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User’s Guide

EasyCoder PX4i

Bar Code Label

Printer

(IPL Version)

User’s Guide

EasyCoder PX4i

Bar Code Label

Printer

(IPL Version)

Intermec Technologies Corporation Corporate Headquarters

6001 36th Ave. W.

Everett, WA 98203 U.S.A. www.intermec.com

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

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

© 2004 by Intermec Technologies Corporation. All rights reserved.

The word Intermec, the Intermec logo, Norand, ArciTech, CrossBar, Data Collection Browser, dcBrowser, Duratherm, EasyCoder, EasyLAN, Enterprise Wireless LAN, EZBuilder, Fingerprint, i-gistics, INCA (under license), InterDriver, Intermec Printer Network Manager, IRL, JANUS, LabelShop, Mobile Framework, MobileLAN, Nor*Ware, Pen*Key, Precision Print, PrintSet, RoutePower, TE 2000, Trakker Antares, UAP, Universal Access Point, and Virtual Wedge are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Intermec Technologies Corporation.

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

There are U.S. and foreign patents pending.

Kimdura is a registered trademark of Kimberly Clark. Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

Valeron is a registered trademark of ValŽron Strength Films, an ITW Company.

Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

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Document Change Record

This page records changes to this document. The document was originally released as version -00.

Version

Date

Description of Change

-00

May 2004

For preproduction printers (Intermec internal use only)

-01

Sept. 2004

First ofÞcial release. Supports IPL v2.30.

 

 

 

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Contents

Contents

1

2

3

4

Before You Begin...........................................................................

ix

Safety Summary..............................................................

ix

Safety Icons .....................................................................

x

Global Services and Support ...........................................

xi

Warranty Information ......................................

xi

Web Support....................................................

xi

Telephone Support ...........................................

xi

Who Should Read This Document ..................

xi

Related Documents..........................................

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Introduction

 

Description of EasyCoder PX4i Printer..........................................

2

Safety Summary .............................................................................

3

Product IdentiÞcation ....................................................................

3

Installation

 

Unpacking the Printer....................................................................

6

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

7

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

8

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

9

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

10

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

11

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

11

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

11

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

12

Indicator Lamps ............................................................

12

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

13

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

13

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

14

Starting Up

 

Switching On the Printer .............................................................

16

Media Load

 

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

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Cut-Off........................................................................................

22

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

27

Internal Batch Takeup (Roll-to-roll) .............................................

32

External Supply (Fan-fold) ...........................................................

38

5

6

Thermal Transfer Printing

 

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

42

Setting Up the Printer

 

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

48

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

49

Setup Parameters..........................................................................

50

Serial Communication...................................................

50

Baud Rate .......................................................

50

Character Length ............................................

50

Parity...............................................................

50

Stop Bits..........................................................

51

Protocol ..........................................................

51

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

53

Testprint..........................................................

53

Data Dump.....................................................

54

Memory Reset.................................................

54

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

55

Media Type .....................................................

55

Paper Type.......................................................

55

Label Length ...................................................

55

Sensitivity (Media sensitivity number).............

55

Darkness .........................................................

56

Label Rest Point ..............................................

56

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

56

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

56

Ribbon Low ....................................................

56

Paper Low .......................................................

56

ConÞguration................................................................

57

Emulation .......................................................

57

Print Speed......................................................

57

Cutter (option)................................................

57

Label Taken Sensor (option)............................

57

Returning to Factory Default Setup .............................................

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Setup Mode

 

Navigating in Setup Mode

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

62

Options

 

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

68

Liner/Batch Takeup Unit .............................................................

69

Paper Cutter.................................................................................

69

Fan-Fold Guides ..........................................................................

70

Media Roll Retainer .....................................................................

70

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

70

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

70

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

71

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Troubleshooting

 

Intermec Readiness Indicator .......................................................

74

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

77

Maintenance

 

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

80

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

83

Cleaning the Label Stop Sensor....................................................

84

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

85

Media Jams ..................................................................................

88

Adjustments

 

11 Narrow Media..............................................................................

90

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

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

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A B

Technical Specifications

 

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

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Media Specifications

 

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

100

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

101

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

101

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

102

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

103

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

105

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

107

 

Interfaces

 

C

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

110

 

USB Interface ............................................................................

111

 

Optional Interfaces ....................................................................

112

 

Intermec Supplies

 

D

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

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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 Summary

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.

Do not repair or adjust alone

Do not repair or adjust energized equipment alone under any circumstances. Someone capable of providing Þrst aid must always be present for your safety.

First aid

Always obtain Þrst aid or medical attention immediately after an injury. Never neglect an injury, no matter how slight it seems.

Resuscitation

Begin resuscitation immediately if someone is injured and stops breathing. Any delay could result in death. To work on or near high voltage, you should be familiar with approved industrial Þrst aid methods.

Energized equipment

Never work on energized equipment unless authorized by a responsible authority. Energized electrical equipment is dangerous. Electrical shock from energized equipment can cause death. If you must perform authorized emergency work on energized equipment, be sure that you comply strictly with approved safety regulations.

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Before You Begin

Safety Icons

This section explains how to identify and understand dangers, warnings, cautions, and notes that are in this document. You may also see icons that 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 servicing.

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 http://www.intermec.com and click Service & Support. The Intermec Global Sales & Service page appears. From the Service & Support menu, move your pointer over Support, and then click Warranty.

Web Support

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

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

Telephone Support

Contact your local Intermec representative. To search for your local representative, from the Intermec web site, click Contact.

Who Should Read This Document?

This UserÕs Guide provides you with information about the features of the EasyCoder PX4i printer and how to install, conÞgure, operate, maintain, and troubleshoot it.

Related Documents

The Intermec web site at http://www.intermec.com contains our current documents that you can download in PDF format. To order printed versions of the Intermec manuals, contact your local Intermec representative or distributor.

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1 Introduction

This chapter introduces the EasyCoder PX4i printer. The chapter covers the following topics:

¥Description of EasyCoder PX4i

¥Safety summary

¥Product identiÞcation

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Description of EasyCoder PX4i Printer

The EasyCoder PX4i is a high-volume thermal transfer printer with a printhead resolution of 8 dots/mm = 203.2 dots/inch and a maximum print width of 112 mm (4.5 inches).

The EasyCoder PX4i offers a large number of useful features, such as:

¥High speed printing up to 300 mm/sec. (12 inches/sec.)

¥Flash memory SIMMs for Þrmware, fonts, and bar codes

¥Built-in CompactFlash memory card adapter

¥Built-in RS-232 and USB interfaces

¥Provision for one or two extra interface boards including wired or wireless EasyLAN connections and parallel interface

¥Keyboard and display with backlight

¥Support for network monitoring through optional software tools

A large number of factory-installed or Þeld-installable options are available, so the printer can be conÞgured for a wide range of applications. See Chapter 8 and Appendix A for more information.

The printer is designed to work with the Intermec InterDriver and Intermec LabelShop. The InterDriver allows you to print labels from standard MS Windows applications, for example Microsoft OfÞce. Intermec LabelShop is a series of label-design programs that work under various versions of MS Windows.

The EasyCoder PX4i supports the Intermec Programming Language (IPL) v2.30. A version of EasyCoder PX4i, that supports Intermec Fingerprint v8.30, is described in a special UserÕs Guide.

