Brother PT-900 label printer

Brother PT-900 label printer
GENERAL PRECAUTIONS
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USER’S GUIDE
www.brother.com
Printed in China
LW0937001
INTRODUCTION
With your PT-900, you can create labels for any application. Select from the many frames, character
sizes and styles to design beautiful custom labels. In addition, the variety of tape cartridges available
allows you to print labels with different widths and exciting colours.
Read this manual carefully before starting and keep the manual in a handy place for future reference.
SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions:
Weight:
Power supply:
Tape cassette:
Cutter unit:
POWER SUPPLY & TAPE CASSETTES
• Use only Brother TZ tapes with this machine. Do not use tapes that do not have
the
mark.
• Do not pull on the tape being fed from the P-touch, otherwise the tape cassette
may be damaged.
• Do not attempt to cut the tape while printing or feeding since this will damage the tape.
• Do not clean the machine with alcohol or other organic solvents. Only use a soft, dry
cloth.
• Remove the batteries if you do not intend to use the machine for an extended period
of time.
Note: If power is disconnected for more than three minutes, all text shown in the
display and any text files stored in the memory will be lost. Language and unit
settings will also be cleared.
• Do not put any foreign objects into or heavy objects on the machine.
• Do not expose the machine to extremely high temperatures or high humidity. Never
leave it on the dashboard or in the back of your car.
• Avoid using the machine in extremely dusty places. Keep it out of both direct sunlight
and rain.
• Do not leave any rubber or vinyl on the machine for an extended period of time,
otherwise the machine may be stained.
• Do not touch the print head mechanism. If the head is touched, clean it immediately
with a soft wipe (e.g. a cotton swab) to avoid permanent damage.
• To avoid injuries, do not touch the cutter's edge.
• Please contact your Brother dealer for details.
• If the cutter blade becomes blunt after repetitive use and the tape can not be cut
cleanly, replace with new cutter unit (stock no. TC-5) by obtaining from an
authorized brother dealer.
• Be sure to use scissors to cut the fabric tapes. The built-in cutter cannot
completely cut the fabric tapes.
a
Remove the back cover by pressing in the rough area at the top end of the machine.
If a tape cassette is already installed, remove it by pulling it straight up. Also, if batteries are
already installed, remove them.
b-1
b-2
c
Insert six new AAA-size (LR03) alkaline batteries, making sure that their poles point in
the correct directions.
Always replace all six batteries at the same time using brand new ones.
Tape cutter lever
Cutter unit
Attach the back cover by inserting the two hooks at the bottom into the slots on the
machine, then pushing down firmly on the cover until it snaps into place.
After you have installed the tape, feed the tape (see FEEDING) once and then push in the
tape cutter lever to cut the tape.
108 mm (W) ✕ 196 mm (D) ✕ 55 mm (H)
335 g (without batteries and tape cassette)
Six AAA size alkaline batteries (LR03: not included)
Brother TZ tape
6 mm / 9 mm / 12 mm (width)
TC-5 (replacement)
Tape exit slot
KEYBOARD & LCD
GETTING STARTED
LCD indicators
MAKING TEXT
a
Start your machine
b
Set the language (English/French/German)
Switching UPPER CASE/LOWER CASE
Supply power by using six AAA batteries, and then press a.
"
Size
Choose a language with b and press e.
Upper case/Lower case
Function
Style
c
Underline/Frame
NOTE:
Set the unit (mm/inch)
Backspace key
"
NOTE: • You can also display the languages and units by pressing the
corresponding Num keys (1-3).
Character keys
NOTE:
• To cancel operations, press d.
• To delete entries backward, press d.
• To initialize the settings, turn off the machine and then while
holding down f and d, press a to turn the machine back
on. Finally, release f and d.
Power On/Off
Letter
Accented characters
Letter
Caps key
Space key
Accent key
Symbol key
Accented characters
"
c
HELSINKI
D
d
E
e
I
i
L
l
N
n
O
o
s
T
t
( f +1 )
Setting FONT
C
S
>B
Group
>b
Symbols
Group
A
F
B
G
C
H
D
I
>e
Symbols
E
NOTE:
•
•
•
•
You can also display the symbols by pressing h / b.
To go to the next group, press h.
To skip to a different group, press the corresponding character key of the group.
You can also scroll the symbols in each group by pressing the corresponding character
key of the group repeatedly.
DESIGNING LABELS
a
r
h
>e
A
R
Label image
Entering SYMBOLS
Check the display and press e. (To cancel, press d.)
The LCD shows one row of 8 characters; however,
the text that you enter can be up to 55 characters in length.
>b
Use either 9 mm or 12 mm wide tape for two line texts.
