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TABLE OF CONTENTS

General Information

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Safety
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Introduction
Copyright Notice
1.2.1
Contacting Markem.Imaje
Description
8018 Thermal Transfer Printer Options
Labels and Symbols
1.5.1
Retrieving and Downloading Images
1.5.2
Data Storage Capacity
Machine Specification

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Introduction
General Guidelines
Machine Safety
Applicable Safety Regulations
EMC Considerations
Electrical Safety
2.6.1
Recommended cable protection:
2.6.2
Electrical safety testing (after installation)
2.6.3
Static Electricity Protection
Isopropanol Safety

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Installation
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3.6

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Use outside the specification

Introduction
Package Contents
Installation of the 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer
Installation Requirements
Bracket Installation
Locating Print Body and Print Anvil
3.6.1
Printhead Alignment
3.6.2
Printhead Gap
Power Supply
3.7.1
Printer Connection Points
3.7.2
Power Connections
3.7.3
Local User Interface Connection
3.7.4
Substrate Encoder Connection
3.7.5
External I/O Connection
3.7.6
Print Go Input Wiring
3.7.7
Fault and Warning Outputs
Encoders
3.8.1
Optional Encoders
3.8.2
Encoder Resolution
3.8.3
Encoder Setup
3.8.4
Loading a New Ribbon
3.8.5
Re- Connecting a Broken Ribbon
Print Position
Preparing for printing
3.10.1
Power up
Initial setup
3.11.1
Machine settings

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Machine Overview
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4.2
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Machine Operation
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Introduction
4.1.1
Key Features
Models
Main Components
4.3.1
Model 8018i
4.3.2
Model 8018c
Print Designs
4.4.1
8018 and Fonts
Image Files
Downloading Images
Downloading Languages
Upgrading Firmware
Principles of Printing
4.9.1
Thermal Transfer Technology
4.9.2
Print Process
Operating Principles
Standard Mode Operation
4.11.1
Print Cycle Model 8018i
4.11.2
Print Cycle Model 8018c

Introduction
The User Interface Panel
5.2.1
LCD Screen
Keypad
5.3.1
Navigation Keypad Button Usage
5.3.2
Navigation Keypad Button Functions
Icons
5.4.1
Menu Icons
5.4.2
Screen Quad Label Icons
Screen Types
5.5.1
Home Screen
5.5.2
Security Login Screen
Menu Screens
Reports Screens
5.7.1
View Menu Screen
5.7.2
Warning and Problem Alert Screens
Data Entry Screens
5.8.1
Prompted Data
Date Entry Screens
5.9.1
Literal Date Entry
5.9.2
Offset Date Entry
Setting Adjustment Screens
5.10.1
Current Setting Adjustment
5.10.2
Enumerated Choice Settings
Image Setup Screens
Diagnostics Screens

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Menus
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6.2
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Introduction
Menu Structure
Accessing the Menus
Image Selection Menus
Calibrate
Release Ribbon
Test Print of the Current Job
Print Settings
6.8.1
Print Position
6.8.2
Print Quality
Print Darkness
Engineering Menus
Set Date and Time
Shift Codes
6.12.1
Number of Shift Codes
6.12.2
Shift Code name
6.12.3
Shift Code Time
Manual Control
Digital I/O Control
Printer Settings Menus
6.15.1
Image
6.15.2
Print Initiation
6.15.3
Ribbon Setup
Password Change
Encoder Steps
Print Delay
Diagnostics
Statistics
Test Print
Select Language
File Management

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SECTION 1
GENERAL INFORMATION

8018 Thermal Transfer Printer


Operation Manual

SECTION 1 - GENERAL INFORMATION


1

General Information
1.1

Introduction
This Manual along with the 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer Quick Start Guide, set
out to explain how to safely install, operate and service your 8018 Thermal
Transfer Printer.
The Operator Manual is available in Adobe Acrobat PDF in various languages on
the 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer CD.
The manual format is designed to be printed onto 8" x 11" (203mm x 279.5mm)
paper, but can also be printed onto 8.5" x 11" (216mm x 279.5) (Previous
Markem.Imaje manual paper size) or A4 (210mm x 297mm)
Please contact your local supplier for details.

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Copyright Notice
Original Copyright 2006 Markem.Imaje. All rights reserved.
Reproduction of any or part of this manual in any form whatsoever without the
expressed written permission of Markem.Imaje is forbidden. The contents of this
manual are subject to revision without notice.
All efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the contents of this manual.
However, should any errors be detected, Markem.Imaje would greatly appreciate
being notified.
Markem.Imaje make no warranty of any kind with regard to this material,
including, but not limited to, the implied warranties and fitness for purpose.
Markem.Imaje shall not be liable for any errors contained in this material or for
incidental or consequential damages in connection with the furnishing,
performance, or use of this material.
The use of non genuine Markem.Imaje consumables and spare parts may
adversely affect the performance of the product and could invalidate the warranty.
Copyright 1995 - 2006 Markem.Imaje Corporation.
1.2.1

Contacting Markem.Imaje
Thank you for choosing Markem.Imaje to provide printing solutions. If questions
should arise, please contact the local business centre that assisted with your
purchase.

Useful Web Sites


www.Markem.com
www.myMARKEM.com

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1.3

Description
The 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer is a small easy to use electronic coder. The
two models available are designed to be suitable as a direct replacement for
many different methods of coding.
The 8018 printer consists of an external power supply a printing device and a
hand held local User Interface control module.

The 8018 prints batch codes, best before dates and other variable information
directly onto packaging labels, substrate and other materials. The size, position
and style of the image are fixed at the creation stage, but certain text field
information can be edited during the selection process. Time and Date information
is automatically updated by the 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer real time clock.
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8018 Thermal Transfer Printer Options


Models available
Model 8018i - Intermittent
Model 8018c - Left Hand Continuous
Model 8018c - Right Hand Continuous

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1.5

Labels and Symbols


Serial/I.D./Rating Label

These labels are located on the rear of the printer and power supply units and
indicate the following:

Machine type
Electrical specifications
Year of manufacture
Serial number
Fuse

Cable connector labels

1) User Interface Connection


2) External I/O Connection
3) Encoder Connection

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1.5.1

Retrieving and Downloading Images


Image information can be downloaded by means of a USB memory stick.

1.5.2

Data Storage Capacity


The 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer internal memory is used to store image
information and user interface text. The 8018 has 100 default images available for
selection, with the option of replacing these with image designs created with
Markem.Imajes CoLOS create software package. Image information and User
Interface languages can be download using a USB memory stick.
Please consult your local Markem.Imaje sales official or distributer for a complete
list of available languages.
Available languages:

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English
Spanish
Brazilian Portuguese
Polish
Russian
Turkish
Korean
Chinese
Arabic

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Machine Specification
8018 Thermal Transfer Printer
Table 1 1: 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer Specification

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Print Area

Model 8018i - Intermittent


30 mm wide x 40 mm long
Model 8018c - Continuous
30 mm wide x 40 mm long

Substrate Area

Unlimited.

Print Speed

Model 8018i - Intermittent


100 or 225 mm/s
Model 8018c - Continuous
80 - 450 mm/s

Max Pack Rate

Model 8018i - Intermittent


120 ppm with a 40 mm image
Model 8018c - Continuous
120 ppm with a 40 mm image (180 mm bag)

Printhead
Resolution

200 dpi (8 dots/mm).

Printhead Gap

Intermittent Printers - 0.5mm - 3mm


Continuous Printers - 0.5mm - 3mm

Print Method

Thermal Transfer.

Power Supply

~ 90 - 260V 50 - 60 Hz

Environmental

Operating environment of:


4o C to 40o C

Noise Levels

<70.0 dB (A)

Printer
Dimensions

Height 166 mm x Width 180 mm width x Depth 155 mm.


Allow a minimum of 20 mm for the mounting block and
20 mm for the electrical connectors

Weight

Printer 8.5 Kgs, Power supply 2 Kgs, Bracket 10 Kgs

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Table 1 1: 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer Specification

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Ribbon

Maximum ribbon length (3811/3911) 450 metres (3818)


450 metres
Maximum ribbon width 33 mm
Minimum ribbon width 20 mm
Cardboard core Dia 25.4 mm
Plastic core Dia 25.6 mm

Colours

An extensive range of approved Markem.Imaje ribbons


are available including Black, White and a selection of
other colours. Only Markem.Imaje approved ribbons
must be used to enable / maintain / and sustain the
quality / adhesion / performance of the printer.

Font Styles

Any True Type font.

Font Sizes

Scalable to specific point sizes.

Orientation

Any 90 degree orientation.

Barcodes

See CoLOS manual.

Graphics

Logos (*.bmp format)

Special
Functions

Automatic Real Time, Date, Automatic Best Before End


offset calculation and coding.

Machine Interface

Inputs: Print Go input signal


Outputs: Faults and Warnings

Operator
Interface

Hand held Keypad with a monochrome128 x 64 pixel


backlit LCD display. Six navigational hard buttons and 12
numeric input hard buttons. Local entry of variable
information, complete with Full Diagnostics capability.

Computer
Interface

USB memory card.

Design Software

Markem.Imaje CoLOS Create for Windows design


package, for PC Operation.

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SECTION 2
SAFETY

8018 Thermal Transfer Printer


Operation Manual

SECTION 2 - SAFETY
2

Safety
2.1

Introduction
This section describes how to operate the 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer in a safe
manner.
Topics covered in this section include:

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Machine Safety
Safety Regulations
EMC
Electrical Safety
Electrical Safety Testing
Static Electricity Protection
General Guidelines
Isopropanol Safety
Misuse

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2.2

General Guidelines
1.

