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Operation & Setup Guide
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  • Page 1 d i g i t a l c o l o r l a b e l p r i n t e r Operation & Setup Guide Manufacturing and Perfecting Thermal Transfer Printers Since 1971...
  • Page 3 Digital Color Label Printer Operation & Setup Guide Part Number 22834-505 Version 1.5 12/04 Firmware V 1.2 Specifications are subject to change without notice ___________________________________________ QuickLabel Systems an Astro-Med, Inc. Product Group 600 East Greenwich Avenue West Warwick, RI 02893 Toll-Free: 1.877.757.7978 (USA &...
  • Page 4: Limited Warranty

    PostScript™ and Adobe Illustrator™ are trademarks of Adobe Systems, Inc. CorelDRAW!™ is a trademark of Corel Corporation PCL™ is a trademark of Hewlett-Packard Corporation Ethernet™ is a trademark of Xerox Corporation QuickLabel® is a registered trademark of Astro-Med, Inc. Color QuickLabel™ and RibbonRation™ are trademarks of Astro-Med, Inc.
  • Page 5: Obtaining Service

    if the product has been modified without the express written permission of QuickLabel Systems. QuickLabel Systems makes no warranty, either express or implied, with respect to this product’s fitness for a particular purpose. Obtaining Service To obtain warranty service, call QuickLabel Systems Technical Support at 401.828.4000 or Toll-Free in the USA and Canada at 877.757.7978.
  • Page 6: Declaration Of Conformity

    DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY Manufacturer’s Name: Manufacturer’s Address: declares that the product Product Name: conforms to the following product specifications: Safety: EMC: Relevant Directives are 89/336/EEC and 73/23/EEC Steven Holbrook / Quality Assurance Manager European Contact: Your local Astro-Med, Inc. Sales and Service Office. FRANCE –...
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Chapter 1: Quick Start ...1-1 QuickLabel Systems media ... 1-2 Quick Start Guide ... 1-3 Chapter 2: Physical Setup ...2-1 Unpacking the Printer... 2-2 Printer Orientation... 2-3 Features of the QLS-8100 Xe... 2-4 Side view ... 2-5 Rear Panel View ...
  • Page 8 Ready State & Adjust Menu ...4-8 Print Intensity ...4-8 Print Speed ...4-10 Print Line Adjustment ...4-11 Cross Web Adjustment...4-13 Vertical Offset ...4-15 Horizontal Offset...4-16 Display Counter ...4-18 Cut Offset ...4-19 Label Reprint ...4-20 Cal & Setup Menu...4-21 Calibrate ...4-21 Test Print ...4-22 Vertical Baseline ...4-23 Horizontal Baseline...4-24 Printer Settings ...4-25...
  • Page 9 Mirror Mode ... 4-53 Cutter ... 4-54 Cut Flag ... 4-55 Pull Back - Enable/Disable ... 4-57 Applicator ... 4-58 Chapter 5: Operation...5-1 Printing with the QLS-8100 Xe... 5-2 Powering the Printer On ... 5-2 Operating Without Compressed Air... 5-3 Memory Card Detection...
  • Page 10 Firmware Upgrades...7-17 Upgrading additional printers with the CompactFlash card...7-20 Appendix A: Physical Data... A-1 Appendix B: Specifications... B-1 Appendix C: Replacement Parts... C-1 ® Appendix D: Color QuickLabel 99 Pro setup ... D-1 Appendix E: Windows Printer Driver Setup...E-1 Appendix F: Format error codes ...F-1 Appendix G: Menu Structure ...
  • Page 11: Chapter 1: Quick Start

    Chapter 1: Quick Start Congratulations ! You have purchased QuickLabel System’s best digital color label printer - ever. The QLS-8100 Xe represents years of careful research and development to perfect digital color label printing technology. The QLS-8100 Xe represents . . . QuickLabel Systems’...
  • Page 12: Quicklabel Systems Media

    QuickLabel Systems media Your QLS-8100 Xe will provide correct print quality only when used with Genuine QuickLabel Systems Labels, Tags and Thermal Transfer Ribbon. QuickLabel Systems Thermal Transfer Ribbon is designed to function as an integral part of the QLS-8100 Xe printing system and is formulated to provide the most vibrant and durable image while helping to maintain long printhead life.
  • Page 13: Quick Start Guide

    Quick Start Guide If you are an experienced user of a QuickLabel Systems Digital Color Printer or you have attended QuickLabel Systems College training, use this Quick Start Guide as a reference to begin producing beautiful color labels immediately. In general, these operations should be performed in the sequence listed below, skipping over any items that may have been previously completed.
  • Page 14 Quick start...
  • Page 15: Chapter 2: Physical Setup

    Chapter 2: Physical Setup This chapter will help you to familiarize yourself with the orientation and components of the QLS-8100 Xe. This chapter also covers the various connections that need to be made to the printer before it can be operated. This chapter provides the following information: •...
  • Page 16: Unpacking The Printer

    Unpacking the Printer Remove the printer from the packing carton. Ensure that the printer has suffered no visible signs of damage during shipment. Verify that the following items have been included in the packing carton: AC Power Cord Media Retainer Warranty Registration Card Windows Printer Driver Diskette Note: Retain all packaging should the printer need to be transported at a...
  • Page 17: Printer Orientation

    Printer Orientation The illustration below is provided to orient you to the QLS-8100 Xe printer. The keypad and display is the printer’s user interface. QLS-8100 Xe...
  • Page 18: Features Of The Qls-8100 Xe

    Features of the QLS-8100 Xe Facing the left side of the QLS-8100 Xe with its cover lifted, you can view the media unwind, print stations, and related mechanical parts. The items below identify the QLS-8100 Xe components as shown in the side- view illustration on the following page: Media Retainer Media Supply Mandrel...
  • Page 19 QLS-8100 Xe...
  • Page 20: Rear Panel View

    Rear Panel View Facing the rear panel of the printer, you will observe the air intake regulator, power connection, and other interface connections as shown in the illustration below. Physical setup...
  • Page 21: Installing The Media Unwind Mandrel

    Installing the Media Unwind Mandrel Your QLS-8100 Xe was shipped with the media unwind mandrel uninstalled to protect it from damage during transit. The mandrel is easily installed by following the procedure outlined below. Tools Needed: 1/8” Allen Wrench Slide the media unwind mandrel onto the shaft until the back plate flange is seated firmly against the collar located on the inside of the shaft.
  • Page 22: Installing The Water Cooling System

