USER'S MANUAL THERMAL TRANSFER / DIRECT

USER'S MANUAL THERMAL TRANSFER / DIRECT
TTP-244 / TTP-244 Plus
THERMAL TRANSFER / DIRECT THERMAL BAR
CODE PRINTER
USER’S
MANUAL
TTP/TDP 244/342
CONTENTS
1.
PRODUCT INTRODUCTION ......................................................... 2
1.1 Compliances .................................................................................................... 2
1.2 Effective Print Area .......................................................................................... 3
1.3 Available Bar Codes ......................................................................................... 3
1.4 Various Sensors ............................................................................................... 4
1.5 Supply Specifications ....................................................................................... 6
1.5.1 Types of Paper .......................................................................................... 6
1.5.2 Specifications ............................................................................................ 6
1.5.3 Ribbon Sizes and Shapes ......................................................................... 8
2.
GETTING STARTED ..................................................................... 9
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
3.
SET UP ........................................................................................ 15
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
4.
Unpacking and Inspection ............................................................................ 9
Equipment Checklist .................................................................................... 9
Printer Parts ............................................................................................... 10
External Label Roll Mount (Option) ............................................................ 13
Buttons and Indicators ............................................................................... 14
Setting Up the Printer ................................................................................. 15
Loading Label and Tag Stock .................................................................... 15
Ribbon Loading Instructions ....................................................................... 19
Install External Label Roll Mount (Option) .................................................. 23
Self Test ..................................................................................................... 24
Dump Mode................................................................................................ 26
Install SD Memory Card (TTP-244 Plus Model only / Option) .................... 27
USING PRINTER ......................................................................... 29
4.1 Power-on Utilities ....................................................................................... 29
4.1.1 Self Test Utility ....................................................................................... 29
4.1.2 Gap Sensor Calibration Utility ................................................................ 29
4.1.3 Printer Initialization ................................................................................. 30
4.2 Troubleshooting Guide ............................................................................... 31
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1. PRODUCT INTRODUCTION
Thank you very much for purchasing TSC bar code printer. The attractive
desktop printer delivers superior performance at an economical price. Both
powerful and easy-to-use, this printer is your best choice among desktop direct
thermal and thermal transfer label printers.
This printer offers both thermal transfer and direct thermal printing, 32-bit RISC
multi-tasking processor, print speed up to 4.0 inches per second features. It can
accept a wide range of media, including continuous, die-cut, and fan-fold labels
or tags for both thermal transfer and direct thermal printing. All of the most
frequently used bar code formats are available. Fonts and bar codes can be
printed in any one of four directions. And it provides a choice of eight different
sizes of alphanumeric fonts. By using font multiplication, an even greater range
of sizes is possible. Smooth fonts can be downloaded from the software. In
addition, It is capable of independently executing BASIC programming functions,
including arithmetic, logical operation, loop, flow-control and file management,
among others. This programming capability provides the greatest efficiency in
label printing. The status of printer and error messages may either be printed out
or viewed on a monitor by means of the connection.
Specifications, accessories, parts and programs are subject to change without notice.
1.1 Compliances
FCC Class A, CE Class A, C-Tick Class A, TÜ V/Safety, CCC
CAUTION
1. HAZARDOUS MOVING PARTS IN CUTTER MODULE. KEEP FINGER AND OTHER BODY
PARTS AWAY.
2. THE MAIN BOARD INCLUDES REAL TIME CLOCK FEATURE HAS LITHIUM BATTERY
CR2032 INSTALLED. RISK OF EXPLOSION IF BATTERY IS REPLACED BY AN
INCORRECT TYPE.
