Media Sensor Profile for analysis

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Issue / Question

Media Sensor Profile for analysis.

Applicable To

Xi series, 105 series, Z series

Resolution / Answer

The sensor profile is a way to print out a representation of what the media sensors are measuring. 
The profile can help to troubleshoot calibration issues by determining how much light is passing through the backing material and if the sensors are detecting this correctly.

To run the sensor profile, perform these steps:

  1. Turn on the printer, wait for the Power On Self Tests (POST) to finish. 
  2. Press the Setup/Exit Key once. 
  3. Press the Next/Save Key until SENSOR PROFILE is displayed. 
  4. Press the Upper Right Oval Key to print the profile. 

The number of labels used will depend on the Maximum Label Length set in the Setup Menu.

Below are examples of different profiles:

Poor Profile, Sensor levels are not set correctly or the media may not be compatible.

Acceptable profiles, there is some 'Noise', but the printer will probably calibrate.

Best profile, there is no 'Noise' and a distinct difference between the readings for the backing only and the backing plus media.

Issues, on a 4" label, the spike is the label gap.  You may need to look at the ribbon to see the level for the web measurement.

If you have any questions or problems regarding this procedure, please contact Zebra Technical Support.

+ Applicable Products

  • 105SL Industrial Printers
  • 105SLPlus Industrial Printers
  • 105SLPlus Industrial Printers
  • 110Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 110XiIIIPlus
  • 140Xi4
  • 140Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 140XiIIIPlus
  • 170Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 170XiIIIPlus
  • 220Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 220XiIIIPlus
  • ZM400
  • ZM400
  • ZM600
  • ZM600