Printing on Label Tape, Heat Shrink Tube, and 4mm I.D. Strips - Mk1500

Article ID: ART180389 | Date published: 09/13/2021 | Date last updated: 09/13/2021
 

Description

This article provides information on using the Mk2600 to print on label tape, heat shrink tubes, and 4mm I.D. strips.

Solution

Follow the steps below to print on label tape, heat shrink tubes, or 4mm I.D. strips. You will need the following to print on the desired media:

  • To print on label tape: label tape cassette

  • To print on heat shrink tube: heat shrink tube cassette

  • To print on 4mm I.D. strips: 4mm I.D. strip cassette

These cassettes are not included with the machine. They must be purchased separately. Contact your dealer for details.
 

Install the cassettes

Install the ribbon cassette and the tape label cassette. Note that this explanation assumes that you will be printing on label tape. If you will be printing on heat shrink tube or 4mm I.D. strips, simply substitute a heat shrink tube or 4mm I.D. strip cassette as appropriate.

1. Open the cover.

Open the cover

2. Remove the stopper and take up any slack in the ribbon.

 The printer cannot detect the ribbon if it has any slack. Always be sure to take up the slack in the ribbon when installing a cassette.

 Dispose the removed stopper in accordance to local government regulation.

Remove the stopper

Take up any slack in the ribbon

3. Install the ribbon cassette into the printer. Push the cassette until it clicks into place.

 If the ribbon cassette is loose, the ribbon may not be detected, so be sure to press it in until it clicks.

Push the cassette in until it clicks

 Do not touch the connector (metal part)

Do not hold the connection terminal (metal part) of the cassette. Doing so could cause an improper recognition of the cassette.

4. Install the label tape cassette into the printer.

  • Align the label tape cassette with the hole in the printer, then push the cassette in until it clicks into place.

 Confirm that the release paper is not peeled when setting the label cassette. Before setting, cut the part where the release paper is peeled or the end is not straight.

Install the label tape cassette into the printer

5. Remove the wrap-around tape guide.

6. Close the cover completely so that it clicks shut.

Close the cover completely so that it clicks shut


 Various cassettes

These cassettes must be purchased separately. Contact your dealer for details.

Label tape cassette

This is used to print characters on label tape.

Example of cassette

Heat shrink tube cassette

This is used to print characters on heat shrink tube.

Wrap around tape cassette

This is used to print characters on wrap-around tape.

4mm I.D. strip cassette

This is used to print characters on 4mm I.D. strip.


 Do not install the wrong type of cassette

  • The printer can print on tube, clear tube, label tape, heat shrink tube, wrap-around tape, plate, and 4mm I.D. strip, but each requires a different type of cassette. Loading a wrong type of cassette makes it impossible to print characters properly.

 When printing on regular or clear tube

  • Install the ribbon cassette and tube attachment in the machine.
    If the wrap-around tape guide or label tape cassette is already installed, remove it first. Note that the tube attachment does not come with tube ; the tube must be purchased separately.

 When printing on label tape, heat shrink tube or 4mm I.D. strip

  • Install the ribbon cassette and the appropriate cassette in the machine.
    The wrap-around tape guide and attachment are not used, so if they are already installed, remove them first.

 When printing on wrap-around tape

  • Install the ribbon cassette, the wrap-around tape cassette and wrap-around tape guide in the machine. The tube attachment is not used, so if it is already installed, remove it first.

 What to do if the label tape becomes stuck inside the cassette
  • Ordinarily, the tip of the label tape protrudes from the cassette as shown in Fig. 1, but sometimes the label tape becomes wound all the way into the cassette, as shown in Fig. 2. In this case, pull the label tape out as shown in Fig. 3. If you do not pull the label tape out before installing the cassette, the message Start of media not detect. appears and the printer cannot print. This message can be cleared by pressing [Canc].

The label tape should be set as shown here.

Fig. 1

The label tape should be set as shown here.

The label tape has become wound up inside of the cassette

Fig. 2

Here, the label tape has become wound up inside of the cassette.

Use tweezers to pull out the label tape to the prescribed position

Fig. 3

Use tweezers to pull out the label tape to the prescribed position.

 

Turn the power switch on

Before turning the power switch on, make sure that the cassettes have been inserted properly, that the cover is closed, and that the AC adapter is connected.

  1. Press the "|" side of the power switch.

Press the "|" of the switch

  • The startup display appears.

Startup display

Startup display

  • Character input display appears after displaying the ribbon cassette information.

 The character input display appears immediately if no ribbon cassette is installed.