3. DISPOSE OF USED BATTERIES ACCORDING TO THE MANUFACTURER INSTRUCTIONS.
此为A级产品,在生活环境中,该产品可能会造成无线电干扰。在这种情况下,可
能需要用户对干扰采取切实可行的措施。
A급기기
(업무용 정보통신기기)
이 기기는 업무용으로 전자파 적합등록을 한 기기이오니, 판매자 또는 사용자는 이 점을
주위하시기 바라며, 만약 잘못 판매 또는 구입하였을 때에는 가정용으로 교환하시기 바랍니다.
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1.2 Effective Print Area
Label/Ticket Print Length
Effective Print Length
Label/Ticket Print Width
Effective Print Width
No Print Area
12 mm~2286 mm
10 mm~2284 mm
25 mm~104 mm
23 mm~102 mm
1 mm
1.3 Available Bar Codes
1D bar code
Code 39
Code 93
Code 128 UCC
Code 128, Subsets A, B, and C
Codabar
Interleaved 2 of 5
EAN-8, EAN-13, EAN-128
UPC-A, UPC-E
EAN and UPC with 2 or 5 digits add-on
MSI
PLESSEY
Postnet
China post
2D bar code
Maxicode
PDF-417
DataMatrix
QR code
GS1 DataBar family (RSS)
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1.4 Various Sensors
Feed Gap Sensor
The feed gap sensor detects a label gap to locate the starting print position of the next
label. The sensor is mounted 4 mm off the center line of the main mechanism.
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In case of Label
Black Mark Sensor
The black mark sensor locates the position of label by emitting infrared rays onto
the black mark at the back of the ticket. The sensor is mounted 5.75 mm off the
center line of the ticket roll width on the mechanism.
In case of Ticket
The default sensor position is (1) as shown on the figure below. To change to the
(2) position, the customer should notify the manufacturer in advance. There can
be only one position for the sensor. Once the sensor position is agreed upon, it
can not be changed afterwards.
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Ribbon End Sensor
The sensor detects the end portion of the ribbon. The ribbon end must be transparent.
Label End Sensor
The sensor detects the end portion of the label.
Peel off Sensor
The sensor detects the backing paper of a label.
Ribbon encoder
The encoder is used to detect if the ribbon is broken.
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1.5 Supply Specifications
1.5.1 Types of Paper
Two types of media are available: label and ticket.
There are two types of sensors for paper: gap sensor and black mark sensor.
Label and ticket can be further classified into direct thermal type or thermal
transfer type.
1.5.2 Specifications
Items
Label
Max.114mm
Min. 25mm
Length (Pitch) 12~2286mm
Paper
0.20 mm
Thickness
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Paper Weight Max 240 g/m
Max. Roll
Inner roll diameter. Max 4.3” (110mm)
Diameter
External roll diameter. Max 8.4”
(1” core)
(214mm)
Roll Up Method Print surface wound outside as
standard
Paper Core ID. 25.7±0.3mm
Paper Width
Note:
(1) The width and thickness quoted above are said of the label plus its backing paper.
(2) Likewise, the approval of label entails that of its backing paper.
(3) In the peel off mode, the minimum pitch is 35mm.
(4) In the cutter mode, it is required the paper be wound outside. Otherwise, paper jam tends
to result.
(5) In the cutter mode, the paper thickness is 0.2 mm at maximum, and the paper weight is
100 g/m2 at maximum. Except for the linerless cutter, all regular/heavy duty/care label
cutters DO NOT cut on media with glue.
(6) Paper shape is as shown on next page.
(7) Tag is 0.2mm in thickness, and is less than 100g/m2 in weight.
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1.5.3 Ribbon Sizes and Shapes
Item
Ribbon shape
Ribbon width
Ribbon winding width
Leading tape
End tape
Max. ribbon OD.
Winding method
Specifications
Spool type
Max. 110mm
Min. 40mm
Max. 110mm
Min. 40mm
Polyester film, 3355mm long
Polyester film (transparent), 2505mm
long
67mm
Ink surface to be wound outside
Note: The maximum length of ribbon depends on its thickness and core outside diameter.
