Printing Text with Sequential Numbers (Serial Printing) - Mk1500

Article ID: ART180406 | Date published: 09/14/2021 | Date last updated: 09/15/2021


Learn how to print text with sequential numbers with the Mk1500.


Generating sequential characters (serial printing)

Assume that you want to produce the following tubes.

 Serial characters can be set in only one place on a page.

Figure 1 Example: Pump Room 1 - 10

The portion of the character data consisting of number from 1 to 9 is incremented or decremented by 1 each time it is printed, and is called the number portion. The remaining portion of the character data is called the common portion. (Fig. 2)

Figure 2 Example: Portions of the character data shown

To print tubes that contain a number portion such as those shown in Fig. 1, it is not necessary to explicitly create ten pages with character data ranging from Pump Room 1 to Pump Room 9 (as shown in Fig. 4). Instead, you need only create one page of character data consisting of a common portion and a number portion as shown in Fig. 3, then print that page.

Figures 3 and 4, showing sequential printing results and the portions of text, respectively

ex. Produce the tubes shown in Fig. 1.

  1. Enter Pump Room.

  • This is the common portion.

Pump Room entered on screen

  1. Press [Num].

  • The Numbering display appears.

Numbering display

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

  • The decimal number setting display appears.

  • The display for specifying the start value and end value appears.

 In addition to decimal numbering, you can also specify hexidecimal or alphabetical numbering.

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

Decimal numbering setting display

  1. Press Up arrow or Down arrow to select Start, then enter 1.

  • The display for specifying the start value and end value appears.

Numbering in descending order

For example, if you enter 9 as the start value and 5 as the end value, you can set up numbering in descending order (9, 8, 7, 6, 5).

Decimal numbering setting display, 1 entered as the Start value

  1. Press Up arrow or Down arrow to select End value, then enter 9.

Decimal numbering setting display, 9 entered as the End value

  1. Press [Enter].

  • The number portion has been entered.

Number portion shown with an N

The number portion is displayed with N.

  1. Press [Enter].

  • Nine pages, from Pump Room 1 to Pump Room 9 are automatically generated..

Number portion displayed with N

The number portion is displayed with an N.

  1. Start printing.

 Printing Two or More Pages

When there are two or more pages with data and one or more of them are blank due to the deletion of text, the blank pages are fed idly (space characters are printed).

 Various types of numbering print

The following different types of numbering print are possible.

For decimal numbering: Select Dec in step 3.

Decimal numbering example

For hexadecimal numbering: Select Hex in step 3.

Hexidecimal numbering example

For alphabetical numbering: Select A - Z or a - z in step 3.

Alphabetical numbering example

 Changing and deleting serial characters

For example, if the numbers in the number portion run from 8 to 12, the number of digits needed for 8 and 9 differs from the number of digits needed for 10 through 12. In this case, it is possible to insert either a 0 or a space in front of the 8 and 9 so that the number of digits is the same as for 10 through 12. This function is called Padding character. Note that the padding character setting display does not appear if all of the numbers in the number portion have the same number of digits or if alphabet was selected for numbering.

  • To remove serial characters, delete the N (number symbol) using [Backspace].

  • To change the serial character, move the cursor to N and press [Number].

  • To enter a common character after a serial character, enter it after N before pressing [Enter].

 Printing of multiple pages

When a blank page(s) is created after deletion of characters on an entire page in the input data comprising multiple pages, the page(s) is fed idly (with blank page(s) printed).

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