VnM8 User Manual
VnM SignMaker, Safety Signs & Labels
User Manual
Version 2.2
Updated: 5/2015
VnM 8 SignMaker
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction
2
Quick Start
3
Overview
4
Loading Ink Roll
5
Loading Media
6
Power Up
7
Print and Font Settings
8
Keypad Navigation
9
VnM®8 Templates
a) 1 to 5 Line Horizontal
10
b) 1 Line Vertical
11
c) 2 Line Horizontal
12
d) Multi Line Header
13
e) ANSI Header
14
f ) Die Cut
15
g) Arc Flash
16
h) Custom 1 Line
17
i) Hazardous Waste
18
j) VnM8 Apps
19
OSHA and ANSI Safety Identification
20
Fonts and Symbols
21-22
Connecting to a PC
23
Maintenance/Troubleshooting
24
Accessories
25
Frequently Asked Questions
25
Technical Support/Service and Repair
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Introduction
Thank you for purchasing the VnM®8 SignMaker by Cobra Systems, Inc.
Throughout this manual you will find User Tips, Troubleshooting, and step-by-step instructions that
will show you how to create signs and labels that are perfect for all of your safety and identification
requirements.
Specifications
Dimensions:
Operating Conditions:
Storage Conditions:
Resolution:
AC Input:
DC Output:
Print Speed:
Connections:
17.32” (W) x 13.23” (H) x 19.84” (D)
41°-104° F (5°-40° C )
-40°-140° F (-40°-60° C )
300 DPI
47 - 63Hz, 90-264VAC
24V 14-58A, 350W Internal Power Supply
2” to 3” per second, optimal
VnM® Keypad, USB, LPT, Ethernet 10/100
Warranty
VnM®8 SignMaker comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty, 1-Year Print-head Warranty, 6-Month Cutter
Warranty, and 1-Year Keypad Warranty.
Out of the Box
The VnM®8 SignMaker System includes:
1. VnM®8 SignMaker Printer (1)
2. VnM®8 SignMaker Keypad (1)
3. Printer Power Cord (1)
4. Printer USB Cable (1)
5. Take-Up Core for VnM® Ink (1)
6. Cleaning Pen (1)
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VnM®8 SignMaker Quickstart
PRINTER MUST BE TURNED OFF!
1. Open the VnM8 SignMaker.
2. Load VnM Ink Roll and attach to take up core.
3. Load VnM Media and feed through VnM8 Cutter.
4. Be sure to use both hands when closing down
the print head.
5. Plug in VnM8 Keypad.
6. Connect power cord to the VnM8 SignMaker
and outlet. Turn ON VnM8 SignMaker.
NOTE: Always have the VnM printer cover closed when powering on.
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VnM®8 SignMaker Overview
VnM8 SignMaker Front View
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2
3
5
4
1. LED indicators
2. LCD display
3. Front panel buttons
4. Media exit chute
5. Printer cover
6. Cutter module
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VnM8 SignMaker Rear View
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7. Centronics interface
8. USB interface
9. Keyboard connection (RS-232 DB-9)
10. AC Power Port
11. SD card slot
12. Ethernet interface
13. PS/2 interface
14. Power Switch
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VnM8 SignMaker Interior View
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15. Ribbon rewind spindle
16. Print head
17. Ribbon sensor
18. Media sensor
19. Platen roller
20. Print head release lever
21. Ribbon supply spindle
22. Label roll guard
23. Label supply spindle
24. Media guide bar
25. Label guide
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Loading VnM®8 Ink Roll
1
With printer
turned off,
open the
cover, press
down on the
printhead
and push
back the
green lever
to raise the
printhead.
2
3
Slide VnM8
ink roll onto
rear spindle.
4
Center
ink roll on
spindle and
feed above
black plastic
sensor under
printhead.
5
Attach empty
take-up core
to the front
ink spindle.
6
Pull ink
through and
up to the
take-up core
and securely
attach with
tape.
7
Hand wind
the ink to
remove any
slack.
8
With hands
on both
sides, push
down on the
printhead
until the
green latch
clicks.
NOTE: Always have the VnM printer cover closed when powering on.
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Use the
cleaning pen
to gently
clean the
surface of
the print
head before
each ribbon
installation.