The formula below defines the correlation between ribbon roll length and ribbon core
diameter.
(D 2  d 2 )  
L=
, where
4t
L = Ribbon length
D = Max. roll diameter
d = Ribbon core outside diameter
t = Ribbon thickness
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2. GETTING STARTED
2.1 Unpacking and Inspection
The printer has been specially packaged to withstand damage in the shipping
process. However, for fear that unexpected damage might occur, upon receiving
the bar code printer, carefully inspect the package and the device. In case of
evident damage, contact the carrier directly to specify the nature and extent of
the damage. Please retain the packaging materials in case you need to reship
the printer.
2.2 Equipment Checklist
* One bar code printer unit
* One Windows labeling software/Driver CD disk
* One quick start guide
* One external auto switching power supply
* One power cord
* One label spindle
* Two fixing tabs
* Two ribbon spindles
* One paper core for ribbon rewind spindle
If any parts are missing, please contact the Customer Service Department of
your purchased reseller or distributor.
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2.3 Printer Parts
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3
2
5
1
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Cover Release Button
PWR., ON-LINE and ERR. Indicators
PAUSE Button
FEED Button
Label Dispense Opening
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3
2
4
5
6
1
8
9
10
11
4
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1. Printer Cover (in open position)
2. Label Supply Roll Spindle
3. Fixing Tabs
4. Ribbon Mechanism
5. Ribbon Supply Spindle
6. Ribbon Rewind Spindle
7. Printer Carriage Release Lever
8. Detachable Front Panel
9. PAUSE Button
10. PWR., ON-LINE, ERR. Indicators
11. FEED Button
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4
1
3
2
5
6
1. Power On/Off Switch
2. Power Supply DC Jacket
3. RS-232C Interface Connector
4. USB Interface Connector
5. Label Insert Opening (For use with external media)
6. Centronics Interface Connector (Factory option)
Note:
The interface picture here is for reference only. Please refer to the product specification
for the interfaces availability.
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2.4 External Label Roll Mount (Option)
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2.5 Buttons and Indicators
PWR. (POWER) Indicator
The green PWR. indicator illuminates when the POWER switch is turned on.
ON-LINE Indicator
The green ON-LINE indicator illuminates when the printer is ready to print. When
PAUSE button is pressed, the ON-LINE indicator flashes.
ERR. Indicator (Error/Paper Empty)
The red ERR. indicator illuminates in the event of a printer error, such as
memory error, syntax error, and so forth. For a full list of error messages, please
refer to section 4.2, Troubleshooting Guides.
PAUSE Button
The PAUSE button allows the user to stop a print job and then continue the
printing with a second depression of the button. By pressing the PAUSE button:
(1) the printer stops printing after the printing label, (2) the PAUSE LED flashes,
and (3) the printer will hold all data in memory. This allows for trouble-free
replacement of label stock and thermal transfer ribbon. A second depression of
the PAUSE button will restart the printer.
Note: If the PAUSE button is held down for more than 3 seconds, the
printer will be reset and all data of the previous printing job will be
lost.
FEED Button
Press the FEED button to feed the label to the beginning of the next label.
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3. SET UP
3.1 Setting Up the Printer
1. Place the printer on a flat, secure surface.
2. Make sure the POWER switch is off.
3. Connect the printer to the computer mainframe with the RS-232C or USB
cable.
4. Plug the power cord into the power jacket at the rear of the printer, and then
plug the power cord into a properly grounded receptacle.
Note:
Please switch OFF printer power switch prior to plug in the power cord to printer power
jack.
3.2 Loading Label and Tag Stock
1. Open the printer cover.
2. Disengage the printer carriage by pulling the printer carriage release lever on
the left side of the platen.
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3. Slide the label supply roll spindle through the core of a label roll and attach the
fixing tabs onto the spindle.
4. Place the label roll into the label roll mount. Feed the label under the carriage
and over the platen.
