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The Control Panel

SelecType Settings

When to use SelecType
SelecType menu list
Basic SelecType setting procedure
Details of SelecType
Checking the print head nozzles
Aligning the print head
Making the paper settings
Printing a status sheet

When to use SelecType

The SelecType mode enables you to make printer settings similar to those you would normally make in the driver or software, as well as other additional settings — directly through the control panel.

Note:
  • Application programs may send commands to the printer that override SelecType settings. If you are not getting the results you expect, check your application settings.
  • To see the current SelecType settings, print a status sheet.


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SelecType menu list

Menu

Item

Parameter

PRINTER SETUP

PLATEN GAP

NARROW, STANDARD, WIDE, WIDER

PAGE LINE

ON, OFF

INTERFACE

AUTO, USB, IEEE1394, OPTION

CODE PAGE

PC437, PC850

PAPER MARGIN

T/B15 mm, 3 mm, 15mm

PPR SIZE CHK

ON, OFF

PPR ALIGN CHK

ON, OFF

TIME OUT

OFF, 30SEC, 60SEC, 180SEC, 300SEC

CUTTER ADJ

EXEC

REFRESH MRGN

ON, OFF

SHEET SIZE CK

ON, OFF

AUTO NZL CK

ON, OFF

AUTO CLEANING

OFF, ON

QUIET CUT

ON, OFF

INIT SETTINGS

EXEC

TEST PRINT

NOZZLE CHECK

PRINT

STATUS CHECK

PRINT

JOB INFO

PRINT

CUSTOM PAPER

PRINT

PRINTER STATUS

VERSION

Ixxxxx P

PRINTABLE PG

MK xxxxxxxPG

C xxxxxxxPG

M xxxxxxxPG

Y xxxxxxxPG

PK (MK-2) xxxxxxxPG

LC (C-2) xxxxxxxPG

LM (M-2) xxxxxxxPG

LK (Y-2) xxxxxxxPG

INK LEFT

MK E*****F, E****F, E***F, E**F, E*F, nn%

C E*****F, E****F, E***F, E**F, E*F, nn%

M E*****F, E****F, E***F, E**F, E*F, nn%

Y E*****F, E****F, E***F, E**F, E*F, nn%

PK (MK-2) E*****F, E****F, E***F, E**F, E*F, nn%

LC (C-2) E*****F, E****F, E***F, E**F, E*F, nn%

LM (M-2) E*****F, E****F, E***F, E**F, E*F, nn%

LK (Y-2) E*****F, E****F, E***F, E**F, E*F, nn%

MAINT TANK

E*****F, E****F, E***F, E**F, E*F, nn%, 0%

USAGE COUNT

INK EXEC

PPR EXEC

USE COUNT CLR

INK

PAPER

JOB HISTORY

No. 0-No. 10

JOB HSTRY CLR

EXEC

TOTAL PRINTS

nnnnnn

SERVICE LIFE

CUTTER
E*****F, E****F, E***F, E**F, E*F, EF

CR MOTOR
E*****F, E****F, E***F, E**F, E*F, EF

PF MOTOR
E*****F, E****F, E***F, E**F, E*F, EF

HEAD UNIT
E*****F, E****F, E***F, E**F, E*F, EF

CLEANING UNIT
(E*****F, E****F, E***F, E**F, E*F, EF

CUSTOM PAPER

PAPER NUMBER

STANDARD, 1-10

PLATEN GAP

NARROW, STANDARD, WIDE, WIDER

THICKNESS PAT

PRINT

THICKNESS NUM

1 - 16

CUT METHOD

STANDARD, THIN PAPER, THICK,FAST, THICK,SLOW

PPR FEED ADJ

-0.70% - 0.70%

EJECT ROLLER

AUTO, SHEET, ROLL CURLED, ROLL NORMAL

DRYING TIME

0.0 SEC- 10.0 SEC

SUCTION

STANDARD, -1, -2, -3, -4

M/W ADJ

STANDARD, 1, 2

MAINTENANCE

CUTTER REPL

EXEC

PWR CLEANING

EXEC

CLOCK SETTING

YY/MM/DD HH:MM
MM/DD/YY HH:MM

HEAD ALIGNMENT

PAPER THKNS

STD, 0.1 mm - 1.6 mm

ALIGNMENT

AUTO, MANUAL


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Basic SelecType setting procedure

This section describes how to enter the SelecType mode and how to make settings with the buttons on the control panel.

