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Installation & Operation, IPL Version

P/N 1-960490-02

Edition 3

August 2001

EasyCoder F4

Bar Code Label Printer

Preface

Contents

Preface

1.Introduction

2.Installation

3.Starting Up

4.Media Load

5.Thermal Transfer Printing

6.Setting Up the Printer

EasyCoder F4

Installation & Operation

IPL Version

Edition 3, August 2001

Part No. 1-960490-02

Table of Contents.................................................................................

1

Copyright Information ........................................................................

3

Trademarks ..........................................................................................

3

FCC Notice (U.S.A.) ...........................................................................

4

DOC Notice (Canada).........................................................................

4

GS Notice (Germany) .........................................................................

4

EU Standard EN 55022 (The European Union) ...............................

4

Declaration of Conformity (CE) ........................................................

5

Description...........................................................................................

6

Safety Precautions ...............................................................................

7

Product Labeling .................................................................................

7

Unpacking ............................................................................................

8

Front View ...........................................................................................

9

Rear View ..........................................................................................

10

Media Compartment .........................................................................

11

Print Mechanism ...............................................................................

14

Connections .......................................................................................

15

Power.............................................................................................

15

Computer.......................................................................................

15

Controls and Indicators .....................................................................

16

Control Lamps ..............................................................................

16

Display...........................................................................................

16

Keyboard.......................................................................................

17

Beeper ...........................................................................................

17

Switching On .....................................................................................

18

Tear-Off (Straight-through) ..............................................................

19

Tear-Off (Straight-through) with Quick-Load.................................

23

Peel-Off (Self-strip)...........................................................................

25

External Supply (fanfold)..................................................................

29

Ribbon Load ......................................................................................

30

Description.........................................................................................

34

Default Setup .....................................................................................

34

Setup Parameters:..............................................................................

35

Serial Communication: ................................................................

35

 

- Baud Rate ...................................................................................

35

 

- Data Bits......................................................................................

35

 

- Parity...........................................................................................

35

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Contents, cont.

 

 

 

6. Setting Up the Printer, cont.

 

- Stop Bits......................................................................................

35

 

 

- Protocol.......................................................................................

36

 

Test/Service: .................................................................................

38

 

 

- Testprint ......................................................................................

38

 

 

- Data Dump .................................................................................

39

 

 

- Memory Reset ............................................................................

39

 

 

- Label Rest Dots ..........................................................................

39

 

 

- Form Adj Dots X........................................................................

39

 

 

- Form Adj Dots Y........................................................................

39

 

Media: ..........................................................................................

40

 

 

- Media Type................................................................................

40

 

 

- Paper Type .................................................................................

40

 

 

- Label Length .............................................................................

40

 

 

- Sensitivity ..................................................................................

40

 

 

- Darkness .....................................................................................

41

7. Setup Mode

Entering the Setup Mode ..................................................................

42

 

Navigating in Setup Mode ................................................................

42

 

Setup Mode Overviews.....................................................................

43

8. Options

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

46

 

DTP Model ........................................................................................

47

 

Side Doors and Megatop...................................................................

47

 

Integral Liner Takeup Unit ...............................................................

47

 

Media Supply Hub.............................................................................

47

 

3-inch Adapter ...................................................................................

47

 

Quick-Load Guides ...........................................................................

48

 

Label Taken Sensor ...........................................................................

48

 

Interface Boards ................................................................................

48

9. Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting List..........................................................................

49

10. Maintenance

Printhead Cleaning............................................................................

50

 

External Cleaning..............................................................................

53

 

Cleaning the Media Guides ..............................................................

54

 

Printhead Replacement .....................................................................

55

11. Adjustments

Narrow Media Adjustment ...............................................................

58

 

Label Stop Sensor Position ...............................................................

59

 

Printhead Pressure............................................................................

60

 

Ribbon Break Shaft Adjustment ......................................................

61

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Appendix 1

Technical Data ...................................................................................

62

Appendix 2

Media Specifications ........................................................................

64

 

Direct Thermal Media ................................................................

64

 

Thermal Transfer Media.............................................................

64

 

Media Roll Size ............................................................................

65

 

Media.............................................................................................

66

 

 

- Non-Adhesive Strip....................................................................

66

 

 

- Self-Adhesive Strip ....................................................................

67

 

 

- Self-Adhesive Labels .................................................................

68

 

 

- Tickets with Gap ........................................................................

69

 

 

- Tickets with Black Mark............................................................

70

 

Transfer Ribbons ..........................................................................

71

 

• Setting the Media Sensitivity Number........................................

72

Appendix 3

Interfaces............................................................................................

75

 

RS-232 Interface...........................................................................

75

 

• IEEE 1284 Parallel Interface Board (option) .............................

76

 

• EasyLAN 100i Interface Board (option) ....................................

77

Appendix 4

Supported IPL-3 commands.............................................................

78

Information in this manual is subject to change without prior notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of Intermec Printer AB.

© Copyright Intermec Printer AB, 2001. All rights reserved. Published in Sweden.

EasyCoder, EasyLAN, Fingerprint, and LabelShop are registered trademarks of Intermec Technologies Corp. The word Intermec, the Intermec logo, PrintSet, and Duratherm are trademarks of Intermec Technologies Corp.

Kimdura is a registered trademark of Kimberly Clark. Centronics is a registered trademark of Genicom Corporation Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Torx is a registered trademark of Camcar Division of Textron Inc. TrueDoc is a registered trademark of Bitstream, Inc.

TrueType is a trademark of Apple Computer Inc. Unicode is a trademark of Unicode Inc.

Valeron is a registered trademark of Van Leer Worldwide

Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

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Preface

FCC Notice (United States of America)

WARNING

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

DOC Notice (Canada)

Canadian Dept. of Communication

REGULATIONS COMPLIANCE (DOC-A)

This digital apparatus does not exceed the class A limits for radio noise emissions from a digital apparatus as set out in the radio interference regulations of the Canadian Department of Communication.

Ministère des Communications du Canada CONFORMITE DE REGLEMENTS (DOC-A)

Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de bruits radio-électriques dépassant les limites applicables aux appareils numériques de classe A prescrites dans le règlement sur brouillage radioélectrique édicté par le Ministère des Communications du Canada.

GS Notice (Germany)

ALLGEMEINE VORSCHRIFT

Reparaturen oder sonstige Eingriffe, die sich nicht auf normale Bedienung der Maschine beziehen, dü rfen ausschließlich nur von einem ausgebildeten, zuständigen Fachmann vorgenommen werden.

EU Standard EN 55022 (The European Union)

WARNING

This is a Class A ITE product. In a domestic environment this product may cause radio interference in which case the user may be required to take adequate measures.

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Declaration of Conformity

We,

Intermec Printer AB

Idrottsvä gen 10

Box 123

S-431 22 Mö lndal

Sweden

declare under our sole responsibility1 that the product

EasyCoder F4

to which this declaration relates

is in conformity with the following standards

EMC:

EN 50 081-1:1992

EN 55 022:1994

EN 61 000-3-2:1995, class A

EN 50 082-2:1995

EN 61 000-4-2:1995

EN 61 000-4-3:1996

ENV 50 204:1995

EN 61 000-4-4:1995

EN 61 000-4-6:1996

Electrical Safety:

EN 60 950

following the provisions of Directives

89/336/EEC and 73/23/EEC

Mö lndal 1999-09-01

President

1 /. Intermec assumes no responsibility regarding the CE Directive if the printer is handled, modified, or installed in other manners than those described in

Intermec’s manuals.

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Chapter 1

Introduction

Description

The EasyCoder F4 is a sturdy medium-duty direct thermal/thermal transfer printer with a printhead resolution of 8 dots per mm (203.2 dots per inch) and a maximum print width of 104 mm (4.095 inches).

The EasyCoder F4 is delivered with the Intermec Programming Language (IPL-3) installed. There is also a version of the EasyCoder F4 that uses the Intermec Fingerprint Programming Language. Mechanically, the IPL version is identical to the Intermec Fingerprint version, but a few options are not supported by IPL-3, for example:

Optional double serial and industrial interface boards

Electronic keys

Memory cards (except for firmware upgrading)

EasySet Bar Code Wand

Real Time Clock Circuit

In most respects, the EasyCoder F4 IPL version is compatible with other IPL printers from Intermec. Please refer to Appendix 4 for a list of supported IPL-3 commands.

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Chapter 1 Introduction

Safety

Precautions

Intermec assumes no responsibility regarding the CE Directive if the printer is handled, modified, or installed in any way other than described in Intermec’s manuals.

Caution

Read this manual carefully before connecting the printer.

Moving parts are exposed when the side door is open, so ensure that the door is closed before you operate the printer.

Do not open the front/left-hand cover. Dangerous voltage!

Do not remove the bottom plate. Dangerous voltage!

Do not put your fingers inside the print mechanism when the power is on.

Place the printer on an even surface which can support its weight of approximately 7 kg (15.5 lb) plus supplies.

Do not spray the printer with water. If you are using a hose to clean the premises in an industrial environment, remove the printer or protect it carefully from spray and moisture.

Carefully read the warning text on the envelope before using a cleaning card.

Product Labeling

The machine label is attached to the printer’s rear plate and contains

information on type, model, and serial number as well as AC input

 

voltage range. It also contains various signs of approval.

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Chapter 2

Installation

Unpacking

1/. Type and quantity may vary, or labels/ribbon may be omitted completely, depending on area of distribution.

Before you install the printer, examine the package for possible damage or missing parts:

Open the box and lift the printer out.

Check that the printer has not been visibly damaged during transportation. Keep the packing materials in case you need to move or reship the printer.

Check the label on the printer’s rear plate, which gives the voltage, the part number, and the serial number.

Check that any options you ordered are included.

Check that all accessories are included. As standard, the box contains:

-Intermec EasyCoder F4 printer

-Two sets of Quick-Load guides (wide and narrow)

-Power cord (at least one depending on model)

-Quality check card

-Cleaning card

-Short strip of labels1

-Adapter for 3-inch media roll core (only in models fitted with a rotating media supply hub)

-Starter pack of thermal transfer ribbon (thermal transfer models only)1

-User’s Guide (multilingual)

-Installation & Operation manual

-Supporting software and product information on CD.