ALWAYS disconnect the power to the machine before removing any cables,
covers or removing the printer from the host machine.

2.

DO NOT operate the machine with any covers removed. All covers must be
in place using the appropriate number of fasteners.

3.

All cables should be secured to the host machine to avoid any tripping hazard
or entrapment by moving parts.

4.

Care should be taken when operating the Model 8018i without a platen.

5.

DO NOT insert body parts into the printhead opening whilst the printer is
powered as there is a danger that the mechanism will move without warning
and present a mild crushing hazard.

6.

Ensure all reasonable safety precautions have been undertaken. However,


please ensure that when working with / or around the machine, every care is
taken to avoid potential hazards. ALWAYS take great care around the
machine not to slip, trip or fall. Especially if the machine is used in areas where
the floor may be wet or greasy.

7.

When removing the printer from the host machine, care should be taken to
first ensure that the body of the printer is at a temperature that can be
comfortably handled.

8.

Safety shoes should be worn when installing or removing the printer body
from packaging machinery. These units are heavy and there is a danger of
injury if dropped.

9.

Markem.Imaje cannot guarantee the safety and / or suitability of nonMarkem.Imaje print ribbon. The standard certification may be compromised if
non Markem.Imaje ribbon is used.

10. If non-Markem.Imaje ribbon is used, it is recommended that anti static


properties be considered.
11. Please read the Isopropanol Safety Data Information prior to using
Isopropanol with any Markem.Imaje product.
12. There is a non-replaceable lithium battery mounted on the control board
assembly. Under no circumstances should this be replaced (it should last for
the lifetime of the printer).

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2.3

Machine Safety
The product is designed to conform to all appropriate EU Machine Safety
Regulations.
All relevant Safety Procedures must be followed.
WARNING: Failure to do so may invalidate the warranty.
Please read through this section before any operation of the machine is
undertaken.

2.4

Applicable Safety Regulations

2.5

BS EN ISO 12100-1: 2003: Safety of Machinery - Basic Concepts, General


Principles for Design, Basic Terminology, Methodology
BS EN 60204-1: 2006: 1993, Safety of Machinery - Electrical Equipment of
Machines - General Requirements.
EN 55022: 1998+A1: 2000, +A2: 2003 (Class A) Information Technology
Equipment Immunity Characteristics, limits and methods of measurement.
EN 61000-3-2: 2000 +A2: 2005 Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) limits.
EN 61000-3-3: 1995 +A1: 2001 Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) limits.
Limitation of voltage changes, Voltage fluctuations and flicker in public low
voltage supply systems, for equipment with rated current < 16 A per phase
and not subject to conditional connection.
EN 55024: 1998+A1: 2001, +A2: 2003 (Class A) Information and Technology
equipment, Radio disturbance characteristics. Limits and methods of
measurement.
EN 61000-6-2: 2005: Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Generic
Standards, Immunity for Industrial Environments.
FCC CFR 47: Part 15B: US Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Emissions.

EMC Considerations
To maintain the integrity of the EMC precautions taken with the 8018 Thermal
Transfer Printer. Any additional wiring or modifications should include appropriate
EMC precautions.

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2.6

Electrical Safety
This printer is designed for use with supply systems that conform to IEC 664 light
industrial / domestic installation category II mains supply and must be
appropriately earthed.
2.6.1

Recommended cable protection:


Fuses

Use 10A HRC or HBC types with a minimum of 95A RMS symmetrical
prospective current rating at a 10ms minimum pre-arcing time e.g. ASTA
certified to BS88 part 2 pull cap type or equivalent.
CAUTION: For continued protection against risk of fire, only replace the fuse
with the same type and rating.
If the DC supply fuse (located on printer PCB) is replaced it must be replaced by
a 5 x 20mm anti surge fuse rated at 5 Amp.
If the AC supply fuse (located on the power supply inlet connector) is replaced it
must be replaced by an HBC Style ceramic fuse with the rating shown as
T2AH250V.
MCB

2.6.2

Use 10A HRC or HBC types with a minimum of 95A RMS symmetrical
prospective current rating at a 10ms minimum pre-arcing time e.g. ASTA
certified to BS88 part 2 pull cap type or equivalent
MCB (Miniature Circuit Breaker): to IEC 947-2 / EN 60947-2 and BS EN 60898
with a minimum instantaneous release response current of 10x rated current
(type D)

Electrical safety testing (after installation)


It is essential that the continuity of the protective bonding circuit and the
prospective short circuit current level be checked after the machine is installed
and the electrical connections, including those to the power supply are complete.
A competent person must carry out these tests.

2.6.3

Failure to carry out these tests will potentially result in an unsafe installation
and the equipment fault-clearance capability may not function correctly.

Static Electricity Protection


Excessive Electro Static Discharge (ESD) around the printhead area can cause
damage to the SmartDate printhead and printer circuitry.
Static reduction methods should be installed where static is seen to be a problem.
Common areas of static build up are the print platens, substrates and conveyors.
Methods such as carbon brushes on the substrate, earthed conveyor frames and
printer brackets, robust mains earthing and de-ionising guns are commonly used.

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2.7

Isopropanol Safety
Markem.Imaje can supply Isopropanol wipes for cleaning the Thermal transfer
printheads. Some general safety guidelines for using Isopropanol follows:
Handling
Use only in well ventilated areas. Do not breathe vapours or spray mist. Avoid
contact with the skin and the eyes. When using do not eat, drink or smoke.
Storage
Keep in a cool well ventilated place. Keep product and empty container away from
heat and sources of ignition. Take precautionary measures against static
discharges.

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2.8

Use outside the specification


This manual provides information about Safety, Installation, Operation,
Troubleshooting and Preventative Maintenance Procedures. Using the 8018
Thermal Transfer Printer in any other manner could damage the unit, reduce its
reliability or be unsafe. Please consult your local Markem.Imaje Business Centre
before using this 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer for anything other than the
foreseen use.
Examples, but are not limited to:

Operating a system that is incomplete, cannot be serviced, or has been


modified without authorisation.
Failing to observe hazard requirements in the manual and / or on safety labels.
Combining or interfacing non Markem.Imaje equipment with this system, other
than as intended.
Permitting a person who has not been fully trained to operate and / or service
the system.
Using unspecified supplies or material which may produce unsatisfactory or
unexpected results.

The information above is correct to the best of our knowledge, information and
belief at the date of this publication. The information given is designed only as a
guidance for safe handling use, storage, transportation, disposal and is not
considered a warranty or quality specification.

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SECTION 3
INSTALLATION

8018 Thermal Transfer Printer


Operation Manual

SECTION 3 - INSTALLATION
3

Installation
3.1

Introduction
This section describes how to install your 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer and
prepare it for operation.
Topics covered in this section include:

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The 8018 package contents.


Installation Requirements.
Bracket Installation.
Locating the Printer.
Printhead Alignment.
Printer Connection points.
Encoders
Preparing for Printing.
Security

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Package Contents
The 8018 kit contains:
1: Hand held User Interface.
2: 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer.
3. Power supply unit.
3: IEC 320 Mains Cables.
4: External I/O connector.
5: Hexagon keys
6: Sample Ribbon.
7. Plastic Forceps
8. Dust Cover
9: Safety and Installation Guide (Multi language instruction document).
10. CD containing the 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer manuals and CoLOS create
software.
11: Documentation

QA Documentation / Printhead Care Sheet / CE Certificate / Out-of-box


Quality Questionnaire -this is to be returned via fax / email to Markem.Imaje
Technologies Ltd.
12: Encoder Connector (18c Series only)

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Check that all items are present and undamaged before proceeding.

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3.3

Installation of the 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer


First time Installations should be carried out by a qualified Markem.Imaje trained
service technician.
Please read all of the relevant safety instructions before commencing with any
installation work.
WARNING: Failure to do this will invalidate the machine warranty. and is
potentially unsafe.

3.4

Installation Requirements
Ensure that these services and control signals are available:

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Power - ~ 100 - 230V (+/- 10%) 50 - 60 Hz


A Print Go Signal - This can be either a volt free contact which closes when
printing is required, or a 24 V DC signal from a PNP sensor (positive edge
triggered).
Encoder (Model 8018c) Single channel, 500 pulses per revolution.
In cold environments it may be necessary to wait 20 - 30 minutes after power
up before running production. This allows the printhead to warm to the
necessary temperature to achieve acceptable prints. Alternatively production
can be started immediately, but the first few print may not be at an acceptable
standard.

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3.5

Bracket Installation
Bracket Installation requirements vary from one customer site to another and one
packaging machine type to another. Various bracket options are available to suit
the requirements of specific packaging machine types.
The 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer will normally be supplied with the appropriate
bracket to suit customer machinery requirements. Please consult the
documentation supplied with the bracket for assembly and installation
instructions.

Figure 31: Intermittent Bracket

Figure 32: Continuous Bracket

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3.6

Locating Print Body and Print Anvil


The mounting and dimensional requirements of the Printer Body are shown at the
rear of this manual. Additional space is required to interconnect cables.
Mounting pads are provided on three sides of the of the printer unit. These have 2
M6 holes for attaching the mounting plate provided with the unit. This plate has 4
M5 x 20mm tapped holes for fixture to the Markem.Imaje bracket.
CAUTION:

Ensure that the correct length screws are used.