Note:
  • Press the Pause button whenever you want to exit the SelecType mode and return to the READY status.
  • Press the Paper Source button to return to the previous step.

Enter the SelecType mode
Make sure that READY is displayed on the LCD, and press the Menu button. The first menu is displayed on the LCD.

Select a menu
Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to select a desired menu.

Set the menu
Press the Menu button to set the selected menu. The first item is displayed on the LCD.

Select an item
Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to select a desired item.

Set the item
Press the Menu button to enter the selected item. The first parameter is displayed on the LCD.

Select a parameter
Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to select a parameter for the item.

Set the parameter
Press the Menu button to store the selected parameter. If the parameter is for execution only, press the Menu button to execute the function for the item.

After execution, the printer exits SelecType mode and return to the READY status.

Exit the SelecType mode
Press the Pause button. The printer returns to the READY status.


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Details of SelecType

PRINTER SETUP

This menu contains the following items.

PLATEN GAP

You can adjust the distance between the print head and paper. Normally, leave this set to STANDARD. If you find that the printed image is smeared, select WIDE. Select NARROW for printing on a thin paper. Select WIDER for printing on a thick paper.

PAGE LINE

You can select whether the lines along which to cut off are printed on the roll paper. Select ON if you want to print page line. Select OFF if you do not want to print page line.

This operation changes according to the Auto Cut settings.

Paper Source

Print Page Line

Printer's Operation

Roll Auto Cut On

On

Prints page line on the right side only, and cuts paper automatically after the print job.

Roll Auto Cut On

Off

Does not print page lines, and cuts paper automatically after the print job.

Roll Auto Cut Off

On

Prints page lines on the right side and below the data, but does not cut paper automatically after the print job.

Roll Auto Cut Off

Off

Does not print page lines nor cut.

Note:
When the Sheet is selected as the paper source, this setting is not available.

INTERFACE

You can select the interface that receives your print data. When you select AUTO, the printer automatically switches between interfaces depending on which one is receiving data first. When you select USB, IEEE1394, or OPTION, only the selected interface receives your print data. If no more print jobs have been received, the printer returns to an idle state after 10 seconds or more.

CODE PAGE

You can select the code page from PC437 (extended graphics) and PC850 (multilingual).

PAPER MARGIN

You can select margins for roll paper from T/B 15mm, 15mm, and 3mm.

Margin settings

Top/Bottom

Left/Right

T/B 15 mm

15 mm

3 mm

15 mm

15 mm

15 mm

3 mm

3 mm

3 mm

Note:
The combination of "Top/Bottom = 3 mm, Left/Right = 15 mm" is not selectable.

When the same data is printed with a 3 mm margin and a 15 mm margin and compared, you may notice that part of the right side of the 15 mm margin image is not printed.

PPR SIZE CHK

When you select ON, the printer stops printing when the paper width loaded in the printer does not match the data width. When you select OFF, the printer continues to print even if the paper width does not match the data and the printer may print off of paper.

PPR ALIGN CHK

When you select ON, if the paper is not straight, PAPER NOT STRAIGHT is displayed on the LCD and the printer stops printing. When you select OFF, a paper align error does not occur even if the printed data is out of range of the paper and the printer continues to print.

TIME OUT

The setting range is 30 to 300 seconds. If a cable of your printer unplugged or your printer hangs up for more than the set time range, the print job is cancelled and the printer starts paper feed.

CUTTER ADJ

You can adjust the paper cutting position when printing with a top and bottom margin of zero. This function prints cutter adjustment patterns and you can select the appropriate cutting position from among them.

REFRESH MRGN

When you select ON, the printer cuts extra print area after borderless printing is used automatically.

SHEET SIZE CK

When you select ON, if the size of the cut sheet loaded in the printer does not match the size of data, the printer stops printing and WRONG PAPER SIZE appears on the printer's control panel. When OFF is selected, the printer continues to print even if the size of cut sheet does not match the data and the printer may print off of the paper.