Loading VnM®8 Media
1
With printer
turned off,
open the
cover, press
down on the
printhead
and push
back the
green lever
to raise the
printhead.
2
3
Secure
the media
spindle with
end guides,
keeping
everything
centered.
4
Feed media
under the
white bar
and through
the white
media guides.
5
Now feed
the media
under the
green sensor
bar.
6
Pull the
media from
under the
printhead
and between
the cutter gap.
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Make sure
media and
ribbon are
properly
installed.
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With hands
on both
sides, push
down on the
printhead
until the
green latch
clicks.
Slide the
VnM8 vinyl
media onto
rear spindle
and center.
IMPORTANT: To prevent smudges and fingerprints, handle media on the ends of the roll.
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VnM®8 SignMaker Power Up
Connecting VnM®8 Keypad and Power Up
1. Make sure power switch is OFF.
2.After connecting the key pad, connect the power supply into the printer.
3.Plug the printer into your power source, preferably using a surge protector.
4.Turn on the VnM8.
GPIO Interface
(Optional)
SD Socket
Parallel Port
Ethernet
Interface
USB
PS/2
Interface
Plug to Outlet
RS232
Power Socket Power On/Off
IMPORTANT: Keep all magnetic devices away from the VnM8 printer.
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VnM®8 Print and Font Settings
To change print settings for certain VnM inks and media, including font, make sure you are
on the main menu; press and hold the ALT + EXIT keys at the same time.
A) To Change Print Settings
B) To Change Font Settings
1.
This should be the first screen you see.
1.
This should be the first screen you see.
SELECT MEDIA WIDTH:
SELECT MEDIA WIDTH:
Press 4,5,6,7, or 8
Press 4,5,6,7, or 8
2. Press the DOWN arrow key until you see Press the UP arrow key until you see VNM PRINT SETTINGS and press ENTER. 2.
SELECT FONT/SYMBOLS and press ENTER.
VNM PRINT SETTINGS
SELECT FONT/SYMBOLS
Press ENTER
3. Using the up and down arrows on the
keyboard, locate your desired ink and media and press ENTER.
VNM BLACK INK 1
VNM BLACK INK 2
PRESS ENTER
PRESS ENTER
Standard settings for
VnM Black ink
High Density settings for
VnM Black ink
VNM WHITE INK 1
VNM WHITE INK 2
PRESS ENTER
PRESS ENTER
Standard settings for
VnM White ink
High Density settings for
VnM White ink
LOOK AT VNM MANUAL
LOOK AT VNM MANUAL
TURN CUTTER ON
TURN CUTTER OFF
Turns the cutter on
Turns the cutter off
LOOK AT VNM MANUAL
LOOK AT VNM MANUAL
TURN PARTIAL CUT ON
BLANK CUT
Turns the partial cut on
Turns the blank cut on
4. To manually change the print speed,
print density, and /or cutter settings, press ENTER or VNM MANUAL SETTINGS.
Press ENTER
3.
Using the up and down arrows on the keyboard, locate your desired font and press ENTER. To get back to the main menu after you have selected your font, hold down ALT and EXIT.
CHOOSE FONT/SYMBOLS:
BOLD
CHOOSE FONT/SYMBOLS:
NORMAL
CHOOSE FONT/SYMBOLS:
SYMBOLS3
CHOOSE FONT/SYMBOLS:
SYMBOLS2
VNM MANUAL SETTINGS
Press ENTER
5. Enter the Printer speed and press ENTER.
Recommended at 2.
ENTER SPEED:
CHOOSE FONT/SYMBOLS:
SYMBOLS1
CHOOSE FONT/SYMBOLS:
2
PIPE MAKER
6. Enter the print density and press ENTER.
Recommended density based on the ink
color being used:
CHOOSE FONT/SYMBOLS:
CHOOSE FONT/SYMBOLS:
Black: 6-9, White: 10-13
Blue: 2-4, Green: 2-4, Red: 2-4
UTILITY
ITALIC
ENTER DENSITY:
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NOTE: See pages 21-22 for fonts and symbols.
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VnM®8 Keypad Navigation
The VnM®8 keypad navigation tree on the
left displays the flow and order of all the
available options/templates.
SELECT MEDIA WIDTH:
Press 4,5,6,7, or 8
Detailed information about each template
starts on page 10.
