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Description of Problem 100000012606

Why does one inch piece of lead tape feed or cut off prior to every label that prints out? How can this tape waste be eliminated?

Description of Solution 200000016145

There is approximately one inch of space between the print head and the cutter blade within the P-touch label printer. The three layers of material that make up all P-touch labels must pass over this space in order to be sealed correctly and to feed correctly. Ordinarily a small piece of tape, 1 inch long, will first precede the printed label to ensure that this happens. This extra feed material cannot be eliminated. However, there are tape cutting options that can reduce the amount of wasted tape.


If using the P-touch label printer stand alone refer to page 47 of the user's guide.  “Chain” and “No Cut” options greatly reduce the amount of wasted tape by using smaller margins and eliminating blank sections cut between labels.


Chain: The P-touch label printer automatically cuts off a piece of blank tape before printing the first label.  If printing labels one at a time, the printed label will remain in the printer.  If printing multiple labels, the printed labels will be individually cut, except for the last label. The printer does not cut off the last label until another label is printed or until the Feed & Cut key (scissors key) is pressed. The labels will have a 0.16 inch (4 mm) left and right margin.


No Cut: Use this setting to print a strip of labels with no cuts in between.  Press the Feed & Cut key (scissors key) to feed and cut the last label printed.


To select “Chain” or “No Cut”:

1. Press the TOOLS key to display the menu. Press the Up or Down arrow key to select CUT OPTION.

2. Press the RETURN key (arrow key to the right of the SPACE key) to display the cut option menu.  Press the Up or Down arrow key to select CHAIN or NO CUT.

3. Press the RETURN key to save the change.


If using the P-touch label printer with a Windows computer in the P-touch Editor program click on File and select Print.  In the P-touch Quick Editor program click on the drop down arrow next to the printer icon on the right and select Print Options.  Place a check next to “Chain Printing” by clicking on it.  If you would like each label to be individually cut place a check next to “Auto Cut”.  Click Print; when finished printing all your labels press the Feed & Cut key (scissors key) to feed and cut the last label printed.

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