Test `n` Tag - Rapid Electronics
Test ‘n' Tag
Label Printing System
Instruction Manual
Bracken Hill, South West Industrial Estate, Peterlee, Co.
Durham SR8 2SW. England.
Tel: +44 (0)191-586 3511 Fax: +44 (0)191-586 0227
www.seaward.co.uk
sales @ seaward.co.uk
calibration @ seaward.co.uk
Test `n' Tag
Label Printing System
Instruction Manual
308A550
April 2009
© 2008 Seaward Electronic Ltd.
Issue 6
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This product has been designed and manufactured with high quality
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When the crossed out wheelie bin symbol is attached to a product it
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Please familiarise yourself with the appropriate local separate collection
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disposal of this product will help prevent potential negative
consequences for the environment and human health.
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Table of Contents
Before Starting....................................................................................... 5
1. Introduction ....................................................................................... 6
2. Installing the Supply Cartridge .......................................................... 7
3. Printing a Test Label .......................................................................... 8
4. Printing Labels ( PrimeTest / Rigel ) ................................................. 9
Bluetooth Favourites ......................................................................... 9
Printing labels.................................................................................. 11
Load Test’n’Tag Logo ..................................................................... 12
5. Printing Labels ( Supernova / Europa ) ........................................... 15
Re –Test Period............................................................................... 16
Download to Transfer Printer .......................................................... 17
Automatic Printing of Labels........................................................... 19
Changing the label title ................................................................... 21
Adding a logo to the label ............................................................... 23
Label Title ........................................................................................ 24
Test `N’ Tag Logo............................................................................ 25
Transfer ........................................................................................... 26
6. Trouble Shooting ............................................................................. 27
7. Parts List .......................................................................................... 30
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Before Starting
1.
Check that all the component parts are present: •
Portable Printer
•
AC Adaptor
•
Printer Lead
•
Supply Cartridge
•
Peel Stick
•
Peel Stick Instruction sheet
•
Instruction Manual (with Warranty Card)
•
PATGuard 2 evaluation disc
•
Download Lead
2.
Read the operating instructions fully before using the Test 'N'
Tag system.
3.
Contact Seaward Electronic if you need information on
training for Portable Appliance Testing.
4.
5.
Data may be lost or altered in virtually any electronic memory
under certain circumstances. Therefore Seaward Electronic
assumes no responsibility for financial losses or claims due to
data lost or otherwise rendered unusable whether as a result
of abuse, improper use, defects, disregard of operating
instructions or procedures, or any other allied causes.
Seaward Electronic Limited can be contacted at:
Bracken Hill
South West Industrial Estate
Peterlee
Co. Durham
SR8 2SW
Tel : +44 (0)191 586 3511
Fax: +44 (0)191 586 0227
[email protected]
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1. Introduction
Test 'N' Tag is the label printing system exclusive to the Seaward
Group. It enables users of Seaward and Rigel testers to print thermal
transfer labels directly to the Test 'N' Tag portable printer.
Note
The Test 'N' Tag system can be used with a range of Seaward
and Rigel test equipment including:Seaward SuperNova
Seaward Europa
Seaward PrimeTest 300 and 350
Rigel 288
.. and others…
The industrial vinyl labels created by the Test 'N' Tag printer are scuff
proof, water proof, tamper proof and unlike direct thermal labels, the
print will not fade in sunlight.
Two types of label can be printed; a panel label - to attach direct to
the appliance panel, a cable wrap label - to wrap around the power
cord.
Note:
The PatGuard 2 evaluation disc also contains the logo transfer
program for SuperNova / Europa testers. The DataTransfer.exe
program for Handheld testers is supplied with the tester itself.
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2. Installing the Supply Cartridge
1. Lift the unit's dust cover.
2. Make sure the locking spindle is in the counter-clockwise
(unlocked) position.
