ZT400 - User Guide
ZT400 Series™
Industrial Printers
User Guide
P1066582-003 Rev. B
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Declaration of Conformity
Declaration of Conformity
We have determined that the Zebra printers identified as the
ZT410™ and ZT420™
manufactured by:
Zebra Technologies Corporation
3 Overlook Point
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069 U.S.A.
Have been shown to comply with the applicable technical standards of the FCC
For Home, Office, Commercial, and Industrial use
If no unauthorized change is made in the equipment,
and if the equipment is properly maintained and operated.
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Declaration of Conformity
Compliance Information
Compliance Information
FCC Compliance Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and
2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
Note • This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and
used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver
is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
FCC Radiation Exposure Statement
(for printers with RFID encoders)
This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled
environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with minimum distance 20cm
between the radiator and your body.
This transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or
transmitter.
Canadian DOC Compliance Statement
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
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Declaration of Conformity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Compliance Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
About This Document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Who Should Use This Document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
How This Document Is Organized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
1 • Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Printer Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Communication Interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Data Cables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printer Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Navigating through Screens in the Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Idle Display, Home Menu, and User Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Types of Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ribbon Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
When to Use Ribbon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Coated Side of Ribbon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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2 • Printer Setup and Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Handling the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Unpack and Inspect the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Store the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ship the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Select a Location for the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Select a Print Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Load the Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Final Steps for Tear-Off Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Final Steps for Peel-Off Mode
(with or without Liner Take-Up) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Final Steps for Rewind Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Final Steps for Cutter Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Load the Ribbon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Install the Printer Driver and Connect the Printer to the Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Install Zebra Setup Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connect a Computer to the Printer’s USB Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connect a Computer to the Printer’s Serial or Parallel Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connect to Your Network through the Printer’s Ethernet Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connect the Printer to Your Wireless Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Print a Test Label and Make Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Adjust Printer Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Print Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Network Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
RFID Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Language Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sensor Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Port Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Bluetooth Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Calibrate the Ribbon and Media Sensors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adjust the Printhead Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Remove Used Ribbon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4 • Routine Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Cleaning Schedule and Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Clean the Exterior, the Media Compartment, and the Sensors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Clean the Printhead and Platen Roller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Clean the Peel Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Clean the Cutter Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Replacing Printer Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ordering Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recycling Printer Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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5 • Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
Meaning of Indicator Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Printing Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Ribbon Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
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RFID Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Communications Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Miscellaneous Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printer Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power-On Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
CANCEL Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
PAUSE Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
FEED Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
FEED + PAUSE Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
CANCEL + PAUSE Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Communication Diagnostics Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sensor Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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6 • Using the USB Host Port and NFC Capabilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Items Required for the Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Files for Completing the Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
USB Host . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Exercise 1: Copy Files to a USB Flash Drive and Perform USB Mirror . . . . . . . . . .
Exercise 2: Print a Label Format from a USB Flash Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Exercise 3: Copy Files to/from a USB Flash Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Exercise 4: Enter Data for a Stored File with a USB Keyboard and Print a Label . .
Near Field Communication (NFC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Exercise 5: Enter Data for a Stored File with a Smart Device and Print a Label . . .
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General Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Cord Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printing Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Media Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ribbon Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
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About This Document
This section provides you with contact information, document structure and organization, and
additional reference documents.
Contents
Who Should Use This Document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
How This Document Is Organized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
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Who Should Use This Document
Who Should Use This Document
This User Guide is intended for use by any person who needs to perform routine maintenance,
upgrade, or troubleshoot problems with the printer.
How This Document Is Organized
The User Guide is set up as follows:
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Description
Introduction on page 11
This section provides a high-level overview of the
printer and its components.
Printer Setup and Operation
on page 25
This section assists the technician with initial setup
and operation of the printer.
Printer Configuration and Adjustment
on page 99
This section assists you with configuration of and
adjustments to the printer.
Routine Maintenance on page 155
This section provides routine cleaning and
maintenance procedures.
Troubleshooting on page 171
This section provides information about errors that
you might need to troubleshoot. Assorted
diagnostic tests are included.
Specifications on page 213
This section lists general printer specifications,
printing specifications, ribbon specifications, and
media specifications.
Glossary on page 223
The glossary provides a list of common terms.
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This section provides a high-level overview of the printer and its components.
Contents
Printer Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Communication Interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printer Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Navigating through Screens in the Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Idle Display, Home Menu, and User Menus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Types of Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ribbon Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
When to Use Ribbon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Coated Side of Ribbon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Printer Options
Printer Options
The available printer options are shown in Figure 1. For information about the print modes that
can be used with the printer options, see Select a Print Mode on page 28.
Figure 1 • Printer Options
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Tear-Off (standard)
Peel with Liner Take-Up option
Rewind option
Cutter option
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Communication Interfaces
Communication Interfaces
The communication interface connectors are shown in Figure 2. A ZebraNet wireless print
server option may also be present on your printer. You may send label formats to the printer
through any communication interface that is available on your printer.
• For detailed information about the types of connections available, see Communication
Interface Specifications on page 214.
• For instructions on when and how to connect your computer to one ore more of these
communication interfaces, see Install the Printer Driver and Connect the Printer to the
Computer on page 62.
Figure 2 • Location of Communication Interfaces
Internal wired Ethernet print server
Serial port
USB port
Parallel port (optional)
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Communication Interfaces
Data Cables
You must supply all data cables for your application. The use of cable strain relief clamps is
recommended.
Ethernet cables do not require shielding, but all other data cables must be fully shielded and
fitted with metal or metalized connector shells. Unshielded data cables may increase radiated
emissions above the regulated limits.
To minimize electrical noise pickup in the cable:
• Keep data cables as short as possible.
• Do not bundle the data cables tightly with the power cords.
• Do not tie the data cables to power wire conduits.
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Introduction
Printer Components
Printer Components
Note • The components inside your printer are color-coded.
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The touch points that you will need to handle are colored gold inside the printers and are
highlighted in gold in the illustrations in this manual.
The components associated with the ribbon system are made of black plastic, while the
components associated with media are made of gray plastic. Those components and
others are highlighted in light blue in the illustrations in this manual as needed.
Figure 3 shows the components inside the media compartment of a standard printer.
Depending on the printer model and the installed options, your printer may look slightly
different. The components that are labeled are mentioned in procedures throughout this
manual.
Figure 3 • Printer Components
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Media door
Printhead pressure adjustment toggles
Control panel
USB host port
Printhead assembly
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Printhead-open lever
Ribbon take-up spindle*
Ribbon supply spindle*
Media supply hanger
Media supply guide
* This component appears only in printers that have the Thermal Transfer option installed.
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Control Panel
Control Panel
The control panel indicates the printer’s current status and allows the user to control basic
printer operation.
Figure 4 • Control Panel
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STATUS light
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PAUSE light
DATA light
SUPPLIES light
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NETWORK light
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These indicator lights
show the current status
of the printer. For more
information, see
Table 15 on page 172.
The display shows the printer’s current status and
allows the user to navigate the menu system.
RIGHT SELECT
These buttons execute
button
the commands shown
LEFT SELECT button directly above them in
the display.
The UP ARROW button changes the parameter
values. Common uses are to increase a value or to
scroll through choices.
The OK button selects or confirms what is shown
on the display.
The LEFT ARROW button, which is active only
in the menu system, navigates to the left.
The RIGHT ARROW button, which is active only
in the menu system, navigates to the right.
The DOWN ARROW button changes the
parameter values. Common uses are to decrease a
value or to scroll through choices.
The PAUSE button starts or stops printer operation
when pressed.
The FEED button forces the printer to feed one
blank label each time the button is pressed.
The CANCEL button cancels label formats when
the printer is paused.
• Press once to cancel the next label format.
• Press and hold for 2 seconds to cancel all label
formats.
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Control Panel
Navigating through Screens in the Display
Table 1 shows the following:
• the options available for navigating through the screens in the control panel display
• how to select or modify things shown on the display
Table 1 • Navigation
Idle Display
XXXXXXX
XXXXXXX
HOME MENU
SETTINGS
At the Idle Display (Figure 5 on page 19), press LEFT SELECT to go to
the printer’s Home menu (Figure 6 on page 19).
Home Menu
To move from icon to icon in the
Home menu, press any of the
ARROW buttons.
When an icon is selected, its
colors are reversed to highlight it.
Press LEFT SELECT to exit the
To select the highlighted menu
icon and enter the menu, press OK. Home menu and return to the Idle
Display. The printer automatically
returns to the Idle Display after
15 seconds of inactivity in the
Home menu.
SETTINGS menu icon
SETTINGS menu icon
highlighted
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Table 1 • Navigation (Continued)
User Menus
▲
Press LEFT SELECT to return to the Home menu.
The printer automatically returns to the Home menu
after 15 seconds of inactivity in a user menu.
XXXXXXX
XXXXXXX
▼
▲ and ▼ indicate that a value can be changed. Any
changes that you make are saved immediately.
Press the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW to scroll
through accepted values.
XXX
To scroll through the items in a user menu, press the
LEFT ARROW or RIGHT ARROW.
A word in the bottom-right corner of the display
indicates an available action.
Press OK or press RIGHT SELECT to perform the
action shown.
Menu Shortcuts
TOOLS MENU
TOOLS MENU
GO
GO
PRINT INFORMATION
SETTINGS
▲
LANGUAGE
ENGLISH
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START
START
To go to the next user menu from a menu shortcut,
press OK or press RIGHT SELECT to select GO.
▼
To continue to navigate in the same user menu, press
the LEFT ARROW or RIGHT ARROW.
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Control Panel
Idle Display, Home Menu, and User Menus
The printer’s control panel includes a display, where you can view the printer’s status or
change its operating parameters. In this section, you will learn how to navigate through the
printer’s menu system and change values for menu items.
Idle Display After the printer completes the power-up sequence, it moves to the Idle Display
(Figure 5). The printer cycles through its IP address and information configured by the user.
Figure 5 • Idle Display
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PRINTER READY
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The printer’s current status
Information that is set through IDLE DISPLAY
on page 110
Home menu shortcut
Home Menu Use the Home menu (Figure 6) to access the printer’s operating parameters
through the eight user menus (Figure 7 on page 20).
Figure 6 • Home Menu
HOME MENU
SETTINGS
Exit and return to the Idle Display (Figure 5).
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User Menus The following are the user menus and the items that appear in each. Click any
of the menu items to go to their descriptions.
Figure 7 • User Menus
SETTINGS
TOOLS
NETWORK
RFID
— DARKNESS
— PRINT INFORMATION
— ACTIVE PRINT SERVER
— RFID COUNTRY CODE
— PRINT SPEED
— LCD CONTRAST
— PRIMARY NETWORK
— RFID STATUS
— MEDIA TYPE
— IDLE DISPLAY
— WIRED IP ADDRESS
— RFID CALIBRATE
— PRINT METHOD
— POWER UP ACTION
— WIRED SUBNET MASK
— READ RFID DATA
— TEAR OFF
— HEAD CLOSE ACTION
— WIRED GATEWAY
— RFID TEST
— PRINT WIDTH
— HEAD OPEN LIGHT
— WIRED IP PROTOCOL
— RFID PROGRAM POS.
— PRINT MODE
— COVER OPEN LIGHT
— WIRED MAC ADDRESS
— RFID ANTENNA
— LEFT POSITION
— LOAD DEFAULTS
— IP PORT
— RFID READ POWER
— REPRINT MODE
— MEDIA/RIBBON CAL
— IP ALTERNATE PORT
— RFID WRITE POWER
— LABEL LENGTH MAX
— DIAGNOSTIC MODE
— WLAN IP ADDRESS
— RFID VALID COUNT
— LANGUAGE
— ZBI ENABLED?
— WLAN SUBNET MASK
— RFID VOID COUNT
— TOOLS MENU*
— RUN ZBI PROGRAM
— WLAN GATEWAY
— LANGUAGE MENU*
— STOP ZBI PROGRAM
— WLAN IP PROTOCOL
— PRINT USB FILE
— WLAN MAC ADDRESS
— COPY USB FILE TO E:
— ESSID
— STORE E: FILE TO USB
— CHANNEL
— PRINT STATION
— SIGNAL
— NETWORK MENU*
— PRINT INFORMATION
— RESET NETWORK
— LOAD DEFAULTS
— RFID MENU*
LANGUAGE
SENSORS
PORTS
BLUETOOTH
— LANGUAGE
— SENSOR TYPE
— BAUD RATE
— BLUETOOTH ADDRESS
— ZPL OVERRIDE
— MEDIA/RIBBON CAL
— DATA BITS
— MODE
— COMMAND CHAR
— PRINT INFORMATION
— PARITY
— DISCOVERY
— CONTROL CHAR
— LABEL SENSOR
— HOST HANDSHAKE
— CONNECTED
— DELIMITER CHAR
— TAKE LABEL
— WML
— BT SPEC VERSION
— ZPL MODE
— PORTS MENU*
— BLUETOOTH MENU*
— MIN SECURITY MODE
— SENSORS MENU*
— SETTINGS MENU*
* Denotes a shortcut to the next user menu
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Printer Setup and Operation
Types of Media
Types of Media
Important • Zebra strongly recommends the use of Zebra-brand supplies for continuous
high-quality printing. A wide range of paper, polypropylene, polyester, and vinyl stock has
been specifically engineered to enhance the printing capabilities of the printer and to prevent
premature printhead wear. To purchase supplies, go to http://www.zebra.com/supplies.
Your printer can use various types of media:
• Standard media—Most standard media uses an adhesive backing that sticks individual
labels or a continuous length of labels to a liner. Standard media can come on rolls or in a
fanfold stack (Table 2).
• Tag stock—Tags are usually made from a heavy paper. Tag stock does not have adhesive
or a liner, and it is typically perforated between tags. Tag stock can come on rolls or in a
fanfold stack (Table 2).
• Radio frequency identification (RFID) “smart” media—RFID
media can be used in a printer that is equipped with an RFID
reader/encoder. RFID labels are made from the same materials and
adhesives as non-RFID labels. Each label has an RFID transponder
(sometimes called an “inlay”), made of a chip and an antenna,
embedded between the label and the liner. The shape of the transponder varies by
manufacturer and is visible through the label. All “smart” labels have memory that can be
read, and many have memory that can be encoded.
Important • Transponder placement within a label depends on the transponder type and
the printer model. Make sure that you are using the correct “smart” media for your printer.
For more information, refer to the RFID Programming Guide 3. A copy of the manual is
available at http://www.zebra.com/manuals or on the user CD that came with your printer.
For transponder placement details, go to http://www.zebra.com/transponders.
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Types of Media
Table 2 • Roll and Fanfold Media
Media Type
Non-Continuous
Roll Media
How It Looks
Description
Roll media is wound on a core that can be 1 in. to 3 in. (25 to
76 mm) in diameter. Individual labels or tags are separated by
one or more of the following methods:
• Web media separates labels by gaps, holes, or notches.
•
Black mark media uses pre-printed black marks on the
back side of the media to indicate label separations.
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Perforated media has perforations that allow the labels or
tags to be separated from each other easily. The media may
also have black marks or other separations between labels
or tags.
Non-Continuous
Fanfold Media
Fanfold media is folded in a zigzag pattern. Fanfold media can
have the same label separations as non-continuous roll media.
The separations would fall on or near the folds.
Continuous
Roll Media
Roll media is wound on a core that can be 1 in. to 3 in. (25 to
76 mm) in diameter.
Continuous roll media does not have gaps, holes, notches, or
black marks to indicate label separations. This allows the
image to be printed anywhere on the label. Sometimes a cutter
is used to cut apart individual labels.
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Ribbon Overview
Ribbon Overview
Ribbon is a thin film that is coated on one side with wax, resin, or wax resin, which is
transferred to the media during the thermal transfer process. The media determines whether
you need to use ribbon and how wide the ribbon must be.
When ribbon is used, it must be as wide as or wider than the media being used. If the ribbon is
narrower than the media, areas of the printhead are unprotected and subject to premature wear.
When to Use Ribbon
Thermal transfer media requires ribbon for printing while direct thermal media does not.
To determine if ribbon must be used with a particular media, perform a media scratch test.
To perform a media scratch test, complete these steps:
1. Scratch the print surface of the media rapidly with your fingernail.
2. Did a black mark appear on the media?
If a black mark...
Then the media is...
Does not appear on the media
Thermal transfer. A ribbon is required.
Appears on the media
Direct thermal. No ribbon is required.
Coated Side of Ribbon
Ribbon can be wound with the coated side on the inside or outside (Figure 8). This printer can
only use ribbon that is coated on the outside. If you are unsure which side of a particular roll of
ribbon is coated, perform an adhesive test or a ribbon scratch test to determine which side is
coated.
Figure 8 • Ribbon Coated on Outside or Inside
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Adhesive Test
If you have labels available, perform the adhesive test to determine which side of a ribbon is
coated. This method works well for ribbon that is already installed.
To perform an adhesive test, complete these steps:
1. Peel a label from its liner.
2. Press a corner of the sticky side of the label to the outer surface of the roll of ribbon.
3. Peel the label off of the ribbon.
4. Observe the results. Did flakes or particles of ink from the ribbon adhere to the label?
If ink from the ribbon...
Then...
Adhered to the label
The ribbon is coated on the outside and can be
used in this printer.
Did not adhere to the label
The ribbon is coated on the inside and cannot
be used in this printer.
To verify this, repeat the test on the other
surface of the roll of ribbon.
Ribbon Scratch Test
Perform the ribbon scratch test when labels are unavailable.
To perform a ribbon scratch test, complete these steps:
1. Unroll a short length of ribbon.
2. Place the unrolled section of ribbon on a piece of paper with the outer surface of the
ribbon in contact with the paper.
3. Scratch the inner surface of the unrolled ribbon with your fingernail.
4. Lift the ribbon from the paper.
5. Observe the results. Did the ribbon leave a mark on the paper?
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Then...
Left a mark on the
paper
The ribbon is coated on the outside and can be used
in this printer.
Did not leave a mark
on the paper
The ribbon is coated on the inside and cannot be
used with a standard ZT410 printer or with a ZT420
printer. An optional ribbon supply spindle is
available for the ZT410. Contact your authorized
Zebra reseller for ordering information.
To verify this result, repeat the test on the other surface of the
roll of ribbon.
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Printer Setup and
Operation
This section assists the technician with initial setup and operation of the printer.
Contents
Handling the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Unpack and Inspect the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Store the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ship the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Select a Location for the Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Select a Print Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Load the Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Final Steps for Tear-Off Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Final Steps for Peel-Off Mode (with or without Liner Take-Up) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Final Steps for Rewind Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Final Steps for Cutter Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Load the Ribbon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Install the Printer Driver and Connect the Printer to the Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Install Zebra Setup Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connect a Computer to the Printer’s USB Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connect a Computer to the Printer’s Serial or Parallel Port. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connect to Your Network through the Printer’s Ethernet Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connect the Printer to Your Wireless Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Print a Test Label and Make Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Handling the Printer
Handling the Printer
This section describes how to handle your printer.
Unpack and Inspect the Printer
When you receive the printer, immediately unpack it and inspect for shipping damage.
• Save all packing materials.
• Check all exterior surfaces for damage.
• Raise the media door, and inspect the media compartment for damage to components.
If you discover shipping damage upon inspection:
• Immediately notify the shipping company and file a damage report.
• Keep all packaging material for shipping company inspection.
• Notify your authorized Zebra reseller
Important • Zebra Technologies is not responsible for any damage incurred during the
shipment of the equipment and will not repair this damage under warranty.
Store the Printer
If you are not placing the printer into immediate operation, repackage it using the original
packing materials. You may store the printer under the following conditions:
• Temperature: –40°F to 140°F (–40° to 60°C)
• Relative humidity: 5% to 85% non-condensing
Ship the Printer
If you must ship the printer:
• Turn off (O) the printer, and disconnect all cables.
• Remove any media, ribbon, or loose objects from the printer interior.
• Close the printhead.
• Carefully pack the printer into the original container or a suitable alternate container to
avoid damage during transit. A shipping container can be purchased from Zebra if the
original packaging has been lost or destroyed.
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Select a Location for the Printer
Select a Location for the Printer
Select a location for the printer that meets these conditions:
• Surface: The surface where the printer will be located must be solid, level, and of
sufficient size and strength to hold the printer.
• Space: The area where the printer will be located must include enough space for
ventilation and for accessing the printer components and connectors. To allow for proper
ventilation and cooling, leave open space on all sides of the printer.
Caution • Do not place any padding or cushioning material behind or under the printer
because this restricts air flow and could cause the printer to overheat.
• Power: The printer should be within a short distance of an appropriate power outlet that is
easily accessible.
• Data communication interfaces: The printer must be within range of your WLAN radio
(if applicable) or within an acceptable range for other connectors to reach your data source
(usually a computer). For more information on maximum cable lengths and configuration,
see General Specifications on page 214.
• Operating conditions: Your printer is designed to function in a wide range of
environmental and electrical conditions, including a warehouse or factory floor. Table 3
shows the temperature and relative humidity requirements for the printer when it is
operating.
Table 3 • Operating Temperature and Humidity
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Temperature
Relative Humidity
Thermal Transfer
40° to 104°F (5° to 40°C)
20 to 85% non-condensing
Direct Thermal
32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
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Select a Print Mode
Select a Print Mode
Use a print mode that matches the media being used and the printer options available
(Table 4). The media path is the same for roll and fanfold media. To set the printer to use an
available print mode, see Print Mode on page 105.
Table 4 • Print Modes and Printer Options
Print Mode
When to Use/Printer Options Required
Printer Actions
TEAR OFF
(default setting)
Use for most applications. This mode can
be used with any printer options and most
media types.
The printer prints label formats as it
receives them. The printer operator can tear
off the printed labels any time after they
print.