    Installing the Water Cooling System The cooling system circulates cool water through the printhead mounting blocks to aid in maintaining optimum printhead temperature. The water cooling system is shipped uninstalled to protect it during transit. Use the following instructions to install the water cooling system. Tools Needed: Phillips Screwdriver It may be helpful to refer to the following assembly diagram when installing...
  • Page 23 Insert the water cooling drives into the mounting bracket. The wires and water tubing must face toward the printer. Connect the water tubes for each cooling drive to the printer. Then connect the power cord for each cooling drive to the printer. The top cooling drive water tubes connect to the top water connectors on the printer.
  • Page 24 Remove the reservoir cap from each cooling drive, and then fill them with the supplied distilled water. Ensure that the water level is between the HIGH and LOW indicators. Then replace the reservoir caps. Warning: Only use non-conductive, distilled water. Other liquid can cause oxidation or corrosive damage to the cooling mechanism.
  • Page 25: Power Connection

    Power Connection Locate the AC Power Input at the bottom of the rear panel. Plug the power cord into the printer. Be sure to use only the AC Power Cord supplied with the printer. Ensure that the power switch is in the OFF position before proceeding to the next step.
  • Page 26: Computer Connections

    Computer Connections The parallel interface is normally the primary method of sending data from the host computer to the printer. A high-speed parallel cable (IEEE-1284) is supplied with the printer. The RS-232 Serial Port is a secondary method of sending data to the printer, if a parallel port is not available on the host.
  • Page 27: Rs-232 Serial Port

    RS-232 Serial Port Using a standard (straight through connection) RS-232 serial cable, connect the appropriate mating end of the cable into the printer. Tighten the cable securing screws into the serial port to secure the cable to the printer. Connect the opposite end of the serial cable to the host computer. Be sure to note which port (COM1, COM2, etc.) you have connected the printer to as this will later be needed for software setup.
  • Page 28: Ethernet Port And Tcp/ip Communication

    Ethernet Port and TCP/IP Communication The QLS-8100 Xe is a 10Base-T device that provides a 10Mbps ethernet connection. Using hubs and routers, the printer can be connected directly into a network using standard Category 5 (CAT5) cable or similar with a RJ-45 connector.
  • Page 29: Print Servers

    Print Servers The QLS-8100 Xe can be connected to a Local Area Network (LAN) using an appropriate external print server. The print server must be capable of passing ASCII data to the printer without corrupting or modifying the data stream. Any printer language emulations such as PostScript™...
  • Page 30: Utility Port Connection

    Utility Port Connection On the rear panel of the printer, the Utility Port permits connection to external devices such as the optional QuickLabel Systems Cutter and Cutter/Stacker or a label applicator system. The assignment of pin functions on the utility port depends on the mode of operation. For additional information regarding applicator mode operation, please contact QuickLabel Systems.
  • Page 31: Compressed Air Connection

    Compressed Air Connection Preparing the Air Regulator When you receive the QLS-8100 Xe Printer, the Air Regulator is ready for operation. The air pressure regulator has been set at the factory for the proper air pressure. You only need to connect your in-house air supply to the printer.
  • Page 32: Cover Switch

    Cover Switch A plunger-type switch monitors whether the cover is open or closed. This safety feature helps ensure that during normal operation, the printer will run only when the cover is closed. If the printer cover is open, the printer will not print and the following message will appear on the display.
  • Page 33: Chapter 3: Loading Media And Calibration

    Chapter 3: Loading Media and Calibration Now that your QLS-8100 Xe is unpacked and all connections have been made to the printer, you are ready to load label or tag stock, thermal transfer ribbon, and calibrate the printer in preparation for printing. This chapter provides the following information: •...
  • Page 34: Loading Thermal Transfer Ribbon

    Loading Thermal Transfer Ribbon The QLS-8100 Xe is capable of printing using Spot Color or Process Color thermal transfer ribbons. When using Spot Color ribbons, each of the four stations prints a fully saturated color. Any color can be installed on any print station and the location of each color is defined in Color QuickLabel 99 Pro software or the QuickLabel Systems Windows Printer Driver.
  • Page 35 To load thermal transfer ribbon on each print station: Fully seat a roll of coated-side-in ribbon on the print station’s Supply Mandrel. You will feel resistance as the spring clip on the mandrel secures the roll. Ensure that the ribbon unwinds to the right and under the roll.
  • Page 36: Loading Label Or Tag Media

    Loading Label or Tag Media The QLS-8100 Xe is capable of printing on a wide variety of media types and sizes and is designed to accept media up to a 12” OD (outside diameter) roll capacity on a 3” ID (inside diameter) core. The QLS-8100 Xe positions the printed image correctly by utilizing either a transmissive or reflective sensor to detect the beginning of a label or tag.
  • Page 37 Flip the Drive Roller Lift Lever clockwise to open the drive roller. Remove the Media Retainer from the media supply mandrel by first loosening the small nylon retaining screw then sliding the Media Retainer away from the printer and off the mandrel. Orient the roll so that the labels are coming off the top and to the right.
  • Page 38 12 Continue to thread the media through each of the print stations over the platen rollers. 13 Finally, thread the media between the drive roller and pinch roller so that it exits from the front of the printer. 14 Ensure that the media rests against each of the four Media Guide Rollers located just behind the print stations on center plate.
  • Page 39: Adjusting The Media Sensor

    Adjusting the Media Sensor The QLS-8100 Xe is equipped with two intelligent media sensors. One sensor is used for gap, or notched media types, and the other is used for reflective media types. Under normal operation, the sensor has to be calibrated to the media type being used only once.
  • Page 40: Calibrating For Media Types

    Calibrating for Media Types Calibrating the printer for the type of media being used is essential and is the first procedure that must be performed prior to printing and whenever the media type is changed. If the printer is not properly calibrated, any of the following may occur: •...
  • Page 41 Press the + or - key until Gap is displayed. Press the SELECT key. The display will show the following prompt: Place Liner @ Sensor Then Press Select Press and hold the FORM FEED/ADVANCE key until the liner is inside the sensor bracket.
  • Page 42 If calibration was unsuccessful, the following message will be displayed: Calibration Bad The user must re-initiate the calibration procedure. 14 After successful calibration, press the PRINT/PAUSE key to return the printer to a Ready state. Note: The QLS-8100 Xe is capable of sensing media with a maximum gap or notch size of 50 mm.
  • Page 43: Calibrating Reflective Media

    Calibrating Reflective Media Lift each of the printheads for this calibration routine in order to conserve ribbon. Disengage the drive roller by turning the Drive Roll Lift Lever clockwise. Position the reflective mark so that the red light from the reflective sensor passes through the mark.
  • Page 44 10 Reposition the media by pressing and holding the FORM FEED/ADVANCE key until the red light no longer shines through the mark but through the media. 11 Press the SELECT key. The display will show the following prompt: Place Mark @ Arrow Then Press Select 12 Press and hold the FORM FEED/ADVANCE key until the reflective mark is positioned behind the Media Sensor Assembly and in close proximity...
  • Page 45: Calibrating Continuous Media