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Safety Summary

Intermec assumes no responsibility regarding the CE Directive if the printer is handled, modiÞed, or installed in any way other than that described in IntermecÕs manuals.

¥Read this manual carefully before connecting the printer.

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

¥Do not remove the left-hand cover. Dangerous voltage!

¥Do not remove the bottom plate. Dangerous voltage!

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

¥Place the printer on an even surface which can support its weight of approximately 13 kg (28.5 pounds) 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 Identification

The machine label is attached to the printerÕs rear plate and contains information on type, model, and serial number as well as AC voltage. It also contains various signs of approval.

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2 Installation

This chapter explains how to unpack and install the EasyCoder PX4i and also describes the printerÕs various parts in detail. It covers the following topics:

¥Unpacking the printer

¥Parts on the printerÕs front

¥Parts on the printerÕs rear plate

¥Parts in the media compartment

¥Parts in the print mechanism

¥Connecting the printer

¥Using the controls and understanding the indicators

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Unpacking the Printer

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 printerÕs rear plate, which gives the voltage, the part number, and the serial number.

¥Check that any options you ordered are included.

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

-Intermec EasyCoder PX4i printer

-Adapter for 3-inch media roll core

-Power cord

-Quality check card

-Cleaning card

-This UserÕs Guide

-Compact disk (CD) with supporting software, additional manuals, and product information.

¥Check that the type of power cord is appropriate for the local standard. The printer works within 90 to 265 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz.

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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Front View

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

The front door is held by a snap-lock. Open the front door to view the various parts on the printerÕs front.

Refer to Chapter 8 ÒOptionsÓ for information on possible optional devices Þtted on the printerÕs front.

Indicator lamps

Display window

Keyboard

Connector for optional cutter

Print mechanism

Front door

Side door

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Rear View

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

Provision for EasyLAN Wireless antenna (option)

Provision for EasyLAN Ethernet connection (option)

Intake slot for external media supply

Memory card slot

Provision for IEEE 1284 interface board (option)

On/O Switch

(not used)

AC Power cord socket

RS-232 serial interface

USB interface

Machine label

Intake slot for external media supply

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Media Compartment

The media compartment is covered by the side door which can be opened 180¡ downwards to provide full access for media and ribbon load. The door is held in closed position by a magnetic lock. It can be completely removed by pushing it rearwards.

The media can be supplied from a rotating hub or from an external supply of fan folds behind the printer. Also see Chapter 8, ÒOptions.Ó

Side door

Media supply Ribbon supply hub roll hub

Ribbon rewind hub

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Slack absorber

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Print Mechanism

The print mechanism features a high-performance thermal printhead with quick-mount Þttings to facilitate replacement.

Pressure arm locking knob

Printhead pressure adjustment knob

Edge guide

Pressure arm

Thermal printhead

Tear bar

Upper label stop sensor

guide (removable) Printhead lift lever

Lower label stop sensor guide (removable)

Label stop sensor position adjustment screw

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Connections

Power

1Place the printer on a level surface, near an AC outlet. You should be able to access the printer to load supplies and to remove the printout.

2Check that the printer is switched off.

3Connect the power cord from the socket on the rear plate to an electrical outlet (90 to 265 VAC).

Computer

The EasyCoder PX4i is Þtted with one 9-pin D-style subminiature (DB9) socket for the RS-232 serial interface port and one class B connector for the USB interface port (see Appendix C).

RS-232 Serial Interface

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, ÒSetting Up the Printer.Ó

USB Interface

The printer supports USB v1.1. There is no communication setup for USB. For more information, refer to Appendix C.

Optional Interface and Network Boards

Several types are available (see Chapter 8, ÒOptionsÓ). Refer to Chapter 6, Chapter 7, and Appendix C for connection and setup instructions.

The printer can be set to scan all communication ports. When it detects incoming data on a port, the printer automatically switches to use that port for both input and output. Press the <i> key to get information on the active communication channels.

Switch off both PC and printer before connecting them together.

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Controls and Indicators

The EasyCoder PX4i has several ways of communicating directly with its operator: three colored indicator lamps, a display window, a membraneswitch keyboard with 8 keys and buttons on the printerÕs front, and a beeper.

Indicator Lamps

The indicators are colored LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) and are used for the following purposes:

Power (solid green) indicates that the power is on.

Status (solid green) indicates that the printer is ready for use. Status (ßashing green) indicates that the printer is communicating. Status (solid red) indicates an error condition (see Chapter 9).

Intermec Readiness Indicator (blue; on, blink, or off). Represented by a blue light on Intermec handheld computers, access points, and printers, the Intermec Readiness Indicator is part of an exclusive monitoring system from Intermec. The Intermec Readiness Indicator helps users quickly determine the readiness of the Intermec device individually and as part of a solution. The Intermec Readiness Indicator has three different states: On, Blinking, and Off. When the Indicator is off, the device is not ready to operate individually or as part of a solution. When the Indicator is blinking, the device may be initializing, waiting for external resources, or in need of user attention. And when the Indicator is On, the device is ready for use as part of a solution. Also see Chapter 9.

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Display

The display window contains an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) with background illumination and two lines of text, each with 16 characters. It shows a message when certain errors occur and guides the operator through upgrading, startup, and setup. The following errors are reported:

Error

Displayed message

Empty/Paused

PAUSE

Out of media

PAPER OUT

Out of ribbon

RIBBON OUT

Printhead lifted

PRINT HEAD UP/PRESS FEED

Cutter error

OPEN&SHUT CUTTER

Ribbon Þtted

RIBBON FITTED

Paper fault

PAPER FAULT

Power supply error

PSU ERROR

Power supply too hot

PSU OVER TEMP

Printhead too hot

PRINTHEAD HOT

Keyboard

The keyboard is of the membrane-switch type and has 7 keys. The keyboard is supplemented by a large ÒFeed/PauseÓ button. Some keys have hard-coded functions in the startup and setup modes.

Feed/Pause button Feed/Pause a print job. Repeat last printed label.

Enter the Setup Mode (see Chapter 7).

Display error messages and communication channel information.

Scroll between various types of information after pressing the <i> key. Possible error messages and information on active communication channels are shown in a loop.

Keyboard Color Code

Yellow

Operation of the printer (operator level)

Green

Setup or service (site or service technician level)

White

Data input to printer (operator or technician level)

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Beeper

The beeper acknowledges that a key has been pressed. Optionally, an audible alarm can be enabled using an IPL command. It will start beeping at paper out and ribbon our and will continue beeping until the start of reload.

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3 Starting Up

This chapter explains how to start up the printer after installation or after having been switched off.

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Chapter 3 — Starting Up

Switching On the Printer

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 ÒPowerÓ 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:

Starting

After a short time, 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. The following message appears, indicating that the printer is ready for operation.

IPL 2.30

The message indicates the IPL version number.