AUTO NZL CK

When you select ON, the printer performs a nozzle check before printing, for each print job.

Note:
Do not select ON if you are using non-Epson special media, or if the width of paper you are using is less than 210 mm.

AUTO CLEANING

When you select ON and perform a nozzle check from the printer driver or the control panel, the printer does not only check the clogging nozzles, but also performs head cleaning automatically.

Note:
Do not select ON if you are using non-Epson special media, or if the width of paper you are using is less than 210 mm.

QUIET CUT

When you select ON, the printer cuts the printout slowly to decrease the cutting noise and paper particles.

INIT SETTINGS

You can set all setting values you have made in the PRINTER SETUP to their factory set value.

TEST PRINT

This menu contains the following items.

NOZZLE CHECK

You can print a print head nozzle check pattern for each ink cartridge. From the printing results, you can check whether or not the nozzles are delivering ink properly. For details, see Checking the print head nozzles.

Note:
You can print a nozzle check pattern using the Utility in the printer software. For Windows, see Checking the print head nozzles. For Mac OS 8.6 to 9.x , see Checking the print head nozzles. For Mac OS X, see Checking the print head nozzles.

STATUS CHECK

You can print the current SelecType status. For details, see Printing a status sheet.

JOB INFO

You can print the job information saved in the printer (up to 10 jobs).

CUSTOM PAPER

You can print the information that you registered.

PRINTER STATUS

This menu contains the following items.

VERSION

You can see the firmware version.

PRINTABLE PG

You can see the number of pages printable for each ink cartridge.

INK LEFT

You can see the amount of ink left in the each ink cartridge.

E

F

(100-81%)

E

F

(80-61%)

E

F

(60-41%)

E

F

(40-21%)

E

F

(20-11%)

nn%

(less than 10%)

MAINT TANK

You can see the free capacity of Maintenance tank.

E

F

(100-81%)

E

F

(80-61%)

E

F

(60-41%)

E

F

(40-21%)

E

F

(20-11%)

nn%

(less than 10%)

USAGE COUNT

You can see ink remaining in grams and paper consumption amount in centimeters.

Note:
Values shown in USAGE COUNT are rough indications.

USE COUNT CLR

You can clear the values set in USAGE COUNT.

JOB HISTORY

You can see ink consumption (INK) in ml, paper consumption (PAPER) in m2, and the time required for the print job (PRINT TIME) in seconds for each print job saved in the printer. The latest job is saved as No. 0.

JOB HSTRY CLR

You can clear the job history in the printer.

TOTAL PRINTS

You can see the total amount of pages you have printed.

SERVICE LIFE

You can see the lives of consumables.

CUTTER

You can see cutter life.

Note:
Values that are displayed on the LCD are rough indications.

CR MOTOR

For maintenance service person only.

PF MOTOR

For maintenance service person only.

HEAD UNIT

For maintenance service person only.

CLEANING UNIT

For maintenance service person only.

CUSTOM PAPER

This menu contains the following items.

PAPER NUMBER

When you select STD, the printer determines paper thickness automatically. You can also select No. X (X can be any number between 1 to 10) to register the following settings or to recall the following settings you made.

  • Platen gap

  • Thickness pattern

  • Thickness number

  • Cut method

  • Paper feed adjustment

  • Eject roller type

  • Drying time

  • Suction

  • MicroWeave adjustment

Note:
If you select STANDARD, the printer prints data according to the driver settings. If you select No. X, the control panel settings override the driver settings unless you select AUTO in THICKNESS NUM.

PLATEN GAP

You can adjust the distance between the print head and paper. Normally, leave this set to STANDARD. If you find that the printed image is smeared, select WIDE. Select NARROW for printing on a thin paper. Select WIDER for printing on a thick paper.

THICKNESS PAT

You can print the paper thickness detection pattern. If you select STANDARD in PAPER NUMBER, the pattern is not printed.

THICKNESS NUM

If you use Epson special media, you should normally select AUTO. If you use non-Epson special media, confirm the paper thickness detection pattern, and enter the number for the print pattern with the smallest gap.

CUT METHOD

You can specify the cutting method. There are four ways to cut paper, STANDARD, THIN PAPER, THICK, FAST, and THICK, SLOW.