3. On the bottom of the cartridge, turn the ribbon advance one
full turn counter clockwise (follow arrows on cartridge) or until
any slack in the ribbon is removed. THIS IS VERY
IMPORTANT.
4. Load the supply into the printer making sure the cartridge is
properly seated.
5. Turn the locking spindle one-quarter turn clockwise to lock
the cartridge into place.
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3. Printing a Test Label
Connect the supplied AC adapter to the back of the Printer.
Connect the AC Adapter to the power outlet.
Note
Each of the Printer AC Adapters is unique to, and will only operate
with the appropriate K3000-PC / K3110-PC Printer. They are NOT
interchangeable, misuse will cause damage to the printer and/or
adapter.
1. Press the POWER button to turn the unit off. The power light
LED will go out.
2. Press and hold down the FEED button, then press the POWER
button to turn the unit's power back on. The unit will print a
test label similar to the one shown below.
K3110-PC
Ver. X.Xx
3. Examine the test label. The printing should be dark and
uniform with no distortion. If the self-test results differ
markedly from those expected, refer to the troubleshooting
section of this document.
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4. Printing Labels ( PrimeTest / Rigel )
Note
This section should be read with reference to the tester's
Instruction Manual
The Test’n’Tag printer can be used with the following handheld
test instruments:Primetest 300, Primetest 350, Rigel 288, Rigel 388
In this case the printer must be used together with the bluetooth
adapter (part number 342A914 )
Labels can be printed either at the end of a test or at any other
time from test results stored in the memory.
Bluetooth Favourites
Before use, the bluetooth adapter needs to be paired with the
tester.
The following shows how to add a Printer to Bluetooth Favourites.
Use the up/down arrow keys to highlight the device type (in this case
Printer) then press Setup (F3).
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If your printer is not already in the “New” list then you need to search
for it now by pressing Search (F1).
Note:
If the required Test’n’Tag adapter is not shown, check that it is
powered on then repeat the search.
Use the arrow keys to highlight the required device and press Select
(F4). The TnT adapter is now placed in the “New” field.
Press Add New (F3) and this will transfer the newly found device into
the printer list.
Now you need to specify what type of printer this device is. Use the
up/down arrow keys to highlight the Printer Type, then press the Right
arrow key to bring up the list of available printers.
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Highlight Test’n’Tag and press Select (F4)
Press OK (F4) to return to the previous screen.
Note:
Not all the printer types show above will be in your list. The tester
is undergoing continuous development and some printer types
may be added or deleted as necessary .
Printing labels
Labels can be printed either from the ViewData screen or at the
end of the test. Select the menu option Print Label.
When selected, the image that will be transferred to the Test ‘n’ Tag
label will be shown on the display.
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Note:
The maximum number of characters that can be displayed in a
Test ‘n’ Tag barcode is 12. If this limit is exceeded, the barcode
will not appear on the display and will not be printed on the label.
A number of pre-configured label formats are available. Pressing
Change Format (F1) will cycle through the available formats.
The appearance of the Test ‘n’ Tag labels can be altered by pressing
Setup (F3).
The text in the banner line can be edited to show up to 29 chosen
characters.
You can turn the logo on or off from this screen.
Note:
The default Pre Feed and Post Feed values are 0.25” and 1.50”
respectively. You can change these values as necessary, or simply
use the “Label Size” field to select “Cable Wrap / Panel” which will
give preferred values.
Load Test’n’Tag Logo
A bitmap logo can be transferred to the PrimeTest for use with the
Seaward Test ‘n’ Tag print system.
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The logo must be monochrome in .BMP format with a maximum size
of 320 pixels by 240 pixels.
Press Menu (F4), select Data Transfer using the arrow keys, select
load T ‘n’ T logo and press OK (F4).
The PrimeTest will now attempt to connect to the Bluetooth
Favourite PC. When a connection has been established the display
will be as shown below.
