Zebra P640I User manual

Zebra P640I User manual
Zebra® P640i Card Printer
Card Printer
User Guide
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© 2004 ZIH Corp.
The copyrights in this guide and the printers described therein are owned by Zebra Technologies Corporation. Unauthorized reproduction of this manual or the software in the label print engine may result in imprisonment of up
to one year and fines of up to $10,000 (17 U.S.C.506). Copyright violators may be subject to civil liability.
Printer Software © ZIH Corp. All rights reserved worldwide.
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks
belong to their respective holders.
Customer Order # 980541-001
Manufacturer Part # 980541-001 Rev. A
Caution labels on P640i Printers
Pinch Hazard • Keep fingers away from printer cover hinges and back of cleaning
cassette
Hot surfaces • Danger of skin burns near laminator components
Advisories used in this Guide
Important • Advises you of important information
Caution• Failure to follow instructions to the letter can cause malfunction, damage to the printer, or personal injury.
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Caution • The separate Quick Start Guide shows how to
set up the printer using the standard USB interface. If your
printer was configured for the optional Parallel or Ethernet
connections, refer to Technical Note 9 in Section 4 of this
Guide for instructions on driver installation.
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WARRANTY INFORMATION
Printers
All Zebra Card Printers are warranted against defects in material or workmanship for twelve (12)
months from the purchase date.
Proof of purchase or shipment date is required to validate the warranty period. The warranty becomes
void if the equipment is modified, improperly installed or used, damaged by accident or neglect, or if
any parts are improperly installed or replaced by the user.
Note: Products must be packaged in the original or comparable packaging and shipping container. In
the event equipment is not so packaged, or if shipping damage is evident, it will not be accepted for
service under warranty. Surface transportation charges for return to customers in the continental United States is paid by Zebra. Otherwise, Zebra pays CPT (carriage paid to) nearest airport, customer
pays customs, duties, taxes and freight from airport to destination. If Zebra determines that the product returned for warranty service or replacement is not defective as herein defined, the customer will
pay all handling and transportation costs.
Printheads
Since printhead wear is part of normal operation, the original printhead is covered by a twelve (12)
month warranty. Warranty period begins on purchase date.
To qualify for this warranty, the printhead must be returned to the factory or to an authorized service
center. Customers are not required to purchase Zebra supplies (media and/or ribbons) for warranty
qualification. However, if it is determined that the use of other manufacturer supplies has caused any
defect in the printhead for which a warranty claim is made, the user is responsible for Zebraís labor
and material charges required to repair the defect. The warranty becomes void if the printhead is
physically worn or damaged; also if it is determined that failure to follow the preventative maintenance
schedule listed in the Userís Guide has caused defect in the thermal printhead for which warranty
claim is made.
Software
Software is warranted to be free of defects in material and workmanship for 30 days from the date of
purchase. In the event of notification within the warranty period of defects, Zebra will replace the defective CD or documentation.
Supplies
Supplies are warranted to be free from defect in material and workmanship for a period of six (6)
months for media and twelve (12) months for ribbon from the date of shipment by Zebra. This is provided the user has complied with storage guidelines, handling, and usage of the supplies in Zebra
printers.
Zebraís sole obligation under these warranties is to furnish parts and labor for the repair or possible
replacement of products found to be defective in material or workmanship during the warranty period.
Zebra may in its discretion issue a credit for any such defective products in such amount as it deems
reasonable.
Spare Parts
All parts, maintenance kits, options kits, and accessories are warranted to be free of defects in material and workmanship for 90 days (except where otherwise denoted) from date of purchase. This warranty becomes void if the item is modified, improperly installed or used, or damaged by accident or
neglect.
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Warranty Exclusions and Conditions
The warranties provided above are the only warranties applicable. No other warranties, expressed or
implied, are given. Zebra does not make any IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE in connection with its sale of products or services. While
Zebraís desire is to be responsive to specific needs and questions, Zebra does not assume responsibility for any specific application to which any products are applied including, but not limited to, compatibility with other equipment. All statements, technical information or recommendations relating to
Zebra products are based upon tests believed to be reliable yet do not constitute a guaranty or warranty.
Zebraís maximum liability for warranty claims is limited to the invoice price of the product claimed defective. Zebra does not assume responsibility for delays or replacement or repair of products. Zebra
shall not under any circumstances whatsoever be liable to any party for loss of profits, lost data, diminution of good will, or any other special or consequential damages whatsoever with respect to any
claim made under agreement with Zebra. Specifically for software, Zebra is not liable for any incidental or consequential damages caused by abuse or misapplication of the software or by its use in violation of the U.S. copyright law or international treaty.
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AGENCY APPROVALS
Product Disposal
Do not dispose of this product in unsorted municipal waste. This product is recyclable.
Please recycle according to your local standards. For more information, please see our
web site at: http://www.zebra.com/recycle
CONTACT INFORMATION
Zebra Technologies • Card Printer Solutions
www.zebracard.com
North America
1001 Flynn Road
Camarillo, CA 93012-8706 USA
Telephone: +1(805) 579 1800
Fax: +1(805) 579 1808
Toll free in the US: 800 452 4056
e-mail: [email protected]
Europe, Middle East and Africa
The Valley Centre, Gordon Road
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire HP13 6EQ, UK
Telephone: +44 870 241 1527
Fax: +44 870 241 0765
Asia Pacific
16 New Industrial Road
#05-03 Hudson TechnoCentre
Singapore 536204
Telephone: +65 6858 0722
Fax: +65 6885 0836
e-mail: [email protected]
Latin America
9800 NW 41St Street, Suite 220
Doral, FL 33178
Telephone: +1(305) 558 3100
Fax: +1(805) 558 8485
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Table of Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
1 • Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Photo ID card printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printing basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
What makes the P640i a different kind of printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
What to expect when you turn on the power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Test card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Push buttons and Indicator lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
PRINT button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
RIBBON button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
LAMINATE button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
INDICATOR LIGHT SUMMARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A typical card production sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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2 • Media Handling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Loading cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Hot Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Loading the cleaning cassette. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Why 10 cards is the normal clean frequency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Loading the color ribbon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Laminating Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Laminate Cassettes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Main components of the laminating system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Removing the cassettes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Loading the cassettes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Installing the cassettes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Clearing the Laminate Channels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Laminating smart cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
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3 • Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Image Adjustment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Troubleshooting quality problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Poor color registration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Examples of color mis-registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Poor color rendering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Faint, non-uniform image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Gaps in image at edges and corners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Continuous white or black stripes on card’s longer dimension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Random occurences of white (unprinted) spots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Image not centered on card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Image missing at top or bottom of card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Consistent image defects, card after card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Random colored patterns on image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Scratches/dings on long edges of card. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Laminate not centered on card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Laminate not parallel with card edges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Laminate wrinkling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Unusual Printer/Lmainator Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Color ribbon runs for longer than 2 or 3 seconds when cover is closed (MEDIA
light stays on) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ALARM light stays ON after error condition is cleared . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Card has both front and back images printed on same side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MEDIA light ON steady, but no obvious visual problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Completely unexpected print results. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
YMC color panels stick to card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
K (Black) panel sticks to card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Loud rattling/screeching from card transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brief rattling noise before every print job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rattling noise every 10 cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Unusual events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Laminator spot check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Additional help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Error messages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4 • Technical Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Technical Note 1 - General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
P640i Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ID/Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printer Parameters in the Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Password Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Technical Note 2 - Card Transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
No-slip card transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Card transport knob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Take care of the platen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing the platen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Truck interlock (arrowed) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Truck home sensor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Card presence sensor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning cassette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Underside of hopper base molding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Transport Parameters in the Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Avoid These Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
TEchnical Note 3 - Magnetic Stripe Encoder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Mag encoder installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Mag encoder components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the read/write head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Replacing the read/write head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Magnetic Encoding Functions in the Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Magnetic Encoding Preferences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Techncial Note 4 - Print Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Examples of printhead problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the print head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Print head attachment hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Replacing the print head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Print quality tests and adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Print Station Parameters in the Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
K (Black) Panel Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Technical Note 5 - Flip Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
How the flip station works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Flip station adjustment procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Flip Station Routines in the Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Carrier Motion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Techncial Note 6 - Laminator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Laminate position adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Laminator Parameters in the Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Correcting Laminator Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Technical Note 7 - ID/Log . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Technical Note 8 - Using the Windows Printer Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Printing Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
What is black extraction? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printer Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
IDPrint Lite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Card Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Technical Note 9 - Installing the Windows Printer Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
First things first . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Driver CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Download . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Uninstalling the printer driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Windows file missing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing the printer driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
New Hardware Found Wizard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Install using Zebra’s Printer Setup screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Install using “Add a Printer” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Firewall issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Configuring the Ethernet option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Technical Note 10 - Printer Pooling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Main cover
Interlock actua-
Card hopper
cover
Transfer toggle
Rotate clockwise
to separate trans-
Laminating
station
ID/Key (optionCard
Hopper
Push
buttons
Indicator
Cleaning
station
Flip
station
Card transport
knob
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Overview
Overview
The P640i Printer is a complete, fully automatic photo ID card fabricator. It comprises six
functional elements:
• Card hopper
• Magnetic (“mag”) encoder - optional feature
• Cleaning station
• Print station
• Flip station
• Laminator
Because the P640i Printer is fully automatic, it requires no attention from the operator other
than media loading and an occasional vacuuming.
Although you don’t need a detailed knowledge of the printer to use the printer effectively, an
overall understanding of what goes on can help you troubleshoot effectively.
How you load the cards, color ribbon and laminate is important - see Section 2. Careful
attention to media handling takes care of most problems!
Photo ID card printing
The process used in the P640i Printer is known as digital thermal
transfer, a means of printing clean, durable images directly onto the
PVC surface of photo ID cards.
There are two different thermal transfer technologies, both used in the
P640i Printer: dye sublimation (“dye sub”), which uses the three
process colors Yellow/Magenta/Cyan for photos and graphics, and
mass transfer for machine-readable black text and bar codes.
Both types of printing are done with a single print head comprising a
row of tiny heating elements, 300 to the inch, each driven
independently by the printer controller. Sandwiched by spring pressure
between the print head and the card being printed is the color ribbon, usually a series of
process-color dye panels (Y, M and C) for dye sub, plus a panel of black resin (K) for mass
transfer.
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Printing basics
C
Cyan
Dye
This is the usual pattern for a P640i Printer
ribbon. Y, M and C are the three “dye sub”
process colors. The K panel is for infraredreadable bar codes and other data, usually on
the back of the card. A second K panel
(YMCKK) is sometimes provided to allow
black resin printing on both sides of the card.
As the ID card is driven through the print
station, the color ribbon is metered out from
the supply roll at the same speed. Each color
reqires a separate “pass” of the card. The black
dots at the bottom edge of the print head depict
the heating elements - in practice, at 300 to the
inch, they are too small to be seen with the
naked eye.
M
Magenta Dye
Y
Yellow
Dye
K
Black
Resin
Color
ribbon
Print
head
Card
Print
head
Color migrates from the dye ribbon onto the ID card,
the spread of the dye depending on the amount of heat
applied by the print head element. Each time it comes to
a dye panel boundary, the print head lifts to allow the
card to back up, then lowers again to print the next
color.
Card
Print
head
The K (black) panel is a resin that “mass transfers”
onto the surface of the card, instead of migrating into
it. With mass transfer the printer has little control over
a pixel’s size or density - it’s either there or it isn’t. K
printing is used for bar codes because it is machine
readable, whereas YMC dyes are not.
Card
What makes the P640i a different kind of
printer
The print station in the P640i has no pinch rollers that need cleaning to maintain accuracy
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Printing basics
In the P640i the card is transported on a belt-driven truck that maintains precise registration
through the entire process of picking, cleaning, and
multi-pass printing. This means perfect color-to-color
Transport
registration time after time - no slippage, no
motor
deterioration in print quality over time.
Toothed blet
What to expect when you turn
on the power
Card truck
Platen
Card transport
knob
1. Nothing happens for two or three seconds, then;
2. The READY light flashes yellow (indicating that
the laminator is warming up), and you will hear
the fan running , and a clicking sound inside the printer (the flip station resetting itself).
Finally;
3. After a few minutes (3 to 5), the READY light will show steady green, indicating that the
printer is ready to print.
The receiving tray for printed ID cards hooks onto the right side panel.
Power cord entry and ON-OFF switch are located on the rear
panel.
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Push buttons and Indicator lights
The P640i printer receives data through one
of three types of connector: Ethernet
(optional feature), USB (standard feature) or
Parallel (Centronics type, optional feature).
Test card
You may sometimes be asked to print a test
card. This is the pattern stored in the printer’s
memory (it has nothing to do with the
computer). If the printer is functioning
properly, it will be printed when the PRINT
button on the front panel is pressed following
power-up.
Push buttons and Indicator lights
PRINT button
Press the PRINT button to print the image
stored in the printer’s memory. When the
printer is powered up, the memory is loaded
with a checkerboard test pattern, above.
In regular on-line use, the PRINT button
reprints the last image downloaded from the
computer to the buffer memory.
If you press and hold the PRINT button for
more than two seconds, the printer will
continuously reprint the image in the buffer. Stop this action by pressing the button
momentarily while printing is in process.
Note that pressing the PRINT button will have no effect if any of the following applies: 1. An
error condition exists; 2. You have set up the print driver to print color on both sides of the
card, or; 3. The optional hardware lockout key, ID/Key, is missing (but this does not disable
the checkerboard printout available after power-up).
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Push buttons and Indicator lights
RIBBON button
This button is used to synchronize the ribbon – in other words,
to position it correctly under the print head.
In typical applications, the ribbon type is YMCK, and the back
of the card is printed first. In such cases, pressing the RIBBON
button will advance the color ribbon to bring the leading edge
of the next black panel under the print head.
If back side printing is not enabled, the printer will
synchronize on the next yellow panel when the RIBBON
Figure 1 • Standard YMCK color ribbon button is pressed.
LAMINATE button
If either (or both) of the laminate transfer rollers is not loaded with a laminate patch, then
pressing the LAMINATE button will correct the condition, provided the cassette(s) is not out
of laminate. If both rollers are already loaded, the LAMINATE button has no effect.
A typical use of the LAMINATE button is in reloading a transfer roller after removing the first
hand-cut patch of laminate following installation of a fresh roll.
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INDICATOR LIGHT SUMMARY
INDICATOR LIGHT SUMMARY
Depending on the condition they are reporting, the three indicator lights, READY, MEDIA and
ALARM, can be in one of three states: Off, On (steady), or Flashing.
The READY indicator is bi-colored. Its two color channels, green and yellow, function
independently.
READY indicator
Green = Ready to print, or printer busy.
Yellow = Laminator not at operating temperature.
MEDIA indicator
Normally Off.
On = Any media outage.
ALARM indicator
Normally Off.
What the Indicator Lights Tell You
READY
GREEN
MEDIA
YELLOW ORANGE
ALARM
Printer Status
RED
Ready to print
Printer busy
Laminator heating up, but not yet at operating temperature
Laminator heaters in sleep mode (when not in use, the heaters cool at 1oF per minute)
Printhead temperature error.
No cards in magazine, color ribbon out, cleaning tape out, laminator cassette(s) out.
Mag encoding write failure
Serious error conditions, including: MAIN COVER OPEN, Laminator too hot, card
transport stalled, card not seated properly, mag encoding verification error, head lift
failure, ribbon jam, card jam (any location), card missing (any location), no gap between laminator patches.
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INDICATOR LIGHT SUMMARY
A typical card production sequence
Several variations are possible, such as multi-pass color printing on the back surface (instead
of the black-only printing shown here).
1. Blank cards are loaded face down in the hopper, with the mag stripe (if any) toward the
front.
2. The carriage pushes the bottom card out of
the deck, carrying it under the mag encoder.
3. After passing under the encoder, the card surface is cleaned by a tacky roller (which is
itself decontaminated periodically by adhesive tape in the cleaning cassette).
4. The carriage drives the card under the print
head, which transfers black characters and/or
bar code from the K panel onto the back surface of the card.
5. The carriage pushes the back-printed card
into the flip station, which elevates the card
then flips it through 180o.
6. The card, now face up, is returned to the carriage, which is then reversed into position for
a second cleaning operation.
7. After its face cleaning the card is driven
under the print head again, this time to print a
yellow (Y) dye image - the first of three color
passes.
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8. The carriage reverses the card into position
for the second color pass, magenta (M), followed by another reverse-and-print cycle for
the third color pass, cyan (C).
