Intermec EASYCODER PL4 User Manual

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User's Guide

EasyCoder PL4

Printer

Intermec Technologies Corporation

6001 36th Avenue West

Everett, WA 98203

U.S. service and technical support: 1-800-755-5505

U.S. media supplies ordering information: 1-800-227-9947

Canadian service and technical support: 1-800-668-7043 Canadian media supplies ordering information: 1-800-268-6936

Outside U.S.A. and Canada: Contact your local Intermec service supplier.

The information contained herein is proprietary and is provided solely for the purpose of allowing customers to operate and/or service Intermec manufactured equipment and is not to be released, reproduced, or used for any other purpose without written permission of Intermec.

Information and specifications in this manual are subject to change without notice.

2003 by Intermec Technologies Corporation All Rights Reserved

The word Intermec, the Intermec logo, MobileLAN, JANUS, Trakker Antares, EZBuilder, Data Collection Browser, dcBrowser, EasyCoder, EasyLAN, TE 2000, Universal Access Point, UAP, IRL, and CrossBar are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Intermec Corporation.

Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., U.S.A.

Throughout this manual, trademarked names may be used. Rather than put a trademark ( or ) symbol in every occurrence of a trademarked name, we state that we are using the names only in an editorial fashion, and to the benefit of the trademark owner, with no intention of infringement.

There are U.S. and foreign patents pending.

Contents

 

Introducing the EasyCoder PL4 Printer.........................................

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Unpacking and Inspecting ..............................................

5

Reporting Damage..........................................................

5

Learning About the Printer............................................................

6

Installing the Battery .....................................................................

7

Charging the Battery .....................................................................

8

Using the Single Battery Charger ....................................

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Using the 4-Pack Charger .............................................

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Understanding the Control Panels...............................................

13

Standard Control Panel.................................................

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LCD Control Panel ......................................................

14

Loading the Media ......................................................................

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Loading Fanfold Media ...............................................................

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Verifying the Printer Is Working .................................................

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Establishing Communications With a Terminal ..........................

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Serial Cable Communications .......................................

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Bluetooth Communications ..........................................

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Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)

 

Communications .....................................................

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Setting Up the Software ..............................................................

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Downloading Firmware...............................................................

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Using the Accessories ..................................................................

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Using the Belt Clip .......................................................

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Using the Adjustable Shoulder Strap .............................

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Maintaining the Printer...............................................................

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Extending Battery Life ..................................................

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Cleaning the Printer......................................................

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

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Understanding the Standard Control Panel LEDs .........

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Understanding the LCD Control Panel Icons................

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Troubleshooting Printer Problems.................................

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Using Communications Diagnostics Mode ...................

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Specifications...............................................................................

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Printing Specifications...................................................

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Memory/Communications Specifications ......................

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Label Specifications .......................................................

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Font/Bar Code Specifications ........................................

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Physical/Environmental/Electrical Specifications ...........

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Communications Port...................................................

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Accessories ....................................................................

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Introducing the EasyCoder PL4 Printer

Thank you for choosing the Intermec EasyCoder® PL4 Printer. This rugged printer is sure to become a productive and efficient addition to your workplace thanks to its innovative design.

Intermec ensures world-class support for all of your bar code printers, software, and supplies.

This user’s guide gives you all the information necessary to operate the PL4 printer.

The PL4 uses the CPL programming language. To create and print labels using the CPL language, refer to the EasyCoder PL-Series Printer Programmer’s Reference Manual (P/N 073210). You can also use our Intermec PL-Series Utility Software(PLUS) to create labels and send files to your printer. The manual and Intermec PLUS are available on the CD that came with your printer and on our web site at www.intermec.com.

Unpacking and Inspecting

Inspect the printer for possible shipping damage:

Check all exterior surfaces for damage.

Open the media cover (refer to “Loading the Media” later in this guide) and inspect the media compartment for damage.

In case shipping is required, save the carton and all packing material.

Reporting Damage

If you discover shipping damage:

Immediately notify and file a damage report with the shipping company. Intermec is not responsible for any damage incurred during shipment of the printer and will not cover the repair of this damage under its warranty policy.

