In a perfect world, every printer would always work without issue. Unfortunately, the world we live in is far from perfect. Luckily, Timmy Thermal is here to help you! I have come up with a few ways that you can protect yourself from what I have dubbed “printergraine.” Get it? It’s a migraine caused by printer problems. My mother always said I should be a writer. Heh heh. Anywho…
Let’s start at the beginning: knowing you have a problem with your printer. Well, that’s an easy one, isn’t it? It all boils down to “my printer doesn’t work,” but there can be all kinds of problems and different solutions to fixing your printer. For sake of time, today we are only going to be looking at thermal printers, specifically the Zebra brand (I am the expert on all things thermal, after all). These are the type you might use to print a bar code label for inventory control in a warehouse, a receipt at a store or restaurant or a drivers license at the department of motor vehicles. When will you need Zebra printer service and how to possibly prevent a costly onsite call.
Just a heads up, at any point during your troubleshooting, you can run what’s called a Pause Test. A Pause Test prints out a test label for you to examine the quality of the printout as you are making changes. To perform a Pause Test, simply hold down the pause key on your Zebra thermal printer while powering it on. Release the pause key after the front panel LED turns off. The following labels will print out during a Pause Test:
9999 labels at two inches per second pausing every 15 labels
9999 labels at six inches per second pausing every 15 labels
9999 labels at two inches per second pausing every 50 labels
9999 labels at six inches per second pausing every 50 labels
9999 labels at ten inches per second pausing every 50 labels (200 dpi printers only)
During a Pause Test on your Zebra printer, the Zebra printer will pause and at this time you can press the pause key to restart printing at the same speed that it was printing at, or you can press the cancel key to switch to the next set of labels in the above list.
To get started, I have composed a list of “Signs That Your Zebra Thermal Printer is Functioning Incorrectly.”
the print is lighter than normal
image on printout is faded
some of the print is missing on the printout
there are lines or streaks going through bars or barcodes
First up, your printouts on your Zebra printer aren’t as light or as dark as you would like them to be. This is a fairly easy fix thanks to the Zebra Setup Utility software. On the second screen of the Setup Utility you can adjust the darkness of the printout through a dropdown menu. It’s as simple as that.
Next, the image on your printout is faded. You’re going to laugh, but all this really comes down to sometimes is that you haven’t cleaned your Zebra printers printhead recently. Bet you didn’t know your printhead was something that needed to be cleaned. To clean your Zebra printers printhead, follow these steps:
Open the printhead by moving the printhead lever to the open position.
Remove the media and ribbon (if present).
Use a cleaning swab and wipe the print elements from end to end. (The print elements are the grayish/black strip just behind the chrome strip on the underside of the printhead.) Allow a few seconds for the solvent to evaporate.
Rotate the platen roller and clean thoroughly with a cleaning swab.
Brush or vacuum any accumulated paper lint and dust away from the rollers
and the media and ribbon sensors.
Reload ribbon and/or media, close and latch the printhead.
The last two can be tackled together and I should point out that some of these fixes can be used interchangeably, meaning, cleaning your Zebra printers printhead isn’t just for when your printout is faded. Cleaning your printout is just good general maintenance and might solve other problems you are having with your Zebra thermal printer.
Did you know that your Zebra thermal printer has two pressure toggles? If some of your print is missing or there are lines going through the bars or barcodes of your printout, you might want to adjust the pressure of your Zebra printer’s printhead by adjusting these toggles. Depending on which side of your printout is too dark or too light determines which toggle needs to be adjusted upwards or downwards. Adjusting a toggle downwards increases pressure on that side and vice versa. So, if your printout is faded on the left side, your left toggle might be adjusted too far upwards. Just loosen the upper knurled nut on the left toggle and adjust the toggle downwards. Run a Pause Test to see how your new printout looks and adjust the toggles accordingly.
I hope you appreciated this quick and dirty dive into making sure your Zebra thermal printer is up to snuff. Remember that some of these troubleshooting methods can be used interchangeably and, as always, if you need Zebra printer service, be sure to contact us at MIDCOM Service Group with all of your Zebra printer problems as well as many other types and brands of printers. As always, you can call MIDCOM at (800) 643-2664 or chat us up on Facebook , Twitter , Google+ and LinkedIn !
Initially used for the core purpose of labeling train cars as well as in grocery checkouts, barcode technology has made tremendous progress in the last few years.