The required print position on the substrate determines the position of the Printer
Body. Further small adjustments to the print can be made using Offset settings
via the Local User Interface.
Rigid fixing of the printer body is essential to achieve the best possible print
quality. If vibration can be transmitted to the 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer, the
print quality may be affected.
Markem.Imaje brackets are machined to very accurate tolerances, so that when
assembled with the printer in position, the printhead to print anvil distance is
correct.
Markem.Imaje recommend this distance is between 1.00 mm to 3.00 mm.
Under normal circumstances no adjustment is necessary.
With non Markem.Imaje brackets we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the
components and would therefore recommend that the printhead gap is checked
after assembly. Do not use metal objects to test the gap distance, use only wood,
plastic or other non-conductive, non abrasive materials.

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3.6.1

Printhead Alignment
The printhead is self aligning to a limited amount, but always ensure that it is
square to the platen / roller.

Figure 33: Thermal Transfer Printhead

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2
Intermittent and Continuous Printers 1.0 mm - 3.0 mm gap
Figure 34: Intermittent and Continuous Printers
(1) Thermal Transfer Printhead
(2) Print platen or Roller

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3.6.2

Printhead Gap
Adjustment to the print gap can be made by using the adjustment screw. First
loosen the mounting bolts, adjust the height and then re-tighten the mounting
bolts. For further details please refer to the Bracket Assembly Manual. Printhead
pressure settings are application specific and adjustments may have to be made
to suit different materials by using the Local User Interface.

1.0 mm - 3.0 mm

Figure 35: Continuous Printer


(1) Thermal Transfer printhead
(2) Print Roller
Ensure that the printhead is central to the roller and that the print gap is correct. In
some cases print quality may be improved by setting the printhead slightly behind
TDC by up to 1 mm.

Figure 36: Continuous Printer


Ensure that the printhead is in line with the roller.

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Power Supply
Connect the required power (90 - 260 V AC 50 - 60 Hz) to the power supply unit
using the IEC lead provided. A 10 A fuse is used in the mains plug connector, or a
10 A MCB is recommended to protect the supply cable at source. The IEC inlet
contains 20 mm T2AH250V ceramic fuses. The Power supply unit provides
24VDC for the Printer.
3.7.1

Printer Connection Points


The main connection points for the Printer unit are shown below:

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Figure 37: Printer Connection Points

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1.

Power Connector

2.

I/O Connector

3.

Local User Interface Connector

4.

Encoder Connector

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3.7.2

Power Connections
The Interface between the Power supply and Printer is a single multi-core cable.
Connection is via a six way removable screw terminal (X14) on the rear of the
printer.
Table 3 1: Power Connection (X14)
Pin No.

3.7.3

Function

24 VDC

24 VDC

0V

0V

Earth

Earth

Local User Interface Connection


The Interface between the printer and the Hand held User Interface is a single
multi core cable. Connection is via an eight way removable screw terminal (X17)
on the rear of the printer.
Table 3 2: User Interface Connection (X17)
Pin No.

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Function

24 VDC

0v

Transmit Data +ve

Transmit Data -ve

Receive Data +ve

Receive Data -ve

Cable shield

Reserve

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3.7.4

Substrate Encoder Connection


The Interface between the printer and the Substrate Encoder is a single multi core
cable. Connection is via a five way removable screw terminal (X12) on the rear of
the printer.
Table 3 3: Substrate Encoder Connection (X12)
Pin No.

3.7.5

Function

5 VDC

Input 1 (Reserve)

Input 2 (Signal)

0V

Reserve

External I/O Connection


The Interface between the printer and the Host machine is a single multi core
cable. Connection is via a seven way removable screw terminal (X4) on the rear
of the printer.
Table 3 4: External I/O Connections (X4)
Pin No.

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Function

+24 VDC - I/O

PRINT GO Input (PNP sensor or +24V Switched)

0V

Fault Output NC (Contacts Open for Fault)

Fault Common

Warning Output NC (Contacts Open on Warning)

Warning Common

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3.7.6

Print Go Input Wiring


Print Go Input using a voltage free contact (A)
If a voltage free contact (X) is used it should be wired between terminals 1 (24 V
DC) and 2 (PRINT GO). 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer is edge triggered and
prints whenever the contacts close. Printing can not occur again until the contacts
have re-opened.
Print Go Input using a PNP sensor (B)
If a PNP sensor (A) is used connect as follows:

Power cable to terminal 1 (+24 V)


Signal cable into terminal 2 (PRINT GO)
Ground cable into terminal 3 (GND)

8018 Thermal Transfer Printer prints each time the sensor changes from low state
to high state.
The Print Go signal can be set to use the falling edge of the signal by configuring
the setting at the user interface.
The input draws a maximum of 13 mA at 25 VDC.

21

0V

24V

24V

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3.7.7

Fault and Warning Outputs


Fault - (Problem)
Pins 4 and 5 on the 7 pin I/O connector are the open relay contacts for FAULT.
Fault relay contacts open when 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer is:

In READY mode.
Not in a position to print because of a PROBLEM

Warning
The Warning relay contacts open when a warning such as a low ribbon condition
is detected.
Pins 6 and 7 on the 7 pin I/O connector are the closed relay contacts for
Warnings.
The contact is closed when the printer is ready to print.
CAUTION:

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The relay contacts are suitable for a current between 10mA


and 1A. The maximum rating is 1A at 30VAC/DC. Control
of higher voltages (e.g. 100VAC) or currents must use
intermediate external control relays or contactors.

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3.8

Encoders
(Model 8018c only)
For continuous printers, an encoder is required to monitor the speed of the
substrate.
The 8018 Continuous printer bracket is supplied with an encoder fitted.
For customers who are not using a Markem.Imaje printer bracket the following
information is provided.
3.8.1

Optional Encoders
It is essential that the encoder measures the speed of the substrate at the point of
printing.
The encoder should be mounted so that the wheel of the encoder is running
against the print roller.
The Encoder setup can be configured from the Engineering Mode Settings menu
screen.
8018 Thermal Transfer Printer requires the encoder to provide:

3.8.2

Between 2.8 - 150 pulses per mm of substrate travel.


The output connects to an NPN open collector output, operating at 24 V DC.

Encoder Resolution
The encoder resolution is expressed in pulses per mm and can be set to between
2.8 pulses / mm and 150 pulses / mm.
The standard 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer encoder has an idler wheel of 52.5
mm mounted on a 500 pulses per revolution encoder. This gives an encoder
resolution of 3.5 pulses / mm.

3.8.3

Encoder Setup
To check that the encoder is configured correctly select an image of a known
length. (supplied image number 99 is 40 mm) Print the image and then measure
the image to ensure that the length is as it should be.

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3.8.4

Loading a New Ribbon


Follow this procedure:
If necessary release the ribbon tension.

3.8.5

1.

Fit a new waste take up core and load a new ribbon following the web pattern
on the rear of the user interface.

2.

Ensure that there are no creases in the ribbon by rotating the take up reel by
hand.

3.

Ensure that the ribbon is tracking parallel on the rollers and is positioned
correctly. The ribbon must be loaded so that it is only in contact with the
movable parts of the rollers.

4.

Ensure that the ribbon is wound forward enough so that the transparent or
metalized lead section is not under the printhead.

5.

With installations where access is restricted, the plastic forceps supplied with
the machine can be used to assist with webbing the ribbon.

Re- Connecting a Broken Ribbon


If a ribbon break occurs the following procedure should be used:
1.

Do not tie a knot to re-connect the ribbon.

2.

Wind the remaining waste ribbon onto the waste core.

3.

Pull some of the unused ribbon from the ribbon supply and wind it onto the
waste ribbon take up.

4.

Turn the waste reel by hand at least one revolution and keep the join between
the two as flat as possible.

WARNING: Failure to follow this procedure may cause unacceptable eccentricity


on the waste ribbon take up reel. This cannot be controlled by the
printer and may produce ribbon tension problems.

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3.9

Print Position
The print position can be split into two parts:

Registration
Print Offset

Registration is the position of the print relative to the direction of the substrate.
This can be used to fine tune the position of the print on the substrate.
Example:

Print position
Target Box
Text
Direction of

Text

Substrate travel

Without a registration set.

With a registration set.

Increasing the registration will move the position of the print further back on the
substrate.

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Offset is the position of the print relative to the Printhead.
This can be adjusted when narrow ribbons are being used.
Normal Orientation of print
(No Rotation)

Direction Ribbon is moved by a


positive Offset.

123

Printhead

Dot 1

Right Hand Printer


Narrow Ribbon Outline
Direction Ribbon is moved
by a positive Offset.

123

Printhead

Normal Orientation of print (No


Rotation)
Dot 1

Left Hand Printer


Narrow Ribbon Outline

Direction of Substrate travel

By Default the image is always printed as close to the outside edge as possible.
The offset always moves the image away from the outside edge towards the
printer body.
With a right hand printer this is away from Dot 1.
With a left hand printer this is towards Dot 1.

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3.10

Preparing for printing


3.10.1

Power up
When first switched ON the 8018 will automatically calibrate the ribbon sensor
and check the Tension sensor. This is done to check the ribbon diameter, ribbon
tension and also the datum position of the printhead.
If there are no problems the 8018 will display the Ready screen. To start
producing, ensure that an Image has been selected and press Start.
If the Calibration fails an Problem message will be displayed. Check that the
ribbon is threaded correctly and try again.
If your 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer has been installed correctly and the
required image has been selected, your printer should now be operational.