Ribbon cassette information display

Ribbon cassette information display

 Do not turn the power switch on and off rapidly

Turning the power switch on and off rapidly and repeatedly can cause misoperation and the loss of stored data.
 

Input characters

ex. Print the following label tape.

10W

+12V
-12V

Relay

Label tape being used: 9mm label tape

 Two-line printing is not performed properly when using label tape that is 6mm wide, heat shrink tube, or 4mm I.D. strip.

  1. Enter 10W.

 If you accidentally enter an incorrect character, press [Back Space] to delete the character and then enter the correct one.

Figure: 10W entered on screen

  1. Press [Enter].

  • A new page appears, and the system waits for entry of more character data.

The arrow at the upper left indicates that another page precedes the currently displayed page

Indicates that another page precedes the currently displayed page.

  1. Press [Style].

  • Since the middle label has two lines, press [Style] to change the Line setting.

Style screen

  1. Press Left arrow or Right arrow to select 2: Line, then press [Enter].
  • The Line setting display appears.

Line setting display

  1. Press Left arrow or Right arrow to select 2: 2 Lines, then press [Enter].

Input display

The input display now has two lines.

  1. Enter +12V.

+12V on screen

  1. Press either Down arrow or Right arrow.

     If you press [Enter] instead of Down arrow or Right arrow, a new page is created.

The cursor is on the second line

The cursor moves to the second line.

  1. Enter -12V.

-12V on screen

  1. Press [Enter].

  • A new page appears, and the system waits for additional character entry.

A new page appears on the screen

  1. Press [Style].

  • Since the third label has just one line, press [Style] to change the Line setting for the third label.

Style selection screen

  1. Press Left arrow or Right arrow to select 2: Line and then press [Enter].

  • The Line setting display appears.

Line setting display

  1. Press Left arrow or Right arrow to select 1:1 line and then press [Enter].

Input display now has one line

The input display now has one line.

  1. Enter Relay.

  • If you enter the wrong character, press [Back Space] to delete the character and then enter the correct one.

Relay entered on the screen

If you accidentally enter an incorrect character

Follow this procedure to make changes if you accidentally enter an incorrect character.

ex. You meant to enter "-12V" but accidentally enter "-32V"
 

  1. Press Left arrowRight arrowUp arrow or Down arrow and move the cursor  to the 2.

2 is highlighted

  1. Press [Back Space] to delete the 3.

The 3 has been deleted

  1. Press 1 to enter the correct character.

-32V is now -12V

Deleting all entered text

Follow this procedure described below to delete all characters entered on all pages.
 

  1. Press [Delete].

  • The Delete display appears.

Delete display

 Even when all characters have been deleted, settings such as Format and Style are retained.

If two or more pages have been entered, the settings on the last page are retained.

  1. Press [Enter].

  • All characters on all pages are deleted.


 

 

 

Print

Once the characters have been entered, begin printing.

  1. Press [Print / Print Option].

  • The print media selection display appears.

 No ribbon cassette is displayed if the ribbon cassette is not installed. Install the ribbon cassette.

 No ribbon information. No ribbon amount displayed. Press enter is displayed if the information cannot be read due to a ribbon cassette failure and so forth. If this message is displayed, follow the instruction on the screen.

 Print media is the material that you are printing on, such as a tube, heat shrink tube, label tape, wrap-around tape, 4mm I.D. strip, plate, or clear tube.

Print media selection screen

  1. Press Left arrow or Right arrow  to select 4: Label, then press [Enter].
  • The label tape size (width) selection display appears.

 If 4mm I.D. strip is the selected media, the size display does not appear.

Label tape size selection screen

  1. Press Left arrow or Right arrow to select 9mm, then press [Enter].

  • The sets to print display appears.

 Rough amount of the remaining ink ribbon is displayed as shown. When the information of the cassette is not properly retrieved, the amount of the ribbon does not appear.

Sets to print screen

  1. Press [Enter].

Check media position

  1. Confirm the location of the leading end of the loaded label tape, press Left arrow or Right arrow to select the input side, then press [Enter].

 If the leading end of the loaded label tape is at transport roller 2, select [IN], and if it is at the cutter side, select [OUT].

Canceling printing

If you press [Cancel], the message Aborting print appears and printing is aborted. In this case, the label tape that is currently being printed is cut and then ejected.

Printing

  1. Take out the label.

  • A half-cut label is ejected.

If label tape jams

Hold down [Cancel] until the printer beeps. The printer stops all operations immediately. In this case, the label tape is not cut and it is not ejected.

A half-cut label is ejected

A small notch is cut between each label so that the labels can be easily separated.

If your product issue was not resolved after following the steps above, or if you require additional help, please create or log in to your Canon Account to see your technical support options.


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