Today, the ubiquitous barcode has been integrated into our collective and mainstream lives. As a matter of fact, almost every product that we purchase in a ‘mom and pop’ store, department or even a mass merchandising outlet carries its own unique UPC barcode. This is precisely why it is now clear that this particular technology works, and works well indeed. And it is almost axiomatic to assume that it will continue to do so far out into the future as well.
Currently, even personal documents such as driving and arms licenses and passports all over the world have their own unique bar code system. Apart from that, some of the most significant applications for barcode technology can be found in the manufacturing sector. Let us take a look at how the world of high technology manufacturing is changing due to the ever-increasing use of bar codes.
Very few manufacturing sectors depend on bar codes as much as top end weapons making concerns. This is due to the vast security challenges involved in keeping such lethal technology from the wrong hands. Most individual components are bar coded and their information digitalized so that it would be difficult to steal or pilfer in any way.
Public health devices
Today, more and more people are using wearable devices to monitor their health. In fact, with a global surge in the geriatric population, it is all the more important for healthcare providers to be able to act swiftly and accurately since the increasing number of aging population and elderly hospital patients require swift and timely medical aid. This is why most monitoring devices today, are equipped with bar codes to prevent any transcription related mistakes when cataloging or utilizing patient data and health records. This is why many companies that provide such monitoring products deem it prudent to include easily readable bar codes as well.
Electronic equipment manufacturingReal-time inventory management solution is the key to success in the manufacturing concerns of today and tomorrow’s world. Such bar coding would enable these companies to quickly take stock of their inventories and order the parts that need replacement so as to ensure that the shelves of the showrooms are never empty.
Barcode scanners are an essential must if you are looking to optimize your business practices regarding inventory management. Barcode scanners can make inventory taking a much easier task. If you don’t need them all the time, then renting barcode scanners when you do can be a smart decision.
Some of the most common reasons to rent are:
Barcode scanners provide the following benefits:
· more accurate results
· improve speed of process
· cost savings
1) Provides Accurate Results:
· Counting by hand instead of scanners can provide errors and inaccuracies. Barcode scanners guarantee reliable results. It is crucial for fiscal responsibility to have an accurate account of your inventory and stock levels and know exactly what products are on hand, allowing you to make better decisions when ordering and allocation of available resources.
2) Provides Faster Process:
· Using barcode scanners cuts down on the amount of time required to do inventory compared to manually counting inventory.
3) Provides Cost Savings:
· When it takes less time and people to count inventory with barcode scanners , there is a savings in the amount of money spent on labor costs.
For more information on barcode scanner rental and to learn more about your options for all your thermal label printer , labeling and barcode scanning needs, call us at (800) 643-2664 and immediately talk to one of our friendly representatives; or chat us up on Facebook , Twitter , Google+ and LinkedIn !
Line matrix printers are the true and steady, reliable old friend. They tend to get overlooked and forgotten to the new and cooler laser printers on the market. However, they shouldn’t.
Below are 7 reasons why. The following are advantages that line matrix printers can provide you, especially for those of you that print high volume of multi-part forms and barcode labels.
Dot matrix printers are the true and steady, reliable old friend. They tend to get overlooked and forgotten to the new and cooler laser and thermal printers on the market. However, they shouldn’t. Below is a summary highlighting both the advantages and disadvantages dot matrix printers offer.
All these products have a wide array of
small parts and components that amalgamate together to create the new
products. High amounts of detail on each
of the components are required to begin at the point-of-assembly. This is needed in order to meet the demands
to protect brand image and provide higher levels of customer service in regards
to quality effective replacement service, as well as have a comprehensive
understanding of what is impacting product failure rates and service
Every part and component needs to be defined and identified in a database with its serial number and date of manufacture, during its entire product lifecycle -- so it can tracked and traced for access within the production and distribution systems, and then by field service techs and customers if repair or warranty, or product recall issues arise. It is impossible to provide effective customer service without it. Simply put … unhappy customers cause decreased demand, causing poor sales and a diminished brand image.
For the manufacturer, when components are traceable, data is readily available to pinpoint fall-out rates early in the cycle. Thus, making it easier to adjust production output levels and have the right inventory on hand to meet the timely demands for hot swaps and swap-outs to reflect in-service life, and warranty stock, and service and replacement, and non-serviceable parts.
Visibility utilizing mobile barcode scanners, printers and tablet computers and provides you a vantage point into every area of your transportation operation, allowing to proactively maintain your fleet, track drivers and shipments instantly, improve turnaround times and more.
