Applicator Port Information

This document covers the following topics:

Start Pin Response Info 

When the printer PRINT MODE is set to APPLICATOR, the printer looks for the rising and falling edges of the input signal at pin 3 (START PRINT SIGNAL). A falling edge (transition from +5 volts to GND) on pin 3 will result in one label printing. The signal must return to +5 volts before another label can be printed.

Note: The Start Print signal is only responded to when the printer is ready to print. When the label is printing the signal will not be responded to. That means that the signal does not get looked for until the label already being printed (if any) is complete AND there is a label ready to be printed (DATA READY LED on, data ready signal on the applicator port being asserted).

 

Print Mode = Applicator

Print Mode Setting

Typically the Print Mode is set to Applicator when using the applicator port option. The Print Mode can be set to Applicator through the LCD Display Menu on the front of the printer. The print mode can also be set with ZPL ^MMA command. Also, choose the Applicator Port setting for one of the available modes through the LCD Display menu. Driver or software settings can override settings made via the LCD Display.

In all other print modes (Tear-Off, Peel-Off, Cutter, Rewind), the printer looks for the state of the input signal on Pin 3. When the signal level is high (+5v) the printer is unable to print. Inserting a low (GND) on pin 3 allows the printer to print.

 

Print Mode = Tear-Off, Peel-Off, Cutter or Rewind

Applicator Port Pin Out

 

Click here for an Applicator Port timing diagram

Applicator Interface Connector Pin Configuration
The Applicator Interface Assembly is available in two versions: a +5 V I/O and a
+24 V (24–28 V) I/O.  The Table lists the pin configurations and functions of the applicator
interface connector for both +5 V and 24–28 V operation.

PIN
NO.

SIGNAL
NAME

Signal
Type

FUNCTIONAL DESCRIPTION

1

I/O SIGNAL
GROUND

I/O Signal
Ground

+5 V Version
Using jumper J5, this pin can be configured as isolated
or non-isolated from the Applicator Interface Circuit
Ground.
24–28 V Version
Isolated I/O operation only. No jumpers to configure.

2

 +V I/O
(Fused at 1 A for
+5 V operation.
Caution • Replace
the fuse only with
one of the same
type and rating.

Power

+5 V Version
Using jumper J4, this pin can be configured as isolated
or non-isolated from the Applicator Interface Circuit
+5 V Supply.
24–28 V Version
Isolated I/O operation only. No jumpers to configure.

3

~START_PRINT

Input

Pulse Mode
The label printing process begins on the HIGH to LOW
transition of this signal if a format is ready. De-assert this
signal HIGH to inhibit printing of a new label.
Level Mode
Assert LOW to enable the print engine to begin printing
if a format is ready. The print engine prints new labels as
long as the signal is asserted. When de-asserted, the
currently printing label is completed and the print engine
stops and waits for this input to be reasserted LOW.

4

~FEED

Input

When the print engine is in an idle state or has been
paused, assert this input LOW to trigger repeated feeding
of blank labels. De-assert HIGH to stop feeding blank
labels and register to the top of the next label.

5

~PAUSE

Input

To toggle the current pause state, this input must be
asserted LOW for 200 milliseconds, or until the
SERVICE REQUIRED output (pin 10) changes state.

6

~REPRINT

Input

If the Reprint feature is enabled, this input must be
asserted LOW to cause the print engine to reprint the last
label.
If the Reprint feature is disabled, this input is ignored.

7

+28V
(Fused at 500 mA.)
Caution • Replace
the fuse only with
one of the same
type and rating.

Power

The Interface Power Supply. Supplies power to external
sensors as required.

(110XiIII Plus does not support use of its internal power for external devices)

8

POWER GROUND
(+28 V Return)

Power

The Interface Power Ground for 28 V

9

RIBBON_LOW

Output

Asserted HIGH if the Ribbon Low feature is enabled and
the amount of ribbon remaining on the supply spool is
below a specific threshold level.
If the Ribbon Low feature is disabled, this output lead is
disabled.

10

~SVCE_REQ

Output

Asserted LOW if the media cover is open, the printhead
is open, the ribbon is out, the media is out, the print
engine is paused, or an operational fault occurs.
If the applicator Resynch mode is set to Error mode, this
signal also asserts LOW for a Resynch error.

