Media Sensing
Media Sensing

Media Sensing

The G-Series printer has automatic media sensing capability.
The printer is designed to continuously check and adjust media length sensing for minor variations. Once the printer is printing or feeding media, the printer continually checks and adjusts the media sensing to accommodate for minor changes in media parameters from label to label on a roll and from roll to roll of media. The printer will automatically initiate a media length calibration if the expected media length or the label to label gap distance has exceeded the acceptable variation range when starting a print job or feeding media. The automatic media sensing in the G-Series printers works the same for printer operations that use EPL and ZPL label formats and programming.
If the printer does not detect labels or black marks (or notches with blackline sensing) after feeding the media the default maximum label length distance of 39 inches (1 meter), the printer will switch to continuous (receipt) media mode. The printer will keep these settings until changed by software, programming, or a manual calibration with different media.
Optionally, the printer can be set to do a short media calibration after printer power-up or when closing the printer with power on. The printer will then feed several labels while calibrating.
The printer’s media settings can be verified by printing a Printer Configuration label. See Printing a Test (Printer Configuration) Label for more details.
The maximum distance that the automatic media type detection and sensing will check can be reduced by using the ZPL Maximum Label Length command (
). It is recommended that this distance be set to no less than two times the longest label being printed. If the largest label being printed was a 4 by 6 inch label, then the maximum label (media) length detection distance can be reduced from the default distance of 39 inches down to 12 inches.
If the printer has difficulty automatically detecting the media type and auto-calibrating, see Manual Calibration to perform an extensive calibration. It includes a printed graph of sensor operation for your media. This method disables the printer’s automatic media sensing capability until the printer’s default parameters are reset to the factory defaults with the four flash Feed button mode. See Feed Button Modes for more details.
The automatic media calibration can be modified, turned on, or turned off to meet your needs. Sometimes print job conditions require that the printer use all the media on a roll. The two automatic media conditions, power up with media loaded and closing the printer with power on, can be controlled individually with the ZPL Media Feed command,
. The feed action discussed in the ZPL programmers guide for the
command is primarily for automatic media sensing and calibration. The automatic media calibration that controls the dynamic media (label to label) calibration is the
command. If multiple media types of different lengths, material or detection methods (web/gap, black mark, notches or continuous) are used, you should not change these settings.
The media calibration and detection process can also be refined to match the media type loaded into the printer. Use the ZPL Media Tracking command (
) to set the media type. Sometimes the printer can detect preprinted media as the gap between labels or the liner backing with print as a black marks. If the
parameter for continuous media is set, then the printer does not perform the automatic calibration. The
command also includes an automatic calibration parameter (
) to return the printer to its default setting to automatically detect all media types.