Intermec PF8D, PF8T User Manual

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User’s Guide

PF8d/PF8t Printers

User’s Guide

PF8d/Pf8t Printers

Intermec Technologies Corporation

Worldwide Headquarters

6001 36th Ave.W.

Everett, WA 98203

U.S.A.

www.intermec.com

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

Information and specifications contained in this document are subject to change without prior noticed and do not represent a commitment on the part of Intermec Technologies Corporation.

© 2007 by Intermec Technologies Corporation. All rights reserved.

The word Intermec, the Intermec logo, Norand, ArciTech, Beverage Routebook, CrossBar, dcBrowser, Duratherm, EasyADC, EasyCoder, EasySet, Fingerprint, i-gistics, INCA (under license), Intellitag, Intellitag Gen2, JANUS, LabelShop, MobileLAN, Picolink, Ready-to-Work, RoutePower, Sabre, ScanPlus, ShopScan, Smart Mobile Computing, SmartSystems, TE 2000, Trakker Antares, and Vista Powered are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Intermec Technologies Corporation.

There are U.S. and foreign patents as well as U.S. and foreign patents pending.

Wi-Fi is a registered certification mark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Microsoft, Windows, and the Windows logo are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Bluetooth is a trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc., U.S.A.

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Document Change

This page records changes to this document. The document was originally released as version 001.

Version

Date

Description of Change

 

 

 

002

8/07

Removed listing of accessories. Revised

 

 

information about installing and using a

 

 

compact flash card. Made a few minor format

 

 

corrections.

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Contents

Contents

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Before You Begin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viii Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viii Global Services and Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix Web Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix Telephone Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix

Who Should Read This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x Patent Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x

Using the PF8 Printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Introducing the PF8 Printers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Features of the PF8 Printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Front Controls and Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Media Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Other Features and Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Understanding the LED Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Installing the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Connecting the Printer to Your Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Connecting the Printer Through the USB Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Connecting the Printer Through the Serial Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Connecting the Printer Through the Parallel Port. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Installing the Printer Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Turning On the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Installing the Compact Flash (PF8t Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Understanding Auto-Sensing Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Creating and Printing Labels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Loading Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Loading Media for Tear-off Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Loading Media for Peel-Off Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Loading Media for Cut-Off Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

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Loading an Media from an External Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Loading Thermal Transfer Ribbon (PF8t Only). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

3 Troubleshooting and Maintaining the Printer . . . . . . . . . . .

29

Troubleshooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Upgrading the Firmware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Cleaning the Case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Cleaning the Printhead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Adjusting the Thermal Printhead Pressure (PF8t only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Adjusting the Printhead Alignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Adjusting the Label Taken Sensor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Adjusting the Label Gap Sensor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

A Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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PF8d Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

PF8t Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Cutter Kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Stripper Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

B Media Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

47

Direct Thermal Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Thermal Transfer Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Transfer Ribbons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Tags and Strip with Slots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

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Tags and Strip with Black Marks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Plain Continuous Stock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

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Before You Begin

Before You Begin

This section provides you with safety information, technical support information, and sources for additional product information.

Safety Information

Your safety is extremely important. Read and follow all warnings and cautions in this document before handling and operating Intermec equipment. You can be seriously injured, and equipment and data can be damaged if you do not follow the safety warnings and cautions.

This section explains how to identify and understand dangers, warnings, cautions, and notes that are in this document. You may also see icons which tell you when to follow ESD procedures.

A warning alerts you of an operating procedure, practice, condition, or statement that must be strictly observed to avoid death or serious injury to the persons working on the equipment.

A caution alerts you to an operating procedure, practice, condition, or statement that must be strictly observed to prevent equipment damage or destruction, or corruption or loss of data.

This icon appears at the beginning of any procedure in this manual that could cause you to touch components (such as printed circuit boards) that are susceptible to damage from electrostatic discharge (ESD). When you see this icon, you must follow standard ESD guidelines to avoid damaging the equipment you are using.

Note: Notes either provide extra information about a topic or contain special instructions for handling a particular condition or set of circumstances.

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Global Services and Support

Warranty Information

To understand the warranty for your Intermec product, visit the

Intermec web site at www.intermec.com and click Service &

Support > Warranty.

Web Support

Visit the Intermec web site at www.intermec.com to download our current manuals (in PDF). To order printed versions of the Intermec manuals, contact your local Intermec representative or distributor.

Visit the Intermec technical knowledge base (Knowledge Central) at intermec.custhelp.com to review technical information or to request technical support for your Intermec product.

Telephone Support

These services are available from Intermec.

Services

Description

 

 

Order Intermec

• Place an order.

products

• Ask about an existing

 

order.

Order Intermec

Order printer labels and

media

ribbons.

Order spare

Order spare parts.

parts

 

 

 

Technical

Talk to technical support

Support

about your Intermec

 

product.

 

 

In the USA and Canada call 1-800- 755-5505 and choose this option

1 and then choose 2

1 and then choose 1

1 or 2 and then choose 4

2 and then choose 2

Service

• Get a return authorization

2 and then choose 1

 

number for authorized

 

 

service center repair.

 

 

• Request an on-site repair

 

 

technician.