    Calibrating Continuous Media Press the PRINT/PAUSE key until the printer is in a paused state. Press the NEXT or PREVIOUS key until the Cal & Setup menu is displayed, then press the SELECT key. Pause: Cal & Setup Press SELECT Press the NEXT or PREVIOUS key until the Calibrate menu is displayed.
  • Page 46 3-14 Loading media and calibration...
  • Page 47: Chapter 4: Keypad Controls And Menus

    Chapter 4: Keypad Controls and Menus The QLS-8100 Xe features an intuitive control panel consisting of a backlit LCD display, status LED indicators, and a multi-function keypad. The control panel permits the user to change settings and make adjustments on- the-fly without the need for a host computer.
  • Page 48: Keypad Layout And Functions

    Keypad Layout and Functions The keypad buttons perform the following general functions. PRINT/PAUSE FORM FEED/ADVANCE CANCEL PREVIOUS/NEXT SELECT Toggles the printer between Ready and Pause states Pauses or resumes printing If viewing a sub-menu, returns you to main Pause menu When the printer is in a Pause state, feeds the media by one calibrated label length each time the key is pressed, or continually advances the...
  • Page 49: Print/pause

    Print/Pause When the printer is idle (i.e. not printing labels), the PRINT/PAUSE key will toggle the printer between a Ready state and a Pause state as indicated on the display. While the printer is printing labels, pressing the PRINT/PAUSE key will put the printer in a Pause state and label printing will halt until the PRINT/PAUSE key is pressed again.
  • Page 50: Menu Overview

    Menu Overview The following list outlines all of the menus that are accessible via the user interface. Some menus, as noted, are only accessible when the printer has been paused using the PRINT/PAUSE key. Some menus, like the Cutter menus, are only available when a specific option is enabled or in use. The menus are organized in two levels.
  • Page 51 Label Reprint Cal & Setup Menu Calibrate Test Print Vertical Baseline Horizontal Baseline Printer Settings Operation Menu Pull Back Label Reprint Synchronize Labels QLS-8100 Xe Reprints up to 999 copies of the last label printed, if using the Windows print driver. (Available only from Ready state) Options are available in a Pause state only.
  • Page 52 Ribbon Menu Ribbon Type Drop/Lift Adjust Ribbon Sensor Communications Menu Data Port Parallel Mode RS232 Baud Rate RS232 Handshaking TCP/IP Address TCP/IP Subnet Mask TCP/IP Gateway Options are available in a Pause state only. Selects printhead intensity tailored to a specific media type.
  • Page 53 System Menu Display Cntr Memory Card Format Memory Card Front Panel Lock/Unlock Time Date Factory Reset Options Menu Mirror Mode Cutter Cut Flag Pull Back Applicator QLS-8100 Xe Options are available in a Pause state only. Adjusts the display of the label counter. Possible values are Off, Batch, or Total.
  • Page 54: Ready State & Adjust Menu

    Ready State & Adjust Menu Options in this category are accessed in two ways. You can access these options by pressing the NEXT or PREVIOUS keys while the printer is in a Ready state, or you can pause the printer and access them via the Adjust menu.
  • Page 55 To set printhead intensity via the front panel: If the printer is in a Ready state, proceed to the next step. If the printer is in a Pause state, press the NEXT or PREVIOUS key until the Adjust menu is displayed. Then press the SELECT key. Pause: Adjust Press SELECT Press the NEXT or PREVIOUS key until the Intensity menu for the print...
  • Page 56: Print Speed

    Print Speed This function allows you to choose the printing speed. The printer is capable of printing at speeds of 2 – 5 in/s (inches per second) in 1 in/s increments. To set the print speed via the front panel: If the printer is in a Ready state, proceed to the next step.
  • Page 57: Print Line Adjustment

    Print Line Adjustment Print line adjustments allow you to align the printing of each of the four print stations to obtain accurate color registration in the media travel direction. These adjustments are made for print stations 1, 2, and 3 using print station 4 as a stationary reference.
  • Page 58 Press the NEXT or PREVIOUS key until the Print Line Adj menu for the printhead you want to adjust is displayed. Print Line Adj Head 1 = +0 Press the + or – key to shift the selected print position in the desired direction.
  • Page 59: Cross Web Adjustment

    Cross Web Adjustment Cross Web Adjustments allow you to align the printing of each of the four print stations to obtain accurate color registration across the width of the label. These adjustments can be made for print stations 1, 2, 3 and 4. One print station is typically used as a reference and left unchanged while the other three stations are adjusted relative to the reference station.
  • Page 60 Press the NEXT or PREVIOUS key until the Cross Web Adj menu for the printhead you want to adjust is displayed. Cross Web Adj Head 1 = <-2 Press the + or – key to shift the selected print position in the desired direction.
  • Page 61: Vertical Offset

    Vertical Offset By default, when printing on media with registration marks (gaps, reflective marks, etc.), the printer will place the label image area between the registration marks. You can vertically adjust the print registration in fine increments to move the printed image relative to the sensor mark. Adjusting the vertical offset affects each of the four print stations at the same time.
  • Page 62: Horizontal Offset

    Negative values move the image down on the label (out away from the printer). Positive values move the image up the label (in toward the printer). Press the SELECT key to confirm your choice. Note: Setting the offset via software will always override this setting. You can set the offset via Color QuickLabel 99 Pro or the QuickLabel Systems Windows Printer driver.
  • Page 63 Press the + or – key until the desired horizontal offset setting is displayed. Offset settings range from <– 600 to -> 600 pixels (or dots). On the QLS-8100 Xe, there are 12 pixels per millimeter. The final image position will be constrained by the label width.
  • Page 64: Display Counter

    Display Counter The printer can dynamically display either the ongoing total number of labels that have been printed since the printer was last powered up or the number of labels that have been printed within any specific batch or print job.
  • Page 65: Cut Offset

    Cut Offset When printing on media with registration marks (gaps, reflective marks, etc.), the printer will place the label image area between the registration marks. If necessary, you can adjust the location of the cut line relative to the printed image. The cut offset can be used to move the cut line forward or backward with respect to the top of the label.
  • Page 66: Label Reprint

    Label Reprint When using the QuickLabel Systems Printer Driver for Windows to print to the QLS-8100 Xe, data is transmitted from the PC software application to the printer as a bitmapped image. You can use the Reprint option to quickly print any quantity of the last label printed.
  • Page 67: Cal & Setup Menu

    Cal & Setup Menu Calibration & setup options are accessed via the Cal & Setup menu. The following sections detail each of the features within this menu category. Calibrate Calibrating the printer for the type of media being used is essential and is the first procedure that must be performed prior to printing and whenever the media type is changed.
  • Page 68: Test Print