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4 Media Load

This chapter explains how to load the printer with media, that is labels, tickets, tags, or strips, for the following modes of operation:

¥Tear-Off (straight-through)

¥Cut-Off (requires optional cutter)

¥Peel-Off (self-strip), requires optional integral selfstrip unit with liner takeup

¥Internal Batch Takeup, requires optional integral self-strip unit with liner takeup and rewind guide

¥External Supply (fan-folds), fan-fold guide available as option

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Tear-O (Straight-through)

The EasyCoder PX4i can print on labels, tickets, tags, and continuous stock in various forms. This section describes the case when the media is torn off manually against the printerÕs tear bar. This method is also known as Òstraight-through printing.Ó

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

An optional label taken sensor can hold the printing of the next copy in the batch until the present copy has been removed, see Chapter 8, ÒOptions.Ó

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

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Tear-O , cont.

1

2

 

Turn the printhead lift lever counter-

Open the front and side doors.

clockwise to raise the printhead.

 

 

3

4a

Remove any empty core from the media supply hub.

Fit a new roll of media on the media supply hub and push the roll inwards as far as it will go.

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Tear-O , cont.

4b

5

 

Route the media underneath the slack

 

 

absorber and forward towards the print

 

In case of a media roll with a 76 mm

mechanism. The slack absorber can be

 

(3-inch) core, first fit an adapter on the

rotated for better access and snap-

 

media supply hub.

locked in open positon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Route the media through the print unit

 

and push it inwards as far as it will go.

This diagram shows the media path.

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Tear-O , cont.

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9

 

Adjust the position of the green edge

Turn the printhead lift lever to ”Closed”

guides so the media is guided with a

position.

minimum of play.

 

 

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11

&EED 0AUSE

 

Press the Feed/Pause key to advance the

 

media and adjust the media feed. Tear

 

o the media by grabbing the outer

Close the front and side doors.

edge and pull downwards.

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Cut-O

The EasyCoder PX4i can print on labels, tickets, tags, and continuous stock in various forms. This section describes the case when the media is to be cut off by an automatic paper cutter (option).

Cut-off can be used for:

¥Non-adhesive continuous stock

¥Self-adhesive labels with liner (cut only liner between labels)

The cutter is designed to cut through paper-based media with a thickness between 60 and 175 µm, which roughly corresponds to a paper weight of 60 to 175 grams/m2 (basis weight 40 to 120 lb.). The cutter should not be used to cut through labels, because the adhesive will stick to the shears, which can damage the cutter.

The optional label taken sensor cannot be used with the cutter.

The rotating cutting blade can be accidently activated while the cutter is open. To avoid any risk of injury to fingers, always switch off the power before loading media and/or ribbon in a cutter-equipped printer.

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

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Cut-O , cont.

1

2

&BT Z$PE FS19 J

Switch o the power. Open the cutter

Turn the printhead lift lever counter-

and the side door.

clockwise to raise the printhead.

 

 

3

4a

Remove any empty core from the media supply hub.

Fit a new roll of media on the media supply hub and push the roll inwards as far as it will go.

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Cut-O , cont.

4b

5

 

Route the media underneath the slack

 

 

absorber and forward towards the print

 

In case of a media roll with a 76 mm

mechanism. The slack absorber can be

 

(3-inch) core, first fit an adapter on the

rotated for better access and snap-

 

media supply hub.

locked in open positon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route the media through the print unit

 

and push it inwards as far as it will go.

This diagram shows the media path.

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Cut-O , cont.

8

9

 

Adjust the position of the green edge

Turn the printhead lift lever to ”Closed”

guides so the media is guided with a

position.

minimum of play.

 

 

10

11

&BTZ$

&BTZ$

PEFS19J

PEFS19J

Route the media through the cutter between the two guide plates.

Close the cutter unit while pulling at the end of the media. Close the side door and switch on the power.

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Cut-O , cont.

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&EED 0AUSE

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

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Chapter 4 — Media Load

Peel-O (Self-strip)

The EasyCoder PX4i can print on labels, tickets, tags, and continuous stock in various forms.

This section describes the case when self-adhesive labels are separated from the liner immediately after printing, which requires an optional internal liner/batch takeup unit, see Chapter 8, ÒOptions.Ó This is also known as ÒSelf-stripÓ operation.

Peel-off can only be used for:

¥ Self-adhesive labels with liner

An optional label-taken sensor can hold the printing of the next label in a batch until the present label has been removed, see Chapter 9, ÒOptions.Ó

Note: Peel-off operation sets high demands on the media in regard of label stiffness, release characteristics of the adhesive and liner, resistance against electrostatic charging etc., so the labels will be dispensed properly. Consult your media supplier or test the media to ascertain that it is suitable for your application.

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

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Peel-O , cont.

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn the printhead lift lever counter-

Open the front and side doors.

clockwise to raise the printhead.

 

 

3

4

Pull out the green clip (1) on the liner

 

takeup hub and dispose of any wound-

Remove any empty core from the media

up liner (2).

supply hub.

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Peel-O , cont.

5a

5b

Fit a new roll of media on the media

In case of a media roll with a 76 mm

supply hub and push the roll inwards as

(3-inch) core, first fit an adapter on the

far as it will go.

media supply hub.

 

 

6

7

Route the media underneath the slack absorber and forward towards the print mechanism. The slack absorber can be rotated for better access and snaplocked in open positon.

Route the media through the print unit and push it inwards as far as it will go.

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Peel-O , cont.

8

9

 

 

&BTZ$

 

 

&BTZ$

 

 

PEFS

 

 

PEFS

 

 

19J

 

 

19J

CM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pull out approximately 40 cm (15 in) of

 

 

 

 

labels and remove the labels from the

Route the liner around the tear bar and

liner.

back under the print unit.

10

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secure the liner to the takeup hub with the clip (1) and rotate the hub (2) so the media becomes tight.

This diagram shows the media and liner paths.

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Peel-O , cont.

12

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjust the position of the green edge

Turn the printhead lift lever to ”Closed”

guides so the media is guided with a

position.

minimum of play.

 

 

14

15

&EED 0AUSE

Close the front and side doors.

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

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Internal Batch Takeup (Roll-to-roll)

The EasyCoder PX4i can print on labels, tickets, tags, and continuous stock in various forms. This chapter describes the case when printed labels Þtted on liner (backing paper) or pre-perforated tickets and tags are wound up inside the printer. The roll of printed labels, tickets, or tags can then be removed and be handled manually. This requires an optional internal liner/batch takeup unit.

The takeup hub can accommodate 30 to 40% of a full-size media roll.

Internal batch takeup can be used for:

¥Self-adhesive labels Þtted on liner

¥Pre-perforated tickets with gaps

¥Pre-perforated tickets with marks

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

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Internal Batch Takeup, cont.

1

2

 

Turn the printhead lift lever counter-

Open the front and side doors.

clockwise to raise the printhead.

 

 

3

4

Remove any empty core from the media supply hub.

Loosen the single screw that holds the guide plate at the rear of the media compartment.

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Internal Batch Takeup, cont.

5

6a

 

Fit a new roll of media on the media

Remove the tear bar from the print unit

supply hub and push the roll inwards as

and replace it with the guide plate.

far as it will go.

 

 

6b

7

In case of a media roll with a 76 mm (3-inch) core, first fit an adapter on the media supply hub.

Route the media underneath the slack absorber and forward towards the print mechanism. The slack absorber can be rotated for better access and snaplocked in open positon.

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Internal Batch Takeup, cont.

8

9

&BTZ$ PEFS19 J

Route the media through the print unit

Pull out approximately 40 cm (15 in) of

and push it inwards as far as it will go.

labels.

