EC Line EC-FT-420

EC Line EC-FT-420
EC-FT-420
BARCODE LABEL PRINTER
User’s Manual
1 General
1.1 Printer Accessories
1.2 General Specifications
1.3 Communicate Interface
1.4 Printer Parts
2 PRINTER INSTALLATIONS
2.1 Ribbon Installation
2.2 Label Installation
2.3 Label Roll Core
2.4 Installation Instruction
2.5 PC Connection
3 Control Panel
3.1 FEED Key
3.2 Notice
4 Maintenance and Adjustment
4.1 Thermal Print Head Cleaning
4.2 Troubleshooting
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1. General
1.1.
Printer Accessories
After unpacking, please check the accessories that come with the package and store
appropriately.
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3
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5
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9
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Barcode Printer
Power Cord
Printer Cable (Parallel)
Label Axis
Ribbon Axis X 2 Pieces
Empty Ribbon Roll
Label
Ribbon Axis
CD
Warranty Card
1.2.
General Specifications
Model
Resolution
Print
Model
CPU
Sensor
FT-420
203dpi/ (8 dot/mm)
Thermal Transfer / Direct Thermal
32bit
Type :Label gap and black mark sensing
Detection: Label length auto sensing or program command
setting
Print Speed
50.8mm(2.0inch)/Sec—101.6mm(4.0inch)/Sec
Print Length
Print Width
1727 mm(68inch)
25 mm(1inch) ~ 104 mm(4.10inch)
Paper Roll External Diameter: Maximum Diameter 105mm
Paper Roll Axis: 26mm
Paper Width:25mm—110mm
Paper Thickness:0.06mm—0.3mm
Media Type: Label gap, Back Mark, Continuous
Media
Types:Outward Roll (wax hybrid resin)
Ribbon
Length:300 M
External Diameter: 64mm(Max)
Core Inner Diameter: 25.4 mm (1Inch.)
Width:30 mm to 110 mm (1.18 Inch. To 4.33 Inch.)
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Image
Monochrome PCX,BMP(support after the software control:
ICO WMF,JPG,EMF Picture, can control the picture
amplification, reduced, rotation, mirror image and highlight
Bar Code
Code 39, Code 93, Code 128 (subset A,B,C), UPC A / E (add
on 2 & 5), I 2 of 5I, EAN 8 / 13 (add on 2 & 5), Codebar , China
Postal Code, PDF417 & Datamatrix code,(QR code available)
Interface
Parallel port
Control Panel
LED*2: Ready, Status
Function Key*1:Feed
Power
AV 18V
Environment
Physical
Dimension
4000mA
Operating Temperature:40°F to 104°F (5°C to 40°C)
Storage Temperature:-40°F to 122°F (-20°C to 50°C)
Operating Humidity:30-85%, non-condensing. Free air.
Storage Humidity:10-90%, non-condensing. Free air.
Length:286mm / Height:176mm
Width:233 mm / Weight:2.43 Kg
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1.3. Communication Interface
Parallel Interface
Interface cable
: Parallel cable compatible to IBM PC
Pin out
: See below
PIN NO.
FUNCTION
TRANSMITTER
1
/Strobe
host / printer
2-9
Data 0-7
host
10
/Acknowledge
printer
11
Busy
printer
12
/Paper empty
printer
13
/Select
printer
14
/Auto-Line Feed
host / printer
15
N/C
16
Signal Gnd
17
Chasis Gnd
18
+5V ,max 500mA
19-30
Signal Gnd
host
31
/Initialize
host / printer
32
/Error
printer
33
Signal Ground
34-35
N/C
36
/Select-In
1.4.
host / printer
Printer Parts
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Upper cover opens a button
Top Cover
Ribbon Rewind Wheel
Locking Tenon (left/right)
Ribbon Rewind Shaft + Empty
Ribbon Roll
Front Cover Piece
Mount the Gaika slot
8 Label Supply
9 Label Roll Core
10 FEED Key
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LED Light(Ready)
LED Light (Status)
Ribbon Supply Shaft
Label Guide
15 Platen Roller
16 Power Switch
17 Power Socket
18 Parallel Port
19 Fan-Fold Label Insert
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2. Printer Installation
This printer model has the following print modes:
Thermal
Transfer (TT):
Direct
(DT):
2.1.
Thermal
When printing, ribbon must be installed to transfer the print
contents onto the media.
When printing, no ribbon is necessary; it only requires direct
thermal media.
Ribbon Installation
1. Place the printer on a horizontal
surface, and open the top cover
by pressing the Cover Open
Buttons on both sides.
2. Loosen and then lift the upper
print mechanism by pressing the
locking buttons.。
3. Place a new ribbon roll onto the
ribbon supply shaft。
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4. Feed the ribbon from the Ribbon
Supply Shaft under the Print
Head.
5. Warp the ribbon around the
Ribbon Shaft and stick the
ribbon onto the Empty Ribbon
Roll Core。
6. Firmly close the upper print
mechanisms.
2.2.
Label Installation
1. Open the top cover by pressing
the Cover. Open Buttons on both
sides。
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2. Place the label roll onto the
Label Roll Core.
3. Loosen and lift the upper print
mechanism by pressing the
locking buttons.
4. Feed the label through the two
Label Guides to
the Tear-off
Bar. Align the label guides to the
label edge.
5. Firmly close the upper print
mechanisms.
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2.3.
Label Roll Core Installation Instruction
(A) 1” roll core installation
(B) 1.5” roll core installation
(C) 3” roll core installation
2.4.
PC Connection
1. Please make sure the printer is powered off.
2. Take the power cable, plug the cable switch to the power socket, and then
connect the other end of the cable to the printer power socket.
