The default print setting are predefined settings that the user can set, these settings however will be used on all job regardless of the product.
The user will also need to set the use print settings for job by default at setting to application level.
Select the printer in the application printers’ section and click the Default print settings
The print settings window will appear any changes the user makes to these setting will appear on each future job to be printed; you will find an explanation for each setting below.
Thermal Transfer- using the dropdown menu the user can select between Thermal Transfer or Thermal Direct, Thermal Transfer means when printing the printer will require a thermal transfer ribbon if the user attempts to print without a ribbon the printer will stop and inform the user via an error on the printers control panel screen.
Thermal Direct- Thermal Direct should only be used when using thermal paper which darkens when heat is applied receipt paper for example.
SEI currently only provides Thermal Transfer products, should you have an enquiry regarding thermal direct products please contact your SEI Sales Representative.
Top margin: The top margin allow the user to adjust the position of the printed elements without having to manually change the design template this is useful if the markings are out of position by a small margin for example a printed marking is 0.5mm too high on the marker the user can simply type 0.5 into the top margin to lower the marking by 0.5mm to raise the marking the user would type -0.5 the user can also use the Print test marker to check the settings.
Left margin: The left margin works the same way as the top margin however the left margin is used to adjust left and right rather than raising and lowering the marking.
Gap height: The Gap height is the height of the sensing gap on the labels you are going to be printing, this can be the space between your labels or a punched-out hole in the carrier liner.
Enable cutter: This tick box is required when the cutter is to be used.
Before Printing: Using the dropdown box the user can choose to have an initial cut or perforation cut before the printer starts to print, this will keep all the cut markers the same length including the first marker that would normally be longer.
Cutter offset above page/ Cutter offset below page: these options are used to move the position of the cut without changing the length of the sleeve or needing to move the printing elements.
Sensor type: The user can choose from 3 sensing methods these being Continuous, Gap or lower marker, Continuous sensing is used when the product is a continuous strip of material, Gap sensing is used when the carrier liner has a pinched hole for sensing or using the gap between the labels themselves, Lower marker is used when a black strip on the back of the carrier liner is present.
Temperature: The temperature setting is adjusted for different types of ribbon depending on the type of ribbon being used a lower or higher temperature may be required for the optimum print performance.
Speed: Similar to the temperature setting depending on the ribbon being used the speed can be adjusted between 30, 40, 50 or 75mm/s for optimising the print quality.
Zoom Adjustments for the X and Y axis: If the print result is smaller than anticipated the user can increase the size of the print by zooming in using the X and Y zoom adjustments.
Perforation depth: Depending on the product being printed the material thickness can change, this can cause some issues when perforating continuous material as the cut may be too deep. Cutter depth is typically set before the printer is shipped.