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Monarch

Marking Systems

Monarch 9401@/ 9402@

Thermal Printers

System Administrator's

Guide

TC9401SA Rev.E 8/95

@1989-1995Monarch Marking Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.

Each product and program carries a respective written warranty, the only warranty on which the customer can rely. Monarch reserves the right to make changes in the product and the programs and their availability at any time and without notice. Although Monarch has made every effort to provide complete and accurate information in this manual, Monarch shall not be liable for any omissions or inaccuracies. Any update will be incorporated in a later edition of this manual.

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WARNING

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.

CANADIAN D.O.C. WARNING

This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class A limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.

Le present appareil numerique n'emetpas de bruits radioelectriques depassant les limites applicables aux appareils numeriques de la classe A prescrites dans Ie Reglement sur Ie brouillage radioelectrique edicte par Ie ministere des Communications du Canada.

WARNING

The power cord is intended to serve as the disconnect device. The

socket-outletshall be near the equipment and shall be easily accessible.

WARNUG

Der Stromversorgungskabel dient als abschaltvorrichtung. Die Steckdose soli in der Nahe der Einheit und liecht zunganglich liegen.

Trademarks

Monarch, 9401, 9402 and 2095 are registered trademarks of Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.

MS-DOSis a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

IBM-PCis a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction .....................................................................

1-1

About this Manual ......................................................

1-1

Equipment Requirements ..........................................

1-2

What is a Format?......................................................

1-2

Standard Formats ......................................................

1-3

How to Use this Manual .............................................

1-5

Checking for Optional Formats ..................................

1-6

Setting the Administrator Password ...........................

1-8

2. Designing a Format .........................................................

2-1

Format Design Tools ..................................................

2-1

Format Worksheet..........................................

2-1

Supply Layout Grids.......................................

2-2

Steps to Designing a Format .....................................

2-2

Determining Format Contents....................................

2-3

Fields..............................................................

2-3

Text Fields ..........................................

2-3

Non-PrintableText Fields ...................

2-3

Bar Code Fields .................................

2-3

Overlays .........................................................

2-4

Constant Text Overlays ......................

2-4

Lines and Boxes.................................

2-4

Graphics .............................................

2-4

Field Options ..............................................................

2-5

Fixed Characters............................................

2-5

Price Fields.....................................................

2-5

Sub-Fields ......................................................

2-5

Merged Fields ................................................

2-5

Operator Prompts...........................................

2-5

Incrementing/Decrementing Fields ................

2-6

Date/Time Fields ............................................

2-6

Check Digits ...................................................

2-6

The Print Area ............................................................

2-7

Draw Rough Sketches ...............................................

2-8

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Filling in the Format Worksheet .................................

2-9

Defining the Format Header.....................................

2-10

Defining Text Fields..................................................

2-13

Defining Constant Text Overlays..............................

2-23

Defining Bar Code Fields .........................................

2-28

Defining Non-PrintableText Fields...........................

2-34

Lines and Boxes.......................................................

2-36

Defining Lines...............................................

2-36

Defining Lines as Segments ............

2-36

Defining Lines as Vectors.................

2-39

Defining Boxes .............................................

2-39

3. Applying Field Options....................................................

3-1

Defining Fixed Data (Option 1) ..................................

3-3

Entire Field Fixed Character Definition ..........

3-3

Partial Field Fixed Character Definition .........

3-5

Restricting Data Types ...................................

3-6

General Restrictions.......................................

3-6

Detailed Character Restrictions .....................

3-7

Example .............................................

3-8

Restricting Data Types by Character

 

Position...........................................................

3-9

Creating Date or Time Fields .......................

3-11

Copying Data Into a Field (Option 4) .......................

3-13

Merging Fields..............................................

3-16

Sub-Fields ........................................

3-16

Defining Data Entry Sources (Option 5) ..................

3-17

Eliminating the Operator Prompt..................

3-17

Defining a Data Entry Prompt (Option 20) ...............

3-18

Adding Characters to Pad Fields (Option 30) ..........

3-19

Creating a Price Field (Option 42) ...........................

3-20

Incrementing Fields (Option 60)...............................

3-21

Entering data for incrementing fields ...........

3-22

Fixing the first number in the incrementing

 

sequence......................................................

3-22

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4. Using Check Digits .........................................................

4-1

Defining a Check Digit Scheme .................................

4-2

Check Digit Record ............................

4-3

Generating Check Digits ............................................

4-3

Verifying Check Digits ................................................

4-4

Check Digit Verification on Copied Fields ..................

4-4

Clearing a Check Digit Scheme .................................

4-5

Sample Check Digit Calculation.................................

4-5

Sum of Products.............................................

