Controlling the Cutter Function on a Zebra ZT or ZM Series Printer
Article ID: 60897379
This procedure discusses controlling the cutter function on a printer with the cutter option installed
A ZM or ZT Series Printer with the cutter option
The cutter option on the printer allows a user to print and cut labels in batches or as individually controlled cuts based on the application needs. A Cutter Module is mounted on the front of the printer and contains a cutter drive motor. When signaled to cut, the drive motor causes a V blade to enter and exit the media path resulting in the cutting action. The Cutter Option can be field or factory installed. It must be installed by a Zebra Authorized Technician.
**Ideally you should adjust the Tear Off so the cut point is in the middle of the label gap and not cutting the label to avoid adhesive build-up on the cutter blade.
By default a cut will occur after each label printed but can be modified by the user. If you are using a labeling application there should be settings available for controlling the cutter function. The cutter will cycle when the printer is powered on or when Pause is removed after an error condition.
Note: ZPL Commands will override the printer configuration so assure your driver and/or application is configured for cutter mode to prevent accidental changing of the PRINT MODE.
The printer prints a label and moves it to the cut position. The cut position will be the detected gap for Non-Continuous media (if Continuous media, the specified label length). The cut is performed and the label then retracts to position the leading edge of the next label under the printhead for the next print cycle. The cut cycle and backfeed take about 1 second to complete.
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