Printhead Pressure Adjustments
A key element to proper print quality and prevention of ribbon wrinkle is printhead balance. Printer models that have a method of adjusting the printhead balance allow flexibility to maintain constant image transfer across the label width. This adjustability allows the printer to function with a wide variety of label widths and thicknesses.
The pressure should be evenly distributed across the media (label/tag/card stock). This is typically done by printing a Pause Test label with the darkness reduced to produce a light image while adjusting toggles or pressure springs until even printing is achieved. . The reduced darkness will enhance the pressure differences and allow for accurate printhead pressure adjustments to achieve an image with the same darkness across the label. Once this is achieved, increase the darkness to optimize the print quality.
Some simple steps to follow:
1. Enable the PAUSE test print. Refer to your User Guide for details.
2. Reduce the burn temperature or darkness until the test print begins to lighten and turn grey.
3. Adjust the printhead pressure
If your pressure toggle does not appear to give you enough range of
adjustment to produce acceptable results assure the printhead is installed
correctly and that the ribbon strip plate is not impacting the media surface.