VnM®8 SignMaker Prompt: MAIN MENU
VNM PRINT SETTINGS
Press ENTER
SELECT MEDIA WIDTH
SELECT FONT/SYMBOLS
PRESS 4,5,6,7, OR 8
Press ENTER
“SELECT MEDIA WIDTH” is the Main Menu
when powering on the VnM 8 SignMaker,
and when pressing the ALT + EXIT keys.
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1 to 5 LINE HORIZONTAL
Press ENTER
To begin printing, select the size of media
that is loaded in the printer.
Use the UP and DOWN
arrow keys on the VnM®8
Keypad to navigate
through the templates.
Press the ENTER key to
select your template.
1 LINE VERTICAL
Press ENTER
2 LINE HORIZONTAL
Press ENTER
MULTI LINE HEADER
Press ENTER
ANSI HEADER TEMPLATE
Press ENTER
DIE CUT TEMPLATE
Press ENTER
ARC FLASH TEMPLATE
Press ENTER
If an entry error has
been made, press the
EXIT key and re-enter the information.
VnM8 Tips
HOW TO PRINT
QUOTATIONS
CUSTOM 1 LINE
+
Press ENTER
HAZARDOUS WASTE
Press ENTER
VnM8 APPS
Press ENTER
In order to print quotations (“) or inch and
foot marks, press the SHIFT key + PERIOD
key (on the numeric keypad). Do not use
the keypad QUOTATION key, you will have
blank text.
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VnM®8 Keypad Templates: 1 to 5 Line Horizontal
The 1 to 5 Line Horizontal template is the most versatile template for the VnM®8 SignMaker.
Create anything from 1 to 5 lines of text and your font size will adjust automatically to your
selected media size.
The CAUTION sign below was created by selecting the SYMBOLS1 font (explained on page 8).
Select the 1 to 5 LINE HORIZONTAL template and choose 1 for the number of lines to be
printed. For this CAUTION sign, you will enter: /CAUTION (The / mark represents the
CAUTION symbol.) To use any other symbols, use the reference chart on pages 21-22.
a) 1 Line Template sign, no (N) reverse text printing, using SYMBOLS1 font
1 to 5 LINE HORIZONTAL
Press ENTER
X INCH - HOW MANY LINES?
Press 1,2,3,4, or 5
1.
Select the 1 to 5 LINE HORIZONTAL template by pressing the ENTER key
on the keyboard.
2.
Select how many lines of text to print
by pressing the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.
DO NOT PRESS ENTER.
3.
Enter the text/symbols for your sign
and press ENTER when finished.
ENTER LINE 1:
/CAUTION
ENTER QUANTITY TO PRINT:
1
RESERVE TEXT?
1.(Y)ES or 2.(N)O
4.
Enter the quantity of signs to print and press ENTER.
5.
Select if you would like REVERSE TEXT. Press Y or 1 for Yes, Press N or 2 for No.
DANGER!
b) 1 Line Template, (Y) reverse text
VnM8 Tips
TO GET BACK TO THE MAIN
MENU PRESS AND HOLD
THE ALT AND EXIT BUTTONS
AT THE SAME TIME.
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VnM®8 Keypad Templates: 1 Line Vertical
The 1 Line Vertical template allows you to easily create instant vertical signs and labels.
The samples below were created with our 1 Line Vertical template.
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b) Reverse (Y) text
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c) SYMBOLS1 font
1.
Select the 1 LINE VERTICAL template
by pressing the ENTER key.
1 LINE VERTICAL
Press ENTER
2.
Enter the text/symbols for your vertical sign and press ENTER.
ENTER TEXT:
EXIT
ENTER QUANTITY TO PRINT:
1
REVERSE TEXT?
1.(Y)ES or 2.(N)O
3.
Enter the quantity of signs to print and press ENTER.
4.
Select if you would like reverse text.
Press Y or 1 for Yes, Press N or 2 for No.
VnM8 Tips
IF YOU ARE USING A
8 INCH MEDIA, TRY USING
A 6 INCH TEMPLATE TO GET
A SMALLER FONT
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VnM®8 Keypad Templates: 2 Line Horizontal
The 2 Line Horizontal template allows you to create signs with two different sizes of type,
samples a) and b). The samples below were created with the 2 Line Horizontal template.