5. Adjust the label guide to fit the width of the media.
6. Engage the printer carriage.
7. Wind the label roll until it becomes adequately taut.
8. Close the printer cover and press the FEED button three or four times until the
green ON-LINE indicator illuminates.
9. When the printer is out of ribbon or media, the ON-LINE LED will not
illuminate and the ERR. LED will flash. Reload the ribbon or media without
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turning off the printer power. Press the FEED button three or four times until
the ON-LINE LED illuminates. The printing job will be resumed without data
loss.
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3
4
2
1
1.
2.
3.
4.
Label Supply Roll Spindle
Label Roll Mount
Label Roll
Fixing Tabs
3
2
1
4
1. Printer Carriage Release Lever
2. Platen
3. Label Media
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4. Adjustable Label Guide
Note:
Please refer to videos on TSC YouTube or driver CD.
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3.3 Ribbon Loading Instructions
1. Place an empty paper core on the ribbon rewind spindle.
2. Insert the left side first. Mount the ribbon rewind paper core on the front hubs.
3. Please be noted that the bigger hub side with 4 ribs must be installed toward
the right side of ribbon mechanism.
4. Install a ribbon on the ribbon supply spindle. Mount the ribbon supply spindle
on the rear hubs.
5. Insert the left side first. Please be noted that the bigger hub side with 4 ribs
must be installed toward the right side of ribbon mechanism.
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6. Disengage the printer carriage by pulling the carriage release lever upwards.
7. Following the direction of the  RIBBON label, pull the transparent ribbon
leader to the front from under the ribbon mechanism.
8. Attach the ribbon leader to the empty paper core on the ribbon rewind spindle
(with a tape).
9. Rotate the ribbon rewind spindle until the ribbon overlaps the ribbon leader
and stretches tight.
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10. Engage the printer carriage.
11. Close the printer cover and press the FEED button until the green ON-LINE
LED illuminates.
Note:
1.
Please install ribbon and media and close print head mechanism prior
to turn on power. Printer will determine direct thermal or thermal
transfer mode automatically while turning on printer power.
2.
Please refer to videos on TSC YouTube or driver CD.
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2
4
3
1
1.
2.
3.
4.
Printer Carriage Release Lever
Ribbon Supply Spindle
Ribbon Rewind Spindle
Thermal Transfer Ribbon
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3.4 Install External Label Roll Mount (Option)
4
2
3
1
1.
2.
3.
4.
External Label Roll Mount
Label Supply Roll Spindle
External Label Feed Opening
Fixing Tabs
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3.5 Self Test
To initiate the self test mode, depress the FEED button while turning on the
printer power. The printer will calibrate the label length. If the label gap is not
detected within 7", the printer stops feeding labels and the media is treated as
continuous paper. In self test, a check pattern is used to check the performance
of the thermal print head. Following the check pattern, the printer prints internal
settings as listed below.
When the self test is completed, the printer enters the dump mode. Please turn
the printer's power off and then on to resume normal printing.
Self-test printout
Print head check pattern
Model name and F/W version
Printed mileage (meter)
Firmware checksum
Serial port configuration
Code page
Country code
Print speed (inch/sec)
Print darkness
Label size (inch)
Gap distance (inch)
Gap/black mark sensor sensitivity
Numbers of download files
Total & available memory space
NOW IN DUMP MODE
Self-test printout (with printer firmware V7.0 and later version)
Model name
F/W version
Firmware checksum
Printer S/N
TSC configuration file
System date
System time
Printed mileage (meter)
Cutting counter
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Print speed (inch/sec)
Print darkness
Label size (inch)
Gap distance (inch)
Gap/black mark sensor intension
Code page
Country code
ZPL setting information
Print darkness
Print speed (inch/sec)
Label size
Control prefix
Format prefix
Delimiter prefix
Printer power up motion
Printer head close motion
Note:
®
ZPL is emulating for Zebra language.
