Print Quality Problems
13291L-001 Rev. A S4M Maintenance Manual 10/27/05
Vertical image or
label drift
The printer is using
noncontinuous labels but is
configured in continuous mode.
Configure the printer for non-continuous and run
calibration routine, if necessary.
Improperly calibrated media
See Calibrate Media and Ribbon Sensors
on page 67.
The platen roller is dirty. Clean the platen roller. See Clean the Printhead
and Platen Roller on page 113.
Improper printhead pressure
settings (toggles).
Adjust the printhead pressure to ensure proper
Improperly loaded ribbon or
Verify that the printer is loaded properly.
Incompatible media. Ensure that the interlabel gaps or notches are 2 to
4 mm and consistently placed. Media must not
exceed minimum specifications for mode of
The bar code printed
on a label does not
The bar code is not within
specifications because the print
is too light or too dark.
Perform the FEED Self Test on page 100. Adjust
the darkness or print speed settings as necessary.
Not enough blank space around
the bar code.
Leave at least 1/8 in. (3.2 mm) between the bar
code and other printed areas on the label and
between the bar code and the edge of the label.
Table 18 • Print Quality Problems (Continued)
Problem Possible Cause Recommended Solution
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