BOILER WATER
TO BOILER #5
a) 2 Line Horizontal
ROOM 602
b) 2 Line Horizontal
2 LINE HORIZONTAL
PRESS ENTER
1.Select the 2 Line Horizontal template
by pressing the ENTER key.
2.Enter the text/symbols for your first
line of your sign and press ENTER.
Enter LINE 1:
BOILER WATER
3.Enter the text/symbols for your second
line of your sign and press ENTER.
Enter LINE 2:
TO BOILER #5
ENTER QUANTITY TO PRINT:
1
LABORATORY
4.Enter the quantity to print and press
ENTER.
VnM8 Tips
MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING
THE RIGHT PRINT SETTING
WITH THE PROPER INK
AND MEDIA
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VnM®8 Keypad Templates: Multi Line Header
The Multi Line Header template is perfect for creating custom header signs with any
neccessary text. The samples below were created with our Multi Line Header template.
SYMBOLS1 font is selected first then choose the Header template and press ENTER. For the
Header line, “/CAUTION” is shown on the keypad, press ENTER. Then enter the information
for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th line. The “/” seen on the keypad (after SYMBOLS1 font is chosen)
translates to the yield symbol.
/CAUTION
YOUR HEADER
DO NOT STAND
WITHIN 25 FEET
OF MACHINERY
YOUR TEXT
HERE
a) SYMBOLS1 font, 3 Line Header
b) 2 Line Header
NOTE: Keep in mind the 4 lines below the header are always standard BOLD font even if you
change the symbol. You do not have to print 4 extra lines when using the Multi Line Header template.
MULTI LINE HEADER
PRESS ENTER
X INCH-HOW MANY LINES?
PRESS 1,2,3, OR 4
2.Enter the media width by pressing the
number 1, 2, 3, or 4. DO NOT PRESS
ENTER.
3.Enter the text/symbols for the header
and press ENTER.
ENTER HEADER:
/CAUTION
4.Enter the text/symbols for your first
line of text and press ENTER.
ENTER LINE 1:
DO NOT STAND
5.Enter the text/symbols for your second
line of text and press ENTER.
ENTER LINE 2:
WITHIN 25 FEET
6.Enter the text/symbols for your third
line of text and press ENTER.
ENTER LINE 3:
OF MACHINERY
ENTER QUANTITY TO PRINT:
1
1.Select the Multi Line Header template
by pressing the ENTER key.
7.Enter the quantity to print and press
ENTER.
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VnM®8 Keypad Templates: ANSI Header
The ANSI header template is perfect for creating Caution, Danger, Warning, Notice, and
Safety signs. 1 to 4 lines of additional text can be added to customize your sign.
The samples below were created with our ANSI templates.
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/DANGER
HIGH
VOLTAGE
MUST WEAR
EAR AND EYE
PROTECTION
a) ANSI, DANGER, 2 lines
b) ANSI, NOTICE, 3 lines
UNAUTHORIZED
PERSONNEL
WILL BE
PROSECUTED
c) ANSI, WARNING, 4 lines
NOTE: ANSI signs offer two sizes only: 5” x 7” and 7” x 10”, utilizing the 5” or 7” width vinyl.
Based on the sign’s content, text will automatically adjust to the signs width.
ANSI HEADER TEMPLATE
Press ENTER
2.
DANGER HEADER?
Press ENTER
X INCH - HOW MANY LINES?
Press 1,2,3, or 4
Select a header option. Choose from: CAUTION, DANGER, NOTICE, SAFETY,
WARNING, or BLANK HEADER and
press ENTER.
3. Select how many lines of text to print
by pressing the numbers 1, 2, 3, or 4.
DO NOT PRESS ENTER.
4. Enter the text/symbols for your first
line and press ENTER.
ENTER LINE 1:
HIGH
5. Enter the text/symbols for your second
line and press ENTER.
ENTER LINE 2:
VOLTAGE
ENTER QUANTITY TO PRINT:
1
1.Select the ANSI Header template by
pressing the ENTER key.
6. Enter the quantity of signs to print and press ENTER.
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VnM®8 Keypad Templates: Die Cut
The Die Cut Template is perfect for creating Caution, Danger, Warning, Notice, and Safety
signs. This template only works with 7”x10” VnM pre-printed Die Cut labels. The samples
below were created with our Die Cut Template.
