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Panduit Cougar LS9 Operator's Manual

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™ LS9
Operator's Manual
Panduit Corp.
Identification Products Division
1819 Atlanta Highway
Cumming, GA 30040
Technical Support: 1-866-871-4571
Customer Service: 1-800-777-3300
REV. 0 – 12/01/06


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    ™ LS9 OUGAR HERMAL RANSFER RINTER Operator’s Manual Panduit Corp. Identification Products Division 1819 Atlanta Highway Cumming, GA 30040 Technical Support: 1-866-871-4571 Customer Service: 1-800-777-3300 LS9-MAN-A REV. 0 – 12/01/06...

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Using Pages... 26 Using Special Functions ... 27 Setting up the C ™ LS9 and Using File Manager...28-30 OUGAR Labeling Exercises ...31-36 Printer Cleaning Instructions ...37-38 Printer Troubleshooting...39-40 Frequently Asked Questions ...41-42 Warranty Information …..43 General Specifications ... 44...

  • Page 3: Section 1: Getting Started


  • Page 4: Introduction And Safe Operation

    Operation of this printer in such an environment constitutes a definite safety hazard. Do Not Operate In Wet Or Damp Areas Do not operate this printer in wet or damp areas. Operation of the printer in such an environment constitutes a definite safety hazard.

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    Because of the danger of introducing additional hazards, do not install substitute parts or perform an unauthorized modification to the printer or its accessories. The proper components for service and repair may be obtained from Panduit Corp. WARNING: When the printer has been in use for an extended period of time, the printer motor may become hot.

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    Should you misplace the quick reference card, you may download another copy from the web at All of the detailed product ordering information is included in the comprehensive LS9 Product Bulletin. The bulletin is available from Panduit Customer Service (800-777-3300) or online at ™ LS9. The AC...

  • Page 7: General Description

    GENERAL DESCRIPTION ™ LS9 Hand-Held Thermal Transfer Printer OUGAR Large, graphic display Print head latch P1™ Label Cassette System Integrated memory device Continuous labels Cutter button with partial cut adjustment 59 button keypad Adjustable wrist/neck strap Ribbon included Durable plastic...

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    When you take a label cassette out of the printer, your last label design goes with the cassette. This is very useful for sharing files between more than one user or printer. This is also helpful when using a cassette from a previous job or project.

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    Loading the Batteries Remove the battery door from the back of the C impact bumper is installed on the printer, you will have to move it away from the battery door first. Install the 6 AA batteries according to the molded indicators within the battery compartment.

  • Page 10: Keyboard Functions

    KEYBOARD FUNCTIONS Delete/Clear Setup Power Size/Length Letters Numbers Shift Space/Accent Feed Print Insert or Edit Tools Label Mode/Caps Lock Directional Arrows Enter/Rotate...

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    Erase characters and tools • CLEAR Clear the entire screen • FEED Feed labels • Turn display backlight on or off. Available on LS8E printer. Not available on LS9 printer • PRINT Print labels • COPIES Print multiple copies • SIZE Select the text font size •...

  • Page 12: Section 2: Working With The C Ougar ™ Ls9


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    USING THE C OUGAR The Home Screen The home screen is where you enter and edit text or place label items known as tools. The home screen is also where you print labels. The home screen has several different indicators, including: INDICATOR ICON Caps Lock...

  • Page 14: Creating Text

    CREATING TEXT Creating Text ™ LS9, the home screen will appear. The home After turning on the C OUGAR screen is also the text editor. To create text on the home screen, simply begin pressing the alphabetic or numeric keys on the keypad. Text will be entered at the position of the cursor. The cursor is indicated by a vertical line.

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    CREATING TEXT Text Style ™ LS9 has two different text styles: Bold and Bold + Underline. To The C OUGAR change the text style, press the STYLE key. The new text style can be applied to all characters on a label or just to characters inserted after the change. Text style can be different for each individual text character on a line.