9. Now fully printed, the card re-enters the flip
station, which this time acts only as an elevator (no flipping) to bring the card up to the
laminator level.
10. An ejector arm propels the card into the laminator infeed rollers, which in turn drive the
card between the two white transfer rollers,
step 11.
Upper
cassette
Cutter
11. Each transfer roller is “loaded” with a patch
of laminate, cut from the top and bottom cassettes shortly after the previous card passed
through the laminator.
12. As the card passes between the transfer rollers the laminate patches are rolled into place.
They are then permanently bonded to the card by a pair of heated rollers applying pressure
to the top and bottom surfaces.
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Media Handling
Loading cards
When loading cards, open ONLY the hopper
cover, left. (If you open the main cover, the
interlock switch disables the printer, resulting
in a start-up delay after the cover is closed.)
1. Card orientation in the hopper: the back
side of the card faces up, and the mag
stripe of the card is to the front of the
printer.
Note • If there is no mag stripe, and if there is
pre-printed information on the card, your system
administrator will tell you which edge of the
card goes to the front.
2. Load the magazine a few cards at a time,
holding the cards by the edges as shown.
Don’t try to load an entire pack at one
time, because that would mean handling
the upper and lower surfaces - see STOP,
above right.
Caution • Plastic cards attract dust and dirt.
Keep them clean! Handle them by the edges
and avoid touching the surfaces. Do not use
cards that are dirty or have been dropped on
the floor.
3. Place the weight on top of the card stack.
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Loading the cleaning cassette
Hot Loading
You can load cards while the printer is powered up and
operating. If there are no cards left in the hopper, close the
hopper cover then wait until the printer hascompleted its
current print job and returned the truck to its home positon
under the hopper.
Note • When the hopper cover is open, the truck
can not drive to its home position.
Loading the cleaning cassette
Before being printed, each surface of the card is cleaned by a soft tacky roller that is itself
cleaned periodically by adhesive tape in the cleaning cassette. Typically, the roller is cleaned
every 10 cards. The printer driver software allows the card count to be modified.
When the cleaning cassette is exhausted, a warning message appears on the monitor, and the
MEDIA light on the printer turns on.
1. Open the main cover of the printer, then remove the spent
cleaning cassette by pulling it toward you.
2. Remove the protective foil from the replacement cleaning
cassette.
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Loading the color ribbon
3. Install a fresh cleaning cassette by locating the rectangular pin on the cleaning
mechanism in the receptacle on the cassette. Push the cassette gently home,
ensuring that the internal grooves on the
upper spool engage the teeth on the
takeup drive
Takeup
drive
.
Why 10 cards is the normal clean frequency
If the cleaning system is activated every 10 cards, the cleaning cassette contains sufficient tape
for 3,000 cards. This matches the other components of the standard Zebra media pack (3,000
cards, 3,000 color ribbon images).
Note • In dusty environments, clean the roller more frequently. The driver
allows you to select any frequency from 1 card to 20 cards.
Loading the color ribbon
When the color ribbon is exhausted, a warning message appears on the monitor, and the
MEDIA light on the printer turns on.
Important • Opening of the main cover elevates the printhead
for easy ribbon loading..
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Loading the color ribbon
Supply
arbor
Takeup
arbor
P640i color ribbon, left, and empty core, right. The flange end with
internal grooves goes to the back.
Important • Are both the new ribbon and takeup cores
fully home on the arbors, as far back as they will go? You
should hear a click.
Color
ribbon
Empty
core
1. Install an empty ribbon core on the right (takeup) arbor. Push
the core back as far as it will go, making sure the internal
grooves on the core engage the teeth on the takeup arbor.
2. Pull out more ribbon, then bring the free end of the ribbon up
to the right of the takeup core.
3. With the ribbon centered on the takeup core, attach its free end
to core with Scotch tape or the adhesive label that came with
the fresh roll. Take up slack by reversing the supply roll (don’t
try to rotate the takeup arbor).
Caution • Make sure the ribbon is between the
arms of the ribbon sensor left of the printhead.
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4. Close the printer cover, then press the RIBBON button to initialize the color ribbon. If the
MEDIA light fails to go out, check the ribbon sensor.
Caution • Color ribbon wrinkling and “fold-over”
can seriously affect print quality. Unless you are
sure the ribbon is installed properly, proceed to
Step 6
5. Re-open the printer cover to inspect the ribbon path for wrinkles and folds. Correct if necessary, then close the cover.
Laminating Station
Important • When loading or unloading
laminate cassettes, stay away from nearby
heated rollers.
When either of the laminate cassettes is empty, a warning message appears on the monitor, and
the MEDIA light on the printer turns on.
Overlay laminates come in three widths:
•
For the front (UPPER) of the card,
full width, plain or with special
graphics. Full width = 2” (51 mm)
•
For the back (LOWER) of the card,
partial width if there is a writable
signature panel or mag stripe,
otherwise full width. Usually, there
are no graphics on lower laminate:
Partial width, signature panel = 1.66”
(42 mm)
Partial width, mag stripe = 1.3” (33 mm)
Laminate Cassettes
The upper and lower cassettes are mirror
images, almost identical twins. This can be
confusing if you don’t follow the procedure
outlined in this guide. The cassettes are
differentiated by color-coded dots:Red =
UPPER Yellow = LOWER
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Laminating Station
Main components of the laminating system
The laminating system comprises two separate independent
units, one for the front of the card, one for the back.
Laminate
cutter
Upper
Transfer
guide
Heater
compartment
Lower
cassette
Transfer
roller
Transfer toggle Must be set to
RUN (horizontal) for normal operation. Rotate the toggle to open
the rollers for jam clearance.
Removing the cassettes
1.Open the latch plate by flipping it to the full vertical position, until you feel some resistance. Turn the UPPER latch
counterclockwise, the LOWER clockwise.
Caution • If either of the latch plates is
opened, even unintentionally, the cassette
affected must be removed and the laminate
reeled in, see page 2-6.
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2. Grasp the cassette and pull it straight
toward you, clear of the printer.
Caution • If you feel resistance when
removing the cassette, the laminate has likely
run out, leaving one end attached to the core
and the other end under the cutter. Keep
tugging on cassette, which will come free with
a short tail of laminate.
Caution • Remove the transfer guide to be
sure there are no scraps of laminate
remaining.
3. Open the cassette, like a clam shell, by
separating its two halves. Grasp the two
halves firmly with the fingers, then pull.
Do NOT use tools to pry it apart.
Loading the cassettes
1. Discard the spent core. Hold the open
cassette with its cavities toward you,
white idler wheel to the top.
Caution • You need partial width laminate for
the LOWER cassette if there is a mag stripe
or signature stripe on the card
2. Place a roll of laminate in the cassette so that it feeds from the bottom of the roll, UP and
OUT to the front. Pull out an inch or two of laminate.
Caution • If the lower cassette is intended for
partial width laminate, it will have an edge
guide to keep the laminate on track. Make
sure it is in the correct position for the partial
width laminate you are using.
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3. Close the cassette, then pull out a little more laminate. If it
suddenly stops, resisting further pulling, a spring detent on
the cassette, photo below, has snagged a notch on the end
of the core. This means that the core was installed the
wrong way round. If you follow the installation diagram
on the inside of the cassette this won’t happen!
4. With the white roller up and pointing to your left, rotate
the core counter clockwise to reel in the laminate. Stop
when the end of the laminate is even with the lips of the
cassette - no overhang, but make sure it is not clear of the
white roller (otherwise it won’t feed).
Caution • If the end of the laminate is crinkled
or uneven, cut it as square as you can with
scissors, then reel it in.
Important • Check for overhang any time the
cassette latch is opened, or the cassette isremoved.
Installing the cassettes
1. Make sure the laminate is even with the lips of the cassette.
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pocket
Cassette
latch
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2. Insert the cassette into its black molded pocket, then close
the cassette latch (clockwise for the UPER, counterclockwise for the LOWER).
3. Close the main cover. If there was a laminate error before
you replaced the cassette, laminate will automatically feed
from the just-loaded cassette, followed by a cutting action
to free a “patch” of laminate onto the transfer roller. If
laminate does not feed automatically, press the LAMINATE button.
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Clearing the Laminate Channels
If your scissor cuts were neat enough to pass for machine-made cuts, continue printing cards in
the usual way. If not, don’t waste a print cycle. Instead, remove the hand-cut patch(es) from
the transfer roller(s) as follows.
Important • Clearing procedures for the
upper and lower channels are similar. The
upper channel is shown here.
Removal of the Transfer Guide gives access
to the transfer roller.
1. Pull back the retaining spring, at the
same time pulling the Transfer Guide
straight out toward you.
2. Remove and discard the laminate patch
on the transfer roller. Never re-use!
3. Re-install the Transfer Guide with its top
edge above the laminate cutter guide.
It’s easier if you pull back the retaining
spring while re-inserting the guide, then
release the spring as you push the guide
into position (it will click into place, with
its far leg against the back plate of the
laminator). Press the LAMINATE button
to load the transfer roller(s).
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Laminating Station
Caution • Improper replacement of the transfer
guide will cause laminate skewing and
misfeeding. Be sure the transfer toggleis set to
RUN. Take care not to damage the transfer
roller ribs when replacing the transfer guide.
Laminating smart cards
The laminating patch on the top surface of a smart card has a
rectangular aperture to expose the card’s electrical contacts. In
all other respects the laminating process for smart cards is the
same as for ordinary cards.
The special laminate for the top cassette is punched with a repeated pattern.
Index hole
cut
cut
The smaller hole is an index marker that tells the printer where
to cut the laminate, exactly splitting the index hole (the printer
driver allows adjustment of the cut location).
cut
Loading procedure for smart card laminate is exactly the same
as for standard laminate.
Cut line in
center of index hole
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Image Adjustment
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click Zebra P640i > Printing Preferences >
Image Adjustment
Brightness and Contrast controls on the image Adjustment screen have same effect on the
printed image as do similar controls on typical office color printers. Click Reset to restore
default conditions.
Contrast 0
Brightness 50
Contrast 50
Brightness 25
Contrast 25
Brightness 50
Contrast 50
Brightness 75
Contrast 75
Brightness 50
Contrast 75
Brightness 50
Contrast 100
Brightness 50
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Troubleshooting quality problems
Poor color registration
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Minor mis-registration of Y, M and C color passes may be due to printhead angle adjust
screw not in firm contact with printhead frame. Reference Technical Note 4
For gross mis-registration of Y, M and C suspect card not firmly against left hand pick
edge of truck on one or more passes. Spring at left end of platen may be missing or bound
up. Reference Technical Note 2
Check printed card for damage on corners or edges. Example: the card may be scraping
along the underside of the hopper base molding. Reference Technical Note 2
Printhead pressure too light. Reference Technical Note 4
Printhead may be running hot. Will occur if head resistance incorrectly entered in driver
software. Reference Technical Note 4
Toothed transport belt pulley may be slipping on drive shaft. Tighten set screws (make
sure the screws bear on flats on the shafts).
Examples of color mis-registration
Left is the test card in the printer’s firmware. Right is an enlargement showing fringing on
process black text generated from Y, M and C.
Poor color rendering
•
Possible source issues - poor quality photos or
graphics, card layout application settings. Isolate
the problem by printing a known image, such as
Portraits.bmp, through IDPrint Lite. Reference
Technical Note 8
• Vary brightness and contrast controls in
Preferences > Image Adjustment (preceding
page). Fine tune if necessary using Contrast
Adjust in Properties > Device Settings > Color Calibration. Reference Technical Note 4
Faint, non-uniform image
•
•
Printhead pressure too low. Adjust downward. Reference Technical Note 4
Printhead not pivoting freely. Reference Technical Note 4
Gaps in image at edges and corners
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Possible de-lamination/wear of platen’s rubber surface.
Try cleaning platen. If unsuccessful, replace platen.
Reference Technical Note 2
Possible non-uniformity of card thickness, or card surface
defects.
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Continuous white or black stripes on card’s longer dimension
•
•
White stripe means blown pixel (nonfunctioning heating element). One or two
blown pixels in isolation may be
acceptable to some. Otherwise replace
printhead. Reference Technical Note 4
Black stripe means non-functioning
circuit(s) on printhead. If so, replace
printhead, Reference Technical Note 4,
but first check that it is not the result of
an image size change not followed by
power cycling the printer.
•
These are independent problems, not
necessarily co-located.
Random occurences of white (unprinted) spots
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Possible card quality problem. Run
IDPrint Lite with graytone.bmp on cards
from a different batch. Check platen
surface for specks of debris.
White spots like these may be caused by
card surface imperfections.
Image not centered on card
•
•
Properties > Device Settings > Printer
Adjustment > Horizontal/Vertical Offset.
Correct this by increasing horizontal (X)
offset, decreasing vertical (Y) offset.
Image missing at top or bottom of card
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edge then press RIBBON button to re-sync. Reference Technical Note 4
Bottom edge and/or right hand edge of image missing could be card layout application
sending wrong image size (should be 952 x 578 pixels). Select appropriate image size (if
available) in Preferences, or modify layout application.
Could be on either edge. Almost certainly due to ribbon fold-over, but could be a head
non-pivoting problem, or an image size problem.
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Consistent image defects, card after card
•
•
Debris on platen, or platen surface not
flat. Clean platen, or replace if
necessary. Reference Technical Note 2
This gross image artifact was caused
by a tiny scrap of card less than 0.01”
(0.25 mm) thick.
Random colored patterns on image
•
•
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Ribbon wrinkling. Reduce takeup torque.
Check printhead pressure. Reference
Technical Note 4
Too much heat being applied to YMC
panels. Try reducing gain,offset and
preheat separately for each color in the
driver Device Settings > Color
Calibration, Reference Technical Note 4
and Technical Note 5. Typically, the set
of values should be the same for each
color.
Printhead running too hot. Can happen
after head replacement if head resistance
incorrectly entered through printer
driver. Reference Technical Note 4, Printer Adjustment
Probably resulting from excessive takeup torque.
Scratches/dings on long edges of card
Look for a narrow band of abrasion up to about 0.1” (2.5 mm) in from either or both of the
long edges.
•
Card hopper base set too low. Reference Technical Note 2
Laminate not centered on card
•
•
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Vertical offset adjust (mechanical
adjustment). Reference Technical Note 6
Horizontal offset: Properties > Device
Settings > Printer Adjustment >
Laminate Station Adjust. Reference
Technical Note 6
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Unusual Printer/Lmainator Events
Laminate not parallel with card edges
•
•
•
•
Skew adjust (mechanical adjustment). Reference Technical Note 6
If using partial width laminate, edge guide not properly installed (one of two positons).
Section 2
Transfer guide not properly installed. Section 2
Laminate patch wrapped around heated roller. Page 3-3
Laminate wrinkling
•
•
Can occur at end of roll. Remove
cassette. If nearly out, discard. Install
fresh roll.
If not end-of-roll problem, suspect
obstructions in laminate feed path.
Unusual Printer/Lmainator
Events
Color ribbon runs for longer than 2 or 3
seconds when cover is closed (MEDIA
light stays on)
•
•
•
•
Color ribbon not in ribbon sensor. Section 2
Both ribbon cores not fully engaged on arbors. Section 2
Ribbon not secured to takeup core. Section 2
No ribbon type or wrong ribbon type specified in Printer Properties. Reference Technical
Note 8
ALARM light stays ON after error condition is cleared
Note • There is a delay after closing the cover before the ALARM
light goes out.
•
•
Main cover interlock switch may not have actuated when cover closed. Reference
Technical Note 1
Alarm condition(s) not corrected.
Card has both front and back images printed on same side
•
•
Check selections made in Printing Preferences > Card Setup. Reference Technical Note 8
Card failed to flip. Run Flip Test 3 to check flip action. Reference Technical Note 5
MEDIA light ON steady, but no obvious visual problem
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•
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Color ribbon not in ribbon sensor. Section 2
Color ribbon supply and/or takeup cores not engaging properly on arbors. Section 2
Cleaning cassette not engaging properly on the takeup drive. Section 2
See Laminator spot check, page 3-3
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Troubleshooting
Unusual Printer/Lmainator Events
Completely unexpected print results
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Color ribbon out, or nearly out. Replace ribbon. Section 2
Main cover opened during a print job. Open and close main cover, then press RIBBON to
re-sync ribbon. Reprint last job.
Color ribbon panels out of sync, see previous action.
