Dymo LabelWriter SE450 User Manual

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Quick Start Guide

LabelWriter® SE450

Professional Label Printer for Serial and USB Connections

Copyright

© 2010 Sanford, L.P. All rights reserved. Revised 05/10.

No part of this document or the software may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, or translated into another language without the prior written consent of Sanford, L.P.

Trademarks

DYMO, LabelWriter, and DYMO Label are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sanford, L.P. All other trademarks are the

property of their respective holders.

Quick Start Guide

This Quick Start Guide gives instructions for connecting the printer, installing the software, and loading the labels. For complete information about programming and using the LabelWriter SE450 printer, refer to the LabelWriter SE450 Technical Reference Guide available on the Developers Program page of the DYMO Web site (www.dymo.com).

The LabelWriter SE450 label printer is primarily intended for applications limited to sending simple ASCII print data and Escape commands for printing from computers or devices using the serial or USB connections. In addition, printer drivers are included for printing from a Mac, Windows, or Linux system.

The software CD included with the printer includes the printer drivers for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and the full DYMO Label v.8 software installer. However, when used primarily as an ASCII printer, the drivers may not be required by your system.

Unpacking the Printer

Make sure you have all the items shown in Figure 1. (Labels included in the package may vary.)

Starter roll of labels

Cleaning card

Quick Start Guide

Power adapter

 

CD-ROM

Power cord

USB cable

 

 

Serial cable

 

LabelWriter printer

Figure 1

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Become familiar with the printer’s major components. See Figure 2.

Top cover

Label roll

 

Serial

 

connector

Label spool

USB

 

 

connector

 

Cable

 

channel

Label release

 

 

Form-feed button

Label feed path

and status light

 

and tear bar

 

Figure 2

24VDC

S/N00000-0000000

DC power connector

Serial number

LabelWriter Printer Features

Your LabelWriter printer is a direct thermal printer and does not use ink or toner. Instead, the printer uses heat from a thermal print head to print on specially treated labels. Labels are the only supplies you will ever need to buy.

The form-feed button on the front of the printer advances a single label.

The status light visually shows the current state of the printer:

Solid blue - USB cable is connected and printer is ready to print.

Solid green - Serial cable is connected and printer is ready to print.

Dimmed blue or green - printer is in power saving mode.

Flashing red - Labels are not loaded properly or the label roll is empty.

Flashing green - Printer is in configuration mode. Refer to the Technical Reference Guide.

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Installing as a Serial ASCII Printer (Windows)

1 Plug the end of the serial cable with the RJ11 connector into the serial port on the bottom of the printer. See

Figure 3.

10101

24VDC

 

USB 10101

24VDC

2 Connect the 9-pin serial connector to an available serial port on your computer or device, as appropriate.

3 Plug the power cord into the power adapter.

4 Plug the power adapter into the power connector on the bottom of the printer.

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Insert the cables through the cable channel.

 

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When all the cables are connected, plug the power cord

Figure 3

 

into an electrical outlet.

 

7 Configure the printer port with the appropriate settings.

The printer default settings are:

Baud Rate: 9600

Data Bits: 8

Stop Bits: 1

Parity: None

Follow the instructions in "Loading Labels" on page 6 to correctly load labels onto the spool and insert the spool into the printer.

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Installing as a USB Connected Printer

The LabelWriter SE450 printer includes DYMO Label v.8 label printing software. You can choose to install the DYMO Label v.8 software or only the LabelWriter SE450 printer drivers depending on how you plan to use the printer.

Printer drivers for Windows and Mac are installed from the CD. For those familiar with Linux or CUPS, the CUPS SDK, including the printer drivers, is included on the Software CD.

Installing the Software

Do not connect the printer to your computer until after the software installation is complete.

To install the printer drivers only (Windows only)

1Insert the software CD that came with your printer into the CD-ROM/DVD drive. After a few seconds, the installation screen appears.