RS232 serial port configuration
Numbers of download files
Total & available memory
space
Print head check pattern
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3.6 Dump Mode
After the self test, the printer enters the dump mode. In this mode, any
characters sent from the host computer will be printed in two columns, as shown.
The characters received will be shown in the first column, and their
corresponding hexadecimal values, in the second. This is often helpful to users
for the verification of programming commands or debugging of printer programs.
Reset the printer by turning the POWER switch off and on.
Hex decimal
data related to
left column of
ASCII data
ASCII Data
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3.7 Install SD Memory Card (TTP-244 Plus Model only / Option)
1. Open the memory card cover.
Memory card
cover
2. Plus the SD memory card module on the main board.
SD memory card module (Option)
3. Install the SD memory card.
SD card
4. Close the memory card cover.
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* Recommended SD card specification.
SD card spec
SD card capacity
Approved SD card manufacturer
V1.0, V1.1
128 MB
SanDisk, Transcend
V1.0, V1.1
256 MB
SanDisk, Transcend, Panasonic
V1.0, V1.1
512 MB
SanDisk, Transcend, Panasonic
V1.0, V1.1
1 GB
SanDisk, Transcend, Panasonic
V2.0 SDHC CLASS 4 4 GB
V2.0 SDHC CLASS 6 4 GB
SanDisk, Transcend, Panasonic
V1.0, V1.1
microSD 128 MB
Transcend, Panasonic
V1.0, V1.1
microSD 256 MB
Transcend, Panasonic
V1.0, V1.1
microSD 512 MB
Panasonic
V1.0, V1.1
microSD 1 GB
Transcend, Panasonic
V2.0 SDHC CLASS 4 microSD 4 GB
Panasonic
V2.0 SDHC CLASS 6 microSD 4 GB
Transcend
V1.0, V1.1
miniSD 128 MB
Transcend, Panasonic
V1.0, V1.1
miniSD 256 MB
Transcend, Panasonic
V1.0, V1.1
miniSD 512 MB
Transcend, Panasonic
V1.0, V1.1
miniSD 1 GB
Transcend, Panasonic
V2.0 SDHC CLASS 4 miniSD 4 GB
Transcend
V2.0 SDHC CLASS 6 miniSD 4 GB
- The DOS FAT file system is supported for the SD card.
- Folders/files stored in the SD card should be in the 8.3 filename format
- The miniSD/microSD card to SD card slot adapter is required.
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4. USING PRINTER
4.1 Power-on Utilities
There are three power-on utilities to set up and test hardware. These utilities are
activated by pressing the FEED or PAUSE button and turning on the printer
power simultaneously. The utilities are listed as below:
1. Self-test
2. Gap sensor calibration
3. Printer initialization
Note:
Please refer to videos on TSC YouTube or driver CD.
4.1.1 Self Test Utility
Install the label first. Press the FEED button and then turn on the printer power.
Do not release the FEED button until the printer feeds labels. The printer
performs the following items:
1. Calibrate label pitch
2. Print out thermal print head check pattern
3. Print the internal settings
4. Enter dump mode
Regarding the self-test and dump mode, please refer to section 3.5 "Self Test"
and section 3.6 "Dump Mode" for more information.
4.1.2 Gap Sensor Calibration Utility
This utility is used to calibrate the sensitivity of gap sensor. Users may have to
calibrate the gap sensor for two reasons:
1. The media is being changed to a new type.
2. Initialize the printer.
Note: The ERR. LED may flash if gap sensor is not calibrated properly.
Please follow the steps below to calibrate gap sensor:
1. Turn off the printer power and install blank labels (without any logo or
character) on printer.
2. Hold down the PAUSE button then turn on printer power.
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3. Release PAUSE button when the printer feeds labels. Do not turn off
printer power until the printer stops and two green LEDs light on.