Roll media in Tear-Off mode
Fanfold media in Tear-Off mode
(shown fed through the rear access slot)
Red solid lines = media, Blue dotted lines = backing only
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Table 4 • Print Modes and Printer Options
Print Mode
When to Use/Printer Options Required
Printer Actions
CUTTER
Use if the printer has a cutter option when
you want the labels to be cut apart.
The printer prints a label and then cuts it
free.
Cutter mode
PEEL
Use if the printer has the Peel-Off option,
the Liner Take-Up option, or the Rewind
option.
The printer peels the label from the liner
during printing and then pauses until the
label is removed. The liner exits the front of
the printer.
Peel-Off mode
Red solid lines = media, Blue dotted lines = backing only
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Select a Print Mode
Table 4 • Print Modes and Printer Options
Print Mode
When to Use/Printer Options Required
Printer Actions
PEEL (with
Liner Take-Up)
Use if the printer has the Liner Take-Up
option or the Rewind option.
The printer peels the label from the liner
during printing and then pauses until the
label is removed. The liner winds onto the
liner take-up spindle or the rewind spindle.
Liner Take-Up Option
Rewind Option
Red solid lines = media, Blue dotted lines = backing only
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Select a Print Mode
Table 4 • Print Modes and Printer Options
Print Mode
When to Use/Printer Options Required
Printer Actions
REWIND
Use if the printer has the Rewind option.
The printer winds the labels and liner onto
the rewind spindle without peeling the
labels from the liner.
Rewind mode
Red solid lines = media, Blue dotted lines = backing only
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Load the Media
Load the Media
Use the instructions in this section for loading roll or fanfold media in any print mode.
Caution • While performing any tasks near an open printhead, remove all rings, watches,
hanging necklaces, identification badges, or other metallic objects that could touch the
printhead. You are not required to turn off the printer power when working near an open
printhead, but Zebra recommends it as a precaution. If you turn off the power, you will lose
all temporary settings, such as label formats, and you must reload them before you resume
printing.
Note • In some of the drawings that follow, the printer is shown without a ribbon system to
give you a better view of the components involved in media loading.
To load media, complete these steps:
1. Raise the media door.
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2. Insert media into the printer. Follow the instructions for roll or fanfold media, as
appropriate.
Roll Media
Fanfold Media
2-a.
Remove and discard any tags or
labels that are dirty or that are held by
adhesives or tape.
Pull out the media supply guide as far
as it goes.
2-b.
Pull out the media supply guide as far
as it goes.
Feed the media through the rear or
bottom access slot.
Rear Feed
Bottom Feed
2-c.
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supply hanger. Push the roll back as
far as it will go.
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supply hanger.
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Roll Media (Continued)
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Fanfold Media
(Continued)
2-d.
Slide in the media supply guide, until
it touches the edge of the roll.
Slide in the media supply guide, until
it touches the edge of the media.
2-e.
Continue with step 3.
Continue with step 3 and the
remaining steps as shown for roll
media.
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3.
Caution • The printhead may be hot and could cause severe burns. Allow the
printhead to cool.
Open the printhead assembly by rotating the printhead-open lever.
4. Slide the media guide all the way out.
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5. From the media hanger (1), feed the media under the dancer assembly (2), through the
media sensor (3), and under the printhead assembly (4). Slide the media back until it
touches the inside back wall of the media sensor.
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6. In which print mode will your printer be operating? (For more information on print
modes, see Select a Print Mode on page 28.)
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If using…
Then…
Tear-Off mode
Continue with Final Steps for
Tear-Off Mode on page 38.
Peel-Off mode (with or without Liner Take-Up)
Continue with Final Steps for
Peel-Off Mode (with or without
Liner Take-Up) on page 40.
Rewind mode
Continue with Final Steps for
Rewind Mode on page 49.
Cutter mode
Continue with Final Steps for Cutter
Mode on page 55.
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Load the Media—Tear-Off Mode
Final Steps for Tear-Off Mode
1. Slide in the media guide until it just touches the edge of the media.
2. Rotate the printhead-open lever downward until it locks the printhead in place.
3. Does the media that you are using require ribbon for printing? If you are not sure, see
When to Use Ribbon on page 23.
If using…
Then…
Direct Thermal media (no ribbon needed)
Continue with step 4.
Thermal Transfer media (ribbon needed)
a. If you have not already done so,
load ribbon in the printer. See
Load the Ribbon on page 58.
b. Continue with step 4.
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Load the Media—Tear-Off Mode
4. Close the media door.
5. Set the printer to Tear-Off mode (for more information, see Print Mode on page 105).
6. Press PAUSE to exit pause mode and enable printing.
The printer may perform a label calibration or feed a label, depending on your settings.
7. For best results, calibrate the printer. See Calibrate the Ribbon and Media Sensors
on page 144.
8. If desired, perform the CANCEL Self Test on page 190 to verify that your printer is able to
print.
Media loading in Tear-Off mode is complete.
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Final Steps for Peel-Off Mode
(with or without Liner Take-Up)
1. Push down the peel-off mechanism release lever to open the peel assembly.
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2. Extend the media approximately 18 in. (500 mm) out of the printer.
3. Remove the exposed labels so that only the liner remains.
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4. Feed the liner behind the peel assembly. Make sure that the end of the liner falls outside of
the printer.
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5. Complete this step only if you want to use Peel-Off mode with Liner Take-Up. Your
printer must have the Liner Take-Up option or the Rewind option installed. Follow the
instructions for your printer option. If you are not using Liner Take-Up, continue with
step 6.
5-a.
5-b.
Thread the liner into the slot below the peel assembly.
Rewind Option
Liner Take-Up Option
Feed the liner under the media
alignment roller (1).
Slide the liner into the slot in the liner
take-up spindle (1).
1
1
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Rewind Option
(Continued)
Liner Take-Up Option
(Continued)
5-c.
Loosen the thumbscrew on the
rewind media guide.
Push the liner back until it touches
the back plate of the liner take-up
spindle assembly.
5-d.
Slide the rewind media guide all the
way out, and then fold it down.
Wrap the liner around the liner
take-up spindle and turn the spindle
counterclockwise to tighten the liner.
For the Liner Take-Up option,
loading of the liner is complete.
Continue with step 6.
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Slide an empty core onto the rewind
spindle.
5-f.
Wrap the liner around the core as
shown, and then turn the rewind
spindle to tighten the media. Ensure
that the edge of the media is flush
against the backplate of the rewind
spindle.
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Fold up the rewind media guide, and
then slide it in until it touches the
liner.
5-h.
Tighten the thumbscrew on the
rewind media guide.
5-i.
Loading of the liner is complete.
Continue with step 6.
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6.
Caution • Use the peel release lever and your right hand to close the peel assembly.
Do not use your left hand to assist in closing. The top edge of the peel roller/assembly
could pinch your fingers.
Close the peel assembly using the peel-off mechanism release lever.
7. Slide in the media guide until it just touches the edge of the media.
8. Rotate the printhead-open lever downward until it locks the printhead in place.
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9. Does the media that you are using require ribbon for printing? If you are not sure, see
When to Use Ribbon on page 23.
If using…
Then…
Direct Thermal media (no ribbon needed)
Continue with step 10.
Thermal Transfer media (ribbon needed)
a. If you have not already done so,
load ribbon in the printer. See
Load the Ribbon on page 58.
b. Continue with step 10.
10. Close the media door.
11. Set the printer to Peel-Off mode (for more information, see Print Mode on page 105).
12. Press PAUSE to exit pause mode and enable printing.
The printer may perform a label calibration or feed a label, depending on your settings.
13. For best results, calibrate the printer. See Calibrate the Ribbon and Media Sensors
on page 144.
14. If desired, perform the CANCEL Self Test on page 190 to verify that your printer is able to
print.
Media loading in Peel-Off mode is complete.
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Final Steps for Rewind Mode
1. Extend the media approximately 18 in. (500 mm) out of the printer.
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2. Feed the media over the peel assembly.
3. Thread the media into the slot below the peel assembly.
4. Feed the media under the media alignment roller.
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5. Loosen the thumbscrew on the rewind media guide.
6. Slide the rewind media guide all the way out, and then fold it down.
7. Slide an empty core onto the rewind spindle.
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8. Wrap the media around the core as shown and turn the rewind spindle to tighten the
media. Ensure that the edge of the media is flush against the backplate of the rewind
spindle.
9. Fold up the rewind media guide, and then slide it in until it touches the media.
10. Tighten the thumbscrew on the rewind media guide.
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11. Slide in the outer media guide until it just touches the edge of the media.
12. Rotate the printhead-open lever downward until it locks the printhead in place.
13. Does the media that you are using require ribbon for printing? If you are not sure, see
When to Use Ribbon on page 23.
If using…
Then…
Direct Thermal media (no ribbon needed)
Continue with step 14.
Thermal Transfer media (ribbon needed)
a. If you have not already done so,
load ribbon in the printer. See
Load the Ribbon on page 58.
b. Continue with step 14.
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14. Close the media door.
15. Set the printer to Rewind mode (for more information, see Print Mode on page 105).
16. Press PAUSE to exit pause mode and enable printing.
The printer may perform a label calibration or feed a label, depending on your settings.
17. For best results, calibrate the printer. See Calibrate the Ribbon and Media Sensors
on page 144.
18. If desired, perform the CANCEL Self Test on page 190 to verify that your printer is able to
print.
Media loading in Cutter mode is complete.
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Final Steps for Cutter Mode
1.
Caution • The cutter blade is sharp. Do not touch or rub the blade with your fingers.
Feed the media through the cutter.
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2. Slide in the outer media guide until it just touches the edge of the media.
3. Rotate the printhead-open lever downward until it locks the printhead in place.
4. Does the media that you are using require ribbon for printing? If you are not sure, see
When to Use Ribbon on page 23.
If using…
Then…
Direct Thermal media (no ribbon needed)
Continue with step 5.
Thermal Transfer media (ribbon needed)
a. If you have not already done so,
load ribbon in the printer. See
Load the Ribbon on page 58.
b. Continue with step 5.
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5. Close the media door.
6. Set the printer to Cutter mode (for more information, see Print Mode on page 105).
7. Press PAUSE to exit pause mode and enable printing.
The printer may perform a label calibration or feed a label, depending on your settings.
8. For best results, calibrate the printer. See Calibrate the Ribbon and Media Sensors
on page 144.
9. If desired, perform the CANCEL Self Test on page 190 to verify that your printer is able to
print.
Media loading in Cutter mode is complete.
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Note • This section applies only to printers that have the Thermal Transfer option installed.
Ribbon is used only with thermal transfer labels. For direct thermal labels, do not load ribbon
in the printer. To determine if ribbon must be used with a particular media, see When to Use
Ribbon on page 23.
Caution • While performing any tasks near an open printhead, remove all rings, watches,
hanging necklaces, identification badges, or other metallic objects that could touch the
printhead. You are not required to turn off the printer power when working near an open
printhead, but Zebra recommends it as a precaution. If you turn off the power, you will lose
all temporary settings, such as label formats, and you must reload them before you resume
printing.
Important • Use ribbon that is wider than the media to protect the printhead from wear.
Ribbon must be coated on the outside.
To load ribbon, complete these steps:
1. Raise the media door.
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2.
Caution • The printhead may be hot and could cause severe burns. Allow the
printhead to cool.
Open the printhead assembly by rotating the printhead-open lever.
3. Place the roll of ribbon on the ribbon supply spindle with the loose end of the ribbon
unrolling as shown. Push the roll back as far as it will go.
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4. Bring the ribbon under the printhead assembly and around its left side, as shown.
5. With the ribbon tracking as far back as it can under the printhead assembly, wrap the
ribbon around the ribbon take-up spindle. Rotate the spindle several turns in the direction
shown to tighten and align the ribbon.
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6. Is media already loaded in the printer?
If...
Then...
No
Continue with step 2 on page 33 to load media in the printer.
Yes
a. Rotate the printhead-open lever downward until it locks the
printhead in place.
b. Close the media door.
c. If necessary, press PAUSE to enable printing.
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Install the Printer Driver and Connect the Printer to the
Computer
In this section, you are shown how to use the Zebra Setup Utilities program to prepare a
computer running Microsoft Windows® for the printer driver before connecting the printer to
any of the computer’s data communication interfaces. Use this section for directions to install
this program if you have not already done so. You may connect your printer to your computer
using any of the connections that you have available.
Important • You must install the Zebra Setup Utilities program before connecting the printer
to your computer. Your computer will not install the correct printer drivers if you connect the
printer to it without the Zebra Setup Utilities program.
Install Zebra Setup Utilities
Follow the directions in this section if you do not have Zebra Setup Utilities installed on your
computer or if you want to update an existing version of the program. You do not need to
uninstall any older versions or any Zebra printer drivers to do so.
To install the Zebra Setup Utilities program, complete these steps:
Download the Zebra Setup Utilities Installer
1. Go to http://www.zebra.com/setup.
The Zebra Setup Utilities page appears.
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2. On the DOWNLOADS tab, click Download under the ZEBRA SETUP UTILITIES
option.
You are prompted to read and accept the End User License Agreement (EULA).
3. If you agree with the terms of the EULA, click
ACCEPT AND BEGIN DOWNLOAD NOW
Depending on your browser, you are given options to run or save the executable file.
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Run the Zebra Setup Utilities Installer
4. Save the program to your computer. (Optional if your browser gave you the option to run
the program instead of saving it.)
5. Run the executable file. If your computer prompts you for permission to run the file, click
the appropriate button to allow it to run.
What the computer displays next depends on whether Zebra Setup Utilities was already
installed. Follow the instructions based on what your computer prompts you to do.
If your computer...
Then...
Did not previously
have the Zebra Setup
Utilities installed
a.
The Zebra Setup Utilities - InstallAware Wizard displays the following.
b.
Continue with New Installations of Zebra Setup Utilities on page 65.
a.
The Zebra Setup Utilities - InstallAware Wizard displays the following.
b.
Continue with Updating Existing Installations of Zebra Setup Utilities
on page 67.
Did previously have
the Zebra Setup
Utilities installed
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6. Click Next.
You are prompted again to read and accept the End User License Agreement (EULA).
7. If you agree with the terms of the EULA, check the box that says
I accept the terms of the license agreement
8. Click Next.
You are prompted to select where the files will be installed.
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9. Change the destination folder, if necessary, and then click Next.
You are prompted to select a location for program shortcuts.
10. Change the location, if desired, and then click Next.
You are prompted to complete the InstallAware wizard.
11. Skip to Continuing with New or Updated Installations on page 68.
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12. Click Next.
You are prompted to choose the features that you would like to install.
13. Click Next.
You are prompted to complete the InstallAware wizard.
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14. Click Next.
Installation begins.
During installation, you are presented with information about drivers.
15. Read the information, and then check the box that says
I have read the information above
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16. Click Next.
You are shown options that can take place when the wizard exits the installation.
17. Check the box that says “Run Zebra Setup Utilities now.”
18. Click Finish.
What the computer displays next depends on whether any Zebra printer drivers are already
installed on your computer. Follow the instructions based on what your computer displays.
If your computer...
Then...
Did not previously
have any Zebra
printer drivers
installed
The System Prepare Wizard displays.
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Then...
USB port
Continue with Connect a Computer to the Printer’s USB
Port on page 71.
Serial or optional
parallel port
Continue with Connect a Computer to the Printer’s Serial or
Parallel Port on page 75.
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If your computer...
Then...
Did previously have
any Zebra printer
drivers installed
The Zebra Setup Utilities screen displays.
To connect by
the...
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Continue with Connecting the printer to a USB port on your
computer on page 72.
Serial or optional
parallel port
Continue with Adding a Printer from the Zebra Setup
Utilities Screen on page 78.
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Connect a Computer to the Printer’s USB Port
Complete the steps in this section only after you have installed the Zebra Setup Utilities
program. If necessary, complete the steps in Install Zebra Setup Utilities on page 62 before
continuing.
Important • You must install the Zebra Setup Utilities program before connecting the printer
to your computer. Your computer will not install the correct printer drivers if you connect the
printer to it without the Zebra Setup Utilities program.
Caution • Ensure that the printer power is off (O) before connecting data communications
cables. Connecting a data communications cable while the power is on (I) may damage the
printer.
To connect the printer to your computer by USB, complete these steps:
Running the System Prepare Wizard
If you are at the Zebra Setup Utilities screen, you do not need to complete this section.
Continue with Connecting the printer to a USB port on your computer on page 72.
The first time that you install the Zebra Setup Utilities program and printer drivers, you are
prompted to follow the System Prepare Wizard.
Figure 9 • System Prepare Wizard
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1. Click Next.
The System Prepare Wizard prompts you to connect the printer to the USB port on your
computer.
2. Click Finish.
The Zebra Setup Utilities screen displays.
Connecting the printer to a USB port on your computer
Complete the steps in this section only after the System Prepare Wizard prompts you to do so
or after you have opened the Zebra Setup Utilities program. If necessary, complete the steps in
Install Zebra Setup Utilities on page 62 before continuing.
Figure 10 • Zebra Setup Utilities Screen
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3. Connect the USB cord to the USB port on your printer.
4. Connect the other end of the USB cord to your computer.
5. Plug the female end of the A/C power cord into the A/C power connector on the back of
the printer.
6. Plug the male end of the A/C power cord into an appropriate power outlet.
115 VAC
230 VAC
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7. Turn on (I) the printer.
As the printer boots up, your computer completes the driver installation and recognizes
your printer.
The installation for the USB connection is complete.
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Connect a Computer to the Printer’s Serial or Parallel Port
Complete the steps in this section only after you have installed the Zebra Setup Utilities
program. If necessary, complete the steps in Install Zebra Setup Utilities on page 62 before
continuing.
Important • You must install the Zebra Setup Utilities program before connecting the printer
to your computer. Your computer will not install the correct printer drivers if you connect the
printer to it without the Zebra Setup Utilities program.
Caution • Ensure that the printer power is off (O) before connecting data communications
cables. Connecting a data communications cable while the power is on (I) may damage the
printer.
To connect the printer to your computer by USB, complete these steps:
If you are at the Zebra Setup Utilities screen, you do not need to complete this section.
Continue with Adding a Printer from the Zebra Setup Utilities Screen on page 78.
Running the System Prepare Wizard
The first time that you install the Zebra Setup Utilities program and printer drivers, you are
prompted to follow the System Prepare Wizard.
Figure 11 • System Prepare Wizard
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1. Select “Other computer ports (Parallel Port, Serial Port, TCP-IP Port, ...), and then click
Next.
The new printer wizard prompts you to begin the installation procedure.
2. Click Finish.
The printer driver wizard displays.
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3. Click Next.
You are prompted to select an installation option.
4. Continue with step 6 on page 79.
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Adding a Printer from the Zebra Setup Utilities Screen
Figure 12 • Zebra Setup Utilities Screen
5. On the Zebra Setup Utilities screen, click Install New Printer.
You are prompted to select an installation option.
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6. Click Install Printer.
You are prompted to select a printer type.
7. Select your printer model and resolution.
The model and resolution are on a part number sticker on the printer, usually located
below the media hanger. The information will be in the following format:
Part Number: XXXXXxY – xxxxxxxx
where
XXXXX = the printer model
Y = the printer resolution (2 = 203 dpi, 3 = 300 dpi, 6 = 600 dpi)
For example, in the part number ZT420x3 – xxxxxxxx
ZT420 indicates that the printer is a ZT420 model
3 indicates that the printhead resolution is 300 dpi
8. Click Next.
You are prompted for a printer name, the port to which the printer will be connected, and
the language for the program.
9. Change the printer name (if desired), and select the appropriate port and language.
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10. Click Next.
You are prompted to launch other setup wizards.
11. Check the desired options, and then click Finish.
The printer driver is installed. If you are prompted that other programs might be affected,
click Next.
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Connecting the printer to a serial or parallel port on your computer
12. Connect the desired cord to the appropriate port on your printer.
13. Connect the other end of the cord to the appropriate port on your computer.
14. Plug the female end of the A/C power cord into the A/C power connector on the back of
the printer.
15. Plug the male end of the A/C power cord into an appropriate power outlet.
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230 VAC
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16. Turn on (I) the printer.
The printer boots up.
Configuring the printer (if necessary)
17. If necessary, adjust the printer’s port settings to match those of your computer. For more
information, see Port Settings on page 139.
The installation for serial or parallel connections is complete.
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Connect to Your Network through the Printer’s Ethernet Port
If you wish to use a wired print server (Ethernet) connection, you may need to connect the
printer to your computer using one of the other available connections. While the printer is
connected via one of those connections, you would configure the printer to communicate with
your Local Area Network (LAN) through the printer’s wired print server.
For additional information about Zebra print servers, refer to the ZebraNet
Wired and Wireless Print Server User Guide. To download the latest version
of this guide, go to http://www.zebra.com/zt400-info.
To connect the printer to your computer by a wired print server, complete these
steps:
1. Install Zebra Setup Utilities as instructed in Install Zebra Setup Utilities on page 62.
2. Connect the printer to an Ethernet cable that is connected to your network.
The printer attempts to communicate with your network. If it is successful, it fills in your
LAN’s gateway and subnet values and gets an IP address. The printer display will
alternate between the printer’s firmware version and its IP address.
3. Check the display to see if an IP address was assigned to the printer. See IP Address
on page 121 for additional ways to view the IP address.
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0.0.0.0
or
000.000.000.000
Continue with Configuring the printer
with your LAN information (if necessary)
on page 84.
any other value
Continue with Adding a Printer from the
Zebra Setup Utilities Screen on page 85.
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Configuring the printer with your LAN information (if necessary)
If your printer connected to your network automatically, you do not need to complete this
section. Continue with Adding a Printer from the Zebra Setup Utilities Screen on page 85.