  • Page 16: Creating Serializations

    CREATING SERIALIZATIONS The Serialization Tool The serialization tool is used to automatically number labels in a sequence. The sequence can be either numeric (1 to 999) or alphabetic (A to ZZZ). serialization is defined by a start value, an end value, and an increment value. To correctly define a serialization, the end value must be larger than the start value and the start and end values must be both numeric or both alphabetic.

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    CREATING SERIALIZATIONS More Serialization Parameters The serialization tool includes more parameters on a second screen following the first screen. The second screen includes Copies and Collate. To access the second screen press the down directional arrow twice after Increment. The Copies parameter determines the number of copies to print for the serialization.

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    CREATING SERIALIZATIONS Press the key to accept the changes and to return to the home screen. Advanced Serialization Options The serialization tool includes several advanced options for customizing labels. The advanced serialization options are Print As and Place On. The Print As option determines whether the serialization will print as text or as a bar code on the labels.

  • Page 19: Creating Symbols

    CREATING SYMBOLS The Symbol Tool The Symbol Tool is used for creating electrical, network, and safety or facility identification labels. Creating a Symbol The symbol tool should be accessed from the home screen. To access the symbol tool: Press the INSERT key to enter the tools menu. Press the directional arrows to highlight the symbol tool.

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    CREATING SYMBOLS Currently available symbols and their assigned library numbers are listed below. Additional symbols may be added to the C OUGAR ™ LS9 firmware in the future.

  • Page 21: Creating Bar Codes

    CREATING BAR CODES The Bar Code Tool The bar code tool can be used for bin labeling, component identification, or asset management and can be used in combination with other tools. The bar code tool can be printed with or without a checksum digit or human readable text. The bar code symbology available in the C ™...

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    Bar Code Settings The default bar code settings can be changed in the setup menu. To change the default settings, access the printer settings in the setup menu. Readable: Indicates whether the bar code text is human readable or not. If activated (bar code text is human readable) the setting will display Yes.

  • Page 23: Creating Lines

    CREATING LINES Lines Using lines allows custom placement of vertical and horizontal lines on a label. Lines are especially useful for creating patch panel, faceplate, or terminal block labels. There are seven unique line settings available: Center Horizontal, Center Vertical, Top, Bottom, Left, Right, and @ Pages. Each of these settings may be turned on or off independently.

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    CREATING LINES The Right setting places a line at the far right side of the label. The @ Pages setting places lines between each page of a continuous label that has multiple pages defined. The @ Pages setting is used for patch panel, outlet, and terminal block labeling.

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    CREATING FRAMES Frames Frames are useful for customizing a label. There are three unique frame settings available: Box, Reverse, and Box Off. The Box setting places a box outline around the perimeter of the entire label area. WARNING The Reverse setting places a dark background with light text characters on a label.

  • Page 26: Using

    USING PAGES The Page Function The C ™ LS9 provides 9 separate pages for each label. Label items, OUGAR including text and tools may be placed on each of the 9 pages. The pages function is particularly useful for creating non-standard serializations that do not follow a common increment.

  • Page 27: Using Special Functions

    • F4 – Quick Key for Wire Marking This function quickly adjusts the LS9 printer settings, including mode, font size, and rotation, for wire and cable marking applications. This function is intended for wire and cable marking with continuous vinyl cloth tape, such as P1™...

  • Page 28: Setting Up The C Ougar ™ Ls9 And Using File Manager

    SETTING UP THE COUGAR LS9 AND USING FILE MANAGER The Setup Menu The setup menu is used to modify the default printer settings. The setup menu should be accessed from the home screen. To access the setup menu press the SETUP key.

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    SETTING UP THE COUGAR LS9 AND USING FILE MANAGER Label Modes To edit the label mode, press the LABEL key. Use the up or down directional arrows to select the desired mode and then press Available Modes include: MODE DESCRIPTION...

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    SETTING UP THE COUGAR LS9 AND USING FILE MANAGER The C ™ LS9 has the ability to store and recall label files. Label files are OUGAR stored and recalled within File Manager. Label files are designated with a .LS8 ending. The file type is shared with the P To access the File Manager, press the SHIFT key and then press the PAGE key: Use the right or left directional arrow keys to select the desired file.