Check that the power cord is appropriate for the local standard. The printer works within 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60Hz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

European-type

US/Canadian-type

 

 

GB-type

230V mains plug

115V mains plug

230V mains plug

If the printer has been damaged in any way during transportation, complain to the carrier immediately.

If the delivery is incorrect or any parts are missing, report it immediately to the distributor.

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Chapter 2 Installation

Front View

Control Lamps

Display Window

Keyboard

Print Mechanism

At the front of the printer are the display window, the control lamps, and the keyboard. These features allow the operator to control and set up the printer manually.

The printed labels, tickets, or tags are presented at the front of the print mechanism.

Side Door

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Chapter 2 Installation

Rear View

The rear plate contains the On/Off switch, the AC power cord receptacle, and various interface connectors and slots.

(not used) (not used)

Provision for one Interface Board

On/Off Switch

AC Power Cord Receptacle

RS-232 Serial Interface Socket

Memory Card Slot (for firmware upgrade)

(not used)

Machine Label

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Chapter 2 Installation

Media

Compartment

The media compartment is either covered by a long side door that completely encloses the print mechanism and media compartment, an 8-inch Megatop for extra large media rolls, or a short side door that only covers the print mechanism and gives easy access to the media stock. The door is held by a magnetic lock. It can be opened 180° so to provide full access to the media compartment.

The media supply can be from a supply post, or from an external supply of fan folds behind the printer. There is also an optional rotating media supply hub, see Chapter 8 “Options.”

Thermal Transfer Mechanism

(optional)

Media Supply

Roll Post with Edge Guide

Print Mechanism

Optional Integral Liner

 

Takeup with Guide Shaft

Long Side Door

 

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Media Compartment, cont.

Since the EasyCoder F4 has a modular design, it uses a media supply roll post that can be fitted in three different positions inside the media compartment. The position depends on the type of side door (long, short, or Megatop) and whether or not the printer is fitted with an integral liner takeup. Alternatively, an external media supply (for example a box of fan folded tickets) behind the printer can be used. A rotating media supply hub is also available as an option, see Chapter 8, “Options.”

Media Supply Roll Post

The media supply roll post fits both 38-40 mm (1.5 inches) and 76 mm (3.0-inches) cores, since it can be moved vertically in the slot in the center section. The bottom position is intended for small cores and the top position for large cores only. The post is locked by a straight-slot screw and has a moveable edge guide to fit various media widths.

 

 

76

mm

 

(3

 

inches)

Edge Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORE

 

38

- 40

mm

 

 

 

 

inches)

 

(1

.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screw

To move the post to a different slot; remove the screw, twist the post a quarter of a turn, and pull it out.

To fit the post; rotate it a quarter of a turn, insert it into the appropriate slot in the center section (see next page), and twist back so the lips engage the cutouts in the sides of the slot. Move it up (large core) or down (small core) as far as it goes and secure it with the screw.

Caution!

Make sure to adjust the position of the post according to the size of the media roll core. When the post is fitted in the top position, the head of the screw will interfere with small (38 mm/1.5 inches) cores, causing media misalignment.

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Media Compartment, cont.

Media Supply Positions

There are four sets of slots and threaded holes in the printer’s center section for the media supply roll post or rotating hub (optional). These slots allow the largest possible roll size to fit, given the limitations of any liner takeup unit and/or the full enclosure provided by the long side door or Megatop. The positions are indicated by numbers engraved in the center section.

Position 1 is used when the media compartment is fully enclosed by a long side door, regardless of the existence of any integral liner takeup unit. Maximum roll size is 152 mm (6 inches).

Position 2 is used when the printer has a short side door that only encloses the print mechanism, but does not have an integral liner takeup unit. Maximum roll size is 213 mm (8.38 inches).

Position 3 is used when the printer has a short side door and an integral liner takeup unit. This position is also used with the optional 8-inch Megatop, see Chapter 8, “Options.” Maximum roll size is 213 mm (8.38 inches).

Position 4 is reserved for possible future development.

The printer can also use an external media supply located behind the printer, unless it has an optional 8-inch Megatop.

3

Pos. 3

2

1

Pos. 2

 

 

4

 

Pos. 1

(Pos. 4)

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Chapter 2 Installation

Print Mechanism

The print mechanism features a high-performance 8 dots-per-mm

 

 

(203.2 dots-per-inch) thermal printhead with quick-mount fittings

 

to facilitate replacement. The thermal transfer ribbon mechanism is

 

omitted in dedicated direct thermal printing models.

 

Ribbon Supply Hub

 

Ribbon Rewind Hub

Thermal Printhead

Tear Bar

Platen Roller

Pressure Arm

Printhead Lift Lever

Edge Guide

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Chapter 2 Installation

Connections

 

Power

1 Place the printer on a level surface near an AC outlet. You should

 

be able to easily access the printer to load media, to load ribbon,

 

and to remove the printout

 

2 Check that the printer is switched off.

 

3 Connect the power cord between the receptacle on the rear plate

 

and an electrical outlet (>90 to <264 VAC).

Computer

The EasyCoder F4 is fitted with one 25pin D-style subminiature

 

(DB25) socket for the RS-232 serial interface port (see Appendix

 

3). The printer is also prepared for one optional interface board

 

(auto-sensing).

 

RS-232 Serial Interface

 

Use the serial interface when you need a two-way communication

 

between printer and host computer. Before you can use the

 

serial interface, you may need to set up the communication

 

parameters, such as baud rate, parity, etc. as described in Chapter

 

6, “Setting Up the Printer.”

 

Parallel Interface Board

 

Optional. Refer to Appendix 3 and the separate documentation

 

delivered with the board for connection and setup instructions.

 

EasyLAN 100i Interface Board

 

Optional. Refer to Appendix 3 and the separate documentation

 

delivered with the board for connection and setup instructions.

 

Switch off both the PC and the printer before connecting them

 

together.

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Chapter 2 Installation

Controls and

Indicators

Control Lamps

Display

The EasyCoder F4 has several ways of communicating directly with its operator: three control lamps, a display window, a membraneswitch keyboard with 22 keys, a big “Feed” button on the printer’s front, and a beeper. Only some of the keys are used with IPL.

The control lamps are colored LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) and indicate the following conditions:

Power (green):

 

 

On

Power on

 

Off

Power off

Ready (green):

 

 

On

Media fault detected

 

Flashing

Printer offline

 

Off

Printer online

Error (red):

 

 

On

System fault detected

 

Flashing

Printer overtemperature

 

Off

OK

The display window contains an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) with background illumination and two lines of text, each with 16 characters. It guides the operator through upgrading, startup, and setup.

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Controls and Indicators, cont.

 

 

 

Keyboard

The keyboard is of membrane-switch type and has 22 keys. The

 

keyboard is supplemented by a large “Feed” button on the printer’s

 

front. Only four of these keys plus the “Feed” button are working

 

with IPL (except in the Setup Mode where the keyboard works

 

differently, see Chapter 7, “Setup Mode”).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condition

<Feed>

<C>

<Pause>

<Setup>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Idle

Feed/Reload

Toggle offl ine/online

Enter Setup Mode

 

Printing

Hold printing

 

Paused

Feed/Reload

Cancel print job

Resume printing

Enter Setup Mode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Feed” means advancing the media one form, whereas “Reload”

 

means notifying the hardware when certain configuration commands

 

have been entered.

 

 

 

Beeper

The beeper notifies the operator that a key has been pressed.

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Chapter 3

Starting Up

Switching On

Before switching on the printer, make the necessary connections and check that the printhead is engaged.

Switch on the power using the On/Off switch on the rear plate. The “Power” control lamp on the front panel lights up when the power is on. Wait for a few moments, while the printer loads the program and runs some self-diagnostic tests.

While the printer is initialized, the progress of the initialization is indicated by an increasing number of colons on the lower line in the display:

Initializing

:::

When the initialization is completed, a label is fed out. Then the following message appears, indicating that the printer is ready for operation:

IPL Ver 1.3

9600-8-N-1-X/X

The upper line indicates the IPL version number and lower line shows the either the present serial communication setup or an error message:

-Paused

-Printhead Up

-Press Feed

-Paper Out

-Ribbon Out

-Printhead Hot

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Chapter 4

Media Load

Tear-Off

(Straight-through)

Important!

Save the label indicating the sensitivity number attached to the media roll. You will need this number to set the media sensitivity, see Appendix 2.

The EasyCoder F4 can print on labels, tickets, tags, and continuous stock in various forms. This chapter describes the case when the media is to be torn off manually against the printer’s tear bar. This method is also known as “straight-through printing”.

Tear-off can be used for:

Non-adhesive continuous stock

Self-adhesive continuous stock with liner

Self-adhesive labels with liner

Tickets with gaps, with or without perforations

Tickets with black marks, with or without perforations

1

2

 

Turn the printhead lift lever clockwise to raise

Open the side door.

the printhead.

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Chapter 5 Ribbon Load

Tear-Off, cont.

3

4

 

3

 

2

 

1

 

4

Remove any empty core from the media supply

Fit a new roll of media on the supply post and

adjust the edge guide so the roll becomes flush

roll post.

with the center section.

 

6

Route the media through the print mechanism. Then push it inwards as far as it will go.

This diagram shows the media path.

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Tear-Off, cont.

7

8

Turn the printhead lift lever counterclockwise to engage the printhead.

Adjust the position of the green edge guide so the media is guided with a minimum of play.

Close the side door.

Press the Feed key to advance the media and

adjust the media feed.

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Tear-Off, cont.

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To tear off the media, grab the outer edge and pull downwards.

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Chapter 4 Media Load

Tear-Off with Quick-Load

(Straight-through)

Important!

Save the label indicating the sensitivity number attached to the media roll. You will need this number to set the media sensitivity, see Appendix 2.

In addition to the media load procedure for tear-off (straight-through) operation described earlier in this chapter, the EasyCoder F4 can optionally be fitted with a set of Quick-Load guides that makes media load much easier and quicker, especially if the printer has a short side door. See Chapter 8, “Options” for installation instructions.

The printer is normally delivered with two sets of Quick-Load guides: wide and narrow. The wide type generally guides the media better, but the media must be at least of 80 mm (3.15 inches) wide. The narrow type allows a media width as narrow as 40 mm (1.57 inches), but may be less suited for wide and thin media. Illustrations in this chapter show the narrow type of guides.