 

 

10

11

&BTZ$ PEFS1 9J

Route the labels around the guide plate and back under the print unit to the takeup hub.

Wind up some of the media on the takeup hub (1) and secure it with the clip (2).

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Internal Batch Takeup, cont.

12

 

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn the printhead lift lever to “Closed”

This diagram shows the media path.

position.

 

 

14

15

&BTZ$ PEFS1 9J

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

Close the side door but keep the front door open.

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16

&BTZ $PEFS1 9J

&EED 0AUSE

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

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External Supply (Fan-fold)

This chapter describes the case when an external media supply is used, for example a stack of fan-fold tickets or an external media roll.

It is possible to simply let the media enter the printer through either of the two slots in the rear plate. However, we recommend to Þt the optional Intermec Fan-Fold Kit, which provides better guidance of the media using adjustable guides. The kit can be Þtted to either the upper or the lower slot in the rear plate.

When using an external media supply, take care to protect the media from dust, dirt, and 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. Protect it accordingly.

External supply can be used for:

¥Tear-off operation

¥Cut-off operation

¥Peel-off operation (upper slot only)

¥Internal batch takeup operation

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

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External Supply (Fan-fold), cont.

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use the upper slot in the rear plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

when the supply is at the same level

Use the lower slot in the rear plate when

 

as the printer and when using peel-o

the supply is placed lower than the

 

operation.

printer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

As an option, the printer can be fitted with a set of fan-fold guides in either slot.

The outer guide is adjustable for various media widths ( min. 40 mm/1.58 in).

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External Supply (Fan-fold), cont.

5

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fit the fan-fold guide in the upper slot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

when the supply is at the same level

Fit the fan-fold guide in the lower slot

as the printer and when using peel-o

when the supply is placed lower than

operation.

the printer.

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5 Thermal Transfer

Printing

This chapter explains how to load the printer with ribbon for thermal transfer printing.

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Chapter 5 — Thermal Transfer Printing

Ribbon Load

The EasyCoder PX4i can print on labels, tickets, tags, and continuous stock using either direct thermal printing on special heat-sensitive media or thermal transfer printing using a special ink-coated ribbon.

Thermal transfer printing makes it possible to use a wide range of receiving face materials and gives a durable printout less vulnerable to fat, chemicals, heat, sunlight etc. than direct thermal printing. Make sure to select a type of ribbon that matches the type of receiving face material and to set up the printer accordingly.

The EasyCoder PX4i can use transfer ribbon rolls wound with the inkcoated side facing either outward or inward. Illustrations in this manual show the ink-coated side facing inward.

Even if ribbon usually is loaded in connection with media replenishment, no loaded media are shown in the illustrations in this chapter in order to give a clearer view of the ribbon path. Refer to Chapter 4 for media load instructions.

Most transfer ribbons do not smear at room temperature.

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

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1

2

&BTZ$PEFS1 9J

 

Turn the printhead lift lever clockwise to

Open the front and side doors.

raise the printhead.

3

4

&BTZ$PEFS1 9J

In case of ribbon reload, remove any used ribbon and empty ribbon core.

Unpack a roll of original Intermec thermal transfer ribbon.

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5a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In case of ribbon 55 to 60 mm (2.16 to

In case of 88 to 90 mm (3.5 inches)

2.3 inches) wide, compress the ribbon

ribbon width, compress the ribbon

supply bobbin and move it so it snaps

supply bobbin and move it so it snaps

into the first (innermost) groove.

into the second groove.

5c

6

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In case of 110 mm (4.3 inches) ribbon width, compress the ribbon supply bobbin and move it so it snaps into the third groove.

Press the ribbon roll onto the ribbon supply bobbin (1) and route the ribbon through the print unit. Pull out 20 cm (8 inches) of ribbon.

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7

8

 

Press the cardboard core at the front

Without releasing the ribbon, turn the

end of the ribbon onto the rewind hub.

printhead lift lever to “Closed” position

During printing, the rewind hub will

to lock the ribbon.

rotate counterclockwise.

 

 

9

10

Turn the printhead lift lever to ”Open” position.

Wind up the ribbon until all of the transparent leader has passed the printhead and the ribbon becomes tight.

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11

12

Turn the printhead lift lever to “Closed”

 

position.

Close the front and side door.

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6 Setting Up the Printer

This chapter describes the various parameters that are used in the Setup Mode (see Chapter 7) or in the various application programs to conÞgure the printer for the userÕs speciÞc requirements. It covers the following topics:

¥Description

¥Default setup

¥Setup Parameters in regard of communication, test/ service, media, and conÞguration.

When measures are speciÞed as ÒdotsÓ, the actual length in millimeters or inches depends on the printhead density. Convert as follows:

8 dots/mm (203.2 dots/inch) printhead:

1 dots = 0.125 mm = 0.0049 inches (4.9 mils)

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Description

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

Check the list below to see if the printerÕs 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 printerÕs built-in keyboard and follow the instructions in Chapter 7, ÒSetup Mode.Ó

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Default Setup

The printerÕs default setup is listed below (no options included):

Ser-Com

Baud rate

9600 bps

Data bits

8 bits

 

 

Parity

None

 

 

Stop bits

1 bit

 

 

Protocol

XON/XOFF

 

 

Test/Service

 

 

 

Testprint

not applicable

 

 

Data dump

No

 

 

Memory reset

not applicable

 

 

LSS Test

not applicable

 

 

Media

 

 

 

Media type

Gap

 

 

Paper type

DT

 

 

Label length dots

1200 dots

 

 

Sensitivity

420

 

 

Darkness

0%

 

 

Label rest point

0 dots

 

 

Form adj dots X

0 dots

 

 

Form adj dots Y

0 dots

 

 

Ribbon low

0 mm

 

 

Paper low

0 mm

 

 

Configuration

 

 

 

Power up emulation

None

 

 

Print speed

5 in/sec

 

 

Cutter

Not installed

 

 

Label taken sensor

Not installed

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Setup Parameters

Serial Communication

The serial communication parameters control the communication between the printer and the connected computer or other devices on the serial port.

Note: The serial communication parameters have no effect on parallel or EasyLAN communications.

Make sure the printerÕs communication parameters match the setup of the connected device or vice versa. If the setup of the printer and the setup of the host do not match, the response from the printer to 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

Data bits speciÞes the number of bits that will deÞne a character.

¥

7

Characters ASCII 000 to 127 decimal

¥

8

Characters ASCII 000 to 255 decimal (default)

Parity

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

¥ None

(default)

¥Even

¥Odd

¥Space

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Stop Bits

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

¥

1

(default)

¥

2

 

Protocol

XON/XOFF (default)

In the XON/XOFF protocol, data ßow 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.

Since DC1 and DC3 are used for data ßow control, the printer status characters are different than those of the Standard Protocol. If the host ignores the printerÕs 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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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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Test/Service

Testprint

This part of the Setup Mode allows you to print various types of test labels. Go to the desired option and press <Enter>. The printer will start printing the test label or labels. Press the <Feed/Pause> button to hold the printing temporarily. To resume printing, press the <Feed/Pause> button again. The following options are available:

Configuration

Select between software (SW), hardware (HW), and network.