Note: Black mark sensor has fixed sensitivity. It is no need to calibrate the
black mark sensor
4.1.3 Printer Initialization
Printer initialization sets printer parameters to default values. And it will not clear
downloaded files resident in flash memory.
Parameter
Speed
Density
Label Width
Label Height
Sensor Type
Gap Setting
Print Direction
Reference Point
Offset
Tear Mode
Peel off Mode
Cutter Mode
Default setting
50.8 mm/sec (2 ips)
8
4"(101.6 mm)
4” (101.6 mm)
Gap sensor
0.12” (3.0 mm)
0
0,0 (upper left corner)
0
On
Off
Off
9600 bps, none parity, 8 data bits, 1 stop
Serial Port Settings
bit
Code Page
850
Country Code
001
Clear Flash Memory No
Please follow the steps below to initialize the printer:
1. Turn off the printer power.
2. Hold down the PAUSE and FEED buttons and turn on the printer power.
3. Do not release the buttons until the three LEDs flash in turn.
Note 1: Printing method (thermal transfer or thermal direct printing ) will be
set automatically at the activation of printer power.
Note 2: When printer initialization is done, sensor sensitivity is reset to
default. Sensor calibration is required before printing labels.
Note 3: Download files will not be deleted after printer initialization. For
more information about deleting files, please refer to TSPL2
programming manual KILL command.
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4.2 Troubleshooting Guide
The following guide lists some of the most common problems that may be
encountered when operating the bar code printer. If the printer still does not
function after all suggested solutions have been invoked, please contact the
Customer Service Department of your purchased reseller or distributor for
assistance
Problem
Solution
1. The media and ribbon must be installed
then engage the print head mechanism
prior to turning on printer power.
2. Install the black ribbon spindle at the
correct direction.
3. Please check the "Media settings method"
in the driver if it is set to direct thermal
mode.
Ribbon does not advance or rewind
1. Clean the thermal print head.
2. Adjust the print density setting.
3. Ribbon and media are not compatible.
4. Media thickness is over spec.
5. Check if correct power supply is connected
with printer.
Poor print quality
1. Check the power cord, see whether it is
properly connected.
2. Check if the LED on the power supply is
illuminated. If it is not lit on, then the power
supply is damaged.
3. Check if correct power supply is connected
with printer.
Power indicator on printer does not
illuminate
ON-LINE indicator is off, ERR.
indicator is on
1. Out of paper or out of ribbon
If there is one beep sound when printer
is error, then it's gap sensor problem.
Please check the following items.
(1) Calibrate gap sensor or setup
the paper length in labeling
software/program properly.
(2). Install the paper at the correct
If there are two beeps sound when
printer is error then it's ribbon sensor
problem. Please check the following
items.
(1) Is outside wound ribbon is used
with this printer?
(2) Is ribbon threaded correctly in
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the mechanism?
(3) Is paper core installed on the
ribbon take up spindle?
2. Calibrate the sensitivity of gap sensor.
Continuous feeding when printing
labels
1. Check the driver or command script
setting if sensor type is set properly.
2. Calibrate the gap sensor again if die
cut media is used for printing.
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Update History
Date
2010/10/12
2010/10/13
2010/11/23
2011/1/25
2013/3/21
2013/4/1
2013/9/17
Content
Add section 1.2~1.5
Revise section 1.3
Revise sections 1, 2.3 and 3.1
Modify TSC address
Modify section 3.5
Add a note for cutter SPEC on section 1.5.2
Add TSC YouTube link on section 3.2, 3.3 and 4.1
Modify section 1.1
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Editor
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TSC Auto ID Technology Co., Ltd.
Corporate Headquarters
9F., No.95, Minquan Rd., Xindian Dist.,
New Taipei City 23141, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
TEL: +886-2-2218-6789
FAX: +886-2-2218-5678
Web site: www.tscprinters.com
E-mail: [email protected]
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Yilan County 26841, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
TEL: +886-3-990-6677
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