Keep the carton and all packing material for inspection.

Notify your authorized Intermec reseller or sales representative.

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Learning About the Printer

The EasyCoder PL4 printer is a rugged, portable label and receipt printer that provides:

Print resolution of 203 dpi

Print speeds up to 7.62 cm (3 inches) per second

Serial or wireless communications options

Use the next two illustrations to familiarize yourself with the printer.

Platen

roller

Black mark sensor

Media

cover

Media rollers (2 places)

Media support

disks (2 places) Rear media slot

Printhead

Media support (2 places)

Self-strip bar

Latch

Latch release

Control button panel

"D" rings

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Front view of the EasyCoder PL4

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Communications port

Belt clip

Charger

Battery

jack

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Back view of the EasyCoder PL4

Installing the Battery

Note: Batteries are shipped uncharged.

1 Unwrap the battery.

2Rotate the belt clip to allow access to the battery compartment.

3 Insert the battery into the printer.

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Belt clip

Charger

jack

Battery

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4 Press the battery into the printer until it locks in place.

When the battery is first installed, the Control Panel indicators may briefly turn on and then go off which indicates the battery is not fully charged. For help, see “Using the Single Battery Charger” and “Understanding the Control Panels” later in this guide.

Charging the Battery

This section explains how to use the following chargers:

Single battery charger (P/N AT15759-1) that comes with an AC contact adapter for the U.S.A. (110V). You can also order a set of international contact adapters (P/N AN16740-1).

4-pack battery charger (P/N AT16305-2) that is designed to charge up to four PL4 batteries simultaneously. You must remove the batteries from the printer to charge them.

Using the Single Battery Charger

Using the single battery charger, you can charge the battery while it is in the printer or when it is removed. If the battery is in the printer, the printer must be turned off to charge the battery.

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Do not attempt to charge batteries with the charger while printing. Attempting to print while charging can result in improperly charged batteries.

Attention: Ne pas essayer de charger des batteries à l’aide du chargeur pendant l’impression. Toute tentative d’impression pendant le processus de charge risque de produire des batteries mal chargées.

To use the single battery charger

1(Optional) Install the battery in the printer. For help, see the previous section.

2 Insert the AC contact adapter into the single battery charger.

3 Plug the single battery charger into an AC wall receptacle.

4 Insert the charge cable into the charger jack.

Charger jack

Single battery charger

AC contact adapter

Charger

LED

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5The charger LED will indicate the status of the charger as follows:

Charger LED Status

Description

Steady on light

The battery is undergoing a fast charge.

 

 

Slow blinking light

The charger is in trickle mode. The battery

 

is ready for use.

Rapidly blinking light

There is a problem with the battery. It may

 

have an internal short or its charge

 

monitoring circuitry may be

 

malfunctioning. Do not use the battery.

 

 

Using the 4-Pack Charger

Please follow these guidelines when situating the 4-pack charger:

Do not place the charger in locations where liquids or metallic objects may be dropped into the charging bays.

Do not block the ventilating slots on the top and bottom covers.

Make sure the charger is plugged into a power source that stays on for overnight charging.

To charge the battery with the 4-pack charger

1Make sure the charger has been installed properly. See the guide that came with your 4-pack charger for help. The power indicator on the front panel should be on.

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Power supply

Fast

Charge

 

 

 

Full

 

Fault

 

Charge

 

 

 

 

 

Ready

Fast

Charge

 

 

 

Full Ch

 

Fault

 

arge

 

 

 

 

Ready

Amber indicator

Green

indicator Charger bay

Fast Ch

 

 

arge

Full

 

Fault

Cha

rge

Ready

 

 

Fast Ch

 

 

arge

Full

 

Fault

Cha

rge

 

Ready

Power

 

 

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Power indicator

2Plug a battery into any one of the four charger bays, noting the orientation of the battery.

3Slide the battery into the charging bay until it stops and then rock the battery back until it snaps into place. The amber indicator directly under the battery being charged will turn on if the battery is properly installed.

The indicators under the battery will allow you to monitor the charging process per the next table.