The Software ConÞguration Label contains:

¥Current conÞguration parameters stored in the printerÕs memory

¥DeÞned pages

¥DeÞned formats

¥DeÞned graphics

¥DeÞned fonts

¥Any installed printer options

The Hardware ConÞguration Label contains:

¥Printer memory information

¥Printer mileage

¥Printhead settings

¥Firmware checksum, program, and version number

The Network ConÞguration Label contains:

¥WINS Name

¥MAC Address

¥IP Selection

¥IP Address

¥Netmask

¥Default Router

¥Name Server

¥Mail Server

¥Primary WINS Server

¥Secondary WINS Server

¥Network Statistics

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Test Labels

This option has two choices, Pitch and Print Quality.

¥The Pitch label contains an even pattern of small dots that reveals failing printhead dots and variations of printout darkness because of uneven printhead pressure or bad energy regulation to the printhead.

¥The Print Quality label contains number of bar codes with different characteristics and useful information on printer model, program version, print speed, and media sensitivity setup.

Format

The Format Label contains a single format that you can use to evaluate the print quality of a particular format. This option prints labels for all the formats stored in the printerÕs 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. This option prints labels for all the pages stored in the printerÕs memory.

UDC

The UDC Label tests the ability of the printer to receive and print single or multiple user-deÞned characters (bitmap graphics) that are sent from the host. This option prints labels for all the UDCs stored in the printerÕs memory.

Font

The Font Label contains all the characters in a single font. This option prints labels for all the user-deÞned fonts (UDF) stored in the printerÕs memory.

Data Dump

If data dump is enabled by selecting the ÒYesÓ 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 ÒAllÓ, which resets the entire memory and ÒConÞgurationÓ which just resets the conÞguration part of the memory.

LSS Test

Refer to Chapter 11 ÒLabel Stop Sensor" for description.

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Media

The media parameters tell the Þrmware 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 Dots

The Label Length setup speciÞes the length in dots of each copy along the media feed direction (X-coordinate). This is used for Òlabel-outÓ detection.

Sensitivity (Media Sensitivity Number)

This setup parameter speciÞes the characteristics of the direct thermal media or combination of receiving face material and thermal transfer ribbon, so the printerÕs Þrmware 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 D) 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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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 set within the range -10% to +10% where -10 is the lightest and 10 is the darkest. Default value is 0%.

Label Rest Point

SpeciÞes 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

SpeciÞes 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

SpeciÞes 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.

Ribbon Low

SpeciÞes the value in millimeters of the ribbon supply roll for the ribbon sensor. When the diameter of remaining ribbon supply roll reaches the set value, an SNMP trap is sent to the printerÕs home page, provided the printer has an optional EasyLAN connection. Range: 0-80 with preset values at an interval of 5. A value larger than 80 sets the ribbon sensor to 0. Default value: 0.

The ribbon low sensor can also be set using an IPL command:

<STX><SI>kn<ETX>

Paper Low

SpeciÞes the diameter in millimeters of the media supply roll for the paper sensor. When the diameter of remaining media supply reaches the set value, an SNMP trap is sent to the printerÕs home page, provided the printer has an optional EasyLAN connection. Range: 0-150 with preset values at an interval of 10. A value larger than 150 sets the paper sensor to 0. Default value: 0.

The ribbon low sensor can also be set using an IPL command:

<STX><SI>jn<ETX>

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Configuration

Power Up Emulation

The emulation mode lets you print bar code labels that were originally designed on an 86XX printer in multiples of 10 or 15 mil. When the printer is working in emulation mode, not all IPL commands are supported. For a complete list of commands available during emulation mode, see the latest version of the IPL Programming, Reference Manual

(P/N 066396-XXX).

To return from emulation mode, select emulation ÒnoneÓ (default).

Print Speed

You can select the print speed from 4 in./sec. (100 mm/sec.) to 12 in./sec. (300 mm/sec.) with an interval of 1 in./sec. The higher the print speed, the more wear on the printhead, so do not use a higher print speed than necessary. Some direct thermal media or ribbon/media

combinations may not allow the highest alternatives without the printout quality being adversely affected.

Cutter (option)

By default, ÒNot InstalledÓ is displayed. If a cutter is installed, you must manually indicate that condition to the Þrmware by selecting either ÒEnableÓ or ÒDisable.Ó Once you have done that, you can also use IPL commands to enable or disable the cutter:

<STX>R<ETX>

enter print/conÞguration mode

<STX>SIc0<ETX>

Disable cutter

<STX>SIc1<ETX>

Enable cutter

Label Taken Sensor (option)

To make the printer work in self-strip mode, that is, waiting for a label to be removed before the next label is printed, the self-strip mode must be enabled. This can also be done by executing the following commands:

<STX>R<ETX>

enter print/conÞguration mode

<STX><SI>t0<ETX>

Disable self-strip

<STX><SI>t1<ETX>

Enable self-strip

If the label taken sensor does not work properly, the sensitivity can be calibrated in the Setup Mode. Select ÒLTS CalibrationÓ and follow the instructions in the display. Make sure that no direct sunlight or interior lighting interferes with the label taken sensor.

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Returning to Factory Default Setup

There are three ways to return to the factory default setup of the printer:

AInsert a special CompactFlash memory card and restart the printer.

BUse the Memory Reset option in the Test/Service part of the Setup Mode.

CUse the printerÕs built-in keyboard as described below:

1Lift the printhead.

2Switch on the power to the printer and press the <i> key and wait until the printer beeps.

3Swiftly press the following keys:

<d> t <c/Esc> t <c/Esc> t <e>

4The following message will be displayed:

Factory Default?

Enter=Yes ESC=No

5Within 10 seconds, press <Enter> to reset the printer to factory default. The parameters will be reset and the printer will continue the normal startup.

If you press <c/Esc> or wait until the 10 seconds time-out has passed, the normal startup will continue without any reset being performed.

Note: The factory default will remove all Þles used to store settings. It will not reset settings that already has been read when the Þles are removed. This means that EasyLAN Wireless settings (SSID, keys, etc.) will retain their values from the previous start. However, the next reboot will reset them to factory default.

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This chapter describes how to navigate in the setup mode, and provides overviews of the Setup Mode.

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Navigating in Setup Mode

Enter the Setup Mode by pressing the <Setup> key on the printerÕs front panel. While going through the setup procedure, you are guided by texts in the printerÕs display. You can navigate between setup menus, acknowledge displayed values, select or enter new values, etc. by using the keys on the printerÕs keyboard.

Move one step back on the same level.

Move up one level and escape without changing the setting.

Move forward on the same level.

Move down one level.

Acknowledge and move to next menu.

Exit the Setup Mode. Can be used anywhere in Setup Mode.

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The Setup Mode is organized as an endless loop, from which you can select a number of sub-categories. At startup, the Þrmware determines if an EasyLAN interface board is installed in the printer. If so, the Network setup menus are shown in the Setup Mode.

The diagram below shows the options in the main loop. Detailed overviews are shown on the pages that follow.