HOT
SURFACE
KEEP OUT
HIGH
VOLTAGE
a) Die Cut, WARNING
b) Die Cut, DANGER
c) Die Cut, DANGER2
MUST WEAR
EAR AND EYE
PROTECTION
EMPLOYEES
ONLY
d) Die Cut, CAUTION
e) Die Cut, NOTICE
1. Select DIE CUT TEMPLATES by pressing the ENTER key.
DIE CUT TEMPLATE
Press ENTER
X INCH - HOW MANY LINES?
Press 1,2,3, or 4
3. Enter the text/symbols for your first line
and press ENTER.
ENTER LINE 1:
HOT
4. Enter the text/symbols for your second line and press ENTER.
ENTER LINE 2:
SURFACE
ENTER QUANTITY TO PRINT:
1
2. Select how many lines of text to print by
pressing the numbers 1, 2, 3, or 4.
DO NOT PRESS ENTER.
5. Enter the quantity of signs to print and press ENTER.
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VnM®8 Keypad Templates: Arc Flash
The Arc Flash Templates meets the NEC electrical code for “Arc flash hazard warnings” which
are required to reduce the occurrences of serious injury, or death, due to arcing faults to
individuals working on or near energized electrical equipment. The samples below were
created with our Arc Flash Template.
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a) 4 X 7 INCHES
a) 7 X 10 INCHES
SELECT MEDIA WIDTH:
PRESS 4,5,6,7, OR 8
ARC FLASH TEMPLATE
PRESS ENTER
ENTER QUANTITY TO PRINT:
1
1. Select media width 4” or 7” only by
pressing the number. DO NOT PRESS
ENTER.
2. Select ARC FLASH TEMPLATE and
press ENTER.
3. E nter the quantity to print and press
ENTER.
NOTE: Must use 4" or 7" Orange VnM8 Premium Vinyl or Engineer Grade Reflective
media for the arc flash template.
VnM8 Tips
TO GET BACK TO THE
MAIN MENU PRESS AND
HOLD DOWN THE ALT KEY
AND EXIT BUTTON
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VnM®8 Keypad Templates: Custom 1 Line
The Custom 1 Line template is a great way to label parts bins, 5S and Tool applications.
The samples below were created with our Custom 1 Line template.
140 VOLTS
a) 4 x 1 inches (actual size)
1. Select the CUSTOM 1 LINE template
by pressing the ENTER key.
CUSTOM 1 LINE
Press ENTER
2. Enter the second dimension which
represents the HEIGHT of the label:
Press 1 for 1” and 2 for 2”.
X X ?
Press 1 or 2
3. Enter text and/or symbols for the line
of text and press ENTER.
ENTER LINE 1:
140 VOLTS
ENTER QUANTITY TO PRINT:
1
4. E nter quantity of labels to print and
press ENTER.
140 VOLTS
NOTE: Text copy will be condensed or expanded to accommodate the width & height
of the media and size selection.
b) 4 x 2 inches (actual size)
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VnM®8 Keypad Templates: Hazardous Waste
Print the California Hazardous Waste Labels
using the VnM8 SignMaker.
Hazardous Waste
PRESS ENTER
1. Select the Hazardous Waste template
by pressing ENTER. From here you can
print the hazardous waste label, set
the company contact info and set the
date/time settings.
2. Select Print Label to begin filling out
the Hazardous Waste Label form.
Print Label
ENTER EPA ID#:
ENTER CA WASTE #:
ENTER MANIFEST DOC #:
ENTER CONTENTS COMP L1:
ENTER EPA WASTE #:
ENTER CONTENTS COMP L2:
2a-f. Enter the information prompted to
complete the label.
3. Select Administration to enter the
contact information.
ADMINISTRATION
Enter Company
Enter State:
ABC COMPANY
CA
Enter Street Address
Enter Zip Code:
123 MAIN ST.
92001
Enter City:
Enter Phone Number:
LOS ANGELES
555 874 4569
3a-f. Enter the information prompted to
complete the company information
to be printed on all Hazardous
Warning Labels.
4.
DATE/TIME SETUP
FOUR Digit Year
Enter Hour (0-23):
2016
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Enter Month (1-12):
Enter Minute (0-59):
9
5
Select Date/Time Setup to synchronize
the VnM8 Keypad to a real time clock.