4-5

Sum of Digits ..................................................

4-6

5. Recording Batch Information ........................................

5-1

Preparing Batches for Downloading ..........................

5-2

Guidelines for Preparing Batch Data .........................

5-5

Guideline 1 .....................................................

5-5

Guideline 2 .....................................................

5-5

6. Entering Data Streams ...................................................

6-1

Creating Format Files.................................................

6-2

Entering Text Fields............................

6-3

Entering Non-PrintableText Fields ....

6-4

Entering Bar Code Fields ...................

6-5

Entering Constant Text Overlays .......

6-6

Entering Lines ....................................

6-7

Entering Boxes...................................

6-8

Applying Field Options .......................

6-9

Sample Format File......................................

6-11

Sample Format Batch File ...........................

6-11

Creating Check Digit Files........................................

6-13

Creating Batch Data Files ........................................

6-14

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7. Configuring the Printer....................................................

7-1

Connecting the Printer ...............................................

7-1

Online Communication Requirements .......................

7-1

Communication Values - Definitions ..........................

7-2

Setting Communication Values ..................................

7-3

At the Printer ..................................................

7-3

At the Computer .............................................

7-5

Cable Interface...........................................................

7-6

8. Printing..............................................................................

8-1

Placing the Printer Online ..........................................

8-1

Downloading ..............................................................

8-2

Downloading from a MS-DOSSystem ..........

8-2

Downloading from Other Computer

 

Systems..........................................................

8-3

Format Tracking .............................................

8-3

Determining the Number of

 

Formats ..............................................

8-4

Clearing Formats................................

8-4

Printing Batches .........................................................

8-5

Batch Downloading ........................................

8-5

Keypad Batch Entry .......................................

8-5

Printer Storage Capacity ............................................

8-6

Formats ..........................................................

8-6

Batches ..........................................................

8-6

Check Digits ...................................................

8-6

9. Editing and Reviewing Formats ....................................

9-1

Modifying Formats......................................................

9-1

Deleting a Format from the Printer.............................

9-1

Using Printer Menus.......................................

9-1

From a Host ..................................................

9-2

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10. Establishing Daily Procedures ..................................

10-1

Daily Startup Checklist .............................................

10-1

Data Entry Instructions for Operators ......................

10-1

Print Logs .................................................................

10-2

Creating DOS Batch Files for Downloading.............

10-2

Backing up Format and Batch Files .........................

10-3

11. Online Information .......................................................

11-1

Data Stream Structure .............................................

11-1

Example ...........................................

11-2

Format Header .........................................................

11-3

Text Field ..................................................................

11-5

Bar Code Field .........................................................

11-8

Non-PrintableText Record ......................................

11-11

Constant Text Overlays ..........................................

11-12

Line Records ..........................................................

11-15

Box Records...........................................................

11-17

Field Options ..........................................................

11-19

Definitions...................................................

11-20

Batch Packets ........................................................

11-31

Batch Header Section ................................

11-31

Batch Data Record.................................................

11-33

Check Digits ...........................................................

11-35

Transmitting Data ...................................................

11-37

Sample Format Data Stream .....................

11-38

Interactive Mode.....................................................

11-40

Processing Overview .................................

11-40

Exception Packets......................................

11-41

Printer Status Codes ..................................

11-41

Using a Scanner in Interactive Mode .........

11-42

Example Printer/Host Dialog......................

11-42

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12. Quick References........................................................

12-1

Text Fonts.................................................................

12-1

Character Height ......................................................

12-3

Character Width .......................................................

12-4

Bar Codes ................................................................

12-5

Line Thickness .........................................................

12-6

13. Diagnostics..................................................................

13-1

Setting Passwords ...................................................

13-1

5-KeyKeypad...............................................

13-1

21-KeyKeypad.............................................

13-2

Monarch Computer Keyboard......................

13-3

Checking the Software Version................................

13-4

Printing a Test Label.................................................

13-5

Checking Supply Quality ..........................................

13-7

Checking Printer Memory Usage .............................

13-9

Testing Your Scanner .............................................

13-11

Calling for Service ..................................................

13-12

Appendix A. Optional Formats ..........................................

A-1

Format Set A ..............................................................

A-1

Format Set B ..............................................................

A-6

Appendix B. Data Stream Examples .................................

B-1

Standard Formats ......................................................

B-1

Optional Format Set A................................................

B-4

Optional Format Set B..............................................

B-20

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Appendix C. Printable Characters.....................................

C-1

Entering Special Characters in Data Streams ...........

C-1

Code 128 Function Codes .............................

C-1

Function Codes For Special Characters........

C-2

Appendix D. Format Design Tools ....................................

D-1

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