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Poor Quality (black line)

I'm getting a dark line across the width of the label. It appears to be where the print head sits on the label before it prints. Like maybe the print head is heating up too soon and it leaves a line across the width of the label. Any thoughts?

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Re: Poor Quality (black line)

Check the temperature settings. If all of the text and barcode is clear and not fuzzy, check the platten roller for low areas, cuts, or other deformity.

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