4a-e. Enter the date and time information
as prompted on the screen.
Enter Day (1-31):
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SELECT PHYSICAL STATE
SOLID
5.
To Select the Physical State and
Hazardous Properties, use the UP &
Down arrows to navigate to Solid or
Liquid and Flammable, Toxic,
Corrosive, Reactivity, or other.
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VnM®8 Keypad Templates: VnM8 Apps
Fire Template
1. Scroll to VnM8 APPS and press ENTER.
2. Select FIRE EXTINGUISHER and press ENTER.
3. Enter the quantity to print and press ENTER.
a) Ext. 4x18
Eye Wash Template
1. Scroll to VnM8 APPS and press ENTER.
2. Select EYE WASH and press ENTER.
3. Enter the quantity to print and press ENTER.
EMERGENCY
EYE WASH
STATION
KEEP THIS
AREA CLEAR
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b) Eye Wash Template 5x7
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OSHA and ANSI Safety Sign Identification
Safety signs are an important element to safety and hazard identification. Identifying hazards
cuts down on employee injuries and can save lives. Examples of standards when indicating
certain situations or hazards:
DANGER
Indicates an immediate hazard that
has a high probability of severe
injury or death.
ANSI
OSHA
HIGH
VOLTAGE
HIGH
VOLTAGE
ANSI Danger for Arc Flash Labels
WARNING
Indicates a potentially hazardous
situation that if not avoided may
result in serious injury or death.
HOT
SURFACE
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AUTHORIZED
PERSONNEL
ONLY
ANSI Warning for Arc Flash Labels
CAUTION
Indicates a potentially hazardous
situation that may result in minor
or moderate injury, but not death.
MUST WEAR
EAR AND EYE
PROTECTION
CAUTION
MUST WEAR
EAR AND EYE
PROTECTION
ANSI Caution for Arc Flash Labels
NOTICE
Indicates general information
necessary to avoid any confusion.
SAFETY
Indicates general information
necessary to avoid any confusion.
EMPLOYEES
ONLY
SAFETY
SAFELY IDENTIFYING
HAZARDS IS IMPORTANT
ANSI and OSHA header
templates are for
the VnM4 and VnM8
SignMaker’s, in addition
to header die cut media.
Create your sign in
seconds and save
money and time.
IN SAVING LIVES
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=
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/
/
/
/
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/
;
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; / ?
;
;
;
;
;
w
y
y
y
y
y
y
y
z
z
z
z
z
z
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x y z
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
w x y z
w
w
w
w
w
w
w
=;/?
+ ! @ # $ % ^
( ) € =
!
#
$
%
&
@
* ( ) € = ;/?
^
- +
-
-
+
+
+
+
+
b
9
9
9
9
9
9
-
b
8
8
8
8
8
8
9
9
a
7
7
7
7
7
7
8
8
a
6
6
6
6
6
6
7
7
Normal
5
5
5
5
5
5
6
6
Keypad
4
4
4
4
4
4
5
5
€
3
3
3
3
4
4
1 2 3 45 6 7 8 9-+!@#$% ^ &*()
2
1
Symbols 2
3
2
2
1
1
2
1
Pipe Marker
Utility
2
1
Bold
Symbols 1
3
2
1
Italic
3
2
1
Normal
3
2
1
Keypad
The SELECT FONT/SYMBOLS template includes 5 different fonts and 3 different symbol
options using the legend below. Choose the appropriate symbols(s) for your sign.
VnM®8 Fonts and Symbols
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D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
CD
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
F
F
F
F
F
F
F
F
G
G
G
G
G
G
G
G
H
H
H
H
H
H
H
H
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
J
J
J
J
J
J
J
J
K
K
K
K
K
K
K
K
L
L
L
L
L
L
L
L
N
N
M
M
N
N
M
M
N
N
M
N
M
M
N
M
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
Q
Q
Q
Q
Q
Q
Q
Q
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
EF G H I J K L M N O P Q R
E
E
E
E
E
E
E
E
Review the Fonts and Symbols legend, then select your option from the
keyboard column, e.g.: SYMBOLS 1 to print the Skull and Crossbones; hold
the shift key and press the ! key. The ! will appear in the keyboard’s display,
but will print the Skull and Crossbones.