Overview of Benefits Real-Time Data can provide :
Laser printers come in a wide variety of sizes and features. From monochrome (1-colour, black), colour and multi-function (MFD) all-in-one copy/scan/fax printers with high speed and high dpi print resolutions, and advanced NFC technology, wi-fi connectivity, there are a vast number of brands and models on the market to choose from, such as HP, Lexmark, Dell, Epson, Samsung and Brother, to name a few.
Laser printers are mainly used in business office settings and home computing use. Examples of what can be printed are documents, letters, spreadsheets, presentations, stationary, labels, flyers and brochures. Monochrome laser printers only print black text. Color laser printers add color to the process by using four toners: black, magenta, cyan and yellow. Large format printers are those that can print sizes larger than 8 by 11. Large format laser printers may be monochrome or color, and are used to print posters, signs and billboards. Laser printers with high resolution (high dpi (dots per inch)) provide clear, sharp and crisp graphics.
Looking for speed? Look no further. TSC’s MX240P barcode label printer offers that and more. The TSC MX240P is the fastest industrial thermal transfer barcode printer on the market for high volume enterprise applications, including WIP, compliance labeling and asset management, to name a few.
Below is a summary of its top features and benefits, as well as a list of the applications well suited for the TSC MX240P :
· 536 MHz processor, with 512 MB Flash and 512 MB SDRAM memory
· provides print speed of up to 18ips
· yields cleanest, high quality barcodes with its thermal smart control print technology
· rugged design with heavy duty die-cast aluminum
· 4.3” color LCD with the new UI design including 6-button menus and touch panel operation
· provides precise media positioning and preprinted label identification
· ribbon capacity of 600 meters
· 3 Resolutions to choose from - 203dpi, 300dpi or 600dpi
· Plug-n- play capabilities with TSPL-EZ firmware
· USB host interface for stand-alone application
· auto TPH resolution switch detection
· energy efficient with its ENERGY STAR* qualification
Key Applications of the TSC MX240P :
· High Volume Printing
· Work In Process
· Compliance Labeling
· Asset Management
· Shipping and Receiving
· Inventory Management
· Electronics Labeling
· Jewelry Labeling
For those of you with HP DesignJet products in use and in the field, did you know about UPD? If not, keep reading as it can save you money and time in many areas.
This Universal Print Driver (UPD) includes 2 drivers (HP-GL/2 and PostScript) and is touted as eliminating many of the management hassles and high costs associated with multiple print drivers.
· supports a wide range of HP DesignJet printers (see list below)
· provides IT departments with greater control and effectiveness, and end-user productivity
· reduces printer-related costs (fleet management, integration, installation, updates, maintenance, helpdesk related, etc.)
· streamlines printer deployment and management
· Client operating systems supported: Microsoft Windows 8, Pro, Enterprise; 32 and 64 bit Microsoft Windows 7 Starter, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate; 32 and 64 bit
· Server operating systems supported: Windows Server 2012R2, Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Windows Server 2008R2, Microsoft Windows Server 2008
· HP DesignJet T120 Printer
· HP DesignJet T520 Printer series
· HP DesignJet T790 Printer series
· HP DesignJet T795 Printer
· HP DesignJet T9230 Printer series
· HP DesignJet T1300 PostScript Printer
· HP DesignJet T1530 Printer series
· HP DesignJet T2300 Multifunction Printer
· HP DesignJet T2530 Multifunction Printer series
· HP DesignJet T3500 Production MFP
· HP DesignJet T7100 Printer
· HP DesignJet T7200 Production Printer
· HP DesignJet Z5400 PostScript Printer
· HP DesignJet Z6200 Photo Production Printer
· HP DesignJet Z6600 Production Printer
· HP DesignJet Z6800 Photo Production Printer
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Below are a collection of questions and answers to help provide you with information and direction to follow to get the most out of your printheads :
1. Why is preserving the printhead
2. What causes wear to the printhead
3. What protects the printhead
4. What causes abrasive damage to printheads
5. How can abrasive damage be recognized?
6. Do quality ribbons
require lower energy settings?
7. What is "Printhead Buildup"?
8. When does printhead
buildup become a problem?
9. How to prevent buildup from becoming a problem?
Be sure to keep these answers and tips handy for quick reference. For more information on printheads and to learn more about your options for all your printer, labeling and barcode printing and scanning needs, call us at (800) 643-2664 and immediately talk to one of our friendly representatives; or chat us up on Facebook , Twitter , Google+ and LinkedIn !
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