Amber

Green

Battery Status

On

Off

Charging

 

 

 

On

Flashing

80% charged (OK to use)

Off

On

Completely charged

 

 

 

Flashing

Off

Fault

 

 

 

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Note: A fault condition is caused by a problem with the battery. The charger may indicate a fault because the battery is too hot or cold to charge reliably. Charge batteries between 0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F). If the amber indicator starts flashing on the second attempt, the battery should be discarded.

4-Pack Charger Cycle Times for PL4 Batteries

Percentage Charged

Time

Battery 80% Charged

2.5 hrs.

 

 

Battery Fully Charged

5 hrs.

 

 

These times are for completely discharged batteries. Batteries that are only partially discharged will take less time to reach their charged state. You can use batteries that have reached 80% of their charge capacity, but we recommend you allow the batteries to reach a full charge to maintain maximum battery life.

The 4-pack battery charger has a safety feature that stops charging a battery after 6 hours regardless of its charge state.

Do not allow your battery charger to come in contact with any conductive material. It creates a short circuit that could cause burns and other injuries or could start a fire. Use of any charger not approved specifically by Intermec for use with its batteries could cause damage to the battery pack or the printer and will void the warranty.

Attention: Le chargeur de batterie ne doit pas entrer en contact avec un matériel conducteur. Dans le cas contraire, un court-circuit risque d’entraîner des brûlures et d’autres blessures ou de provoquer un incendie. L’emploi d’un chargeur non approuvé de façon spécifique par Intermec pour utilisation avec ses batteries risque d’endommager le bloc-batterie ou l’imprimante et annulera la garantie.

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Understanding the Control Panels

The EasyCoder PL4 comes with one of two possible control panels:

The standard control panel

The LCD control panel

Standard Control Panel

The next illustration shows the standard control panel with its three buttons and two LEDs.

Green

Yellow

Power LED

LED Feed

button

button

Function

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button

 

Standard Control Panel Functions

Button or LED

Function

Power button

Turns the printer on and off.

 

 

Green LED

Steady on light indicates power on or an established

 

RF link.

 

Fast blinking light indicates no RF link (on RF

 

equipped printers only).

 

Slow blink indicates a low battery.

 

For more information, see “Understanding the

 

Standard Control Panel LEDs” later in this guide.

 

 

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Standard Control Panel Functions (continued)

Button or LED

Function

Yellow LED

Steady on light indicates an out of media or media

 

cover not closed error condition.

 

Fast blink indicates RF activity (on RF equipped

 

printers only).

 

Fast blink with a chime indicates that no application is

 

loaded.

 

For more information , see “Understanding the

 

Standard Control Panel LEDs” later in this guide.

 

 

Feed button

Advances the media out one label or a software

 

determined length of media.

Function button

Performs functions controlled by the printer

 

application such as:

 

• Print a battery level report

 

• Print the Local Area Network (LAN) status

 

• Print a Bluetooth radio status

 

• Print a media supply report

 

For information on printer applications, see the

 

EasyCoder PL-Series Printer Programmer’s Reference

 

Manual.

 

 

LCD Control Panel

The LCD control panel has buttons for the power on/off and media feed functions just as in the standard control panel. In addition, it has two keys that allow easy navigation and selection of menu options affecting many printer functions.

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Feed

Printer status icons

Scroll

button

button

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power

 

Select

 

LCD

button

 

button

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LCD Control Panel Functions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Button or LED

Function

 

 

Feed

Advances the media out one label or a software

 

 

determined length of media.

 

 

 

 

Scroll

Scrolls through the options and settings.

 

Select

Selects an option or setting.

 

 

 

 

Power

Turns the printer on and off.

 

 

 

 

 

The top of the screen has a row of status icons that indicate the state of various printer functions.

Status Icon Functions

Icon Function

Indicates the printer is associated with a wireless Local Area Network (LAN). This icon is functional only with PL4 network printers.

A flashing icon indicates low battery status. You should suspend any printing operations and recharge or replace the battery pack as soon as possible.

A flashing icon indicates that the media cover is open or not properly latched.

