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Operations
Control Panel LCD Display
10/27/05 S4M Maintenance Manual 13291L-001 Rev. A
DARKNESS
(ZPL, APL-D, and APL-I
modes)
DENSI TY
(EPL mode only)
Adjust Print Darkness
The best darkness setting depends on a variety of factors, including ribbon
type, labels, and the condition of the printhead. You may adjust the
darkness for consistent high-quality printing.
Important • Set the darkness to the lowest setting that provides
good print quality. If the darkness is set too high, the ink may
smear, the ribbon may burn through, or the printhead may wear
prematurely.
Note • The printer applies and saves the darkness setting
immediately.
If printing is too light or if there are voids in the printed areas, increase the
darkness. If the printing is too dark or if there is spreading or bleeding of
printed areas, decrease the darkness. Darkness settings also may be
changed by the driver or software settings.
The FEED Self Test on page 100 can be used to determine the best
darkness setting. Because the darkness setting takes effect immediately,
you can see the results on labels that are currently printing.
Range (ZPL, APL-D, APL-I): 0.0 to +30.0
Default Value (ZPL, APL-D, APL-I): +10.0
Range (EPL): 7
Default Value (EPL): 0 to 15
To modify this parameter:
Press the up arrow to increase value.
Press the down arrow to decrease value.
TEAR OFF Adjust Tear-Off Position
This parameter establishes the position of the labels over the
tear-off/peel-off bar after printing. Each press of a button adjusts the tear-
off position by one dot row.
Note • The printer applies and saves the tear-off setting
immediately. Exiting Setup mode without saving changes does not
restore the previous value.
Range (ZPL, EPL, APL-I): -120 to +120
Default Value (ZPL, EPL, APL-I): 0
Range (APL-D): +00i to +999i (inches), 0m to 2537m (metric)
Default Value (APL-D): +128i
Note • The APL-D default value does not position the label over
the tear-off/peel-off bar. This is done to work with existing DPL
label formats that account for this positioning.
To modify this parameter:
Press the up arrow to increase value.
Press the down arrow to decrease value.
Table 15 • Printer Parameters, Manufacturing Menu (Page 3 of 7)
Parameter Explanation
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