Paxar Monarch DOS-based Pathfinder Ultra System 6035 User Manual

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Monarch

DOS-based

PATHFINDER

Ultra System

TC6035CMUM Rev. AB 12/01 ©2001 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 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.

©2001 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 written permission of Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.

Trademarks

MONARCH®, PATHFINDER®, Ultra® and PATHFINDER Ultra® are registered trademarks of Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.

6035 is a trademark of Monarch Marking Systems, Inc. Paxar is a registered trademark of Paxar Corporation.

Microsoft, MS-DOSand Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. TrueType is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.

Hewlett-Packardis a trademark ofHewlett-PackardCompany.

CG Triumvirate and CG Triumvirate Bold are trademarks of AGFA Monotype Corporation.

Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.

170 Monarch Lane

Miamisburg, OH 45342

T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S

Introduction..........................................................................................

1-1

Features ...........................................................................................

1-1

Terms to Know ..................................................................................

1-2

Label Sizes .......................................................................................

1-3

How this Manual is Organized ............................................................

1-4

Getting Started.....................................................................................

2-1

Using the Keypad and the Display.......................................................

2-2

Using the Function Keys..................................................................

2-3

Using the Most Common Keys ............................................................

2-4

Reading the Display...........................................................................

2-4

Entering a Sample Format ..................................................................

2-5

Printing the Sample Format ................................................................

2-8

Using the Operator Data Entry Form ...................................................

2-9

Sample Operator Data Entry Form .................................................

2-10

Operator Data Entry Form Page 1 ..................................................

2-11

Operator Data Entry Form Page 2 ..................................................

2-12

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

3-1

General Options ................................................................................

3-2

Toggle Backlight .............................................................................

3-2

Set Print Method.............................................................................

3-3

Set Date ........................................................................................

3-3

Set Time ........................................................................................

3-3

Set I2 of 5 Scan Lengths .................................................................

3-4

Reset/Clear Formats .......................................................................

3-4

Select Currency ..............................................................................

3-4

Set Supply Type .............................................................................

3-5

Suppress Warnings .........................................................................

3-5

Format Header Options ......................................................................

3-5

Generate Fmt Name........................................................................

3-6

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Format Text Options ..........................................................................

3-6

Use Default Gap .............................................................................

3-6

Use Default Color ...........................................................................

3-7

Set Default Color ............................................................................

3-7

Use Default Character Rotation .......................................................

3-7

Format Bar Code Options ...................................................................

3-8

Use Default UPC Appearance ..........................................................

3-8

Set Default UPC Appearance ...........................................................

3-8

Use Default Alignment.....................................................................

3-8

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

4-1

Design Overview ...............................................................................

4-1

Determining Format Data ...................................................................

4-1

Determining the Print Area .................................................................

4-2

Drawing Rough Sketches ...................................................................

4-2

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

4-3

Considering Field Types.....................................................................

4-4

Starting the Design Process ...............................................................

4-6

Placing Fields on a Format .................................................................

4-7

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

5-1

About Text Fields ..............................................................................

5-1

Entering a Sample Text Field..............................................................

5-6

Printing the Sample Text Format.........................................................

5-9

Using a Combo Text Field ................................................................

5-10

Entering a Sample Combo Text Field ................................................

5-12

Printing the Sample Combo Format ...................................................

5-17

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

6-1

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

6-1

Setting the Appearance ...................................................................

6-5

Setting the Density .........................................................................

6-6

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

6-6

Sample 1: Simple Fixed Bar Code ....................................................

6-7

Printing the Simple Fixed Bar Code Format .........................................

6-9

Sample 2: Simple Variable Bar Code ..............................................

6-10

Printing the Simple Variable Bar Code Format ...................................

6-13

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About Combo Bar Code Fields ..........................................................

6-14

Entering a Sample Combo Bar Code Field .........................................

6-15

Printing the Sample Combo Bar Code Format ....................................

6-22

Bar Code Specifications ...................................................................

6-24

UPC Bar Codes ............................................................................

6-24

EAN Bar Codes ............................................................................

6-25

Code 128 Bar Codes .....................................................................

6-25

MSI .............................................................................................

6-26

Interleaved 2 of 5 Bar Codes .........................................................

6-26

Code 39 Bar Codes.......................................................................

6-26

Codabar Bar Codes ......................................................................

6-27

Code 93 .......................................................................................

6-27

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

7

-1

About Constant Text Fields ................................................................

7

-1

Entering a Sample Constant Text Field................................................

7

-5

Printing the Sample Constant Text Format...........................................

7

-8

Defining Line Fields ..............................................................................

8

-1

About Line Fields ..............................................................................

8

-1

Entering a Sample Line Field (Segments) ............................................

8

-3

Printing the Sample Line (Segment) Format.........................................

8

-5

Entering a Sample Line Field (Vectors) ...............................................

8

-5

Entering a Sample Line Field (Vectors) ...............................................

8

-6

Printing the Sample Line (Vector) Format ............................................

8

-8

Defining Special Fields .........................................................................

9

-1

About Price and System Date/Time Fields ...........................................

9

-1

Entering a Sample Price Field ............................................................

9

-7

Printing the Sample Price Format........................................................

9

-9

Entering a Sample Date/Time Field ...................................................

9-11

Printing the Sample Date/Time Format ..............................................