4. Connect the printer to your computer using a USB, serial, or optional parallel port as
instructed in Connect a Computer to the Printer’s USB Port on page 71 or Connect a
Computer to the Printer’s Serial or Parallel Port on page 75.
5. Configure the following printer settings. You can change the values through the Zebra
Setup Utilities (click Configure Printer Connectivity on the Zebra Setup Utilities screen)
or by the ways listed at the following links. Contact your network administrator for the
proper values for your network.
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IP Protocol on page 124 (change the value from ALL to PERMANENT)
•
Gateway on page 123 (match the gateway value of your LAN)
•
Subnet Mask on page 122 (match the subnet value of your LAN)
•
IP Address on page 121 (assign a unique IP address to the printer)
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6. If necessary, open the Zebra Setup Utilities program.
The Zebra Setup Utilities screen displays.
Figure 13 • Zebra Setup Utilities Screen
7. Click Install New Printer.
The printer driver wizard displays.
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8. Click Next.
You are prompted to select an installation option.
9. Click Install Printer.
You are prompted to select a printer type.
10. Select your printer model and resolution.
The model and resolution are on a part number sticker on the printer, usually located
below the media hanger. The information will be in the following format:
Part Number: XXXXXxY – xxxxxxxx
where
XXXXX = the printer model
Y = the printer resolution (2 = 203 dpi, 3 = 300 dpi, 6 = 600 dpi)
For example, in the part number ZT420x3 – xxxxxxxx
ZT420 indicates that the printer is a ZT420 model
3 indicates that the printhead resolution is 300 dpi
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11. Click Next.
You are notified that the printer is already installed.
12. Click Add new printer.
You are prompted for a printer name, the port to which the printer will be connected, and
the language for the printer display.
13. Click Add Port.
The wizard prompts you for a name for the port and the IP address of your printer.
n
Note • If you have other applications open, you may be prompted that the driver is
locked by another process. You may click Next to continue or Exit to allow you to save
your work before continuing with this installation.
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14. Give the port a name that you can recognize when it appears in the list of available ports.
15. Enter the printer’s IP address. This could be one that was assigned automatically or one
that you specified manually in the previous section.
16. Click OK.
A printer driver is created with the port name that you assigned. The new printer port
appears in the list of available ports.
17. Click Next.
You are prompted to launch other setup wizards.
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18. Check the desired options, and then click Finish.
The printer driver is installed. If you are prompted that other programs might be affected,
click the appropriate option to continue.
The installation for wired (Ethernet) connections is complete.
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Connect the Printer to Your Wireless Network
If you wish to use the printer’s optional wireless print server, you must first connect the printer
to your computer using one of the other available connections. While the printer is connected
via one of those connections, you configure the printer to communicate with your Wireless
Local Area Network (WLAN) through the wireless print server.
For additional information about Zebra print servers, refer to the ZebraNet
Wired and Wireless Print Server User Guide. To download the latest version
of this guide, go to http://www.zebra.com/zt400-info.
To connect the printer to your computer by an optional wireless print server,
complete these steps:
1. Install Zebra Setup Utilities as instructed in Install Zebra Setup Utilities on page 62.
2. Connect the printer to your computer using a USB, serial, or optional parallel port as
instructed in Connect a Computer to the Printer’s USB Port on page 71 or Connect a
Computer to the Printer’s Serial or Parallel Port on page 75.
3. Configure the following printer settings. You can change the values through the Zebra
Setup Utilities (click Configure Printer Connectivity on the Zebra Setup Utilities screen)
or by the ways listed at the following links. Contact your network administrator for the
proper values for your network.
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IP Protocol on page 124 (change the value from ALL to PERMANENT)
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Gateway on page 123 (match the gateway value of your WLAN)
•
Subnet Mask on page 122 (match the subnet value of your WLAN)
•
IP Address on page 121 (assign a unique IP address to the printer)
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Adding a Printer from the Zebra Setup Utilities Screen
4. If necessary, open the Zebra Setup Utilities program.
The Zebra Setup Utilities screen displays.
Figure 14 • Zebra Setup Utilities Screen
5. Click Install New Printer.
The printer driver wizard displays.
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6. Click Next.
You are prompted to select an installation option.
7. Click Install Printer.
You are prompted to select a printer type.
8. Select your printer model and resolution.
The model and resolution are on a part number sticker on the printer, usually located
below the media hanger. The information will be in the following format:
Part Number: XXXXXxY – xxxxxxxx
where
XXXXX = the printer model
Y = the printer resolution (2 = 203 dpi, 3 = 300 dpi, 6 = 600 dpi)
For example, in the part number ZT420x3 – xxxxxxxx
ZT420 indicates that the printer is a ZT420 model
3 indicates that the printhead resolution is 300 dpi
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9. Click Next.
You are notified that the printer is already installed.
10. Click Add new printer.
You are prompted for a printer name, the port to which the printer will be connected, and
the language for the printer display.
11. Click Add Port.
The wizard prompts you for a name for the port and the IP address of your printer.
n
Note • If you have other applications open, you may be prompted that the driver is
locked by another process. You may click Next to continue or Exit to allow you to save
your work before continuing with this installation.
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12. Give the port a name that you can recognize when it appears in the list of available ports.
13. Enter the printer’s IP address. This could be one that was assigned automatically or one
that you specified manually in the previous section.
14. Click OK.
A printer driver is created with the port name that you assigned. The new printer port
appears in the list of available ports.
15. Click Next.
You are prompted to launch other setup wizards.
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16. Check the desired options, and then click Finish.
The printer driver is installed. If you are prompted that other programs might be affected,
click the appropriate option to continue.
The installation for wireless communication is complete.
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Print a Test Label and Make Adjustments
After you have loaded media, loaded ribbon (if using Thermal Transfer mode), installed the
printer driver, and connected your printer to your computer, use the directions in this section to
print a test label. Printing this label allows you to see if your connection is working and if you
need to adjust any of the printer settings.
To print a test label and adjust the printer (if necessary), complete these steps:
1. Open the Zebra Setup Utilities to return to the Zebra Setup Utilities screen.
2. Click on one of the available print drivers for your printer.
3. Click Open Printer Tools.
The Tools window displays the available printer commands.
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4. Click Send to print a printer configuration label.
If your connection is working correctly and your printer is correctly loaded with media
and ribbon (if used), a printer configuration label prints.
Figure 15 • Sample Printer Configuration Label
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5. Did the printer configuration label print, and is the print quality acceptable?
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Then...
The label printed and the
print quality is acceptable
Your printer is ready for printing. Continue with the
label designer program of your choice. You may use
ZebraDesigner™, which you can download from
http://www.zebra.com.
The label did not print
a.
The label prints, but with
poor quality or other issues
See Printing Issues on page 174 for troubleshooting
instructions.
Close the Tools window and make sure that you
selected the correct printer driver before you click
Open Printer Tools. Try printing the label again.
b. If the label still did not print, check the connections
between your printer and your computer or your
printer and your network.
c. If necessary, modify the printer’s settings to make
them match your computer’s settings.
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This section assists you with configuration of and adjustments to the printer.
Contents
Adjust Printer Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Print Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Network Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
RFID Settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Language Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sensor Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Port Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Bluetooth Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Calibrate the Ribbon and Media Sensors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adjust the Printhead Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Remove Used Ribbon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Adjust Printer Settings
This section presents the printer settings that you can change and identifies the tools for
changing them. These tools include the following:
• ZPL and Set/Get/Do (SGD) commands (See the Zebra® Programming Guide for more
information.)
• The printer’s user menus (See Idle Display, Home Menu, and User Menus on page 19 for
more information.)
• The printer’s web pages when the printer has an active wired or wireless print server
connection (See the ZebraNet Wired and Wireless Print Servers User Guide for more
information.)
Copies of the referenced manuals are available at http://www.zebra.com/manuals.
This section contains the following subsections:
• Print Settings on page 101
• Tools on page 108
• Network Settings on page 120
• RFID Settings on page 127
• Language Settings on page 133
• Sensor Settings on page 137
• Port Settings on page 139
• Bluetooth Settings on page 142
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Print Settings
Table 5 • Print Settings
DARKNESS
Print Darkness
PRINT SPEED
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Set the darkness to the lowest setting that provides good print quality. If you set the
darkness too high, the label image may print unclearly, bar codes may not scan
correctly, the ribbon may burn through, or the printhead may wear prematurely.
If desired, use the FEED Self Test on page 192 to determine the best darkness setting.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
0.0 to 30.0
Related ZPL command(s):
^MD, ~SD
SGD command used:
print.tone
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > General Setup >
Darkness
SETTINGS
Select the speed for printing a label (given in inches per second). Slower print speeds
typically yield better print quality.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Related ZPL command(s):
^PR
SGD command used:
media.speed
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MEDIA TYPE
Media Type
PRINT METHOD
Print Method
Select the type of media that you are using.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
•
CONTINUOUS
GAP/NOTCH
MARK
If you select CONTINUOUS, you must include a label
length in your label format (^LL if you are using ZPL).
If you select GAP/NOTCH or MARK for various
noncontinuous media, the printer feeds media to
calculate the label length.
See Types of Media on page 21 for more information.
Related ZPL command(s):
^MN
SGD command used:
ezpl.media_type
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > Media Setup >
Media Type
Specify if the printer needs to use ribbon for printing.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
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SETTINGS
THERMAL TRANS—uses ribbon and thermal transfer
media
DIRECT THERMAL—uses direct thermal media and
no ribbon
Related ZPL command(s):
^MT
SGD command used:
ezpl.print_method
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > Media Setup > Print
Method
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TEAR OFF
Tear-Off Position
If necessary, adjust the position of the media over the tear-off bar after printing.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
–120 to 120
• Higher numbers move the media out (the tear line
moves closer to the leading edge of the next label).
• Lower numbers move the media in (the tear line
moves closer to the edge of the label just printed).
SETTINGS
1
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Media direction
2
Factory-set tear line location at
position 000
Related ZPL command(s):
~TA
SGD command used:
ezpl.tear_off
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > General Setup >
Tear Off
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PRINT WIDTH
Print Width
Specify the width of the labels being used, in dots. The default value is the maximum
width for the printer, based on the printhead’s DPI value.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
SETTINGS
Note • Setting the width too narrow can result in
portions of a label format not being printed on
the media. Setting the width too wide wastes
formatting memory and can cause the printer to
print off of the label and onto the platen roller.
This setting can affect the horizontal position of
the label format if the image was inverted using
the ^POI ZPL II command.
ZT410 203 dpi = 0002 to 832
ZT410 300 dpi = 0002 to 1248
ZT410 600 dpi = 0002 to 2496
ZT420 203 dpi = 0002 to 1344
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^PW
SGD command used:
ezpl.print_width
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > Media Setup >
Print Width
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PRINT MODE
Print Mode
Select a print mode that is compatible with your printer options.
For information about how the print mode selections work with different printer
options, see Select a Print Mode on page 28.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
•
•
LEFT POSITION
Label Left
Position
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TEAR OFF
CUTTER
PEEL (use this value for peel-off or liner take-up
printing)
REWIND
Related ZPL command(s):
^MM
SGD command used:
media.printmode
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > General Setup >
Print Mode
If necessary, shift the print position horizontally on the label. Positive numbers move
the left edge of the image toward the center of the label by the number of dots selected,
while negative numbers move the left edge of the image toward the left edge of the
label.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
–9999 to 9999
Related ZPL command(s):
^LS
SGD command used:
zpl.left_position
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > Advanced Setup >
Left Position
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REPRINT MODE
Reprint Mode
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When reprint mode is enabled, you can reprint the last label printed by pressing and
holding PAUSE + CANCEL or by pressing the DOWN ARROW when at the printer’s
Idle Display.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
Related ZPL command(s):
^JZ
SGD command used:
ezpl.reprint_mode
SETTINGS
ON
OFF
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LABEL LENGTH MAX
Maximum Label
Length
Set the maximum label length.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
0 to the maximum label length supported by the printer
Important • Specify a value that is at least 1.0 in.
(25.4 mm) greater than the actual label length
plus the interlabel gap. If you set the value to one
that is smaller than the label length, the printer
assumes that continuous media is loaded, and the
printer cannot calibrate.
For example, if the label length is 6.0 inches
(152 mm) including the interlabel gap, set the
parameter for at least 7.0 inches (178 mm).
SETTINGS
1
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Label length (including interlabel gap)
2
Interlabel gap
3
Set the maximum label length to
approximately this value
Related ZPL command(s):
^ML
SGD command used:
ezpl.label_length_max
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > Media Setup >
Maximum Length
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Tools
Table 6 • Tools
PRINT INFORMATION
Print
Information
Print the specified information on one or more labels.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
TOOLS
Main Menu >
NETWORK
Main Menu >
SENSORS
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Table 6 • Tools (Continued)
Print
Information
(continued)
•
•
Accepted values:
•
•
•
•
•
•
LCD CONTRAST
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SETTINGS—prints the printer configuration label.
NETWORK—prints the settings for any print server
that is installed.
FORMATS—prints the available formats stored in the
printer’s RAM, Flash memory, or optional memory
card.
IMAGES—prints the available images stored in the
printer’s RAM, Flash memory, or optional memory
card.
FONTS—prints the available fonts in the printer,
including standard printer fonts plus any optional
fonts. Fonts may be stored in RAM or Flash memory.
BARCODES—prints the available bar codes in the
printer. Bar codes may be stored in RAM or Flash
memory.
ALL—prints the previous six labels.
SENSOR PROFILE—shows the sensor settings
compared to actual sensor readings. To interpret the
results, see Sensor Profile on page 197.
Related ZPL command(s):
SETTINGS: ~WC
NETWORK: ~WL
SENSOR PROFILE: ~JG
Others: ^WD
Control panel key(s):
SETTINGS and NETWORK: Do one of the following:
• Hold CANCEL during printer power-up.
• Hold FEED + CANCEL for 2 seconds when the
printer is in the Ready state.
SENSOR PROFILE: Hold FEED + CANCEL during
printer power-up.
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings >
Print Listings on Label
Change the contrast on the printer’s display.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
3 to 15
SGD command used:
display.contrast
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IDLE DISPLAY
Idle Display
Select the information shown on the printer’s display when the printer is idle.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
•
•
•
•
SGD command used:
POWER UP ACTION
Power-Up Action
FW VERSION
IP ADDRESS
MM/DD/YY 24
MM/DD/YY 12
DD/MM/YY 24
DD/MM/YY 12
HR
HR
HR
HR
device.idle_display_format
Set the action for the printer to take during the power-up sequence.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
•
•
•
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CALIBRATE—adjusts sensor levels and thresholds,
determines the label length, and feeds the media to
the next web.
FEED—feeds the labels to the first registration point.
LENGTH—determines the label length using current
sensor values, and feeds the media to the next web.
NO MOTION—tells the printer not to move the
media. You must manually ensure that the web is
positioned correctly, or press feed to position the next
web.
SHORT CAL—sets the media and web thresholds
without adjusting sensor gain, determines the label
length, and feeds the media to the next web.
Related ZPL command(s):
^MF
SGD command used:
ezpl.power_up_action
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > Calibration
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HEAD CLOSE ACTION
Head-Close
Action
Set the action for the printer to take when you close the printhead.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
•
•
•
HEAD OPEN LIGHT
Head-Open Light
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CALIBRATE—adjusts sensor levels and thresholds,
determines the label length, and feeds the media to
the next web.
FEED—feeds the labels to the first registration point.
LENGTH—determines the label length using current
sensor values, and feeds the media to the next web.
NO MOTION—tells the printer not to move the
media. You must manually ensure that the web is
positioned correctly, or press feed to position the next
web.
SHORT CAL—sets the media and web thresholds
without adjusting sensor gain, determines the label
length, and feeds the media to the next web.
Related ZPL command(s):
^MF
SGD command used:
ezpl.head_close_action
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > Calibration
Set the brightness of the light that turns on when the printhead is open.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
•
•
SGD command used:
device.light.head_open_brightness
TOOLS
HIGH
MEDIUM
LOW
OFF
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Table 6 • Tools (Continued)
COVER OPEN LIGHT
Cover-Open
Light
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Set the brightness of the light that turns on when the media door is open.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
•
•
SGD command used:
device.light.cover_open_brightness
TOOLS
HIGH
MEDIUM
LOW
OFF
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LOAD DEFAULTS
Load Defaults
Restore specific printer, print server, and network settings back to the factory defaults.
Use care when loading defaults because you will need to reload all settings that you
changed manually.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
TOOLS
Main Menu >
NETWORK
•
Accepted values:
•
•
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FACTORY—Restores all printer settings other than
the network settings back to the factory defaults. Use
care when loading defaults because you will need to
reload all settings that you changed manually.
NETWORK—Reinitializes the printer’s wired or
wireless print server. With a wireless print server, the
printer also reassociates with your wireless network.
LAST SAVED—Loads settings from the last
permanent save.
Related ZPL command(s):
FACTORY: ^JUF
NETWORK: ^JUN
LAST SAVED: ^JUR
Control panel key(s):
FACTORY: Hold FEED + PAUSE during printer powerup to reset the printer parameters to factory values.
NETWORK: Hold CANCEL + PAUSE during printer
power-up to reset the network parameters to
factory values.
LAST SAVED: N/A
Printer web page:
FACTORY: View and Modify Printer Settings > Restore
Default Configuration
NETWORK: Print Server Settings > Reset Print Server
LAST SAVED: View and Modify Printer Settings >
Restore Saved Configuration
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Table 6 • Tools (Continued)
MEDIA/RIBBON CAL
Media and
Ribbon Sensor
Calibration
Calibrate the printer to adjust the sensitivity of the media and ribbon sensors.
For complete instructions on how to perform a calibration procedure, see Calibrate the
Ribbon and Media Sensors on page 144.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Main Menu >
Related ZPL command(s):
~JC
SGD command used:
ezpl.manual_calibration
Control panel key(s):
Hold PAUSE + FEED + CANCEL for 2 seconds to
initiate calibration.
Printer web page:
The calibration procedure cannot be initiated through the
web pages. See the following web page for settings that
are set during sensor calibration:
View and Modify Printer Settings > Calibration
TOOLS
SENSORS
Important • Do not change these settings unless
you are told to do so by Zebra Technical Support
or by an authorized service technician.
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Table 6 • Tools (Continued)
DIAGNOSTIC MODE
Communication
Use this diagnostics tool to cause the printer to output the hexadecimal values for all
Diagnostics Mode data received by the printer.
For more information, see Communication Diagnostics Test on page 196.
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User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
Related ZPL command(s):
~JD to enable, ~JE to disable
SGD command used:
device.diagnostic_print
Control panel key(s):
Hold PAUSE + FEED for 2 seconds when the printer is
in the Ready state.
TOOLS
DISABLED
ENABLED
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Table 6 • Tools (Continued)
ZBI ENABLED?
Enable ZBI
RUN ZBI PROGRAM
Run a ZBI
Program
Zebra Basic Interpreter (ZBI 2.0™) is a programming option that may be purchased for
your printer. If you would like to purchase this option, contact your Zebra reseller for
more information.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
SGD command used:
zbi.key (identifies if the ZBI 2.0 option is enabled or
disabled on the printer)
TOOLS
If you have ZBI installed, you may choose to run a ZBI program that you have
downloaded to your printer.
User menu item: *
Main Menu >
TOOLS
* This menu item appears only
if ZBI is enabled on your
printer and no ZBI program is
running.
If ZBI programs exist on your printer, they are listed. If
no program exists, NONE is listed.
If you wish to run a ZBI program that you have
downloaded to your printer:
1. Use the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW to select a
file from this menu.
2. Press RIGHT SELECT to select RUN. If no program
exists, the RUN option does not perform an action.
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^JI, ~JI
SGD command used:
zbi.control.run
Printer web page:
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Table 6 • Tools (Continued)
STOP ZBI PROGRAM
Stop a ZBI
Program
If your printer is running a ZBI program, you may stop that program.
User menu item: *
Main Menu >
TOOLS
* This menu item appears only
if ZBI is enabled on your
printer and no ZBI program is
running.
If ZBI programs are running, the printer lists them.
If you wish to stop a program:
1. Use the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW to select
the file from this menu.
2. Press RIGHT SELECT to select STOP.
PRINT USB FILE
Print from a USB
Flash Drive
Related ZPL command(s):
~JQ
SGD command used:
zbi.control.terminate
Printer web page:
Directory Listing
Select files to print from a USB Flash drive.
User menu item: *
Main Menu >
TOOLS
* This menu item appears only
if a USB Flash drive is
inserted into the USB host
port on the printer.
Insert a USB flash drive into the printer’s USB host
port.
The printer lists available files. SELECT ALL is
available to print all available files on the USB Flash
drive.
2. Use the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW to select a
file from this menu.
3. Press RIGHT SELECT to select PRINT.
1.
SGD command used:
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Table 6 • Tools (Continued)
COPY USB FILE TO E:
Copy Files from a
USB Flash Drive
Select files to copy to the printer from a USB Flash drive.
User menu item: *
Main Menu >
TOOLS
* This menu item appears only
if a USB Flash drive is
inserted into the USB host
port on the printer.
Insert a USB flash drive into the printer’s USB host
port.
The printer lists available files. SELECT ALL is
available to copy all available files from the USB
Flash drive.
2. Use the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW to select a
file from this menu.
3. Press RIGHT SELECT to select STORE.
1.
SGD command used:
STORE E: FILE TO USB
Store Files on a
USB Flash Drive
usb.host.read_list
Select files from the printer to store on a USB Flash drive.
User menu item: *
Main Menu >
TOOLS
* This menu item appears only
if a USB Flash drive is
inserted into the USB host
port on the printer.
Insert a USB flash drive into the printer’s USB host
port.
The printer lists available files. SELECT ALL is
available to store all files available files from the
printer on the USB Flash drive.