3.11

Initial setup
Before operating the 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer for the first time, certain
machine software settings will have to be established. These settings will vary
depending on the substrate being used and the speed of printing.
The choice of operating mode as discussed in the Overview section of the manual
will also have an impact on how the level of each setting is chosen.
These initial machine settings can be adjusted from the 8018 User Interface. Full
details on how to do this can be found in Section 6 of the Operator manual.
3.11.1

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Machine settings
Date and Time

(See Section 6 - Menus)

Print darkness

(See Section 7 - Setup and Timing Issues)

Print speed (Intermittent)

(See Section 7 - Setup and Timing Issues)

Print delay

(See Section 7 - Setup and Timing Issues)

Print direction (Continuous)

(See Section 7 - Setup and Timing Issues)

Debounce time

(See Section 7 - Setup and Timing Issues)

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MACHINE OVERVIEW

8018 Thermal Transfer Printer


Operation Manual

SECTION 4 - MACHINE OVERVIEW


4

Machine Overview
4.1

Introduction
This section provides an overview of the main features of the Model 8018i and
Model 8018c.
Topics covered in the section include:

4.1.1

Key Features

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Models.
Main Components.
Key Features.
Print Designs.
CoLOS Create.
Image Template Files.
Principles of Printing.
Operating Principles.
Operating Modes.

Efficient Ribbon Usage: 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer automatically


controls the ribbon feed, no manual adjustment is required, minimising ribbon
usage.
Self aligning printhead: The print platen/roller does not require precise
alignment to the printhead, therefore reducing the need for periodic
adjustment.
Continuous model: The Model 8018c has accurate tracking of the substrate
speed and sophisticated control of the printhead and ribbon feed to provide
the best possible print quality.
Reduced set up / down time: The printhead data is changed at the Local
User Interface.
High Reliability: the Markem.Imaje experience of thermal printing and the
latest design eliminates the need for complex mechanical maintenance
procedures

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4.2

Models
The 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer is available in two printer types.

Model 8018i - Intermittent

Model 8018c - Continuous (Left or Right Hand)


The type of model required is dependent on the application.

Figure 41: Model 8018i - Intermittent


t

Figure 42: Model 8018c - Continuous Left and Right Hand

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4.3

Main Components
The main components of the 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer are as follows:

Printer power supply (1).


Printer body unit containing drive system and thermal transfer printhead (2).
Hand held Local User Interface (3).
Connecting cable for External I/O signals.

2
3

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4.3.1

Model 8018i
This version is used with intermittent motion packaging machines and prints onto
the material when it is stationary.
The Model 8018i printer in this mode has a print area of 30mm x 40mm and print
speed of 100 or 225 mm/s.
Model 8018i uses a thermal print-head and thermal ink ribbon to print information
onto materials held against a flat print platen.
Printing occurs during the dwell time when the packaging material is stationary.

4.3.2

Model 8018c
This version is used with continuous motion packaging machines and prints onto
the material when it is moving.
The Model 8018c printer in this mode has a print area of 30mm x 40mm and print
speed of 80 to 450 mm/s.
Model 8018c uses a thermal print-head and thermal ink ribbon to print information
onto materials held against a print roller.
The print-head is held in a fixed position and the ribbon is accelerated to match
the substrate speed. The printhead is then moved to contact position where
printing occurs as the substrate passes the printhead.
An encoder is used to establish the speed of the material being printed onto.
This makes it the ideal coder for continuous motion form fill and seal machines
and horizontal flow wrappers.

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4.4

Print Designs
The 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer contains 100 pre-designed images.
Additional images can be designed using Markem.Imajes CoLOS Create Pro
image design software and downloaded to the 8018 via a USB storage device.
Images for the 8018 printers are made up of fields arranged to give the required
printed image.
The fields available are:
Static text (can not be altered at the user interface)
User input text (alphanumeric)
Current Time and Date
Dates with a fixed offset
Dates with a fixed offset (updated by the real time clock)
Logos and barcodes (Created with CoLOS create professional version)
Note:

Barcode images will be in Bitmap form and can not be altered once they
are downloaded.

The 8018 supports Unicode characters and the user now has a wide choice of
languages, although this may be limited to a Sub set of 128 characters.
4.4.1

8018 and Fonts


The 8018 supports any font available to CoLOS create at the design stage.

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4.5

Image Files
A selection of images are pre-loaded into the 8018 database.
Additional images can be created using Markem.Imaje's CoLOS Create Pro or
CoLOS Create Professional Image Design Software packages.
When creating an Image, the user can structure how the finished image will look.
The style and size of font, the Barcode type if being used and other details about
the image are established when creating the Image Template.
Examples:

Times New Roman

Current Date: ddmm yy

20 06 06

20 06 06

20 06 06

Current Date: mm yyyy

06 2006

06 2006

06 2006

Date with Offset: dd mm yy

20 07 06

20 07 06

20 07 06

Date with Offset: mm yyyy

07 2006

07 2006

07 2006

Current Date: mm yyyy


with Time

07 2006
14:06

07 2006
14:06

07 2006
14:06

Current Date: mm yyyy


with Julian Date: yjjj

07 2006
6173

07 2006
6173

Lot Code, Current Julian Date


and Time: vv yjjj hh:mm
Text with Current date and
Offset date: Produced ddmmyy
Best Before mm/yyyy

Rotated

20 06 06

Arial 8 pt Font

07 2006
6173

Arial 10 pt Font

00 6173 09:11
Produced
20 10 06
Best Before
07/2006

This information is then saved as a .Image or together with a Logo (Bitmap)


file.BBF
Note:

Image names should start with a numeric value between 1 and 100
followed by an underscore and a short description e.g. 23_Peanuts.

Note:

This will replace any existing image in the 8018 database with the number
23.

After creating an Image for an 8018 printer using the CoLOS Create software
package, use the Print to File option in the File menu. The file can then be
copied onto a USB memory stick ready for transfer to the printer.
For full details about Image creation please consult the Composer 2004 Help
Files.

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4.6

Downloading Images
Once you have loaded the USB memory stick with the required images you can
download these to the 8018 local database.
The procedure for this is as follows:
1.

Switch the printer out of Producing mode and into Ready mode.

2.

Insert the pre-loaded USB memory stick into the USB connector on the front
of the printer.

3.

After a short time you will be prompted for the password.

4.

Enter the password 1234 (unless this has been changed) press Accept.

5.

The File management screen is displayed.


1. Delete Images
2. Clear Images
3. Delete Languages
Back

6.

Scroll to Add Images or Add All Images.

7.

Select Add Images or Add All Images.

Select

4. Factory Defaults
5. Add Images
6. Add All Images
Back

Select

8.

After a short time the images that are stored on the USB stick appear.

9.

Select the required image and press Add.

10. If an existing image with the same number is in the database, you will be
asked if you wish to overwrite this image.
11.

Press Confirm.

12. When finished remove the USB stick.

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4.7

Downloading Languages
Language files can be obtained from Markem.Imaje.
These can be loaded onto a USB memory stick by copying them from a PC.
Two files are required:
A .Language file
A .LFF (Language Font File)
The procedure is then similar to loading an image file except this time select Add
Languages.
6. Add All Images
7. Add Languages
8. Upgarde Software
Back

Select

13. After a short time the languages that are stored on the USB stick appear.
14. Select the required language and press Add.
15. If an existing language with the same name is in the database, you will be
asked if you wish to overwrite this.
16.

Press Confirm.

When finished remove the USB stick.

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4.8

Upgrading Firmware
Firmware upgrades can be obtained from Markem.Imaje.
These can be loaded onto a USB memory stick by copying them from a PC.
The procedure is then similar to loading an image file except this time select
Upgrade Software.
7. Add languages
8. Upgrade Software
9. Get Log File
Back

Select

17. After a short time the old version and the new version number are displayed.
Upgrade Software
Old: 0.2_06
New: 02_10
Back
18.

Confirm

Press Confirm.

19. The Screen will flash while upgrading.


Upgrading

Upgrading Do Not Remove Memory Stick

When finished remove the USB stick and re-power the printer.
Upgrading
Software Upgrade
Complete
Please Cycle Power

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4.9

Principles of Printing
4.9.1

Thermal Transfer Technology


The 8018 machines use thermal transfer printheads, similar to the ones used in
Fax machines.
Thermal transfer printers can also operate without ribbon by using specially
treated paper which turns black when heated. This is the way fax paper reacts.
8018 Thermal Transfer Printers always use ribbon.
Each printhead has a series of heating elements (resistors) along the print line.
These printing dots are 8 per mm and are covered in a ceramic glaze for
protection.
When printing, the printhead is moved out by activating a solenoid. This causes
the printhead to press the ink ribbon against the substrate or label. The heat from
the printhead dots melt the ink and the pressure of the printhead against the
substrate transfers the ink to the substrate.

4.9.2

Print Process
With the Intermittent printers, the step rate of the printhead carriage motor is in
direct relationship with the linear motion of the carriage.
The length of time that the dots are energised for is determined by the linear
speed of the printhead carriage.
With the Continuous printers, the length of time that the dots are energised is
determined by the speed of the ribbon, which in turn is controlled by data from a
speed encoder.
The print control processor determines which dots to energise and when to
activate them.
In both cases the length of each dot should end up at 1/8 mm to maintain the
aspect ratio of the character being printed.

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An example of how this works is shown below:
If an Intermittent printer were to print the following sequence:

Dots 1 to 12 are energised three times relative to the linear speed of the print
carriage.
Dots 4 to 8 are energised eighteen times relative to the linear speed of the
print carriage.
Dots 1 to 12 are again energised three times relative to the linear speed of the
print carriage.

If a Continuous printer were to energise the dots in this sequence it would be


relative to the ribbon speed.
In both cases the printed image would then look as follows:
12 dots = 1.5mm

Step 1
Step 3
Step 4

Direction of
Print

PRINT

Step 23
Step 24
Step 26

The resulting character may then be part of the design text or a part of a Graphic
or a Logo. This process happens extremely fast and the printed character may
only take a fraction of a second to print.
For example:
The above character is represented as 26 steps long, just over 3 mm. If the print
speed were 100 mm/sec, this character would only take approximately 3/100 of a
second to print.