Note:
If you are using a Primetest 350 with an RS-232 port, then make
sure that the “Computer” field is set correctly. Use the left / right
arrow keys to set for “RS-232” or “<your computer>” as desired.
The PrimeTest is now ready to receive data. The amount of data
received is shown numerically on the top left of the display ( 0 in the
screen shot above ).
On the PC start the DataTransfer.exe program and set for the correct
com port. From the File menu, select “Send File”. Navigate to the
desired logo file and click on “Open”.
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The file will be transferred to the tester. On the tester screen you will
see the amount of data received ( shown on the top left of the display).
This value will count up as the data is received. A typical logo will be
no more than 9700 bytes.
When all the data has been received, the tester will display as much of
the logo as it can.
If the correct logo is not displayed, then the Reset button (F3) can be
used to clear the screen. You can then send a different logo.
If the logo is correct, then press OK to save the logo. This logo will be
saved even if the tester is turned off.
Note:
You can turn the logo on / off from the printer set up screen
without having to delete it.
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5. Printing Labels ( Supernova / Europa )
Note
This section should be read with reference to the tester’s Instruction
Manual
Labels can be printed either at the end of test or at any other time
from test results stored in the memory.
Note
When printing labels from a newly installed Supply Cartridge the first
label to be printed will not have a logo – even if a logo has been
added to the label (see section “Adding a Logo to the Label” ).
Note
There is an option in the System Configuration, Aplnce & Cmnts,
which allows the Appliance ID length to be limited to 10 digits, it is
recommended that this option be set. Appliance ID’s which are
greater than 12 digits in length will not produce barcodes on the Test
‘n’ Tag printout.
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Set the TnT PRINTER configuration to “K3110”
With the Printer powered on (Green Light illuminated) through its AC
Adaptor, connect the Printer Lead RJ12 connector into the Printer
and the serial connector into the serial port of the tester.
Re –Test Period
As the labels require a Next Test due, re-test period will now need to
be defined at the start of the test. On selecting NEW TEST or entering
CREATE APPLIANCE in MANUAL MODE this screen appears:
Use the cursor keys to select RE-TEST PERIOD and then press the
ENTER key to choose a re-test period.
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Complete the rest of ENTER APPLIANCE DETAILS as normal (refer to
your Tester Manual) and move on to the next stage in the test
process.
Note for PATGuard Program Users
Re-test periods are downloaded with test results and are compared
with re-test periods of existing Assets already in your PATGuard
program or used as the re-test period for new Assets. This is to
ensure that re-test periods are ‘synchronized’ across the PAT
system.
Asset Upload from PATGuard Plus will also include the re-test period.
Download to Transfer Printer
To print labels from the DOWNLOAD RESULTS menu make the
following selection:
Select the fast key OK.
If DOWNLOAD TEST RESULTS was selected from the MAIN MENU
then use SEARCH FOR DOWNLOAD DATA screen as normal (see
Tester Instruction Manual) to select the required data.
If DOWNLOAD TEST RESULTS was selected from OPTIONS at the
end of a test no SEARCH FOR DOWNLOAD DATA appears as it is will
download the test just completed.
In both cases the following screen will be displayed next if the test
passed:
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A failed test will be displayed as follows:
If you highlight CHANGE LABEL FORMAT and press the Enter key,
then a variety of different label formats will be displayed.
Use the cursor keys to choose a print option. A PANEL LABEL is for
attaching directly to the Appliance. A CABLE WRAP LABEL is larger
and is wrapped around the power cord.
If no label is to be printed select LABEL IS NOT REQUIRED.
If more than one label is to be printed the above screens will be
displayed prior to printing each label. This is necessary as each label
is required to be cut from the Printer before the next label is printed.
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After the label is printed press the on-board cutter at the front of
printer (where the label appears).