Starting point

SETUP:

SETUP:

SER-COM

NETWORK

Option

SETUP:

CONFIGURATION

 

SETUP:

SETUP:

TEST/SERVICE

MEDIA

 

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Setup Mode; Serial Communication

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SETUP:

SER-COM

SER-COM:

 

SER-COM:

 

 

SER-COM:

 

SER-COM:

 

 

SER-COM:

 

BAUDRATE

 

DATA BITS

 

 

PARITY

 

STOP BITS

 

 

PROTOCOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BAUDRATE:

 

DATA BITS:

 

 

PARITY:

 

 

STOP BITS:

 

 

PROTOCOL:

 

 

 

9600BAUDRATE;

 

8 CHAR LENGTH

 

 

 

NONEPARITY:

 

 

1 STOP BITS:

 

 

XON/XOFFE Q/ACK:

 

 

 

 

19200BAUDRATE;

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVENPARITY:

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

STANDARD

 

 

 

 

 

38400BAUDRATE;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ODDPARITY:

 

 

 

Scroll forward

 

 

Scroll forward

 

 

 

 

 

57500BAUDRATE;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPACE

 

 

Scroll back

 

 

Scroll back

 

 

 

 

 

 

115200BAUDRATE;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll forward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1200BAUDRATE;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2400BAUDRATE;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll forward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legend:

Dotted boxes and lines indicate options.

Thick boxes indicate default options.

Values inside brackets indicate default settings.

Continued on the next page

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SETUP:

 

These menus will only be displayed when an optional EasyLAN interface board is installed.

 

 

NETWORK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NETWORK:

 

 

NETWORK:

 

NETWORK:

 

NETWORK:

 

NETWORK:

 

NETWORK:

IP SELECTION

 

 

IP ADDRESS

 

NETMASK

 

DEFAULT ROUTER

 

NAMESERVER

 

MAC ADDRESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IP SELECTION:

 

 

IP ADDRESS:

 

NETMASK:

 

DEFAULT ROUTER:

 

NAMESERVER:

 

MAC ADDRESS:

 

DHCP+BOOTPPARITY:

 

 

0.0.0.0

 

0.0.0.0

 

0.0.0.0

 

0.0.0.0

 

nnnnnnnnnnnn

 

 

MANUALPARITY:

 

 

 

Read-only

 

Read-only

 

Read-only

 

Read-only

 

Read-only

 

 

DHCPPARITY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOTP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Setup Mode; Test/Service

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Continued from

SETUP:

 

 

Continued on

the previous page

 

 

TEST/SERVICE

 

 

the next page

TEST/SERVICE:

 

 

 

TESTPRINT

 

 

 

TESTPRINT:

TESTPRINT:

TESTPRINT:

TESTPRINT:

CONFIG

TEST LABELS

FORMAT

PAGE

CONFIG:

TEST LABELS:

FORMAT:

PAGE:

SWCONFIG:

PITCHTEST LABELS:

ALL

ALL

HWCONFIG:

PRINT QUALITY

 

 

NETWORK

 

ALL:

ALL:

 

 

Scroll forward

Scroll forward

PRINT FORMATS

PRINT PAGES

Scroll back

Scroll back

 

 

TESTPRINT:

TESTPRINT:

 

 

UDC

FONT

 

 

UDC:

 

 

 

ALL

 

 

 

ALL:

 

 

 

PRINT UDC

 

 

 

TEST/SERVICE:

TEST/SERVICE:

TEST/SERVICE:

 

DATA DUMP

MEMORY RESET

LSS TEST

 

DATA DUMP:

 

 

MEMORY RESET:

 

 

LSS TEST:

NOCONFIG:

 

 

ALLCONFIG:

 

 

LSS AUTO

 

YES

 

 

 

CONFIGURATION

 

 

 

 

Scroll forward

 

 

Scroll forward

 

 

 

 

 

 

LSS AUTO:

 

Scroll back

 

 

Scroll back

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Continued from the previous page

SETUP:

 

 

 

Continued on

MEDIA

 

 

 

the next page

MEDIA :

MEDIA :

MEDIA :

MEDIA :

MEDIA :

MEDIA TYPE

PAPER TYPE

LBL LENGTH DOTS

SENSITIVITY

DARKNESS

MEDIA TYPE:

PAPER TYPE:

LBL LENGTH DOTS:

SENSITIVITY:

DARKNESS:

GAPCONFIG:

DTCONFIG:

1200

420

0

MARKCONFIG:

TTR

100/200/400/800/

120/130/140/160/170/

0/1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/

CONTINUOUS

Scroll forward

1200/1600/2000/

180/222/226/236/238/ 9/10/-10/-9/-8/-7/

Scroll forward

Scroll back

2500/3000/3600/

366/369/420/440/450/ -6/-5/-4/-3/-2/-1

Scroll back

 

4200/4800

460/470/480/513/527/

 

 

 

Scroll forward

533/563/565/567/623/

Scroll forward

 

 

627/633/647/673/677/

 

 

Scroll back

Scroll back

 

 

687/720/854/864

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll forward

 

 

 

 

Scroll back

 

MEDIA :

 

MEDIA :

 

MEDIA :

 

MEDIA :

 

MEDIA :

 

LBL REST POINT

 

FORM ADJ DOTS X

 

FORM ADJ DOTS Y

 

RIBBON LOW

 

PAPER LOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LBL REST POINT:

 

FORM ADJ DOTS X:

 

FORM ADJ DOTS Y:

 

RIBBON LOW:

 

PAPER LOW:

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0/2/4/6/8/10/15/20/25/

0/2/4/6/8/10/15/20/25/

0/2/4/6/8/10/15/20/25/

0/5/10/15/20/25/30/35/

0/10/20/30/40/50/60/70/

30/-30/-25/-20/-15/-10/

30/-30/-25/-20/-15/-10/

30/-30/-25/-20/-15/-10/

40/45/50/55/60/65/70/

80/90/100/110/120/130/

-8/-6/-4/-2

 

-8/-6/-4/-2

 

-8/-6/-4/-2

 

75/80

 

140/150

 

Scroll forward

Scroll forward

Scroll forward

Scroll forward

Scroll forward

Scroll back

Scroll back

Scroll back

Scroll back

Scroll back

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Setup Mode; Configuration

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Continued from

SETUP:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return to

the previous page

 

 

CONFIGURATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the start of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the loop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIGURATION:

 

 

CONFIGURATION:

 

CONFIGURATION:

 

 

CONFIGURATION:

 

 

 

 

 

PWRUP EMULATION

 

 

PRINT SPEED

 

CUTTER

 

 

LTS CALIBRATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PWRUP EMULATION:

 

PRINT SPEED:

 

CUTTER:

 

 

LTS CALIBRATION:

 

 

 

 

 

 

NONECONFIG:

 

 

4PRINTIN/SECSPPED:

 

 

NOTCONFIG:INSTALLED

 

 

PRESS <ENTER>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

86XXCONFIG:-10MIL

 

 

 

5PRINTIN/SECSPPED:

 

 

 

 

ENABLECONFIG:

 

 

Labels are fed out

 

 

 

 

 

86XX-15MIL

 

 

6PRINTIN/SECSPPED:

 

 

 

DISABLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll forward

 

 

7PRINTIN/SECSPPED:

 

 

 

 

Scroll forward

REMOVE LABEL AND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll back

 

 

8PRINTIN/SECSPPED:

 

 

Scroll back

PRESS ENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9PRINTIN/SECSPPED:

 

 

 

 

 

 

<Enter>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10PRIN/SECT SPPED:

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENSITIVITY 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11PRIN/SECT SPPED:

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT OF 8-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 IN/SEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read only,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll forward

 

 

 

 

 

 

press<Enter>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This chapter describes the options available for the EasyCoder PX4i printer. The options can be factory installed, Þeld-installed by an authorized service technician, or in some cases installed by the operator.