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4.10

Operating Principles
The two printer types use different methods of operation specifically designed to
suit the running methods of the packaging machines being used.
The Model 8018i uses a thermal printhead and thermal ink ribbon to print
information onto materials held against a flat Print platen.
The Model 8018c uses a thermal printhead and thermal ink ribbon to print information onto materials held against a Print roller.

Intermittent with Print Platen


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Continuous with Print Roller

Standard Mode Operation


The 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer transfers ink from the ribbon directly onto the
substrate by means of a thermal transfer printhead. In this mode the ink removed
from the ink ribbon will be equal in size to the printed image on the substrate.
For example, a 2 mm long print will use 2 mm of ribbon.
This is the normal running mode for 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer and will
usually achieve the best print quality results.
Certain conditions will determine the standard of print quality achieved:

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The Substrate material being used


The type of Ink Ribbon being used.
The Speed at which printing is performed.
The Printhead pressure setting.
The Printer parameter settings
The gap between the printhead and roller or platen.
The correct combination of all of these will greatly improve print quality.

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4.11.1

Print Cycle Model 8018i


The Model 8018i has a print area of 30mm x 40mm and print speeds of 100 or
225 mm/s.
The Model 8018i prints when the substrate or label is stationary.
The printhead is moved out during the dwell time of the packaging /labelling
machine, and then moved across the substrate / label while printing takes place.
The Intermittent model advances the ribbon during the return movement of the
printhead. The ribbon is only advanced by the same amount as it prints plus a
small margin to prevent images overlapping.
For example, if the image is 25mm long, the ribbon is advanced by 26 or 27 mm.
This keeps ribbon waste to a minimum.
The Model 8018i can print Text, Bar codes (bitmaps) or Logos at any position
within the 30 mm width by 40 mm length print area.
The operating sequence is:
1.

A Print Go signal triggers the print delay timer.

2.

The print delay elapses and the printhead moves into position.

3.

The printhead moves along a linear slide and prints the required information.

4.

The printhead retracts.

5.

The printhead returns to its home position and the ribbon moves along ready
for the next print.

The 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer is now ready for the next print sequence.

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4.11.2

Print Cycle Model 8018c


The Model 8018c has a print area of 30 mm x 40 mm and print speeds of 80 to
450 mm/s.
The Model 8018c prints while the substrate is moving.
In this case the printhead only moves out to the print position and has no linear
motion.
A shaft encoder is used to track the substrate speed.
The ribbon speed is accelerated up to match the substrate speed before printing
can occur.
This is done by means of two stepper motors.
The Model 8018c can print Text, Bar codes or Logs at any position within the 30
mm width by 40 mm length print area.
This makes it the ideal coder for continuous motion form fill and seal machines
and horizontal flow wrappers.
The operating sequence is:
1.

A Print Go signal triggers the Print cycle

2.

The encoder signal determines the speed of the substrate.

3.

The ribbon is accelerated to match the substrate speed.

4.

The printhead is moved to the print position.

5.

The required information is printed. (The printhead has no linear motion).

6.

The printhead retracts and the ribbon is returned ready for the next print.

The 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer is now ready for the next print sequence.

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MACHINE OPERATION

8018 Thermal Transfer Printer


Operation Manual

SECTION 5 - MACHINE OPERATION


5

Machine Operation
5.1

Introduction
This section describes how to operate the 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer unit
once it has been successfully installed.
Topics covered in this section include:

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The User Interface


Screen Navigation
Icons
Screen Types
Security Login Screens
Menu Screens
View Menu Screens
Warning and Problem Alert Screens
Data Entry Screens
Date Entry Screens
Setting Adjustment Screens
Image Setup Screens
Diagnostics Screens
Special Screens

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5.2

The User Interface Panel

Producing
Image: 20
105
Menu

Stop

8018 Thermal Transfer Printer Keypad


The user interface screen comprises of an LCD screen and a 18 button keypad
interface. The (blue) buttons are soft labelled on the screen when usable.
The screen can support graphics and text and will normally have a three or four
line display. The interface allows the user to access the 8018 menu structure.
The following options are available:

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Time and Date configuration


Image selection.
User Input data entry
Printer Settings configuration.
Diagnosis of the system Inputs and Outputs
Statistical information about the printers performance.

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5.2.1

LCD Screen
The 8018 LCD screen is a monochrome (1Bit) 128 x 64 pixel screen.
The user has a choice of language.
Dependant on the printer function at the time, the screen will normally display with
3 or 4 rows of Text / Graphics.
The look of the screen will also vary dependant on the screen type being used.

Example of 3 row display:

Password Entry

**?
Cancel

Accept

Example of 4 row display:

1. Image
2. Calibrate
3. Release Ribbon
Back

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5.3

Keypad
The Navigational keypad consists of six buttons.
Each button may have more than one function dependant on the screen being
viewed at the time.
For ease of reference the buttons have been given the following names:
Top Quad

Left Button

Right Button

Right Quad

Left Quad
Bottom Quad

The Numerical Keypad consists of twelve buttons.

0
The bottom left button is used to adjust the contrast of the screen.
The bottom right button is used to add a space between numbers.

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5.3.1

Navigation Keypad Button Usage


In this example the Left Button, Right Button and Top Quad Button are
available for use.
Producing
Image: 20
105
i

Menu

Stop

The Left Quad, Bottom Quad and Right Quad are inactive.
In this example all six buttons are active.
Set Date
Current:

22-Aug.-2006

New:

22-Sept.-2006

Cancel

Accept

The Left Quad and Right Quad buttons directly under the Arrows move the
cursor left or right.
The Top Quad and Bottom Quad buttons increment or decrement the month.
The Left and Right buttons Cancel or Accept any changes made to the screen
text.

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5.3.2

Navigation Keypad Button Functions


The function of each button is described below:
Table 5 1: Navigation Keypad Buttons

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Button
Name

Meaning

Left
Button

Back to last screen

(Home screen Menus


(Elsewhere) Back/Cancel

Left Quad

Move Cursor/
Selection left

(Data entry) Move cursor left

Right
Quad

Move Cursor/
Selection right

(Data entry) Move cursor right

Top Quad

Increment one,
Move up one

(Menu navigation) Previous menu


(Data entry) Increase selection by one
unit.

Bottom
Quad

Decrement one,
Move down one

(Menu navigation) Next menu


(Data entry) Decrease selection by one
unit.

Right
Button

Action / Do it

(Home screen) Stop/Run


(Elsewhere) Select/Accept/Confirm/Hide

Usage and Labels

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5.4

Icons
Various Icons are used to indicate the state of the printer or menu options.
The Icons and their meanings are listed below:
Ribbon Status Indicator

The Ribbon Indicator is positioned at the left of the screen.


The ribbon Indicator is followed by a gauge made up of 10 increments with a bar
to indicate the extent of the gauge.
The span of the horizontal bar below the vertical bars indicates the maximum
ribbon capacity of the printer.
(Markem.Imaje 3810 ribbon 450 Metres)
If you load a new 450 metre ribbon the gauge will indicate full capacity.
This is recorded when the ribbon is calibrated.
If a partly used ribbon is loaded the same procedure is followed and the gauge
adjusted accordingly.
This gives the user an indication of how much ribbon is remaining.

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Status Indicator

The Status Indicator is positioned at the top left hand corner of every screen.
On the Home screen the Status Icon supplements the Status Text.
i.e. Producing, Stopped, Problem.
This Icon animates to give the impression of movement when the printer is
producing.
Warning Status Indicators

This replaces the Status Indicator when a Warning occurs.


These flash alternately in time with the Status Text on the Warning Alert
Problem Status Indicators

This replaces the Status Indicator when a Problem occurs.


These flash alternately in time with the Status Text on the Problem Alert
Validation Indicator

This indicates that the Alphanumeric data entered is within the acceptable range.

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5.4.1

Menu Icons
Table 5 2: Menu Icons
Icon

Menu Name

Main Menu

Engineering Menus

View Menu

Settings Menu
Ribbon Status

Language Menu

Image Menu
File Management Menu

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5.4.2

Screen Quad Label Icons


Table 5 3: Quad Label Icons
Quad Icon

Quad Button Action

Enter the View menus where Job and Device information is


displayed.
Move the Cursor left one position.

Move the Cursor right one position.


Move up one menu place.
In enumerated menus, indicates the user can move up to
the next setting option.
Move up or down one menu place.
In enumerated menus, indicates the user can move up or
down to the next setting option.
Move down one menu place.
In enumerated menus, indicates the user can move down
to the next setting option.
Increment a setting one unit.
Increment or decrement a setting one unit.
Decrement a setting one unit.

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5.5

Screen Types
The 8018 User Interface supports various Screen Types.
The screen is generally divided into a grid of four rows.
Producing
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Menu

Stop

The bottom row of the grid is always used for the Navigation Button labels.
The top left hand corner cell is always used for the System State

The screen types can be grouped as follows:


Table 5 4: Screen Types
Screen Type

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Description

Home Screen

The main screen from which the user starts.

Menu Screens

Used to navigate between different menu options or


screen types.

Reports Screens

Used to display a large amount of textual


information. (i)

Data Entry Screens

Used to enter data for Job setup or printer settings.

Diagnostic Screens

Used to display real time dynamic data.

Special Screens

Used to display special information such as


Warnings or Problems.