2. Use the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW to select a
file from this menu.
3. Press RIGHT SELECT to select STORE.
1.
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Table 6 • Tools (Continued)
PRINT STATION
Fill in a Form or
Print a Label
Format from the
Display
Use this menu item to fill in variable fields in a label format and print the label using a
Human Input Device (HID), such as a USB keyboard or barcode scanner. A suitable
label format must be stored on the E: drive of the printer to use this option.
When the printer finds an HID plugged into the printer’s USB host port, it uses this user
menu to prompt you to select a form on the printer’s E: drive. After you have been
prompted to fill in each variable ^FN field on the form, you can specify the desired
quantity of labels to print.
For more information about using the ^FN command or the SGD commands related to
this feature, refer to the Zebra Programming Guide. You can download a copy of the
manual from http://www.zebra.com/manuals/.
User menu item: *
Main Menu >
TOOLS
* This menu item appears only
if a USB Flash drive is
inserted into the USB host
port on the printer.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
SGD command used:
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Insert a USB flash drive into the printer’s USB host
port.
The printer lists available files.
Use the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW to select a
file from this menu.
Press RIGHT SELECT to select SELECT.
The printer accesses the file and prompts for the
information in the ^FN fields in the file.
Use your keyboard or barcode scanner to enter the
requested information. When using a keyboard,
press <ENTER> after entering the appropriate
information in the field.
When all ^FN fields have been filled, the printer
prompts for the number of labels to print.
Specify the desired number of labels.
The specified number of labels is printed with your
data in the appropriate fields.
usb.host.keyboard_input (must be set to ON)
usb.host.template_list
usb.host.fn_field_list
usb.host.fn_field_data
usb.host.fn_last_field
usb.host.template_print_amount
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Network Settings
Table 7 • Network Settings
ACTIVE PRINT SERVER
Active Print
Server
Only one print server (wired or wireless) can be installed at a time. Therefore, the print
server installed is the active print server.
User menu item: *
Main Menu >
NETWORK
* This menu item cannot be
modified from the control
panel.
PRIMARY NETWORK
Primary Print
Server
Only one print server (wired or wireless) can be installed at a time. Therefore, the print
server installed is the primary print server.
User menu item: *
Main Menu >
NETWORK
* This menu item cannot be
modified from the control
panel.
IP PORT
Primary TCP/IP
Port
View the Ethernet TCP port number, over which labels and commands can be sent for
processing.
User menu item: *
Main Menu >
NETWORK
* This menu item cannot be
modified from the control
panel.
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Table 7 • Network Settings (Continued)
IP ALTERNATE PORT
Alternate TCP/IP
Port
View the alternate Ethernet TCP port number, over which labels and commands can be
sent for processing.
User menu item: *
Main Menu >
NETWORK
* This menu item cannot be
modified from the control
panel.
WIRED IP ADDRESS
WLAN IP ADDRESS
IP Address
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View and, if necessary, change the printer’s IP address.
To save changes to this setting, set IP Protocol on page 124 to PERMANENT, and then
reset the print server (see Reset Network on page 126).
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
000 to 255 for each field
Related ZPL command(s):
^ND
SGD command used:
Wired: internal_wired.ip.addr
Wireless: ip.addr, wlan.ip.addr
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings >
Network Communications Setup >
TCP/IP Settings
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Table 7 • Network Settings (Continued)
WIRED SUBNET MASK
WLAN SUBNET MASK
Subnet Mask
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View and, if necessary, change the subnet mask.
To save changes to this setting, set IP Protocol on page 124 to PERMANENT, and then
reset the print server (see Reset Network on page 126).
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
000 to 255 for each field
Related ZPL command(s):
^ND
SGD command used:
Wired: internal_wired.ip.netmask
Wireless: wlan.ip.netmask
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings >
Network Communications Setup >
TCP/IP Settings
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Table 7 • Network Settings (Continued)
WIRED GATEWAY
WLAN GATEWAY
Gateway
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View and, if necessary, change the default gateway.
To save changes to this setting, set IP Protocol on page 124 to PERMANENT, and then
reset the print server (see Reset Network on page 126).
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
000 to 255 for each field
Related ZPL command(s):
^ND
SGD command used:
Wired: internal_wired.ip.gateway
Wireless: wlan.ip.gateway
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings >
Network Communications Setup >
TCP/IP Settings
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Table 7 • Network Settings (Continued)
WIRED IP PROTOCOL
WLAN IP PROTOCOL
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This parameter tells if the user (permanent) or the server (dynamic) selects the
IP address. When a dynamic option is chosen, this parameter tells the method(s) by
which the wired or wireless print server receives the IP address from the server.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Related ZPL command(s):
^ND
SGD command used:
Wired: internal_wired.ip.protocol
Wireless: wlan.ip.protocol
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings >
Network Communications Setup >
TCP/IP Settings
NETWORK
ALL
GLEANING ONLY
RARP
BOOTP
DHCP
DHCP & BOOTP
PERMANENT
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Table 7 • Network Settings (Continued)
WIRED MAC ADDRESS
WLAN MAC ADDRESS
MAC Address
ESSID
ESSID
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View the Media Access Control (MAC) address of the print server that is installed in the
printer (wired or wireless).
User menu item:
Main Menu >
SGD command used:
Wired: internal_wired.mac_addr
Wireless: wlan.mac_addr
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings >
Network Communications Setup > Wireless Setup
NETWORK
The Extended Service Set Identification (ESSID) is an identifier for your wireless
network. This setting, which cannot be modified from the control panel, gives the
ESSID for the current wireless configuration.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
32-character alphanumeric string (default 125)
SGD command used:
wlan.essid
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings >
Network Communications Setup > Wireless Setup
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Table 7 • Network Settings (Continued)
CHANNEL
Channel
SIGNAL
Signal
RESET NETWORK
Reset Network
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View the wireless channel being used when the wireless network is active and
authenticated.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
SGD command used:
wlan.channel
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings >
Network Communications Setup > Wireless Setup
NETWORK
View the wireless signal strength when the wireless network is active and authenticated.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
SGD command used:
wlan.signal_strength
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings >
Network Communications Setup > Wireless Setup
NETWORK
This option resets the wired or wireless print server. You must reset the print server to
allow any changes to the network settings to take effect.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Related ZPL command(s):
~WR
SGD command used:
device.reset
Printer web page:
Print Server Settings > Factory Print Server Settings
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RFID Settings
Table 8 • RFID Settings
RFID COUNTRY CODE
RFID Country
Code
RFID STATUS
RFID Status
RFID CALIBRATE
RFID Tag
Calibration
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View the RFID country code.
Note • A prompt for the country code appears only on some printers the first
time that they are powered up, depending on the world region to which the
printers were shipped. Select the appropriate country to access the printer’s
RFID features.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
SGD command used:
rfid.country_code
RFID
Display the status of the RFID subsystem of the printer.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Related ZPL command(s):
^HL or ~HL
SGD command used:
rfid.error.response
RFID
Initiate tag calibration for RFID media. (Not the same as media and ribbon calibration.)
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Related ZPL command(s):
^HR
SGD command used:
rfid.tag.calibrate
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Table 8 • RFID Settings (Continued)
READ RFID DATA
Read RFID Data
Read and return the specified tag data from the RFID tag located over the RFID
antenna. No printer movement occurs while tag data is being read. The printhead can be
open or closed.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
RFID
To read and display the information stored on an RFID
tag:
1. Position the RFID label with its transponder over the
RFID antenna.
2. Use the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW to select
the type of information that you want read and
displayed.
3. Press RIGHT SELECT to select READ.
The results of the test are shown on the display.
epc—reads the first 128 bits of EPC data
Accepted values:
tid information—reads the first 32 bits of the TID
(Tag ID)
password status—reads the tag’s access and kill
passwords
protocol bits—reads the protocol bits from the
EPC memory banks and converts that value to the
EPC size
memory bank sizes—reads the EPC, TID, and user
memory banks sizes
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^RF
SGD command used:
rfid.tag.read.content and
rfid.tag.read.execute
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Table 8 • RFID Settings (Continued)
RFID TEST
RFID Test
During the RFID test, the printer attempts to read and write to a transponder. No printer
movement occurs with this test.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
RFID
To test an RFID label:
1. Position the RFID label with its transponder over the
RFID antenna array.
2. Press RIGHT SELECT to select START.
The results of the test are shown on the display.
Accepted values:
quick—performs a read EPC test and a write EPC test
(using random data)
read—performs a read EPC test
write—performs a write EPC test (using random data)
SGD command used:
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rfid.tag.test.content and
rfid.tag.test.execute
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Table 8 • RFID Settings (Continued)
RFID PROGRAM POS.
Programming
Position
If the desired programming position (read/write position) is not achieved through RFID
tag calibration, a value may be specified. See the RFID Programming Guide 3 for more
information.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
F0 to Fxxx (where xxx is the label length in millimeters
or 999, whichever is less)—The printer feeds the
label forward for the specified distance and then
begins programming.
RFID
B0 to B30—The printer backfeeds the label for the
specified distance and then begins programming.
To account for the backfeed, allow empty media
liner to extend out of the front of the printer when
using a backward programming position.
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Related ZPL command(s):
^RS
SGD command used:
rfid.position.program
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > RFID Setup >
PROGRAM POSITION
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Table 8 • RFID Settings (Continued)
RFID ANTENNA
RFID Antenna
Element
If the desired antenna is not achieved through RFID tag calibration, a value may be
specified.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
A1, A2, A3, A4
B1, B2, B3, B4
C1, C2, C3, C4
D1, D2, D3, D4
E1, E2, E3, E4
Accepted values:
RFID READ POWER
RFID Read
Power
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RFID
Related ZPL command(s):
^RW
SGD command used:
rfid.reader_1.antenna_port
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > RFID Setup >
RFID ANTENNA
If the desired read power is not achieved through RFID tag calibration, a value may be
specified.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
0 to 30
Related ZPL command(s):
^RW
SGD command used:
rfid.reader_1.power.read
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > RFID Setup > RFID
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Table 8 • RFID Settings (Continued)
RFID WRITE POWER
RFID Write
Power
RFID VALID COUNT
RFID Valid
Counter
RFID VOID COUNT
RFID Void
Counter
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If the desired write power is not achieved through RFID tag calibration, a value may be
specified.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
0 to 30
Related ZPL command(s):
^RW
SGD command used:
rfid.reader_1.power.write
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > RFID Setup > RFID
WRITE PWR
RFID
Resets the RFID valid label counter to zero.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Related ZPL command(s):
~RO
SGD command used:
odometer.rfid.valid_resettable
RFID
Resets the RFID void label counter to zero.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Related ZPL command(s):
~RO
SGD command used:
odometer.rfid.void_resettable
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Language Settings
Table 9 • Language Settings
LANGUAGE
Language
If necessary, change the language that the printer displays.
This change affects the words shown on the following:
• the Home menu
• the user menus
• error messages
• the printer configuration label, the network configuration label, and other labels that
you can select to print through the user menus
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Main Menu >
SETTINGS
LANGUAGE
Note • The selections for this parameter are
displayed in the actual languages to make it
easier for you to find one that you are able to
read.
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Accepted values:
ENGLISH, SPANISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, ITALIAN,
NORWEGIAN, PORTUGUESE, SWEDISH, DANISH,
SPANISH 2, DUTCH, FINNISH, CZECH, JAPANESE,
KOREAN, ROMANIAN, RUSSIAN, POLISH,
SIMPLIFIED CHINESE, TRADITIONAL CHINESE
Related ZPL command(s):
^KL
SGD command used:
display.language
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > General Setup >
Language
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Table 9 • Language Settings (Continued)
ZPL OVERRIDE
ZPL Override
COMMAND CHAR
Command
Character
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Enable this menu item to prevent the following ZPL commands from changing the
printer’s current settings:
• ^MM (print mode)
• ^MT (Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer print method)
• ^MN (media type non-continuous or continuous)
When this menu item is disabled, these commands override the printer’s settings.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
SGD command used:
zpl.zpl_override
LANGUAGE
DISABLED
ENABLED
The format command prefix is a two-digit hex value used as a parameter place marker
in ZPL/ZPL II format instructions. The printer looks for this hex character to indicate
the start of a ZPL/ZPL II format instruction.
Set the format command character to match what is used in your label formats.
Important • You cannot use the same hex value for the format command prefix,
control character, and delimiter characters. The printer must see different
characters to work properly. If you are setting the value through the control
panel, the printer will skip any value that is already in use.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
00 to FF
Related ZPL command(s):
^CC or ~CC
SGD command used:
zpl.caret
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > ZPL Control
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Table 9 • Language Settings (Continued)
CONTROL CHAR
Control
Character
DELIMITER CHAR
Delimiter
Character
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The printer looks for this two-digit hex character to indicate the start of a ZPL/ZPL II
control instruction. Set the control prefix character to match what is used in your label
formats.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
00 to FF
Related ZPL command(s):
^CT or ~CT
SGD command used:
zpl.control_character
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > ZPL Control
LANGUAGE
The delimiter character is a two-digit hex value used as a parameter place marker in
ZPL/ZPL II format instructions.
Set the delimiter character to match what is used in your label formats.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
00 to FF
Related ZPL command(s):
^CD or ~CD
SGD command used:
zpl.delimiter
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > ZPL Control
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Table 9 • Language Settings (Continued)
ZPL MODE
ZPL Mode
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Select the mode that matches what is used in your label formats.
This printer accepts label formats written in either ZPL or ZPL II, eliminating the need
to rewrite any ZPL formats that already exist. The printer remains in the selected mode
until it is changed in one of the ways listed here.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
Related ZPL command(s):
^SZ
SGD command used:
zpl.zpl_mode
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > ZPL Control
LANGUAGE
ZPL II
ZPL
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Sensor Settings
Table 10 • Sensor Settings
SENSOR TYPE
Sensor Type
LABEL SENSOR
Label Sensor
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Select the media sensor that is appropriate for the media that you are using. The
reflective sensor typically is used only for black mark media. The transmissive sensor
typically is used for other media types.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
Related ZPL command(s):
^JS
SGD command used:
device.sensor_select
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > Media Setup
SENSORS
TRANSMISSIVE
REFLECTIVE
Set the sensitivity of the label sensor.
Important • This value is set during sensor calibration. Do not change this
setting unless you are told to do so by Zebra Technical Support or by an
authorized service technician.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
0 to 255
SGD command used:
ezpl.label_sensor
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > Calibration
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Table 10 • Sensor Settings (Continued)
TAKE LABEL
Take Label
Sensor
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Set the intensity of the take label LED.
Important • This value is set during sensor calibration. Do not change this
setting unless you are told to do so by Zebra Technical Support or by an
authorized service technician.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
0 to 255
SGD command used:
ezpl.take_label
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings > Calibration
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Port Settings
Table 11 • Port Settings
BAUD RATE
Baud Rate
DATA BITS
Data Bits
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Select the baud value that matches the one being used by the host computer.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Related ZPL command(s):
^SC
SGD command used:
comm.baud
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings >
Serial Communications Setup
PORTS
115200
57600
38400
28800
19200
14400
9600
4800
Select the data bits value that matches the one being used by the host computer.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
7 or 8
Related ZPL command(s):
^SC
SGD command used:
comm.data_bits
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings >
Serial Communications Setup
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Table 11 • Port Settings (Continued)
PARITY
Parity
HOST HANDSHAKE
Host Handshake
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Select the parity value that matches the one being used by the host computer.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
•
Related ZPL command(s):
^SC
SGD command used:
comm.parity
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings >
Serial Communications Setup
PORTS
NONE
EVEN
ODD
Select the handshake protocol that matches the one being used by the host computer.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
•
Related ZPL command(s):
^SC
SGD command used:
comm.handshake
Printer web page:
View and Modify Printer Settings >
Serial Communications Setup
PORTS
XON/XOFF
RTS/CTS
DSR/DTR
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Table 11 • Port Settings (Continued)
WML
Wireless Markup
Language
(WML) Version
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User menu item:
Main Menu >
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Bluetooth Settings
Table 12 • Bluetooth Settings
BLUETOOTH ADDRESS
Bluetooth
Address
MODE
Connection
Device Type
DISCOVERY
Bluetooth
Discovery
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User menu item:
Main Menu >
SGD command used:
bluetooth.address
BLUETOOTH
Displays the Bluetooth connection pair printer’s device type—Slave (typical) or Master.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
BLUETOOTH
Select if the printer is “Discoverable” for Bluetooth device pairing.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
Accepted values:
•
•
SGD command used:
bluetooth.discoverable
BLUETOOTH
ON—enables Bluetooth discoverable mode
OFF—disables Bluetooth discoverable mode
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Table 12 • Bluetooth Settings
CONNECTED
Connection
Status to Paired
Device
BT SPEC VERSION
Bluetooth
Specification
Version
MIN SECURITY MODE
Minimum
Security Level
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Displays the Bluetooth connection status to its paired device (Yes or No).
User menu item:
Main Menu >
BLUETOOTH
Displays the Bluetooth operational specification level.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
SGD command used:
bluetooth.radio_version
BLUETOOTH
Displays the printer’s Bluetooth minimum level of applied security.
User menu item:
Main Menu >
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Calibrate the Ribbon and Media Sensors
Use the procedure in this section to calibrate the printer, which adjusts the sensitivity of the
media and ribbon sensors.
• For issues that may be resolved by sensor calibration, see Printing Issues on page 174.
• For a summary of the options for initiating calibration, see Media and Ribbon Sensor
Calibration on page 114.
Important • Follow the calibration procedure exactly as presented. All of the steps must be
performed even if only one of the sensors requires adjustment. You may press and hold
CANCEL at any step in this procedure to cancel the process.
To perform sensor calibration, complete these steps:
1. With the printer in the Ready state, initiate media and ribbon calibration in one of these
ways:
•
Press and hold PAUSE + CANCEL for 2 seconds.
•
Send the ezpl.manual_calibration SGD command to the printer. See the
Zebra Programming Guide for more information about this command.
•
Navigate to the following menu item on the control panel display. This item is located
under the TOOLS menu and the SENSORS menu. See Idle Display, Home Menu, and
User Menus on page 19 for information about using the control panel and accessing
the menus.
MEDIA/RIBBON CAL
START
a.
Press RIGHT SELECT to select START.
The printer does the following:
•
The STATUS light and SUPPLIES light flash yellow once.
•
The PAUSE light blinks yellow.
•
The control panel displays:
MEDIA/RIBBON CAL
LOAD BACKING
REMOVE RIBBON
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2.
Caution • The printhead may be hot and could cause severe burns. Allow the
printhead to cool.
Open the printhead assembly by rotating the printhead-open lever.
3. Extend the media approximately 8 in. (203 mm) out of the printer.
4. Remove the exposed labels so that only the liner remains.
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5. Pull the media into the printer so that only the backing is between the media sensors.
6. Remove the ribbon (if used).
7. Rotate the printhead-open lever downward until it locks the printhead in place.
8. Press PAUSE to begin the media calibration process.
•
The PAUSE light turns off.
•
The SUPPLIES light flashes.
•
The control panel displays:
MEDIA/RIBBON CAL
CALIBRATING
PLEASE WAIT
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When the process is complete:
• The SUPPLIES light stops flashing.
• The PAUSE light flashes yellow.
• The control panel displays:
MEDIA/RIBBON CAL
RELOAD ALL
CONTINUE
9. Open the printhead assembly by rotating the printhead-open lever.
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10. Pull the media forward until a label is positioned under the media sensors.
11. Reload the ribbon (if used).
12. Close the printhead.
13. Close the media door.
14. Press PAUSE to enable printing.
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Adjust the Printhead Pressure
You may need to adjust printhead pressure if printing is too light on one side, if you use thick
media, or if the media drifts from side to side during printing. Use the lowest printhead
pressure necessary to produce good print quality.
See Figure 16. The printhead pressure adjustment dials have setting marks from 1 to 4.
Figure 16 • Printhead Pressure Adjustment Dials
1
1
2
2
Inside dial
Outside dial
See Table 13. Begin with the following pressure settings, based on your printer and media
width, and make adjustments as necessary.
Table 13 • Pressure Setting Starting Points
Printer
Media Width
Inside Dial Setting
Outside Dial Setting
ZT410
1 in. (25 mm)
4
1
2 in. (51 mm)
3
1
3 in. (76 mm)
2.5
1.5
≥ 3.5 in. (89 mm)
2
2
2 in. (51 mm)
4
1
3 in. (76 mm)
3.5
1
4 in. (102 mm)
3
2
2.5
2.5
ZT420
≥ 5 in. (127 mm)
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If necessary, adjust the printhead pressure adjustment dials as follows:
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well
Increase both dials one position.
Prints too lightly on the left side
of the label.
Increase the inside dial setting one position.
Prints too lightly on the right side
of the label.
Increase the outside dial setting one position.
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If the media...
Then...
Shifts left while printing
Increase the outside dial setting one position.
OR
Decrease the inside dial setting one position.
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If the media...
Then...
Shifts right while printing
Increase the inside dial setting one position.
OR
Decrease the outside dial setting one position.
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Remove Used Ribbon
Remove Used Ribbon
At minimum, remove used ribbon from the ribbon take-up spindle each time you change the
roll of ribbon. With ribbon that is half or less the width of the printhead, remove used ribbon
each time you load a new roll of media. This ensures that uneven pressure on the ribbon
take-up spindle does not interfere with the ribbon release bars on the spindle.
To remove used ribbon, complete these steps:
1. Has the ribbon run out?
If the ribbon...
Then
Ran out
Continue with the next step.
Did not run out
Cut or break the ribbon before the ribbon take-up spindle.
Caution • Do not cut the ribbon directly on the ribbon
take-up spindle. Doing so may damage the spindle.