    Test Print The QLS-8100 Xe is equipped with a number of built-in test patterns used for checking color alignment, print quality, and printhead integrity. To perform a test print: If the printer is in a Ready state, press the PRINT/PAUSE key to pause the printer.
  • Page 69: Vertical Baseline

    The printer will immediately begin to print labels showing the selected test pattern. Printing will continue until the printer is paused or the CANCEL key is pressed. Vertical Baseline This function is used to synchronize printing when using multiple QLS-8100 Xe printers. If you are sending the same image file to two or more printers and notice that the image prints in different vertical locations, you can use this function to move the vertical baseline of a printer.
  • Page 70: Horizontal Baseline

    Horizontal Baseline This function is used to synchronize printing when using multiple QLS-8100 Xe printers. If you are sending the same image file to two or more printers and notice that the image prints in different horizontal locations, you can use this function to move the horizontal baseline of a printer. To adjust the horizontal baseline: If the printer is in a Ready state, press the PRINT/PAUSE key to pause the printer.
  • Page 71: Printer Settings

    Printer Settings This function prints all of the current settings of the printer using the printhead of your choice. To print current printer settings: If the printer is in a Ready state, press the PRINT/PAUSE key to pause the printer. Press the NEXT or PREVIOUS key until the Cal &...
  • Page 72 The sample report shown below indicates the type of information that will be printed. QLS-8100 Xe Settings: SPEED = 2 INCHES/SEC INTENSITY (1, 2, 3, 4): 15, 15, 15, 15 OFFSET: V = 0 (0), H = 0 (0), C = 0 PRINT LINE ADJ (1, 2, 3): -23, -9, -8 CROSS WEB ADJ (1, 2, 3, 4): 0, 0, <...
  • Page 73: Operation Menu

    Operation Menu Operation options are accessed via the Operation menu. The following sections detail each of the features within this menu category. Pull Back When the QLS-8100 Xe stops printing, a section of blank media will extend from the printhead near the rear of the printer (print station #4) to the front of the printer.
  • Page 74 Press the SELECT key. A message will be displayed to confirm Pull Back operation. Pull Back SELECT to confirm Press the SELECT key. The printer will begin rewinding media until the last unprinted label is positioned just behind the media sensor. If a Pull Back operation has been requested and a print batch has not been sent to the printer or the media has been moved in any way (i.e.
  • Page 75: Label Reprint

    Label Reprint When using the QuickLabel Systems Printer Driver for Windows to print to the QLS-8100 Xe, data is transmitted from the PC software application to the printer as a bitmapped image. You can use the Reprint option to quickly print any quantity of the last label printed.
  • Page 76: Synchronize Labels

    Synchronize Labels This function applies only to users integrating the printer with an applicator system. The synchronize labels function synchronizes the printing of labels with the applicator. This process is an initialization of the printer and media. A synchronization must be performed after the following conditions: •...
  • Page 77 Press the SELECT key. The printer will feed one or two labels and then be ready for applicator mode operation. If no labels feed, the printer did not require synchronization. • If the following message appears, the front panel pause is enabled and the synchronize function will not operate.
  • Page 78: Ribbon Menu

    Ribbon Menu Ribbon options are accessed via the Ribbon menu. The following sections detail each of the features within this menu category. Ribbon Type Selecting a ribbon type allows you to select a printhead heat and history profile that has been tailored to a specific media and ribbon combination. This feature enables the QLS-8100 Xe to print on an even wider range of specialty materials.
  • Page 79: Drop/lift Adjust

    Drop/Lift Adjust The QLS-8100 Xe is equipped with QuickLabel Systems’ patented RibbonRation™ technology. This feature automatically determines when to enable or disable each of the four print stations, thus consuming thermal transfer ribbon only when a particular color is needed. In some cases, multiple drop/lift points will be used on individual labels.
  • Page 80 To use the Drop/Lift Adjust function: If the printer is in a Ready state, press the PRINT/PAUSE key to pause the printer. Press the NEXT or PREVIOUS key until the Ribbon menu is displayed. Then press the SELECT key. Pause: Ribbon Press SELECT Press the NEXT or PREVIOUS key until the Drop/Lift Adjust menu for the desired printhead is displayed.
  • Page 81: Ribbon Sensor

    Ribbon Sensor This function is for use by QuickLabel Systems’ technicians when performing diagnostics at the factory. In general use, the TTR Sensor should always be enabled. To adjust the ribbon sensor: If the printer is in a Ready state, press the PRINT/PAUSE key to pause the printer.
  • Page 82: Communications Menu

    Communications Menu Communications options are accessed via the Communications menu. The following sections detail each of the features within this menu category. Data Port The host computer transfers label formats, images, and fonts to the printer via a designated data port. The host computer transfers information about the printer’s status via a status port.
  • Page 83: Parallel Mode

    Press the + or – key until the desired data port is displayed. Available options are Parallel, Serial, or Ethernet. Press the SELECT key to confirm your choice. Parallel Mode If you are using the parallel port to connect the printer to a host computer, you can select a parallel port mode.
  • Page 84: Rs232 Baud Rate

    RS232 Baud Rate If you are using the RS232 serial port connection, you can configure the printer to use one of four specific baud rates. To select a baud rate: If the printer is in a Ready state, press the PRINT/PAUSE key to pause the printer.
  • Page 85: Rs232 Handshaking

    RS232 Handshaking If you are using the RS232 serial port connection, you can configure the printer handshaking method. To select a handshaking method: If the printer is in a Ready state, press the PRINT/PAUSE key to pause the printer. Press the NEXT or PREVIOUS key until the Communications menu is displayed.
  • Page 86: Tcp/ip: Ip Address

    TCP/IP: IP Address A TCP/IP address uniquely identifies each device connected to your network. If you are using ethernet to connect your printer to a network, you will need to assign a TCP/IP address to your QLS-8100 Xe printer. The default TCP/IP address is 192.168.255.1. Note: For more detailed information on the topic of networking, refer to the documentation applicable to your network environment and/or contact your network administrator.
  • Page 87: Tcp/ip Subnet Mask

    TCP/IP Subnet Mask You will use the TCP/IP Subnet Mask option in the Communications menu to set a subnet mask for the QLS-8100 Xe printer. The default subnet mask is 255.255.255.1. Note: For more detailed information on the topic of networking, refer to the documentation applicable to your network environment and/or contact your network administrator.
  • Page 88: Tcp/ip Gateway

    TCP/IP Gateway You will use the TCP/IP Gateway option in the Communications menu to set a subnet mask for the QLS-8100 Xe printer. The default gateway is 0.0.0.0. Note: For more detailed information on the topic of networking, refer to the documentation applicable to your network environment and/or contact your network administrator.
  • Page 89: System Menu