  • Page 31: Labeling Exercises

    LABELING EXERCISES Exercise 1 Create a wire marker on continuous cloth tape • Step 1: Insert a continuous cloth tape cassette, such as T100X000CBC- • Step 2: When prompted, select New Blank File. Save previous label if necessary. • Step 3: Press F4 (this is the quick key for wire marking settings) •...

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    LABELING EXERCISES Exercise 3 Create basic text on continuous tape • Step 1: Insert a continuous tape label cassette such as T100X000VUC- • Step 2: When prompted, select New Blank File. Save previous label if necessary. • Step 3: Type 220 VOLTS •...

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    LABELING EXERCISES Exercise 4 Create serialized wire markers with heat shrink tubing • Step 1: Insert a heat shrink tubing label cassette such as H000X044F1C • Step 2: When prompted, select New Blank File. Save previous label if necessary. • Step 3: Type WIRE •...

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    LABELING EXERCISES Exercise 5 Create a symbol label on continuous tape • Step 1: Insert a continuous tape label cassette, such as T100X000VXC- • Step 2: When prompted, select New Blank File. Save previous label if necessary. • Step 3: Press SHIFT key and let go •...

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    LABELING EXERCISES Enter start, end, and increment values Scroll down or up to Place On… Select Place On… Labels (this allows more than 9 terminals in a serialization • Step 6: Press Print If you see the Tools too big error, then reduce the font size, increase terminal space, or check the label rotation.

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    LABELING EXERCISES Exercise 8 Create a face plate or patch panel label • Step 1: Insert a continuous tape label cassette, such as T100X000VXC- • Step 2: When prompted, select New Blank File. Save previous label if necessary. • Step 3: Type “A” •...

  • Page 37: Printer Cleaning Instructions

    PRINTER CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS Cleaning the Print head and Drive Roller The LS9 printer is cleaned using the LS9-CLN, cleaning kit. The print head should be cleaned regularly, and more often in harsh environments. The print head should be cleaned whenever any irregular printing results occur.

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    Turn OFF power to printer. Remove the cassette door. Unlock the print head latch. Remove the label cassette from the printer. Push the cutter button in so that the cutter blade is exposed through the media opening (see images below).

  • Page 39: Printer Troubleshooting

    PRINTER TROUBLESHOOTING This section helps identify printer conditions and problems that can often be solved by the user. If you are unable to correct the problem contact Panduit Technical Support at 866-871-4571 or Panduit Customer Service at 800-777- 3300. SYMPTOM POWER •...

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    PRINTER TROUBLESHOOTING SYMPTOM • Printed image is full, Print head heat setting is too high. Reduce heat but grayish or setting. The heat setting is accessible in the Setup “translucent”. menu. Press the SETUP key, scroll down to heat and Press ENTER. Reduce the heat setting with the down arrow.

  • Page 41: Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: How do you cut the labels? Answer: Fully press and then release the cutter button. The cutter button is located on the top of the LS9 printer adjacent to the label exit. Question: What is the partial cut function and how is it adjusted?

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    4 or 5 cassettes before replacing the batteries. 11. Question: Will the cutter blade ever get dull, and if so would the printer need to be repaired? Answer: The cutter blade is designed to maintain its sharpness throughout the life of a printer.

  • Page 43: Warranty Information

    6 months (for product) or 90 days (for printers) from the date of delivery. Printer warranty is void if Panduit printers are modified, altered or misused in any way. Use of Panduit printers with any product other than the specified Panduit products for which the printer was designed, constitutes misuse.

  • Page 44: General Specifications

    Manually operated cutter Display: 4 line x 14 graphic LCD LCD Contrast Control: Adjustable via keypad Operating System: Panduit proprietary Power Supply: 6 AA alkaline batteries AC Adapter: Universal Input (100 - 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz) Oper. Temp/Hum: 41-104° F (5-40 °C), 0 - 90% relative humidity (non-condensing) Stor.

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