Quick-Load cannot be combined with peel-off (self-strip) operation.

1

 

Fit a new roll of media on the supply post and

Remove any empty core from the media supply

adjust the edge guide so the roll becomes flush

roll post.

with the center section.

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Tear-Off with Quick-Load, cont.

3

4

 

Insert the media between the guides and feed

If necessary, adjust the outer Quick-Load

it forward until the media reaches the platen

guide to fit the width of the media.

roller and cannot be inserted any further.

5

6

Keep pushing the media forward while pressing the Feed key.

To tear off the media, grab the outer edge and pull downwards.

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Chapter 4 Media Load

Peel-Off

(Self-strip)

Important!

Save the label indicating the sensitivity number attached to the media roll. You will need this number to set the media sensitivity, see Appendix 2.

The EasyCoder F4 can print on labels, tickets, tags, and continuous stock in various forms. This chapter describes the case when self-adhesive labels are separated from the liner immediately after printing. The liner is then wound up on an integral liner takeup hub. This is also known as “Self-strip” operation.

Peel-off operation cannot be performed when Quick-Load guides are fitted.

Peel-off can only be used for:

• Self-adhesive labels with liner

An optional label taken sensor can hold the printing of next label in a batch until the present label has been removed, see Chapter 8, “Options.”

2

 

Turn the printhead lift lever clockwise to raise

Open the side door.

the printhead.

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Peel-Off, cont.

3

4

Pull out the handle to collapse the takeup hub,

Remove any empty core from the media supply

then remove any liner.

roll post. Remove the edge guide if necessary.

5

6

3

 

2

 

1

 

4

 

Fit a new roll of labels on the supply post and

Remove labels from the first 50 cm (20 inches)

adjust the edge guide so the roll becomes flush

of the liner. Route the liner through the print

with the center section.

mechanism and push it inwards.

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Chapter 5 Ribbon Load

Peel-Off, cont.

7

8

Route the liner around the tear bar and the

Insert the start of the liner under the lip of the

liner drive roller and back under the print

takeup hub, then rotate the hub counterclock-

mechanism and guide shaft.

wise a few turns to wind up some of the liner.

 

 

9

10

 

Turn the printhead lift lever counterclockwise

This diagram shows the media and liner paths.

to engage the printhead

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Chapter 5 Ribbon Load

Peel-Off, cont.

11

Adjust the position of the green edge guide so

 

the media is guided with a minimum of play.

Close the side door.

Press the Feed key to advance the media and adjust the media feed.

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External Supply

The EasyCoder F4 can print on labels, tickets, tags, and continuous

 

 

stock in various forms. This chapter describes the case when the

 

media supply is placed behind the printer, usually in the form of

 

fan folded tickets or tags. External supply can be used with tear-off

 

(straight-through) printing–preferably with Quick-Load.

 

External supply can be used with both short and long side doors and

 

there is no need to remove the media supply roll post.

 

When using an external media supply, take care to protect the media

 

from dust, dirt, or other foreign particles, that can impair the printout

 

quality or cause unnecessary wear to the printhead.

 

Depending on brand and quality, all direct thermal media are more

 

or less sensitive to heat, direct sunlight, moisture, oil, plasticizers, fat,

 

and other substances. You should protect them accordingly.

1

This diagram shows the media path from an external supply. In case of the standard edge guide (as opposed to Quick-Load guides), turn it to vertical position.

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Chapter 5

Thermal Transfer Printing

Ribbon Load

Important!

Save the label indicating the sensitivity number attached to the media roll. You will need this number to set the media sensitivity, see Appendix 2.

The EasyCoder F4 can print on labels, tickets, tags, and continuous stock using either direct thermal printing on special heat-sensitive paper or thermal transfer printing using a special ink-coated ribbon. For thermal transfer printing, the printer is fitted with a transfer ribbon mechanism.

Thermal transfer printing makes it possible to use a wide range of receiving face materials. Make sure to select a type of ribbon that matches the type of receiving face material (see Appendix 2, “Media Specification”) and to set up the printer accordingly (see Chapter 6. “Setting Up the Printer.”)

The EasyCoder F4 can use transfer ribbon rolls wound with the ink-coated side facing either outward or inward. Illustrations in this manual show the ink-coated side facing inward.

Most transfer ribbons do not smear at room temperature.

1

2

 

Turn the printhead lift lever clockwise to raise

Open the side door.

the printhead

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Ribbon Load, cont.

3

4

In case of ribbon reload, remove any used

Unpack a roll of original Intermec thermal

ribbon and empty ribbon core.

transfer ribbon.

 

6

Slide the ribbon roll onto the supply hub so the

Route the ribbon through the print mechanism

ink-coated side faces down when the ribbon is

and pull out approximately 20 cm (8 inches)

routed through the print mechanism.

of ribbon.

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Chapter 6 Setting Up the Printer

Ribbon Load, cont.

7

Without releasing the ribbon, turn the print-

Slide the empty cardboard core onto the

head lift lever counterclockwise to engage the

ribbon rewind hub so the ribbon is wound up

printhead and lock the ribbon.

when the hub rotates counterclockwise.

 

Manually advance the ribbon until all of the

Turn the printhead lift lever clockwise to raise

transparent leader has passed the printhead

the printhead and release the ribbon.

and the ribbon becomes tight.

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Ribbon Load, cont.

Turn the printhead lift knob counterclockwise

Close the side door.

to engage the printhead.

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Chapter 6

Setting Up the Printer

Description

Default Setup

The setup controls the printer in regard of serial communication, test and service operations, and specifies which types of media and ribbon are loaded in the printer.

Check the list below to see if the printer’s default setup matches your requirements. If not, you will have to change the setup. To enter the Setup Mode, press the < Setup> key on the printer’s built-in keyboard and follow the instructions in Chapter 7, “Setup Mode.”

The printer is, by default, set up according to the list below:

Communication

 

Baud rate:

9600 bps

Character length:

8 bits

Parity:

None

Stop bits:

1 bit

Protocol:

XON/XOFF

Test/Service

 

Testprint:

n.a.

Data dump:

No

Memory reset:

n.a.

Label rest dots:

0

Form adj dots X:

0

Form adj dots Y:

0

Media

 

Media type:

Gap

Paper type:

DT

Label length:

1200 dots

Sensitivity:

420

Darkness:

0%

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Setup Parameters

Serial Communication

Baud Rate

Data Bits

Parity

Stop Bits

Protocol

The serial communication parameters control the communication between the printer and the connected computer or other devices on the serial port. The serial communication parameters have no effect on parallel communication.

Make sure the printer’s communication parameters match the setup of the connected device or vice versa. If not, the response from the printer to the host will be garbled.

Baud Rate

The baud rate is the transmission speed in bits per second. There are 8 options:

1200

2400

4800

• 9600

(default)

19200

38400

57600

115200

Data Bits

This parameter specifies the number of bits that will define a character.

7

Characters ASCII 000 to 127 decimal

 

8

Characters ASCII 000 to 255 decimal

(default)

Parity

The parity decides how the firmware will check for transmission errors. There are four options:

None (default)

Even

Odd

Space

Stop Bits

The number of stop bits specifies how many bits will define the end of a character. There are two options:

1

(default)

2

 

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Setup Parameters, cont.

Serial Communication, cont.

Protocol

XON/XOFF (default)

In the XON/XOFF protocol, data flow control is achieved by using XON (DC1) and XOFF (DC3) characters. Message blocks are not required to be bracketed by the Start of Text (STX) and End of Text (ETX) characters. However, at power up or after a reset all characters except ENQ or VT will be ignored until an STX is detected. The message length in this protocol is unrestricted. That is, the printer processes information as it is being downloaded and stops when there is no more information.

XON/XOFF protocol conforms to generally accepted industry standards. No end-of-message response is sent to the host other than XOFF. An XON will be sent on power up.

SinceDC1andDC3areusedfordataflowcontrol,theprinterstatus characters are different than those of the Standard Protocol. If the host ignores the printer’s XOFF, the printer will resend an XOFF after receiving every 15 characters from the host.

Condition

Character

Buffer already full

GS

Printhead raised

US

Ribbon fault

US

No label stock

EM

Buffer now full

DC4

Printhead hot

SI

Label at strip pin

FS

Label skipping

DC2

Printing

DC2

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Setup Parameters, cont.

Serial Communication, cont.

Protocol, cont.

Intermec Standard Protocol

The Intermec Printer Standard Protocol is a half-duplex protocol. All data transmissions to the printer consist of status inquiry (ENQ), status dump (VT), or message blocks. Each message block starts with the Start of Text (STX) character and ends with the End of Text (ETX) character. Each message block must be 255 characters or less, including the STX and ETX characters. The printer responds to each status inquiry or message block with the printer status. The host should check the printer status before downloading a message block to the printer. ENQ causes the printer to transmit its highest priority status, while VT instructs the printer to transmit all status that applies in the order of their priority. The possible printer status in descending priorities are

Condition

Character

Buffer already full

GS

Printhead raised

US

Ribbon fault

US

No label stock

EM

Buffer now full

DC3

Printhead hot

SI

Label at strip pin

FS

Label skipping

DC1

Ready

DC1

Printing

DC1

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Setup Parameters, cont.

Test/Service

•Testprint

Data Dump

Memory Reset

Label Rest Dots

Form Adj Dots X

Form Adj Dots Y

Testprint

This part of the Setup Mode allows you to print various types of test labels. Go to the desired option and select whether you want to print all information or just a single format, page, udc, font. Press <Enter> and the printer will start printing the test label or labels. Press the < Pause> button to hold the printing temporarily. To resume printing, press <Pause> again. To terminate the printing, press <C>. The following options are available:

Configuration

Select between software (SW) and hardware (HW). The Software Configuration Label contains:

-Current configuration parameters stored in the printer’s memory

-Defined pages

-Defined formats

-Defined graphics

-Defined fonts

-Any installed printer options

The Hardware Configuration Label contains:

-Printer memory information

-Printer mileage

-Printhead settings

-Firmware checksum, program, and version number

Format

The Format Label contains a single format that you can use to evaluate the print quality of a particular format. Select between printing a single specified format or labels for all the formats stored in the printer’s memory.