2. While holding the ribbon take-up spindle, turn the ribbon release knob to the left until it
stops.
The ribbon release bars pivot down, easing the spindle’s grip on the used ribbon.
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3. After the ribbon release bars have pivoted down, if possible, turn the ribbon take-up
spindle one full to the right to help loosen the ribbon on the spindle.
4. Slide the used ribbon off of the ribbon take-up spindle and discard.
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This section provides routine cleaning and maintenance procedures.
Contents
Cleaning Schedule and Procedures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Clean the Exterior, the Media Compartment, and the Sensors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Clean the Printhead and Platen Roller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Clean the Peel Assembly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Clean the Cutter Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Replacing Printer Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ordering Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recycling Printer Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Cleaning Schedule and Procedures
Routine preventive maintenance is a crucial part of normal printer operation. By taking good
care of your printer, you can minimize the potential problems that you might have with it and
help to achieve and to maintain your standards for print quality.
Over time, the movement of media or ribbon across the printhead wears through the protective
ceramic coating, exposing and eventually damaging the print elements (dots). To avoid
abrasion:
• Clean the printhead frequently.
• Minimize printhead pressure and burn temperature (darkness) settings by optimizing the
balance between the two.
• When using Thermal Transfer mode, ensure that the ribbon is as wide or wider than the
media to prevent exposing the printhead elements to the more abrasive label material.
Important • Zebra is not responsible for damage caused by the use of cleaning fluids on this
printer.
Specific cleaning procedures are provided on the following pages. Table 14 shows the
recommended cleaning schedule. These intervals are intended as guidelines only. You may
have to clean more often, depending upon your application and media.
.
Table 14 • Recommended Cleaning Schedule
Area
Method
Interval
Printhead
Solvent*
Platen roller
Solvent*
Media sensors
Air blow
Direct Thermal Mode: After every roll of
media (or 500 feet of fanfold media).
Thermal Transfer Mode: After every roll of
ribbon.
Ribbon sensor
Air blow
Media path
Solvent*
Ribbon path
Solvent*
Pinch roller (part of Peel-Off option)
Solvent*
Cutter
module
If cutting continuous,
pressure-sensitive media
Solvent*
After every roll of media (or more often,
depending upon your application and media).
If cutting tag stock or label
liner material
Solvent* and
air blow
After every two or three rolls of media.
Tear-off/peel-off bar
Solvent*
Once a month.
Take-label sensor
Air blow
Once every six months.
* Zebra recommends using the Preventive Maintenance Kit (p/n 47362 or p/n 105950-035 - multipack). In place of this kit,
you may use a clean swab dipped in 99.7% isopropyl alcohol.
For 600 dpi printers, use Save-a-Printhead cleaning film. This specially coated material removes contamination buildup
without damaging the printhead. Call your authorized reseller or distributor for more information.
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Clean the Exterior, the Media Compartment, and the Sensors
Over time, dust, grime, and other debris may build up on the outside and inside of your printer,
particularly in a harsh operating environment.
Printer Exterior
You may clean the exterior surfaces of the printer with a lint-free cloth and a small amount of a
mild detergent, if necessary. Do not use harsh or abrasive cleaning agents or solvents.
Important • Zebra is not responsible for damage caused by the use of cleaning fluids on this
printer.
Media Compartment and Sensors
To clean the sensors, complete these steps:
1. Brush, air blow, or vacuum any accumulated paper lint and dust away from the media and
ribbon paths.
2. Brush, air blow, or vacuum any accumulated paper lint and dust away from the sensors.
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Clean the Printhead and Platen Roller
Inconsistent print quality, such as voids in the bar code or graphics, may indicate a dirty
printhead. For the recommended cleaning schedule, see Table 14 on page 156.
Caution • While performing any tasks near an open printhead, remove all rings, watches,
hanging necklaces, identification badges, or other metallic objects that could touch the
printhead. You are not required to turn off the printer power when working near an open
printhead, but Zebra recommends it as a precaution. If you turn off the power, you will lose
all temporary settings, such as label formats, and you must reload them before you resume
printing.
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Note • For printers with a peel assembly, keep the peel assembly closed while cleaning the
platen roller to reduce the risk of bending the tear-off/peel-off bar.
Caution • The printhead may be hot and could cause severe burns. Allow the printhead
to cool.
Caution • Before touching the printhead assembly, discharge any built-up static electricity
by touching the metal printer frame or by using an antistatic wriststrap and mat.
To clean the printhead and platen roller, complete these steps:
1. Raise the media door.
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2.
Caution • The printhead may be hot and could cause severe burns. Allow the
printhead to cool.
Open the printhead assembly by rotating the printhead-open lever.
3. Remove the ribbon (if used) and the media.
4. Using the swab from a Zebra Preventive Maintenance Kit, wipe along the brown strip on
the printhead assembly from end to end. In place of the Preventive Maintenance Kit, you
may use a clean swab dipped in 99.7% isopropyl alcohol. Allow the solvent to evaporate.
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5. While manually rotating the platen roller, clean it thoroughly with the swab. Allow the
solvent to evaporate.
6. Reload the ribbon (if used) and the media. For instructions, see Load the Ribbon
on page 58 or Load the Media on page 32.
7. Rotate the printhead-open lever downward until it locks the printhead in place.
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8. Close the media door.
The printer is ready to operate.
9. Press PAUSE to exit pause mode and enable printing.
The printer may perform a label calibration or feed a label, depending on your settings.
Note • If performing this procedure does not improve print quality, try cleaning the
printhead with Save-A-Printhead cleaning film. This specially coated material removes
contamination buildup without damaging the printhead. Call your authorized Zebra
reseller for more information.
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Clean the Peel Assembly
The peel assembly, which is part of the Peel-Off and Liner Take-Up options, consists of
several spring-loaded rollers to ensure the proper roller pressure. Clean the pinch roller and
tear-off/peel-off bar if adhesive buildup begins to affect peel performance.
Caution • Do not use your left hand to assist in closing the Peel assembly. The top edge of
the Peel roller/assembly could pinch your fingers.
If adhesive buildup affects peel-off performance, complete these steps:
1. Raise the media door.
2.
Caution • The printhead may be hot and could cause severe burns. Allow the
printhead to cool.
Open the printhead assembly by rotating the printhead-open lever.
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3. Push down the peel-off mechanism release lever to open the peel assembly.
4. Remove any media liner to expose the pinch roller.
5. While manually rotating the pinch roller, clean it thoroughly with the swab from the
Preventive Maintenance Kit (part number 47362). In place of the Preventive Maintenance
Kit, you may use a clean swab dipped in 99.7% isopropyl alcohol. Allow the solvent to
evaporate.
6. Use the swab to remove excess adhesive from the tear-off/peel-off bar. Allow the solvent
to evaporate.
Important • Apply minimum force when cleaning the tear-off/peel-off bar. Excessive
force can cause the tear-off/peel-off bar to bend, which could have a negative effect on
peel performance.
7. Reload the media liner through the peel mechanism. For instructions, see Final Steps for
Peel-Off Mode (with or without Liner Take-Up) on page 40.
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8.
Caution • Use the peel release lever and your right hand to close the peel assembly.
Do not use your left hand to assist in closing. The top edge of the peel roller/assembly
could pinch your fingers.
Close the peel assembly using the peel-off mechanism release lever.
9. Rotate the printhead-open lever downward until it locks the printhead in place.
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10. Close the media door.
The printer is ready to operate.
11. Press PAUSE to exit pause mode and enable printing.
The printer may perform a label calibration or feed a label, depending on your settings.
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Clean the Cutter Module
If the cutter is not cutting the labels cleanly or if it jams with labels, clean the cutter.
Caution • For personnel safety, always power off and unplug the printer before performing
this procedure.
To clean the cutter module, complete these steps:
1. Turn the printer off (O), and unplug the printer from its power source.
2. Raise the media door.
3. Remove media that is loaded through the cutter module.
4. Loosen and remove the thumbscrew and lock washer on the cutter shield.
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5.
Caution • The cutter blade is sharp. Do not touch or rub the blade with your fingers.
Remove the cutter shield.
6. If necessary, rotate the cutter motor thumbscrew to fully expose the V-shaped cutter
blade (1).
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7. Using the swab from the Preventive Maintenance Kit (part number 47362), wipe along the
upper cutting surface (1) and the cutter blade (2). In place of the Preventive Maintenance
Kit, you may use a clean swab dipped in 99.7% isopropyl alcohol. Allow the solvent to
evaporate.
1
8.
2
Caution • The cutter blade is sharp. For operator safety, replace the cutter shield.
Replace the cutter shield (1) and secure it with the thumbscrew and lock washer that you
removed earlier (2).
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9. Close the media door.
10. Plug the printer into its power source, and then turn on (I) the printer.
The cutter blade returns to its operating position.
11. If the cutter continues to perform unsatisfactorily, contact an authorized service
technician.
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Replacing Printer Components
Some printer components, such as the printhead and platen roller, may wear out over time and
can be replaced easily. Regular cleaning may extend the life of some of these components. See
Table 14 on page 156 for the recommended cleaning intervals.
Ordering Replacement Parts
For optimal printing quality and proper printer performance across our product line, Zebra
strongly recommends the use of genuine Zebra™ supplies as part of the total solution.
Specifically, the ZT400 Series printers are designed to work only with genuine Zebra™
printheads, thus maximizing safety and print quality.
Contact your authorized Zebra reseller for part ordering information.
Recycling Printer Components
The majority of this printer’s components are recyclable. The printer’s main logic board may
include a battery that you should dispose of properly.
Do not dispose of any printer components in unsorted municipal waste. Please dispose of the
battery according to your local regulations, and recycle the other printer components
according to your local standards. For more information, see
http://www.zebra.com/environment.
Lubrication
No lubrication is needed for this printer.
Caution • Some commercially available lubricants will damage the finish and the
mechanical parts if used on this printer.
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Troubleshooting
This section provides information about errors that you might need to troubleshoot. Assorted
diagnostic tests are included.
For videos of some common procedures, go to http://www.zebra.com/zt400-info.
Contents
Meaning of Indicator Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printing Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ribbon Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
RFID Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Communications Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Miscellaneous Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printer Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power-On Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
CANCEL Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
PAUSE Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
FEED Self Test. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
FEED + PAUSE Self Test. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
CANCEL + PAUSE Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Communication Diagnostics Test. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sensor Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Meaning of Indicator Lights
The indicator lights on the control panel show the current status of the printer (Table 15).
Table 15 • Status of Printer As Shown by Indicator Lights
STATUS light steady green (other lights steady yellow for
2 seconds during printer power-up)
The printer is ready.
PAUSE light steady yellow.
The printer is paused.
STATUS light steady red
SUPPLIES light steady red
The media supply is out. The printer needs attention and
cannot continue without user intervention.
STATUS light steady red
SUPPLIES light flashing red
The ribbon supply is out. The printer needs attention and
cannot continue without user intervention.
STATUS light steady yellow
SUPPLIES light flashing yellow
The printer is in Direct Thermal mode, which does not
require ribbon; however, ribbon is installed in the printer.
STATUS light steady red
PAUSE light steady yellow
The printhead is open. The printer needs attention and
cannot continue without user intervention.
STATUS light steady yellow
The printhead is over temperature.
Caution • The printhead may be hot and could
cause severe burns. Allow the printhead to cool.
STATUS light flashing yellow
This indicator light flashing indicates one of the following:
• The printhead is under temperature.
• The power supply is over temperature.
• The main logic board (MLB) is over temperature.
STATUS light steady red
PAUSE light steady red
DATA light steady red
The printhead was replaced with one that is not a genuine
Zebra™ printhead. Install a genuine Zebra™ printhead to
continue.
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Table 15 • Status of Printer As Shown by Indicator Lights (Continued)
STATUS light flashing red
The printer is unable to read the dpi setting of the
printhead.
Printers with a ZebraNet wired Ethernet option
NETWORK light off
No Ethernet link is available.
NETWORK light steady green
A 100 Base link was found.
NETWORK light steady yellow
A 10 Base link was found.
NETWORK light steady red
An Ethernet error condition exists. The printer is not
connected to your network.
Printers with a ZebraNet wireless option
NETWORK light off
A radio was found during power-up. The printer is
attempting to associate with the network. The light flashes
red while the printer associates with the network. The light
then flashes yellow while the printer is authenticating with
the network.
NETWORK light steady green
The radio is associated with your network and
authenticated, and the WLAN signal is strong.
NETWORK light flashing green
WLAN—The radio is associated with your network and
authenticated, but the WLAN signal is weak.
NETWORK light steady red
A WLAN error condition exists. The printer is not
connected to your network.
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Printing Issues
Printing Issues
Table 16 identifies possible issues with printing or print quality, the possible causes, and the
recommended solutions.
For videos of some common procedures, go to http://www.zebra.com/zt400-info.
Table 16 • Printing Issues
Issue
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
General print quality
issues
The printer is set at the
incorrect print speed.
For optimal print quality, set the print speed to
the lowest possible setting for your application
via control panel, the driver, or the software. You
may want to perform the FEED Self Test
on page 192 to determine the optimal settings for
your printer.
See Print Speed on page 101 for how to change
the print speed.
You are using an incorrect
combination of labels and
ribbon for your application.
1. Switch to a different type of media or ribbon
to try to find a compatible combination.
2. If necessary, consult your authorized Zebra
reseller or distributor for information and
advice.
Loss of printing
registration on labels.
Excessive vertical
drift in top-of-form
registration.
The printer is set at an incorrect
darkness level.
For optimal print quality, set the darkness to the
lowest possible setting for your application. You
may want to perform the FEED Self Test
on page 192 to determine the ideal darkness
setting.
See Print Darkness on page 101 for how to
change the darkness setting.
The printhead is dirty.
Clean the printhead and platen roller. See Clean
the Printhead and Platen Roller on page 158.
Incorrect or uneven printhead
pressure.
Set the printhead pressure to the minimum
needed for good print quality. See Adjust the
Printhead Pressure on page 149.
The platen roller is dirty.
Clean the printhead and platen roller. See Clean
the Printhead and Platen Roller on page 158.
Media guides are positioned
improperly.
Ensure that the media guides are properly
positioned. See Load the Media on page 32.
The media type is set
incorrectly.
Set the printer for the correct media type
(gap/notch, continuous, or mark). See Media
Type on page 102.
The media is loaded incorrectly. Load media correctly. See Load the Media
on page 32.
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Table 16 • Printing Issues (Continued)
Issue
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
Long tracks of
missing print on
several labels
Print element damaged.
Call a service technician.
Wrinkled ribbon.
See wrinkled ribbon causes and solutions in
Ribbon Problems on page 177.
Fine, angular gray
lines on blank labels
Wrinkled ribbon.
See wrinkled ribbon causes and solutions in
Ribbon Problems on page 177.
Printing too light or
too dark over the
entire label
The media or ribbon is not
designed for high-speed
operation.
Replace supplies with those recommended for
high-speed operation. For more information, see
http://www.zebra.com/supplies.
The printer is set at an incorrect
darkness level.
For optimal print quality, set the darkness to the
lowest possible setting for your application. You
may want to perform the FEED Self Test
on page 192 to determine the ideal darkness
setting.
See Print Darkness on page 101 for how to
change the darkness setting.
You are using an incorrect
combination of media and
ribbon for your application.
1. Switch to a different type of media or ribbon
You are using ribbon with
direct thermal media.
Direct thermal media does not require ribbon. To
determine if you are using direct thermal media,
perform the label scratch test in When to Use
Ribbon on page 23.
Incorrect or uneven printhead
pressure.
Set the printhead pressure to the minimum
needed for good print quality. See Adjust the
Printhead Pressure on page 149.
Printing too light or
too dark on one side
of the label
Incorrect or uneven printhead
pressure.
Adjust the printhead pressure as needed for good
print quality. See Adjust the Printhead Pressure
on page 149.
Smudge marks on
labels
The media or ribbon is not
designed for high-speed
operation.
Replace supplies with those recommended for
high-speed operation. For more information, see
http://www.zebra.com/supplies.
Misregistration/skips
labels
The printer is not calibrated.
Calibrate the printer. See Calibrate the Ribbon
and Media Sensors on page 144.
Improper label format.
Check your label format and correct it as
necessary.
The platen roller is dirty.
Clean the printhead and platen roller. See Clean
the Printhead and Platen Roller on page 158.
Media does not meet
specifications.
Use media that meets specifications. See Media
Specifications on page 220.
Misregistration and
misprint of one to
three labels
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to try to find a compatible combination.
2. If necessary, consult your authorized Zebra
reseller or distributor for information and
advice.
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Printing Issues
Table 16 • Printing Issues (Continued)
Issue
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
Vertical drift in
top-of-form position
The printer is out of calibration. Calibrate the printer. See Calibrate the Ribbon
and Media Sensors on page 144.
The platen roller is dirty.
Vertical image or
label drift
The bar code printed
on a label does not
scan.
The printer is using
Set the printer for the correct media type
non-continuous labels but is
(gap/notch, continuous, or mark—see Media
configured in continuous mode. Type on page 102) and calibrate the printer, if
necessary (see Calibrate the Ribbon and Media
Sensors on page 144).
The media sensor is calibrated
improperly.
Calibrate the printer. See Calibrate the Ribbon
and Media Sensors on page 144.
The platen roller is dirty.
Clean the printhead and platen roller. See Clean
the Printhead and Platen Roller on page 158.
Improper printhead pressure
settings (toggles).
Adjust the printhead pressure to ensure proper
functionality. See Adjust the Printhead Pressure
on page 149.
The media or ribbon is loaded
incorrectly.
Ensure that the media and ribbon are loaded
correctly. See Load the Ribbon on page 58 and
Load the Media on page 32.
Incompatible media.
You must use media that meets the printer
specifications. Ensure that the interlabel gaps or
notches are 2 to 4 mm and consistently placed
(see Media Specifications on page 220).
The bar code is not within
specifications because the print
is too light or too dark.
Perform the FEED Self Test on page 192. Adjust
the darkness or print speed settings as necessary.
There is not enough blank
space around the bar code.
Leave at least 1/8 in. (3.2 mm) between the bar
code and other printed areas on the label and
between the bar code and the edge of the label.
Auto Calibrate failed. The media or ribbon is loaded
incorrectly.
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Clean the printhead and platen roller. See Clean
the Printhead and Platen Roller on page 158.
Ensure that the media and ribbon are loaded
correctly. See Load the Ribbon on page 58 and
Load the Media on page 32.
The sensors could not detect the
media or ribbon.
Calibrate the printer. See Calibrate the Ribbon
and Media Sensors on page 144.
The sensors are dirty or
positioned improperly.
Ensure that the sensors are clean and properly
positioned.
The media type is set
incorrectly.
Set the printer for the correct media type
(gap/notch, continuous, or mark). See Media
Type on page 102.
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Ribbon Problems
Ribbon Problems
Table 17 identifies problems that may occur with ribbon, the possible causes, and the
recommended solutions.
For videos of some common procedures, go to http://www.zebra.com/zt400-info.
Table 17 • Ribbon Problems
Problem
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
Broken or melted
ribbon
Darkness setting too high.
1.
The ribbon is coated on the
wrong side and cannot be used
in this printer.
Replace the ribbon with one coated on the
correct side. For more information, see Coated
Side of Ribbon on page 23.
Ribbon was loaded incorrectly.
Load the ribbon correctly. See Load the Ribbon
on page 58.
Incorrect burn temperature.
For optimal print quality, set the darkness to the
lowest possible setting for your application. You
may want to perform the FEED Self Test
on page 192 to determine the ideal darkness
setting.
See Print Darkness on page 101 for how to
change the darkness setting.
Incorrect or uneven printhead
pressure.
Set the printhead pressure to the minimum
needed for good print quality. See Adjust the
Printhead Pressure on page 149.
Media not feeding properly;
“walking” from side to side.
Make sure that media is snug by adjusting the
media guide, or call a service technician.
The printhead or platen roller
may be installed incorrectly.
Call a service technician.
The printer may have been
calibrated without ribbon or
without the ribbon loaded
properly.
1.
The printer was not calibrated
for the label and ribbon being
used.
Calibrate the printer. See Calibrate the Ribbon
and Media Sensors on page 144.
Wrinkled ribbon
The printer does not
detect when the
ribbon runs out.
In thermal transfer
mode, the printer did
not detect the ribbon
even though it is
loaded correctly.
The printer indicates
that ribbon is out,
even though ribbon is
loaded correctly.
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Reduce the darkness setting. See Print
Darkness on page 101 for how to change the
darkness setting.
2. Clean the printhead thoroughly. See Clean
the Printhead and Platen Roller
on page 158.
Make sure that ribbon is loaded correctly so
that it can be detected by the ribbon sensor.
Under the printhead, the ribbon should track
all the way back, near the printer’s firewall.
See Load the Ribbon on page 58.
2. Calibrate the printer. See Calibrate the
Ribbon and Media Sensors on page 144.
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RFID Problems
RFID Problems
Table 18 identifies problems that may occur with RFID printers, the possible causes, and the
recommended solutions. For more information about RFID, refer to the RFID Programming
Guide 3. A copy of the manual is available at http://www.zebra.com/manuals or on the
user CD that came with your printer.
Table 18 • RFID Problems
Problem
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
The RFID-enabled
printer voids every
label.
The printer is not calibrated for
the media being used.
Manually calibrate the printer (see Calibrate the
Ribbon and Media Sensors on page 144).
You are using an RFID label
with a tag type that is not
supported by your printer.
The ZT400 series printers support only Gen 2
RFID labels. For more information, refer to the
RFID Programming Guide 3, or contact an
authorized Zebra RFID reseller.
The printer is unable to
communicate with the RFID
reader.