2Click Install and follow the instructions on the next few screens.

3On the Installation Type screen, choose Custom installation.

4Clear the DYMO Label check box so that only the Printer Drivers check box is selected.

5Click Next and follow the instructions.

6When prompted, connect the printer to your computer. See "Connecting the Printer" on page 5.

To install DYMO Label software

Windows Depending on your system configuration, the software installation could take some time while the required Microsoft .NETsoftware is installed.

1Close all open Microsoft Office applications.

2Insert the software CD that came with your printer into the CD-ROM/DVD drive.

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3Do one of the following:

For Windows: Click Install and follow the instructions in the installer.

For Mac OS: Double-click the Installer icon and follow the instructions.

4When prompted, connect the printer to your computer. See “Connecting the Printer”.

Mac OS If the printer is not in the printer list when the installation is complete, refer to the ReadMe file for instructions on how to add the printer.

Connecting the Printer

1Plug the USB cable into the USB port on the bottom of the printer.

2Connect the other end of the USB cable into an available USB port on your computer or other device, as appropriate.

3Plug the power cord into the power adapter. See Figure 4.

4Plug the power adapter into the power connector on the bottom of the printer.

USB

 

24VDC

USB

10101

24VDC

Figure 4

5Insert the power and USB cables through the cable channel.

6When all the cables are connected, plug the power cord into an electrical outlet.

Follow the instructions in "Loading Labels" on page 6 for the correct way to load labels onto the spool and insert into the printer.

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Figure 5

Loading Labels

Important!

In order for the labels to feed properly during printing, the labels must be loaded with the left edge of the label inserted against the left edge of the label feed slot. See Figure 8.

To load a label roll

1Press the form-feed button to eject the labels that protected the printer during shipment.

2Open the top cover and remove any packing material inside the label compartment.

3Remove the label spool from inside the top cover and pull the spool guide from the spindle.

Spool

 

Spool

spindle

 

guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Hold the spool spindle in your left hand and place the label roll on the spindle so that the labels feed from

underneath and the left edge of the label roll is firmly against the side of the spool. See Figure 5.

5 Slide the spool guide onto the right side of the spool and press the guide tightly against the side of the label roll, leaving no gap between the roll and the spool. See Figure 6.

NOTE To ensure proper feeding of labels during printing, the label roll

must fit snugly against both sides of the label spool, with no gaps.

Figure 6

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6Insert the label spool into the slot in the printer cover with the labels extending from underneath the roll. See Figure 7.

7Align the left edge of the label with the left edge of the label feed slot and insert the label into the slot.

The printer automatically feeds the label, stopping at the beginning of the first label.

If the printer does not feed the labels, make sure the first label is fully inserted and then press the form-feed button on the front of the printer.

If the first label on the roll is not a full label, press the form-feed button to eject the partial label.

8Carefully lower the top cover.

Align labels against left edge

Figure 7

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More Information

For more information about programming and using the LabelWriter SE450 printer, refer to the following resources:

LabelWriter Printer User Guide

Complete information for using and caring for

 

LabelWriter 450 series label printers, including the

 

LabelWriter SE450 printer.

 

This user guide is located on the software CD or it can be

 

viewed from the Help menu in DYMO Label v.8 software.

 

 

LabelWriter SE450 Technical Reference Guide

Complete information for integrating label printing into

 

custom applications on Linux, DOS or embedded

 

platforms.

 

The Technical Reference Guide can be accessed from

 

the Developers Program page of the DYMO Web site

 

under LabelWriter SE450 SDK. (www.dymo.com)

 

 

Sample Code

Programming examples for the LabelWriter SE450 ASCII

 

commands are located on the software CD in the

 

Samples folder.

 

 

CUPS SDK

CUPS Software Developer’s Kit, including the

 

LabelWriter SE450 printer drivers, is located on the

 

software CD.

 

 

For customer support, visit the support section of the DYMO Web site (www.dymo.com).

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