitations may not apply. The warranties here
give you specific legal rights, and you may have other legal rights which vary
from state to state.
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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 twodimensional barcodes (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 me dia 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.
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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.
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 Programming Language) programming commands
used specifically for control of and label production in Datamax
printers. A complete listing of commands can be found in the I
& W Class Programmer’s Manual.
EFIGS English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and other multilanguage support as programmed for the printer’s menu system
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 me mory Non-volatile memory (does not require printer power to
maintain data) that can be erased and reprogrammed, used to
hold the printer’s 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-ofform.
IPS (inches per second) Imperial measurement of printer speeds.
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label A paper or synthetic printing material, typically with a pressure
sensitive 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.
me dia Generalized term for all types of printing stocks, including: roll
fed, continuous, die-cut, reflective, and fanfold.
me dia hub Device in the printer used to support roll media.
me dia sensor An electronic device equipped with photosensors to
detect media and the top-of-form on 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.
preprinted me dia 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-ofform when the ‘reflective’ sensor is enabled.
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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 printhead leveling cam adjustment.
roll me dia A form of media that is wound upon a cardboard core.
start of print The position on the label where the printing actually
begins.
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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