1. Turn off (O) the printer.
2. Wait 10 seconds.
3. Turn on (I) the printer.
4. If the problem persists, you may have a bad
RFID reader or a loose connection between
the RFID reader and the printer. Contact
Technical Support or an authorized Zebra
RFID service technician for assistance.
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Radio frequency (RF)
interference from another RF
source.
Do one or more of the following as necessary:
• Move the printer away from fixed RFID
readers or other RF sources.
• Make sure that the media door is closed at all
times during RFID programming.
The settings are incorrect in
your label designer software.
The software settings override the printer
settings. Make sure that the software and printer
settings match.
You are using an incorrect
programming position,
particularly if the tags being
used are within printer
specifications.
Do one or more of the following as necessary:
• Check the RFID programming position or the
program position setting in your label
designer software. If the position is incorrect,
change the setting.
• Restore the RFID programming position back
to the default value.
For more information, refer to the RFID
Programming Guide 3. For transponder
placement details, go to
http://www.zebra.com/transponders.
You are sending RFID ZPL or
SGD commands that are
incorrect.
Check your label formats. For more information,
refer to the RFID Programming Guide 3.
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RFID Problems
Table 18 • RFID Problems (Continued)
Problem
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
Low yields. Too many
RFID tags per roll
are voided.
The RFID labels are not within
specifications for the printer,
which means that the
transponder is not in an area
that can be programmed
consistently.
Make sure that the labels meet transponder
placement specifications for your printer. See
http://www.zebra.com/transponders for
transponder placement information.
For more information, refer to the RFID
Programming Guide 3, or contact an authorized
Zebra RFID reseller.
Incorrect read and write power
levels for the RFID tag type.
Change the RFID read and write power levels.
For instructions, refer to the RFID Programming
Guide 3.
Radio frequency (RF)
interference from another RF
source.
Do one or more of the following as necessary:
• Move the printer away from fixed RFID
readers.
• Make sure that the media door is closed at all
times during RFID programming.
The printer is using outdated
printer firmware and reader
firmware versions.
Go to http://www.zebra.com/firmware for
updated firmware.
The printer calibrated the label
length only to the RFID inlay
instead of to the interlabel gap.
1. Select FEED for the MEDIA POWER UP and
The download was not
successful. For best results,
cycle power on the printer
before downloading any
firmware.
1. Turn off (O) the printer.
The printer stops at
the RFID inlay.
The DATA light
flashes indefinitely
after you attempt to
download printer or
reader firmware.
HEAD CLOSE parameters (see Power-Up
Action on page 110 or HEAD CLOSE
ACTION on page 111).
2. Manually calibrate the printer (see Calibrate
the Ribbon and Media Sensors on page 144).
2. Wait 10 seconds.
3. Turn on (I) the printer.
4. Attempt to download the firmware again.
5. If the problem persists, contact Technical
Support.
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RFID Problems
Table 18 • RFID Problems (Continued)
Problem
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
RFID parameters do
not appear in Setup
mode, and RFID
information does not
appear on the printer
configuration label.
The printer was powered
off (O) and then back on (I) too
quickly for the RFID reader to
initialize properly.
Wait at least 10 seconds after turning the printer
power off before turning it back on.
1. Turn off (O) the printer.
2. Wait 10 seconds.
3. Turn on (I) the printer.
4. Check for the RFID parameters in Setup
mode or for RFID information on a new
configuration label.
An incorrect version of printer
or reader firmware was loaded
on the printer.
1. Verify that the correct firmware version is
The printer is unable to
communicate with the RFID
subsystem.
1. Turn off (O) the printer.
The printer does not
void RFID labels that
are not programmed
correctly.
loaded on your printer. For more information,
refer to the RFID Programming Guide 3.
2. Download the correct printer or reader
firmware if necessary.
3. If the problem persists, contact Technical
Support.
2. Wait 10 seconds.
3. Turn on (I) the printer.
4. If the problem persists, you may have a bad
RFID reader or a loose connection between
the RFID reader and the printer. Contact
Technical Support or an authorized service
technician for assistance.
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Troubleshooting
Error Messages
Error Messages
The control panel displays messages when there is an error. See Table 19 for errors, the
possible causes, and the recommended solutions.
QuickHelp Pages Most error messages will include the option to view a QuickHelp page.
The lower right-hand corner of the message displays QR.
To access a QuickHelp page from an error message, do the following:
1. Press RIGHT SELECT to select QR.
The printer displays a QuickHelp page specific to that error message. This page includes a
QR code, such as this.
2. Scan the QR code with a smartphone.
Your phone accesses either a video specific to that error message or the Zebra support
page for your printer.
Table 19 • Error Messages
Display/
Indicator Lights
HEAD OPEN
CLOSE HEAD
STATUS light steady red
PAUSE light steady yellow
MEDIA OUT
LOAD MEDIA
STATUS light steady red
SUPPLIES light steady red
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Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
The printhead is not fully
closed.
Close the printhead
completely.
The printhead open sensor is
not working properly.
Call a service technician to
replace the sensor.
The media is not loaded or is
loaded incorrectly.
Load media correctly. See
Load the Media on page 32.
Misaligned media sensor.
Check the position of the
media sensor.
The printer is set for
noncontinuous media, but
continuous media is loaded.
1. Install the proper media
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current media type.
2. Calibrate the printer. See
Media and Ribbon Sensor
Calibration on page 114.
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Error Messages
Table 19 • Error Messages (Continued)
Display/
Indicator Lights
WARNING
RIBBON IN
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
Ribbon is loaded, but the
printer is set for direct thermal
mode.
Ribbon is not required with
direct thermal media. If you
are using direct thermal media,
remove the ribbon. This error
message will not affect
printing.
STATUS light steady yellow
SUPPLIES light flashing yellow
If you are using thermal
transfer media, which requires
ribbon, set the printer for
Thermal Transfer mode. See
Print Method on page 102.
ALERT
RIBBON OUT
STATUS light steady yellow
SUPPLIES light flashing yellow
1. Load ribbon correctly. See
In thermal transfer mode:
Load the Ribbon
• ribbon is not loaded
on page 58.
• ribbon is loaded incorrectly
2.
Calibrate the printer. See
• the ribbon sensor is not
Media and Ribbon Sensor
detecting ribbon
Calibration on page 114.
• media is blocking the
ribbon sensor
In thermal transfer mode, the
printer did not detect the
ribbon even though it is loaded
correctly.
1. Print a sensor profile (see
Print Information
on page 108). The ribbon
out threshold (2) is likely
too high, above the line that
indicates where the ribbon
is detected (1).
1
2
2. Calibrate the printer (see
Media and Ribbon Sensor
Calibration on page 114)
or load printer defaults (see
Load Defaults
on page 113).
If you are using direct thermal
media, the printer is waiting
for ribbon to be loaded
because it is incorrectly set for
thermal transfer mode.
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Thermal mode. See Print
Method on page 102.
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Error Messages
Table 19 • Error Messages (Continued)
Display/
Indicator Lights
PH NOT AUTHENTICATED
REPLACE PRINTHEAD
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
The printhead was replaced
with one that is not a genuine
Zebra™ printhead.
Install a genuine Zebra™
printhead.
STATUS light steady red
PAUSE light steady red
DATA light steady red
PRINT HEAD OVERTEMP
PRINTING HALTED
STATUS light steady yellow
HEAD COLD
PRINTING HALTED
THERMISTOR
REPLACE PRINTHEAD
STATUS light steady yellow
The printer shows one of these messages
or cycles between them.
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Caution • The printhead may be hot enough to cause
severe burns. Allow the printhead to cool.
The printhead is over
temperature.
Allow the printer to cool.
Printing automatically resumes
when the printhead elements
cool to an acceptable operating
temperature.
If this error persists, consider
changing where the printer is
located or using a slower print
speed.
Caution • An improperly connected printhead data or
power cable can cause these error messages. The
printhead may be hot enough to cause severe burns.
Allow the printhead to cool.
The printhead data cable is not
properly connected.
Call a service technician to
hook up the printhead
properly.
The printhead has a faulty
thermistor.
Call a service technician to
replace the printhead.
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Error Messages
Table 19 • Error Messages (Continued)
Display/
Indicator Lights
Possible Cause
Caution • An improperly connected printhead data or
power cable can cause this error message. The
printhead may be hot enough to cause severe burns.
Allow the printhead to cool.
HEAD COLD
PRINTING HALTED
STATUS light flashing yellow
STATUS light steady red
PAUSE light steady yellow
USE USB MEMORY
DEVICE?
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The printhead temperature is
approaching its lower
operating limit.
Continue printing while the
printhead reaches the correct
operating temperature. If the
error remains, the environment
may be too cold for proper
printing. Relocate the printer
to a warmer area.
The printhead data cable is not
properly connected.
Call a service technician to
hook up the printhead
properly.
The printhead has a faulty
thermistor.
Call a service technician to
replace the printhead.
Caution • The cutter blade is sharp. Do not touch or
rub the blade with your fingers.
CUT ERROR
YES
Recommended Solution
The cutter blade is in the
media path.
Turn off the printer power and
unplug the printer. Inspect the
cutter module for debris and
clean as needed following the
cleaning instructions in Clean
the Cutter Module
on page 166.
The USB host port is disabled,
and a USB device was plugged
into the port.
To use the USB device, select
YES, or send the following
SGD command to the printer:
NO
! U1 setvar
"usb.host.lock_out" "on"
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Error Messages
Table 19 • Error Messages (Continued)
Display/
Indicator Lights
OUT OF MEMORY
STORING GRAPHIC
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
There is not enough memory
to perform the function
specified on the second line of
the error message.
Free up some of the printer’s
memory by adjusting the label
format or printer parameters.
One way to free up memory is
to adjust the print width to the
actual width of the label
instead of leaving the print
width set to the default. See
Print Width on page 104.
OUT OF MEMORY
STORING FORMAT
OUT OF MEMORY
STORING BITMAP
Ensure that the data is not
directed to a device that is not
installed or is unavailable.
OUT OF MEMORY
STORING FONT
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If the problem persists, call a
service technician.
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Troubleshooting
Communications Problems
Communications Problems
Table 20 identifies problems with communications, the possible causes, and the recommended
solutions.
Table 20 • Communications Problems
Problem
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
A label format was sent to
the printer but was not
recognized. The DATA
light does not flash.
The communication
parameters are incorrect.
Check the printer driver or software
communications settings (if applicable) for
your connection. You may wish to reinstall the
printer driver following the instructions in
Install the Printer Driver and Connect the
Printer to the Computer on page 62.
If you are using serial communication, check
the serial port settings. See Port Settings
on page 139.
If you are using serial communication, make
sure that you are using a null modem cable or a
null modem adaptor.
Check the printer’s handshake protocol setting.
The setting used must match the one being
used by the host computer. See Host
Handshake on page 140.
A label format was sent to
the printer but was not
recognized. The DATA
light flashes but no
printing occurs.
The prefix and delimiter
characters set in the printer
do not match the ones in the
label format.
Verify the prefix and delimiter characters. See
Command Character on page 134 and
Delimiter Character on page 135.
Incorrect data is being sent
to the printer.
Check the communication settings on the
computer. Ensure that they match the printer
settings.
If the problem continues, check the label
format.
A label format was sent to
the printer. Several labels
print, then the printer
skips, misplaces, misses, or
distorts the image on the
label.
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The serial communication
settings are incorrect.
Ensure that the flow control settings match.
Check the communication cable length. See
General Specifications on page 214 for
requirements.
Check the printer driver or software
communications settings (if applicable).
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Troubleshooting
Miscellaneous Issues
Miscellaneous Issues
Table 21 identifies miscellaneous issues with the printer, the possible causes, and the
recommended solutions.
For videos of some common procedures, go to http://www.zebra.com/zt400-info.
Table 21 • Miscellaneous Printer Problems
Problem
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
The control panel
display shows a
language that I
cannot read
The language parameter was
changed through the control
panel or a firmware command.
1.
The display is missing
characters or parts of
characters
The display may need
replacing.
Call a service technician.
Changes in
parameter settings
did not take effect
Some parameters are set
incorrectly.
1.
A firmware command turned
off the ability to change the
parameter.
Refer to the Programming Guide for ZPL, ZBI,
Set-Get-Do, Mirror, and WML or call a service
technician.
On the control panel display, scroll
to LANGUAGE Menu.
2. Press OK to access the items in this
menu.
3. Use the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW to
scroll through the language selections. The
selections for this parameter are displayed in
the actual languages to make it easier for you
to find one that you are able to read.
4. Select the language that you want to display.
Check the parameters and change or reset if
necessary.
2. Turn the printer off (O) and then on (I).
A firmware command changed
the parameter back to the
previous setting.
Non-continuous
labels are being
treated as continuous
labels.
All indicator lights
are on, nothing is on
the display (if the
printer has a display),
and the printer
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If the problem persists, there
may be a problem with the
main logic board.
Call a service technician.
The printer was not calibrated
for the media being used.
Calibrate the printer. See Calibrate the Ribbon
and Media Sensors on page 144.
The printer is configured for
continuous media.
Set the printer for the correct media type
(gap/notch, continuous, or mark). See Media
Type on page 102.
Internal electronic or firmware
failure.
Call a service technician.
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Miscellaneous Issues
Table 21 • Miscellaneous Printer Problems (Continued)
Problem
Possible Cause
Recommended Solution
The printer locks up
while running the
Power-On Self Test.
Main logic board failure.
Call a service technician.
The printer is not
acknowledging a USB
device or is not
reading the files on a
USB device that is
plugged into the USB
host port.
The printer currently supports
USB drives only up to 1 TB in
size.
Use a USB drive that is 1 TB or smaller.
The USB drive may require its
own external power.
If your USB drive requires external power, make
sure that it is plugged into a working power
supply.
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Troubleshooting
Printer Diagnostics
Printer Diagnostics
Self tests and other diagnostics provide specific information about the condition of the printer.
The self tests produce sample printouts and provide specific information that helps determine
the operating conditions for the printer.
Important • Use full-width media when performing self tests. If your media is not wide
enough, the test labels may print on the platen roller. To prevent this from happening, check
the print width, and ensure that the width is correct for the media that you are using.
Each self test is enabled by pressing a specific control panel key or combination of keys while
turning on (I) the printer power. Keep the key(s) pressed until the first indicator light turns off.
The selected self test automatically starts at the end of the Power-On Self Test.
Note •
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•
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When performing these self tests, do not send data to the printer from the host.
If your media is shorter than the label to be printed, the test label continues on the next
label.
When canceling a self test prior to its actual completion, always reset the printer by
turning it off (O) and then on (l).
Power-On Self Test
A Power-On Self Test (POST) is performed each time the printer is turned on (l). During this
test, the control panel lights (LEDs) turn on and off to ensure proper operation. At the end of
this self test, only the STATUS LED remains lit. When the Power-On Self Test is complete, the
media is advanced to the proper position.
To initiate the Power-On Self Test, complete these steps:
1. Turn on (I) the printer.
The POWER LED illuminates. The other control panel LEDs and the LCD monitor the
progress and indicate the results of the individual tests. All messages during the POST
display in English; however, if the test fails, the resulting messages cycle through the
international languages as well.
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CANCEL Self Test
The CANCEL self test prints a printer configuration label and a network configuration label.
For other ways to print these labels, see Print Information on page 108.
To perform the CANCEL Self Test, complete these steps:
1. Turn off (O) the printer.
2. Press and hold CANCEL while turning on (I) the printer. Hold CANCEL until the first
control panel light turns off.
The printer prints a printer configuration label (Figure 17) and then a network
configuration label (Figure 18).
Figure 17 • Sample Printer
Configuration Label
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PAUSE Self Test
This self test can be used to provide the test labels required when making adjustments to the
printer’s mechanical assemblies or to determine if any printhead elements are not working.
Figure 19 shows a sample printout.
To perform a PAUSE self test, complete these steps:
1. Turn off (O) the printer.
2. Press and hold PAUSE while turning on (I) the printer. Hold PAUSE until the first control
panel light turns off.
•
The initial self test prints 15 labels at the printer’s slowest speed, and then
automatically pauses the printer. Each time PAUSE is pressed, an additional 15 labels
print. Figure 19 shows a sample of the labels.
Figure 19 • PAUSE Test Label
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While the printer is paused, pressing CANCEL alters the self test. Each time PAUSE is
pressed, 15 labels print at 6 in. (152 mm) per second.
•
While the printer is paused, pressing CANCEL again alters the self test a second time.
Each time PAUSE is pressed, 50 labels print at the printer’s slowest speed
•
While the printer is paused, pressing CANCEL again alters the self test a third time.
Each time PAUSE is pressed, 50 labels print at 6 in. (152 mm) per second.
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While the printer is paused, pressing CANCEL again alters the self test a fourth time.
Each time PAUSE is pressed, 15 labels print at the printer’s maximum speed.
3. To exit this self test at any time, press and hold CANCEL.
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FEED Self Test
Different types of media may require different darkness settings. This section contains a
simple but effective method for determining the ideal darkness for printing bar codes that are
within specifications.
During the FEED self test, labels are printed at different darkness settings at two different print
speeds. The relative darkness and the print speed are printed on each label. The bar codes on
these labels may be ANSI-graded to check print quality.
During this test, one set of labels is printed at 2 ips, and another set is printed at 6 ips. The
darkness value starts at three settings lower than the printer’s current darkness value (relative
darkness of –3) and increase until the darkness is three settings higher than the current
darkness value (relative darkness of +3).
To perform a FEED self test, complete these steps:
1. Print a configuration label to show the printer’s current settings.
2. Turn off (O) the printer.
3. Press and hold FEED while turning on (I) the printer. Hold FEED until the first control
panel light turns off.
The printer prints a series of labels (Figure 20) at various speeds and at darkness settings
higher and lower than the darkness value shown on the configuration label.
Figure 20 • FEED Test Label
4. See Figure 21 and Table 22. Inspect the test labels and determine which one has the best
print quality for your application. If you have a bar code verifier, use it to measure
bars/spaces and calculate the print contrast. If you do not have a bar code verifier, use your
eyes or the system scanner to choose the optimal darkness setting based on the labels
printed in this self test.
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Figure 21 • Bar Code Darkness Comparison
Table 22 • Judging Bar Code Quality
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Print Quality
Description
Too dark
Labels that are too dark are fairly obvious. They may be
readable but not “in-spec.”
• The normal bar code bars increase in size.
• The openings in small alphanumeric characters may fill in
with ink.
• Rotated bar code bars and spaces run together.
Slightly dark
Slightly dark labels are not as obvious.
• The normal bar code will be “in-spec.”
• Small character alpha numerics will be bold and could be
slightly filled in.
• The rotated bar code spaces are small when compared to
the “in-spec” code, possibly making the code unreadable.
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Table 22 • Judging Bar Code Quality (Continued)
Print Quality
Description
“In-spec”
The “in-spec” bar code can only be confirmed by a verifier,
but it should exhibit some visible characteristics.
• The normal bar code will have complete, even bars and
clear, distinct spaces.
• The rotated bar code will have complete, even bars and
clear, distinct spaces. Although it may not look as good as
a slightly dark bar code, the bar code will be “in-spec.”
• In both normal and rotated styles, small alphanumeric
characters look complete.
Slightly light
Slightly light labels are, in some cases, preferred to slightly
dark ones for “in-spec” bar codes.
• Both normal and rotated bar codes will be in spec, but
small alphanumeric characters may not be complete.
Too light
Labels that are too light are obvious.
• Both normal and rotated bar codes have incomplete bars
and spaces.
• Small alphanumeric characters are unreadable.
5. Note the relative darkness value and the print speed printed on the best test label.
6. Add or subtract the relative darkness value from the darkness value specified on the
configuration label. The resulting numeric value is the best darkness value for that specific
label/ribbon combination and print speed.
7. If necessary, change the darkness value to the darkness value on the best test label.
8. If necessary, change the print speed to the same speed as on the best test label.
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FEED + PAUSE Self Test
Performing this self test resets the printer configuration to the factory default values. Perform a
sensor calibration after this self test. (See Calibrate the Ribbon and Media Sensors
on page 144.)
To perform a FEED and PAUSE self test, complete these steps:
1. Turn off (O) the printer.
2. Press and hold FEED + PAUSE while turning on (I) the printer.
3. Hold FEED + PAUSE until the first control panel light turns off.
The printer configuration is reset to the factory default values. No labels print at the end of
this test.
CANCEL + PAUSE Self Test
Performing this self test resets the network configuration to the factory default values.
To perform a CANCEL and PAUSE self test, complete these steps:
1. Turn off (O) the printer.
2. Press and hold CANCEL + PAUSE while turning on (I) the printer.
3. Hold CANCEL + PAUSE until the first control panel light turns off.
The printer’s network configuration is reset to the factory default values. No labels print at
the end of this test.
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Communication Diagnostics Test
The communication diagnostics test is a troubleshooting tool for checking the interconnection
between the printer and the host computer. When the printer is in diagnostics mode, it prints all
data received from the host computer as straight ASCII characters with the hex values below
the ASCII text. The printer prints all characters received, including control codes such as CR
(carriage return). Figure 22 shows a typical test label from this test.
Note • The test label prints upside-down.
Figure 22 • Communications Diagnostics Test Label
To use communications diagnostics mode, complete these steps:
1. Set the print width equal to or less than the label width being used for the test. See Print
Width on page 104 for more information.
2. Set the DIAGNOSTICS MODE option to ENABLED. For methods, see Communication
Diagnostics Mode on page 115.
The printer enters diagnostics mode and prints any data received from the host computer
on a test label
3. Check the test label for error codes. For any errors, check that your communication
parameters are correct.
Errors show on the test label as follows:
•
FE indicates a framing error.
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OE indicates an overrun error.
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PE indicates a parity error.
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NE indicates noise.