11

~END_PRINT


Controlled by the

“Applicator Port”

Configuration
Parameter

Output

OFF -        Applicator Interface is not operational.

MODE 1 - Normally HIGH. LOW only while the printer is moving the
label forward.

MODE 2 - Normally LOW. HIGH only while the printer is moving the
label forward.

MODE 3 - Normally HIGH. LOW for 20 milliseconds when a label has
been printed and positioned. Always HIGH during continuous
printing modes.

MODE 4 - Normally LOW. HIGH for 20 milliseconds when a label has
been printed and positioned. Always LOW during continuous
printing modes.

12

~MEDIA_OUT

Output

Normally HIGH. Active LOW when a  “media out” condition occurs.

13

~RIBBON_OUT

Output

Normally HIGH. Active LOW when a  “ribbon out” condition occurs.

14

~DATA_RDY

Output

LOW when sufficient data has been received to begin printing the next label.
HIGH whenever printing stops after the current label due to a
pause condition or the absence of a label format to print.

15

VOID
RFID

Output

Asserted LOW when the RFID transponder over the
antenna is “voided.”
De-asserted HIGH when the end print signal is
asserted.
Note: Pin 15 is only functional on RFID models, otherwise it is a spare unused
pin on non-RFID models.

The impedance or value of the pull-up resistors is 10k, the resistors are about 1/8th watt and each signal is capable of about 100 milliwatts of power.

The current sink capability is 50 mA for each output, individually. Internal 10K ohm pull-up resistors already installed, include in output current calculations. Do not exceed the supply's total current capability, if using the power supplied from the applicator interface board

 

Jumper Configurations for +5 V I/O Applicator Interface Board

Jumpers J4 and J5 are used together to produce isolated or non-isolated modes of operation for
applicator input and output control signals. J4 configures the +5 V source for the optoisolator
circuits, and J5 configures the ground. For proper operation, when J4 is installed, J5 must be
installed, and when J4 is removed, J5 must be removed.

Pin No. Non-Isolated Isolated

1

J5 In
I/O ground is connected to the
Applicator Interface Circuit
Ground.
J5 Out
I/O ground is disconnected from the Applicator Interface
Circuit Ground. Ground for the applicator interface
optoisolator circuits is provided externally to this pin.

2

J4 In
+5 V I/O is connected to the
Applicator Interface Circuit +5 V
Supply.
J4 Out
+5 V I/O is disconnected from the Applicator Interface
Circuit +5 V Supply. The +5 V for the applicator
interface optoisolator circuits is provided externally to
this pin.

Sato to Zebra Adapter Cable

 

Note: A Zebra adapter cable is available P/N 49609

5V version of the applicator board

Note: Do not mix 5 volt signals with 24-28 volt signals. 

Caution: Use proper static precautions and remove power from the Pax before proceeding.

Jumper Configurations for +5 V I/O Applicator Interface Board

Jumpers J4 and J5 are used together to produce isolated or non-isolated modes of operation for
applicator input and output control signals. J4 configures the +5 V source for the optoisolator
circuits, and J5 configures the ground. For proper operation, when J4 is installed, J5 must be
installed, and when J4 is removed, J5 must be removed.

                    Jumper variations on 5V PAX4 applicator ports

both jumpers installed and using using printers internal 5vdc
both jumpers removed and using an external 5vdc source

Pin No. Non-Isolated Isolated

1

J5 In
I/O ground is connected to the
Applicator Interface Circuit
Ground.
J5 Out
I/O ground is disconnected from the Applicator Interface
Circuit Ground. Ground for the applicator interface
optoisolator circuits is provided externally to this pin.

2

J4 In
+5 V I/O is connected to the
Applicator Interface Circuit +5 V
Supply.
J4 Out
+5 V I/O is disconnected from the Applicator Interface
Circuit +5 V Supply. The +5 V for the applicator
interface optoisolator circuits is provided externally to
this pin.

24-28V version of the applicator port board (no jumpers are on this board)

Important: On the 28V version of the applicator port board 28V must be provided in one of the two following manners otherwise the output signals will not function.

Using an external 28vdc source
Using the internal 28vdc source

Pictures

5 vdc applicator port board

24-28 volt applicator port board