Display
Enter key
Num keys/Function shortcuts
>E
ABC
abc
Move the cursor to where the second line starts and press e.
Choose a unit with b and press e.
Function key
g
Lower case
ABC
abc
ABC
DEF
Cursor key
Entering ACCENTED CHARACTERS
Upper case
Print key
Power key
Press a to turn on/off the machine.
The machine automatically turns off if no key is pressed
within 5 minutes.
j
Making TWO LINE TEXT
Cursor
Check the display and press e. (To cancel, press d.)
"
Print head
Insert a tape cassette, making sure that it
snaps into place.
• Make sure that the end of the tape feeds under
the tape guides.
• Be sure to remove the paper tab when
installing a new tape cassette.
• If the ink ribbon is loose, use your finger to
wind the toothed wheel in the direction of the
arrow on the cassette.
• Use only Brother TZ tapes with this machine.
f>f/b
>e>f/b
>e
OKLAHOMA
"
f>f/b
>e>f/b
OFF
UNDL (Underline)
ROUND
BANNER
WOODEN
VINE
>e
NOTE:
f>f/b
>e>f/b
>e
AUTO automatically adjusts the text size according to the tape width.
SIZE1
SIZE2
SIZE3
NOTE:
Setting STYLE
Y
y
"
Z
z
(f+5)
Setting TAB
NORMAL
abc
>e>f/b
BOLD
OUTLINE
>e
SHADOW
NOTE: • You can also display the characters by pressing g / b.
• To go to the next letter group, press g.
b
> f > f/b
>e
Label image
(f+3)
f>f/b
>e>b
>e
• You can also select the length by entering the length with Num keys.
• To return to AUTO, press any alphabet key or i.
(f+8)
You can choose label length from six formats to create labels for various
applications.
No underline or frame is set to texts in VERTICAL style.
"
• Two line texts are printed in SIZE1 regardless of the setting.
• Only AUTO, SIZE1 and SIZE2 can be used on 6mm tapes.
u
f > f/b
(f + 7 )
"
f>f/b
>e>f/b
>e
You can make aligned texts by setting tabs.
SIZE5
U
"
Using AUTO FORMAT
Example: To set a tab between “abc” and “d”
SIZE4
Setting LABEL LENGTH (AUTO/40 - 300mm)
NOTE:
(f+2)
Setting SIZE
"
(f + 4 )
Setting UNDERLINE/FRAME
ITALIC
I+BOLD (ITALIC + BOLD)
I+OUTL (ITALIC + OUTLINE)
I+SHADOW (ITALIC + SHADOW)
VERTICAL
MIRROR
Application
VCR VHS
3.5" Floppy Disk
CD
Length
LCD
Application
Length
140mm FILE TAB
File Tab
68mm
AUDIO
Audio Cassette
100mm VIDEO 8 VCR 8mm (Video 8)
70mm
89mm
92mm
d
(f +0 )
To CLEAR
Tab
NOTE:
LCD
VCR VHS
FD 3.5"
CD CASE
The cursor should be positioned where you set a tab.
All text and settings will be cleared.
(f + 6 )
Setting TAB LENGTH (0 - 100mm)
"
f > f/b
NOTE:
You can also select the length by entering the length with Num keys.
>e>b
"
f > f/b
>e
>e
• To skip to a different letter group, press the corresponding character key.
• You can also scroll the characters in each letter group by pressing
NOTE:
the corresponding character key repeatedly.
CHAIN is for printing more than 1 copy of a label with minimum margin
<e.g. 1>. You can also create a label containing texts in various styles; print
a text in one style, and before feeding, enter the second text in another style
<e.g. 2>.
PRINTING
(f+c)
TEXT PREVIEW
NOTE:
You can preview the text before printing.
"
NOTE:
f > f/b
FEED THE TAPE BEFORE USING THE CUTTER (see FEEDING/PRINTING). Otherwise
A PART OF THE TEXT MAY BE CUT OFF. Do not try to pull the tape since this may
damage the tape cassette.
CHAIN
<e.g. 1>
>e
• The LCD shows the whole text and the label length (mm/inch), then returns to the original
text.
• Only the text can be previewed, but not the font, style, size, underline/frame or any additional features.
(f+i)
f > f/b
ABC
ABC
ABC
You can store up to 9 frequently used text files and recall them to create labels more
quickly and easily.
"
f > f/b
"
(feed & cut)
(f+,)
Print Option/REPEAT PRINTING
You can print up to 9 copies of each label.
f/b
"
NOTE:
c
• To cut off the label, push in the tape cutter lever on the upper-right corner of the machine.
• To prevent damage to the tape, do not try to cut while the message PRINT or FEED is
displayed.
• Be sure to use scissors to cut the fabric tapes. The built-in cutter cannot completely cut
the fabric tapes.