4. Turn the printer off (O) and then back on (I) to exit this self test and return to normal
operation.
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Sensor Profile
Use the sensor profile image (which will extend across several actual labels or tags) to
troubleshoot the following situations:
• The printer experiences difficulty in determining gaps (web) between labels.
• The printer incorrectly identifies preprinted areas on a label as gaps (web).
• The printer cannot detect ribbon.
With the printer in the Ready state, print a sensor profile in one of these ways:
a. Turn off (O) the printer.
Using the buttons on
the control panel
b. Press and hold FEED + CANCEL while turning on (I) the
printer.
c. Hold FEED + CANCEL until the first control panel light
turns off.
a. Send the ~JG command to the printer. See the Zebra
Using ZPL
Programming Guide for more information about this
command.
Using the control panel
display
a. Navigate to the following item under the SENSORS menu.
See Idle Display, Home Menu, and User Menus
on page 19 for information about using the control panel
and accessing the menus.
▼
PRINT INFORMATION
SENSOR PROFILE
▲
PRINT
b. Press RIGHT SELECT to select PRINT.
Compare your results to the examples shown in this section. If the sensitivity of the sensors
must be adjusted, calibrate the printer (see Calibrate the Ribbon and Media Sensors
on page 144).
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Ribbon Sensor Profile (Figure 23) The line labeled RIBBON (1) on the sensor profile
indicates the ribbon sensor readings. The ribbon sensor threshold setting is indicated by
OUT (2). If the ribbon readings are below the threshold value, the printer does not
acknowledge that ribbon is loaded.
Figure 23 • Sensor Profile (Ribbon Section)
1
2
Media Sensor Profile (Figure 24) The line labeled MEDIA (1) on the sensor profile
indicates the media sensor readings. The media sensor threshold settings is indicated by WEB
(2). The media out threshold is indicated by OUT (3).The downward spikes (4) indicate gaps
between labels (the web), and the lines between the spikes (5) indicate where labels are
located.
If you compare the sensor profile printout to a length of your media, the spikes should be the
same distance apart as the gaps on the media. If the distances are not the same, the printer may
be having difficulty determining where the gaps are located.
Figure 24 • Sensor Profile (Media Section)
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Using the USB Host Port
and NFC Capabilities
This section will help you to learn how to use the USB host port on your Zebra printer and how
to use the printer’s Near Field Communication (NFC) capability. The information is presented
in the form of exercises with some SGD commands listed for advanced users.
Contents
Items Required for the Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Files for Completing the Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
USB Host . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Exercise 1: Copy Files to a USB Flash Drive and Perform USB Mirror . . . . . . . . . . .
Exercise 2: Print a Label Format from a USB Flash Drive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Exercise 3: Copy Files to/from a USB Flash Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Exercise 4: Enter Data for a Stored File with a USB Keyboard and Print a Label . . .
Near Field Communication (NFC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Exercise 5: Enter Data for a Stored File with a Smart Device and Print a Label . . . .
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Items Required for the Exercises
To perform the exercises in this document, you will need the following:
• a USB Flash drive (sometimes called a “thumb drive” or “memory stick”) that is up to
1 Terabyte (1 TB). The printer will not recognize drives larger than 1 TB.
• a USB keyboard
• the various files attached below
• the free Zebra Utilities app for your smart phone (search for Zebra Tech in the Google
Play store)
Files for Completing the Exercises
Most of the actual files that you need to complete the exercises in these section are attached
here. Copy these files to your computer before you begin the exercises. Where possible, the
contents of the files are shown. The contents of files that contain coded content, which cannot
be viewed as text or as an image, are not included.
File 1: ZEBRA.BMP
File 2: SAMPLELABEL.TXT
^XA
^FO100,75^XGE:zebra.bmp^FS
^FO100,475^A0N,50,50^FDMirror from USB
Completed^FS
This simple label format prints the Zebra logo
and a line of text at the end of the mirroring
exercise.
^XZ
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File 3: LOGO.ZPL
File 4: USBSTOREDFILE.ZPL
CT~~CD,~CC^~CT~
^XA~TA012~JSN^LT0^LH0,0^JMA^PR4,4~SD15^LRN^CI0^XZ
~DG000.GRF,07680,024,,[image data]
^XA
^LS0
This label format prints an
image and text. This file will be
stored on the USB memory
device at the root level so that it
can be printed.
^SL0
^BY3,3,91^FT35,250^BCN,,Y,N^FC%,{,#^FD%d/%m/%Y^FS
^FT608,325^XG000.GRF,1,1^FS
^FT26,75^A0N,28,28^FH\^FDThis label was printed from a
format stored^FS
^FT26,125^A0N,28,28^FH\^FDon a USB Flash Memory drive. ^FS
^BY3,3,90^FT33,425^BCN,,Y,N
^FD>:Zebra Technologies^FS
^PQ1,0,1,Y^XZ
^XA^ID000.GRF^FS^XZ
File 5: VLS_BONKGRF.ZPL
File 6: VLS_EIFFEL.ZPL
File 7: KEYBOARDINPUT.ZPL
^XA
^CI28
^BY2,3,91^FT38,184^BCN,,Y,N^FC%,{,#^FD%d/%m/%Y^FS
^FO385,75^XGE:zebra.bmp^FS
^FT40,70^A0N,28,28^FH\^FDThis label was printed using a
keyboard input. ^FS
^FT35,260^A0N,28,28^FH\^FDThis label was printed by:^FS
^FT33,319^A0N,28,28^FN1"Enter Name"^FS
^XZ
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USB keyboard input exercise,
does the following:
• creates a barcode with the
current date, based on your
Real-Time Clock (RTC) setting
• prints the Zebra logo graphic
• prints fixed text
• ^FN prompts you to enter your
name, and the printer prints
what you entered
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File 8: SMARTDEVINPUT.ZPL
^XA
^CI28
^BY2,3,91^FT38,184^BCN,,Y,N^FC%,{,#^FD%d/%m/%Y^FS
^FO385,75^XGE:zebra.bmp^FS
^FT40,70^A0N,28,28^FH\^FDThis label was printed using a
smart device input. ^FS
The same label format as the
previous label, only with different
text printing. This format is used
for the smart device input
exercise.
^FT35,260^A0N,28,28^FH\^FDThis label was printed by:^FS
^FT33,319^A0N,28,28^FN1"Enter Name"^FS^XZ
File 9: Firmware File
You may want to download a firmware file for your printer and copy it to your computer for
use during the exercises. You may omit doing this if you wish.
You can download the latest firmware file from http://www.zebra.com/firmware.
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USB Host
The USB host port allows you to connect a USB device—such as a keyboard, scanner, or USB
Flash drive—to the printer. The exercises in this section will teach you how to perform USB
mirror, how to transfer files to and from the printer, and how to provide information for which
you are prompted and then print a label using that information.
Figure 25 • USB Host Port Location
Important • When using the USB host port, files should be named only with 1 to 16
alphanumeric characters (A, a, B, b, C, c, ..., 0, 1, 2, 3, ...). Do not use Asian characters,
Cyrillic characters, or accented characters in file names.
Some functions may not work properly if there are underscores in a file name. Use periods
instead.
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Exercise 1: Copy Files to a USB Flash Drive and Perform USB Mirror
1. On your USB Flash Drive, create the following:
•
a folder called Zebra
•
in that folder, three subfolders:
• appl
• commands
• files
2. In the /appl folder, place a copy of the latest firmware for your printer.
Note • Some functions may not work properly if there are underscores in a file name.
Use periods instead.
3. In the /files folder, place the following file:
•
File 1: ZEBRA.BMP
4. In the /commands folder, place the following files:
•
File 2: SAMPLELABEL.TXT
•
File 3: LOGO.ZPL
5. Insert the USB Flash drive into the USB host port on the front of your printer.
6. Observe the control panel and wait.
The following should happen:
•
If the firmware on the USB Flash drive is different than what is on the printer, the
firmware downloads to the printer. The printer then restarts and prints a printer
configuration label. (If there is no firmware on the USB Flash drive or if the firmware
version is the same, the printer skips this action.)
•
The printer downloads the files in the /files folder and briefly shows the names of
the files that are downloading on the display.
•
The printer executes any files in the /commands folder.
•
The printer restarts and then displays the message
MIRROR PROCESSING FINISHED.
7. Remove the USB Flash drive from the printer.
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Exercise 1: Advanced User Information
See the Zebra® Programming Guide for more information about these commands.
Enable/disable mirroring:
! U1 setvar "usb.mirror.enable" "value"
Values: "on" or "off"
Enable/disable automatic mirroring that occurs when a USB Flash drive is inserted into the
USB host port:
! U1 setvar "usb.mirror.auto" "value"
Values: "on" or "off"
Specify the number of times that the mirror operation will be repeated if it fails:
! U1 setvar "usb.mirror.error_retry" "value"
Values: 0 to 65535
Change the path to the location on the USB device from which mirror files are retrieved:
! U1 setvar "usb.mirror.appl_path" "new_path"
Default: "zebra/appl"
Change the path to the location on the printer from which mirror files are retrieved:
! U1 setvar "usb.mirror.path" "path"
Default: "zebra"
Enable/disable the ability to use the USB port:
! U1 setvar "usb.host.lock_out" "value"
Values: "on" or "off"
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Exercise 2: Print a Label Format from a USB Flash Drive
The Print USB File option allows you to print files from a USB mass storage device, such as a
USB Flash drive. Only printable files (.ZPL and .XML) may be printed from the USB mass
storage device, and the files must be located at the root level, not in a directory.
1. Copy the following files to your USB Flash drive:
•
File 4: USBSTOREDFILE.ZPL
•
File 5: VLS_BONKGRF.ZPL
•
File 6: VLS_EIFFEL.ZPL
2. Insert the USB Flash drive into the USB host port on the front of your printer.
3. On the printer’s control panel, press the LEFT SELECT button (below the home icon
)
to access the printer’s Home Menu.
4. Use the ARROW buttons to scroll to the Tools menu.
5. Press OK.
6. Use the ARROW buttons to scroll to PRINT USB FILE.
The printer loads any executable files and processes them. The available files are listed.
SELECT ALL is available to print all files on the USB Flash drive.
7. If necessary, use the up and down arrow to select USBSTOREDFILE.zpl.
8. Press the RIGHT SELECT button to select PRINT.
The label prints.
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Exercise 3: Copy Files to/from a USB Flash Drive
The Copy USB File option allows you to copy files from a USB mass storage device to the
printer’s Flash memory E: drive.
1. Copy the following files to the root directory of your USB Flash drive. Do not put these
files into a subfolder.
•
File 7: KEYBOARDINPUT.ZPL
•
File 8: SMARTDEVINPUT.ZPL
2. Insert the USB Flash drive into the USB host port on the front of your printer.
3. On the printer’s control panel, press the LEFT SELECT button to access the printer’s
Home Menu.
4. Use the ARROW buttons to scroll to the Tools menu.
5. Press OK.
6. Use the ARROW buttons to scroll to COPY USB FILE TO E:.
The printer loads any executable files and processes them. The available files are listed.
SELECT ALL is available to copy all of the available files from the USB Flash drive.
7. If necessary, use the UP or DOWN ARROW to select the file STOREFMT.ZPL.
8. Press the RIGHT SELECT button to select STORE.
The printer stores the file in E: memory. All file names are converted to uppercase.
9. Repeat this process to select the file STOREFMTM1.ZPL.
10. Press the RIGHT SELECT button to select STORE.
The printer stores the file in E: memory.
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11. Remove the USB Flash drive from the USB host port.
NOTE: You can now copy these files from the printer to a USB Flash drive using the user
menu item STORE E: FILE TO USB.
The option SELECT ALL is available to store all of the available files from the printer to
the USB Flash drive. Any .ZPL file that is copied will be post-processed such that the
contents of the file will be suitable to be sent to a printer for normal execution.
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Exercise 4: Enter Data for a Stored File with a USB Keyboard
and Print a Label
The Print Station feature allows you to use a USB Human Interface Device (HID), such as a
keyboard or a barcode scanner, to enter ^FN field data into a *.ZPL template file.
1. After performing the previous exercise, plug a USB keyboard into the USB host port.
2. Use the ARROW buttons to scroll to the Tools menu.
3. Press OK.
4. Use the ARROW buttons to scroll to PRINT STATION.
The printer loads any executable files and processes them. The available files are listed.
5. If necessary, use the UP or DOWN ARROW to select the file KEYBOARDINPUT.ZPL.
6. Press the RIGHT SELECT button to select PRINT.
The printer accesses the file and prompts you for the information in the ^FN fields in the
file. In this case, it prompts you for your name.
7. Type your name, and then press <ENTER>.
The printer prompts for the number of labels to print.
8. Specify the desired quantity of labels, and then press <ENTER> again.
The specified number of labels is printed, with your name in the appropriate fields.
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Near Field Communication (NFC)
The Zebra Print Touch™ feature allows you to touch an Android™-based, NFC-enabled
device (such as a smart phone or tablet) to the printer’s NFC logo (Figure 26) to pair the device
to the printer. This capability allows you to use your device to provide information for which
you are prompted and then print a label using that information.
Important • Some devices may not support NFC communication with the printer until you
alter their settings. If you encounter difficulties, consult your service provider or your smart
device manufacturer for more information.
Figure 26 • NFC Logo Location
Exercise 5: Enter Data for a Stored File with a Smart Device
and Print a Label
Note • The steps in this exercise may vary somewhat based on your smart device, on your
service provider, or on whether you already have the free Zebra Utilities app installed on
your smart device.
Refer to the Zebra Bluetooth User Guide for specific instructions for configuring your printer
to use a Bluetooth interface. A copy of this manual is available at
http://www.zebra.com/manuals.
1. If you do not have the Zebra Utilities app installed on your device, go to the app store for
your device, search for the Zebra Utilities app, and install it.
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2. Pair your smart device with the printer by holding the smart device next to the
NFC icon on the printer.
a.
If necessary, access the Bluetooth information about your printer using your
smart device. For instructions, refer to the manufacturer’s documentation for
your device.
b.
If necessary, select the Zebra printer’s serial number to pair it with the device.
c.
After your smart device has been detected by the printer, the printer may prompt you
to accept or reject the pairing. If necessary, press the LEFT SELECT button on the
printer to select ACCEPT. Some smart devices will pair with the printer without this
prompt.
BT PAIRING EVENT
SEC. CODE:
XXXXXX
ACCEPT
REJECT
The printer and your device are paired.
3. Start the Zebra Utilities app on your device.
The Zebra Utilities main menu displays.
4. Perform these steps if you have an Apple device:
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Tap the Settings icon in the lower-right corner.
b.
Change the setting for Get Labels From Printer to ON.
c.
Tap Done.
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5. Tap Files.
The smart device gets data from the printer and displays it.
Note • This retrieval process may take a minute or more to complete.
6. Scroll through the formats shown and select E:SMARTDEVINPUT.ZPL.
Based on the ^FN field in the label format, the smart device prompts you for your name.
7. Enter your name at the prompt.
8. Change the quantity of labels to print, if desired.
9. Tap PRINT to print the label.
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Specifications
This section lists general printer specifications, printing specifications, ribbon specifications,
and media specifications.
Contents
General Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Cord Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printing Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Media Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ribbon Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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General Specifications
Model
ZT410™
ZT420™
Height
12.8 in.(325 mm)
12.8 in. (325 mm)
Width
10.7 in. (272 mm)
13.2 in. (335 mm)
Depth
19.7 in. (500 mm)
19.7 in. (500 mm)
Weight
36 lb (16 kg)
40 lb (18 kg)
Electrical
90–265 VAC, 48-62 Hz
90–265 VAC, 48-62 Hz
Power consumption
Printing PAUSE test at slowest
speed
118.7 W
220.0 W
Power consumption
Printer idle
<7 W
<7 W
Fuses
5A
5A
Temperature
Operating
Thermal Transfer: 41° to 104°F (5° to 40°C)
Direct Thermal: 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
Storage
–40° to 140°F (–40° to 60°C)
Relative
Humidity
Operating
20% to 85%, non-condensing
Storage
5% to 85%, non-condensing
Communication
Interface
Specifications
Standard
Bluetooth® version 2.1
Limitations and Requirements
Many mobile devices can communicate with the printer within a
10-foot radius of the printer.
Connections and Configuration
Refer to the Zebra Bluetooth User Guide for specific
instructions for configuring your printer to use a Bluetooth
interface. A copy of this manual is available at
http://www.zebra.com/manuals.
USB host port
See Using the USB Host Port and NFC Capabilities on page 199
for more information.
Limitations and Requirements
Only one device can be plugged into the printer’s USB host port.
You cannot use a second device by plugging it into a USB port
on the first device, nor can you use an adaptor to split the USB
host port on the printer to accept more than one device.
Connections and Configuration
No additional configuration is necessary.
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Model
Communication
Interfaces
(continued)
ZT410™
Standard
(continued)
ZT420™
Zebra PrintTouch/Near Field Communication (NFC)
See Using the USB Host Port and NFC Capabilities on page 199
for more information.
Limitations and Requirements
NFC communication must be initiated by touching your device
to the appropriate location on the printer.
Connections and Configuration
Some devices may not support NFC communication with the
printer until you alter their settings.
USB 1.1 Data Interface
Limitations and Requirements
• Maximum cable length of 16.4 ft (5 m).
Connections and Configuration
No additional configuration is necessary.
Wired 10/100 Internal Ethernet Print Server
Limitations and Requirements
• The printer must be configured to use your LAN.
• A second wired print server can be installed in the bottom
option slot.
Connections and Configuration
Refer to the ZebraNet Wired and Wireless Print Servers User
Guide for configuration instructions. A copy of this manual is
available at http://www.zebra.com/manuals.
RS-232/CCITT V.24 Serial Data Interface
• 2400 to 115000 baud
• parity, bits/character
• 7 or 8 data bit
• XON-XOFF, RTS/CTS, or DTR/DSR handshake protocol
required
• 750mA at 5 V from pins 1 and 9
Limitations and Requirements
• You must use a null-modem cable to connect to the printer or
a null-modem adaptor if using a standard modem cable.
• Maximum cable length of 50 ft (15.24 m).
• You may need to change printer parameters to match the host
computer.
Connections and Configuration
The baud rate, number of data and stop bits, the parity, and the
XON/XOFF or DTR control must match those of the host
computer.
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Model
Communication
Interfaces
(continued)
ZT410™
Optional
ZT420™
Wireless print server
802.11 b
• 2.4GHz
• DSSS (DBPSK, DQPSK and CCK)
• RF power 10 mW (ZebraNet b/g Print Server)
802.11 g
• 2.4GHz
• OFDM (16-QAM and 64-QAM with BPSK and QPSK)
• RF power 10 mW (ZebraNet b/g Print Server)
Limitations and Requirements
• Can print to the printer from any computer on your Wireless
Local Area Network (WLAN).
• Can communicate with the printer through the printer’s web
pages.
• The printer must be configured to use your WLAN.
• Can be installed only in the top option slot.
Configuration
Refer to the ZebraNet Wired and Wireless Print Servers User
Guide for configuration instructions. A copy of this manual is
available at http://www.zebra.com/manuals.
8-bit Parallel data interface
nibble mode compliant
Limitations and Requirements
• Maximum cable length of 10 ft (3 m).
• Recommended cable length of 6 ft (1.83 m).
• No printer parameter changes required to match the host
computer.
• Can be installed in either the top or bottom option slot.
Connections and Configuration
No additional configuration is necessary.
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Power Cord Specifications
Caution • For personnel and equipment safety, always use an approved three-conductor
power cord specific to the region or country intended for installation. This cord must use an
IEC 320 female connector and the appropriate region-specific, three-conductor grounded
plug configuration.
Depending on how your printer was ordered, a power cord may or may not be included. If one
is not included or if the one included is not suitable for your requirements, see Figure 27 and
refer to the following guidelines:
• The overall cord length must be less than 9.8 ft. (3 m).
• The cord must be rated for at least 10 A, 250 V.
• The chassis ground (earth) must be connected to ensure safety and reduce electromagnetic
interference.
Figure 27 • Power Cord Specifications
2
3
1
4
1
2
3
4
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AC power plug for your country—This should bear the certification
mark of at least one of the known international safety organizations
(Figure 28).
3-conductor HAR cable or other cable approved for your country.
IEC 320 connector—This should bear the certification mark of at
least one of the known international safety organizations (Figure 28).
Length  9.8 ft. (3 m). Rating 10 Amp, 250 VAC.
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Figure 28 • International Safety Organization Certification Symbols
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Printing Specifications
Printing Specifications
Model
ZT410
Print resolution
203 dpi (dots/in.)/8 dots/mm 203 dpi (dots/in.)/8 dots/mm
Dot size (nominal)
(width x length)
Maximum print width
ZT420
300 dpi/12 dots/mm
300 dpi/12 dots/mm
600 dpi/24 dots/mm
N/A
203 dpi
0.0049 in. x 0.0049 in.
(0.125 mm x 0.125 mm)
0.0049 in. x 0.0049 in.
(0.125 mm x 0.125 mm)
300 dpi
0.0033 in. x 0.0039 in.
(0.084 mm x 0.099 mm)
0.0033 in. x 0.0039 in.
(0.084 mm x 0.099 mm)
600 dpi
0.0016 in. x 0.0016 in.
(0.042 mm x 0.042 mm)
N/A
203 dpi
4.09 in. (104 mm)
6.6 in. (168 mm)
300 dpi
4.09 in. (104 mm)
6.6 in. (168 mm)
600 dpi
4.09 in. (104 mm)
N/A
203 dpi
4.9 mil to 49 mil
5 mil to 50 mil
300 dpi
3.3 mil to 33 mil
3.3 mil to 33 mil
600 dpi
1.6 mil to 16 mil
N/A
203 dpi
4.9 mil to 49 mil
5 mil to 50 mil
300 dpi
3.9 mil to 39 mil
3.9 mil to 39 mil
600 dpi
1.6 mil to 16 mil
N/A
203 dpi
2.4 in. to 14 in.