3. Connect the cable to the USB/parallel port on the printer and on the PC.
4. Power on the PC and the printer and the printer’s LED light will on.
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3. Control Panel
3.1.
FEED Key
After pressing the FEED key, printer will send the media (according to media type) to
the specified stop position. When printing with continuous media, pressing the FEED
key will feed media out to a certain length. When printing labels, pressing the FEED
key will feed one label at a time; if the label is not sent out in a correct position, please
proceed with the Auto Sensing
Self-Test
The Self-Test function in a printer will help user to figure out whether the printer is
operating normally. In the Self-Test Mode, the printer will print out a test sample as
below figure. The printer will back to standby mode after printing out the test sample.
Below are the Self-Test procedures:
1. Power off the printer, press and hold the FEED key.
2. Power on the printer (while still holding the FEED key); release the FEED key
after printer beeping 3 times.
3. After about 1 second, printer would automatically print out the following. This
indicates the printer is operating normally.
3.2.
Notice
When prints on the way, the printer does not have the paper, after loads the paper,
should put the power off, and termination the print on host, print again!
Self test: Press and hold the FEED Key then power on the printer. The printer
automatic printing self-checking content, then automatically to detect the paper, it is
means the printer does not have the breakdown.
When prints on the way the RED LED is ON, please do the self test.
Operator Controls
Power Switch
Controls printer power
READY-normal operation
Off-the power should be tuned off before connect or disconnect the communication
cables and power cables
Feed Button
Advance the label media to fist printing position
Press to take the printer out of a “pause” condition
Keep pressing while turning on the power to print out a configuration profile
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Ready Indicator
Show the printer status
Green: printer is ready to operate
Blinking: printer is paused
Power indicator
Shows the power and error status
Off-printer power off
Green:printer power off
Blinking:error occurs
Performing Calibration
1. Keep pressing the feed button while turning on the power until the printing
motor becomes activated.
2. The calibration has been performed while the printer automatically feed label
stock for certain length
NOTE:
This step is very important and must always be carried out whenever media is
changed Fail to do so will result in miss-detection of the label sensor.
Printing Configuration Report
1. Keep pressing the feed button while turning on the power until the printing
motor becomes activated.
2. After feeding 12-inch blank media the printing motor will suspend for one
second then it will print out the configuration profile This profile states the
firmware version ROM check sum, RS232, thermal transfer/direct thermal
settings hardware configuration and font types.
3. At PPLB emulation the printer will enter character dump mode .TO exit from
dump made just re-start the printer again.
Returning to Factory Default Settings
1. Turn on the printer and wait for 5 or more seconds.
2. Press the feed button for about 10 seconds then the ready indicator and the
power indicator will go off in order.
3. While two indicators become lit again release the feed button
4. At this moment the printer will feed the label stock 12 inches in length and come
back to the factory default settings.
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NOTE:
All settings are stored in non-volatile E2PROM and cannot be destroyed even turn off
the printer.
Notes :
If you are just updating your driver,make sure to delete the previous version first.
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4. Maintenance and Adjustment
4-1. Maintenance and Adjustment
Thermal Print Head Cleaning
Unclear printouts may be
caused by dusty print head,
ribbon stain or label liner
glue. Therefore when
printing, it’s necessary to
keep the top cover closed.
Also, check and prevent
paper/label from being
stained or dusty to ensure
print quality and to prolong
the print head life. Print head
cleaning instructions are as
follows:
1. Power-off the printer.
2. Open the top cover.
3. Take out the ribbon.
4. Hold down the button
Note1: Weekly cleaning on the
print head is recommended.
Note2: When cleaning the print
head with soft cloth, make sure
there is no any metal or hard
particle attached on it.
Note3: You can also clean the
hook to the card opened
up so that print head lifted print head with the cleaning
card that comes with the
upward
printer.
5. If on the print head (see
blue arrow) there’s label
pieces or other stain, please
use a soft cloth with industrial
use alcohol to wipe away the
stain.
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4-2. Troubleshooting
Problem
Recommended Solution
Power on the printer, but the LED does
not light up
Check the power connector
LED light turns red(power/status) after
printing stops
Check for software setting or program command errors Check
if label is all out。
Check if label is jammed/tangled up 。
Check if mechanism is not closed (Thermal Print Head not
positioned correctly)。
Check if sensor is blocked by paper/label。
Printing started, but
printed on the label
Check if label is placed upside down or if label is not
suitable for the application。
Select the correct printer driver。
Select the correct label and print type。
nothing
was
When printing, label is jammed/tangled
up
Clean the label jam, and if label is stuck on Thermal Print
Head, please remove it by using soft cloth with alcohol。
When printing, only part of the contents
were printed
Check if label or ribbon is stuck on the Thermal Print Head。
Check if application software has errors。
Check if start position setting has errors。
Check if ribbon has wrinkles。
Check if ribbon supply shaft is creating friction with the platen
roller. If the platen roller needs to be replaced please contact
your reseller for more information。
Check if power supply is correct
When printing, part of the label wasn’t
printed completely
Check if Thermal Print Head is stained or dusted
Use internal command “~T” to check Thermal Print Head
can print completely
Check the media quality。
Printout not in desired position
Check if sensor is covered by paper or dust
Check if liner is suitable for use, please contact reseller for
more information
Check if label roll edge is aligned with Label Width Guide
When printing, page skipping occurs
Check if error occurs on label height setting。
Check is sensor is covered by dust 。
Unclear printout
Check print darkness setting
Check if Thermal Print Head is covered with glue or stain。
【Notice】If above operation can’t solve the troubles, Please contact you local dealer for
further technical.
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