To ensure consistent print quality over a wide range of media types and dimensions, the printer is equipped with a Leveling Cam adjustment and a Burn Line adjustment. Leveling Cam Adjustment. When printing on less than full width media, use the Leveling Cam to adjust the right side of the Printhead Assembly for even pressure distribution. To adjust the Leveling Cam: n With media loaded in the printer,. While observing the printed labels, rotate the Leveling Cam counter-.

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NetWare and Novell are registered trademarks of Novell, Inc. Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox Corporation. Important Safety Instructions: The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance instructions in the literature accompanying this unit.

This unit has been carefully designed to provide years of safe, reliable performance. Contents Printer Overview 1. Using the Front Panel 4. Printer Overview 1. This manual provides all the information necessary for everyday printer operation. Peel and Present Mechanism requires the Internal Rewind option An output control device that automatically separates printed labels from the backing material and allows subsequent printing to occur only after the removal of a previously printed label.

Minimum label length is 1. For detailed information concerning a specific option, contact your dealer or Datamax Technical Support. Getting Started 2. The printer has been carefully packaged to avoid damage during transit. In order to operate the printer, you will need to remove the tape and foam placed there for shipment.

Complete the following steps prior to connecting power or attempting to load media. Contact your dealer or a customer support representative for advice on which media and software may best suit your needs. For complete information and advice regarding your specific application needs, always consult a qualified media specialist or a Datamax Media Representative. Media Selection — Direct Thermal Consider three important factors when selecting direct thermal stock: The abrasive qualities of the material that covers the thermal reactive layer of the paper.

Conversely, if the image is too dark, reduce this value. Changing the print speed changes the amount of time the media is under the printhead. Slower speeds allow more time and control for energy transfer, while faster speeds will increase throughput, but may require higher heat settings. Setting Up the Printer 3. At power-up, the printer begins monitoring the interface ports for activity.

Once the incoming received data flow stops and the Host Timeout Value see Section 4. When finished with the self-tests, the LED blinks, and may blink again after printer initialization is completed. Amber LED — generally indicates job activity. Error Conditions: Combinations of blinking LEDs — 1 to 7 amber blinks followed by 1 to 12 green blinks — indicate various hardware failures. To use 1. If using reflective stock, ensure that the mark is facedown. To adjust: n With media loaded, as described in Section 3.

To load: ; Note: Using a ribbon that is slightly wider than your media and liner, if any will help protect against printhead wear. These types are NOT interchangeable for use with the printer.

At the factory, the printer is calibrated to sense a wide range of media types. Quick Media Calibration fine-tunes the media sensor for your gap, notch or reflective media application. Note that this is not required if you are using continuous media.

Perform this calibration during initial set-up or after changing your media type. To rewind labels: ; Note: When winding labels, do not allow the outer diameter of the roll to exceed 6 inches mm on the Media Rewind Hub. Tighten the Thumbscrew to secure the retainer in place. Close the Access Cover.

Remove all of the labels from the backing material. To load media on a cutter equipped printer n Ensure the leading edge of media is clean, straight and firmly attached to the liner.

The selectable modes Ready, Menu and Quick Test and the related functions of the printer keys are detailed below. Pressing it again will return the printer to normal operation. It also decrements numerical values in most menu selections.

It also increments numerical values in most menu selections. It also moves between selections within multiple parameter fields. Holding down the key scrolls quantities.

See Section 6. You are attempting to enter Menu Mode. The printer recognizes the TOF by sensing gaps in the media. No TOF sensing. This is the equivalent of Heat Setting on most label software programs. In addition, each of the following adjustments has no factory default setting and restoring factory defaults will not affect these settings. The physical presence of the respective memory module must be detected to show the function selections in the menu system.

See Appendix C for a listing of all possible modules. Enables cutting. The physical presence of a device must be detected to show the menu selections. No Scanner is detected. AUTO Mode should not be used with imaged bitmapped barcodes or with certain bar code addendums as shown in Appendix B. Used to ensure the data integrity of the bar code. Input control signal is required to print a label. Disables the GPIO. Signal must go high at SOP. See Appendix F for details.

Provides a list of available configuration files. Selecting a file from the list causes a printer reset; afterward, the printer is configured according to the activated file. Saves the entire effective configuration of the printer to a file. Unique names with up to nineteen characters are possible. This information is displayed here; it is also printed on a configuration label. Overwrite the current settings with the factory default settings or, if selected, will restore the Factory Setting File.

The printer completes label batch without pausing between labels. Specifies that a Feed operation be prevented when the label is presented and not removed, or if the printer is to wait for the GPIO start of print signal. Feed is inhibited according to the above criteria. System Settings continued ; Note: As indicated, the following menu selections will only appear according to the model of your printer. System Settings continued ; Note: As indicted, the following menu selections will only appear according to the model of your printer.

Label formats interpreted as intended for DPI. When changing these values, the printer will automatically feed two labels to setup the new print position. Only languages that are resident will be available. Establishes the number of retries the printer will attempt to reprint a defective label after it has been voided. If the last label printed has been voided, it will be reprinted after correcting the problem. After the last retry, the printer will stop and display a fault message. Determines the serial communication rate.

Uses both handshaking methods. Determines if messages are sent from the printer to the host via the parallel port. One-way printer communication. Enables IEEE operation. If zeroed, no traps are sent. Select this option if Netware is not needed. Normal printer operating mode.

The heat value is controlled via the menu setting; see Print Control, Section 4. Prints data and instructions received from the host rather than interpreting them as label formats; see Section 6. Executes and prints label formats normal operating mode. Tests currently installed options Performs a functional test of the Present Sensor circuitry. Live sensor values are displayed. Normal operating mode. The printer is ready to receive and process label formats.

A label is awaiting removal. The Present Sensor option is enabled and a label blocks the sensor. Remove the label to continue printing.


Datamax I-4208 Printer User Manual

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