Page

The Page Label tests the ability of the printer to receive and print single or multiple pages of label data that is sent from the host. Select between printing a single specified page or labels for all the pages stored in the printer’s memory.

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Setup Parameters, cont.

Test/Service, cont.

Testprint, cont.

 

• UDC

 

The UDC Label tests the ability of the printer to receive and print

 

single or multiple user-defined characters (bitmap graphics) that

 

are sent from the host. Select between printing a single UDC or

 

labels for all the UDCs stored in the printer’s memory.

• Font

The Font Label contains all the characters in a single font. Select between printing a single font or labels for all the fonts stored in the printer’s memory. The latter uses a lot of media so it is recommended to test one font at a time.

Data Dump

If data dump is enabled by selecting the “Yes” option, the printer prints all data and protocol characters received on the serial port. An ASCII and hexadecimal representation of each character is printed.

Memory Reset

There are two options. The memory will be reset to factory default as soon as an option has been selected and <Enter> is pressed. Select between “All”, which resets the entire memory and “Configuration” which just resets the configuration part of the memory.

Label Rest Dots

Specifies where labels stop for removal. Use this for peel-off (self-strip) applications. Allowed range is -30 (furthest back) to 30 (furthest forward). Default is 0. Also available as an IPL command (<SI>fn).

Form Adj Dots X

Specifies where the X-position of the origin should be placed on the label. Allowed range is -30 (closest to the leading edge) to 30 (furthest from the leading edge). Default is 0.

Form Adj Dots Y

Specifies where the Y-position of the origin should be placed on the label. Allowed range is -30 (closest to the center section) to 30 (furthest from the center section). Default is 0.

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Chapter 6 Setting Up the Printer

Setup Parameters, cont.

Media

Media Type

Paper Type

Label Length

Sensitivity

Darkness

The media parameters tell the firmware the characteristics of the media that will be used, so the printout will be positioned correctly and get the best quality possible.

Media Type

The Media Type parameters control how the label stop sensor (LSS) and the media feed work. There are three media type options:

Gap is used for adhesive labels mounted on liner (backing paper) or continuous paper stock with detection slots. Default.

Mark is used for labels, tickets, or strip provided with black marks at the back.

Continuous is used for continuous stock without any detection slots or black marks.

Paper Type

The Paper Type parameters control how the transfer ribbon mechanism and the ribbon sensor work. There are two paper type options:

DT (Direct Thermal) is used for heat-sensitive media without any need for a thermal transfer ribbon. Default.

TTR (Thermal Transfer) is used for non heat-sensitive receiving face materials in combination with a thermal transfer ribbon.

Label Length

The Label Length setup specifies the length in dots of each copy along the media feed direction (X-coordinate). This is used for “label-out” detection.

Sensitivity (Media Sensitivity Number)

This setup parameter specifies the characteristics of the direct thermal media or combination of receiving face material and thermal transfer ribbon, so the printer’s firmware can optimize the heating of the printhead and the print speed. Standard supplies from Intermec are labeled with a 3-digit media sensitivity number (see Appendix 2) which is used to specify the media grade. The media sensitivity number can also be changed using PrintSet, third-party software, or an IPL command (<SI>gn[,m]). Default is 420 for direct thermal printing and 567 for thermal transfer printing.

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Setup Parameters, cont.

Media, cont.

Darkness

 

Use this parameter to make minor adjustments of the blackness in

 

the printout, for example to adapt the printer to variations in quality

 

between different batches of the same media quality. The value can

 

be setwithin the range -10 to 10% where -10 is the lightest and 10 is

 

the darkest. Default value is 0%.

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Chapter 7

Setup Mode

Entering

Setup Mode

at Installation

Navigating in

Setup Mode

To enter the Setup Mode, press the < Setup> key on the printer’s built-in keyboard. The following message in the display window indicates that you have entered the Setup Mode:

SETUP:

COMMUNICATION

While going through the setup procedure, you are guided by texts in the printer’s display. You can step between setup parameters, acknowledge displayed values, select or type new values etc. using some of the keys on the printer’s keyboard.

Move one menu to the left on the same level1.

Move one menu to the right on the same level1.

Move up one level or scroll back in a stack of options1.

Move down one level or scroll forward in a stack of options1.

-

Enter numeric values.

Specify negative values (leading position).

Clear erroneously entered values.

Acknowledge and move to next menu.

Print test labels in the Testprint menus.

Exit the Setup Mode.

(Can be used anywhere in the Setup Mode.)

1/. Left, right, up, and down refer to the overviews later in this chapter.

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Setup Mode Overview, Part 1

SETUP:

 

COMMUNICATION:

 

BAUDRATE:

 

 

COMMUNICATION

 

BAUDRATE

 

 

9600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

38400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

57600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

115200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNICATION:

 

DATA BITS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATA BITS

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNICATION:

 

PARITY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARITY

 

 

NONE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ODD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPACE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNICATION:

 

STOP BITS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOP BITS

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNICATION:

 

PROTOCOL:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROTOCOL

 

 

XON/XOFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STANDARD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continued on next page

LEGEND:

Boxes with thick lines indicate default settings.

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Chapter 7 Setup Mode

Setup Mode Overview, Part 2

Continued from previous page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SETUP:

 

TEST/SERVICE:

 

TESTPRINT:

 

 

 

CONFIG:

 

 

TEST/SERVICE

 

TESTPRINT

 

CONFIG

 

 

 

SW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TESTPRINT:

 

 

 

FORMAT:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORMAT

 

 

 

 

ALL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TESTPRINT:

 

 

 

PAGE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAGE

 

 

ALL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TESTPRINT:

 

 

 

UDC:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UDC

 

 

ALL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TESTPRINT:

 

 

 

FONT:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FONT

 

 

ALL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECT

 

 

 

 

TEST/SERVICE:

 

DATA DUMP:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATA DUMP

 

NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEST/SERVICE:

 

MEMORY RESET:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEMORY RESET

 

ALL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIGURATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEST/SERVICE:

 

LABEL REST DOTS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LABEL REST DOTS

 

[0]:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEST/SERVICE:

 

FORM ADJ DOTS X:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORM ADJ DOTS X

 

[0]:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEST/SERVICE:

 

FORM ADJ DOTS Y:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORM ADJ DOTS Y

 

[0]:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SETUP:

 

MEDIA:

 

MEDIA TYPE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA

 

MEDIA TYPE

 

GAP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTINUOUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA:

 

PAPER TYPE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAPER TYPE

 

DT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TTR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA:

 

LABEL LENGTH:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LABEL LENGTH

 

[1200]:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA:

 

SENSITIVITY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENSITIVITY

 

[420]:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA:

 

DARKNESS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DARKNESS

 

[0]:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continued on the next page if an EasyLAN 100i interface board is installed.

SELECT:

[0]:

SELECT:

[0]:

SELECT:

[0]:

SELECT:

[0]:

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SETUP:

NETWORK:

 

 

IP SELECTION:

 

NETWORK

IP SELECTION

 

 

MANUAL

 

 

 

 

 

DHCP

 

 

Read

Set

Read

BOOTP

 

 

RARP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NETWORK:

IP ADDRESS:

 

 

 

 

IP ADDRESS

192.168.1.79

 

 

 

 

NETWORK:

NETMASK:

 

 

 

 

NETMASK

255.255.255.0

 

 

 

 

NETWORK:

DEFAULT ROUTER:

 

 

 

 

DEFAULT ROUTER

192.168.1.1

• Press <Setup> to exit the Setup Mode.

Use <.> and <0> - <9> to set IP address. Use <C> to erase.

Use <.> and <0> - <9> to set netmask.

Use <C> to erase

Use <.> and <0> - <9> to set default router. Use <C> to erase.

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Chapter 8

Options

Introduction

Label Taken

Sensor

Short Side Door

Long Side Door

Transfer Ribbon

Mechanism

Long Side Door with 8-inch Megatop

The EasyCoder F4 is designed to provide a high degree of flexibility because it has a modular design. By adding options to the basic printer, the EasyCoder F4 can be adapted for a variety of applications. Most options can easily be installed by the operator, however, a few should be installed by an authorized service technician or are only available as factory-installed options.

Covers

(used when a transfer ribbon mechanism or liner takeup is not fi tted)

1.5-inch Rotating

Supply Hub

Supply Roll

Post

3-inch Adapter

Liner Takeup

and Guide

Shaft

Narrow Quick-Load Guides

Wide Quick-Load Guides

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DTP Model

Side Doors and

Megatop

In the dedicated direct thermal printing (DTP) model, the thermal transfer ribbon mechanism is omitted.

The EasyCoder F4 comes with either a short side door, which only covers the print mechanism or with one of two types of long side doors, which encloses the entire media compartment. The standard long side door has a flat top and a slot for external media supply. The 8-inch Megatop version has a hinged transparent canopy that encloses a media roll with a diameter up to 213 mm (8.38 inches). The standard long side door is generally illustrated throughout this manual, but pictures of the short side door can be found in Chapter 4, “Media Load/Tear-off with Quick-Load.”

Integral Liner

Takeup Unit

Media Supply Hub

The integral liner takeup unit is an optional device for peel-off (self-strip) operation, which means that the labels are separated from a liner (backing paper) after printing and the liner is wound up on an internal hub. The unit also includes a guide shaft. Peel-off cannot be combined with Quick-Load guides, see below.

The rotating media supply hub is designed to fit media roll cores with an internal diameter of 38-40 mm (1.5 inch). The hub can be fitted in the same positions as the supply roll post (see Chapter 2, “Installation.”) Being factory installed, the position of the hub is not intended to be changed by the operator.

3-inch Adapter

The 3-inch/76 mm adapter is with a rotating media supply hub and makes it possible to use media rolls with 3 inch/76 mm inner diameter cores. The adapter is pressed onto the media supply hub and secured by a screw.

The 3-inch adapter is not used with a media roll supply post.

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Chapter 8 Options

Quick-Load

Guides

Label Taken

Sensor

Interface Boards

For Quick-Load operation (see Chapter 4, “Media Load”), a set of wide or narrow Quick-Load guides is installed at the rear of the print mechanism instead of the standard edge guide. The outer guide is adjustable for different media widths. Two sets of Quick-Load guides are included as standard in the delivery (either factory-fitted or loose). They can easily be installed by the operator:

1.Open the upper media guide (see illustration in Chapter 10, “Maintenance/Cleaning the Media Guides”).