Color ribbon not advancing consistently. Color ribbon supply and/or takeup cores not
engaging properly on arbors. Section 2
Front (color side) of card printed with black. Open and close main cover, then press
RIBBON to re-sync ribbon.
Inconsistent color, very faint printing. Printhead not pressing on ribbon. Reference
Technical Note 4
Color ribbon torn, or jamming intermittently. Clear jam. Pull out more from supply roll
and reattach to takeup roll. Section 2
YMC color panels stick to card
•
•
Printhead running too hot. Can happen after head replacement if head resistance
incorrectly entered through printer driver. Reference Technical Note 4, Printer Adjustment
Check ribbon takeup and supply torques. Reference Technical Note 4
K (Black) panel sticks to card
•
•
•
Printhead running too hot. Can happen after head replacement if head resistance
incorrectly entered through printer driver. Reference Technical Note 4, Printer Adjustment
Black panel density and/or preheat set too high. Reference Technical Note 4, Color
Calibration
Check ribbon takeup and supply torques. Reference Technical Note 4
Loud rattling/screeching from card transport
•
Card(s) has fallen onto truck drive belt, and is jammed at some point. Open cover, remove
all cards from hopper. Remove jammed card if accessible. Look for card(s) in the
transport bed. Using card transport knob, hand-crank truck to push card into one of two
areas for easy removal - under hopper, or under flip station (lift carrier for access, then
push it down again).
Brief rattling noise before every print job
•
Make flip station rest position adjust parameter less positive. (But be sure the carrier still
descends to its physical end-stop, otherwise it may fail to pick card off platen.) Reference
Technical Note 5, Flip Station Adjustment
Rattling noise every 10 cards
•
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Cleaning cassette not firmly engaged. Reference Technical Note 2
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Troubleshooting
Error messages
Unusual events
In all of the following cases, and all other unusual events, try power cycling first, then
investigate specific issues:
•
•
•
•
Printhead descends before card arrives. Check horizontal offset. Reference Technical Note
4
Printhead stays down after card has gone away. Check card presence sensor. Reference
Technical Note 2
Laminate cutter(s) fails to operate. see below, and reference Technical Note 6
Unusual media light indications.
Laminator spot check
•
•
•
•
•
Make sure the transfer roller toggle is in the operating position, pointing right.
Upper or lower laminate feed problems: remove, then replace transfer guides, discarding
laminate patches on transfer rollers. Check for laminate where it shouldn’t be. Remove
both laminate cassettes. If out, or nearly out, load fresh laminate. Wind laminate back in to
eliminate overhang. Reinstall cassettes, latching securely. Visually check path from
cassette(s) through feed roller, cutter and transfer guide.
Check for misfeeding of laminate due to poor engagement of white plastic idler on
cassette with drive roller. Mark the upper core to check that it rotates (no need to mark the
lower core - watch the notches on the laminate core). Feed laminate by pressing the
LAMINATE button.
Laminate patch may be wrapped around the heated roller, causing card feed problems
and/or poor lamination. Turn printer OFF, allow 10 minutes for cooling, then remove
heated rollers - careful, they will still be HOT. Remove the rogue patch. Do NOT use a
metal knife or any tool that might damage the heated rollers.
Check upper and lower laminate sensor readings, Reference Technical Note 6, with and
without laminate present (< 20 if present, > 180 if absent - numbers valid only if transfer
guides installed).
Additional help
For more information on specific printer functions (print station, flip station, laminator, etc.)
refer to the appropriate Tech Note in the separate Tech Note Supplement to this Operator’s
Guide.
Error messages
Most P640i error conditions are identified by the printer itself, and are reported by the
computer as error messages with corrective actions. Error messages are not further described
in this section of the manual, which deals only with fault conditions that are not reported
automatically. On this page are five examples of error messages:
Important • Most problems can be prevented by careful handling of
the media (cards, color ribbon and laminate), see Section 2, Media
Handling.
There is almost no preventative maintenance to do. Dust and debris should be vacuumed out
every 12 months, or more frequently in adverse environments.
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Troubleshooting
Error messages
Most of the problems described in the following pages are correctable by the user, but please
note there is the potential for unexpected results if the procedures are not followed carefully. If
in doubt, call for service assistance.
Before calling for technician help, do the following:
• Check all cable connections, including power.
• Check that the power switch is ON.
• Unless you hear noises suggesting a card jam condition, try power
cycling: switch OFF, wait 15 seconds, then switch ON.
• Open the main cover, then look for obvious problems, such as a
card where it shouldn’t be, media outages or misfeeds (color ribbon, laminate, cleaning cassette).
• Check this section, referring if necessary to the relevant Tech Note.
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Troubleshooting
Error messages
What the Indicator Lights Tell You
READY
GREEN
MEDIA
YELLOW ORANGE
ALARM
Printer Status
RED
Ready to print
Printer busy
Laminator heating up, but not yet at operating temperature
Laminator heaters in sleep mode (when not in use, the heaters cool at 1oF per minute)
Printhead temperature error.
No cards in magazine, color ribbon out, cleaning tape out, laminator cassette(s) out.
Mag encoding write failure
Serious error conditions, including: MAIN COVER OPEN, Laminator too hot, card
transport stalled, card not seated properly, mag encoding verification error, head lift
failure, ribbon jam, card jam (any location), card missing (any location), no gap between laminator patches.
= light on
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4
Technical Notes
Restore printer configuration
You can return the printer to its previous backup configuration be pressing the
PRINT, RIBBON and LAMINATE buttons on the front panel at the same time as
the printer is powered up. But first, remove the color ribbon! This is termed a
“three button reset,” page TN1-4
Flip station
Any time you open the main cover, for whatever reason, be sure that the flip
station is fully down before the cover is closed. Do this by gently pushing down
at the back of the flip carrier.
Correction to this User Guide
Most fasteners used in the P640i have U.S. standard threads. Printers manufactured after
October 2004 use Torx® socket head screws in locations other than set screws on pulleys and
gears. In addition to a standard set of small hex drivers, you will need the following Torx drivers:
T10, T15, T20 and T25.
Other useful facts
ID/Key is an optional hardware key encoded with a serial number that is compared prior to every
print job with a number in the printer’s NVRAM. If there is a mismatch, the printer is disabled.
ID/Code is a field-alterable password stored by both the printer dirver and the printer itself. It prevents use of the printer with a PC not having the same ID/Code. Check the ID/ Code if the printer fails
to function, and everything else looks fine. Reference Technical Note 8.
Password protection blocks access to some of the lower level printer adjustment screens. Not to be
confused with ID/Code. Reference Technical Note 8.
Interlock “cheating” is not something the operator should do, but as a technician you will need to run
the P640i with the main cover open. Cut a narrow strip of plastic from a used CR-80 card, fold it,
then push it into the interlock slot in the center wall. When the ALARM light goes out, the interlock
switch is closed.
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Technical Note 1 - General Information
The cover at left gives access only to the card hopper, which
may be “hot loaded” while the printer is powered up and operating (unlike the main cover,
right, opening the card hopper cover does not disable the printer).
Model P640i with card receiver
Dimensions in inches and (italicized) millimeters
P640i Specifications
Card size: ISO CR-80 (2.125" x 3.385"), 30 mil thick
Laminating system : Waste-free design with built-in
cutters. Continuous1 mil (0.025 mm) thick polyester film in
reloadable cassettes.
Controls
Card hopper: 150 cards
Print, Ribbon advance, Laminate advance
Throughput: 120 cards/hour (YMC on front, K on back)
Indicators
: Ready to print, Media outage, Alarm
Print system: Single printhead, with flip station for front and
back printing. Dye sublimination for YMC colors, and thermal
mass transfer for K and Uv panels (K = opaque black resin,
Uv = clear ultraviolet-visible resin).
Data interface : USB, Parallel (option), Ethernet (option)
Printhead resolution: 300 dpi
Security features ID/Key (option): a hardware lockout
Image size (typical): 952 pixels (3.17") x 578 pixels (1.93")
Magnetic stripe encoder (option): Hi-Co type. 3-track,
ISO and AAMVA compatible. Custom formattable through
Windows printer driver.
Cleaning system: Both card faces cleaned by high-tack
roller. Roller is refreshed automatically by transfer tape at
selectable intervals (typically 10 cards).
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Windows drivers: Plug-and-Play 2000, XP
and a printer-to-PC password lockout
Compliances: FCC Class A, UL/IEC/EN 60950-1, CSA
C22.2
Power requirement:
105-125Vac, 60Hz, 3A
190-260Vac, 50Hz, 1.5A
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Environment:
Operating: 50° to 95°F (10° to 35°C), 20 to 80% RH non-condensing
Storage: -4° to 158°F (-20° to 70°C), 5 to 90% RH non-condensing
Printer Parameters in the Drivers
See Tech Note 8 Windows Printer Driver for more information.
Dimensions : see above drawing
Net weight 35 lb (15.9 kg) net. Shipping weight 43 lb (19.5 kg).
Sensors and interlock switches in the P640i
You cane learn a lot about how the P640i functions by spending
a few minutes thinking about its various sensors and interlocks.
These are of several different types, but they have one thing in
common - they tell the printer’s control logic what’s happening
and where, enabling it to continue with the process or, if a
malfunction occurs, to light the appropriate indicator light and
report a specific error condition on the host computer screen.
ID/Key
Theoptional ID/Key is a hardware “dongle” that is tied to a
specific P640i printer. It is intended to prevent unauthorized
use of the printer.
Like a camera
battery in
appearance, the
ID/Key has a nonalterable memory
containing a
unique 64-bit
serial number that
is compared prior
to each print job
with a serial
number stored in
the printer’s
nonvolatile RAM.
If the serial
numbers fail to
match, or if no ID/Key is detected, the printer is disabled. (If
the ID/Key is removed during a card printing session, the
printer will cease to operate after the current batch of cards is
printed.)
The ID/Key is carried in a 2” x ¾” plastic fob that plugs into a
receptacle to the right of the card hopper. Typically, at the end
of each work session the ID/Key is removed from the printer
and stored in a secure location such as the key safe.
Refer also to other Tech Notes specific to the functional
element in question - Card Transport, Mag Encoder, Print
Station, etc.
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click Zebra
P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Control > Advanced
Utilites
ID/Code :
Sends an ID/Code (password of your choice) to the printer,
synchronizing the driver-to-printer ID/Code. This prevents use
of the printer with a PC not having the same ID/Code.
Update Backup Config :
Most of the parameters affecting operation of the printer, e.g.,
laminate station adjustments, are set up using the printer driver,
and are then saved in the printer’s flash memory as “current
configuration”. The original factory configuration also resides
in a separate “backup” memory, allowing you to recover the asshipped settings. Update Backup Config instructs the printer to
replace the factory configuration with the current
configuration, but DO NOT DO THIS CASUALLY. On the
same lines as System Restore in Windows XP, you can revert to
the backup config as follows: 1. Power OFF; 2. Remove the
color ribbon; 3. Press and hold the PRINT, RIBBON and
LAMINATE buttons at the same time as you switch on the
power; 4. Release the three buttons when you see activity in the
printer.
Replacing a lost ID/Key:
The recovery procedure requires a special computer file
obtainable only from Zebra product support. This file is
downloaded to the printer, following which the replacement ID/
Key is inserted. The printer is then power cycled, off then on, at
which point the key’s serial number is recorded in NVRAM.
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Password Protection
Printer Properties
Not the same as ID/Code. Password Protection blocks access to
various low level printer adjustment screens (including this
one). Check Use Password, then enter a password of your
choice.
Table 1: General
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click Zebra
P640i > Properties > General
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click Zebra
P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Control > Advanced
Utilites > Show Sensor data
Sensor Data
Ribbon Panel Detect: The current reading of the color
ribbon sensor.
Panel Threshold: The current value of the detection
threshold for the color ribbon. Above this value is termed
“black,” below this value is termed “not black.”
Printing Preferences brings up the preferences screen, see Tech
Note 8, Windows Printer Driver.
as
shown
Print
Test here.
Page prints the standard Windows test page, cropped
Printer Properties
Laminate Sensors: Reflective sensor that detect the
presence of laminate on the transfer rollers: below threshold =
laminate present, above threshold = laminate absent.
Table 1: Color
Management
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click Zebra
P640i > Properties > Color Management
Card presence Sensor: The reflective sensor to the right
of the card hopper: High = no card, Low = card present
Printhead Voltage: Should be about 24V.
AC Frequency: 50 or 60 Hz
Assumed AC Voltage: 110V assumed for 60 Hz. If
frequency and voltage are not correct, see Laminate Station
Adjust, TN6-5
Printhead Temperatue: Temperature ceiling 70°C (above
that temperature, printing is stopped until the head cools).
Controller Board Temperature: Should be about 5°
above ambient.
Heater Temperature: Temperatures at the top and bottom
laminate heater cores.
Not currently supported
Logic States: Summarizes all two-state interlocks and
photosensors - a very useful diagnostic tool.
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Printer Properties
Table 1: Sharing
Printer Properties
Table 1: Ports
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click Zebra
P640i > Properties > Sharing
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click Zebra
P640i > Properties > Ports
This is sharing according to the Microsoft Windows definition.
In a network environment, it allows other computers to send
jobs to the printer that’s connected to your computer.
Specifies the computer port to which the P640i is connected.
This will have been established at the initial installation of the
printer, and will not normally require attention.
Printer Properties
Table 1: Security
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click Zebra
P640i > Properties > Security
An exception to this is if you wish to use “printer pooling”, the
ability to distribute print jobs to multiple printers. To enable
printer pooling, check the “Enable Printer Pooling” box, then
check multiple ports. Each port should have a single Zebra
printer installed on it, and all printers should be configured
identically (for example: all with YMC front, K back). Now,
when you print to the “main printer” (that is, whichever printer
you right-clicked in Printers and Faxes to get to this screen),
this printer will get print jobs until it has buffered as many jobs
as it can take. Remaining jobs will then “spill over” to other
printers until all printers in the pool are busy.
For more information, see Tech Note TN10.
This is the standard Windows security screen, showing user
access to various printer control options. Both Print and
Manage printers must be checked for full functionality of the
P640i.
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Printer Properties
Table 1: Advanced
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click Zebra
P640i > Properties > Advanced
Determines the spooling (queuing) of print jobs, and how
spooled jobs are handled relative to the most recent job.
Printing Defaults allows the system administrator to establish
default settings such as print quality.
Print Processor and Separator Page should be left alone.
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Technical Note 2 - Card
Transport
Stepper
The platen plays an important part in the printing
process, providing a rigid supporting surface for the
card as it passes under the print head. Because flatness
is important, the platen is surface ground to close
tolerances. Any irregularities in the surface due to
abrasion, dings, or even seemingly unimportant
particles of debris can noticeably degrade printing
performance, see page TN2-3. Regular cleaning of the
Platen
Transport belt
Truck
No-slip card transport
The P640 does not rely on friction rollers to drive the
card through the print station. Instead, the entire pick
platen helps maintain performance.
and print process is precisely controlled by a belt
driven truck riding on parallel rails.
Card transport knob
Allows you to move the truck to left or right by hand.
When the printer cover is lifted, there is no power
applied to the transport stepper motor.
Take care of the platen
Removing the platen
Using the card transport knob move the truck back to
its home position, stopping when the right hand edge
of the platen is even with the right hand inner sufrace
of the hopper.
Push the platen to the left against its spring, then pry
the platen out using a CR-80 card.
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Truck home sensor
Determines the truck’s end stop position. Activated by
a vertical flag on the left edge of the truck, photo
above.
Home sensor flag
Card presence sensor
Located behind the mag encoder.
Home sensor
Do not lose the spring! It holds the platen tight against
the right hand end of the truck, and is essential for
good print registration.
Take-up
Truck interlock (arrowed)
If there are no cards present in the hopper, and a hot
load is attempted while the truck is elsewhere, the
cavity under the hopper is exposed and potentially
Cassette
motion
Supply
dangerous. Active when the hopper cover is open, the
truck interlock prevents the truck from driving to its
home position.
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Cleaning cassette
TOP: As the drive motor begins to turn, the drag
caused by stickiness of the cleaning tape on the supply
roll creates a clockwise turning force, bringing the
cleaning tape into contact with the cleaning roller. The
motor continues to rotate for a second or two, pulling
fresh tape out of the supply roll. This in turn rotates
the cleaning roller, at the same time removing debris
from its surface.