PPR FEED ADJ

You can set the paper feed amount. The range is -0.70 to 0.70%.

EJECT ROLLER

You can select AUTO, SHEET, ROLL CURLED, or ROLL NORMAL.

AUTO

The printer selects the most appropriate setting automatically. When you use Epson special media, usually select this setting.

SHEET

If you want to print on cut sheet which is non-Epson special media, select this setting.

ROLL CURLED

If you want to print on strongly curled roll paper which is non-Epson special media, select this setting.

Note:
Make sure that the ink is dry enough on the paper before the roller touches the media. Otherwise, the ink will mess the roller surface, which stamps on the prints.

ROLL NORMAL

If you want to print on roll paper which is non-Epson special media, select this setting. When roll paper is selected for the printer, this parameter is selected and no feed roller is used. If you select this parameter while using cut sheets, you need to eject the cut sheets one by one.

DRYING TIME

You can set the ink drying time per print head pass. The range is 0 to 10 seconds.

SUCTION

You can set the suction pressure for feeding the printed-paper. Select STANDARD, -1, -2, -3, or -4.

M/W ADJ

You can adjust the MicroWeave mode. The setting range is STANDARD, 1 and 2. Increase the value to give priority to the printing speed. Decrease it to give priority to the print quality.

MAINTENANCE

This menu contains the following items.

CUTTER REPL

You can see the procedure for replacing the paper cutter. Follow the instructions on the LCD.

PWR CLEANING

You can clean the print head more effectively than normal head cleaning.

CLOCK SETTING

You can set year, month, date, hour, and minute.

HEAD ALIGNMENT

This menu contains the following items.

PAPER THKNS

You can adjust the paper thickness of the paper that you are going to use. If you use Epson special media and its paper thickness is 0.2mm or 1.2mm, select STD. If you use non-Epson special media, enter the paper thickness in the range of 0.1 to 1.6mm.

ALIGNMENT

You can correct any head misalignment to obtain optimum printing results. For details, see Aligning the print head.


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Checking the print head nozzles

To find out if nozzles are delivering ink properly, you can print a nozzle check pattern. If the nozzles are not delivering ink properly, missing dots will be evident in the print pattern. To print a nozzle check pattern, follow these steps.

Note:
Before you start printing your data, make sure that the nozzle check pattern printing is complete. Otherwise, print quality may decline.

Make sure that paper is loaded in the printer.

Press the Menu button to enter SelecType mode.

Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to display TEST PRINT, and press the Menu button.

Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to display NOZZLE CHECK.

Press the Menu button to display PRINT.

Press the Menu button again to start printing a nozzle check pattern.

After printing a nozzle check pattern, the printer exits the SelecType mode and returns to the READY status.

Nozzle check pattern examples:

good

head cleaning necessary

If you find that any dots are missing from the test lines in the pattern, you need to clean the print heads. Press the Menu button for more than 3 seconds or access the Head Cleaning utility software. For Windows, see Cleaning the print head. For Mac OS 8.6 to 9.x, see Cleaning the print head. For Mac OS X, see Cleaning the print head.


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Aligning the print head

To prevent a decline of print quality caused by misalignment of print head, align the print head before you start printing your data. To align the print head, follow these steps.

Make sure that paper is loaded in the printer.

Note:
For best results, use the media you want to print your data on when printing the head alignment pattern.

Press the Menu button to enter SelecType mode.

Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to display HEAD ALIGNMENT, and press the Menu button.

As PAPER THKNS is displayed, press the Menu button.

Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to select STD or paper thickness value between 0.1mm and 1.6mm.When you want to print on Epson special media, select STD. When you want to print on non-Epson special media, enter the thickness value of the paper.

Press the Menu button to register your value.

Press the Menu button again. ALINGMENT is displayed on the upper row, and AUTO is displayed on the lower raw on the LCD.

Press the Menu button to select AUTO, and press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to select BI-D BLACK.

If you are using Epson special media and want to perform head alignment with all colors, select BI-D ALL.

Press the Menu button, and the printer starts printing.

Head alignment pattern examples (BI-D BLACK):

If you are not satisfied with the printed pattern of the automatic head alignment, you can perform the head alignment manually. To perform head alignment manually, follow these steps.