(f+.)
TAPE MARGIN
f > f/b
> e > f/b
> f/b
>
>e
"
f/b
"
"
f>f/b
>e>f/b
Example: To print copies of a label containing a serial number (0123, 0124 and 0125)
25mm
25mm
12mm
12mm
4mm 4mm
b
f/b
>e
Cut along the printed dots (:) with scissors so the text is centred in the label.
HALF
NARROW
(f+,)
You can print many copies of the same text while increasing a selected
number by 1 after each label is printed.
> f > f/b
>e
>e>
> f/b
>e
FULL/HALF/NARROW is for leaving equal margins on both sides of the text.
NOTE:
FULL
• When the tape margin is set to CHAIN, FEED THE TAPE BEFORE USING THE CUTTER
(see FEEDING/PRINTING). Otherwise A PART OF THE TEXT MAY BE CUT OFF. Do
not try to pull the tape since this may damage the tape cassette.
• When the tape margin is set to FULL/HALF/NARROW, cut along the printed dots (:) with
scissors to separate the labels.
Print Option/NUMBERING
"
NOTE:
>e
>b
>e
>e
>b
>e
>e
>b
>e
An error occurred.
BATTERY
The batteries are weak.
BATTERY
The batteries are empty.
FULL
The maximum number of characters (55 characters)
have already been entered or the memory is full.
LONG TXT
The text length exceeds the selected label length.
To RECALL;
f/b
NOTE:
PRINTING
>e>
ERROR
TROUBLESHOOTING
To DELETE;
e
NOTE:
ERROR MESSAGE LIST
To STORE;
ABC
DEF
(feed & cut)
"
>e
MEMORY (F+9)
<e.g. 2>
ABC
FEEDING (TAPE FEED)
"
• Two line texts are printed in NORMAL regardless of the setting.
• Use clear tape in MIRROR, so the labels appear on the other side when stuck on glass,
windows or other transparent surfaces.
• The last number that will be printed must be larger than the number selected in the text,
otherwise the message ERROR appears.
• When the tape margin is set to CHAIN, FEED THE TAPE BEFORE USING THE CUTTER
(see FEEDING/PRINTING). Otherwise A PART OF THE TEXT MAY BE CUT OFF. Do
not try to pull the tape since this may damage the tape cassette.
• When the tape margin is set to FULL/HALF/NARROW, cut along the printed dots (:) with
scissors to separate the labels.
• When the memory is full, delete one or more files and then store the new file.
• You can also choose a file number by pressing the corresponding Num key (1-9).
Problem
• Check that the batteries are correctly inserted.
• If the batteries are weak, replace them.
The machine does not print, or the
printed characters are blurred.
• Check that the tape cassette has been inserted
correctly.
• If the tape cassette is empty, replace it.
• Check that the character size is appropriate for the
width of the tape that is used.
The printed characters are not
formed properly.
• If the batteries are weak, replace them.
FUNCTION SHORTCUTS (F+...)
In addition to the basic steps to search for a function, PT-900 provides you with function
shortcuts so you can easily jump to a frequently used function just by pressing f and the
shortcut key shown in the table below. To confirm, press e (or the shortcut key again).
Key LCD message
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
FONT
SIZE
STYLE
UNDL/FRM
TAB
TAB LEN
LENGTH
NOTE:
NOTE:
Function
Character font
Character size
Print style
Underline/Frame
Tab setting
Tab length
Label length
Key LCD message
8
9
0
.
,
c
i
A/F
MEMORY
CLEAR
MARGIN
PRINT OP
PREVIEW
FEED
Function
Auto Format
Memory
Clear text + style
Tape margin
Repeat/Numbering
Text preview
Tape feed
• PRINT OP contains two functions, REPEAT PRINTING and NUMBERING.
• For PREVIEW and FEED, press e to preview/feed after the LCD message appears.
You can also refer to the chart indicated on the back of the machine.
Solution
The display stays blank after you
have turned on the machine.
Striped tape appears.
• The tape cassette is empty. Replace it.
The memory has cleared on its own.
• The batteries may be weak. Replace them.
A blank horizontal line appears
through the printed label.
• There may be some dust on the print head.
Remove the tape cassette and use a dry cotton
swab to gently wipe the print head with an up-anddown motion.
• The print head can be cleaned more easily if the
optional print head cleaning cassette (TZ-CL3) is
used.
The machine has “locked up” (i.e.,
nothing happens when a key is
pressed, even though the machine is
on).
• Turn off the machine, and then while holding down
f and d, press a to turn the machine back
on. Finally, release f and d.
Note: The text and formats in the display and all
text files stored in the memory are erased.
Also, the language and unit settings will be
cleared.
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