PRINT FEATURES SPECIFICATIONS
The IDS 150A Scale printer is intended to fill the basic needs of the weighing industry! It prints what is sent. It is designed specifically to interface with the various digital weight indicators and " smart " terminals used in the industry today. This document printer features a top quality 40 column dot matrix print mechanism with a head life expectancy of 100 million characters. It prints BI-directionally at a speed of approximately 3 lines per second. Multi-copy ticket printing is made easy with it's multi-strike capability. It is available with or without an internal clock for time and date printing.
RS232, 20ma current loop, RS485, are all standard serial interfaces. Even, odd, or no parity, 7 or 8 data bits, and baud rates 300 through 9600 baud are all selectable. One EPROM fits all continuous or demand mode applications. Pulse inputs up to 48V DC are standard for conveyor scale applications. TTL level remote print inputs are also standard. BCD interface is an available option.
The printer normally prints BI-directionally for faster operation.
Multi-strike will print each line from 2 to 10 times. Legibility is increased in multi-copy tickets. The multistrike feature prints in a single direction. When selected, it will over-ride the BI-direction select.
Left margin is used to move printed text to the right 1 to 18 characters wide. If invert print is used , the text will be moved to the left.
Top margin is used to skip from 1 to 9 lines down the ticket before printing.
Characters are printed upside down, the ticket is inserted upside down for printing. This feature is used to print on the left side of documents wider than the width of 40 characters.
AUTOMATIC PAPER RELEASE
In some applications, the sending device does not send a paper release command. This feature releases the document after printing the last line received.
AUTOMATIC PRINT WRAP
If more than 40 characters (20 Enhanced) are sent without a linefeed command, overflow data is automatically printed on the next line and not lost.
AUTOMATIC LINE FEED
This feature is used when the host device (weight meter etc.) does not send a line feed command after carriage return.
INHIBIT PRINT IF PAPER
The printer will not print if the paper is not in place. A "Form " or "Paper" indicator on the front panel indicates paper error.
TIME AND DATE PRINT
Time and date can be disabled or printed in six different formats and at 3 different locations.
Numbers 1 through 9 can be printed in a multiple station application to differentiate between them.
(Normal, Enhanced, or Mixed)
The normal is 12 char/inch (Typewriter size). Enhanced print is double width (6 char/inch). Mixed prints text normal size and numbers enhanced.
A 4k input buffer insures data from the transmitting device is not lost while the printer is printing. The IDS 150A can be ordered with an optional time and date clock with battery backup. The clock is on a separate printed circuit board which plugs into the main board. A Ni-Cad battery and charging circuit protect the time and date form being lost for up to 2 weeks without power. All other information such as the print features is stored in earom so it will never be lost even if the battery fails. Costly repairs are eliminated by fusing each individual dot head solenoid to insure against damage.