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5.5.1

Home Screen
The Home Screen is the main screen from which the user starts.
This can either be the Stopped Screen or the Producing Screen.
The menus can be accessed from both versions of this screen.
Stopped Screen:

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Menu

Start

Stop

Producing Screen:

Producing
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Menu
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5.5.2

Security Login Screen


If you select an option that has Password protection you will then be prompted for
a Login Password.
Password Entry

Cancel
Enter the default password 1234 and press Accept.
Password Entry

**?
Cancel
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Accept

The Password can be changed at the user interface.

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5.6

Menu Screens
Menus are navigated by using the top and bottom quad buttons to move either up
or down through the menu structure. Alternatively enter the menu item number
using the numeric keypad to select the item.
After entering a menu, the top item in the list will be highlighted.
From this point the user can only scroll down.
The user scrolls down through the menu topics by using the bottom quad button,
or back up through the menu topics by using the top quad button.
1. Image
2. Calibrate
3. Release Ribbon
Back

Select

Pressing the bottom quad button will select the menu item below it and move the
highlight to the middle entry screen.
The icon will change to a full height double ended arrow.
1. Image
2. Calibrate
3. Release Ribbon
Back

Select

When the last topic is reached the first topic will reappear and the user can
continue to scroll through again if required.
7. Engineering
1. Image
2. Calibrate
Back
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Select

Once the first menu item is again at the top the user can only scroll
downwards. (The menu does not Loop upwards)

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Pressing Select will take the user into the highlighted menu options screen, in
this case the Darkness menu.
5. Print Settings
6. Darkness
7. Engineering
Back

Select

Pressing the Back button will return the user to the last viewed screen, in this
case the Home screen.
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5.7

Reports Screens

These screens are available under the


menu and give full details of what is
expressed in abbreviated form on the Home page.
This includes full information about Warnings and Problems.
Information such the Software version number, Hardware serial numbers etc. are
displayed here. The information is static unlike the Diagnostics screens which
display real time status details.
This screen allows access to the following information:

5.7.1

Full details of Problems and Warnings.


Current Job details.
Details of the current Printer settings
Details of the Counts
Printer Version Information

View Menu Screen


The View Menu is available from the Home screen by selecting the

i button.

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Menu

Stop

This menu works in the same way as other similar menus but the available
options are for information only.
1. Faults and Warnings
2. Image Details
3. Settings Details
Back

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With this menu you can view:

Problem and Warning details.


Current Job details.
Settings details.
Counts details.
Version Information

Example of the Faults and Warnings

Fault 1104
Calibration Failure
Initial Tension
Hide
Example of the Counts

Counts Totals
Good: 2005
Missed: 0
Back

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5.7.2

Warning and Problem Alert Screens


These screens inform you of problems or potential problems.
If a Fault occurs the 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer will stop printing if in
Producing mode and the Fault Alert screen will appear.
The X will flash to indicate a fault. Pressing the right hand button Hide will stop
this.
In the case of a Warning the 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer will continue printing if
in Producing mode. The Warning does not stop the print cycle.
An example of a Warning might be Low Ribbon

Warning # 1201

Missed Print
A required print has been missed
Hide

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5.8

Data Entry Screens


Data entry screens will vary dependant on the menu option that has been
selected.
These screens can be grouped as follows:

5.8.1

Prompted Data Entry Screens


Date Entry Screens
Settings Adjustment Screens
Image Setup Screens

Prompted Data
Prompted data entry screens collect input from the user as a result of Image
designs that requires variable data to be entered during the Image selection
process.
Because the Image design can prompt for different types of input, the screen
types vary.
User Defined Text

User Text

00 1234567899 0

Abandon

Accept

User Defined Text is limited to 16 characters including spaces and is


Alphanumeric.
By moving the cursor along the line of text, each character in turn can be edited.
Use the Keypad to add or edit a number.
User Defined Dates

User Date
Current:

22-Sept.-2006

New:

22-Nov.-2006

Back

Accept

User Defined Dates do not automatically rollover and will remain until a new
image is selected, or the current image is reselected.

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5.9

Date Entry Screens


There are two types of Date Entry screens that the User Interface has to
support:

5.9.1

Literal Date Entry


Offset Date Entry

Literal Date Entry


This screen is used to prompt the setting of a fixed date to be printed. There is no
calculation made on this date, it is displayed (Prompted) in the format that it will be
printed. This means that the fields that make up the date string, can appear in any
order, depending on how it was set at the design stage.
Set Date
Current:

22-Aug-2006

New:

22-Sep-2006

Cancel

Accept

The cursor sits under the first set of numbers in the date string allowing for this to
be edited by using the upper or lower Quad buttons.
In this case the available numbers will depend on the number of days in the
selected month. (i.e. Dec. - 31 days)
If an incorrect day number is entered the Validation Indicator will be displayed as
an X and the Accept option will not be available.
Set Date
Current:

22-Sep-2006

New:

32-Sep-2006

Cancel
Incrementing the Month may also affect the day number.

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5.9.2

Offset Date Entry


This screen is used to set an offset from the 8018 internal clock and to preview
what the resultant date would be.
Set Date
Preview:
Offset:

12-Sep-2006
00-00-007

Back

:Days
Accept

This example shows an offset of seven days, so the actual date that the 8018
internal clock is set to is the 5th Sept. 2006.
Set Date
Preview:
Offset:
Back

20-Dec-2006
00-02-015

:Months
Accept

This example shows an offset of 2 months and 15 days, so the actual date that
the 8018 internal clock is set to is the 5th October 2006.

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5.10

Setting Adjustment Screens


There are two types of Settings Adjustment screens that the User Interface has
to support:

5.10.1

Current Setting Adjustment


Enumerated Choice

Current Setting Adjustment


These screens are generally used to set a numeric value, where there is a range
of values that can be selected.
Darkness
Current:

100

New:

110

Cancel
5.10.2

Accept

Enumerated Choice Settings


This screen is used to select from a list of pre-defined setting options Enumerated Data
Example:
1. 0 mm
2. 2 mm
3. 4 mm
Back
The

Select

symbol indicates that there are more options available, use the top or

bottom Quad buttons to select the required option.


Press the right hand button to accept the option.

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5.11

Image Setup Screens


All image setup can be performed with the 8018 in a Stopped condition. Some
options can also be accessed from the Producing mode screen.
Stopped
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Menu

Start

Select Menus by pressing the left button.


Producing:

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Menu

Stop

Select Menus by pressing the left button.

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The first option in the Menu is Image
1. Image
2. Calibrate
3. Release Ribbon
Back

Select

On choosing Image from the main menu, the first step is to select which Image
you want to setup.
Image 1
Image 2
Image 3
Back

Select

The Current Image is always the first in the list.


To select a new Image use the bottom Quad button to scroll through the options
or enter the appropriate item number on the numeric keypad.
If prompted, enter any User Defined Alphanumerical Text or User Defined Date.
User Text

00 1234567899000

Abandon

Accept

User Date
Current:

22-Sept.-2006

New:

22-Nov.-2006

Cancel

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5.12

Diagnostics Screens
The Diagnostics screen displays the current status and dynamically changing
data which give an aid to troubleshooting.
The information is read only and can therefore not be altered.
This screen allows access to the following information:

Printer configuration
Printer Serial Number
Inputs status
Outputs status
Temperatures
Print timings
Internal Sensor status
Printhead Voltage
.

Diagnostics
Print Go State: INACTIVE
Fault O/P State: ACTIVE
Back
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MENUS

8018 Thermal Transfer Printer


Operation Manual

SECTION 6 - MENUS
6

Menus
6.1

Introduction
This section describes how to navigate the menus and the options available.
Topics covered in this section include:

Menu Structure.
Accessing the menus.
Image Setup menus.
Main menu options.
Engineering menus.
Configure Date and Time settings including Date Offsets.
Manual Control of the printer.
Digital I/O Control.
Configure various printer operation settings.
Viewing Diagnostic information.
Viewing statistics about the printers performance.
Selecting a Test Image.
Select the User Interface language.
View and management Database Information.

Most of these settings should only require configuration directly after installation.
Some others, such as the Print Darkness may require periodic adjustment.

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6.2

Menu Structure
Menus
1. Image

1. Registration

2. Calibrate

2. Offset

3. Release Ribbon

3. Pressure

4. Test Print

4. TPH Resistance

5. Print Settings

5. Print Speed

1. Print Test Pattern

6. Darkness

2. Calibrate

7. Engineering

3. Head Up/Down
1. Set Date

4. Toggle Cycle Mode

2. Set Time

5. Tension Setup

3. Shift Codes

6. Carriage Home

4. Manual Control
5. Digital I/O Control

1. Image

6. Settings

2. Print Initiation

7. Diagnostics

3. Ribbon Setup

8. Statistics

4. Password Change

9. Test Print

5. Encoder Steps

10. Select Language

6. Print Delay

11. File Management

1. Image

1. Interlace
2. Rollover Hour
3. Rollover Minute
4. Rollover Direction

2. Print Initiation

1. Debounce Time
2. Print Go Ignore
3. Print Go Edge

3. Ribbon Setup

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1. Release Ribbon
2. Ribbon Grade
3. Ribbon Wind
4. Ribbon Width
5. Ribbon Length
6. Outside Diameter
7. Core Diameter
8. Target Tension
9. Dist per ADC
10. Print Gap

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6.3

Accessing the Menus


To access the Menus:
1.

From the main screen select Menus by pressing the left button.

2.

If an Access Code is prompted for enter the code.

3.

The Main Menu screen is displayed.

1. Image
2. Calibrate
3. Release Ribbon
Back

Select

The Main Menu screen allows you to:

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1.

Select an Image

2.

Calibrate the printer

3.

Release the ribbon tension for webbing up.

4.

Activate a Test print of the current job

5.

Adjust the print position and pressure.

6.

