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HI, our Zebra 4m+ is currently set to a Darkness of 30 as that seems to eb th eonly way it will print enough detail on the label. We have tried adjusting the pressure settings to no avail. Now we are finding the print can be scratched off the label even thouhg we are using tamper proof labels and resin ribbons. Any sugggestions will be most welcome

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Full resin ribbons tend to require higher darkness settins on all thermal printers.
It could be a mismatch between label and ribbon. This would need to be looked by your supplier.

Posted on May 25, 2011

  • cbridg Nov 28, 2014

    Also, the printhead to platen roller parallelism may need to be adjusted.

  • cbridg Nov 28, 2014

    A darkness setting of 30 is the max on this printer and will result in ruining the printhead. I would have the printhead parallelism checked with an authorized tech.

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