2.Pull out the standard edge guide from the shaft.

3.Fit the appropriate set of Quick-Load guides onto the shaft as illustrated on the first page of this chapter.

The Label Taken Sensor (LTS) is a photoelectric sensor, which enables the printer’s firmware to detect if the latest printed label, ticket, tag etc. has been removed before printing another copy.

A number of different interface boards are available for use with the EasyCoder F4. The interface boards are either factory fitted or can easily be fitted by an authorized service technician.

The EasyCoder F4 can accommodate one interface board.

The IPL version of the EasyCoder F4 only supports two of these interface boards:

IEEE 1284 Parallel Interface Board

EasyLAN 100i Interface Board

Refer to Appendix 3, “Interfaces” for more information.

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Chapter 9

Troubleshooting

Symptom

Possible Cause

Remedy

Refer to

 

 

 

 

Overall weak printout

Wrong media grade

Change parameter

Appendix 2, Chapter 6

 

Contrast value too low

Change parameter

Chapter 6

 

Printhead pressure too low

Adjust

Chapter 11

 

Worn printhead

Replace printhead

Chapter 10

 

Wrong printhead voltage

Replace CPU board

Call Service

 

 

 

 

Printout weaker on one side

Uneven printhead pressure

Adjust arm alignment

Chapter 11

Weak spots

Foreign particles on media

Clean or replace

Chapters 4 & 5

 

Media/ribbon don’t match

Change to matching media

Appendix 4

 

Poor media or ribbon quality

Use Intermec media/ribbon

Appendix 2

 

Worn printhead

Replace printhead

Chapter 10

 

Worn platen roller

Check/replace

Call Service

 

 

 

 

Overall dark printout

Wrong media grade

Change parameter

Appendix 2, Chapter 6

 

Contrast value too high

Change parameter

Chapter 6

 

Printhead pressure too high

Adjust

Chapter 11

 

Wrong printhead voltage

Replace CPU board

Call Service

 

 

 

 

Excessive bleeding

Wrong media grade

Change parameter

Appendix 2, Chapter 6

 

Contrast setup value too high

Change parameter

Chapter 6

 

Printhead pressure too high

Adjust

Chapter 11

 

Faulty energy control

Replace CPU board

Call Service

 

 

 

 

Dark lines along media path

Foreign objects on printhead

Clean printhead

Chapter 10

 

 

 

 

White lines along media path

Printhead dirty

Clean printhead

Chapter 10

 

Missing dots on printhead

Replace printhead

Chapter 10

 

 

 

 

Large part of dot line missing

Failing printhead

Replace printhead

Chapter 10

 

Failing strobe signal

Check CPU-board

Call Service

 

 

 

 

Printout missing along inner edge

Bad media alignment

Adjust

Chapter 4

 

Small core & supply post in upper pos.

Move post to lower pos.

Chapter 2

Transfer ribbon breaks

Ribbon not fi tted correctly

Reload ribbon

Chapter 5

 

Wrong media grade (too much energy)

Change parameter,

Appendix 2, Chapter 6

 

 

then clean printhead

Chapter 11

 

Bad energy control

Adjust

Call Service

Transfer ribbon wrinkles

Faulty ribbon break shaft adjustment

Adjust

Chapter 11

 

Incorrect edge guide adjustment

Adjust

Chapter 4

 

Too strong printhead pressure

Adjust

Chapter 11

 

 

 

 

No thermal transfer printout

Ink-coated side does not face media

Reload ribbon

Chapter 5

 

 

 

 

Media feed not working properly

Changed media characteristics

Press Feed

Chapter 4

 

Wrong label rest dots parameter

Check/change

Chapter 6

 

Wrong sensor position

Check/change

Chapter 11

 

Dirty or blocked sensors

Clean media guides

Chapter 10

 

Faulty sensors

Replace

Call Service

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Chapter 10

Maintenance

Printhead

Cleaning

Cleaning the printhead on a regular basis is important for the life of the printhead and for the printout quality. You should clean the printhead each time you replace the ribbon and media. This section describes how to clean the printhead using cleaning cards. If additional cleaning is required, for example removing adhesive residue from the platen roller or tear bar, use a cotton swab moistened with isopropyl alcohol.

Warning!

Isopropyl alcohol [(CH3)2CHOH; CAS 67-63-0] is a highly flammable, moderately toxic, and mildly irritating substance.

2

 

Turn the printhead lift lever clockwise to raise

Open the side door.

the printhead.

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Printhead Cleaning, cont.

3

4

Remove any media and transfer ribbon.

Open the cleaning card envelope and pull out

the cleaning card. Read the warning text.

5

6

Insert most of the cleaning card under the printhead (1). Engage the printhead (2).

Pull out the cleaning card (1) and raise the printhead (2).

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Chapter 10 Maintenance

Printhead Cleaning, cont.

7

8

Wait for approx. 30 seconds to allow the

Insert most of the cleaning card under the

cleaning fluid to dissolve the residue.

printhead (1). Engage the printhead (2).

9

10

Pull out the cleaning card. If necessary, repeat the process with a fresh cleaning card.

Allow the cleaned parts to dry before loading any media and ribbon.

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Chapter 10 Maintenance

External Cleaning

1

2

Always remove the power cord

Wipe external surfaces with a soft cloth slightly

before cleaning!

moistened with water or a mild detergent.

3

4

Never spray the printer. Protect it from water when cleaning the premises.

Never use any sharp tools for removing stuck labels. The printhead and rollers are delicate.

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Chapter 10 Maintenance

Cleaning the

Media Guides

Both parts of the label stop sensor, which controls the paper feed, are covered by transparent plastic guides. The guides have areas, through which the light between the two parts of the label stop sensor is transmitted. These areas (indicated by a shade of gray in illustration #2 below) must be kept clean from dust, stuck labels, and adhesive residue.

If the printer starts to feed out labels in an unexpected way, raise the upper guide–as described below–and check for any object that may block the beam of light (dust, stuck labels, adhesive residue, etc.). If necessary, clean the guides using a cleaning card or a soft cloth soaked with isopropyl alcohol. Do not use any other chemicals. Be careful not to scratch the guides.

Warning!

Isopropyl alcohol [(CH3)2CHOH; CAS 67-63-0] is a highly flammable, moderately toxic, and mildly irritating substance.

1

2

Lift the inner part of the upper guide and

Tilt the upper guide upwards and clean the

pull it outwards,disengaging it from the lower

areas marked with grey. After cleaning, reas-

guide. Take care not to damage the cable.

semble in reverse order.

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Chapter 10 Maintenance

Printhead

Replacement

The printhead is subject to wear both from the thermal transfer ribbon or the direct thermal media and from the rapid heating and cooling process during printing. Thus, the printhead will require periodic replacement.

Time between printhead replacements depends on the print images, the type of direct thermal media or thermal transfer ribbon in use, the amount of energy to the printhead, the print speed, the ambient temperature, and several other factors.

Caution!

While replacing the printhead, the power should be off.

2

Open the side door.

Turn the printhead lift lever clockwise to raise

the printhead.

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Chapter 10 Maintenance

Printhead Replacement, cont.

3

4

 

 

Pull the printhead bracket away from the

Remove any media and transfer ribbon.

 

magnet in the pressure arm.

 

 

 

5

6

Snap-lock

 

Disconnect the printhead bracket from the print

Disconnect the cables from the printhead. Note

mechanism as indicated by the arrows and pull

the snap-lock on the inner connector. Pull at the

out the printhead as far as the cables allow.

connectors–not the cables!

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Chapter 10 Maintenance

Printhead Replacement, cont.

7

8

Connect the two cables to the replacement

Put back the printhead in reverse order and

printhead.

check that the printhead cables run freely.

 

 

9

10

Turn the printhead lift lever counterclockwise so the magnet engages the printhead bracket.

Load a new supply of media and ribbon, as described earlier in this manual.

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Chapter 11

Adjustments

Narrow Media

Adjustment

Screw

Pressure Arm

Center of Media

Note!

In order to provide a better view, the illustraton depicts a dedicated direct thermal printer.

The printer is factory-adjusted for full-size media width. When using media less than full width, it is recommended that you adjust the position of the pressure arm so it becomes centered with the media. Thereby, an even pressure across the media is obtained.

A poorly adjusted pressure arm may be detected by a weaker printout on either side of the media path.

To adjust the pressure arm, proceed as follows:

Loosen the straight-slot screw that holds the pressure arm. Move the arm inwards or outwards until the arrow on the tip of the arm becomes centered with the media.

While moving the arm, push at the part where the screw is situated, not at the tip. If the arm is hard to move, lift the printhead and pull the printhead bracket free from the magnet in the arm.

After having centred the arm, lock it by tightening the screw.

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Chapter 11 Adjustments

Label Stop Sensor

Position

One Sensor

One Diode + One Sensor

The label stop/black mark sensor (LSS) is a photoelectric sensor that controls the printer’s media feed by detecting gaps between labels or slots or black marks in continuous stock, depending on the printer’s setup in regard of media type (see Chapter 6 “Setting Up the Printer”). An obvious prerequisite is that the LSS must be aligned with the gaps, slots, or black marks. If using irregularly-shaped labels, align the LSS with the front tips of the labels

The LSS can be moved laterally between 5 fixed positions. There is one part of the sensor on top of the upper media guide and another part underneath the lower guide. These must be adjusted individually to the same position. Using a small screwdriver, push them inwards as far as they go and then pull them out–one at the time–while counting the clicks from the snap-locks. A hole in the bottom plate gives access to the lower sensor part.

The various detection points of the sensor in relation to the inner

edge of the media are as follows:

 

One click out

3 mm

.118 inches

Two clicks out

8 mm

.315 inches

Three clicks out

12 mm

.472 inches

Four clicks out

16 mm

.639 inches

Five clicks out

20 mm

.787 inches

Upper part of LSS

Lower part of LSS

Print Mechanism

(printhead and headlift shaft omitted for improved visibility)

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Chapter 11 Adjustments

Printhead

Pressure

The pressure of the thermal printhead against the ribbon or media is factory-adjusted. However, the use of thicker or thinner media than normal could require the printhead pressure to be readjusted.