BOTTOM: Feedback on motor rotation is provided
by the encoder disk and sensor behind the cleaning
mechanism.
Underside of hopper base
molding
The base molding is secured to the aluminum
transport by buttonhead screws through the six standoff springs seen here. The molding is NOT screwed
hard down. It floats on the springs, and is adjusted up
and down by the buttonheads to set the “card gate”
height relative to the platen at just over the thickness
of a single card. If the base molding is set too high, the
truck will attempt to make off with more than one
card: if too low, it will leave the hopper area without a
card.
Caution • Do not tighten down the
bottonhead screws. These are
precisely set in a manufacture to
control the card gate.
Mag
encoder
aperture
HOPPER
APERTURE
Card gate
Transport Parameters in the
Driver
Run Clean Cycle
Run Clean Cycle Decontaminates the card cleaning roller
by activating the cleaning cassette. One clean cycle
per click.
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> Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Control
> Run Clean Cycle
Pick Position Adjust (Pixels)
Start
Card Presence Sensor
> Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Control
> Advanced Utilites > Show Sensor Data > Card
Start
> Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra Defects at top left and on the bottom edge were
P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Printer
Adjustment > caused by lack of support under the
card. Card Hopper > Pick Position Adjust (Pixels)
Start
Clean Frequency
Presence Sensor
[Also available through the Status screen (Device
Settings > Status > Advanced )]
Card presence sensor values: High
(around 250) = card
absent, low (around 10) = card present.
Clean Frequency adjusts
how often the card cleaning
roller is itself cleaned by contact with sticky tape in
the cleaning cassette. Acceptable values: 1 card to 20
cards; default 10 cards.
> Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Printer
Adjustment > Cleaning Station > Clean Frequency
Start
Move Carriage
Move Carriage moves
the carriage to the position
specified in the drop down menu on the Advanced
Utilities window. Select a destination, then click
Move.
> Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Control
> Advanced Utilities > Move Carriage
Start
Avoid These Problems
The truck platen is an important contributor to print
quality. To provide adequate support for the card, the
platen’s neoprene surface must be clean and intact.
Look for signs of delamination, especially at the edges
of the platen, and be sure to keep the surface free of
debris.
Delaminated platen
Pick Position Adjust fine tunes the extent of truck
motion relative to the home sensor located left of the
card hopper. Modify this value only if the printer has
repeated difficulty in card picking.
Dirt on platen
These image defects were caused by a “foreign
object” under the card - a tiny piece of card, less than
0.01" (0.25 mm) thick .
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Technical Note 3 - Magnetic
Stripe Encoder
The “mag encoder” is a factory option for the P640i.
Replacing the read/write head
As shipped, the replacement read/write head is a
complete assembly comprising mounting bracket and
clamp hardware. Other screws and springs are not
included.
Remove, setting aside for re-use, the shoulder screws
and adjustment screw from the defective assembly,
together with springs and washers. Install the
adjustment screw in the replacement bracket, bringing
its tip flush with the bottom surface of the bracket.
Check how the head sits in the bracket. Look for
symmetry, with the upper rim of the head
(surrounding the “potted” wires), almost even with the
bracket, just a hair below. Install the encoder
assembly, taking care that the shoulder screws do not
clamp either end of the bracket or the washer at the
right hand end. Check that the assembly is free to move
up and down at both ends.
Mag encoder installation
Replacement read/write heads are shipped preassembled to the bracket shown here. Check the
location of the yellow wire. This must be in the lower
right corner.
Shoulder
screw
Adjustomg
screw (3/32"
Spring
Read/Write
head
Card
Nylon
Washer
Clamp
Screws
Adjust the mag encoder using Mag Amplitude Adjust
and Mag Position Adjust utilities in the Windows
printer driver, see below.
Magnetic Encoding Functions in
the Driver
Mag Position and Amplitude
Steel
Washer
Spring
For this procedure you will need to cut a feeler gauge
about ¼" wide (6 mm) from a standard CR-80 card
(which should be 0.03”/0.75 mm thick).
> Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Control
Start
Mag encoder components
Shoulder screws at the two ends of the bracket allow
vertical float. Springs hold the read/write head firmly
in contact with the card’s mag stripe.
Cleaning the read/write head
The head needs to be cleaned only if encoding
becomes troublesome. (This will show up as extra
passes of the card under the head if the Mag Verify
function is enabled - recommended - in Printing
Preferences.) To clean the head, turn power OFF and
remove all cards from the hopper. Drive the truck to
the right, clear of the mag encoding station, by
rotating the card transport knob left of the laminator.
Reaching down through the floor of the hopper, clean
the head with a Q-Tip dipped in isopropyl alcohol.
Allow several minutes drying time before running the
printer.
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> Advanced Utilities > Calibration
1. If you have not already done so (see Replacing
the read/ write head, above) back off the adjustment screw (counterclockwise) until the head
bracket is fully down.
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5. Click Mag Amplitude Adjust. The printer will
then:
Adjustomg screw
(3/32" hex wrench)
Shim
The “shim” is a narrow strip of CR-80 card.
It must be removed before running the printer.
2. Using the manual card transport knob, drive a
card under the head and leave it there. With the
card under the head - make sure it’s there - turn
the adjustment screw to elevate the left end of the
head bracket to the point where your CR-80 feeler
gauge just slides under the bracket. Test the
mechanical setup by running the card back to the
hopper, then slowly out again. There should be a
barely perceptible upward movement of the
bracket as it rides up over the tapered pick edge of
the truck, see diagram on preceding page.
3. Load a few cards with magnetic stripe.
4. Click Mag Position Adjust. The printer will then:
a.
Pick a card from the hopper
b. Mag encode it
c.
e.
Pick a card from the hopper
f.
Mag encode it
g. Back up, then run it under the read/write head
again to measure average maximum
amplitudes of the recorded data displayed on
the Mag Data Monitor below
h. Pause for a few seconds to allow adjustment
i.
6. Turn the adjusting screw first clockwise then
counterclockwise in quarter-turn increments
while observing the data monitor. With the
bracket setup described in Step 2 above, it is possible that there will little change in amplitude
even with a full turn or two of the screw in either
direction.
•
If there is no appreciable change, press the
PRINT button to end the test, then restore the
default setup of Step 2 using the CR-80 card
shim.
•
•If the amplitude varies as you turn the screw,
tune for maximum values.
Back up, then run it under the read/write head
again to determine the position at which the
mag encoding begins
d. Eject the card through the laminator. The
starting position is stored in firmware and is
used for all subsequent mag operations
Back up again, and repeat the read cycle
continuously until the PRINT button is
pressed, after which the card is ejected
through the laminator
All three tracks should read at least 130. If there are
track-to-track differences greater than 10, the head
may be defective, or skewed in the bracket. If skewing
is the problem, loosen the lock nuts on the clamp
screws (diagram, preceding page), back out the screws
a turn or two, then carefully free the head (which may
have a light adhesive film on the surfaces mating with
the bracket). Position the head with its rim a hair
below the edges of the bracket, then retighten the
clamp screws and lock nuts.
7. Complete the procedure by re-running Mag Position Adjust as in Step 4 above.
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Horizontal Offset
Encoding choices and track layout
Override Defaults: This is to prevent accidental
modification of the offset number, which should not
need attention in regular use.
Horizontal (X) Offset (Pixels: Adjusts where the
printer starts looking for a mag stripe. It is a manual
fine tuning of the value determined by the Mag
Position Adjust routine. It is intended only for testing
and diagnosis.
ISO format
AAMVA format
Track
Density
(bits/inch)
Data Type
Length*
Data Type
1
210
Characters
76
Characters
79
2
75
Numerals
37
Numerals
37
3
210
Numerals
104
Characters
79
Length*
* Not including start sentinel, end sentinel, or LRC characters
> Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Printer
Adjustment > Advanced Adjust
Start
Mag Encoder Verify On
Magnetic Encoding Preferences
> Printers > Right click Zebra P640i > Printing
Preferences > Magnetic Encoding
Start
If this box is checked, every card is run twice under
the read/write head. The first pass writes the code, and
second reads it to check for accuracy and readability.
Any card not passing this test is ejected through the
laminator without printing. Verification adds only 3
seconds to the processing time per card, and is
recommended for all applications not calling for the
highest possible throughput.
Bit by Bit Encoding
This is used only in applications calling for a custom
designed encoding format. Call Zebra tech support for
more information.
Enable EIN Reedback
Applicable only in applications using cards with preen-coded (“embedded”) inventory numbers.
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Techncial Note 4 - Print Station
Electric Shock Caution • Make sure
power is disconnected before working
on the print head. Also note that the
head will likely be destroyed if power is
reapplied while you are in porcess of
reconnecting the cable, or if the plug
is not seated properly.
The print head is a precisely machined slice of
ceramic, on the bottom edge of which is a row of tiny
heating elements (resistors), 300 to the inch. A thin
glaze coating protects the heating elements. Under
normal operating conditions the head is capable of
printing many thousands of images.
Damage to the head, meaning a permanent failure of
one or more heating elements (“pixels”), can be
caused by solid particles on the card surface, even
though the color ribbon affords some degree of
protection. The automatic card cleaning system in the
P640 takes care of most issues, but the operator should
keep the inside of the printer clean by occasional
vacuuming. Also bear in mind that it is not a good
idea to run the printer with the cover open (by
cheating the interlock switch), except for test
purposes.
Missing, or “blown” heating elements show up as a
white unprinted line. This calls for a replacement print
head. Less seriously, a faint line may be due to debris
or contamination, which can sometimes be corrected
by cleaning the print head. (A faint line may also
indicate a heating element on the verge of failure, or a
small piece of torn ribbon stuck under the head.)
Examples of printhead problems
Cleaning the print head
Do this only if print quality has deteriorated and all
other corrective actions have failed.
1. Open the main cover (this will raise the print
head).
2. Remove the color ribbon.
3. Wipe the bottom edge of the print head a few
times using a Q-Tip moistened with Isopropyl
alcohol.
4. Dry off with the lint free cloth, taking care not to
touch the active edge.
Important • The angle of the print head
relative to the surface of the card is set by
this #4-40 button head screw and lock nut
(5/64" hex wrench, 5/16" open end
wrench). Replacement heads are shipped
with theis screw preset, but some fine
tuning may be required.
The white line in the center of the black stripe
suggests a number of blown pixels. The wide black
stripe means that a large number of pixels are fully on
(hot) all the time. Either of these problems may call
for a replacement printhead (but the black stripe may
be caused instead by image handling issues between
printer driver and the application that created the card
layout).
Caution • Do not touch the bottom
edge of the print head. Grease or
other contaminants from the hands
can attract particles that may in time
dameage the head.
3 #4-40 skt hd
cap screw
Not Used
2
#4-40 shoulder screws
(5/64" hex
Yaw adjust
(technician
only)
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Access for
head
angle
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Print head attachment hardware
Connector
7. Pivot the head assembly forward to bring the
angle adjust button head in contact with the print
head frame, then tighten screw 3.
8. Make sure the cable is not inhibiting free rotation of
the print head about its pivot.
9. Power ON, then check print quality as follows.
Do NOT
tighten these
10. Enter the printhead resistance in the driver
Properties “Print Station Adjustment” screen,
page TN4-4.
Head
angle
adjust
Print quality tests and
adjustments
Print
head
pivot
Print head assembly : Replacement print heads
are shipped pre-assembled to the mounting bracket
shown here. To ensure uniform contact pressure
across its width, the head is free to rotate ± 2° about its
center pivot. It is secured to the bracket by four button
head screws, tightened to allow a sliding fit.
Electric Shock Caution • Make sure
power is disconnected before working
on the print head. Also note that the
head will likely be destroyed if power is
reapplied while you are in porcess of
reconnecting the cable, or if the plug
is not seated properly.
Replacing the print head
1. Open the main cover, then power OFF.
2. Remove the color ribbon.
3. Unplug the cable from the print head.
4. Remove only the fasteners 1, 2, and 3 in the photo
on the preceding page, then lift the print head
clear.
5. Make a note of the resistance entered on the
replacement printhead’s label (should be between
2400 and 3600 Ù.
6. Connect the cable to the replacement printhead,
making sure it is seated properly, see “STOP”
above. Install the print head, securing it with
shoulder bolts 1 and 2, fully tightened, then
loosely with socket head cap screw 3 (with plain
washer) through the slot in the bracket.
980541-001 Rev. A
The objective in the following is to find the best
compromise between image quality and ribbon
wrinkling. In the printer driver go to Printing Preferences
> Image Adjustment, then set both Brightness and
Contrast to 50 (default condition).
1. Run IDPrint Lite, Tech Note 8, then select
Graytone.bmp as Image 1.
2. Print two or three cards with the graytone image.
3. If you are satisfied with the overall appearance
and uniformity of the image, you might wish to
leave well alone. If you feel some improvement
could be achieved, proceed to Step 4.
4. Referring to the photo on the preceding page,
mark the head-angle-adjust button head with a
fiber tip pen to serve as a reference. Loosen screw
#3 just enough to allow sliding movement of the
printhead bracket.
5. Unlock the angle adjust button head screw, turn it
a quarter-turn counterclockwise, then re-lock it.
This will have the effect of rotating the head
counterclockwise a fraction of a degree when you
snug the button head against the printhead frame.
Tighten screw #3.
6. Print another graytone card for comparison. If
there is a noticeable improvement, try another
quarter-turn adjustment, then print again.
7. If the print quality is seen to deteriorate rather
than improve, return to the as-shipped setting of
the head angle screw, then try rotating it
clockwise in quarter-turn increments.
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8. When you are satisfied with the graytone image
quality, print one or two cards with Wedge_1.bmp
to test for ribbon wrinkling. This image is the
densest possible process black, meaning that on
all three passes (Y, M and C) one end of the
printhead is fully “on”, while the other end is
“off”, a sure way to induce wrinkling if there is
the slightest tendency. Wrinkling may be a head
angle issue (more clockwise than it should be),
but it may equally result from too high a ribbon
torque, page TN4-x. Check the torque before readjusting
the head.
9. When you are satisfied that ribbon wrinkling is
under control, print one or two cards with
Wedge_2. bmp, this being the same triangle flipped
so that its black area starts full width.
10. As a final test, run Portraits.bmp to test for skin
tone realism, etc.
Ribbon Encoder Count: The pulse count from the
motion sensor (following page) from start to finish of
the most recent YMCK panel set paid out from the
ribbon supply roll.
Printhead Voltage: Should be about 24V.
Printhead Temperature: Temperature ceiling
70°C (above that temperature, printing is stopped until
the head cools)
Printhead Lift (logic states): 0 = head raised, 1 =
head down (see photos on following page)
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Printer
Adjustment
Horizontal (X) Offset (Pixels): Moves the image
along the length of the card. Used to center the image
on the card.
Vertical (Y) Offset (Pixels): Moves the image up
and down. Used to center the image on the card.
Print Station Parameters in the
Driver
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Status >
Advanced (Information)
See also: Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) >
Right click Zebra P640i > Properties > Device
Settings > Control > Advanced Utilities > Show Sensor
Data
Ribbon Panel Detect: The current reading of the
color ribbon sensor (High = black, Low = not black).
Panel Threshold: The current value of the
detection threshold for the color ribbon. Above this
value is termed “black”, below this value is termed
“not black”.
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Black Panel - Speed : The printer was
characterized in manufacture at a specific speed.
Changing this speed will force the printer to use
estimated energy values, and is not recommended.
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K (Black) Panel Printing
Overlay Panel - Compensation: Mainly used
with Uv ribbon to optimize the appearance of ultraviolet-visible text.
Black Panel - Compensation:
Unlike YMC color printing, which is required only
to deliver realistic portraits and pleasing graphics,
the K panel serves a more quantifiable purpose,
namely machine readability. In practically all
instances of K panel usage, there is a requirement
both for bar codes and well defined text - and
sometimes for signatures, which can be ìspideryî in
appearance unless compensated for. Unfortunately,
these requirements are in opposite corners.
The P640i provides three controls for K panel
printing: these are:
1. Black panel compensation (Adjustment
screen, this page TN4 - x) If a line of black dots
is printed along the card motion axis, the
heating element (pixel) in question doesn’t
cool down completely between adjacent dots.
Without compensation, the steadily increasing
residual heat would cause the printed dot to
increase noticeably in size (“bloom”), below
left. Properly compensated, the dot size is
reasonably constant, below right.