Press the Menu button to enter SelecType mode.

Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to display HEAD ALIGNMENT, and press the Menu button.

As PAPER THKNS is displayed, press the Menu button.

Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to select STD or paper thickness value between 0.1 mm and 1.6 mm.When you want to print on Epson special media, select STD. When you want to print on non-Epson special media, enter the thickness value of the paper.

Press the Menu button to register your value.

Press the Menu button again. ALINGMENT is displayed on the upper row, and AUTO is displayed on the lower raw on the LCD.

Press the Menu button to select MANUAL, and press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to select BI-D BLACK.

If you are using Epson special media, and want to perform head alignment with all colors, select BI-D ALL.

Press the Menu button, and the printer starts printing.

Head alignment pattern examples (BI-D BLACK):

After printing, the pattern number and current set number are displayed. Select the set that has the smallest gaps, then press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to display the number for that set.

Press the Menu button to register the set number. The next pattern number appears. Then repeat step 9.

If you are not satisfied with the printed pattern, press the Paper Source button to return to the previous level, and select BI-D ALL.

If you are not satisfied with the printed pattern of BI-D ALL, try UNI-D.

After you set the patterns, press the Pause button to return to the READY status.


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Making the paper settings

You can register and recall your own paper settings according to any media.

The paper settings you can make are:

  • Platen gap

  • Thickness pattern

  • Thickness number

  • Cut method

  • Paper feed adjustment

  • Eject roller type

  • Drying time

  • Suction

  • MicroWeave adjustment

Registering the settings

To register the paper settings, follow these steps.

Load the paper which you want to check.

Press the Menu button to enter SelecType mode.

Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to display CUSTOM PAPER.

Press the Menu button to display PAPER NUMBER.

Press the Menu button, and press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to select STANDARD or the number (No. 1 to No. 10) you want to register as the setting.

If you use Epson special media, select STANDARD, and skip to the step 9. You do not have to make paper thickness setting because STANDARD automatically determines paper thickness.

Press the Menu button to display PLATEN GAP. Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to select NARROW, STANDARD, WIDER, or WIDE.

Press the Menu button to save the selected platen gap setting, and THICKNESS PAT is displayed on the LCD.

Press the Menu button again to print the paper thickness test printing pattern.

Paper thickness test pattern example:

Examine the printed pattern to determine which set of lines are aligned (show the smallest gap), and note the corresponding number.

After printing the pattern, THICKNESS NUM is displayed. Press Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to select the number noted in step 9.

Press the Menu button to save the selected value.

CUT METHOD is displayed. Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to select STANDARD, THICK, SLOW, THICK, FAST, or THIN PAPER, and press the Menu button.

PPR FEED ADJ is displayed. Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to set the paper feed amount, and press the Menu button.

EJECT ROLLER is displayed. Select AUTO, SHEET, ROLL CURLED, or ROLL NORMAL, and press the Menu button.

DRYING TIME is displayed. Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to select time in seconds, and press the Menu button.

SUCTION is displayed. Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to select either STANDARD, -1, -2, -3, or -4.

M/W ADJ is displayed. Press Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to adjust MicroWeave. Increase the value to give priority to printing speed. Decrease it to give priority to the print quality.

Press the Menu button to save the selected value.

Selecting the registered settings

To select the registered settings, follow these steps.

Press the Menu button to enter SelecType mode.

Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to display CUSTOM PAPER, and press the Menu button.

Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to display PAPER NUMBER, and press the Menu button.

Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to select the number registered that you want to use. If you select STANDARD, the printer prints data according to the driver settings. If you select No. X, the control panel settings override the driver settings.

Press the Menu button. If you select No. X, the number you selected is displayed on the LCD.

Press the Pause button to exit the SelecType mode.


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Printing a status sheet

In SelecType mode, a status sheet can be printed to see the current SelecType default values. To print a status sheet, follow these steps.

Make sure that paper is loaded in the printer.

Press the Menu button to enter SelecType mode.

Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to display TEST PRINT, and press the Menu button.

Press the Paper Feed or Paper Feed button to display STATUS CHECK, and press the Menu button.

Press the Menu button again to start printing a status sheet.

After printing, the printer exits SelecType mode and returns to the READY status.


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