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Label Printers and Label Software for Thermal Labels, Barcodes, Fastener Labels and more!
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Datamax Label Printer FAQ 6
Q: How do I load labels and ribbon in a thermal printer?
A: Procedures for loading media vary somewhat from model to model, but once you've used one it is much easier to figure out another one. And there are almost always diagrams on how to do it inside the cover. Here is a video that covers loading the Zebra ZT200 Series Industrial Printer.
- from Able System's Label Printer Sales & Support Blogs & Archives´╗┐
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Datamax Label Printer FAQ 5
Q: How do I troubleshoot printer communications?
A: Go to Printer Properties and verify that you can print a Test Page (from the General Tab). If not, then go to the Ports Tab and verify you have selected the same port that you are actually using. For example, if you are plugged into the top port on the back of the printer, that is the Parallel Port so select "LPT1". If you are connected to the port below that, then choose "COM1" or one of the other COM ports. Then choose "APPLY" below, then go back to the General Tab and try a Test Page again.
- from Able System's Label Printer Sales & Support Blogs & Archives
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Datamax Label Printer FAQ 4
Q: How to adjust Datamax M-Class (i.e. M-4206 II) for different label widths, especially if it is only printing on the left side of the label?
A: When printing on less than full width media, the printer has a printhead-leveling cam to adjust the right side of the printhead
for even pressure distribution. To adjust the leveling cam:
1. With media loaded in the printer, print a label (press the
FEED + CANCEL buttons simultaneously) and
examine it..
2. While observing the printed labels, loosen the
Thumbscrew and move it to the left most position. (see
Example 1, below).
3. Next, move the Thumbscrew to the right until the
printed labels contain a complete, even image. Tighten the Thumbscrew.
- from Able System's Label Printer Sales & Support Blogs & Archives
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Datamax Label Printer FAQ 3
Q: How do I get an (older) Datamax E-Class/II printer to align properly?
A; The Media Sensor is not seeing the labels or is not configured for these labels. Check Media Sensor position and settings. The Fixed Sensor models have a small window for the sensor at the bottom of the printer, about 3/8" to the right of the left side. If the printer has a movable sensor, the typical position is either 1" to the right of the left edge of the labels, or in the center of the labels. Typical media sensor setting is "Gap Mode". Another common issue is that the sensor might have a piece of label or something stuck to it, covering the lens. Finally, there is a possibility that the reflectivity threshold may need to be recalibrated (see below). This can be difficult, although there are instructions in the Operator's Manual. If physical position/clear view of labels by sensor doesn't seem to be the issue, an easier way to deal with settings issues might be to Restore to Factory Defaults (see below).
Datamax E-Class Auto Media Calibration Procedure:
The 'Auto Media Calibration Procedure' allows the operator to
automatically obtain the optimum (TOF Low and TOF Delta) values for
a particular media. These values are useful for media that continues to
have troubles after Media Sensor has been manually calibrated (usually
preprinted media). This operation feeds 10 inches of media using the
current Media Sensor Calibration setting and calculates the TOF Delta
and TOF Low values to be used. Upon completion the printer will exit
back to 'Calibration Mode' flashing the PAUSED light if successful or
the FAULT light if not successful.
Note: Before calibrating, be sure the media sensor is set for the
appropriate media type, see section 4.4.2, also be sure the
printhead is latched down and the cover is closed.
To perform the Auto Media Calibration complete the following steps:
1. Load the desired media.
2. Hold the button while powering up the printer. Continue to hold
the button until the PAUSED light turns off then release.
3. Next press the button, (the printer will now calibrate to the
media)
4. The PAUSED light will flash 5 times to indicate a successful
calibration. The FAULT light will flash 3 times to indicate an
unsuccessful calibration.
Note: If you wish to discard your changes and revert back to the
previous calibration simply turn off the printer before Step 5.
5. Now you can save your changes and resume by again
pressing the + buttons simultaneously.
Datamax E-Class Reset to Factory Defaults Procedure:
With the printer off, press and hold the F1, F2, and F3 buttons while
turning the printer on. Continue to hold the buttons down until the
PAUSED light turns off. The printer will now be set to the 'Factory
Defaults'.
- from Able System's Label Printer Sales & Support Blogs & Archives
www.ablelabelsystems.com
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Datamax Label Printer FAQ 2
Q: How do I stop the ribbon moving right on a Datamax I-4208 so far that it isn't getting print on the left side of the label?
A: The typical solution is to make sure that your ribbon roll is pushed all the way in, as far as it will go (at the top center of the printer on the black hub where the ribbon and it's cardboard core slide on). Similarly, make sure that the used ribbon that is winding on to the Rewind Hub at the top front is also in (to the left) as far as it will go).
- from Able System's Label Printer Sales & Support Blogs & Archives´╗┐
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Datamax Label Printer FAQ 1
Q: How do I view or set the IP Address on a Datamax I-4208?
A: Use the Front Control Panel on the printer and follow these steps:
Press Menu, go to Communications, then NIC Adapter, then IP Address.
- from Able System's Label Printer Sales & Support Blogs & Archives
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