Without compensation
Ribbon - Position (mm): This has to do with
positioning the color ribbon relative to the print head
such that when the head descends it lands solidly within
the panel, not too early, not too late. Keep in mind the
following:
•
While the head is down and printing, ribbon
motion is controlled by the card itself, not by
the ribbon takeup (which at this time serves
only to peel the ribbon cleanly off the card).
•
The color panels are about ½" (12 mm)
longer than the image printed on the card.
This means that between one color printing
pass and the next, when the head briefly lifts,
the takeup drive has to shift the ribbon
rapidly to bring the next color panel under the
head.
With compensation
Ribbon sensor
2. Black panel density (Color Calibration screen,
page TN4 - x) This control the amount of heat
energy applied to any pixel required to be
“black”. A higher value gives darker printing,
but can cause undesirable blooming (indefinite
edges).
3. Black panel preheat (Color Calibration
screen, page TN4 - x) Think of this as a
temperature offset applied across the entire
head, specifically for K panel printing. A higher
value results in better resin transfer on the
leading edge of graphics and text than you
would get with a “cold start”, but it may lead to
undesirable blooming (indefinite edges)
overall.
The following default values deliver a good
compromise between barcode readability and the
appearance of text and signatures: Compensation
55, Density 117, Preheat 15
Overlay - Panel Speed: Speed at which the “OP”
overlay panel, if any, is printed (rarely used in printers
with laminating capability). If a Uv ribbon is selected,
the text changes to say “Uv Panel Speed”.
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Supply
arbor
•
Motion sensor
Takeup
arbor
The transition from one panel to the next in
the color ribbon is marked by a black stripe
which activates the ribbon sensor below the
supply roll. It is used, together with a count of
pulses from the motion sensor, to determine
ribbon position.
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Adjusting the ribbon position drives the leading edge
of the panels forward or backward relative to the
printhead, the aim being to ensure that each swipe of
the head is centered in its color panel (this you can
easily check by inspecting image negatives from on
the takeup roll). The photos below show the effect of
incorrect ribbon positioning.
Keep in mind the following:
• The amount of ribbon drag exerted by the supply arbor is controlled by a friction clutch. This is set for a torque of approximately 5 oz-ins (36 mN.m), and should not be adjusted unless you
have a torque gauge.
• Ribbon drag exerted by the takeup arbor is controlled by varying
the current applied to the motor.
Ribbon wrinkling can be caused by one or more of
the following factors (but always try adjusting
ribbon torque first):
Ribbon positioning problems: The arrows show the
direction of card movement. In the example at left, the ribbon
has advanced too far, with the result that the head swipes a
few millimeters of the following panel - see inside the circle.
Reduce the ribbon position parameter to correct this. The
example at right is the exact opposite - ribbon not advancing far
enough, so increase the position parameter to correct.
Ribbon - Torque Adjust (%): Adjusts the current
applied to the ribbon take-up motor (more current =
more torque), thus controlling the ribbon tension
between print head and take-up. Lowering the value,
default = 100%, can help reduce ribbon wrinkling (but
note that there are other factors, see Ribbon
Wrinkling, inset below).
• Takeup torque too high
• Supply torque (drag) too high
• Too much preheat - ribbon sticking
• Dense patches with sharp transitions (text, graphic elements) on a
dark image
• Card thickness not uniform
• Printhead too hot because resistance value in flash memory higher
than actual head resistance
• Printhead angle adjust screwed down too far
• Printhead not pivoting freely
• Printhead rattling in frame
• Printhead not right-angled relative to card motion (yaw adjust)
Wrinkle control is essentially a balancing act of
several variables - especially the balance between
takeup and supply torques.
The downside of reducing the ribbon torque is an
untidy, loosely wrapped takeup roll. That isn’t
important, except aesthetically, but low torque does
matter if the ribbon fails to advance when it should,
see Ribbon Position, left.
Printhead Position - Adjust: Adjusts the
downward motion of the printhead. The higher the
number, the greater the amount of overrun following
sensor activation. Ribbon Wrinkling
Printhead - Resistance (Ohms): This value
should match what is written on the printhead. Enter a
new value if the printhead is changed. If you enter a
lower number than what is printed on the head itself,
the printed image will be lighter than expected, and
vice versa.
The printhead drive train comprises a stepper motor, a
gear quadrant, and a crank arm directly coupled to the
printhead bracket, photos below. In the down position,
the printhead spring is slightly compressed, with the
crank arm extended (which means that the torque
demand on the motor is at its lowest).
Example of ribbon wrinkling
Note the random curved, colored lines. The cure
in this case was reduction of takeup torque.
Adjustment procedure : If the printhead doesn’t press
firmly on the card during the printing “swipe”, there is
nothing to stop uncontrolled advancement of the
ribbon due to the takeup drive. To correct this,
increase the adjust parameter to the point where the
ribbon ceases to advance freely, then add 40 more to
the number.
Increasing the printhead position parameter does not
result in a mesurable increase in head pressure, which
is more or less binary - it is either under spring
pressure, firmly in contact with the card, or not in
contact at all.
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Motor
shaft
Color rendering in the P640i can be described in terms
of a curve, which determines how much power is put
into the printhead for a given shade. The Y, M and C
“color curves” can be separately modified by the Gain
and Offset parameters shown here. Note: Typically,
the set of values should be the same for each color.
Click Restore Defaults if you are not satisfied with
adjustments made.
Printhead
Quadrant
Offset: Shifts the color curve up (darker) and down
(lighter).
Printhead spring
Head raised : Print
head bracket clear of
sensor, arrowed. The quadrant is driven by
a pinion on the print head stepper motor
shaft.
Gain: Adjusts steepness of the curve. Lighter shades
will remain unchanged, but darker shades will get
darker or lighter as the number is increased or
decreased.
Prehea : Adjusts how much the head is preheated
before each print line (every three hundredths of an
inch). A larger value darkens (sharpens) the leading
edges of colored areas. A lower value may result in
“feathering” - starting light, then darkening over the
following few pixels as the head heats up.
Black Panel Density, Black Panel Preheat: See
K (Black) Panel Printing, above.
Head lowered: Print head bracket activates
sensor. Motor continues to drive a few
more steps (see Printhead Position
Adjust), compressing the spring to deliver
Color Calibration
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Color
Calibration
980541-001 Rev. A
Contrast Adjust: A subtle color printing control,
allows the user to shape the printer’s “lightness curve”
(roughly speaking the “L” in the color space called
L*a*b*). In practical terms this means the ability to
control how the P640i resolves, or differentiates, the
lighter and darker shades. Between contrast settings of
0 and 100, the lightness curve transitions from linear
to sinusoidal. Linear (0%) tends to result in a low
contrast, muddy looking image. Sinusoidal (100%)
gives mostly good results, but tends to sacrifice the
lightest and darkest shades. For most purposes, select
50% and leave it there.
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Technical Note 5 - Flip Station
The flip station performs two independent functions:
1. It lifts the card in process clear of the carriage, flips
it upside down, then returns it to the carriage so that
its other side may be printed; 2. It lifts the fully
printed card clear of the carriage, raising it to the point
where it lines up with the laminator’s infeed path. An
ejector arm then propels the card into the laminator
infeed rollers.
As the carrier descends, the cam deflects Actuator A,
which in turn drives the flip stop to the right. Now,
when the next flip is called for, the cam strikes the left
projection of the flip stop, flipping the card in the
opposite direction. Actuator B, moving in parallel
with A, is then set to return the flip stop to the left
when the carrier heads downward on completion of
the flip action.
Note that the flip action alternates in consecutive
cycles between clockwise and counterclockwise.
How the flip station works
As the motor driven carrier rises, taking with it the flip
arms and card, the cam is forced to rotate by the
projection on the right side of the flip stop. The
actuators do nothing at this time.
The cam
is driven
over
center by
the flip
stop, at
which
point the
flip
spring
takes
over,
fully
inverting
the card.
Shown
here at
its upper limit of travel, the carrier is about to descend.
One end of the flip spring locates in a cavity in the
rear flipper arm, the other in a hole in the rear
surface of the carrier molding.
Cam
Spring
Collar
Slide
bearing
Carrier
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Front
Rack
Azimuth
adjust
Spring
locating
Rear hole
980541-001 Rev. A
Flip station components: Upside down views of
the carrier,
drive
component
s omitted.
Flip
station
Card held by flip arms : As the carriage moves
into the flip station, the card slides into grooves in the
flip arms. The entire flip assembly is then elevated
clear of the platen.
Caution • Cards thicker than 0.033"
(0.84 mm) may jam in the flipper arms.
Flip
station
adjustm
ent
procedu
re
motor: Viewed from the back of the printer. A
pinion on the motor shaft engages the rack at
the rear of the carrier, above.
Flip
station
viewed
from
above:
Points to
note:
1. The
stop
pin
(integr
al with
the rear
flipper
arm) rests on the bottom edge of the carrier,
alternating from one side to the other in
consecutive flip cycles
2. Azimuth adjust rotates the entire assembly to
bring the flipper arms parallel to the carriage - a
very sensitive adjustment
3. The arms must move freely, without end float.
Over tightening of the screws will lock the arms.
980541-001 Rev. A
The flip
station
requires no
routine
maintenance
other than
occasional
vacuuming
out of debris.
Typically, there should be no need to alter the factory
settings.
If the flip station ceases to function, or functions
erratically, the technician should perform the
following tests before replacing components.
1. Power OFF. Remove all cards from the hopper, then
close the hopper cover. Disable the main cover
interlock so that the printer will function with the
cover open. Power ON.
2. On the host computer follow this sequence:
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right
click Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings
> Control > Advanced Utilites
3. Click Move Truck to Flip Station.
4. With the flip arms horizontal, click Flip Test 3 (No
Flip) a few times, noting what happens as the
carrier begins to elevate at the start of the flip
cycle.
This is a test for clearance between flip arms and
platen. If the arms touch the platen, even lightly, there
will be tendency for one or both of them to rotate a
little as the carrier rises. The arms must be parallel to
the platen, with a few thousandths of an inch clearance
each side. Using a flashlight, check the gap by
inserting a 0.004" (0.01 mm) feeler gauge between
each arm and the platen. (A narrow strip of regular
copier paper can be used instead, but a long metal
feeler gauge is better.)
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If you detect that either of the arms catches at one end
of the platen, but is free at the other, the carrier needs
Azimuth adjustment, see below. Always correct for
azimuth error before adjusting the gap between arms
and platen.
If there is no azimuth error, but insufficient clearance
between arms and platen, see Gap adjustment below.
Azimuth adjustment: The flip station carrier is
held in alignment with the platen by a U-shape
molding that rides along a fixed rail in the motor
housing behind the carrier. Using a fiber tip pen mark
the screw for reference, then adjust it in very small
increments, such as 1/8 of a turn. A full turn of the
screw moves the U-shape molding about 0.08" (2
mm), rotating the carrier almost 3º.
To fine tune the azimuth adjustment, run Flip Test 3
with flip selected. If the gap between the rear flipper
arm and the platen is to spec (0.004") at the arm’s
mid-point, and if neither end of the arm snags after
repeated flip cycles, you can be sure the azimuth
adjustment is good.
Flip carrier sensor tabs: This view is from left to
right, along the center wall of the printer ockwise
rotation of the azimuth adjust screw causes clockwise
rotation of the carrier assembly, viewed from above.
Example: if the platen tugs down the right hand end of
front flipper arm as the carrier elevates, the carrier
needs clockwise rotation.
Gap adjustment: The flipper arms must be
separated so that they clear the platen, but not so far
that they
lose their
grip on
the card.
There is
a fine
line
between
too tight
(grabbin
g the
platen)
and too
loose
(failing
to hold
the card
securely)
.
Because it is easily accessible, and doesn’t require
removal of the rear cover, try to correct the problem
with the front flipper adjustment.
Note • Inserting a CR-80 card into the
flipper arms to check for grip is easier if
you remove the color ribbon.
Mark the bushing for reference with a fiber tip pen.
Using a ¼" open end wrench, adjust in very small
increments, such as 1/8 of a turn. A full clockwise turn
of the screw moves the bushing in by about 0.03” (¾
mm).
If you are starting from scratch, set the nose of
bushing about 0.02" (½ mm) proud of the inner
surface of the carrier. You can estimate this by
comparison with a CR-80 card, which is 0.03" thick.
After adjusting the gap: Check operation of the
flip station by running Flip Test 3 with Flip, both with
and without a card in the flipper arms.
The rear flipper arm is different: You need to
remove the rear cover for access. Also, it’s not
possible to adjust the bushing without first removing
the cam.
Flip Station Routines in the Driver
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Control
> Advanced Utilites
Flip Test 1: Picks up a card, runs it to the flip
station, flips it, raises it to the laminator infeed, then
ejects it through the laminator. The sequence repeats
until the PRINT button is pressed and released.
Flip Test 2: Picks up a card, runs it to the flip
station, flips it, returns it to the platen, then backs it
out to the card sensor (by the mag head). The
sequence repeats until the PRINT button is pressed
and released.
Flip Test 3: See Flip Station Adjustment
Procedure, preceding page. Exercises the flip station
by raising and lowering the flip station carrier, one
cycle per click. The radio buttons select Flip or No
Flip cycles.
Eject Card: Picks up a card, runs it to the flip
station, raises it to the laminator infeed, then ejects
it through the laminator. Like Flip Test 1, but done
once only, and without flipping.
Flip/Pause: Picks up a card, runs it to the flip
station, raises it to the laminator infeed, then holds this
position (termed the Insertion Height in the flip
station dialog) until the user presses the PRINT button
(at which point the flip carrier descends, and the truck
returns the card to the hopper).
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Flip station calibration: This routine determines
the number of motor steps it takes for the carrier to
descend from the “rest position datum” (Edge A in the
diagram) to the “real” rest position, that being the
carrier’s physical end stop.This stored number is used
to drive the carrier down to the rest position before
each and every flip station action.
Power OFF. Lift the cover, then push the carrier
down to its physical end stop. Push at the back of
the carrier, near the guide shaft. Do NOT force!
Card Position Adjust (Pixels): Adjusts how far
the truck drives into the flip station. Should be set so
that the card is centered in the flip arms (if it isn’t
centered, the truck may have difficulty removing the
card after the flipping action). If the card position is
incorrect, the truck can depart, leaving the card in the
flip arms,
or it may
drag the
card an
inch or two
toward the
print
station,
then jam.
Click Flip Station Calibration. This elevates the
carrier until Edge A just clears the photo sensor, at
which point the motor stops, and the step count is
saved in flash memory. The motor then drives the
carrier back down to the rest position.
Start >
Printers (or
Printers and Faxes) > Right click Zebra P640i >
Properties > Device Settings > Control > Advanced
Utilites > Move Truck (to Flip Station)
Carrier Motion
In 1, the card should drive smoothly to rest almost
touching the right hand edge of the flip station base
Vertical motion of the carrier is detected by a single
photo sensor, activated by two tabs at the back of the
carrier molding. The carrier is positioned by counting
a specific number of motor steps from the instant
the sensor’s optical path is opened or closed by
edges A, B and C.
molding. It must not rebound off the edge. To move
the card further to the right, increase (make less
negative) the Card Adjust parameter, and vice versa.
Calibraton is a one-time setup routine, but is also
a useful starting point when diagnosing flip
station problems.
Now click
Flip Test 3
with Flip
Truck
Platen
enabled.
Flip station components
The card
should
The two halves of the sensor (arrow) are
land
as
2
,
with
a
gap
of
between
0.04"
and
0.1"
(1 to
contained in cavities in the molded back wall of the
2.5 mm). The exact gap isn’t critical, but it has to be
flip station. The sensor tabs are integral with the
visibly there.
carrier molding. Edge C is hidden by the card ejector
arm.
Flip Station Parameters in the Driver
> Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right
click Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings
> Printer Adjustment > Flip Station Adjust
Start
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Card
Rest
Position
Adjust:
Adjusts
how far
down the
carrier
drives.
This
parameter
is the
number of
motor
steps,
more or
less,
relative to
the Edge A
event at
the photo
sensor
(diagram
53
on preceding page). If the truck fails to pull the card
out of the flip station after the flipping action, chances
are: 1. The card position is wrong, see above, or; 2.
The carrier is not coming down all the way (repeat the
Flip Station Calibration routine in Advance Utilities,
preceding page).
Another test for this: power down the printer, then
power up, listening for the flip station reset action.
