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To load your Kodiak with supplies, raise the hinged lid. The lid will hold at the fully raised position.
Prefer video instructions? You can watch the tutorial here: How to Load Supplies in a DuraLabel Kodiak
The label stock is the base material for your labels or signs, serving as the “paper” for the printing process. Label stock is available in a variety of materials, types, sizes, and colors. Each roll of Kodiak label stock is sold as a roll with geared plastic end caps. Do not remove these end caps, or the supply will not fit properly in your Kodiak.
When loading label stock, make sure that it is not folded, and lies flat and smooth. This will prevent supply jams during printing.
To load label stock, follow these steps:
When you finish loading supplies and close the printer lid, Kodiak will automatically detect which type of label stock has been loaded.
The printing ribbons provide the “ink” for the printing process. Each new ribbon is sold as a roll, which can be loaded into a ribbon cartridge; the cartridges are then installed into Kodiak by sliding them into place over the print heads. As labels are printed, the used ribbon will be collected on take-up rolls for later disposal.
There are two print heads, marked with the numbers “1” and “2.” Each print head needs a ribbon cartridge loaded with ribbon and installed properly in order for Kodiak to print. To use only one printing ribbon at a time (for labels with only one printed color), you will need to install one cartridge with ribbon loaded normally, and the blank ribbon cartridge, which is marked with an orange faceplate.
Start with an empty ribbon cartridge. If your cartridges are already loaded into your Kodiak, you can remove them by unlatching each print head and raising it by lifting its orange tab. When the print head is fully raised, it will lock into place, and you can simply slide the cartridge out by pulling its handle.
To load a new ribbon into a ribbon cartridge, follow these steps:
If a print head is in its lowered position, you will need to raise it in order to install a ribbon cartridge there; unlatch the print head and raise it by lifting its orange tab.
To install a loaded ribbon cartridge into your printer, follow these steps:
If you are using a black ribbon along with any other ribbon color, we recommend loading the black ribbon in position 2 (which prints last) for the best possible print quality, and to allow overprinting.
If you are using a white ribbon along with any other ribbon color, we recommend loading the white ribbon in position 1 (which prints first) for the best possible print quality, and to allow white base printing.
If you are using one printing ribbon and one blank ribbon cartridge (marked with an orange faceplate), the blank ribbon cartridge must be loaded in position 1.
When you finish loading supplies and close the printer lid, Kodiak will automatically detect which type of ribbon has been loaded at each print head.
If you have any questions about using your DuraLabel Kodiak printer, get help from Graphic Products’ world-class support team by calling 800-788-5572 or visiting GraphicProducts.com. We’re here to help with all your labeling needs!