To remove the backing from the label use the Peel Stick provided. A
separate Instruction sheet is included to show you how the Peel Stick
is used.Automatic Printing of Labels
Note
This is feature is only available with Supernova Plus or Europa Plus
testers
It is possible to set up the tester such that it prints a label
automatically at the end of each test. To do this it is necessary to
make changes to the SYSTEM CONFIGURATION menu. From the
MAIN MENU select SETUP then SYSTEM CONFIGURATION to
display the following menu:
Use the cursor keys to select the AFTER TEST option. Repeatedly
Press the ENTER key until the following selection appears:
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Use the cursor keys to select CONFIGURE to display the following:
If the options are not set on entering this screen, use the cursor keys to
select DESTINATION then repeatedly press the ENTER key until
TRANSFER PRINTER is displayed.
Use the fast key OK to save the settings on both the DOWNLOAD
OPTIONS and SYSTEM CONFIGURATION screens.
The tester is now set to print a label automatically at the end of each
test.
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Changing the label title
The label title can be changed so that the default title, SEAWARD
TEST ‘N’ TAG LABEL is replaced with your own text.
Note
The Label Title can also be changed in the Tester Logo Transfer
program and Uploaded into the tester (see Adding a Logo to the
Label).
To change the label title at the tester, from the MAIN MENU select
SETUP then SYSTEM CONFIGURATION to display the following
menu:
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Use the cursor keys to select EDIT PASS / FAIL LABEL TITLE. Then
press the ENTER key to display the following screen:
Enter your own text then press ENTER. Up to 29 characters can be
entered.
Note
This label title change will also occur on Roll printer Pass /Fail labels
(see tester Instruction Manual for Roll printer information).
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Adding a logo to the label
To add a logo to the labels it is necessary to transfer a logo from the
PC into the tester.
Note
The tester is only able to hold one logo at a time. Transferring
another logo with cause the first logo to be overwritten in the tester.
The Tester Logo Transfer program is used to validate the logo and
transfer it to the tester. (This is available with PATGuard Plus
version 4.4 and above). Run the Tester Logo Transfer program from
Windows Start, PATGuard program group.
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Label Title
The program is set to use the default label title in the tester. This can
also be changed at the tester (see Changing the Label Title).
To change the Label Title from the Label title drop down select User
defined to display the following:
Enter up to 29 characters for the label title in the User defined text.
Note
This label title change will also occur on Roll printer Pass /Fail labels
(see tester Instruction Manual for Roll printer information).
If no logo is required set Test ‘N’ Tag Logo to None – leave blank.
Ensure the correct Com Port is set then press the Transfer… button.
Put the tester into REMOTE MODE (see tester Instruction Manual) then
select OK. The label title will then be transferred into the tester.
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Test `N’ Tag Logo
The program allows you to select a logo to transfer to the tester.
Three example logos are supplied with the program. Any one of these
can be transferred to the tester or they could form the basis of your
own logo design using a suitable Windows application.
Note
The Tester Logo Transfer program cannot be used to design a logo
but is only used to transfer a suitable logo into the tester.
The logo must be monochrome, and no more than 320 pixels wide by
240 pixels high. The program will check that the logo meets this
criteria before transfer to the tester. If the logo validation fails a
warning message is displayed and the logo cannot be transferred.
To select a logo from the Test ‘N’ Tag Logo drop down select User
defined. Select a bit map file of the logo with the aid of the Browse…
Button if necessary. Optionally set a Label Title as defined above.
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Transfer
To send the Logo and/or Label Title to the tester ensure the correct
Com Port is set then press the Transfer… button. Put the tester into
REMOTE MODE (see tester Instruction Manual) then select OK. The
logo together with a label title (if required) will then be transferred into
the tester.
Note
The Logo stored in the tester can be protected by a Password if this
has been evoked in the tester (see the tester Instruction Manual). To
maintain security; had a password been set in the tester, on starting
the transfer the Tester Logo Transfer program will request this
password before proceeding.