Open the main cover, then push gently down on the
carrier (at the back, close to the guide shaft). If there is
any downward travel, increase the parameter (make it
less negative) - but don’t overdo it, because this will
increase the reset noise and potentially damage the
carrier drive.
hand to activate the flip. If it doesn’t flip, the
mechanism itself is defective, so adjusting the height
parameter will have no effect.
If you overdo the height adjustment - sending the
carrier too high - the U-shaped azimuth adjust
molding may be driven off the end of its track. This
causes the carrier to wobble as the “U” re-engages on
the way down.
Insertion Height Adjust : “Insertion height” is the
intermediate (non flipping) elevation to which the
card is driven for insertion into the laminator. The
Insertion Height Adjust parameter is the number of
motor steps, more or less, relative to the Edge B event
at the photo sensor (diagram on preceding page).
Adjust the parameter if the ejector arm misses the
card. Raise the insertion height by increasing the
parameter (making it less negative), and vice versa.
Flip Station Max Height Adjust
The card carrier needs to move high enough to actuate
the flipping mechanism, but should not over-travel
excessively.
The Max Height Adjust parameter is the number of
motor steps, more more or less, relative to the Edge C
event at the photo sensor (diagram on preceding
page). Increase this parameter (make it less negative)
only if there is an occasional failure to flip.
Reduce this value if the carrier hits the upper bracket
holding the guide shaft. If the flip station is not
flipping
reliably,
be sure it
is a
travel
issue
rather
than
anything
else by
opening
the
printer
cover,
then
moving
the flip
station
up by
Insertion height adjustment
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Techncial Note 6 - Laminator
Accurate positioning of the laminate “patch” is
important for practical and aesthetic reasons. The
patch must cover the entire image as printed by the
P640 at the time of issuance, thus protecting critical
data with a tamper-deterrent film. Additionally,
because even the smallest amount of overhang can
compromise the card’s integrity, the patch should be
symmetrically positioned on the card.
Correctly
positioned top
(front) and
bottom (back)
laminate
patches
Skew and vertical offset are adjusted by screws in
the cassette pocket (7/64" hex wrench for skew,
flat blade screwdriver for vertical offset, see
diagram on next page).
Caution • Before adjusting for skew or
vertical offset, remember that there is
significant interaction between the latch
and the adjusting screws in the pocket,
see diagram on next page.
Important • Always adjust the latch after
adjusting either of the screws in the pocket.
If there is no
magnetic stripe
on the
underside, a
full width patch
should be used.
Positioning of the patch is affected by three variables:
Do not adjust
Skew
adjust
Verticle offset
adjust
1. Skew (rotation)
2. Horizontal offset (left-right)
3. Vertical offset (up-down).
Latch adjust
Laminate
cutter
Latch ears
Transfer
guide
Upper
cassette
Heater
compart-
Horizontal offset is a software adjustment, see Section 5.
Skew and vertical offset are corrected by the
following mechanical adjustments. The cassette is
held in place by two ears on the cassette latch. Using a
piece of 1 mil laminate as a feeler gauge, set the front
ear close to, but not touching, the cassette. A hex head
screw (arrowed) sets front-back position of the latch.
Adjust the latch position using a 7/64" hex wrench.
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Lower
cassette
P640i dual-side laminator
Transfer
roller
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Transfer toggle Must be set
to RUN (horizontal) for normal
operation. Rotate the toggle
to open the rollers for jam
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Laminate position adjustments
Making sense of the skew adjustment
Skew is caused by misalignment of the laminate
cassette relative to the left-right axis of the printer,
looking down on the printer from above. The skew
adjust screw causes the pocket to rotate relative to the
left-right axis. The vertical offset adjust screw
controls the depth of the cassette in the pocket. Note
that the front ear of the latch must be in close contact
with the cassette, without changing its position.
Turning the skew adjust screw clockwise rotates the
cassette itself clockwise, looking down on the printer.
On the face of it, that Laminate patch should worsen
the condition motion shown in diagram A. It doesn’t
do so, because the laminate patch is reversed in the
transfer process.
Laminate
patch motion
Card
motion
Upper cassette skew adjustment
procedure
Reset the cassette pocket
If the pocket has been replaced, or if the laminate is
grossly misaligned. Back off the vertical offset adjust
screw, skew adjust screw, and cassette latch adjust
screws. Using three CR-80 cards [total thickness
0.090" (2.3 mm)] as a feeler gauge in the gap between
the pocket and back plate, adjust for skew and vertical
offset until the gap is an even 0.090" across the width
of the pocket.
With a cassette in the pocket, adjust the latch screw so
that the latch’s front ear is snug to the cassette, but
doesn’t shift it out of position (see page 6-1). The
pocket is now in its default position - as assembled in
production before adjustments in final test.
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Transfer
roller
The following procedure assumes that the horizontal
offset has been software corrected as described in
Section 5.
1. Check the action of the cassette latch. If necessary
adjust its fore-aft position so that its ears
smoothly engage the cassette without nudging the
cassette.
2. Print and laminate a few test cards in the usual
way, noting the direction of skew. Don’t worry
about vertical offset at this stage unless the
laminate overhangs grossly, in which case
proceed to the Vertical offset adjustment
procedure, below.
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3. Referring to Section 2, Media Handling, unlatch
and remove the upper cassette from its pocket.
Rotate the laminate core counterclockwise,
reeling in the laminate to bring it even with the
lips of the cassette - VERY IMPORTANT! Set
the cassette aside.
After each movement of the lower cassette skew
adjust screw, perform exactly the same three actions
described in step 7 of the upper laminator.
4. Remove the upper transfer guide, then discard the
laminate patch on the upper transfer roller. (If you
don’t do this, the next patch to be applied will not
reflect the skew adjustment you are about to
make.)
5. Using a fibertip pen mark the skew adjust screw
head for reference.
Note • One full turn of the screw de-
skews the laminate by approximately 1°,
equivalent to 0.03".
6. Using a 7/64" hex wrench turn the skew adjust
screw in ¼ turn increments as directed in the
diagram below.
7. After each movement of the skew adjust screw do
the following three actions:
a.
Adjust the cassette latch screw in the same
direction, by the same amount.
b. If you have not already done so, remove and
discard the laminate patch on the upper
transfer roller, close the printer cover, then
press the LAMINATE button to run out a
fresh patch from the upper cassette.
c.
Print a test card and inspect for skew.
8. Re-install the cassette.
Lower cassette skew adjustment
procedure
Once the front surface skew is consistently
acceptable, inspect the back surface patches of the last
few cards to pass through the laminator. Note the
direction of skew on the back surface. (Don’t worry
about vertical offset at this stage unless the laminate
overhangs grossly, in which case proceed to the
Vertical offset adjustment procedure, below.) When
flipping the cards for inspection, keep the mag stripe
(if present) toward you.
Flip the cards left to right (not front to
back)
Correct for skew in the lower laminator using the
same procedure as the upper cassette, but note that the
“reel in” direction will be clockwise for the lower
cassette as it sits in the printer.
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Upper cassette vertical offset
adjustment
The following procedure assumes that the horizontal
offset has been software-corrected and that skew has
been adjusted as outlined above.
1. Check the action of the cassette latch. If necessary
adjust its fore-aft position so that its ears
smoothly engage the cassette without nudging the
cassette.
2. Print and laminate a few test cards in the usual
way, noting the vertical offset (front-to-back
position) of the laminate patch on the front of the
card.
3. Unlatch and remove the upper cassette from its
pocket. Rotate the laminate core
counterclockwise, reeling in the laminate to bring
it even with the lips of the cassette. Set the
cassette aside.
4. Remove the upper transfer guide, then discard the
laminate patch on the upper transfer roller. (If you
don’t do this, the next patch to be applied will not
reflect the vertical offset adjustment you are about
to make.)
5. Using a fibertip pen mark the vertical offset adjust
screw head for reference.
Note • One full counterclockwise turn of
the screw pushes out the cassette, and
therefore the laminate patch, by
approximately 0.03" (just under 1 mm)
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6. Using a flat blade screwdriver turn the vertical
offset adjust screw in ¼ turn increments
Heater Temperatures
Temperatures measured by thermocouples in the top
and bottom laminator heater cores.
Laminate Sensors
7. Re-install the cassette.
Lower cassette vertical offset
adjustment
Once the front surface offset is consistently
acceptable, inspect the back surface patches of the last
few cards to pass through the laminator. Note the
offset on the back surface. When flipping the cards for
inspection, keep the mag stripe (if present) toward
you.
Reflective sensors that detect the presence of laminate
on the transfer rollers. The threshold numbers are:
Below 124 = laminate present
Above 140 = laminate absent.
The threshold numbers are not adjustable.
Caution • Accurate positioning of the
laminate sensors is essential! If they do
not detect laminate reliably,
performance of the entire printer is
compromised.
Flip the cards left to right (not front to
back)
Correct for vertical offset in the lower laminator using
the same procedure as in upper cassette vertical
offset adjustment.
Laminator Parameters in the
Driver
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Control
> Advanced Utilities > Show Sensor Data
Sensor Data is
also available by this route:
Device Settings > Status > Advanced (Information).
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It is possible to
get a false
“good” reading
if the sensors
are too close to
the feed rollers.
Heater Temperature : This is the set point temperature desired - not the actual temperature. For
actuals, see Sensor Data, preceding page. NOTE:
Temperatures are monitored by thermocouples at the
core of the heated rollers. Surface temperatures may
differ significantly.
Caution • Do not set the temperature ABOVE
180°C, or BELOW room temperature
Line Voltage: If Auto is selected, the printer guesses
line voltage based on line frequency, assuming that
110V will be @ 60Hz, and 230V @ 50Hz. If this isn’t
the case in your locality, the printer will guess wrong,
and you should set the voltage manually.
Note • Running the printer at 220V,
60Hz in Auto mode may cause premature
failure ofthe heaters. Running the printer
at 110V, 50Hz in Auto mode may cause
abnormally long heat-up time and poor
temperature control.
Functional test of the sensors From each of the
laminators, upper and lower, remove the transfer
guide and the laminate patch, if any, beneath it. The
sensor should read high, around 250. Replace the
guide, and the sensor should read no lower than 180. If
lower than 180, move the sensor board away from the
transfer rollers, to the left, diagram below.
This setting has nothing to do with the printer power
supply. Like the laminator heaters, the power supply
can handle any voltage from 110V to 230V, so an
incorrect setting here will cause no immediatedamage.
Correcting Laminator Problems
Complete the test by running laminate onto the rollers
(press the LAMINATE button). The sensor should
read below 20. Adjust sensor board to correct.
Caution • The sensor board must be
symmetrically positioned relative to the
transfer rollers. with its attachement
screws central in their slots.
Laminate Station Adjust
Problem
> Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Printer
Adjustment > Laminate Station Adjust
Laminate bunches up outside the cutter assembly,
having missed the feed slot. This can happen to either
upper or lower laminates. It is probably a cassette
installation problem, such as:
Start
Length Adjust (mils): This is the length of the
laminate “patch”. If the patch is too long, decrease this
number, and vice versa.
1. Failing to latch the cassette
Horizontal Offset (mils): Adjusts laminate
placement on the card.
3. Leading edge of laminate not reeled in even with
the lips of the cassette. Reference Section 2, Media
Handling.
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2. Out-of-square scissor cut on the leading edge of the
laminate
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If necessary, turn the transfer
roller toggle to separate the
transfer rollers and relieve pressure on the card.
Cutter feed slot
Cutter
Corrective action
Corrective action
Unlatch the cassette, then gently wiggle the cassette
out of its pocket. You can make this easier by cutting
the laminate above the latch. Remove all laminate
scraps. Cut the leading edge of the fresh laminate as
square as you can with scissors, then reel it in as
described in Section 2, Media Handling. Re-install
and latch the cassette.
Turn off the printer, then allow it to cool for about 10
minutes. Unscrew the heater assembly fastener, arrowed, then partially withdraw the assembly together
with the card. Pull the card out of the heater, inspect
the rollers for laminate scraps and other foreign
matter, then re-install the assembly. Do NOT use metal
TOOLS to clean the rollers.
Even after allowing cooling time, the assembly will
be HOT, so hold it only ny its outer cover.
Important • Any time you unlatch a cassette, it’s
a good idea to check that the laminate is even with
the lips of the cassette before re-latching.
Problem
Card jammed in laminator. This can be caused by any
of the following:
1. Dings or rough edges on the card (depending on
vendor, card quality can vary, even from batch to
batch).
2. Either of the cutters fails to cut, so the card is
stopped dead by a “tail” of laminate, now firmly
held by the laminate feed roller, which can not be
rotated by tugging on the laminate.
Important • All rollers in the main drive
train of the laminator (not the cassette
outfeeds) are connected by toothed belts.
If any of them fails to rotate, suspect loose
set screws on the toothed pulleys
3. Heated rollers not rotating.
4. Infeed rollers not rotating
5. Outfeed rollers not rotating.
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Technical Note 7 - ID/Log
is a driver utility that builds a database of card
transactions in the printer’s host computer.
Time: Logs the time a which the card was sent to the
printer in the HH:MM:SS format. The 24-hour clock
is used, so 13:00 = 1:00 pm, and 05:00 = 5:00 am.
ID/Log
records data encoded on the card’s magnetic
stripe, together with date, time, and the printer’s serial
number. The data set can be uploaded at any time to a
central archive, thus providing a means for security
officers to validate the card by comparing it with
tamper-proof “real data”.
ID/Log
To access the ID/Log screen in the Windows printer
driver, follow this sequence:
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Printing Preferences > ID/Log
Date: Logs the date on which the card was sent to the
printer in the MM/DD/YYYY format.
Printer Serial Number: Logs the serial number of
the printer which printed the card.
Static Text: Adds to the record text in the box at
right. Enter no more than 16 characters.
IP address: Logs the IP address of the PC which
sent the card to the printer.
Magnetic Track 1, 2, 3 Data: Logs the data sent to
the printer to be encoded on the card’s magnetic
stripe.
EIN Data from Mag Track 2: Logs the Embedded
Inventory Number pre-encoded on Track 2. Note that
EIN Readback must be enabled for this action, see
Tech Note 3, Magnetic Encoder.
Application will send data with “L=xxx” TextOut
Allows third party applications to send data to be
logged in much the same way as they would send
magnetic data.
Spooler Job Number: Logs the number which the
card print job was assigned in the Windows print
spooler.
User Name: Logs the username of the person
submitting the card print job.
Enable Logging: When checked, logging is active.
Create New Log File Each Day: Check the File
box, then type in a directory path to a folder of your
choosing. (If a non-valid path is entered, a default path
will be created.) The file generated by ID/Log is of the
type MMDDYYYY.log.
File: This is either a folder into which all daily files
will be sent (“Create New Each Day”), or a single file
that will accumulate data day after day.
Separator Character: By default the pipe character
( | ) is used to separate data, resulting in lines looking
like this:
07/06/3004|10:14:05|0312040||||||||||2|jsmith|
If this is not to your liking, a different separator may
be specified.
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Technical Note 8 - Using the
Windows Printer Driver
The P640i printer driver includes setup and diagnostic
tools in two distinct groups. These are Printing
Preferences and Properties.
Orientation: Allows you to set up the front and back
images, independently*, for “driver license”
(landscape) or “badge” (portrait) configurations. By
checking the Rotate box, you can also flip either
image upside down.
* The following combination is not available: Front landscape, Back
portrait.
Generally speaking, Properties screens are intended
for use only by the trained technician. This is because
they can cause unexpected results if modified without
the necessary experience. The same applies to two of
the Printing Preferences screens, Magnetic Encoding
and ID/Log.
Some of the Preferences screens the operator may be
asked to refer to and/or modify.
Operator screens
Printing Preferences - Card Setup
Printing Preferences - Image Adjustment
Printing Preferences - YMC (Color) Printing
Printing Preferences - K (Black) Panel
Technician-only screens:
Printer Properties - All screens
Printing Preferences - Magnetic Encoding
Printing Preferences - ID/Log
To access the driver screens, follow this sequence:
Printing Preferences
> Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Printing Preferences or Properties
Start
Printing Preferences
Printing Preferences
Card Setup
Image Size: Sets the image area for both front and
back of the card (1 inch = 300 pixels).
Cards: Specifies the type of card loaded in the
hopper - typically a PVC/polyester/PVC composite
card for applications where durability is important.
Ribbon: This is the color ribbon installed in the
printer. Choice of two for most applications: YMCK =
3 color panels + 1 black panel, and YMCKK = 3 color
panels + 2 black panels. For secure applications a
third type of ribbon is available: YMCUvK (“Uv” is a
panel of ultraviolet responsive resin).
