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 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

 

 

PIN
NO.

SIGNAL
NAME

DIRECTION

FUNCTIONAL DESCRIPTION

1

GND
(+5v Return)

Power

JP1 IN - ground return for internal +5v power source (JP2 IN).

JP1 OUT - ground return for external +5v power source (JP2 OUT). * See below

2

+5v
(750mA Max)

Power

JP2 IN - internal +5v power source to supply power to remote opto-isolators
as required (JP1 IN).

JP2 OUT - external +5v power source to supply power to internal
opto-isolators as required (JP1 OUT). * See Below

3

~START_PRINT

Input

A LOW input enables printing to begin if a format is ready. A HIGH input
inhibits printing of a new label.
Note: The PRINT MODE setting affect the function of this signal. See the
above discussion.

4

~FEED

Input

A LOW input enables repeated feeding of blank labels. A HIGH input stops
the feeding of blank labels and registers to the top of the next label.

5

~PAUSE

Input

A HIGH to LOW input transition pauses the printer. LOW to HIGH
transitions of this signal have no effect. The paused state can be
exited by either pressing a front panel key or via a ZPL command.

6

~REPRINT

Input

Implemented in version x.9 Use the ^JJa,b,c,d,e,f command to enable.

e = Reprint Mode
Default valu
e:
d = reprint disabled
The printer will ignore the reprint signal on the applicator port.
Other values:
e = reprint enabled
The printer will reprint the last label printed after the reprint signal is asserted on the applicator port. If a label is canceled, the label to be reprinted will also be canceled. This mode also consumes more memory since the last label printed is not released after it is printed.

 

7

+28v
(1.5A Max)

Power

Internal +28v power source, intended to supply power to external sensors as
required. (110XiIII Plus does not support use of its internal power for external devices)

8

GND
(+28v Return)

Power

Ground return for internal +28v power source.

9

RIBBON_LOW

(if applicable)

Output

Normally LOW. Active HIGH when the amount of ribbon remaining on the
supply spool is below a specific threshold level.

10

~SVCE_REQ

Output

Normally HIGH. Active LOW any time the printer is in the PAUSE
condition, indicating an operation fault has occurred.

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

SPARE_OUT

Output

Not Defined

Sato to Zebra Adapter Cable

 

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

* How to get the applicator port to run from an external 24 -28 volt source and other jumper variations

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.

  1. Remove the applicator port board from the Pax print engine body.
  2. Remove JP1 and JP2. This isolates the +V and GRD lines routed to the applicator interface pull-up resistors, output opto isolator emitters and the input opto isolator LED.
  3. Make the following connections for the applicator interface +V and Ground 
    -
    If using an external 28 volt supply connect Pin 1 to the remote ext ground, then  Pin 2 to the remote ext + 28 volts
          or
    - If using the applicator port +28 volt source modify the 15 pin male connector wiring by connecting Pin 7 (+28v)  to Pin 2 (isolated +V), then Pin 8 (ground) to Pin 1 (isolated ground). The interface will then be powered when you plug in your cable.  
  4. Put the following resistors in series with the input signal lines to limit current to the opto isolator input LED..
    Pin 3 to (1.2K up to1.5K)  resistor to 28v start print
    Pin 4 to (1.2K up to1.5K) resistor to 28v feed
    Pin 5 to (1.2K up to1.5K) resistor to 28v pause
    Pin 6 to (1.2K up to1.5K) resistor to 28v reprint

                    Jumper variations on pre PAX4 applicator ports

both jumpers installed and using using printers internal 5vdc
both jumpers removed and using an external 5vdc source
both jumpers removed and using an external 28vdc source
both jumpers removed and using the internal 28vdc source

Pictures

applicator port pcb 
This is a basic applicator port board. It does not support real time clock or remote front panel features.
Used in XI2, XI3, XI3+ table top models and 170pax series printers.

F1, 2 Amp

F2, 1 Amp

110pax applicator port pcb (110pax only)
This is a picture of the optional Remote Front Panel Applicator Port pcb. 
One connector used for applicator port signals, and the other port is used to connect the front panel remotely via a cable.
Real time clock is standard feature on the 110pax.

         F2, 1 Amp, part # HW46563-1.0

F3, 0.5 Amp

F1, 0.5 Amp

applicator port board with real time clock
Used in XI2, XI3 table top models and 170pax series, 110pax printers.

F1, 2 Amp

F2, 1 Amp

Part Information (field installable)

 

applicator port kit

applicator port with 
real time clock kit

XI

46152 
also needs f/w SP569C to support
the applicator functions

N/A

XI2

49726M  complete installation kit
(pcb, cables, mounting h/w)

47868 complete installation kit
(pcb, cables, mounting h/w, f/w to support the RTC)

49869M replacement pcb kit
(pcb only)

XI3 49726M  complete installation kit
(pcb, cables, mounting h/w)
48125M complete installation kit
(pcb, cables, mounting h/w)

49869M replacement pcb kit
(pcb only)

Advanced Counter kit that attaches to the applicator port pcb 47020M
XI3+

49726M complete installation kit
(pcb, cables, mounting h/w)

real time clock is standard feature on the mlb, not on applicator board

replacement Advanced Counter kit
47020M

110XI3+ (with a cutter kit option installed)   On 110xi3+ units with a cutter installed, there were no available power connectors available to support an additional option such as the applicator port board so they created this kit to be able to add the app port to a 110xi3+   P/N # 41096
170pax, 170pax2

49726M complete installation kit
(pcb, cables, mounting h/w)

47867 complete installation kit
(pcb, cables, mounting h/w, f/w to support the RTC.

49869M replacement pcb kit
(pcb only)

170pax3 49726M complete installation kit
(pcb, cables, mounting h/w)
49869M replacement pcb kit
(pcb only)
170Pax4 G57056M 5V  G57389M 24-28V  
110Pax4 G57056M 5V  G57389M 24-28V  

 

use one of these kits to replace existing applicator board applicator port pcb real time clock
remote front panel
advanced counter
applicator port pcb real time clock advanced counter applicator port pcb
real time clock
remote front panel
applicator port pcb
real time clock
110pax 43541M 43540M 43448M 43447M

Advanced Counter     (counts the number of inches, centimeters, labels that pass through the printer)
Advanced Counter not available on XI2, 170pax, 170pax2, 170pax3 
Advanced Counter is standard on XI3+ models as a small daughter board on the lower right corner of the mlb.