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Using the LFP Remote Panel with the Blazer Express

Using the Epson LFP Remote Panel


You also have the option of perform UniDirectional and Bi-Directional Print Head Alignments from your computer. In addition, you can execute a Nozzle Check and Power Cleaning using the Epson LFP Remote Panel.

Quick Reference Guide

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The Epson LFP Remote Panel can be installed on your computer from the Epson Stylus Pro Driver CD that came with your Fast T-Jet Blazer Express or you can download the Remote Panel Utility from Epsons website, www.epson.com. Select Drivers & Support and select the applicable version for the Stylus Pro based on your Operating System (Windows XP, Vista, 2000 or MAC). To determine which Epson Print Engine is being used on your Blazer, locate the printer serial number and compare it to this following table: If your Serial Number contains these as the 4th and 5th digits (after TJB-) BO Download the Epson 4800 Stylus Pro Printer Driver BX Download the Epson 4800 Stylus Pro Printer Driver B8 Download the Epson 4880 Stylus Pro Printer Driver With the Epson Remote Panel installed and your computer connected to your printer, you will need to place the Fast T-Jet Blazer Express into Ready (Roll) mode to enable the software to communicate with your machine. If the printer is not in Ready (Roll) mode, your will receive a Communication Failed error. To place your printer into Ready (Roll) mode, it must be at the Index Position. This is accomplished by placing the printer in Ready (Sheet) mode while the Print Bed is in the Home position. From Paper Out (Roll Cut) mode, aka Print status, press the LEFT ARROW twice. Select Manual on the UI Mode Select screen and press Index from the UI MMMU screen. Once the Print Bed stops in the Index position, pressing the LEFT ARROW button 2x on the LCD Display will place the printer in the proper mode. Double-click on the Epson LFP icon on your Desktop or go to Start > Programs > Epson > Epson LFP Remote Panel > Epson LFP Remote Panel to start the software.

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Print Head Alignment


In addition to the initial setup requirements, it may be necessary to perform a Print Head Alignment on other occasions such as: If the Print Head makes contact with any object- whether its a garment or a Shirtboard If your prints contain vertical lines or misaligned parts of an image If you see banding of any kind Please be aware, should the Print Head make contact with ANY solid surface, it may be permanently damaged and require replacement. Whether you are performing the Initial Setup, or correcting minor printing concerns, the following steps are necessary to perform a Print Head alignment for your Fast T-Jet Blazer Express. Performing a Head Alignment on a Fast T-Jet Blazer Express will require approximately 1 to 2 hours. Before beginning this procedure ensure you are familiar with all the required steps, as well as having the necessary time to complete the process. Once you have begun a Head Alignment you CANNOT exit the function without shutting down the machine. In addition, early exit may result in severe misalignment of the Print Head or other operational concerns. Initial setup may require 2-3 alignment procedures to be completed.

From the Main Screen select your printer (Epson Stylus Pro 48**) from the drop down menu and then click on Media Adjustment to perform a Head Alignment, Power Cleaning to execute a Nozzle Check.

DO NOT change any values or run any Utilities other than those specified in this Manual. Your Blazer Express is a highly modified version of the Epson 4800/4880 and several custom settings were implemented at the factory level. If you modify any preset values, it may result in significant downtime and/or additional expense. 2

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Head Alignments
1. Click on Media Adjustment and then select Auto Adjustment from the next screen. From the dropdown menu select Bi-Directional or Uni-Directional Alignment. DO NOT select either of the Auto Alignment options available from this screen.

If you are performing this procedure as part of your printers Initial Setup or if you notice a severe registration issue, we recommend you perform the Uni-Directional Alignment first, followed by a BiDirectional Alignment. If you only wish to fine tune printer output, you can utilize the Bi-Directional Alignment as a standalone procedure. 2. Within the Bi-Directional or Uni-Directional Alignment screens, place a check mark in the first of the three boxes ONLY, below Dot Size. (You will have to repeat this process two ADDITIONAL times, placing check marks in Dot Size 2 the second time and Dot Size 3 the third time.) Select Other for Media Type, enter 2 for Paper Thickness and select Standard from the Platen Gap dropdown menu.

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DO NOT modify any of the numbers in the boxes at this time. 3. Prepare 1-2 sheets of film to cover the area 16 x 20 (41 cm x 53 cm) iof a large Shirtboard. You may also use paper to print the Head Alignment images, however it will be very difficult to see White ink on White paper. Align your paper or other media with the upper left hand corner of Shirtboard #1. 4. From the UI MMMU screen, press the Index button to move the Print Bed to its Index Position (the back of the printer). With the Printer in the Index position, the Shirtboard is now directly beneath the Printer Assembly. 5. Press Print. 6. The print process will take approximately 10 minutes. When it is complete, you will see two columns and a group of lines (marked #1, #2 or #3) and color swatches. These groups will consist of: 12 vertical lines numbered 1-9 9 Swatches for each of the three colors Cyan (C), Magenta (M) and Yellow (Y) numbered 1-9 12 additional vertical lines numbered 1-9 12 Swatches for the 4 White nozzles labeled (Lk), (Lc), (Lm) and (LLk) and numbered 1-9

These patterns will be White when using White ink

These patterns will be White when using White ink

Each group will be identified by a number (1-3) and the designation PK/ MK. You will notice that there are two columns of identical groups. The first, or left hand column, will be used for calibration. The second column is only a duplicate image of the first column. 4

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7. Once the printer has completed the test patterns, enter the best results information in the Alignment Screen. The first set of vertical lines begin with MK, which refers to Black, and they are numbered 1-9. Carefully examine the printed lines and determine the cleanest/straightest line. Select this line by entering its number (1-9) in the corresponding box. The C refers to the Cyan color swatch. Examine the Cyan swatches and select the one closest to a perfect rectangle with no gaps or breaks in color. Select this swatch by entering its number (1-9) in the corresponding box. You must repeat the process of selecting the best line and rectangle for each set of colors and lines in the entire group before you have completed this stage of the Head Alignment process. 8. Click on Save to record your calibrations. If you exit this screen without saving your inputs, they will be lost. If this should occur, return to the correct alignment screen, re-enter your numbers and select Save. At this point, you MUST turn OFF the printer. You CANNOT print or perform any additional maintenance routines on your machine without powering OFF your printer at this time. You must perform a complete shut down- turning OFF the power using from the UI and at the breaker switch located on the back of the printer. Reboot and return to the Head Alignment screens to repeat this process for Dot Sizes 2 and 3. YOU MUST COMPLETE THIS PROCESS FOR ALL THREE DOTS TO ENSURE ACCURATE PRINT OUTPUT. After you completed this process for all three Dot Sizes, you may begin printing or perform another Head Alignment to check the results of your previous calibrations. Keep in mind, you may be required to perform 2-3 COMPLETE Head Alignment procedures to initially calibrate your machine for proper image output.

Nozzle Check and Power Cleanings


To execute a Nozzle Check test print or a Power Cleaning, select Power Cleaning from the Epson Remote Panel Main Screen. Within the next screen, select your printer from the drop-down menu and click on the desired function. When the procedure is complete, click Exit. If the Nozzle Check does not print correctly, perform a regular head cleaning. 5

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This is done by holding down the RIGHT ARROW button for 3 seconds. After the head cleaning has been completed, execute another Nozzle Check. If, AT ANY TIME, you have performed three Nozzle Checks without rebooting your printer, you must power OFF your printer before executing another one. Once you have obtained a satisfactory Nozzle Check, press the Power button on the UI to turn OFF your printer. After the shutdown process has been completed, turn the power back ON and you may resume normal operations.