YMC (Color)
Printing
The P640i accepts 24-bit color images, meaning that
each of the colors (Y, M and C) is represented by 8
bits per pixel. In High Quality, the default setting, all
24 bits are processed. In Low Quality the printer
driver transmits a smaller amount of color
information, the effect being a slight degradation of
the printed image. The advantage of low quality is
increased transmission speed, which can be helpful if
the connection is through a conventional parallel port.
With a USB connection, there will be no noticeable
difference.
Printing Preferences
Image Adjustment
Front/Back: Allows you to apply color or black, or
both, to either side of the card. For example, with a 4panel YMCK ribbon the usual arrangement is YMC
(Color) on the front, K (Black) on the back. If you
check both YMC and K on one side, this sets up a
special condition known as black extraction, page TN82.
Laminate: Allows you to choose whether laminate
will be applied to the front side, to both sides, or to
neither side.
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The Brightness and Contrast controls here have same
effect on the printed image as do similar controls on
typical office color printers. Click Reset to restore
default conditions.
Printing Preferences
K (Black) Panel
When the Card Setup screen (page TN8-1) is set for
YMC (Color) and K (Black) on the same side of a card, a
process called “Black Extraction” is enabled (see inset
panel, right). The K (Black) Panel screen, below,
displays available options for Black Extraction.
Before you make any modifications to the K
(Black) Panel display take a few minutes to understand what Black Extraction does. Although quite
subtle in concept it can have a dramatic effect on
image quality and machine readability.
What is black extraction?
Black extraction has to do with the way the printer
driver handles the K (black) panel. It applies only to
surfaces of the card on which both YMC (color) and K
(black) are to be printed.
Contrast 0 50
Brightness
Contrast 2550
Brightness
Contrast 5050
Brightness
Contrast 5025
Brightness
Contrast 5075
Brightness
Contrast 100
Brightness
50
Contrast 7550
Brightness
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Equal amounts of Y, M and C dyes, at maximum
intensity, deliver a near-black image, but one which is
not machine readable. For example, a bar code printed
from YMC (color) will be visible to the eye, but will
not be detectable by most bar code readers. The
remedy for this is to “extract the black”; in other
words to print the same bar code, using the K (black)
panel, on top of the YMC bar code. (You can also
choose to print only in K, omitting YMC from that
region.) The K (black) panel is not a dye. It is more of
a paint containing carbon black, which is highly
visible to infrared-type readers.
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Depending on the application used to create the card
layout, elements of the design may be identified in
different ways to the printer driver. This printer driver
recognizes, and rasterizes, five types of elements: text,
lines and pixels, area fills, monochrome bitmaps, and
color bit maps:
Printing Preferences
Magnetic Encoding
Reference Technical Note 3, Magnetic Encoder
•
Text is text which is sent explicitly as such to the
printer driver.
• Lines and pixels are lines and dots (pixels) sent as
such to the printer driver.
• Area fills are color-filled geometric shapes.
• Monochrome bitmaps are 1-bit bitmaps (every
pixel either black or white).
• Color bitmaps are full color uncompressed pixel
maps.
The above elements may not always be sent to the
driver as expected. For example, a bar code may be
sent as text, a series of area fills, or a monochrome
bitmap. Results will vary by application used to create
the card design. Another variable, again controlled by
the card layout application, is the precedence
(stacking order) of the various element types in the
event that one or more of them overlap.
Any of the above five elements may be selected for
black extraction when the ribbon is set up to apply
YMC (color) and K (black) to the same surface of the
card. In this condition, the driver generates an
extracted K image by looking for “true-black”
features in the selected element types, that is,
instances where all three YMC values are at the
maximum (full intensity). Each such true-black
instance generates a corresponding cluster of black
pixels in the extracted image, which will be printed
with the K (black) panel either on top of the YMC
image, or replacing it entirely – your choice.
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Printing Preferences
ID/Log
Reference Technical Note 7, ID/Log
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Printer Properties
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Status
Navigate to Properties by following this sequence:
> Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties
Print Jobs
Start
Most of the tabs on the Properties screen (General,
Sharing, etc.) are of the “set and forget” variety, page
TN8-8. We start here with Device Settings, the location
for all driver-controlled adjustments and displays.
The number of the print job that is currently being
processed. Next is meaningful only when the printer is
not being driven by a PC. If the printer is being driven
by a PC, the PC sets the job number to be the same as
the PC-assigned spooler job number before sending to
the printer.
Caution • Some of the sub menus under
Device Settings are specific to the Print
station, Mag encoder, and Laminator.
Refer to the relevant Tech Notes section.
Device Settings
Status
Error Conditions: Normally, this displays “No
Error”.
Images Left: The exact number of YMCK sets
remaining on the color ribbon, as reported by the color
ribbon core.
Enabled Features:
Uv Printing is enabled in manufacture, or by field
technician.
ID/Code (the user password) is enabled by the user.
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Status
Navigate to Properties by following this sequence:
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties
Most of the tabs on the Properties screen (General,
Sharing, etc.) are of the “set and forget” variety, page
TN8-8. We start here with Device Settings, the location
for all driver-controlled adjustments and displays.
ID/Key requires installation of a physical key. This
displays “Yes” once the printer has locked itself to the
key, not just because it has the key installed.
Advanced: Click the Advanced button to display
Sensor Data, below.
(Another way to display this screen is through this
sequence, see page TN8-5: Start > Printers (or Printers
and Faxes) > Right click Zebra P640i > Properties >
Device Settings > Control > Advanced Utilities > Show
Sensor Data)
Caution • Some of the sub menus under
Device Settings are specific to the Print
station, Mag encoder, and Laminator.
Refer to the relevant Tech Notes section.
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Run Clean Cycle: Decontaminates the card
cleaning roller by activating the cleaning cassette. One
clean cycle per click.
Sensor Data
Clear Error: This clears error reporting on the screen
(but note that the underlying cause of the error may
still be present).
Reprint Last Card: This reprints the last card
printed, as many times as specified in the Copies box.
Zero Buffer Count: Click Receive or Print as
desired to set the related buffer to zero (if no job is in
process, the buffer values will already be zero).
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Control
> Advanced Utilities
Ribbon sensors: see Tech Note TN4 Print
Station
Laminate sensors: see Tech Note TN6
Laminator
Card presence sensor: see Tech Note TN2
Card Transport
Printhead temperature: see Tech Note TN4
Print Station
AC frequency, Assumed AC voltage: s e e
Tech Note TN6 Laminator (Laminate Station
Adjust)
Temperatures: see page TN8-5
Logic states :
Flip Test 1: see Tech Notes TN5 Flip Station
Flip Test 2: see Tech Notes TN5 Flip Station
see page TN8-5
Flip Test 3: see Tech Notes TN5 Flip Station
Eject Card: see Tech Notes TN5 Flip Station
Device Settings
Control
> Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Control
Start
These
buttons
mimic the front
panel buttons
Prints a data summary card, below,
generated by the
driver (this is not the
test card printed
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Flip/Pause: see Tech Notes TN5 Flip Station
Move Truck: see Tech Notes TN2 Card Transport
Mag Position Adjust: see Tech Notes TN3
Magnetic Encoder
Mag Amplitude Adjust: see Tech Notes TN3
Magnetic Encoder
Flip Station Calibration: see Tech Notes TN5 Flip
Station
Show Sensor Data: Click to display Sensor Data,
below
Also available through the Status screen (Device
Settings > Status > Advanced )
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Back to Advanced Utilites
Sensor Data
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Control
> Advanced Utilities
Ribbon Panel Detect: The current reading of the
color ribbon sensor.
Panel Threshold : The current value of the
detection threshold for the color ribbon. Above this
value is termed “black”, below this value is termed
“not black”.
Ribbon Encoder Count: The number of encoder
pulses counted in one complete cycle of the color
ribbon currently installed in the printer.
Laminate Sensors: Reflective sensors that detect
the presence of laminate on the transfer rollers:
below threshold = laminate present, above threshold
= laminate absent.
Card Presence Sensor: The reflective sensor to
the right of the card hopper: High = no card, Low =
card present.
Printhead Voltage: Should be about 24V.
AC Frequency: 50 or 60 Hz
Sensor Data
Assumed AC Voltage: 110V assumed for 60 Hz.
If frequency and voltage are not correct, see
Laminate Station Adjust, TN6-5.
Printhead Temperature: Temperature ceiling
70°C (above that temperature, printing is stopped
until the head cools).
Controller Board Temperature: Should be
about 5° above ambient.
Heater Temperatures: Temperatures at the top
and bottom laminate heater cores.
Logic States: Summarizes all two-state interlocks
and photosensors - a very useful diagnostic tool.
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Mag Position Adjust: see Tech Notes TN3
Magnetic Encoder
Mag Amplitude Adjust: see Tech Notes TN3
Magnetic Encoder
Flip Station Calibration: see Tech Notes TN5 Flip
Station
Update Backup Config
Most of the parameters affecting operation of the
printer, e.g., laminate station adjustments, are set up
using the printer driver, and are then saved in the
printer’s flash memory as “current configuration”.
The original factory configuration also resides in a
separate “backup” memory, allowing you to recover
the as-shipped settings. Update Backup Config
instructs the printer to replace the factory
configuration with the current configuration, but DO
NOT DO THIS CASUALLY. On the same lines as System
Restore in Windows XP, you can re-install the backup
config by pressing PRINT, RIBBON and LAMINATE
buttons at the same time.
Upgrade Firmware: Upgrades printer’s flash
memory with replacement printer firmware
downloadable from the Zebra website.
Send Features File: The “features file” is special
software used to enable/disable UV (ultraviolet)
printing, clear passwords, and other items of a
security-sensitive nature. Contact Zebra support for
more information.
Password Protection: Not the same as ID/Code.
Password Protection blocks access to various low
level printer adjustment screens (including this one).
Check Use Password, then enter a password of your
choice.
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Set ID/Code: Sends an ID/Code (password of your
choice) to the printer, synchronizing the driver-printer
ID/Code. This is a security lock out, linking a specific
printer to a specific computer. In other words, it
prevents use of the printer with a PC not having the
same ID/Code.
Number of Times to Retry
Determines how many retries the driver will execute
in the event of a communications failure. The default
is 3 retries. A higher number may be desirable if
“Communications Failure” messages occur
frequently.
Device Settings
Printer Adjustment
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Printer
Adjustment
Disable Printer’s Print Button
In regular on-line use, the PRINT button reprints the
last image downloaded from the computer to the
printer’s buffer memory. If Disable is checked, the
PRINT button has no effect, except after power
cycling (when power is restored, but only until the
first print job is received from the computer, the
printer will print a checkerboard test card each time
the PRINT button is pressed).
Disable Printer’s Other Buttons
If Disable is checked, the RIBBON and LAMINATE
buttons have no effect after the first downloaded job
from the computer.
Status Polling Frequency
Determines how often the PC polls the printer for
status:
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Normal (Default mode for Parallel and USB).
Polls the printer for errors for as long as it is busy
printing cards.
Reduced (Default mode for Ethernet). Polls the
printer for errors, sends a print job, polls twice
more, then disconnects. This allows computers to
connect to the printer and print a card while the
previous card is printing, desirable in a network
environment.
None No error polling. Not a recommended
option.
Print Station Adjust: see Tech Notes TN4 Print
Station
Laminate Station Adjust: see Tech Notes TN6
Laminator
Flip Station Adjust: see Tech Notes TN5 Flip
Station
Pick Position Adjust (Pixels): see Tech Notes
TN2 Card Transport
Clean Frequency: see Tech Notes TN2 Card
Transport
Advanced Adjust: see Tech Notes TN3 Magnetic
Encoder
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Device Settings
Color Calibration
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Device Settings > Color
Calibration
Printer Properties
Color Management
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Color Management
See Tech Notes TN1 General Information
See Tech Notes TN4 Print Station.
Printer Properties
General
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > General
See Tech Notes TN1 General Information.
Start
> Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Printer Properties
Sharing
Zebra P640i > Properties > Sharing
See Tech Notes TN1 General Information
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Printer Properties
Security
Printer Properties
Advanced
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Security
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Advanced
See Tech Notes TN1 General Information
See Tech Notes TN1 General Information
Printer Properties
Ports
> Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640i > Properties > Ports
Start
See Tech Notes TN1 General Information
IDPrint Lite
IDPrint Lite is a simple utility designed for functional
testing only. It is not intended for ID card production.
IDPrint Lite allows you to send bitmap (.bmp) files to
the ID card printer driver. Unlike most applications
used for page composing, such as Microsoft Word or
Adobe PageMaker, IDPrint Lite can send up to four
separate image files to the printer in a single transaction,
two for the front of the card, two for the back.IDPrint
Lite has no page composing capability. It is a means
only of delivering to the printer driver previously
composed image files, samples of which are on the
driver CD, see below (these image files also come
with the P640i driver when downloaded from the
Web).
Test for alignment of lamin-Test for ribbon wrinkling
ate, If you wish to use your own images instead of the
samples, compose them using any application that can
save them in .bmp format. The standard image size for
the P640i is 952 x 578 pixels.
IDPrint Lite can also be used for mag stripe encoding
in two formats, ISO (International Organization for
Standardization) and AAMVA (American Association
of Motor Vehicle Administrators).
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Using IDPrint Lite
Assuming IDPrint Lite is stored in its default location,
launch it by going to the Windows Start menu, then
All Programs, then to Zebra Technologies followed by
ID Print Lite.
Demo badge #1
(portrait format)
EuroTravel_Front.bmp
EuroTravel_Back.bmp
Demo badge #2
(portrait format)
Airport_Front.bmp
Airport_Back.bmp
Typically, Image 1 is for the front of the card, and
Image 2 the back.
Demo driver license
(landscape format)
Driver_License_Front.bmp
Driver_License_Back.bmp
Demo exhibitor badge
(landscape format)
Flower_Show_Front.bmp
Flower_Show_Back.bmp
If a five panel ribbon is used, such as YMCKK or
YMCUvK, Image 2 is typically printed on the front of
the card with the K or Uv panel following C, and
Image 3 is printed on the back of the card with the
final K panel.
Image 4 is not used at this time.
Print test #1
Portraits.bmp
Test for realistic skin tones,
YMC registration in small text,
etc.
Print test #2
Graytone.bmp
Test for uniformity, blown
pixels, card flatness, etc.
Print test #3
Color_Gradients.bmp
Test for alignment of laminate,
light tone print quality
Print test #4
Wedge_1.bmp
Test for ribbon wrinkling
Print test #5
Wedge_2.bmp
Test for ribbon wrinkling
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To assign a file to Image 1, click the little square box
to the right of “Image 1”, then click the dotted button
at right of the Image 1 window. The Select Image File
screen (below) displays the sample files included with
IDPrint Lite. Highlight the file you want to be Image
1, then click Open. If you wish to use a file of your
own instead of the samples, navigate to the location in
which you saved the file (click and hold the down
arrow to display your computer’s various file
locations).
How Images 1, 2 and 3 are applied to the front and/or
back of the card, and the way in which they are
processed, is determined by two selections that must be
made in the Printing Preferences Card Setup screen: 1.
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The type of color ribbon installed (YMCK, YMCKK,
or YMCUvK) and; 2. The assignment of YMC
(Color), Uv (ultraviolet) and K (Black) to front and
back.
To bring up the Card Setup screen follow this sequence:
Start > Printers (or Printers and Faxes) > Right click
Zebra P640 > Printing Preferences > Card Setup
Card Setup
Ribbons, image numbers and front/back
assignments
YMCK
RIBBON
YMC
(Color)
K (Black)
uV
YMC on front,
K on back
Front
5 Image 1
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£
5 Image 2
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YMC and K
(black
extracted) on
front
Front
Image 1
5
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Back
£
£
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YMC and K
(black
extracted) on
both front and
back
Front
5 Image 1
5
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Back
5 Image 2
5
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Front
5 Image 1
5
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Back
£
5 Image 2
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Front
5 Image 1
£
5 Image 2
Back
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5 Image 3
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YMCKK
RIBBON
YMC and K
(black
extracted) on
front, K on
back
YMCUvK
RIBBON
YMC and K
(black
extracted) on
front, K on
back
IDPrint Lite can also be used to write to the magnetic
stripe, if applicable. Before entering data in the
“Track” windows, you must first select the format,
AAMVA or ISO, in the Magnetic Encoding screen found
in Printing Preferences.
