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Tuesday, February 19, 2002
Seiko CDP4000 CD Printer

1. Introduction

Seiko Precision CDP-4000 CD-R Printer - Page 1


Europe was under the name of SEIKOSHA, a well-known printer manufacturer, until 1997 when was renamed to SEIKO Precision, Hamburg. The mother company (SEIKO) is established in Japan in 1881 and since then is dedicated to the development and production of high tech products. SEIKO Precision manufactures camera components, IT products, develops network technologies. However, the company is known as a printer manufacturer. SEIKO Precision CD 4000 inkjet CD printer is SEIKO’s proposal for high quality CD labeling. The device supports high resolution 1440 x 720 printing and comes to complete the CD inkjet printer line already represented by SEIKO CD Printer 2000, its “brother” printer by SEIKO. SEIKO Precision CD 4000 entered the market in Cebit, on February 2001. We are looking forward to seeing what the printer can offer…

- Main specifications

· Parallel and USB Interface
· 256 KB memory

Printable Media: · Paper to cardboard up to 2.5 mm in thickness, Printable CDRs, Plastic cards

Single sheet feeder: Paper: A4, letter, transparencies (A4), labels (A4), B5, legal, executive and user defined formats. Inlay –and bottom cards for CD cases. Roll paper

Resolution: 1440 x 720 dpi micro piezo technology

- Unpacking

The printer was provided by AVD Computer Services Ltd. Except from the printer the supplied package contained the essential printer operation equipment and some other consumables available for the CD Printer 4000. These are the paper support, the power cord, the black and color ink cartridges, the roll paper holder, the caddy, the driver-CD with user’s Guide, printer driver and software, the CD-R attachment, the protective cover and the “Getting Started ” manual.

As for the media supplied, there are printable plastic cards, business cards, 80mm CDs (Ritek Co 180MB), and printable CDs (Vivastar AG 700MB). For the business and plastic cards printing there is a special adapter providing the proper media placement on the printer tray.

The main printing unit as shown in the picture on the right has many different parts. Let’s see some of them:

1. Paper support: supports the paper loaded in the sheet feeder.
2. Sheet feeder: Holds the blank paper and automatically feeds the paper during printing.
3. Printer cover: Covers the printing mechanism. Open only when handling the following items. Ink cartridges, CD-R attachment, Caddy
4. Output tray: Receives the eject paper.
5. Output tray extension: Supports the ejected paper.
6. Edge guide: Help load the paper straight.

7. Roll paper holder: Holds the roll paper to the printer.
8. Adjust lever: This selects the gap between the print head and the paper.
“ 0 ” position : for plain paper,
EPSON paper (excluding Matte Paper), paper 0.08 to 0.3 mm thick.
“ + ” position: envelopes, Matte paper, paper 0.4 to 1.6 mm thick
” position: released position

9. Manual feed slot edge guide: This ensures that paper or caddy loaded in the manual feed slot is inserted straight.
10. Manual feed slot: This slot is used when printing on Matte Paper or paper 0.4 to 2.5 mm thick. The CD-R caddy is also inserted here.
11. USB interface cable connector: Connects USB cable from the PC to the printer.
12. Parallel interface connector: Connects parallel cable from the computer to the printer.
13. AC inlet: Insert the power cable here.

The picture on the left shows the front buttons and led of the printer. Starting from the right there is the power button, which obviously turns the printer on and off. Also it clears the printer’s memory if pressed twice while the power is on. Next you see the maintenance button, which loads or ejects paper if pressed and released within two seconds. It resumes printing if pressed and released after a paper out error. It is also performs print head cleaning if pressed for 3 seconds when the maintenance led is off. The roll paper button loads and ejects roll paper. It feeds roll paper in reverse to a position where it can be easily removed from the sheet feeder, if pressed for more than 3 seconds.

The Power led is on when the printer is on. It flashes when the printer receives data, printing, while replacing an ink cartridge or cleaning the printing head.

The maintenance led is on when the printer is out of paper and when the paper is jammed. In the first case, load paper in the sheet feeder and press the maintenance button to resume printing. When the paper is jammed, you have to take all the paper out of the feeder and then reload the paper. If the light continues to flash, you have to turn off the printer and gently pull all the paper out of the printer. The led also flashes when the print head moves to the ink cartridge replacement position or the inks are out.

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