Desktop Printers and Using Jewelry Tags

Article ID: 19234906


Important: If you are using an LP2844 printer that is used for or supplied by a shipping vendor (i.e. UPS or FedEx for example) DO NOT try to load standard firmware or drivers from the Zebra Website. These printers are used exclusively with the shipping vendor's driver and label application. Read More>>


Topic or Information

Using Jewelry Tags with a desktop printers

Applies To

Zebra Desktop Printers -LP/TLP printers, G-Series Printers


Print position problems may be experienced when when using jewelry tags. The fixed position sensor located in the middle of the media path is looking at the narrow strip between barbells and shortens the bit map often causing truncated print. There are special labels available for the printers that use Black Marks for "Top of Form" sensing that can be used to resolve this issue.


Print not lining up with Barbell labels on TLP/LP 2844, 2844-Z, 3844-Z, G-Series Printers


Zebra recommends using Barbell labels with Black Marks for the desktop printers. 

Here are old gapped barbell part numbers and the corresponding Black Mark Media part number.

Old#                   New #   for Black Mark Media
800999-006      17744
800999-030      17757
18200                17750 
800999-094      17753
800999-095      17752   Not recommended because of slippage

The software or driver must also be set for Black Mark. (i.e. configure the printer to detect Black Marks)

For the 2824/2844/3842 EPL printers the user can sent the proper EPL2 (set for black mark) command. The EPL TLP/LP2824/2844/3842 printers do not auto switch between sensors. Read More>>

The 2824Plus,2844-Z, 3844-Z, and G-Series will auto-switch to mark sensing.