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Introduction

The EasyCoder PX4i provides a high degree of ßexibility because it has a modular design. By adding options to the basic printer, the EasyCoder PX4i can be adapted for a variety of applications. Some options should be installed by an authorized service technician or are only available as factory-installed options.

 

EasyLAN Wireless

Fan-fold

3-inch

antenna

guides

adapter

 

 

(included)

 

 

 

 

Media roll

 

 

retainer

Label taken sensor

&BTZ$ P EFS1 9J

Paper cutter

Liner/batch takeup

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Liner/Batch Takeup Kit

This is a factory-installed option only and is used to separate labels from the liner and wind up the spent liner inside the printerÕs media compartment. Labels, tickets, tags, etc. can be wound up inside the media compartment after printing by Þtting a special guide to the front of the print unit.

The kit consists of a stepper motor that drives the liner drive roller in the print unit (Þtted as standard) and a takeup hub in the media compartment. A guide shaft is Þtted to the center section immediately behind the slack absorber. A guide plate is Þtted at the rear of the media compartment and can be used to replace the standard tear bar on the print unit for batch takeup operation.

Operation and media load are described in the sections ÒPeel-OffÓ and ÒInternal Batch TakeupÓ of Chapter 4, ÒMedia Load.Ó

Paper Cutter

The EasyCoder PX4i can easily be Þtted with an optional paper cutter, provided the printer is not also equipped with a label taken sensor (LTS.) The cutter unit replaces the front door using the same hinges. It is connected by a single cable to the DIN-connector on the printerÕs front. The paper cutter is available both as a factory-installed option and as a opera- tor-installable kit.

The paper cutter is intended to cut through continuous non-adhesive paper-based media or through the liner between labels. It must not cut through any adhesive, which would stick to the cutting parts and rapidly render the cutter inoperableÐpossibly also causing damage to the electric motor. Maximum thickness for normal paper-based materials is 175 µm (175 grams/m2).

The paper cutter increases the printerÕs total weight by approx. 1.0 kg (2.2 pounds) and its length by 28 mm (1.1 inches).

The paper cutter can be tilted forward in order to facilitate cleaning and media load. For media load instructions, see section ÒCut-OffÓ in Chapter 4, ÒMedia Load.Ó

Should you inadvertently have cut through self-adhesive labels, you will have to clean the cutting parts. Tilt down the cutter and clean using a piece of tissue moistened with isopropyl alcohol.

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The cutting edge will rotate when the power is switched on and when the printer is re-booted. Always keep the cutter in closed position during operation. Switch off the power or disconnect the cutter before cleaning. Keep your fingers away from cutting parts!

Note: The cutter must be enabled in the ConÞguration part of the Setup Mode, see Chapters 6 and 7.

Fan-Fold Guides

The fan fold guides provide a more exact guiding of the media, when the supply is placed outside the media compartment, for example a stack of fan-folded tickets. The guides come as an operator-installable kit with installation instructions. The guides can be Þtted in the upper or lower slot in the rear plate.

Instructions for loading the media is included in the section ÒExternal SupplyÓ in Chapter 4, ÒMedia Load.Ó

Media Roll Retainer

The media roll retainer is intended for applications where the media may become misaligned on the media supply hub. The plastic wing-shaped retainer is simply pressed onto the media supply hub outside the media roll. Operator-installed, no tools are required.

3-inch Adapter

The 3-inch/76 mm adapter is included in the package and makes it possible to use media rolls with 3 inch/76 mm inner diameter cardboard cores.

The adapter is pressed onto the media supply hub and is held in place by a screw. When Þtting the adapters, make sure that the screw hits a rounded plastic surface, not a metal leaf spring. Illustrations of how to load the media using the adapter can be found in Chapter 4.

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Label Taken Sensor

The Label Taken Sensor (LTS) is a photoelectric sensor Þtted to the center section inside the front door. It allows the printerÕs Þrmware to detect if the latest printed label, ticket, tag etc. has been removed before printing another copy.

The label taken sensor is usually factory-Þtted, but is also available as a kit for installation by an authorized service technician. It cannot be Þtted in combination with a paper cutter.

Interface Boards

A number of interface boards are available for use with the EasyCoder PX4i printer. The interface boards are either factory-Þtted or can easily be Þtted by an authorized service technician.

The EasyCoder PX4i can accommodate one EasyLAN interface board plus one other interface board.

EasyLAN boards:

¥EasyLAN Ethernet interface

¥EasyLAN Wireless interface Other communication boards:

¥Parallel Interface Board (IEEE 1284)

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9 Troubleshooting

This chapter describes how the Intermec Readiness Indicators work. It also lists various possible cases of inferior printout quality, describes possible causes, and suggests remedies.

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Intermec Readiness Indicator

The readiness of the printer, individually or as a part of a solution, is indicated by the blue Intermec Readiness Indicator (IRI).

If the IRI blinks or is switched off, the printer is not ready. Further information can be obtained in the display window by pressing the <i> key. In case of several errors or similar conditions occurring simultaneously, only the most signiÞcant error is displayed. Once this error has been cleared, next remaining error is displayed.

Provided the printer is connected to a network, all conditions that prevents printing are reported to the Easy ADC Console. The Easy ADC Console is a PC-based software which allows a supervisor to monitor all connected devices that have an Intermec Readiness Indicator, including handheld computers, access points, and printers.

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Display Messages and LED Indications

Error/Event

IRI

Error Message

Comment

Operational

On

 

No error

Out of paper

Blink

PAPER OUT

 

Out of transfer ribbon

Blink

RIBBON OUT

 

Transfer ribbon is installed

Blink

RIBBON FITTED

 

Head lifted

Blink

PRINTHEAD UP

 

Cutter error1

Blink

OPEN&SHUT

 

 

 

CUTTER

 

Cutter error2

Blink

OPEN&SHUT

 

 

 

CUTTER

 

Cutter error3

Blink

OPEN&SHUT

 

 

 

CUTTER

 

Lss too high

Blink

PAPER FAULT

 

Lss too low

Blink

PAPER FAULT

 

Testfeed not done

Blink

PAPER FAULT

 

Press feed not done

Blink

PRESS FEED

 

Pause mode entered

Blink

PAUSED

 

Setup mode entered

Blink

 

Incl. interactive setup

IP link error

Blink

 

See note 1, 2, and 3

IP conÞguration error

Blink

 

See note 1, 3, and 4

Printhead not found

Off

NO PRINTHEAD

 

Rebooted

Off

 

 

Initializing

Off

 

Set at startup until

 

 

 

operational

Printer crash

Off

 

See note 3 and 5

Printer turned off

Off

 

 

Maintenance

Off

 

Set when upgrading

Power supply Over tem-

Off

PSU OVER TEMP

 

perature

 

 

 

Printhead hot

Off

PRINTHEAD

See note 6

 

 

HOT

 

 

 

 

 

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Note 1: This is only applicable for printers equipped with an EasyLAN interface.