Adjust the print darkness level.

7.

Access the Engineering menus.

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6.4

Image Selection Menus


The 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer provides 100 different default images.
Additional images can be created using Markem.Imajes CoLOS Create image
creation software. (This can be installed from the CD) User created images can
be loaded into any of the 100 positions.
To select an Image with this method follow the procedure below:
1.

From the main screen select Menu by pressing the left button.

2.

The Menu screen is displayed.

1. Image
2. Calibrate
3. Release Ribbon
Back

Select

3.

Configure a new Image by pressing the right button (Select) while the
Image option is highlighted.

4.

A list of available Images appears.


Image 1
Image 2
Image 3
Back

Select

5.

Use the bottom quad button to scroll to the required Image option or enter the
item number at the numeric keypad.

6.

Select the Image by pressing the right button.


Image 1
Image 2
Image 3
Back

Select

If prompted, enter any required User Input Text.

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6.5

Calibrate
This option initiates the ribbon calibration sequence.
This must be selected after changing a ribbon or to clear a ribbon feed problem.
To access the Calibrate option:
From the Menu screen select Calibrate.
1. image
2. Calibrate
3. Release Ribbon
Back

Select

The calibration sequence begins.

Calibrating...
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6.6

Release Ribbon
This option releases the ribbon tension and with the Model 8018i moves the print
module to the ribbon load position.
To access the Release Ribbon option:
From the Menu screen select Release Ribbon.
2. Calibrate
3. Release Ribbon
4. Test Print
Back

Select

The ribbon tension is released and if using the Model 8018i the print module
position is moved to the ribbon load position.
The appropriate webbing diagram is displayed on the LCD.

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6.7

Test Print of the Current Job


This option allows you to activate a test print of the current selected Image.
To access the Test Print option:
From the Menu screen select Test Print.
3. Release Ribbon
4. Test Print
5. Print Settings
Back

Select

If the machine type is an Intermittent printer the print will be activated immediately.
If the machine type is a continuous printer the target material must be in motion
for the action to take place.

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6.8

Print Settings
This menu allows you to make small adjustments to the position of the printed
image on the target material. Adjustments can also be made to other settings to
improve print quality.
The options available are:
1.

Registration

2.

Offset

3.

Pressure

4.

TPH Resistance

5.

Print Speed (Model 8018i)

To access the Print Settings Menu:


1.

From the Menu screen select Print Settings.


4. Test Print
5. Print Settings
6. Darkness
Back

2.

Select

The Print Settings menus is displayed.


1. Registration
2. Offset
3. Pressure
Back

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Select

3.

Use the bottom Quad button to scroll to the required menu or enter the item
number required at the numeric keypad.

4.

Press the right button to Select the menu.

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6.8.1

Print Position
The print position can be split into two parts:
Registration is the position of the print relative to the direction of the substrate.
Increasing the registration will move the position of the print further back on the
substrate.
Offset is the position of the print relative to the Printhead.
Increasing the offset will move the position of the print across the printhead.
See Installation and Setup for more information.

6.8.2

Print Quality
Print quality can be ensured by using the optimum settings for specific target
materials. Different materials may require different settings.
For example a Polypropylene substrate may require a different pressure setting to
a Polythene substrate. The correct Print Speed also plays an important role in
achieving good print quality.

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The following options can be configured:
Table 6 1: Image Options
Registration
Range: 0 - 35 (I)
0 - 600 (C)
Default: 0
Offset
Range: 0 to 30
Default: 0

Registration is the position of the print relative to


the direction of the substrate.
Increasing the registration will move the position
of the print further back on the substrate.
Offset is the position of the print relative to the
Printhead.
Increasing the offset will move the position of the
print across the printhead.

Pressure
Range: 0 to 75
Default: 50

This allows you to set the printhead pressure.


The smaller the Printhead gap the more pressure
is required.

TPH Resistance
Range: 1 - 9999
Default: 1200

This allows you to set the correct resistance level


for the Thermal Transfer Printhead being used.
The resistance level is different for each
individual printhead and is displayed on the
printhead.

Print Speed
Range: 100 mm/s or 225
mm/s
Default: 100 mm/s

This is a Intermittent printer function.


This allows you to select the printing speed.

(I) Intermittent
(C) Continuous

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6.9

Print Darkness
The print darkness menu allows you to adjust the amount of energy used by the
printhead. This will effectively change the contrast of the print on the substrate.
To access the Print Darkness menu:
1.

From the Menu screen select Darkness


5. Print Settings
6. Darkness
7. Engineering
Back

2.

Select

The Print Darkness screen is displayed.


Darkness
Current:

100

New:

110

Cancel
3.

Use the top and bottom Quad buttons to increment or decrement the units, or
alternatively enter the required figure using the numerical keypad.

4.

When finished press the right button to Accept the change.

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Accept

This option can be accessed from the Producing mode screen.

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6.10

Engineering Menus
The Engineering Menus allow you to:

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Set the Date and Time.


Manually operate the printer.
Toggle various Digital Outputs.
Configure various printer settings.
View the Diagnostic functions.
View various printer statistics.
Select a Test Image
Select the User Interface language.
Manage files via the USB memory stick.

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To access the Engineering Menus:
1.

From the Menus screen select Engineering.


6. Darkness
7. Engineering
1. Image
Back

2.

Select

The Engineering Menus screen is displayed.


1. Set Date
2. Set Time
3. Shift Codes
Back

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Select

3.

Use the bottom Quad button to scroll to the required menu or enter the item
number required at the numeric keypad.

4.

Press the right button to Select the menu.

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6.11

Set Date and Time


To access the Date menu:
1.

Select Set Date from the Engineering Menu screen.


1. Set Date
2. Set Time
3. Shift Codes
Back

2.

Select

The Date menu screen is displayed.


Set Date
Current:

22-Sep-2006

New:

22-Nov-2006

Cancel

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Accept

3.

Use the left and right Quad buttons to move the cursor.

4.

Use the top and bottom Quad buttons to change the date.

5.

When finished press the right button to Accept the changes.

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To access the Time menu:
1.

Select Set Time from the Engineering Menu screen.


1. Set Date
2. Set Time
3. Shift Codes
Back

2.

Select

The Time menu screen is displayed.


Set Time
Current:

14:19

New:

15:19

Cancel

:Hours
Accept

3.

Use the left and right Quad buttons to move the cursor.

4.

Use the top and bottom Quad buttons to change the time.

5.

When finished press the right button to Accept the changes.

Once set the 8018 will maintain the time and date. The accuracy of the settings
should be checked periodically.

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6.12

Shift Codes
To access the Shift Codes menu:
1.

Select Shift Codes from the Engineering Menu screen.


1. Set Time
2. Shift Codes
3. Manual Control
Back

2.

Select

The Shift Code menu screen is displayed.


1. No. of Shift Codes
2. Shift 1:
3. Shift Time 1:
Back

6.12.1

Select

3.

Use the bottom Quad button to scroll to the required menu or enter the item
number required at the numeric keypad.

4.

Press the right button to Select the menu.

Number of Shift Codes


To set the number of Shift Codes:
1.

Select No. Shift Codes from the Shift Code menu screen.

2.

The Number of Shift Codes menu screen is displayed.


No. of Shift Codes
Current:

New:

Cancel

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3.

Enter the required number.

4.

When finished press the right button to Accept the changes.

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6.12.2

Shift Code name


To set the name for a Shift Code:
1.

Select the appropriate Shift number from the Shift Code menu screen.

2.

The Shift Code name screen is displayed.


Shift 1:

SH 01

Abandon

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Accept

3.

Use the left and right Quad buttons to move the cursor.

4.

Use the top and bottom Quad buttons to change the text.

5.

When finished press the right button to Accept the changes.

Shift Code Time


To set the start time for a Shift Code:
1.

Select the appropriate Shift number Shift Time.

2.

The Shift Time screen is displayed.


Shift Time 1
Current:

06:00

New:

06:00

Abandon

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:Hours
Accept

3.

Use the left and right Quad buttons to move the cursor.

4.

Use the top and bottom Quad buttons to change the time.

5.

When finished press the right button to Accept the changes.

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6.13

Manual Control
The Manual Control Menu allows you to:
1.

Print a Test Image.

2.

Calibrate the printer

3.

Activate the Head Up/Down function

4.

Activate the Cycle Mode function

5.

View the ribbon tension settings

6.

Move the print module carriage to the home position

To select the Manual Control menu:


1.

From the Engineering screen select Manual Control.


2. Shift Codes
3. Manual Control
4. Digital I/O Control
Back

2.

Select

The Manual Control Menu is displayed.


1. Print Test Pattern
2. Calibrate
3. Head Up/Down
Back

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Select

3.

Use the bottom Quad button to scroll to the required function or enter the item
number required at the numeric keypad.

4.

Select the function by pressing the right button.

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6.14

Digital I/O Control


The Digital I/O Control Menu allows you to:

Switch on and off the Fault and Warning outputs.

To select the Digital l/O Control menu:


1.

From the Engineering screen select Digital I/O Control.


4. Manual Control
5. Digital I/O Control
6. Settings
Back

2.

Select

The Digital I/O Control Menu is displayed.


1. Toggle Fault
2. Toggle Warning

Back

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Select

3.

Use the bottom Quad button to scroll to the required function or enter the item
number required at the numeric keypad.

4.

Select the function by pressing the right button.

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6.15

Printer Settings Menus


This is the largest of the menu groups.
The Settings menu allows access to various printer set up options.
The Settings menus allow you to:
1.

Configure Image specific data.

2.

Configure the print initiation sequence.

3.

Configure the Ribbon setup

4.

