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Right side of label faded or blank after replacing printhead

I replaced my printhead and now the right side of the label is blank or faded. I have tightened the printhead assembly as much as possible but still no luck. If I put a slight amount of pressure on the printhead when printing and it works fine.

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  • dswaw Jul 17, 2008

    The first 4 suggestions are not the problem. The entire label is printed when I put the old printhead back in. It just has lines running through it since the printhead was bad. I don't have a maintenance manual so I am not sure how to do suggestion 5.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    The print head has been replaed but it still cuts off far right character of lable. is 104 0/8 MM the widest setting? is there another setting for the right margin?

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Things to check:

1. Move the pressure arm further towards the outside of the printhead. Adjust if needed using only the minimum pressure required in order to achieve uniform print quality.

2. Inspect the printhead to ensure it has properly engaged the alignment pins. I have had after-market printheads that did not line up correctly and required "surgery" to make them properly seat on the mounting pins.

3. Check for worn platen roller bearings. If they're are sufficiently worn, one side of the platen roller will be slightly lower than the other.

4. Consider replacing the platen roller. They do wear out and require replacement. Zebra part number 40038M IIRC.

5. Check the printhead parallelism adjustment. The procedure is in the maintenance manual.

Steve

Posted on Jul 17, 2008

  • LazerTek Jul 18, 2008

    Trust me, after having worked on Zebra printers for 20 years, it IS one of the above items.

    Since you have now reported that the old printhead does not exhibit the same fading, a bit of info that would have been helpful to include in the first place, I will eliminate # 5 as being a likely solution.

    My recommendation is to replace the platen roller due it having worn to the old printhead.

    As the Nike commercial says, "Just do it!"

    Steve W
    LazerTek, LLC



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