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9474 Printer

TC9474PM 1/98 ©1998 Monarch 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, 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.

©1997 Monarch Marking Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, transmitted, stored in a retrieval system, or translated into any language in any form by any means, without the prior written permission of Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.

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 présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de bruits radioélectriques dépassant les limites applicables aux appareils numériques de la classe A prescrites dans le Réglement sur le brouillage radioélectrique édicte par le ministère des Communications du Canada.

Trademarks

MONARCH is a registered trademark of Monarch Marking Systems, Inc. 920, 924, 925 and 9474 are trademarks of Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.

Monarch Marking Systems

P.O. Box 608

Dayton, Ohio 45401

Ta b l e o f C o n t e n t s

INTRODUCTION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1

COMMUNICATION REQUIREMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1

Input Characteristics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2

Data Flow Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2

Setting Communication Values. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3

Cable Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5

MESSAGE STRUCTURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1

Creating Online Data Streams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2Transmitting Online Data Streams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-2Error Notification. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-3Data Transmission Errors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-3Incorrect Data Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-3Monetary Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-4Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-4Programming Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-5Standard Syntax Guidelines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-5Standard Syntax Guidelines for Batches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-6Format Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-7Example . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-8Format Header Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-8

Text Field Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9Bar Code Field Record. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-12Line Field . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-16Batch Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-19Batch Header Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-19Entering Print Data for Fields. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-21

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Using Multiple Batches with One Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-23Using Previously Defined Print Data. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-23Batch Separators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-24

USING GRAPHICS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1

Defining Graphic Image Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2

Example . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5

Placing the Image in a Format. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6

Clear Image Buffer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8

Field. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8

Compressing the Data Stream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8

QUICK REFERENCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1

Text Font Sizes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1

Fonts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1

Parallel Characters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2

Rotated Characters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2

Character Width (in Dots) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2

Parallel Character Width (in Dots). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3

Bar Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3

Bar Code Densities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4

Bar Code Densities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4

Line Width . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5

Special Characters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6

Code 128 Function Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6

ASCII Characters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7

Printable Characters by Font . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8

English/Metric Conversion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9

ERROR MESSAGES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1

Diagnostic Messages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2

Startup Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2

Operation Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4

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Printer Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5

General Warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5

General Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5

Communication Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8

Offline Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9

Data Entry or Test Print Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9

Format Entry Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-11

Online Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-13

Online Warnings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-13

Online Communication Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-16

SAMPLE DATA STREAMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-1

Formats, Text and Bar Code Fields . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-2

Sample Format Data Stream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-2

Sample Batch Data Stream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-2

Line Fields . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-3

Sample Format Data Stream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-3

Sample Batch Data Stream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-3

Graphic Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-4

Sample Format Data Stream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-5

Sample Batch Data Stream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-5

Compressed Graphic Data. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-6

Sample Compressed Graphic Data Stream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-6

Sample Format Data Stream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-6

Sample Batch Data Stream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-6

CODE 128 INFORMATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-1

Bar Code Width . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-2

Quiet Zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-4

Function Codes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-5

128 Bar Code Character Sets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-6

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I N T R O D U C T I O N

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This manual tells you how to enter online formats and batch data for downloading to a Monarch® 9474 printer.

Refer to your Operator’s Handbook for general setup and maintenance procedures, an explanation of data entry and batch control for offline printing, and about creating and entering offline formats.

Introduction 1-1

The 9474 printer can receive print data online from a host. During online communication, the host treats the printer as an RS-232type printer. For the printer to communicate online, you will need anRS-232cable. For mainframe communication, you may need a protocol converter.

Transmitting data from the host requires communication controls. See Chapter 2, "Communication Requirements" for more information.

Three types of data can be transmitted:

Format data

The user-designedlayout for online formats.

 

These formats are used by online batches for

 

printing.

 

 

 

 

 

These online formats can also be used

 

offline. However, formats created offline

 

cannot be used online.

 

 

 

 

Batch data

Contains the format number and actual data

 

to be printed on the supply. Batch data is

 

downloaded to the printer and combined with

 

a format stored in the printer.

Graphic data

Contains the actual pixel data which forms a

 

graphic image.

Format, batch, and graphic data are stored when you turn the power off.

Format and graphic data may be sent at any time.

Since batch data is combined with a format for printing, the format and graphic data for a batch must reside in the printer before sending the batch.

Each data type has its own data stream structure. See Chapter 3, "Message Structures" for more information.

1-2Introduction

C O M M U N I C AT I O N

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R E Q U I R E M E N T S

 

To enable communications between the printer and the computer, the printer communications setup must match the setup for the host. The options are:

Baud rate

Parity

Data flow control

Data bits

Stop bits

All online data uses the ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) character code for interpretation of bits as characters.

Communication Requirements 2-1

I n p u t C h a r a c t e r i s t i c s

Below are the input characteristics for communications. The defaults are shown in bold print.

Asynchronous

Full duplex

Selectable options:

Baud rate

110, 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600

Parity

No parity, Odd, Even

Data flow

Xon/Xoff, Data Terminal Ready (DTR)

Data bits

Seven (7) or eight (8)

Stop bits

One (1) or two (2)

Modify these communication settings on your printer as necessary to match the settings on your host. See "Setting Communication Values" for more information.

There are three main buffers: batch, format, and graphic. The printer also has a 1024 byte input buffer which holds data until it is processed into the respective buffer(s).

D a t a F l o w C o n t r o l

The printer uses Xon/Xoff or data terminal ready (DTR) for data flow control. DTR flow control is usually required if you are using an IBM-PC,unless the PC has a specialXon-Xoffprogram.

In DTR mode, the printer activates DTR when the printer can accept more data from the host and deactivates when the printer’s receive buffer is nearly full. In Xon/Xoff Mode, the printer sends the Xon character when the printer can accept more data and sends Xoff when the printer buffer is nearly full.

In either mode, once the printer has indicated that its buffer is nearly full (by sending Xoff or deactivating DTR), up to 134 additional characters may be accepted without losing any data.

2-2Communication Requirements