Zebra Stripe Setup for RCMS
There are 3 steps to setting up the Zebra Stripe printer in RCMS.
Configure RCMS settings
Load ribbon and media (labels) in the printer
Install Windows driver
the RC System Settings screen, choose the Printing tab.
following settings in the Barcode section:
Printer & Format must be set to 'Zebra Stripe using Code 93'
Density must be set to 'High'
other settings are optional.
Zebra Stripe S500 Ribbon and
most common setup of the Stripe is roll media in tear-off mode. There
are several other options including cutter mode, fanfold, and external
rewind but these options require extra hardware and are not necessary.
Refer to the manual for more detailed information. The figures and
pages referred to below correspond with the manual.
Media and Ribbon
Roll Media in
illustrates the method of loading media for operation in Tear-Off Mode.
Figure 3 Roll media loading in tear-off mode
First, move the Head Open Lever
counterclockwise to the OPEN position and raise the Print head. Slide
the Media Guide and the Media Supply Guide as far out from the
printer frame as possible.
Place the media
roll on the Media Supply Hanger, and thread the media through the
Print head Assembly as shown in Figure 3. Adjust the Media Supply Guide
and the Media Guide against the outer edge of the media. These guides
must not cause pressure or excessive drag on the media.
Adjusting the Media Sensor
When the Stripe
printer is powered ON, it performs a self-test and configures its
operating characteristics. Some of these characteristics are determined
by the position of the Media Sensor. See Figure 7.
Figure 7 Media sensor adjustment
Print head OPEN, look through the front of the print mechanism and locate
the Media Sensor Adjustment Lever.
media (no notch or opening to sense, i.e. roll media) is used, position
the Media Sensor anywhere over the media so that an Out-of-Media
condition will still be sensed.
Ribbon Supply Spindle
Spindle: Normal Position
In the Normal Position, the Dual-Tension Ribbon
Supply Spindle provides the desired amount of ribbon back-tension for
different ribbon widths. To place the Spindle in the Normal Position,
firmly pull the Spindle End-Cap until it clicks into place, as shown in
Figure 8 Ribbon supply spindle adjustment
Loading the Ribbon
To load ribbon,
see Figure 9 and follow the procedure below.
Figure 9 Ribbon loading diagram
ribbon that is wider than the media. The smooth backing of the ribbon
protects the print head from wear and premature failure due to excessive
1. Adjust the
Ribbon Supply Spindle position for normal or low tension. (see above).
2. Align the
blades on the two sections of the spindle as shown in Figure 8. (You do
not need to do this if your ribbon width is 2.4" (60 mm) or less.)
3. Place the
ribbon roll on the Ribbon Supply Spindle.
4. Open the
Print head by moving the Head Open Lever counterclockwise to the OPEN
5. Thread the
ribbon as shown without creasing or wrinkling it. Wind the ribbon onto
the Ribbon Take-up Spindle for several turns in a clockwise direction.
6. Close the
Print head by moving the lever clockwise to the CLOSED position.
on how to run printer calibration or to adjust print darkness turn to
page 14 of the manual.
Configuration and Calibration
If this is the first time
the printer is setup or new labels have been loaded it is important that
the printer be calibrated. The other settings below are optional.
Setting Print Darkness
Press the MODE key
until the DARKEN LED lights. Press Up or Down to adjust.
Adjust label rest position for
tearing off labels
Set the label rest
position to easily tear off labels after printing. Press MODE
until POSITION LED is lit. Press Up or Down to adjust.
Setting Label Top Position
If printing is not
centered correctly or the printing is off the label, adjust the Label
Top Position. Press MODE key until the POSITION LED is
lit. Now press and hold MODE key until the DARKEN and
CALIBRATE LEDs turn on. Press the Up and Down keys to center
To calibrate printer press
the MODE key until the calibrate LED is lit. Press the Up (FEED)
button to begin calibration.
Windows driver installation
The following instructions
are for driver setup for the Zebra Stripe printer in Windows 2000.
Other versions of Windows may have different setups but the drivers
installed are the same. The printer can be setup on a network server or
a local machine and shared on either system.
NOTE: DO NOT INSTALL ZEBRA STRIPE DRIVER
Click on Start > Settings > Printers
Double click on Add Printer
Select Local printer and uncheck
Automatically Detect printer
LPT1 is selected by default so click
In the Manufacturers list select
In the Printers list choose Generic /
Name the printer Zebra Stripe (It can be
Select No for the default printer
option. Click Next
If other machines will need access to
the label printer give it a share name otherwise choose No. Click Next.
Do you want to print a test page?
Choose No. Next
Test setup by printing labels from RCMS.
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