Using a straight-slot screwdriver, turn the adjustment screw clockwise for more pressure (+) or counterclockwise for less pressure (-). Print a few labels and check the printout. Increased pressure generally gives a darker printout and vice versa. Repeat until the desired result is obtained.

To return to the factory setting, tighten the screw (+) as far as it goes and then loosen it (-) six full turns.

Caution!

Do not use a higher printhead pressure than necessary because it may increase the wear of the printhead and shorten its life.

Adjustment Screw

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Chapter 11 Adjustments

Ribbon Break

Shaft

If ribbon wrinkling is occurring, you may need to adjust the alignment of the front ribbon break shaft so that it runs parallel to the printhead and the ribbon supply and rewind hubs. The adjustment is done using a straight-slot screw that is located immediately behind the front ribbon break shaft.

If the ribbon tends to slide outwards, turn the screw carefully clockwise (fw) to move the outer end of the break shaft forward.

If the ribbon tends to slide inwards, turn the screw carefully counterclockwise (bw) to move the outer end of the break shaft backward.

Important!

Before readjusting the break shaft, make sure that there is no other cause for the wrinkling of the ribbon (See Chapter 9, “Troubleshooting.”)

Adjustment Screw

Ribbon Break Shaft

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Appendix 1

Technical Data

Printing

 

 

Print Technique

Thermal Transfer and/or Direct Thermal

 

Printhead Resolution

8 dots/mm (203.2 dpi)

 

Print Speed (variable)

100 to 200 mm/sec. (4 to 8 inches/sec.)

 

Print Width (max)

104 mm (4.095 inches)

= 832 dots

Print Length (max)

32767 dots = 409.5 cm(161.25 inches)1

 

Media Width (min/max)

25 to 114.3 mm (1 to 4.5 inches)

Standard edge guide

Media Width (min/max)

40/80 to 114.3 mm (1.57/3.15 to 4.5 inches)

Quick-Load guides

Media Roll Diameter (max)

213 mm (8.38 inches)

Short door/no takeup

Media Roll Core Diameter

38 to 40 mm (1.5 inches) or 76 mm (3 inches)

 

Ribbon Width (max)

110 mm (4.33 inches)

 

Ribbon Roll Diameter (outer)

62 mm (2.44 inches)

200 m (655 ft) ribbon

Ribbon Roll Core Diameter (inner)

25.4 mm (1.00 inches)

 

Print Directions

4

 

Modes of Operation

 

 

Tear-Off (Straight-through)

Yes

 

Peel-Off (Self-strip)

Optional

With liner takeup unit

Firmware

 

 

Operating System

Intermec IPL 3

 

Built-in fonts (std)

3 scaleable + 21 simulated bitmap fonts

 

Built-in bar code symbologies (std)

25

 

Physical Measures

 

 

Dimensions (W x L x H)

244 x 397 x 178 mm (9.61 x 15.63 x 7.00 inches)

With long side door

Weight (excluding media)

7 kg (15.5 pounds)

Depending on model

Ambient Operating Temperature

+5°C to +40°C (+41°F to +104°F)

 

Humidity

20 to 80% non-condensing

 

Electronics

 

 

Microprocessor

32 bit RISC

 

On-board Flash SIMMs

2 sockets for 2 or 4MB each

Std. 1 x 2MB

On-board DRAM SIMM

1

Std. 4MB

Power Supply

 

 

Mains Voltage

>90 to <264 VAC, 45 to 65Hz

 

PFC Regulation

IEC 61000-3-2

 

Maximum Power Consumption

Continuous 140W; Peek 300W

 

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Appendix 1 Technical Data

Technical Data, cont.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sensors

 

 

 

Label Gap/Black Mark/Out of Media

Yes

 

5 fi xed positions

Printhead Lifted

Yes

 

 

Ribbon End

Yes

 

 

Controls

 

 

 

Control Lamps

3

 

 

Display

2 x 16 character LCD w. background light

 

 

Keyboard

22 keys membrane-switch type

 

 

Print button

(1)

 

Does not work with IPL

Beeper

Yes

 

 

Data Interfaces

 

 

 

Serial

1 x RS-232

 

 

Connection for Optional Interface Boards

1

 

 

Memory Card Adapter

1

 

Firmware update only

Accessories and Options

 

 

 

Integral Self-strip Unit with Liner Takeup

Optional

 

For peel-off operation

Rotating Media Supply Hub

Optional

 

Replaces supply post

3-inch Adapter for Media Supply Hub

Optional

 

 

Short Side Door

Optional2

 

 

Long Side Door

Optional2

 

 

Long Side Door with 8-inch Roll Cover

Optional2

 

 

Label Taken Sensor

Optional

 

 

RS-232 Cable

Optional

 

 

Parallel Interface Board

Optional

 

IEEE 1284

EasyLAN 100i Interface Board

Optional

 

Ethernet

Flash Memory Cards

Optional

 

Firmware update only

1/. The max. print length is also restricted by the amount of free DRAM memory.

 

 

2/. Type of door fi tted at delivery depends on model.

 

 

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- Duratherm II,
- Duratherm II Tag
- Duratherm Ltg.
- Duratherm IR

Appendix 2

Media Specifications

Direct Thermal

Media

Thermal Transfer

Media

Intermec offers two quality grades of direct thermal media for the EasyCoder printers:

Premium Quality: Top-coated media with high demands on printout quality and resistance against moisture, plasticisers, and vegetable oils. Examples:

- Thermal Top Board

- Thermal Top

- Thermal Top High Speed

Economy Quality: Non top-coated media with less resistance to moisture, plasticisers, and vegetable oils. In all other respects, it is equal to Premium Quality. Examples:

-Economy

-Eco Board

Intermec offers stock labels for thermal transfer printing in a wide range of quality grades.

Uncoated papers for economical high-volume printing to be used with GP/Basewax/Standard ribbons. Examples:

- TTR Uncoated

Coated papers with various coat-weight, smoothness, and gloss to be used with HP/Premium and GP/Basewax/Standard ribbons. Examples:

- TTR Coated

- Duratran II

- TTR Premium

- Duratran II Tag

- TTR Premium Board

- Duratran II Tag

Polyethylene plastics with better resistance to water and many common chemicals than uncoated and coated papers. They can be use outdoors and offer good tear resistance. Most often used with HP/Premium ribbons. Examples:

- TTR Polyethylene

- Kimdura

- TTR Gloss Polyethylene

- Syntran

Polyesters give high resistance to chemicals, heat, and mechanical abrasion with HR/Super Premium ribbons. Examples:

- TTR High Gloss Polyester

- Polyester

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Appendix 2 Media Specifi cations

Media Roll Size

Core

 

Diameters:

38-40 mm (1.5 inches) or 76.2 mm (3 inches)

Width:

Must not protrude outside the media

The media must be wound up on the core in such a way that the printer can pull the end free.

Roll

 

 

Max. diameter:

 

 

- Position 1

152 mm

(6.00 inches)

- Position 2

213 mm

(8.38 inches)

- Position 3

213 mm

(8.38 inches)

Max. width:

114.3 mm

(4.50 inches)

Min. width (standard):

25 mm

(1.00 inches)

Min. width (Quick-Load):

40/80 mm

(1.57/3.15 inches)

Max. media thickness:

175 µm

(0.007 inches)

The maximum recommended media thickness is 175µm. A thicker media may be used, but print quality will be reduced. The stiffness is also important and must be balanced against thickness to maintain print quality.

Media rolls to be loaded inside the printer should be wound with the printable side facing outwards.

The media supply must not be exposed to dust, sand, grit, etc. Any hard particles, however small, can damage the printhead.

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Appendix 2 Media Specifi cations

Media

Non-Adhesive Strip

a Media Width:

 

 

Maximum:

114.3 mm

(4.50 inches)

Minimum (standard):

25.0 mm

(1.00 inches)

Minimum (narrow Quick-Load):

40.0 mm

(1.57 inches)

Minimum (wide Quick-Load):

80.0 mm

(3.15 inches)

Media Type Setup:

Continuous

Var length strip

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Appendix 2 Media Specifi cations

Media, cont.

Self-Adhesive Strip

 

a

Media Width (including liner):

 

Maximum:

114.3 mm

(4.50 inches)

Minimum (standard):

25.0 mm

(1.00 inches)

Minimum (narrow Quick-Load):

40.0 mm

(1.57 inches)

Minimum (wide Quick-Load):

80.0 mm

(3.15 inches)

 

b

Liner

 

 

The liner must not extend more than a total of 1.6 mm (0.06 inches) outside the face material and should protrude equally on both sides.

c Media Width (excluding liner):

 

Maximum:

112.7 mm

(4.43 inches)

Minimum:

23.8 mm

(0.94 inches)

Media Type Setup:

• Continuous

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Appendix 2 Media Specifi cations

Media, cont.

Self-Adhesive Labels

a

c

d

SELF-ADHESIVE

LABELS

b

FEED

DIRECTION

 

a

Media Width (including liner):

 

Maximum:

114.3 mm

(4.50 inches)

Minimum (standard):

25.0 mm

(1.00 inches)

Minimum (narrow Quick-Load):

40.0 mm

(1.57 inches)

Minimum (wide Quick-Load):

80.0 mm

(3.15 inches)

 

b

Liner

 

 

The liner must not extend more than a total of 1.6 mm (0.06 inches) outside the labels and should protrude equally on both side. Recommended min. transparency: 40% (DIN 53147).

 

 

 

c

Label Width (excluding liner):

 

 

 

Maximum:

 

112.7 mm

(4.43 inches)

 

 

Minimum:

 

23.8 mm

(0.94 inches)

 

 

 

d

Label Length:

 

 

 

 

Maximum:

 

depends on DRAM size

 

e

Minimum:

 

8.0 mm

(0.32 inches)

 

Under ideal circumstances, a minimum label length of 4 mm (0.16

 

 

 

 

inches) could be used. It requires the sum of the label length (d) and

 

 

the label gap (e) to be larger than 7 mm (0.28 inches), that batch

 

 

printing is used, and that no pull back of the paper is performed.

 

 

Intermec does not guarantee that such short labels will work, but it

 

 

is up to the user to test this in his unique application.

