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How to adjust offset for the Evolis Zenius or Primacy

Offset adjustment procedure for the Zenius / Primacy

Adjusting the offset for the Evolis Zenius or Primacy allows reducing the white margin on the right, left, or bottom when printing a plastic card. Zenius and Primacy are DTC printers, keep in mind that you will always see small white lines around the edges. For a true over-the-edge printer, please consider Avansia a retransfer technology direct-to-card printer for very high-quality card delivery.


 

  1. How to Print a Technical test card to get the offset default values:

    In the Evolis Print Center \ Properties \ System details \ Testing cards, click the Technical test card button to get the card below.

    Technical test card

    X offset value - Y offset value - Vertical printed lines - Horizontal printed lines

    Tips: The Inserted cards number shows you how many cards you have printed so far. Ex. 294


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  3. Offset reading commands:

    To read the offset values, you can use these commands from the Evolis Print Center \ Properties \ Maintenance \ Printer commands prompting:

    Printer commands prompting

    Type one of the code below in Command : and press enter to get the value.

    Rx (X offset value)
    Ry (Y offset value)
    Rnl (vertical printed lines)
    Rnw (Horizontal printed lines)


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  5. Offset adjustment commands:

    From the Evolis Print Center \ Properties \ Maintenance \ Printer commands prompting, you can send these commands to set the image size and positioning:

    (Vertical printing positioning - Increase this value to move the printing area to the right side of the card)
    Px;=;Value
    Px;+;Value
    Px;-;Value

    (Horizontal printing positioning - Increase this value to move the printing area to the bottom of the card)
    Py;=;Value
    Py;+;Value
    Py;-;Value

    (Increase this value to increase the number of vertical printed lines on the right side of the card)
    Pnl;=;Value
    Pnl;+;Value
    Pnl;-;Value

    (Increase this value to increase the number of horizontal printed lines on the top of the card)
    Pnw;Value


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  7. Tips

    • Adjust the X offset before the Pnl value.
    • To reduce the margin on the right side, increase the Pnl value one by one. Please do not set it directly to the maximum value (1016).
    • If you increase or decrease too much the Y offset value or the number of horizontally printed lines, you will see wrinkles along the edges of the design.
    • If you reduce too much the X offset value, the printer will cut the ribbon, or nothing will print on the card (because the print head starts to print before the card)
    • The values are in dots (12 dots = ~ 1mm), so adjust them one by one.
    • Send the Sc (sequence copy) to print the last design saved in the printer memory

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  9. Sample of adjustment:

    Sample 1:


    A white margin can be observed on the left of the card.

    Solution:
    Reduce the X offset to move the printing area to the left of the card (12 dots = ~1mm).

    Commands:
    Px;=;Value
    Px;+;Value
    Px;-;Value

    Sample2:


    A white margin can be observed on the right of the card.

    Solution:
    Increase this value to increase the number of vertical printed lines on the right side of the card (12 dots = ~ 1mm). Make sure the X offset value has been correctly set before modifying the Pnl value.

    Commands:
    Pnl;=;Value
    Pnl;+;Value
    Pnl;-;Value

    Sample3:


    A white margin can be observed on the bottom of the card or/and wrinkles are on the top of the card.

    Solution:
    Increase the Y offset to move the printing area to the bottom of the card (12 dots = ~ 1mm).

    Commands:
    Py;=;Value
    Py;+;Value
    Py;-;Value

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