A flashing icon indicates that a file is being downloaded to the printer.

A flashing icon indicates that the printer does not detect any media. This could indicate an out of media condition or improperly loaded media.

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In addition to the status icons, the LCD control panel can display many of the printer’s settings and functions as text. Refer to the next table, “LCD Functions,” for the full set of printer features that are available with the LCD panel. To set these functions, see the EasyCoder PL-Series Printer Programmer’s Reference Manual.

LCD Functions

Function

Default Setting

Options

 

 

 

Sensor Type

Gap

Black mark

 

 

Gap

 

 

 

Baud Rate

19200

9600

 

 

19200

 

 

38400*

 

 

57600

 

 

115200

Data Bits

8

7

 

 

8

 

 

 

WLAN ID**

Factory Set Value

N/A

Label Top-of-

000

Increase (+120 dots max)

Form

 

Decrease (-120 dots max)

 

 

 

Left Position

000

Increase (+120 dots max)

 

 

Decrease (-120 dots max)

LCD Contrast

0

Increase

 

 

Decrease

 

 

 

No activity

60 sec.

60 sec.

Timeout**

 

5 min.

 

 

10 min.

 

 

30 min.

 

 

Custom

Tear-off Position

00

Increase (+120 dots max)

 

 

Decrease (-120 dots max)

 

 

 

Media Type

Label

Label

 

 

Continuous

LCD Backlight

Off

On

 

 

Off

 

 

Momentary on with time

 

 

delay

 

 

 

Factory Reset

No

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

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*The highest baud rate with consistent results is 38400.

**Some parameters, such as the WLAN ID number and non-standard noactivity time out values can be set using a PC running Intermec PLUS and a data cable link to the printer.

The LCD has a backlight option that allows viewing of the screen in a dark environment or provides better contrast in a very bright environment. Using the backlight decreases the time the printer runs between charges. Refer to the section “Extending Battery Life” for more information.

Loading the Media

You can operate this printer in one of two different modes: Tear-Off or Self-Strip. Tear-Off mode allows you to tear off each label (or a strip of labels) after it is printed. In Self-Strip mode, the backing material is peeled away from the label as it is printed. After you remove this label, the next one is printed.

The PL4 printer supports direct thermal receipt, label, or tag media.

Note: To print a configuration label, you need to load continuous media (media with no black marks or gaps) into the printer. The printer shipped with a sample roll of continuous media. For help printing a configuration label, see “Verifying the Printer Is Working” later in this guide.

To load the media

1Press the latch release button on the side of the printer. The latch assembly flips open automatically.

2Rotate the media cover back to expose the media compartment and the adjustable media supports.

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3Pull the media supports apart, insert the roll of media between them, and let the media supports close. Make sure the media pulls off the core in the direction shown in the next illustration.

Media supports

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The supports adjust themselves to the width of the media. The media should be able to spin freely on the supports.

4If you want to use the printer in Tear-Off mode, go to the next step.

If you want to use the printer in Self-Strip mode, peel a few labels off of the media.

5 Close the media cover.

6If you want to use the printer in Tear-Off mode, flip the self-strip bar down away from the latch assembly.

If you want to use the printer in Self-Strip mode, slide the self-strip bar up with your thumbs until it locks into place on the latch assembly.

Tear-Off mode

Label

Media cover

Self-strip

bar shown in tear-off

position

Self-Strip mode

Self-strip bar shown in self-strip position

Latch assembly

Backing Media

cover

 

Latch

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assembly

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7 Rotate the latch assembly until it locks in place.

8Turn on the printer or press the Feed button if the printer is already on. The printer advances the media.

Tear-Off mode

Self-Strip mode

Media

Media

cover

cover

Latch

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Latch

assembly

assembly

 

The printer advances the media to the next label, if printing labels. If you are printing on continuous media, the printer will advance a short strip of media and will then be ready for printing.

To switch from Self-Strip mode to Tear-Off mode

1 Turn off the printer.

2Press the latch release button on the side of the printer. The latch assembly flips open automatically.

3 Pull the self-strip bar slightly forward and then push it down.

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