    System Menu System options are accessed via the System menu. The following sections detail each of the features within this menu category. Display Counter The printer can dynamically display either the ongoing total number of labels that have been printed since the printer was last powered up or the number of labels that have been printed within any specific batch or print job.
  • Page 90: Memory Card - Write Protection

    Memory Card - Write Protection Memory cards allow you to save fonts, bitmap images, and other configuration information in a portable format. Memory cards use non- volatile memory, so the contents of the card remain intact even after the printer is powered off. You can write protect memory cards to prevent contents from being accidentally erased while using the printer.
  • Page 91: Front Panel Lock/unlock

    Front Panel Lock/Unlock The Front Panel Lock/Unlock feature allows you to lock the menu, preventing unauthorized users from modifying printer settings. The front panel is locked and unlocked with a user-defined four-digit password. When the front panel is locked, users can scroll through the menus, but cannot make any changes.
  • Page 92 Press the + or – key to increase or decrease the first number in the password, then press the SELECT key. Press the + or – key to increase or decrease the second number in the password, then press the SELECT key. Press the + or –...
  • Page 93 Press the + or – key to increase or decrease the first number in the password, then press the SELECT key. Press the + or – key to increase or decrease the second number in the password, then press the SELECT key. Press the + or –...
  • Page 94: Memory Card - Formatting

    Memory Card - Formatting Memory cards must be formatted before they can be used. If you have a memory card inserted in the memory card slot, which is located on the rear panel, use the following instructions to format the card. The memory card write protection setting must be off to allow memory card formatting.
  • Page 95: Time

    Time The QLS-8100 Xe provides a built-in, real-time clock that is used for displaying the time and date. It is also used to provide a time/date stamp for fonts and images. You will use the Time menu option to set the time for the clock.
  • Page 96: Date

    Date The QLS-8100 Xe provides a built-in, real-time clock that is used for displaying the time and date. It is also used to provide a time/date stamp for fonts and images. You will use the Date menu option to set the date. To set the date: If the printer is in a Ready state, press the PRINT/PAUSE key to pause the printer.
  • Page 97: Factory Reset

    Factory Reset The factory reset feature of the QLS-8100 Xe returns all parameters available through the printer’s front panel to their factory default values. Use the procedure in this section to perform a factory reset to return the printer to the default values listed below.
  • Page 98 To perform a factory reset: If the printer is in a Ready state, press the PRINT/PAUSE key to pause the printer. Press the NEXT or PREVIOUS key until the System menu is displayed. Then press the SELECT key. Pause: System Press SELECT Press the NEXT or PREVIOUS key until the Factory Reset menu is displayed.
  • Page 99: Options Menu

    Options Menu Other options are accessed via the Options menu. The following sections detail each of the features within this menu category. Mirror Mode The QLS-8100 Xe has the ability to print labels in a mirror image format. This format is useful when printing on transparent media to be applied to a transparent surface such as glass.
  • Page 100: Cutter

    Cutter If using an optional cutter or cutter/stacker accessory, you can enable it using the Cutter menu option. To enable or disable the cutter: If the printer is in a Ready state, press the PRINT/PAUSE key to pause the printer. Press the NEXT or PREVIOUS key until the Options menu is displayed.
  • Page 101: Cut Flag

    Cut Flag When using an optional cutter or cutter/stacker accessory, it is possible to enable or disable the insertion of extra blank tags to demarcate or flag the end of a batch. When enabled, the printer will automatically insert one long and one short blank tag between batches.
  • Page 102 Press the + or – key until the desired setting is displayed. Available options are On or Off. Press the SELECT key to confirm your choice. Note: Do not select Append Flag or Set as Flag in Color QuickLabel 99 Pro if the flag is enabled via the front panel.
  • Page 103: Pull Back - Enable/disable

    Pull Back - Enable/Disable You can enable/disable the pull back function using the Pull Back option under the Options menu. This option requires a compressed air connection and special hardware. Contact QuickLabel Systems for more information about the pull back function.
  • Page 104: Applicator

    Applicator You will use the Applicator option to enable or disable applicator mode. This option applies only to users integrating the printer with an applicator system. To enable or disable the applicator: If the printer is in a Ready state, press the PRINT/PAUSE key to pause the printer.
  • Page 105: Chapter 5: Operation

    Chapter 5: Operation To prepare the QLS-8100 Xe for printing, make sure that: • Water cooling system has been connected • Power connection has been made • Communication connections have been made between host and printer • Compressed air is supplied to the printer if RibbonRation™ will be used •...
  • Page 106: Printing With The Qls-8100 Xe

    Periodically, QuickLabel Systems may provide upgraded firmware to add functionality to the printer. You may visit the QuickLabel Systems website to check for updated firmware. QLS-8100Xe Selftest Complete Under normal conditions, the printer will display a Ready message at the end of the power-up sequence, indicating that the printer is ready to accept and print labels.
  • Page 107: Operating Without Compressed Air

    Operating Without Compressed Air The QLS-8100 Xe RibbonRation ribbon conservation system has been designed so that the printer can operate normally without compressed air, but without the advantage of ribbon savings. If sufficient compressed air is not available during the power up self-test, the printer will detect this condition and display the following message: RUN with NO AIR? Press: Select...
  • Page 108: Printer Indicators

    Printer Indicators When power is on, the printer has four indicator lights that provide a visual cue to the printer’s current state. Indicator POWER PRINT/PAUSE DATA ERROR The alphanumeric LCD display provides detailed information about the operational status of the printer, menu functions, or specific information about error conditions.
  • Page 109: Error Messages

    Error Messages The following pages show a number of possible error messages that may be encountered during operation. Instructions are provided on how to clear the condition that caused the error message to be displayed. ERROR: Media out or sensor is off media •...
  • Page 110 After reloading media or ribbon, the printer will reprint any label formats that were partially under the print stations when the error occurred. Note: Media Out or Film Out errors can occur if either the media or film is not feeding, winding or unwinding properly. A physical adjustment to the media path or film tension usually corrects this condition.
  • Page 111 Data Port Error Check Comm Setup • Indicates that data port-specific commands were received via the status port, causing a communications error. Ensure that the data port is set up correctly. Head x up SELECT to disable • Displayed when a printhead x is lifted after the printer has been powered on.
  • Page 112 Deletes all labels SELECT to confirm • Displayed when the CANCEL key is pressed while a batch is being printed. Pressing the SELECT key will cancel all pending labels in the batch. NVRAM Test Failed Please reset printer • Displayed during the printer power-up sequence if the non-volatile RAM test fails.
  • Page 113 Excessive Heat Detected on Head x • Displayed if the printhead exceeds a safe operating temperature. The printer will automatically pause to prevent damage to the printhead. Allow the printhead to cool for a period of time. Then press the PRINT/PAUSE key to resume printing.
  • Page 114: Color Alignment