Configure the Password.

5.

Configure the Encoder options. (Continuous printers)

6.

Configure the Print delay option.

To access the Printer Settings Menus:


1.

From the Engineering screen select Settings


5. Digital I/O Control
6. Settings
7. Diagnostics
Back

2.

Select

The Settings menu options are displayed


1. Image
2. Print Initiation
3. Ribbon Setup
Back

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Select

3.

Use the bottom Quad button to scroll to the required menu or enter the item
number required at the numeric keypad.

4.

Select the menu by pressing the right button.

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6.15.1

Image
The Image menu allows you to configure various settings that are specific to the
particular printer.
To access the Image Menu:
1.

From the Settings menus screen select Image


1. Image
2. Print Initiation
3. Ribbon Setup
Back

2.

Select

The Image menu options are displayed.


1. Interlace
2. Rollover Hour
3. Rollover Minute
Back

Select

3.

Use the bottom Quad button to scroll to the required option or enter the item
number required at the numeric keypad.

4.

Select the option by pressing the right button.

The following options can be configured:


Table 6 2: Image Options

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Interlace
(Future enhancement)
Range: Interlace On or
Interlace Off
Default: Interlace Off

This is a Intermittent printer function.


This allows you to enable the Interlace print
ribbon save option.

Date Rollover Hour


Range: 0 to 11
Default: 0

This allows you to set the hour at which the next


day starts.

Date Rollover Minute


Range: 0 to 59
Default: 0

This allows you to set the minute of the hour at


which the next day starts.

Date Rollover Direction


Range: After Midnight or
Before Midnight
Default: After Midnight

This allows you to set the period of the day that


the rollover occurs.

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Print Initiation
The Print Initiation menu allows you to configure the signal to start printing. The
options available will depend upon which printer type is selected. (Intermittent or
Continuous)
To access the Print Initiation menu:
1.

From the Settings menus screen select Print Initiation.


1. Image
2. Print Initiation
3. Ribbon Setup
Back

2.

Select

The Print Initiation menu options will be displayed.


1. Debounce Time
2. Print Go Ignore
3. Print Go Edge
Back

Select

3.

Use the bottom Quad button to scroll to the required menu.

4.

Select the menu by pressing the right button.

The following options can be configured:


Table 6 3: Print Initiation
Debounce Time
Range: 0 to 5000 ms
Default: 0

This allows you to set the time over which the


print trigger must be active before it is accepted
as valid.
This avoids electrical noise problems.
This is Continuous printer feature.

Print Go Ignore
Range: 0 to 1000 mm
Default: 0
Print Go Edge
Range: 0 to 1000 mm
Default: 0

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This allows you to set the distance following a


valid print go signal that the printer will ignore
subsequent print signals.
This allows you to set the print to be activated by
the rising or falling edge of the signal.

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Ribbon Setup
The Ribbon Setup menu allows you to configure various ribbon specific settings.
This enables the Controller to fine tune printer settings to suit individual ribbon
types.
To access the Ribbon Setup Menu:
1.

From the Settings menus screen select Ribbon Setup


2. Print Initiation
3. Ribbon Setup
1. Image
Back

2.

Select

The Ribbon Setup menu options will be displayed.


1. Release Ribbon
2. Ribbon Grade
3. Ribbon Wind
Back

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Select

3.

Use the bottom Quad button to scroll to the required option.

4.

Select the option by pressing the right button.

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The following options can be configured:
Table 6 4: Ribbon Setup Options
Setting

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Description

Release Ribbon

This allows you to release the ribbon tension


for loading a new ribbon.

Ribbon Grade
Range: 3510, 3810, 3910,
Non Markem.Imaje
Default: 3810

This allows you to set the grade of the ribbon


being used.

Ribbon Wind
Range: Inside wound or
Outside wound
Default: Outside wound

This allows you to set the type of ribbon being


used. Ink side outwards or Ink side inwards.

Ribbon Width
Range: 20mm - 33mm
Default: 30mm

This allows user to set the width of the ribbon


being used.

Ribbon Length
Range: 100mm - 450mm
Default: 450mm

This option is displayed if Non Markem.Imaje


ribbon is selected.
This allows you to set the length of ribbon
being used.

Outside Diameter
Range: 40mm - 100mm
Default: 98mm

This allows you to set the outside diameter of


ribbon being used.

Core Diameter
Range: 30mm - 35mm
Default: 32.0 mm

This allows you to set the outside diameter of


ribbon core being used.

Target Tension
Range: 40 - 200
Default: 100

This allows you to make fine adjustments to


the ribbon tension.

Distance per ADC


Range: 0.00001 - 0.9999
Default: Factory set

Calibration factor for the tension sensor.


This is set during the Tension setup See
Manual Control - Tension Setup.

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Password Change
The Password Change menu allows you to configure a new password.
To access the Password Change Menu:
1.

From the Settings menus screen select Password Change


3. Ribbon Setup
4. Password Change
5. Encoder Steps
Back

2.

Select

The Password screen is displayed.


Password Entry

Cancel
3.

Enter the existing password and press Accept.

4.

The new password screen is displayed.


New Password

**?
Cancel

Accept

5.

Enter the new password and press accept. (Do this twice)

6.

If successful the following screen is displayed.

Password Change

SUCCESS

Cancel

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Encoder Steps
The Encoder Steps menu allows you to configure the number of steps required for
a non Markem.Imaje supplied encoder if this is being used.
To access the Encoder Steps Menu:
1.

From the Settings menus screen select Encoder Steps


4. Password Change
5. Encoder Steps
6. Print Delay
Back

2.

Select

The Encoder Steps menu is displayed.


Encoder Steps
Current:

3.05 step/mm

New:

3.05 steps/mm

Cancel
3.

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Accept

Enter the required number and press Accept.

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Print Delay
The Print Delay menu allows you to configure the amount of delay required after
the Print Go signal has been activated.
To access the Print Delay Menu:
1.

From the Settings menus screen select Print Delay


5. Encoder Steps
6. Print Delay
1. Image
Back

2.

Select

The Print Delay menu screen is displayed.


Print Delay
Current:

100 ms

New:

100 ms

Cancel
3.

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Accept

Enter the required number and press Accept.

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Diagnostics
The Diagnostics menu allows you to view various information about the status of
the printer.
To access the Diagnostics menu:
1.

From the Engineering menus screen select Diagnostics


5. Settings
6. Diagnostics
7. Statistics
Back

2.

Select

The Diagnostics menu options are displayed.


Diagnostics
Print Go: Inactive
Fault o/p: Inactive
Back

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The following information can be viewed:
Table 6 5: Diagnostics
Setting

Description
Printer Configuration

Printer Hand

Left or Right

Printer Type

Intermittent or Continuous

Printer Serial Number

Printer specific
Input Status

Print Go State

Active or Inactive

Substrate Speed (Continuous)

Substrate Speed

Output Status
Fault Output State

Active or Inactive

Warning Output State

Active or Inactive
Temperatures

Printer Temperature

oC

Print head Temperature

Internal

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Tension Sensor Value

Numeric value

Encoder Input A State

Active or Inactive

Ribbon Sensor State

Active or Inactive

Movement Roller

Numeric value

Solenoid Fault State

Active or Inactive

Print head Voltage

Volts dc

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Statistics
The Statistics menu allows you to view various statistical information about the
8018 Thermal Transfer Printer.
To access the Statistics menu:
1.

From the Engineering menus screen select Statistics


6. Diagnostics
7. Statistics
8. Test Image
Back

2.

Select

The Statistics menu information is displayed.


Statistics
Average pack Rate: 100
Ribbon Used: 1.5km
Back

The following information can be viewed:


Table 6 6: Statistics
Information

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Description

Average Pack Rate

Packs per minute

Ribbon used

km

New Prints

Numeric value

Old Prints

Numeric value

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Test Print
The Test Print menu option allows you to select a specialized Test Image pattern.
To access the Test Print function:
1.

From the Engineering menus screen select Test print


7. Statistics
8. Test Print
9. Select Language
Back

2.

Select

The Test Image is selected and printer will print the image.

This Image when printed will enable you to diagnose the condition of the print.
For example:

If printhead dots are damaged these will not print and will appear as white
lines through the image.
For full information regarding print quality issues please consult Section 7 Setup
and Timing Issues

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Select Language
The Select Language menu options allow you to select the User Interface
language for the machine.
The languages menu strings are downloaded to the printer and the options are
therefore dependant on which languages are being used.
To access the Select Language menu:
1.

From the Engineering menus screen choose Select Language


8. Test print
9. Select Language
10. File management
Back

2.

Select

The Language menu options are displayed.


1: English
2: Spanish

Back
Note:

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Select

Loading any language other than English may take some time, depending
on the complexity of the file.

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File Management
The File Management menu options allow you to load files from a USB memory
stick or manage existing files in the 8018 memory. Single files or groups of files
can be managed. Image files, language files and software upgrade files can be all
be transferred via a USB stick.
If the 8018 Thermal Transfer Printer is in Producing mode, the act of inserting a
USB stick will automatically select the file management menu.
If no USB stick is inserted not all of the options will be available.
To access the File Management menu:
1.

From the Engineering menus screen select File Management


9. Select language
10. File management

Back
2.

Select

The File Management menu options are displayed.


1. Delete Images
2. Clear Images
3. Delete Languages
Back

Select

The following options are available:


Table 6 7: File Management
Setting

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Description

Delete Images

This allows you to delete individual image files


from the memory.

Clear Images

This allows you to delete all image files from


the memory.

Delete Languages

This allows you to delete individual language


files.

Factory Defaults

This allows you to reset the printer to the


factory default settings.

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