Note 2: A printer that is equipped with an EasyLAN interface, but is not connected to a network, will have a blinking IRI. To avoid this, the user can set ÒIP SELECTIONÓ to ÒMANUALÓ and ÒIP ADDRESSÓ to Ò0.0.0.0Ó. This will indicate that the user does not regard the lack of network connection as an error.

Note 3: No trap can be sent when this error/event occurs.

Note 4: This error indicates that the printer has not received an IP address. It is only applicable for printers with IP SELECTION set to DHCP and/or BOOTP.

Note 5: At most, but not all, printer crashes, the console is reset. This will make the IRI go off.

Note 6: If the printhead temperature raises above 100¡C (212¡F), an error occurs and the printing will be paused until the printhead has cooled off. Meanwhile, the printer is able to receive commands and data until the buffer is Þlled. The printing is automatically resumed when the printhead temperature has reached 85¡C (185¡F).

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Symptom

Possible Cause

Remedy

Refer to

Overall weak print-

Wrong media grade

Change parameter

Chapter 6,

out

 

 

Appendix D

 

Contrast value too

Change parameter

Chapter 6

 

low

 

 

 

Printhead pressure

Adjust

Chapter 11

 

too low

 

 

 

Worn printhead

Replace printhead

Chapter 10

 

Wrong printhead

Replace CPU board

Call Service

 

voltage

 

 

Printout weaker on

Uneven printhead

Adjust arm align-

Chapter 11

one side

pressure

ment

 

Weak spots

Foreign particles on

Clean or replace

Chapters 4 & 5

 

media

 

 

 

Media/ribbon donÕt

Change to matching

Chapter 6

 

match

media

 

 

Poor media or

Select a better brand

Appendix D

 

ribbon quality

of media/ribbon

 

 

Worn printhead

Replace printhead

Chapter 10

 

Worn platen roller

Check/replace

Call Service

Overall dark print-

Wrong media grade

Change parameter

Chapter 6,

out

 

 

Appendix D

 

Contrast value too

Change parameter

Chapter 6

 

high

 

 

 

Printhead pressure

Adjust

Chapter 11

 

too high

 

 

 

Wrong printhead

Replace CPU board

Call Service

 

voltage

 

 

Excessive bleeding

Wrong media grade

Change parameter

Chapter 6,

 

 

 

Appendix D

 

Contrast value too

Change parameter

Chapter 6

 

high

 

 

 

Printhead pressure

Adjust

Chapter 11

 

too high

 

 

 

Faulty energy

Replace CPU board

Call Service

 

control

 

 

Dark lines along

Foreign objects on

Clean printhead

Chapter 10

media path

printhead

 

 

 

 

 

 

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White vertical lines

Printhead dirty

Clean printhead

Chapter 10

 

Missing printhead

Replace printhead

Chapter 10

 

dots

 

 

Large part of dot line

Failing printhead

Replace printhead

Chapter 11

missing

 

 

 

 

Failing strobe signal

Check CPU-board

Call Service

Printout missing

Bad media align-

Adjust

Chapter 4

along inner edge

ment

 

 

 

Small core & supply

Move post to lower

Chapter 2

 

post in upper pos.

pos.

 

 

X-start parameter

Increase

Chapter 6

 

value too low

 

 

Transfer ribbon

Ribbon not Þtted

Reload ribbon

Chapter 5

breaks

correctly

 

 

 

Wrong media grade

Change parameter,

Chapter 6,

 

 

then clean printhead

Chapter 10

 

Bad energy control

Adjust

Call Service

Transfer ribbon

Faulty ribbon break

Adjust

Chapter 11

wrinkles

shaft adjustment

 

 

 

Incorrect edge guide

Adjust

Chapter 4

 

adjustment

 

 

 

Too strong

Adjust

Chapter 11

 

printhead pressure

 

 

No thermal transfer

Ink-coated side does

Reload ribbon

Chapter 5

printout

not face media

 

 

Media feed not

Changed media

Press the Print

Chapter 4

working properly

characteristics

button

 

 

Wrong label rest

Check/change

Chapter 6

 

dots parameter

 

 

 

Wrong Media Type

Check/change

Chapter 6

 

parameter

 

 

 

Wrong LSS position

Check/change

Chapter 11

 

Dirty sensors

Clean

Chapter 10

 

Faulty sensors

Replace

Call Service

Compressed text or

Too high print

Lower print speed

Chapter 6

bar code

speed for large

 

 

 

media roll

 

 

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10 Maintenance

This chapter describes how the operator can maintain the printer. Regular maintenance is important for the printout quality and for the life of the printhead. The chapter covers the following topics:

¥Printhead cleaning

¥External cleaning

¥Cleaning the label stop sensor

¥Printhead replacement

¥Media jams

When cleaning or replacing the printhead, take ample precautions to avoid electrostatic discharges.

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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 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.

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

1

2

 

Turn the printhead lift lever counter-

Open the front and side doors.

clockwise to raise the printhead.

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3

4

&BTZ$PEFS1 9J

 

Open the cleaning card envelope and

 

pull out the cleaning card. Read the

Remove any media and transfer ribbon.

warning text.

5

6

&BTZ$

&BTZ$PEFS

9J

PEFS

1

1

 

9J

 

DN JO

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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7

8

&BTZ$PEFS 1 9J

DN JO

 

Insert most of the cleaning card under

Wait for approx. 30 seconds to allow the

the printhead again (1). Engage the

cleaning fluid to dissolve the residue.

printhead (2).

9

10

&BTZ$PEFS 1 9J

$P EFS 1 9J

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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External Cleaning

1

2

 

Wipe external surfaces with a soft cloth

Always remove the power cord before

slightly moistened with water or a mild

cleaning!

detergent.

3

4

&BTZ$PEFS 1 9J

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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Cleaning the Label Stop Sensor

The label stop sensor, which controls the media feed, is partially enclosed by two plastic guides. The guides have slots where the light between the upper and lower part of the label stop sensor can pass. The guides must be kept free from stuck labels and other objects that can block the light.

If the printer starts to feed out labels in an unexpected way, remove the two guides as described below and check for dust on the sensors or

anything that may block the beam of light. If necessary, clean the guides using a cleaning card or a soft cloth soaked with isopropyl alcohol. Do not use any other type of chemicals.

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

1

2

Pull the upper guide straight out. (Upper part of print unit omitted for better view.)

Snap-lock

Press the snap-lock, lift the outer end of the lower guide and pull it out. After cleaning, reassemble in reverse order.

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Printhead Replacement

The printhead is subject to wear both from the direct thermal media or transfer ribbon 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 ribbon in use, the amount of energy to the printhead, the print speed, the ambient temperature, and several other factors.

While replacing the printhead, the power must be off. The firmware will not detect the new printhead resistance and density until the printer has been restarted.

Note: Check that the density of the new printhead matches the printhead you are replacing. However, you can switch between densities at will, but be advised that the printout will be affected accordingly.

1

2

 

Turn the printhead lift lever counter-

Open the front and side doors.

clockwise to raise the printhead.

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3

4

&BTZ$P EFS19J

 

Pull the printhead bracket away from

Remove any media and transfer ribbon.

the magnet in the pressure arm.

5

6

Disconnect the hooked printhead bracket fingers from the shaft and pull out the printhead as far as the cables allow.

Disconnect the cables from the printhead. Note the snap-lock on the inner connector. Pull at the connectors—not at the cables!

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