(61 mm to 356 mm) per
second in 1-in. (25.4 mm)
increments
2.4 in. to 12 in.
(61 mm to 305 mm) per
second in 1-in. (25.4 mm)
increments
300 dpi
2.4 in. to 10 in.
(61 mm to 254 mm) per
second in 1-in. (25.4 mm)
increments
2.4 in. to 10 in.
(61 mm to 203 mm) per
second in 1-in. (25.4 mm)
increments
600 dpi
1.5 in. to 4 in.
(38 mm to 102 mm) per
second in 1-in. (25.4 mm)
increments
N/A
Bar code modulus (X) dimension
Picket fence (nonrotated)
orientation
Ladder (rotated)
orientation
Programmable constant print
speeds
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Media Specifications
Model
Label length
Minimum
Maximum
Maximum continuous media print
length
Label width
Minimum
Maximum
Total thickness
(includes liner, if any)
ZT410
ZT420
Tear-off
0.5 in. (12.7 mm)
0.5 in. (12.7 mm)
Peel-off
0.5 in (12.7 mm)
0.5 in (12.7 mm)
Rewind
0.5 in. (12.7 mm)
0.5 in. (12.7 mm)
Cutter
1.0 in. (25.4 mm)
1.0 in. (25.4 mm)
Non-RFID
RFID
Varies for each transponder type
200 or 300 dpi
39 in. (991 mm)
39 in. (991 mm)
600 dpi
20 in. (508 mm)
N/A
200 dpi
157 in. (3988 mm)
102 in. (2590 mm)
300 dpi
73 in. (1854 mm)
45 in. (1143 mm)
600 dpi
39 in. (991 mm)
N/A
Non-RFID
1.0 in. (25.4 mm)
2 in. (51 mm)
RFID
Varies for each transponder type
Tear/Cutter
4.5 in. (114 mm)
7.0 in. (178 mm)
Peel/Rewind
4.25 in. (108 mm)
6.75 in. (171 mm)
Minimum
0.0023 in.
(0.058 mm)
0.0023 in.
(0.058 mm)
Maximum
0.010 in. (0.25 mm)
Maximum roll outside diameter
Inter-label gap
8 in. (203 mm)
on a 3-in. (76-mm) inside diameter core
Minimum
0.079 in. (2 mm)
Preferred
0.118 in. (3 mm)
Maximum
0.157 in. (4 mm)
Ticket/tag notch size (width x length)
0.25 in. x 0.12 in.
(6 mm x 3 mm)
Hole diameter
0.125 in. (3.18 mm)
Notch or hole position (centered from
inner media edge)
Minimum
0.15 in. (3.8 mm)
Maximum
2.25 in. (57 mm)
3.5 in. (90 mm)
Density, in Optical Density Units (ODU) (black mark)
> 1.0 ODU
Maximum media density
≤ 0.5 ODU
Transmissive media sensor (fixed position)
7/16 in. (11 mm) from inside edge
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Ribbon Specifications
Ribbon Specifications
Model
Ribbon width*
ZT410
ZT420
Minimum
2 in.** (51 mm**)
Maximum
4.33 in. (110 mm)
6.85 in. (174 mm)
Maximum ribbon length
1476 ft (450 m)
1476 ft (450 m)
Ribbon core inside diameter
1 in. (25 mm)
* Zebra recommends using ribbon that is at least as wide as the media to protect the printhead from wear.
** Depending on your application, you may be able to use ribbon narrower than 2 in. (51 mm), as long as the ribbon is wider
than the media being used. To use a narrower ribbon, test the ribbon’s performance with your media to assure that you get the
desired results.
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Glossary
alphanumeric Indicating letters, numerals, and characters such as punctuation marks.
backfeed When the printer pulls the media and ribbon (if used) backward into the printer so
that the beginning of the label to be printed is properly positioned behind the printhead.
Backfeed occurs when operating the printer in Tear-Off and Applicator modes.
bar code A code by which alphanumeric characters can be represented by a series of
adjacent stripes of different widths. Many different code schemes exist, such as the universal
product code (UPC) or Code 39.
black mark A registration mark found on the underside of the print media that acts as a startof-label indication for the printer. (See non-continuous media.)
calibration (of a printer) A process in which the printer determines some basic
information needed to print accurately with a particular media and ribbon combination. To do
this, the printer feeds some media and ribbon (if used) through the printer and senses whether
to use the direct thermal or thermal transfer print method, and (if using non-continuous media)
the length of individual labels or tags.
configuration The printer configuration is a group of operating parameters specific to the
printer application. Some parameters are user selectable, while others are dependent on the
installed options and mode of operation. Parameters may be switch selectable, control panel
programmable, or downloaded as ZPL II commands. A configuration label listing all the
current printer parameters may be printed for reference.
continuous media Label or tag-stock media that has no notch, gap, or web (media liner
only) to separate the labels or tags. The media is one long piece of material.
core diameter The inside diameter of the cardboard core at the center of a roll of media or
ribbon.
diagnostics Information about which printer functions are not working that is used for
troubleshooting printer problems.
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die-cut media A type of label stock that has individual labels stuck to a media liner. The
labels may be either lined up against each other or separated by a small distance. Typically the
material surrounding the labels has been removed. (See non-continuous media.)
direct thermal A printing method in which the printhead presses directly against the media.
Heating the printhead elements causes a discoloration of the heat-sensitive coating on the
media. By selectively heating the printhead elements as the media moves past, an image is
printed onto the media. No ribbon is used with this printing method. Contrast this with thermal
transfer.
direct thermal media Media that is coated with a substance that reacts to the application of
direct heat from the printhead to produce an image.
dynamic RAM The memory devices used to store the label formats in electronic form while
they are being printed. The amount of DRAM memory available in the printer determines the
maximum size and number of label formats that can be printed. This is volatile memory that
loses the stored information when power is turned off.
fanfold media Media that comes folded in a rectangular stack. Contrast this with roll media.
firmware This is the term used to specify the printer’s operating program. This program is
downloaded to the printer from a host computer and stored in FLASH memory. Each time the
printer power is turned on, this operating program starts. This program controls when to feed
the media forward or backward and when to print a dot on the label stock.
FLASH memory FLASH memory is non-volatile and maintains the stored information
intact when power is off. This memory area is used to store the printer’s operating program. In
addition, this memory can be used to store optional printer fonts, graphic formats, and
complete label formats.
Font A complete set of alphanumeric characters in one style of type. Examples include
CG Times™, CG Triumvirate Bold Condensed™.
ips (inches-per-second) The speed at which the label or tag is printed. Many Zebra
printers can print from 1 ips to 12 ips.
label An adhesive-backed piece of paper, plastic, or other material on which information is
printed.
label backing (liner) The material on which labels are affixed during manufacture and
which is discarded or recycled by the end-users.
light emitting diode (LED) Indicators of specific printer status conditions. Each LED is
either off, on, or blinking depending on the feature being monitored.
liquid crystal display (LCD) The LCD is a back-lit display that provides the user with
either operating status during normal operation or option menus when configuring the printer
to a specific application.
media Material onto which data is printed by the printer. Types of media include: tag stock,
die-cut labels, continuous labels (with and without media liner), non-continuous media,
fanfold media, and roll media.
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media sensor This sensor is located behind the printhead to detect the presence of media
and, for non-continuous media, the position of the web, hole, or notch used to indicate the start
of each label.
media supply hanger The stationary arm that supports the media roll.
non-continuous media Media that contains an indication of where one label/printed
format ends and the next one begins. Examples are die-cut labels, notched tag-stock, and stock
with black mark registration marks.
non-volatile memory Electronic memory that retains data even when the power to the
printer is turned off.
notched media A type of tag stock containing a cutout area that can be sensed as a start-oflabel indicator by the printer. This is typically a heavier, cardboard-like material that is either
cut or torn away from the next tag. (See non-continuous media.)
peel-off A mode of operation in which the printer peels a printed label away from the
backing and allows the user to remove it before another label is printed. Printing pauses until
the label is removed.
print speed The speed at which printing occurs. For thermal transfer printers, this speed is
expressed in terms of ips (inches per second).
printhead wear The degradation of the surface of the printhead and/or the print elements
over time. Heat and abrasion can cause printhead wear. Therefore, to maximize the life of the
printhead, use the lowest print darkness setting (sometimes called burn temperature or head
temperature) and the lowest printhead pressure necessary to produce good print quality. In the
thermal transfer printing method, use ribbon that is as wide or wider than the media to protect
the printhead from the rough media surface.
registration Alignment of printing with respect to the top (vertical) or sides (horizontal) of a
label or tag.
ribbon A band of material consisting of a base film coated with wax or resin “ink.” The
inked side of the material is pressed by the printhead against the media. The ribbon transfers
ink onto the media when heated by the small elements within the printhead. Zebra ribbons
have a coating on the back that protects the printhead from wear.
ribbon wrinkle A wrinkling of the ribbon caused by improper alignment or improper
printhead pressure. This wrinkle can cause voids in the print and/or the used ribbon to rewind
unevenly. This condition should be corrected by performing adjustment procedures.
roll media Media that comes supplied rolled onto a core (usually cardboard). Contrast this
with fanfold media.
supplies A general term for media and ribbon.
symbology The term generally used when referring to a bar code.
tag A type of media having no adhesive backing but featuring a hole or notch by which the
tag can be hung on something. Tags are usually made of cardboard or other durable material.
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tear-off A mode of operation in which the user tears the label or tag stock away from the
remaining media by hand.
thermal transfer A printing method in which the printhead presses an ink or resin coated
ribbon against the media. Heating the printhead elements causes the ink or resin to transfer
onto the media. By selectively heating the printhead elements as the media and ribbon move
past, an image is printed onto the media. Contrast this with direct thermal.
void A space on which printing should have occurred, but did not due to an error condition
such as wrinkled ribbon or faulty print elements. A void can cause a printed bar code symbol
to be read incorrectly or not at all.
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A
active print server, 120
adhesive test for ribbon coating, 24
adjustments
display contrast, 109
label left position, 105
maximum label length, 107
print darkness, 101
print width, 104
printhead pressure, 149
tear-off position, 103
alternate TCI/IP port number, 121
antenna element, 131
B
bar codes
bar code does not scan, 176
bar codes label, 108
darkness comparison during FEED self test, 192
battery disposal, 170
baud rate, 139
black mark media
described, 22
selecting media type, 102
Bluetooth
address, 142
characteristics and limitations, 214
connection status to paired device, 143
device type (slave or master), 142
discovery on/off, 142
minimum security level, 143
specification version, 143
using Print Touch feature, 210
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buttons on control panel, 16
C
calibration
Auto Calibrate failed, 176
how to set as head-close action, 111
how to set as power-up action, 110
procedure, 144
SHORT CAL
how to set for head-close action, 111
how to set for power-up action, 110
ways to initiate, 114
Canadian DOC compliance, 4
cancel a label format, 16
CANCEL button
CANCEL self test, 190
location, 16
changing printer parameters, 20
channel, 126
cleaning
cutter module, 166
exterior of printer, 157
media compartment, 157
peel-off assembly, 162
printhead and platen roller, 158
recommended cleaning schedule, 156
sensors, 157
command character, 134
communication diagnostics mode
how to initiate, 115
overview, 196
communication interfaces, 62
communications problems, 186
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configuration label
print through Zebra Setup Utilities, 96
print using CANCEL self test, 190
various ways to print, 108
conformity declaration, 3
connecting printer to computer or network, 62
continuous media
described, 22
selecting media type, 102
control character, 135
control panel
button function, 16
error messages, 181
location, 15
navigation, 17
country code for RFID, 127
cover-open light, 112
Cutter mode
cleaning the cutter module, 166
CUT ERROR message, 184
description and media path, 29
final media loading steps, 55
how to select, 105
preliminary media loading steps, 32
D
darkness
adjustments, 101
print quality too light or too dark, 175
data bits, 139
data cables, 14
data source
connections, 62
site selection considerations, 27
declaration of conformity, 3
default gateways, 123
default reset, 113
delimiter character, 135
diagnostic mode
how to initiate, 115
overview, 196
diagnostics, 189
Direct Thermal mode
media scratch test, 23
setting, 102
display
contrast adjustment, 109
display language, 133
how to change from unfamiliar language, 187
location, 16
missing characters, 187
printing from the display, 119
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driver installation, 62
E
electronics cover, 15
enable ZBI, 116
error messages, 181
ESSID, 125
Ethernet
characteristics of a wired connection, 215
characteristics of wireless connection, 216
connecting to a wired network, 83
connecting to a wireless network, 90
external view of printer, 15
F
factory defaults, 113
fanfold media
described, 22
loading, 33
FCC compliance, 4
FCC radiation exposure limits, 4
feed a label
how to set as head-close action, 111
how to set as power-up action, 110
through the control panel, 16
FEED button
FEED and PAUSE self test, 195
FEED self test, 192
location, 16
fonts label, 108
formats label, 108
G
gap/notch
illustrations, 22
selecting media type, 102
ways to select media sensor type, 137
gateways, 123
H
HEAD COLD message
cycling with other messages, 183
displaying alone, 184
HEAD OPEN message, 181
head-close action, 111
head-open light, 111
Home menu, 19
host handshake, 140
Human Input Device (HID) use, 119
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M
idle display
accessing the Home menu from the Idle Display, 17
how to change what displays, 110
information shown, 19
images distorted on labels, 186
images label, 108
indicator lights
combined with error message, 181
location, 16
troubleshooting, 172
initiate manual calibration, 114
inspect for shipping damage, 26
IP addresses, 121
IP protocol, 124
IP resolution (IP protocol), 124
MAC addresses, 125
manual calibration
procedure, 144
ways to initiate, 114
maximum label length, 107
media
black mark, 22
continuous roll media, 22
fanfold, 22
non-continuous roll media, 22
perforated, 22
RFID “smart” labels, 21
tag stock, 21
types of media, 21
web, 22
media door, 15
MEDIA OUT message, 181
media scratch test, 23
media sensor calibration
procedure, 144
ways to initiate, 114
media sensor selection, 137
media type selection, 102
melted ribbon, 177
menu structure, 20
mirroring, 204
misregistration of labels, 175
missing print on labels, 175
L
label length maximum, 107
label sensor sensitivity, 137
label shift, 105
label width, 104
labels did not print, 186
language
how to change from unfamiliar language, 187
languages supported on display, 133
last saved settings, 113
LCD contrast, 109
LCD error messages, 181
left position adjustment, 105
LENGTH
how to set as head-close action, 111
how to set as power-up action, 110
liability, 2
light
cover open, 112
head open, 111
Liner Take-Up mode
description and media path, 30
final media loading steps, 40
how to select, 105
preliminary media loading steps, 32
load defaults, 113
location for printer, 27
lubrication, 170
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navigation, 17
Near Field Communication (NFC), 210
network configuration label
print using CANCEL self test, 190
various ways to print, 108
network defaults, 113
network settings
load defaults, 113
reset network, 126
NO MOTION
how to set as head-close action, 111
how to set as power-up action, 110
non-continuous media
described, 22
problem with labels, 187
selecting media type, 102
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O
operating conditions, 27
ordering replacement parts, 170
OUT OF MEMORY message, 185
P
parallel port
characteristics of parallel connection, 216
connecting the printer to a computer, 75
specifications, 215
parity, 140
PAUSE button
FEED and PAUSE self test, 195
location, 16
PAUSE self test, 191
Peel-Off mode
cleaning peel-off assembly, 162
description and media path, 29
description and media path with Liner Take-Up, 30
final media loading steps, 40
how to select, 105
preliminary media loading steps, 32
perforated media, 22
PH NOT AUTHENTICATED message, 183
power
power cord specifications, 217
site selection, 27
Power-On Self Test (POST)
how to perform, 189
printer locks up during POST, 188
power-up action, 110
primary print server, 120
primary TCI/IP port number, 120
print darkness setting, 101
PRINT HEAD OVERTEMP message, 183
print information
how to print various printer information, 108
print method specification, 102
print mode selection, 105
print quality
bar code does not scan, 176
darkness comparison during FEED self test, 192
printhead pressure adjustment, 149
troubleshooting, 174
print server
active print server user menu item, 120
characteristics of wired connection, 215
characteristics of wireless connection, 216
default gateways, 123
ESSID, 125
IP addresses, 121
IP protocol, 124
MAC address, 125
network configuration label, 108
primary print server user menu item, 120
reset network settings, 126
signal, 126
print speed, 101
PRINT STATION menu item, 119
Print Touch feature, 210
print width adjustment, 104
printer configuration label, 108
printer diagnostics, 189
printer driver, 62
printer locks up, 187
printer parameters, 20
printer settings
darkness, 101
label left position, 105
maximum label length, 107
media type, 102
print method, 102
print mode, 105
print speed, 101
print width, 104
reprint mode, 106
settings not taking effect, 187
tear-off position, 103
printhead
adjust printhead pressure, 149
HEAD COLD message
cycling with other messages, 183
displaying alone, 184
how to clean, 158
PH NOT AUTHENTICATED message, 183
PRINT HEAD OVERTEMP message, 183
THERMISTOR PREPLACE PRINTHEAD
message, 183
programming position, 130
Q
QR codes with error messages, 181
QuickHelp pages, 181
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radiation exposure limits, 4
read power, 131
read/write position, 130
recycling printer parts, 170
reflective sensor selection, 137
registration loss during printing, 174
reinitialize printer server, 113
relative humidity
operating, 27
operating and storage, 214
reload last saved settings, 113
replacement parts, 170
report shipping damage, 26
reprint mode, 106
reset network settings, 126
reset printer to default values, 113
reset to defaults, 113
Rewind mode
description and media path, 31
final media loading steps, 49
preliminary media loading steps, 32
RFID
antenna element, 131
country code, 127
programming position, 130
read power, 131
read RFID data, 128
RFID test, 129
“smart” labels, 21
status, 127
tag calibration, 127
troubleshooting, 178
valid label counter, 132
void label counter, 132
write power, 132
ribbon
adhesive test, 24
broken or melted ribbon, 177
determining coated side, 23
loading, 58
removal, 153
ribbon not detected correctly, 177
scratch test, 24
setting Thermal Transfer mode, 102
when to use, 23
wrinkled ribbon, 177
RIBBON IN message, 182
RIBBON OUT message, 182
ribbon sensor calibration
procedure, 144
ways to initiate, 114
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roll media
described, 21
loading, 33
routine cleaning schedule, 156
run a ZBI program, 116
S
scanner input, 119
scratch test
media type, 23
ribbon coated side, 24
self tests, 189
CANCEL, 190
communication diagnostics, 196
FEED, 192
FEED and PAUSE, 195
PAUSE, 191
Power-On Self Test (POST), 189
sensor profile, 108
sensor type selection, 137
sensors
interpreting sensor profile, 197
transmissive sensor selection, 137
serial port
characteristics of serial connection, 215
connecting the printer to a computer, 75
setup
install the printer driver, 62
unpack the printer, 26
shipping
report damage, 26
reshipping the printer, 26
SHORT CAL
how to set as head-close action, 111
how to set as power-up action, 110
signal, 126
site selection for printer, 27
skipped labels, 186
“smart” labels, 21
smart phone
QuickHelp pages, 181
using Print Touch feature, 210
smudge marks on labels, 175
spacing requirements, 27
specifications
power cord, 217
stop a ZBI program, 117
storing the printer, 26
subnet mask, 122
surface for printer, 27
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T
U
tag calibration, 127
tag stock
described, 21
take label sensor intensity, 138
TCI/IP port number
alternate, 121
primary, 120
Tear-Off mode
description and media path, 28
final media loading steps, 38
how to select, 105
preliminary media loading steps, 32
tear-off position adjustment, 103
temperature
operating, 27
operating and storage, 214
Thermal Transfer mode
media scratch test, 23
setting, 102
THERMISTOR REPLACE PRINTHEAD message,
183
transmissive sensor selection, 137
troubleshooting
communications problems, 186
diagnostic tests, 189
error messages, 181
indicator lights, 172
print quality problems, 174
RFID problems, 178
ribbon problems, 177
types of media
black mark media, 22
continuous roll media, 22
fanfold media, 22
non-continuous roll media, 22
perforated media, 22
RFID “smart” labels, 21
tag stock, 21
web media, 22
unpack the printer, 26
USB host
copy files and perform USB mirror, 204
copy files from a Flash drive, 118
copy files to/from USB Flash drive, 207
enter data with USB keyboard, 209
file naming conventions, 203
files required for exercises, 200
location of port, 203
port location, 15
print a label format from the display, 119
print from a Flash drive, 117
print label format from USB Flash drive, 206
printer does not recognize USB device, 188
store files on a Flash drive, 118
USB keyboard input, 119
USB mirror, 204
USB port
characteristics of USB connection, 215
connecting the printer to a computer, 71
specifications, 215
USB scanner input, 119
user menus, 20
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valid RFID label counter, 132
ventilation requirements, 27
vertical drift
top-of-form position, 176
void RFID label counter, 132
W
web media
described, 22
wired print server
characteristics, 215
specifications, 215
Wireless Markup Language (WML) version, 141
wireless print server
channel, 126
characteristics, 216
ESSID, 125
signal, 126
specifications, 215
wrinkled ribbon causes, 177
write power, 132
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Z
Zebra Basic Interpreter (ZBI)
enable, 116
run a ZBI program, 116
stop a ZBI program, 117
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installation, 62
print a test label, 96
ZebraDesigner, 98
ZPL mode, 136
ZPL override, 134
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