    Color Alignment Color alignment refers to the alignment of each color with respect to the other colors: Print Line adjustment refers to the vertical adjustment of a color’s print position on the media. Cross-Web adjustment refers to the horizontal adjustment of a color’s print position on the media.
  • Page 115 You will also examine the block patterns to observe both the horizontal and vertical alignment. If any color appears horizontally misaligned, the cross web values require adjustment; if any color appears vertically misaligned, the print line adjustment values require adjustment. When the black box prints without any color shadows and the block pattern appears correctly aligned, the color alignment is optimal.
  • Page 116: Common Adjustments And Tasks

    Common Adjustments and Tasks Test Patterns The QLS-8100 Xe is equipped with a number of built-in test patterns used for checking color alignment, print quality, and printhead integrity. Refer to the Cal & Setup Menu section of Chapter 4 for more information on test prints.
  • Page 117: Evaluating Print Quality

    Evaluating Print Quality Press the PRINT / PAUSE key to put the printer into the pause mode. Press the NEXT or PREVIOUS key until the Cal & Setup menu is displayed. Pause: Cal & Setup Press SELECT Press SELECT. Then press the NEXT or PREVIOUS key until the Test Print menu is displayed.
  • Page 118 If print quality is not satisfactory, allow the test pattern to continue to print and press the NEXT or PREVIOUS key to access any of the parameters that can be adjusted while operating in the test print mode. The print adjustment parameters that can be changed are: •...
  • Page 119: Enabling And Disabling Ribbonration

    Enabling and Disabling RibbonRation™ The QLS-8100 Xe RibbonRation™ feature can be enabled or disabled via the user control panel of the printer as well as Color QuickLabel 99® software or the QuickLabel Systems Windows Printer Driver. The software will always override any setting that has been made on the front panel of the printer.
  • Page 120: Printing Labels

    Printing Labels To print labels, you need to send a label from QuickLabel Systems’ Color QuickLabel 99® Pro software program, or from a 3rd party application via the QuickLabel Systems Windows Printer Driver. Refer to the Appendix D and E of this manual for basic instructions in setting up the software. Before sending a label to the QLS-8100 Xe: Make sure that the QLS-8100 Xe is in a Ready state.
  • Page 121: Chapter 6: Advanced Adjustments

    Chapter 6: Advanced Adjustments Your QLS-8100 Xe has been carefully set at the factory to print optimally using your specific type of media and ribbon. This chapter describes how to perform advanced adjustments that may be needed when specialized media is used in the printer.
  • Page 122: Printhead Tangency Alignment

    Printhead Tangency Alignment The proper alignment of the printhead over the platen roller produces optimum transfer of ribbon to the media. Although this mechanical adjustment is a factory setting, there are situations where a slight repositioning of the platen support strut will optimize print quality on different media types and thicknesses.
  • Page 123: Printhead Angularity Adjustment

    Printhead Angularity Adjustment The color registration is monitored on the right side of the label as it exits the printer. The Test Print (Proc. Block CMYK) on the display provides a test pattern for adjusting the Print Line and Cross Web values. There is a mechanical adjustment for aligning the color registration on the left side of the label which positions all printheads precisely parallel to each other.
  • Page 124: Ribbon Wrinkling Adjustments

    Ribbon Wrinkling Adjustments The QLS-8100 Xe features an automatic ribbon tensioning mechanism to ensure consistent tension from a full to empty ribbon supply roll. The ribbon width should be matched to the label or tag width. Make sure that the ribbon is not more than ¼ inch wider than the label because it may cause the ribbon to wrinkle.
  • Page 125 Ribbon wrinkling may also be alleviated by adjusting the eccentric at the end of the ribbon guide shaft located at the lower, rear section of the print station. Loosen the screw securing the shaft and using a wrench, turn the eccentric until wrinkles have been eliminated then retighten the screw to secure the shaft.
  • Page 126: Printhead & Drive Station Lift

    Printhead & Drive Station Lift Your QLS-8100 Xe printhead and drive station are mounted to a center- pivoting shaft. This permits even pressure to be applied across the width of the media. When using narrow media, the Printhead and Drive Station Lift Screws allows you to relieve unnecessary pressure against the platen roller and drive roller.
  • Page 127: Vertical Baseline

    Vertical Baseline This function is used to synchronize printing when using multiple QLS-8100 Xe printers. If you are sending the same image file to two or more printers and notice that the image prints in different vertical locations, you can use this function to move the vertical baseline of a printer. To adjust the vertical baseline: If the printer is in a Ready state, press the PRINT/PAUSE key to pause the printer.
  • Page 128: Horizontal Baseline

    Horizontal Baseline This function is used to synchronize printing when using multiple QLS-8100 Xe printers. If you are sending the same image file to two or more printers and notice that the image prints in different horizontal locations, you can use this function to move the horizontal baseline of a printer. To adjust the horizontal baseline: If the printer is in a Ready state, press the PRINT/PAUSE key to pause the printer.
  • Page 129: Chapter 7: Maintenance And Repair

    Chapter 7: Maintenance and Repair Your QLS-8100 Xe is designed for long-life and trouble-free operation. In order to keep your printer operating at optimal performance, some periodic maintenance is required. This chapter provides the following information: • List of recommended tools for performing maintenance and repairs. •...
  • Page 130: Recommended Tool List

    Recommended Tool List The following is a list of recommended tools for maintenance and repair of the QLS-8100 Xe. 3/16” X 4” long Slotted Screwdriver 3/32” X 4” long Slotted Screwdriver #2 1/4” X 15/16” Phillips Screwdriver #2 1/4” X 8” Phillips Screwdriver #1 3/16”...
  • Page 131: Routine Cleaning

    Routine Cleaning The parts of each print station, especially those that come in direct contact with the ribbon, will accumulate residue. To maintain clear and crisp printing, these parts should be cleaned frequently. The printheads in particular require regular cleaning. QuickLabel Systems recommend that these surfaces be cleaned when changing a roll of media or ribbon.
  • Page 132 To clean printheads: While the printer is on, lift the printhead that will be cleaned. The following message will display. Head x up SELECT to disable Press the SELECT button. The indicated print station will be disabled and the following message will display. Head x Disabled Turn the printer off and unplug the AC power cord.
  • Page 133: Refilling The Cooling System

    Refilling the Cooling System The cooling system circulates cool water through the printhead mounting blocks to aid in maintaining optimum printhead temperature. During printer operation, the water level must stay between the HIGH and LOW indicators. If the water level is below the LOW indicator, the cooling system will become ineffective.
  • Page 134: Uninstalling The Cooling System