 

 

 

e

Label Gap:

 

 

b

 

Maximum:

 

21.3 mm

(0.83 inches)

 

 

Recommended:

3.0 mm

(0.12 inches)

 

 

Minimum:

 

1.2 mm

(0.05 inches)

 

 

The Label Stop Sensor must be able to detect the extreme front

 

 

edges of the labels. It can be moved between 5 fixed positions at the

 

 

following distances from the inner edge of the media.

 

 

 

3 mm

 

(0.118 inches)

 

 

 

 

 

8 mm

 

(0.315 inches)

 

 

 

 

12 mm

 

(0.472 inches)

 

 

 

 

16 mm

 

(0.639 inches)

 

 

 

 

20 mm

 

(0.787 inches)

 

 

Media Type Setup:

• Gap

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Appendix 2 Media Specifi cations

Media, cont.

Tickets with Gap

a

b

c

f

d e

TICKETS & TAGS

FEED

DIRECTION

a Media Width:

 

 

Maximum:

114.3 mm

(4.50 inches)

Minimum (standard):

25.0 mm

(1.00 inches)

Minimum (narrow Quick-Load):

40.0 mm

(1.57 inches)

Minimum (wide Quick-Load):

80.0 mm

(3.15 inches)

b Copy Length:

 

 

Min. length between slots:

8.0 mm

(0.32 inches)

Max. length between slots:

depends on DRAM size

Under ideal circumstances, a minimum ticket length of 4 mm (0.16 inches) could be used. It requires the sum of the copy length (b) and the detection slit height (e) to be larger than 7 mm (0.28 inches), that batch printing is used, and that no pull back of the paper is performed. Intermec does not guarantee that such short tickets will work, but it is up to the user to test this in his unique application.

 

c

LSS Detection Position:

Five fixed positions (distance from inner edge of the media):

 

3 mm

(0.118 inches)

 

8 mm

(0.315 inches)

12 mm

(0.472 inches)

16 mm

(0.639 inches)

20 mm

(0.787 inches)

 

d

Detection Slit Length:

The length of the detection slit (excluding corner radii) must be minimum 2.5 mm (0.10 inches) on either side of the LSS detection position (e).

e Detection Slit Height:

 

 

Maximum:

21.3 mm

(0.83 inches)

Recommended:

1.6 mm

(0.06 inches)

Minimum:

1.2 mm

(0.05 inches)

Media Type Setup:

• Gap

Do not allow any perforation to break the edge of the media as this may cause the media to split and jam the printer.

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Appendix 2 Media Specifi cations

Media, cont.

Tickets with Black Mark

a

 

 

 

e

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

f

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c

d

 

 

 

g

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TICKETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEED

DIRECTION

a Media Width:

 

 

Maximum:

114.3 mm

(4.50 inches)

Minimum (standard):

25.0 mm

(1.00 inches)

Minimum (narrow Quick-Load):

40.0 mm

(1.57 inches)

Minimum (wide Quick-Load):

80.0 mm

(3.15 inches)

 

b

Copy Length:

 

 

Maximum:

depends on DRAM size

Minimum:

20.0 mm

(0.8 inches)

 

c

LSS Detection Position:

 

 

Five fixed positions (distance from inner edge of the media):

 

3 mm

(0.118 inches)

 

 

 

8 mm

(0.315 inches)

 

 

12 mm

(0.472 inches)

 

 

16 mm

(0.639 inches)

 

 

20 mm

(0.787 inches)

 

 

 

d

Black Mark Width:

 

 

The detectable width of the black mark should be at least 5.0 mm (0.2 inches) on either side of the LSS detection point.

 

e

Black Mark Length:

 

 

Maximum:

21.3 mm

(0.83 inches)

Common:

12.5 mm

(0.5 inches)

Minimum:

5.0 mm

(0.2 inches)

 

f

Black Mark Y-Position:

 

 

It is recommended that you place the black mark as close to the front edge of the ticket as possible and use a negative Stop Adjust value to control the media feed, so the tickets can be properly torn or cut off.

Media Type Setup:

• Mark

The black mark should be non-reflective carbon black on a whitish background. Do not allow any perforations to break the edge of the media as this may cause the media to split and jam the printer.

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Appendix 2 Media Specifi cations

Transfer Ribbons

Important!

Intermec thermal transfer ribbons are engineered specifically for the EasyCoder printheads.

Intermec offer three types of thermal transfer ribbons optimized for different purposes:

General Purpose (GP)/Standard transfer ribbons allow high speed printing and give a good printout, but are somewhat sensitive to smearing. They may be the best choice for uncoated and coated papers.

High Performance (HP)/Premium transfer ribbons allow high speed printing and give a highly readable and defined printout on most face materials with smooth surfaces. They have good “smear resistance”andaremostsuitableforintricatelogotypesandimages on matte-coated papers and synthetic face materials.

High Resistance (HR)/Super Premium transfer ribbons give an extremely durable printout, which is resistant to most chemical agents and high temperatures. However, such transfer ribbons set high demands on the receiving face material, which must be very smooth, such as polyesters.

The use of HR/Super Premium ribbons requires the print speed and the energy supplied by the printhead to be controlled with great accuracy according to the receiving face material. Custom-made setup options adapted for special applications can also be created. Consult your Intermec distributor.

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Appendix 2 Media Specifi cations

Setting the Media

Sensitivity

Number

Media sensitivity is important because you use it to optimize print quality and print speed. The three-digit sensitivity specifies the amount of heat required by the printhead to image a label. The amount of heat that each roll of media or ribbon requires is unique due to different chemistries and manufacturing processes.

Intermed has developed heating schedules (the amount of heat required to image a label) to produce the highest possible print quality for Intermec media and ribbon combinations on Intermec printers. Look for the three-digit media sensitivity number on:

The side of the media roll. Use the last three digits (140 in the example below) of the 15-digit number stamped on the roll for the media sensitivity number.

A small label attached to the roll of media.

A small label attached to the plastic bag of your ribbon roll.

120066102605140

INTERMEC MEDIA PRODUCTS

 

Intermec

SENSITIVITY LABEL

 

 

56

SENSITIVITY NUMBER

 

5

7

120066102605140

Use this three-digit number to optimize print quality and print speed on your printer. You can achieve the best print quality on the printer by using Intermec ribbon and media products.

The default printer setting for direct thermal media is 420. For thermal transfer media, the default setting is 567. Use the information on the packaging that you saved when loading media and ribbon to determine the correct sensitivity number.

Use the Setup Mode (see “Sensitivity” in Chapter 6-7), PrintSet, your third-party software, or the Intermec printer language (IPL) command set to change the media sensitivity number. For help on how to set the media sensitivity number using the printer command set, see the DOS example on the following page.

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Setting the Media Sensitivity Number, cont.

The sensitivity number on each roll of thermal transfer media or ribbon has an asterisk (*) in place of one of the digits. To optimize the sensitivity number for thermal transfer media, you combine the digits as in this example.

Media or Ribbon

Sensitivity Rating

Description

Thermal transfer media

56*

The asterisk for the third digit

 

 

is reserved to identify the

 

 

ribbon’s sensitivity number.

 

 

 

Thermal transfer ribbon

5*7

The asterisk for the second

 

 

digit is reserved to identify the

 

 

media’s sensitivity number.

 

567

Optimum sensitivity rating

To set the sensitivity rating for direct thermal media, use the three-digit sensitivity rating located on the roll of media or listed in the Direct Thermal Media Sensitivity Settings table, later in this chapter.

To use DOS to set the media sensitivity number on a PC

1.At the DOS prompt, type the following command and press

Enter:

MODE COM1 96,E,7,1,N

2.Type the following command lines and press Enter:

COPY CON COM1 <STX><SI>g1,567<ETX>^Z

where:

<SI>g1,567 sets the media sensitivity number to 567.

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Setting the Media Sensitivity Number, cont.

Direct Thermal Media Sensitivity Settings

Approximate Sensitivity Ratings

Setting

Direct Thermal Media

400 Series Medium Sensitivity

480

Duratherm Lightning IR Tag

 

470

Duratherm Lightning-2

 

460

European IR

 

450

Duratherm IR Lightning-1

 

440

European Thermal

 

420

Duratherm Lightning-1

100 Series Low Sensitivity

180

Duratherm Lightning II-1

 

170

European Tag

 

160

Duratherm II Tag

 

140

European Top

 

130

Duratherm II-2

Thermal Transfer Media and Ribbon Sensitivity Settings

Approximate Sensitivity Ratings

Setting

800 Series High Sensitivity (Paper)

864

600 Series Medium Sensitivity (Plastic) 687

677

633

627

623

500 Series Medium Sensitivity (Paper) 567

527

513

Media/Ribbon Stock

European Uncoated/Standard

Duratran TTR Poly. or Valeron/Premium-3/6/7 Duratran Syntran/Premium-3/6/7

European Polyethylene/Premium

Duratran Kimdura/Premium-3/6/7 European Duratran Kimdura/Premium

Duratran II-1/Premium-3/6/7

Duratran II Tag-7mil/Premium-3/6/7

European Coated/Premium

300 Series Low Sensitivity (Plastic)

366

Super Prem. Poly./Super Prem.-7

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Interfaces

RS-232 Interface

RS-232 Port

Appendix 3

The EasyCoder F4 has, as standard, one serial communication interface: RS-232.

Default Communication Setup

Baud rate:

9600

Char. length

8 bits

Parity:

None

Stop bits:

1

Protocol:

XON/XOFF

To change the serial interface settings, see Chapter 6, “Setting Up the Printer.”

Interface Cable

 

Computer end:

DB-9pin or DB-25pin female connector(PC)

Printer end:

DB-25pin male connector

Host

 

EasyCoder F4

 

 

Host

Signal

DB-9

DB-25

Signal

DB-25

DB-25

 

Signal

 

1

1

 

 

1

1

 

shield

RXD

2

2

 

TXD

2

3

 

RXD

TXD

3

3

 

RXD

3

2

 

TXD

CTS

8

4

 

RTS

4

5

 

CTS

RTS

7

5

 

CTS

5

4

 

RTS

 

 

6

 

DSR

6

20

 

DTR

GND

5

7

 

Signal GND

7

7

 

GND

 

 

16

 

+ 5V1

16

 

 

 

DSR

6

20

 

DTR

20

6

 

DSR

 

 

22

 

RI

22

 

 

 

1/. The external +5V is limited to 200 mA and is automatically switched off at overload.

