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Ribbon and media sticking together bypassing cutter

Zebra 105SL
just installed it and when I print my label the media sticks to the ribbon misses the cutter and shoots out the top or wraps around the spool with the ribbon.
Please Help if you can!

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  • 1darklion Nov 20, 2008


    checked and it looks right.

  • 1darklion Nov 20, 2008

    I opened the head and losened 2 screws this let a small plate slide down I then tighten the screws back up.

    Maybe this will help aid in dividing the 2 up.

    so far it is working.

  • 1darklion Nov 20, 2008

    When you say switch are you meaning a physical switch or simply in the settings.

    Thanks for all your help in advanced.

  • 1darklion Nov 20, 2008

    I Must check this switch.

    well, its a rubbery label we heat seal it on the inside of garments.

    white,, ours comes in a roll about 1 1/2" - 2" wide

    we are required to use this type because of national standards I would think.

  • 1darklion Nov 20, 2008

    don't know about speed, I am using it with a custom program with Oracle.

    this label has a 2d barcode, complete garment info and 1 d barcode

    Could you give me a physical location of the switch on the head of the SL?

    thanks again!

  • 1darklion Nov 20, 2008

    yeah, I found one on line..

    didn't come with one Crazy!!!

    Im going to try to find the name of the switch to post.

    someone might find it useful,

    if it solves my problem I'll be thrilled!


  • 1darklion Nov 20, 2008

    You did Bubbabear64 help me greatly.

    if I could only find that switch!

    thanks again!

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    The ribbon keeps tearing around at the red point and now only prints in red. PLEASE HELP!!!



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Make sure that the ribbon options are turned on the printer. If you recently switch from using thermal stock which doesn't require a ribbon, then it needs to be turned on in the control panel of the printer.

If it is on, remove the ribbon cartridge from the unit and manually turn the wheels to make sure it is moving freely.

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  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Nov 20, 2008

    Usually on the printer there is switch the changes the gap from thermal to ribbon. Your on the right track though. It it continues, it could be a broken belt on the takeup motor for the ribbon cartridge.

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Nov 20, 2008

    Yes there is a physical switch or lever on the head of the printer. By default, the printer is usually set to run thermal stock. The print head has to be in contact with the paper to get it to work. If it is set in that mode and the transfer ribbon is in use, it will drag on the label stock.

    Just out of curiousity, how come you aren't using thermal labels instead?

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Nov 20, 2008

    Your using it for garmet tags. Yes your probably right about that. When I worked for Pitney Bowes several I knew clothing company in Seattle that was using one of Monarch label printers that way. It was pretty fast.

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Nov 20, 2008

    Usually it is on the side of the thermal print head. Do you have a manual for that printer?

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Nov 20, 2008

    Most of them are running thermal these days because of the labels for shipping and mailing but for the ones that need it for ribbon transfer systems, it should be useful.

    I hope I helped you there.



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