Label not discharging far enough out of the print head
Label is still no the peller bar and when the tamper cycles the label strckd to the backing.... basicly the label position at the end of the cycle is about 1/8 inch too short but I don't know who to move it forward
Re: label not discharging far enough out of the print...
Zebra ,, Enter setup, change the peel off distance.
If you calibrate the printer it usually comes out just right, as the printer clalibrates for the distance automatically.
After calibration, if you still have a far or too short label, check for any loosness in the platen roller.
As the belts wear, or stetch, the platen will not exactly feed the correct distance over the roll.
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Print a config label by holding the cancel button and powering on 15seconds. Check print mode = tear off. If it is in rewind mode the label stops under the print head and does not backfeed before printing. Tear off pushes the perf to the tear bar and backfeeds before printing.
The print head nozzles may be clogged. From the Utility section found in the EPSON printer driver, clean the print heads by performing a head cleaning followed by printing a nozzle check pattern. A head cleaning and nozzle check must be performed as a cycle. After printing a nozzle check, examine the printed dot pattern. Each staggered horizontal and straight vertical line should be complete, with no gaps in the dot pattern. If there are gaps in the dot pattern, continue with another cycle. Perform up to 3 cycles if necessary. If the nozzle check is not printing completely, and if the head cleanings do not help the nozzle check pattern to print completely, try replacing the ink cartridge. Any ink cartridge installed into the printer must have a blue label on top of it. If the blue label has been removed from the ink cartridge, do not install the cartridge. Using an ink cartridge, which does not have the blue label on it, may damage the printer. Caution: If you have already installed a cartridge which is missing the blue label, or if a previously installed ink cartridge was missing its blue label at the time it was installed, and now head cleanings do not help the nozzle check pattern to print completely, your printer may require service and you should contact the EPSON Connection for further assistance.
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When you have this problem you need to determine if the ribbon is wrinkling before or after the head. If it is before the head then you need to adjust the bar prior to the head. There should be a phillips head screw there and directly behind it there is an adjustment. Loosen the screw and then move the bar (it is slightly arc'd) so it smooths out the ribbon. This is the least likely suspect. Most likely the head is not square. If the head is not square with the roller below it will cause the ribbon to "dance" as I call it. It will slowly move over then jump back to its rightful position. Or it could just wrinkle. If this is the case and your print looks good then you can adjust the ribbon bar right where the ribbon comes out of the head. There are two screws at the top. Loosen both of them and this adjustment bar will slide all the way back. Once this goes back. Manually manupulate it until it smooths out the ribbon. Once you manually figure out where it is smooth then tighten the screws back up. Feed a few labels and see if the ribbon is smooth.
Hi, First thing to do is get the top off which can be easier said than done. The printer has four screws holding the top. After that remove the control panel by undoing the four screws holding it in place. This isn't strictly necessary but it makes life easier. Now move the print head to the left. To do this you have to lower a locking bar that is located at the base of the head. The head can be quite hard to move but it does slide left. Under the print heads you will find two pads of hard foam. These collect the ink when you perform a normal head clean and keep the print head moist. Soak these with water . Pool water on them and let it run through (it goes through to a large pad at the bottom of the machine by the way). Fold some tissue and lay it on the base when the heads pass over. Push the head back and forth over the tissue to clean the actual head. The tissue will come out covered in ink.Now for the tricky part get an old printer cartridge and remove the label on top that says "do not remove". Under the label you will find a couple of holes. Widen them / open them with a drill bit about 3 mm is good. Fill the cartridge with water and put it in the printer. Push the heads back over to the right as far as they will go. This will cause the sponges to come right up against the heads. Leave the set up over night. In the morning test the printer. Run a couple of head cleans with the cleaning cartridge in. Your problem is solved now Thank you!
The lines(voids) are being caused by elements that are worn off the printhead. No energy is getting there to release the ribbon, causing a void area. To see the full extent, just create a label, using your widest label, that prints a thick black line. You will easily see the "void" areas as white lines.
This is common over time due to the constant contact with the ribbon. The elements wear down just like the tires on a car from the constant contact with the road.
The only way to correct is to install a new printhead.
Keeping up with the Drivers is a very good idea, it will fix little problems that come along from time to time. Try resetting the printer defaults by entering the menu system and exiting, at piont of exit don't save permanently but cycle around to load defaults and exit. Go back in and set the printer up again, this time exit saving permanently.
In your label software there should be a setting option for print darkness (I assume it adjusts the head temperature) In ours (bartender) you can get to it when you select 'print' and a window appears with a 'documents properties' button. Click on this and select options and a darkness bar appears which you can adjust. You may also need to slow the label print speed if the darkness adjustment is not enough. I suspect it isn't in the printers best interest to run the print head at maximum darkness/heat so a sensible balance of darkness and print speed is best.
Another, less likely, possibility is an incompatability between the label material or surface finish, and the ribbon type. We did have a problem once whem Homebase changed their price label design and we had to test a load of other ribbon types until we got one that did the job. A chat with the label or ribbon supplier is always usefull, they sent us several sample bits to test.