9-14

Applying Data Edits ............................................................................

10

-1

Using Data Edits .............................................................................

10

-2

Printing the Format .......................................................................

10

-5

Padding Data ...............................................................................

10

-6

Printing the Format .......................................................................

10

-9

 

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iii

Extracting Characters .................................................................

10-10

Printing the Format .....................................................................

10-13

Stripping Characters ...................................................................

10-14

Printing the Format .....................................................................

10-17

Extracting Characters from the Middle ..........................................

10-18

Printing the Format .....................................................................

10-21

Inserting Characters ...................................................................

10-21

Inserting Characters ...................................................................

10-22

Printing the Format .....................................................................

10-25

Make Into Price ..........................................................................

10-26

Printing the Format .....................................................................

10-27

Make Into Shoe Size ...................................................................

10-27

Printing the Format .....................................................................

10-31

Editing a Format.................................................................................

11-1

Copying a Format ............................................................................

11-1

Editing a Field .................................................................................

11-2

Adding a Field ..............................................................................

11-2

Printing the Format .......................................................................

11-4

Deleting a Field ............................................................................

11-4

Printing the Format .......................................................................

11-6

Modifying an Existing Field ............................................................

11-6

Printing the Format .......................................................................

11-9

Changing Header Information ........................................................

11-9

Printing the Format .....................................................................

11-12

Deleting a Format ..........................................................................

11-13

Troubleshooting .................................................................................

12-1

Troubleshooting Information .............................................................

12-2

If You Receive an Error Message ...................................................

12-2

Calling Technical Support..............................................................

12-2

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Data Errors .....................................................................................

12

-3

Format Errors (1 - 99) ...................................................................

12

-3

Batch Errors (100 - 199) ................................................................

12

-5

Option Errors (200 - 249) ..............................................................

12

-5

Online Configuration Errors (250 - 299) ..........................................

12

-6

Check Digit Errors (300 - 324) .......................................................

12

-7

General Packet Errors (400 - 435)..................................................

12

-8

Data Formatting Failures ..................................................................

12

-9

Machine Faults ..............................................................................

12-10

Sample Formats ...................................................................................

A-1

Item Pricing ......................................................................................

A-1

Item Identification ............................................................................

A-12

Receiving/Inventory .........................................................................

A-19

Using Fonts .........................................................................................

A-1

Monospaced Font Magnification ..........................................................

B-2

Height Magnification .......................................................................

B-2

Proportional Font Magnification ..........................................................

B-3

Height Magnification .......................................................................

B-3

Height Magnification .......................................................................

B-4

Height Magnification .......................................................................

B-4

Height Magnification .......................................................................

B-5

Height Magnification .......................................................................

B-5

Height Magnification .......................................................................

B-6

Height Magnification .......................................................................

B-7

Height Magnification .......................................................................

B-7

Height Magnification .......................................................................

B-8

Height Magnification .......................................................................

B-8

Height Magnification .......................................................................

B-9

Height Magnification .....................................................................

B-10

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

1

 

 

The Monarch DOS-basedPathfinder Ultra Configurable printer lets

you design custom labels to fit your needs. You can use the printer for a variety of applications.

Print in-storemerchandise marking labels to mark every item in your store with scannable bar codes for increased data accuracy.

Print shelf labels with the product bar code number, description, and price.

Print labels for restocking of merchandise. Just scan a bar-codedproduct and the printer duplicates the bar code.

Print warehouse carton labels for easy carton sorting.

F e a t u r e s

The flexibility of this printer also provides you with the ability to:

Print a variety of tags ranging from .55 to 4.0 inches in length.

Print numeric, alphanumeric, or special characters. You can print 14 fonts: monospaced or proportionally spaced fonts.

Use 24 different bar codes.

Print horizontally or vertically on the label.

Design data entry prompts for the Operator.

Scan bar codes.

Select different currency symbols for International use.

Print combination fields. This feature allows the Operator to enter data once, and use it in multiple fields.

Introduction 1-1

T e r m s t o K n o w

Barrier bar

The horizontal bars above and below I2of5 bar codes used

 

to ensure a clean scan and avoid partial scans.

Baseline

Bottom of the font.

Check digit

A number added to a bar code ensuring that the bar code

 

data is read accurately.

Fixed length bar

A bar code with a fixed character length: UPC-A,UPC-E,

code

EAN-8,andEAN-13.

Font

The print style of text.

Format

The layout of data on a label. The format determines where

 

and how data appears on a label.

Horizontal bar

Data that prints across the width of a label.

code or text

 

 

Human Readable

The characters that are visible such as a text field. Bar

characters

codes embed characters.

Intercharacter gap

Default spacing between characters in monospaced fonts.

Monospaced font

Font with fixed character spacing such as Letter Gothic.

Number system

A number added to a bar code ensuring that the bar code

code

data is read accurately.

Overlay

The placement of one field over another such as a line on

 

top of a price signifying a price reduction.

79.99

Pad Characters

Characters that are added to the left or right of a field

 

allowing you to fill in empty spaces when the entered data

 

does not fill an entire field. For example, the Operator

 

enters “23” and the format automatically adds zeros: 2300.

Prompt

A message on the printer’s screen that tells you to

 

enter/scan data.

1-2 Introduction