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6. Trouble Shooting
A lot of print quality problems can be resolved by ensuring the
cartridge has been tensioned prior to installation in the printer as
described in Section 2.
The table below should help you resolve most problems.
Problem
No Transfer Printer in
Download menu on tester
Resolution
1)Check firmware version in tester is
27a or higher.
2) Update tester firmware if
necessary.
No Re-test Period in
Asset Details menu on tester
1)Check firmware version in tester is
27a or higher.
2) Update tester firmware if
necessary.
No Green Power On Indicator
Printer has flashing red light.
Tester Printer Error Message
‘No Printer Connected’
1)Check Power Supply plugged into
outlet socket and socket switched
on.
2) Check Power Supply is connected
to printer. Reseat incoming power
lead to printer.
3) Check Printer is switched on.
4) Try another power supply to
confirm power supply faulty if
possible.
5) Fault persists – contact Seaward
Technical Support.
1)Place or reseat cartridge in printer
and lock in position. Switch off printer
and switch back on to reset flashing
red light.
2) Fault persists – contact Seaward
Technical Support.
Tester has had no response from the
printer.
1) Ensure the printer is switched on.
2) Ensure cartridge is in printer and
locked in properly.
3) Ensure interface cable from the
tester to the printer is connected.
4) Reseat interface cable.
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5) Replace interface cable if possible
6) Fault persists – contact Seaward
Technical Support.
Tester Printer Error Message Not a Seaward K3000PC or K3110PC
‘Incorrect Printer Type
Printer.
Connected’
Contact Seaward Technical Support.
Tester Printer Error Message
Print Cartridge incorrect type. Not
‘Printer contains Incompatible Seaward Part Number 308A954 or
Media’
342A912 (either black / yellow or black
/ white)
1) Insert correct Cartridge Type.
Retry.
2) Fault persists – contact Seaward
Technical Support.
Tester Printer Error Message
1) Printer ran out of labels. Replace
‘No Paper in Printer’
cartridge.
2) Fault persists – contact Seaward
Technical Support.
Tester Printer Error Message
1) Label jam. Replace cartridge.
‘Print Media Jam’
2) Fault persists – contact Seaward
Technical Support.
Tester Printer Error Message
‘Generic Printer Error’
Labels are not being printed
correctly
Printer faulty.
1) Power Off / On printer. Paper
feed. Cut off label. Re-try.
2) Fault persists – contact Seaward
Technical Support.
1)Ensure that the cartridge has been
tensioned correctly before being put
in to the printer as described on the
back of the carton and in section 2 of
this Manual.
2) Ensure the cartridge has been put
into the printer correctly and locked
in.
3) Try another cartridge that has
been tensioned correctly.
4) Fault persists – contact Seaward
Technical Support.
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Print has lines running across
No Barcode printed on label
Tester displays a “Timeout
error code 0xFFFF”
1)Remove cartridge and gently wipe
head with alcohol wipes or clean
cloth. Re-install cartridge.
2) Try another cartridge – ensure
new cartridge tensioned prior to
installing.
3) Fault persists – contact Seaward
Technical Support.
The appliance ID length is greater
than 12 digits, barcode cannot be
printed
This means that the tester has tried to
send data to the printer, but it has not
received any response.
1) Check the printer is turned on.
2) Check the Bluetooth favourites –
Setup screen, Check that the printer
type is set to “Test’n’Tag”.
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7. Parts List
Item
Part Number
Printer & Power Supply
308A961
Power Supply
308A963
Printer Lead (Supernova / Europa)
308A950
This Instruction manual
308A550
Download Lead (Supernova / Europa) 194A919
Peel Stick
308A951
Supply Cartridge (Black on Yellow)
308A954
Supply Cartridge (Black on White)
342A912
Bluetooth Test’n’Tag adapter
342A914
PATGuard Elite software disc
352A910
PATGuard Pro software disc
352A920
PATGuard Lite software disc
352A930
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