A B
B
A
Symbols 2
Symbols 3
B
B
A
A
Symbols 1
B
A
Pipe Marker
Utility
B
B
A
A
Bold
B
A
Normal
Italic
B
A
Keypad
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
U
U
U
U
U
U
U
U
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
W
W
W
W
W
W
W
W
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Z
Z
Z
Z
Z
Z
Z
Z
T U V W X Y Z
T
T
T
T
T
T
T
T
Connecting to a PC
PC Connection for additional template and printing options
1. Download & install the PC VnM SignMaker Print Driver from: vnmsignmaker.com
2. Once the Driver has been installed, go to:
Start > Control Panel > Printers and Faxes
Right mouse click on the VnM SignMaker Printer icon and click on “Properties”.
3. Click on Printing Preferences, then click on the “Stock” Tab.
4.Set Stock Type to “Continuous”.
5.Set the Post-Print Action to “Cut” and the Occurrence to “After Every Page”.
6.Connect USB cable to the PC’s USB port.
7.Plug power cord into AC Power Receptacle at the rear of the printer, then plug the power cord into a grounded AC outlet.
8.Print signs and labels on the VnM SignMaker using programs such as Microsoft Word, Adobe Illustrator, and other popular label design software applications such as VnM® LabelDirect.*
*Please note that Cobra Systems does not support custom label design software
applications or programs. For technical support on software applications please
contact the respective software developer.
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Maintenance / Troubleshooting
Print Head Cleaning
The VnM SignMaker comes with a cleaning pen for the print head. Use the cleaning pen to
gently clean the surface of the print head before each ribbon installation. Proper cleaning
of the print head will ensure a longer life span of the print head and provide you with a
superior print quality.
Print Head
Print Head
Element
Element
Head Cleaner Pen
Opening Printer Covers
Do not open printer covers when the unit is powered on as this will cause an error. If done
accidentally, turn printer off and close covers completely, then power back on.
VnM SignMaker Troubleshooting
ISSUE:
The Ink Ribbon comes out through the cutter after loading a new roll.
The Ink Roll was changed while the printer was powered on. Turn the
printer off, re-tape the Ink Roll to the take-up core and close the printer
cover. Turn the power back on and the ink roll sensor will reset.
ISSUE:
The red light on the printer is flashing.
ISSUE:
Print quality is inconsistent and blotchy after loading new media.
setting. For optimal print quality, and to keep the media and ribbon
fingerprint-free, minimize direct contact with the media.
Remedy:
Remedy: Turn the printer off and then on.
Remedy: Check the test print section on the VnM keyboard for the correct print
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Accessories and FAQ
VnM®8 SignMaker accessories sold separately, include:
VnM® Label Direct
Sign Software
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I get out of a VnM® template?
A: T o return to the main menu, or if
you made an entry error, press the
ALT + EXIT keys.
Q: H
ow do I correct a spelling or entry
error?
A: T o correct the word you just typed,
use the larger arrow, bottom right on
the key pad. To correct the line you
just typed, hit CLEAR. If the error is
on a previous line, you will have to
retype your sign. Press the ALT + EXIT
keys and start over.
Q: H
ow do I create quotation marks on a
sign?
A: W
hile holding down the SHIFT key,
press the PERIOD key twice in rapid
succession.
Q: H
ow do I prevent the ink ribbon from
coming out with the vinyl and being
cut?
A: S ecure the ink ribbon to the take-up
core with a piece of tape; wind ribbon
on core to remove slack. Turn the
printer off and wait two seconds, then
turn it back on. Print a label.
Q: How do I correct poor print quality?
A: M
ake sure you are using the correct
print setting for the vinyl and ink
ribbon you’re printing with. (Refer
to page 8 for correct print settings.)
Also, make sure the print head is
clean. (Recommend cleaning the
print head each time vinyl media
and/or ink ribbon is installed.) Keep
skin contact to a minimum when
working with vinyl media.
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Technical Support and Notes
For support call the VnM® Service & Technical department
855.485.9343 or your local distributor.
Cobra Systems, Inc.
Phone: 714-688-7999
Fax: 714-688-7998
Email: vnm@cobrasystems.com
www.vnmsignmaker.com or
www.cobrasystems.com
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VnM SignMaker by Cobra Systems, Inc.
3521 E. Enterprise Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92807
www.vnmsignmaker.com
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