Note: The Save function (disk symbol) on the IDPrint
Lite tool bar applies only to magnetic stripe data, not
to the image assignments. Image assignments are
stored automatically when the IDPrint Lite program is
closed.
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Technical Note 9 - Installing the
Windows Printer Driver
First things first
For any of the operations described in this section you
need the P640i Driver Software. This is on the Driver
CD. It may also be downloaded from the Zebra
Support Web page.
Driver CD
If you have the CD, place it in the computer’s CDROM drive. This will display the Zebra Printer Setup
screen. Follow the screen instructions to Uninstall or
Install, referring where necessary to the additional
information in this section.
4. Navigate to c:\zebra\driver, or to the alternate
location you specified, then double click
setup.exe. This displays the Zebra Printer Setup
screen. You are now at the same stage as if you
had inserted the Driver CD.
Important • If the computer you are
working on has ever run a Zebra Atlantek
printer, uninstall all previous versions of the
driver before installing the new one. You can
NOT uninstall a printer driver using the
Add/Re-move Programs procedure in
Windows, or by deleting a printer icon from
the list of Printers and Faxes.
Uninstalling the printer driver
Go to the Zebra Printer Setup screen from the Driver
CD or from the downloaded software, see above.
Download
Downloaded software comes to you as a selfexecuting application, available from zebracard.com/
atlantek. Before you download, make a note of the file
name, and where it will be saved on the computer’s
hard drive:
1. Click Download, then choose somewhere to store
the file temporarily (the Desktop is a convenient
location).
2. Navigate to that location, then launch the Printer
Installer by double clicking the downloaded file.
1. Click Uninstall Printers and Drivers.
2. In the next window to appear, click Uninstall
Printer Drivers. Complete the process by restarting the computer.
3. Click OK. This brings up the WinZip SelfExtractor, which will put the unzipped
(decompressed) files in their default location
(c:\zebra\driver), unless you choose a different
location. Click Unzip. The Self-Extractor will
then announce that it has successfully unzipped a
number of files.
Important • Windows 2000 and Windows
XP install printer drivers in different ways.
Although the overall process is similar, the
dialog boxes are not identical. The screen
shots in this section are for Windows XP.
Windows file missing
Caution • If the computer you are
configuring for a USB connection to the
P640i has at some time run an Eltron
C-Series printer, a Windows file
necessary for the P640i installation will
be missing.
Recover the missing Windows file as follows:
1. Navigate to c:\windows\inf (Windows XP) or
c:\winnt\inf (Windows 2000).
2. Find the file named usbprint.in, then rename it to
usbprint.inf.
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3. If the computer continues to display “new
hardware found” messages, disable them by
choosing Install the software automatically, then
waiting for Windows to respond with Cannot
install this hardware.
4. Select Don’t prompt me again to install this
hardware, then click Finish.
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Note • Only USB and Parallel versions
are described here. The optional internal
Ethernet port is configured in a different
way, and may require technician help,
see page TN9-6. For more information,
contact Zebra tech support.
1. Select Install from a list or specific location, then
click Next.
This section outlines the three ways of installing the
P640i driver: 1) Direct from the Zebra Printer Setup
screen (page TN9-3, which comes up automatically
from the Driver CD, or from downloaded software,
see Download on this page; 2) Using the Add a Printer
procedure (page TN9-5), and; 3) Using the New
Hardware Found Wizard procedure (page TN9-2). No
matter which way you select, or allow Windows to
select for you, have the Driver CD or downloaded
software on hand before you start.
Note • If you are using the parallel port to
connect to your computer, make sure the
computer is set to ECP mode before
installing the driver. To do this you need to
check the computer’s BIOS. For help, refer
to your computer manual or consult your
technician. You do not need to select ECP
mode if you are using the USB port.
New Hardware Found Wizard
Note • The New Hardware Found message
appears only if the P640i printer has never
been installed on the computer to which it is
now connected.
If you plan to connect the P640i Printer to the
computer’s parallel port, shut down the computer, then
make the connection. USB, which can be connected
“hot”, has a faster data transfer rate, and is the
preferred port.
Power up the printer and start the computer. If you do
not see the following screen, install the driver from
Zebra’s Printer Setup screen, or use the Add a Printer
procedure .
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2. If you have the Driver CD, place it in the CDROM drive. If you are working instead with
downloaded software (or if you think the
download may be more recent), check Include
this location in the search, then type in (or browse
to) the download’s default location,
c:\zebra\driver, unless you sent the unzipped files
somewhere else. Click Next.
3. Following Step 2 the computer searches for a file
named Atlprint.inf. If the search is successful, the
following screen appears.
This screen warns that installation of the driver
software may destabilize your system. The P640i
driver software has been exhaustively tested in many
installations, and has caused no problems of which
Zebra is aware.
4. Click Continue Anyway, then Accept the License
Agreement. If you are using a USB connection,
the Browse Printers screen, right, displays the
USB-connected printers. Highlight the printer
serial number you are working on (even if there is
only one listed), then click OK.
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5. Click OK to accept the timeout defaults on
whichever Configure screen appears, USB or
Parallel.
Install using Zebra’s Printer Setup
screen
1. Referring to “First things first”, page TN9-1,
place the Driver CD in the CD-ROM drive, or
double-click setup.exe in the file folder
containing the unzipped downloaded driver.
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enabled only if the P640i printer is
connected to the computer’s parallel port
through a third party “dongle” (a hardware
security device).
2. This is the Zebra Printer Setup screen. From here
you can install or uninstall the print driver on your
computer. Additionally, you can install IDPrint
Lite, a simple card printing application for
functional testing. The two View/Print buttons
provide information for the technician.
3. Click Install a Printer and Driver. This brings up
the Zebra Add Printer Port screen.
4. Unless you are conecting to a network through the
optional Ethernet port, select either Parallel Port
or USB Port (depending on your choice of cable
connection between computer and printer), then
click Next. For information on the Ethernet
option, see page TN9-6. Contact Zebra support if
necessary.
6. Click Finish to complete the installation.
Parallel Port: If you selected Parallel Port, the next
screen displays Zebra Enhanced LPT1. This is the
default (recommended) port. Click OK to accept.
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Click OK to accept the timeout defaults on the
Configure USB Port screen.
.Make a note of the port designation. If you OK the
above screen, the Add Printer Wizard will complete
the installation semi-automatically, see Step 6 and
following.
Important • From this point on, the
screens for Parallel and USB are similar,
the only difference being the port
description. Only USB screens are shown.
Important • Compatibility Mode should
be enabled only if the P640i printer is
connected to the computer’s parallel port
through a third party “dongle” (a
hardware security device)
Note • PHID1 is the alias for “Zebra
Enhanced LPT1”.
5. On the next screen select the default, Local
printer, with the “Auto Plug and Play” box
unchecked, then click Next.
Make a note of the port designation. If you OK the
above screen, the Add Printer Wizard will complete
the installation semi-automatically.
USB Port: If you selected USB Port, the Browse
Printers screen displays the USB-connected printers.
Highlight the printer serial number you are working
on (even if there is only one listed), then click OK.
6. “Local printer” is the default selection.Click
Next.
Important • Compatibility Mode should
be enabled only if the P640i printer is
connected to the computer’s parallel port
through a third party “dongle” (a
hardware security device)
The P640i is always a Local Printer even if it is
connected by Ethernet to a network of several
computers. In such an installation the P640i
printer driver would be separately installed on each
of the connected computers, so the P640i would
not be a network printer as defined by Microsoft
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7. On the following screen click on the drop down
arrow to view the options. Select (typically)
ATLUSB001 for USB or PHID1 for Parallel, then
click Next.
After selecting the P640i go to Step 11.
8. The next screen is a list of all printer drivers that
came with the Windows operating system. The
P640i is not one of them, so click Have Disk
(even if you will be working with a downloaded
driver instead of a disk). This tells the system it
has to look elsewhere for the driver.
10. If you don’t have the CD, Browse to the location
(folder) containing the unzipped downloaded
driver files (default location is c:\zebra\driver). If
necessary, double click the file named
AtlPrint.inf.
11. On the following screen type in a name for the
printer. This can be anything you like, such as
“Printer A”. Typically, check No, don’t make this
the default printer. If asked, you do NOT want to
share the printer.
9. On the next screen press the down arrow, select
the CD-ROM drive containing the Driver CD,
then press OK. This brings up a screen that offers
another choice of printers, this time only from
Zebra. Select Zebra Technologies and Zebra
P640i. If you don’t have the CD, go to Step 10.
12. If you select Yes, Print Test Page, the printer will
do just that when the installation is completed,
and the various media are loaded. The test page is
a clipping from the top left corner of the standard
Microsoft Printer Driver report.
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Install using “Add a Printer”
The third way to install the printer driver is through
the standard Windows Add-a-Printer procedure. Go to
the Windows Start menu, select Printers or Printers
and Faxes, then click Add a Printer. Click Next on the
welcome screen, and you are at the same stage as
adding a parallel port or USB port..
13. Click Next to bring up the Completing the Add
Printer Wizard screen.
From this point on the only difference relative to the
Zebra Printer Setup is that in Add a Printer you now
have to select a port. In the Printer Setup procedure,
port configuration is the first thing you do.
14. The next screen warns that installation of the
driver software may destabilize your system. The
P640i driver software has been exhaustively
tested in many installations, and has caused no
problems of which Zebra is aware. Click
Continue Anyway to complete the printer driver
installation.
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do not have to use these default numbers, but note that
the Parallel port number relates to a specific physical
port (USB does not). Note that you are not offered
here the Zebra PHID1 parallel or ATLUSB001 ports
as you were previously. These are custom port
designations that will be made automatically as you
proceed.
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Firewall issues
Firewalls restrict data transferred over the network
only to those items specifically approved by the
network administrator. This can have the effect of
making a network connected printer such as the Zebra
P640i unavailable to network users.
2. Using either downloaded software or the provided
CD, display the Zebra printer setup screen, then
click Install a Printer and Driver:
If a personal firewall is installed on the PC you are
using to set up the P640i Ethernet option:
1. Probing for the printer will fail if the firewall does
not allow broadcast UDP (User Datagram
Protocol) requests.
2. Probing for the printer will fail if the firewall does
not accept responses from UDP probes (often
because the firewall does not properly register the
outgoing UDP port as valid for response traffic).
3. Probing for the printer will fail if the firewall
disallows packets destined for UDP port 9099.
3. Select Ethernet (Internal), then click Next.
4. Printing and printer communications will fail if
the firewall disallows packets destined for TCP
(Transmission Control Protocol) port 9100.
The above caveats apply equally to a firewall installed
in a network router, the difference being that such a
firewall affects ALL traffic across it, not just traffic to
and from a lone PC.
If probing fails, you could in theory enter manually
the IP address for the printer in the appropriate driver
setup screen. However, because the IP address is not
known until the printer is configured, this is a Catch
22 situation.
Configuring the Ethernet option
4. Click Browse, and allow the computer to search
for the printer’s default IP address.
Installing any device via Ethernet can be challenging,
even to the experienced technician. There is no
universal formula for success. If you do not achieve
satisfactory results after following the directions given
here, contact Zebra support for further advice.
Hardware setup
Make sure the computer on which you are installing
the P640i is connected to the network.
Switch on the printer, then test for functionality by
printing a test card (press the PRINT button).
Connect the Ethernet port (RJ45 receptacle) on the
P640i printer to the network through a hub, switch or
router. Use only a pass-through cable (also known as
straight-through).
Software setup
1. Obtain from your network administrator the
following three sets of numbers: Static IP address,
Netmask (a.k.a. Subnet mask), Gateway
(optional).
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5. Note the serial number of the P640i printer you
are installing, then look for that number on the
Browse screen (which may list more than one
printer). Click that number to highlight it, then
click OK.
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8. Check the Static IP address reported on the
Configure Ethernet Port screen. If correct, click
OK. If not, click Configure Printer again to repeat
the process.
6. When the Configure Ethernet Port screen
reappears, click Configure Printer.
7. Leave DHCP set to OFF. Type in the IP address,
Netmask and Gateway codes provided by your
network administrator, then click OK.
Note • The IP address shown below is for
illustration only.
9. This screen reminds you to select the correct port
when it is asked for by the Printer Wizard.
10. From this point on the Add Printer Wizard will
complete the installation semi-automatically.
Check each screen to be sure the checked items
are correct before moving on to the next.
11. Select Local printer.
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14. On the following screen type in a name for the
printer. This can be anything you like, such as
“Printer A”. Typically, check No, don’t make this
the default printer.
The P640i is always a local printer even if it is
connected by Ethernet to a network of several
computers. In such an installation the P640i printer
driver would be separately installed on each of the
connected computers, so the P640i would not be a
“network printer” as defined by Microsoft.
15. Typically, you do NOT want to share the printer.
12. Click the drop down arrow to view the port
options, then select , then select (typically)
ENET001.
16. You can print a test page if you wish.
13. Select Zebra Technologies and P640i then click
Next.
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17. Click Next to bring up the Completing the Add
Printer Wizard screen.
18. The next screen warns that installation of the
driver software may destabilize your system. The
P640i driver software has been exhaustively
tested in many installations, and has caused no
problems of which Zebra is aware. Click
Continue Anyway to complete the printer driver
installation.
19. The Ethernet port is now configured. If the printer
does not function as expected, refer to page 9-1.
Uninstall, then reinstall the printer driver using
the Zebra Printer Setup screen. You can NOT
uninstall the driver by deleting its icon from the
list of Printers and Faxes, or by using the Add/
Remove Programs procedure in Windows. If the
second attempt at re-configuration is
unsuccessful, please contact your reseller for
technical support.
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Technical Note 10 - Printer
Pooling
Important • n the P640i, many of the
configuration variables are stored in the
printer itself, unlike the typical printer as
defined by Microsoft. All pooled P640i
printers must be set up similarly.
Set up the Printers individually
For illustration, we will establish a pool of three
printers. Install and setup the printers as outlined in
Tech Note 9. The printers can have any names of your
choosing: here we will name them Zebra P640i 1,
Zebra P640i 2, Zebra P640i 3, and we will assume
they are attached to ports ATLUSB001, ATLUSB002,
ATLUSB003, respectively.
Before proceeding to pool the printers, test them
individually, and be sure they are configured
similarly. Specifically, check the following:
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•
•
Ribbon panel configuration (ribbon type, and
what prints on which side of the card)
Mag encoding configuration
Black extraction configuration (if applicable)
Create the pool
1. Go to Start > Printers and Faxes > Add a Printer
2. Click Next on the Add Printer Wizard welcome
screen.
3. Select Local Printer. Make sure that
Automatically Detect My Plug and Play Printer is
unchecked, then click Next.
4. Select Use the following port, and choose the port
that the first printer is on. In this illustration, this
will be ATLUSB001.
In Printers and Faxes, there should now be a printer
called Pool, or whatever you named it.
11. Right click on Pool, then click Properties.
12. Click the Ports tab.
13. Check the Enable Printer Pooling box.
14. In the list of ports, select the other ports that have
printers connected to them (remember that only
one port was selected on the initial install). For
this illustration, check the ATLUSB002 and
ATLUSB003 ports, then click OK.
The setup now is three printers (Zebra P640i 1, Zebra
P640i 2, and Zebra P640i 3), and one “pool”, which is
all of them.
Using the printer pool
Send print jobs to the pool, not to an individual
printer. When the first printer has taken as many jobs
as it can handle (that being two jobs - one to be printed
immediately, the other waiting), the following jobs
“spill over“ to the second printer, and then to the third
printer.
Notice that if you are only printing two jobs, they
would both go to the first printer. Pooling is a spillover methodology. It does not balance printer usage.
Once the pool has been set up, maintenance and
configuration changes should be done through the
menus for each individual printer (e.g., Zebra P640i
1), not through the pool (which can produce
undesirable results).
Note • The effect of any maintenance or
changes can (and should) be tested by
sending print jobs separately to each
printer, not to the pool.
5. In the printer list, choose Zebra Technologies as
the manufacturer, then choose (for this
illustration) Zebra P640i. Click Next.
6. On the next screen, choose Keep Existing Driver,
then click Next.
7. Choose something meaningful for the printer
name -Pool, for example. Decide whether or not
this is to be the default printer, then click Next.
8. Decide whether or not the pool is to be shared,
then click Next. (“Shared” means that other
networked computers will be able to send jobs to
the pool.)
9. Choose no test page, then click Next.
10. Click Finish.
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