    Uninstalling the Cooling System If the printer will be shipped to another location, it is necessary to uninstall the water cooling system. After the system is uninstalled, the water remaining in the printer must be purged. Two water purging tubes with plug connectors are supplied with the printer. One tube is 12 inches in length, and the other is 36 inches in length.
  • Page 135 Remove the AC power cord from the outlet, and then disconnect the power cord from the rear of the printer. Disconnect the power cord for each cooling drive from the printer. Then disconnect the water tubes for each cooling drive from the printer. Top Water Cooling Drive Water Tube Connectors Bottom Water Cooling Drive...
  • Page 136 Place the end of the 36” flexible tube into the water draining receptacle. Then connect the 36” tube to one of the left-side water connectors on the rear of the printer. Connect 36" Tube To Draining Receptacle Connect the 12” tube into the corresponding water connector directly to the right, as indicated in the previous diagram.
  • Page 137: Printhead Replacement

    Printhead Replacement After normal use or as a result of a failure, the printheads will eventually need to be replaced. Some symptoms of printhead failure include: • Significant reduction in printed image darkness that cannot be corrected by using an increased print intensity. •...
  • Page 138 Remove the black guide roller under the static brush for easier access to the printhead mounting screw. There are three inline screws on the outer plate at the end of the guide roller. Remove the two lower screws and pull on the tab to slide the center shaft out, releasing the guide roller to drop down.
  • Page 139 Tighten the captive mounting screw 1/4 turn to secure the printhead to the bracket. Caution: Do not over-tighten the captive mounting screw. Damage or warpage to the printhead could occur. The screw should only be ¼ turn beyond hand tight. Ensure the harness is routed straight through the hole in the main plate.
  • Page 140: Platen Replacement

    Platen Replacement Platen rollers are like tires on a car, in that they wear with use. After continued normal use, it may be necessary to replace the printhead platen rollers. After prolonged use, one or more rollers may develop flat areas which will affect print quality.
  • Page 141 Slide the plate and shaft assembly away from the frame plate. The collar and roller will drop down as this assembly is pulled away from the frame plate. Reinsert the small plate and shaft assembly into the hole in the side plate. Add the collar over the shaft behind the side plate.
  • Page 142: Drive And Pinch Roller Replacement

    Drive and Pinch Roller Replacement After prolonged use, the drive roller or pinch roller may develop flat areas, which will impede consistent media travel. When this occurs, the roller will require replacement. The following procedures explain how to remove and replace the drive roller and pinch roller.
  • Page 143: Pinch Roller Replacement

    11 Loosen the set screw on the inner side of the drive roll and pull the roller to the outside against the frame plate. This will reduce the side play on the roller. Tighten both set screws on the inner drive roll side. Pinch Roller Replacement Turn the printer off and unplug the AC power cord.
  • Page 144: Changing The Fuse Or Line Voltage

    Changing the Fuse or Line Voltage Your QLS-8100 Xe has been configured for your line voltage at the factory. Should you need to replace the fuse(s) or reconfigure the printer for a different line voltage, follow the procedure outlined below. Tools Needed: Small, flat-blade screwdriver Turn the printer off and unplug the AC power cord.
  • Page 145: Firmware Upgrades

    Firmware Upgrades Firmware is the internal operating system of the QLS-8100 Xe. Periodically, firmware upgrades are made available to add new features or change operational characteristics of the QLS-8100 Xe. A firmware upgrade should only be performed when available new functionality is needed or when a firmware upgrade is required for compatibility with QuickLabel Systems’...
  • Page 146 Choose the Next button. The following screen will appear. Set up communications to your printer by selecting the appropriate connection options. If Color QuickLabel 99 Pro is installed, these settings will reflect the last settings used in Color QuickLabel 99 Pro. If necessary, change the setup as required.
  • Page 147 When no error is indicated, press the Next button to proceed to the final screen. This last screen begins the actual upgrade process. Press the Finish button to begin the file transfer. All of the necessary files will be transmitted to the printer. When the file transfer is complete, choose the Done or Cancel button on the display to exit the upgrade utility.
  • Page 148: Upgrading Additional Printers With The Compactflash Card

    When the upgrade is complete, the printer will reset again. Please verify the version displayed during the power-up sequence. Your printer will be ready to use. Upgrading additional printers with the CompactFlash card The CompactFlash card from the upgraded printer can then be used to quickly upgrade other printers.
  • Page 149: Appendix A: Physical Data

    Appendix A: Physical Data QLS-8100 Xe...
  • Page 150 QLS-8100 Xe Dimensions All dimensions are in inches Printer shown without water cooling system installed Physical data...
  • Page 151 QLS-8100 Xe Dimensions All dimensions are in inches Printer shown without water cooling system installed QLS-8100 Xe...
  • Page 152 QLS-8100 Xe Dimensions All dimensions are in inches Printer shown with water cooling system installed 3.24 7.50 Physical data...
  • Page 153: Appendix B: Specifications

    Appendix B: Specifications QLS-8100 Xe...
  • Page 154 QLS-8100 Xe Specifications Printing Method Print Stations Registration Accuracy +/- 1 dot typical (0.0030”, 80 microns) Ribbon Management Resolution Print Speed Maximum Print Area Fonts Resident Barcodes Control Panel Connectivity Interface Software Color Halftoning Memory Thermal Transfer, Spot and CMYK Process Color 4 printheads User selectable, patented RibbonRation™...
  • Page 155 Dimensions Weight Power Requirements Compressed Air Thermal Transfer Ribbon Label / Tag Size Label / Tag Thickness 12 to 16 point Max. Label / Tag Roll Capacity QLS-8100 Xe 24” H x 24” D x 38” L (609.6 mm L x 609.6 mm D x 965.2 mm L) 185 lbs.
  • Page 156 Specifications...
  • Page 157: Appendix C: Replacement Parts

    Appendix C: Replacement Parts QLS-8100 Xe...
  • Page 158: Replacement Parts

    Replacement Parts Part Number 14076-101 14039-901 14039-701 14041-202 14058-000 14057-201 14057-301 23701-211 23701-063 11540-008 24034-002 13832-000 14050-050 14050-500 RN1716 14109-020 14046-200 10609-016 13318-000 00058DA 25747-000 23682-030 23682-215 24847-000 14099-000 24878-000 Recommended spare parts are noted in bold. Parts specifications are subject to change without notice. Contact QuickLabel Systems Technical Support to identify the correct parts and obtain current pricing.
  • Page 159 Replacement Parts Part Number 12361-013 26599-900 26585-401 26585-300 14049-701 26599-100 26588-100 26599-400 26599-500 13830-000 26599-300 42679-001 42614-001 42455-001 25459-200 14193-032 24164-020 24164-000 10787-001 Parts specifications are subject to change without notice. Contact QuickLabel Systems Technical Support to identify the correct parts and obtain current pricing.
  • Page 160 Replacement parts...
  • Page 161: Appendix D: Color Quicklabel 99 ® Pro Setup