 

 

 

1 or 2 and then

Service contracts

Renew a contract, ask about

 

an existing contract.

choose 3

 

 

 

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Outside the U.S.A. and Canada, contact your local Intermec representative. To search for your local representative, from the Intermec web site, click Contact.

Who Should Read This Manual

This user’s guide is for the person who is responsible for installing, configuring, and maintaining the PF8d and PF8t printers.

This user’s guide provides you with information about the features of the PF8d and PF8t printers, and how to install, configure, operate, maintain, and troubleshoot them.

Patent Information

This product is protected by one or more of the following United

States patents:

5,581,293; 5,613,790; 5,927,876; 6,088,049; 6,345,920

There may be U.S. and Foreign Patents Pending.

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1 Using the PF8 Printers

Use this chapter to familiarize yourself with the PF8 printers. In this chapter you will find these sections:

Introducing the PF8 Printers

Features of the PF8 Printers

Understanding the LED Indicators

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Introducing the PF8 Printers

The PF8 are lightweight, reliable, and easy-to-use printers. Both printers are designed to print a low volume of labels per day (less than 1000 labels per day). There are two models of the PF8 printer:

The PF8d is a 203 dpi direct thermal printer.

The PF8t is a direct thermal/thermal transfer printer that is available in 203 and 300 dpi models.

Both PF8 printers are provided with parallel, serial RS-232, and USB ports. As an option, both models can be fitted with a cutter attachment, or label stripper module. The PF8t can also be fitted with a compact flash card adapter.

The discharge of electrostatic energy accumulated on the human body, clothing, or other surfaces can damage or destroy the printhead or electronic components used in these printers. Avoid touching the electrical connectors while unpacking or setting up your printer.

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Features of the PF8 Printers

This section describes the front controls and indicators, components of the media compartment, and connections located on the rear of the PF8d and PF8t printers.

Front Controls and Indicators

The PF8 printers are controlled by using a Power switch, a Feed button, and a multi-color status LED.

The Power switch is located on the side of the PF8d and on the back of the PF8t.

You can use the Feed button in two ways:

Tapping it

When power is turned on and the printer is loaded with media (and possibly ribbon), tapping the Feed button causes the media to form feed.

Holding it down

When power is turned on, holding the Feed button down causes the printer to enter Media Sensing mode and print the printer configuration page when the button is released.

There are also cover open buttons located on each side of the printer which you press to access the media compartment.

Status LED

Status LED

 

Feed

 

Feed

 

button

 

 

button

Power

 

 

switch

 

Cover

Cover

 

open

 

open

 

button

 

button

 

 

 

Power

 

 

switch

 

PF8d

 

PF8t

 

 

PF8d and PF8t Front Controls

 

 

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Media Compartment

The PF8t is a thermal transfer/direct thermal capable printer. The media compartment for thermal transfer printers accommodates the media supply and the transfer ribbon supply.

In direct thermal printers like the PF8d, the top cover and the print mechanism are combined into a single unit.

 

Print

 

mechanism

 

Spindle

Label roll

Label guide

holder

(2 places)

 

 

Platen

 

cover

 

Platen

Platen

roller

 

cover

Black mark

 

 

sensor

PF8d Media Compartment

 

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Cover open

button

 

Label roll

 

 

core

 

Ribbon rewind

Print

 

mechanism

 

wheel

 

Locking

 

 

 

 

mechanism

 

 

(2 places)

Print line

 

 

adjustment

Rewind shaft

Label guide

gear

 

and empty

(2 places)

Ribbon

ribbon take

 

supply

up core

Black mark

shaft

 

sensor

 

 

Platen

 

 

roller

 

PF8t Media Compartment

 

 

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Other Features and Connections

 

 

 

 

 

The rear and underside of the printers contain provide USB,

 

 

serial, and parallel connections and additional features.

 

 

PF8d

 

 

 

PF8t

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power

 

 

 

Power

 

 

 

 

 

switch

 

 

socket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fan-fold

 

 

 

USB

 

 

Power

 

 

Parallel

Serial

label slot

 

 

port

 

socket

 

 

 

port

port

 

USB

 

Fan-fold

 

 

(RS-232)

 

Parallel

 

 

 

label slot

 

 

 

port

 

 

 

 

port

Serial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

port

 

 

 

 

 

 

PF8d and PF8t Rear View Connections and Controls

The bottom of the PF8d also has hanger holes that allow you to wall-mount the printer.

Wall-mount

holes

Bottom case cover

PF8d Wall-Mount Holes

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Understanding the LED Indicators

When power to the printer to the printer is switched on, the status LED turns green indicating that the printer is ready to accept print commands.

If the printer runs out of media and/or ribbon during printing, the LED glows red. Other status indicators are shown in the table below:

LED Status Indicators

LED

Meaning

 

 

Green (blinking)

Autosensing mode

 

 

Green (blinking)

Downloading font, form, or

 

graphic

Green (solid)

Dump mode

 

 

Green (solid)

Ready mode

Green (solid)

Print mode

 

 

Orange (solid)

Boot mode

Red (blinking)

Media jam, overheated printhead or

 

stepper motor

Red (blinking)

Downloading firmware

Red (solid)

Error mode

 

 

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