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Appendix 3 Interfaces

IEEE 1284

Parallel Interface

Board

Parallel Port

The EasyCoder F4 can optionally be fitted with an IEEE 1284-I compatible parallel interface board1.

Interface Cable Connectors

Computer end:

Depends on type of host computer.

Printer end:

36-pin female IEEE 1284B Centronics

Pin

Signal Name

1

DStrobe

2–9

Data 0–7

10

Ack

11

Busy

12

PE

13

Select

14

AF

15

Not connected

16

Ground

17

Screen

18

+5V Ext

19–30

GND

31

Init

32

Error

33-35

Not connected

36

Selectin

1/. Nibble, byte, ECP, and EPP from printer to host are presently not supported.

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Appendix 3 Interfaces

EasyLAN 100i

Interface Board

The Intermec EasyLAN 100i Ethernet interface board provides the printer with a 10BaseT Ethernet or 100BaseTX Fast Ethernet network connection. You can communicate with the printer via a LAN (Local Area Network) or provide the printer with its own home page, so you can reach the printer using a Web browser.

EasyLAN 100i supports most major computer systems and environments. You can assign passwords to restrict both login and printer access. The internal EasyLAN 100i Web pages allow you to continuously monitor printer status and to upgrade the flash memory of the printer when new firmware becomes available.

EasyLAN 100i supports SNMP for remote monitoring.

When an EasyLAN 100i interface board is installed in the printer, some extra menus will be added to the Setup Mode (see Chapter 7, “Setup Mode”).

RJ-45 socket

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Appendix 4

Supported IPL-3 Commands

IPL Command

Syntax

Abort Print Job .......................................................................................................................................

<EM>

Advanced Mode, Select .....................................................................................................................

<ESC>C

Alphanumeric Field Separator ................................................................................................................

<GS>

Amount of Storage, Define ....................................................................................................................

<SI>N

Auto-Transmit 1, Enable ......................................................................................................................

<ESC>j

Auto-Transmit 2, Enable .....................................................................................................................

<ESC>d

Auto-Transmit 3, Enable .....................................................................................................................

<ESC>e

Auto-Transmit 1, 2, and 3, Disable .....................................................................................................

<ESC>k

Bar Code, Select Type ......................................................................................................................................

c

Bar Code Field, Create or Edit .......................................................................................................................

B

Batch Count, Set .......................................................................................................................................

<US>

Bitmap Cell Height for Graphic or UDF, Define ...........................................................................................

y

Bitmap Cell Width for Graphic or UDF, Define ............................................................................................

x

Bitmap User-Defined Font, Clear or Define ..................................................................................................

T

Border Around Human-Readable Text, Define ..............................................................................................

b

Box Field, Create or Edit ................................................................................................................................

W

Character Bitmap Origin Offset, Define ........................................................................................................

X

Character Rotation or Bar Code Ratio, Define ................................................................................................

r

Clear All Data .......................................................................................................................................

<CAN>

Clear Data From Current Field .............................................................................................................

<DEL>

Code 39 Prefix Character, Define ...................................................................................................................

p

Command Tables, Load ..................................................................................................................................

C

Command Terminator .......................................................................................................................................

;

Command Terminator 1 .......................................................................................................................

<NUL>

Command Terminator 2 ...........................................................................................................................

<LF>

Communication Port Configuration, Set ...............................................................................................

<SI>P

Configuration Parameters, Transmit .................................................................................................

<ESC>p

Current Edit Session, Save ..............................................................................................................................

N

Cut ............................................................................................................................................................

<SO>

Cutter, Enable or Disable ........................................................................................................................

<SI>c

Dark Adjust ......................................................................................................................................................

K

Dark Adjust, Set .......................................................................................................................................

<SI>d

Data Shift - International Characters ...................................................................................................

<SUB>

Data Source for Format in a Page, Define ......................................................................................................

e

Direct Graphics Mode, Select .............................................................................................................

<ESC>g

Emulation Mode, Enter .......................................................................................................................

<ESC>c

Emulation or Advanced Mode on Power-Up ........................................................................................

<SI>C

End-of-Print Skip Distance, Set ............................................................................................................

<SI>D

Error Code, Request ..............................................................................................................................

<BEL>

Factory Defaults, Reset ...................................................................................................................................

D

 

 

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Supported IPL-3 Commands, cont.

 

IPL Command

Syntax

Field, Delete .....................................................................................................................................................

D

Field, Select ..........................................................................................................................................

<ESC>F

Field Data, Define Source ................................................................................................................................

d

Field Decrement, Set ..........................................................................................................................

<ESC>D

Field Direction, Define ......................................................................................................................................

f

Field Increment, Set ..............................................................................................................................

<ESC>I

Field Origin, Define ..........................................................................................................................................

o

First Data Entry Field, Select ...............................................................................................................

<ACK>

Font, Transmit ......................................................................................................................................

<ESC>v

Font Character Width, Define ........................................................................................................................

Z

Font Type, Select ..............................................................................................................................................

c

Form Feed .................................................................................................................................................

<FF>

Format, Create or Edit .............................................................................................................................

A or F

Format Direction in a Page, Define .................................................................................................................

q

Format, Erase ...................................................................................................................................................

E

Format, Select .....................................................................................................................................

<ESC>E

Format, Transmit .................................................................................................................................

<ESC>x

Format Direction in a Page, Define .................................................................................................................

g

Format Offset Within a Page, Define .............................................................................................................

O

Format Position From Page, Delete ................................................................................................................

m

Format Position in a Page, Assign .................................................................................................................

M

Formats, Print ....................................................................................................................................................

f

Graphic Type, Select ........................................................................................................................................

c

Graphic or UDC, Define ..................................................................................................................................

u

Hardware Configuration Label, Print .............................................................................................................

h

Height Magnification of Bar, Box, or UDC, Define ......................................................................................

h

Human-Readable Field, Create or Edit ..........................................................................................................

H

IBM Language Translation, Enable or Disable ......................................................................................

<SI>i

Increment and Decrement, Disable ...................................................................................................

<ESC>N

Intercharacter Space for UDF, Define .............................................................................................................

z

Interpretive Field, Edit .......................................................................................................................................

I

Interpretive Field, Enable or Disable................................................................................................................

i

Label and Gap Length, Transmit ......................................................................................................

<ESC>L

Label Path Open Sensor Value, Transmit ......................................................................................................

L

Label Rest Point, Adjust ...........................................................................................................................

<SI>f

Label Retract, Enable or Disable ...........................................................................................................

<SI>R

Label Retract Distance, Set ......................................................................................................................

<SI>r

Label Stock Type, Select .........................................................................................................................

<SI>T

Label Taken Sensor Value, Transmit .............................................................................................................

T

Length of Line or Box Field, Define ................................................................................................................

l

 

 

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Supported IPL-3 Commands, cont.

IPL Command

Syntax

Line Field, Create or Edit ................................................................................................................................

L

Maximum Label Length, Set .................................................................................................................

<SI>L

Media Fault Recovery Mode, Set ...........................................................................................................

<SI>e

Media Sensitivity, Select .........................................................................................................................

<SI>g

Memory Usage, Transmit ..................................................................................................................

<ESC>m

Next Data Entry Field, Select .................................................................................................................

<CR>

Number of Image Bands, Set ...................................................................................................................

<SI>I

Numeric Field Separator ..........................................................................................................................

<FS>

Options Selected, Transmit ................................................................................................................

<ESC>O

Outline Font, Clear or Create ..........................................................................................................................

J

Outline Font, Download ...................................................................................................................................

j

Page, Create or Edit ..........................................................................................................................................

S

Page, Delete .......................................................................................................................................................

s

Page, Select .........................................................................................................................................

<ESC>G

Page, Transmit .....................................................................................................................................

<ESC>y

Pages, Print .......................................................................................................................................................

p

Pitch Label, Print .............................................................................................................................................

C

Point Size, Set ...................................................................................................................................................

k

Postamble, Set ........................................................................................................................................

<EOT>

Preamble, Set ........................................................................................................................................

<SOH>

Print ........................................................................................................................................................

<ETB>

Print Line Dot Count Limit, Set ......................................................................................................................

v

Print Quality Label, Print ...............................................................................................................................

Q

Print Speed, Set .......................................................................................................................................

<SI>S

Printer Language, Select ..........................................................................................................................

<SI>l

Printhead Loading Mode, Select ............................................................................................................

<SI>h

Printhead Parameters, Transmit ........................................................................................................

<ESC>H

Program Mode, Enter ..........................................................................................................................

<ESC>P

Program Mode, Exit ........................................................................................................................................

R

Program Number, Transmit ..............................................................................................................

<ESC>M

Quantity Count, Set ..................................................................................................................................

<RS>

Reflective Sensor Value, Transmit ................................................................................................................

M

Remaining Quantity and Batch Count, Transmit ............................................................................

<ESC>Q

Reset .......................................................................................................................................................

<DLE>

Self-Strip, Enable or Disable ....................................................................................................................

<SI>t

Software Configuration Label, Print ...............................................................................................................

s

Start and Stop Codes (Code 39), Print .......................................................................................

<ESC><SP>

Status Dump ............................................................................................................................................

<VT>

Status Enquiry ......................................................................................................................................

<ENQ>

Test and Service Mode, Enter .............................................................................................................

<ESC>T

 

 

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Supported IPL-3 Commands, cont.

 

IPL Command

Syntax

Test and Service Mode, Exit ...........................................................................................................................

R

Top of Form, Set ......................................................................................................................................

<SI>F

Transmissive Sensor Value, Transmit ............................................................................................................

G

User-Defined Characters (UDC) and Graphics, Print ...................................................................................

g

User-Defined Character, Clear or Create .......................................................................................................

G

User-Defined Character Field, Create or Edit ...............................................................................................

U

User-Defined Characters, Transmit ....................................................................................................

<ESC>u

User-Defined Font Character, Create ...............................................................................................................

t

User-Defined Fonts, Print .................................................................................................................................

t

Warm Boot ................................................................................................................................................

<BS>

Width of Line, Box, Bar, or Character, Define ..............................................................................................

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