    Appendix D: ® Color QuickLabel 99 Pro setup QLS-8100 Xe...
  • Page 162 Color QuickLabel 99 Pro setup The following guide explains how to configure Color QuickLabel 99 Pro software for use with the QLS-8100 Xe printer. If you are using and older version of software (i.e. Color QuickLabel), please contact QuickLabel Systems for an upgrade. To configure Color QuickLabel 99 Pro from Create and Print: Note: Skip to step 4 if you are configuring the Print application.
  • Page 163 Open the File >> Print Setup menu. The following screen will appear: Choose QLS-8100Xe Single Sided from the Select Printer pull-down list. Select the capacity of the memory card being used or none from the RAM Card Size pull-down list. This option is used only when set up for unidirectional communication.
  • Page 164 Click on the Communications tab. The following screen will appear: Select the desired Printer Communication: Bidirectional (recommended) - This option permits two-way communication with the printer. The printer will report status back to the host computer via the serial port connection. The parallel, serial, or ethernet port is used to transmit data to the printer.
  • Page 165 10 Select the appropriate Printer Mode. DUAL – Select this option for parallel and serial port connection. LPT – Select this option for parallel-only connection. COM – Select this option for serial-only connection. TCP/IP – Select this option for an ethernet connection. 11 Select the appropriate Parallel Port, Serial Port, and TCP/IP settings as necessary.
  • Page 166 Color QuickLabel 99 Pro setup...
  • Page 167: Appendix E: Windows Printer Driver Setup

    Appendix E: Windows Printer Driver Setup QLS-8100 Xe...
  • Page 168 Windows Printer Driver Setup The following guide explains how to configure the Windows Printer Driver for use with the QLS-8100 Xe printer. To configure the Windows printer driver: From the Start menu, select Settings >> Printers (Windows 98/Me/NT/2000) or Start >> Printers and Faxes (Windows XP). Right click on the QLS-8100 Xe Windows printer driver and select Properties.
  • Page 169 Click on the Graphics tab. Select the desired halftoning method for your image. A representation of the output effect each halftoning method will have is shown to the right. Generally speaking, Coarse, Medium, and Fine work best for line art and vector-based graphics such as clip art. Error Diffusion and Photographic are better suited for photographic images or images with fine details.
  • Page 170 Click on the Color tab. Select Process or Spot depending on the mode of operation being used. If Process is chosen, select CMY or CMYK for the desired image separation method. If Spot is chosen, you will be given the option to enable or disable each of the print stations by checking or unchecking the box next to each head.
  • Page 171 Click on the Intensity & Speed tab. Select the desired default print intensities for each of the print stations and select the print speed. If the Print-Time menu is enabled, these default settings can be changed just prior to printing each print job. If you are using Windows XP or 2000, choose the OK button to return to the QLS-8100 Xe Properties window.
  • Page 172 Click on the Ports tab. Select the appropriate communication port that the printer is connected to from the pull-down list of available ports. Click on the Device Options tab. If a Cutter or Cutter/Stacker option will be used, place a check mark in the Enable Cutter box. If RibbonRation will be used, place a check mark in the Enable Ribbon Ration box.
  • Page 173 The Print-Time menu is enabled by placing a check mark in the Enable Print-Time Menu box. Doing so will result in a popup window appearing after a label. has been processed by the Windows application but prior to being sent to the printer. The Print-Time menu allows the user to change Print Intensity, Print Speed, Quantity, and Offsets just prior to printing.
  • Page 174 In the Save As window that appears, enter a filename for the processed label. Place a check mark in the Place shortcut on Desktop box if you would like to generate a convenient shortcut to the processed label. Windows printer driver setup...
  • Page 175: Appendix F: Format Error Codes

    Appendix F: Format error codes QLS-8100 Xe...
  • Page 176 QLS-8100 Xe Format Error Codes Field X location error The X coordinate of a Set Field Location command (<STX>FLx,y) is out of bounds. Field Y location error The Y coordinate of a Set Field Location command (<STX>FLx,y) is out of bounds. Alphanumeric field font error The font parameter of a Define Alphanumeric Field Font command (<STX>AFfont,r,w,h,m) is invalid.
  • Page 177 Bar-code check digit error The selection for enabling the bar-code check digit is faulty. Bar-code interpretation width error The range for width values is the same as for height values. Bar-code interpretation height error Valid settings for font height are 10 to 2000 for TrueType® fonts. Bar-code interpretation font selection error The font parameter of a Define Bar-code Symbol command (<STX>BFn,...,i,...) is invalid.
  • Page 178 The height value of a graphics field is invalid. Line thickness error The value for line thickness in a graphics field is invalid. Print intensity error Valid print intensity settings are 1 to 32. Print speed error Valid print speeds are 2 to 5 inches per second. .PCX Bitmap error This error results from any of the following: •...
  • Page 179 Field data string error An invalid data string is part of the label format. Valid ASCII characters are from 20h to FFh, and all data fields must be terminated with an End Field Data command (<STX>FE). This error results from any of the following: •...
  • Page 180 Format error codes...
  • Page 181: Appendix G: Menu Structure

    Appendix G: Menu Structure QLS-8100 Xe...
  • Page 182 Menu Structure...
  • Page 183 Ready State Ready Ready: Intensity Ready: Intensity Ready: Intensity 0015 of 0050 Head 1 = 16 Head 2 = 16 Head 3 = 16 Ready: Vertical Ready:Horizontal Offset = +16 Offset = -20 Pause State Pause Pause: Adjust Pause: Cal & Setup Pause: Operation Press SELECT Press SELECT...
  • Page 184 Index Applicator ... 4-58 Calibration... 3-8, 4-21 Cancel ... 4-3 Cleaning ... 7-3 Color Alignment... 5-10 Compressed Air Connection... 2-17 Operating Without... 5-3 Cover Switch... 2-18 Cross Web Adjustment... 4-13 Cut Flag ... 4-55 Cut Offset ... 4-19 Cutter ... 4-54 Data Port...
  • Page 185 Handshaking ... 4-39 Specifications ... B-2 Synchronize Labels ... 4-30 TCP/IP Gateway ... 4-42 IP Address ... 4-40 Subnet Mask ... 4-41 Test Print ... 4-22 Thermal Transfer Ribbon Loading ... 3-2 Unpacking ... 2-2 Upgrades ... 7-17 Utility Port... 2-16 Vertical Baseline ...

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