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18:01 I am getting a: Cannot initalise Flipper. Please clear printer mechanism. Code 18:01 I have pulled out the card I was printing at the time, but don't see anything that may be causing a jam.

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Hello Richard,
The problem is almost certainly caused by the flipper mechanism being unable to initialise to its home position rather than a card jammed in the flipper. Error 18:01 means the home sensor was blocked for more than 4 seconds (it should clear at the home position).
Your printer is almost certainly covered by UltraCover Plus warranty, so I suggest you should drop us an email at;

Quote the printer's serial number in your email.

I'm sure we will be able to resolve the problem very quickly.


Posted on Jan 15, 2013

  • Richard Freist Jan 17, 2013

    Excellent, thank you!

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    Magicard Jan 17, 2013

    You're very welcome. :-)



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SOURCE: Flipper Error

Hi There,

Can you let me know the error number?
It should look like '200:??' or similar. This number tells you exactly what was happening before the error occured.

Where exactly has the card stopped when you get the error?
Is the blank side facing up or down?

Here's a few things to check;

NOTE: Later models of the Tango 2 printer has a white Mylar shim fitted to the end of the platen (where it exits the print engine to the flipper unit. This is very easy to fit. Magicard can supply you with this if you need it. This shim prevented the card hitting the card front sensor when it was fed back to the platen from the flipper to print the card back.

Remove the square panel in front of the lid latch (it slides to the back and lifts out). Check that the Black rubber roller is in the center of the card path. Sometimes it can move to the left.

Turn the flipper round by hand. There is a white nylon roller on the underside. This is held against the Black rubber roller by a flat sprung metal plate. Sometimes the ends of the spring can distort if the flipper had two cards at the same time (check the thickness adjuster behind the Black cleaning cassette.

Lastly, is the front fascia in line with the printer's side panels? If the fascia is loose and is sitting higher, this can cause the flipper to jam (the card hits the card exit molding while flipping.

Make sure you have the latest firmware installed. The firmware version is displayed during boot up. It is also printed on the internal test card if you press the test button on the back.

Latest version is currently V2.05. You can download this here.

Let me know if any of the above helps.



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